Are You Selfish?

Uncategorized Sep 27, 2016

I was talking to my Mom the other day and she said “you know, I am just going to have to be selfish and take care of myself.” I immediately got defensive, and it isn’t her fault. I just hate that our society has skewed things so that when we take care of ourselves it is considered selfish. It isn’t that this is a new trend, it is just that I am more aware of it, and I despise it more the older I get.

You know what’s selfish? NOT taking care of yourself. Not eating well. Not moving your body. Not taking time for yourself. Not resting and recuperating. Knowingly engaging in these activities: that’s selfish. It is one thing if you are trying your best to eat well but are simply misinformed. It is another thing to know you should take some time for yourself, but not doing that. It is one thing to eat a cupcake or some nachos from time to time. It is another thing when you know that sitting down and eating a pack of Cinnabons is terrible for you, but...

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Leg Exercises For Runners

Uncategorized Sep 25, 2016

Here’s the deal: when you are a runner, it is important that you keep your whole body strong. You need a strong core to run. You need strong legs to run. You also need strong arms to run, especially longer races. While tallying up the miles is certainly important as you work toward running longer distances, strength training is also important. You need to strength train for injury prevention. You also need to strength train to become a better runner.

You may know most of the basic leg exercises to try: squats, lunges, deadlifts, etc. In this post I will share some of my favorite leg exercises, many of which you may already know. I will also share an example workout with these exercises, as well as a workout from my PR Half Marathon Training Plan. If you are getting ready for a race, in the winter or spring, I encourage you to look into this training plan.

Some of these exercises I will go over may be difficult if you are already in the height of training, especially...

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What I Did To Finally Reach My Goals

Uncategorized Sep 21, 2016

It took me a long time to truly find balance when it came to living a healthy lifestyle. I have always wanted to have a fit look about me, and I spent a long time counting calories and spending hours working out. I also spent time attempting “body acceptance” where I just ate whatever I wanted and accepted that I would just never be fit again. Neither of those extremes worked for me. What did work for me was accepting where I was in my journey, while working toward a stronger, healthier self.

This will sound so basic, but the first thing I did to accept myself and move forward in my journey, was to buy clothes that fit me. For pretty much all of my life, I would hang on to clothes that used to fit, in the hopes that they would fit again someday. There’s nothing terribly wrong with doing this, but I was hanging on to clothes for 5 years at a time that still did not fit comfortably. I was shaming myself for not fitting into my old clothes. Once I let go of that...

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Upcoming Goals

Uncategorized Sep 19, 2016

It has been a super busy weekend of getting settled, birthday festivities, and fan girling. Pat and I spent all day Saturday unpacking the last few boxes we had left and setting up the garage – mostly my workout section. We worked hard all day so we could play all day Sunday, which is exactly what we did. I started the day off with my 30thbirthday workout, which I will share below. After that, we headed down to Denver to enjoy brunch at Snooze, which was amazing. They had cream cheese hollandaise, which is life changing. I had an eggs benedict variation with salmon, capers, and gluten free toast, with a side of hash browns. After my workout I probably could have eaten 5 more eggs! We spent the rest of the day at a street fair and hanging out on our back deck chatting. Yesterday, I got to meet Juli Bauer from Paleomg and it was so fun! Pat set up a coffee meeting for us and we got to chat and I picked her brain a little bit about her business. I tried not to be a...

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Long Run Nutrition

Uncategorized Sep 13, 2016

While there is definitely some information out there about nutrition and running, I am shocked by how little that information actually amounts to. Just about everyone who has purchased the PR Half Marathon Training Plan has inquired about nutrition during their runs. Often, when it comes to running and nutrition, you have to play around to find what works for you. I ran and PR’d a half marathon with just breakfast. Others need to have 1-2 full gu packets for a half marathon. It all depends on your goals, and what your body is used to. Below are a few of my tips for preparing for longer runs, and what I have found to work and not work.

-I have a big LUNCH the day before my long run. This is so I have the energy the next day for the run, but early enough in the day that everything has worked it’s way through my system… Basically, I don’t want my BM to rear it’s head halfway through my run. Probably TMI, but we are all adults here! If I have the...

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The Three Steps You Need To Take To See Results

Uncategorized Sep 06, 2016

Fall is looming and summer travel is becoming a thing of the past. If you have been working hard all summer and not seeing results, you need to take these three steps to reach your goals. If you have been easing up over the summer and you are looking to get back into your routine, keep these three steps in mind and you work toward your goals!

  1. Push Yourself Harder (faster and heavier weights) – DURING your workout you should be pushing yourself. Do not be afraid to use heavier weights. You want to be using a heavy enough weight to challenge you without compromising form. If you have higher intensity workouts, push yourself to work faster. Move away from pacing yourself. HIIT workouts are all the hype because they WORK. Crossfit is so popular because IT WORKS. You push yourself really hard, in a short amount of time. Knowing that your workout won’t last for two hours helps you to push harder. Either way, pushing outside your comfort zone is how you yield results –...
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Wedding Weekend + My Workouts

Uncategorized Sep 04, 2016

This weekend was so much stinkin’ fun! My husband and I flew out to Virginia for a friend’s wedding. Originally our son was supposed to come with us, but after our travel before and during our move, we knew he needed to be in a stable environment. We got on the horn with Grandma and begged her to help us out. After tons of arm twisting (because no Grandma wants to spend time with their grandkid) she obliged and flew out to spend a week with out little guy. Please note the sarcasm. She has loved every second of it.

ANYWAY, this friend is one of our friends from when we lived in North Carolina. Our group of friends from there are a tight knit group and we all absolutely loved being together there, and getting to see each other out here at the wedding. Everyone has mostly dispersed from that area, so it was amazing for us to all get together!

Pat and I woke up early on Thursday morning to catch our flight. I packed some egg casserole, Kodiak pancakes, an Ezekial English...

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Fabletics Review

Uncategorized Sep 01, 2016

I am a Target girl all the way. I always buy my workout clothes at Target, especially running shorts. I decided to branch out and try Fabletics. When I initially wrote this I was under the impression that I would gain nothing from anyone purchasing from them, I just wanted to tell you all what I thought of the pieces: I bought two sports bras, a pair of capris, and a top. I did receive this link though and I am not sure if it gives you more of a discount than you would have already received for being a new member, but it might.

ANYHOW, the clothes. I traveled in the capris and long sports bra (+ a tank and sweatshirt) for over eight hours and it was SO comfortable. The capris were like butter. I do have other workout capris I like traveling in, but they usually aren’t super practical for working out. They ride down and I cannot do any jumping motions without having to pull them up every four seconds. These capris are super comfy, I can jump and run in them (I...

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What I Am Loving Right Now

Uncategorized Aug 30, 2016

I wanted to do a round-up of things I a loving right now. I know this will end up being one day too early as I just ordered a bunch of stuff from Fabletics and I am hoping I love those too. They are scheduled to arrive tonight, so I can just do a separate post on that order and how I liked it! ANYWAY, here is what I am loving RIGHT NOW:

Colorado – Duh! This place is beautiful. We live right near a lake and there are some beautiful hiking trails near it. Running is also fun and challenging right now because I am adjusting to altitude AND there are actually hills here to run! We have already found so much to do, and cannot wait to explore a ton over the next year. We definitely plan on hiking a good amount while we are here and we want to get down to the Red Rock Amphitheater a few times. There is a ton here for kids to do so my little guy and I have been exploring the Children’s Museums and libraries. I am also debating signing up for some shorter races, but my...

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A Day Of Eating + 3 Workouts

Uncategorized Aug 25, 2016

This was our first week back in a normal routine. That meant getting to workout on a somewhat normal schedule, and cooking at home. I have made some of my favorites, including breakfast casserole, roasted brussel sprouts, vitamin loaf, mustard chicken, and carrot fries. I even made a meal plan on Sunday, writing down what I planned to eat and what I really ate. I mostly stuck to my plan and my energy is through the roof. Our son is also happy to be in a stable environment. He has been eating us out of house and home again, and is sleeping so much better. My husband has started his classes and we are figuring out a schedule. Being back in a stable environment and comfortably moved in has helped with sleep and being able to give my best effort in my workouts.

I tell you all this to share a day of what I have eaten back in my stable environment, and a few workouts for you to try. I will put that carrot fries at the bottom of the post because they are super simple and my little guy...

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