Down On The Boardwalk

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Beautiful but busy day! Headed down to the boardwalk for a quick run with the hubby in between the other plans and responsibilities we had to take care of today 💙 It gets so busy down at the boardwalk during tourist season, which is nearly here. So we decided to get in a beach run. It was already bustling with early vacationers and spring breakers. I admit I love the energy vibe down here during tourist season, but my other half, not so much lol.

 

 

 

 

A quick tip for anyone wanting to head to Virginia Beach for a vacation? The months of March, April, and October are usually less crowded and the hotels are at lower rates. But be warned, March & April the ocean may still be a bit chilly. October though you still have warm waters! Just no sign of lifeguards. Today though people were in the water! Swimmers, surfers and kids playing around. It was kinda awesome!

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The hubby did his thing and I did mine. We run at different paces and I do the whole run/walk/run so we went separate ways once we were there. But it was absolutely beautiful! Temps hit the 80’s, sunny with a nice cool breeze, perfect run weather!

 

 

 

 

 

17861843_10213001635735429_3508897361492808106_n (1)My legs are starting to gain strength and I’m pretty happy with the day. I’m not even worried about running right now. It’s all about building endurance and strengthening my legs. And of course conditioning these lungs of mine. Four packs of cigarettes a day does some serious damage. Quit NOW, if you smoke. That damage just increases as time goes by. So happy I quit and never going back.

Days like today make me so thankful I quit smoking. Breathing the fresh air, smoke free is profoundly different. And smelling the ocean breeze, yeah that’s good stuff!

 

 

Wise words from Kara Groucher

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“Well, here we stand.

On the starting line nonetheless. Maybe you’re facing your first 5k. Maybe it’s a ten. Maybe a half, or a marathon, or an ultra. Maybe you’re even running Boston.

Waiting on that starting line, you’re beginning to feel it. The anticipation, the doubt, the excitement, the energy. The definitiveness of what’s behind. The uncertainty of what’s ahead.

It hasn’t been easy. There have been workouts that tanked. Weeks with missed mileage. Tired legs. Hard sessions. The daily dance of life vs. the plan.

But there have been great moments too. The decision to race. The dedication to train. Miles where you felt like you could run forever. Even the bravery of this morning, where you put on your singlet, fought the crowds, and met your fate at the starting line.

And now it’s here. It is time. No more countdowns. No more workouts to nail. No more wondering, “Am I fit enough? Strong enough? Prepared for what’s ahead?”

This is what you have been waiting for. No doubt you are nervous, but know that you are ready. You earned this opportunity. And you were born to fly.

So, take a deep breath, look around you, and soak it all in. Relish where you are. Realize how far you’ve come.

You are ready. You are powerful. And you belong.

Now, go get it.

Head Up, Wings Out. “

Kara Groucher

If We Were Having Coffee

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Health and living life to it’s fullest has been on my mind a lot lately. As well as self improvement and not being lazy about it.

Life is such a balancing act isn’t it?Like a huge puzzle that takes time to interlock all the right pieces to make us whole. Lately I’ve been trying to retrace steps that were effective and long lasting for my health. And to dabble in and experiment with new things to make life more alive, longer and more fun. I’m trying to  gain inner peace and add excitement to every day living.

It’s a goal I guess,  many of us have. Finding harmony between the, physical, emotional, personal and professional aspects of our lives. We all seek to enrich our lives and too often we fall back into the easy immediate gratification ways to do that. And more often than not, doing so knocks the harmony we are so eagerly trying to achieve, off balance.

I’ve thought that a doughnut will make me feel better. And yeah, it will for a moment. And while there may be nothing (fundamentally) wrong with having a doughnut once in a while, it’s going for that doughnut as gratification for something else that’s lacking. Now there’s where my problem is.

I’ve been one of those people. And more than once in my life. Let’s face it, life can be hard. Life can suck and it can kick your feet right out from under you once in a while. Life has moments of being unfair and ruthless. But I, we don’t have to let those moments defeat or define us.

We work with food and exercise to care for our physical selves. But we need to remember, to care for our emotional self. Meditation has been a life saver for me with this. Meditation calms me. Meditation awakens my mind to new ideas and ways of tackling challenges in life. I seem to get the most out of meditation when I am in nature,  near wildlife. Nature allows me to focus and exhale the crap from my mind.

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In this ever changing modern world filled with the latest technology it becomes increasingly important to unplug and not just go to nature but be a part of the whole experience. The more I focus on the intricacies of a tree, or moving stream, roar of the ocean, or habits of wildlife in their environment, the easier it is when it comes to narrowing down focus on my day to day matters. You’ve heard the phrase, “don’t sweat the small stuff”, haven’t you? Well, meditation reminds me what the small stuff is and allows me to focus on what matters most.

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To gain perspective….

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“There are so many joys to be gathered watching wildlife and one of the greatest is when we feel we have blended into the landscape and become part of the day, night, or ecosystem. Our pursuit of the little details of nature – a species of moth or a type of birdsong – are intrinsically pleasurable but they are also sense sharpers, that bring us alive to the possibilities in a landscape: the muntjac standing quietly behind us, the crackle of autumn leaves, the pong of the honey fungus.

They give us an excuse to loiter in a landscape, to stand still and simply be. They are a pathway to a much broader experience. On my nights out, I realised I was not really badger watching at all, I was dusk watching, listening to the creatures of the day as they were superseded by the creatures of the night, with their rustles and screams and unfathomable signals which I did not comprehend but could still savour.” ~ Patrick Barkham

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Being near the ocean is my favorite place to meditate, or just BE.  The sound of the waves, the ocean mist on my face, the sun warming my skin, just basking in the hugeness that is the vast ocean expanse. I feel re-charged and ready to tackle life after a day at the ocean and bit of meditation.

Meditation is kind of like a vacation re-boot for my inner well being. It’s so hard for people to shut off and out of technology these days our minds never stop thinking about a zillion things at once. Letting nature in and becoming a part of me levels the playing field and mentally refreshes me.

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In the past I’ve focused wayyyy to much on calories and DIEts! What what I need to focus on is loving myself enough to not want to injure my health with foods or really, non foods that are in no way adding to my longevity or health. We should all try and find a healthy relationship with real food. Over the years as consumers we’ve added more and more unnatural garbage into our diets. Fruit which is naturally sweet, to some doesn’t even taste sweet anymore because we are so used to manufactured cakes, deserts and artificial sweeteners. We lose sight of the fact that sugar is in everything that pre-packaged and mass produced and white sugar is as addictive as drugs if used often and in larger quantities.

I’m learning the process of mindful eating which is helping me so much in terms of combating the unhealthy relationships I’ve learned over the years. Learning to love myself with the food I put in my body instead of just comforting myself with food because of external stresses has been HUGE in permanent change in eating habits. Mindful eating makes me slow down and focus on why I do what I do and how it makes me feel. Usually your body will tell you if you ate something good for it, or something that would cause an adverse reaction. Here’s a better explanation of mindful eating if you’re interested in knowing more.

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I’ve also decided to go back to having a meal replacement shake and or green juice/smoothie daily.  I overeat at night because I don’t eat right during the day. I don’t get enough vitamins and minerals because I usually have little appetite during the day. A few years ago I tested out quite a few protein shakes. My favorite for flavor, texture, and overall health benefits is Vegan Shakeology. And I tried a zillion of them. So between that in the afternoon with a salad and vegetarian protein and juicing or acai bowl in the mornings I will be sure to get my dose of vitamins and minerals. And also will stop overeating at dinner and going to bed on a stuffed tummy!  Sometimes you have to re-learn your proven lessons more than once lol.  It’s all about finding out what works for you. What will keep you healthy, help you live longer and help you achieve whatever goals you set!

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I love rainy days! Sitting down with a cup of tea  (or coffee 😊☕) and pouring myself into a good book is an amazing day! I’m currently reading (finally Girl On a Train and after that I am doing Prince Lestat & Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis and them move onto The Wolf Gift. I’m a HUGE Anne Rice fan!  But I’m always looking for new reads so recommend a book to me and have a beautiful Sunday and fabulous week!

 

 

 

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World Oceans Day

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The ocean is the heart of our planet. Every June 8th we celebrate World Oceans Day to honor our ocean and do something to protect it!

How are you helping our planet’s blue heart?

From WorldsOceanDay.Org

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

Plan your event and submit it to the event listings

Find a planned event to attend

Spread the word about ocean conservation: Share it online

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Run/Walk/Run – The Galloway Method

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HOW TO WALK FASTER

Here is the procedure:

  1. Usually done during the middle of a recovery “walk day” between runs or during the warm down walk on a running day.
  2. Warm up by walking very gently for at least 5 minutes – then do the following Drill.
  3. For 10-20 seconds, pick up the cadence of the walk by shortening stride.
  4. Walk gently for 30 seconds.
  5. Keep alternating segments, finding a cadence or rhythm that is quicker.
  6. Ease back on the cadence if you lose smoothness.
  7. First day, do this for ten minutes.
  8. Increase by 3-4 minutes on each successive session.
  9. Goal is to have 20-30 minutes total in this workout.
  10. Do this once or twice a week to maintain adaptations.

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Jeff Galloway Resources: 

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Run/Walk/Run Timer 

All The Special Spaces

We moved!! And we are in love 💞 We took the time to make special spaces. Little nooks that hold a special meaning, bring harmony, inspire and excite. I wanted to share some with you!

The Entryway (Foyer)

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This is my most favorite window in the apartment and we have some nice windows. I refuse to cover this window up. Instead I hung a glass bobble that belonged to one of my best friends, family really, who passed away at the very young age of 26. After he past this was one of the things left to me.

A special place for a special something!

 

 

 

The Living Room

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For the things you have no place for, decorative storage boxes! We had a lot more closet space in the other apartment for things like weights, weight plates, resistance bands, etc. I found these super cute nautical boxes at Michael’s, on sale! Living room is neat and tidy with pretty boxes and you’d never guess the contents unless we told you 😉

Also in the living room I added some silk flowers at the top of our tall bar. Eye catching next to our dolphin statue that keeps breaking (alas this is why the baby is in the incense part of the statue). The was bought for me somewhere overseas, not sure where.

The teals and blues in our living room matched nicely with this little wood plaque I found on my Michael’s trip. It’s a daily dose of motivation for us!

Illumination & Scentsation (yep made my own word). This little lamp is my favorite lamp. We have anchor lamps, but this one is special 💙 I think we bought the lamp from Wayfair online?  And the warmer is a little more teal than it looks in this photo. But I love Scentsy!

We have a fireplace!! A wood burning fireplace!! I am so excited about this. And the little white dog I found at Christmastime it sat alone on a shelf for weeks at what was then our local grocery store. It being a chihuahua and having lost our little chi girl late summer it was still an open wound and this little white chihuahua called to me to take her home. So, I did and it worked into the few decorations I put up. But when everything was packed away after the holidays, the little white chihuahua statue somehow was missed in the holiday packing. So I presumed she was not really a “holiday” dog, even though she was found among all the holiday decorations on the shelf during the after holiday sale. So she now sits proudly at the fireplace, a guardian of our hearth.

The Dining Room

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Our dining area has a completely different feel than the beachy and bright living room. To be honest I think I would need 4 or 5 apartments to feed my eclectic decorating ideas. So the dining room is richer hues of greens, deep wine and browns.

The first thing you see as you enter the room is the rather larger two piece lotus wall hanging. This is a super special piece to me and is another that was inherited from my friend who passed away. This piece will always have a prominent place in our home. It has come to mean as much to me as it did to him.

Buddha lives here in the dining room. And the wee box that sits in front of him is filled with tiny pretty stones and sea shells I’ve collected over the years. In Buddha’s hand is very pretty stone wrapped in molten silver with a silver dragonfly. This has always been a lucky piece for me. Kind of my version of a worry stone.

On the breakfast bar I created a whimsical fairy vase. The two fairy’s dancing in the grapevines were another holiday tree decoration that just never made it to stay with the holiday decorations. In no way does this go with the rest of the decor in the room but I love them nevertheless!

And we made a tea cart that sits off to corner of the room to hold all our pots, teas and tea accessories. It’s a corner of the room that just gives off the vibe of relaxation. And perfect for after dinner/before bed sipping.

The Bathroom

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Brian Kessinger designs some of the cutest strangest paintings I’ve ever seen. He is one of my favorite artists and this one found it’s home in our bathroom! If you’d like to see more of his work, check out…

Brian Kessinger’s Tea Girls

The Office/Game Room

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It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t add some of my hubby’s doing. I’m not as much of a gamer as he is, but this is really quite cool looking. I love the colors and the energy it vibes is intense! This room is pretty much all his to decorate. It’s deep reds, purples and blacks. The room has a bit of an oriental flare to it. I seriously need multiple homes lol!

And lastly….

The Bedroom

PicMonkey Collage Our bedroom is done in dark ocean blue with touches of green. Kind of a dark water thing going on. The artwork in the middle (The Legend of Zelda: The hardest battle lies within (original)) is our color pallet we’re working off of. It’s an in progress kind of project.

The Scentsy warmer and lava lamp are peaceful and help me get my zzzz’s. I’m a horrid insomniac that’s learning all kinds of tricks to get my sleep goals accomplished for the night!

Thanks for taking a walk around the apartment with me. I guess it was a way to show a bit of “me” to all of you. I’m quirky and eclectic and rather quiet so I guess hard to get to know. So little things like this help show you me and my world!

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Rise!

 

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Up off my buns finally. Been in a physical rut/dead stop for quite some time. Struggles are real, depression and loss are real and not always is it easy to bounce back. I tend to shut myself off and hide from the world till I am stronger again. I think it’s because I never want anyone to see or know when I am hit hard and feeling weak and vulnerable. Shutting myself down has always been my go to fix. But it doesn’t work, it only makes things worse.
So I have a new attitude, new goals, and a new fitness schedule. It’s easy and flexible and will allow me to ease myself back into it all while still pushing my limits but giving me room to change things up. In the past I’ve tried to adhere to rigid schedules (that I made for myself) and ultimately I burned out fast. I pushed to hard in some aspects and not hard enough in others. But now I feel my head’s back in the game and hubby and I are working to be a support system instead of being negative enablers. You know how that story goes. I’d say how about stopping for a doughnut and while yeah one doughnut is fine, once in a while, us leaving with four doughnuts and neither trying to talk the other back to just one, or better yet none in NOT fine.
We’ve sadly loved each other so much we’ve allowed each other to be lazy and excuse away and let back in bad eating habits. Now we’ve acknowledged the problem and are facing it head on. We’ve turned the page and now love each other enough to say no, to give that push when needed and to be the reminder that we can do better and strive for more. We’ve moved and LOVE the place and with that have good vibes and positive energy flowing again (photo’s to come)!
So yeah, back to my schedule….
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I’m getting back to the basics and starting all over again. This will help me focus and small improvements and specific goals.
Monday – Yoga
Tuesday – Run/Walk/Run
Wednesday – Cross Train/Weights
Thursday – Run/Walk/Run
Friday – Yoga
Saturday – Long Run/Walk/Run
Sunday – Rest/Stretch
When we moved we moved near two amazing things,  a park and a yoga/meditation/reiki studio! We also live near a gym and the YMCA (looking into memberships). And I also have a couple at home video’s I love. Bob Harper has a great series of video’s that are complete cardio conditioning, these are my go to when I am at home and need a good strength workout. He also has one of my all time favorite Yoga dvd’s. But I also follow a few yogi’s online and I’m going to check out Beachbody’s new release, 3 Week Yoga Retreat. Seane Corn, Travis Eliot, Shiva Rea and Rodney Yee are some of the online yoga teachers I follow. Another great source for yoga is Gaiam! I am hoping to incorporate some of the RWB‘s Death By Sled workouts @TheVault (it’s gonna hurt!). I’m dying to try kickboxing!
Toss in some hiking, hula hooping, swim training (yikes) and maybe some biking and climbing for a bit of flavor and I think I’ll be doing just fine. Oh and don’t forget RACES!! They are a huge motivator and so much fun!!
I am so thankful for my husband, friends, and family that stick by and remind me that even when life gives you those lemons, oranges and grapes are out there too. I’m thankful for my INKnBURN, RunJunkEes, RWB, and Hogwarts Running Club families out there who even when I’m not participating give me the motivation and inspiration I need to pick myself back up again. You have no idea how inspiring you really are 💙
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So if you’re out there and life gave you some set backs and kicked your butt to the ground, just remember that when you fall, you can rise again. So start climbing back out of it and live. Live life loud and embrace ever single moment with your whole heart. It’s your one sweet life. Don’t let anyone’s judgement hold you back, even your own. I believe in you and I believe in me. We can do this 💜
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Impermanence – Eternally Existing and Dissolving

I follow this blog and read this article a while ago and wanted to share it with my readers and so I tucked it away and then was busy with the holidays. This is beautiful and very in tune with my own perceptions, enjoY

Everything comes into being and then dissolves. Whenever you encounter suffering in your life you don’t have to worry because nothing lasts forever. This suffering is not permanent…..continue reading