Managing Expectations

Uncategorized Apr 05, 2016

I have been running into two conversations A LOT lately, and I figured it was time to put my thoughts on paper.

  • I don’t have a specific body, so I need to workout more, and eat cleaner.
  • I see other people accomplishing this goal, so why am I not doing it? (i.e. running races, Crossfitting, Powerlifting, etc).

There are a lot of misconceptions about what the best type of workout is, and the best way to reach goals. As a society, we put too much pressure on ourselves to be the very best. And when we cannot be, we give up. Not everyone, but I see a general “all or nothing” trend among many people.

I think we have this tendency in our society today to want to prescribe one solution across the board, and that’s not how it works. We all have different goals, and different bodies, which means there are different ways to reach those goals. Don’t get me wrong, when it comes to fat loss, I believe I have put together an extremely efficient program for that;...

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The Cleanse Myth

Uncategorized Mar 07, 2016

I get asked all of the time about cleanses. I am always surprised, as I thought that we as a society were moving away from this idea. Don’t get me wrong, I have fallen prey to the shiny idea of a cleanse myself. It seems straight forward: drink a bunch of juiced vegetables, chug water, and get all of the “bad” stuff out of your body. Just suck it up for a few days and you will be fine.

My questions is: why not just suck it up for a few hours each week and prepare nourishing food? Like I said, I’m not judging – I’ve been there. I just have to take a step back and wonder what I was thinking. It is much more gentle on my body, and more beneficial, for me to eat healthy food, than to essentially send my body through an ineffective crash course that leaves me feeling hungry and mean.

Cleanses are unnecessary. Our body is designed to cleanse itself. Our liver is designed to process toxins out of our system. Further, drinking juiced fruits and...

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Seaside Half Marathon 2016 – Recap

Uncategorized Feb 22, 2016

Let me start by saying, my preparation for this race was definitely on point. I rested hard, when possible (no easy feat with a sick/teething 10-month-old). I really nourished my body to the best of my ability without actually tracking my food. I pushed hard to go fast with some runs, and pushed hard to really slow down on other runs. As a result, I went in with pretty fresh legs, good fuel, and overwhelmed with the panic of failure. To note, I almost always begin a race or task feeling like I am going to fail, I see no reason to let fear stop me.

This was my third half marathon, and it was the Goldilocks of races for me- it was neither the biggest, nor the smallest half marathon I have run. It was just right. I did the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon two years ago, and it was big enough that there may have been pacers running it, but I did not notice because I was not tracking my pace at the time. (See my thoughts on pacing here).

My goal going into this race was to run under 1:45 and...

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Should You Monitor Your Pace?

Uncategorized Feb 17, 2016

When I first started running, I would hop on the treadmill, pop in my headphones, and watch the timer. Sometimes I could surprise myself with my pace, but for the most part, I would find myself short of breath and barely able to get through a mile or two. It was not completely a lack of fitness, so much as poor pacing. I would get so caught up in how fast (or slow, really) I was going, and the beat of the music. I eventually stopped trying to see how fast I was running and just ran. I would listen to my ipod and hit the road. While this helped some, the music was still throwing me off. Listening to music, for me, messed up my whole pace. I was trying to keep up with the beat of the music and it was causing me to push unnecessarily with energy I did not have.

By the time I signed up for my first half marathon, I had stopped listening to music on my runs. I have no idea when, or how this transition happened, but it was definitely a game changer for me. I was no longer focused on my...

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Is It Your Place To Judge Someone Else’s Body?

Uncategorized Jan 22, 2016

I’m going to tell you up front that this is a blatant rant. There are no helpful tips, or delicious recipes. Just me on my soap box.

It really drives me CRAZY when you see someone or meet someone and the first thing they comment on is your looks. There are a whole slew of comments that irk me, but especially when people say “you’re too _____” or “you’re so _____”. I mean who are they to judge if someone is too anything? Even though I’m sure many times it comes out of a good place, or simply something to say, it really annoys me when someone says, “you’re so skinny”. I immediately become defensive like you’re saying to me “you’re so obnoxious.” Maybe it’s just the English major in me overanalyzing the word, but I envision an emaciated person when someone tells me I’m skinny. I work SO HARD to be STRONG and balanced, that it is probably one of the most offensive things someone could...

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3:00 Plank

Uncategorized Dec 31, 2015

2016 is officially upon us and I thought I would start the year off by trying to complete one of my 16 fitness goals for 2016. I meant to try it first thing in the morning before my run, but I was to excited to run, and completely forgot! After I stretched and refueled I decided to give the 3:00 plank a try.

There’s only so much you can write about doing a plank, but here’s what was going on for me: going into it, I was hoping to finish but was leaning more toward the fact that I would likely not complete it, and would have to try again at a later date. I had my mother-in-law timing it for me (and taking pictures, obviously!). At one point I asked (yelled) “time?!”to which she replied, “you have been holding it for 1:15.” WHAT?!?! Certainly it’s been close to 10 minutes at this point! My arms are on fire, but I am not going to give up. It’s just three minutes. Just do it. I thought to myself. I can be stubborn...

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3 Tips For Detoxing After The Holidays

Uncategorized Dec 28, 2015

Now that the holidays are over, even the most disciplined of us are probably feeling a bit bloated and sluggish. Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean never enjoying treats, it simply means enjoying them in moderation, and in line with your goals. If you are feeling bogged down from all of the holiday eating, follow these three easy steps to regain your energy, and get back on track with your goals.

  • Drink Water – As soon as you wake up each morning, drink a glass of water. This will help get everything in your digestive system moving, which is helpful in clearing out some of those extras from the holidays. Be sure to continue drinking water, and caffeine free tea throughout the day. Staying hydrated will help you fight off those post-holiday sugar cravings, as well as keep you from feeling hunger before you are actually hungry.
  • Eat More Veggies – Instead of focusing on food you “can’t have” now that the holidays are over and you...
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16 Fitness Goals For 2016

Uncategorized Dec 24, 2015

With each new year comes the litany of resolutions, often times with no plan to get there. “Lose weight”, “quit smoking”, “eat better” are typically among the top resolutions I hear. The downfall to these types of resolutions is that they are vague, and lack a game plan. Instead of getting muddled down in that this year, I have put together my fitness goals for the next year. I want to try new adventures, and achieve greater strength/fitness. I want to push myself. So I sat down and thought about what challenges I want to accomplish this year. Here are my 16 goals for 2016. What are some of your goals?

  1. Set a new half marathon PR – I have a race in February so I am pushing hard and changing up my training style in the hopes of a PR.
  2. Take swim lessons – I would love to someday run a triathlon, but I can barely doggy paddle. I have been talking about this for years. It’s time for me to set aside the time and do this!
  3. Begin...
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Why “Hard” Shouldn’t Be A Deterrent

Uncategorized Dec 20, 2015

Since it is the holiday season, I have been traveling a lot lately. It’s just my little man and me doing the traveling while my husband is away. Just about every person I speak to has the same reaction: “Oh my gosh!! You’re driving how long by yourself with a baby?!?!” “You’re flying by yourself?! That’s sounds so HARD!” I guess, but something being difficult is not a reason for me to not go along with my plan. Since when did something being difficult become a reason to not try?

I find that the initial challenge of something is a huge barrier for many people in changing their lifestyle. They want to lose weight, but are not willing to workout differently than they have been. They want to feel better, but are not willing to change their eating habits. Is eating well difficult? In the beginning, yes. It is new. Anything new is difficult. Is working out difficult? Is trying a new way of working out scary? YES! It is OK to find the idea...

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Tips To Prepare For A Balanced Thanksgiving

Uncategorized Nov 22, 2015

One of my favorite holidays of the year is this week and I could not be more excited. I know that with this holiday comes a lot of anxiety or total loss of interest with regards to health goals. That’s the best thing about BALANCE! You can maintain health, and enjoy Thanksgiving at the same time. No need to RESTRICT or OVEREAT. Here are my tips on preparing yourself for a balanced Thanksgiving:

  • Work on eating a lot of veggies and drinking a lot of water the week of Thanksgiving. If you are eating healthy leading up to Thanksgiving, and ensuring you are getting plenty of nutrients, you won’t feel so inclined to overindulge the day of.
  • Game Plan – Choose 2 favorites, and otherwise stick to proteins and produce. Perhaps you LOVE stuffing. Who doesn’t? Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without it. Have some stuffing, but be sure to fill your plate with healthy turkey and vegetables (the less dressings the better).
  • Do not sit/stand near the appetizers. This...
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