Goals, goals, goals, baby, baby, baby.

Goals, goals, goals, baby, baby, baby.

Hey y’all! And happy new year to everyone! 
I hope everyone had an awesome time ringing in the new year. I actually forgot it was New Year’s Eve and barely made it to 10 o clock. Oopsies! 
I am 38 weeks pregnant tomorrow and feeling every single one of those 38 weeks! With the end of this pregnancy nearing I have put into perspective some of my goals for this year. Mostly running related goals. 
I’ve decided I am not going to focus solely on losing this baby weight. I have decided to focus on the miles I run and walk this year and put more energy into eating better foods.
I sat down the other night and went over goals for my marathon training. I think it has been long enough since my last that I have forgotten the feeling of my legs falling off after I was done. Ha! Now that I’ve blocked that out…it’s time to plan for my second! 
I am planning on starting my training in the spring. The program I’m doing is a very long and take your time kind of program. Something I am going to need after pushing out a tiny human. I needed one that was going to help me to get back into running after 10 weeks of no running miles. 
So I picked Hal Higdons 30 week program. I will start in the spring and it should put me to being prepared for my marathon by the fall. I’m excited to take this journey again and this time I will be documenting my running journey.
I’ll be documenting what it is like being a mom to a newborn as well as training with my newborn as well. I know adding a new born into my marathon training mix will be a little bit tricky. But I am totally prepared and ready to take on this challenge. I have a ton of people supporting me(including my amazing husband who now runs with me). 
I plan to run numerous 5k’s, 10k’s, a half marathon, and then my full. On top of all that I will be joining in on the Under Armor You vs the year challenge. It is to run 1017km in 2017. It’s going to be tricky to reach that number since I will be starting after I heal from baby. But I will try my best!
I plan to fit into my old clothes again(who knows when that will happen) and I do plan on getting the baby weight off(again, who knows when that will happen).
I’m rolling with the punches here. I have my goals laid out and I really can’t wait to reach them! 
But first, lets have a baby! 
I can’t wait to update you all on my birthing experience and I can’t wait to share the news that our baby is welcomed into the world! A few more weeks till Dday!
Now, enough of this long post where I rambled on about my running goals. Hehe.
Thanks for reading,

Lex

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Settle for a slow down 

Settle for a slow down 

  
Day 9 of 100 days of happy.

Exploration.

I love to explore. I absolutely love going places I’ve never been, meeting new people, and doing things I have never done before.

I have a free spirit who hates the constant of every day life. I can’t hardly stand routine. It will drive a person mad.

I love to be surrounded by nature. I love to be in the midst of the woods. I love to be away from all the busy. 

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy being busy most days. But a lot of days it’s so nice to have a slow down. It’s nice to step back and have zero cares in the world.

It’s nice to enjoy what was meant to be enjoyed. The earth wasn’t made for us to sit inside box shaped houses like zombies and watch tv and play video games. It was meant to be enjoyed..it was meant to make us extremely happy. They call it fresh air for a reason after all. 

Plus, the leaves are starting to change. And you all know I’ll take any chance to get active! 

So today, the outdoors and exploring the outdoors is what makes me happy. 

  
Thanks for reading,

Lex 

Those yogi toes.

Those yogi toes.

  
Day 8 of 100 days of happy

Yoga.
Yoga has been a saving grace on more than one occasion in my life. Being someone with high anxiety it does wonders. It’s a natural way to relax my body and my mind.

It calms my soul and helps my brain to calm itself and relax. 

It helps my mind, body, and soul to connect and it helps me to gain control over my body movements as well as breathing. 

The health benefits are amazing. 

It makes you felxible. I mean come on..who doesn’t want to be flexible?! Flexibility opens up new worlds in fitness along with other areas of your life(yes, including your sex life).

It just makes life better all around. Yoga is a great way to detox and to calm yourself all around. It strengthens and lengthens your muscles and is good for your heart.

So grab a mat and get going!

My absolute favorite yogi is yoga with Adrienne on YouTube.

She is funny and has great energy. She is my go to for yoga videos! Her and Tara Stiles is also a great one! Tara Stiles Is who got me into yoga. 

Namaste,

Lex

Day 6

Day 6

  
Day 6 of 100 days of happy.

This kind of ties in with today’s blog post as well. Lifting.

Lifting makes me extremely happy. It gives me tons of needed energy. 

It helps me to get my frustration out and keep a peace inside my soul. It helps me to stay positive and to keep my anger and frustration down. 

It has so many health benefits. One being endorphins. And yes, I believe in those little suckers 100%! 🙂 

If you want more on my expirience and opinion on weight lifting check out my previous blog post. 

Thanks for reading,

Lex

Iron, the good stuff

Iron, the good stuff

  
I know, I know. I bounce back and forth between blogging about fitness to blogging about lifestyle and advice. I guess you could call me a fitness/lifestyle/advice blog all in one. Right? 

Anyways, let’s talk about iron. And no, I am not talking about the mineral found in your body.

Ladies! Have you been wanting to take your fitness up to the next level by weight lifting? But you’re a little afraid you might get “too big”?

Okay look, I promise you’re not going to get too big. The weight lifters that are female that you see packing on the muscle are working their tails off to get there. Hey are eating a lot of food in a day to put on the gains! Trust me, I joined Crossfit in febuary of 2015 and have been lifting weights since consistently. I have put on lbs on the scale but have lost tons of inches. I actually started to eat more because of the intense working out I was doing. And still didn’t get bulky. 

I am not fitness professional obviously. I just learn and share from my own personal expirience. I am not licensed to tell people what to do and what not to do. I do however know what has worked for myself.

Lifting weights is so very good for the body. It burns tons of fat and it actually does it fairly quickly. 

I now prefer lifting weights over cardio. This coming from the former cardio queen. 

My running wasn’t really doing much for me anymore. That’s when I discovered Crossfit. I was a little intimidated at first by the lifting. I didn’t want to look manly after all. And not only that but the thought of throwing lots of pounds above my head and squatting just didn’t seem like a good time. Or possible. 

I am not apart of a Crossfit gym currently. But, I am still lifting that weight! I couldn’t give it up. Lifting heavy is amazing. It gives you a sense of accomplishment each time you are able to lift more. 

Some tips I would recommend to any women…

•focus on the weight on the bar going up instead of the weight on the scale moving

•throw your pride away…push yourself when lifting but do NOT get too cocky 

•lift smart. Take your time. If it takes time to work up to heavy weights, don’t sweat it. You’ll get there.

•make sure you have your form down. Work on form before throwing weight onto the bar. Injury will come if you don’t work on that form.

•make sure to stretch out those sore muscles. Remember to take care of the muscles in your body. Working out is literally ripping and tearing your muscles and breaking them down to build them up to be stronger than they were before. So you most certainly want to help them heal and rest.

•take rest days..rest days are just as important as lift days. Let your body rest when it needs it. I personally take 2 rest days a week. Some times I take active rest days. (Active rest days I do yoga, walk, or something easy on the body)

•eat to perform…you don’t want to lift weights to turn around and eat tons of junk food. Don’t undo your hard work in the gym with nasty food.

•track your weight as you lift. You will want to keep track of PR’s(personal records). It feels really good to see the weight go up. So make sure you’re tracking it. 

•don’t get frustrated. When you can’t hot that next PR or you get stuck at the same weight for a while. Keep practicing. Keep lifting. And don’t give up when you aren’t seeing much in weight going up. It’ll come.

•use the free weights and the barbell. Switch it up. Use Dumbbells. Use the barbell.

•squat. Oh for the love of all things good in the world ladies…squat. Squat. Squat.

•did I mention to squat? Squats are so incredibly good for you. They are full body movement. They work so many muscles. Don’t believe me? 

http://www.mensfitness.com/training/build-muscle/get-stronger-7-reasons-never-neglect-squats/slide/1

Check out that link^

So, lifting weights isn’t going to make you bulky. It will however Ben that fat fast for you. It will lean you out. AND it’ll build a little muscle tone you’ve been wanting! I recommend having a gym partner to assist you in lifting heavy and watch your form and support you of course. 

I will attach a photo of me running miles and miles and being th queen of cardio vs. me lifting weights and doing some cardio.

  
This was only a few months difference. This isn’t even changing too much of my diet. This was going from sole cardio to adding heavy lifting. Can I get a heck yeah?! 

I didn’t get bulky and I didn’t look like a man. I love my strong body that works hard for me. I’ve worked my booty off (literally) for 4 (almost 5) consistent years now. I have worked out almost every day for almost 5 years now. That kind of blows my mind. 

So, how about giving weight lifting a try? It’s completely worth it. I promise. 

Remember, love your body no matter what. It works hard for you day in and day out. Take care of it. It has done nothing but support you since day one. Love it and it will love you right back. 🙂

Thanks for reading,

Lex

Week 2 day 3 of marathon training

Week 2 day 3 of marathon training

Today was the absolute bomb digity! I woke up feeling super motivated and ready to run. Well, my husband had other plans…fun plans…but still other plans. He decided to take me and our daughter allie bug to the zoo! We had a blast! She loved it. The zoo isn’t the closest to us..so it takes time to get down there and back…on the ride home I was half ready to run. I wanted to but didn’t at the same time. We had been walking around for 3 hours and my feet just weren’t wanting it. We got home and I was anything but motivated. I decided a nap sounded better then a run. Plus, my nutrition was awful today and I felt bloated and like a huge blob. So, that held me back mentally a bit. I laid down for my nap and couldn’t fall asleep. I decided to check out the Under Armour What’s beautiful page(if you don’t know what that is..check it out at whatsbeautiful.ua.com)…so I checked that out and got REALLY pumped up and inspired to get off my booty and go run. My husband and baby girl were both asleep. So I took off. It was really pretty out..sunny skies and it was cool out. I felt really strong during this run. I figured out that the reason for my bruising was because my shoe was too tight. I loosened it and it felt SO much better! No pain during or after the run! I love finding the reasons behind what’s going on with my body! My head was all in this run. My focus was awesome. I don’t think I have been so focused during a run in a long time. I pushed myself and stayed in it. I got a few more PR’s…I got my mile in 7:31…a few days ago I got it in 7:35…so a few more seconds off! I’ll take it! Then I got my 2 miles in 15:40. My fastest 2 miles was 17 mins or right under. There is about a minute off that! The progress I am seeing in my speed from my eating clean and weight lifting is beyond me! I am loving every minute of this! Sure it isn’t always easy to get my butt up and out the door…but I do it. And every time after I do it I see how worth it it is and I fall more in love with my sport each and every day. I am so thankful and blessed for two working legs and a strong heart!

Thanks for reading,
Lex

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Day 1 of marathon training

Day 1 of marathon training

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello all,

I am creating this blog to be all about my journey to my marathon. I will include the great, good, and the ugly! It’s not going to be easy…but it is possible! I am ready to kick my marathon in the rear!!!

Alright, today was day 1. It called for 3 miles. I took my 2 1/2 year old daughter with me in the jogging stroller. She is 25lbs. It isn’t always the easiest pushing her…but it challenges me and makes me that much stronger. Plus, it gets her out and shows her how to love being active. So, I take her. It was a REALLY great 3 miles. I pushed myself. I kept a steady 8 1/2 min pace for the most part. I did the 3 miles in 26:40. Which is close to my fastest 5k without the stroller and my daughter. I was really impressed with my strength in this run. I will be doing sprints and pushing her a few times a week to help with speed and strength. I am also weight training to help me build up more strength. I am super excited to share this journey with you all! I hope you enjoy hearing about it!!! 

 

much love,

lex

 

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