Category Archives: Health

Should I Be Eating This?

A long time ago, I got some of the best advice that I wish I had been listening to my entire life, and today I am going to pass that advice on to you. My ex-husband’s grandfather was honestly one of the smartest men that I have ever met, and on a visit to see him and his wife, he took me grocery shopping and taught me a lesson that will stick with me for the rest of my life… Whenever you’re out grocery shopping, take a good long look at what you’re purchasing and say “Should I be eating this?”

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His main advice to me was to look at the ingredient list.

  • Can you pronounce all the words? If you can’t, ask yourself “Should I be eating this?”
  • Can you tell me what that ingredient is? If you don’t know what it is (a plant, a meat, something that you can picture in your mind), ask yourself “Should I be eating this?”

I’ll go a bit further in his advice… Since we all have smartphones now, if you can’t tell what the ingredient is immediately upon reading it, Google it. Look it up and then ask yourself, “Should I be eating this?”

By taking a good, long, hard look at everything that goes into your cart, you will get yourself into a healthier mindset… Even if you aren’t ready to go running with me, you will be getting healthier with every shopping trip, and this is a sure fire way to help you lose a little weight and to feel a LOT better!

I hope that you all will take this to heart, and really look at that ingredient list the next time you go grocery shopping… Remember, just to ask yourself, should I be eating this?

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The Perfect Running App

Hunting for the perfect running app?

Since the beginning of my fitness journey (really since April 1, 2015) I have been on the hunt for the the perfect running app. There are so many out there that it’s hard to decide which one to go with… I’ve been researching, both online and through trial and error on my own, and here’s what I’ve found so far:

Runkeeper

Runkeeper lets you sign in with your Google or Facebook account, which is always great, or allows you to set up an account on your own. You get proper tracking of your workout, the ability to choose from a number of training plans (lose weight, train for a race, just get started, etc.) and has various levels for all sorts of exercises. You get audible notifications (mine are set to give me my distance and average pace every 5 minutes , which is the default and absolutely AWESOME), and you can add friends for accountability and fun. The app is nicely designed, easy to use and has pro upgrades (through an in-app purchase) that opens up more sharing features. Will connect with a FitBit and ANT+ heart-rate monitors. Runkeeper tracks and lets you know your fastest runs, when you hit a new PR. All being said, Runkeeper is one of my new favorites.

Nike

Nike’s app is compatible with iOS and Android. You don’t even need a Fuel Band — the app will track things for you. You also get audible feedback and cheering, music support, and more…

Zombies, Run

Running sucks. (At least if you’re normal, it should suck.) This app makes it fun. Immersive and alternate reality games are nothing new, but Zombies, Run brings it into the fitness space. You’re running. Zombies are chasing. There are plenty of stories to keep you entertained, so it keeps things fun. Want interval training? It can do that, too. If you’re more of a walker than a runner, the app can handle that, too. (Just make sure you walk faster than zombies shuffle.)

MapMyFitness

The good people who built this app actually built several different ones… MapMyRun, MapMyWalk, MapMyRide, etc. I choose to use plain old MapMyFitness. This app breaks down every aspect of your fitness regimen and keeps you on track, literally, using your smartphone’s GPS. This all-in-one fitness tracker will collect, log and record your workout, giving you the freedom to concentrate on getting through that last mile. You can use this app to see your “vitals,” such as calories burned, distance completed, speed, duration and pace. This fitness tracker not only logs the data, but it also analyzes it for you, allowing you to pattern your workout based on your own statistics. MapMyFitness has a built-in BMI calculator, which is AWESOME if you’re like me and you have a million different apps that track all of this information, it makes it a one stop shop. Did I mention that it also gives you the option to track the miles you wear each shoes? Yes, this app is A-Ma-Zing! You will love it as much as I do, I promise. AND, it’s free, unless you opt in for extra coaching… Which you have the option for a monthly or annual subscription.

Now that I've given you the perfect running app, get out and do it!
Now that I’ve given you the perfect running app, get out and do it!

So, with this you can see there are several different options for the perfect running app, and you can probably tell which ones are my two favorites… Please comment and tell me which running/fitness apps are the perfect running app for you! 🙂

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When I Dream, I Dream Big…

Yes, that’s right… When I dream, I dream big. You see, I started back running a few months ago. I had forgotten how much fun it was. Well, it’s not always fun, but it gets there… It relieves stress, and most of the time it’s the only true time to myself that I get. It didn’t take too long for me to decide that I wanted to sign up for a 5k… That’s manageable, definitely doable. I run at least 5 miles a day anyhow, so 3.1 miles is easy… Even if I come in dead last, it’ll be fine because I know I can finish it. Well, that’s when I started to dream… And when I dream, I dream big.

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I thought to myself, I need something challenging… So, maybe I’ll skip a 10k and go straight to signing up for a half marathon. That sounds like a good challenge. Well, I started talking about it, and I really wanted someone to run with me, so I shared it on Facebook. A friend said that she and her brother were participating in it. Cool, I won’t be going alone… Something to work and train for. What do you think happened next? A friend messaged me and said “Why not go for the FULL marathon?”

That’s crazy talk.

I can’t run a full marathon.

Who wants to run 26.2 miles???

Wait. If he can do it, why can’t I?

Why can’t I?

Why not?

I want to run 26.2 miles.

Maybe I can run a full marathon.

I have 5 months to train.

It only costs $20 more to sign up for the full thing…

And you see, I started to dream big… Now, I am training. And to keep myself accountable, I am telling EVERYONE I know. And that’s why I’m telling you.

I am dreaming big, but I am also going after my dream. I don’t really have a goal time, my goal is simply to finish. I want to go 26.2 miles without stopping.

So, I signed up for the Rock N Roll Marathon in Savannah… I’ve started training. Right now, it’s not that different from what I’ve been doing. I run, and I just run a little farther each time. I’m building up to it, and I’m confident that by the time November 7th gets here, I’ll be ready to run the full 26.2 miles, and you’ll all be able to say that you know that crazy lady bringing up the rear! 🙂

Gosh I hope I’m not bringing up the rear… But if I am, that’ll be okay, because I’ll still be one of those people who have completed a marathon. And how many people can say that?

If you want to train for a marathon, this is the program I am using from Runner’s World:

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Happy Holidays!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s November 30th already… This year has completely flown by! Happy holidays everyone, but more importantly, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

How many of you already have your tree up? I have gone against the flow of my family traditions, and I put mine up on this past Friday, right after Thanksgiving… As well as a few other decorations. I really don’t feel like I’m done yet though, so I’ve been on Pinterest looking at decor.

On top of decorating earlier than normal, I am also proud to say that I think I am actually done with all of my Christmas shopping, and my gifts are even wrapped and safely hidden away  from the kids… They’re just waiting to have ribbons and gift tags (which I also found this awesome printable on Pinterest for!). I actually need to take it all back… I was informed last night by the loving boyfriend that he would like a new pillow for Christmas, so I found these, and the best part is that they are eligible for Amazon Prime, and if you haven’t got Prime, you can get a FREE trial by clicking this link. With Prime you get free shipping, free music streaming, can watch certain movies for free, and LOTS more. If you’re like me, you’ll love Prime so much that when you’re done with your 30 day trial, you’ll happily pay for it.

Time to get back in shape
A little inspiration for us all…

Now, on top of all the regular holiday stuff, I have decided to start attempting to get back into shape BEFORE the new year… Be on the lookout for some fitness posts again. I have done one very important thing though, I’ve thrown out the scales. I will not be judging by the scales at all, I will be looking at inches lost and how well my pants fit. If you’d like to join me in this quest, check out 30 Day Fitness Challenges. The first one I’ll be doing, starting tomorrow, is the squat challenge. I have already printed the challenge and will be posting it in my office so that I can mark it off daily as I have finished.

I hope this finds you all well… Feel free to comment below and let me know what all of you have been up to, after all, I LOVE my readers. 🙂 Also, remember to have happy holidays!

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Nervous

My dearest readers… Today, I have that nervous feeling. Nervous about what? Many things… Mainly, I’m nervous about the results I’m getting tomorrow from my son’s testing earlier this month. I’m nervous about that, about my job search that’s been going on for over a month now, and so many other things.

But what do we do with all this nervous energy? I, for one, know that it can take you over if you let it. It turns me into a basket case, to be honest. So, when I get nervous like this, I typically throw myself into projects to try to take my mind off of it.

My last project was my youngest son’s birthday party. I busted my butt on it for about two weeks to make sure that it went off without a hitch. While the day wasn’t perfect, it was a great day for him and everyone who attended, complete with a cake that I stayed up until 2 a.m. perfecting for him.

My latest project (while it is mostly throwing myself into a job search) is getting back in shape. I have split my day up into sections… I wake up, drink coffee, and do a quick job search. After that, I get the kids off to school. I come home, I watch a show on Netflix while working out (lately, I’ve been hula hooping for 45 minutes straight through one show of Chuck… And I’m contemplating moving to Dexter). Then, I move on to pilates for about 30 minutes. After that, I shower, and dedicate 2 hours to filling out job applications. By the time that is over, I eat a quick lunch and workout for about 45 minutes more before picking up the youngest from school. Between that and an added workout in the evenings that the boys like getting involved in, I spend 3-4 hours daily working out… And I’m actually finally seeing some results in my midsection.

Now, if the workout was enough to rid myself of this nervous energy, I would be very happy. Unfortunately though, I think I need a new project. I’m not sure of how much more my body can take…

I’ll see you all tomorrow.

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