Monday, May 21, 2012

Gloomy Monday Hike

I went on a hike/run/walk this morning. I went to the same state park as yesterday. However today I took a different trail which is what I love about this park because they are so many different beautiful trails all leading down to the beach some longer and tedious than others.

I took the longest trail. As usual I parked my car a little distance from the trail to enable me to warm up. I walked from my car to the beginning of the trail which is a good 15 minutes. Then at the beginning of the trail I ran all the way down to the beach. This trail is a good workout because it is mostly sandy and rocky, it winds, steeps and drops all at once. 

I was dripping of sweat by the time I got down to the water.  Just as the trail ends there are steps leading down to the water. I managed to take pictures with my phone. On my way back up the trail I ran into a group of kids they must have been on school field trip. I had to stand on the side and let them all pass because the trail pathway is very narrow. As they all descended to the beach I snapped a few pictures. It is a little gloomy out today as you will see from the pictures. The breeze was to die for and I am so glad I went on my run/hike this morning.

I'm sore all over but I'm not complaining :) I hope you enjoy the pictures below

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Rock Your Body!!!

I hope everyone had a beautiful weekend :)!

I took a break from working out on Friday and Saturday. 

However, today I was sitting home and realized it'd be the perfect time to go out for a run. So before I allowed myself to change my mind I go into my work out clothes, jumped in the car and hit the hiking trail. This trail is beautiful because it leads down to the beach. I made sure I parked my car as far as I could so I could walk a little extra. 

I started by walking then once I warmed up I ran down the trail all the way down to the beach. The trail was packed been a Sunday, a lot of people were out. But this did not stop me I run past them even if my breathing was slightly loud from the running. My earphones deep in my ears with the music blaring made it easier to ignore. I ran and ran and loved it. Sweat was dribbling down my face and down my back. My knees had started to hurt, my heart was thumping against my chest but still I ran. I ran like there was no tomorrow. As I neared the water and the breeze hit my face there was no better feeling. When the trail ended I stretched and took in the scenic view before starting back up on the trail to my car.

The trail back up is a little tough because it is steep. My stomach muscles hurt from running and I felt like I was gonna toss my guts even if my tummy was empty. My mouth was dry and I wanted to stop. But I kept pushing myself. I kept going. It feels really good when on my back up the trail I run into people I passed while running down the trail. People always smile or wave knowingly and it is so encouraging. 

On my drive back home I was craving ice cream. It took everything in me not to stop at Baskin Robbins by my house. I'm aware I can have ice cream but in moderation but since I had some yesterday there is no way I was going to have some again today. Instead I got home had a long cold shower and a big bowl of watermelon. So refreshing and delish after a long run.

Wishing everyone a lovely week ahead.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

My Arms

I went on my run last night as well. I already mentioned I live on the beach so I find the work out very refreshing because of the evening breeze. I run along the beach but on the surface street. However, there are wooden steps/stair case that leads down to the beach or water. So I started this new thing two days ago. Where when I get to the dead of the surface street I go down the steps and run up the steps five times. And tell you what? the running and down the steps kicks my little behind. My thighs literally burn like they are on fire. But I love it :)

After going up and down the steps five times I run back along the beach and then go up a slightly steep street then run back down to the beach and back up to my house. This is the fourth time I have worked out this week. I plan on working out tonight and taking it easy over the weekend.  I'm so proud of myself and I pray I can keep this up.

So today I had to run a quick errand and on my way out the door I caught my reflection in the mirror. And my arms are the one part of my body I have always had a hard time accepting. To say the very least they bug me. I have always found it difficult to wear anything sleeveless. And when I do I throw on a pashmina or bolero. I bought 5lb dumb bells to help tone my arms. When I don't run I power walk and vigorously move my arms to help tone them up. I still love my arms but there are the one part of my body I cannot wait to see get 'healthy' LOL what part of your body are you most uncomfortable with?

Thank you for stopping by and sharing my journey.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

If you don't love yourself now you won't love yourself after

Last night I went for a run on the beach. I'm striving to keep pushing myself. I love that feeling when your heart thumps against the chest wall from the adrenaline of a good work out followed by the kick I get from the endorphins.

If you do not love yourself before you won't love yourself after. I love and adore my body regardless of been overweight. I embrace myself. When I dress up or down I love how I look. When at home I'm usually nekkid. Even in front of my best person. There is nothing to hide. I only have one body and I choose to love it and be comfortable in it despite the media and society projecting otherwise. We define ourselves. Choose to love yourself even now as you make the necessary changes to lead a healthy lifestyle and become a healthy size.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

I am back

WOW I don't know where to start nor what to say. I stopped blogging but am back and will do my best to keep this going,

However, I'm proud to say I've been good with drinking my water, planning my meals and working out even if only on and off on the latter. I've seen a huge difference in planning my meals ahead as it has helped me not fall prey to impulse eating out. 

I work in the healthcare profession and everyday someone is assigned to do a food or/and a coffee run. And the problem? is the doctors are always buying. So its hard to pass up on free food. And the doctors feel bad if you pass up as its their little way of rewarding the team and saying thanks. The food runs as you'd figure are never healthy most of the time its the taco shop/Thai food place down the street or around the corner. Coffee runs yield to venti chai tea lattes with butter croissants. You get where I am going with this right? therefore this makes it super hard to not fall prey to bad habits. And of course there is always that person who stops by the donut shop by their house and brings in a box or two of assorted pastries. Not to mention the weekly pot lucks for a colleague's birthday. So as you can already tell its hard to stay on the wagon at work for me LOL

But I've learnt to have a bowl of loaded oatmeal for breakfast so my tummy is full when I get to work and its easier to turn all the temptations down. Also, when I do my grocery shopping I get a big bag of apples and have like three in my lunch bag, at least two cups of yoplait yogurt and kashi healthy bars. I brace myself with the healthy options and this goes a long way for me. If I stuff my face its going to be with three apples :) 

I'm not hiking very often or really doing any form of workout for that matter. For a while there I was really good. I even bought Jillian Michael's 30 day shred and was consistently doing it. I love the outdoors so hiking and running is what I like and try to do often.

I've been under the weather lately and that means staying indoors throwing pity parties. Which only makes it worse because who wants to throw a friggin' party and be the only one there? LOL so I decided to go out on walks/runs everyday. I live on the beach I have no excuse not to be out there. I just came back from a run and the evening breeze was literally a breath of fresh air. I could get addicted to this *fingers crossed* I'm watching my portions. I'm not self-depriving because goodness knows am a foodie but neither am I stuffing my face or inhaling food :) once in a while of course I do splurge but not too often.

I do NOT want to be SKINNY my goal is to be a size healthy. I'm naturally a curvy girl even at my smallest size my bust was still a 40DDD. I want to make lifetime changes instead of dieting to lose weight with no plan on how to keep it off only to end up re-gaining it. And I'm working on it one day at a time. I read somewhere sweat is fat crying. In that case I want to sweat my little behind to oblivion.

My biggest size is a 14 and my goal would be a size 10/12. So as I embark on this journey I am making realistic goals there are some days I will do better than other days but the point is to not give up because you can NEVER beat someone who does NOT give up.

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Stronger-Kelly Clarkson
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