Suns out, bunz out! Storms have passed and the 🌞 is finally out! Low tide which means I get some ocean time. 2 years ago, I bought this bikini 👙 to motivate me to lose the weight. I wanted to feel like I was in my 20’s again. Exercise does make me feel youthful which matches my spirit. But after I hit my goals... I realized that losing the weight doesn’t matter. It was to find a way to love myself again. I thought changing the outside would help me but it’s loving yourself that’s important. I exercise for health reasons and to be here for my babies as long as I can.
In the end, no judgements should be passed to any woman. You should wear what makes you feel good. Honestly, if I could turn back the clock...I would still tell my heavier self to wear this. Screw society and the ideals of what body type can pull it off or not. You feel good wearing it, do it! Loving yourself and confidence is what it is about. Yes, running and being fit helps me but it doesn’t matter. It matters how I feel and what I think about myself. The outside doesn’t define you. It’s what’s in the inside that makes a person. Find your passion and keep doing what you love. ❤️🏖☀️👙🏃🏻♀️#beach#annualdonkdrop#fitandhealthy#loveyourbody#runningisgoodforthesoul#journey#ocean#saltlife#familyvacation
“If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can master, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you”- Less Brown 🙏. .
I definitely have crazy goals that sometimes scare the crap out of me😱. For example: to qualify for Boston Marathon 💛💙19🙋🏻♀️. Do you have any out of reach goals👇🏼
YTD 682/1000 miles
At the age of fourteen I started smoking. I guess you could say I fell into the "peer pressure" trap. Once I had turned the legal age to purchase cigarettes, I started smoking more often. At my worst, I smoked about a pack a day 🤢. When it came to "trying" to quit smoking, I failed miserably so many times. I had every excuse in the book to start smoking again after brief periods of quitting. Something would eventually set me off and I'd use it as my excuse to light up again. In the year 2010 (24 years old ) I read the book "Allen Carr's Easyway to Stop Smoking". I would call this my first personal development book because it allowed me to look at how I reacted to life from a different perspective. Some how I had brainwashed myself into thinking that little cigarette fixed all my problems, which really it did not. Aside from being an expensive and unhealthy habit, smoking for me, and anyone really, is risky. Personally for me, it felt like a real gamble because shortly after turning seventeen I lost my dad to cancer. He was also a smoker and his cancer originated in his lungs most likely from smoking. Today marks EIGHT YEARS since my first day I chose to quit smoking. Not even one cigarette, not one puff, not one slip up. Looking back at my teenage years and even my early 20s, I'll admit it that I made many mistakes (still do 😂), but those mistakes were blessings in disguise. As painful as some of them were, little did I know they would help me change the way I think for the better. I'm not proud that I smoked, but what I am proud of is that I found healthier ways to cope with the stresses in life. It is inevitable, shit hits the fan. Life does not always go according to plan. The mind though, it is such a powerful tool. To celebrate 8 years being cigarette free I decided to run 8km today. Would of loved to run 8 miles instead, but it's pretty smoky outside. I hope it rains soon!!! #runninginwonderland#runningisgoodforthesoul#8yearssmokefree#runningstreak#1000milesin2018#1000miles1year#2018goldchallenge#garmin#iamarunner#runner#canadianrunner#roadrunner#borntorun#run#keepcalmandrunon#ilovetorun#eveningrun#8k
It has not been my day.
I woke up early to enjoy some quiet time, only to hear one of my chickens get hit by a car.
Micah had to put her out of her misery, I couldn’t do it.
The boys and I started out strong doing errands, but by then end, I was the mom screaming “STOP SCREAMING!” (Trust me, the irony isn’t lost on me).
I fell asleep as the boys napped, and ended up sleeping 3 1/2 hours...
I stepped in chicken poop 5 minutes after getting out of the shower, I’ve bent down twice while holding containers, one water, and 10 minutes ago, my shakeology... pouring 90% of it on the floor....
It hasn’t been a stellar day. It’s ok. Because inbetween all the crap I just listed- I got in a run, I watched my boys play, my supportive and loving fella hugged me, and when I stepped out of the puddle of shakeology, he was wiping my feet..
I had sunshine on my shoulders as I ran. My rest day activity was what I needed.
So it hasn’t been my day. It’s going to happen. But I’m choosing to focus on the in between.
A little variation this evening, running on undulating grassed terrain working your muscle groups in different ways, helping with the prevention of injuries with your quads, calves and Glutes, not forgetting your Heart and Lungs.
Everyone home comfortably and achieving between 7- 10.8k accompanied by a fair few PB’s.
Quote of the evening: “I thought we were going slow but we must have been motoring”
BRB do not have slow ones at the back we have runners “No one gets left behind”
Next up: BRB Workout Session Thursday at Sutherland Grange 19:20 for a 19:30 Start.
Don’t forget your Mozi Repellant and Hydration.
BRB Military Workout
Fitness with Strength, Courage and Fun.
I'm training for the Cardiff Half Marathon right now peeps. You could say it was meant to be that I went to a wellbeing event and met one of the guest speakers there, (@getjinfit ) who asked me to join her half marathon team to help raise money for charity. It was ironically the breath of fresh air I needed in my lungs. Ironically being that in return we can offer that same possible feeling to people who are dealing with #cysticfibrosis Kayleigh is our inspiration for running the half marathon and one of the reasons for raising money to help #cardiffandvalehealthcharity If you would like to support our run by donating to our #justgiving page, go click on the link in my bio⬆️ 💛 Thanks peeps xx
Running is so good for the soul! 💫 .
I seriously think I’m on top of the world and so freakin awesome when I’m on a run. I also have the most random thoughts as well! My run started out with a slight panic attack thinking about the super dad story in Sydney and how freak accidents happen all the time. It’s so heartbreaking and really makes you so thankful for the health of your family. .
Then a new song came on and I started thinking about how awesome I am... I’m a beast, a woman and hear me roar! .
I also have deep thoughts like how far I’ve come on my own personal journey and how I really love helping people on their fitness journey. Helping them achieve their goals, gain more energy and confidence, and feel comfortable in their own skin. How awesome my team is and so grateful I have a team that’s very supportive. We are there to help push each other and bring each other up. It’s such a wonderful feeling knowing you have found your passion and you truly enjoy what you do. .
Then my thoughts wondered off to how hot and humid it was.
Ugh, I’m dying but I need to finish this run. I can do it!
Why won’t that person look at me and say hi? I know I look like I’m dying but I’m not asking them to join me!
Oh, that dog does not look friendly.... I’m just going to run way over here.
What am I going to wear today? What should we do today? It’s going to be hot so maybe the pool.
Oh, yay! I’m almost done then I can take a nice shower and have my yummy shake! .
Run is done! What was my pace? Not bad! .
Where are my runner friend? 🙋🏼♀️ What thoughts do you have on a run? ✨
8 miles complete!! Most definitely not my best timing...however I’m focusing on my mileage than my speed. And let me remind you, I was NEVER a runner. Something happens to me spiritually when I run...I feel more and more connected to the spirit. I’m not running for vanity purposes but to push myself further and further...I wanna see how far I can really go. I’m amazed. I started super slow in the beginning (like half a mile at a time) and it continued to grow. Your body adapts to A LOT...it’s super impressive! If you have a dream to go further, you first need to truly visualize what you look like when you’ve crossed the finish line. And this doesn’t only pertain to running, pertains to any dream or goal you set for yourself. Go get it!! 🤩 #goals#runnersofinstagram#runningmotivation#keepgoing#youwillsurpriseyourself#motherrunner#training#yolo#bestlife#8mile#runningisgoodforthesoul#feedyoursoul#soulrunner