Get off your butt & back into the gym

Get off your butt and back into the gym! Understand I’m telling this to myself just as much, if not more, than I’m telling it to you. As I sit here creating my meal plan for next week, I’m also eating mint chocolate chip ice cream out of the tub and drinking a glass of white wine. So to say that I view life as a balance is an understatement.

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Getting back on track for me is the hardest part. It’s not the staying on track that’s challenging, while it provides plenty of temptation, it’s getting started that causes me to immediately fail before I even begin. I have set a 5-6am alarm every morning for the last 7 work mornings and have only gotten up for one of them. Something has to change.

I have been an Advocare product user for 2+ years now and absolutely love the products. They have given me more energy, allowed me to cut out caffeine, helped me stay on track and made me love filling my body with healthy foods again. I’m starting a 24 day challenge on Monday and thought about the steps I’m taking to prepare for success. Maybe you can use one or two of them as well to help you on your journey to a healthier future!

1. Meal Planning – Make a list of the meals and snacks that you’re going to eat for the next 7 days. Also make the grocery list to match. This will help you to stay on track and ignore all of the items you’re craving while shopping.

2. Weekly Meal Prep – I always meal prep on Sunday’s after church. It makes the week easy for those on the go. With your meals already made, you know exactly what you’ll be eating without having to think about it and with the money already spent you’ll be less likely to stop for something different.

3. Refillable Water Bottles – I love my 32oz water bottle, as well as my Swell water bottle (which keeps fluid cold for 12+ hours). This lets me keep water with me at all times! I also recently heard about a 10 gulp rule. Every time you go to take a sip of water, take 10 gulps instead. This will keep you incredibly hydrated throughout the day!

4. Have a workout buddy – Find a friend who can keep you motivated and accountable. I take BodyPump and Spin classes with a girl friend and it helps get us both out of the house at 5am. Knowing that someone is counting on me helps get my feet on the floor and me out the door. It also makes it more enjoyable. Anywhere where you can laugh and be yourself is a great place to be.

5. Get outside – Rather than always working out in a gym, get outdoors. Run around the neighborhood, take a community yoga class, go paddle boarding. Switch up your routine!

6. Throw out the junk – Get rid of all the foods in your home that will cause you to get off track. For me its sweets, and chips. I have made sure to throw out all of the junk in my house so that I can be the most successful. Also, it requires me to go out of my way if I really want to get those items.

7. A good night sleep – I have found I’m the most productive if I get 8-9 hours of sleep, so going to bed early is essential.

8. Daily Journaling – Writing every evening about my day helps me clear my head before bed but also lets me list out my workouts. It also allows me to track my progress.

Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

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Annoyed by the challenge

I took by far the most challenging yoga class I’ve ever been in yesterday morning. It’s not like I knew I was going in for a Level 3, professionals only yoga class. It was a 45-minute lunch break flow. It’s the same class I take every day. BUT what I like about this studio is that every teacher teaches what they want, rather than a scheduled sequence. So some days are more challenging than others.

In yesterday’s class, I found myself annoyed by how difficult it was. Annoyed that it was challenging. That my limbs were shaking and my shoulders were sore. Looking in the mirror I noticed how red and exhausted my face looked from holding my breath in, rather than allowing the breath to move to the most knotted parts of my body.

I practice yoga in a studio for this feeling. For the ability to be pushed past my limits, even when I’m annoyed  by it. Annoyance is an emotion and I’ve come to find that these emotions showing up on my mat are a direct reflection of an emotion I feel out in the world.

Try and stay in the poses that make you the most annoyed. The ones that make your muscles sore and cause you to shake. Acknowledge the feelings and emotions that come up. Think about why they are appearing and let them go. Move past them and chose leave those thoughts and feelings in the space you’re in.

Inhale what you need and exhale what no longer serves you.

Namaste!

Kristi ❤

Documentation

I have never documented my training for half marathons. Honestly, because the progress has never been worth documenting. And I’ve really only done the weekend long runs, rather than adding in the short runs and strength training during the week like suggested.

My upcoming race is on my 25th birthday, September 12th, and I have a goal to PR at 2:30hrs. With this goal in mind, I think I can be wildly successful, plus I’d love to start 25 off with a bang and a personal record would definitely qualify as such.

I will also continue weight lifting 4 x per week, practicing yoga at least twice weekly, in addition to the 4 run per week training schedule. While this sounds extreme, and maybe slightly insane, I am INCREDIBLY excited to see how my body reacts to all of the work out mix ups. I’ve started to plateau some, and the intention is that my body will constantly be shocked and allows growth and change to continue happening.

These pictures were taken the evening of Day 1 of training. (I apologize for my puppy and my incredibly messy room. I didn’t even think about the background when I took the photo. Woops! ) This is at 134.5lbs, which is already 7lbs up from where I was in April when I started lifting, so the weight gain is muscle. I continued eating an 80/20 clean diet, while increasing my protein and water consumption, and limiting my carbohydrates, processed foods and caffeine.

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On top of the half marathon training plan, I have started playing with the idea of competing in a bikini fitness competition. I’m not sure that I have the will-power to be able to compete in something like that, simply because I love food so much, and those diets are pretty limited. But I’m going to do my research and see what I can learn!

To bigger and better things!

First blog guest post

My incredibly fit, and very talented cousin Alena created an online women’s health magazine target at young women in their 20’s and has asked me to guest blog for her! I’m so grateful for the opportunity, and can’t wait to see what I come up with! Below are some photos we took from our brainstorming session. 🙂 

   

 
I’ve never had pressure to figure out how I wanted to brand myself. While my mom, aunt Rhonda and I were trying to think of creative names, related to Austin and yoga obviously 🙂 I told my aunt about my blog. Apparently I had already started branding myself without even realizing it. ♥️

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♥️, your developing but devoted yogi 

Dreaming the biggest I can

With my parents living in Texas, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it would be like moving there too. I miss you family. I miss weekly dinners and being so close to them. I hate stalking travel websites for the cheapest discounted tickets and worrying about taking days off from work to see my family. MY FAMILY. Family is the most constant thing I have ever had. And I never realized how much I loved having them so close. In the house I grew up in. Literally 5 minutes down the road from my apartment.

All this got me thinking and dreaming. What do I want out of this life?

I want to travel. I want to see the world. And open a yoga studio. I want to write. And donate my time. I want to get married and have a family. I want to go to the beach at least once a year and make time to have the sand in between my toes and tan lines that look ridiculous with tank tops. I want to practice yoga daily and meditate. I would love the opportunity to create and teach a course online about nutrition and yoga, and how they pair well together. Maybe as an elective for undergrad or masters. I want to live fearlessly and be content. I want to be completely authentic.

I would love to be able to teach yoga every day. To never wear work clothes again and wear yoga clothes 7 days a week, except for when I don’t want to wear stretchy clothes. And take my dog to work. Have time to write in a Starbucks in the middle of the day and enjoy more of the sunshine that were blessed with. To create my own schedule and do more of what I love.

If you could do what you love, and be your most authentic self, I wonder what you would do.