My Struggle with the Treadmill and Running

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“Sometimes the best runs come on days when you didn’t feel like running.”

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When I created this blog I wanted to incorporate a fitness lifestyle into what I write about every week. Sadly, I’ve struggled with it. I didn’t want to write about something I wasn’t doing. I didn’t want to lead people on thinking I had my health together. In fact, that’s been my biggest struggle. I can’t seem to find the time or put workouts before other things that need to be done. But I want to be healthy. So I signed up for a 10K on June 2.

I originally planned to do a half marathon but I have been sick the last month with colds. As much as I hate letting myself down, I scaled back my goal a bit. Right now, I am on a 12 week journey to a 10k. Around the 6 week mark I will be running in a 5K to see how I am doing. That will give me a good idea of what my 10K may be like.

I used to run races all of the time. But I’m a little nervous about these two that are coming up. I am in terrible shape. Ashamed about the person I am today. But I can’t keep feeling sorry for myself or wishing I could do something. I’m just going to do it.

Yesterday, I walked 2 miles on the treadmill. I wanted to ease myself back into everything. I hate treadmills by the way. But we bought one so I could use it during winter months. Normally, I would just go outside and run. Except I have my daughter. I don’t want to expose her to the cold so a $200 treadmill seemed like a better solution.

But not all treadmills are the same. I bought mine because of the price and reviews. But if you’re looking to invest in a treadmill for a specific reason then you can read Best Treadmill Reviews of 2018 to get a better of idea of what can work best for you.

As the weather gets warmer I’m hoping to venture more outside. But until then it’s me and my trusty treadmill. Honestly, I don’t have much of a plan right now. I know I need to write my workouts down so I have something to focus on. But since I’m just starting back I’m really wanting to just focus on getting on the treadmill.

I’m also incorporating HIIT workouts with my running each day to build my strength. I don’t know if I will be ready for the 5K or the 10K. Failing is one of the worst things I can think of right now. I know if I’m putting in the work then I shouldn’t be too hard on myself. It’s going to take a day at a time. A goal at a time to help me get back to the runner I used to be.

Any advice or encouragement would be so helpful. Is anyone else starting over in their fitness journey? I would love to hear your thoughts. What helped you stay motivated?

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6 Natural Items to Use When Your Family is Sick

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Colds and sinus infections seem to hit my family the most throughout the winter months. It’s always cold outside and places indoors are usually scorching. Not to mention our home has only electric heating which creates a very dry atmosphere. Here are some ways I tackle these small sicknesses in our home.

*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor do I suggest doing this with everything. These are just items I use to help my family. I do go to the doctor if I see the sickness is getting out of hand.

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Essential Oil Diffuser. My husband bought this for me when I was pregnant. I struggled the first 6 months with extreme headaches and sinus infections. I wasn’t allowed to take my normal sinus medication so I had to find something. This diffuser cost about $15 off of Amazon. It’s pretty straight forward. All you do is fill it up to the line with water. Then add about 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil in the water. Put the lid on and hit the button. This diffuser allows you to choose whether you want the contents to be released in the air every 30 seconds or constantly until turned off. It also has different colors. When I am sick I put this by my bed at night to help me sleep. I also like to get my essential oils from T.J. Max. They usually have about 4 in a pack for about $15.

Humidifier. This is a lot like the diffuser except it helps add moisture to the air. We use one of these in my daughter’s room a lot during winter. Like I mentioned before, our heat can make the home really dry. She pretty much has one of these constantly going in her room.

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Nose Spray. I love this stuff. Especially when I wake up with a dry and stuffy nose. It helps with that sinus pressure that you get through your nose. Once again adding moisture helps a lot in dry climates.

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Essential oil Chest and foot rub. I found this gem one night when I was looking for relief for my daughter. She was really sick and I came across this in CVS. It’s hard when your child is young because they’re not allowed to really have any medicine for a few years. I didn’t want to use Vick’s Vapor rub because she wasn’t of age. So I used this instead. It’s safe for babies 3 months and up. I rub a little on her chest and feet. I also use it for myself. You remember the burning sinus pressure in your nose I mentioned before? I will dab a little bit on my nostrils and under my nose to help with that. Usually in minutes I feel so much better.

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Apple Cider Vinegar. If you want to get rid of a sore throat almost instantly then this is your go to. Many people can take a shot of this stuff but I can’t. I usually mix it in a glass of orange juice or lemon water. They cut the acid from the vinegar. I also like to use this on a daily basis. This will help with your immune system and so many other things.

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Zarbee’s Natural Medicine. Once again I found this one night when I was at CVS looking for any medicine my daughter could have. She was dealing with a cold and lots of coughing. I ran across this honey based medicine that helped her stop coughing. There are different age types for these. They also have ones with agave nectar for kids under the age of 1 since honey can be dangerous to give to your child before that age. It’s a more natural way to help your sick baby with colds and sinus issues.

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Day 10 Giveaway: Modern Day Healthy Hippie

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Throughout the holiday season we are constantly surrounded by yummy food. It’s not easy for anyone to resist. So staying healthy can be a challenge. Whether you want to lose weight or meet a new fitness goal, Day 10’s giveaway could help you get back on track. It’s a free one-hour coaching session with the Modern Healthy Hippie. A $99 value.

Whoever wins will have the option of signing up for Carra’s personalized custom wellness coaching program that is currently $250 for a month of unlimited communication, coaching, help with meal planning, grocery lists and fitness routines.

Carra is the owner of Modern Healthy Hippie. She tells us how her passion for fitness encouraged her to help others.

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“I started The Modern Healthy Hippie because I recognized that so many people had no idea where to begin a healthier lifestyle.  Over the years, I learned that most women do not give themselves permission to take care of themselves, yet they pour into the lives of so many others.  My passion is helping them realize that when they feel and look their best, they can be more available for so many others, reduce their health care costs and be the best version of themselves! We are all unique and I want all women to feel beautiful and be as healthy as possible!  I offer real life solutions and a personalized plan for each person.” – Carra

You can follow Carra on her Facebook page.

You can also check out The Modern Healthy Hippie’s website.

Now is your chance to enter the free giveaway.

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Meet The Women Behind The 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

I’m so excited to introduce you to the faces behind all the awesome free stuff up for grabs in December. Today, you get to meet 3 of the 12 ladies who have donated items for you guys.

Meet Joy! She started her own business because she loved serving others. Joy grew up in Mississippi in a large family. Joy says it was after her father’s passing that she took a chance on her business.

“I wanted to do something with it, but it wasn’t until my father passed away that I began honing my skills. I started my own business from home to help pay the bills.”

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You’ll find out more about Joy and what item she is giving away to a lucky winner during the 12 Days of Christmas. I’m not going to tell you what that item yet. But you can learn more about Joy’s business Mississippi Coffee Lady.

 

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Next up is Marissa! She is a mother of 3 who has a passion for fashion. (Hey, that rhymes). Marissa is one of the many ladies I met through Business Boutique. She launched her business this year. Now, she’s trying to give you guys a chance to win something in December. Marissa talks about what inspired her business name, Maybelle Boutique.

“The name “Mayebelle” was created from combining the names of our two daughters.”

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The last lady of the day is Cara. She started her business, The Modern Healthy Hippie, to help others start a healthy journey. Cara is so excited to be a part of this giveaway. I can tell you she is offering a pretty awesome item for you.

“My passion is helping them realize that when they feel and look their best, they can be more available for so many others, reduce their health care costs and be the best version of themselves!”

We’re are still severals days away from the giveaway, but I wanted you to get to know theses ladies. They all come from different backgrounds and have different businesses but they all have a few things in common. They have a passion to serve you, to help build their business and provide for their families.

You’ll meet three more ladies tomorrow so be on the look out.

Do you have any guesses about what the giveaways will be? Leave a comment below.

12 Ways to Become a Healthier You

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Making the change to be healthier is hard. First, you have to decide to do it. You have to identify that the way you’re living, eating and spending your time is not benefitting you or your family.

For me, this has been a major struggle. I used to run all the time. You didn’t have to talk to me long to figure out my passion for it. However, I let my emotions and depression get the better of me. Before I knew it, I found myself back where I started a few years ago. On top of that, I just had my daughter so it’s more of a challenge to get back on track.

But here I am. Hitting the pavement with all I have. Trying to make it stick. Let’s be honest. It’s HARD. Change is never easy. But there are a few tips I found that helped me really put my words into action. So far, I’m down 10 pounds and feeling more confident by the day.

Here are some quick tips to help you take the first step to a healthier lifestyle.

  1. Set Goals. Take a pencil or pen and write on a piece of paper what you want to accomplish. It could be training for a 5K, toning your arms or eating healthier. Whatever it is, write it down. Hang it up where you can see it every day. This will help you stay focused and hopefully help you meet your goal.
  2. Start Small. As you set your goals, remember to build up to those really high goals. This tip has always been tough for me. I get big ideas in my head, go out the next day and fail. I get frustrated and immediately quit because I didn’t reach that goal. Making small changes like adding more exercise throughout your week or eating healthier food can be a great way to start. For example, if you can’t run a mile, running a marathon in a month may not be the best idea. Instead, work up to running a mile. Soon, you’ll be running 26.2 miles. Realize things take time. Start off with goals that are attainable.
  3. Mind Over Matter. You’d be surprised how much you can accomplish when you change the way you think. Instead of, “I have to work out today” tell yourself, “I get to work out today.” When we focus on the sacrifice instead of the reward we often lose interest. If you’ve ever done box jumps you know that when you hesitate, you’ll fall off or bang your shins. It’s not fun. When you have confidence meeting that goal, you will start to see what you’re really capable of.
  4. Make the Change for You. If someone else is pushing you to do it, or you’re doing it for the perfect body…then that may not stick. It has to come from deep down. Find what drives you to want to make a healthy change. Write that down. Memorize it. So when you find yourself wanting to quit, you can remember why you started.
  5. Find a Friend to Join. When you’re becoming healthy you are changing your lifestyle. Let’s be honest. Having a friend join you can make it an easier transition. For example, sweet treats always seem to show up at work the day you decide to quit sugar. You can use that friendship to help stay on track despite the temptations. You have each other’s backs in the gym and when you pass by Krispy Kreme.
  6. Don’t Make Excuses. Guilty! I can make an excuse for every scenario why I can’t go for a run. After a while, I actually got tired of hearing my own excuses. While some may be legit, they were allowing me to justify my laziness. You may complain all the way to the gym, but excuses are like opinions. Everybody has one.
  7. Ditch TV and Facebook. You don’t have to delete Netflix or Facebook. However, find something else to do with your time. I had to do this recently because I saw myself quickly losing focus on everything I did. At work, spending time with my family and even my goals. It’s not healthy to let stuff like that control your time.
  8. Keep Moving. Another challenging thing for me. Especially when I really want to watch Netflix. Now, I find stuff to do around the house or in the yard. If I can’t find anything there I go somewhere. I try to stay active throughout the day. If you’re a mom, then I know it seems like there is always something to clean. If you get bored with that, then find something in your community to get involved in. Even if you do that one hour workout, watching Netflix the rest of the day will cancel out your hard work.
  9. Schedule Your Workout. If I don’t have a set time frame then I never seem to make it to my workout. I’ll get busy with other stuff and before I know it I’m going to bed without meeting my goal. If you have a toddler like me, exercise while they nap. Take that time to do a quick workout. If they won’t nap, then do the workout with them. My daughter loves when I put her on my shoulders for squats.
  10. Include Your Family. This follows beautifully behind number 9. I love finding time to work out by myself. But that isn’t always ideal. Instead of me getting frustrated that my daughter is awake, I use her in my workout. I put her in the stroller and go for a quick jog. I will toss her up in the air to work out my arms. I even put her on my legs to add weight. Another way to include family is finding something fun to do together. Weekends are a great time to go on hikes or take a brisk stroll on the Riverwalk. Finding fun family outings can also help you with number 8.
  11. Find Fun Workouts. If you hate running, you probably shouldn’t try to run a 5K. Unless that is your goal. You may prefer biking instead. When you find something that will keep your interest, you will stay with it longer. Changing your workout routine every six weeks is another way to not get bored. You will also be working out different muscles by switching it up.
  12. Don’t BHard on Yourself. It seems like we are always trying to be perfect. That mindset can really hinder us in the long run. If you miss a workout or eat unhealthy, don’t let it keep you from your goals. You are human. It’s okay to have a break from the gym. It’s okay to eat a cup of ice cream. Just don’t let those few choices derail your goals. This journey is about becoming a healthier you. Not a perfect you.

Once again, these are some tips that helped me really zone in on my goals. I hope they can help you get started on your journey to a healthier you. As long as you work hard and keep going you will see results.