September Blogging Report


I’m starting something new. 

What started out as a strictly fitness Instagram, which then grew into a health, wellness, & fitness social media brand, is now all of the above mentioned, as well as a business of blogging helper. I have learned so much during the last year of blogging and starting my business…that I knew I had to share it with you all! My vision and mission when I started Cardio, Weights, & Protein Shakes was to help others. Originally, I thought I could only help others with workout ideas. Now, I know it’s so much more. I can inspire others, motivate others, guide others, etc. in more than just the gym. I can also share my knowledge and experience in the blogging world as well. My plan is to start publishing a monthly blogging report… and since September is winding down, I’ll start it with the September Blogging Report.


I can inspire others, motivate others, guide others. Click To Tweet


Here’s how it’s gonna go down:

  1. I’m going to set goals for each month. Goals for my health and wellness; Goals for my career; And last but not least, goals for my blog and business
  2. Then, I’m going to hold myself accountable for the goals I set in the previous month. Did I reach them? How did I do it? If I didn’t reach my goal, what can I do differently next time? 
  3. I will go over my website stats for the month. Increase in visits and clicks? Decrease? What can I attribute the changes to? 
  4. I will summarize any new partnerships or campaigns that occurred over the month.
  5. And, finally, once I start using affiliate links and ads, I will detail my stats with those, as well. 


Now that I’ve set my standards for these check-ins, let’s dive in to the September Blogging Report! Shall we?!

Since i didn’t outline my goals for this month, I will start with my goals for October.

October Goals:

  • Reach 1,000 Facebook and Twitter followers: I currently have 812 Facebook Fans and 630 Twitter Followers.
  • Publish at least one post a week: It’s time for me to stop slacking!
  • Co-start a Facebook Group for Health and Wellness: Already in the works! Hopefully will be jump started in the next few weeks!
  • Figure out how to efficiently and effectively use Google Analytics for my site stats: As a result, I can include my stats in my monthly blogging reports!
  • Drink at least 2 full water bottles a day: Ok, here’s my non-blogging related goal. I recently got on a Sparkling Water kick (check out how I got off my soda addiction here!) and I want to continue the habit, whether with sparkling or regular water. 


September Campaigns:

  1. AfterShokz #AwareWithPink
  2. Gerolsteiner Sparkling Water
  3. PrAna Fall Style #WeirdWorkout


Well, there you have it: my September Blogging Report. I can’t wait to see how this month unfolds! What are your goals for the month? 

Fall Styles from prAna

Stay Stylish In and Out of the Gym

Fall is coming and prAna is joining forces with Organic Valley for the #WeirdWorkout movement. The message behind this #WeirdWorkout movement is to share your inner creativity and spirit behind your workouts!  These two companies want everybody to share their #WeirdWorkout! Why? Because let’s be honest. Life without a little weirdness would be too boring! So, use the hashtags: #WeirdWorkout, #SweatprAna, #sweatpink AND #prAnaFallStyle! 

Fall is coming and prAna is joining forces with Organic Valley for the #WeirdWorkout movement! Click To Tweet

My favorite thing about PrAna clothing is that they are made from sustainable resources. PrAna claims that they seek out materials from sustainable resources; their people are treated fairly; and the processes they use improve the industry! The clothes look and feel great!

Organic Fuel has 9 ingredients… and each one has a purpose. Find out more regarding the  nutritional information on these drinks from Organic Fuel.

Related: The Number One Thing You Need To Use If You Want A Better Workout

Giveaway Info: PrAna is hosting a giveaway. Winners will get 300$ worth of credit to use on PrAna clothing. They’ll also get  a two month supply of Organic Fuel (along with some Organic Fuel swag)!

*Update: The PrAna and Organic Fuel giveaway closed in 2016.

Coupon Code: For a limited time, you can use the code “PFS16CWPS” at checkout! 


I received the London Jean (in “Dark Indigo”) and the Staqcia Sweater (in “Winter”). I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve gotten on them!

Check out the items I got! Here are the links for the PrAna Pants and PrAna Top!



*Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by prAna and Organic Valley. I received some prAna clothing and I am so excited to share information about this company with you!  All opinions are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Sweat Pink community!

How to Reach Your Fitness goals in 6 Easy Steps


Use these health and fitness tips in setting fitness goals and reaching fitness goals. Achieve your fitness goals with these 6 easy fitness tips!

Get Into A Fitness Routine to Reach Your Fitness Goals

It’s that time of the year again… back to school! For many of us, summer time is more laid back. There’s less structure, a looser schedule, and more vacation time. For those with children, the kids are out of school (and school staff – yay!), so it’s not as easy to get a workout in. As for me, I work in the schools; so my schedule is the same. And as much as I complain about how busy I am during the school year, I am lost without the structure! The issue for me is getting back into it.  

The struggle is real. So how do I make the process smoother? I’ve come up with a list of tried and true steps to getting back into the gym and back into shape.

Here Are Fitness Tips to Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals

  1. Set Fitness Goals.

    • What are you wanting to accomplish? The best way (and, in my opinion, the only way) to do anything is to have a goal. It gives you direction. It gives you purpose. It’s the number one way to get back into it, whatever your “it” is!
  2. Take baby steps while you’re starting a fitness routine.

    • For example, if you used to get up every single morning at 4:45 am to get to the gym at 5 for your before-work work out… So start out with 1 or 2 days a week. Then gradually increase. 
  3. Take it one week at a time.

    • Your mindset, your ability, your motivation will change. Week 1 might be hard; Week 2 might be easier; but then Week 3 might be too much. [See next point]
  4. Don’t stress yourself out if you need more time to adjust. 

    • You’re human. Therefore, you’ll need time to adjust. Getting back into it isn’t an overnight thing.
  5. Know your limitations when working towards your health goals.

    • You may need to take a day off, when you’d planned on working towards your goals. Listen to your body. 
  6. Don’t rule out rewards and incentives to reach fitness goals… They work!

    • So please excuse my pretty, new agenda book and workout clothes! 
       Use these health and fitness tips in setting fitness goals and reaching fitness goals. Achieve your fitness goals with these 6 easy fitness tips!I found the perfect planner at Target that’s helping me tremendously. I have a space to write weekly goals, weekly gratitude, etc.


If you enjoyed this article on How to Reach Fitness Goals, you may be interested in How to Stay Motivated When All You Want Is to Give Up and Why You Should Be Hitting the Weights Regularly


reach your fitness goals in 6 steps


 Use these health and fitness tips in setting fitness goals and reaching fitness goals. Achieve your fitness goals with these 6 easy fitness tips!


Transform Your Skin in Minutes with Valentia

Health and wellness isn’t confined to working out and eating right. There are so many other things that contribute. For example, self-care for mental health, attending a religious service for spiritual wellness, removing your makeup before bed for skin health, and more. Therefore, I’ve been making conscious efforts to take care of myself. I exercise regularly; I (try to) eat well; and, I get enough sleep. However, I’m guilty of not taking perfect care of my skin. I take my makeup off every night, and I moisturize frequently. But I do get breakouts from clogged pores. And I should exfoliate and clean my pores more often than I do. 

Valentia Skin Care Products

Now, I have some products to improve my skin! I am so excited to share about my experience with Valentia products. Two of their top products are: Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask and the Eternal Youth Exfoliating Scrub. They. Are. AMAZING. 

The Eternal Youth Exfoliating Scrub is a natural facial scrub that exfoliates the skin. These ingredients work to smooth rough and uneven skin, combat the signs of aging, and soften skin.
valentia eternal youth exfoliating scrub 
The Detoxifying Clay Mask (my personal favorite!!) is an organic, clay-based mask that cleans your skin and pores. The ingredients help restore skin elasticity, increase collagen production, cleanse the skin, improve smoothness, and more.
valentia skin detox clay mask
BotIMG_6317h products are worth your while — but I have to highlight the Clay Mask. My mom and I decided to treat ourselves last Saturday evening. I love spending time with my mom, but we are both so busy. So it’s a rare treat to be able to do things like this together! We put the clay on our faces and let it dry for about 10 minutes.
And the results were phenomenal! I put some moisturizer on after the mask, and my skin has never felt smoother. My mom was ecstatic because some of her wrinkles were gone. And we both noticed that our pores weren’t as visible! WOOHOO! It’s been 4 days since we did the mask and my skin is still smooth. Heck. Yes. 


*Disclaimer: I am thrilled to work with Valentia. I received these products in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

2015 Recap

 There are less than 3 days left in 2015 (what?!). As I’ve reflected on the year as a whole, there is one word that sums it up: change. So, here is my 2015 recap.

In February, I devoted a big chunk of my time and energy to the gym. It was the first time in my life that I worked out 4+ days a week. And on top of that, I was lifting weights most of those days. Prior to, I’d been lifting weights maybe 1-2 times a week and running occasionally. I can’t really tell you how or why the big change occurred… but I’d had enough with the way I looked, the way I felt, and my routine starting and stopping of exercising. 


In March, I started the Cardio, Weights, & Protein Shakes Instagram. (View it here!)

In May, I graduated from graduate school with my Master’s in Professional Counseling…and I entered the real world (gasp!). For the first time in my life, from age 3 to 23, I was no longer a student. I got a job as a middle school counselor. My first BIG GIRL job!

Also in May, I traveled abroad without adults. Now, I know I’m an “adult” (I guess…) but this trip was the first one that was planned and paid for without my parent’s help. This was also the first trip that wasn’t chaperoned either. It was just my best friend, Victoria, and me. Espana 2015!  

Over the summer, I learned who my real friends and family were. Those who stick by you, thick or thin, regardless of your situation are true gems. I’m lucky enough to have a handful of those people in my life. So, to those special people, thank you.

In August, I started my first job as a school counselor. Every day is different. Every day is crazy.  However, Each and every day is rewarding. I have over 600+ 6th grade students… I love each and every one of them. Some days they give me a run for my money… some days they frustrate me to tears… But I love them. 

CWPS 2015 recap 1


In September, I did my very first pull up! (To see how I did it, click here).

In late November and early December, I lost my grandfather-in-law, “Granddaddy,” and one of my furbabies, Sammie. 

As you can see from this 2015 recap, there were ups and downs. Through it all, I took the change as best as I could. 2016, I’m ready for ya!

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