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Recharge – Restructure

Hello everyone!

I have tried to steer clear of spreading negativity on this blog, thus far. As addictive as it is to read everyone’s negative comments on Facebook, it really is a pet peeve of mine. Especially when those comments end up being very personal and way TMI! For example, I have one friend who repetitively announces when her “aunt flo” is visiting! First of all, yuck. Second of all, why would anyone else on your feed care about or need to know that?


That being said… this blog also serves a purpose of self discovery. Lately, I have been doing a lot of self discovery, and I have discovered that I have definitely been in a funk. I have been depressed, lazy, unmotivated, and foggy. The reason for this funk is not a mystery and I am certain I know exactly where it has came from. There have been a combination of changes in my life over the last several months. There have definitely been a lot of ups and downs.

One big change I have not yet mentioned on the blog, as I still have felt very apprehensive about whether or not I want to disclose this information. But here goes… I got a new promotion at work about a month ago! I am now a Drug Treatment Specialist for the Bureau of Prisons! Yes, it is very good news and something I have been working towards for a while. I am very proud of myself. However, with a new job comes lots of new responsibilities and the addition of work related stress. I have not had the pleasure of dealing with work related stress in quite a while. Yes, my previous position had a certain amount of stress, but not to the degree my new position has.

With the addition of this stress, I have felt very tired and sluggish in the afternoons. My willpower has been running on empty and I have succumbed to many overindulgences in food. I have also experienced a significant lack of interest in working out and keeping up with any sort of normal routine. Of course, these things have also taken a hit to my self-esteem.


Well, no more. This past weekend I took the time to really sit down and reevaluate my circumstances and goals, and why I keep having setbacks. I realized a lot of my setbacks have simply involved giving up too easy. I consistently fall into the negative self-talk, telling myself, “Well, I’ve already eaten over my calories for the day, I guess eating 5 MORE BROWNIES won’t matter.” I confess, that really DID happen one day recently. I know it’s ridiculous. For heaven’s sake, I’m an addictions counselor now! “I know how this self-talk has affected me and the goals I’m hoping to achieve!” I say this while looking in the mirror and in my best and most professional counseling voice I can muster.


Yesterday I sat down with a plain notebook and outlined a meal plan for myself this week. I counted calories for each item and ensured that every meal was full of nutritious, clean foods. (As I type this at lunchtime, I’m having a spinach salad with broccoli, snap peas, and tuna. Paired with baby carrots and one thin cinnamon raison bagel. I will finish the meal with a hot, steamy cup of Sugar Cookie tea.) I already know by the end of the week I will be craving a break from the structure, therefore I planned ahead of time for a “cheat meal” on Sunday. Sunday works best for me because this is the day I usually go out to dinner with my Mom and we almost always split a dessert afterwards. I know many are completely against counting calories, and in no way am I suggesting this is the only way to stay balanced successfully. However, this is what I have found works best for me. Hard, cold, factual numbers keep me honest with myself.

In addition to a meal plan, I also outlined an exercise routine. Because I have basically been down to 0 exercise in the last few weeks, I thought starting out small would be best. For now, I have included 3 days of exercise per week and a “bonus” day if I decide to do a fun activity, such as going for a walk. As of right now, I am planning on getting my exercise through running, elliptical workouts, gym classes, and strength training circuits.


I am more than excited to start on this plan. My body and mind have felt completely out of control lately. I am happy to be able to get back to some sort of routine. I crave the structure and depend on my feelings of accomplisment to keep me motivated.

P.S. So sorry for the explosion of motivational quotes and lack of real life pictures. These are some of my favorites that have kept me motivated, and I wanted to share.

Q’s for the day:

What motivates you to continue through your routine?

What type of stress can completely unravel you from your routine?


50 Shades of Green

Hello everyone!

So, I have a confession…

The last week or so I have all but abandoned you as a few other “obsessions” have taken over my life. There is a very tasty morsel of which I have become acquainted with and would like to share with you. Am I addicted? Some would say so. Is it a guilty pleasure for which I have no control over and I completely surrender myself to? Absolutely. Is it slightly inappropriate? Still up for debate.

I have been OBSESSED with this man (okay, maybe young man)! I have been desperately missing my Vampire Diaries lately, so I ran across this series on Netflix when trying to find something even remotely comparable. Jackpot! It’s mysterious, adolescent, cheesy and a guilty pleasure that has not disappointed. AND….we’ll let’s just say after a quick Google search I am SO GLAD to find out Tyler Posey is of barely legal age.

Another guilty pleasure…

My Mom reads this occassionally, so I won’t say anything more. But… Oh my!

I have also been very under the weather over the weekend. Needless to say, I have been 50 Shades of Green (you like that?) and got very reaquainted with the toilet (TMI?). I have not been interested very much in the food department lately. After the above entertainment took over my life last week, and my illness over the weekend, running and fitness seem to have also taken a backseat over the last few days. However, I am hoping to get back to running this afternoon providing the weather is affordable.

Which brings me to my next topic. Remember when I mentioned in this post about the Russell County, Ky runner who was murdered while running? Hart’s hometown has joined together and has organized a run on August 11th in support. The race creatively titled, Run With All Your Hart, is a 4 mile race to represent her three children, as well as her unborn child.

I have been so proud of our state and the way everyone has come together to show their recognition and support for the family.The race has gathered international attention and now every state and several countries are represented with many runners signing on to run as Virtual Runners. If you are interested in more information or would like to learn about signing up to be a Virtual Runner you can go here.


I have lots of exciting things to share in the days to come, including some reviews! Here are some questions to keep you pondering in the meantime.


What books are you reading this summer?

Do you ever take a break from your routine?





For the Love of Run

Okay, this post was actually intended for celebration of National Running Day. However, that did not workout because instead of running on National Running Day, I ended up going to my nephew’s softball game. That said, I still wanted to celebrate running and what it means to me. So here it goes!

Running has been a passion of mine for many years. I have been running since I was in high school. Although I might have fallen off the wagon a few times, I have always went back to running and love it more than any other sport or workout.

There are many reasons I love running. Shall we list some of them? (Come on, you know the answer to that.)

  • Solitude. I usually only like to run alone. I have had a few running buddies in the past. Somehow, I always break up with them in favor of running alone. Sorry Jessica! It’s really not you, it’s me!
  • Great workout. After running I always feel as if I have actually done something. I know weight lifting and classes are awesome, but I usually leave these activities feeling like a good, sweaty run would have been a better workout.
  • The Challenge. Running can be such a mental and physical challenge. There are always ways to push myself even harder than before. Can I make it over that ginourmous moutain today? Can I run when it is only 32 degrees outside or pouring rain? Can I run 6, 7, 8 miles? All of these are personal challenges and hurdles, and when I tackle each one I feel such a great pride and accomplishment. It is so easy to talk yourself out of doing something that seems impossible, but when you show yourself that it is possible, that’s the best!

I’m sure I will tell you many other reasons why I love running as we get to know one another a little better here in Blogland, but let’s continue with the rest of the blog plans for today. Continuing with the theme, I wanted to layout my new running schedule. After being overburdoned the last couple of months with my Master’s program, I had pretty much quit taken a hiatus from running. I just started back semi-consistently a few weeks ago and so far it is great! Here is my proposed schedule:

Monday – Run 3 steady paced miles.

Tuesday – Run hills 1.5 miles. Followed by full body weight training workout.

Wednesday – Run intervals. Followed by at least 1 mile easy pace.

Thursday – Full body weight training workout, followed by at least 2 mile easy paced run.

Friday or Saturday – Run long run, easy paced at least 6 miles. Other day off day.

Sunday – Off day.

After attempting failing to do a few actual running programs, I have decided it is best for me to not have a program. Instead, I am going to try and stick to this schedule as much as possible, and for the days that other more important things pop up (i.e. movies, homework, eh em…loafing on the couch) I am simply going to follow with the next day’s schedule. I tend to have All-Or-Nothing thinking, and when I follow a strict program and miss a day it makes me feel as if I have failed, which ultimately results in me giving up on the program altogether. Even though I don’t fancy lifting weights, it is something I want to encourage myself to incorporate into my routine, hence the 2 weightlifting days. I also reserve the right to switch any of these days or blow off the entire schedule as neccessary. 🙂

Well, this post is getting a bit lengthy, so let me leave you with a few pics of my favorite running location, which is at one of the local high schools.





**Edited after posting to adjust pics. Sorry for the quality, as previously mentioned, my phone is prehistoric.



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