Thank you for the feedback I received from Monday’s post. It’s always great to receive awesome feedback from a post I’ve written. It’s true. You never know what will strike a cord with people. Obviously it struck a cord with many of you as it did with me.
This is going to be short and sweet post. It’s much too long for a Twitter or Facebook update, but it’s been on my mind lately…
Something I’ve recently taken note of is the amount of people that have the word “inspiring” in self-written bios on social media sites. Whether it says, “Inspirational runner…” or “Former fat body turned runner, inspiring others to get off of their butt…” What throws me off is when someone calls them self inspirational. Are they inspiring others? I’m sure they are. But in my opinion it’s not something that can be self-proclaimed.
It’s kind of like a Christian saying, “I’m a good Christian.” As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. If one is truly what they are then no further qualification is needed.
Is running your thing? Then run. Whether you run to for fun, competition, weight loss, or whatever it may be….just run. It goes back to what I’ve written about before….Whatever it is, if you do it genuinely, then there’s no need for “ulterior” motives. Just do what you do, things will fall into place, and you may just end up naturally inspiring others. But let them decide…not you.
From a high of 270 lbs to a low of 165 lbs for him and a high of 140 lbs to a low of 115 lbs for me it’s safe to say our bodies have been all over the place. We both ballooned after his time in the Marine Corps, got our act together, lost the weight (and then some)….
While diet was very important DH has found that when he starts running the weight just falls off. (Yeah, he’s “that guy” that women love to hate.) Unfortunately, his fibromyalgia and other ailments/injuries stemming from his time in service have become significantly worse over the past few years basically sidelining him from all running activity. He has been on multiple medications only to find that they may initially help but lose effectiveness soon after or he has a bad reaction. We’ve tried every “diet” under the sun to see if it’d help. Nope. Every so often he’d try running, make it a few days, but find that his body screams at him, making him stop.
Without running his weight has slowly crept up. Nothing close to his high weight in the past but it keeps going a smidge higher and higher. I am no where near chastising him. He’s not alone. Mine has too. While losing weight was already on our radar he had something hit him smack dab in the face. His band. Whether we like it or not, let’s face it, image sells. And as Corvus prepares to pitch themselves to a record label they have already been told, “You all need to lose some weight.” While the facts were already there, nothing like a little motivation, right?
Over the past couple weeks DH has eased his way back to running and we’re both paying more attention to our food intake too. I think DH will admit that it’s been much tougher to get back into the swing of things this time around. (Yeah, he also has a history of being “that guy” that doesn’t really have to train and can lay down mileage just like that.) Why has it been harder? Because his fibromyalgia hasn’t lessened. However, he’s come to the conclusion that because it’s lifelong problem, if he wants to lose weight and be active, he will have to deal with it. To say that it will be hard is a serious understatement.
Thankfully I was able to convince him he needed new running shoes. Hey, he’s already got enough cards stacked against him, he at least needs some decent go fasters. It only took me 3 weeks and winning a gift card from Road Runner Sports Birthday Giveaway (Have you entered yet? I had no expectations of winning and BAM! I won.) to get him to give in. Compromise and true love. I wouldn’t give my gift card to just anyone So this weekend we made a stop at Road Runner Sports Tempe and he got to have his own Shoe Dog experience like I got a couple months ago.
Most any runner will admit that the first steps are the hardest….and DH is living that right now. Chances of him running in races is pretty slim to none. It wasn’t his thing in the past so I highly doubt much will change, but I’m proud of him for getting back to it. Here’s to healthier bodies and a becoming a lean, mean, running machine….and the image that the record labels are looking for.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
I recently read an online article that got me thinking. I don’t have a link to the article since I happened upon it in my Facebook feed over a week ago. From what I could gather it was written for a fitness magazine site, which focused on bodybuilding. In a nutshell, the writer addressed the recent “movement” of women posting photos of themselves and saying, “This is a real woman.” Supposedly these photos are of women that aren’t “fit” and most often taken after having babies, and of women that are more than likely in their 30s or older. The writer takes a jab at this movement and those women saying, “So are fit/built women not real?!”
The article keeps entering my mind and I can’t help but think about it.
First things first. Who are the real women? Fit, au naturale, built, thin, curvy? WE ALL ARE! I could stop there but no, I can’t. I’ve got more.
Oftentimes I think fit women don’t get “it”. They say, “Just do it!” when it comes to working out and eating right. Chances are that many of these women that say and act this way are in the early stages of their fitness journey (1-3 years). What many are so quick to forget is where they started from. My guess is a good 75% of fit people weren’t so fit in their previous life. Whether overweight or simply out of shape we all have had to start somewhere. After a couple months into their journey, when they start seeing results, it’s as though they have this born again Christian mindset, preaching the gospel of fitness. I see it over and over again. Heck, I was guilty of it myself! I see this often in healthy eating as well. People go organic or vegan and start sharing all of these articles on GMOs or animal cruelty. Yep, it’s been that way for years…but welcome to the party! Be proud of yourself, but come on ladies, don’t drink your own kool-aid.
Simply put, fit doesn’t mean healthy. I see people that look amazing, but this doesn’t necessarily mean they are healthy. I’m not saying that fit people aren’t healthy. There are many that are, but once again, I’m speaking from my own experience. If you think you’re really healthy I urge you to look long and hard at your lifestyle. The biggest question I ask myself, “Is this sustainable? Can I do this long-term, have the same results, and also perform optimally (not just athletically but in day-to-day life functions)?”
Which leads me to my next point. Maintaining a fitness program and healthy eating is simple, and for the most part, pretty easy, but it does require persistence. With that being said, it’s realistic to want/have indulgences or not want to workout. It’s also normal to have periods of time where you just suck at it all. Be real with yourself and keep it real with others.
It’s important to realize that we’re all on our own journeys. We have different goals, motivation, and ability (physically and financially). Supplements vs no supplements. Paleo vs vegan vs whatever else there is. No one’s experience is the exact same as another’s and we’re all on different paths and parts of the journey. Just roll with it.
I’m not saying that women who settle with the current state of their body are right. But maybe it’s right for them right now. I’m at a totally different place, both physically and mentally, than I was 6 years ago…or even 3 years ago. I may not be as thin as I was after dropping weight but I am healthier and happier than I was.
Personally I’d probably never post a photo of my abs (or lack thereof) no matter what the state of my body condition. But it’s not right to chastise women for posting photos of themselves, no matter what shape they’re in. Maybe it’s their way to feel empowered. Maybe it’s their way to provide motivation to themselves. No matter what the reasoning, deal with it. If it bothers you, unfollow or look the other way. Otherwise uplift them and root them on, because when we uplift each other we all rise to the top.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
I’m sure it’s pretty obvious from my posts, tweets, and photos that I’m still running and practicing yoga. Am I training for anything special? Nope. I still get up at 4:30a everyday to get a workout in, but it’s because it’s a commitment to myself. I can hear the comments now. ”Wait, you’re running just to run?” Yep.
Ever since I started running in 2007 I’ve never felt that I had to have a race to train for in order to push me out the door on a daily basis to get my runs in. Staying true to my promise, I haven’t signed up for a race and have no plans to do so in the near future. That’s not to say that I’ll never sign up for a race ever again, it just means right now I’m just simply enjoying my runs just to run. I still wear my Garmin but rarely use it and only wear it since my ID is attached. And I have absolutely no idea when the last time I signed into Daily Mile to log a workout.
Want to know what I’ve found? I actually enjoy running more. Other than my obligation to myself I have nothing hanging over my head. If I miss a run or feel like mixing it up for the day, it’s not the end of the world. What’s even more crazy is that I’m probably working out more than I ever have since most days I generally have two workout sessions. Don’t freak out. In no way am I wearing myself into the ground. In the past my job called for me to be on my feet anywhere from 8-12 hours, often at a high intensity pace. Now that I have a desk job I feel so stagnant during the day, hence why I’m all for the two-a-days. (I hesitate to call yoga a “workout”. Oftentimes it is, but that’s not the point to my practice)
Either way, this is basically what my weekly workout schedule looks like….
Mondays – Morning yoga at home (30 min), lunchtime Total Body class at work (30 min)
Tuesdays -Morning run (usually a simple 3 miler), lunchtime yoga class at work (45 min)
Wednesdays - Morning yoga at home (30 min), lunchtime Zumba class at work (30 min)
Thursdays -Morning run (usually a simple 3 miler), lunchtime yoga class at work (45 min)
Fridays – Rest
Saturday/Sunday – Hike or Run each day
I’m nowhere near burnt out like I have been in the past and I just roll with it when an opportunity like practicing yoga poolside with some of fave Cholla Chicks happens.
I seriously lack the ability to find a happy medium in almost all aspects of my life. Most often you’ll find me going balls to wall in a certain direction. It should come as no surprise then that I’ve never been able to master cross-training. In no way am I saying I’ve mastered it (far from it) but for once I can actually say I’m getting better at it…when I’m not even trying! Now, if I could only implement some strength training in there….that’s a whole different post….
The most awesome thing about this isn’t necessarily where I am physically (although that’s not half bad either), but where I am mentally. I love that I’m back to digging my workouts, am actually enjoying them (say what?!), and for once am accepting and embracing the flexibility of my schedule. All because I don’t have to workout. I get to.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
Over the past year I’ve added a few pieces of fit gear here and there. Some of it I won from giveaways while others were to review. The majority of it has been yoga based. As I looked through my running clothes I realized it had been awhile since I had updated. Some items no longer fit (yep, gained some weight) while others just look sad and mangy. Like my fashion (or lack thereof) when I get set on something I like I buy in multiples and have some favorites. When it comes to fit gear right support and fit are deal breakers. As I took to the stores looking to replenish and update my gear I quickly realized it may be harder than I expect. Let me do some explaining…
I’ll start with the easier problem, shorts. For shorter runs I’m a Nike Tempo short wearer. Anything longer than that I wear Road Runner Sports compression shorts to reduce thigh chafing. I’m leaning towards shorter runs these days so I’m wearing my Tempos more. These are one of the items that have gotten tighter. I figured I’d just go up a size but going up a size made me feel like I was wearing a diaper. I need an in-between size. So…..I guess I need to search out a new go-to short.
As for tanks, this is where things get a bit more complicated. If the subject of bras and boobs isn’t your thing, stop here. A little TMI but I’m honestly reaching out for help….
Keeping it real, my boobs can cause some major issues when it comes to running. This is actually one of the things that kept me from attempting to run for so many years. Due to fibrosis it’s imperative that those suckers don’t move an inch. Thankfully after some researching and real-life testing I found some bras that worked.
I love Nike Pro Bras. Unfortunately for me they don’t provide enough support when it comes to wearing looser t-shirt tops or tanks without shelf bras. That’s where my Moving Comfort bra comes into play. It works perfectly for t-shirts but a no go for tanks without shelf bras as I have the overflow side boob chafing action. Not cool.
To break it down:
Tank with shelf bra = Nike Pro Bra
T-shirt = Moving Comfort Bra
Tank without shelf bra = ??
So you may think, “What’s the big deal? Just wear t-shirts or find tanks with shelf bras and avoid tanks without shelf bras.” If it were only that easy. It seems that the concept of tanks with functional shelf bras aren’t the thing anymore. Sure, some have them but they don’t help one bit. The tanks that I do find seem to fit me looser in the chest and tight around the waist. As I already stated, although I consider myself pretty busty, I have a larger cup size but am smaller around. Add that to my curvy hips. I’m the exact opposite fit for the tanks. Are my proportion sizes wacky compared to normal people?
I’ve scoured Dick’s Sporting Goods, TJMaxx, Target, Road Runner Sports, Old Navy, Nike, Reebok, Under Armor and haven’t walked away with anything that works. So this is my cry for help. Do you have any of the same problems? If so, do you have any “favorites” that I need to check out? Or, if you’re a brand that specializes in fit gear, help a sister out. I would LOVE to see tanks with snug chest areas with longish, looser waists. I can picture them in my head….Trust me when I say, my working out depends on this. That or I’ll have to keep running in my old stinky gear.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
After several months of debating whether to join the gym at work I finally did it. Other than when I joined the YMCA for the sole purpose of having a place to swim laps, I have never joined the gym. With just 3 days into my membership I’m pretty stoked at what it all has to offer. At only $19 (yes, you read that right, $19) a month it’s a steal. Quite frankly it’s pretty small but it has all the right things that are needed including a locker room with all the amenities as well.
So far I have only used the gym during my lunch hour and have yet to use any of the machines, but it doesn’t seem overly busy as well. I’m sure over time I’ll get a feel for things, but if I want to run and am unable to secure a treadmill at lunchtime I can always head to work early to get in my workout before starting my workday. I usually read during my lunch hour, which I truly do enjoy, but with my new job being more sedentary than I’m used to it’s nice to get up and moving in the middle of the day.
So if I haven’t used the machines what have I been doing at the gym? Classes! Fact: prior to this week I have never joined in a group workout class….ever. I’m a solo athlete. Even when it comes to my runs I tend to head out on my own. But with classes included in my membership fee, I couldn’t pass that up.
The first day I joined in the Total Body workout. Basically it was 40 minutes of HIIT type workout. It was rough but I’m proud to say that I decently held my own. I didn’t make a total fool of myself either. I’ll definitely do it again.
The second day I tried out a yoga session. I’ve been practicing yoga since December. I’ve even been to The Sedona Yoga Festival and Yoga Rocks The Park, but never a real class per se. One where they’ll make adjustments and all. After the session I introduced myself to the instructor and gave her a bit of my history. She provided an ego boost when she said she was impressed how solid my basics were. High five! The only “downside” to the yoga classes is there is an extra charge, but at under $4 a class that’s not an issue. The biggest reasons I haven’t been able to venture into classes was due to money and my schedule. This is absolutely perfect!
From my trip to Sedona a couple weekends ago
Today I debated on whether to head back to another Total Body session or try out Zumba….I went for the Zumba! I love to dance and people rave about Zumba, so I just had to give it a shot. Another winning class! My moves may not be as smooth as I’d like but I’ve got rhythm a solid dancing background (from many moons ago), and a passion for dance, so you bet your butt I busted a move and had a blast.
There are even more choices when it comes to the class options…cycling, cardio mix, muscle conditioning. I love it! After being in such a running rut I turned to yoga but missed the cardio high. Running will always have a place among my workouts but just like everything else in my life, fitness should be about fun, trying new things, and adventure.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
There once was a time when I didn’t care if I hurt my body while exercising. I just figured somehow my body would bounce back. Yes, I’ve gone down that road of pushing, pushing, pushing only to realize I was doing more harm than good. For instance, as I increased in mileage I found inflammation and pain in my bad knee. Then one day I thought, “WTF are you doing Heidi?” There was nothing that triggered this thought per se, it just happened….thankfully before I had done permanent damage.
This is what I believe: Fitness and physical activity should be challenging. There are times it should leave us tired and sore. Trust me when I say that allowing myself to fall deeper in an asana is not easy nor is it comfortable. However, barring the freak accident, fitness shouldn’t cause us pain, agony, or compromise our health and well-being. Yes, Exercise should make us push our limits, but not our breaking points.
As I scroll through my social media feeds so often I see fellow friends/athletes that are sharing their fitness injuries through photos. Torn hands from cross fit. Busted up runner’s knees being iced with peas. Bodies taped to the limit. I cringe at the sight of these photos. I don’t cringe because I feel their pain but at the thought of people voluntarily hurting their body.
Seeing these photos makes me realize that I’m in the minority when it comes to my beliefs. Then again, maybe people don’t really realize what they’re doing to their bodies? Or maybe they think it’s “proof” that they’re a bad ass? Or is it a one-upping type of thing? This all in turn begs the question, if instagram/social media didn’t exist would people be doing this to their bodies? Don’t get me wrong a little healthy competition or seeing other people out there pushing themselves may encourage others to get out there and move. It it can also have the opposite effect as well.
I’m no super athlete nor do I make a living off of my physical activities, which is the case for the majority of my friends. No doubt, the pros are out there pushing themselves, but most are in tune to their bodies more than the average Joe and are also in a different realm of physical capacity than most of us, right?
As always, the point of this isn’t to criticize anyone but more to share my recent thoughts and provide some food for thought. Physical activity/exercise is a commitment I’ve made to myself, but so is my health and well-being. From physical activity, to what food I eat, or even my everyday actions and choices, nowadays I ask myself, “Will this help me or hurt me?” and it makes my decisions much easier.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
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I’m sure a week after last week’s post on having my blog be more personal you didn’t expect to see a review. Alas, I have several posts that I promised to deliver and I don’t break a promise. Not to mention, as I stated, I will continue to bring insight on products that I use and/or find helpful.
It seems as though monthly subscriptions boxes of stuff are popping up everywhere. I even did a review on NatureBox awhile back who offers healthy snack foods right to your door step. It should come as no surprise that one that delivers fitness apparel would pop up at some point. Enter Ellie.
Several months ago I was introduced to PV.Body through social media channels and blog posts about a company that delivers high quality apparel to your mailbox on a monthly basis for a set fee. I was intrigued. Lucky for me they contacted me wanting to know if I wanted to try their services at no charge to me. I jumped at the chance. Who wouldn’t? I took their Style Profile Quiz which would help them choose my outfit and I patiently awaited the arrival of what I’d receive.
Soon after I received my bright pink package of two items that I loved I started reading some bad reports from fellow bloggers. Their complaints ranged from ill-fitting items, lack of quality or high-end brands they expected, and bad customer service. A few days later I began hearing “rumors” of changes that were happening within PV.Body. They were going to continue their service but under a different name and only provide their brand new, personal line of clothing. Many felt they were bait switched by having signed up under a different premise only to have the rug pulled out from underneath them. I didn’t want to pass judgement or jump to conclusions and wanted to await their formal announcement of what their actual plans were with the company.
Staying true to my promise of only presenting products I use and/or believe in, I spoke with my contact for PV.Body stating that I didn’t want to review their service based on the items I received because basically I’d be saying, ” Hey. Here’s PV.Body and this is the concept…but now it’s different…because the concept is different and this isn’t the product you’re going to get…you’re going to get their line of clothing.” Make sense? They were 100% understanding and told me to sit tight.
I don’t know the ins and outs of all of the details or whether this was their plan all along but as things began to unfold my own personal opinion developed. What I do know is that what I was seeing was a newer company growing at an exponential rate. Any company has growing pains, whether change in product or vision, but when it is thrust into motion at such a high speed it makes it that much more challenging. Most companies aren’t that well known yet for them to be noticed or criticized. With its popularity it was that much more in the limelight and placed under a microscope.
A formal announcement was finally made about all of the rumors that were swirling. Yes, it’s true PV.Body was now going to be known as Ellie and their monthly subscription would only include items from their yet-to-be released fitness apparel line. They also provided a few more details. Here they are along with my thoughts are in italics:
-Every month, Ellie will launch a new collection of 16 tops and 8 bottoms. <- Different choices each month.
-Your choice of two pieces from that months Look Book for $49.95 per month. You can choose two tops, two bottoms or a top and a bottom and the price is always the same. <- You know what you’re getting.
-You have until the 7th of each month to select your own pieces. Otherwise, Ellie will select and ship an outfit (top and bottom) to you, depending on your selected style profile.
-Ellie offers free shipping on all orders, exchanged, and return to Fit Fashionista program members - If you are not satisfied with the quality of Ellie, you can ship it back for free both ways and you will receive another free piece from Ellie’s collection. <- Doesn’t fit or don’t like it? Send it back.
-Ellie offers exclusive access to pieces available only to Fit Fasionista members. <- Want more of the pieces released this month? You can buy them.
-You can still cancel your membership at any point in time. <-Not locked into a commitment.
More from the brand:
-Ellie created their own TruFit technogology. According to Ellie, “TruFit begins with the fabric. Each piece is pre-shrunk to make sure it never shrinks again. We guarantee that our clothing will fit the same the first time you try it and the 30th time you hit the gym. We carefully design very piece to make sure it fits you in all the right places.”
-The waistband on all bottoms will be the exact same. <- once you find out what size works for you, you’re golden.
-Every piece of every collection is washer and dryer-friendly.
-All products are manufactured in the USA. <- That puts the cherry on top. Pretty rad.
Personally I think this is better than the PV.Body deal on so many levels. Upon seeing the February Look Book and making my choice of 2 pieces I was pretty pumped for them to arrive. When they arrived I immediately fell in love. The Catch Me If You Can top was so buttery soft.
I was nervous when it came to choosing the Electric Love Capris. I love bright colors but didn’t know if they’d be too bright or make me feel uncomfortable. I’m glad I took the chance because they are the perfect fit and beyond comfortable.
I loved both the look and feel of the pieces so much that I actually felt inspired to go for a run. Seriously. And they performed beautifully.
Final thoughts: I know people lost a lot of faith in the PV.Body/Ellie with all that’s gone down in the past month. Fingers crossed that they’ve pulled it together or can do so really fast, because I think they have a great concept and product. I can’t wait to see what this months choice brings.
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Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
At a young age I attached feelings to inanimate objects. I blame most of these feelings from watching Susie the Little Blue Coupe and also The Brave Little Toaster. Through the years I’ve gotten better at purging items I have no need for. If anything, I am now at the opposite end of the spectrum. Unlike most people, I go through household items and clothing every month or so and purge where I can.
Even with my purging habits it’s amazing what you can collect over 10 years of marriage. Yikes. Prior to our big move we sold and donated about 50% of our belongings. If I had my way I’d somehow get our belongings down to what can fit into a car. Seriously. Someday…
If you couldn’t tell from my 2 different giveaways and being a member of the Mezamashii project, I’m a Mizuno Maniac. With that being said, one place I struggle with my purging habits is my running shoes. I can’t seem to get rid of them. Knowing how much blood, sweat, tears, and miles I experienced in them, I can’t seem to give them up. I have no problem getting new shoes and “retiring” them to work shoes or lawn shoes. But let’s be honest, I don’t need that many old pair of shoes. I will admit that I tossed 2 pair prior to our move due to how trashed they were. But the rest? Yep, they made the trip to Arizona.
My first pair of Mizuno Wave Riders. I remember slipping these on and feeling like Cinderella. They fit like a glove. Shoes are supposed to feel this way? I spent many miles pounded ice packed pavement in these as I trained for my first half marathon and then went on to run the race in them.
From left to right Mizuno Wave Rider 13, 10, 12 also known as my 4th, 2nd, and 3rd pair. I was able to snag the 10s on the bargain table at Dick’s Sporting Goods, hence why I had them after the 11s above. Clearly they went on to be yard shoes. The 13s were my first pair of “pretty” Mizumos being pink instead of the regular ol’ blue. For some reason Spencer also took a liking to this pair. I would often find them near his bed having been chewed on. Those teeth marks provided character.
As for the 13s, they’ve been through a bit with me as well. After being retired from running they went on to be my work shoes and were with me during my “shark attack” AKA the light bulb accident. With a little bit of peroxide and a run through the washing machine they were good as new. Do you think I’d let a little blood keep me from wearing them again?
Ah, my life changing 14s. After much debate on what shoes to wear for our hike into the Grand Canyon, I went with my 14s. Within minutes they were covered in red rock dust but I knew I made the right choice. That experience was truly life changing and is what ultimately lead to our Arizona Adventure. It took me months to finally wash them. To this day, you can still see faint red rock marks on the soles and if you wear them you can still feel the grit of remaining dirt/dust between your toes.
As crazy as it sounds, I actually have 3 pair of 14s. The ones above and then 2 pair of pink (below). I found an excellent deal at TJ Maxx of the pink and snapped up both of them. I’m figuring they were there due to the changes they had made with this edition that many found unfavorable, hence why they didn’t sell. Who knows, but I took advantage of the opportunity. These were my first pair of running shoes I ran in after we arrived in Arizona.
My Limited Edition 15s AKA My Ruby Slippers. These were sent to me by Mizuno and I immediately fell in love with them. They are absolutely gorgeous. Although nothing real lucky has occurred while wearing them per se, I still see them as my “lucky” running shoe because they are so pretty…and a Limited Edition, of course. These are the shoes I trained in and ran the Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon.
My Banana Buzzbomb 15s! I received these as my welcome to the Mezamashii Project. Although I love the Ruby Slippers I think these are the most rad shoes I’ve ever had. It’s hard to beat bold, bright colors. Absolutely perfect for a Banana Buzzbomb.
So, there you have it. My collection of Mizuno Wave Riders.
I’ve done well downsizing the rest of my life, but I really need to work on downsizing my old shoe collection in order to make room for more. Does anyone else have a hard time parting with their running shoes….or is it just me?
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
Last week I stated that I was going to begin blogging with no set plan but promised to still write about products, services, and events that I thought were worth sharing with ya’ll. Today is one such day.
If you remember back to October I had the fantastic opportunity to attend Inspiration and Perspiration in Las Vegas. Not only was I able to meet and get to know the fellow attendees but I was able to spend some time getting to know the presenters: Danny J, Bex, and Angie. The cool thing about the experience was that although the presenters were there to present ideas and instill wisdom, they were still accessible. Since then I have gotten to know them all a bit better and am grateful to call them my friends. When Angie approached me about checking out a new program she recently launched, called Your Body Project, I jumped at the chance.
I have since been digging through Your Body Project to see what it all has to offer and must say I am beyond impressed. Angie breaks down the 16 week program into 4 sections or phases: Enjoy Exercise, Peace With Food, Love Your Body, and Manage Stress. Although these topics sound basic I know most anyone, myself included, could benefit from digging a little deeper into these parts of our lives. The project isn’t about creating a healthy woman solely on the outside, but the inside too.
From assignments, questionnaires, and weekly Skpe or phone call sessions, the entire experience is interactive. Not only do participants interact with Angie, but an invite is extended to everyone to join in a private community of fellow participants on Facebook. This provides a safe zone to speak about personal experiences throughout the project. In addition to one-on-one interaction, Angie also provides tasty recipes, videos that show proper fitness techniques (specifically lifting), and mini-circuit workouts to help you along the journey.
Having met Angie and having the opportunity to delve into her program I have no doubt in my mind that those that participate in the Your Body Project will have life altering experiences. Angie is passionate about health and fitness and is sure to provide direction and encouragement to those that need a little boost in their life. If you’re interested in speaking to Angie she can easily be found on her site, Facebook, or Twitter. I encourage you to contact her….You won’t be disappointed.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)