There’s No Yawning In Pep Talks!

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  The weather at the Jersey Shore has finally been warming up which means two things:  the tourists will soon be invading and race season is here!  In a couple days I’ll be doing my first five mile run in the Spring Lake 5 and I’m not ready.  I’m not sure I’ll ever be ready!

My preparation began a few weeks ago to include more running and more importantly getting my playlist just right.  I recently read an article that music can make the pain and struggle seem less since your focus is shifted to the beat.  I really hope that’s true because I can use all the help I can get!

The other day I took a stroll on the sand listening to my playlist.  I started go give myself a pep talk that went something like this, “You can do this!  Imagine how many people physically can’t or won’t.  You have an opportunity to run for those people and do something they can’t.  If you need to stop and walk, it’s ok!”  And then, I yawned.

There’s no yawning in pep talks!  Who does that?  I bet Rocky didn’t do that.  I am going to have to dig really deep the next few days to find my beastmode.

I find myself in and out of healthy habits these last few months and I can only blame me.  I am completely responsible and failing.  One of my bad habits it starting a plan and not seeing it through.  I quit too easily and revert back to old ways.

I know people who have lost a tremendous amount of weight over the last year and have stuck with it.  That in itself is amazing.  I often wonder how they do it. How do they keep the momentum going to reach the end goal?  I am open to any advice I can get!

 

*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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Going Out and Staying Healthy

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After months of cold dreary weather on the East Coast the air is finally warming up!  People are out and about on their bikes, going on runs and leasurely walking their dogs without having to wear a jacket.  The warm weather can be very motivating to be more active but it also brings about invitations to go out.  And by going out I mean eating and drinking!

Going out eating and drinking is super fun but can be high in calories.  Being social with your friends shouldn’t throw off your good eating habits but how do you stay on track?  Here are some tips to help!

  • Have a snack/meal before you go out. This can help curb your appetite, help you to avoid unhealthy foods and help you wallet.
  • Drink water.  You may be surprised to know that sometimes our hunger pangs are just because we’re dehydrated.  Drink water before you go out and it’ll fill you up!
  • Save your cheat meal for going out.  If you stay healthy all week, give yourself a break and enjoy a meal.

If you do fall off the healthy eating wagon, don’t be too hard on yourself.  Keep in mind why you are eating healthy and get back to it!

Remember this:  One bad meal isn’t going to make you fat and one healthy meal isn’t going to make you skinny.

*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.

Running Thoughts

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Have you ever seen a runner gliding by like a gazelle and as you drive by turn back to see a) if you know them and b) if their face is cute?  Well, I do.  Perhaps I’m shallow or just looking for a date but what are THEY thinking about?  Do they hear the “Eye of the Tiger” in the headphones motivating them to move faster?  Or are they thinking about their next meal?   Who knows but here are my thoughts…

  • This pace feels great.  I feel like I could go this fast for a while.
  • Oh, now the downward hill is evening out.  Ouch, my ankles and calves are killing me.
  • Ok, put your serious face on.  Traffic is going by and I want to look cool.
  • Who am I kidding?  If I can make it ¾ of a mile without stopping it’ll be a miracle.
  • More cars are going by.  Gotta look like a pro.  In through your nose out through your mouth.
  • Stop stop stop.  Need to catch my breath and give my calves a moment of peace.
  • I need a song to kick my butt back into beastmode.  Kanye? Ok!
  • I bet Kanye never thought his music would motivate a running white chick from Jersey.
  • This feels great – I’m amazing.
  • Do I look ok?
  • Is my face red?
  • Do I look fit or is my body all over the place?
  • Time for a #selfie check
  • Uh oh.  I think I need to go to the bathroom!
  • Please pass.  Please pass.
  • Oh, thank God it passed.
  • Why am I doing this?
  • I have a five mile race in 2 weeks.  What was I thinking??
  • I’ll just walk if I need to.  It’s not illegal.
  • I really want to finish this in less than 30 minutes.  Time to push myself.
  • I just ran past my house to finish the miles evenly and I’ll run back.
  • Mission accomplished!  I feel great!
  • The dog jumps in my lap and all is right in the world.  Can’t wait to do this again!

Being a runner is totally crazy but so rewarding. 🙂

Lessons Learned: Imperfection and Social Media

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From time-to-time I get tired of talking about healthy habits and dating is on the back burner, so what should I write about? After some thought I realized that I learn a lesson everyday. From my fitness failures and social media successes, I’ve learned more about who I am and the perception we give.

Imperfect Perception

Last weekend I was at a family gathering and everyone was so sweet to compliment me on how great I looked. They also commented on my blogging and how impressed they are with my running. Compliments embarrass me to say the least, but more importantly I feel as though I put a perception out there that is greater than reality.

I’ll be the first to admit I am not perfect. Over the last year I’ve lost 30 pounds, gained 7-10 and then took it off again. Real life isn’t The Biggest Loser. I have ups and downs every day, every week, every month. One day this week I ate french fries and chocolate cake! I fudge up all the time!

I get a lot of questions from friends and strangers about my weight, my eating habits and running. I’m not an expert in nutrition or running, I’m just an expert at me. I know what works for me and I think that’s the key to reaching your fitness goals.

Social Media

Social media is a huge part of our culture whether you like it or not. I can’t watch a tv show anymore without a hashtag (#followingfriends to my Following peeps!) in the corner of your screen. Old friends from high school, college and past jobs are connecting to find out what you’re up to. Yes, some people are annoying on Facebook and I imagine I have annoyed someone but it’s also a source for opportunity.

In the last couple months I have been contacted by strangers and friends I haven’t seen in years with opportunities I never thought would be possible like blogging for Smart Ones. If you’re looking for a job or a different career, I highly recommend reaching out to people on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter. Nowadays it’s about who you know.

For example, my friends and I went to a nightclub at Revel in Atlantic City. We were Instagram’ing and connected with the VIP promoter. VIP tables with bottle service goes for $1,000 but got we great deal and partied all night just for connecting to the promoter.

I hope my experiences will help my readers!!