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Inspiration to Fitness – Week 3

So the good news is I was much better about my running regimen this past week and sticking with the Inspiration to Fitness program goals Ashley’s has set for us. I’d like to say it’s because I’ve found new inner strength and discipline that I didn’t even know I had, but the truth is I really wanted to get a pedicure.

And I threw in a shellac manicure for good measure.

On Thursday I treated myself to both.

Then I went out of town for the weekend and totally kicked my healthy eating to the curb. But I knew I would because man cannot live by roasted edamame alone. Especially during a fun weekend with friends.

I think the workouts were easier because it warmed up a little last week and it’s so much easier to get out the door when it’s not cold and all you want to do is curl up with a cup of hot choffee and see who’s guest hosting with Kelly Ripa.

Plus I really do want to be a runner. It’s like I told some friends this weekend, I LOVE the idea of being a runner. I seriously ENVY people who get to say cool things like “I ran the half last weekend” or “I have to carb up because I have my long run in the morning”.

I am especially jealous of the carbs part of that equation.

And maybe if I was a real runner I could wear some super cool shoes like these.

Or probably not.

Whatever the case, it’s been the actual running that is my stumbling block.

But here’s the thing, I ALWAYS feel better after I run. Yes, I may hate it while I’m doing it, but I feel better afterwards. And I love the strength training exercises that Ashley has incorporated into the workout because it feels like they’re working.

At least I think that’s what it means when you can’t sit down on the toilet.

On the days I run I can tell it clears my head, relieves some stress and gives me extra energy for the rest of the day. And that’s why I’m sticking with it.

Plus I really like my playlist. I tell you about it in next week’s post.

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  1. 1
    Karen Orr says:

    I was feeling like you about wanting to be considered a runner. Then I saw something cool on pinterest and pinned it to my “Fitness” board. It says “If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.” ~John Bingham

    I loved this quote and decided that I am a runner because I run! So, you too, are a runner whether you wear cool shoes, load up on carbs, or run the half. But, I did sign up for my first half marathon in June. I hope I don’t die! :)

  2. 2

    I agree with the ‘if you run, you are a runner’ comment. I decided I wanted to run a marathon a few years ago. Lofty goal considering I’d only run a 5k and then wanted to jump to the full marathon distance. My first ‘training run’ was only a mile and I was huffing and puffing the whole way. But I stuck to the program (Galloway) and 6 months later I ran my first marathon, albeit very slowly. Good luck and you can do it! And if I can make a recommendation, since I live in Houston, try to get into before summer comes. Because I can assure you that summers in Texas will make you want to quit, daily.

  3. 3

    Laughing b/c my cousin in Houston totally has those shoes, but he is a major athlete so I guess they don’t look completely ridiculous on him. Oh, who am I kidding? Of course they do.

    I have to agree with you on being envious of runners! I love the idea of running, in theory, but it doesn’t play out with me in reality. Even when I was really thin and ran some to stay really thin, I hated it.

    • 4
      Marie M.C. says:

      Do these adorable shoes come in pink? Because I’m a pink kind of person. And I don’t want to be laughed at because I’m wearing blue and yellow. (Where can I find them?)

  4. 5

    My bro-in-law SWEARS by those shoes! He calls them in “monkey shoes.” They look strange but hey, if they do the trick…

  5. 6
    Sallie Baker says:

    Is the Inspiration to Fitness a day to day plan….? or just the reviews from
    others? When I go to that it just shows me people’s blogs and reviews…?
    Just wondering…..

  6. 8

    Good job getting back to the fitness plan after a weekend away. Sure sounds like you have fun in Houston.

    Is it cold in your area of the country? I hadn’t had the TV on recently until yesterday and saw this weather map of the U.S. with Texas in a “below average temperatures” belt of weather. We are in an “above normal temperatures” in Minnesota. Let’s flip the country around. You pound the pavement running and I’ll do my Jane Fonda Low Impact workout and just maybe we can cause enough movement in the ground to flip the weather!

  7. 9

    Hey! :) I saw you on Saturday! I started to stop and wait til you finished talking to the girl you were visiting with so I could tell you I loved your outfit and I think you’re awesome, but decided to catch up with my friend and not look stalker-ish. Such a fun weekend! I think my favorite part (aside from the amazing worship and teaching) was digging up dirt from the back of the FBCH parking lot while a man and his son looked on at us like we had lost our minds!

  8. 10

    Yeah, we see lots of those barefoot shoes here on the central coast of California. I love the quote that Karen shared and it just might…MIGHT…inspire me to try Couch 2 5k again.

  9. 11

    I’m not sure that I would EVER wear those shoes no matter how fit I was. They are absolutely horrid looking!

  10. 12

    I am a new baby-infant inexperienced runner (started last May) and since I have been training for a half since November my love/hate relationship with the art has discipated. Which is a miracle because I never thought it would happen.

    But running, for women especially, is so therapeutic. Leave all your crap out there on the pavement (not literally…figuratively…or maybe sometimes a little of both) and the stress relief and therapy from that, Dr. Phil himself could not even provide. If you need a good book to help you stay motivated and great eating, crosstraining, scheduling advice, I just bought this and read the whole thing last night–

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003GAMZSG/ref=ox_ya_os_product

    So proud of you!

  11. 13

    Congratulations on keeping your fitness goals last week. Did you know it’s actually a good idea to have one “free” day where you eat the foods you like (in moderation) and take the calorie count up a bit? I’d consider the weekend a “free day” :) As for the shoes, I have a pair and they are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned and when I began running in them, my knees stopped hurting. If you’re interested you should read “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougle (sp). Great book and explains why the shoes are so good for your feet (though not for your fashion sense :)) Keep up the good habits!

  12. 14

    If you buy those foot shoes I’m afraid we can’t be imaginary friends anymore. Just warning you now.

  13. 15

    It is totally all about the playlist. I love to run just so I can listen to my music! Sometimes, I will even run further than I planned just to hear more. (Or maybe it’s that I’m listening to grown-up music and can’t hear any little kid voices talking to me in the background.)

  14. 16

    Okay, for several fitness posts now I have felt that a chasm has been growing between us (I know, you were previously unaware that you are my best friend for like 2 minutes on weekdays. We go to gether like peanut butter and jelly. You are funny–I like to THINK I’m funny, we are both circa 1973, we call our freinds by their last names, we have adorable daughters who are the same age, just take it from me–from this side it looks like we would totally get along.) But, for months now I have abandoned any thoughts or hopes of fitness. (Honestly, I havent’ gained any weight, so I’m ticked that I used to spend all that time at the gym.) Anyway, today, I don’t understand why, but there was a breakthrough. Maybe it was the friendship in my mind picturing us in a mall insisting that you NOT buy those shoes, but I may actually consider attempting to make up with exercise. (I think it was the promise of energy as I’m downing my lunch coffee.)

  15. 17

    I ran my first 5K last fall and was so proud of myself…. I *never* thought I could do that! I agree – I love the post-run high, but dislike the running part. Winter has kept me inside, but I’m actually itching to start running again. It is just about the only “me” time I get. Looking forward to hearing what is on your playlist. I’m always looking for new songs. Also, have you read “Run Like a Mother”? I really enjoyed it. It was full of fun tips, funny stories, and encouragement.

  16. 18

    Great job for sticking with it so far, and for letting yourself have fun over the weekend. Can’t wait to check out your playlist!

  17. 19

    I have THE BEST running playlist. Let me tell you, the only way I get through those last 2 miles in every race is a mix of Kayne, Jay Z, Britney, Nicki Minaj, and some old school Run DMC!

    While it’s cool to say I’ve finsihed a half marathon (I’ve done 2 now!!), the day after SUCKS!

    FTR- I only saw one person wearing those feet (Vigram) shoes at the last half marathon and one barefoot runner.

  18. 20

    You’re such a great writer! I always look forward to reading your posts. :)

    And yes, those shoes scare me.

    Run, girl, RUN! It’s totally worth it!

  19. 21

    I couldn’t let this post go without a comment. I can relate to the running. My husband has been a runner for 20+ years, since his high school days. Long distance, short distance – doesn’t matter. A few years ago I decided to give it a try. That was 2009. I am 2 half marathons, 1 10k and numerous 5ks strong. I am currently 4 weeks from my 3rd half marathon in Florida. I can come home from a 10 mile training run and still question whether or not I am a runner, as I run/walk. But deep down, when I get back from that run, and I feel good, and I eat better all day, and I’m less stressed, and I’m a better mom, and I’m a better wife – there is no question…. I am a runner. And yes, if you run…..You, too, are a runner. Period. Enjoy….. :-)

  20. 22

    I too have always wanted to be considered a runner. Always wanted to feel the wind in my face and get that runner’s high I have heard so much about. It’s just that when I start to run it is not the wind hitting my face…it’s my boobs. AND nobody wants to see that running down the street.
    I guess I will have to stick to the ceiling fan blowing in my face and an oreo high.

  21. 23
    Laura Falk says:

    I’ve been running since last March – almost a year! Still consider myself a “new” runner. Love the quote! Also wanted to share the BEST headband I saw at a 5K the other day. It said: I LOVE RUNNING. I HATE RUNNING. I LOVE RUNNING. I HATE RUNNING. That seems to sum it up just perfectly for me!

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