Here’s to a healthier May!

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Let’s face it, this month just did not go as planned. I was injured, and am still healing from tendon and ligament damage, and one of our cats who was a mammary gland breast cancer survivor had a relapse and didn’t survive the second round. My fitness challenges went out the window. Life happens. 

My ankle and heal are still unstable so I don’t want to commit to too many online challenges, or worry about advancing miles or speed. But I need to commit to some plans for the upcoming month. My body feels neglected. 

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Plans & Goals

💠I already started a new meditation challenge 5 days ago. The *21 DAY MEDITATION For Weight Loss Challenge. The meditations are very simple, very easy going and inspiring. I’ve actually focused a lot this month on personal development and meditation. Perhaps my injury in the end was a good thing because I feel amazing mental focus now and seem to be handling anxiety challenges better and better. I really recommend this challenge, and it’s FREE!

After the 21 Days I’m going to try and do *Gaia’s am/pm meditations with Rodney Yee. Since we subscribe to the channel I should make more use of it lol. They are each about a half hour long. I know it’s an added chunk of time taken out of the day, but when it’s for making the quality of the days and my life better, it doesn’t seem like lost time. I’ve done some Rodney Yee meditation before and I’ve really enjoyed it. His delivery is very calm and gentle. 

💠*Potterhead Running Club’s *Penseive 10k’s (virtual running event) official date is May 2nd. I am not at all able to do all the miles for a 10k (about 6.3 miles) all at once with my injury or it will just delay healing even longer, but the nice thing about the PHRC is that they believe it’s perfectly ok to run it in chunks and even have a tracker for it. I plan to start on Monday and do a little every day. I have to build strength in my ankle back up. I ripped it up pretty bad when I twisted it weeks ago. 
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💠I also have a new schedule set up for May to get back into setting a routine. This is kind of my go to schedule. It works with our lifestyle. We don’t normally have time for hikes or climbs until the weekend. 

Monday: Run/Walk & Yoga or Les Mills Bodyflow
Tuesday: 90 minutes - Les Mills Bodypump
Wednesday: Short Run/Walk & Les Mills Bodyattack
Thursday: 90 minutes - Les Mills Bodypump
Friday: Run/Walk & Yoga or Les Mills Bodyflow
Saturday: 30 minutes - Les Mills Bodypump & other (hiking/yoga/climbing/etc)
Sunday: Rest day or hiking/climbing/etc

💠 And weekly sound baths, meditations and tea with Buddha (weekly sangha) is always on schedule for mental health, physical well-being, furthering my own sense of zen, and expanding my spiritual knowledge. 

Photo by Paul Davis.

*Thich Nhat Hanh explains that sangha is more than a community, 
it’s a deep spiritual practice.
A sangha is a community of friends practicing the dharma together 
in order to bring about and to maintain awareness. 
The essence of a sangha is awareness, understanding, acceptance, 
harmony and love

Here’s to making May a healthier month that April!

*Reference
21 DAY MEDITATION For Weight Loss Challenge
Potterhead Running Club
Penseive 10k
Lions Roar
Gaia – Rodney Yee’s am/pm meditation

Run/Walk Interval Training

Run/Walk Run Interval Training

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Here is where you usually see “Week One”. For some speeding through week one not only seems impossible but reads as impossible when you glance to week two. Many of  the training schedules that teach people to run, even those training you to do run/walk intervals make the assumption everyone is fit enough to accomplish it. For some just thinking about running is a daunting scary thought. And you are who this blog post is for. 

Running is hard for me. And I always always always fail when I look at training walk to run schedules. And when I stop training and go back to it, I have to go all the way back to training wheels and start all over again. Not only do I need to stay consistent with training but I need extra leg muscle building added onto it, plus I have to foam roll the heck out of my legs often because my muscles seem to bind up super easy. And I can’t stress enough, especially if you have a hard time with the whole running thing, warm up and cool down exercises! And work on using proper form (and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ7ewHFw_I8) every single time you lace up!

Breathing. Gaining proper breath control isn’t always easy when you’re trying to learn how to run. Take your time, you WILL ease into it as long as you keep reminding yourself the proper way to breathe when running.

What I’m sayin is don’t rush yourself. Don’t let the pressure of timetables and the abilities of others stop you in your tracks from doing it. It doesn’t matter how slow you go or how long it takes you to actually run. If running is difficult for you, I recommendation to put all other exercise on the back burner other than stretching stuff (*see below) until you’ve completed this training.

Start from square zero!

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This my friends,  is MY version of training to run. And the main point is, it doesn’t matter;
If you run
if you ever run

But if you want to run and you’ve tried and failed, take it easy on yourself and progress as fast or slow as you can or want to.

Not all runners are;
super athletes
in it because they LOVE it
racers
15 minute milers
or even 20 minute or more milers
nor do all care if they hit the next pr

And that my friends, is OK! No, more than ok. If you want to train to run simply because you never have, or because you can’t, that FABULOUS!!

So I threw together a little training plan for myself with reminders to myself as I begin this challenge yet again! I have personal goals that I’ve let get sabotaged because I felt I wasn’t good enough, or fast enough. And now, I just don’t care. My goals are for me and they are no less important that that dude or girl who’s trying to pr their 9 minute mile. So here’s a training plan for those who aren’t super athletes but still want to go out and get it done. We may not be wild about running but we can get wildish with the right plan and support!

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Run/Walk Run Interval Training Schedule

Day 1-Run/Walk
Day 2-Run/Walk
Day 3-*Rest
Day 4-Run/Walk
Day 5-*Rest
Day 6-Run/Walk
Day 7-Rest

*On rest days doing some yoga, pilates or bodyflow type stretching routines would be helpful to relax tension your body’s built up and would help your muscle function recover smoother.

 

Duration Of Training

As long as it takes you to succeed!

 

Run/Walk Run Interval Training Lessons

Lesson 1:
Warm up for 5 to 10 minutes with a brisk walk. Then begin your run/walk intervals. Run at an easy pace for 1 minute, then walk for 5 minutes. Repeat the interval 3 times.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 1 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 2.

Lesson 2: Warm up for 5 minutes with a brisk walk. Then, run at an easy pace for 1 minute, then walk 4 minutes. Repeat the interval 3 times.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 2 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 3.

Lesson 3: Warm up for 5 minutes with a brisk walk. Then, run at an easy pace for 2 minutes, then walk 4 minutes. Repeat the interval 4 times

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 3 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 4.

Lesson 4: Warm up for 5 minutes with a brisk walk. Then, run at an easy pace for 3 minutes, then walk 3 minutes. Repeat the interval 3 times

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 4 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 5.

Lesson 5: Warm up for 2 minutes with a brisk walk. Run at an easy pace for 4 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes. Repeat the interval 3 times

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 5 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 6.

Lesson 6: Warm up for 2 minutes with a brisk walk. Run at an easy pace for 5 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes. Repeat the interval 3 times

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 6 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 7.

Lesson 7: Warm up for 2 minutes with a brisk walk. Run at an easy pace for 6 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes. Repeat the interval 3 times.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 7 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 8.

Lesson 8: Warm up for 2 minutes with a brisk walk. Run at an easy pace for 7 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes, then run at an easy pace for 7 minutes.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 8 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 9.

Lesson 9: Run at an easy pace for 8 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes. Repeat the interval twice.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 9 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 10.

Lesson 10: Run at an easy pace for 10 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes. Repeat the interval twice.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 10 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 11.

Lesson 11: Run at an easy pace for 12 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes, then run at an easy pace for 6 minutes.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 11 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 12.

Lesson 12: Run at an easy pace for 13 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes, then run at an easy pace for 5 minutes.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 12 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 13.

Lesson 13:Run at an easy pace for 15 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes, then run at an easy pace for 4 minutes.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 13 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 14.

Lesson 14: Run at an easy pace for 16 minutes, then walk for 1 minute, then run at an easy pace for 4 minutes.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 14 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 15.

Lesson 15: Run at an easy pace for 18 minutes, then walk for 1 minute, then run at an easy pace for 3 minutes.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 15 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 16. If you’re not yet ready for running without walk breaks, that’s perfectly fine. You can stick with any lesson you feel comfortable with and just add repeats of the circuit. There are plenty of people who run/walk every day, even in races!

16th and Final Lesson: Warm up for 5 minutes walking. Run for 20 minutes. Cool down walk for 5 minutes.

Congratulations!!!!Now you can run for 20 minutes straight! From here you can now successfully navigate most of the other training schedules online to either get faster, run further , longer, or all of the above. But now you have a foundation to build upon and to call upon when you need it. If you’re still struggling, stay with lesson sixteen until you’ve built more endurance and strength! No matter what, you should be darn proud of yourself!!!

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14 Running-Specific Strength Training Exercises

 

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What Are You Carrying?

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What are you carrying around with you on your back!??
❓Problems
❓Fears
❓Doubts
❓Insecurities
❓Failures
❓Mistakes
Did you know… exercise is the greatest form of FREE THERAPY!?! 🙌🏽🏋️🏽😅 When you’re into your workout you will notice your problems seem to melt away or seem less significant, or smaller than they were. And answers you were searching for can suddenly appear💙‼️Take the weight off your shoulders and go for a walk. Hit the gym, or stream a workout. But do something for at least 30 minutes a day. As your mind and body get used to the new habit, stress will have its release and you will be able to focus and reach for your goals with a better attitude and a healthier mind and body!

 

Benefits of Strength Training for Women

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1. Burn More Fat

Researchers at Tufts University found that when overweight women lifted heavy weights twice a week, they lost an average of 14.6 pounds of fat and gained 1.4 pounds of muscle. The control group, women who dieted but didn’t lift weights, lost only 9.2 pounds of fat and gained no muscle. When you do a good weight-training program your metabolism stays elevated and you continue to burn fat for hours afterward. The increase in muscle aids you in burning fat! Having more lean muscle means your body will burn more calories at rest. 

2. Changes Your Body Shape

While genetics play a huge role in determining your physique weight training can chisel your physique and give you definition in all the right places.

3. Boost Your Metabolism

The less muscle you have, the slower your metabolism. As women age, they lose muscle at increasing rates, especially after the age of 40. Weight training while dieting can help you preserve and rebuild muscle fibers. The more lean mass you have, the higher your metabolism will be and the more calories you’ll burn all day long. 

4. Get Stronger and More Confident

Lifting weights increases functional fitness, which makes everyday tasks such as carrying the kids, lifting your groceries and carrying them into the house, and picking up heavy items much easier. According to the Mayo Clinic, regular weight training can make you 50 percent stronger within 6 months. Being strong can be very empowering. Weight training will boost your self-esteem and confidence.

5. Build Strong Bones

It’s been well documented that women need to do weight-bearing exercise to build and maintain bone mass. Just as muscles get stronger and bigger with use, so do bones when they’re made to bear weight. Stronger bones and increased muscle mass also lead to better flexibility and balance, which is especially important for women as they age. Bone health gets more and more critical as we age. 

6. Improve Mood

The endorphins that are released during aerobic activities are also present during resistance training. Endorphins lift your mood naturally and with better self esteem, your mood will just continue to improve. 

7. Improve Sports Fitness

Improved muscle mass and strength will help you in all physical activities. Sportsman or not.

8. Reduce Injuries 

Weight lifting improves joint stability and builds stronger ligaments and tendons. Training safely and with proper form can help decrease the likelihood of injuries in your daily life. It can also improve physical function in people with arthritis. 

9. Get Heart Healthy

More than 480,000 women die from cardiovascular disease each year, making it the number-one killer of women over the age of 25. Most people don’t realize that pumping iron can also keep your heart pumping. Lifting weights increases your “good” (HDL) cholesterol and decreases your “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. It also lowers your blood pressure. The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that people who do 30 minutes of weight lifting each week have a 23 percent reduced risk of developing heart disease compared to those who don’t lift weights.

10. Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar Levels

In addition to keeping your ticker strong, weight training can improve the way your body processes sugar by as much as 23 percent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 weeks of strength training can improve glucose metabolism in a way that is comparable to taking medication. The more lean mass you have, the more efficient your body is at removing glucose from the blood.

 

10,000 Steps – No Problem!

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1. Get a dog

2. Take the stairs

3. Take a moving break

4. Park far away

5. Always Take the long way

6. Take a post-meal walk

7. Get off the bus or train one (or two) stops early

10. Play with your kids

11. Don’t fast forward your DVR – stand and walk around

12. Go on a walking date

14. Take extra trips from the car carrying your groceries in/up

15. Use a pedometer

16. Walk up and down hills  

17. Set reminders for yourself  

18. Mow or rake the lawn  

19. Take extra laps when grocery shopping or at the mall  

20. Go window shopping  

21. Vacuum daily  

22. Under a mile to where you’re going, walk it  

23. Take the grocery cart back inside after you load the car  

24. Get a manual treadmill and walk while you watch tv

Be Fearless

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Never ever give up on…
 your hopes
 your dreams
 your plans
 your future
 or yourself

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You orchestrate the path of your destiny every day with each small choice you make. You paint the tapestry of your life’s vision and only you can give permission to others, to the past, and to fears, to add or subtract from, the life you wish to create. A painter would never let someone destroy their work of art. Treat yourself like that work of art. Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle, set your soul on fire with the life you create with passion, love and purpose! 

Rise

“Rise”

I won’t just survive
Oh, you will see me thrive
Can’t write my story
I’m beyond the archetypeI won’t just conform
No matter how you shake my core
‘Cause my roots—they run deep, ohOh, ye of so little faith
Don’t doubt it, don’t doubt it
Victory is in my veins
I know it, I know it
And I will not negotiate
I’ll fight it, I’ll fight it
I will transform

When, when the fire’s at my feet again
And the vultures all start circling
They’re whispering, “You’re out of time,”
But still I rise

This is no mistake, no accident
When you think the final nail is in
Think again
Don’t be surprised
I will still rise

I must stay conscious
Through the madness and chaos
So I call on my angels
They say

Oh, ye of so little faith
Don’t doubt it, don’t doubt it
Victory is in your veins
You know it, you know it
And you will not negotiate
Just fight it, just fight it
And be transformed

‘Cause when, when the fire’s at my feet again
And the vultures all start circling
They’re whispering, “You’re out of time,”
But still I rise

This is no mistake, no accident
When you think the final nail is in
Think again
Don’t be surprised
I will still rise

Don’t doubt it, don’t doubt it
Oh, oh, oh, oh
You know it, you know it
Still rise
Just fight it, just fight it
Don’t be surprised
I will still rise

The Weekend

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Hope your weekend was ️🎉️🎊 fabulous! We were SUPER busy! Between shopping 😄parties️ ️🎵 , getting my hair color done 💇🏽🤳🏽, fireworks displays 🎇🎆 and squeezing in workouts 💪🏽🏃🏽🚶🏽🏃🏽🏋️🏽 , we had a long weekend. I gave myself the luxury of sleeping in a little today. But now I have a ton of email to catch up on!

But you know,  new found discipline and all, the weekends festivities allowed for a little indulgence, my favorite this weekend had to be 😋🍞Samoan Pani Popo (Samoan Coconut Rolls) that our friend Rachel made. They were soooooo good! Definitely a special treat. I’m pretty sure her recipe is a handed down family recipe but I did find this one in case your interested (Pani Popo recipe). I usually don’t eat much at all with white sugar, so this was an indulgence for sure. But when you keep your nutrition super clean it’s something you can do once in a while and really enjoy the experience!

The fireworks display at Mt Trashmore Park was really nice. I completely forgot to take a video like I usually do with firework displays 😞 but my hubby snagged a few good shots! We had rain threatening all night but the show still went on!

I hope everywhere implements what a town in Italy did this year, silent fireworks!  I guess it is growing in popularity not only because of animals becoming fearful but for vets who suffer from PTSD as well. Not to mention how hard it must be for shift workers, elderly and those who may be sick to try and sleep through even if it’s only a half hour or so. More about ….silent fireworks, here.

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My cute hubby 💙

We didn’t really get many other photo’s 📸 from this weekend though. The bbq parties were pretty chill and laid back. Just good friends hanging out eating, talking playing some 🎮 Mario Kart and wishing we could have played corn hole, darn rain🌦️⛈️. And when we worked out we really just did fit the workouts in when and where we could so I wasn’t thinking 💡 photo/video inspiration, just quick lets get it done!

Now today seriously feels like a Monday and my day started slowwwwwwly lol. Time to get it into gear!! So today I’m gonna 😉💪🏽 “Dig Deep” with more #shaunweek and try and get a run 🏃🏽🚶🏽🏃🏽 in, in between some rain drops  🌦️! I’m planning doubles all week though. A great weekend enjoyed deserves a extra attention to doing what’s right for your body post-weekend. So time to focus and get back in the game!

😢 So many people who are doing a fitness program who indulge over a weekend or party, can get mad at themselves and throw in the towel on their whole plan for living healthier and doing what their body needs them to do. They figure, I messed it all up.

No

No

No!

This is actually the time when you prove to yourself all you’ve learned with respecting your body, your journey and the whole process. You aren’t perfect and there’s a lot of temptations out there that will steer you off your goals. So after a a little, or even a lot of indulgence, don’t feel you are defeated ️🥊😢. Instead get back at it, re-dedicate yourself. Do a little extra and fine tune your nutrition 😅🥗.  This is also the time to put a mental check ✔️ in your mind that the next time an event is coming up where you know you may want to indulge…

  • Do it mindfully. Don’t eat a huge piece of cake, eat a small one. Load up on the salad and small portions with the more calorie laden foods.
  • Double up on your fitness the few days before and a few days after
  • Keep your goals in mind and weight them against the temptations you will meet face to face. Choose wisely!

 

☔ I’m headed out now to get that run in, it’s looking like the rain’s coming sooner than later! I’ll be back later today! So how was your weekend?

The Mad Ones

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“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”-Kerouac

Have a fabulous weekend my friends!

Walking Workout

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Warm-Up, Cool-Down
Speed (mph): 2.5
How it feels: Like window-shopping
Intensity level*: 3-4

Easy Walk
Speed (mph): 3.0
How it feels: Easy enough that you can sing
Intensity level: 4-5

Brisk Walk
Speed (mph): 3.5
How it feels: You can talk freely but no more singing.
Intensity level: 5-6

Strong Walk
Speed (mph): 4.0
How it feels: You’re slightly breathless.
Intensity level: 6-7

Power Walk
Speed (mph): 4.5
How it feels: You can talk in brief phrases—but you’d rather not.
Intensity level: 7-8

Speed Walk (or Jumping Jacks)
Speed (mph): 5.0
How it feels: No breath for chatting
Intensity level: 8-9

*Based on 1-10 scale, with 1 equivalent to sitting on the sofa and 10 equivalent to sprinting.