Marathon Recovery!

It’s so nice to be able to walk normally again! It’s been such a crazy week full of story telling and just reliving the marathon.

marathon medal

So if you didn’t know, the day after the marathon is ROUGH! I had truly no idea the amount of soreness I would have to deal with. Once I was able to slowly roll myself out of the bed on Monday, I knew I was on horrible shape. The blisters forced me to wear sandals to work. Everyone at work kept wanting to hear my story which was nice.
There was a massage parlor that was having a special for all marathoners. I was truly so thankful that I found it. There was an opening that I was able to snag after work. Jessica was so amazing and she really knew what I needed. It truly hurt so good!

marathon rest

Tuesday was a bit better and the massage made all the difference. I was able to walk a bit better and the soreness went down a notch. This is when the post marathon blues kicked in. I was already looking for another race to try! I’m still undecided but taking it easy this week gave me plenty of time to think.
marathon spin

There was plenty of yoga this week and some modified workouts but I was ECSTATIC to get back to spin class. It was my first cardio workout and it definitely kicked my butt. It was a great sweat so I was over the moon to be able to get through it.
Now what’s next? Well I’m still modifying some workouts. My legs feel good but my left ankle is still a bit weak. Taking it day by day and testing it out! As far as races go, I’m still thinking as there’s a lot of different factors going into my decision. I’m still on cloud 9 and it feels surreal when I see the medal on my wall!

Have you run a half marathon or marathon before? How did you recover?

Valentine’s Day Gifts For Him!

Okay, so I know once Christmas is out of the way and the New Year’s Resolutions fade, it’s all about Valentine’s Day! I’m sure I’m not the only girl out there who always has to figure out what to get their significant other. If they are anything like my husband, they might even say that they’re cool with anything. But why not surprise them with one of these cool gifts! Continue reading Valentine’s Day Gifts For Him!

Want To Be Healthy But Can’t Cook!

I hear a lot of reasons why people don’t eat well.

“It’s too hard.”

“It’s too expensive”

“I can’t cook”

cookWhile I totally understand all of these reasons, I still say to get out there and try! Trust me, I’ve been there. I have people tell me that my meal prep looks so nice but they could never do it. YES YOU CAN! There’s a few ways to be healthy even if you think you can’t cook.

Keep It Simple, Sweetheart!

What comes to mind when you think of cooking healthy food? Tons of veggies, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, flavor free…..etc! Honestly it truly doesn’t have to be that way! It can get so overwhelming to look at recipes online and give up before you even start but don’t! Starting with easy recipes and simple ingredients gets you in the groove with cooking and you won’t get easily discouraged!

Practice Patience

Learning to cook really takes time! You may find one recipe that you’re really good at and you make that until you get sick of it! That’s totally okay. The thing about cooking is that you’ll have to keep doing it and trying new foods to find out what really works for you! Sometimes it takes making a few meals with a certain ingredient for you to know that it may not be for you. I would recommend tackling one new recipe a week. This way you still get to try new things but you haven’t gotten too overwhelmed.

Start Small

When I started cooking for my husband, I used to beat myself up because the dish never turned out like the picture in the cookbook. Most of the time, it never will! Those foods are professionally styled and are usually cold and DAYS old before they get photographed. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t cut the veggies in super tiny slivers. The fact that you got through it and make a delicious dish in the end is what matters! Celebrating the little victories can make cooking more enjoyable!

Get Help

There’s so many delivery services now that will deliver just the right amount of ingredients to your door and all you have to do is put it together! Blue Apron is such a big help because I believe it really steers you in the right direction. All you have to do is follow the direction to get everything together. Cooking these meals will boost your confidence and you’ll be more eager to try experimenting on your own!

Overall, cooking may just not be for you but I wouldn’t want that to stop you from living a healthy lifestyle. Why not try these out and see what works for you?

Do you like to cook meals daily?

Have you tried delivery services like Blue Apron?

Finding New Ways To Stay Active

If you’re following a workout routine for a long time, you may find yourself feeling bored or unmotivated. You may even think about giving up all together. The stress of keeping a workout regimen going can be too much if you don’t break it up and find new ways to stay active. Here’s a few ways to stay active without necessarily “working out”.

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Yard Work/House Work

Last week, I had to clean the carpets in my house and it was HARD. We have an indoor dog and she has access to all rooms of the house so you can guess that there’s hair EVERYWHERE. I also have thick hair so girls, I don’t have to tell you that there’s hair every where. We are blessed to have a house with big rooms so that means a whole lot of vacuuming. I broke into a sweat and my arms were sore by the time I was through.

I like to help my husband with the yard work and I’ll occasionally mow the lawn. We have a push mower so again, extra work! I will also cut down the brush and weeds we have growing in the backyard so I’ll take the machete to the them or the big clippers. All this is burning muscle and is definitely a workout!

All these go to show that you shouldn’t feel bad because you “missed a workout” to deep clean your house or your yard. It is work because you got active, increased your heart rate and you weren’t still! I wouldn’t make this a main source of exercise but if you are really scrubbing hard, I would give yourself a break.

Playing With Your Kids/Pets/Family

So I don’t have any children yet but when I volunteer with the Children’s Ministry at church, i would always need a nap when I got home. There was so many activities that required dancing and jumping that I definitely got a workout in. I also remember having a Wii in youth group and dancing with your kiddos is definitely a cardio workout!

My dog Snowflake is usually hot or cold. She can lay around and be fine snoozing all day or she’s sprinting around the house chasing us down. With a backyard, we are able to get outside with her and play chase with her. If we really get into it, we get a good sweat out of it too!

Basically, I’m trying to let you know that small things with a lot of energy can be a HUGE help for you. Playing with your kiddos or dog is good for both parties and it’s also a good bonding moment. If your kiddos are still in their strollers, taking them on a stroll is still good! It gets you out of the house and may even lead them to taking a nap. That’s good for everyone!

As for the older kids (or very competitive couples), playing a game of basketball or football after dinner or on the weekends is a great way to get moving. Again, it is a good bonding opportunity and you still break a sweat! There’s been evenings where a friendly game of tennis has turned into a sweat soaked workout!

When you’re starting to workout, it can seem like a major task when you’re trying to get a workout in. Now don’t get me wrong, these shouldn’t be ALL your activity but it’s a nice break from a rigid workout program.

What are some of your favorite ways to get active?

What non traditional “workout” really gets you sweating? 

The Weekend We Froze

So with usual Texas weather, you never know what to expect! I am so bad about not checking the weather that I’ll sometimes plan a workout outdoors with shorts and a tank only to see the thermometer by the door tell me it’s in the 40s outside. I know this weekend would be cold but I didn’t expect to freeze!

A cool front hit us mid week when everyone started to get snow up north. I like the cold but I feel like it just slapped us and will abandon us quickly. I planned for a chilly weekend but one outdoors nonetheless.

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My 21 Day Fix Review!

As we begin a new year, I’m sure many people are still feeling out their New Year’s Resolutions. After all, this is when the gym is usually packed and memberships are on sale. What if you don’t want to deal with packed gyms and are totally new to all the equipment. What if you just don’t have time for it and would like to do something in the convenience of your own living room? The 21 Day Fix is absolutely convenient and super simple! I just finished my first round of it and I LOVED it!

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Health and fitness according to His grace