Questions About Beachbody Coaching

Over the last few weeks my coworker friend has signed up to be a Beachbody Coach. I am thrilled for her because I always love to see friends of mine really getting into health and fitness.

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Love this girl!

Because of her signing up to be a coach, she is encouraging me to sign up under her. Honestly, I have thought about it even before she signed up. I have also thought about what it takes to be one. The time and the money are the most concerning.

Time wise I could probably start to work on it. I plan on picking up an extra job for Christmas and, more than likely, work beyond. Now that I have a smart phone I can do social media posts at work during breaks instead of having to wait until I get home. That’s the plus side. Time is my ultimate downside. Even with having the extra flexibility of my new phone, it will still take a lot of free time to get the most out of it. For the sake of marital bliss and maintaining my sanity, I have to drop something.

Money is another one. This is pretty big. I will be picking up an extra job to offset Christmas and pay down some large, unexpected expenses that I had this last summer. There is a cost to sign up and frankly, I really can’t justify it right now.

Honestly, I would love to do something like that. I love motivating and guiding family and friends with workouts. It was such a thrill to see my coworkers jumping on the running bandwagon with me. I feel it would be a natural transition for my career.

So, I my question is…..

Are you or do you know anyone who is a Beachbody coach? Any thoughts or experiences that you can share?

 

Intermittent Fasting – Is It Right For Me?

I am a researcher when it comes to all things fitness. When I come across a topic or technique that piques my interest, I read every article and paper that is out there until I am ENTIRELY sure that it is something that I would at least like to try.

Enter intermittent fasting. The definition of intermittent fasting is pretty self explanatory – you go a certain amount of hours without eating. Typically you finish eating the night before like 7 or 8 and go about 12 to 16 hours until the next time your eating window opens. You would do this for x amount of days depending on what you feel. During your morning fasting hours (or whatever fasting hours you choose) you do your normal workouts.

Just Google intermittent fasting and just see how much stuff comes up.

The reason for this seemingly crazy behavior is to make your body more efficient in burning fat rather than carbs. This idea is not new and, from what I understand, has been around for many years. There are many different variations of it IF so buyer beware. One size does not fit all.

A couple of blogs that really got the ball rolling for me to try was Miss Zippy and Yum Yucky.

Miss Zippy’s blog article was to Be A Butter Burner. Amanda’s goals are to run(workout) in the morning in a fasted state to kick her body into using fat for fuel instead of glycogen – Glycogen Depletion Training. It made a ton of sense to me. I tried diving into Paleo when training for my first half to do just that. I quickly changed back to eating healthy carbs to fuel my runs because I got scared that I would ruin my workouts. Truth is that I didn’t give it a chance. There is a certain amount of “transition” time that takes place because you body is looking for the carbs and there is none to be had. It goes through a bit of a revolt until it finally gives because it can’t sustain on nothing. Interesting thought for sure.

Another great read was Yum Yucky’s Guide To Intermittent Fasting. She offers up a free ebook guiding you through the in’s and out’s of how she approaches IF. This, I found to be a great resource to pro’s of IF. Much of the information is based on how she works with it but for me, I always find that information by someone who has actually been practicing it very helpful. I love how she mentions that you can still have your greedy moments and reap the benefits of IF. I know I have a greedy side and it does need to be satisfied at times. Thanks Josie for happily coming to terms with it! Download her book! It’s free so you have nothing to lose.

After reading up on it I decided to give it a try at least for a little while. If I feel that it’s not right for me then I will modify it somehow. I will let everyone know how it goes.

What have you read lately that you would like to try? Does not have to be fitness related!

 

Fitness and Depression aka What I Do To Stay Sane

With the recent passing of Robin Williams and the struggles my youngest has been going through, I feel compelled to address this issue.

We were all shocked when we heard the news. He was one of my son’s favorites and when he found out I couldn’t help feeling a bit scared for my son. As I have mentioned he has been going through some stuff even though it isn’t for the same reasons. I didn’t want my son to have the same idea.

My son came to me back in March to let me know that he wasn’t feeling quite right. With tears in his eyes he expressed to me how nothing feels good to him anymore and physically, he just feels bad. I didn’t understand it at first. He was always a happy child but I have been noticing a change. He just became more withdrawn and irritable. At the time I just chalked it up to our very long, cold winter – the winter blues. Unfortunately, it never went away. So, by June I was scouring the internet trying to look for resources for my son. It wasn’t easy but after going to a couple of therapists we found one he felt comfortable with. We finally got the diagnosis a few weeks ago – moderate depression with anxiety attached to it.

The diagnosis didn’t surprise me totally. How could a kid who is smart, does well in school, have friends, is athletic, and come from a stable, loving home have anything to be depressed about? Yet here he is struggling with it. It scares me and I worry about him constantly. Weeding through the network of therapists and doctors to find the right one was a challenge.

The one thing that everyone of them told him is that along with therapy, exercise is the answer to improve your mood and ease the symptoms.

How does exercise improve mood and relieve symptoms of depression?
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1) The release of the “feel good” brain chemicals like neurotransmitters and endorphins)

2) Reducing immune systems chemicals.

If nothing else, working out takes you mind off of what ever it is that is bothering you even if it is only temporary.
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According the Mayo Clinic, doing 30 minutes of exercise a day three to five days per week can help improve symptoms. The biggest problem with people who are depressed is the lack of motivation and energy to get started. Once started however, the symptoms ease.

For me, working out has been especially important to keep me from falling apart. I can lift weights or go out on a run and collect my thoughts. It’s my calm in this storm.

What do you do to get out of a funk and make yourself feel better?

Dash For Diversity Relay Recap

Hello all!

I know I have been scarce lately. I have been working a lot with some new career decisions and that has kept me from being really focused on posting. I hope this will be resolved really soon!

Anyway, this last Sunday was a race called the Dash For Diversity. It’s a relay race that is brought to us by NFJC – National Federation for Just Communities of WNY. Their website describes their mission the following:
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The National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York, Inc. (NFJC) is a human relations organization dedicated to overcoming racism, bias and discrimination by building understanding, respect and trust through education, advocacy and community involvement.

This was held at Buffalo’s scenic Delaware Park. It was a 9K relay with teams of three running each 3K. In this case it was once around the park.

I have to say I didn’t know what to expect. The only relay races I have done was way back in high school track. It turned out to be very similar but instead of a baton you pass a slap bracelet. The day was absolutely gorgeous! Sunny with a nice breeze and about 70 degrees.

My team consisted of my coworker, Juan, his wife Molly, and myself. Our other team consisted only of my other two coworkers, Al and Adrienne. Al couldn’t find a third person so he ran the first and last leg.

Juan, Molly, Adrienne, Al, and me.

Juan, Molly, Adrienne, Al, and me.

Our team came in 31 overall with a combined time of 48:37. My own time was for the first mile, 9:22 and the last .86 miles, 8:45.

Team Al came in 29th overall with a combined time of 47:16.

We had a great time at this would definitely consider doing this race again next year.

There were some interesting sights at this race too. The one thing that I found really cool was a van that was recreated as the Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine.
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What did you do this last weekend? Any races coming up?

Reebok Fall Fitness Giveaway!

I have some exciting news!

Win $500 in Reebok’s Fall Fitness Giveaway!  

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As a Reebok affiliate, I got the inside news on an awesome giveaway! How would you like to win a $500 Reebok gift card! *collective hand raising and cheers*

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What is better than getting the perfect Reebok workout gear to help you and your family stay fit this Fall? How about getting it for free!!!

Enter to win the Reebok Fall Fitness Giveaway where both you and I can each win $500 in Reebok gift cards! How cool is that!!

Check out Reebok.com from now – 8/31, pick out your favorite fitness item (apparel, shoes, accessories, and more) and post a link to that item in the comments section below.

Reebok will announce their winner on 9/2, and if we win, I’ll announce who my winner is on 9/3!

Thanks Reebok for making staying fit fun!

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Tops 5K For Roswell Park Cancer Institute 2014

Hello all!

I have been really slacking in the posting department lately. I really want this to be a fun job for me so I don’t want to feel that I am under any kind of pressure if the rest of my life is too busy.

This last Saturday was the Tops 5K to benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute. I did this race last year and the years before. As I have mentioned, I am a big supporter of this fantastic hospital. I did the Ride For Roswell this last June and it was one of the best experiences that I have ever had!

When it comes to summer races you can expect mostly hot and humid conditions. This was true in years past but this year we caught a break. The morning started off cool and overcast. It hovered around 72 degrees and was only a little humid. Perfect!

What made this race so cool was that my son, his cross country team mate and my work friend all joined me. Thanks to my husband for being my blog photographer.

I decided not to go all out because of a stupid summer cold I was coming down with. I really thought that would affect my run but surprisingly it was pretty good.

Mile 1 – 10:31 – I felt really good. The course is mostly flat with a slight incline towards the middle and end of the race. The first mile was flat.

Mile 2 – 10:14 – Still cruising along and feeling strong. End of the two miles I hit that incline and ran into it with no problems.

Mile 3 – 10:28 – I started to feel the cold a little bit now. I felt it mostly in my chest but I tackled the larger incline well.

.1 Mile – 1:28 – Here is where things started to go wrong a little. It may have been the cold or it may have been mental. I slowed way down to catch my breath but I kicked it in the last 100 meters.

 

Dustin and Sergio at the start.

Dustin and Sergio at the start.

My son’s teammate, Sergio, came in second over all with a time of 16:55!

Sergio at the finish!

Sergio at the finish!

Dustin came in 13th overall with a time of 19:17. Not his fastest but he is working hard to get back to where he was last year.

Dustin at the finish!

Dustin at the finish!

After the race we hung out and had some pulled pork and barbequed chicken.

Group photo.

Group photo. Why was I making that face??

I can’t wait until next year!

How was your weekend? Did you do any races?

St. Christopher’s Summerfest 5K Recap

Happy Tuesday!

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. It was a little rainy here in Western New York but otherwise not too bad.

This last Saturday I did a race that I love to do every year. It was the St. Christopher’s Summerfest 5K.
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This year I my son couldn’t make it but I had a coworker join me. He had just got back into running after I ran my half marathon. He sits in the cube next to mine and had to hear all about my training. Running is contagious!

Most of the day was really nice. Sunny and warm but not too warm with a light breeze. As we were driving to race, we could see black clouds on the horizon and knew this was going to be a rainy race.

The race started at 6:30pm. Right before, the clouds rolled in and it started to rain. Now rain doesn’t bother me. It doesn’t affect my running either way. What I got a nervous about was the thunder and lightning. I thought for sure they would postpone it until later. I couldn’t believe they didn’t.

I’m glad it didn’t. It did rain but the lightning only lasted a short time. The course is mainly flat. There was only one noticeable incline and that was on a bridge. It was a mostly flat, curvy course that went along Tonawanda Creek and along side a park.

My race was not surprisingly only ok. I am still not back to the running form I was in back in June. My hip was ok but endurance suffered. I don’t think I’m back to square one but I’m pretty close.

Running to the finish!

Running to the finish!

 

Mile 1 – 10:04 – I felt pretty good for the first mile. I may have run out too quickly at the start.

Mile 2 – 10:55 – Faded a bit but kept going.

Mile 3 – 10:56 – Held on to this pace but it was a bit of a struggle.

.1 – 1:14

Al had a great race. This is his third one for the year and he keeps getting better and better. He finished 24:36 which is almost a full minute down from his last 5K.

Al (in the gray) running to the finish!

Al (in the gray) running to the finish!

I have to thank my husband for being my official blog photographer!

Al & Me.

Al & Me.

 

After the race all three of us hung out at the church fair. Next race, Tops 5K to benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute!

Did you run any races this last weekend?

 

Switching Things Up!

I first want to say how excited I am for Nellie at Brooklyn Active Mama who is training for her first half! Stop by to check out her updates and cheer her on! My first was just a couple of short months ago and I know her excitement…..and fear!

I have not mentioned much about the things that I have been doing lately. I had an ambitious running plan only to be sidelined with some issues with my son and now my hip. I am happy to say that I think hope that I have it all worked out finally.

Over the last couple of weeks I did an experiment. I already get up at the ass crack of dawn to go to work so, I thought if I just get up a little earlier (at 3:30) I could squeeze some extra work out time. I know that sounds pretty crazy at least that’s what my husband thinks.

Now, I am not early morning runner. I never was as I always prefer to run after work as a stress reliever anyway. What I do like to do early is strength train. After trying out how it works for me at that hour I decided to continue. I wanted to do more strength training but with being my son’s driver for everything I had to pick running or strength for the evenings. This is where the early morning workouts come into play.

So far it’s only been two weeks but it works around my schedule. Here is what I have scheduled:

Monday – Morning – Strength \ Evening – P90X Stretch

Tuesday – Morning – P90X Ab Ripper X \ Evening – Running (Track)

Wednesday –  Morning – Strength \  Evening – Bike depending on the weather

Thursday –  Morning – P90X Ab Ripper X \ Evening – Running (Tempo)

Friday –  Morning – Strength \ Evening – Rest

Saturday  – Spin or outside bike depending on the weather

Sunday – Long run

I am being flexible about this because summer is usually busy and workouts don’t always get in.

One of my son’s friends lent my son his Insanity DVD’s. I really want to try it because I heard there are some killer workouts in that series. Maybe I throw that into the mix.

How has summer affected your workouts? Is it more difficult to stay consistent?

 

 

The Silly Things We Runners Do

Happy Tuesday! Training over the last month as been sporadic at best. This is partly due to a hip issue. I tried to go for an 8 miler Sunday only to be doing the walk/run thing after two miles and being surprisingly ok with it. It got me wondering why the hell am I doing this when it hurts. imagesKQ3IYC5P The answer is simple, I love this sport and I can’t sit still! Since Memorial Day I have been having some hip pain. I tweaked something trying to do those hill repeats. This pain has been nagging me for sometime off and on. This all started back in 2005 when I was 35. One of my long time friends from high school was the last of us to get married. She had a crazy fun wedding! Of course, because I love to dance, I danced like it was 1988 only to wake up the next morning feeling like I was 88. At least my hip did. On my right side I had such a pain I couldn’t believe I didn’t notice it the night before. I can probably thank my buddy Jack Daniels for that oversight. Anyway, I was on my way of getting into killer shape so I couldn’t imagine that dancing could do that. Still, I worked through it in pain, strength training and running. It would feel better then it would get worse again. I managed to reach my goal because I’m crazy like that. I let this go for almost a year. I finally decided to go to the orthopedic doctor to get it checked out. He took x rays to make sure it wasn’t arthritis. Arthritis??? I’m only 35. Thankfully it wasn’t. It was just a bad case of tendonitis which was quickly fixed up with some prescription Naproxen. Fast forward to now, my hip pain still flares up now and again. I take my Naproxen, stretch, and hope for the best. Sunday, I still ran despite the pain. It wasn’t great with the humidity and the pain. Throughout it all I just kept thinking; what sane person would do this? I think many of us who run go despite the weather or pain. We do it because we love it and can’t imagine not being able to. What silly things do you do that you know you shouldn’t? Do you ever run/workout in pain?

Running Is Contagious

I wasn’t sure if this was an appropriate title but I went for it anyway.

A funny thing happened when I was training for my half marathon in the spring. I’ve heard it said that that runners like to talk about themselves when it comes to running. Shamefully, I am like that. Why go against convention, right???

Anyway, at first I wasn’t sure if I should talk about it for two reasons.

#1 – I don’t look like a runner. When someone overheard part of my conversation, they thought I was going for some kind of training for work. Then when I told that person it was a half marathon training, they looked at me like I had two heads.

#2 – I don’t want to sound like I am putting anyone down. I know this sounds really stupid but I know that some people may take offense to it like I’m bragging or something. Am I proud of myself for doing this, hell yes! I mostly feared the reaction like the fit mom.

Not insulting at all!

Not insulting at all!

I don’t think it would have been to that extreme but you get what I’m saying. I felt like I had to justify my excitement.

The results were quite the opposite.
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I have people in my department who used to run years ago, picking it back up. I really love hearing about how they felt when they ran a mile or what their time was and how it’s improved. It’s really cool! I have such a sense of pride with that. I wouldn’t say this happens daily but it does happen a few times a week. I really never thought that it would bring such positive changes to people I work with.
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My coworkers and I are talking about doing some races in the future and I look forward to when we do.

Have you ever unexpectedly inspired others? What are accomplishments were you afraid of telling people?

Vacation Hangover

Hello all!! I’m back! I’m happy I’m home but not so much with going back to work.

I want to first thank my girls again for filling in for me last week. Allie at VitaTrain4Life, Kim at Day With KT, and Sarah at est. 1975.

My week was pretty awesome. It was nice to get away with my hubby for the week. Now that the kids both have jobs, neither of them came up. That made me a little sad.

We got there on Sunday and didn’t do too much. We unpacked what we brought with us and since it was close to dinner, I got that ready.

I have learned a lot over the years of camping. In years past we usually packed a bunch of junk food that we normally don’t have around the house. We’re on vacation right?? Last year I started to replace some of the bad food with healthier options. More fruits and veggies and less chips. I’m not saying I didn’t bring any but I wanted to limit it.

Exercise was changed up a little. I did bring my running gear in case I was able to get a few miles in. We were on the go almost every day doing something. Mostly fishing and a ton of hiking. We were fishing for Brook Trout which are scattered in streams all over in the area. To get to some of these place you had to hike through some pretty rough terrain.

Creek 1

This was one of the easier spots to get to.

Creek 2

It mostly was like this.

At one location, to go up stream, we had to climb these big rock outcroppings. This is the Adirondacks so that isn’t unusual. I never did get any running in but it was nice to change it up a bit.

The rest of the time we hung out by the campfire or I managed to finish a book I had been working on – Stephen King’s Duma Key.
Duma Key
Yes, I am a huge Stephen King fan from way back and when I don’t read blogs or anything about fitness/running, I read his work. If your a fan, don’t miss reading it.

What did you do last week? What have you been reading?

Fitness Do’s & Don’ts – Guest Post

It’s finally Friday!! I can’t believe my vacation is almost over! BOOOO!!

I wanted to finish up the week on a hilarious note. Sarah from est. 1975 has graciously agreed to stop while I am vacationing. I am so honored to have her here. She is one of my favorite bloggers. Quick witted and sharp tongued, you will laugh until you pee! So bring your Depends and visit her site! You will be so glad you did! P.S – For even more laughs, follow her on Facebook and Twitter too!
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So Kris told me that this guest post didn’t necessarily have to be about fitness, but it just seemed wrong to write about anything else. And since I don’t actually *have* any fitness to speak of, that left me a bit stumped. I mean, how are you supposed to write about health when you are perhaps the unhealthiest person in the world?

Well, since I can’t exactly lead by example, I’ll lead through cautionary tale. Without further ado, let me now present to you:

FIVE THINGS NOT TO DO IN YOUR QUEST FOR FITNESS

1. DO NOT attempt to exercise without bike shorts. If you’re like me, you know that the whole phenomenon of Thigh Gap is decidedly Thigh Crap. If you’re like me, you barely break a sweat and already the monster known as chub rub is rearing its evil head. If you’re like me, you know if you get chafed down there, it’s going to bring a swift end to whatever is currently passing as your “exercise regimen.”

But not to worry. The solution is simple: bike shorts. Wear them under your yoga pants, or your sweatpants, or your exer-pris. (I just made that word up.) Bike shorts are not overly stifling and they prevent chub rub like woah. Oh, and don’t fret – if you’re low on funds or clean laundry, you can always achieve the same basic effect with baby powder or Monistat Soothe Care Chafing Relief Powder Gel. (link to http://www.amazon.com/MONISTAT-SOOTHE-1-5OZ-CONSUMER-SECTOR/dp/B005MZM8JE/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1403483780&sr=8-4&keywords=monistat+gel)

2. DO NOT attempt an exercise program taught or led by someone you dislike. I realize that by saying this, I am risking an immediate attack on my person by a gang of angry fit ladies with shake weights and kettle bells – but I cannot stand Jillian Michaels. Sorry ‘bout it.

I tell you this because the reality is that if an exercise program is taught or led by someone you don’t like, you’re simply not going to stick with it. This could mean a celebrity trainer such as Ms. Michaels, or a Zumba instructor that moves too fast, or a yogi at your local studio that’s a little too touchy-feely. If you’re not comfortable with an exercise video, you’re not going to work it; if you’re not comfortable in an exercise class, you’re not going to go. Period.

And that is why my copy of Jillian Michaels’ 30-Day Shred has never been watched. Nope. Not even once.

3. DO NOT expect to become fit overnight. This is a serious problem for many folks and one that I in particular have never been able to overcome. I’ll count calories for a minute and then get frustrated when I actually weigh *more* than I did before I started. I’ll go for a long walk every day for three days and then grumble because I’m tired and sore and my kneecaps feel like an those of an 80-year-old woman. I’ll eat healthy for a week, not feel any different, not lose any weight, and then become resentful at all of the missed pizza and cake opportunities.

And those are the times that I decide to just give up.

And giving up is NOT how you get healthy.

Basically what I’m saying here is this: if you harbor expectations for immediate fitness success, prepare to be disappointed EVERY TIME. You best believe I speak from experience. Only the patient, the determined, and the realistic will achieve results. And yeah. I don’t achieve results.

4. DO NOT go out and buy hundreds worth of dollars of athletic clothes and equipment until you are absolutely 100% sure you’re going to stay committed. Not sure what I’m talking about? Here’s an example. 

Let’s say you’re thinking of taking up running. Great! Running is literally the cheapest sport in the world – you don’t even need a ball. You can just run right out the door in your busted high school gym shorts and that ratty “Where’s the Beef” t-shirt with the hole in the armpit and a pair of decent sneakers. You literally do not need ANYTHING. ELSE.

Sure, in time you might want to upgrade. No judgment here! You can buy the special sweat-wicking socks and the expensive running shoes and the infinite variety of little techy-type gadgets that measure every possible shit. Just buy them LATER. Do you hear what I’m saying? Because if you quit after four days, not only are you going to feel bad for quitting, you’re going to be in the hole for hundreds of dollars of gear you didn’t need. That’s a surefire recipe for a shame spiral right there.

Not that this has ever happened to me, of course.

*shoves pristine tennis racket under the bed with foot*

*shame spiral*

*eats entire bag of Sour Cream & Onion Lay’s Potato Chips*

5. DO NOT tell yourself continuously that you’ll “start tomorrow.” I think I’ve done this every day of my entire adult life aaaand well lookie here! Now I’m almost forty. Yes, forty — arguably the most difficult time in a woman’s life to lose weight and get in shape due to the metabolic and hormonal changes accompanying perimenopause. If I’d stopped telling myself that I’d “start tomorrow” when I was 25 and I’d actually STARTED TOMORROW, I would have found losing weight, getting in shape, and staying healthy to be a whole lot easier than they are now. Now it’s an almost Herculean task fraught with frustration, bitterness, stiff joints, sore muscles, back pain, and strange smells.

Also doughnuts.

I mean, what?

SARAH’S FITNESS DON’TS

 

Fitness – Fad Or Lifestyle – Guest Post

Today Kim from Day With KT is joining us.

When I first started corresponding with Kim I knew I had found my kindred spirit in the bloggy world. I know many people say that internet friendships are fake but I don’t believe it for a minute. I knew that if we lived close we would totally be going on runs together or having coffee. You can also find Kim on Facebook and Twitter!

Her daily 44’s continue to inspire me each week. She even runs miles equivalent to her age every year on her birthday!

Fitness:  Fad or Lifestyle?

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I think everyone who works out has their own reasons behind why they do the things they do.

Many people are just jumping on whatever the current trend might be – running, Insanity, yoga, 7 minute workouts…..

There is nothing wrong with following these fads as long as you don’t try to push beyond your limits!!!  Programs like Insanity and P90X aren’t designed for people who have never worked out before!!

It’s easy to jump into something just because “everyone” is doing it but we always need to work at our own level.
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There are also people who have made fitness a lifestyle.  These are the ones who don’t even have to stop and think about “if” they are going to workout or be active – it’s just a matter of “when” and “what” they are going to do.

People who have chosen fitness as a lifestyle are usually open to trying new programs/workouts but they often have something that is their “go-to” when it comes to fitness!

For me, fitness is definitely a lifestyle and, while I love doing a variety of things to workout and stay fit, my number 1 will always be running!!!
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So, is fitness a fad or part of your lifestyle?

The Power Of You! – Guest Post

Happy Monday! Right now I am enjoying the woods and all it has to offer except for the deer flies. Lots and lots of deer flies. I hope to come back fresh and invigorated!

For my vacation I called up some of the best bloggers out there to guest post for me. These gals can write their asses off and inspire the heck out me in more ways than one!

I wanted to start the week of with a bang and feature my hero, Allie at Vitatrain4life! If anyone has read her blog you would know she just returned from competing in Duathlon World Championships in Spain. A tremendous athlete and all around great lady. You can also follow Allie on Facebook and Twitter!

On the right of me is Brittany of Your Own Balance and on my left is Carly of Fine Fit Day

On the right of me is Brittany of Your Own Balance and on my left is Carly of Fine Fit Day

 Kimberly at Manifest Yourself, Cassandra at Losing It In the City and Nellie at Brooklyn Active Mama

Kimberly at Manifest Yourself, Cassandra at Losing It In the City and Nellie at Brooklyn Active Mama

 

Never Underestimate The Power of YOU!

POWER OF YOU

Way back in 2006, I was the Fitness Director at a local gym.  I was in charge of about 12 other trainers and they all had pretty much the same qualities – fit, healthy, and confident.  One afternoon this very overweight guy walks into my office and says he’s thinking about becoming a trainer. Um, what?  Now, I was relatively young, and had my own ideas about what a trainer should look like (see above) because most often clients want someone they can emulate.  Let’s face it; trainers are usually picked by how they look.  But, this guy intrigued me.  At least he had the confidence to walk into my office and declare his intentions.

Turns out, he had already lost about 150 pounds!  About two years prior he had gone to the doctor and was told one simple thing, “If you continue like this, you’re going to die soon.”  My friend in the chair had a wife and two kids, so he was obviously blown away by this declaration.  The doctor wrote him a prescription with the name of the gym I worked at on it.  That’s it.  How cool is that?  Even cooler is that the patient filled the script.  In fact, he came directly to the gym and started working out that day.

He went on to lose another 75 pounds, was one of the most popular trainers at the gym, and also taught packed spin classes. He was the definition of inspiration.

Did he ever look like the other trainers at the gym? No.  But everyone knew his story and wanted to “be like Mike,” which actually was his name, and they weren’t talking about looks, but mind and spirit – arguably, much more important qualities.

My point is that people often look at me, and the things I’ve accomplished in racing and find it inspiring.  I’m so grateful for that and, the reason I became an instructor and trainer in the first place was exactly for that reason.  But, don’t underestimate YOU.  Wherever you are in your journey, chances are you’re inspiring someone else.

I find inspiration everywhere – from people in my classes to the first timer who is scared to get on that treadmill.  So, the next time you’re getting down on yourself for not starting that training plan or diet, or for choosing the beach over Cross Fit, know that someone, somewhere is inspired by what you’re doing and what you’re putting out there.

The best part is, it doesn’t even have to be related to fitness!

My intention is for you to look at your summer from a different angle.  Be a little kinder to yourself while you’re pushing toward your goals, whatever they may be.  Be ok with where you are in your journey since you own it!  And know that someone you probably don’t even know is being inspired by you.

Who inspires you?

Where do you find inspiration this summer?

a51f602c06d0c6a00cc5e213d60d34fdAllie Burdick is a competitor, writer and SAHM to twin boys.  She tries to not completely exhaust herself on a daily basis and enjoys the journey by blogging at http://www.vitatrain4life.com. Join the party!

Ride For Roswell Recap

New Years goals are funny. Each time you tick one off your list you get a feeling of accomplishment. This particular goal left me feeling so inspired as well!

Roswell Park Cancer Institute is a nationally recognized, local cancer hospital. Great works have been done there to bring us closer to finding a cure. Ride For Roswell is one of their biggest fund raisers.
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When I arrived at the University of Buffalo, I could feel the positive energy. There were so many people, I couldn’t believe how they pulled this off year after year.

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I texted my friend and ride partner, Liz to let her know that I was at the check in area. Check in was a dream. I got in and got my packet with no problems. Liz met up with me and got her number too. There were different ride identifications to put on yourself and your bike. Liz, who is an avid bike rider said that she can’t put on the helmet sticker because she doesn’t have one. What?? No helmet? This proved to be a problem a little later.

We got ourselves over to our Bert’s Bike team tent, got our shirts and a draw string backpack LOADED with stuff. Mostly snacks for the ride but there was a ton. Trail mix, Clif Bars, and some other things.

We got ourselves prepped and got a quick pic in before the start.
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We decided on the 33 mile country route which started at 8:30. They called for all of the 33 mile people to get to the start line. Just as we were about to take off someone yelled over to Liz. Remember when I mentioned she didn’t have a helmet? Well, now this is a problem. One of the volunteers yelled over to Liz that she is not allowed to do the Ride with no helmet. Oh crap!

Liz was apologizing to me but I said don’t worry about it. I told her there were a few bike vendors including the one we were riding for that should have helmets for sale. She wound up buying one from Bert’s and we managed to get going. It was pretty quick so we only started maybe 15 minutes late. It wasn’t a race so I didn’t think it would matter. I was right about that too thank goodness. Our only concern that we would get lost if we didn’t catch up. This wouldn’t have been an issue anyway because there were so many volunteers either on the side of the road or driving around there was no chance of getting lost.

The ride was beautiful. The country road took you through farm areas and wood lined streets. After about 10 miles we came up on the first rest stop.
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The rest stop provided riders with water and sports drinks. Food included cut up peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, orange wedges, cut up bananas, and granola bars.

We felt pretty good still at that point. The weather was sunny but it was supposed to get into the high 80’s. At this point it was an hour into it and you could start feeling the heat.

The second rest stop was more of the same.
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We left and had about 13 miles remaining. At this point our asses were starting to feel the burden of sitting on a hard bike seat. We felt strong though. This part of the route had some more hills. I was thanking out loud the benefits of spin class. I never had to shift to make them easier and each one burned up them with no problem.

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Close to the finish!

We got to the finish in about three hours.

The after party was fun. I still couldn’t believe how seamless everything went. This even was a well oiled machine with everyone working together to make it a successful event. This is something I want to do again next year.

How was your weekend? 

 

The Curveballs of Life

Hello all!

Summer is officially here! I am very excited since this last winter was such a drag! Along with summer comes the usual busy weekends.

This post is to really just to check in with everyone. I have had a few curveballs that have made my posting a bit infrequent. I usually don’t like to go too long between posts but there has been so much going on that my enthusiasm for writing has diminished.

For one, some things have been going on with my youngest that I am trying to help him through. Not sure if I would ever go completely public by writing about his struggles but suffice it to say that when one family member has a problem we all share that burden as a family. Trying to help him by being supportive while spending time every week to take him to his appointments has left this working Mama emotionally and, progressively, financially drained. I try to be the rock but I feeling like I am going to crack some days.

This is where I need to get in my runs and other types of physical exercises to keep my sanity. I haven’t been able to really follow my plan for a new training schedule like I wanted to. I do get something in as much as I can every week. Participating in the 3.50 mile Chase Corporate Challenge last Thursday was a welcome break and boy did I need it. I have the Ride For Roswell this weekend too.

I say curveballs because I want to stay positive. I NEED to stay positive. I know this will pass and in time he will be better. This just something we have to get through.

Has life thrown you any curveballs that seemed difficult to get through? How did you deal with it?

 

 

The Facts About Cancer – Ride For Roswell Edition

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The Ride For Roswell is coming up quickly. As I mentioned in my post last week that this was one of my New Year’s goals.

I really believe is this amazing cancer research hospital. They need the help from our community to keep their research going to finally cure cancer!

The American Cancer Society posted this years cancer facts.

1. In 2014, there will be an estimated 1,665,540 new cases and about 585,720 deaths from cancer of all age groups combined. The break down with kids is shocking; 10,450 new cases and 1350 cancer deaths are expected to occur among children ages 0-14. In the age group of 15-19, there will be approximately 5330 new cases and 610 deaths.

2. Anyone can develop cancer. 77%, however, are in people over the age of 55.

3. Most cancers can be prevented.

4. The 5-year relative survival rate for all cancers diagnosed between 2003 and 2009 is 68%.

If nothing else, we want this percentage up. The real goal is to find a cure. This is where you guys can help. Everyone is touched by cancer either directly or indirectly.

Please help me help Roswell Park Cancer Institute find a cure by donating to my ride. My donation page is here. Thank you for all of your support!

How were you touched by cancer? Tell us your story below in the comments.

 

 

Stay Fit While You Travel

With summer basically here and the kids out of school, it’s time to think about vacation!

Most people don’t think too much about exercise when they are away but that can be the best time! Depending on where you decide to travel, the possibilities can be endless.

Planning a beach vacation? No problem.
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Typically, in most resorts, the beach itself is completely accessible. Why use the resort gym when you can walk or run for miles on the sand. Running and even walking on sand is a great workout. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

 

Camping? Gotcha covered!
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Bring a pair of hiking boots or a pair of trail runners, find a trail and go! This is one thing I can really get into! I love exploring new trails and roads. Walk, run, or hike and take in the woods around you. Only downfall, you may need to pack some bug spray.

 

Hotel trip? You’ll be surprised!
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When booking your hotel, try to find one with a gym and/or pool. Check out their classes if the hotel provides that service. It’s easy when you roll out of bed in the morning and take the elevator (or stairs) down to the gym. No driving anywhere!

Hotels are getting pretty savvy to this growing vacationing trend. Some even provide their own hikes like the Aria Resort and Casino. They provide a Hotel Hike. Yes, a hike. This hike has you working out the same muscles as a “real” outdoor hike. The hike leader walk you past the casino, restaurants, art installations, and shops. Who wouldn’t like to window shop while getting your fit on…AMIRIGHT?

What is your favorite vacation spots and what do you like to do?

My Next New Year’s Goal – Ride For Roswell!

Hello All!

I had a list of goals to kick off the New Year.

First was my very first half marathon. Check!

The next one was doing the Ride For Roswell.
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I try to support Roswell Park Cancer Institute the best way I know how…I run as many 5K’s that I could afford that benefits this amazing hospital. Since purchasing my bike two years ago, I had my sights set on doing the ride. It’s not a race but you can pick the distance and have to complete that distance in reasonable amount of time.

This is one of their bigger fund raisers and the participation is amazing. To get the complete information about the Ride For Roswell click here.

I have the pleasure to be doing the ride with my good friend Liz from work. We have the privilege to ride on the Bert’s Bike and Fitness team.

We decided not to totally kill ourselves and picked the 33 mile route. The way my ass felt after doing 17 miles last weekend, I have a feeling that I will be in need of sitting on a donut for that entire week afterward!

This is where we need your help! My Ride For Roswell site is here. Our individual goal is $200 per person! What ever loose change you can spare would help this great cause. Simply click on the link and donate whatever you can!

Thank you for your help!

Do You Remember Benji? – The Spin

The ladies at The Spin asked us this week to recall our first movie. I had to really think but I am pretty sure that my very first movie outing was to see Benji in 1974. I was 4 years old and remember quite vividly how that movie affected me.
Benji Movie
I had always loved animals from a very early age. This is a children’s movie but some of the scenes may scare smaller children. I should know because I was one of them!

Benji is a mixed breed dog who lives in Texas and is a stray. He ventures from house to house making friends with everyone. Two kids, Paul & Cindy, are his closest buddies.

He also makes friends with another stray, a Maltese named Tiffany. This movie has police trying to catch some pretty bad criminals and somehow Benji and his human friends get caught up in the middle of it.

The part that got me was at one point the bad guys get a hold of Benji and Tiffany, in an attempt to rescue Benji, bites one of the bad guys which results in that guy kicking Tiffany hard enough to injure her. I remember completely loosing it in theater at that point. I don’t remember what my mother did to calm me down but I remember the scene and me crying. What’s weird is that writing this is getting me choked up all over again with the memory!

In the end everything turned out fine. It really was a sweet movie with a lot of funny scenes but I would recommend kids who a bit older to watch it. I would guess that any animal lover would be affected pretty deeply regardless of their age.

What was your first movie that you remember going to?