Friday, August 16, 2013
My streak of not buying anything from Starbucks almost everyday because my co workers live off of it has been going so well that I treated myself to a Passion tea from Starbucks today...go figure! While standing in line today, I debated between a hot passion tea ( which is my FAVORITE) or a coffee calorie bomb that tastes amazing. Guess what? I chose the tea, not just because it was my favorite, but because it has teeny tiny calories, tastes delicious, and does not overtake my calorie range for the day.
Buying out costs a lot of money as well. I had to be honest with myself financially and say I can not afford to buy things everyday like my co workers can. I am really cracking the whip on my financial fitness. I already used my clothes budget ( got a lot for a little thanks to a sale and Buffalo Exchange- a second hand store chain in California...I have no clue if they have it else where.)
P.S- I bought these leggings..I do not care what anyone else thinks...these are beautiful and awesome. You do not need to be a tall, thin model to wear leggings, so go out and rock em'!!
(Here is the link for Forever 21 and these amazing leggings! http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.a
I am tired of stretching pennies until my next paycheck. Time to build my income, make smart choices, and stop with the eating out. Not only does it save me money, it also saves my di-...healthy lifestyle
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
I hurt so bad...and it does not feel good. My hamstring is killing me and it hurt to even walk on the treadmill. I planned on tacking five miles onto my running this week today, but did not feel like increasing my pain. I walked for two miles and then rowed for fifteen minuets. I felt defeated, but that feeling only caused me to reassess myself, my fitness, and my nutrition. I do not stretch regularly, I have not been fueling my body properly, and I have not been in the zone lately with my runs.
Yes, I am not surprised my hamstring pain is currently invading my leg and runs. But it is safe to say that I have been motivated to rededicate myself to better nutrition, mindset, and proper training (stretch once in awhile girl...it is not that difficult!).
Do I want to be at the top of my game? Yes, but I am no where near an athelete status or fitness extraordinaire. I shall take my time and do it right! It will most likely save on strains and pains, am I right?:)
Friday, July 05, 2013
" This is so tough! I run decent on the treadmill, why can't I run the same way on my own on the trail?" This was exactly what I was thinking on my first run out of the gym tonight. I felt as though I could not even make it a single mile and my legs just wanted to ooze to the ground. As I watched other runners on the trail, I noticed one common thread between them all: They were pacing themselves and making their run just that..their run. For some reason I think that I need to be running a certain pace, but the truth is, I am a beginner and I have no one to impress but myself and I must say I am very impressed with myself! I pushed the negative, unrealistic thoughts aside and paced myself.
I do not mean to sound stalkerish, but I paced and checked myself with another runner in front of me. Instead of feeling slow and that I had to keep up with her, I fell back into an easy, comfortable pace for me. Towards the end she started to go all out since she was running her pace, but that was okay. It only gave me the self determination to sprint up the hill on my way home. It was a success. Am I hurting? Yes! Do I want a nice hot shower to ease my muscles? Uh...you do not need to ask me twice!! But I hurt so good!
I honestly thought that if this is tough, what makes me think that I can conquer my half marathon in December? Really Ashley?! It is July!! You have plenty of time. All I need to do is run for me and nobody else. It is my body and my run. I would like to pass those works of advice on to you fellow Spark People. Pace yourself and you will win your race successfully no matter what it may be:)
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
So, I am in week three of my marathon training. It has been going so well that I decided to sign up for the half marathon option instead of the 5k. Talk about a big leap of faith!! The race is not until December, so I figure I have plenty of time to train properly. I know I am not going to sweep the competition or anything, but I do know that I will feel fantastic just because I am able to accomplish something that I never thought I will never be able to do. I always viewed runners as insane..but a good insane. They are so confident, driven, determined, happy, faithful...the list of descriptions can go on and on. I was never a runner because I thought I could not just run forever and not be tired. I read the running magazines and check out all the cool motivational gear. Then I decided to give myself a break and said " Why not give it a try?" So I did...in the wrong shoes and totally tried to run like an Olympian. I was in dreaded pain. I should have known better since I do keep up with the ins and outs of running. Though I was in pain, I felt successful! I felt joy and confidence that I never knew existed within me.
I get it now. I understand the joy of running and the joy that runners have. I feel so accomplished. Even though I am still in a walk run phase, it makes me feel good within to know that I have what it takes. If you ever felt like you could never do something whether it be swimming, running, managing a company, or whatever you secretly desire to do, just go out there and give it your all to the best of YOUR ability and no one else's. You are your own person. Just be an amazing you. That is the first rule and realization I learned since running. I will post updates about my journey more often, so if you are reading this please feel free to connect with me and others about your accomplishments or views/comments/tips on running. Have an incredible day!
P.S- I invested in some great shoes when I started the training program. Asics Kayano 19's!! They are amazing! I plan on buying some Nike's and Saucony's. I am now hooked on workout gear:)
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