This is a view I had the other day at Coyote Hills. When I run, I make sure I get the best views.
3 years ago, when I first started working out for an international backpacking trip, I was going to the gym Monday through Friday. One hour on the treadmill. I pushed myself to burn 500-600 calories. No distance didn’t mater to me. I just wanted to sweat so hard, I couldn’t tell between my tears and my body moisture. My trainer at the time was focusing on weight loss and that I shed the fat, burn it, and drop it fast. And boy did I listen. Never once, did I step outside for a run.
Today, I haven’t stepped into a gym since January. (Yes believe it. I have NOT been to the gym at all, during my Health Journey) I was taught that I didn’t need it. My mind set has changed completely, and everything I needed to lose weight was at my fingertips here at home, and within the city I live in without walking into a gym.
I still haven’t canceled my gym membership just yet, because I do like the security of having a daycare and the all the indoor gym, hot sauna, and pool amenities. Haha. Financially, I believe it is a waste of money, but the both of us here at home, agreed it’s a nice “just-to-have.” But we’ll get into that later. (Budgeting)
What Have I Been Doing?
I run. And I run HARD. I give myself no excuses, unless it conflicts with an injury, and my body literally cannot take it. (Which happens!) Run. HARD. And everyday. That’s my fitness regimen. And it’s been working for me. I would be lying saying that I’m just running. Of course, there are other things I’ve been going, but all of it is focused to my performance of running.
DETOX: I’ve given up alcohol, beer & wine. I had a first beer on Independence day after a 2 month detox. I couldn’t even finish a bottle!! It’s important to have my insides completely clean and functioning at their best!!
HYDRATE: Water, water, water, more water.
CLEAN EATING: No one likes it. But It’s what it is. Think: LEAN. Lots of greens, protein, slow burning carbs and minimal sugar. I’ve been eating at home as much as possible and making sure my meals are nutrient dense, adding lots of salads, green juices and smoothies to the line up.
STRETCH & FOAM ROLLING: I’ve been doing this twice a day for the past week. As painful as foam rolling feels, I know it’s good for me so I force myself to do it as much as I can stand.
MASSAGE: I have my 8yr old son step on my back to loosen up my lower back.
SLEEP: Eight hours or more every night. Non-negotiable. As much as I love waking up early. Sleeping in is needed.
There it is. I can’t simplify it any more. All the above it what I’ve been doing to achieve a healthy and happier lifestyle. And it’s been working…….
Once more thing……..Consistency.
I’ve told some of my friends:
If you have time to watch “Game Of Thrones,” you’ve got time to go for a run. Set your DVR and hit the road.
If you think about, one hour is only 4% of your day. You can make the time. Even if you work full time, have children, and still need to cook dinner. It’s all about mental prep.
Are you able to give up 1 hour of your day to become healthier?
Also! Please send positive energy to my upcoming races! I’m SOOOOOO excited for this!