Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Why I Run Part 1

A few things have made me stop and reflect on the past year. So many good things have happened in our lives, and with Thanksgiving being tomorrow, I have been thinking about all the good in my crazy, hectic life.

This past weekend, I ran the One World Run for orphans in Kenya. This race is special to me, because it was the first 5k that I decided to run after having my son. I mark this as a one year point in my journey to become healthier, stronger, and a positive role model for my children to follow. Last year, I finished the race around 34 minutes ( I think) and one year later...I finished under thirty minutes again. I never thought I would run under 30 minutes, but this is proof that in just one year, you can do anything you set your mind to.

It also got me thinking back to why I starting running in the first place. The first reason I started running was to prove to myself I could. I have never thought of myself as athletic, and even to this day I don't. But I always admired people who could run, and I told myself one day, I would be running, too. So I took the first steps, with a friend and made the change. The first six weeks were the hardest. It was cold, I was tired, and I didn't want to run. But every night, we would run. Having someone to motivate me was huge. It made me accountable to someone else, and I didn't want to let her down.

Another thing I did was find races. I found a race a month ahead of time, and signed up for it. I wasn't "ready" when I signed up, but I knew I COULD be in a month. So I gave myself a deadline, a PAID deadline. I was going to run, and I was going to earn that tshirt that said I had run something. Slowly, but surely, I did it.

Come back to tomorrow for part 2
Phil 4:13

Saturday, November 10, 2012

In almost 4 week my first challenge group will start up. That means, you have two weeks to get a beachbody workout program and get healthy with me! Want to get healthy this holiday season, instead of gaining extra weight? Send your email address to and get ready to get healthy!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

November 6 2012

Well, it has been about a month since I decided to become a beachbody coach. Initially, I wanted the shakeology discount and a discount on a few programs I have had my eye one. But, one thing led to another and I ended up completing the entire coach training this month! I am officially an Independent BeachBody Consultant/ Fitness Coach. Wow..who would have thought my laffy taffy/ milkshake loving self would be a fitness coach 15 months after having my second child! AND who would have thought I would be running my first half marathon in less than a month!
I have consumed myself with learning about healthy eating habits, the right way to exercise, good calories/bad,running, everything over the past 15 months. I have found a passion in eating right ( MOST of the time...) exercising, and encouraging others to be a healthy as they can be. My daughter has started running, my husband has been (slowly) making healthier choices, and many of my friends and family members are doing the same.
I am so excited to be able to coach people from literally all across the United States. While my dream job is to be a teacher, I will have to admit, this is a very close second. I have a passion for helping people become healthier, whether it is by offering encouragement, telling them things that has helped me, or pointing them in the direction of others. I know what it is like to be scared, or feel like you can't do something. But I also know how amazing it is when you reach goals you never thought you would be able to reach, and see changes in your body that you never thought were possible.
After the half, I will be starting my first Challenge group as a beachbody coach. 30 days of support, motivation, and the tools to help other people reach their goals as well. If you have wanted to exercise, but lost motivation, this challenge group is for you. If you need a support system to hold you accountable, this is for YOU. I would have never been able to make it at the beginning if it wasn't for my amazing support system of friends, and my own coach who helped me believe in myself.
Mommys....we are loosing the baby weight once and for all.
Friends...we are loosing the freshman 15 that we gained a few years ago.
We are getting healthy, adding years to our lives, and feeling good about ourselves.

This group will start in about a month, so you have a month to decide if it is a right fit for you. Think about it. Pray about it. Talk to me.
my email is send me a message on FB. I am so excited for this new journey.
Phil 4:13

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Almost Ready!

So for the past few weeks, I have been making it a priority to get my long runs in on the weekend. Last weekend, I finally made it to ten miles, with five weeks left before the half!
Somewhere, a while ago, I read that if you can make it to ten miles, you can do 13 the day of the race. So my goal is to continue running ten miles every week until closer to time. I may try to do eleven or twelve a week or so before, but now I have the mindset that I can do this. I have made it to ten!
I'm still training with the Jeff Galloway method, and so far, it has worked great for me. I run 3 minutes, walk 1 the entire time. Even at the beginning when I feel like I can go a few miles without stopping. I do this, so that by mile 9 or 10, I am tired, but not completed exhausted. A few weeks ago I tried to run 9 without stopping. I ended up very sore for almost three days, and exhausted the rest of the day. I feel so much better when I take the walk breaks, but different training programs work for different people. 
I'm also still trying out the shakeology. I have been using it for a few weeks now. I do find that I have more energy and make healthier choices, especially if I have it for breakfast. It gets my day off to a good start. I am the type of person that literally the first thing that goes into my  mouth, determines how my day will go. If I grab a candy bar or something unhealthy and eat it, I will eat horrible the rest of the day! 
I haven't been able to use a full scoop, I feel like it doesn't mix as well, and it makes the shake into a thicker texture than I like. So I use half a scoop, skim milk and three ice cubes; blend well, and I have a healthy smoothie as I walk out the door. By using half a scoop, I can have another shake later on in the day, especially around 4pm when I tend to want to snack on junk.
I also haven't found any fruit that I particularly like to mix with it. I tried a banana and that was ok, peanut butter was aweful, and applesauce was so-so. Maybe those types of fruits and protein might pair well with another flavor, but as far as the greenberry goes, I will just continue to use milk. 
That's all for now, hopefully there will be more good news in the future ;)
Phil 4:13