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!  

Monday MOJO

Surround yourself with Greatness

 
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As we move through January and push through our resolutions, I want to remind you not to forget about the people you surround yourself with. There will be times when you might want to give up or not even try to move closer to your goals. That's when you call on others to push you through. 

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I have built a VERY SMALL team of women to encourage me to push through things in my life that seem absolutely impossible. I know DEEP DOWN I can do it but when I over think my goals, it's too much for me to soak in. So, I call on my team to help me through. Encourage me to keep going and REMIND me of how awesome I can be! 

 

4 THINGS YOU NEED TO DO to GET TO GREATNESS

  1. Find your crew. Encouraging, Trustworthy and Strong People who can carry and push you.
  2. Keep it small. You don't need an MC Hammer entourage, 2 or 3 peeps will do.
  3. Share your goals. You have to speak your goals out load, put it in the universe with people you trust.
  4. Start moving RIGHT NOW! Stop reading this blog and NIKE up! Just DO IT.

GIXO Athleta and SweatPinkSD

Erica Friedman from SweatPink SD

Erica Friedman from SweatPink SD

This weekend I had the honor of leading a group of runners around the amazing Westfield UTC mall starting at the Athleta store with Erica from SweatPinkSd in toe. I know that most of the country was experiencing below zero degree temperatures so, brace yourself_ San Diego, on Saturday, had a high of 80 degrees. I KNOWWWW! Needless to say, we had a beautiful morning run!

Even though I was there representing Athleta and SeeNicRun.com, the group was led by a fairly new fitness app, GIXO.  GIXO has been around since 2016 and the company's goal is to increase fitness activity around the world through fun exercise programs you can do at any time, anywhere along with other participants around the globe. 

Henry was our GIXO trainer throughout the run. Once you download the app, join the fitness program of choice, Henry, who is live, guides and encourages you to hit your fitness goals. For our run, Henry coached us on our pace, hitting each mile mark and where each runner was seeded.

Along with our group we had another participant join us from Michigan IN MICHIGAN where the temperature was a BRISK 15 degrees! Having someone join us from Michigan motivated us to KEEP GOING and NOT COMPLAIN while we enjoyed the sun and blue skies here in San Diego.

PROS. I like the idea of having a workout and trainer in the palm of your hand and it's accessible anywhere. 

  • You can choose to workout alone or with a group. I really enjoyed running with the ladies on Saturday and breaking out in a warmup in the middle of the mall.
  • The GIXO app has a variety of workouts to choose from, so you don't have to be a runner or super athlete to get a workout in.
  • I like the idea of getting AT LEAST 20 minutes of activity in. As a trainer myself, I share with anyone who will listen, you have a choice of workouts out there, you just need 20-30 minutes a day!
  • I will be recommending this app to my busy friends. Download it today for a free trial!

 

CONS. The P H O N E.

  • There were times when our phone signals would drop and effect our running pace
  • Make sure if you are doing a run, you are in an area like a park where you do not have to stop at a light or cross a busy intersection.
  • For me, it was hard to pull out the phone, during the workout, to take a requested photo or message the trainer. 

Thanks GIXO and ATHLETA for having us out on a beautiful Saturday morning!

Grab your friends and go to GIXO now, get your free trial and start moving! 

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Training After being Sick

This cold and flu season has been reported to be one of the worse the US and San Diego County history. With over 100,000 cases reported and approximately 90 deaths related to the flu (in San Diego county alone), it seems like everyone is getting hit.

My cold/flu started in late November with a sinus infection that turned into a cold. I figured I would wait it out and take the necessary cold medicines while drinking a lot of water and vitamin C. Come mid December my cold became worse. I went to the doctor for THE DOCTOR to tell me to wait it out. I was pissed because I have asthma...so that was kicking off and my doctor didn't even treat me for that! Fast forward to another two weeks and my breathing sucked, 102 degree fever and I losta lot of valuable holiday time with my girls PLUS no training. Needless to say, I went back to the doctor and demanded REAL treatment.

Now we are in 2018, I am still fighting some of the side effects of being sick but I have almost completed my first week of full training for 2018. YESSSS! Nevertheless, I literally have been taking it slow and not beating myself up if I can't complete a 3 mile run or lift heavy weights. My body is still trying to recover but I know I will be at the top of my game slowly but surely!

I may not be 100% but nevertheless I am back running, moving and lifting. YESSSS! I said that already...right?

Here are my workouts from the past 2 weeks!

  • Jan 2nd - Jan 5th walked 1 - 2 miles / day
  • Sunday - ran 2.55 miles at a 9:39 pace
  • Monday - ran 1.7 miles at 9:17 pace w/strength training
  • Tuesday - rest
  • Wednesday - ran 2.85 miles at a 8:43 pace
  • Thursday - ran 1.8 miles at a 10:19 pace w/strength training
  • Friday - rest
  • Saturday - goal is to bike 8-10 miles
  • Sunday - goal is to run 4 miles

My workouts this week were low key and I would like to say easy but with the paces I just shared it wasn't. After each run I was on the floor for nearly 10 minutes trying to recover! LOL!  NEVERTHELESS I completed each workout and I feel really good about each workout! 

Before I fell sick, I was up to 11 miles for my long runs and 3-4 miles for my daily runs. I also put a lot of miles on the bike as well. I figured it will take me about 3 weeks to get back up in miles if I play it smart and take care of myself.

If you are sick or feel it coming on, here are my recommendations on getting better!

  1. See your doctor first. My recommendations are general "mom" recommendations. GO TO THE DOCTOR!
  2. Drink A LOT of water and take vitamin C (EMERGEN-C)
  3. REST. Get a lot of sleep and rest. At least 8 hours of sleep. Slow down...trust me! I didn't slow down and I paid for it!
  4. Wash your hands and face as often as you can to help prevent spreading the germ.
  5. Take your Medication. If your doctor prescribes any medication...take it. 
  6. Be patient and enjoy your down time. It sucks to be sick but it's a great time to catch up on Netflix!  

 

Favorite Core Workout

 
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One of my favorite exercises to do after a long run OR just to do as part of my workout is the sit-up w/shoulder extension combination. It works the entire upper body and I definitely feel it the next day. If you do this exercise correctly, this is a fantastic upper-body workout you can do anywhere.  

  • Use medium to heavy weight.
  • Make sure your knees are bent and feet are hip length apart.
  • As you come down into your sit-up, roll into spine.
  • Keep your arms bent and weight near your chin before lifting weight over your head.
  • When you raise the weight overhead, make sure it is directly over your head and arms become straight.
  • Suggest doing 3 sets of 10-12 with a 30 second break in between.

FIRST DAY BACK

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I finally got my first run of the year in! I didn't expect much but I squeezed in about 2.54 miles with a nice walk after. I had hoped to run at an actual running event this weekend but beggars can't be choosy.

It's always a little surreal when coming back from an injury or illness. Your body always feels weird and, for me, a little disoriented B U T, there was one highlight midway through my run. I rolled up this hill LIKE A BOSS and it felt amazing!

I haven't decided what my big goals are for 2018 yet. Normally, that would bug the living day lights out of me but I learned something about myself yesterday through a close friend. I put a lot of pressure on myself by setting a goal and wrapping a definitive time frame around it. Now, that sounds normal but when you do it in every aspect of my life, it becomes a problem. My goals need to be a little more organic and I need to allow myself the time to learn and grow. 

So, today, I tested that theory. I wanted to get up at 6AM and go run. It didn't happen until 8:15. During my run, I got a little overheated and couldn't catch my breath at first AND my pace was as slow as molasses. The world didn't end and nobody cares! It bugged me a little bit_ok, more than a little  but I got over it!

Look, the point is, I finished the darn run and I can NOW start the week with a little more confidence to do ANOTHER workout and ANOTHER and ANOTHER ONE! Did anyone die when I started walking or running too slow?...NOOOOO!  I completed a goal with a few flaws but with a happy soul. 

If you haven't written down your New Year's resolution just yet, it's ok! As long as you do something, ONE THING that will IMPROVE YOUR LIFE, do it! Make your FIRST DAY BACK a good one, with no pressure at all!