Healthy Living

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“It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at 29 than she was 10 years before” – Jane Austen

Don’t worry, I’m not 29 yet (getting close though!) but this popped out at me, and I felt so inspired to write about it! I don’t know about more beautiful… but I’m certainly more confident.  Does anyone else get that?

I’m halfway to my goals, rather than just starting out. I’ve slowed down enough to realize that it’s not about getting there as much as appreciating the journey. Unless I appreciate the journey, I’m always going to be looking to the next thing! Besides, it’s my training runs that are going to get me where I need to be for my next race, so I might as well embrace and enjoy it! It’s my yoga class that’s going to make sure I’m not too tight and help me avoid injury.

Maybe it’s my training runs, maybe the yoga, or maybe just growing up, I’m learning to love the moment I’m in. I spent my entire undergrad rushing through life to get where I thought I wanted to be, that I missed out on a lot of “in the moment” stuff. Once I graduated, ready to “start my life” I realized that some of my biggest moments had already happened, and I didn’t savor them like I wanted too because I was too busy. So I’m committing this year to learning to dedicate my practice or run to something that I’m super intentional about- like making a decision or processing big news, or loving my hubs in the way that he needs; in the moment. I might not be more beautiful at 29, but I sure want to be more confident, kind and intentional than I was 10 years before!

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Persistence, not Luck.

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My hubby and I were just talking today about how talent can be your enemy because success is comes from hard work. Every time I see someone that’s better than me at something, I’m grateful because that means I will have to work hard to be as good as them, and my work ethic will make me succeed.
This long weekend has been mostly spent doing homework (I’m ALMOST done!), and my courses are hard for me. But if they were easy, I wouldn’t be building the discipline to pursue my masters degree… see what I mean?
This principle directly applies to working out. I know girls who never cared about their weight because they could eat ice cream for every meal and not gain an ounce… but will they have abs of steel? No. But we will, because we’ve had to fight for losing every pound, and built that discipline in the gym. Our hard work is going to get us where we need to do.

It’s about persistence, not luck.

Staying Healthy on the Road

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With the warm weather here in Virginia Beach, all I can think about is tanning by the ocean. My hair whipping in the wind, and my skin soaking in the sun. My waterbottle strapped to me since I dehydrate quickly… and just generally being on the go. With our lives ramping up for summer, it’s easy to lose sight of our fitness and health goals. It’s far to easy to skip the healthy snack and hit up ice cream at the beach or fast food on the road, but that can quickly undo all of our hard work! Now, I’m not against a little dessert here and there (see photo below), but we can stay healthy (and save some serious money) with a little lot of planning!

What you need:

  • A sweet little cooler that can roll or be carried to the beach or Busch Gardens (my two ultimate destinations this summer)
  • Apples/Banana’s with peanut butter
  • Trail mix (preferably with chocolate, except if you’re gunna be in the sun all day. yucky)
  • Mini carrots with dip or hummus
  • Premade sandwhichs (no meat, that can give ya Salmonella)
  • Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies. Healthy and filling!
  • Tons of water bottles. Freeze them to keep your cooler cold

If you stay healthy during the day, you can afford (both financially and physically) to go out and enjoy yourself in the evening. If you’re heading out to a resteraunt, order a salad with the vinaigrette dressing. If the day in the sun leaves you famished, order the grilled, baked or steamed options and resist ones that are fried or battered (think grilled chicken or salmon with a baked potato or steamed veggies).

Enjoy the sunshine (load on the sunblock!) and stay healthy this summer. I know this girl is aching to enjoy some beach time!

Thinspiration

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For all those avid pinterest-ers and bloggers out there, thinspiration is a huge internet trend. As someone who struggled with an extremely unhealthy view of food and exercise, this is maddening. For all those who have no clue what I’m talking about, it’s basically surfing through pictures of women who are starving themselves or working out until their bodies are literally skin and bones. These women are emaciated with visibly protruding bones. If you can’t count the ribs and see the hip bones protruding, they aren’t ‘thin’ enough. This alarming trend promotes looking at thin celebrities through visual in order to be inspired to continue to lose weight.  
These sites are very, very dangerous,” said Lynn S. Grefe, MA, president and chief executive officer of the National Eating Disorders Association. “Eating disorders are biologically based psychiatric illnesses, and these sites promote being sick and staying sick … bottom line, they delay treatment.”

Girls, these women are killing themselves. They are not beautiful; they are haunted by self-hatred… because they are unable to accept themselves for who they are.
This blog isn’t to inspire people to be ‘thin’, but to be healthy. If your healthy weight is 150lbs, then be comfortable with that. Don’t worry about losing weight, be concerned about eating balanced meals. Don’t throw your energy into counting calories, throw your energy into a 30 minute walk or run. Love your body, and take care of it. And please, friends, don’t look to pictures of emaciated women to motive you to work out. Loving ourselves should be enough to inspire us to take care of our bodies.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

March Runs

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I did it. I ran 42 miles in the month of February- which was exilerating! I certainly pushed myself hard, starting with a .73m run at the beginning of the month while trying to break in my shoes, and making it up to 7m on the 23rd. Following Hal Higdons running plan for this race has been a complete failure, BUT I’m going to post up his calender plan in prep for my May 1/2 marathon to make THAT race as painless as possible!

I’ve only got a couple more weeks of “winter running” left… (it was 80F yesterday for my run), and then I’m buying myself the cutest pink shorts from LuluLemon (Run Tracker Short). I’d buy them today if they would only bother to carry them so I could BUY them – I mean, c’mon! I’m in love with the style and the color and it’s a NEED to run in them for my first 1/2 marathon. I’m kinda getting worried they won’t carry them in time for my race =( Well, since it’s March, it’s time to go over my March Goals.

  • Run 60 miles (total) this month
  • Finish the Shamrock 1/2 Marathon
  • Go rock climbing (maybe for my birthday!?)
  • Eat Breakfast EVERYDAY
  • Smile and Laugh every day!
  • Take the time to make good healthy meals, three times per week
  • Stop. Take time to journal. I feel so much more balanced when I journal.

It’s not just about running, it’s about balancing a healthy lifestyle. It’s not about losing wieght, it’s about being comfortable in the skin you are in. If we are maintaining a healthy lifestyle, our body weight will settle in a place that’s healthy for us!