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June 13, 2012
Today was full of stressors – at work and in life. I went for a 3 mile run this morning to try and combat the stress. But those endorphins only lasted so long, and then I began to internalize the stress. Instead of realizing I was feeling down because of work related issues, I distracted myself from all of that by feeling bad about my body. It’s been rather difficult keeping up with priorities while still preparing all of my vegan meals in advance. Some days I am travelling hours between cities for work, and my workouts haven’t been as intense as I’d like. I’ve gained weight. My energy is so low.
I kept thinking these negative thoughts instead of positive ones! Such as:
- I’ve noticed my HIIT sessions on the treadmill are now ranging from 6.2 – 10.0 MPH.
- And I’m able to run during HIIT longer before having to stop and walk.
- I can curl more weight than ever.
- I exercise every single day, because it’s truly my sanity.
- And then, I went to the gym today – and truly saw myself in the mirror. I looked myself in the eyes, and said “YOU ARE REALLY DOING THIS! THERE IS SO MUCH POWER IN YOU.”
I started going through my iPhone in between reps and noticed a little difference in the tone of my muscles. It made me feel so proud and realize all of the positive things about my training! THIS IS WHY TAKING PROGRESS PHOTOS IS SO IMPORTANT! They are like an instant reminder of how far you have come.
I’m going to be posting better progress photos later this week! And hopefully my exercise schedule will soon follow. I’m working on getting someone to take some photos of me during my workout to show what moves I do! Thanks again for all of the support and encouragement. It means the WORLD to me. God bless!
June 4, 2012
I love going to the gym to work on my fitness.
And it doesn’t hurt that the gym is full of hot (and I mean HOT) men.
And then there’s me. Creepin’ it up! Staring at the man candy.
The next time you feel like skipping a workout sesh, I hope you are equally as motivated as I am by the muscle fest that is the gym.
May 17, 2012
During my lunch breaks, I can take off my high heels, throw my hair up in a high pony, put on some old running shoes and peaceful music – and take an hour long walk on the beach!
I love to walk to the Selena memorial, sing her songs & dance the cumbia.
I’ve never been a beach girl, but I absolutely love this. There are people walking, running, and exercising on the beach.
And I’m walking in a dress with the ugliest running shoes and a big smile on my face.
But I’m not the only one who does that, and that’s the best part of my job!
Ha ha! I see the world through fitness-colored glasses
April 23, 2012
You know that feeling?
You walk into a new gym. You’ve been on a treadmill before. You’ve seen and used dumbbells. But there are a few machines you haven’t even noticed until you set foot in this new gym. And the new people … who are they and are they watching in judgment of my bad form?
Every time I go to a new gym, I get that feeling. I am the new kid in school who doesn’t know where to sit. I’m always reading the signs and rules around the place to make sure I don’t mess anything up. I’m an easy-to-spot newbie. I’ve been going to this new gym for about a month, and I finally overcame the GYM ANXIETY today!
If you get these gym insecurities like I do when you join a new gym, I think it’s important to start with what you know. Do you know treadmills? Go run. Do you like the elliptical? Go get you some elliptical. Do you feel more comfortable with dumbbells? Lift them!
And as you keep going back to the gym, add one or two NEW activities each time.
For me, squatting with this machine was new and exciting!
I watched a few videos on YouTube and worked with a personal trainer at the gym to get my form down right. But I started off with TOO MUCH WEIGHT on the bar. I was maxing out at 130 pounds, which is about what I weigh. That was very extreme, and left me miserably sore for days. When trying a new activity, focus on the REPS you do within a SET. My friend Joe told me that strength training is all about the movement of your body. Would you rather do 3 squats with 500 million pounds or 10 squats with 50 pounds? If you are interested in leaning out your body and increasing your fitness, you should be moving your body more – period. This rule applies to strength training as well.
Today’s workout was incredible! I worked out on the elliptical for 30 minutes. That elliptical can really be a beast if you increase the incline and resistance. I was on level 13-17 for both incline & resistance during the entire 30 minutes.
I followed up with 90 pound curtsy squats, 90 pound regular squats, lunges, tricep dips, resistance bands, push ups, planks, and various arm dumbbell exercises.
After 90 minutes of
farting while squatting exercising, I was pooped.
I also ran into some guys from the church band at the squat machine! It’s so cool seeing people you know in their workout gear breaking a sweat.
Have you ever had “gym anxiety?” How did you get comfortable in a new workout environment?
April 22, 2012
2 runs. 3 showers. Earth Day or bust!
I began the day with a beautiful morning run. I was in such a hurry to go to church right afterwards, I didn’t even have time to come down from the endorphin high. Yes, I was high at church. SIN!
Something happened later in the day that really pissed me off. I’m a very patient and calm person, and I don’t yell. When something pisses me off, I’ve lost all control. Basically.
My pissed off running face:
A few days ago, I discovered this place that no one else knows, where I run to when I want to think. It’s empty. No buildings, no roads. Just grass, trees, dirt, and rocks. It’s only 3 miles (round trip) from where I live. I knew I had to run there to get my peace and zen back. When I got there, I realized I forgot to pee before I left home. Well, there was no one in sight. So I pulled my pants down and used this big rock as my toilet. I peed on the Earth on Earth Day! DOUBLE SIN!
The sun was beginning to set, and so I sat there and watched it.
Still pissed off and hating everything.
I began talking to God, and writing down a list of grievances in my iPhone:
I laid in the dirt as the breeze passed over me. The most gorgeous flower bush was growing beside me, in an empty place that didn’t have a whole lot of life to it.
I remember how empty I was during the lowest points in my life. But when I dug deep, I always found there was so much color, growth, and life to me – much like that flower bush. When I look at my life now as a whole, it may not be perfect. But there is life that is still there.
I’ve always been able to pick myself, dust my ass off, and keep running.
Metaphorically and literally, speaking.
As I was about to get up and run home, I asked God to speak to me. I was listening, and I felt Him say, “Be still and know that I am God.”
I got my zen back. Thank you, sweet baby Jesus.
I was so mad that I didn’t even start my Garmin when I left home. Ha ha! I only recorded my distance on the return home. So double this distance, add the run from this morning, and I ran a total of 6 .03 miles today! Now that’s how I celebrate Earth Day.
Did you do anything special for Earth Day? How do you handle being “pissed” at someone or something?
April 18, 2012
I just realized that it has been 2 years (and a few days) since I wrote my first blog post! This blog has become my baby, something that I log onto everyday. I’m always looking at it to make sure it’s easy to read, user friendly, and has fresh content. I love connecting with other runners and health fanatics like myself. This past year has been a phenomenal one in terms of self discovery and awareness. With that comes heartbreak and tough times. Reading your comments and emails makes my day, and your support means everything to me!
To celebrate my Blog B-day, I wanted to share with you my special bodily talent. I’ve only showed less than 10 people this talent in my lifetime. I’m not embarrassed of it, but I have to be comfortable around someone to be able to trust them with my special talent. And I’m more than comfortable with y’all now.
So, I do crazy things with my feet. This is the least scary that they can look.
If you’re not totally creeped out by it, I will post more hilarious photos of what I can do with my feet. It’s pretty special.
HA HA HA! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I love you all, sincerely!