Saturday, November 22, 2014

Ready To Let Loose And Run?

Being injured is not fun. Also knowing how far to push, how little to push, how much rest, how little rest, how much a lot of things and you risk re-injury. You do too little and you lose a lot of fitness, and you might actually hinder recovery if the area needs to be worked.

So the reality is probably the best thing to do when injured is to see a doctor or go to physical therapy. Once again I am not a medical professional and this is just my personal opinion. However when you factor in schedules, lack of childcare, and money for said Dr. visits, most of the time I don't usually make it to the doctor's office or PT. So with this injury so far I have taken it upon myself to just try to listen to my body.

However I realize had I gone the medical route.....

Friday, November 21, 2014

Wanna Dance? Ballroom Dance Mastery System Giveaway


I have been compensated in the form of a gift card/money/coupon and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All opinions expressed are mine and honest in nature.

As most of you know I have no rhythm, and two left feet, remember Zumba? (I Zigged When They Zagged)

But I've always admired the grace of those who could dance whether it's ballroom dancing, salsa, hip-hop - you name it. So I was curious to see if someone like me could learn ballroom dancing from a video.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

My 30 Day Food Challenge Starts Now

If you've been following me then you know that tried to sugar detox and I crashed and burned badly on the fourth day. And since then I've tried modified versions, but not really wholeheartedly.

Recently, I was approached by a mail order food plan to test their food and review it. I had never heard of them before, and after a little research I thought that I might give them a try. Their food seemed healthier than most traditional frozen dinners. And they had very strict guidelines that I had to follow. If I didn't, I would be kicked out of the program, and I would have to reimburse them for the food. This was enough of a 'yikes' factor for me that might force me to stay within the program. I would really like to see results with decreased sugar consumption and overall healthy eating.

However, after thinking about it for a couple of days, I honestly didn't want to eat something different than my family. I would be preparing the meals that were sent to me. But I would still have to prepare something for my family. I was 'forbidden' to eat anything not approved by the meal plan. And this was a red flag for me. Does this mean at a playdate that I have to bring my own food? What if someone wanted to meet us somewhere out to eat? There are healthy options that I could choose from while dining out, but would I have to turn down meals or not eat out for the next 28 days because I was doing this program? Also, my blood pressure is a little high lately with added weight gain, and the food was a little heavy on the sodium. And why does it take a signed contract so to speak to keep me 'on track'?

So after much debate (with myself), I have decided not to review this food plan, but to instead begin my own 30 day food review by eating healthy with little to no sugar (mainly moderation) as part of a healthy lifestyle. And yes, I realize Thanksgiving is next week, and with Hubby out of town, Lil Man and I plan to make lots of cookies. I thought about waiting until after the holidays, but you know, there is always 'something' in life. Cause after the holidays it will be Hubby's bday, Valentine's day and the list goes on and on. I think the key for me will be moderation.

I am really feeling the results of too much sugar in my system. I'm having massive mood swings, my joints are aching, and I overall feel bleh. I know that I truly need to make a change, and this change needs to happen sooner verses later.

My weight has crept up. And although I don't want to focus on a number on a scale, I do know that the increased pounds are causing me some issues with blood pressure as well as some female related problems.

I don't want to post my weight or BMI for several reasons. First, I'm not overweight. I am however at the higher end of normal for my weight. And I don't want anyone to look at the number and judge me, or judge themselves. I am 4'10" and that plays a big part when it comes to looking at numbers.

I personally don't want to post a 'before' picture because well, I'm not very happy with this picture. But to hold myself true and accountable, I will post a before pic and an after pic to see if there is any difference. My main goal is that I will feel different (less aches and pains) and feel healthier. My second goal would also be to drop a few pounds and tone up. I'm curious to see if there will be any outward change in 30 days. I guess we'll find out. (and just so you know - I don't do photoshop :)

Here is the before November 20, 2014.






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Monday, November 17, 2014

Learning To Enjoy The Solitude

Well, my long run this weekend turned into more of a long walk :) But that's ok, because the truth is I'm still injured so the fact that I can get out there and get 4 miles is pretty good at the moment. I had hoped to get 5, but I felt sluggish and started walking, then I decided since I was 'feeling it a little' that I'd cut it short at 4. It was 28 and a few snow flurries, and my hamstring wasn't a huge fan of the cold.

And you know what? I didn't feel disappointed or defeated in any way that I cut my run short. This my friends is a huge milestone for me.

I'm sure you've picked up on the fact, that I'm not one who really enjoys running alone. See, when I lived in Mississippi, I would meet my best friend Jill at an ungodly hour, and we would run and talk for an hour. Every night, I would look forward to our super early morning runs. It was a friendship that was formed over running, and to this day it still stands - oh how I miss her and her family.

When I moved to PA, I would go out running and come home crying. "I'm done. I'm not doing this again. I hate it here."

Strengthen Your Core With The Bellyminator


 Full Disclosure: I received products free of charge for the purpose of providing a review. My opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

I don't believe in quick fixes. I don't believe in gimmicks, pills, potions and magical shakes. I know others swear by certain products, but in my own opinion I think it takes dedication, eating healthy, and exercise (whatever form that you choose that works best for you). So when I heard about the Bellyminator I was a little skeptical, cause I just wasn't so sure. But I was curious enough to try it. So it did at least have the curiosity factor for me.

The Bellyminator is a really simple device. It's touts to be "The only all-day ab trainer in the world" It's basically a strap that you wear around your waist with a little buckle that 'snaps' when you release your abs. It seemed simple, a little too simple.




Thursday, November 13, 2014

Finding The Right Training Plan For Success

Finding the right plan or trainer is vital for success. In my unprofessional opinion, there is no one-size-fits-all. Everyone is different. Everyone has different needs. What may work for one might not work for you. What I have found to be the most important thing is listen to your body, listen to your heart, and follow your gut. If a book, a free plan off the Internet, or a trainer is telling you that you must do this exact thing to reach your goal, and your body is telling you otherwise, my suggestion is to listen to your body, and reevaluate.

Missing several key runs would probably result in a different goal. But missing a few runs here or modifying something there, in my opinion doesn't necessarily constitute redefining what your goal of the race should be. So don't let a trainer or any plan dictate what you think your goal may be. If you are working with a trainer, I would suggest talking to them to let them know your concerns. Open communication is super important.

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If your body truly can't handle high mileage, and the trainer insists that high mileage is the only way to reach your goal, abort. Abort the plan. Take a different path before you reach a point that you hate running, and more importantly lose confidence in yourself as a runner. It's no fault of the trainer, no fault of the plan, and no fault with yourself, it's just that at this time it's not a good fit for you. But there is a plan for you, you just have to find it.


You know you better than anyone else.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Dot&Dot Small Packing Cubes Simplify My Life


Full Disclosure: I received products free of charge for the purpose of providing a review. My opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

I can't praise packing cubes enough. The uses are endless. And the Dot&Dot Small Packing cube is amazing. The size is perfect for so many things.

Being a runner, I use the Dot&Dot Small packing cube for my running gadgets (watches, ID, fuel, fuel belt {small one minus the bottles}, anti-chafe, lights, headband, compression sleeves  etc. I think you get the picture.). That way I can have all of my running gear together inside my bag when I'm traveling. If I'm going to an out-of-town race, this is perfect to be able to have all of my running gear, even my race outfit if it's warm weather, all in one place inside my bag. The packing cube isn't super large, so if you have several layers of clothes, it might not all fit. But it is perfect at least for all of my running gadgets /fuel to make sure that I have everything. I check it before I leave, double check it, triple check it, quadruple check it to make sure that I have everything. By having everything in one bag, in one place, I feel more confident knowing that I haven't forgotten anything. Plus it makes it super easy when I get to my destination that I can just pull out this one bag (with a handle) and have all of my gear together.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

This Run Made Possible By Compression

After getting my Thigh Compression Sleeve (Feeling The Squeeze - Compression Sleeves),  I ordered me a pair of  Zensah High Compression Shorts since some of my pain is also in the buttock area. Well, I love them. They seem to really make a difference. The only problem is that I'm need more than one pair! 

So this weekend, I put them to the test and took to the streets. I'd been running on the treadmill, then I ventured out for a 1.5 to 2 mile run. And this weekend I went out for a little over 3.  

Today I went out for a 4 mile run - my longest with this injury. And I added in a few inclines.