Overcoming Obstacles

 

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Whether you’re training for a race, starting a new fitness program or trying to lose some weight; obstacles are going to come up along your path.  You could be facing an injury, have a few bad days with eating or let your excuses catch up with you. It’s what you do when you face the obstacle that really shows you how bad you want to reach your goal. If you’re a person that has given up because of an obstacle, I’d like to give you some tips to keep pushing, despite the odds that are stacked against you.

1. Realize that obstacles happen to EVERYONE!  There is no perfect road to success.  We all face obstacles along the way because life is real and brutal.  Your journey doesn’t end with your first roadblock.  Remember the road to success isn’t straight and easy, it’s filled with twists and turns and many ups and downs.


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2.  If the plan you’re following doesn’t work, don’t give up.  Just change the plan and keep your eyes focused on your goal.  There are many different ways to get to your goal and adjusting the route doesn’t mean you’ve failed.  Sometimes the plan changes with stuff that’s completely out of your control but try your best to adapt and keep going.  Steps in the right direction, no matter how small will lead you where you need to be.

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3. You need to remember that a few bad days doesn’t ruin your journey.  The only thing that ruins your journey is giving up at the first sign of trouble.  You don’t need a perfection, just progress.  Extend yourself some grace for the bad days and start over again.  Forgive yourself for getting off track and let it go.  If you’re always beating yourself up it’s going to be really hard to have success.

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4. Obstacles are put in our way and how we handle them proves what we’re made of.  When you  get to your goal and you had to fight through many obstacles, success is just that much sweeter.  Trust me on that and keep pushing forward despite all the odds that are stacked against you.

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Favorite Things: Running

Running is my soulmate workout.  Nothing makes me feel more amazing than a good run.  It eases my soul, it’s good for my body and it makes me feel like a badass.

I’m guilty of being a running gadget junkie.  Running shouldn’t take more than just your legs and a pair of shoes but getting awesome gadgets and gear is something I have always enjoyed.  There is a lot of running stuff out on the market, here are my favorites.

1. Garmin Forerunner 205

If I had to pick just one thing to run with besides shoes it would be my Garmin Forerunner 205.  I have had this watch over 4 years and I absolutely love it.  It’s big, bulky and looks like it should be used to communicate with Dick Tracey.   I know that there are smaller and fancier models on the market but I’m still in love with this one.  It’s been with me through so many races and it holds a special place in my heart.  Its died on me a couple times but I’ve always been able to bring it back to life.  I don’t know what I’ll do when we have to part ways.

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2. BoB Dualie

My BoB is another old friend of mine that is near and dear to my heart.  I scoured Craigslists for months before I found someone selling it for $300.  At one point I would have thought spending that much on a running stroller was insane but I knew it would be a valuable asset to my training.  I’ve logged countless miles pushing this stroller.  I wish it had an odometer so I could bask in my own awesomeness.  Because running is hard but running pushing a double stroller is a whole new level of hard and it makes me feel like a badass.  There have been many runs that I’ve cursed this stroller as I’ve pushed it.  Yet running with it has made me a better runner.  Pushing a stroller on 90% of your runs actually makes you a better runner when you’re running solo.  Its like always doing speed work and hills but really you’re just pushing 80+ pounds of kid and stroller.  If it wasn’t for this stroller I wouldn’t be the runner that I am today and I wouldn’t have been able to run as many miles as I have either.  While this cost me $300 it’s worth it’s weight in gold.

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3. Dr. Teals Epsom Salts

I discovered these amazing epsom salts while training for my marathon.  A dear friend brought them over to my house after a long, hard run and I was forever grateful.  I love soaking in a hot bath with these aromatic salts in the water.  Do they work wonders to ease muscle soreness…I’m not sure but they do make me feel better so I call that a win!

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4. Brooks Running Shoes

When I started running I was wearing an old pair of Nikes that I’d had for 5 years.  After running on them for a few months I decided it was time to invest in a good pair of shoes.  I went to the local running store and tried on several different shoes but my feet fell in love with the Brooks Adrenaline.  I’ve gone through many pairs of shoes and have been fitted again and again but I always go back to Brooks.  Brooks shoes just fit me the best and provide me with the best support and comfort.  I’m currently wearing the Brooks Ravenna.

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5. Chocolate Shakeology

Everyone recommends drinking chocolate milk after a long run.  Milk always upsets my stomach, especially after a long run.  I started drinking a chocolate Shakeology after my long runs.  It’s like chocolate milk on steroids.  It’s got protein and many other super foods that help me feel recovered.   More info on Shakeology here: https://runningthroughchaos.com/2014/08/22/so-what-is-shakeology/

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6. Spibelt

I bought this Spibelt at a race expo a few years ago and I love it.  It fits my phone perfectly and is great to wear when I’m just running by myself and don’t need to wear a hydration belt.  It doesn’t ride up or bother me in any way.

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7. Nathan 2 bottle Hydration Belt

I used to run with a 4 bottle hydration belt but I hated it. It was heavy and never seemed to feel right on my hips.  I ordered this one from Running Warehouse a few years ago because it had an adjustable waistband. I didn’t want to carry 4 bottles anymore. I’d prefer to carry less water and refill my bottles as needed on long runs.  I usually have to make potty stops on long runs so I just fill up my water if needed.  This belt even has a big enough pocket to fit my phone and I usually add some tissue too because I haven’t mastered the snot rocket!

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8. Nuun

I have a very sensitive stomach when I run.  I can’t handle gatorade or any other electrolyte liquids.  I struggled through a lot of stomach cramps before I found Nuun.  I usually only use a half of tablet in my water while on long runs but I love the light flavors and the fact that it doesn’t make my stomach cramp up.  This is the only product I can use while running. I haven’t found a gel/chew that doesn’t hurt my stomach but at least with Nuun I’m getting the fluids I need on my long runs.

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9. PiYo

I’m a runner that hates to stretch.  My lack of stretching has caused me a few injuries too, most recently Piriformis Syndrome that took several months to recover from.  Stretching is usually something I skip but I’m try my hardest to stop that bad habit.  I discovered PiYo, a pilates/yoga workout,  a few months ago it’s really helped with my flexibility and forces me to stretch my muscles.  I try to add it into my schedule a few times a week and it’s really helping me.

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10. Knee Brace by Mueller

I have a knee that bothers me occasionally.  Especially if I start to ramp up my training.  Over the years I’ve worked on my form and have had improvement but it hasn’t gone away completely.  If I start to train a lot it will bother me occasionally and I’ll wear this brace and it helps support my knee.  It’s not a perfect solution for my runners knee but it helps me out a lot too!

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What are you favorite running things?  I’m always looking to try new things and I’d love to hear what’s working well for you too!

21 Day Fix: Results

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Wow!! I can’t believe that the 21 days are over and that I made it through without any trouble. I have to say that week 3 was the easiest for me.  I had found my groove and was determined to finish strong. The third week is also an optional double workout day to enhance results.

Here’s how my week went:

Day 15: We had a 5k in Seattle and I used that race as my workout for the day.  We walked around the city and went sightseeing all day.  We even went out to eat and I made a smart choice at Red Robin. No cheating from me, even when the temptation was there.  I thought it would be hard to watch my kid eat fries and food that I would love to eat too but it wasn’t.  I was very focused on my results and knew that a small bite of something wasn’t worth it for my long term goals.

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Day 16: I decided to commit to the double workouts for the rest of the week on this day.  I did the Total Body Cardio workout that I missed out on Monday as well as the Upper Fix workout.  Upper Fix is one of my favorites because I love to work my arms.  I kept my eating on track and ate all of my containers.  My favorite container was my Shakeology. I had been drinking the strawberry but treated myself to the chocolate and it tasted so good.

Day 17: This is the workout that I hate the most, Lower Fix.  This is the 3rd time I had done it and it was actually not as bad as the week before.  Legs were feeling so much stronger and I could tell a noticeable difference in their shape.  I also added Cardio Fix too. You might think doing two workouts would be hard but since they’re only 30 minutes long I’d do one in the morning and one mid-day and call it good.

Day 18: Today’s workout was Pilates Fix and it’s an active recovery day.  It feels so nice to challenge my body in a different way and not get my heart pumping quite as much.  I also did Upper Fix again as my second workout.  Today was also the start of football season.  Normally I would have some crappy food and lots of beer.  I didn’t have the crappy food but my husband did open me one beer and I did drink it.  I did swap out one of my yellow containers (carbs) to make me feel less guilty.

Day 19: Getting so close to the finish and I was feeling strong.  My mind was determined but my body was starting to fight off a cold.  I pushed through my two workouts Total Body Cardio and Cardio Fix but I’m not going to lie, I was tired and feeling sluggish.

Day 20: I was still fighting off my cold and struggling with my mind.  I didn’t really want to do any of the workouts but knew that my finish as close and you don’t get close to the finish and quit, you keep going.  I pushed myself through Dirty 30 and Pilates Fix.  My eating was right on track.

Day 21: I woke up and couldn’t believe that I was on day 21.  It went by so fast and it seemed like I had just started.  I did my workouts back to back to get them out of the way so I could relax the rest of the day.  I did Lower Fix and Upper Fix together.  It was a great, sweaty workout.

Results:

Now to get to the good stuff, my results.  I’m really proud of myself for sticking to the meal plan 100% and for staying strong, even when temptation was strong.  I knew that I could do anything for 21 days and I’m beyond excited about my results.

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After 21 days I’m down 10 inches and 9.5 lbs.  I can tell a huge difference in my legs, stomach and upper body.  My clothes are fitting me better and I feel so much better about my body.  I don’t like to be a slave to a scale and usually don’t weigh myself often but it was nice to see the scale change so much.  I’m 33 years old and I’ve had 3 children and I look and feel better than I did in high school.  I don’t know if my mid section will ever be completely toned again but I can see my abs forming and I’m proud of where I am today.

What’s next:

I’m going to continue using the 21 Day Fix meal guide but I will allow myself to have a few treats now and then.  I don’t want to lose anymore weight but I do want to continue to build muscle and tone my body.  The containers are a great way for me to portion my food and make sure I’m eating enough of the right stuff.  I used to be a carb-aholic but I’ve slowly realized that I don’t need to eat carbs all day.  Also I’ve learned that I don’t have to eat the food on my kids plates that they didn’t finish, I don’t have to indulge in snacks when they do.  I can stay committed to my health and not just mindlessly snack.  As far as workouts, I’m going to continue doing the 21 Day fix workouts but I’ll also be adding in more running as well as some of the other programs I have at home like, TurboFire, Les Mills Pump and PiYo.

What’s next for you?

Check out this video to see if this program might be a great fit for you.

Are you ready? If you’d like to try I have groups starting often, in fact my next one starts on 9/15.  I’d love to provide you accountability and support as you head down your journey to health!

Seahawks 5k Recap

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I’ve been a runner since 2009 and have run races in Arizona, Texas and California.  I recently moved back to my home state of Washington and I’m so excited to take part in all the running events in the local area.  For my very first race we ran the Seahawks Kickoff Run 5k.  This is a HUGE deal to me because I absolutely love to run and I am a HUGE Seahawks fan.  What could be better than combining the two into a great day?

I actually registered for this race months ago while we were still living in Arizona.  It cost me a small fortune to register my family of 5 but I knew then that it was going to be an experience of a lifetime.

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There is nothing more awesome than the starting line of the race.  This race was filled with even more energy because of the amazing Seahawks fans.  The 12th man is alive and loud when they’re together!  We stood in the race line and danced, chanted SEA – HAWKS!!  It was a great time!  Dallas loves the crowd and he was anxious to get on the road and race!  He’s got one mission on race day and that’s to run, as fast as he can!  He’s got a true runners heart!

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Yes, that’s me taking a selfie when I run.  That’s one of my favorite things to do during races too!  My awesome hubby not only supported me in this race but he also pushed our younger two in our BoB Dualie.  He’s not a huge football fan but being from Texas his loyalties are usually with the Cowboys.  But I think the 12th man and the Seahawks are slowly wearing off on him!  He’s now said, he’d cheer for the Seahawks anytime as long as they’re not playing the Cowboys.  That’s a win in my book!

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Dallas absolutely BLEW me away during this race!  He hasn’t been doing any running this summer and he went out and tackled this race like a BEAST!  He always takes off like an animal at the start.  I always wear my Garmin so I can pace him and reign him back a little bit.  He absolutely hates when I yell out to him, “SLOW DOWN DALLAS!” but I know he can’t keep a fast pace for the entire race.  I think he could for a mile but for 3.1 miles he needs to pace a little better. When we ran into the stadium, through the tunnel and on to the field it was magical.  He was so excited to be near the finish line and also in the stadium.  He took off and finished strong.  His official race time was 32:18, his age group was 7-12 and he finished 23rd out of 87.  I think those are amazing results because he was younger than most of his competition and he still KILLED IT!

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After we finished the 5k it was time for the two littles to run their race.  My daughter, Phoebe, has already ran a 5k before but they had a strict age limit in this race so she ran the kids run with her little brother.  She wasn’t too happy about it while we raced but once she crossed the start line she was ready to go for her race too.

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IMG_7924I’ve run a decent amount of races of all sorts of distances.  I think my favorite races are the ones that we do as a family.  It’s not about me and my pace but it’s about helping my kids realize that running is fun and rewarding.  Seeing them cross the finish line fills my heart with pride and seeing them feel proud of themselves is amazing.  They were their medals with pride because they’ve earned them.  If you haven’t been running races with your kids I encourage you to sign up for something and get your kids doing it too.

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I make mistakes as a mother every single day. I yell more than I should. I lose my patience and react badly to situations. I know I should be doing better. But every once in a while a moment happens that makes me realize that I’m not doing so bad.

Phoebe saw me do PiYo yesterday and she came into the room I was working out in, laid her mat down (her woobie) and started to do it. All on her own. I’m so proud of her too. She’s a small and mighty girl, who has never been on the growth chart for her weight.  She’s scrappy, determined and always amazes me with her ability to make her own way.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; kids are watching you when you least expect it. They see how you’re taking care of yourself and they hear the things you’re saying. Model health and fitness, don’t just talk about it, be about it. Include them in your workouts or your healthy meal planning. I encourage you to love yourself like you want them to love themselves.

I’m still a work in progress as a mother but knowing what I should do and seeing how it helps my kids makes changes easier.  I know that the work I’m doing in myself is benefitting them in more ways than one.  

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Running is my soul food.

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I remember running in high school for PE.  We had to run a mile in 10 minutes and 3 miles in 35 minutes.  It was pure torture.  I hated every single minute of those dreaded runs, especially the 3 mile one.  After high school, when I didn’t “have to” run anymore I just knew it wasn’t in my future. I hated running and wasn’t going to run anymore.

In August of 2009 we were just getting settled into our new home in Arizona. I had two small children aged, 3 and 18 months. I had been giving all of my time and energy to my family and I was feeling burnt out and overwhelmed.  I didn’t know what was missing in my life but I knew that if I continued on the path I was traveling I was going to be a bitter person.  Something had to change.  I had some friends who were running and I thought, why not me?

I remember my first run was on a treadmill at the gym on base.  They had a small room for parents who were working out with kids.  The room had a partition and the kids could play and watch TV as you worked out and watched them at the same time.  My first mile was in an old pair of Nikes that I’d had for probably 6 years.  Something about that run sparked something in me that I hand’t felt before.

For the first time in forever I was doing something for just me and it felt amazing.  I felt proud of myself for doing something that I once hated and I was starting to love it.  I signed up for my first 5k and tackled that in October, in November I did a 10k.  I got really gutsy and signed up for a half in January.   I went on to run several more half marathons before getting pregnant with my son in August of 2010.

I was running 4 times a week, usually at night after my kids were in bed. My body was changing but most importantly my soul was changing. I’d head out for a run and I would come home at peace.  Running truly helps me cope through the chaos of life.  I exercise a lot but there is nothing that feeds my soul like a good run.

It’s been 4 years now since that first run and I’ve run 2,458 miles.  I’ve run short runs and long runs.  I’ve gone fast and I’ve gone slow.  I’ve battled injuries and running funks.  I’ve had amazing runs and awful ones.  I’ve run solo and I’ve run with friends. I’ve stopped for pregnancy and started up again when it seemed impossible.  I accomplished a life long dream of running a marathon and had to let go of other race dreams.  But through it all, running has always been my soul food.   Running never takes more than it gives back.

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