My Recap .. #activelivingchallenge week one

My Recap .. #activelivingchallenge week one

I love challenges, so when Fit Approach and Lorna Jane announced a new one I jumped on the challenge express .. Although I wouldn’t call this first week so much of a “challenge”, but more fun and a great way to express and share photos of what I love. Week 1 Day 1▪️ Favorite Summer Workout Move – I chose burpees because to me they pack a great all over one move sweaty punch! Day 2▪️ Favorite Healthy Recipe – My green smoothie has been my summer staple .. the greens with ginger — yum! I love to start the day off right! Day 3▪️What Active Living Means to Me – Active living Means that when I work hard .. I am sore yet I feel accomplished I have a better sense of my body and it’s capabilities I can feel every muscle in my body moving I can breath in and out freely I can let my my mind be kind to my body I feel strong .. I can feel my body work for me the way it is intended to .. I am living! Day 4 ▪️ Favorite Place to Relax – For me it’s a nice warm bath with lavender Epsom salts. A great way to end an active, busy mom, wife kind of day .. Day 5▪️ Snap a Workout Sweaty Selfie — Pretty self explanatory – who doesn’t have one, two or 20 of those to share! Day 6▪️Moving/Working Out With Friends – This is what I love to do – sweating and moving with friends makes it more fun! Day 7▪️Something You’re Grateful For – I am so grateful for this body of mine that gets up at crazy hours to go run for miles .. on adventures I’d never dreamed about before I found my inner “athlete”! I am also grateful for the friends that are just as crazy as I am and love these adventures right along with me. I don’t necessarily sit down and think about all these things every day .. so I guess this challenge is just what I needed! I cannot wait to see what Lorna Jane has in store for next week .. bring on the daily...

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Lorna Jane .. A Launch Party

Lorna Jane .. A Launch Party

Talk about HAPPY ! I got word that a new Lorna Jane Store was opening in my local mall, Westfield Galleria at Roseville . As you know, I love fitness and clothes .. so I checked it out .. I will admit, I had heard of Lorna Jane activewear and I do love her philosophy Move Nourish Believe .. but had never tried on any of her clothes .. The store was full of color and had a positive vibe (even in the fitting rooms). The staff at Lorna Jane was very welcoming and was certainly there to help you with whatever your heart desired. For me, I was on a mission to find a new sports bra .. I browsed the colorful racks and shelves and took in a stack of sports bras .. but struck out. So I turned my eye to tank tops because I never have enough to sweat in ! There were so many to choose from – it was so hard to decide! Check out all the positive words .. really who isn’t motivated by these?!? Aside from being really cute with happy colors, her line of clothes is made shrink resistant, fade resistant and with moisture wicking material (winning!)! Surely if I had an unlimited amount of spending money .. I could’ve had a new outfit for every day of the week! After trying on several styles one of the associates brought me the Barbey Excel Tank and it was a perfect fit. Look out weekend I cannot wait to wear it and sweat! I walked out of Lorna Jane with the feeling of .. color is so happy, as well as a new tank for running (sweating). Thank you Lorna Jane .. your store is definitely one to visit for fun and happy clothes, as well as feel good about yourself mojo and who can’t use more of that! **Disclosure** I received a $50.00 gift to use towards Lorna Jane goodies .. All opinions are my own. Lorna Jane really does evoke...

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I am a runner .. Not a racer

I am a runner .. Not a racer

The end of July, already?!? My teens go back to school in a few weeks (what?!?) .. binders, books, pencils, paper and yearbooks to buy (again)! Didn’t we just start summer .. 7 weeks ago? Ahhh! This means that fall is around the corner and race run season is fast approaching – yay! I love races! I am a middle of the pack runner, I am not fast, I am not slow .. so I say “run” while others may say race! I am okay with that (on most days). It’s what makes me, me .. and all the miles, sweat and the “I just did that” feeling worth it. I am a runner .. I train, I sweat, sometimes I want to push the alarm to snooze at 4:40 a.m., I run, sometimes I want to only run half of what I set out to, sometimes I yell at the miles and sometimes I run further than I planned to (and am so happy that I did). I run to cross that finish line .. I am a runner! In a little over 7 weeks I will be running my first race of the season, Ragnar Napa Valley! Looking forward to all the miles and the crazy fun! I love the whole race experience and cannot wait to run...

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Do Good .. Feel Good

Do Good .. Feel Good

Some days I don’t want to .. ▪️get out of bed ▪️run ▪️do laundry ▪️make my bed ▪️think about making dinner ▪️give thought to my to-do list that needs attention But on real-life days when I feel that way .. I try to remember that when I do good .. I feel good! This makes me want to keep it up! Yes, there will be “those days” .. but I will do my best to keep my “feel good” feeling going. It only leads to a happier me and I am sure my family appreciates that! Today I got out of bed, had a good sweat, tackled laundry and dinner is on the stove simmering .. the to-do list still needs work .. but overall today is a feel good day! What do you do to keep your Do Good .. Feel Good...

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Signs of Making Progress ..

Signs of Making Progress ..

A few signs that I’ve had a good week .. 1. Sore muscles (good sore!) .. 2. Mileage right on track to meet my #RunThisYear goal .. 2. Full calendar pages tracking my daily progress .. 3. Books and pages read, notes in margins {re-reading ahead} .. 4. A bigger than normal load of workout laundry .. 5. A very lived-in clean picked up house .. 6. At some moments thinking I am on my way .. Day by day .. making progress. One step forward and it’s okay if there is one step back. I am human .. I am a mom, a wife .. an athlete .. busy! I won’t let it break me .. For the month of July I’ve been putting in the time .. there are no shortcuts to take .. with my aim of building endurance (stronger, leaner muscles would be nice) to carry me through the race(s) set out for me. My races .. not only running races .. but the race we call life .. I will run it with endurance and love where it is taking...

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Working It Out (Strength .. Running) Perfectly Imperfect

Working It Out (Strength .. Running) Perfectly Imperfect

One week back to consistent strength training and running and boy I can feel it .. in a good, sore, muscles worked way! Amazing how once you (I) do something that you feel good about can make you feel strong .. like, immediately! Is it me .. or does everyone feel 10x more muscle after a good workout .. ha, only dreaming!! Whatever it takes to give me a boost and keep me motivated .. Right now I’m enjoying my GPP – Summer Shred workouts through Bobbi at NHerShoes .. and oh boy can Bobbi put together a great week of moments of “I am so strong!” and “I am completely out of shape!” at the same time! Loving it! Thanks Bobbi for that smile and motivation through your videos :)! In all seriousness .. one day my “athlete” body and mind will take shape and be happy together. This would be huge for me if they were in synch .. I know, I know always a work in progress .. Working it out and learning to be happy with perfectly imperfect! In the meantime .. I will keep hitting the dirt, road .. and floor for more muscle building burpees and miles .. and loving every sore muscle I...

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Double Digits Pay Off ..

Double Digits Pay Off ..

It’s been a while since I have done double digits on the trails .. In April and June I did two very fun Rock N Roll Half Marathon’s along the streets of San Francisco and San Diego. I’m 2/3 of the way to the awesome Cali Combo medal! The rest of June I did very little running. It was actually one of my lowest mileage months in a long time .. less running and more enjoying the first month of summer. I’m totally okay with that! Road running and trail running are so different for me. Today was hard but worth it .. On the trails I’m not so competitive with myself (whew!!), trying not to stress about time or pace. Instead looking at how far away the bridge was that we started on .. or the hills we just conquered and looking forward to running down them! When it’s all done I feel accomplished and can say .. Today started out with five miles sounding just right. Today I chose to go further .. push harder, knowing there’s always a pay off .. today the pay off was...

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