Excited that Connor and I officially own our own home! I am also so proud of Dottie, she is so perfect for us. She stays in the yard without a leash now and will just lay next to me, attached at the hip as I work in the garden. Slowly designing an awesome landscape project for the back patio and planted in front yesterday and today. Grabbed some beautiful lilacs for a vase in the kitchen and now I am going to start working on my herb garden! Life has been good lately.
Excited to start utilizing my balcony for yoga sessions now and finally being able to grow some of my own organic goodies! Excited to start getting back to the gym now that things are finally getting less stressful in our lives.
Internet back is awesome. I got a few messages while I was away, but I will try to get back to you all soon. Love you guys!
How have you been spending your spring so far?
…but I will be starting back up with an Insanity hybrid tonight! Won’t have my internet til Monday afternoon.
After about 2 hours of heavy lifting by myself (somehow slowly worked a few large, heavy dressers and cabinets up the stairs alone…), I decided to take Dottie for a walk, having been told there is a path down my street that leads to many areas of the city. The trail is pretty beautiful, following a river and through the woods around many of the suburbs. I am super excited to use it all the time and start to run the trails as well. Perfect for training for my half marathon, since all of the trails go out at least 3-5 miles and then I also have my coming back time.
Do you have a favorite place to run/walk outside in your town/city?
You’ve got good taste! I am very similar in most cases. I tend to listen to Disturbed, NIN, Devin Townsend, Crystal Castles and Staind when lifting, where as I listen to more up beat tempos when running, stuff from DJ Hixxy, Sash!, VNV Nation, Feint, DJ Contacreast, and the Faunts.
And I could listen to Protomen pretty much with any work out. Love them so much, but that right there is my inner gaming geek coming out, haha. I wanted to see them live so bad, because I have heard such amazing things about their shows, since they act out the story they are telling (it is basically a grungy, dark megaman re-write for adults).
Boxing up and moving things all day today, just Connor and I. Going to be a long, exhausting day. I suppose I shouldn’t complain, I am getting a good workout after all.
This was actually a really great article and these points are exactly why I try to do HIIT and weight lifting for most of my workouts. Nothing wrong with enjoying to run. I love it myself, but you definitely need to do more than just running in order to lose body fat.
I have always had some issues with my arches hurting after a run. Not sure if this is just my form being off, the amount of weight on my feet (I am still overweight and I have a small frame), or simply not enough support for my arches. I have tried various insoles in the past and very few seem to work well. The shoes I bought quite a while back were wonderful, the bed of the shoe was perfect for my feet and I never had arch pain, or at least very rarely. Now that the insoles that came with the shoes are getting worn, I opted to buy some insoles for them, because I can’t afford to buy new shoes right now (the shoes are only about 6-8 months old, though I know that is old for avid runner’s).
My question is, do any of you know of a good insole that is worth the price? Shoe brands that have worked best for you? Do you think insoles are worth the cost or would it be a better option to just work toward buying new shoes soon?
While my neck problems have not gotten significantly better, I have decided to tailor my workouts around my issue for the time being, because I am beginning to stress because I am not working out. Exercise has helped me overcome much of the difficulties I have been through these last few years and it is one of the best stress relievers, not to mention, it helps lessen depression and anxiety. So I need to be doing something. Something more than simply taking Dottie for our 2 mile walks everyday.
I had been training for a 5k I am running in July and a half marathon I will be running in October, but training has stopped while I tend to my neck, since it may be a while before I can afford to see another doctor (my husband and I bought a house and will be moving in Monday…so money is a little low at the moment).
Planning to start biking, as it doesn’t affect my neck area, doing a lot more stretching/yoga and possibly swimming as well. Any suggestions on other workouts that you enjoy when taking a little break from the intense stuff or when injured?
You are all so sweet! And I am trying to smile now and then in photos. Still getting over my self esteem issues when it comes to my smile. I was told for so long that I had pudgy cheeks and was made fun of quite a bit by my ex over having rolls and chubby cheeks when I smiled. Slow progress, but thank you for the compliments. <3
And the dress is from American Rag, got it at Macy’s and the shirt is an old one I got from Torrid years ago before the neck tie thing started becoming a staple. Must have been at least four years ago, because I bought it in their smallest size as a shirt to work toward wearing and now I wear it all the time! First time wearing a 0X/12-14/L-XL in a long time. I started this journey at a 24 in jeans and you would never catch me dead in a dress or skirt. I hated showing off any part of my body and now, while I still have areas to work on and things I dislike about my body, I am not ashamed of it, but rather proud of how strong it can be.