Tuesday, August 20, 2013

My Inspirations

So I just ran... and my RunKeeper has COMPLETELY crapped out on me. It claimed that in over 15 minutes, I ran 0.02 miles. (Which is entirely false by the way.) I then did a ton of stretches (my knee has been acting up the past couple of runs- not happy about it.), squats, push ups, a plank, and some side crunches to work on my love handles.

Still smiling... even while I'm drenched in sweat.
Recently, I have been trying to pull more and more inspiration from places because, well, its really difficult to motivate yourself sometimes. I won't write a lot this post, but here are some things that keep me motivated (and some are kind of super nerdy. Don't judge.)

I'm probably going to need new knees eventually. Better run before I need that to happen :)

Total nerd moment. But if he were to ever show up, I'd want to be ready to run with him.

Anything you say, you gloriously handsome man.

This one just makes me feel super bad ass :)

Every time I have a minor setback, I have to remind myself to just move past it.
I know today's blog was sort of "blah," but I more just want to know what's up with all of you!! What workouts have been working for you? What drives you to get up and workout every chance you get? What are your inspirations?

Let me know! I love hearing your success stories!!

Until we sweat again!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Holy *&$%, Batman!

Just finished my run for the day!!

Basically I make super cute faces.

I ran for 17 minutes (give or take a few seconds) and I am completely wiped out. Did you know that running in the middle of the day, with the sun in all its "I want to melt you" glory, is a horrible idea? That'll teach me to sleep in. (Who are we kidding? I'm still going to sleep in every single chance I get.)

I realized my route has become ROUTine (I'm so punny), so today I veered off course and back tracked a lot, but I felt like my normal route was too short. (Angels come down from heaven sustaining one long note "aaahhhhh!!!") <--- If you didn't get that reference we can no longer be friends.

My point of this never ending post is that I seriously hated running for forever, and while I'm not saying that I love it now, I am saying that I'm starting to want to be able to push myself farther and test my limits. I can feel my body wanting to fall into a rhythm; wanting to be able to be called a runner's body, complete with runner's legs and a cute little butt. And its crazy because I can feel myself getting closer and closer to that person!

After my run, I did some squats, push ups, dips, and a plank challenge. I'm feeling like I can conquer the world today... which is great because I have to serve alcohol to lots of drunk people tonight. ;)

Until we sweat again!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


First, please click on THIS LINK

Now, listen to Katy Perry sing and read all about my workouts the past couple of days :)

Yesterday, I went for a run. I made it a little over 2 miles in 14:08 and whew was that a rush. I felt incredible afterwards!

Today, I worked at the gym and had a LOT of down time, during which I did all of the following:

10 minutes jogging on the treadmill
2 miles on the bike
50 squats with a 25 lb. kettle bell
60 reps on the row machine
60 lat pulls
20 reverse flies
40 bicep curls
20 dumbbell cross jabs
AND 20 of those things where you bend at the waist and lift your weighted arm straight back.

I am in full on beast mode today. (Hence the song, Roar!)

I feel ultra jittery, and I won't lie- I'm dying to eat a Twinkie later on tonight. I feel like its not going to completely destroy my workout.

However, after all of that work, I feel like I deserve to treat myself- and not just with a sugary cake full of.... sugar. I plan on making the rest of the night a "pamper me" night. I have nail polish, a big ol' bottle of water, my comfiest PJs, a facial mask, and The Notebook. I am such a girl :)

Any ideas for an even better "me" night?? Share 'em!!

Until we sweat again!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Lights and Sounds

I just returned from my run for the day- and I'm a little irked. My Run Keeper app went on the fritz and tried telling me I had run 2 miles in under 5 minutes???

Ummmmm, I wish.

On my run, I came across a song with these lyrics which made me really push.

Slow burn, let it all fade out, 
And pull the curtain down.I wonder where you've been? 
You've earned everything you found,  
And painted faces frown.I'll say I knew you when

It was the part about the "slow burn, let it all fade out" that originally caught my attention. My legs were starting to ache and my lungs were burning, and all I could think was "this completely applies to what I'm physically going through right now.. (Emo, I know.)

The next part where the singer says "You've earned everything you found" just made me think "you know what? I am earning this. I'm earning my right to a hot body; I'm putting in the time to get to a tinier frame; I'm earning it."

I've heard several people tell me that I don't need to lose weight and that my body is perfect the way it is, but my friend Sara put it in terms that I can't seem to be able to look past.

"You're friends don't call you fat... But do they call you skinny??"

I'm not saying that I want to be a twig, despite what my bio says. But I do want to be healthy, and right now, eating the way I do and being as sedentary as I have been lately, I'm not healthy.

Cutting this abruptly short- my neighbor just scared the hell out of me and we are now swapping tales of workouts past!

Until we sweat again!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Sweaty Lady

Hey, y'all!

So I'm still on this running kick- and turns out I'm improving!

If you recall, my first run was a little over a mile and it took me about 17 minutes. (Yowza.)

My run today was a little under 2 miles in 14 minutes!! My first mile took me 6 minutes and 40 seconds- and I didn't feel like I was about to collapse the whole time!

I've begun to fear the burn in my chest just a little less, choosing to look at it more like encouragement to get home faster. The way I see it, I'm going to have to run back to my house anyway, so I may as well do it quickly. (No one wants to be that sweaty, nasty, gasping-for-air mess on the side of the road that everyone is secretly worried for.)

This is what I looked like afterward:

Basically gross and sweaty
But I feel so awesome! Slightly dehydrated, but I feel less like a giant pile of crap. :)

After my run, I did my daily Plank Challenge- today was 30 seconds (I think... that's what I did at least!!)

After I get home from work, I'll do my crunches, push ups, and squats, but for now I'm rehydrating and getting geared up for my afternoon at work :)

If anyone is interested in doing the Color Me Rad run with myself and some friends (Amber, Hannah, Rachel, Amy, and Cindy) let me know and I'll give you the team name to sign up under! We'll be making team shirts and all that jazz and it should be a blast!!

Until we sweat again!