And that’s all folks…

Tonight we close the books on 2012.  Call it a wrap.  Kiss it good-bye. 

If 2012 was a particularly good year you are wishing it won’t end.  If it was not one of your better years your may be thinking more along the lines of “…don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split you!”  Whatever your feeling – you get to start over at midnight. 

This year provided me with some great memories!

I ran a marathon (number 8 – woo hoo),  reconnected with some old running friends, ran 30 days in a row to get myself out of my running funk, tried to do 30 days of yoga and almost succeeded!  I took my running on the road and ran in Washington DC, Charlottesville, VA, the island of Maui, Lake Hogan and Pismo Beach! 

Boot camp flourished in 2012!  My class is full of hard-working, dedicated people and that, as a fitness instructor, is such a gift!  The best class of the year had to be Halloween.  They worked out with pumpkins and we had our 5 minute plank and 5 minute wall squat challenge and they crushed it!  What I’ve been trying to convey to them this past year is that they are all much stronger than they think they are! 

Spending time with my family was, as always, a bright spot of my year.  I joke about my husband and complain about my kids but I love those knuckleheads to bits!!

The dark cloud of 2012 were the numerous hospitalizations of my mother .  I was able to fly back  a few times this year to spend time with her as she recuperated and that provided us a chance to spend some great time together.  It was the silver lining, for sure.   

Seeing her health decline also further galvanized my belief that taking care of oneself must be the priority.  If you don’t have your health, you don’t have squat.

So at midnight we bid Adieu to 2012 and welcome in the New Year.  It will be bright and shiny and full of promise! 

I can’t wait.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

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Get Your Game Face On!

The new year is just around the corner and many people will take a few minutes on self-reflection (for what you did in 2012) and self-flagellation (for what you failed to do in 2012). 

Once the self-whatever has been hashed through  – thoughts will immediately turn to goals for 2013.  I bet your bottom dollar that getting in shape, losing weight and saving money will be among the top resolutions for the coming year. 

Regardless of what your goal or resolution is, here’s one way to make yourself more likely to succeed. 

Get your game face on.

When a boxer gets into a ring, he meets his opponent face to face.  Mano a mano.  They stare intently at each other with the goal of intimidation.  The gaze is deep, penetrating and you can see a contained fury beneath the eyes.  It’s a “no b-s” moment.

Think about wearing your game face as you begin your journey to reach your 2013 goals. 

Don’t be a vague goal setter (ie: I want to be fulfilled at work). Be precise and direct with your goals and the steps you need to follow to achieve them.  Say you  really want a promotion.  Here are some steps you may take to achieve that.  A) network to find a mentor in your industry to help with your development B) ask your boss what I you can to to move up in the ranks and C) get additional education, if needed. 

Long-term goals, like losing a large amount of weight, should be broken into smaller goals or bechmarks and rewards should be given as each mini goal is reached.  Doing so will help you stay on task and make it easier to stare down temptations. 

Be careful as you reach each smaller goal that you don’t turn the celebration into a set back and steer you off course of the bigger picture.  To prevent this, make sure that quickly re-set your intention for the next round (I know, lots of boxing references today). 

Stay strong.  Stay focused.  Stay in the game.  You will reach your goals.  I beleive in you!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

Why running makes life better…

Running is the simplest, cheapest and most effective mood management system I’ve ever experienced.  If I’m cranky I can hit the road with purpose and ferocity.  If I’m sad, I can run through tears and pretend it’s sweat running down my face.  If I’m tired, running energizes me.  If I’m annoyed, running makes me feel better.

Granted, going for a run can’t fix everything.  But I’ll tell you this, it sure doesn’t hurt!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Only YOU can prevent heart disease

Based on information from the American Heart Assocation (AHA), more women die of cardiovascular disease than the next four causes of death COMBINED.  Gulp!

The AHA surmise that a whopping 80% of cardiac events could be prevented (yes, PREVENTED) if women made heart-healthy choices in regard to diet, exercise and did not smoke.

They (the AHA) recommend 150 minutes of exercise per week which can be broken up into 10 minute blocks if needed.

The bottom line is to get moving, eat better and put down the cancer sticks (or don’t even pick them up in the first place).  Your health is no joke.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Let there be light!

While running, walking, biking or even skipping in the dark, common sense tells you to hold a flashlight or wear a headlamp that will illuminate your path so you don’t trip or hit a pothole.  Now let’s use a little “Keli sense” to light up your backside.  Here’s why.

When you are walking,running , or biking with traffic, as most people do,  drivers cannot see you in the dark until they are almost upon you.  By adding some light in the rear, drivers will be able to see you from afar.

But don’t just rely on the itty bitty reflective bits on your running shoes.  They are not enough and drivers will not be looking at the ground – they need to see your body lit up like a Christmas tree from about 100 yards away.

To light up your backside you can use a blinking bike light clipped to your shorts, you can wear a vest that has reflective straps or even mark a big “X” on your jacket with reflective tape.

Trust me – you want to be seen.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂