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Amazingly Sparkly Inspiration!

When I held my Sparkly Soul giveaway last week, I asked you to tell me how you find your sparkle.  Sparkle can be a metaphor for happiness, strength, motivation, positivity…you name it!  I was completely overwhelmed by all of the responses I received (I guess you all really wanted those Sparkly Soul headbands!) and I wanted to share all of the inspiration you gave me with everyone else.  I hope you all remember…


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I think I need one of these!

Don’t forget that the amazing folks over at Sparkly Soul are offering all RAD Readers a 10% discount on all orders placed through tomorrow, March 17th!  Just enter the code RAD at checkout for your discount.

I find my sparkle by pushing my limits and achieving things I never thought I could!  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could complete a marathon.  But I did!  Dead lift 210 lbs??  I did that too.  Run a sub-40 minute 5K??  Yeah I totally killed that time.

Now let’s see how you find your sparkle!  I hope you find this as motivating as I have 🙂

Krissy @ Shiawase Life: I find my sparkle by helping others with Disney and running stuff <3 And meeting new awesome friends that love both!!!!

MissyMaintains: I find my sparkle by doing fitness classes that I love and feel great from afterwards.

Meredith: I find my sparkle by running that extra mile and training for all my RunDisney events! signed up for 4 already this year

Laurie Bishop Oliveri: I find my sparkle by working out & sharing my love of disney with friends and family…even better when i combine the two!

Devene Godau: I find my sparkle by surprising myself…. like when I ran the Princess Half!

Allison H: I find my sparkle while running and then helping others during there run!

Jen Floyd: I find my sparkle through my running and encouraging others to stay active and have fun with it!!! I have been wanting to try sparkly souls headband for awhile and would LOVE to win one!!!!

Lynn Webb: I find my sparkle through my two beautiful little girls. They have inspired me to start running again so that I can live a long, sparkly life with them!

Nicole Bynum: I find my sparkle by motivating others to run and through mine and their accomplishments in running!!

Deb: I find my sparkle through my children and my husband; especially when they’re at races cheering me on (or in the stroller encouraging me to run faster, on training runs!!)! Thanks for the opportunity!

Heather: I find my sparkle by challenging myself with new races!

Kristen K: I find my sparkle by putting my whole heart into everything I do! I sparkle especially bright with all things Disney!

Jenn: I find my sparkle and inspiration from my friends that have paved the way before me to achieve new goals and believe in myself, it may be a long hard road but I will accomplish the miles eventually! (following you and sparkle everywhere

Mecca: I find my sparkle every time my 3 yr old daughter is smiling and laughing, and that’s ALOT.

Jillian Davis: I find my sparkle though my baby boy & my husband!! Love them and all the support they give me!

Meg: I find my sparkle by running. It has given me the chance to change my previously unhealthy lifestyle, form new friends as well as nurture the one I have with my dog. It is my me time, I love it!

Amy Weber: I find my sparkle by going to Disney and taking awesome photos!

Katherine P: I find my sparkle through supporting others and helping others believe they can run and achieve their goals. All it takes is faith, trust, and pixie dust!

Sarah: Helping others, especially with food allergies helps me find my sparkle  It’s become a passion of mine for the last 4 years and has helped me personally feel my inner sparkle, which 4 years ago seemed slightly dimmed after having been diagnosed with Crohn’s & food allergies. It’s been a great way to re-channel that energy into helping others.

Carrie B.: I find my sparke through running and my two beautiful boys!

Heather: I did my sparky on a sun and warm day at the beach. But that doesn’t happen very often so my lil one provides the sparkly every day!

Morgan Duvall: I find my sparkle when I know I’ve accomplished something that not too many other people have done… like becoming a Perfect Princess at the Princess Half Marathon this year!

Jennifer: I find sparkle in my husband. He provides the motivation I need to keep going. Now, I need some literal sparkle!

Jackie: I find my sparkly by setting new goals and conquering them!

Cathleen King: I find my sparkle by working out and sharing my love of disney.

Jessica: I find my sparkle in my daughter. She’s the light of my life.

Jen A: I sparkle whenever I play with my niece and nephew.. especially when we play tangled!

Amanda @SlowLaneRun: Tonight is my lazy night (shhh) and I found my motivation by watching the latest Biggest Loser!

Meaghan: I find myself in accomplishing the goals I set out for myself! Love looking girlie and sparkly while doing it!!

Christine @ We Run Disney: I find my sparkle with my girlfriends who know me best when I can be myself and don’t have to explain myself!

Pam: I find “My Sparkle” encouraging and actually getting friends to participate in runDisney events! Next up is a neighborhood group at Wine and Dine for some girly fun!

Danielle: I find my sparkle by setting goals outside my comfort zone and going for them!

Wendy: I get my sparkle on every single time I fight myself to get off and away from the couch. Walking outside, breathing deeply and feeling my body in motion is my way of glittering all over the place!

Julie M: I find my sparkle everytime I see progress in my fitness (new PR, weight loss, muscle definition, etc).

Jessica F: I find my sparkle by challenging myself and always setting goals for myself.

Lisa: I find my sparkle by racing. It feels so great to cross the finish line knowing I’ve given it my all.

Estelle: I totally find my sparkle when chatting with you or just hanging out with friends who GET ME. (And make me nice drinks.)

Hilary S: I find my sparkle in achieving new goal times and new races!! I love seeing the improvement!!!

Laurel: I find my sparkle by looking at my “before” photos 30 lbs ago, and then looking in the mirror today! A lot of sweat went into this sparkle! ;D

Kristen: I find my sparkle in making new friends who love to runDisney as much as I do!

Paige Cofnas: I find my sparkle in achieving new milestones in physical therapy, on my road to recovery post ACL injury. My goal is to run the disney princess 2014, I missed it this year due to surgery.

Kim Taylor: I find my Sparkle by going the distance! Started not being able to run a me a year ago and now I’m running half marathons! My goal is to run a full marathon in a few years. Disney and the support from others (like you!) keeps me going!

Amanda Banach: I find my sparkle in my little sister Abbey, who helped me with the weekly motivation to train for the Princess Half, which we ran together just a few weeks ago. Her and I sparkled through to that finish line with our sparkly headbands, which we are now also obsessed with!

Kim Smelser: I find my sparkle by staying driven and focused on my goals! I need some of those cute bands to help me out!

Dominica: I’m finding that with running, I am rediscovering my sparkle. Having to leave the world of the performing arts and entering the world of wife/mother/full time teacher …I lost my shine. I lost a bit of me. But I stared working out again, and then found running, motivated by the princess half (completed my first half this year !!!) I am finding my sparkle getting brighter with every mile I run. And every race I run!!!

Lisa Jones: I find my sparkle by making sure I get my running in and I run for those who can’t and give them the thrill of the race (I push disabled adults/children in races in a group called Team Hoyt VB)

Kinnereth: I find my sparkle with friends and family, and of course running and everything Disney!!!

Heather McCarn: I find my sparkle by finding things and doing things that make me happy. This week has been rough with work and I knew it wasn’t going to get better so every morning I’ve made myself a favorite breakfast and then after work done something just for me. I think finding my sparkle comes a little different each day. Running at Disney has been definitely added to my list of sparkle this year as I just ran my first race The Princess Half. I am now addicted and going through Disney withdrawls lol so I’m looking to sign up for the Tower of Terror 10 miler for some more *sparkle*

Sarah Grodzicki: I find my sparkle by teaching my kids new things each day. I love watchimg them learn and grow!

Marcellina: I sparkle by getting my run on! I don’t sweat, I sparkle. I also sparkle when I see my 2 year old son smile at me.. nothing like the unconditional love from a little one!

Ashley B.: I find my sparkle in so many things — my 8-month old son, my husband, my friends, and in all the little things in life. I stay motivated to run by continuing to sign up for fun races!

Vicki: I find my sparkle by getting outdoors. A hard day at work, a stressful time in life, and it all goes away once I’ve hiked into the woods or catch my groove out on my bike. I’m extra sparkly when I can share it with my awesome family and friends.

Kristina: I find my sparkle in making lemonade out of life’s lemons. A little bit of sparkle can be found in each moment of each day

Dani: I find my sparkle through running and helping others!

Laura: I find my sparkle by volunteering for races – it’s great inspiration for me to put in more miles!

Steph Federer: I find my sparkle through exercise, my husband, and my 2 little girls!

So if I haven’t told you all how amazing you are recently…you are!!  You are strong and you can accomplish anything…ANYTHING!  I’m am constantly inspired by your stories of courage, perseverance and pure will.  Thank you for keeping me grounded and motivated to be better at everything I do and thank you for sharing your stories.

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: March 10, 2013

It’s been hard be back to reality this week, but I’ve pretty much managed to get back into my daily routine. It snowed AGAIN here in CT, but thankfully it didn’t stick around long since it’s been in the 50s this weekend!  Crazy…



Today I’m headed to the New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade for some fun with my CrossFit girls.  It’s bound to be full of ridiculousness so make sure to follow along on Instagram 🙂

I’ve had some fun stuff going up on RAD this week, including my Princess recap.  Here’s what you might have missed:

Now let’s check out some RAD Reads I found this week!

First, if you are a fan of posting pictures on social media like I am, you need to read these 2 posts from SoCal Runner Gal and Gabby’s Gluten-Free about the reality behind your photos.  I LOVE this and will absolutely be doing a post like Gabby’s in the future 🙂

Running & Fitness Posts
We Run Disney‘s Christine learned some great lessons from the Princess Half.

Who me, run? was one of 324 women to complete the Princess Half Marathon for all 5 years.  Congrats Megan on being a Perfect Princess!!

Powercakes recaps the CrossFit Games Open WOD 13.1.  This looks SO hard.

Live, Run, Grow steps outside of her comfort zone and credits it to running a marathon…pretty awesome!

Disney Posts
The Magical World Of… lists her top 5 characters who she would like to share a pint with.  Mine would definitely be Thomas O’Malley and the Scat Cat Band!  And then martinis with Duchess because she’s too fancy for a pint 😉

Parkscope shares his thoughts on Disney Springs coming to Downtown Disney.

Sparkly Ever After shares more of those fun Disney Starbucks menus…love these!

WDW for Grownups looks at the art of Disney towel animals.

Disney Every Day ordered 12 items off of the Splitsville menu and has the mouthwatering photos to prove it!

The Disney Food Blog reviews Monsieur Paul in France at Epcot.

Weekly Review
Thankfully I got out of my funk this week and got some killer workouts in at the box.  Here are my workouts and to see my full WODs, head over to my page on dailymile.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: CrossFit: Power Cleans, KB Swings, Push Ups & Row
Tuesday: CrossFit: Squats, squats and more squats
Wednesday: Rest due to a dentist appointment
Thursday: CrossFit: Snatches, Wall Balls, Push Ups & Air Dyne
Friday: Snow Shoveling
Saturday: Rest

I’ve been wanting to get a foam roller for a while to use at home, so I went to Sports Authority yesterday to get one and was shocked to find out they cost $30.  Really??  $30 for a piece of foam??  That’s a little ridiculous.  At CrossFit, we use PVC pipes for rollers, so I headed on over to Home Depot and got this pre-cut 2 foot piece of PVC pipe for $6.  Hell yeah…getting sports equipment at a hardware store!

$6 PVC Pipe FTW!

$6 PVC Pipe FTW!

I just realized from this picture that the pipe says “Not For Pressure.”  Oh well!

And last but certainly not least…the winner of my Sparkly Soul Giveaway!!!  I used to select a winner from the comments on the original post to select the winner.

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And the winner is….


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Congratulations Heather!  You’ve won one thin and one wide head band in your choice of colors.  Go to and choose your colors and I will be in touch to get your mailing info.

As an added bonus, the awesome folks at Sparkly Soul are giving all you RAD readers a 10% discount on all orders placed between now and March 17th!  Just use the code RAD when you check out!

Thank you so much to everyone that participated in the contest!  It has been amazing reading all of the ways you find your sparkle.  I’m going to put those comments together and share it on the blog so everyone can find the inspiration I have from all of you!  Thanks for being so awesomely RAD!

A Sparkly Soul Giveaway!

I have recently become obsessed with headbands.  I always wear them to work out, but recently I love wearing them all the time.  This is why I was so excited when I discovered Sparkly Soul!


Sparkly Soul headbands provide you with 360 degrees of pure sparkle and are stretchy all the way around so they fit comfortably on your head without giving you that “headband headache.”  They also don’t slip while you’re exercising…really they don’t!  I wanted to test them out before I made this claim, so I wore the bands for the runDisney Princess Meet Up and the Princess Half Marathon recently.  They totally stayed put for both events!

Purple & Pink for the runDisney Meet Up!

Purple & Pink for the runDisney Meet Up!

All Pink for Princess Half Marathon!

All Pink for Princess Half Marathon!

Besides staying put for exercise, I think my favorite thing about these headbands is that they are super cute to wear out to dinner or just to run errands.  For someone with shorter hair, this is a great way to keep it out of my face on the go!

Sparkly Soul to Celebrate the Princess Half Marathon

Sparkly Soul to Celebrate the Princess Half Marathon

Make running errands a little fancier...

Make running errands a little fancier…

So guess what…I have a few Sparkly Soul headbands for one lucky reader!!  You will be able to win one wide (5/8″) and one thin (3/8″) band in the colors of your choosing.  Here’s what you have to do:

  •  Leave a comment on how you find your sparkle!  Is it through exercise, your family, your friends, your work??  I definitely find mine in my accomplishments and drive to keep achieving new heights (or miles)!

The comment is required…we can all use some extra motivation!  But you can gain extra entries by doing any of the following and coming back to leave a comment that you did so:

  • Tweet about this giveaway by posting: I want to #sparkle by winning @SPARKLYSOULINC headbands from @RunningatDisney!  #run #fitness #headbands
  • Follow RAD and Sparkly Soul on Twitter
  • Like RAD and Sparkly Soul on Facebook
  • Follow RAD and Sparkly Soul on Instagram
  • Follow RAD and Sparkly Soul on Pinterest

That’s 5 extra entries!  Remember to make sure you leave a comment for each additional entry or it won’t be counted.  This contest will run until Saturday, March 9th at Midnight.  I will announce the winner in my RAD Reads & Weekly Review the next day!

Good Luck!!