My Australian 12K; City to the Bay

What a fun day, indeed!!

I have not run a race since my full marathon this past February.

Actually, I have barely even RAN since then.  I know the intense training and finally, the 26 miles of pounding the pavement had something to do with that! 😉

So, imagine my surprise at my desire to even sign-up for another race!  Yes, so it took me over 6 months to get bitten by the running bug again; but it did happen.  I was ready!

This race was so much more relaxed as I didn’t have to run as far in both trainings; and the actual race day, so the enjoyment was a welcome feeling.  I ran in the rain. I ran in the cold of the morning; as to which, my face “froze” and when I happened upon a group of bootcampers and tried to talk to them, it was hysterical cuz my mouth and face were barely able to move! haha

I ran and ran and ran some more.  I think it came as a surprise to my hubby and family but that didn’t stop my renewed energy.  As the day drew nearer, I realized that many people that I had been talking to were also signed up.  I planned to see so many new people and have some fun~Australian style 😉

Well, the morning of the race, my alarm went off at 5:30am.

And I heard the loudest rain possible.

Really?

It was bright and sunshiny the whole week prior; and I wake to this?  Hmmmmmm

I cannot tell a lie.  I seriously contemplated just turning off the alarm and staying in bed.  Who would know, anyway?  Well, for starters, everyone that I had talked about it to.  All the people who follow my Facebook and Instagram posts would know.  My family and friends would know.

And what would I tell them?

It was “raining”?  That’s lame.

So, I got up and dressed.  Drank my Shakeology with 1/2 banana and threw the other 1/2 of the banana into my bag.

Yes, it was still raining.  Woke up hubby to drive me to the city and he kept asking if I’d be okay running in “this” (which obviously meant the rain) I saw people getting dropped off and they were wearing tank tops and shorts!!! This only made me more confident since I had on a sweatshirt and running capris.

With the BeastMode mentality that I love so much; I jumped out of the car and out, into the rain.

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While I ran through the rain with the streams of people rolling in; I asked a group where my group of runners were supposed to meet. (this race had shorter and longer distance races, plus walks)  They asked if it was my first one and I said yes. They assured me it never rains…gee, thanks! 😉

We lined up behind the starting line and within 20 minutes, we were packed in like sardines.  I remember having to use the restroom again (I had just gone before I lined up) but didn’t dare move from my spot of “sardine” style line-up.  They called the “sub 60” people to the front.

No, thanks.  I think I’ll run with the next wave of “post 60” runners. 😉  It was gorgeous while waiting for the countdown; white fluffy clouds and beautiful, blue sky.  No rain in site!

Then the countdown began.

10, 9, 8…the host counted down over the loudspeaker…

he paused briefly and I thought it odd…

5, 4, 3…

BUZZZZZZZ!!!  Off went the starting bell…

everyone had a laugh; as the host was definitely OFF count! 😉

It was a nice run and I enjoyed the kilometer markings being so much closer than mile markers.  (it’s a mental thing)  There were so many people running, walking, jogging, through the streets of Adelaide.  So many young children ran and walked with their parents; I was thoroughly impressed!

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I did stop to use the toilet about 3 km in; at a park’s restroom.  Once I was relieved, my pace picked up.

About the last 2 km, I was really winded.  Funny, how my training days didn’t feel this challenging.  It just shows you that when you run a race, you push yourself so much more than by yourself.

I finished strong, just over an hour and it was gorgeous!!  The beach air felt awesome and the crowds of people was so exciting.   It reminded me of the Surf City marathon back in America.  My sister lives in Glenelg, so they met up with me and I had a nice shower and lunch at her place and didn’t have to fight the traffic and crowds to get out in my sweaty clothes and tired limbs.

Keep challenging yourself in keeping up with your goals.  Never stop.  Never back down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gary Lost Over 100 LBS!!!

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For those of you who need some encouragement to push toward any goal you have for yourself; meet Gary.  He lost over 100 pounds and shares his story with us today.

 

No matter what your current goals are; research what needs to be done,  get the support system needed and start as soon as possible.  “Tomorrow” never comes.  Get it done now.

“After being incredibly unhealthy for the past 7 years I finally decided that it was time to take care of myself, especially for my family’s sake. At 35 years old, I was pre-diabetic, on cholesterol pills, had high blood pressure, and had degenerative joints because of my weight. My fattest self weighed in at 338 pounds and I had absolutely no energy to do anything. I couldn’t even play with my own kids! Sure I’m 6’ 2”, which makes me a big guy, but let’s face it, I was morbidly obese and my health was rapidly declining for the worst. If I kept going at this rate, my doctor said I’d be lucky to make it to 50 years old. WOW—that was my wake up call!
For a long time I watched P90X infomercials and saw people transform their bodies. Finally, enough was enough. I had to give this program a try. Plus, a good friend of mine lost 75 lbs. and got totally ripped with INSANITY, and I thought, if he can do it, I can do it! So I did it.

First I did P90X and got great results. Then I did INSANITY and the weight just kept coming off. I couldn’t get enough of these workouts—they were so much fun! I also participated in a Challenge Group, which helped a lot. I discovered that there were people just like me, going through the same struggles that I was enduring, who were losing weight and changing their lives. Finally, I didn’t feel so alone in this world. Without my Group it would have been a challenge to go through the process and achieve the results I did. Thanks guys!

Besides learning how to cook nutritious meals at home, I started drinking Shakeology. So when I’m on the go I can reach for a nutritious meal replacement drink instead of cramming down fast food and packing on the pounds. Plus, Shakeology not only tastes great, it’s full of the vitamins and minerals that my body needs.

So far I’ve lost 118 pounds, my blood pressure is getting back to normal, and my cholesterol went down 80 points in only a couple months. I went from a 52” waist to a 38, and I lost 20% of my body fat. Friends don’t even recognize me anymore and when they finally do, they ask me what I did to get such amazing results. Complete strangers come up to me and ask how I got in such great shape. Even my doctor was in awe of my results!

Today I’m a Beachbody Coach and have this undying urge to talk to everyone I meet and spread my passion to work out, eat healthy, and live a healthier and more fulfilling life. I love sharing my story and guiding people through their own personal journey every step of the way. I absolutely love helping others accomplish what I so proudly have; it just feels great! Buying my first Beachbody program was the best decision I ever made because it totally changed my life beyond measure.”

What About YOUR Friends?

I’ve almost always worked out alone.  I’ve lead and attended hundreds, no hundreds of thousands, of group exercise classes.  Took on the weight room with determination and a fierce don’t-talk-to-me attitude.  Until I met a like minded friend who asked me if she could follow me through my workouts.

Ummmm…excuse me?

But, that’s not how I work at all!!  Honestly, I remember feeling a little skeptical but also very intrigued at the same time.  How does this work with other people, I wondered?

And then it became FUN!!! We were unstoppable together and made each other work harder than we ever expected.  Then, life happens and she moved and I went back to my routine as before.

It was a magical time and I always invite others to work out with me as it works.

But I know others aren’t so fortunate.
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I have clients who partner up with each other for accountability and in doing so, find that these people have the highest rate of success.

So, my question for you today and one I have been researching, is who do most of you have for support… spouse, best friend, sister… those who are closest make sense, right?

But upon further reflection about who I’ve known to be successful in their weight loss journey versus those who haven’t been successful, the answer wasn’t so simple.

You see, we tend to hang around people that are just like US.

What doest that mean, Kathy?

I’m so glad you asked 🙂

What that means is, they are JUST LIKE US… as we are right now.

If we have been living our lives with fitness in the form of diet and exercise really low on our list of priorities, ranking with things like going to the dentist for a cleaning, then we likely have surrounded ourselves throughout our years with people that have the very same patterns and understandings.

Remember the saying, “Birds of a Feather Flocking Together”?

If we love to go out to eat, so do our friends and family.

If we love to party, so do our best friends.

If we love to be a spectator. Then we are surrounded by others that love these too.

This includes our boyfriends/girlfriends, spouses, other family members we’re close to, best friends, colleagues at work we’re close to, and so on.

As we decide to make new habits and practices; that being creating a new lifestyle for our healthier and better selves…we need to surround ourselves with DIFFERENT people.  Think about it, if you were to say to your best friend, “Hey, Jane! Instead of partying and dancing our Friday night away as we’ve always done before, let’s head to sleep earlier on Friday night and get up early Saturday morning for a run and yoga class?”

What do you think she’d say to you?

I don’t think it’d be nice, either…

In business I’ve learned to surround myself with people who are WAY smarter than me so I can grow and learn. I tend to gravitate toward those who know much more than I do so I can continue my journey of growth in my field.  Co-workers who are more successful or further along than I am; personal development books and studies and conferences that help with the same issues I am dealing with help to push me forward and keep me growing in the best, most successful way possible.

I surround myself with those who are doing what I want to do.

I surround myself with those who are achieving what I want to achieve.

I can see myself living their lives and practicing the same behaviors because I do.

If I didn’t, and I surrounded myself with those who are quite content and happy right where they are in their careers (even though many complain about it), it would be all too easy for me to fall into complacency.  Staying right where I am too, rather than putting in the extra time and effort, extra hours,  extra energy, lack of sleep and mounds of resources to continue to grow; I’d be dissatisfied and maybe not know why.

Success leaves clues, right?

The ones who complain about their current circumstances and never do anything to change them,  annoy the heck out of me. I literally feel like I’m getting the life sucked right out of me when I’m around people who are constantly complaining about their situation and blaming others or outside issues for their results.

I choose NOT to be around this type of energy as it messes with my positive outlook in life.

Now please understand I’m not saying there is anything wrong with someone being satisfied right where they are. I just don’t have time for people who want MORE but don’t want to DO more about it.

And this is definitely NOT okay for me.

I want to grow.   I crave it.

And the way I do so is being around those who are already achieving what I desire to achieve.

And guess what else?  Diet and exercise are NO different!

How many people do you know who say they can never have a good enough body because of their (fill in the blank here)?  I hear it all of the time.  How about people who say they cannot eat healthy foods because of time or money?  Puh-leeze!!!

If you want to change your lifestyle once and for all; if you want to truly succeed in losing the weight and keep it off for life, then choosing the right partner or mentor may be one of the most important steps you take.

It’s easy to choose from you current list of friends or people who are your “influencers”.  The first drawback is that it’s not THEIR goals and they may lack the commitment you have for this reason alone.  How easy would it be for them to skip a workout because they are tired or have other plans?

I’ve seen it happen too many times to count…

Or perhaps she may try to convince you that “it’s only one bite or piece of cake- we’ve been so consistent in our workouts and nutrition, let’s live a little”.

Another ugly scenario happens when she may turn on you for your results.  If she isn’t sticking to it as well as you are, (because, let’s face it, it’s mostly YOUR goal anyway.  She just wants to go out on Friday night again!) then her success will be much lower than your’s and the tension begins.

It can get ugly. And I see it happen all too often unfortunately.

Let me save you some time and energy and tell you to just get up and get to meeting some new, like-minded people.  These will be outside of your immediate circle and although it  may seem a bit uncomfortable or scary at first, it will do more for you than your basic plans.  They are already doing what you want to do.  They are living the lifestyle you dream about.  How easy for you to follow along?
How can you do that?

Here are some tips:

– Ask around at your gym.
Tell the people that work at the gym (trainers, front desk staff, managers, etc) that  you’re seeking someone to workout with and see if they know of anyone looking for a workout partner.   They will know all that is currently going on in the gym anyway 🙂

– Ask co-workers that you admire about their fitness lifestyle.
They may love the opportunity to workout with someone or they may have a friend who would love a workout partner.

– Ask a relative that maybe you’re not as close to at the moment but is living the lifestyle you seek to achieve.

– Take a weekly dance or group exercise class
Many gyms now offer really fun fitness-related dance classes. You’re likely to meet all sorts of like minded people in fitness that you can potentially bond with.

– Hire a personal trainer.
Expensive? Yes. But if you’re really needing a support system sometimes they can be a great motivator.

The other thing to consider when choosing a diet and exercise partner outside your immediate circle of influencers is the backlash if you say “no” to any of those in your circle.

What if someone in your circle of influencers says that they want to join you in this new journey; but you know in your heart of hearts that they won’t be a good motivator and partner for you?

What do you do?

If you’re really close to that person and can be honest, then your best bet is to tell them the truth. Let them know that you are looking for someone who is already on the path you are looking to follow; and that their level of motivation and commitment are leaps and bounds ahead.

This is never an easy conversation to have but it may be a necessary one.

When it comes down to it you have to remember this is all about YOU.  Nobody else can carry you to your goals.  It’s YOU who is ultimately responsible so suck it up and make the hard and proper choices.

It’s YOUR body, it’s YOUR life, and it’s YOU who will succeed or fail based on the choices you make.

You are the sum of the five closest people you surround yourself with.  And, you are where you are, right this moment in time because of the choices and steps you’ve taken up to this point.

Make the change; or stay the same.

Dealing With the Symptoms of PMS

In reading a recent article about nutrition deficiencies and how these can cause irregularities for menstruating women, I figured this would be an interesting share for your knowledge and I would love to hear your feedback.

The question has been asked (time and again) regarding how taking healthy meal replacements can impact women’s menstrual cycles.  You know all about the hormones raging at this time of the month; and also 2 weeks into the month.  Don’t we ever get a break before we hit menopause?  Puh-leeze!!!

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I wanted to share wether there are benefits of taking healthy supplements, such as Shakeology, during the month’s hormonal rampage?  (don’t you like how I make it seem like a “monster”? it kinda is!)  Will the right amount of nutrition taken in daily help our bodies to adjust and function properly (or at least more pleasurably?)…

Let’s back up to being nutritionally deficient and what that means to our daily being; let alone when our bodies are taxed with hormones, stress, fatigue and life.  Our eating habits have a direct correlation to our bodies’ hormones and body compositions; which basically alter our monthly cycles.  This means that it can be shortened or lengthened in time and intensity.  Exercise also plays a vital role in this issue.

When we are nutritionally deficient, it simply means that our bodies are not balanced and on the verge of being unhealthy.  Most of us don’t realize this fact and do nothing to help alleviate the issues.  How many of your family and friends tell you that the right kind of nutrition can help to activate the proper function of our body?  Did you know that our systems will continue to drop?  Think of your nutrition storages as “empty” when your body is at a loss of certain (or in most cases, many) nutrients.  This only adds more irregularities and hormone related issues during our cycles every month. (guys, if you’ve made it this far into this post, I applaud you for your sympathy)  There are numerous studies that support vitamin and mineral deficiencies in our bodies that can cause severe menstrual symptoms.  (and you thought you were alone?)
There are more and more women who have been taking Shakeology to boost their health and weight loss efforts.  It’s a misconception that this is just a “meal replacement shake” or “weight loss shake”.  In all honesty, many times it starts off with these simple goals but proves to help in more ways than expected.  There is a growing number of pregnant and breastfeeding women who have continued on with their Shakeology intake, with the growing recommendations from their obstetricians and pediatricians.  This is showing to safely and effectively boost their health and fitness, while bridging the gaps in nutritional deficiencies.  A healthy diet that consists of the basic nutrients will resolve period irregularities.  Shakeology can help to overcome many health related issues due to it’s complete nutrient abilities.
Here is the breakdown of the essential ingredients from Shakeology and how it might (or might not) ward off the negative effects and symptoms of your monthly cycle.

Here are some of the essential nutrients in Shakeology that have the power to treat abnormalities related to your periods.

For your monthly cramps:  BILBERRY

Shakeology includes the extracts from Bilberry, a shrub closely related to the blueberry plant, which is rich in antioxidant flavanoids. This blue fruit is great to regulate blood circulation, keep the urinary track in a good condition, fight diarrhea and help to treat menstrual cramps.

To help regulate your hormones: VITAMIN D3

Shakeology is a great source of Vitamin D treatment to regulate the hormones. A number of women who are suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome and are not menstruating properly can return to a normal period cycle by adding additional Vitamin D source in their diets.

For overall PMS help:  TRYPTOPHAN

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid for the human diet that is found in Shakeology. This ingredient is claimed to offer several benefits including fighting off depression, overcoming the PMS symptoms and to enhance performance. Tryptophan builds proteins in the body and helps to keep away the depression and anxiety you face during severe PMS.

To help Post-menopausal symptoms:  MANGANESE

Shakeology ingredients contain manganese, a powerful antioxidant that is essential in lessening the spinal bone loss – a common problem for women who suffer from Osteoporosis, and a common condition after menopause.

What does it all mean?

Shakeology is a complete “healthy potion” for you. Derived from whole-food sources, Shakeology caters to daily vitamins and mineral counts, and delivers super food nutrients to your body which ensure optimal health, inside and outside. You can drink Shakeology to fight off a number of defects, get relief from them, and optimize your system to enjoy better health. It is important to note that although Shakeology has a complete nutritional dense profile that helps in overcoming a number of health related issues;  there are no scientific/medical studies yet that prove whether it regulates periods or impacts the cycles in a negative way.