8.25.2018

Treadmill Running for Physical & Spiritual Growth

Treadmill running is not always easy. In fact it can be plain mind numbing at times and it is much harder at least from the mental aspect. It is so easy to just throw in the towel and give up when the going gets tough when you are running in place. Sometimes, just sometimes, you need to shake things up.

This is not something new to me as in my over 6 years of running every single day, many of those runs have been on a treadmill. I have also shared many treadmill workouts over the years but recently I have been in a slump even if I did not fully realize it. If you are interested in treadmill workouts, just search this blog for treadmill workouts. 😊

My pace has been slowing on and off of the treadmill for a long time. It could be age. It could be hormones. It could be other factors that I am not always aware of for example, what I am listening to while I run. Most of my runs have been doubling up with time with God, which I do not regret one single bit. The treadmill is my battlefield for physical and spiritual health...and in all reality, for emotional health too.

My runs both on and off of the treadmill have coincided with saying the rosary, listening to Relevant Radio, listening to Hello & Welcome!, or reading the daily readings. All things that soothe my soul but could be leading to slower paces even though I have tried to keep pushing myself. But I was flopping.

Without even realizing what I needed God answered my prayers. I was on the edge with Audible thinking I was not listening enough to keep the subscription going. Hang in there. This is related. Then about two weeks ago I got an email from Audible. I could try out some exclusive Aaptiv workouts on Audible for FREE! Who could pass that up? Not me!

And I have been busting out one new running workout each day as I only have this option until September 5 but am praying it then becomes something I can buy through Audible. And if I can use my credits...win-win!!!  I really don't need or want another subscription even though I am loving the Aaptiv workouts.

The 5K training workout I am sampling is geared for running outside but hey, I am running it on the treadmill. I feel that has some advantages as I am more able to easily hit and hold target paces and not inadvertently slow. Are the workouts worth it? YES!

I am training harder and the time is flying by with each workout...even the tough ones like today's that led to me screaming out loud "ENOUGH!" and wheezing at the end. Ten 1-minute sprints at a 7'30" pace is hard work for a gal who has been training pretty darn close to 11'00" minute miles. And with these workouts, I have been at or below 10'00" miles overall. I am then doing a second additional run for my rosary and prayer at the slower paces I have been training at recently. It makes sense to me to not overdue it but I have added a twist. A vast majority of my rosary runs now include some hill work. I'll go more into that another day.

Why am I pushing myself?

Because I want to ensure I am at the top of my physical health. I want to keep my heart fitness score up in the great range and would love to see if my resting heart rate will come down a bit....and losing a few extra pounds won't hurt. Just being honest. Ladies, things do really change in your 40's. Denial is over. Acceptance is imperative. I could even say resistance is futile. But that doesn't mean I need to back down, give up, and not try.

I understand things are changing and that is natural and I am working with it. I am sticking to running and working to do speed work even if it is killer hard. I am also cross training and adding in more weight training. Ladies, it is good for your bone health. Do it. You won't bulk up. And it won't hurt to ensure we are all getting enough Vitamin D and calcium. With that said, I just may ask my doctor to do a Vitamin D test at my next physical....along with other parameters to ensure I am nourishing my body as well as I am working it.

Daily Gratitude: I am beyond thankful for technology that brings great workouts into my home....and for having a home gym even if it is in our living room.

Daily Bible Verse: If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31

If you liked this post, you may also like Finding My Strength on the Treadmill: Emotional, Physical & Spiritual

8.08.2018

Why I Quit being a Beachbody Coach

This post has been in the back of my mind the past few weeks yearning to come out and explain why over a year ago I quit being a Beachbody Coach.

First, I love their workout programs and still do them...not every day but every week. Some weeks every day. There are some programs I love more than others and I do keep my All Access Beachbody on Demand going. That expense I can rest easy with as it is less than a gym membership for a year and I can "attend" classes whenever and wherever I want. Those are good selling points.

And the shakes weren't too bad. I kinda liked them and was excited when they offered more vegan flavors. That was a win-win for me but I can find a good vegan shake that costs less and honestly, I don't really need to drink a protein shake every day of my life. Just saying... And when it comes to hydration I stick to SOS Rehydrate and you can get 20% off with my friends and family code EGFITNESS.

But I didn't quit because of product. I quit because of reality.

The reality of the return on investment (ROI) and the reality that I did not like what I was being asked to do.

Essentially, I despise high pressure sales. If I walk into a store and I am nagged, I will leave. Don't pressure me. Don't push your product on me. Let me come to my own decision. You can ask if I need help but if I say, "No, thank you." trust me and let me be. And this mentality of mine was 100% opposite of the Beachbody sales strategy I was to adopt to "be successful". I was to nag everyone non-stop. Of course, they didn't use the word nag but I was to invite at least 2-3 people a day to "join me". I was to hunt them down on social media and start the "sales" conversation after stalking them. I know, sounds creepy and totally not the words they used but it is the reality of it. Nope. No stalking for me. No high sales. No pressure. And I am not going to "friend" you in hopes to make money off of you. I wouldn't want to be treated that way so why would I?


And I was supposed to convince them that it was worth every dollar. Maybe it was...or not....but I am a mom and wife trying to pay off debt and the last thing I want to do is put someone else into debt taking advantage of their desire to look and feel better. There are better ways to look and feel better.

And let's take a side step to the look thing. I was to post transformation pictures weekly essentially saying look at me, or so and so, and how fit and beautiful they are because of this! Well, we all come in different shapes and sizes and I am sorry, women have enough to deal with in this world. I did not want to be part of any form of body shaming or setting unrealistic expectations or making any woman feel less about herself. NO. That is not me.

Furthermore, I started this adventure when I was in a dip in my life and yes, Beachbody gave me tools to move through my depression with workouts I still love but I was also growing deeper in my faith. I was watching my daughter grow up and seeing her ideals of modesty and that is what I support. It may be old fashioned but I do believe in modesty. Transformation pictures aren't the most modest things out there. Too much skin, too much ego/pride, not enough humility.

I also signed up to be a coach because honestly, I was scared. Scared of the future. Fears of no security or stability as dear hubby approaches retirement age. Fear of being the "sole provider" of the family, so to speak, when all I really ever want to be is a stay at home mom. So an at-home income had appeal. And my OCD had my mind thinking I had to take care of things. To secure things. But I was naive and of little faith.

All my plans in the world mean nothing if they aren't aligned with God's will. I did pray before signing up to be a coach and had the sense, yes, give it a year and see.

After that "trial period" I realized this wasn't working for me anymore and there was no real ROI. I wasn't even breaking even with the cost of being a coach and the shakes and that made no sense to me especially since my shake stock was piling up a wee bit. Did I mention I am not a protein shake every single solitary day kinda gal? My upline, for the most part, did try to convince me to stay and keep forging ahead. I do have to say the coach I worked directly under never once pressured me. He is a good guy so if you are reading this Mr. Good Guy, thank you for that!

Fast forward a year or so from when I quit to today....how am I?

I am happier. I have more time with my family and to do more meaningful things versus worrying about "nagging" and inviting people to challenges. I do virtual challenges solo or with a group on FitBit and more. I share fitness and health tips and what I truly care about. Most importantly, I am aligned with my faith and core beliefs.

On top of that, I am in better financial shape. Not perfect but better. I still have debt I am tackling but I have a proven method for doing so based on the income God has always been providing my family. I have a budget app (Every Dollar) that I love and log every single purchase. That in itself is a huge reality step to seeing where you spend your pennies. I set limits and stick to them. I am trying hard to get dear hubby to stick to his too. It is a battle but a worthy battle.

Darling daughter is learning about budgeting and applying the same questions and principles I am - Do I need this or just want this? Do I need it now or can it wait? And the budget gives us the freedom to splurge and have fun as I set up an account for that. Treat ourselves guilt free, buy gifts guilt free, donate with confidence, and work on that snowball of debt.

That makes me happy and that truly is what God wants for all of us. And the future? Who knows! I am going to leave that in God's hands. He is much more capable than I am.

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful that I listened to my inner voice and stood up strong adhering to my faith and principles.

Daily Bible Verse: Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire. ~ 1 Timothy 2:9

8.02.2018

June & July 2018 Training Report

The year is more than halfway over and I am not totally stoked with my progress with my 2018 goals - to run 1,170 miles (and break 10,000 streak miles) and to log 70 new cross training workouts.

Since I kinda flopped on putting together my June 2018 Training Report, I am going to wrap up the past two months. But I do need to step back a moment and tell you, this year has been incredibly hard. Thanks be to God, it is not due to depression, anxiety, or PTSD/PASS. As I reflect back now I am thankful for those challenges I faced as they are helping me stay focused on what is truly important.

I lost two beautiful men to cancer this year. Ironically, they both had the same form on brain cancer. One died on my daughter's 10th birthday and the other, my brother in law, just recently on July 7th. But our God is an amazing God and I was able to get to Texas and darling daughter and I got time to spend with my brother in law, my sister, their children, and just be present in this hard time. God also has a sense of humor and likes to test me I think because the following day I received a call from my hubby, who was holding down the fort on Maui, that his car was stolen. 

There was a time this news would have caused me great anxiety and the need to fix it all. To be in control. And this is where I feel my mental health battles prepped me. I just tossed my arms in the air and said, "God, handle this for me." And He did. On His own timing.

And I am going to bring that same perspective into my training report for June and July. I have my goals. My ideas. My plans. But I am going to toss my hands up in the air and praise God for what I have accomplished versus fretting over what I have not.

In June I exercised 36 hours, ran 162 miles, and did 2 new cross training workouts.

In July I exercised 31 hours, ran 153 miles, and did no new cross training workouts unless you want to count swimming laps and maybe I should. After all, that is cross training and I did do a lot of laps (at least a lot for me!).

That brings me to 861 miles for the year and 9,691 streak miles. I only have to log 309 miles to reach my running goals. I am so ahead of the bar on this one!

For my cross training goal, I am at 24 new workouts. EEK! There is a long way from 24 to 70 but what I am going to celebrate now is this....I am still cross training on a regular basis and working out an average of an hour a day. I think that matters most. Those are impacting my health and maybe that is another reason why I am handling things emotionally better right now. I am giving myself the move it and workout time I have found yields optimal benefits. Granted, it is not evenly spaced and I do feel it mentally when I have a string of low workout minute days lined up in a row.

Am I going to give up on my new workout goal? No. I will still look into finding new ones that intrigue me but have been doing ones I can listen to through my phone and know pretty well so darling daughter can do her thing on the TV. I might stake my claim here and there but ask myself, is it more important to do a new workout or workout? I say, workout, especially since those on my phone that I can easily stream are ones that make me the happiest and truly work my body hard. Gotta love that!

The end of July is also bringing other changes into my world. I have opted to home school darling daughter in her religious education and got a couple of core study books to research the curriculum and process available through Catholic Heritage Curricula. I got to say, I am already impressed and we haven't got too far in it. Her week 1 spelling words introduced her to two new vocabulary words that even stumped some friends at the stables. That I like! We even picked up a lesson plan for sewing!!!! But I will get more into that another day in another post.

Until then, be happy and take care of yourself. Run with the wind and cross train yourself strong. I believe in you!

God bless!

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful that I was able to spend so much time with my brother in law before he died. He may not have been able to talk or move but we did make eye contact and I truly believe he heard all I said and understood. Please pray for the repose of the soul of CJ and his family.

Daily Bible Verse: He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. ~ Revelation 21:4