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Healthy Living with BeFit Nutrition

Here’s something you should know about me…I am a type A, organized, checklist-making, planner addict kind of girl!  And these traits most definitely extend to my healthy living goals!  I like workout plans, eating plans, water trackers, and anything else that helps me keep my healthy living goals on track and organized.

So when BeFit Nutrition reached out and asked me to work with them to help spread the word about their workout calendar, workout vidoes and nutritional supplements, I couldn’t say yes fast enough!  Here’s a few reasons I would recommend BeFit Nutrition…and an opportunity to win these nutritional supplements!

*I am obsessed with the workout calendar!  I love having a workout plan to follow because in all honesty I’m not always sure what I should be doing (maybe that’s why I ran EVERY day for a year lol)  So I loved being able to print out the calendar and check off each day as I completed the videos.

*The workout videos are great…especially for busy people!  10-12 minutes and you’re done…and it was a good workout!  And all of the videos are on YouTube…so they’re free!

*The Whey Protein…this stuff was delicious!  I’ve tried a fair number of protein powders and I simply don’t like the taste of some of them, but this stuff was good!  I had a lot of fun trying out different protein shake flavors like this Frosted Sugar Cookie Protein Shake, this Piña Colada Protein Shake and this Mint Protein Shake.

Mint Protein Shake for healthy living
I do need to say this about the supplements…because I’m all about full disclosure and giving my honest opinion.  For me, the BeFit Burn, was not a good thing.  I am naturally a morning person and I do not drink ANY caffeine…so when I took the BeFit Burn before my morning workout I was wired!  I took it for a few days to really try it out but ultimately decided to stop because my body just doesn’t need that extra boost.

And now it’s your chance to win!  I’d also love to hear…what is your favorite flavor of protein shake?!?

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Ultimate Non-Runners Guide to Running

This week I hit Day 250 of my current running streak and the OCD part of me likes this milestone because it just seems like a nice, even, number…it’s half-way to 500 or a quarter-way to 1000 and it means I only have a few more than 100 days left until I hit the one-year mark (what?!?) One of the questions I’ve been asked most often during my running streak is, “How do I start running?” So I did some research, asked my running friends, and reflected on my journey to bring to you The Ultimate Non-Runners Guide to Start Running! This list of resources is designed to be a guide to running for beginners.

Running for Beginners: Getting Started

I think getting off the couch for the first time (or for the first time in a long time) can be the most difficult steps of your running journey! Once you’re up and going it’s a whole lot easier to take the next step on your run than it was to take the first step of your run.

GIRL ON THE MOVE (GOTM) TIP: Find a plan and a buddy! For brand new runners I recommend a program like C25k (Couch to 5K) because it gives you a plan to go from not running to running a 5k in 9 weeks.  And then find a buddy who will do the program with you…because almost everything is better together! My mom did both of these things and last weekend she ran her first 5k…the Wipeout Run!

Tips from my running friends:

Overcome Excuses from Run to the Finish

Motivational Quotes from He And She Eat Clean

Motivational Tips from No Thanks to Cake

Dear Slow Runners from Strength and Sunshine

Orange County Wipeout Run 2015 with running tips for non-runners

Running for Beginners: The Equipment

As a new runner, how in the world are you supposed to pick running shoes and clothes and do you need any other equipment like special water bottles or fancy headbands?!? If you follow any runners on social media you’ll see them in a variety of running shoes so how are you supposed to know which one is the best? The truth is, it varies from person to person. The brand of running shoes that is the best fit for my feet, may not be the best for you.

GOTM TIP: Don’t be frugal about your running shoes! And when you’re getting your first pair, if you can get fitted in a running store, go get fitted! They’ll help you figure out what is best for you based on your foot structure, stride, etc. I am all about wearing workout tops from Costco (they’re cheap y’all) but I do not try to scrimp and save when it comes to my running shoes! My body is too important to be supported mile after mile by poor quality running shoes.

Tips from my running friends:

Lacing Your Running Shoes from He and She Eat Clean

Rotate Your Running Shoes from Run to the Finish

Lacing up your first pair of running shoes doesn't need to be intimidating with this list of resources on running for beginners.

Running for Beginners: General Tips

Since running is a solo, mostly equipment free sport I think people wonder if it should be simple or if there is more to it. And I think the answer is both! The great thing about running is you don’t need other people, you don’t need to learn a whole set of rules (although if you sign up for a race it wouldn’t hurt to do a google search for race etiquette), and you don’t need a whole bag of equipment. But there is a lot you can learn to improve your runs like breathing techniques, pacing, speed workouts, cross training, improving your stride, etc. So as you get started on your running journey take some time to read these general tips…just know you can get started without knowing everything!

GOTM TIP: Don’t set unrealistic goals for yourself. If you want to begin running in 2016 don’t sign up for a marathon in May or decide to run 4 miles a day every day for the whole year! Set small goals and then celebrate each accomplishment and then set out on a new running goal. And find a buddy (I can’t stress this one enough!!!)

Tips from my running friends:

How to Start Running from This Runner’s Recipes

Tips for Newbies from Parade

Tips for New Runners from MCM Mama Runs

Becoming a Runner from Running with SD Mom

How to Train for your First 5K from Maybe I Will

Breathing Patterns for Runners from Running with Perseverance

I’d love to hear from you!  If you’re a runner, what are your tips for newbies?  If you’re new to running, what is motivating you to run?

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Wipeout 5k Run

Five years ago my sister competed on a Wipeout: Blind Date episode…if you’ve been a fan of the show for years you might remember her as the cougar!  She did really well…her partner, affectionately referred to as the cub, not so much…so they did not make it past the second round.

But now it’s time for redemption!

Wipeout 5k Run Orange County

That’s right, we’re participating in the Wipeout 5k Run on November 7 at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre…and I want you to join us!  If you’ve ever watched the show Wipeout and thought you can do better, this is your chance!  Join me for this crashtastic 5k run in Orange County.

Tweet: Join me at the Wipeout 5k Run in Orange County this November! http://bit.ly/1SR2grp #wipeout #SoCal

Let me know in the comments below if you’re going to join me at this awesome 5k run because I want to meet up with you for pictures and fun!  And if you don’t live in Southern California you can check out their site to find your local race!

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Throwing Away My Scale

During a recent run I realized something…

…it might be time to throw away my scale.

Too often I let the number on the scale control me.

And that got me thinking, why do I let the number displayed on the scale control me when I know…

-I workout regularly (I’m in the middle of a running streak which means I’m literally active 7 days a week)

-I drink 8+ glasses of water a day

-I eat a balanced healthy diet and don’t overindulge in snacks and desserts

Is it time to throw away my scale?

I can confidently say I’m taking care of my body so why do I let a number make me feel good or bad about myself on any particular day?

Maybe it’s time to throw away my scale.

I’d love to hear your thoughts…What is your relationship like with your scale? Do you use it to check your progress? Do you obsess over the number?  Does it keep you on track for your goals?  How does it impact your thinking and choices during the day?

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Lessons from a RunStreak & Chris D’Elia

This past weekend my running streak hit 100 days! When I first started the running streak back in March I had no idea how long I would last and in the interest of full disclosure, I struggled to run a full mile without stopping. I could run a few miles with run/walk intervals, but not a whole mile straight.

100 days later my easy days are 2-3 miles, my longer runs are 6-8 miles, I have taken almost ten minutes off my 5k time, and I’ve run in seven different states.

And I’ve learned some valuable lessons along the way.

I rarely listen to music when I run but instead use the time to think and process through life. So over the last 100 days I’ve thought a lot about what I was learning from this running streak, but it wasn’t until I listened to an interview with Chris D’elia (one of my favorite comedians) that I realized one of the lessons I’ve learned.

In his interview (I believe it was a Fighter and the Kid podcast) Chris talked about his success with stand up comedy and one thing in particular really stood out to me…Chris talked about working on his material by sometimes doing 3 sets a night, six-seven nights a week. Y’all, that‘s dedication to being successful!

And that’s when I realized…

How to build new habits that lead to success

Small choices made every day consistently, build good habits that lead you down the road to success.

For Chris that meant performing night after night even when it would have been easier to take a night off.

For my running streak that meant making the choice to run every single day whether I wanted to or not.

Printable for creating new habits that lead to success
I am a visual person so I created this printable to keep track of my progress on creating the new habit and you can download your own Building Habits Printable to get started on the road to success!

  1. Select something you can do every day for 25 days that will help you reach your goals and be successful in business, health, life, family, etc…mine was running (at least) a mile.
  2. Once you complete the task each day write in the date and then repeat for 25 days…I’m now past day 100 and on my fifth tracker!

I’d love to hear in the comments below, what new habit are you going to create this summer that will help you be successful in business, health, life, family, etc?

p.s. the running streak is still going strong and at this point, I’m not sure how to end it!

And also, even though he’s known for being funny, I think that Chris’ success is inspiring and I’ve added him to my wish list of people to interview for the Be Inspired series…maybe I’ll get lucky and he’ll read this and get in touch so I can interview him!

 

 

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Stone Mountain Park

If you’ve been following this blog (or my social media accounts) then you know that I love traveling and fitness…and when I’m able to combine those two loves that makes me even happier! Going for a run in a new city is a great way to explore and I enjoy finding active adventures wherever I travel.

On our most recent road trip we stopped by Stone Mountain Park just outside of Atlanta, GA. If you’re ever in the Atlanta area I’d highly recommend a trip to the park!

The park offers hiking, fishing, golf, a ropes course, train ride, water play and so much more! And the views of downtown Atlanta are not to be missed!

The view from the top of Stone Mountain in Atlanta Georgia

When you get to the top of Stone Mountain this is the view you see…breathtaking!  And on a clear day (when we were there it was rainy and humid) you can see for miles!

Hiking

There are a variety of hiking trails available and you can hike to the top of Stone Mountain. When you get to the top of the mountain you have 360° of views of downtown Atlanta and the surrounding area in Georgia that are simply amazing. I would recommend taking the Summit Skyride down after you hike because it gives you a better view of the carving on the side of the mountain.

As a side note, if you’re not able to hike to the top of the mountain you also have the option of riding the Summit Skyride to the top so you don’t miss out on the panoramic views.

Hiking at Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta Georgia

Ropes Course

The ropes course at Stone Mountain is four levels of adventure and most of the way it is choose your own adventure style so you can choose which path is more suited to your ability level. The ropes course is four levels high so if you’re not a fan of heights, this is not the activity for you!

Climbing through the trees of the Ropes Course at Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta

Do you see my way at the top of the ropes course…like a monkey up in the tree?!?

If you’re in the Atlanta area I’d highly recommend checking out Stone Mountain Park and I can’t wait to go back and visit again!

What are your favorite things to do when you travel? Museums, historical sites, beach/pool?

 

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