Three Things for Thursday

Take two on my Three Things for Thursday:

1. Cleansing from the Beach. If you read my previous post, you know I indulged at the beach with food and drinks. Let’s just say the scale is not my friend this week. Because of this and  how horrible I feel from all that overeating, I have been eating light(er) meals and trying to cleanse my body from all the alcohol and large meals. Here are a few of the meals I have had this week:

A Few of my Dinners This Week

A Few of my Dinners This Week

2. Mental Health. When I was little I wanted to be an author. While normal kids were playing outside, I  was inside spending hours on my computer typing up “books.” I wasn’t writing the next great American novel or anything, far from it actually. Those stories were horrible, but I loved it. I was able to express my feelings. Now that I’m no longer in school, I don’t really have the time to write and I’ve realized its been more than 3 years since I’ve even jotted my thoughts down (this blog excluded, of course). Yesterday, I took the plunge and did something for myself.  I signed up for an online writing class at UNC Charlotte. Health isn’t just exercising and eating right. It’s about finding things that you are passionate about and following what makes you happy. Happiness has a lot to do with health and fitness and it’s not something that many consider. Do something for yourself today!

3. Running. As most of you know, I did the Diva Dash a few weeks ago, and I had a blast! I remembered how much fun races could be. It’s a nice way to break up running alone. I already have two more races that I am going to register for before the year is over. I’m even thinking about joining a weekly group run with some local fitness stores. I was never one for group exercise but it’s definitely starting to grow on me!

Until the next Three Things for Thursday!

Three Things for Thursday

On the off chance you haven’t noticed, my posting lately has been sporadic. I blame a hectic schedule, travel, and the fact that I have been downright lazy. In an effort to get back on track with posting 1-2 times a week, I am going to start doing a post every Thursday: Three Things for Thursday.

In these posts, I will talk about three things. It can be food, exercise, weight watchers, or healthy tips. Anything goes. My hope is that this will keep me posting more frequently as well as sharing new things that I love. Currently I am stuck inside at the beach (more on that later) and thought it would be a good time to start the weekly posts. Here are my three things for Thursday!

1. Aylio Resistance Bands.

 

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If you have never tried them; try them. Basically, it’s a giant rubber band that you use to exercise. One of my coworkers brought them to work, so on a quiet Friday afternoon three of us walked the hallway with those on our legs. It just so happened that the hallway had a lot of foot traffic that day and we received more than our share of weird looks as we stumbled up the hallway. I will say, my hips and glutes were sore the next day! If you are looking for a way to mix up your workout, can’t get to the gym, or just want to have fun working out with friends, try these out! I’m going to order some on Amazon. Here are some cool exercises you can do:

http://www.aylio.com/resistance-band-exercises/

2. Running at the beach. Basically this is a touchy subject at the moment because I love running on the beach. It is one of the only times I can tolerate running without headphones and between the waves and the breeze, I find it very relaxing. Every year for my birthday, I head down to the beach and spend a long weekend. This year is no exception so I have taken my first day off work since December (I’m stockpiling PTO for the wedding) and have been looking forward to morning runs. I need to learn that nothing goes as I have planned. I am currently trapped in the condo with a tropical storm raging outside. I’m barely braving the weather for food yet alone running. All I’m saying is it better clear up by my birthday tomorrow!

3. Our Weight Loss Journey.This beach trip marks a year of healthy living for Kevin and I. Following my birthday last year, we joined weight watchers and changed our lifestyle. When I look at numbers, I wish I would have lost more weight than I did, but this year was about more than what I see on the scale. We learned how to eat. When people used to say that, I would laugh. Duh – fruit and vegetables are better than cake and cookies. How hard is it to figure that out? But learning how to eat, how to portion, how to tell the difference between hunger and boredom, and how to listen to when your body is telling you to ‘Stop!’ is a learning curve. It wasn’t something that came easily. Now that it has become habit, I don’t know how I ever lived without listening to my body. I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for us.

So that’s all I have for this Thursday. I won’t be posting for the rest of the week – hopefully the weather will be clearing up and I’ll spend the rest of the weekend with my butt in the sand. I hope you all have a great fourth of July!

Making Workouts Fun

A few months ago, I signed up for a half marathon in April. It is exactly a month out and I’ve decided I’m not running it. I really thought that if I signed up for a half marathon it would get me back into running long distances. (My skinnier self ran a half marathon back in high school). But signing up for the race had the opposite effect. It actually discouraged me from not only running but working out in general.

For two months after registering, I would skip the gym because I knew if I went I had to be on the treadmill. I hate treadmills. I couldn’t run outside because it was dark by the time I got home from work. Instead of being active I was spending my time in front of the TV. Again. I finally got back in the gym in late January, but I never picked up running. So I am saying screw it – April 12th I will not be doing the half marathon. 

Not doing the race next month is the right decision, but I miss running. I miss it when it was fun, when I ran without pressure and didn’t have to force myself to train. I want to feel that way again. I just need motivation to start.

So, to repeat my previous mistake, I looked up upcoming races in Charlotte, quickly skimming over the half marathon I signed up for. I never realized how many races are out there and how many of them were made to be fun.

Here are a few that caught my interest:

Color Me Green 5k

Crawdaddy Dash 5k 

Charlotte 5k Foam Fest 

Noda 5k (A race I can immediately get a beer afterwards? I’m in!)

Race to the Top

I really want to register for the last one. How many people can say they raced up 1,194 stairs? Yes, it would be painful and I’d probably be cursing the entire way up, but think of how amazing it will feel after.

I’ve been debating all day. I just have no idea how to train for something like this or how long this would end up taking. I’m anxious I will start avoiding the gym again just so I don’t have to step foot on a stair master.

But even if I don’t do the Race to the Top, I am now making a goal for 2014. I will do one race this year and I won’t stress out about my time. I will enjoy running again.