Successful week in the blogging world!

Liebster Award {Piloting Paper Airplanes}I have officially purchased my domain (finally), will be self–hosted as soon as I find time to build my own blog, and was nominated for the Liebster Award. The Liebster is a pass–along recognition for smaller blogs (under 200 followers) who deserve notice; the more we share, the more we grow, right?

The rules are simple. I’ve answered 11 questions from my nominator, posted 11 random facts about me, and given 11 new questions for my nominees. These are bloggers I read regularly so I’m happy to give a much–deserved shout out!

Questions from The Secret Life Coach of D.C.:

  1. If you could were a superhero, what would your name be?
    No idea what my name would be, but my power would telekinesis. Sure, not the most original, but how cool would it be to run my car without gas or heal a wound?
  2. What is your favorite aspect of blogging?
    The relationships. I’ve “met” so many fabulous bloggers and become part of great communities. These people have taught and motivated me more than I can ever say.
  3. What blog do you follow most religiously?
    Tough one. I don’t think there’s one blog that rates above others. I’m fairly picky about which blogs I add to my Google reader, so when I follow, I read.
  4. What is your biggest fear in life?
    Sharks. Absolutely sharks.
  5.  Are you a Harry Potter fan? If so, what was your favorite book?
    I never read the books, but I loved all the movies. They all run together, though, so I can’t say which was my favorite… I do know I liked the first few the best when the characters were younger.Ke$ha Halloween {Piloting Paper Airplanes}
  6. What’s your favorite Halloween costume that you’ve ever worn?
    Ke$ha. Because she’s my home girl. And because this SNL performance was ridiculous.
  7. Favorite workout routine?
    Running, hands down. I do enjoy a solid HIIT workout any day, but a run would be my first choice.
  8. What is your dream career?
    Working on the communications team for an international non–profit organization, preferably in D.C. I have a slight crush on that city.
  9. If you had to choose a color to represent your personality, what would it be and why?
    Oh geez…. probably brown: a mix of every color and emotion. I can say my favorite color (right now, at least) is a warm yellow. The color is bright, friendly, sunny, fresh, full of energy and hopeful. I am most certainly not all of those things… but I do aspire to be more of that, and yellow always brightens my mood.
  10. Do you believe in horoscopes? Why or why not?
    Hmm. Never really thought about it. I know I’m on the Cancer/Gemini cusp and that while I have some Gemini traits, I’m solidly a Cancer. I don’t “believe” in the daily horoscope just like I don’t believe in fortune tellers.
  11. Name your greatest passion in life.
    I would say I have three: humanitarian work, environmental issues and healthy living (obviously).

11 random facts about me:

  1. When doing a forward bend stretch, I can lay fully over my legs and fold my feet to touch my toes to the floor.
  2. My birthmark is a small bald spot in my hair.
  3. I hate – I mean haaaaate – raisins. Other dried fruits aren’t far behind.
  4. I am the worst liar on the planet.
  5. Jon and I are experts at eating super simple (read: cheap) and healthy. It’s an art.
  6. I play piano.
  7. My favorite accessories are earrings and scarves.
  8. I’m a huge tea drinker. Not the biggest fan of straight coffee.
  9. When I order a hot drink, I have to line up the lid, cup and hot sleeve. Everything must be straight.
  10. Really, most things have to be straight. Jon will leave things around the house with lids out of line and such just to drive me crazy. OCD much? Probably yes.
  11. I am the oldest of 5 with all brothers. I already have one sister–in–law and I’m expecting a few more to help even things up. (Also, 6.2, my  parents live in Brazil and my youngest brother is still in high school with them).

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11 questions for my nominees:

  1. If you could be best friends with anyone, current or historical, who would it be?
  2. Coffee snob or tea–litist?
  3. Favorite workout?
  4. Favorite recipe?
  5. Coolest place you’ve every been. (Can be as extravagant as a tour of Europe or simple as the best hole–in–the–wall café ever).
  6. Why did you start blogging?
  7. One thing that automatically makes you smile.
  8. Tell us one of your dreams or goals, why, and what you’re doing to pursue it.
  9. Which do you  dislike most: emailing, texting or talking on the phone.
  10. Would you describe yourself as a thinker, communicator or doer and why?
  11. Finish the sentence: If I could do anything with my life from this point forward, I would…

And finally, my nominees in no particular order:

  1. Casey at Casey Voight
  2. Krista at Krista Dalton
  3. Michelle at I Run With It
  4. Lindsay at A Runnaroundd Life
  5. Dana at Mom Runs Half
  6. Connie at Livin’ Lean
  7. Angela at Latte Confidential
  8. Becca at Diary of a Slow Runner
  9. Robyn at Diary of a Spartan–In–Training
  10. Sarah at Picky Runner
  11. Amy at Lavender Parking
  12. Caitlin at Rad Racer

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It's time to start living the life you've only imagined. {Piloting Paper Airplanes}

Know that sour taste in your mouth? The one called disappointment, failure or hurt? The one that tells you to give up and go home? One taste isn’t a big deal, right? You can handle that. It’s when life feels like it’s pelting us with lemons that we run into problems.

Those times can break you or they can make you.

I feel like I’ve been broken more than a few times… and now I’m in the process of re–making myself into a better and stronger person. Today’s motivation is all about saluting those who get back up every single time you fall; it’s about cheering each other on and never giving up on each other; and it’s about knowing that you are worth every ounce of effort you pour into yourself.

It’s time to make some lemonade, people. Or maybe lemon tea. I am between big snow storms right now.

Happy Monday!

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I finally did it.

finally created a page for all the fitness–related graphics I’ve created. I’ve been planning to do this for ages, and just hadn’t gotten around it until today. So…. go check it out! 🙂

As a preview, here is a workout I put together, designed – and then completed! – today. This was a killer. I’m pretty strong, but doing 100 of anything in a row is tough. I finished this in about 42 minutes. Much longer than I thought it would take, so there’s slice of humble pie for this woman. It was a great shoulder and core workout.

Anyway, take a look at the other things I’ve got on the new page, too.

The 1000 Summer Cardio workout {Piloting Paper Airplanes}

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Virtual 5k {Piloting Paper Airplanes}

Been a different week for me. No real reason, just different. Maybe going from mid 50’s last weekend to a winter storm and two snow days has things feeling a bit helter skelter. I’ve had time to catch up on a bunch of work and personal stuff, though! Always a good feeling.

My week:

  • Friday
    • No workout, but an evening of champagne and girly movies with Casey. And a video that maybe no one else will enjoy, but we find hilarious.
  • Saturday
    • Best. Run. EVER. Well, so far. 6.2 miles, 1:00:00 (9:43 pace).
      I went into this run caring about perceived effort than time. As my runtastic app gave me my splits, it became clear that I was moving at a great pace. “One hour,” I kept telling myself. “I can hold a 10:00 pace. You got this.” As any runner knows, a few seconds either way are huge. I didn’t just hold a 10:00 pace, I destroyed it. 🙂
    • Finished up with 40 walking lunges, 50 pushups, 60 back extensions and 1:00 #plankaday front and each side.
  • Sunday
    • Virtual 5K: 3.1 mi, 34:00 (10:58 pace)
      Considering I walked a fair amount of this, I’m happy with that pace. I participated in this virtual 5k with Casey, who’s not a runner, so we took our time and enjoyed the beautiful weather!
    • Finished with 100 back extensions, 100 abs, 50 pushups, 50 bridges, 50 tricep dips and a 2:30 #plankaday.

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    • Monday
      • Rest day with 2:00 front plank and 1:00 planks each side.
    • Tuesday
      • 60 each:
        • back extensions
        • band pull–aparts
        • plank up/downs
        • tricep dips
        • push ups
        • low wood chop
        • bicep curls w/ shoulder press
        • pike push ups
        • & bent rows.
      • Plus 3x 1:00 planks.
    • Wednesday
      • Third pole fitness class. Almost forgot about class and didn’t have time to eat before hand! Made for a tougher – and dizzier – evening. Next week is the last class, so I’m gonna be better prepared! And maybe have a video or two….
    • Thursday
      • Nothing except a quick 1:00 #plankaday. Pretty much just lazy. Well… that and a snow storm.I got myself and into the office – through sleet and wind – just to turn around and go home a whopping 45 minutes later. Felt like a total waste of the morning. On the short drive home mine and other vehicles were already sliding around and visibility was terrible. Plus is I have another snow day today!
Brocoli pizza {Piloting Paper Airplanes}

Also, this happened. Brocoli and onion pizza on homemade dough. Delish.

Not sure what else the weekend holds. Probably zero running. Days like this make me really want a treadmill. And a hovercraft.

And finally, a friend just sent me this. *This much* ironic. 🙂

How do you workout when you’re snowed in?

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Our first and last love is self love. {Piloting Paper Airplanes}

I made a commitment this week: to say something positive to my body every day.

More and more often lately, I make comments to Jon about things I don’t like:

“I wish [blank] was more [blank]” or

“Why can’t [blank] be better?”
and even worse,

“Why does my body hate me?”

I’ve struggled the last few weeks to balance those increasing comments – and thoughts – with something I consider vitally important to overall health: positive self talk. You are what you eat, right? How about you are what you think? Even more, you are what you say

The mental aspect is such a crucial component to health that I worry is too often overlooked. Krysten at Darwinian Fail challenged her readers with the #happyheartproject to change this kind of talk. We want to lose weight, increase muscle, run longer, eat better. Where is the excitement to meditate longer, to praise yourself to yourself, to truly enjoy things that make us happy. (I love to play piano, but I can’t remember the last time I did.)

Dorothy Beal at Mile–Posts wrote this week: “Happiness isn’t a destination as I once thought. Life is rarely perfect, things often don’t go as planned. You have to learn to ride the wave of life and just enjoy it. Don’t worry so much what others think, do what makes you really happy. On that day, last Sunday, running 30 miles on a treadmill made me really happy – SO I DID IT.”

These things are necessary ingredients to good health, too.

Last summer, during all the pre–wedding crippling stress, I was working out too much, eating too little, not taking enough quiet time for myself, letting the stress take over my speech… an all around miserable summer. I was not healthy, physically or mentally. Truth be told, it is impossible for me to hit my physical goals if I am not taking care of myself mentally/emotionally/spiritually (using these terms interchangeably today).

Fellow Sweat Pink ambassador, Caroline, made a telling statement on her blog this week: Health isn’t just about the absence of the negative, but the presence of positive factors. She’s completely right. I need not only to stop telling myself negative things, I need to replace them with positive words.

It is a correction of my thinking. Right now I am fixing numbness and back problems that have limited my running, but in the process, I’ve corrected my running form and increased my speed. I have a metabolism that feels as slow as molasses, but in learning how to eat for my body and metabolism, I’ve learned so many other important things of how food affects our bodies. I am curvy, making me naturally prone to carrying more weight, but I’m curvy with a perfect hourglass shape!

Somewhere on this self–talk journey we discover Casey’s magic web of emotions:

“We are all part of huge web that stretches all across the world. Each and every one of us is linked to that web. You are a vital part of that web. Now imagine if you will that there is an imaginary line drawn from you to everyone you encounter. Every person you come in contact with will take with them a piece of your emotion. (Don’t worry you have endless amounts of this.) Now lets say you are having a bad day. You’re tired, you’re grumpy, you’re uninspired, you’re feeling rather negative. The way you are feeling will come out and attach itself to everyone you meet. (Because we can FEEL emotions). This happens without people even thinking about it. At this point you are not only making yourself feel bad but others as well – yikes.”

Sarah Ogden wrote an incredible post over at Everyday Feminism about this negative talk and body shaming. (Seriously, gals and guys, please read her post). “We have trouble understanding why someone who isn’t a size 2 could love their body,” Sarah wrote. “We exist in a culture that conflates health with thinness.”  I have certainly succumbed to that kind of thinking and my self–talk reflects that. When I say things like “Why can’t I get in shape like that person?” Jon is always quick to tell me that I am in shape and I am healthy.

And he’s right! Looking back to the summer, I am stronger, faster & fitter; I eat more and healthier now; I’m not stressing about workouts anymore; I’m making meditation & prayer a priority.

Sarah is on point: We need to move the conversation around exercise away from weight loss and shift the focus onto health and wellness.

Your turn:
Do you talk to yourself negatively or positively?
How can you improve that part of your healthy lifestyle?

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