Shit Sandwich

My current summer read has been Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.’ Author of ‘EAT, PRAY, LOVE,’ Gilbert covers the creative process, and the bravery required to pursue our passions. For anyone who’s ever struggled with feeling worthy to express themselves through art, or been discouraged by the absence of inspiration, I’m not being hyperbolic when I say this book might change your life.
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Relaxing poolside reading ‘Big Magic,’ is my summer jam. I’ve consumed myself with reading, every second I can. When I’m not blogging, editing movies, or hanging out with my family, I fill me time reading this book. Sometimes re-reading chapters. It totally hits the spot for those who sometimes get scared from the creative process. I’ve been bringing this book with me everywhere I go, from the bed, coffee shop, to poolside. I’ve attracted other mom’s filled with curiosity,  about this book. And boy I tell you….It’s so worth reading!!
BIG MAGICBelow is a snippet from one of my favorite chapters called “Shit Sandwich”
Taken from Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Big Magic’
What’s your favorite flavor of shit sandwich?
 
Everything sucks sometime. You just have to decide what sort of suckage you’re willing to deal with. So the question is not so much “What are you passionate about?” The question is “What are you passionate enough about what you endure the most disagreeable aspects of the work?”
 
>>If you truly love having babies, for instance, then you don’t care about the morning sickness
 
>>If you truly want to see the world, you’ll risk getting pick pocketed on the train.
 
>>If you truly want to practice your figure skating, you’ll get up before dawn on cold mornings to go to the ice rink and skate.
 
Because if you truly love and want something enough–whatever it is—then you don’t really mind eating the shit sandwich that comes with it.
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I’ve seen people love things with all their heart, but it turns out, they didn’t want to eat the shit sandwich that comes along with their pursuit.
 
Which leaves me hungrily eyeballing their half eaten shit sandwich, wanting to ask “Are you going to finish that?”
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Can we all agree, we all somehow have half eaten a shit sandwich. Sometimes it takes us awhile to finish it, but it’s all out of the process. I can’t stand it, when I see half eaten shit sandwiches around. Because, there are so many other people out there willing to eat it all up!!!
To any of you our there trying to pursue something…….Stick with it, and take the shit from the shit sandwich. It’s part of the learning process. Wheeeew. I’m getting pretty emotional writing this post. Not to knock on anyone, but I’ve been touchingbase with a few peers, and talk about what they’ve been up too, and I believe it’s a little saddening to hear, all they’ve been doing to binge watching Game Of Thrones. They are soo emotionally invested, they can’t bare to balance anything else? Possibly something productive? I personally, do not watch the show, because I have no time. I’m not saying it’s a bad series.
But I would rather do something a lot more productive in life. So here’s to our shit sandwiches. Whatever it is in life. Take a huge bite of it, and enjoy!!
Hope you all are enjoying your summer so far!!!
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Sports Mom

I’ve been in the world of little league for the past 4 years. Last year, I was able to handle both boys in little league (with conflicting game & practice schedules) while pursuing my weekend races. With keeping my mind cool, tag-teaming with daddy, meal planning and extra help with the grandparents, last years baseball season went by smoothly. Mom’s out there, if you’re ever feeling stretched thin, ask for help with family. That’s what they’re there for! Really. Don’t be afraid to ask to help. (I realize this, as I’m now 100miles away from my parents.)

Now come this season. We’re in a new city, new league, new neighbors, and far away from any family. Decisions needed to be made, to make schedules easy to handle between myself, and well…Only myself as daddy is juggling work. This season, I only registered my oldest son Jaeden (8yrs old) to little league, as my 5 year old has no interest in tee ball what so ever. (He said he wants to do golf?!) Feeling really ballsy, and just a few days before our move to Sacramento, I volunteered and stepped up to be Team Parent as a way for me to get to know our new community and for me to meet more parents out there.

 

7 weeks into the season, and I’m not sure if it was the smartest decision. Knowing, that I have a bad case of social anxiety.

 

Presently, I’ve met plenty of parents on the team. Some, which I can see being friends even after season. Another few, live in my neighborhood, or their kids go to my son’s school too. In the end, it all works out! (Better than I expected, as I’ve worried nights before -for no reason.) I would’ve met these other parents eventually, even without the job of team parent. Putting the team parent job aside, which I’ll blog about another time, I’d like to focus on something more glamorous. What to wear, what to bring, and other baseball game essentials for the sports mom.

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Everything above are all things I actually own and take with me on daily basis. Everywhere.

(Of course if it isn’t above 70 degrees. Sacramento skips Spring, and loves to jump into Summer in mid-April)

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, I typically post these essentials* more for special occasions, or for gift ideas, but this time I thought it would be fun to have a post specially for sports moms out there. Which, I’ve accepted will be my forever seasonal trend all throughout the year, and for each of my boys. Sports will never end in this family! (And that isn’t a bad thing!)

Nowadays, my style is very simple. Long or mid-calf length black leggings, Nike Frees, green army cargo jacket, a hat, and a warm cozy scarf. That is what I’ll wear to my son’s evening games. And by evening in my household, that’s a few hours after school, homework is complete, and that transitional period of rush hour and dinner time. That’s when it’s baseball season. Weekday games always tend to be my favorite. For some parents, not so much, because they work, and rush just to make it in time for the game. Which I totally get.

Evening games, usually consist of me bringing:

  1. Camping Chair
  2. Backpack
  3. External Charger
  4. iPhone/iPhone cord
  5. Camera (Simple point and shoot, and to hit record)
  6. First Aid Kit
  7. Granola Bar
  8. Purewell Wipes
  9. S’well Water Bottle
  10. Gatorade
  11. And a pair of sunnies

 

If you’re a on the go type of mom, which I’m sure we all are, keep the camping chairs in the trunk, and a backpack filled with the electronics (external charger, extra cords) along, with granola bars, first aid kit, sun glasses, and a scarf ready to go, hanging in the garage or near the door! This helps a lot! Especially, if you like bouncing from different purses. Have a designated baseball/sports mom bag-purse!

 

Happy Friday everyone! And too all you little league moms, and team moms, the season is almost over!! Start soft planning the end of season party/picnic and brace yourself for summer vacation!

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Anxiety Riddled Brain

People, sometimes I have no idea how to think. It’s like a curse. I’m aware of it, or at least a part of me knows. But I believe I can speak for everyone with anxiety: it’s gotta be hard to be close to us. I don’t want to fill my head with worries, because I know there won’t be room for anything else. This is something I work on constantly. I try my best to be the best version of myself, but times there is this terrifying and crippling anxiety that holds me back. Which is the thought that something is holding me back.

 

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Here are 5 things I want to share that people with anxiety don’t know how to tell our friends and family.

  1. It doesn’t define us.

    To some who may have anxiety,  it may be a part of us. But so are our passions, our quirks, our personalities. Anxiety is one of numerous parts of us. We still appreciate food, love, art, sunny days, and rainy days.

  2. Can’t turn it off. I wish.

    I don’t want to focus on the negatives, or what could go wrong. I don’t want to bring down to mood. There’s no way I’m trying to get attention.

  3. Never try to talk to us about our emotions.

    Never tell someone with anxiety that our worries don’t exist, or we can get over it if we just stop thinking about it. All that make’s us feel like, is that we’re broken. Trying to relieve us of our fear or sadness might be a good idea, but there’s a fine line, to try to combat that irrational part of us that us constantly afraid.

  4. We’re aware of our fears aren’t rational, but we can’t shake off the part that doesn’t

    It can be so embarrassing, when it really isn’t, we know how ridiculous it sounds, when said aloud. But that’s the part that always reminds us with anxiety, “What if this time, my worries are correct?”

  5. We’re grateful for what we have – and for you.

    Believe it or not, many of us are pretty optimistic between anxiety spurts. We do love our life, and are grateful for what we have, especially for our loved ones. We don’t mean to focus on the negatives, but we can’t help it. My closest love ones, are the ones who try their hardest to understand, who knows us in and out and still willing to stay.

 

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My First Half Marathon

The holiday’s have finally passed, the new year has begun, goals have been set and 2016 has definitely been treating myself and my family very well. I’ve been building myself for success within the past year, starting with my Journey to 30. It started with getting back into shape, with my yo-yo weight, and finally stabilizing it, and putting me on a path of a healthy lifestyle. I focused much summer-winter 2015 on runs easing myself into 5Ks, 10Ks, and kicking 2015 in the butt with my very first half marathons!!

After being able to put myself on a healthy track and rhythm of fitness and running, many parts of my life such as social circles, parenting, and my relationship with my long time boyfriend improved. It’s something about that healthy start of working out, shocking your body, being discipline and giving your body the right nutrients is amazing. Sleep, rest, workout repeat….No joke, but that same commitment, and drive helped me later on naturally, and happened organically.

Setting goals with an action plan, and completing them is the biggest reward ever. You don’t have to have it figured out in the beginning. Just move forward, and I promise you things will fall into place!! As healthy goals started to settle, I was able to add more to my action-to-do list. Commitments towards health was nailed, family, and blogging, along with YouTube commitments (when I get that opportunity) got a lot easier to mange all on top of each other. I was definitely on a got path of being healthy and happy.

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I last ended my 2015 Journey To 30 HERE. With two half marathons. My first was a few days right after Thanksgiving. 13.3 miles, flat, trails, in my local neighborhood.

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Read more of my mental prep of my Thanksgiving Runs HERE.

Before my first half marathon, I literally thought what better way to top it off, with a 10K on Thanksgiving Day.

“I can handle it.” EHHHH………….Yeah, and no.

That wasn’t the case 24 hours later.

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Read more on my 10K Nitro Turkey HERE.

Photo Credit: Brazen Racing

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Sunrise at Quarry Lakes Regional Park, Fremont, CA

November 28, 2015 was my first Half Marathon. 13.3 miles. I can do this. I think. My legs were tight, my hamstrings were shot, my IT bands were screaming no. Major soreness overload, foam rolling was needed, and a sports therapist would’ve suggested me that morning to rest. I knew I wasn’t ready, coming from a 10K just a day and half before. “Why am I here? Why did I do the 10K? I’m so much in pain!”

These were the thoughts I had in my head waiting at the Quarry Turkey corral waiting for my half marathon to begin. I woke up, got ready, gave myself ample time to warm up, hydrate, stretch (as much as I could,) and take action. Just finish. I already knew there would be no way to hit the 2 hour mark. This is just the beginning of my journey. I’m not going to nail it. I plan on running many, many, many, many, many more half marathons within my lifetime. This is only number 1.

The Quarry Turkey Half Marathon was hosted again, by my favorite group of people from Brazing Racing. A local business from Pinole, who host many great races throughout the Bay Area (particularly the East Bay, Bay Area.) I’ve devoted myself to Brazen Racing the entire year of 2015, because of their smooth event planning, cause, and great locations to host runs. The Quarry Turkey was my first half marathon. I’ve had a couple 5Ks, and 10Ks under my belt, and ambitious goal to run half marathons by the end of the year.This was the beginning of a new stepping stone for myself. I didn’t know what I was getting into. Just a good ol’ 13.3 miles right? Flat ground, no inclines. Easy yeah?

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Oh my dear fellow reader, I was wrong. I should’ve prepared myself a little bit more. Actually a lot more. I was walking my kids to school, jogging when the kids were at school, hiking with peers over the week, but I needed more……

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I’m going to type a few foot notes for myself real quick:

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Half Marathon Training Program:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

2 Miles and 20 Min SS

Increase miles every 2 weeks, by a mile.

(Within a 16 week 4 month program)

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

30 Minute SS

30 Minute CT or Run 2 Miles (with continuing mile increase)

Saturday

 – REST –

SS (Strength Train & Stretch)
Do your own routine or take a yoga class.
CT (Cross Train)
Do other cardio other than running such as biking, swimming, hiking, or a cardio class.
REST:
You don’t have to skipout on exercise entirely. Take a walk, do some stretches or use a foam roller to massage your hard working legs.

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The this point, I knew I was already in danger due to my tight hamstrings, and locked up IT bands. I was already telling myself to hold back on long strides, and extended leaps avoiding other runners. I knew I had to keep it slow and steady, back off when needed when pain would spike, and keep an eye on time. I had to be at mile 9 within 2 hours!!

There was a time during my run along the Alameda Creek Trail that I was cheering myself on, giving myself positive reinforcement, and also chatting.  During long distances run, all you have is your mind, and thoughts to sort through. I never really run with earbuds in my past runs, because I do enjoy the raw sound of runners, and nature crunching at your feet (especially during trail runs). I’ve mentioned before, running is so raw, and thats what I love about it. To me it isn’t the race, but about completing the race, depending on yourself only to finish. It takes a lot of sweat, energy, and mental “can-do” attitude to complete the 13.3 miles. Only you can make it happen.

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Me crossing the finish line at 3 hours 2 minutes. (In pain) But I came in at 12th Place for FEMALE 25 (age group) HALF MARATHON POSITION!

 

The results. For a first time doing a half marathon, without crazy extensive training, I thought this was pretty good. The ultimate goal in the future is to finish at 2.5 hours. But I’ll take the 3hr mark. I do know theres plenty room of improvement. But I’d like to remind myself that this isn’t easy. A 14min mile is less than ideal. I know exactly what needs to bee done in order to improve, and I kind of had set myself for disaster as I had a 10K 2 days prior to my first half marathon.

Legs were tight, rest was needed. I was seriously crying inside.

13/1 miles at at a almost 14 min mile pace, CAN DEFINITELY IMPROVE (this is in CAPS for my future self.) Half Marathons are amazing. I’d honestly run them more than I could, AND I SHOULD. To those out there with fitness goals, weather you’re shedding the weight, finding a healthy outlet, looking for a new challenge, Half Marathons are definitely something. I’d like express to my readers, I’m really hard on myself. But if I give it my all, wake up, show up, and give a full swing at it, my job is done.  Again, this was my first Half Marathon. I can’t believe I completed it, under the pain I was in, but I finished! Who knows how well I can do at the next… (READ Upcoming post!!)

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I look forward to more Half Marathons and the training that will help me reach my time goal. Here’s to a Happy Thanksgiving to health and happiness!! Stay tuned, as I’ll share my next Half Marathon experience (I had to split the two posts, bc the photos are just awesome!)

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This past Thanksgiving, I celebrated my morning being Thankful to have two legs, feet, and the strength to push myself to run 6.2 miles. If you’ve been following my JourneyTo30, running has been a major part of journey to be healthy and happy. Races have been what have been keeping myself accountable to my weight loss and health. Originally, I had planned just to do a Half Marathon during the Thanksgiving weekend (which happened today!) But I’ll post a separate blog post on my reflections of my first half later. This post, I’d like to center focus on training, aging and being thankful for my health.

I’d like to be honest, as motivational as I’d like to be, and to be sharp on my fitness goals, sometimes I’m not always able to run everyday. I’m only human, but I do take note of my slack. If I’m not able to put in my miles, I’ll replace it with a at home work out, weather it’s 2 minute drills, squats, weights, yoga ball workouts, and an intense foam rolling session to loosen my IT bands and other knots. For this 10K, which I signed up for, just about 3 weeks before, I was feeling a little over confident about throwing in a 10K a day and a half just before my first Half Marathon. But I wanted to get it done!!! I enjoy the feeling of running races, its just so raw, and pure to me.

I’ve mentioned this before in earlier JourneyTo30 posts, but I truly enjoy the feeling of running, by myself, at runs, around the neighborhood, and within a community. Many of my elite running friends and family have suggested to do more well known runs, such as the Disney Half, and Nike Women’s Half Marathon, but I have no interest in that at the moment. I like the local runs. They’re not to crowded, trails offered are amazing, and I’m accomplishing the same distance anyways. Plus, I’m not looking to shelf out $120+ for registration fees for a race. I’d rather save that money for a personal trainer right?? Am I right? I don’t know.

Photo Provided From Brazing Racing

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Running, isn’t always about the registration fee, or the medal. Everyone is running for something, and with the same initial goal. It’s a very powerful feeling, and a positive one too. It’s definitely a liberating and freeing feeling, especially once you cross the finish line! Unfortunately, as I’ve said these runs are to hold myself accountable. And boy did it!!! I’ve lessened my running load from everyday to maybe once to twice a week…… Yes! I’ve taken it easy, and became a little soft the past few months! And what a slap in the face this was for me this Thanksgiving weekend! I’m really feeling it in my legs.

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As I compare my other results, from earlier this year, and late summer, my numbers are nothing compared to my last 10K. I’m regressing! It is something I am saddened about, but I know myself, I haven’t been training as hard. Even the boyfriend has mentioned that I’ve gotten soft with my training. I may be on point with water intake, sleeping habits, and dieting, but when it comes to physical fitness, this past fall, I didn’t get fluffy……But just soft with my intensity and training.

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Goals don’t come easy. That’s why I created this blog, to document my health journey, and reasons why I keep signing up for races all throughout the year. What was is for my lack of? Being overconfident? Laziness? Thinking my health, and strength will always be by my side? Probably. But I was wrong. Seriously, getting older, everything not only becomes harder, but there are tons of health points to address if you want to keep your youth. Let’s face it. We’re getting old. And it takes a lot to stay healthy. Lifestyle choices have to addressed. Gaining new routines, new regimens, and that extra time and effort to restore our health is important. I’m glad to know I have the legs

 

Here are my results of my 10K. It’s ok. But comparing it from my Summer Breeze and Nitro Trail in July…..One minute could have been easily avoided. I am happy I crossed, but now, I want to keep signing up for another 10K to beat a personal record for myself. It’s this competitive game I like to play with myself. Call it silly and a waste of money, but I really enjoy it. It’s a fun factor, plus all next year for 2016, I’m including my son 8 year old son. 5Ks & 10Ks will be our thing. He see’s me after every race, and I could tell he’s drooling over my medals. I told him he could get one, but there’s no walking to the finish line. Surprisingly, he’s accepted.

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Have you started running like me this past year? How do you keep yourself motivated and hold yourself accountable to your weight and fitness goals? Comment below!

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Calmer State Of Mind

While we love spending time with extended family, sometimes (or often) it’s also a big time of stress and conflict. Stresses like these dealing with family and friends can happen more often during the holidays, but also in other instances such as other events and weddings. The Holiday disagreements happen. But if it’s one thing learned over the years, that keeps me cool during this stressful season is having my partner and I being on the same page specifically for the holidays. Stress tends to build up and there are times when family members can lose their cool, so the next time you argue with your partner during the stressful holidays, consider this calm down  themes/points:

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Be On The Same Team

With your husband, spouse, partner, boyfriend, fiance, approach the seasonal holiday party(parties) with a game plan.  Anticipate the issues, issue spots on what’s going to happen, and address them before they become issues. We know our families, so addressing the hot button topics with your partner. Between each other as couple, fill each hother in on day-to-day going’s on whats currently happening within each other’s extended family members.

Sit down for a few minutes and discuss in preparation for the family party. Usually, my boyfriend and I discuss our plan during the commute to the party. Our drives to family parties are usually 30-45minutes, so we’re able to catch up on “who’s not talking to who,” or “don’t bring up that..” 

One thing to remember at the end of the night, is although you’re dealing with friends and extended family members, whatever happens during the party, at the end of the night you’re going home with your significant other. It’s all about supporting each other, and even if you disagree with whatever’s happening within the family, present yourself as a unified friend. Deal with it at home.

Find The Humor 

When at the family party, however the situation presents itself, go there with a smile, and just find the humor it in all. Weather it’s your teenage brother fighting with his girlfriend in the other room, or your mother complaining about why your children don’t want to wear a bow-tie, or your little nephew crying during prayer. Whatever it is, find the humor. Remember, this is a time of gathering, you don’t meet with these people on a daily, nor live with them on a day to day basis, so if you’re on vacation seeing family, don’t push anyones buttons, accept other peoples behaviors, and just take a step back, smile, and find the humor in it all.

Accept It

There’s a reason why you showed up to Thanksgiving. It’s your family. They may be far from being perfect, but you oviously accept them for who they are, and they accept you for who you are. People are not going to change, you will not change for your family, nor don’t assume they want you to be a certain way. Your family isn’t going to change into the way you want them to be.

Level set your expectations. The internet, social media, and TV  portrays the holidays as a perfect family gathering. So your expectations don’t always have to be so ideal. You got to get realistic with what your expectations are with your family especially during these times of events such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.

One thing my boyfriend has taught me, which has some harsh truth to it is “Set your exceptions low.” Although there is some level of truth to it, it works. When gathering together, you know exactly the personality traits in which your family members have, so accept it, and leave that level of expectation there. That way you know how to handle their behavior and any sudden occurrences. At most times, you find out you’ll end of having a good time.

Leave At It’s Peak

While at the party, when everyone is having a good time, that is honestly the best time you can leave. It’s a common trick to practice during family events. I’ve been practicing for quite awhile, because of the crazy amounts of family holiday parties my family is invited to, somehow we’ve managed to show face to each one in previous years. (One year we did 4 Thanksgiving Parties!!! In one day!!!!!) Yes. It’s exhausting, but if you follow the common tips above it helps me deal with the overload, in dealing with extended family, and family gatherings. Leaving on a high note, keeps that engrained memory of family fun fresh in your head. As you leave the party, and drive off, it’s the last memory you and your family will have. It is a little heart breaking to leave, but trust me, it’s the best way to avoid the low, after all the partying, the food coma, and then grumpy children.

 

How do you deal with holiday stress and what keeps you calm? Do you sit with your significant other and plan ahead? Or do you deal with the crazy in-laws and extended family, knowing something always erupts? Holiday traveling is a lot to deal with, especially with having children. Do you avoid the parties, and just take a vacation away from it all? Let me know you’re thoughts, and how you manage to deal with the holiday season!

 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

 

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Mommy & Me Exercises

One of my main new years resolutions was to train to being a healthier and happier me. I’m happy to say I’ve been sticking with my goals and have incorporated a morning mommy workout routine that I do on the daily. With a pre-kindergartener  that is only in school half days, I include my 4 year son into my morning works outs using a jogging stroller. Watch my video as I share my warm up run routine, a few stretches, and some fun Mommy & Me Exercises to do with your little one! Check out my latest video I posted on YouTube! I’ll try my very best to start a new schedule of YouTube posts and blog posts! I’m only human and my mind in particular races so fast, I want to do so many things at one time but I honestly can’t. Sometimes I run and work out all days, the others I craft all days, and many days more than others, I stay home cleaning and catching up on laundry! 

I hope you enjoy my Mommy and Me Exercise video! With any luck with those moms out there reaching new healthy goals of being fit and happy, I hope you can find joy and encouragement as we can celebrate together on our healthy journey! Cheers to those training for their first 5K, 10K, fun run, or even Half Marathon like me! We all have to start somewhere!

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DISCLAIMER:

Please note that I am not a professional, all actions on my channel must be completed at your own risk. I do not take responsibility for any harm or injury that may occur. Be safe!

I hope you’ll enjoy my video! It was definitely one of the fun ones to make! Lot’s of footage, editing, time and effort was put into it, so please enjoy! Hopefully this can inspire all you other moms out there to get active with your children while working out!

Be sure to thumbs up the video if you want to see more! Also click the subscribe button on my YouTube channel to see future upcoming posts!

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READ MORE on TIPS For Running With A Stroller HERE.

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Remember, you don’t need to wait until the new year to make new goals! Start now!!

Happy running!

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Tips For Running With A Stroller

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I love running with my jogging stroller. I’m able to get a full body work out, put in my miles for the day,  all at the same time of being with my son, without paying an arm and a leg for daycare a sitter, a personal trainer, or even gym membership. You just need to be motivated, a little educated on exercises, and have a good pair of running shoes, along with complimentary jogging stroller.

I purchased my jogging stroller about 4 years ago on Craigslist, by a mom who barely used it. It was in mint condition, and I was able to get it from her for $75! It’s the Jeep Overland Limited Jogging Stroller with Front Fixed Wheel. Yes. Fixed Front Wheel. This ties in with my upcoming tips below,  but since purchasing the stroller, I’ve put in hundreds of miles in, have replaced the tubes of the tires, after normal wear and tear, managed to drop the baby weight, and have seen amazing sunsets and sights with my son everyday, who is now turning 5 in November, and I still continue to push his little 37lb body!! (It’s actually really great weight resistance for me!)

 

Check out my Journey To 30. I have ton’s of posts on my weight loss journey and other running posts!

 

Let’s be real. Going to the gym is nice, but it doesn’t always work out. (No pun intended!) Sometime virus is floating around, and you don’t want your child to catch it being at the gym’s daycare. Also, being on the treadmill isn’t the same as being outside. Running with a stroller sounds easy, but there are a few things you need to know for safety. Now, back when I purchased the stroller in 2011 (when my son was 9-10months old), the realness had definitely faded on wanting to run. The jogging stroller literally sat in our garage for a good year and half, with occasional neighborhood strolls (no even a run!), or just a visit to the park. It really wasn’t until THIS YEAR!! I had started running everyday with my now 4 year old.

 

DISCLAIMER: This is all my opinion, based on my experience. I’ve been able to achieve positive results towards my goals
with this jogging stroller by pushing a well sized toddler, not a baby.

Tips still hold good value .

Please note that I am not a professional and that all doings on my blog must be completed at your own risk. I do not take responsibility for any harm or injury that may occur. Be safe!

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Here are 10 Tips for Running with a Jogging Stroller!

1. Research:

Research, research, research!! A mistake made when purchasing my jogging stroller (BUT ended up loving it anyways!) I barely did any research on different kinds of strollers at the time of purchasing my Jeep Overland. Because I was working on a budget and was limited to Craigslist availability. The stroller was in great condition, used once, and was at the max price point I could do! The only reason the couple was getting rid of the stroller was because they were moving out of the country.

If you plan on purchasing on a used jogging stroller here are a few things to look for:

  • Size & Weight
  • Materials
  • Wheel Size
  • FRONT Wheel Style (Obviously, which I failed to do. BUT love my stroller anyways!)
  • Easy Opening & Folding
  • Brakes
  • Wrist Strap
  • Condition of tires
  • Seat Belt Harnest
  • Accessories & Extra Features:
    • Reflectors (Be seen on the road! My stroller includes reflectors on within the fabric of the canopy which outlines the stroller)
    • Leg Holes
    • Canopy
    • Handlebars
    • Play Tray
    • Parent Tray
    • Basket Storage
  • DON’T SKIMP ON THE STROLLER. If you are going to be running often with your baby, you need to invest.
    Here is a great article from Runner’s World about finding the best jogging stroller to fit your needs.

2. Safety

Locks, brakes, handles, wrist strap. Check all, know how to use them and you’re good to go!! The wrist strap is pretty important! I jog in the hills, and most of time near water, you wouldn’t want anything to happen where you loose control and the stroller goes off to danger. Keep that wrist strap on you!

Most manufacturers of baby equipment like strollers all have certain standards. The restraint system should be a five-point harness. It secures the baby above the shoulders, waist, and in between the legs. This keeps the baby from climbing or falling.

The buckles on the harness should be easy for an adult to use, but difficult for a little one to unfasten. Be sure your child’s straps are secured, attached to the strolled and adjusted at a snug and comfortable fit!

Terrain

Along with safety, Choose a nice path, trail, concrete  or pavement your stroller can handle. I personally, take straight trails.

Stay on a leveled path, something you and your child can and enjoy!

3. Shoes

I love trail running. I love the feeling of gravel and dirt pebbles at my feet, and it’s always in the most beautiful areas, and it compliments my particular stroller. Having great shoes that fit, and that are made to cushion or stabilize your feet are important. I for instance, need trail-running shoes. They’re designed for off-road routes with rocks, mud, roots or other obstacles.

This all depends on your style of running. Assuming you’re a mom that just sticks with road running with the jogging stroller within your neighborhood, and park pathway, you’d need road-running shoes which are designed for pavement.

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4. What To Pack

Have everything in a small gym bag,  rope drawstring bag, or small diaperbag that would that be perfect for work-outs that are on the go. You don’t need everything, just the essentials. You’re not running for 3 hours, so you don’t need to pack like you’re going to the amusement park. Keep things light!

Here are some things to pack for you:

  • Water Bottle
  • External Phone Charger +Cord
  • Phone
  • Granola Bar
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Block
  • HatAfter workout: I usually have these in the car waiting for me after a work out.

Things to pack for your child:

My son is now 4, so if you have a baby you can pack whats needed for his/her age. (Diapers, milk, bottle etc..):

  • Snacks
  • Toys (Cars/Action Figures)
    • A few sandtoys (If you plan to stop by the sand park play structure)
  • Juice/Milk
  • Pack-It Travel Cooler
  • Hat/Beanie
  • Small Blanket (I run in the mornings, and it tends to be really chilly, but I love the morning AM air, so I need to make sure my son is warm and cozy!)

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5. Warmup

Warming up should gently be included before going out for a run. Even if you’re planning to drop off one of your kids to school, taking the jogging stroller! Prepare you body with exercises by gradually increasing the heart rate and circulation; this will loosen the joints and increase blood flow to the muscles. Stretching the muscles prepares them for physical activity and prevents injuries.

I’ll be posting a warm-up routine I usually do when I run. 2 minute works out, easy and painless. (Insert evil purple emoji here.)

6. Hand Placement

In the early stages of my weight-loss journey my trainer would always push me to take my son out with the jogging stroller, and to try to push with one arm and swing the other arm. Switching often. This will help create a more regular stride. This is another good reason to keep that wrist strap on!!

Adjustable Handle – This feature makes the choice pretty clear for tall parents or serious runners. Normally, strollers make it exhausting for taller people to bend to push the stroller around. It’s great when you can lift it to your personal height and then lower it back.

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7. Infuse Workouts

To keep things interesting besides running, pull over with your stroller take out your child and do some mommy and me work-outs. My son loves trying to attempt planks. He’s really good at it! Squats, jumping jacks, step-ups and toe taps are other exercises you can try together! Try doing these little workouts for about 5 minutes, then buckle up and continue on with your run!

 8. Break

It’s important to take a break. Stop your run at the park or just let your son our and play for a little while. During this time we hydrate, I pull out any requested snacks, and we talk about our surroundings. What kind’s of animals he can spot. Other times, this is when he collects twigs, stones, feathers, and other pieces of nature.

9. Music

My jogging stroller includes a music-on-the-move speaker located in the parent tray placed between two cup-holder. Don’t pack your headphones, and just plug in your phone or iPod or iPod touch for music both you and your child can enjoy!

10. Time Frame

I keep my workouts at a max of 2hours. It’s usually a time frame in my daily schedule that works both for me, my son, and also the weather. I  pack the stroller in the car, drop off my older son to school, and then we head straight to a regional park in our area. It’s like clockwork. I’ve kept this new system within my schedule for about 8 months now. Running or no running, with or without a jogging stroller –working out, you should keep it consistent, Everyday to 5 days a week, or by mileage. 13miles split within 5-7 days. It’s doable. It all depends on how important your fitness goals are, and of course if your schedule works out with your child to run! !

Getting out and be active with your kids!! It helps teach them healthy happy habits!

Do you have any good tips for running with your stroller? Where are your favorite places to run?

Was your stroller purchased new or used like mine? Submit a comment below!

 

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Bad Bass 10K

Results

The results are in from yesterday’s Bad Bass 10K!! I’ve managed to be in the top 10 for my age category (Female 25-29), and 1st for my age!!! If you’ve followed my last 1oK, you’ll see my pace is EXACTLY the same. Which to me is no surprise, due to the fact that this was a trail run and had a major incline lasting 1 mile -which by the way, myself and everyone else did not run up.

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Top 10

I’m happy with my performance, but would like to push myself a little harder (It’s getting a little competitive between my body and mind. I hope that makes any sense.) The boyfriend says I’m holding myself back, and safely cruising during my run. I can agree completely.

So here go…..My last 10k is at weeks end, and the start of a new month. I plan to hit it hard, knowing the course is all flat land, and not a trail. Pure pavement, and straight. Ideally, I’d like to hit a 10min/9.5 mile pace, and come in right at the 1 hour mark, but let’s see. Wish me luck!

Here are a few shots from the race.

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I love wearing ALL black to my runs, it’s a symbol of death…For my fat.

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Looking at these photos, are pretty amazing to me, because it shows the journey I’ve gone through, and all in action! When I compare my body size to last March to my first 5K, you can see the radical change of my appearance.

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To my reader: if you’re going through a physical transformation, or just starting your first 5K, to keep up the good work! I hope my journey can continually inspire you, and help you through the start of your journey. Nothing worth having, comes easy. Do not quit. Because hard work, and all the obstacles you go through will pay off..

Here’s to a week of waking up early, training hard, and focusing on your goals! Cheers!

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Support System

Tomorrow marks my second to last personal 10K before I start my intensive half marathon training. As mentioned in previous posts, and as a part of my Journey To30,  My GOAL : Is get in the best shape my body and mind will allow me to, as well as shaping my entire life to become has healthy as possible. That includes, healthy relationships, friendships, becoming financially stable, and just happy all around.

I totally believe that loving yourself, your body, and having a clear and healthy mind will help me achieve everything I ever wanted in life, which includes all the above I just mentioned.

Here’s a healthy TRUTH:

Everyting I’ve been doing health and fitness wise has effected my relationships/friendships in such a positive way. No lies, it’s the universe, God, hope, law-of-attraction, whatever you call it that has been blessing me with such amazing friends, loved ones, and a strong support system.

If you don’t believe me. I dare you to watch me, or join me on this journey. Try it yourself. What do you have to lose?!

Supportive Friend:

This was a surprise gift I received today just in time for my race tomorrow!

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I will make sweat my best accessory. Thank you @rez_nguyen for the socks!! I’m totally wearing them for tomorrow’s race!! ‪#‎10KToHalfMarathon‬‪#‎SurpriseMail‬ ‪#‎MomFriends‬ ‪#‎SupportSystem‬ ‪#‎GodSissy‬ ‪#‎ThankYou‬‪#‎JourneyTo30‬ 🌾🍃👟

In preparation of my 10Ks, I’ve been running just about every morning. I usually wake up between the 5:30-5:45 hour and begin my day in gear of a morning run. Weather it’s by myself around the neighborhood, or with my 4 year old preschooler in the jogging stroller. I’ve accepted to do whatever it takes to get in my run everyday. 3 miles (5K) is the minimum is my goal. But more miles is always encouraged.

It’s all painful. It’s cold. I hate it. But in the end, I’m happy I did it.

Morning Routine

Here’s a short clip of what my morning routine looks like from my Snapchat.

Follow me! @TiffanyMaca

I wouldn’t be able to wake up without my boyfriend Derrick. He works from remotely home, and his job is currently located in Florida. Being on East Coast time, makes him wake up, and relocate from out bedroom to his home office. Once he’s up, I’m up. And I’m so happy to have his work, kick-start me to get to work. #WorkIT

Are you currently on a major health tip like me? Let’s celebrate together, and link up and share our stories! I’ve come to realize, those who are all on the same journey to success in health, fitness, and come join together and cheer each other all become much more of a happier and enjoyable journey!

Submit a comment below! I’d love to hear your story!

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