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Water Wednesday

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WATER

If you follow me you know I talk about water over and over and over again. There's a reason for that! Water is essential to our survival. Water is in everything and our body needs water so that we can move, groove and improve on a daily basis. Water provides our body with oxygen, it lubricates our organs and keeps us from getting dehydrated. Water is essential for maintaining beautiful skin, growing hair and nails, as well as, digesting our food. 

I drink water every chance I get unless you try and trick me with a little sweet tea. (Sweet Tea is my kryptonite) Water can be "dolled up" with a little lemon or your favorite fruit. Since I can't have too much sweet tea, I will add a "green tea" tea bag to ice cold water and let it sit for a bit. That way I still get the benefits of water and green tea throughout the day.

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Ladies, if you want your hair and nails to grow, drink up! You will need 2.2 Liters a water a day which is the same as 8-10 cups. If you are athletic, add a couple of more cups. Fellas, you may not want long nails but healthy, shiny and think hair will make any girl look your way. You will need 3.3 Liters of water a day which is approximately 12-14 cups. So DRINK UP, so you not only FEEL GOOD but LOOK GOOD too. Happy Friday!


 
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Posted on April 10, 2019 and filed under Fitness, Fitness Tip, Health, Personal Training.

MANTRA RUNNING

Two years ago, I was having a really hard time getting back into “running shape”. My body felt like a square brick and I was falling A LOT! At first, I thought aging had finally caught up to me or maybe I wasn’t eating the right foods, non-the-less, I didn’t have the mojo to move properly. I tried everything but nothing seemed to help. I finally went to the doctor and my therapist to find out, “What the heck, man?!?”.

Later, I learned I was suffering mentally and physically from post traumatic stress disorder. Yep, PTSD. At first, I thought my therapist was pulling my leg but after chewing a few layers from that onion, she was spot on. See, a year prior, I physically fell apart because my life was falling apart. My body literally could not take the stress and it completely broke down. I couldn’t eat, sleep or workout. It was pretty rough.

My therapist told me I needed to change my way of thinking and focus in order to move forward. I started with meditation and cognitive therapy (taking negative thoughts/ideas and replacing them with positive ones). Both were helpful but not enough to get back into running. Helloooo! I’m a runner here! I gotta movvve.

Again, I tried everything from yoga to plain old walking and I have to say, I was bored OUT OF MY MIND! I had to find a way to start running again so I did a little more research on my own. Through my attempts with meditation, I learned about mantras, the idea of taking a a statement or slogan and repeating it over and over again. I found it fascinating that just a few repeated words could actually reprogram the way you think of yourself.

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It wasn’t until I saw an interview with 50 cent, the rapper, discussing mantras. 50 cent was given his own, special mantra from Deepak Chopra and it changed his life. Changed his life? Really? 50 cent? OK, I have to try this. I don’t know why the idea of 50 cent chanting a mantra intrigued me but it did and I figured, why not give it a shot.

I was not going to sit in a room alone and OHMMM my way through a yoga class, so I decided to try chanting my own mantra while running. I picked three words that described my future-self, locked it into my memory bank and headed out for a run. I started to chant the following phrase, “I am powerful, strong and blessed”. At first, I found it funny because I felt ridiculous running and chanting at the same time, but I kept going. Once I hit a rhythm, I started to focus on the words, my pace and my breathing. Next thing I know, the run is over and I successfully completed 3 miles. My mind was clear. I actually felt powerful, strong and blessed. I finished my run without falling or feeling exhausted. I used this method over a period of a month and it literally turned my training around.

I am not the first person to discover mantra running. Running is a very mental sport and many elite runners use mantras to get through some of their toughest races. For me, mantra running has evolved in the few years. At first, I was simply trying to change my focus but now, I use mantras when competing or when heading out for a tough, long run. Mantras are powerful and extremely effective. It’s a true testament on how your mind, body and spirit work together.

If you would like to learn more about mantras, shoot me an email. Let’s find out what words would work for you and try them on your next run. Good luck and happy running!

Water Wednesday Fitness Tips: "Keeping Your Water Bottle Loaded"

HYDRATE. 

When pushing through a tough workout hydration is key. Water, in particular, prevents dry mouth, headaches, keeps joints lubricated and muscles oxygenated. Water is the medium for most chemical reactions in the body, especially metabolic reactions involved in energy production. Daily water recommendation for men is 3.3 liters a day (or approximately 13 cups) and for women, 2.2 liters a day (or approximately 9 cups) . If you are active...keep it coming!

If you are not sure you are getting enough water, check the following. Are you experiencing little to no urine, dry mouth, sleepiness, confusion and/or extreme thirst? If so, start filling up that water bottle and keep it by your side all day, every day! 

When exercising for 30 minutes or more, I recommend drinking water every 10 minutes to keep you from over heating and energized. Drink up and have fun! 

Posted on November 27, 2018 and filed under Exercise, Fitness, Fitness Tip, Personal Training.

San Diego International Triathlon Relay

 
Ondry Leavitt-swim | Martina Maddox-bike | Nicol Hodges-run 1st Place Women 4th OVERALL RELAY TEAM

Ondry Leavitt-swim | Martina Maddox-bike | Nicol Hodges-run 1st Place Women 4th OVERALL RELAY TEAM

 

My duathlon training continues.  This past weekend I participated in my first Triathlon "RELAY". The last time I ran a relay was Big 12 Championships back in 1991? or 1992?. Let's just say, it's been a minute! The distance for this event was a 1K Swim, 30K Bike and 10K Run. I, of course, ran the 10K and I have to say I was a little NERVOUS. There were a total of 12 relay teams and, I THINK, 5 all female teams.

I was nervous about the run because I wasn't sure how long I could hold a fast pace for a full 10K run. I did surprise myself by clocking a 7:34 minute pace and my team won the female category! The ladies and I placed 4th overall! So, that was pretty exciting! 

While running the 10K, I mentally broke the race down mile by mile and chased a lot of ponytails. I felt really strong and I kept telling myself "do NOT slow down"! 

The athletes that did the full event on their own, I have so much respect for. It's not easy to jump on a bike after a 20 minute swim and then switch out of your bike shoes into running shoes and run like the wind after being on the bike. So, the pace is different, the mentality is different and it's challenging in a good way! 

When competing in endurance races, it takes a toll on your body...quickly. Here are a few suggestions that I recommend AND have worked for me.

5 THINGS TO DO POST-EVENT #selfcare 

1. Protein. Your muscles need protein and oxygen to rebuild and recover. Yogurt, smoothie or your favorite protein powder will do the job.

2. Vitamin C. Your immune system breaks down after every endurance event. Vitamin C builds and repairs tissue. Talk to your doctor first but it's a great way to keep you on track and in front of those minor colds after a big race. 

3. Massage. Oh my goodness! Your muscles will L O V E you post race if you can get a massage. This is a great way relax muscle tissue, improve circulation, remove toxins and improve your range of motion.

4. Pedicure. Not only is this a great way to get good looking feet, it also helps improve blood circulation in the feet and calf muscles. Your feet and legs take a beating when competing, say "thank you" with a nice pedicure.

5. Hydrate. Before, during and after an event DRINK WATER. You lose so much water while racing. To prevent muscle fatigue and de-hydration, you need to drink as much water as possible post workout. 8-10 cups a day on average, athletes 10-13+ a day.

Working Out with The Band

Tuesday Training

 
 

Walking, running, sitting and cycling are movements that happen in your sagittal plane of motion. Since most of us live in this plane, it's nice for a trainer like myself to challenge your other planes of motion. Why? So you can strength all the muscles and tendons that surround the bone and prevent unnecessary injuries. When moving your extremities away from your body, side to side, you are moving in your front plane of motion. Usually you put stress_good stress_on your shoulders, triceps, core, glutes and iliotibial band, also known as your IT band! I just finished this workout and my butt is on FIRE...that's a good thing.

  • Video edit - NIC (my alter ego)
  • Music - FADED by Not the King

3 exercises / 30 seconds each / 3 rounds / 5 rounds for a real challenge

  • Squats with overhead press - BAND AROUND ANKLES
  • Side to side walking planks - BAND AROUND WRIST (drop the butt)
  • Scissors - BAND AROUND ANKLES

Training Tips for Walking

This one is for my mother. She is a walker and reminds me every day how many steps she has accomplished and it's usually well over 10,000 steps! You keep going, Mom, I'll blog about it. 

The Guardian recently published an article on why a Fitbit or similar gadgets are no longer needed. The writer believes that fitness gadgets cause more stress than helping people achieve their fitness goals. Of course, I have to say, a FitBit does not have to be a stressor unless you allow it to be. Let me remind you that nearly 50% of the American population do not lead an active, healthy lifestyle. Nearly $120 billion of healthcare costs are due to inactivity.  The FitBit and similar gadgets are motivators. If you get 2,000 steps in or over 10,000 steps, be happy that you moved! Let's not discredit why fitness gadgets were invented for in the first place. They are motivating and convenient to millions of people. If a FitBit motivates you to move and you make it fun, wear it. If it truly stresses you out, you're right, you don't need it but don't discourage others who love their FitBits and the communities they have built around them.

CHECK OUT THESE EASY TRAINING TIPS FOR WALKING!

  • Even when you walk you have to pick the right shoes and I love shoes, especially the "sneaker kind"! But seriously, your shoes should be sturdy, well-cushioned and supportive. Talk to a foot specialist and find out if your feet are flat, normal or if the arches are too high. This will determine what type of walking shoes you will need to be fitted for.
  • Your walking shoes should a size and a half bigger than your regular working shoes. This will allow room for your feet to move and adjust when walking/running along various surfaces. 
  • Your gait includes your pace, stride, step and bearing. It's important to make sure each step is comfortable, you move at your own pace and your stride is not too short or wide.
  • Your posture is extremely important as well. Standing up straight with your shoulders back and down, chest out, as well as your hips, knees and toes facing forward is the key to prevent injury or strain to your body.
  • Try not to carry heavy bags or weighted objects that will offset your posture or stride.
  • 10,000 steps a day equals 5 miles, as well as stronger legs, heart and healthier lifestyle. Be the first to challenge your family, friends and co-workers. Get people moving with you to accomplish your goals.  REMEMBER, if you don't hit 10,000 steps in a day, the world will not end! 

VEINS, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES

 

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I have these massive veins

in my hands and neck. When I am in tip top shape, they pop up along the front of my arms and legs as well. I get my crazy veins from my mother. Her hands are veiny too. I use to hate them because when I was younger_high school / college the kids would make fun of me. 

Now when I look at my veins, I LOVE THEM! I appreciate my veins. They remind me of all that good blood flowing & pumping through my body!

Think of an area on your body that you don't particularly get excited about BUT if you really think about it, it could be a sign of strength. Maybe you have massive calves or broad shoulders, a wide back or a big butt. Yep, I said it! Something may look off to you but someone else, they are looking at you like your BOSS!

My Granny is BOSS! She is no longer with us but I remember her being top heavy with legs that were KIND OF skinny compared to the rest of her body and guess what, they were veinyI NEVER heard her complain about her body or what she looked like. She would make little jokes here or there but she was very happy being Mattie! My Granny was a big ball of energy and her presence was BOLD! I would look at her and see amazement, strength and joy. She was ALWAYS happy, laughing and EVERYBODY knew her! Men LOVED HER! 

My point is...today, there is so much pressure on women to look our best or look like someone we are not. From the way we dress to how we comb our hair to what we were or don't wear. The pressure is on.  Many go under the knife to find perfection (and there's nothing wrong with that_I could use a boob job! LOL!), I just hope we are truly happy with who we are inside before we start changing what we think is wrong on the outside.  Body shaming is real at every age and stage of our lives. Girls are falling victim and older women are being shamed FOR simply AGING! It's gotta stop and it starts with you and me.

Beating yourself up over your body image will make you crazy OR at least the people around you. Making fun of other women is down right mean and cruel. For me, I have a very small chest, skinny legs, knobby knees, lots of gray hair coming in (thank GOD for hair color) and big feet!!! I think my butt is shrinking too...but THAT'S WHAT I GOT AND THAT'S WHAT I WORK WITH! YEP. If I want to change something about my outward appearance, my motto, I better be happy on the inside first

Remember, it doesn't matter what you look like, what color your skin, what kind of hairstyle you sport, as long as YOU are happy with yourself, it doesn't matter what others say. Make sure you are taking good care of yourself, living a healthy lifestyle and really practicing self care.If you can do those three things, you are on the right track...in fact you are PERFECT!  

DID YOU KNOW IT'S NATIONAL VEGAN MONTH?

BEFORE I FINISH TYPING THIS, MANY OF YOU WILL HAVE ALREADY ANSWERED THE NEXT QUESTION BEFORE I GET STARTED. Have you ever considered becoming VEGAN? I hear a 100 "no's" already and I completely understand, as I type this and eat my pasta with grilled chicken on the side. I mean, talk about eliminating meat, eggs and dairy? That's a lot to ask but that's only because meat, eggs and dairy is all most of us know!

Becoming vegan is more than eating plant-based only foods, it's a lifestyle, just like fitness and taking care of your body.

Vegans are strong advocates of NOT exploiting the cruelty of animals. From accessories and clothing to makeup and bathroom items, animal products and products tested on animals are found in more places than you might expect. Fortunately nowadays there are affordable and easily-sourced alternatives to just about everything.  (vegansociety.com)

Even though I am not a vegan, I support the vegan cause. My youngest daughter wants to become vegan after learning how animals are slaughtered for mass food production. I have to admit, I am not sure if it is a good alternative for a growing teenage female athlete but I am not 100% opposed to it. I am a mom first and ask the same questions any mother would ask...Will she get enough protein? Will she like vegan food? Will she get enough calories and have enough energy to get through the day? Is it healthier for her in the long run?

Well, just like fitness, I am allowing her to take one step at a time. She has asked to reduce the amount of eggs she eats per week. I make her lunch with vegan based "meat" a couple of times a week and she has asked to eat more salads and greens. So far so good...but we are not 100% but we are moving in the right direction.

I am NOT a nutritionist but I do believe in moderation and if you can become vegan or vegetarian, it's not a bad idea. Animals are being produced at a higher and faster rate. Many of them are pumped with steroids and are not plant based fed. The fish we consume have higher rates of mercury and the demand for these foods is really astounding once you start to do your research. 

Veganism has saved a lot of lives when it comes to reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. It can take a lifetime to damage our bodies with food but if you catch on fast enough, veganism can literally save your life. You have more energy, the body recovers faster after being stressed from exercise and people poop on a regular basis. Yep, I said it! Eliminating meat from your diet can be beneficial but you have to do your research, talk to your doctor and find a good nutrionist. 

Find out how you can get started and share your concerns about eliminating meat from your diet. What I can tell you? You will not starve. You have to be willing to try a new way of cooking, eating and living. That's it! You will definitely feel better and meet your health goals faster. 

Check out these resources to learn more about VEGANISM!  

www.vegansociety.com

www.foodandnutrition.org

www.vegan.com

Movies to watch:

Super Size Me

Hungry for Change

PlantPure Nation

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING

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It’s Monday but this message is really for any day of the week. Each one of us has something amazing to offer from hard work to lending a helping hand. No matter what it is, the world needs it right now.  

The people who love you and, even those who may hate you need to see your amazement shine through. Why? It gets people thinking, “what can I do to be better?”. If you can create a domino effect of all things good, it makes life more enjoyable and gives others something to strive for.

So, even if it’s just for one day...let your amazement sign and share it with the world!  

HAPPY MONDAY!