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So It Begins…

Happy Monday!

Is there such thing as a happy Monday? I find that highly unlikely.

However, we are starting the week off on the right foot with this challenge. So pumped to get into better shape.

As we start this challenge, I want to share my aspirations for getting into shape, the reasons why.

I live in a very active state, but I also live in a state that has some extremely rich food and amazing craft breweries. In the past couple of years, I have focused more on the food and beer and less on the getting out and playing in the great outdoors. There are a lot of factors that go into why that happened, but ultimately, it was my decision to not go out and play. It happens. Seasons of life change and so do our habits. I am the heaviest I have ever been and it makes me uncomfortable. I am uncomfortable standing for long periods of time. Runs are not great. Sometimes even skiing isn’t great. I am not super strong. I am exhausted all the time from being so sedentary.

So, I am doing this to get strong and healthy. I definitely have no intention of being a stick thin model at any point in time but I want to be strong and lean.

I want to be able to play harder and longer when I am outside! I want to go further distances and achieve more in my outings!

My ultimate goal is to be a pro skier. I want every decision I make in my health, exercise, and work to point towards being a pro skier. I know I am in my prime for it right now, but skiing will last a lifetime. However, I want to get my butt in gear now and make it happen! Being as out of shape as I am right now, isn’t how that is going to happen. So, I’m changing.

I ran a half marathon this year and I know, the next step would logically be a marathon but I’m crazier than that and we all know it. I am going to be doing a 50 miler in July. Registration opens December 1st. I think that is also helping me kick my butt into high gear. I have so much training to do for that and its time I do it. I am going to start reading through Hal Kroener’s Field Guide to Ultrarunning and if you have any interest, you should read along with me even if you are just a shorter distance runner, he has some great tips in general! Get the book! It has been a great read so far!

Why do you want to get in shape?

What is your ultimate goal?

See ya!

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Running and Recovery

I have kept up with my running guys! Today was a little harder of a run than usual. I was feeling supremely dehydrated and so was TJ. We took a little easy for a bit of the run but I finished 2.5 miles strong. I really pushed hard in the last stretch of my run! I know it is really gonna take some time but I am starting to feel just a wee bit stronger. I know I know, it has only been a couple days but i missed running a lot. It feels nice to get back out there and get running again.

I signed up for my first race too! I am going to be running the Jingle Bell Run here in Denver! Its Christmas theme and only a 5k! What more could I ask for in my first race?! I love Christmas and a 5k is great entry into training for some races!

Tonight though, I am taking it a little bit easier since I was feeling so dehydrated this afternoon on my run. Lots of water!

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I have a good book, a little bit of How I Met Your Mother, and lots and lots of water!

What is your favorite way to relax after a harder run?

Let’s hear it!

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Running in the Rain

Alright, so I did stick to it today. I went for a run even though I really did not want to in the rain. But I ran and of course by the time I got home it had stopped raining. Just my luck.

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My shoes and leggings were a wee bit drenched by the time I was done but I got my run in!

I have this pin on pinterest that I think about all the time and it was especially key today.

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You can’t wait for that perfect day to go running. Here in Colorado I am pretty lucky and have many days of sunshine but even then they aren’t always perfect for a run. It is either too hot, there is rain, there is snow, and so many other excuses I give myself so that I can make myself feel better about not running. That is so stupid. Just because it isn’t perfect conditions doesn’t mean you will have a horrible run. Some of the best runs I have ever had have been in less than ideal conditions!

Anyway, I’m off my little soap box now.

I also may have splurged just a little. I was craving brats and beans for lunch. I could not get that flavor out of my mind. So, after my run I went to the store and bought some. I also grabbed some berries and my splurge, which was a small container of Egg Nog. Oh man, guys, my weakness this time of year is definitely Egg Nog. I love it so much! I really really do!

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I added in a little cheese with my brats and beans but washed it all down with lime water!

I know, I know, not my healthiest day. So far, no soda even though Sonic is right across the street from where I run and I was so tempted. It is the little life changes. I am just trying to take it a step at a time in my quest for healthiness. I don’t want to make posts that make you think I am anything more than I am. I am definitely going to struggle through this. I am definitely going to struggle to make wise food and exercise decisions. But I am determined to be healthier and not feel like a blob anymore!

Keep it up!

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Running, Eating, Life and Such

And just like that we are at the end of October… Oh geez…

Where has this year gone?! I feel like I just went on a camping trip and next thing I realize that was over 2 months ago! What?! I had all these hopes of losing a decent amount weight before my friends wedding two weeks ago. That didn’t happen lol!

I am going to have an honest and raw moment with you guys. I have gained 30lbs. since my wedding day and I have even gained weight since August! I tried to put a dress on last night that I had worn in August to a friend’s bridal shower. Yeah, it did not end up fitting very well. I got it on but not well! That was a huge wake up call for me. I have never noticed a change that affected my immediate clothes that dramatically. I have worn that dress once so it isn’t like it shrunk or anything.

That being said, I am vowing to you as my readers and to myself that I will live a much healthier lifestyle from here on out! Ski season is coming and in my current condition, I will not be able to really enjoy myself or push as hard as I want to. That is unacceptable. I have dreams of running races, long long races. I can’t do that with my current lifestyle. Something has to give.

From here on out you will most likely see more posts of me trying to achieve that healthy lifestyle I long for. You will see me playing outside and pushing myself in the outdoors. I can’t wait to share my achievements with you and my adventures as well! Hopefully some pups will go along with me so you get to see their cute faces every now and then! Lol! Faelyn is pretty cute to look at 😉

Let’s do this!

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The Story of My Life

Oh man guys, has it been a long couple of weeks and it is about to get longer. Between family coming to visit, getting back to life, figuring out work stuff, skiing (yes, there was a little pleasure in the long weeks teehee), and now taking over for my other boss because she just welcomed a little one into her little family! Yay!! Life is crazy? Right? Or is it just me?

There has also been much figuring out within my marriage too. I have come to realize that marriage is a constant growing of both sides. One side can’t grow in the relationship and the other stay stagnant. People change and that in turn changes how they interact with everyone, especially the people they are closest. Sometimes the growing is in a good way! I am totally one of those people that believe that no matter what, whether you grow for good or change for not so good, I stay in a relationship. I am not getting all preachy here, just this is me. I only want to stay with one man for my lifetime. I don’t ever see divorce as an option. There are dire circumstances that it would only ever be a possibility but I don’t ever see that happening! I am head over heels for this man! Even on days when I am not, I choose to love. It may not uber romantic but it is me saying ‘I am here and here to stay.’

So that was my little relationship soapbox for the day. Haha! Wow, didn’t see that one coming out…

Right now, I am also in the midst of training for a half marathon! It is my first and I am only up to being able to run 5 miles at this point! But honestly, this is huge for me! Last year, I wasn’t even really able to run a mile! This is huge! I am so determined and it feels so good! I will keep you updated as my training continues!

Guys, the last couple days have been exhausting. I think I am gonna hit the hay!

See you tomorrow!

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Hello 2015!

Well hello there! Can you believe we are already part of the way through January?! Sometimes I feel like January is the fastest month ever! I was just having trouble believing it was 2015 let alone January! Haha!

Did you guys make new years resolutions? If so, how are they going?! Is anyone having as much trouble as I am keeping up with them?!

We are only 19 days in and those having not been my best days thus far. I was going about it at a different approach than last year and I feel like it is not the best approach. You know what I mean? So, I am going to adjust that starting this week. I have high hopes for this year! I have changes I want to make and I am fairly determined to get them done!

Yes, some of them are physical, you know lose this amount of weight and so on. But some of it is also just for my own mental and spiritual health. I want to become an overall better person this year! I want to grow and become happier in 2015!

Here is to a new year for all of us! Here is to a happier and healthier new you!

See ya!

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A Day of Catching Up

I always love Sundays. Lately, TJ has had to work all day on Sundays and so it has become my day to catch up on life from the previous week or weeks. Lol. I will admit, not nearly as easy as it sounds. I realize that I let alot of things go when I get busy throughout the week. I don’t make dinners as much. I don’t do as much laundry or the dishes. I don’t read as much. I don’t knit as much. I don’t work on projects that I have been wanting to do for awhile. It just gets pushed to the side. So, Sunday has become the day I get to focus on the things that I want or need to focus on. Not necessarily errands or anything. Those I can do on my way home from work each day. No, this is stuff that I don’t usually have time to think about during the week. It helps me start my week off on the right track.

It is a day of productivity. A day of rejuvenation. A day where I feel like me the most. I day when I can take things at my pace and get things done the way I want to get things done. I love it. I woke up with a sense of purpose this morning and it was awesome.

I feel like I’m rambling. But today, I got up and did some reading. I borrowed a whole bunch of books from my brother so I am desperately trying to read them. Lol. Then I took Faelyn and we went for a walk/jog this morning. It was a beautiful day, so I had to get outside. I did not run as much as I wanted because I slammed my right knee into a handhold yesterday while climbing in the gym. But I was able to get it moving again and that was good.

I have come to realize I am a little heavier than I would like to be. I also tried on some dresses last night and wasn’t thrilled with my current state as shown in the mirror. So, hence the reason for going out today. I also downloaded the MyFitnessPal App to work in conjunction with the RunKeeper App. That way I know my calorie intake as well as how much I am running. I will most likely really start focusing on that tomorrow. But I am determined to get back in shape. I have been looking at healthier options for food too. I have a really bad sweet tooth as well I just love food! So, I want to find a way to be healthy about it. So here goes my journey!

TJ and I have the day off together again tomorrow. I think we might go hike around the Flat Irons near Boulder and spend the day up there. Should be fun! Gotta keep both of us active! I miss date days with my man, so that should be great tomorrow!

I also really need to work on my halloween costume for work! I can’t believe it is only a couple days away.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

See ya!

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