Being Out of Shape Is So Much Easier


I have fallen down and gotten up so many times in this weight loss/get in shape/ Bikram/running challenge that I’ve stopped counting.

My 30 Day Bikram Challenge was hopping right along successfully…until one night the yoga studio offered Hot Pilates instead (even though the schedule said Bikram). So, how does that work? Do I start all over again? Does Hot Pilates count in the challenge?

I was progressing in my afternoon run-walk streak. I can’t say I was clocking in world breaking times, but I was hella consistent. And then a week-long rainfall hit.

Although I’m still hesitant on committing to the full-time vegetarian lifestyle; I did find healthy recipes and places to eat. Then, the national holiday weekend of barbecue came along and…BOOM! I fell off again!

Maybe I’m being too hard on myself.

Maybe I’m doing too much too soon.

Maybe I’m making excuses.

I just know it’s not always easy.

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Daily Prompt: Slight


via Daily Prompt: Slight

0.33 miles.

On average, it doesn’t seem like much. I didn’t even run. I walked. Yet, those 0.33 miles were the perfect catalyst I needed to begin my running program again. I’ve taken some time off. I’ve had two ACL surgeries in both legs. I’ve encountered some significant weight gain. The days of gliding over a hurdle in a 400 meter race seem so foregone. So long ago. Yet, no matter how much time has passed I cannot forget the feeling. The runner’s high. The feeling one gets when your arms and legs are in perfect harmony, perfect sync. The stride. The step. There is nothing like it in the world. Although I am not back there yet…with a ridiculously simple 0.33 mile walk/run workout…I feel like I may be on my way!

Weeks 1&2 Yoga/Healthy Eating Challenge

Start From Where You Are!

Healthy Eating Re-Cap:

Initially, I began my 30 day challenge with a juice cleanse. It went surprisingly well! Although I did not do my own juicing, I was able to find products at Whole Foods that conveniently met my needs. However, when I transitioned to a mostly vegetarian diet, I struggled. I struggled so badly that I pretty much gave up in the midst of the second week. I struggled with finding recipes that were healthy , yummy, satisfying and met my nutritional requirements. And then… Continue reading Weeks 1&2 Yoga/Healthy Eating Challenge

Why Does Health Concious Food Taste So Bad?

I recognize that I am still relatively new to the healthy eating/fitness world. I am extremely new to the mostly vegetarian lifestyle. (I still love meat but want to consume it in moderation or smaller portions.) I’ve had moderate success with eliminating processed foods, unhealthy sugars and high amounts of caffeine. Continue reading Why Does Health Concious Food Taste So Bad?

Bikram Challenge & Juice Cleanses

In my attempt to stay on track with my couch to half marathon training, I began a Bikram Challenge at my favorite studio. Yoga has been the perfect Crosstraining complement on my off days, and my personal favorite. As if a commitment of 30 days of yoga classes were not enough; my studio has employed a 7-day juice cleanse.  Continue reading Bikram Challenge & Juice Cleanses

I’m Gonna Run in the Marine Corp Marathon!!!

I made it through the lottery. I paid my money and registered. I’m in.

This is either sheer brilliance, or the inverse. Quite frankly, it’s too early to tell. After more than eight years of procrastination and writing on my vision board – I finally decided to plunge right in! I have six months to train for one of the biggest races of my life!

I’m excited.

I’m terrified.

I can hardly wait!

My ongoing journey to re-define a healthy, happy, fit lifestyle!