YMX By Yellowman Clothing Review

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Back in October, yes October, I received an email from Joie at YMX By Yellowman Clothing about a great opportunity! I had a chance to pick out one of the many and I mean tons, of items that they sell, try it out and do a review. I have never heard of YMX before but once I looked at their line I jumped at the chance! Their clothing line is where art meets athletics. Think of the most beautiful full body tattoo and create functional athletic wear.

This is what their site states:
YMX activewear provides performance enhancing elements to all sports enthusiasts for an exceptional workout experience. The superior quality, comfort, and unique tattoo patterns are key ingredients of YMX’s extraordinary performance and visual appeal. MadKool® high-tech fabrics increase the performance of athletes when engaged in heavy workouts and extreme sports. Another big advantage of MadKool® is that it keeps you dry throughout the toughest workouts because the moisture-wicking fabric dries super-fast. YMX’s activewear apparel monitors your body heat to keep you warm in the cold, and cool in extreme heat. With superb MadKool® UV protection, you can challenge yourself in the most unwelcoming outdoor environments

After much consideration I picked the Amethyst Essential Henna Racerback tank.
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When I opened the package the first thing I noticed that it was that it looked better in person than on the website. The second thing I noticed was that it is so light. This made me a little nervous because I am a beast when it comes to the treatment of my clothes. I don’t have time to be messing around with anything. I was pleasantly surprised when I put it on and it STRETCHED to conform to my body! Let me tell you it really did need to stretch too unfortunately.
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I decided on a very cold afternoon to wear it on my first treadmill run!

What I loved:

Like I said, it conformed nicely to my body without ripping apart. It wicked away the sweat and left me feeling dry. Also, in the back there is this cool pocket that is big enough to fit an IPod or the smaller IPhone.
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I like to pick racer back tanks because they seem to fit better. I hate it when the straps of my tanks (or bras) slip off my shoulder.
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What I didn’t love:

Really, not much. The only thing that I didn’t like was that the bottom of the tank kept slipping up instead of staying put. I kept having to pull it down during my run and that was a pain. However, this problem really is on me to lose some weight. I can’t fault the tank for that. I will write a follow up once this does happen.

Overall I rate this tank a 10 because of the look, feel, and functionality of it. I would definitely purchase something else like maybe a t-shirt. I recommend checking out YMX Clothing by Yellowman!

If you want to try them out, check out their site and use my promo code PEACE15 and get 15% off your purchase.

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Disclaimer: My only compensation for this post was this tank top. As always, my opinions are my own.

Check out YMX Clothing By Yellowman’s website and tell me what you would pick! Did you get any new workout clothes lately?

Half Marathon Training Week 2

Happy Monday! How is everybody doing?

This week I got a pleasant surprise.
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That’s my cousin who used to live here in Western NY but then in the 1980’s moved to California. She kept reading my Facebook posts about my training and decided that she wants to join me. That’s really cool because the hubs will be gone that weekend and I usually run by myself with no cheering section. It will be nice not have to run solo.

Here is the run down:
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January 18th – 24th

Starting weight – 181.5

Monday –
Morning - Total Body Cardio Fix – Cardio with weights!

Evening – P90X Stretch – Not this week unfortunately. Had to take my son to one of his appointments and didn’t get back until later.

Tuesday –
Morning - Upper Fix – Missed this too. I had an insomnia attack and only got a couple hours of sleep. Reset the clock for 4am.

Evening – Ladders – 400, 600, 800, 1200, 800, 600, 400 (400 RI) @ 11:09 – I thought for sure that I would be completely wiped out from my crappy night’s sleep but I got through this great!

Wednesday –
Morning - Lower Fix – Half hour of intense lower body work.

Evening - Pool night!!! I am totally stoked about getting to the pool! You never really realize how out of shape you are until you try to do laps. It totally kicked my ass and I loved every minute of it!

Thursday –
Morning - Pilates Fix - I hope this will keep my hip happy.

7 Mile Tempo Run @ 12:04 – I got up to 5 this time but I am still working towards 7 at that pace.

Friday – 

Rest day.

Saturday-

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This was an unexpected rest day. I woke up with a runny nose and it just got worse from there. I had probably the worst sinus headache I’ve had in a long time. I got some extra zinc and today I am back on my routine. 

How was your workout week last week?

Half Marathon Training Week 1

 

Hello everybody!

It has been a hell of a week. Somehow the week just whipped by and same thing went for the weekend.

This last week I started my half marathon training. It is actually going better than I expected for the first week. I have been having a touch of tendonitis right above my left knee. The weird thing is that it actually feels better after I run. Totally weird. I bought a compression sleeve by Tommie Copper for that knee to see if it could work itself out. Thank God this doesn’t affect my running but squatting is another issue. This would only mean I would have to put off my trial Crossfit class until it calms down. Here is what I did last year.

Here is what I did this last week.
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January 12th – 17th

Starting weight – Didn’t check. I will do so for next week.

Monday –
Morning - Total Body Cardio Fix – Cardio with weights! I am incorporating morning cross training with my 21 Day Fix program. A review will follow…thanks for the idea Kim!

Evening – P90X Stretch – Nice to kick off the first week with this. I have been totally neglecting it and boy did it feel like I did. I even recruited the hubs to do it with me.

Tuesday –
Morning - Upper Fix – A half hour of killer upper body moves!

Evening – 12 x 400 (200 RI) @ 11:09 – Nothing like kicking off the running week with a bang. I really haven’t done any running since before I started working my holiday job at the end of October but I was pleasantly surprised.

Wednesday –
Morning - Lower Fix – Half hour of intense lower body work.

Evening - These will be the nights I go to the pool however my son had his therapy appointment so I didn’t do anything.

Thursday –
Morning - Pilates Fix - I hope this will keep my hip happy.

7 Mile Tempo Run @ 12:04 – I was only able to squeeze out 4. My legs were pretty tired at that point.

Friday – 

Morning – Cardio Fix – Another cardio session without weights.

Saturday-
Rest Day! - I planning on making Fridays my rest day. I want to start going to spin class again. My legs were so spent even before my workout on Friday morning that I figured this would be the best idea.

How was your workout week last week?

Things I Learned From My First Half Marathon

Hello all! I started writing this yesterday and was unable to finish so I decided to just keep what I had. Sorry for any confusion. I don’t want anyone to relive a Monday!

It’s Monday and snowing! These are two things that I definitely do NOT love. What I do love is that today starts my half marathon and overall race season training. I am equally excited as well as nervous.

As I mentioned a couple of posts here & here that I am going to tackle this year’s Grand Island Half Marathon in May again. This is my second try at it. My first time I did finish but not with the time that I really could be proud of. Honestly, I really wasn’t sure what my own personal respectable time should be last year. I learned a few good lessons that I will carry on through this year’s race season.

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I love this quote!

Don’t give up no matter what!

Some of the things that I didn’t really talk about too much was how difficult it was to start. The first couple of weeks of training was painful and, at times disheartening. My expectations coupled with a lot more miles left me questioning if doing this half marathon thing was really a good idea. Because I am not a quitter by nature I pushed through to actually be pleasantly surprised with myself and what I am capable of doing.

Be flexible!

Life threw me a couple of curveballs during my training. I think I got sick twice and not just with a cold. I got a sinus infection the second or third week of starting and had to take a couple of days off. I naturally panicked and thought my whole training regimen was going to go down the toilet. Well, it didn’t. I just picked up where I left off when I felt better without any problems. I will be more flexible and stress less.

Be fuel smart!

I think trying to completely give up carbs when I was going that hard was a mistake. Last year I bonked a lot during my Sunday long runs so I don’t want those same issues. This year, armed with experience and a little more good information, I will take a more balanced approach to fueling.

Calories do count!

This ties in with the above. I’m not training for half marathons to lose weight per se but rather if (and I hope it does) I lose weight in the process it’s a bonus. A lighter me would result in faster times and less stress on my knees and feet. Last year I lost 16lbs in 16 weeks which isn’t bad but for the amount of mileage coupled with a lot of cross training, I thought it would be more. I’m sure I fell into the trap that I could eat more of the clean foods because they are, well, clean and I was starving most days. This year I will try to consume what I need to train properly and not go overboard. The key word is try.

I will try to make this a healthy and productive training season by learning from my past mistakes.

What are some of the things you have learned along the way with training?

 

 

 

 

Badass 2015 Fitness Goals

Ok, maybe not really badass but I definitely turned it up a notch this year. So when Nellie at Brooklyn Active Mama invited everyone to share what their fitness goals are for 2015 in her linky party I knew I wanted to join in!

I did post a little of what I plan to do for 2015 here. I do have some bigger goals this year.

Train/run another half marathon!

I know I did this last year but I don’t think I did as well as I could. This year I revamped my fueling so I hope this will help.

Go to the pool at least once a week!

This one might be a little more challenging logistically. The pool that I go to is at the college I graduated from and that is about 35 minutes from my house and work. I shouldn’t have a problem making there most weeks but with my son’s appointments and just winter being what it is, it may not be weekly.

Participate in the Ride For Roswell!

This would be my second year for their major fundraiser! My friend Liz and I did the 33 mile route last year so this year we would like to go for the 45 mile route. See why I do it here.

Do spin classes!

I know I did this last year for my half marathon training and I plan to do it again this year! I love spin and this is a great addition to training in general.

Do the Buffalo News Runner of The Year series!

You can see the complete list here. This is a list of 11 races of varying distances starting with the Shamrock Run 8K in March and ending with the Turkey Trot 8K in November. The Grand Island Half Marathon is included in this series so I thought it fun to challenge myself with this variety.

Try Crossfit!

As Nellie pointed out, it is really expensive to do and I applaud anyone who can not only physically do this but financially be able to as well. The place that is close to my house lets you do the first class for free so it would be silly for me not to try it at least once.

Do the Wilson Duathlon!

This was on my list last year but kind of got derailed. I want to try to plan for this again this year.

Teach a workout class!

I don’t know what I would do but the gym that I go to for spin is moving to a bigger location and will offer up more classes. I thought this would be a fun way to get more training in as well as earning a few extra dollars! Any of you that do this already please give me some advice!

Join Nellie and let us know what your 2015 fitness goals are!

What are your 2015 fitness goals?

Blogging Q & A Spin Cycle Style

Since it’s the new year, the ladies at The Spin decided to start the New Years with a little blogging Q&A. Feel free to play along!

1. What do you love the most about blogging?
I love blogging for so many reasons. First, I love to write. I wish I could write better but with consistency, I’m sure it will improve. However, the biggest reason I love blogging is all the awesome bloggers I have met along the way. From Kim to Allie, Amanda and Nellie, I have laughed, cried, and been inspired.

2. How do you find the time to keep up with all the aspects related to blogging (posting, reading, commenting, responding, etc)?
Time? What time? I actually do most of my blogging really early in the morning or during my lunch hour at my day job. When I get home I have so much other stuff to do that it is really difficult to actually sit down and write something meaningful.

3. Does your family know about your blog and does this affect what you blog about?
My family does know about it but I don’t think they read it. I don’t think it would affect what I blog about. I try to be really honest and just be myself. My family knows who I am so I’m not worried about what they read.

4. If you didn’t blog, what would you be doing with that time?
I think I would be doing much of the same as I do now. Running and/or doing some type of exercise.

5. Have you been in a blogging rut and how did you pull yourself out of it?
I have been in more blogging ruts this year than any other time. With my youngest going through what he has been, it’s been tough to really focus on this. When I am out of ideas then I just wait it out until something comes to me or I come across something that I really want to write about.

6. Have you ever considered leaving the blogging world and why? What stopped you?
This last summer. I kind of when into a funk about my kid, money issues, and injuries. My focus shifted from this to dealing with everything else. It came to a point where I though I should just give it up because I just didn’t feel like doing it anymore. What stopped me is reading all the other awesome blogs out there. It made me realize that even if I walked away from it for awhile, I could always come back. I decided to take “breaks” when I didn’t feel like writing.
7. Show some blog love: Name another blog that you adore.

I can’t just name one. Here are my top reads:

Day With KT
VitaTrain4Life 
Brooklyn Active Mama
Miss Zippy
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A Dish Of Daily Life
Yum Yucky
Lemon Drop Pie

I do read others but I read these regularly.

8. What’s your favorite social media outlet for sharing your blog posts?
Right now it’s Facebook. Once I master that I will move on to Twitter.

9. What’s one thing you’ve learned about yourself since you started blogging?

I’ve learned that I am actually more patient than what I thought I could be. Growing a blog and trying to get better at running takes a lot of time and patience. I was always the type to want results quickly with just about everything. I’ve learned to be patient and enjoy the process.

10. Any new blogging plans or ideas for the new year?

I plan on talking about my Beachbody coaching more. Maybe take more risks with the topics I write about.

Your turn…answer one of these questions!

Goodbye 2014, Bring On 2015! Happy New Year!

New Year

Happy New Year!

If you are anything like me, you are anxiously waiting for the new year to get started!

Last year, I had listed specific goals for 2014. Here is how they went.

Goal #1 – Run my first half marathon.
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Done! I trained hard and even though I had hoped to do better, I accomplished what I had set out to do. I plan on doing it this year too. I am a little afraid my hip my start to act up again but I have a new training plan which involves a lot of glute work with my 21 Day Fix program.

Goal #2 – Participate in the Ride For Roswell.
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Done! My friend Liz and I took on the 33 mile route. This event has so much positive energy and it’s such an amazing cause. We plan to do it again this year. I also wanted to thank all of you for the donations! Let’s make the 2015 campaign even more successful!

Goal #3 – Participate in the Wet & Wild Duathlon in Wilson, NY.

I never got a chance to even train for it. My hip hurt too much and my distractions with my youngest took over. I really want to try it some year. Maybe this year but I will definitely play it by ear.

Goal #4 – Work on my business endeavors.

I have been working on this all along. Turns out that creating a decent affiliate site costs a lot more money than I have to invest. At the end of 2014 I took on being a Beachbody Coach which I will keep at. I still want to get my affiliate site launched but right now I will concentrate on coaching. This is really a path that I always wanted to take. I really want to help people achieve their fitness goals and, for me, this is the right avenue to take.

My goals this year are simple.

Regarding running, I have a very ambitious race schedule planned. I will be training for another half but there are other races of various distances that I would like to tackle. I turn 45 in February so I will be in a new age bracket. This could mean actually placing in my age group again.

Regarding everything else, I want to make this the year of happiness. Last year was really challenging with all that went on. This year I want to turn it around and find my happy place. I may need to make some pretty extreme changes in my life to do this but I know it can be done.

Thank you to everyone that have been with me, reading my blog. I hope that 2015 will bring everyone health, happiness, and prosperity!

What are you plans/goals for 2015? How do you find your happy place?

2014 Running Year Review

On Monday Amanda over at Miss Zippy invited everyone to her Year of Running 2014 link up party. Hop over to her blog and check it out!
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2014 Running Year

I had a lot of ups and downs this last year and running was definitely included in it.

Best Race Experience

Group photo.

Group photo.

 

Hands down, my best race experience this year and in years past was the Tops 5K to benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute. People fighting this horrible disease and the survivors inspire me ever day. This is a race that we all come together to fight for a great cause!

Best Run

Although I didn’t have a stellar season, my best run would have to be the Buffalo Greek Fest 5K. I felt awesome and it was before I hurt my hip. I didn’t anticipate that last mile incline so my time wasn’t as good as I would have liked it to be. I felt great otherwise.

Best New Piece of Gear

This would have to be my generic IPod arm band. If I wanted to have any kind of music I would have to hold that puppy in my hand and boy was that a pain. My sister gave this to me for my birthday and I love it. I can’t for the life of me remember the brand name but it works like a charm!

Best Running Advice

This wasn’t so much advice as it was a training routine. I never followed any kind of set training regime. When I decided a year ago that I would train for my first half marathon I knew I had to follow some kind of training in order to be successful. The FIRST training method was what I followed and will continue for all of my longer distance races.

 

 

Motivational Monday – Progress

Happy Monday!

How was everyone’s weekend? I worked at my second job all weekend so for me it was pretty busy.

This week’s Motivational Monday reinforces the idea of never giving up! It really goes along well with the Progress Not Perfection idea.
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Every day we work on our goals, the closer you get so don’t ever be discouraged!

How was your weekend?

Motivational Monday – The Extra Mile

Happy Monday! I’m sure I’m not the only one who indulged a little bit too much this weekend. Time to get back to it!

This week’s Motivational Monday quote.
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How was your holiday weekend?

Motivational Monday – Progress

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Many of us in athletics and even just in life strive for that elusive perfection. When it comes to training, I know that I expect perfection from myself when it comes right down to it. It’s hard to let go and be happy with progress. The effort of just moving forward should be applauded. There is no perfect training. There will always be hiccups. Try to focus on progress because progress is how you get closer to perfection.

What do you feel you need to be perfect for? Is it easy to let go to allow progress to take over?

The Time I Went To The Gynocologist…

I know that ranting about one’s doctor, particularly our gynecologist, is nothing new. Thanks for that Allie! :)

I had my yearly appointment Wednesday and was shocked to hell at the conversation I had with him.

First, let me tell you how awkward talking the man is. He like to chat while the exam is taking place and, although I know it’s to relieve some of the awkwardness but I really prefer to being talked to my face rather than places south of that. Anyway, that’s a topic unto itself.

The discussion started with me telling him that I have not had my period since July. That’s correct people, since July! So, considering that I know that I am not pregnant, the only other conclusion is that I may be headed for early menopause. Not something that my 44 year old self wants to really come to terms with right now.

With that ominous stage of my life around the corner he proceeded to tell me about all awesome stuff I have in store. Stuff like bone density loss, heart disease, etc. All this because of estrogen levels falling off the charts. I think he was pushing HRT but whatever. The issue of bone density loss was particularly concerning so I shared with him how much I run and strength train and how surely that would help me avoid a dramatic change. Here is how the conversation went.

Doctor – You have to start thinking about the effects of bone density loss with the decreased levels of estrogen.

Me – Dr. C I don’t really worry about that too much. I have been running and strength training regularly since my early 30’s.

Doctor – Doesn’t matter.

WTF??

Me – (Full on snark)- So let me get this straight, what you’re telling me is that no amount of exercise would do me any good now.

Doctor – I didn’t say that. I’m just saying that your bone will start to deteriorate regardless of what you do.

Me – ….

Doctor – Also, (and here is the best part), you really should start to taper back what you do because (wait for it..) like a car that has been driven around for a long time, it will brake down at some point.

Me – Excuse me??

I was speechless. The car analogy just about pushed me over the edge. All I could think about are the ladies who are much older than I am who are members of a running club that I would like to join beating me at 5K’s. I didn’t even want to argue with him at this point.

I think it may be time to switch.

What is your doctor horror story? Do you feel like a car that has been driven too long?

Motivational Monday!

Happy Monday everyone!

I had a crazy weekend with work and deer hunting! Yes, I said deer hunting. It’s one of the things my husband and I like to do together. He was lucky and I wasn’t but that’s ok. I prefer venison over beef because of how lean it is.

This weeks Motivational Monday is below.
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This is something that I will talk more about in the upcoming weeks. I have signed up to be a Beachbody coach. What this entails, at least for me, is helping people find their “why” and make fit a lifestyle choice. Whether you take baby steps or jump right in, fitness is a way of life so enjoy the journey!

What is your “why” on staying fit? What did you do this last weekend?

 

Motovational Monday – The Next Step

Happy Monday! I have another awesome inspirational quote today. Boy do I need this. Adding a part time job to my full time one has been challenging to say the least! I have to really stay on top of working out as many days as possible!
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I do this everyday. On mornings I don’t feel like getting up early to workout or go to my second job after a long day at my day job. I tell myself I can do this! Keep repeating this and you will always believe it!

 

What do you do to help yourself get motivated?

Motivational Monday!

Last week I had mentioned that my son and went to visit his college open house. While we were there I had to check out their workout facility and wow, was it awesome.

On the steps leading up to the facility had motivational quotes. I thought it would be fun to share it with you!

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Don’t you just love this?

This really speaks to me because I certainly don’t go fast. At least when running is concerned. Not yet anyway.

I think too many people get discouraged because they can’t keep up with the faster runners. To all of you out there who think this way – STOP! All you have to do is get up and go! With consistency and practice, speeds (and endurance) will come in time. The most important thing is just to start!

What do you find motivational?

Happy Halloween! IF Update And A Smoothie Recipe

Happy Halloween!
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I have to say that there is a little part of me that is sad that my boys are too old for the trick or treat thing. The rest of me is happy because for me, all that chocolate in the house would make me crazy! Can we say bye, bye self-control?

I have my update with IF (intermittent fasting). I since I first decided to do it, I have been going strong. I do IF during the work week and chill on the weekend. Most of the time during the week I feel ok. The only exception is that I don’t think clearly for lack of a better description. I am not grumpy but I can feel a big difference after lunch. I thought this would clear up after a couple of weeks but it hasn’t. I eat clean so I’m good there.

I haven’t seen any real movement on the scale. This could be because even though I workout every week, it’s not the daily occurrence that I was shooting for. Also, the hubs and I like to have few cocktails on Saturday nights and I’m sure that doesn’t help either.

So far I’m on the fence about it. I’ve read a lot of articles on the subject and they all say women don’t benefit from that type of fasting. I plan to play around with it to see what works.

What I do like is bloat and heartburn reduction. I don’t feel bloated anymore and I sometimes forget to take my heartburn meds because I don’t get it as much. Both of these are wins. I am totally open to advice. I start working my second job this weekend so I will try to practice it then too.

Smoothie Recipe!

I have posted a picture on Facebook and Instagram of a green smoothie that I have been drinking. I give this to my youngest because he is not fond of most vegetables and even though he has to choke this down, he knows it’s helping him in his cross country running. Because it’s Halloween week I aptly named it my Green Goblin Smoothie.

Green Goblin Smoothie
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1 cup Diamond Almond/Coconut Milk Blend

2 cups baby spinach

1 cup kale (peel the leaves from the stem)

1 cup collard greens (peel the leaves from the stem)

1 small apple

1/2 avocado

Add extra liquid like apple juice or water until desired thickness is acquired.

Blend all together. Enjoy!

I have to do mine in stages because I have a cheap blender that really isn’t meant to do really tough veggies. Maybe one day I will invest in a Vitamix or a Ninja blender.

 

What are you doing for Halloween? What would be your advice regarding IF? Any good smoothie recipes to share?

The Time That We Went To A College Open House

Hello everyone! I have been mighty scarce lately. I am trying find time to write. This Christmas I decided to pick up a part time job on top of my full time one to help out with the Christmas shopping. Running will be a challenge but I’ll find a way.

This last weekend I took my son up to his college of choice for their open house. SUNY Brockport is only an hour away so he can be away from home without really being too far.
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We got to tour the campus on our own which was nice. My husband already took him here over the summer for a tour so he knew where he was going. Of course the first thing he asked me was if I wanted to check out their fitness facility. I was like “oh hell yes!”.

We went into a building that housed a few things. As you go into the building if you make a left there is an entrance way to their ice rink. To your right is an indoor track that, believe it or not, holds a concert venue.

What I wanted to see was up stairs. Going up the steps to the gym had these motivational quotes like this.

Don't you just love this?

Don’t you just love this?

But I will talk more about that later.

The gym was full of awesome workout equipment. I wanted to throw my coat off and hop on a tread mill.

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After the tour around the gym we were off a seminar on his major.
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Yes, he has a love of all things fitness too. I wish he would eat better though.

Speaking of eating, we had lunch at the college cafeteria. Since he will be dorming I really wanted to see what they will feed my kid. Well color me impressed! Of course they had the usual college fare but they offered A LOT of healthier or down right healthy options. Made to order fresh foods, a huge, crazy fresh, salad bar, and healthy hot food items that change daily. Now, I am not naïve. I know my kid will pick the standard college fare over healthy on most days but at least there is a choice!

My lunch salad. I couldn't fit all of the veggies that were offered!

My lunch salad. I couldn’t fit all of the veggies that were offered!

Driving out, we drove by the Special Olympic fountain. Brockport built their now football stadium in 1979 to hold the Special Olympic Summer Games.

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Special Olympic Fountain

Where did you go to school? How do you think it compares to going to college today?

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?