Fitness Friday- Birthday Fitness Wishlist 2013

Time for another Fitness Friday update! And today’s update is special because November kicks off Birthday Month!! ( November 17th just in case anyone needs to set a countdown timer ūüėČ ) Since this fitness business has really become such a part of my daily life, I am finding myself in need of more fitness gear. So this post will be part update/part wishlist.

Update Part: Fitness this week has been the ideal. I was consistent but didn’t over do it. I listened to my body when I felt it needed a rest day. Although it was HARD. I wanted to go run but I knew if I did I was risking a possible injury that would just delay me even more. The rest time was good for my body and it made me excited to get going again. I also ran my fastest mile to date this week!

Running is deceiving. The occasional runner may think you can just don any old pair of running shoes and head out to the streets. Yeah….not so much. Ever heard the expression “Never bring a knife to a gun fight”? It’s pretty much the same thing.

Running is not necessarily cheap. ¬†Shoes ~ good ones that have been fitted to your body, ¬†amazing running bras, socks, endless supply of headphones, armbands, running playlists, apps, ¬†race entry fees, etc. ¬†It all adds up.¬†That being said, birthdays and Christmas are the perfect time to compile a list or create a your fitness wishlist Pinterest board (<– shameless plug) to offer to loved ones who will inevitably ask ” What would you like for your birthday?”

Wishlist Part:¬†Since it is my birthday month, I have done just that. Take a look below and at my Pinterest Fitness Wishlist board and see what I’m eyeing. Tell me if you already have one of these and your link reviews in the comments. Or Let me know if you think I should add something better to my Fitness Wishlist. Cant wait to hear from you!

* Fitbit Zip

*New Shoes

Because don’t you always just need new shoes?!¬†Luckily for us our running group coaches ¬†impressed upon up the need to be fitted for the right running shoes before we began. They also showed us how to stretch after a run. ¬†Changed.My.Life. Seriously, I haven’t had one injury and I can tell when I have logged the miles on my shoes because it feels like its time. You wear your running shoes so often, in a weird way, its like they are just part of you. Maybe that’s why it’s so hard to retire your favorite pair. They’ve been places with you. In the rain, in the hottest of days, through hard runs and ¬†the exhilarating ones they’ve been there. When its time to retire them though, it is always fun to get a new pair. The other runners WILL notice.

*Compression Socks/Sleeves

Media: Feeling the Squeeze

*Road ID Slim

Because sometimes you don’t have pockets.¬†Can I get an Amen, Ladies??¬† And because sometimes your phone battery just dies. With RoadID your family, friends and you can have peace of mind that in the event of an emergency responders will know who to contact and any pertinent medical ¬†information.

*FlipBelt

Have I mentioned how pockets are a problem on women’s athletic apparel??? This could save me.

 

 

Fitness Friday- Proud of my new PR!


Great news to report Friends!!! I motivated myself up, up, and away from last weeks fail and ended up with an absolutely STELLAR report to share with you!! Seriously, so proud of what I accomplished this week. ¬†This week I not only exercised consistently, I drank water consistently, and lost weight (2.5 lbs!) but I also set a running personal record. ¬†I am dying to tell you about that but I don’t want to overshadow what got me there this week.

I absolutely believe it was due to daily walking. I started walking with a group of ladies after we drop our kids off at school. We walk a good pace for approximately 4 miles every morning. (I typically run about 2.5-3 miles) Since last week was lazy for me, I made it a goal to walk with them everyday this week just so I didn’t fall into the same rut as last week. I’m telling you no exercise makes a body very bloated¬†unhappy.

I did it. I showed up. Even on the days I felt like I didn’t have time or just wasn’t excited about it, I did it anyway. Monday-Friday, approx 4 miles everyday. We also each set a goal for ourselves every week. We just simply state what we would like to do and over the week we each encourage one another to keep going. This week my goal was to drink at least 60 oz of water everyday,a small achievable goal. I drank water and showed up to walk every morning.

Imagine my surprise when I went running and I was able to shave off more than a minute/ minute and a half off each mile. This was so unexpected and exciting. I had really been expecting it to happen months ago and just did not see any changes, granted it was one million freaking degrees of hot mess here in Texas so in reality I couldn’t have picked a more difficult time to begin. What can I say, I like a challenge?!¬†I have been running for months now and I was just not where I had wanted to be. Now, lets not lead anyone astray here, I am still not fast. But this week I feel like ¬†I WON!!!¬†¬†I was using my little fitness runner girl app to track my distance and literally stopped in my tracks when I heard her voice say my mile per hour pace in my headphones. Shocked. I mean shocked. My body had finally caught on to what it was supposed to be doing. It was like Christmas.

Mentally I had given up trying to be faster. I was just doing my best. Giving it my all every time. And I am seeing improvement slowly. So Stinkin’ P.R.O.U.D of myself this week – In fact as I type this I have the¬†HEATHER SMALL Proud (LONDON 2012)¬†¬†playing in my head. ¬†(Anyone watch¬†the BBC show ‘Miranda’¬†???-¬†hysterical! Reader Tip of the day: WATCH THAT SHOW)

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I am encouraged this week to keep going. Keep setting goals and keep showing up.

“What have you done today to make you feel proud?

Fitness Fridays- Balance & Exercise Appointments

Last Fitness Friday update I had been hit and miss on my exercise consistency. I promised you I’d come up with a solution to becoming more consistent. It was a tougher goal than it first appeared I assure you. ¬†The struggle between having enough time/energy/etc to workout and finding the time/energy/etc to workout ¬†was brutal. Whether you are a mom/dad, a busy teacher/professional, or student (heck, maybe you’re like us and are doing all of those) life just doesn’t give you the consideration to stop for a few months minutes so that you can catch up and take care of you. I found I MUST schedule the time to do the things that keep me balanced in life. ¬†I actually have discovered several key areas that I need to make the time for to keep my life balanced because crazy things pop up on A.DAILY.BASIS. Exercise is definitely at the top of that list. Those other things that pop up, although important, are not as important as making sure I am taking care of me.

I honestly used to feel twangs of selfishness when I made time for activities that at first appeared to benefit only me. Maybe it was a slow hour-long run by myself, an online art class, letting the kids have more tv time and an extra snack so I could journal uninterrupted or take a nap.  Taking care of ourselves is not selfish. Making ourselves a priority does not take away from the important people or tasks in our daily lives. In fact,  it is just the opposite. It is saying to everyone that we value them enough to offer them the very best of who we are. Making sure that we take the time to be balanced in our emotions, our bodies, and our spirit is a major benefit to our families, friends and anything we set out to accomplish that day.

On one of our busiest days we got up before the sun to fit in our run. Not skipping your workout will actually give you more energy.

On one of our busiest days we got up before the sun to fit in our run. Not skipping your workout will actually give you more energy.

Our family has experienced a very busy couple of weeks and we decided to start making “Exercise Appointments” for ourselves. At first, scheduling appointment times on our calendars to workout seemed silly but we found that if we didn’t put it in our calendars it didn’t happen. Something about it being written down (for me) or accompanied by an alarm notification from our phones ( for him) made it a goal instead of a wishlist. We were also able to tell our kids or friends specifically what times we would be exercising. We were usually able to schedule around those times and often our friends would want to join us. Two birds, one stone. In addition to making exercise appointments, here are some other things that helped keep us moving even on our busiest weeks:

1.Commit & Set a Goal¬†I am a gold-star-kind-of-girl who like results that can be measured. Although, I can’t always control how quickly the number on the scale moves but I can control how many days I commit to exercise. Every week decide how many days you will work out or how many miles you want to run/walk that month. There are several free apps out there that will track it for you. You can even connect with friends online to make it a competition.

2.Get Up Earlier ¬†” Buuuuuttttt I’m just not a morning person….”¬† Me either sweetie. Me.Either.¬†Whether you get up earlier to workout or to finish up another task that will free up time later in the day for you to get that exercise in. Getting up Earlier is one way to build more time in your day. My husband switched his study time for his grad program to early morning so he can still run with our running group in the evening.

3. Go To Bed Earlier I could go on forever on how many people are sleep deprived and the¬†benefits¬†of getting more sleep. Mainly my point here is if you are going to be getting up earlier (see point 1) you are going to need more rest to make it through your day. Note: the first 3 days will be an adjustment period to your body. You are “resetting” be prepared for this.

4.Get Some Friends To Hold You Accountable and Cheer You On There s nothing like being called out on Facebook or twitter for doing a phenomenal job on a hard run.¬†In addition to the awesome running group we joined, ¬†I’ve got a few friends that get together to walk 3+ miles with me several times a week. There are some days we don’t want to walk but on those days a walk with a few good friends usually draws us in any way and we feel so much better afterwards. Those friends will keep you moving and make you look good on social media too. ūüėČ

5. Take The Kids with You That’s right disguise that pesky exercise as FUN. Don’t believe you’ll get a great workout in? Try jumping on the trampoline or playing tag with the kids just once and you will be begging to go back to boot camp. Those little sweeties are some of the toughest trainers around. Their energy is unparalleled but you will get in some great family time and everyone will sleep well that night. (see #2)

6. Make It A Date Sign up for a fun 5k or Color run or Glow Run with your sweetie or a group of friends. We did this a few weeks ago and had a blast!

What are some of the best ways you’ve discovered to fit¬†exercise¬†into your busy lives?¬†

 

 

Fitness Friday- Neon Splash Dash Dallas

As promised, our first Fitness Friday post!! ¬†I realize its a little late but also as promised you will be getting the good, the bad and the ugly- and sometimes we run a little late here! Here we go….

So, fall has FINALLY hit the Great state of Texas and we were able to get some awesome weather last weekend. On Saturday, we woke up ready to run and even knowing we had a 5K scheduled that night we decided to go and do a short run at the park anyway. We just couldn’t pass up the great weather and it was just a quick 2 and half miles. Well, because the weather was so great and the park was so beautiful, we just kept going ( I blame this on that runner’s high everyone talks about) .We ran 4 miles- and we felt great!! Keep in mind the Mister and I had every only run about 3.5 miles at one time, in our entire lives!- This was a total fitness VICTORY!! And we did what any hungry¬†person would do and ¬†rewarded ourselves with pancakes and eggs(which from here on on out will be referred to as “refueling”, heehee). Then we took a morning nap. It wasn’t even noon, people.¬†Running is legit, sooooo legit.

Saturday evening we were scheduled to run our first evening 5k, The Neon Splash Dash. The Neon Splash Dash is a wild night time 5k. You run (or dance!) through different Glow Zones, where you get sprayed with a different color of our U.V. glow water. The glow effect is AMAZING! There is also music blasted at each glow zone to keep the energy going! At the¬†finish line there is a a HUGE after party filled with music and tons of runners sprayed with glow water- all dancing the night away! It was a blast!! Here’s a video of what running the ¬†NEON Splash Dash¬†was like. It was really so much fun!!!! And one of the best parts was getting to run it with my family. My sister did her very first 5k at this event and had some friends join her too. I love that my family is enjoying fitness and taking literal steps to make it a part of their lives too!!

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On Sunday, we joined our local running group for one of our weekly runs to wrap up an awesome weekend. The rest of the week we were so busy with school nights, work, ¬†and birthday preparations for our youngest ¬†that we weren’t diligent to workout the rest of the week. Honestly, by the end of the week we were dragging. Something about working out gives you a little more energy than when you aren’t. We are working on ways to work fitness in even on our busy days. We are so anxious to get running again.

Next weekend I hope to update with a solution to our workout consistency & busy days.  Until then, have a great weekend Lovelys!

 

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