Wow and A Little Rest

Wow guys! I think that maybe I should get an award for most inconsistent blogger of life. It’s been almost ONE MONTH since I last posted. That is too long.

From now on I want to write once a week and publish my posts on Saturdays. I still might do random posts throughout the week but you can count on there being at least one post every Saturday! Try and contain your excitement, please…

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Okay, I wanted to talk a little bit about rest. I know that rest is important. I’ve read countless articles about it, I tell people how important taking rest days is, and I tell myself I need it. However, since I started consistently working out in 2012, the longest that I have gone without working out was 2 days in a row…I am kind of ashamed to even write that. And that lack of rest caught up to me and bit me in booty. Seriously. It is so important to give your body long periods of rest (longer than 2 days) every once in a while.

So, my point of sharing this is that last week I was running on empty. On Wednesday, I drove to the gym and was going to work out before class…and I fell asleep in the parking lot. I jolted awake, came to my senses, and drove home to lay on the couch until it was time to head out to class. I realized that night after talking to a friend that I don’t need to constantly push myself, I can take a break! Which is exactly what I did. I took the following 5 days off from exercising and it felt amazing. I realized that my workouts were becoming chores, not something that I genuinely looked forward to doing. I have so many things in my life right now that are requirements, chores, tasks, burdens, and I do not want running/lifting/exercising to turn into that.

Over my few days of relaxation (which was amazing) I remembered that working out is part of my life because I choose it. It is not forced upon me by anyone. I love running and lifting and I do those things because they make me feel good.

I have decided to push my half marathon off for a couple of months so that I can run care-free. I want to love running and not run purely because I feel like I have to, which is what the race was making me feel like. I am still going to continue running several days a week, because I love it and keep you all updated, so don’t you worry! I really want to work on getting fast! I am going to get tickets because I am so speedy! Bad joke?

Another thing that lack of rest was causing me to do was not eat consistently the way that I like to and usually do and this made me feel sluggish and uncomfortable.

I am ready to be back to my normal self, eating clean foods and loving exercising!! I wrote out a list of goals for myself to help me feel my best! I am also tracking my food because I know that when I eat my best, I feel my best (plus I have goals!)!

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And one more picture that I hope makes your day a little better. This is my cat Whiskers and he very much resembles grumpy cat in this picture. Hahahah! Makes me laugh every time I look at it.

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Have a good day everybody!

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Do any of you do yoga?

What was the best part of your day today?

Mount Rainier

Hey everybody!

I started out the day yesterday by going to the gym and lifting some heavy stuff. Someday I will be able to do unassisted pull-ups…

Then the guy and I went on a really fantastic hike over near Mt. Rainier and it was so beautiful.

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First we hiked up to this lake….

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And then we hiked up to that little house up on top of the hill! And that’s where we got to see the beautiful view!

The hike wasn’t super long, only about 3.5 miles to the fire lookout, but boy was it hard! I was breathing so hard it was kind of embarrassing…Whenever I would see someone coming toward us I would try and slow my breathing down so they wouldn’t judge me!! Hahahah.

And then afterwards….

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Can’t really go wrong with some yummy Menchie’s! #Froyo4Lyfe

So all in all, yesterday was a good day!

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Have a fantastic day, everybody! Get a good sweat session in!

It’s Been Too Long!

Well, I took a bit of a hiatus from blogging, but I am back! 🙂

A little talk about running before I chat with you about my life! I have decided to run another half marathon in November! This one is the Historic Half up in Vancouver BC and I am so excited. I’ve taken a little break from consistently running and have only been running when I really want to. I’ve mostly been working on lifting weights and doing cardio in other ways, such as the deadly stair-master. However, starting on September 21 I am going to start my half marathon training! Until then I will just be running with friends at leisurely paces for fun! 🙂

Wednesday is my last night of class and then I get a whole month off of class! I am so stoked and ready for a little bit of relaxation. I will still be working but not having class will be amazing!

A few things that have been going on in my world include school, work, spending time at the gym, and hanging out with the guy.

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He was in Okinawa for about 3 weeks visiting family and I sure am glad to have him home!

Yesterday we hit up Wild Waves, which is a theme and water park in our area. It was such a blast and we only felt a little bit nauseous by the end!

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Have a great day everybody!

XOXO,

Shan 🙂