Sunday, October 20, 2013

Introspection

I walk/jogged 4.17 miles today and 1.25 miles yesterday. Instead of dwelling on the fact that I felt slow, sluggish and am already sore from this [aka reflecting on how out of shape I am] I am choosing to look at the positives:

  • I got to workout a long the beach today!
  • I have the ability to run pain free!
  • I'm going to keep running more often and get back in shape! 

Over the past few months I have owned up to some truths about myself. I think its important to consistently reflect on ourselves, our habits and our behaviors to better understand who we are and why we are that way. My theory is: the better I understand myself, the better I understand what I need. When I understand what I need I can make those things happen and overall, it makes me a much happier person. {That was probably beyond wordy, but I think you get what I mean! If not, maybe do a re-read :)}

1. I am a creature of habit. This is both good and bad. If I'm eating good, I will continue to eat good (even if its the exact same boring foods every single day). BUT if I start to eat bad or skip a workout or two, I will almost undoubtedly continue to repeat that habit.

2. Staying positive helps me a lot. If I start to get down or overly stressed, I don't reach outward - I fall further into myself. This tends to cause me to over think every. little. thing. and does me more harm than good. It gives me "tunnel vision."But, If I don't beat myself up over having a margarita (or two!) and just focus on progress and balance, I tend to be much happier overall. It's always about progress.

3. Running makes me happy. Just keep repeating this to yourself, Danielle, when you are at mile 10 of your next half marathon ;) I will never break any records, and I'm okay with that. I run to be mentally strong and to push myself.


OKAY, HERE'S THE TRUTH
I run to be able to eat a basket of fries the size of my head sometimes. :)

What have you learned about yourself lately?

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Drink up!

Today I slept in until 7AM and it was even more amazing than I expected. Usually I'm up anywhere between 5:15-5:30AM. Okay... lately, more of 5:30-5:40AM whoops :) Guess that explains why I've been looking at little haggard at work lately.
Guess what I got yesterday at REI! 
It's by HydroFlask and I love it! I really need to work on my water consumption and just plain overall hydration so this little guy will be my new bff! I always wanted something like this to carry water around with me. The best part about it is the insulation! My cold water that I poured in this morning is STILL cold. And it's 1:30PM. On the website it claims to keep cold liquid cold for up to 24 hours! Maybe I'm living under a rock, or maybe I'm just easy to please, but I think that's a pretty awesome.

I think this is the one I have in Ops Black.
Love the mouth size too. I'm not a pop top kind of girl.

In my short running career (aka one year long hah!) I've noticed that dehydration is literally the kiss of death in half marathon running. If I'm not drinking an increased amount of water for a solid 3-4 days before the race, my performance will suffer. Guaranteed.

And it's not just my muscles, my gut will suffer too! 
[Old picture, Same idea: Water is Good!]

Dehydration can be caused by a loss of fluid from sweat, urine, and even respiration. Basically the formula for trouble is when fluids going out surpass the fluids coming in.

[Nuun and other electrolyte containing fluids are also important!]

From what I've read, it seems like your sweat rate (how much you sweat) and your sweat consistency (meaning are you a salty sweater, etc.) are super important when paying attention to your hydration levels. 

I found this USATF Self-testing program online and thought it was pretty interesting. Basically, body weight changes during a single exercise bout can signal a pretty strong indication for your hydration level. They also mention paying attention to the color of your urine and how often you have to go. Here are some tips for runners on how to stay properly hydrated. And here's an article I wrote a while back on water. Drink up!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I choose to be happy

For whatever reason, lately, I've been turning into a negative nancy. I think I've been moody, not sleeping well (not resting at all!) and just overall not seeing the positives in my life. Which for me, is not normal. I'm usually a pretty solid, emotionally stable and positive chick who likes to see the best in people.

I posted this earlier, and I'm positing it again on here because I think it is a great reminder (for myself included!)

I love this quote. You have the power to CHANGE your mind, your attitude and your life! Take control and ownership of YOU. It's so easy to fall into the trap of negativity, but I challenge you to be strong and take that the positive, self confident route!

This girl is who I want to be: 
She was strong, in control and disciplined. 

I need to change that was to is because that girl IS me. She's still here, just got a little side tracked. I think it's always important to remember that the person who you want to be, or "used" to be is still there. Maybe she just got a little lost, that's all :) It's funny how quickly you can unravel and wake up one day feeling like a different person. For whatever reason the weight of the world got to you - you had a moment of weakness - and it slowly ate you away until you lost the person you once were. But, just because you're a little lost, doesn't mean that you can't be found. Find it in yourself to muster up enough strength to stand up again. You have it in you.

Take heart, you can CHOOSE to be happy once again.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

FODMAPS

I am finally starting to feel close to 100% again. I have been super sick the past few weeks between digestive issues, allergies and a gnarly sinus infection. In my time that I was sick I finally found the app that everyone uses to make their images super cute.
{Pic from the Dodger game last weekend}
Yes, I am usually about a year behind the trends. It happens. 
I have been doing this so much lately its terrible! I think it's a woman thing?! Call me crazy, but I think the digestive issues I've been having lately are making me more anxious. I know your digestive tract is sometimes called your "second brain" because it has so many nervous cells so maybe it is throwing me off. I feel very off, sluggish, fatigued easily, so it's time for me to really buckle down with my diet. And to stop over-thinking. But we'll take on one issue at a time :)


My doctor recommended I try out the FODMAP diet. From what I understand, FODMAPS are a collection of small chain carbohydrates that are difficult for the small intestines to absorb. Here's an article on the diet incase you're interested. I honestly have not been extremely compliant to the diet yet, but I do plan on making a greater effort to do so now that I am less sick.

Have you heard of FODMAPS?


Monday, October 7, 2013

Google says it so it must be true

So I met up with a long lost friend yesterday. And by long lost friend, I mean I went to the gym. This was by far not the smartest idea I've ever had. I'm pretty sure my respiratory system is filing a lawsuit considering how unhappy I made it yesterday.


You see, I've been sick with a sinus infection lately. But according to Google I may have sinusitis, rhinosinusitis, nasal polyps or cancer. Please tell me I'm not the only one who googles my symptoms just to see what Google will come up with! Google says it, so it must be true.


Because I have been a little under the weather lately, my boss gave me a few days off from work which I am actually super grateful for. Hence the layout change and my existence back on the blog. I am actually really glad for the extra time I've had to reconnect with the blog community - I am really grateful for you guys. You inspire me.

PS. GO DODGERS!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Commitment

I posted this image recently because it's one of my favorite quotes  - AND IT'S SO TRUE. It seems so easy to commit to things when we are in the right mood, but what happens when its 5AM, it's dark, it's cold and nothing sounds better than curling back up under the covers? 

Commitment is such an important concept to understand. People who live out their commitments are undeniably on the road to superiority. Why do I say this? Because how often do people blow off plans, show up late, quit, or give up? It's the easy route. Stick to your word and you will gain more respect that you realize.

Commitment means sticking to your word even when its hard, when the odds are against you, and most importantly... when it no longer seems like a good idea.


How can we stay more committed to our goals?


1. Make your goals realistic and attainable
It is more realistic to give up sweets for a week. It is less realistic to swear off sweets for the rest of your life. See Setting Realistic Expectations. Small goals reached can lead to lasting, bigger changes!

2. When faced with a tough situation, try and remember why you committed to this goal in the first place. It might just give you that motivation you need to stick to your word. 

3. Remember that your word matters! When you say things, your words matter. Your wants, needs, dreams, goals, and words have substance and value. Your words have power. They can help and they can hurt. When you say things, people will hold you accountable to them. In the same way, you should strive to be a person who stays accountable to herself. 

4. Separate your mood from your commitments. This is tough, but its important. Nothing in life that you could ever commit to will be sugar drops and rainbows all of the time. Many people act of of emotion, because its easy, like a reflex. The average person says, I'm mad and I have the right to be mad so I'm going to say and do what I want even if it separates me from my commitment. The person who is committed says, I'm mad but I remember why I committed in the first place so I will stick to my word. Which person would you rather have on your side?

What' great about being a person who strives to be more committed is that it applies to all areas of your life - your relationships, marriage, work, etc. 


What does commitment mean to you?

What will you commit to this week? 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

It's been a while..

It's been a while since I blogged last. Okay, let's be real, it's been FOREVER since I blogged last. I was go go go go go go until recently when I became sick and reality set in that I was not taking proper care of my body or my mind.

The past few months I kept focusing on things I thought I "had" to do not taking much time in considering what I actually want and need to do for myself. You almost begin to forget what you used to do that you enjoyed so much.

I am getting back into running. October 20 is my next half marathon. I am in NO WAY ready for this, but I'm just trying to focus on enjoying the fact that I'm getting back out there rather than competing for a good time.

I am getting back into cooking. I've been reading a lot of recipes lately from Little b and Fit Life Happy Wife that are inspiring me to get back to experimenting in the kitchen again. I seriously think I want to try every single one of Stephani's recipes!

I am not going to dwell on how far I have to go but rather focus on establishing smaller more realistic goals and keep moving forward. No sense in looking back, our heads are faced forward for a reason :) It's all about consistency and the will to keep going.

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