HealthyChoices

Thanksgiving Runs

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While some may be preparing themselves for Thanksgiving, my main focus this week are my two upcoming Thanksgiving races!! Earlier this year I signed up for a back to back Thanksgiving runs –The Nitro Turkey, and Quarry Turkey hosted by Brazen Racing. As I’ve sticking with my new years resolution of becoming a healthier and happier me, I like to put my new evolved body to the test. Pushing it in something performance wise, in a community of others with similar goals. I love the atmosphere and energy races bring. It’s a great positive gathering who are all running for something or another.

I’ve strategically planned out my races all of 2015. The turkey races are the third and second to last races of the year, and I plan to crush them completely! I’ve been pushing myself so hard this year to keep a healthy mind and body, and I’d like to thank my success to that to my dedication and focus to running. The planned out runs holds me accountable to my fitness goals, and training. This Thanksgiving will mark my last 10K before entering the world of Half Marathons. I can’t be anymore excited. I’ve ran 10Ks well enough everyday that I know my body is able to handle the entire 13.2 miles.

If you’ve embraced a healthier lifestyle this year I applaud you in your achievements!! It’s very hard to stick with your fitness goals because of all the temptations of sweets, carbs, and all naughty foods out there! Especially now, during the holiday season — which is the primary reason I planned out my races during this time!! Once you block out all the temptations of naughty foods, stress, and control a strict sleeping schedule, you have everything in the bag..

Good luck to those who have upcoming races this holiday season! I digitally cheer you on, your focus to a healthier and happier lifestyle!

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Put In More

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I currently have one full week until my first ever half marathon. Am I scared? No am I prepared? Kinda. Not really. In all honesty, my goal is just to finish. I’ve been running the entire year since I’ve changed my mindset on how I look at life. I’ve told my myself this year forward, is to focus on my and making myself a healthier and happier me. Basically, like everyone in the beginning of the new year, I decided to put more happy in my year, in which I created my JourneyTo30. But unlike others, who make healthier and better resolutions for the new year, I’ve actually stuck with it. Every day of the year, I’ve treated each morning like it was the first of the year. Brand new day, a new set of a fresh 24 hours to make yourself a better you, than what you were yesterday. #LevelingUp

There’s a reason only 8% percent of folks who make New Years Resolutions actually achieve them. There are some alternatives that have all the pay off but one of the punishment.

#1 Make A Bucket List

If you reframe goals as fun, can’t miss activities, you’re going to want to cross them off. Instead of “Exercise more,” write down “Do the Disney Princess Half Marathon. or Wear a bikini while celebrating at the pool.”

My bucket list was a list of marathon runs I wanted to accomplish within each years season. During the Spring I focused on 5Ks, all Summer were 10Ks, and now Fall/Winter my focus is Half Marathons. That so the years worth of races and training has prepared me for the hardest and longest races. As each year passes, my goals will obviously grow into deeper and serious races such as Triathlons, and running a full marathon. Which is my ULTIMATE GOAL for reaching WHOLE 30.

#2 Do One Thing Each Month

A yearlong project is daunting. Just fix some part of your delivery/approach. Change your diet every 30 days – cook at home more in November, eat slower in December, fill in on extra greens in January. That’s 12 opportunities not just to “lose weight, but to get healthier too!

Along with diet, focus in on core muscles and other aspects of health. In the start of working out, I noticed each month as I got into heavy serious work-outs, pain in my knees and back, and other aches and problems would appear. Of course, I can blame the high intensity of my health regimen  but I wasn’t foam rolling, getting in the right massages, and also ALSO I was not taking in the right vitamins. (I hate pills. Horse pills too!) But I needed to treat my body right, if I was going to treat my body like an athlete. Slowly, I learned and adjusted to my health regimen. Sports massages, foam rolling everyday, getting enough sleep, and taking my vitamins. It’s a lot of work, on top of exercise and dieting. But it is worth it!!

#3 Try A Yogi Trick

Rather than goals, set one – or two-word intentions. To get more sleep, you could focus on calm mind (not “go to bed earlier every night.”) Then take the steps – sip tea, listen to soft tunes, do some gentle stretches – to get there.

In getting healthier and happier, its all lifestyle changes. Little aspects such as calm mind, playing soft tunes are all things that can help contribute to a better and happier you. As simple as it is, being a mom rushing myself and the boys never turns out great for any of us. I want to avoid the “witching hour” of rushing from school to homework, so I have relaxing recess it a 30 minute rest period winding down form school, freshening up, and getting ready to do homework.

Have you stuck with your New Years resolution goals the entire year? Or are you approaching the big 3-O and have a goal you’d like to accomplish before then? Let me know! I’d love to hear your stories and cheer you on!!

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Summer Breeze (My Last 10K!)

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I’ve been asked quite a few times, aren’t I wasting my money registering for these 5K/10K races. My answer:

It’s not a waste of money. I’m not here to show off. The medals and bibs I display in my home are to inspire my children. I want them to say, “If mommy can do it, I can do it too!”

For those who clearly do not have children, or have no desire to inspire, I get it why you would think it’s a waste of money. On my behalf, I’m proving myself my body is capable of doing something great, not just crossing the finishing line. My mind, body, and soul are all in tuned, and coming home with a fantastic glow on my face, with a shinny medal is just a prize. The LARGER prize I receive is when I arrive home from my race, and sharing my race with my children. And that is definitely something you can’t buy. For those who like applying a dollar amount on everything. There you go, literally, my registration fee to my race is to the bib and medal I can show to my children. Happy? (Pffft. SMH) 

With that said, I can run continue running everyday, working hard, waking up early E V E R Y D A Y, eating right, stretching, foam rolling and THEN come home hot and sweaty, miles are documented on my running app, my body and mind are fulfilled, but my children won’t care. They witness mommy running everyday, and see me collecting these medals.

Now lets breeze to my results of my last 10K!!

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Can we all giggle a little because I am again in the top 10 of my age division?! Celebrating and embracing my ability to keep the same position, I also improved my pace time by a minute, within a week from my last lace

(Click here to read about more from last weeks 10K!)

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I’m very satisfied and content with the end result. Too be absolutely honest, I was not able to run at all that much this week due to a family emergency. I stuck with other at home routines (abs, knees, legs) all at home. SO it’s surprising to me I was able to still stay within the top 10 in my age division. Very proud of myself.

Here are some photos from the race! Enjoy!

(Photos provided by Brazen Racing)

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The race was held at the San Leandro Marina (about 50 minutes from San Francisco).

Located off Monarch Bay Drive, this 30-acre regional park that borders the beautiful San Leandro Shoreline.

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Look at the intensity… And the bayshore view.
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Continue to follow me as I train for my first Half Marathon later in the year!! I’m very excited to share my journey, and hope I can inspire anyone else out there!!!

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Run Harder

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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. 

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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!

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29 and Feeling GREAT!!

The last year of my twenties is finally here. I’ve prepared myself the last couple months for this. I’ve grown from the beginning of February until now. With a huge leap of faith,  having trust in myself, and will power; all has definitely gotten me through so many metal and physical challenges the last few months. From creating my little segment of my Journey To 30, I’ve decided to document the last few years of my 20s. As I’ve mentioned early on the past months, 28 wasn’t so great. From being unhappy my myself mentally and physically – I’ve decided to step out of that darkness I once was in. I want to create a woman I am proud of, and be proud of.

I’ve realized over the course of the last few months, you can have whatever you want in life. It just takes the right timing, the right mindset, and the willingness to risk it all. Put in your all, you can have whatever you want. Seriously, the hard work pays of. Stepping into my last year of my twenties was perfectly timed as I’ve ended my last contract with my trainer. The warm-up is over, and the true test begins. The real challenge awaits, and only I can conquer it. While soaking up every bit of knowledge my trainer has provided for me, I’ve decided to continue my health fitness journey without him (which was really hard), and achieve my goal weight on my own. So far, I’m doing great!!!

All with the proper nutrition, sticking with my fitness regimen, putting in my miles every single day, and surrounding myself with like minded positive people is all I need. I’ve found my balance with myself, household chores, being patient with the children, and having healthy direct communication with my boyfriend as well as my friends and family. With all of this aligned, I can only point fingers to all the hard work and effort I had put in with being healthy and fit. When you put in the hard work, everything comes clear and balanced. No joke. It’s pretty amazing how it all falls into place.

Turning 29 hasn’t scared me a bit. I may be 29, but I feel like I’m in a 23 year olds body!!!

Cheers to the last year of my twenties!!

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