|January 27, 2014|
|January 2, 2014|
I know I have been a little MIA the past few months… let me explain. The past few months I have been on a roller coaster. One minute I am super motivated and eating right and the next I am picking up old habits and saying things like “tomorrow I will go to the gym” and “tomorrow I will be more strict on my diet” … but waiting until tomorrow is the oldest cliche in the book.
Yes, every day is a new day and new opportunity to start fresh and make good decisions, but every time you take another bite is a decision. You don’t have to wait until the next day to make a change. Why not start (or re-start) with the next fork full of noms?
I know very very well how temping the gooey artichoke dip can be or happy hour at the local sushi place. Trust me, I will admit that in the past 3 months I have gained 10 pounds. I felt like I couldn’t preach to the blogging world about my weight loss journey when all I was doing was gaining – sitting on my couch while eating Thai take-out. That’s not a positive journey at all – a journey to the dark side. I was feeling so guilty about my new habits but didn’t have the motivation to do anything about it. Even my trainer started to get more on my back about what I ate and my lack of exercise because it was noticeable.
So what happened? I had the right mindset and I was on top of my game…. life happens. No one said it was easy. If it were easy, there wouldn’t be so many people out there struggling with the same things I am. You have to make time for your goals because no one is there to micromanage your every decision.
I was talking to a friend of mine on new years eve who recently lost 50 pounds. There are no miracle diets or workouts any one person can do that works for everyone across the board, but the true secret to her success was and is her mindset. I know it sounds cliche but even I have said that in the past (when I was on my weight loss streak). She told me that every day she took some “me” time to keep her on track, just thinking about the future.
This leads me to my new year’s resolution:
I will wake up every morning and stretch. Side Tangent: I am not a fan of yoga. I’m going old school with traditional stretching because if your muscles are tight, you have a far higher risk of injury when working out. While stretching, I wont think about my scary long to-do list. This time is for reminding myself who I want to be. Where do I see myself next year and how do I get there? I am the only one holding me back from my goals. This year will be a year of change.
Also, from now on I am counting macros (macronutrients). So all my new recipes will have the fat, protein, carbs and fiber listed (throwing in fiber for good measure). My trainer Emily Mraule thought it might be easier for me and my creative cooking to calculate my macros rather than just tell me what to eat. So I am keeping a food journal to keep me on track. Too bad I didn’t get that food scale I wanted from Santa this year, haha.
Did you make a plan-for-sucess to keep you on track for your new year’s resolution?
|September 29, 2013|
When RunDisney announced they were planning to bring a multi-race challenge to the west coast, I was stoked! Without thinking, I awaited the registration date and BOOM, registered.
I had a blast at the races. I don’t want to bore you with every little detail – like how humid it was, how I loved seeing the Red Hat Ladies cheer on all the runners, how I ran with a charity team, Special Olympics Southern California, or that at one point I was running behind the oldest runner in the race.
… But I thought you might find some of my top tips for runners new to Disney races helpful.
My Top Tips for New Disney Runners
Join a Facebook group. There are a TON of running groups on Facebook. Every Disney race has one or more groups filled with runners willing to share their experiences and offer answers to your questions. It’s great to find out from other runners what to expect race day. It’s also really helpful for tourists that aren’t as familiar with the area. Locals like myself offer insight into local carb loading favorites, hotel recommendations, and more. I love being a part of the Facebook groups.
Test your costume. Running as your favorite Disney character is fun, but when your sweaty Ariel wig is slowing you down and your only options are to take it off and carry the wet mass of red fibers, tough it out, or throw away your $35 purchase at the next water station – you’ll wish you had tested it first. I know running on the streets dressed like Cinderella might be a little embarrassing on a regular Sunday afternoon, but it’s well worth it. If you’re lucky enough to have a friend who owns a treadmill, you can test your costume in a more private location. Or you can even sign up for a 5k or 10k that encourages costume wearing in the months leading up to the big Disney run.
Plan for the expo. Try to get to the expo the first day. Both vendors and Disney start to run out of merchandise if you wait. If you are planning to buy specific items like compression socks, check the list of vendors and where they are located (this can be found in the official race program sent via email or posted in the “Runner Info” section of the race). There are so many vendors it can get overwhelming when looking for something “simple,” like a pair of socks.
Get plenty of sleep. A week or two before the race, go to bed/wake up early. Get your body used to time you will need to go to bed and get up for the race. Trying to fall asleep at 8PM the night before the race is tough if you didn’t train your body to do it. Consider staying at a nearby hotel the night before. I only live about 45 minutes away from the park, but that extra 45 minutes means the world when it’s 3:30AM and you’re alarm just went off.
Know your pace. While the 3:30 time limit may seem like plenty of time at a 16 min/mile, time is of the essence if you plan to stop and take photos with the Disney characters on course. A lot of people say Disney races are not about breaking your personal record and “just a fun run,” but for those of us on the slower side, these races are far from a “just” a fun run. Sure we have fun, but for 13.1 miles, we race against ourselves and our own capabilities. The slower runners are placed in the last few corrals giving you even less pacing wiggle room. Keep track of your time and don’t get picked up, because it does happen.
Get plenty of photos. Firstly, at the expo, MarathonFoto offers special pre-order deals that you should checkout. Secondly, there are a TON of photographers to snap your photo, so technically you don’t need to bring your own camera … but being able to take photos at any possible moment is a powerful thing. Charge your phone and snap away. You never know what photo op you’ll see.
Proudly wear your medal. After the race, EVERYONE wear’s their medal. Whether you’re visiting the park after the race or planning to grab some breakfast in the surrounding areas, you’ll see runners walking around with their shiny new accomplishment around their neck.
I’ve often seen people who were swept from the race, unsure if it was appropriate to wear their medal because they didn’t actually finish the race. But wether you broke your personal record or you were swept for being under the pace requirement, you earned your medal 🙂
|September 23, 2013|
While Fall may be here, there are still many of us enjoying Summer weather. This motivational Monday I want to remind you to go out and live. Enjoy the last bit of warm weather while it lasts and head to the beach.
Being overweight, I always felt self conscious about pool parties and beach days… any outing that involved my insecurities to be exposed.
One of the biggest pieces of advice I can give to those that struggle with weight is to not let it hold you back. In the past, I never wanted to buy new swimsuits, hoping that this Summer might be the Summer that I finally could buy and wear the bikini I dreamt of. If that bikini didn’t make it into my shopping bag, I put my foot down and wouldn’t buy anything at all.
Just a few years ago, I was invited to a friend’s house to go swimming and realized that my suits were so old that I had nothing to wear. I ended up showing up late, knowing that by the time I got there, everyone would be out of the pool and I wouldn’t need to worry about the pool at all. But you can’t hide like that forever.
Once I let it go, I was so much happier. I felt better about myself.
Excluding yourself from spending time with friends and family only makes you feel worse. Just because you are working hard to get the body you want doesn’t mean you can’t embrace what you have now.
Happy Motivational Monday!