Summer Goals

Asbury Park 5k Wonder Bar

 

Last summer I decided to start running as a challenge to myself.  After a couple days, running became my therapy.  I would get up before sunrise, drive down to the beach, run a couple miles, take pics of the sun coming up over the ocean and think about how lucky I was to live here and being healthy enough to run.

This summer will be my second year as a runner.  I’m pretty excited but nervous at the same time because I have set a goal for myself that I hope I can meet.

The Jersey Shore Running Club has Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix races and if you complete all five you receive a special award.  Since I did seven 5k’s last year I figured, “I got this”!

The Golden Grand Prix includes two 5 milers and three 5K’s starting Memorial Day Weekend and ending Labor Day Weekend.  I also signed up for the Philadelphia Tap ‘N Run that has three beer stops along the way.  I always like to throw a fun run in!  Here’s the run down if you want to join me:

  • Spring Lake 5 Mile – May 24
  • Tap ‘N Run – Philadelphia – June 7
  • George Sheehan Classic, Red Bank – June 14
  • Belmar 5 Mile – July 12
  • Asbury Park 5k – August 9
  • Pier Hours 5k, Long Branch – Sept. 1

I have to admit I haven’t done any training or stuck to a healthy diet.  Motivation has ceased to exist lately and can’t seem to find the extra push to get me out the door.  When I was in the healthy zone it was so easy to keep up with.  I had planned my workouts for the week as well as meals.

It’s time to get serious becuase what I’m doing now is not working for me.  It’s time to get back on track and remind myself this is good for my physical and mental health!  I know that many people struggle with motivation so what’s your best advice to getting started on a healthy path?  What helps you push yourself out the door?

 

*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.

 

 

 

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Beach Body and Bad Cravings

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There are so many trendy diets that have come and gone.  For instance, I remember a girl in high school who had tried pretty much all of them such as the cabbage diet.  She literally ate cabbage soup for every meal.  Needless to say, I wouldn’t sit behind her in class for my own health!  But, diets are trends for a reason, they don’t work in the long run and they are DIETS.

I have never dieted in my life because I love food.  When I say I love food, I don’t mean I just want to eat and eat and eat.  I mean, food has a purpose and that is to fuel our bodies so there are foods that serve this purpose in a healthy way.  This is why I don’t diet…I try to maintain healthy eating habits and not crash in an emergency like bathing suit season or a wedding.

It is very challenging to stay the course in healthy eating.  I’ll be watching a show at night and a commercial pops on for fast food. That burger and fries looks amazing and very tempting so how can we easily maintain good habits with these taunting commercials?

It’s ok to indulge every now and then.  You cannot avoid temptation forever so eat healthy 90% of the time and enjoy a cheat meal once a week.  Sometimes I get chocolate cravings and I have to give in.  I don’t have to go off the rails and eat a brownie sundae but there are alternatives that won’t kill your plan.  Smart Ones has these Smart Delights like the Peanut Butter Cup Sundae which soothes my sweet tooth without being my only cheat for the week.  Knowing myself, I’d need the burger and fries too!

 

*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.