Monday, July 20, 2015

Summertime Fun

I've been a little MIA on the blog because I've been busy having lots of summertime fun with my family. We've pretty much been beach bums lately and we're loving it. First we were out of town on a short vacay for the 4th of July. 
And now we just got back after spending a week on the beach in St. Augustine. It was so nice and relaxing to get away. 
I'll be getting back into a blogging routine soon. Who knew summer could be so much fun?!?

What have you been up to this summer?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sports Watch Giveaway

Let's #TrainWithKohls! This post is sponsored by Kohl's. I was compensated for this blog post. As always, all opinions are my opinion. 

Hopefully you've had a chance to check out my latest blog post about what fitness means to me! I've partnered with Kohl's to share their line of sports watches with you. They really have an amazing line of active and wellness brands from Fitbit, Jawbone, Casio, Garmin, Nike, Asics, Pro-Form, etc. Should I keep going? 

Kohl's sent me a Casio sports watch to try out. It's the Casio Watch Illuminator Tough Solar Digital watch. The coolest thing about the watch is it's solar. To charge it, all I have to do is put it in the sun. Love it! Since I'm coming off a running injury, I've been using the watch for most of my intervals with cross training and walking with the little bit of running I've been doing. The timer is great for intervals! 
And now for the best part.....Kohl's sent a watch for you too! 
Be sure to enter today! Good luck! 
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Let's #TrainWithKohls! This post is sponsored by Kohl's. I was compensated for this blog post. As always, all opinions are my opinion. 

Fitness: this word looks very different depending who you ask. For some, fitness is a way of life. For others it's a day to day battle that people face each morning when the alarm clock blares at 5am. For me, fitness is a little bit of both. Over the last several months, I've been battling a running injury so my fitness has been up and down and getting back into the groove has seemed overwhelming at times. We've all been there before, right? 

So I've been thinking about my fitness experience and what fitness means to me. Here it is: 
Fitness should be fun! The best way to have fun when working out is with friends or wearing a fun, bright outfit. Check out some of the women's activewear brands like Nike and Asics that Kohl's offers. They've got some really cute fun clothes!

Intervals are important when it comes to fitness. Think short bursts of exercise that burn lots of calories and don't take a lot of time. A sport watch from Kohl's is a great way to keep track of these intervals during your training. It gets you a lot of bang for your buck! 

Whatever fitness activity you choose, it should be tough. It's easy to get complacent with a routine, but that doesn't do a body good. Be sure to keep things a little tough. No pain, no gain. 

There are so many new things when it comes to fitness from gear and activities that it's so easy to try something new. Step outside your comfort. You'll be glad you did!

Keep your fitness exciting! You want to enjoy your workout each day. Otherwise working out can become a chore like everything in life. You want to look forward to your next workout.

Fitness should make you feel and look sexy. Yes I know you may not look sexy over night, but inside you'll feel sexy. You'll feel strong and empowered. It's an amazing feeling...enjoy it!

When in doubt, sweat it out! Get your sweat on as often as you can. Regardless of your activity, get that heart pumping and sweat. 

Remember: it's all about getting out there and being physically active. Kohl's has a variety of ways to prep yourself for leading an active lifestyle. In fact, now's the time to start. Head on over to their website and checkout their selection of Casio watches for men and women. You can also enter here for a chance to win your very own Casio Illuminator Tough Solar Digital Watch. Good luck!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Injury Update

Since January during my failed attempt during the Goofy Challenge, I've been battling an injury to my left leg. My orthopedic doctor's approach has been very, very traditional:  x-ray, some ice, lots of time off from running, and a MRI. I followed this plan exactly, did everything right, and what did it get me? Nothing. 
When I attempted to pick running back up, it was slow and steady. But I had leg pain from my knee down, could barely walk, and was back to icing. So this time I took more time off. Eight weeks to be exact! 
During this time, I went through some what of a runner's depression. I missed running. I longed for that nervous feeling I got the morning of a long run or the high that came from completing it. It got so bad that I even took the 13.1 and 26.2 magnets off my car. I started to feel like a failure. 

Fast forward to two weeks ago.....I started back with walking. Just walking. Day one I did three miles and day two I did four miles. On day three, I was limping from pain in my left leg. So back to the orthopedic doctor I went. And what did he tell me? I needed another x-ray, I started back too soon, I needed to ice more frequently during the day, and wearing flip-flops was bad for me. Say what? 
That's when I decided enough was enough. Too much time had been spent missing something that I loved. So it was time to take take a non-traditional approach. At the very beginning of this injury, several runners suggested I go to a local doctor who "works wonders" on runners. I looked him up, but he didn't take my insurance and well, I didn't go. That was probably my biggest mistake. So after my failed attempt at the orthopedic doctor, another person recommended this sports injury doctor and I decided to make an appt. 
Here we are three sessions later and so far I'm seeing progress. He's doing Active Release Technique to work on multiple issues with my left leg: the IT band, a muscle in my calf, and something with my big toe (who knew). So I got the clear to slowly start back walking with a little bit of running this weekend. I did one mile on Saturday and then two miles on Sunday. The good news is I'm not in pain. I see the doctor again this week for another session. I'm so very hopeful that this is the right track and I'll be back hitting the pavement soon. I just wish I hadn't waited so long. Live and learn I guess. 

Have you ever dealt with an injury? How did you handle recovery? 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Biggest WW Update Ever!

It's been awhile since I've updated my Weight Watchers weight loss journey on the blog. But if you've been following along on Instagram, then you saw that six weeks ago I met my goal weight....woot woot! My goal was to lose 40 pounds and I did it. 
After meeting my goal, it was time for ww maintenance. I went from 26 points a day to 30 points and if I could stay within 2 pounds of my goal weight for six weeks, I would become a Lifetime Member at Weight Watchers. It was a goal I wanted to achieve so I set my mind to it. This morning was six weeks and I had never been so nervous to weigh in before. It was crazy. But I did it!!! 
Achieving a goal had never felt so good. My weight loss journey with Weight Watchers isn't over. It's just getting better. I will continue to weigh in at Weight Watchers and I will continue to track points. I have enjoyed every second of shedding this weight and I'm determined to keep being successful and inspiring others to do the same. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Oops....I did it again!

Cue the Britney Spears music because oops....I did it again. Another six weeks have gone by since my last blog post. Seriously I can't keep up with time these days. But guess what? School is out, summer is here, and I'm back. 

I'll be touching base over the next few weeks with lots of updates regarding my weight loss journey, where I'm at with running and my leg, some fitness tips, an upcoming giveaway, and a post or two about some awesome new places and restaurants I've been to. 

Sorry for being MIA....I kept telling myself I was going to post soon, then the next day, then the day after that, and then here we are six weeks later. The dry spell is over my friends (at least for now...ha, ha).

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Running from Reality

6 weeks: that's how long it's been since my last blog post. You're probably wondering where I've been. Heck, I've been wondering the same thing. Once we got back from our trip to Las Vegas, I kind of fell off the wagon....with everything: blogging, weight watchers, running, etc. You name it, I was slacking. But I'm back.....

So what happened? Who knows? I know I over indulged on our vacation and it was worth it...every calorie, every point. But it took awhile to get back into the swing of things with Weight Watchers. The good news is for the last two weeks I'm back in the game and the scale is consistently going down now. Today's weigh in was amazing...I'm down 36.2 pounds total and getting so close to my goal weight.
As for my running, well I'm literally running from reality when it comes to hitting the pavement. I've been slowly working on my mileage: 3 miles here, 4 miles there, and things were going fine. But then the minute I hit 5 miles, my leg started acting up again. The same leg from Goofy in January. And it's been acting up ever since. 
This was three weeks ago and I haven't run since. I'm completely frustrated by it. I've decided to see a dr that is a runner because I'm sick of being told "just stop running." That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard of. 

I did have to come up with the realization that a fall marathon is not in the cards for me this year. My dreams of running the Chicago Marathon will stay just that, dreams. I couldn't justify signing up for a marathon when I can barely run right now. Seems like every time I attempt my second 26.2, something happens and I don't want that to be the case again. For right now, I don't have a single race on my calendar. It's pathetic, I know. But I've got to figure out my leg first before I even think about signing up for a race. 
So there you have it friends. I've been running from reality for far too long and I'm putting it all out there now. Will I run again? I hope so. Will I start blogging more? I hope so. Will I stay on track with Weight Watchers? You know it! 

Have you ever fallen off the wagon or hit a road block (either mental or physical)? How did you find your mojo again?