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How To Stay In Your Own Lane

You may have heard the saying before “Stay in your own lane.” I’ve heard it in terms of starting your own business but honestly it applies to all parts of your life. With Facebook and Instagram, it’s so easy to fall into the comparison trap and start to feel like we are missing out on life experiences or simply that we are not good enough. I’m here to tell you that all of that is a big piece of do-do.

How To Stay In Your Own Lane

I get it. It’s hard to get started on your own fitness journey. There’s so many gyms, programs, classes to pick from. Not to mention, when are you going to find the time? Now you get on Instagram and see a mom of five kids who works full time and runs a marathons and lift weights and looks perfect doing it. I mean, come on!

Everything people put online is a highlight reel. There’s not many people that will post about how they had a meltdown at work because stuff wasn’t working correctly. There isn’t a week where I don’t spill my coffee in a disastrous way but I don’t post that on social media. People post only what they want you to see.

It’s that time of year where gym memberships go on sale and the topic of New Year’s Resolutions starts easing its way into conversations. I’m all for creating goals to better yourself and if that’s how you get motivated, then go for it! However, I have the following tips for you to help you stay in your own lane.

Remember that everyone is in different seasons of life

Getting up and hitting the road for a morning run is MUCH easier to me now than it was two years ago. I understand the work required to reach my goal so it’s not a struggle for me anymore. However, when I first began my fitness journey, it would take a lot of motivation to get ready for a run. Remind yourself that you are a beginner and that that’s okay! You are slowly building the base you need for your journey.

Set a key goal and create smaller goals that will help you reach that key goal

Whether it’s to run one mile without stopping or lose a certain amount of weight, set out a few small goals to help you build the habit you need. If you want to run one mile without stopping by summer time next year, set a small goal of getting out and walking/jogging three times a week. When you meet those small goals diligently, you will begin to get stronger and gain the endurance you need to run that mile without stopping.

Find people who motivate you, not people who make you feel bad

I have a good mix of friends. Some prefer weight lifting to running. Others can run circles around me. However, I look up to these women and see what makes them successful. What daily habits do they incorporate in their lives that makes them good at what they do? I don’t compare my talents to their but I try to learn from them. Find someone who you can look up to and think of them to light a little fire inside of yourself when you’re just not feeling it.

Learn about the human mind

If you’re an analytical person like me, learning about why people do the things they do serves as a big motivator. I’m currently listening to the book “Grit – The Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela Duckworth. It’s truly amazing to hear case studies of the world’s most successful athletes and musicians and what made them that way. Reading books about this and habit building helps me shape my routine so I create habits that are ingrained in my body and help me reach my bigger goals. Even if you aren’t getting started in your fitness journey, I would recommend this book to give you a new perspective on perseverance.

I hope these tips help you practice some grace and help you stay in your own lane. Don’t fall into the comparison trap and know that your journey is just as important as everyone elses!

My Experience With The Peloton Bike

It’s been a little over a week since I’ve received my Peloton bike. I have to say that I love it! It’s been absolutely a time saver for me to have access to a great workout in my home. Here’s a bit of a breakdown of the bike, the system, and my experience with it.

Peloton

When I first got into group fitness, I would attend a spin class multiple times a week. However my running goals changed so my workouts did too. I reduced the amount of spin classes I attended in favor of hitting the weights. I live in the suburbs so the closest studio is about thirty minutes away from me. With rush hour traffic and the limited class schedule, it’s usually something I have to plan in advance. While I enjoy hitting up a class occasionally with a friend, it was something I didn’t necessary prioritize.

Peloton
Seen here, the bike can be set up virtually anywhere in your home.

That’s where the Peloton bike comes in! I had actually researched this bike a couple of years ago. The ability to take a spin class in your home whenever you had time sounds like a GREAT idea for me. I know that most days I would rather go home than head to the gym but having this at home gets rid of any excuse! Jordan and I recently received raises and since we paid off some debts, we could now afford it.

Peloton Bike
The Peloton showroom in the Houston Galleria!

Jordan and I visited the Peloton showroom a few weeks ago to get a better look. Jordan wanted to make sure the bike was durable and that it would be something I liked. The sales staff showed me all the pieces and even offered to let me take a class to give it a try! I passed on the class but I knew I was ready to take the leap.

The delivery and installation was simple and with a few updates, I was ready for my first class. With the Peloton bike, you have the ability to stream thousands of classes or jump into a live class in the NYC studio. The instructors are very high energy and I loved that they pay attention to those taking the live class at home. On my first live class, one of my favorite instructors even gave me a personal shout out. Peloton does everything they can to make the home riders feel engaged.

Immediately, I was hooked. Even on easier/recovery days I have the option to take a low intensity class to flush out my legs. I can take a quick class while dinner is in the oven and be done just in time for Jordan to get home from work. I don’t have to deal with traffic and I don’t have to worry about cancellation fees. If I wake up and feel miserable (I did Saturday) I can skip the workout and opt for one of their stretching or yoga routines available on their platform.

If you follow me on Instagram, you can see that I use my bike a lot. I’m not training for a particular race yet but I do think that this will be very beneficial in my training. The Peloton bike is ideal if you want to round out your home gym or if you just need some extra motivation to get moving!

Do you have a stationary bike at home? Have you ever tried the Peloton bike? 

Why I Quit BBG

In the sake of being completely honest, I am sharing with you today why I decided to quit BBG seven weeks into the program. Honestly, it was a mutual breakup and I can’t do anything but sing praises to the program.

Why I Quit BBG

If you don’t know, BBG is the Bikini Body Guide (now known as Sweat With Kayla) created by Kayla Itsines. She’s an Australian personal trainer that created two twelve week programs that whip you into shape. Each week is usually three strength workouts followed by LISS, which is low intensity steady state workout. This can be anything from walking, a short run, or cycling.

BBG started as one E-Book and has grown into a huge following on Instagram. Kayla has since created more workout programs and has released an app in conjunction with the programs. I have seen the results first hand and these workouts will definitely whip you into shape. I’ve met so many girls who completed the twelve week program and have grown so much stronger.

So why am I quitting BBG? Currently, it just doesn’t fit into my routine anymore. This program is meant for you to give 100%. It’s actually pretty intense and there’s a joke within the community that after a workout you’ll experience “death by Kayla”. In less than an hour, you will be drench in sweat and your arms or legs will be jello. Of course, stretching and foam rolling will cure this but by the time you’ve recovered, you’re working out again.

I hit the gym twice a week for a full body workout along with running or doing a spin class at home. I’ll also join my friend on a run to help with her marathon training. If I lay that out each week, that doesn’t leave me much time for BBG. Plus, I have a monthly membership at the gym and I don’t feel like I get much out of my money if I’m too sore from BBG to complete the WOD. Crapping out your body doesn’t really benefit you and unless you absolutely need to, I don’t see much of a reason for constant “two-a-days”.

If you are looking to jumpstart your fitness program and want something you can do at home, I would definitely recommend BBG. I will warn you that it’s hard but if done properly with recovery periods, you will be amazed by the results. I think it’s a great investment and ideal with someone who would rather workout at home.

So sorry BBG. It’s not you, it’s me. Maybe we can get back together later on down the road.

Coming Back From Injury

It’s been a bit quiet around the blog lately. Mostly because of trying to decompress after a fun but exhausting training season. These past twelve weeks have been some of the funnest and also the most challenging to date. I really put my mind to mastering this half-marathon and I couldn’t be happier with my performance. That being said, I also ran my half-marathon with a last minute injury.

Coming Back From Injury

As an athlete, the onset of any type of injury is crushing. Coming from a couch potato background, I have to be smart with increasing mileage and intensity in my workouts. I was also in a horrible car wreck when I was a teenager that did a number on my back. It’s not uncommon for me to bend or sit a certain way and knock my back completely out of wack for days or even weeks. It’s frustrating and I can’t tell you how many tears I’ve cried because of injuries.

However, in the past two years of running and training, I’ve learned that practicing grace in the midst of injury is so important. It’s easy to hit the gym full speed ahead as soon as you get the go ahead from your doctor. Unfortunately, this can lead to getting hurt again.

I wouldn’t necessary recommend starting at square one but I would I scale it back a bit. For example, my back has been giving me problems and while I’m getting better I’m still staying away from deadlifts. When I do feel 100%, I won’t jump back to my normal weight. Since I’ve lost a good deal of mobility and strength, I’ll start with 50% of my weight and see how it feels. It may take weeks to get back to where I used to be pre-injury but it’s a safe way to scale the workout and get moving again.

The same can be done for running. If you had to stop running due to injury, I would start slow. Begin with walk/run intervals until you’re able to run for a whole mile then slowly begin to add miles to your run. It will take a lot of patience but your body will thank you for it.

Another thing about injury, depending on what happened, you may need to give extra attention to it. I know my back will always be a problem so I focus on improving my core strength and stretching my hips and hamstrings since any tightness there leads to tightness in my lower back. A few times a week, I do my old physical therapy workouts and it helps keep me moving. Working on your body’s weaknesses can help you ward off injury in the future.

Overall, be patient! I know it’s the last thing you want to hear and even I roll my eyes when people tell me that. However, sometimes getting injured is our body’s way to tell us to chill out. With time, you will start to feel better and you’ll be back to it!

The Weekend In Pictures!

Good Morning! I had such a fun filled weekend and I hope you had a a great one too! Now that my race is over and I’m not training for anything, most of the weekends will be going with the flow. Trying to enjoy just a bit of time before it gets crazy for the holidays!

The Weekend In Pictures
Saturday morning was warm, humid, and very foggy. This was on my way to the gym.
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After the gym, I may have planted myself on the couch for a few episodes, haha!
The Weekend In Pictures
Saturday was a big day for me. We purchased a Peloton bike!
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I have all my goodies and now I just have to wait for the bike to be delivered this week!
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I wore my Mickey Mouse dress and my mouse shoes to church on Sunday!
The Weekend In Pictures
Torchy’s Tacos for lunch after church!
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Meal prep was all kinds of muffins for the week!
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Honestly, I wear my Christmas apron all year long so this isn’t new lol.
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Watching the Chiefs play while laundry is being done!

 

Overall, it was a great weekend. I can’t wait for my bike to be delivered this week. I’ll be sharing my experience with the Peloton bike and classes later this month!

How was your weekend?

BarBella Box Review!

If you’re familiar with my blog, you know that I’ve tried and reviewed a subscription box for runner called StrideBox! I’m a huge fan of subscription boxes and I’ve tried many different kinds. When I was skimming social media, a new type of box popped up. The BarBella box is a subscription box for women who do crossfit. I knew that I had to give it a try and see what the buzz was all about!

BarBella Box Review

I received October’s box and it was their Breast Cancer Awareness Box! There were so many goodies but my favorite is definitely the sports bra! It has padding on the collar bones so you’re protected from barbell impact. I know that I’m guilty of barbell bruises when I get carried away with my Power Cleans!

BarBella Boz Review

The box also contained thumb grips and WOD Dice to help mix up workouts. Yumbutter is the perfect protein snack to take on the go!

BarBella Box Review

Another goodie in my box was the Brave Bar by Pulse Skincare. After a tough workout my hands can feel dry and tough but this soap is super moisturizing! I love that the BarBella Box is packed with goodies for your workout and recovery!

Have you tried the BarBella Box?

Why You Should Attend A Fitness Festival!

Have you ever attended a fitness festival or retreat? I know that not many of us would willingly give up a weekend just to exercise but hear me out! I believe that it’s absolutely an experience that everyone should get to try out. Here’s why you should attend a fitness festival!

Why You Should Attend A Fitness Festival

Reason #1: All The Endorphins!

There’s something about “embracing the suck” together. I believe that sweating with a group of people somehow connects you with others. That’s why group fitness classes tend to be so popular. You’re more willing to grit your teeth and push through a workout when you’re part of a crowd. Once you finish your workout, you’re on cloud nine! It’s almost guaranteed that after you leave the event, you’ll be feeling that endorphin rush!

Reason #2: Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone

This was a big one for me. I attended both the Tone It Up Tour and the Wanderlust festival this fall. While I knew a few girls attending the Tone It Up tour, I spent time with so many beautiful souls at Wanderlust. While I normally don’t just go up to someone to begin a conversation, the welcoming environment of both events really helped me step out and try new things. You’re more likely to try out new things when you’re surrounded by so many other like minded people!

Reason #3: Learning About Yourself

Wanderlust was extra special to me because I felt such a connection during the meditation portion. I began to really let go of all the negative self thought and began to accept positive thoughts. Not only that but I began to give myself grace and compassion though the changes going on in my life. Attending a fitness festival may open your eyes to new things about yourself. A change in perspective may bring a new set of awareness.

Hope these reasons encourage you to attend a fitness festival in the future. Go in with an open mind and you may leave feeling like a whole new person!

Have you attended a fitness festival?

Changing Up Your Exercise Routine

I’m starting up today’s post with an honesty moment: I’m a SUPER Type A personality. I have a very meticulous morning routine and I plan out my days so much that it gets on my husband’s nerves. I run certain days and cross train on the others.¬† HOWEVER, when it comes to exercise, you MUST change up your routine occasionally.

Changing Your Routine

Now, I’m not saying go into the gym with no plan at all. That’s just madness. What I’m talking about is finding your comfort zone and pushing past it. For example, it’s no secret that I’m a runner. It’s rare that I go a week without it. A good way to change up my exercise routine would be to add in sprints or hill intervals to my runs. What this does is it challenges your body and keeps your mind engaged.

Your body is this ever changing complex organism. If you do something long enough, you’ll build what’s called muscle memory. Professional athletes thrive on this and that’s why you’ll see Quarterbacks practice passes multiple times a day and basketball players spend HOURS on free throws. Once your body gets the basic mechanics of the moves, then you can practice throwing harder, faster, etc.

Same with running and weight lifting, your body finds a balance and gets used to it. If you do a workout long enough, you’ll find that you’re not as tired as you were when you started. A workout that you couldn’t get through three months ago may seem easier now. Your body knows what to expect and has adapted. Now that you’re here, you want to continue changing it up and challenging your body. This is how you become strong and faster.

Ways To Change Your Routine
  1. ¬†Interval training – if you want to run, break it up into intervals and run at different speeds. This doesn’t have to be complicated, you can sprint to choruses in songs or find landmarks along your trail.
  2. Add body weight exercises to your runs – city running usually means waiting at intersections and lights. Why not use this time to add in some squats or push ups. If you run at a park, do a different workout at each park bench you pass.
  3. Change your speed – one thing I learned is your speed affects the difficulty when you’re lifting weights. Do five reps of an exercise slow and really focus on your form and the muscles you’re working. This will improve the exercise and increase the burn.
  4. Try something new – even if you don’t like it. It will remind you what you truly love to do and give you a motivation to hit the ground running!

What’s one way you change up your routine?

Labor Day Weekend!

Well, it is technically a three day weekend but I have been off for the whole thanks to Harvey.

Most local businesses are now open although there are a few still recovering. Once the roads began to clear and all the high water began to recede, I began to venture out to help.

I donated to multiple charities and went to a bunch of donation only classes to get moving while doing some good. By Saturday, I was tired but happy. Continue reading Labor Day Weekend!