Detox Diaries Day 1: Fruit

So many fruits. So. many. berries. Melons. So. Much. My body is craving salt and protien but I’m definitely full. Starting weight of 130 lbs. (shhh. Thats a secret.)

Over and Out.

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We Run Philly… New Years Edition

::waves:: Hey there!

The birthday team spent NYE together in the lovely city of Philly! We cooked, drank, shared jokes and most importantly we made an effort to train a little bit. We stayed about a mile away from the “Rocky” steps (Philadelphia Museum of Art) so we obviously had to run to the top! The view from the top is pretty nice. Rocky would be so proud. He would be prouder if we ran faster but we are a work in progress. Every step counts! Just wanted to share a  few pics of our New Year’s Eve weekend. We hope you had a great time ushering in the new year because we sure did. Run hard, party harder!

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My 2013 S.W.O.T.

Ever since I can remember, rather than writing New Years Resolutions, my mother had us write S.W.O.T.s. Those of you in corporate America may be familiar with this tool for evaluating the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats of a project, company or in this case an individual. As a child, it was a bit lost on me, but as an adult It is one of the most useful gifts I use to prepare myself for the new year. It helps me look at the thing I need to work on (Weaknesses) to achieve what I want to do (Opportunities). It also allows me to capitalize on my resources (Strengths) to get rid of things that stand in my way (Threats).

My S.W.O.T. is very personal. I normally only share it with my mother but this year, I’ll share it with all of you in hopes to possibly inspire and relate my achievments and failures. I know the likelihood of fulfilling all of my goals is kind of up in the air but losses can inspire just as much as wins. (said no one ever). Have a Wonderful, Blessed, Fun, Happy New Year!

S.W.O.T for 2013

Strengths

MOM

Comedy

Philly Improv Theater

  • Hot Dish
  • Dog Mountain
  • Cagematch

Steph & Soph

Opportunities

UCB Diversity Scholarship

5k for the Birthday

Miss New Jersey USA Pageant (?)

The PIT Scholarship

Find a better Job (in a better city)

Weaknesses

Lack of $$$$$$

Philadelphia

Lack of Focus

Self-Doubt

Lack of Time

Threats

PPA

Lack of $$

Credit

Lack of a Degree

Sallie Mae/Citibank/Nelnet

Goals

  •   UCB Diversity     Scholarship (Application due Jan. 11)
  • Easily run 3 5 K’s (March 2013, July 2013, December 2013)
  • Achieve 15-20% body     fat by December
  • Complete Insanity     Again
  • Complete and perform     a Stand-up set
  • Take Ballet Classes
  • Go on three auditions     per month
  • Book a Voice-Over gig
  •  Move to New York     (August)
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2013 is upon us

Do you feel down in the dumps about your life or the latest events of 2012? You’re not alone. Instead of sulking in your feelings, read this quote and apply it to your life. I’ve decided to run with the time that has been given to me. Happy New Year!

“So do I” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

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25 Ways to Get Moving!

Let’s be real, it’s hard to get moving. Hell, it’s hard to get motivated. My downfall has been the holiday season. Cold weather, busy schedules and the need to just plan sit down and do nothing has definitely hurt my workout schedule from time to time.

However, there is a silver lining ladies and gentlemen!

While doing some last minute shopping this past weekend I decided to walk and not drive to my retail destinations. Low and behold, after a little help with Google mapping, I found by opting out of motorized means and using my god given transport limbs I ended up walking three miles. Now, that may not seem like much to you all but let me tell you, with bags and hills, it was something to me. Something that definitely left me sore for a few of the following hours.

This little gem of a hidden workout left me wondering: what other little tasks could I adjust to incorporate a type of workout? How could I squeeze in mini workouts into my busy schedule? Well, after some clicking on the interwebs I found 25 Easy Ways to get Exercise .  While many are pretty easy, think about adjusting them to your schedule, routine, or even adding to them to add a bit of oomph.

Happy Exercising!

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Couch to 5K Week 2 Results

I have officially finished my second week of the Couch to 5K training program. ::crowd cheers:: Oh stop. But please, go on. ::crowd cheers even louder:: Thank you. Thank you. You’re far too kind.

20121224-114912.jpgWhat is the Couch to 5K program? Well it’s a 9 week training schedule that is designed to get you running 30 mins or 5K by the end of the program. They have a nifty little mobile app to help track your progress and keep you motivated. My trainer is Sergeant Block. He is exactly what I need. Nice people don’t motivate me.

Does it work? I’ll let you know in 7 more weeks. However, so far I only have good things to say about it. Of course the first week was hell. I almost died 3 times during the first week of work outs. I’m pretty sure I saw my life flash before my eyes. Anyway, I stuck with it and look at me! I am 2 weeks in and I am ready (and slightly excited) for week 3!! I did learn a few things during the first two weeks:

1. Running in sweats will never be an option again. Once I tried some leggings and realized that I am super warm… I will never go back. Not to mention, I look cute. Lol

2. Music matters. If you scroll the the bottom of the blog you will see our spotify playlist. I think my favorite song on there is “Heads Will Roll”. If I didn’t have music, I have no clue how successful I would be. Feel free to make suggestions.

3. Kicks matter more. When I started I just used a pair of kicks that I had in my closet. They aren’t super old or heavily used. I looked them up recently and they are classified as running shoes. But I noticed that every day that I ran my legs hurt A LOT. I thought I needed more support. I started doing research and was looking for shoes with a lot of cushion. I went to Dick’s and realized that the associates are exactly what the name of the store suggests. No help whatsoever. Meh. I figured I needed a new pair of shoes and yesterday I gave in. I found these Saucony Kinvara 2s:

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They are super comfy and they were on sale. #runningonabudget. Obviously, you can see how bright they are. I picked that color in an effort to prevent getting hit by a car while I am running in the darkness of early morning or late at night. So I tried them out last night and would you believe that I felt MUCH BETTER during and after the run? More importantly, I didn’t get hit by a car! I finished the whole workout without stopping. That’s huge for me. Great job super cool and super bright kicks!

20121224-120028.jpgIn addition to the Couch to 5K app, I also use the Nike+ Running app simultaneously. It’s cool because it tracks my progress and goals. I can also connect with friends who are also being active. I don’t have any friends on the app yet. 😦 Feel free to find me: username: Buxxy. I also like the Power Song feature… but I will save that for another post.

Running alone is as hard as stale bread. This entire journey is mental. I have to talk to myself or write about it in order to stay motivated. I bet people think that I am crazy when they see me singing or giving myself a pep talk while running. Oh well. Whatever it takes, right?

Curse you Corin and Steph for living so far!!! ::shakes fist angrily::

Well, that’s all the updates I have for now. Happy holidays to everyone and wish me luck on week 3!

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Happy Holidays from Us to You!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!!! 🙂

Cutest. Rudolph. Ever.

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Fast Away, The Old Year Passes

The new year always seems the appropriate time to start fresh. Begin a new. It’s the dawning of your rebirth as a physical fitness demi-god monster truck… until about day 3 when you’re stuffing your face with a hoagie courtesy of your offices free lunch Fridays. IT’S FREE…right?! …meh. Training your body to eat the appropriate amount of the appropriate type of food at the appropriate time of day is probably the most difficult thing for me personally.

So here’s my plan (feel free to follow suit):

Now- January 1st: Eat and drink whatever I want (YES!)
Logic: I’m giving in to my wants now because I know come 2013, my body and my tastebuds probably won’t be too content with what I consume and how much. It’s kind of an “I’m Sorry in advance.” Also, if I fulfill all of my cravings now, I won’t crave them for a while. There’s obviously no scientific backing behind that statement but hey… I know my body, ok.

Jan. 2- Jan. 10: Detox Fast

Logic: I personally do a 7 day detox. This gives me strict guidelines to follow which help me alter my eating habits. Though it is difficult, I find that by the 7th day my body has fully adjusted to eating non-processed foods, less carbs and less fatty meats. Fasts and Detoxes aren’t for everyone. There are precautions you should take before doing either one. Make sure that whatever you are doing, you are still recieving all of the vital nutrients your body needs. Also, it is not wise to combine fasting and detoxing with rigorous excercise. You’re already putting your body through THE MOST. At least let it chill out a bit.

Jan. 11- Forever: Be Awesome.
Logic: Pretty Self explanatory

I’ll keep you updated on my progress. First update: It’s Free lunch friday. I had chinese food.

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Yup, looks about right

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Dear Ankles…

Stop being rude. You are swollen and you make me feel unpretty ::cues TLC:: .

How I feel….

A quick little back story: One of my best friends is a med student. So obviously I call her every 2 seconds to see if I am dying. Most of the time she tells me I am in under 3 minutes… talk about health care quality in ‘Merica. Continue reading

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