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National Running Day 2015

GUYS. IT’S NATIONAL RUNNING DAY!

So obviously I’m going to take the time to ramble about my relationship with running.

You see, running and me, we’ve come a     L     O    N    G    (pun intended) way.

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It didn’t always use to be this way.  In fact, it used to be the exact opposite.  I used to run because I didn’t honor my body.  I ran to escape my mind.  I ran because I felt like I had to.

I had very high expectations and very low self respect.  I ran and ran and ran to prove to myself I was something.  The (not so) funny thing about that is the more I tried to prove that something to myself, the higher my expectations were.  These expectations were unrealistic, unhealthy and unattainable.

Eventually, I shifted away from running.  I took the time to heal my body and my mind.  I needed to build mental and physical strength. I knew that eventually I would return to running, and when I did, I’d run for the right reasons.

Now, my runs are my time to be mindful, to be aware, to embrace my surroundings.  It’s the time to soak up the sights, the sounds, the scents around me and simply be. It’s my time to practice presence.

My runs remind me of my past.  My body has overcome a major struggle.  I don’t look at the past with regret.  It simply is. And because it is the way it is, I am the way I am.  My body is powerful because of it. I spent ten years being being guided by negativity and stress.  I’m dedicating the next fifty+ to being surrounded by happiness, mindfulness and presence.

I run to honor my body and free my mind.  Why do you run?

Having Your Cake & Eating It Too

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, diets are not my cup of tea.  They promote this stigma of bad food vs. good food, when in reality we need to focus on fueling our bodies.  We need to eat food that has a healthy purpose.

This doesn’t make it easy to stop eating foods that we’ve gotten into the habit of consuming.  Like the boxes of cookies I used to consume on the reg. Just because I’m thin does not make this okay.  Foods high in sugar destroy your energy levels.  Sure, they give you than instantaneous joy, and maybe a sugar rush.  But, that crash is sure to follow.  Why eat foods that ultimately bring you down? Food should fuel our bodies, fill us with nutrients and make us feel energized.

Being a teacher (or really, just a professional), it can be challenging to stay fueled throughout the day.  I’m constantly on my feet, on the go for 8+ hours a day.  It’s easy to get that “2 pm feeling.” You know, the one where your eyes can’t stay opened and you feel like an actual couch potato. You get grouchy…perhaps even hangry.  (The hangry struggle is real people).

Well, I’ve found a way to conquer these lack of energy. And the best way to describe it is as having your cake and eating it too. I know, it’s supposed to be impossible to have both.  But with Shakeology you can.  I’ve decided to add Shakeology to my morning routine, right there with my cup of coffee and big ole glass of water.

Shakeology is a superfood shake.  It’s made with all natural, whole food ingredients and literally tastes like a milkshake.  Hence the whole having your cake and eating it too.  

I’ll admit, at first I was hesitant.  In fact, I only ended up trying Shakeology because I really really wanted to try Piyo.  Piyo is a pilates-yoga at home workout program.  Sometimes, I’m just not feeling the gym after a longer day, and wanted to have an at-home alternative.  There happened to be a special going on at the time, so I decided to give these super food shakes a shot. And I’m so happy I did.

Here’s why I’m in love:

  • I actually stay full until I’m able to sit down and enjoy a snack or lunch.
  • I stay energized all day.
  • It’s delicous and filled with vitamins, minerals and proteins.
  • It’s reduced my cravings for sugary foods. (I’m no longer a self-proclaimed cookie monster)

My go to recipe at the moment:

  • 1 serving of either chocolate or vanilla shakeology mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp of peanut butter
  • 1/2 a banana
  • ice for thickness

All blended up!

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I not only look my best, but I feel my best.

Let me know if you’re interested in giving it a shot! 

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Sorry. No shame in my mirror selfie game.

Why I Stopped Following Instagram Fitness Models

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Social Media is fascinating.  What intrigues me the most is its ability to make you famous.

The Health and Wellness industry’s popularity has skyrocketed over the past couple of years.  I without a doubt think that social media played a major role in this.  People are taking pride in their sport.   More importantly, people are taking pride in their bodies.

While I without a doubt love this for many reasons (positive body image, healthier lifestyles, new role models), I’m finding some serious faults.

The biggest flaw? Vanity.

definition: excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance or achievements.

People are literally becoming famous via social media because of the selfies they take of their flexed bodies.  And quite frankly, I’m over it.

I started following some people whose followers were increasing by the hundreds every day.  I see their (five) daily flexing posts, mostly all of their abs.

I get it. You have abs.  And while that’s great, I have one major announcement to make about it:

Abs do not define how healthy you are. I repeat: Abs do not define how healthy you are.  

Again, this is vanity.  I’ve had  six pack before.  I was also less than 100 pounds.  When you’re obsessing over your six pack, you’re not mentally  healthy.  And let’s be real: at <100 pounds, I wasn’t physically healthy, either.

So, I slowly but surely began to unfollow them all.

While I’m so happy for them to have the capability to transform their bodies, I’m not happy with their means of “inspiring” others.

What do I find inspiring?

-People’s PRs

-Yoga poses I hope to one day be flexible and strong enough for

-Motivational Quotes that remind me we all go through similar ups and downs

If you’re traveling through your fitness journey, I suggest not focusing on the vanity.  While of course a healthier physique is a goal (I mean, I do love my muscles), find inspiration in mental health, in new challenges, new friendships, in yourself. I promise you can be healthy without rocking a six pack. I’m healthier without mine.