Where does time go?!

I feel like a broken record saying this, but I’m going to try my very best to keep up with my blog! 😛 In my defense though my summer so far has been crazy busy. Here are some highlights:

I had a weekend getaway in New York visiting my sister for her birthday. We explored both Manhattan and Brooklyn, and ate so much delicious food. I seriously don’t think I’ll ever eat that good of a chocolate croissant or muffin or taco or omelet or….. Seriously the food was amazing. We even ate at this amazing vegan tapas styled restaurant. I had vegetables cooked in a way I had never even thought about!

A couple weeks ago I started training for my half marathon in September. One hot and humid morning my too small socks caused gross blisters on my heels. And I’m talking gross, the kind when you remove your sock skin comes off. I played around with methods of getting it to heal and it wasn’t until I used a liquid band aid and regular band aid combo was it able to heal. I still have scab weirdness on my heals but at least they’re not open grossness!

Only two days after I got those gross blisters I ran a 5k. It was my goal to PR. I felt great during my run despite my heels, and just kept pushing it. People of all ages were passing me, and I thought oh well, I know I’m doing a good time for me I’m not going to worry about anyone else. When I finished my run I PR’d with an average of an 8:41 min mile!! I know for some runners that’s “easy” talk but for me that’s awesome! Just 4 years ago when I started running I had a hard time running ONE mile at a 16 min pace. I was unbelievably shocked to find out I placed 3rd in my age group! I was only 2 minutes shy from being 2nd, but I try not to think about that too much… 😉

A few days later I woke up in the middle of the night with excruciating pain in my toe. It had been 16 days of pain at that point actually, I had just been ignoring it. I first noticed it my last day in New York. My toe was crazy swollen, and painfully ached. I blamed it on walking about 7 miles every day in sandals, and figured it would go away. Since icing, elevating, 1-2 day rests, and an inflammation reducer pain killer didn’t help, I decided to go to an orthopedic sports medicine doctor. The result? A stress fracture. I was given a post-op shoe and told to use it for the next 3 weeks and hopefully by then I can start running again, but in the mean time be “creative” with my workouts. Cycling, rowing, and lifting are all ok, but bending my toes/foot and putting weight on it is not okay. It was frustrating news since I had just started my half marathon training, but I guess I’d rather get better early on then have to stop in the middle of training and not even get a chance to run it. I’ve had a week off of running at this point and I can say the pain has gone away and the majority of the swelling has gone too. I have been biking, rowing, and lifting mainly at OrangeTheory but some of the biking has been with my family or my friend who I have been training with. I ended up designing a new training plan, which I’ll share with you all later (#goals)!

A few days after the depressing news I got my hair done at my favorite salon (hello summer blonde hair), ate an amazing dinner for our 6 year wedding anniversary and went with David, the kids, and friends to the beach to celebrate our actual anniversary day!

If I’m not at work, taking care of the kids, or exercising I’ve been catching up on laundry, cleaning the house, painting the house, gardening, and a hopefully a soon finished fun yard project (again I’ll share with you later, #goals)!

My husband has about 50 more pages of his dissertation to write and I feel a bit bummed for him. I know it’s a lot of stress on him, and he’s trying to be an involved husband and Dad, but that is difficult to do when there’s a deadline. We keep telling ourselves, “graduation May 5, 2018”!

Now that I’ve talked your ear off, enjoy your weekend!

Katie

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Weekly Workout Review

Hey! Check it out! It’s another weekly workout review, let’s keep it up! ;P

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: (non-traditional exercise) house PAINTING! yes it’s true I worked up a sweat!

Wednesday: Orange Theory

Thursday: Orange Theory (and a sweaty house painting session)

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Yoga 2-3

Sunday: Orange Theory (and attended a GI Yoga workshop)

This week felt pretty chill as for workouts go. I don’t have any long runs coming up, and so I’m taking it easy as for the workouts. This weekend I started getting sick, and so I didn’t want to workout at all but forced myself to get out and exercise. Today is a bring-out-the-violins-because-I-feel-so-sick kinda day! Bummer I know… So let’s hope I get over this quick and move on with my week!

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!

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?

Two 2017 Goals

Two years ago my husband started a doctorate program, and I decided then that I would accomplish something big each year in support of his hard work (that way he wouldn’t feel as alone if I’m work towards something too). The first year I’d say having my son, Leo, was the big accomplishment. The second year running my first ever half marathon, something I thought I never ever could and would do, as my second big accomplishment. This year is the third year. He is finishing April 2018. And so I have two big goals planned: becoming an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and finishing a Yoga Teacher Training program. They’re both something I’ve been interested in doing for a while, but never thought it was the right time. I’m so excited to finish up all of the accomplishments that I have set out for, and also for David to be done with his doctorate! So close!!!

XO,

Katie

Find Your OM: Coffee Shop Challenge

I’d like to challenge you all this week for “Find Your Om!” In any variation of yoga class, your teacher will ask you to center yourself, find your center, to breathe for you and someone outside of the room, etc. When you center yourself, you are bringing awareness to your body, breath, and mind. You are able to fully enjoy your practice with mindfulness.

Today I stopped by my favorite coffee shop with one thing in mind, I’m going to get a delicious Aztec Mocha (my favorite) and a raw bar (think generic Larabar) and finish reading my book “Spark Joy” by Marie Kondo. As you might be able to tell, I was taking myself on a little date! I was prepared to fully enjoy the company of myself. My book was great conversation and my drink delighted my senses. I even saw a friend of mine sitting by himself, which I’m sure I could’ve joined him, but no, I smiled and waved and found a cozy little corner for that mindful romance.

While I waited for my drink to be made, I noticed that just about everyone there was fully immersed in work. I saw laptops, tablets, phones, earbuds, textbooks, notebooks, folders, papers, and fine coffee being ignored. This wasn’t a college coffee shop or a break room in the office. It’s a coffee shop, and one that even roasts its own beans!

Sure I know that you’re busy, and it’s excellent to drink coffee with a side of work, but myIMG_2311 challenge for you this week is to take yourself out on a coffee date! Be mindful of your experience. Smile and say hello to others, smell and taste your drink, and enjoy a little conversation in the form of a book (and no cell phones out either-this should be a “tech-free zone” aka “TFZ” after all)! I’m not asking much, but to dedicate a little part of your day the way you would to a yoga practice. It’s a way of extending mindfulness from the yoga studio to a daily activity. You may surprise yourself by how enriching, awakening, and romantic it can be.

Namaste,

Katie Anne

Find Your OM: The Importance of Rest

A few months ago I was telling my yoga teacher how I can’t wait for January. She asked, “What’s in January?” And I responded with much excitement, “NOTHING!” She laughed and reminded me that I need to find enjoyment in my present even when life is busy and tough. This past fall will go down as probably one of the toughest that hopefully I will ever have to go through.

January has come, and it’s true that it’s been a bit less chaotic despite a household of colds, ear infections, and round 2 of colds…

But this past Sunday I was reminded about the importance of rest.

Rest is important not just for the physical body to prevent and/or heal from injury, but also for the mind. One of the best ways to rest the mind is through prayer or meditation which can be done before, during, or after a yoga practice.

Why would rest for the mind be so important? It’s about connection, connection to your self, your soul. Everyday is filled with so many distractions that we can become disconnected from ourselves, our purpose, our calling, or really what our spirit loves about life. When we are connected, we can live life the way we are meant to which not only benefits us, but also others.

If you think about our mind like you do to injury, without rest your body may get more injured, never healing properly and never functioning properly. Sometimes with bodily injuries you have to go so far back to fix it, to rest it in order to go back to the beginning to the road of recovery. Sometimes surgery is even required or sometimes you are left with a scar, either way your body can’t function properly without proper rest and recovery.

It made me think about emotional “injury” and how sometimes we push through it, keep letting it happen, or never get proper help to work through it. Just like the body without proper “rest,” you may never fully recovery. The emotional “injury” may “heal” but deep down you might not work or function the way you used to, which is that disconnection I was talking about earlier. Without proper rest for the mind, we may grow disconnected from our spirit and never fully be who we are meant to be.

I know that we aren’t all available to take a vacation, and the thing is a vacation might not even be the type of “rest” you need for the mind. Take me for example, I work part time, take care of two kids, and run an Etsy shop. I am NOT going to be taking a “vacation” anytime soon. I started realizing that my “rest” might just be the acceptance to be happy with just life. I so often am trying to think of the next step and what I should be doing or what I need to be doing in a year or two rather than just simply focusing what’s in the present, my children, my family, the household/the life that I can build now. Focusing on the present does take courage, and yes there is importance to be aware of the future, but being in the present if you think about it, is a form of rest. It’s putting that anxiety about the future to “rest.”

Children live life every day in the present, they try to find enjoyment in the little things. This gives them rest, and their spirit is high, they enjoy life, and are full of love.

So to “Find Your OM” today, please give yourself a chance to rest, whether it is through prayer or meditation or simply trying to live more in the present every day. It takes practice, but connecting to yourself is worth it.

Namaste, Kate

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#Beautyinthecommon (Photo I took at Chicago Botanic Gardens Spring 2012)