Tag Archives: healthy-living

New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Years!!!

I hope your 2014 is off to a great start. 🙂 I started my morning with a 8-mile run and some Jazzercise. I wanted to start my year off on the right foot! And I’ve ended my day with some black-eyed peas. Anyone else? I’m sure black-eyed pea sales rocket during the last week in December.

So it’s that lovely time of year where we get to make a bunch of goals and promises to ourselves about different resolutions that we may or may not completely keep during this new year. Do you have any exciting resolutions that you are working towards in 2014?

When I asked myself this, I got pretty nervous even thinking about my resolutions. I don’t know if you would really call them resolutions or simply goals for my year. My main resolutions are to eat healthier and to run more. I feel like I’ve fallen off the ‘healthy eating wagon’ during these holiday months, so I’m ready to get my body back in normal order with lots of fresh and clean eating. And running more is just a given because of the races I’m working towards.

My biggest goals for 2014 (currently!) are to run my first half marathon and full marathon races! That seems like a big feat right?! I’ve been consistently training, so I know I’ll be ok for my half that is coming up at the end of the month. The full marathon in March will be my biggest challenge though. It’s going to take a lot more than a couple months of training to push through those 26.2 miles. I’m trying to mentally prepare myself everyday for my races to come!

I’m sticking to my goals though by keeping up with my training and telling everyone I know about my race plans. My first half will be in St. Louis on Jan. 25, and my first full marathon will be in Little Rock, Arkansas on March 2. Those are my tops goals, and I’m excited/extremely nervous for them!

But maybe you’re not a runner, and you think I’m completely crazy. 🙂 Maybe you have a resolution to workout more in general. Well, I can tell you from experience that you need to make this goal very specific! For example: I commit to spend 1 hour in the gym 3 days a week. Or I commit to attend Jazzercise classes 4 days a week. Set some solid numbers in place and write it down! Plan your workouts in your calendar and it’ll be harder to skip a trip to the gym. Promise.

I came across this article on Sparkpeople’s website today:

Fitness clubIt caught my attention because the graphic was so funny! But I definitely have this issue. I get easily intimidated at the gym and it often keeps me from doing several exercises that I really want to do! And I would hate for this ‘gym-timidation’ to keep anyone from sticking with their resolutions this year.

This seems silly, I know. I’ve been working out in gyms since I was in high school, and now I’m a fitness professional (kinda!), and I still panic when there are too many muscle men in the free weight section of my gym. SO silly. So I loved this article where it says to just suck it up! Be brave and don’t worry what those other people think. And if you catch people staring, ignore them, and just tell yourself that they are jealous of how awesome you are. 🙂

Well I’m heading back to the couch for now. I’m still not completely over this flu-like crud that’s going around. No fever today. Just some coughing, a runny nose, and some aches. Fingers crossed that tomorrow I will be back to normal!

Enjoy your first evening of 2014. Nighty night!


Glow Run 5K

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. The weather was amazing here in SGF, so I definitely took advantage! Most of my time was spent walking Mac, teaching Jazzercise, and running the typical weekend errands. But, the highlight of my weekend was the Glow Run 5K on Saturday night!

Glow Run 5K

2013-09-14 22.31.44Saturday was a bit of a whirlwind! I began bright and early with a chilly walk with Mac and then was onto teaching Jazzercise by 8 AM. So by the time I was getting ready for the Glow Run around 6:30 PM, I was not feeling super energetic! But I put on my best smile, pulled on some stretchy pants, and was out the door by 7 PM.

2013-09-14 18.56.00The race started at 8 PM, and I wanted to get there early to meet up with my girlfriend Carley to get all our glow gear on and do a bit of a warm up. We were provided the bright t-shirts and several neon glow bracelets and necklaces with our race registration. So when we met up, we quickly got our glow gear on and headed up to the warm-up area!

2013-09-14 22.25.26Carley was extra glowy with her awesome shorts and shoes! Some local Zumba instructors were leading a warm up with a fun DJ, so I kinda danced around while Carley chatted with some other friends that were running as well.

2013-09-14 19.41.33-1Yay for lots of glow runners! We couldn’t have asked for better weather either. It was right around 68 degrees, and the sun was setting as we were lining up in the chutes.

2013-09-14 20.05.11As we lined up, the energy was awesome! Loud music was pumping and glowing neon lights and shirts lined the street for blocks on end. We were so excited! It was Carley’s first race ever, so these last moments were filled with words of advice and positive reinforcement. The nerves were setting in!

We took off fairly slowly because of the crowds (obviously), and I thought we would pull away from them and have a little breathing room. But that didn’t really happen. We were dodging slower runners the entire time! But it was still a great time, and Carley and I kept each other pumped up the whole way.

The only major downside of the race? The 8 AM start time. Eating dinner was an issue! We both decided to eat an early dinner (between 4:30-5), and the food was fighting us the entire time! I had Mexican with Nick (stupid of me, I know!) and Carley had some light sushi with her boyfriend. We thought 3 hours would be sufficient digestion time. But we were VERY wrong! I didn’t feel nauseous, but every once in a while I could feel my dinner coming back up. We made it without having to pull over to puke, but it was a struggle.

Despite the angry tummies, we ran the entire way (she was determined to not walk!) and finished in around 30 minutes. And with all the crowds, families, and strollers, I feel like this was pretty good!

2013-09-14 20.45.54Right as we crossed the finish line, they were handing out water and some hefty medals! I was so excited to get a medal. It was my first one! My other races didn’t provide any type of award. Sad day. But now I have an awesome lime green/neon medal to display! I can’t wait to add to my new medal collection in the future.

Me with my medal!
Me with my medal!
And Carley with hers!
And Carley with hers!

We were slightly proud! The Glow Run was sooo much fun. It’s something I definitely recommend if they ever have a run near your town. It was well organized and very accommodating to all types of athletes and age groups.

After the race, we parted ways, and I headed home to shower and recup. I didn’t realize how rough running could be on your body when you’ve had too much to eat. By the time I showered and settled on the couch to relax before bed, my stomach was completely bloated and I was nauseous bigtime. I stayed up and dipped water and snacked on half an apple before heading to bed. I woke up several times through the night thinking I needed to puke, but thankfully it never happened!

Lesson learned: Do NOT, under ANY circumstances, eat a full Mexican dinner within a few hours of a race!

I spent Sunday recuperating since my stomach was still not back to 100%. I felt ok, and even taught my normal Jazzercise class, but had a bloated and tender belly the whole day. My whole day basically looked like this…

2013-09-15 07.39.49Carbs. And butter. And more carbs. I was in full running recup mode! 🙂 And it was delicious.

Hope your Monday is off to a great start! I’m feeling back to my normal self thankfully. I’ll catch you all later! (I have a super quick and simple meatloaf recipe coming for ya!)


Jazzercise Fail – Candy Corn Win

Welp, it was one of those mornings that any aerobic or workout instructor has probably dealt with on many occasions. And it’s not fun.

I awoke bright and early at 5 AM in a great mood. I was excited to teach Jazzercise! Monday mornings aren’t what most people call ‘fun’. So I try to keep myself extra positive and optimistic during my Monday AM classes for the sake of my sleepy students. Well today, I had none. Yup, not one single student showed up for my 5:40 AM class. Sad day! I’ve had this happen before, but it really cuts deep when it happens at 5 AM. But since I was already awake and in my exercise attire, I headed off to my gym where I could still squeeze in about 35-40 minutes of cardio before heading home to shower. I didn’t want my early morning to be a complete waste!


I’ll admit, I was a bit a of a grumpy gus when I got to the gym. So I didn’t start with anything too vigorous. I began walking on the treadmill and ended up doing a quick 10 minute incline walking interval. It got my heart rate up!

10 minute incline walking interval

  • Minutes 0-1, Incline 4, Speed  4.0
  • Minutes 1-2, Incline 5, Speed  4.3
  • Minutes 2-3, Incline 6, Speed  4.3
  • Minutes 3-4, Incline 8, Speed  4.3
  • Minutes 4-5, Incline 10, Speed  4.3
  • Minutes 5-6, Incline 12, Speed  4.0
  • Minutes 6-7, Incline 10, Speed  4.0
  • Minutes 7-8, Incline 9, Speed  4.0
  • Minutes 8-10, Incline 7, Speed  4.0

Once I hit the incline of 12, I had to slow it back down to 4.0. I thought my tiny legs were going to come out from underneath of me!

After this 10 minute interval, I jumped on the Elliptical where I finished out my morning workout. Nothing too fancy – just some steady-state cardio to make me feel a little productive. All in all, not a great workout, not a terrible workout. But I think any workout is a win, right?


I hurried home and showered before I had to rush off to work to start another week. I had a little extra time to make food but just wasn’t feelin’ it. So I did my typical grab-n-go breakfast before heading to work a little early.photo(45)The best part was the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Luna bar. I’ve had my fair share of healthy protein bars claiming to taste like cookie dough, but this one takes the cake! haha pun intended. I was super delicious and has 12g of protein to keep me full.

photo(46)I loved every last bite! And speaking of LOVING things, the Candy Corn coffee I bought yesterday at Target was a complete win!

photo(46)And it couldn’t have come at a better time when I was grumpy this morning after having a weirdo workout. It smelled like a butterscotchy-creamy heaven in my kitchen! I added a little of my Pumpkin Pie creamer, and it was a pure cup of goodness to start my day. Candy corn win! It’s the little things that can put a little bit of positivity back into our day 🙂

Hope you’re having a great Monday! I’m looking ahead to lunch with a hungry tummy. Leftover chili? It’s probably the best choice!