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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What A Nice Day!!

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The day has been so gorgeous outside!! I had some errands to run this morning and I was just loving the coolish windy warm weather!! Today’s a strength day though so I knew I would eventually be headed back inside 😏 but I was determined to take my sweet time about it lol.

For the holidays I will be whipping up some gifts via my kitchen so I needed to get started buying some ingredients! You know every year things like canned pumpkin start to run in low supplies and I am really excited to be doing some “from scratch” canning and baking this year for gifts. I love to bake! One day I WILL enroll in classes or even a program for culinary arts, but till then I will have to let love take over where skills fall short lol. Anyway, recipes will eventually show up here on my blog!

I am super happy right now seeing these photo’s. Over the last few months I had gained a lot of weight from stress eating and NOT managing it very well. Another reason I am trying to get nutrition back on point, including what I’m doing for holiday food gifting!! So in the photo I have on the INKnBURN Club Tech and Run Or Die Capris, gorgeous colors aren’t they??? But those darn capris I haven’t fit into for over a month 😥 and they are one of my favorites! But yayyyy, they fit, they fit again!! I was determined I wasn’t sizing up on anything.

It was more like…

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I couldn’t procrastinate anymore, I had to stop it with all that fresh air stuff                  and get the deed done!

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I guess that pic turned out a wee blurry when I resized it (my phone takes monster size photo’s) but it says, “honor the run and respect the strength days”. As much as I wanted to be out working on my run I knew I had to focus on what was planned in my training. So that elliptical was waiting for me, as was a little Les Mills Grit.

What is Les Mills Grit?

“LES MILLS GRIT Strength is a 30-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout, designed to improve strength and build lean muscle. This workout uses barbell, weight plate and body weight exercises to blast all major muscle groups. LES MILLS GRIT Strength takes cutting edge HIIT and combines it with powerful music and inspirational coaches who will be down on the floor with you, motivating you to go harder to get fit, fast.”

In a nutshell, it hurts…

no really it builds lean muscle. And that lean muscle helps you burn calories faster, be a better runner and is a heart healthy dose of goodness that will get your blood pumping and your heart rate in the zone (and that’s a good thing)!

Then, I went back outside for a short walk, yes walk, it’s not any kinda run day!

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My sweet sweet hubby bought me a “just because” gift. And I guess I should have taken off my other necklaces but, ignore the top strand, and ignore the bottom strand, and everything in between is one necklace of multiple strands. And I couldn’t love it more 💗 I’ve had it on my wishlist forever!!!  I love this guy so much!

So all in all it’s been a productive happy day! And the day isn’t even half way over yet!

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Hello yoga my old friend…

 

Last month our little family underwent a tragedy. We lost a piece of our soul when Ippo had to be set free from this worlds constraints due to an illness that spread too quickly and too aggressively to even fully diagnose at her age and with how swiftly it overtook her tiny body. For the last two months life has been frozen with her illness and my grief. The healing process has been slow to say the least. This letting go has been a difficult road.

Bringing myself back to daily meditation has been healing and enlightening. And my inner self is finding its way through the sadness and is reminded of the understanding of the circle of life and all it encompasses. My soul is healing.

But my body, that is another story lol. I haven’t been moving. No walking, running, hiking, and no YOGA. Eeeek, what’s wrong with me??? Those are all things that I love and not only that, they are the very things I KNOW helps to heal whatever ails ya! In two months I’ve stopped working out, gained weight and think I lost my damn mind in the process too lol! The last two weeks I started getting back into training. I mean geez, I have a half marathon coming up after the New Year, I need to get back at it!

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And then this morning….

“Hello yoga my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence (meditation)!”

As the sun was crashing through the living room, I pulled the mat out and began Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation). And my body came alive, woke up. A re-awakening that was long overdue and much needed. I can’t even begin to tell you what yoga has done for me since I began practicing.

contact-flower More flexibility (even with my walk/run/walk)

dahlia-free-download-png Strengthens muscles

dahlia-png-clipart Improves posture

tumblr_mhvtkt5u4s1rm6jd7o1_500 Wards off osteoporosis and helps strengthen cartilage

tumblr_nibzrppizz1rm6jd7o1_500  Lightens your mood and aids in mental focus

tumblr_moyi3ccozw1rm6jd7o1_400 Relaxes the mind and nightly yoga practice and stretches aid with sleep

contact-flower Aids with ease of blood flow and better breathing

dahlia-free-download-png Helps you lose weight and gives your metabolism a boost

dahlia-png-clipart Gives you a better image of self awareness which overall helps self esteem

tumblr_mhvtkt5u4s1rm6jd7o1_500 Strengthens hip flexors which is vital to runners and as you age

tumblr_nibzrppizz1rm6jd7o1_500 Makes you want to move your body more because of the endorphins

tumblr_moyi3ccozw1rm6jd7o1_400 May produce GABA in the thalamus which reduces anxiety

And this is just a portion of the benefits are of adding yoga practice into your daily routine. Oh and did I mention it actually helps my meditation. I am more relaxed in mind and body to allow myself to be still longer and more effectively. ‘

I’m grateful for both meditation and yoga in my life. It simply makes life better for me in many ways. Yoga touches every aspect of my life, much like meditation does. Try it, I promise you won’t regret it!

I’ve found my way again

 

 

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