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Just Because

27 Jan

Thirteen posts is just unlucky, so I’d prefer not to leave it that way. Yea, so I might have a slight thing for numerology. Whatever. That doesn’t make me crazy, does it? Alright, I guess my last post already established I might have a little crazy in me.

On the numerology note, I just discovered/realized that the address of our new house is a combination of my husband’s lucky number and mine. HOW DID I NOT NOTICE THIS BEFORE? Seriously, that’s just insane. It’s fate, for sure. And because it’s not fair to be posting all this without a picture (or somehow relating it to the topical content of this blog), here’s what I’m thinking of wearing for the ODDyssey Half Marathon, if I run. I wasn’t going to share – because I kind of wanted it to be a surprise – but then I though I should take a poll. Do you think people will get it?

Hit Girl from Kick-Ass.
[Source: UGO]

Psst – If you haven’t seen Kick-Ass, take this as my personal recommendation: it’s awesome. Very high action, but appeals to the emotional, feminine side as well. Both my husband (who, as a side note, isn’t into that type of movie) and I loved it.

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Worth It

27 Jan

I make a concerted effort to be inspired by the world around me. When I am outside running, I think about all my senses. I take a deep breath of the outdoor air and think about the way it smells. I concentrate on how the air blowing across my face feels. I look around and try to actually watch the streets (and, I’ll confess, people) around me as I trot by. This opens a certain door of awareness that fuels my run, strengthens my inner-self. But every so often, you come across something in life when you weren’t even searching for inspiration that feels like it was made for you. Something about it has the voice that you were unable to speak, the words that you were unable to form.

Today, this was it for me (see below).

Print by the Etsy seller thespottedfox and sold here. Design by Sara Estes.

Text reads: I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.

I feel like it sums up everything about fitness, nutrition, running. It’s not easy. It’s not easy for anyone; even someone who loves it all. But, that made me think that I believe that’s actually the whole point: to challenge yourself. That’s what makes it fun – because it isn’t easy. But is it worth it? Hell yes.

What has inspired you today?

Dear Disney

25 Jan

Dear Disney,

The next time you are going to take photos of me running, could you consider making me look like and giving me a body like this first?

run1

Or, if that’s just not going to happen…
would you at least consider something like this?

run2

Or this?

run3

See? I’m not even that picky. So, it wouldn’t be that hard for you to do. And really, it would work out for the both of us: I’d like the photos more. I might actually buy the photos. You would profit. Not so hard, right?

Much obliged,
One who sweats profusely when she runs

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Did anyone else laugh out loud when they saw the pro- pics from a race they ran? Then they had the nerve to e-mail me every month reminding me that they were still out there on this great internet of ours and I could STILL ORDER THEM you know, if I wanted. I didn’t want. Yikes! Maybe next time if they photoshop some killer abs in then we’ll talk.

On Obsessions and Resolutions

16 Jan

Some people start a new year with resolutions, but why fool yourself into thinking that a resolution is going to make a lifestyle change? Let’s be honest – just for one minute – how many resolutions do you think actually make a difference in someone’s life permanently? While I wish I had a staggering statistic to woo you with here, I honestly don’t know though I could make some guesses. The Sydney Morning Herald claims it is close to 80% of failed resolutions. I would tend to believe that even that may be generous.

But, you see, I’m not one for failed resolutions. I am blessed (or is it cursed?) with one of the world’s more interesting personality traits: an addictive personality. Now, you might ask, what does this mean? This means that when I get into an idea, I like to throw myself at it whole-heartedly. I like to eat, breathe, live, and sleep that idea and I can’t handle the idea of doing it any differently. The downside? That, as with any obsession, there is a way back down on the other side. Sometimes days – or, if I am lucky, then weeks or months – later there I am, dusting myself off and ready to take on whatever it is that I have moved onto next. It’s exhausting, perhaps more for those around me than it is for myself. Nevertheless, I am determined – for once – to make a lifestyle change of such an obsession.

My obsession of choice for today? Being healthy.

I guess for any obsession to have, this would certainly be one of the best. They key to such an idea rests in MAKING IT LAST. And so our journey begins.

To get things completely out on the table, let’s start with some facts:

  • I am not trained in nutrition, exercise, or anything of the like.
  • As I begin this, I don’t start as a naturally thin person who has exercised their whole lives.
  • Anything I blog about or discuss is probably something I’ve learned elsewhere, in all such cases I will make every effort to cite these sources.

Are you ready to start with me? Healthy living begins now.