New Passions

I can’t believe I’m saying this – but I love running. It is hard, very hard, but so rewarding at the same time. I run in a group which helps when I feel like I can’t go on, and it keeps me active. I’m going on my third week of this new passion of mine, and I haven’t missed a day yet (I run 3x a week).

I got a nice pair of running shoes, the Under Armour Bandits 2 and they are actually great. They have good support, and a fair bit of cushion which is extra helpful for my achey joints. Plus they look amazing.

My first couple of runs I didn’t track but I’m using an app called “Runkeeper” now and it’s also great. It gives me my time run, distance, pace, and elevation. So far my longest run has been 2.21 km (about 1.4 miles) and it was just under 10 min per km. So no I am not fast at all, but I do it – I run.

I love learning about running and better techniques, so if you have any tips or input let me know!

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Mental Health, Weight Loss, and Being Happy

So I took a break for the last little while because I’ve been struggling. Struggling with joy, happiness and loving myself. But I am back with a fight in me.

I’ve touched on it briefly before but I deal with bipolar disorder, and anxiety. Usually I can kick it’s butt but sometimes like everyone I have it kick mine. So my point? I started a side blog. It will track my daily dealings with my mental health, my improvements in physical health and it is pretty much an open journal to what makes me happy and better.

I will absolutely be back on the horse with these postings, but if you want to check in on my journey my blog is https://bepositivelyloved.wordpress.com/

Everyone deserves happiness, sometimes you just have to fight for it.

Benefits of Açaí We Actually Care About

I am on a mission to get healthier and lose weight. Some strategies for me, include eating breakfast – a healthy breakfast. So I made coffee (a necessity) and a big fruit smoothie with açaí added in. I hear a lot of benefits about this fashionable ingredient and a lot of “myths”; but what is actually important and seemingly real?

#1. Heart Helpful – Because it is so high in antioxidants it is bound to have helpful effects but in this case it aids in lowering cholesterol which in turn helps your heart not work as hard and overall keep cleaner.

#2. Digestion aid – Again because of the antioxidants, they have a good ability to aid in digestion due to being nutrient rich and high in fiber (and we all know fiber is helpful for many things).

#3. Immunity helper – It is high in that Vitamin C and ellagic acid which is said to be a dueling combo that helps boost your immune system. It is not a replacement for medicine if you are sick but can help prevent a cold coming on, instead of maybe your high sugar orange juice.

#4. Energy – Because it is overall a healthy supplement, it can lead to an increase in energy and stamina. I can attribute to this because of my large smoothie I’m drinking at the moment and feeling wonderful.

This is my main thoughts I’ve researched and feel are said to be true. Just like any other fruit or supplement there are pro’s but not miracle workings. So just be educated in what you consume and keep positive in finding solutions for you.

2017 Goals and Hopes

How do you define success? Is it losing 10 pounds or is it being comfortable in your body?

Ideally we think ok set this goal and than I will be.. happy, confident, satisfied, etc.

But it’s the “than I’ll be..” that gets us tied up in a pattern of frustration. Why don’t we set ourselves up for success? Let’s make goals based off how we want to feel and see our life and not by how we are going to get there. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to lose weight but ultimately I want to feel confident and love my body.

So here’s my top 3 goals and hopes for 2017:

  1. love my body and be confident
  2. feel joy in more aspects of my life
  3. feel strong emotionally and physically

What are some of your hopes and goals?

How to Get Fit.. right?

For most of us there is this every strive to get fit. But how do we do it; cardio, lifting, yoga? There are so many options in this day and age. Being a biology and psychology major, I love how the body works and how the mind is involved. So I’ve been doing research on this matter.

Cardio is key.

This is the biggest thing I’ve learned for fat loss, and it doesn’t have to be a 5km run, dance, laugh, walk, MOVE. That’s it simple.

Now here is the trick, build lean muscle. Muscle helps to burn extra fat. Now I’m not saying you have to get ripped, but light weights like 5 or 10 pound weights will help with weight loss and overall fitness.

Lastly, lighten up. If you miss a couple days or weeks or months, screw it – jump back on the train.

You cannot hate yourself into loving yourself.

So here’s an example I’ve what I try to do (disclaimer: I am by no means a professional in any sense of the word).

–> cardio 4-5x a week (I do count work as a big contributor to this because I walk and stand all day, minimal sitting)

–> light weights and body weight exercise 2-3x a week

If you like fitness ideas and themes let me know by liking this and I will happily do more!