|December 5, 2013||Posted by Presley under Fitness, Motivation, Running|
**The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.**
Yesterday I completed an insanely sweaty 45 minute run while watching Love Actually. I am obsessed with zoning out during treadmill runs, by the way. I’ve been loving the Cardio Cinema room in the gym lately, so I finally propped up a TV in our home gym. It’s basically a hand-me-down dinosaur on top of a cheap table from K-Mart. Whatever works.
I had my training run planned out on my phone, but I had to cut the cool down extremely short so I could get some things done around the house. In my head, 45 minutes sounded like a good cut-off, I guess? I swear I could have stayed on there and watched movies all night, though. Definitely loving having a TV in there. Kim told me I needed one, and she was right.
Another great addition to my running has been the new Mizuno Wave Rider 17. I’ve never run in Mizuno shoes before. Shocking, right? I hear they are all the rage, and now I see why.
I’ve always made it clear that I prefer minimalist running shoes. The more “stuff”, the more I hated them. The problem with that mentality is that I lost a lot when it came to cushioning. For shorter runs, this was never an issue. Now that I’m tackling double digit runs every single weekend, my knees are screamin’ for some foot pillows, ya know?
I’m, like, 99% sure that Mizuno created the Wave Rider 17 model just for me. I hear it’s very similar to the previous Wave Riders but slightly more lightweight and flexible. They managed to do that while still creating a great cushioned, neutral shoe. Hello. That’s exactly what I wanted for my long runs. Thanks, Mizuno. We’re total BFFs now.
I’m basically crediting these shoes for salvaging my half marathon training. I wore them for my first long run after getting sick, and I swear it gave me the biggest mental and physical boost possible. The week before, my body pretty much shut down on me while I was feeling ill. I’ve never in my life experienced anything like that during a run, and it scared the crap out of me. I was nervous to attempt my long run the following weekend, thinking the same thing was bound to happen. Thankfully, a mix of feeling better and the cushioned Wave Rider 17s saved my life. (Mezamashii, much?)
I’m being a bit dramatic, but honestly that first 10 mile run in those shoes might have been the best run of my life. I’ve never felt so much relief. I have since used them for another 10 mile run and a handful of 5-6 mile runs. I plan to keep using these shoes on any run over 5 miles, for sure.
In a nutshell, the Wave Rider 17 is: Neutral. Flexible. Cushioned. Smooth. Cute (hey, it counts for something). Great for longer runs.
The Wave Rider 17s will be available for sale starting today for $114.95 MSRP. I have a feeling they will be on many runners’ Christmas lists this year.
Tonight I have an “easy” three miles to run according to my plan, but I also have to go to a Christmas event at school. Hmm. I hope I can squeeze it in!
Question 1: Have you run in Mizuno shoes before? If so, what’s your favorite model? I have to admit, I’m down to start a collection.
Question 2: Loyal Mizuno Wave Rider runners, do you think you’ll enjoy the changes they’ve made to the 17s? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
|December 4, 2013||Posted by Presley under Dessert Recipe, Fitness, Motivation, Tips and Tricks|
**Disclosure: The following post is sponsored on behalf of Lorna Jane and Fit Approach.**
I’m happy to report that Maddux slept a little better last night. We still ended up having to sleep with him, but he wasn’t as wiggly as usual. We all actually got some sleep, which makes the morning that much easier, ya know? Hopefully it will also mean some good times on my miles later. Crossing my fingers, y’all. There are so many factors that go into a good run, but sleep is definitely key. Same thing with fitness. So many daggum pieces of the puzzle.
Speaking of fitness, I was recently chosen to be a part of a group of ladies working with FitApproach and Lorna Jane as a Holiday Fit List Blogger.
Exciting stuff, right? I was very lucky to be chosen! Basically, we’re supposed to share with our readers the ways we “stay fit” during the holidays. I wanted to come up with some insightful or meaningful tips, but then I remembered that I’m human. I eat desserts and I drink wine. I skip workouts and I slack off. The beautiful thing about fitness is that it’s not measured by small things like that. It’s your overall health, attitude, and motivation that counts. One or two (or three or four…) “off” days are not the end of the world. Having said that, I want to also stress that I still do try to make smart decisions during the holidays and throughout the year.
1. Wear something that makes you feel good, and you’ll be more likely to get off the couch. You’ll want to get up and get moving, and you’ll appreciate the compliments you receive along the way. Luckily, Lorna Jane knows their stuff when it comes to making girls look and feel their best. It certainly doesn’t hurt that these happen to be the brightest and most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Each piece has a special touch that makes it feminine and fun, yet isn’t lacking in the function department. **There is currently a 20% OFF Lorna Jane discount you can grab for yourself using the promo code “SHOPLJ”.**
2. Make something healthy you’ll look forward to eating. If your “health food” is more like “bird food”, you’ll just end up eating more in the long run. Thankfully there are some really good healthy recipe options out there, like Peanut Butter Choc Fudge from the Move Over Sugar Recipe Book. You can find it on page 36 of your free copy! Yup, free. I like that there are some great sugar free recipes in there. I’m not anti-sugar at all, but it never hurts to have all kinds of options.
3. Don’t just treat yourself, treat yourself well. I’m the first person to say that you should fully celebrate the holidays, but you can also make some good choices while you’re at it. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep and drinking enough water. You won’t feel like working out if you don’t take care of your body. Basically, get those Zs and then chug some juice.
4. Make your workouts fun and you’ll be more likely to actually complete them. Run with a friend, hunt down the perfect Christmas tree with your family, go hiking or ice-skating, play in the snow, or take part in a ridiculous themed workout. You might even forget that you’re torturing your body for a minute.
5. Make fitness one of your priorities. Family, friends, festive-stuff, and plenty of other “F” words should probably come first. Fitness ranks pretty high in my life, but I try to remember that it’s not the end all, be all. As long as you are doing your best, you are doing enough. Remember that, and don’t get too tripped up in all the “fitspo” stuff telling you otherwise. Oh, and if you need a healthy dose of inspiration or motivation, head on over to www.movenourishbelieve.com.
So, yeah. Those are my tips. Nothing mind-blowing or earth-shattering, but they’re real. So there’s that. Enjoy your holidays and your health this year!
What is one thing on your #HolidayFitList? What helps you stay fit during the busy holiday season? The more tips, the merrier.
Tonight (December 4th) at 5PM PST/ 8PM EST, FitApproach and Lorna Jane are hosting the #HolidayFitList Twitter Party, where the most active participant will win a $100 gift card to Lorna Jane. You can RSVP and invite your friends here.
If that’s not enough to get you excited, sign up to WIN a $250 Lorna Jane gift card in the #HolidayFitList sweepstakes. It ends on December 13th, so get your entries in now!
**Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Lorna Jane and Fit Approach. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.**
|November 25, 2013||Posted by Presley under Blogging, Fitness, Life, Motivation, Uncategorized|
[Edited to add: WHY on earth did none of you tell me the title of this said "Blogger Responsibly". I hate my life right now. I guess I muddled Blogging Responsibly and Blogger Responsibility. I am so good at making new phrases, right? Okay, off to crawl in a hole. I'm surprised I didn't write whole there...]
I’ve been wanting to post this for a while. I’ve alluded to how I feel about my eating history, but I’ve never really delved right in. I pretended to be something I wasn’t, I ate things I didn’t really want to eat, I skipped things I did want to eat, and I agonized over every second of it. Looking back, someone should have slapped me square in the face. Luckily, Ryne isn’t much of a fighter. He used his words (<- can you tell I teach small children?) to tell me that I was being an asshat. That’s one of my favorite words, by the way. I’ve never used it on the blog, because it’s immature. But, hey, when the shoe fits.
This photo is still in my “Who’s Who” page, and I need to take it down or crop my disordered self out. Technically, by many standards, I was still healthy at this weight. My body was still functioning and I wasn’t feeling any ill effects of my choices. However, I was at a terrible place mentally. My decisions were not made from a viewpoint that I consider stable or even freaking sane. I forced myself to run that morning at the lake, because I was going to put a bathing suit on. Ridiculous.
Whether or not my body agreed, my mind was sick. I wasn’t myself. The one catalyst for this turn in my life was discovering the HLB world. Healthy Living Bloggers are a special breed, my friends. There is a lot of emphasis placed on food: what you should eat, what you shouldn’t eat, and what you did eat. That being said, some HLBs do a great job of displaying a balanced attitude about food and fitness. I love and respect many of them. I think I just happened to find a few disordered blogger friends in beginning. I won’t go naming names, but I definitely still worry about some of those girls.
I guess my blog could be considered a healthy living blog, too. I like some healthy things. I’m decent at living (I mean, I am alive). I blog about that. So, no, I’m not going to freak out if I am placed in that category at all. And I really do want to stress that I think blogging, reading blogs, and connecting with others can be very beneficial. I’ve mentioned this time and time again, but there is also a very dark side to blogging. At the time that I found “healthy living blogs”, I wasn’t in a frame of mind where they were beneficial to me. They did more harm than good, but I wasn’t in a place where I could see that. I saw the number on the scale drop, and that was good enough for me.
It started innocently enough. I picked up a few things at the grocery store that I saw them mention. Hey, whatever. New food. No big deal. Then I started only eating meals that other HLBs had deemed “healthy”. I’m going to come right out and say that I got effing sick of Greek yogurt, egg whites, smoothie bowls, juices, protein powder, and oats. I started viewing meals as numbers and rules instead of food. Y’all. You should see the dessert abominations I recreated. It’s so gross to think back to that. I like frosting. Real frosting. Without protein. I’m seriously sad about the desserts I skipped during my journey to “health”. Anyway, I digress. For some people, I suppose that’s a totally sustainable lifestyle. For me, it was restrictive and harmful to my actual health. My body thrives off of a decent chunk of calories and a large amount of fat.
Why am I telling you all of this? Well, I don’t want this to keep happening to other people. It sucks that it is even a topic of discussion, but it seems to be an all too common issue. Girl meets blogs. Girl gets confused. Girl eats bird food. Girl gets sick. Sick girl starts her own damn blog. It’s a vicious cycle.
I really didn’t come on here in order to point fingers or to place blame. At the end of the day, I was the one who was making myself sick. At the same time, though, I do feel that bloggers have a tiny bit of responsibility, ya know? I think the most glaring examples are people who promote unhealthy behaviors to young girls. If you are facing your own challenges, more power to you. You deserve to get to a healthy place, and I sincerely hope you put forth the effort to get there. Until you do, get the hell off the internet. Call me a jerk, but I would be afraid to let my daughter surf the web these days. It’s just too easy to confuse fact with fiction when someone is preaching from the “healthy living” pulpit.
As a blogger myself, I realize “being responsible” is much harder than it looks. Some seemingly normal statements can become twisted in the mind of someone who is battling an eating disorder. For instance, I’ve mentioned that sometimes I still work out to look good. At the end of the day, I still do think that’s a totally reasonable motivator. It can quickly become detrimental, though. It’s all about the mental state you are in at the time. Hell, it still happens to me and I consider myself to have a relatively healthy view on life. Can you, as a blogger, ensure that you will never utter a triggering thought or post a triggering photo? No, you can’t. But I think you can be mindful of the things you are saying and posting. I try, but I’m sure I fall short in many ways. The fact that I tracked my pregnancy weight gain and subsequent weight loss probably sent red flags flying for many people. I ultimately saw it as more of a science experiment than anything. Should I have shared the numbers and photos with everyone? I’m not sure. I don’t really know the answer to that. It’s hard for me to find the line between authenticity and sensitivity. I like telling y’all how I really feel. I don’t like BS. But at the same time, I don’t want to hurt anyone with my words. It’s tough, and I’m constantly working at it. I don’t think there is a perfect way to do it.
I’ve pretty much broken down the ways I decide on what blogs to read. I always ask myself a few questions before I hit that follow button:
Is it inspiring or instigating? Does it make me feel good or bad? Unfortunately, there are so many blogs that don’t inspire me. If I start to feel like I’m questioning myself, my health, or my own motives, I simply split. I don’t return to those blogs, just like I wouldn’t keep hanging around with people who didn’t make me feel good about myself. Don’t let a blog make you feel inferior. Read the blogs that boost you up while helping you achieve your goals, if that’s what you’re looking for. Don’t read garbage, or you’ll feel like garbage.
Is the core focus qualitative or quantitative? I prefer blogs with a pretty well-rounded, balanced approach to life. I don’t mind when people track their weight, how many reps they can complete in a workout, or the miles they’ve logged. I’ve done all of those things myself. When it comes down to it, though, I want to see that the people aren’t totally driven by those things. I like to read about a person, not a running tally of accomplishments. I want to see people enjoy their lives while making whatever choices are best suited to them.
Is being lean over promoted? Is everything lean this and lean that? Every time I turn on the computer I’m faced with “fitspirational” images teaching me how to tone up and get lean. Lean is the new skinny. I’m not saying there is anything at all wrong with actually being (or promoting being) lean. I just think that it has somewhat become a new catchphrase for an old problem, ya know? I see the same restrictive tendencies and disordered thinking. Similarly, “fitspo” tends to be the exact same thing as “thinspo”. “Fitspo” to me would mean healthy, strong bodies. That isn’t always the case, and that’s terribly sad.
Do I leave feeling guilty? This has less to do with my self worth, and more about wanting to intervene for the sake of the other person. While you can never get the whole picture of person’s life from a blog, I do believe you can get glimpses into someone’s mindset. I obviously don’t think that it’s my place to decide who is actually disordered, but I can at least stay away from the people who I think have disordered tendencies. I tend to feel guilty for reading those blogs, because I feel like I should say something.
Well, crap, I didn’t realize this was going to get as wordy as it did. I’ve told y’all a million times that I get on here and just start typing. I have too many thoughts and opinions, I guess. I don’t really know how to end this, except to tell you one thing: I truly hope you read this blog for fun, and if I ever make you feel badly about yourself I give you full permission to publicly curse me out. But seriously, if you ever find yourself questioning your self-worth because of blogs or social media, take a break from the internet. It will do you a world of good. For those bloggers who are struggling themselves, I hope you get the help you need.
Now I’ve got to decide if I want to run my three miles tonight. The pro is that I’ll go to bed with a sense of accomplishment, the con is that I won’t get to go to bed right this minute. Decisions, decisions.
|November 24, 2013||Posted by Presley under Fitness, Life, Motivation, Running|
Want me to hit you with some truth? I’ve been MIA lately because I was being really grumpy about not being able to run. I mean, how many times can a girl blog about what she isn’t doing until everyone wants to punch her in the face? Exactly. I was annoying. So I decided that I wouldn’t keep coming on here and doing that. I would blog when I ran. Today was that day. So, yeah, it wasn’t a very long break from me for you guys. For that, I apologize. I did miss y’all, if that makes it any better.
I ran TEN miles today! I know that’s not a mind-blowing amount of miles or anything, but it makes me feel better about having to skip last weekend’s ten mile run. Today was technically only supposed to be four miles. I felt a million times better, though, so I decided to keep on trucking. I’m so freaking glad my muscles don’t hate me anymore. My side had already been feeling better, but I never would have thought that my neck and shoulders mattered as much as they do when it comes to running. I can move my daggum neck again, and that is seriously cause for celebration. The only problem is now I’ve made them sore for other reasons. It was cold (by my standards) today and I was running around shivering like a loser instead of going back and getting a jacket. I guess I was hunched over or something? Posture. Need to work on that. But, really, this might have been my favorite run ever. I feel so much better!
After my run, I ate this sandwich in about ten seconds flat. We didn’t have much in the fridge, but you gotta do what you gotta do. It was actually really good, but the tomatoes were kind of crappy. I’d rather eat a crappy tomato than no tomato, though. Glass half full, right?
This weekend wasn’t all about sandwich eating and running, however. We did other cool stuff like try to nap in dangerous places in true Hunger Games style. Next thing you know he’ll be strapping himself to a tree to get some Zs.
We also full-on decorated for Christmas. Oops. I think Elmo was into it, but that might just have been the cheap drinks and white chocolate talking. Please don’t judge us for going all-in way before Thanksgiving. There is no controlling the holiday spirit.
Even Maddux is stoked. He sat and watched the entire Polar Express this morning. This kid never sits still, so we were shocked that he was so enamored by it. Further proof that everyone loves the holidays.
I even snagged a few things for an upcoming race. I’m excited to run and all, but I’m way more excited to dress up. PS: every single time I step into a Claire’s I am immediately transported back to sixth grade. Never fails.
Sorry I don’t have much to talk about today. I’m honestly just on cloud nine right now. I was nervous before heading out on my run this morning, so it’s an amazing feeling that I didn’t keel over and die. Whoop!
Now I’ve got to go eat an entire pizza by myself because Ryne hasn’t come down to get any. This is my perfect day.