2nd Annual PINKATHON San Francisco – Sat. Oct. 3, 2015

10355022_10154765560310046_6045244479991525710_n EA10704026_10203744339021802_2812130399156974234_n 1899871_10152756807376280_205642582841798667_n 10704040_10154765138690046_3550136013833315438_nSAVE THE DATE:  The 2nd Annual PINKATHON San Francisco will take place on Sat., Oct. 3, 2015 at 8AM, starting and ending in front of Gott’s Roadside at the north entrance to the San Francisco Ferry Building on Embarcadero near Market Street.  It’s a FREE, *totally unsupported* fun run, with donations recommended to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (link will be added soon). The website is at http://www.pinkathon.org.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation will be our main charity again, but we may add a few other charities so that participants can select a worthy Breast Cancer charity of their choice.  The point is – to raise money for the charities and not to have any run/race related expenses like paying for permits and fees and road closures and police supervision and all of the other stuff that takes place for typical running events.

On October 18, 2014, I organized the first-ever PINKATHON San Francisco, a FREE fun-run to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and it was a great success. The run was FREE, with NO support along the course,  and participants were asked to make donations directly to the charity.  The Breast Cancer Research Foundation was selected as the recommended charity, because it is the top-rated Breast Cancer charity in the USA with 91% of proceeds going directly into Breast Cancer research programs.  Because the event itself was FREE and unsanctioned, we didn’t have to get permits or conform to anyone’s rules.  The purpose was to have FUN and to also raise money for Breast Cancer research.  Both objectives were achieved!  So we’re going to make this an annual event!

As a 15-year Breast Cancer Survivor, I had purchased the domain names Pinkathon.org and Pinkathon.com in 2010, with the intention of doing *something* to support Breast Cancer Research, so when the domain names came up for renewal in 2014, I finally decided to do something with it!

Since I am well-linked into the local running community, and know other runners who are breast cancer survivors, such as “Mama Lisa” Felder, a beloved running coach and one of the Head Coaches for Team-in-Training in the SF Bay Area, it was not too hard to get the word out to runners who might want to run a variety of distances.  We offered the following distances: 10K, 10M, Half Marathon (13.1M), Marathon  (26.2M) and 50K.

“Mama Lisa” Felder has now expanded her coaching/training activities beyond Team in Training and she now includes many ultra-running clients.  She and her staff will be helping create the Pinkathon course and map for 2015, as well as helping to get the word out.

Mark Gilligan of UltraSignup is also on-board to help us set up official race registration for Pinkathon 2015.  Even though the event is FREE, this will help us with sign-ups and announcements. We will try to limit the event to 100 participants to avoid becoming so big that we need permits.

This is the first place that I am announcing this event.  Sorry that it is not all about Positive Thinking, but running definitely helps keep me feeling healthy and positive!




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New and Improved! Updated Guided Meditations Page

The “Guided Meditations” Page and links on The Positive Thinking Diet can always be found on the Top Navigation Bar on our Homepage. I recently updated the page with new code that makes the recordings play automatically when you click the arrow in your browser. For some of the links, you go directly to an outside website where they have links that should play for you easily. In any case, below are the same audio recordings for Guided Meditations that you can always find on the Top Navigation Bar on the Front Page of The Positive Thinking Diet – now New and Improved!
Links to Guided Meditations Online:

Note: If you use the Arrows, the audio should play automatically. If you use the other links, there may be a delay while the audio files load, or you may be taken to an outside website with audio links to their free guided meditations. Enjoy!

Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra: Each of these 17 audio recordings is @ 20 minutes:

Desire & Destiny: Uniquely Me


Creating Abundance:


Desire & Destiny: Grateful Me


Miraculous Relationships: Miraculous Attraction


Desire & Destiny: Fearless Me


Perfect Health: Living Passion


Miraculous Appreciation


Desire & Destiny: How Can I Serve?


Miraculous Dynamism:


Perfect Health: Living Agelessly


Desire & Destiny: Intentional Me


Finding Your Flow – Finding Wisdom


Finding Your Flow – Safety and Stillness


Expanding Your Happiness – Feeling Joy


Finding Your Flow – Activating Wisdom


Finding Your Flow – Activating Power


Expanding Your Happiness – Feeling Inspired


UCLA Free Guided Meditations – 8 recordings of different lengths


Tara Brach Guided Meditations – Dozens of audio recordings (over 50) of various lengths


Abraham/Esther Hicks – Prosperity Medition on YouTube – about 15 minutes

Abraham/Esther Hicks Prosperity Meditation

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Feeling Stuck? Here’s a Free EdX Course on Unlocking the Immunity To Change

untitledHow many times have you tried and tried again to lose the last ten pounds or change a bad habit or acquire a new habit that might help you achieve your goals, but you can’t seem to make any progress?  This FREE course on EdX might be for you!  I’ve read the book.  I’m taking this course and really look forward to learning more.  Here’s the link to the Free EdX online course:


And if you just want to buy the book, here’s a link on Amazon to the book!

More to come!





Gaining Inspiration from “The Roosevelts: An Intimate Portrait” on PBS

promo-rooseveltsBiographies of great people who embody some of the values I admire – always energizes me!  The latest PBS documentary series from Ken Burns is “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.”  It goes into depth about the backgrounds of President Teddy Roosevelt, his fifth cousin President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt in a very captivating way.  I highly recommend!

Teddy Roosevelt helped negotiate a Coal Industry Strike settlement between Unions and Management, and fought for the establishment of some our most popular National Parks. Interestingly, Teddy Roosevelt was a Republican, although his views seem pretty different from the Republican party of 2014. When Teddy was in office, the Republicans were more “progressive” than the Democrats. Teddy Roosevelt stood for the “SQUARE DEAL” for everyone – government policies that were fair and even for everyone and did not favor either the rich or the poor, but gave everyone an opportunity to succeed.

Teddy Roosevelt said: “I believe that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone does their fair share, when everyone plays by the same rules. These aren’t Democratic values or Republican values. These aren’t 1 percent values or 99 percent values. They’re American values. And we have to reclaim them.”

The Square Deal was “formed upon three basic ideas: conservation of natural resources, control of corporations, and consumer protection.” These were the days when there were more “Moderates” in public office, although corruption and attempts to “buy” elections and political favors was at least as common then as it is today.  Teddy accepted contributions but could not be *bought.*

Teddy’s 5th cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was elected around 24 years and 5 Presidents AFTER Teddy left office. While he was still President, Teddy gave Eleanor away at her wedding to FDR. FDR and Eleanore were both inspired by Teddy’s philosophies and commitment to serving EVERYONE, not just the rich. But it’s interesting to note that FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt were Democrats, not Republicans. FDR was so popular that he was elected to 3 4-year terms although he died in office after serving 11 years. I’ve already written a post about Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt and their great accomplishments in a previous post.

No matter what political party you affiliate with today, these Roosevelts are people who stood for values that almost everyone can agree on.

Here’s a famous Teddy Roosevelt quote that resonates even today:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

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The Science of Happiness (free online course on Edx.org)

Smiley_Face_Buttons_Horiz_Crop-smaller2I just started taking the free online EdX course, “The Science of Happiness,” taught by faculty from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. It will ensure that I spend at least 3 hours a week for the next 8 weeks – focused on Happiness-related topics and practices. Anyone can sign up for free at https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-gg101x-science-happiness-1497#.VA-N4GNXBRg

The course can be started anytime, but if you want to participate in real time with other students, then start now or check the schedule for the next time the course is offered in real time.

The Science of Happiness is taught by Dr. Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology and Founding Executive Director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Science Director at the Greater Good Science Center.  A few years ago, I met Dacher Keltner while working on a project to help the Greater Good Science Center with their Strategic Planning.  Click here for more info on the Greater Good Science Center.  Their website is full of great information on the latest scientific research on the benefits of Positive Psychology topics such as Empathy, Gratitude, Compassion and much more.

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