Now today I am not talking about the big it makes you happy so that is what you should do with your life kind of so do it. Today I am simply talking about the little things. Make time for the little things, make time for you!
For example, I love coffee, country music, running, and kisses. So yes I have to go to work today, yes I have to clean the house, yes I have to do the dishes, yes I have to do the laundry. But you know what, I can do all those things and incorporate the things I love. Its a matter of time and timing, and making myself a priority!
Wait what.... what do you know.... I am important to me.... ( ok even with that sarcasm I realize sometimes this is really hard to do.... but it shouldn't)
We get the love we expect, and that even comes down to ourselves... so own it! give yourself some loving!
And you know what! you will be surprised you will actually feel better and more motivated. You will start to believe in yourself, respect yourself, and even want to earn that self self respect.
So like I was saying (before I got side tracked with loving myself) about the things I love and making that time.... give it a try....
lesson learned today: I had my coffee and allowed myself a few extra kisses from my amazing boyfriend instead of my normal rushing off to start my day. I organized the kitchen, did dishes and went for a run while running I listened to some great country music and before I knew it I was done cleaning and the laundry was already in the wash. Those few extra moments of happy really got me moving.
After all that I felt really accomplished and respected myself for getting all this stuff done before work today and what do you know, I was actually exited to go to work and relax and not think about all the stuff I needed to do.... WOW who would have ever thought. Slowing down my morning would give me so much extra time.
Doing this sort of thing for yourself allows you to feel accomplished and relaxing feels more like a reward as apposed to procrastination.
So give it a try... Do what makes you happy.
Most of the time I try not to write just about myself but this one is mostly gunna be about me:
to start I shared the video above because I believe not only does that movie mean so much to me and embraces the ideas and values I try to live by and will talk briefly about in this blog. But also, I feel Robin Williams was a catalyst in many of our lives to follow our dreams by his endless number of performances that emphasize the key to life is happiness, love, and sharing with others.
I am a true believer in the idea that we should fallow our dreams and our hearts. I mostly attribute this trait to my wonderful parents who let me believe that, just like Peter Pan say's, "To live will be an awfully big adventure". My parents also always allowed not only us but themselves as well to be kids, be imaginative, and enjoy life to the fullest. For those thing I am very lucky and very grateful.
With that being said I would like to share with you some news of my next exciting adventure: As most of you know in recent month I have been on many adventures and done many exciting, healthy, happy things: from running half-marathons, to hiking trips, music festivals from the great lakes, to the mountains, and deserts, and oceans on both coasts. During this time I have been lucky enough to find an adventure partner who shares the same enthusiasm for life as I do. So this fall we will be taking our adventuring to the East Coast! Maryland, to be exact.
Our first step in the adventure will be to drive across the USA seeing friends and family
Then we will be working out of Southern Maryland
and where life takes us after that.... who knows!
what! crazy, I know! exciting, right!
Sooooo lets talk about this in terms of health and fitness!
I am so excited! but I am also training for a Marathon! wow two of the hardest M words out there! MOVING AND MARATHONS in the same month! Crazy right!? well I feel it a little anyways. As I have mentioned before training is already very mentally fatiguing and I would recommend anyone who is planning on training for a marathon consider this as well as consider the people who will be around them during training. Just like anything we go through in life happy, sad, hard, easy, exciting, you name it , it does affect us. That is why durning this time or anytime anyone is doing "stressful" stuff it is important to remember to eat, sleep, and drink lots of water. Believe it or not one of the best thing to help prevent fatigue and stress is staying hydrated! Make time to drink water, relax and regain focus.
Also when stressed it is important to recognize that "hey I am stressed right now" and you know what "it is okay to be stressed". Be it a marathon, a new fitness goal, an at home issue, we must recognize our brains are part of our body and they need rest too. Often if you try to fight stress too much and hold back the fact that you are stressed it will all build up and explode all at once. And that is no fun! just ask my mom she is the one who gets my calls when I am like AHHHH IM CRAZY.... she says, "No you're just stressed." Recognize that sometimes acknowledging it helps, other times you just got to ride out those emotions.
Luckily I have not felt too horribly stressed yet about either of my big Ms but I am sure it will happen, and all I can do now is prepare myself as best I can.
Sleep, Eat, Hydrate, and GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK IF YOU NEED ONE
Now in terms of my moving and True You Fitness!
as of right now we are thinking of ways to keep in contact with my clients on the west coast. If you are interested in finding out how let me know! but for now things are still in the building phases.
My dreams continue to grow and I feel as though I am progressing towards my ultimate goal of being able to provide a full mind and body balance plan for my clients and customers.
In other words this is just another step in my big adventure, to live.
If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them in the comment area or message me privately. It is up to you!
LOVE YOU ALL!
and HERE IS TO 6 MORE WEEKS ON THE WEST COAST!
So normally I try to stay mostly positive about training but sometimes you just have to HONEST.
THIS IS TOUGH!.... not to say I don't love it! I really do!
but training is tiering no matter what level of athlete or event you are doing.
When we put our bodies under stress and caloric deficit things get a little bit harder.
I am no different then anyone else.
Lately I have been calling it marathon mush brain....
not to mention my crankiness
Luckily I am surrounded by the most supportive group of people...
and I have to do a shout out to Kyle here because if it wasn't for him some of these long runs....well lets just say they may not have been so long... he has basically been training for a bike marathon!
I am one lucky girl!
Along with the support of Inside Track and its club members!
Anyway, I am always curious what kind of effect different training has on my body and why.
So all this training and craziness has lead me to do some info searching!
For instance, lately because I feel a little hormonally off kilter, as well as hungry all the time.... I decided to do some research on those subjects, and what do you know, I found some interesting stuff!
in short I found out:
I need to be careful of over training
and yea, I am gunna be a little moody!
this first one is on the hormone cortisol and running
this second one is one hormones and over training
HAVE FUN! TRAIN SMART!
One of my good friend and training partners sent me this and I had to share because it is so true!
Being a good training partner comes with following a set of rules, writes Susan Lacke.
It can be challenging to find a training partner. It’s not enough to have someone who matches your speed—you also have to find someone whose company you enjoy over the miles. I have plenty of friends perfect for a dinner party or a coffee chat; but if I had to share a 16-mile run through the desert with some of those same people, it’s highly likely only one of us would return to the trailhead.
That said, my training partners are some of my most cherished friends. Together, we’ve celebrated our bests, tolerated our worsts and pretended not to notice the embarrassing. Even after all that, they still allow me to be seen in public with them. That’s friendship.
There are some fundamental tenets of a relationship between running partners—rules that don’t typically apply to those friendships in the “outside” (read: non-running) world.
So, behold! I give you the manifesto of training partners everywhere.
— Anything you say to me during hard intervals and/or hill repeats cannot be held against you. This includes obscenities, death wishes and insults of the “your mom” variety.
— If we are both racing and I pass you, I reserve the right to smack you on the bum without warning. Don’t want that to happen? You best run faster.
— From time to time, I may show up in mismatched knee socks, shirts with yellow pit stains or shorts with holes. Don’t ask questions. Just go with it.
— If our plan is to run six miles together, we will run six miles together.
— Even if you’re dragging ass that day.
— Even if I’m being a whiny brat that day.
— I will not give unsolicited training advice. You will not give unsolicited training advice. We say bad things about the person who gives unsolicited training advice.
— If you believe you can do it, I believe you can do it.
— When your self-doubt creeps in, I will still believe you can do it.
— I will not speak of your accidental, yet sonorous, butt toots. You will not judge me for my thigh jiggle. It happens. It’s cool, man.
— The secrets you share on the trail are safe with me. (By the way, that thing I told you during last week’s 14-miler? Thanks for not making your judgy face.)
— I will be genuinely happy for you when you have the best race of your life.
— If you have the worst race of your life, I will bring cupcakes to your pity party, validate your excuses and stroke your ego for 48 hours. After that, I will lovingly tell you to quit your bitching and move on.
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— If you use Google to diagnose your running injury before your doctor’s appointment (even though I very explicitly told you not to), I promise to come over and close your laptop before you become convinced amputation is imminent.
— I will never, under any circumstance, steal a bite of your post-run pancakes when you aren’t looking.
— There will be days when I’d really rather hit the snooze button, bail on our track workout in favor of happy hour or just be lazy. I know you’d understand if I bailed on our workout.
— I will run with you anyway.
About The Author:
Susan Lacke does 5Ks, Ironman triathlons, and everything in between to justify her love for cupcakes (yes, she eats that many). In addition to writing for Competitor, she is a featured contributor to Triathlete and Women’s Running magazines. Susan lives and trains in Phoenix, Arizona with four animals: A labrador, a cattle dog, a pinscher and a freakishly tall triathlete named Neil. She claims to be of sound mind, though this has yet to be substantiated by a medical expert. Follow her on Twitter: @SusanLacke
Read more at http://running.competitor.com/2014/07/out-there/out-there-the-training-buddies-manifesto_109679#BJdtYhs0pdmJ5lbg.99
It gets hard to stay motivated day after day, workout after workout, but always remember your goals and know that you reach your goals by using tools:
what ever works for you!
even you tube!
It always helps to have a workout buddy!
When it comes to our fitness accountability is key.
Not to mention how much more fun it is to struggle with someone as apposed to suffering alone right! So here are some suggestions when it comes to finding buddies:
Have several! The more the merrier right? Not only is it beneficial to have someone with the same level of fitness as you, but if you have several it cant hurt to have some that are a little better so they can push you a little past your limits, in a safe and helpful way, so that you can reach new levels, and also having someone that you can encourage and help rise them up to new levels of fitness and reach new goals. Always remember everyone has their own journey so you do not need to compare yourself with those that are there to help you be a better you, not a better them.
Find partners that like different activities. Possibly something you wouldn't necessarily do on your own. For example, I have running buddies, hiking buddies, lifting buddies, walking buddies, and buddies that I never know what adventure we are gunna try next.
When you are out doing an activity, with the exception of the gym, I find that most people love sharing what they are doing, so if you wanna find out more, just ask. Typically people are passionate about their hobbies and don't mind sharing. Who knows you may end up planning a type where you can do the activity with the new found friend.
Last but not least join a club, a fitness class, or a team. I have to say for me this has been a life saver. Everywhere I have lived I have been a part of a club or a team and those are the people I end up spending most of my time with. The become your extended family and who you spend your free time with, because what do you know you instantly have friends who share the same interest as you!
Happy Friend Finding =]