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Body Image.. What makes us beautiful!

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A friend posted a picture this week of a person at 250 lbs vs a person at 120 lbs. Quoting the following…

“Healthy thoughts for Thursday!!! “This is a Body Scan of a 250 lb woman and a 120 lb woman…
Look at the size of the intestines and stomach; how the knee joints rub together; the enlarged heart; and the fat pockets near the brain. Not good!
It’s about being HEALTHY. If you keep doing what you are doing for another 10 years…where will you be? Your body IS a temple…question is do you treat it that way?
If this isn’t motivation to cleanse your body of impurities, I don’t know what is!”

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My Response:

Here’s the thing though! I’m 200lbs down from 295. I just finished my first marathon! I know people that are 100, 110, 120 lbs that can’t even run a 1/2 a mile without dying for air!

Healthy is not a number on a scale or the size of your clothes.. Because even thin people are out of shape, have heart attacks, triple bi pass, and so on! It’s eating right and exercising that makes you healthy! You can not judge a person by this picture! Im sorry you just can’t because I’m proof of that! People look at me when I walk around proud with my marathon jacket and ask or look at me like “you ran a marathon” damn skippy I did! Then they say “well I can’t do that!” But it doesn’t mean I can’t! I’m not a size 2,4, or 6 but I’m a happy size 12/14. We need to stop making body image so negative instead we need to make living a healthy lifestyle the best image we project!

Just my food for thought!”

My response was simple and straight to the point. Because If I had listened to what people said to me and still say to me.. I wouldn’t be where I am today. Healthy, Happy, and a Marathoner. The company she represents is a company that promotes weight loss with pills, quick fixes, and shakes. Not eating healthy and not exercising. This is the image that they are promoting and honestly this is not a company that I want to be a part of… This is why I chose to go with Beachbody. Because of the sense of community, Healthy eating, Positive reinforcement, workouts, and bonds!

What are your thoughts on Body Image? What does the word healthy mean to you?

7 Ways Exercise Relieves Stress

How Does Exercise Relieve Stress?

If you don’t have a very active lifestyle, and often feel strangled by stress and depression, you may want to take note.

Here are the main ways exercise and stress are connected:

Body Systems

When stressed, each of your body systems (cardiovascular, nervous, respiratory, muscular etc.) need to interact efficiently for you to respond well. Exercise helps your body systems practice interacting with each other, in a healthy way. This directly leads to a better overall response to stress.

Endorphins

These are your natural pain killers that give you a “high”. Although more research is needed, there’s no doubt that long periods of moderate to high intensity exercise, does have a happy affect on your emotions.

Fight or Flight

This is your natural reaction to any stressful situation. The problem is that much of today’s stress doesn’t require either physical fighting or running. But your body still provides the chemicals for it, which can be harmful if they remain. The best and most logical way to clear the chemicals, is to actually do some exercise.

Rhythm and Flow

Some exercise, like running and cycling, lets you get into a rhythm. That rhythmic flow of a repeat action relaxes your mind. It’s a bit like focusing on nothing and everything at the same time. It’s your time. Just make sure you keep an eye on where you’re going!

Socialize

Any sport or exercise with friends, gives you the chance to socialize, that you may not normally get. “Having a laugh” with friends is more than just fun. It gives you a chance to share your problems, and know that someone is there if you need them.

Better Sleep

Lack of sleep often leads to a vicious cycle. You become more stressed and anxious during the day, which means it’s even harder to sleep at night. Exercise not only helps break that cycle, but can lead to a positive cycle instead. When you sleep well, you’ll have more energy in the day and be more productive.

Organize your Life

Stress is often caused by a lack of organization and planning, whether it’s in your work life or home life. Following a workout plan, where you set yourself goals and ultimately have a sense of achievement, will help you transfer those skills to the rest of your life.   

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Down But Not Out!

 So here’s a littleimages update on what’s been going on!  Vacation started July 27th as we headed down 95 south towards North Carolina. 2 hours into the drive I felt my legs cramping up so I went to stretch my leg.. Upon doing that I felt pinch and a crack…  I knew this wasn’t good.. At the next rest stop I’d get out and walk it out hopefully easing the pain.. Through out the drive I had a stiffness and soreness on the interior of my left knee.. We get to our first destination, Roanoke Rapids. And I have a hard time walking for a moment until I warmed up my knee. We got in to the hotel and I elevated my leg and took some Alieve.  The next morning, I woke up and I was okay not to much pain. 

 Once in Topsail Beach.  I noticed that I still had stiffness in my knee and a weird pain in the interior of my knee. I ran a few times while down there but there was one night where I woke up in sever pain clenching my knee.. All I could think of, ‘NOT MY MCL! PLEASE NOT THAT!’  I again took some Alieve, elevated my knee and went back to bed.  That evening while cooking dinner I twisted the wrong way and well Down I went, clenching on to the counter in pain. 

  So with that, I haven’t been running in 2 weeks trying to let my knee heal some.  Today, is the first day in 2 weeks where my knee isn’t killing me.  I am still gunna make an appointment with an Ortho but even that makes me nervous. 

 In other news..  I am going back to school for my RMA ( medical assistant ) !!! 35 and I am going back to school… Nervous as all hell but  I got this!! This is my year! 35 is the new 25, RIGHT? right! lmao. I am also getting a second interview with Lululemon on monday! I never thought I’d ever work there but I am stoked..

Day 1 Week 1 Marathon Training!

Before my run today!

Before my run today!

So HOLY CRAP IT”S HERE!!! It’s really here.  This is where my life get’s serious and all the BS is left behind. I’d be lying if I didnt say that I started to cry last night thinking about where I have come from, what I have accomplished thus far, and where I am about to go.  OMG I AM RUNNING NYC WITH #MYRUNNINGFAMILY!!!! Get Stoked..  But first,  I Thank God for my #SoulSister  Amy ( aka: THE AWESOME MOM ) For making me get off and out of my Couch Monster position and hit the streets running..  Cus man, I was not and have not been feeling it lately since I hurt my foot! But I did it. So up first 4 mile run! I ended up doing 3.34 miles instead because my headphones died out pretty much 1/4 of the way through. and I’m sorry I need to listen to my jams when I run. It gets me 110% out of my head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week One – Day 1 Stats Motivational words by the Man himself

4 mile run – 3.34

SW: 208

Time: 49:20

Pace: 14.52

WOD – Not Crossfit related.

10376319_10152411792154367_5739070252880431885_nWith all of my sports related injuries I’ve steered clear of the Crossfit faze that everyone seems to be sweeping up. I’m not knocking it but I’ve done a lot of research on it and well I honestly don’t trust 99% of the Crossfit instructors in the area. But what I have eaten up is SHAUN T and his amazing T25. This is my second go at it and I LOVE IT! I keep  a majority of the jumping in the moderation form as I have bad knees but I still get a great workout. Plus I throw in some routines from one of my favorite sites FITSUGAR.

So today I did..

T25 – Alpha: Total Body

FitSugar – 10 Minute to Tone: Arm Workout 

Ab Workout – Tone Your Ab’s