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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hey you.

hey you.

  
This one is for all the mommas out there.

Have any of my mommy friends felt like you have all failed as moms? I know I have! I know each day that passes I look at other moms who seem to have it all together(I know, there goes that comparing thing again). 

Some days though it’s just hard. It’s hard to look at other families or moms and see that they have their crap together.

When here I am doing the best I can and a lot of times it doesn’t seem to me like I’m doing quite enough.

So here is to the moms who skip on there hair and make up some mornings because those few extra precious Minutes of sleep mean the world. To messy kitchens and last nights dishes still lingering in the sink. To the nights where you hardly slept because your baby was up sick half the night. To the dark circles that often times take a place under our eyes on our beautiful faces. To the moms who act as a mother and a father. To the moms who stay at home all day with their babies then turn around and take care of their significant other when they return home from work. To the moms who get their babies up, dress them, feed them, load them into the car, take them to school, then head to work themselves. To the mom whose clothes don’t always match. Whose clothes have stains from the baby throwing up. To the ones who make time for themselves in whatever ways they can. The ones who hear Micky mouse club house constantly. The ones who cook, clean, and still make time to take a shower every now and again. The ones who maybe skipped the cleaning to sneak away for a quiet shower. The ones who grocery shop with kids hanging out of and onto the cart. 

The ones who sometimes feel as if they aren’t doing enough, aren’t enough. This one is for you. 

The ones who call you mommy know good and well that you are enough. In their eyes you can do no wrong(until they hit teenage years of course. Hehe). The ones who see you as super mom. They see you as so much more than you see yourself. You’re doing the best you can. But sometimes, we need to be reminded of that.

Sometimes we need someone to step in and let us know we rock. We are enough and we do a lot for those around us.

So here is your reminder today. Whoever you are. Whoever needs to hear this today. Whatever momma is struggling with holding on. 

If you feel you’re barely holding on by a thread some days…you aren’t alone. You’re never alone. 

Keep on keeping on and keep that busy, precious, beautiful, pretty, talented head up. And know you do so much. And you are good enough.

Thanks for reading,

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

The warm brown stuff

The warm brown stuff

  

100 days of happy 

Day 4.

Coffee.

Oh my goodness do I really need to say more? Of course, because I always have more to say. 

Coffee is absolutely amazing. It helps me up in the morning and comforts me during the cold nights of winter. Coffee is seriously one of the greatest joys in life.

But in all seriousness. I have to have my coffee. I drink my coffee every single morning. I also drink it in the afternoon as well. On the weekends I will have anywhere between 2-4 large cups of coffee. 

Having anxiety coffee is one of the worst things I can put into my body. It actually makes it a little worse. But, I’m pretty much addicted to coffee. So, that won’t change anytime soon. 

Coffee started for me in high school. I was homeschooled so I was home al day(obviously). My mom adores coffee just as much as me. In fact she is the one who got me addicted. One day she just started asking if I wanted some coffee too. I can’t exactly remember when or how it happened. But it did. And changed my life.

Coffee started to become a social thing. Meeting friends for coffee. Having coffee get togethers at my house in Kentucky. Coffee at friends houses. Heck, me and one friend would have “coffee talks” before a lot of our long runs. We would sit and drink coffee and talk right before we walked outside to run.

Coffee connects people. Coffee is like a warm hug in a cup. Coffee understands(truth!)

A few facts about the good stuff:

•coffee ISN’T dehydrating like people once thought

•coffee can INCREASE your matabolism by 3%-11%

•it only takes about 10 minutes for your body to start feeling the caffeine of coffee after you take the first sip!

•100 cups of coffee will actually kill you(overdose) 😧

Now, I’ve gotta wrap this one up! My coffee is waiting for me!

Thanks for reading…stay positive! Stay funny!

Lex