Hippity Hoppity, it’s Easter

On this lovely Easter morning I needed to go on a run.  I spent all of Saturday at a volleyball tournament – and when I say all day, I mean it.  We left the house at 6:30am and did not get home until just before 8pm.  What normally happens at these tournaments is the girls play and the parents sit.  And eat the snacks we brought for the girls.  Each time I think I’ll go for an early run or bring my clothes and run or walk during the tournament but I don’t so I really, really, really needed to move my tush today.

I took off from the house for my very late morning run with the intention of just doing 3 miles to get the cobwebs out of my head and sweat a bit.  Besides, I had to burn off some of the jellybeans that made their way into my mouth this morning!

I love trail running but don’t like to be on the trails alone.  There is, however, a great trail that I will run because there’s a ton of people walking, running and lots of dogs.  Safety in numbers and all that.

To get to the trail I have to run a mile and a half on the streets and up a ginormous hill before I get to the good stuff.  Normally, no problemo – but today I was tired and not keen on facing the big hill.  The other option was to drive to the trail-head and run from there.  But this, in my skewed perception is called “cheating” so that option was not really an option.

So out the door I go and then up the hill I go.  I opted not to wear my Garmin because when I am wired up, the Garmin owns my workout and I spend a ridiculous amount of time looking at it.  Today I felt like running for the joy of running so Garmin stayed home.

Even though I haven’t been up the hill in a while I made it to the trail-head without much trouble.  At the trail-head there’s more uphill until you hit the ridge.  Ahhh…bliss!  I slow down on the trail and watch my footing because even though it ‘s a wide fire trail there’s rocks, ruts and some puddles from last night’s rain.

Once I’m on the ridge I feel like I can just keep going.  At the trail-head I turned my music off so I can listen for bears (just kidding), or mountain lions (not kidding).   Besides, I love the stillness on the trails and hearing my own breathing.  It’s very relaxing and soothing to me.

I run to the fork at the end of the main trail and turn left.  It’s such a beautiful morning and I’m having a great run.  I let my mind wander and think about the week ahead, what I need to pick up at the store, what I need to do for work, etc. and then I realize I’ve run to a far enough point without seeing another human being so I turn back.  When I get back to the fork I decide to keep running so I go in the other direction.  Up the hill and through the trees.

I tell myself to run to that next set of trees then I’ll turn around (in my brain calculating that at this point my run will end up at around 4.25 miles).  When I get to the trees I decide to keep going.  I stop at a patch of wildflowers, pick some and stick them in my head band.

At another clearing I stop and take a look at the view.  I see the houses below in my neighborhood (shout out for WHO-ville), a few local schools, baseball fields and some trails cut into the hills above our ‘hood.  Someone runs past me so I decide to keep running.  But not in a competitive or stalking way.

I end up running much farther on the path than I’ve ever gone before.  I run until I come to a part that goes down into some trees and I figure it’s a good time to turn around.  Again, not a lot of people are near me and I’m a big fat baby when it comes to being alone in the wilds of Terra Linda.

I have a nice and easy run back to where the trail-head starts then back to my house.  I figured my run was close to 5 miles but as my 13-year old daughter says, “whatevs”.  I had a great run and it was the start of a great day!

Happy Easter.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

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Feeling like a million bucks!

Exercising is a top priority to me and the reason that it’s numero uno on my list is that I love how it makes me feel.  Do I always love it at that very moment?  Ok – bad example because I can honestly say that sweating and working out hard is truly joyful to me.  Yes, even in that moment!

So let’s ask that question to you guys…do you always love working out? I mean as you are doing it?  I have a feeling there’s a lot of resistance out there!

Even the gals who take my boot camp class are not always loving it as they complete their 5th circuit or running line drills.  But, (and this is really, really important) they love how they feel afterwards.  They love how they feel the rest of their day.  And I’m not making this up, this is the number one thing I hear from them.  Well, that’s probably tied with I’m a bit too chipper for 5:30am.

So if you are having a love-hate (or hate-hate) relationship with exercising, forget about the here and now and fast forward to how good you are going to feel afterwards.  That “after” feeling will keep you going a lot further than the dread you feel before you workout.

Try this exercise.  Set your alarm, plan to meet a buddy for your walk, or lay out your running clothes the night before.  And when that alarm trills, or you are done with your work day – think about how great you’ll feel after your workout is complete.  Do this as you are lacing up your shoes or shimmying into your bike shorts and keep thinking about it as you drive to meet your friend or as you step outside into the chill of the morning.  Do this enough times and soon you’ll start to look forward to the actual process as well.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

 

Happy Spring!

At 4:02am this morning we said “buh-by” to Winter and “Howdy” to Spring!  Not surprisingly, I was awake for this wondrous event and catching up on The Biggest Loser.

Today’s post, however,  is not about who won the finale (Go Danni) but instead it’s about springing forward and making some new goals.  That’s right – it’s 30 Day Challenge time!

Here’s my deal this month.  I am going to get out of the house in the late afternoon or evening and do some kind of activity.  I get my workouts done in the morning and that will stay the same but I find that when late afternoon comes, I peter out.

My thought is that by getting outside I am 1) enjoying the lovely spring evening and 2) stretching my legs and clearing my head after a long day.  I figure even a 10 min neighborhood stroll or a walk around the field during baseball or softball games will be a good thing.  Who knows, it might even motivate some folks to get off the bleachers and move around too.  We, as a nation sit too much and studies show that if we sit too much, our butt spreads.  Yuck!

As always (whether you want it or not) I’ll share my results at the conclusion.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Tough Love

You have one body to live in and one life to live. So what are you waiting for?

Take a few minutes today and write down all the reasons you want to live a healthier life (it can be physical, professional or emotional health – because not everyone is struggling with the food stuff).  Make the list as deep or as superficial as you like – but make it descriptive and long.  List it all -from wearing skinny jeans to being able to chase your child or grandchild at the park, to getting a better paying job, to being comfortable in your skin.

Now, make a second list and write down some things that are stopping you from living to your fullest potential.  Be honest and truthful because it’s just for you.  Here’s what I expect will be on many lists; no time, no babysitter for the kids, I’m too tired at night, I need my degree to get a better job, I can’t get up early to work out, I don’t have money for a trainer or to buy healthy foods, I want to wait until it’s less hectic, my family needs me, I want to lose weight first, etc.

Now take this list (your excuses list) and cross what you just wrote out.  Each and every thing on that list.  Now at the top of the page write the words “I WON’T”

Because I hate to burst your pity party bubble but the reason you have not yet reached your goals is because you won’t.  You won’t get up early to exercise.  You won’t order water instead of a soda.  You won’t put yourself first (ahead of even your kids or your family). You won’t take that night class.  You won’t get off the couch and take a walk.

Ouch.   And as much as you think I may be full of it right now, the more you think about it, the more you know that I’m pretty spot on.  Double ouch.

So here’s what you do next.  Pin or post that super long, descriptive list of all the great things you want to do on a spot that you will see often.  On the wall near your computer, on your bathroom mirror, on the fridge.  Keep a copy on your phone or taped to your dashboard.  Read this list daily, hourly or any minute you feel yourself creating excuses.

The final step is the action portion of the show.  Move your body daily.  Eat healthy, nourishing foods; foods  that make your body happy and strong.  Enjoy chocolate (in moderation).  Take a class at the local community college to sharpen your computer skills or whatever you need to go farther at work.  Find a group of people that supports the changes you are making and support them back.
Remember – you only have one body to live in and one life to live.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

 

 

 

Seek and Ye Shall Find Inspiration

Here are some things that inspire me to do better; be better

New Runners

You can spot a newbie right away.  They are breathing very hard (because they are probably running too fast for their fitness level) and usually wearing cotton sweatpants and are completely overdressed for the cold.   What inspires me about this?  They are out there.

Success Stories

My favorite part of CLEAN EATING Magazine, SELF, SHAPE, or any other fitness magazine are the success stories.  To see ladies who have lost 20, 30, 40 or 100 pounds is incredibly inspiring.  It’s not easy to completely overhaul their life but they did it.  Congratulations!

Neighborhood Walkers

A couple in my neighborhood  walks every day, rain or shine from their house to Starbucks and back.  I’ve seen them at various points along their walk so I estimate their walk is about 3 miles or so round trip.  Every day.   There are also some groups of ladies dressed in work clothes and sneakers who walk a loop a few times a week.   Most of you may wonder why this is a big deal but it requires planning and commitment.  Brilliant!

Gym Rats

A few mornings a week, after I teach my class I head to my local gym for some cross training.  Each time I go I see pretty much the same group of people, either  on the treadmill, coming out of a Spin class or lifting weights.  There’s the guy who brings his own fan to plug in under the elliptical and the gal who highlights important documents.  Regardless of what they are doing, they are consistent.

Facebook

I don’t play games, avoid talk of politics, won’t comment on what states don’t have an ‘e’ in it (hint:  Missouri, Michigan, California…it’s not that hard), or write flowery post on how fantastic my kids are and what a superb mother I am (because A.  no one would believe it,  and B.  duh,).  What I do LOVE about FB is that I get to see what fantastic things people are accomplishing.  Going back for a nursing degree?  Great!  Running a marathon for charity?  Where can I donate?  Adopted a dog?  How cute!!   Keep it coming friends.  I love it.

Normal Folks

While athletes and superstars have a great story to tell, I can’t find much to relate to.  Seeing how a new celebrity mom got back to a size 00 post- pregnancy (after gaining 8 whole pounds) doesn’t float my boat.  While I’d never diss anyone for having financial means to pay for personal trainers, nutritionists and persona chefs, their success due to their “team” isn’t that inspiring to me.  I like to see real people, normal people like me who have been able to find a way to make it happen. Whether they have to get up at 4:00am to play Wii Sports or stroll their kids around the block 50 times.  That inspires me!

My Class

I have a solid group of ladies who come to my boot camp class.  Rain, shine, dark and cold – they drive up to our meeting spot at 5:30am and are ready to work.  They show up if they are sore from the previous workout and if it’s their day off.  Sometimes they grumble and complain but they put in the work and bring it.  Nothing is more inspiring than that!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

 

 

 

Spring Brings…Shorts?

Welcome to March!  According to our pal Punxsutawney Phil, spring is on its way.   And with spring, comes some warmer temps, longer days and shorts.  Yes, shorts.

When’s the last time you wore shorts? October?

Your first pair of shorts after a long winter of sweats, coffee pants*, jeans and leggings can be a bit of a surprise.  Most likely your legs are white as a boiled chicken breast and if you have not been exercising or watching what you have been eating, they may be a bit, um,fleshy.

So to be able to wear your shorts without cringing we need to examine the goods to see what’s been going on.

Toss on a pair of shorts that you wore last summer and do a fit check.  Are you able to step in and button easily or do you have to wiggle, tug and then suck in to button them?

If they slip right on without a struggle, great job!  You kept those winter lbs at bay!

If, however, your shorts do not go on without a fight you need to do start with damage control.

Step 1:  Drink that H2O.  Dehydration is often confused with hunger.  If you think you’re hungry, have a glass of water and then wait 15 minutes.  Hungry?  Have a snack or your next meal.

Step 2:  Strength.  Building muscle mass improves the look of legs.  When I say “mass” don’t get all freaked out on me.  I simply mean you are increasing the size of your muscle fibers and more muscle burns more calories.  (There is a great fear that if ladies lift weights they’ll bulk up.  The fact is, most women don’t have enough testosterone to do that).

Step 3:  Sweat. Get that heart rate up and burn some calories.  Run, jog, power walk, cycle or swim.  Sweat.

Step 4:  Shop.  Stocking your home with good-for-you foods will make eating a pleasure instead of a chore and adding good foods will not leave much room for junk.  Let’s not focus on what to remove from your diet, but let’s instead look at what good foods you can add.  Also – fresh fruits and veggies are pretty to eat and pretty to look at so pull these items out of the crisper and put them out in a bowl or on a shelf in the fridge.  If you see them you will eat them.

Step 5:  Reward.  Working hard deserves a reward.  Sadly, making dietary and fitness changes will not alter your body overnight.  It’s a long process that requires patience.  For every small milestone or goal reached please acknowledge it and give yourself a prize.  A mani, pedi, a visit to a museum or any other small token will do.

So let’s get to steppin’ and get back on the road to health, wellness and back into those shorts!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

*You know those cute stretch pants that ladies wear to yoga, for a run or to the gym?  If you don’t work out at all and wear those pants to Peet’s or Starbucks, you’re not wearing yoga pants, you’re wearing coffee pants.