Weekly Workout Review and May Goals

So here’s to combining two blog posts into one but hey I have confidence that I can do it! ;P

Anyway, thought it’d be fun to recap with you what my workouts were last week (and hopefully this will become a thing-sharing my weekly workouts):

Sunday: Half Marathon

Monday: Rest Day

Tuesday: 3 mile run

Wednesday: Orange Theory

Thursday: 4 mile run

Friday: Orange Theory

Saturday: Yoga 2-3

Sunday: Rest day (was planning on running a 10k event but I didn’t have the drive to run in the 30something degree rainy weather)

 

Alright and now here is for the doozie! I decided that for the month of May that I will not be on Facebook or Snapchat at all! The only form of “social media” I will continue using are my two Instagram accounts (the fit one and the pretty one). I decided to keep IG just because I like looking at pretty photos and being encouraged by certain accounts. Then the OTHER thing I’m doing this month is not drinking a drop of alcohol. It might not seem like a big deal for some, but I have gotten into the habit of ending my nights with a glass or two of wine and I want to stop that. I believe I don’t sleep as well after I drink and I don’t wake up as clear headed as I could plus the whole toxin to the body thing.

So here’s to “cleaning up” my month of May both body and mind!

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Fit Faux Pas

I tried to ignore it when I saw the magazine covers, but when I overheard two young adult ladies talking about it the other night I just couldn’t help but get on top of my soap box.

(Step up onto soap box) Ahem, if I can have your attention please!

The other night I heard one lady say to another lady:

“Hey! Did you hear about Khloe Kardashian’s new Revenge Diet? She looks so good now!”

“Oh I know! She looks so much better than before!”

Sure this may sound like a compliment, but here are the two things wrong with this:

  1. Revenge Diet
  2. Looks better

And why is that a problem?

Well first off no one should ever do a “revenge diet.” We should never go on a diet to make someone jealous or envious. Why waste your energy on that, but instead if you are going to go on a “diet” (which in reality I think there should be no such thing as diets-but rather healthy eating/living for good) you should do it for your own health and how you feel! Then the other thing saying that she looks better now implies that she didn’t look good before. Health and fitness should not be about “looking good,” but again about feeling good and in general being healthier. Sure there are plenty of people out there that associate thinness or fitness as being more attractive but part of that attractiveness may be about feeling confident in your own skin and also literally feeling good. There are plenty of people who may be thin and fit but are mean and rude, and those people no matter how “good” they look they’re probably going to be remembered for being a mean and rude person.

Here is an example about how being thin or fit doesn’t neccessarily make you a more attractive
person. Tao Porchon-Lynch is a 98 year old yoga teacher who is a very attractive person. Her attractiveness isn’t due to her thin and fit body but rather due to her smile, her spirit, the energy she gives off. She is someone who you want to be around!

Here is a second example: Jessamyn Stanley is known for her “curvy yoga.” She is a very beautiful woman and she is not “thin,” she is curvy and fit at the same time! Once again her smile, confidence, and humor makes her an attractive person.

Obviously this is all my opinion and you may have a different opinion than me, but I guess my point is that we should be nice. Don’t take any action to make someone else feel bad, and simply be encouraging and kind.

(Steps off soap box)

Do you have another example of beauty that comes in all shapes and sizes?

Sore is the New Black

When I was stretching post-half last Sunday I also felt how sore my chest, biceps and triceps were from my Thursday OrangeTheory workout! My husband laughed at me when I mentioned it. He said, “You just ran a half marathon and you’re complaining about your arms!?” It’s funny because you’d expect me to be moaning and groaning about my legs, and sure they did feel a bit sore and tight (especially on Monday), but yes it’s true my upper body was still sore from my workout a few days prior.

When I first started lifting weights my arms could only handle 5-8 pounds (max) and now I can easily lift over 10 pounds! Sure may not sound like much but for someone who used to be the elliptical-only-girl that’s a big difference! 5 pounds used to be a challenge and now 15 pounds is the challenge just over a matter of a mere few months. The thing is I haven’t allowed my arms to “get used to” the weights. Once the weight feels easy to me I bump it up. Trust me I’m not buff looking (yet) but I can tell that I’m much stronger. One way I know I’m getting stronger is that basically every day I feel sore. Could be annoying for some feeling those tender muscles, but I know they are sore because they are repairing themselves and building more muscle.

Sore today, strong tomorrow.

And how I personally feel, “Sore is the new black.”

Right now my arms, back, glutes, hamstrings, and quads are all sore. But I can see my body getting tighter, fitter, and an improvement in my running endurance and speed.

Work for that soreness and see those big improvements 🙂

Are you feeling sore today?

Half Marathon Week is Here!

The week of my half marathon is finally here! I’ve been obsessively checking the weather and seeing the rain percentage creep higher and higher, but as of yesterday it changed to 65 degrees, sunny with 0% chance of rain! Holy cow I think that’s the perfect weather for a run! I’ve been trying to remain positive, and visualizing a great run this Sunday.

I had two rest days (on Sunday-Easter-and Monday). At first I thought how can I not go for a short run, but then I just enjoyed it! Yesterday (Tuesday) as I got ready for my Leo-is-napping-while-Zooey-is-at-preschool-run I realized that I had left my running shoes in Davids car! The closest shoes to running shoes I had with me were some semi beaten up Keds! I slid them on, tied the laces, and said let’s just see how the first mile goes. Part of me was nervous that the lack of support would injure me while the other part was thinking about all those fancy expensive barefoot shoes and that I’ll be just fine. The first half mile was just hard, but around mile 1 I was feeling great. I slowly bumped up the pace and finished an awesome 4 miles!

The next three days I’m actually planning on going to Orange Theory. I love those workouts because you get 30 minutes of a challenging run and then 30 more minutes of cardio from the rower and strength from weights. Personally I think it’s the perfect one hour workout. I will fit in one more short run on Thursday, and then of course rest on Saturday (the day before the run).

Right now i’m in that “I’m so nervous but so excited” emotion, and thinking what am I going to wear, what’s the weather going to be like, am I going to get sick, etc.

Seriously though, what am I going to wear!?

 

😉

 

10 Reasons to Drink Water

Keeping hydrated is important specifically through drinking water, and so here are some benefits.

10 Reasons to Drink Water

  1. Hydration helps maintain clear thinking and better concentration
  2. Flushes toxins from the body
  3. Increases metabolism
  4. Helps protect joins and organs
  5. Helps nutrients and oxygen travel to organs and cells
  6. Digestive “regularity”
  7. Hydrates eyes while avoiding under eye bags
  8. Regulates body temperature
  9. Freshens breath
  10. Curbs cravings/appetite

It’s best to have at least eight 8 oz glasses of water daily.

Cheers!

Kate

Book Review: Diet Right for Your Personality Type by Jen Widerstrom

This past Friday I got the chance to hear Jen Widerstrom talk about her new book, “Diet Right for Your41kr7gukq7l-_sy346_ Personality Type.” Just a couple months ago while I was writing a personal mission statement and listing the people I admire, I wrote “Jen Widerstrom.” The next day I found out via her instagram that she was going to be speaking only 30 minutes from where I live! So obviously I jumped on it, because seriously who wouldn’t want to meet a role model!

Sitting in the second row, I was charmed by Jen’s sense of humor, badassness, and general charisma.  The room was packed, and rather fun since it was her hometown. Throughout the event she would shout out to someone in the audience that she just noticed. After the book discussion she met, signed books, and took photos. Overall, my Friday night rocked.

When I got home I started reading my newly signed copy of “Diet Right for Your Personality Type.” I actually finished it in three days! I was VERY happy with the book especially that she says exactly what I have felt for years that healthy living is about making permanent choices not finding quick solutions.

The book starts by discussing general health, nutrition, and making positive choices. There is a personality quiz that breaks you up into different personalities and in an effective way that I haven’t seen in any other health or fitness book. The idea is that there are different personality types and each type needs to approach health, fitness, and nutrition in a way that works with their personality type. I was pegged as an “Organized Doer” by a landslide. For some you might get a landslide sum or you might have a little bit in each category. She mentions that if there’s a little bit in each that you need to decide how honest you are being with your initial reactions to the questions, and if there are two personalities that are both high it’s that you have a dominant and recessive trait and to look at both. I even had my husband take the personality quiz. He got the “Everyday Hero” and as he read the traits he nodded, “Yes, yes, and yes.”

I highly recommend getting the book or renting it from the library. It not only is helpful for you, but also if you work with others or are looking to help friends and/or family.

Happy Readings!

XO,

Kate

Empty Promises

I literally was just scrolling Pinterest just now, and saw something that made me want to write this post. It was a pin titled: “Lose 10 inches in 10 days!” Not trying to be negative, but seriously? There are so many “fad” diets that have grand promises like this one, but they end up just being empty promises. Why is that? Well, healthy living is about making permanent changes to your lifestyle. It isn’t about quick fixes, easy changes, fast results. It is about living healthy, for good. So my request to you is to be wary of these empty promises on your journey to health.

Live healthy, live simply, live well.

XO, Kate