I'm finally back from my interval of not coming on s.p. Boy have I missed everyone but the time off was what I needed to get more encouraged for the winter months. Many of you might have noticed that I wasn't online much, basically since July! That is a long time not to be here however it was summer and the perfect time to get out in the sun and enjoy it.
Lately I have not been into exercising as strictly as I had been before summer but my intensity to want to workout has increased from my time off. I am thankful that I kept up on weekly exercise, I turned it down to around three- five times a week instead of seven times a week. My husband and I were able to get out in the sunshine and enjoy the last few months of nice weather. Sometimes natural vitamins are what a person needs to get energized once again. Multivitamins are nice however there is nothing like vitamins from the sun!
My new routine: I have stopped doing Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD set for now. It was a little time consuming and I have wanted to get outdoors in the sunshine. Although I love my neighbors, I am not about to start jumping around in the front yard. So, I have picked up running. It is a hobby of my husband's from his schools days. I have never been much of a runner, besides on the friendly treadmill in front of a television set and a nice a/c filled gym. I have become addicted to running outdoors lately though thanks to mapmyrun.com. It is a wonder website that helps you build a route that you wish to run outdoors. It is a good motivation to keep running until you reach your stopping point that you have already tracked. I highly suggest the site!!
For now, I will continue to eat healthy and start exercising more. My daily running has increased to around 4 miles a day. Now that I am getting more strength with running outdoors I plan on starting a pre and post routine of yoga to get the muscles in shape once again.
All throughout High School and College my husband was engaged in tread and field... so let's just say he has a high regard for those people that can run and love to run. Unfortunately, I do not fall into this category however I am trying to train myself to learn to "get along" with it without fighting. Afterall , the wise married person always states that you have to give and take a little to have a happy marriage. For me, I was in love with tennis and played for hours on end - my husband does not (although he puts forth the boy scout effort) to play tennis. He doesn't really have the coordination to become the big tennis pro. So, we are meeting each other in the middle (as we have done for four years in just a week) to learn to love each others sport of choice. So, while I nicely wail tennis ball at him on the court - we sweat out our frustrations on the cement.
If you are like me and hate to run however enjoy the idea of it I highly suggest a motivational website called Map My Run www.mapmyrun.com You can track everywhere you want to run in America. So, as a rule of thumb (mainly to keep my boredom at bay and sanity in place) I usually map my run on the website before actually going out to take the heavy activity. I pin point certain points in the run that we are going to hit (such as a road intersection or a destination such as a library). The website will tell you exactly how long you have run and you can gear how many calories you have tracked off the booty already. This helps me keep motivated while running and really does do the trick to reduce boredom. I highly suggest the site to anyone that wants to walk or run.
Counting the amount of glasses of water that I drink each day is really hard since I forget how many glasses I have had in total. So, I have devised a plan that is so simple I am not sure why I have not thought about it on another occasion. Simply place a piece of tape on your bottle or glass and with a "magic marker" place a line on it for each glass of water. This method really helps to keep a tally and also to motivate me to drink more since I can see my progress throughout the day.
As many of you have seen already, I just posted a lovely photo of a raw vegan recipe for a fruit parfait. Here is a sample of the amazing recipes from Ani Phyo's cookbook "Ani's Raw Food Kitchen" which is available just about everywhere in bookstores and online. I highly suggest her cookbook if you are looking for healthy and delicious!
Three weeks have passed and we have been practically on the road the entire time, which does not do well for my waistline. It still amazes me that even though we had our snack food covered (which was healthy and low in calories) that rest areas have absolutely no health food on the menu available. Don't even get me started on how many places have vegan or vegetarian entrees or even small options to choose from while on the road... Yes, that is a sore subject in my household and many have heard us grip about it on various occasions. haha Anyways, we are back and jumping head first into healthy eating habits once again. For those of you that would like to try something raw vegan and healthy - here is a little taste of what we had for breakfast - yum yum!