Running on the Beach

 

 

Good Evening Friends!

Summer Bucket List Item #8

Running on the Beach.
beach run

 

Are you a multitasker? If I told you that you could exfoliate your tootsies, wear a bikini, get in shape, and be on vacation all in the same sentence, wouldn’t you be enticed? The gig is running on the beach. It has become one of my new favorite things in LIFE!

For those of you who have difficulty with the MIND portion of mind, body, and sole*, you have got to put this on your bucket list ASAP. I know how challenging a run can be when you are having one of those… I. Just. Can’t. Go. Any. Farther!!!! moments. Believe me when I tell you that your thoughts will only become positive – the waves crashing on the shore and atmosphere at the beach will have you feeling great and going the distance!

Now, for those of you who are ready to get a more fit BODY, running is a fantastic tool! To change difficulty levels, try running in different types of sand. More compact sand occurs just before the waves end on the shore which is a bit easier and makes for a really solid run. If you want to feel like you are in a scene from Baywatch, run in the squishy sand where the water ripples on shore. You will cool off from the water splashing on your sun kissed skin and your feet will love the way the sand feels! For my friends who want a challenge, run in the soft sand that is a bit farther away from the water. This is much more difficult and really works your legs!

And, because I am just so clever…. for those of you who need to work on your SOLES*, running on the beach will give you the softest feet. Plus, you can save some major moola – Guuurrl, I am talking to you with the pedicured toes!!  Sand is a natural exfoliant and that salty ocean water aides as a natural healer for scars. Sounds like the perfect combo to me.

Mind, Body, and Sole ❤

Easy Riding Playlist

Happy Fitness Friday Everyone!

One thing that really gets my blood flowing at the gym, is angry music! (See my Bad A** playlist posts for inspiration) If people only knew that the girl with her hair in a braid and the hot pink Nike shirt frolicking around on the treadmills was actually listening to Rob Zombie, I think they’d be a little shocked! But, amongst the machines on the cardio floor of the gym are the stationary bikes. In that area, I really workout to a totally different tune. I prefer easy riding. On the bike I will catch up on my reading or I will listen to a lighter playlist and go with the flow. One that allows my mind to let loose and imagine that I am cycling through a *peaceful meadow*. When you are on the bike cranking out a smooth 20 mile distance, maybe some of the songs on my playlist will help you get there!

Easy on the ears and heavy on the pedals

Are you Hardcore Enough for this?

YAY! It is FITNESS FRIDAY! Now, 9 times out of 10, I try to blog about properly carrying oneself like a lady! But, when it comes to the gym – be a freak! Be a beast, get down with *yo bad sef*, sweat your bum off, don’t be afraid to go for the heavy weights, and most importantly, show the boys up! This post is long over due… I promised that shortly after I posted “The B.A. Girls’ Playlist Lite“, I would post the more hardcore version. I can personally say that these are songs I listen to just about every time I go to the gym. I swear it gets the juices flowin’, the heart a-pumpin’, and the sweat drippin’! I get so fired up from this playlist, and I am certain that you will too! WARNING: If you are faint of heart, this might not be the playlist for you!

Train like a Bad A**, Look like a Goddess

Fall in love with my new blog schedule!

Hello all, happy fall (yeah, that rhymed)!

Now that summer is over *sigh*, it is time to get back into the swing of things. Being my “anal retentive” self – I am scheduling my blog posts from here on out. My free minded spirit has left the building now that summer is gone and my new job is starting. Drumroll please…..

Monday: I am going to add some manners to your Manic Monday. This day will be used to share some etiquette tips on how to entertain like a lady, walk like a real woman, dress like the Duchess, decorate like a designer, and carry on a conversation like the Queen!

Tuesday: Or shall I say, “Trendy Tuesday”? On this day, I will give you a look at the hottest fashion trends that are sweeping across the nation – possibly even the globe! Oooo. Ahhh. From Interior Design to Street Style – I will cover it all!

Wednesday: By the middle of the week, I think we all need a good laugh. I am going to add some humor to your hump day by filling you in on some moments in my crazy life! My everyday is nuts and my friends always tell me I should write a book. So these brief posts, might someday be expanded into an amusing book… hmmm…

Thursday: This will be my day to share some extra special lifestyle bliss with you all! I went to school for Interior Design and I love drawing perspectives and rendering. I will give you some “Interior Design Therapy” every Thursday! Tune in for inspiration on your next projects or just checkout my designer look book!

Friday: Fitness tip of the week! These posts will be workouts, playlists, recipes, and tips for staying in shape and looking “oh-my-goodness-you-look-like-a-goddess sexy”! OW OW! Keeping fitness fun will be my biggest goal for Friday!

Saturday & Sunday: Time off! I love weekends and I think they are the best days for living it up! It is time to breathe in some R&R and and let go of the stresses in your week.

Cheers to a great first week – Fall 2012 – here we come!

 

 

Summer Checklist : Day 5

ITEM 25 : Get a good sweat going in neon/funky workout clothes!

Brightly colored clothes have been all the rage this summer. For some reason, I only decided to go along with this fashion trend when it came to my workout clothes. –> This could have something to do with my family being nervous wrecks about me being hit by oncoming traffic when I disappear for an hour+ long run. There is a safety feature in brightly colored clothes!

Whatever the case may be, I double down dog dare you to wear something crazy to workout in this week! Rock purple animal print pants to Zumba. Sport a fantastically bright orange shirt on your morning run! Wear a safety hazard yellow sports bra under a top to your Body Combat class. (take note that bright colors, especially corals, make skin tones pop and look tanner *body image booster*) Be proud of what you are doing to better your body, mind, and spirit – and don’t be afraid to work up a sweat in style!

Staying fit and funky

Summer Checklist : Day 24

ITEM 8 : Get the beach body you’ve always dreamed of!

Okay, I get it, I probably should have posted this a while ago. Now, Now, don’t get your bikini bottoms in a bunch! It is never too late to start working out and aiming for your goals! If you stick to eating healthy foods and working out daily, you WILL see results! No more McDoubles AND enough with the late night snacking! You are in charge of your own body and its outcome. Let’s get in shape together by doing this Dawn & Dusk Workout. It will get your blood pumping in the morning and I know it will put a smile on your face as you start your day! Even if I hit the gym or go for a run, I still like to finish up with these moves before bed. Lying in bed counting sheep while your muscles burn = A Good Feeling (as Flo Rida would put it). Track your progress in a journal or a fitness calendar! In just 4 weeks, you are certain to see results!

Good luck fitness goddesses ❤

Legs Like Lolo

The 2012 Olympic Games have officially come to an end 😦 Watching Ryan Lochte (God Bless America) swim for the gold and Lolo Jones dominate the hurdles should certainly serve as enough motivation until the Winter games roll around. Running is one of my favorite ways to stay in shape – mentally and physically. Here are some tips for taking your run outdoors!

1. Get fitted for running shoes. Describe the type of runner you are to the salesperson so that you can get the best pair of sneaks possible.

2. Always wear sunscreen. I am sure this has been beaten into your head, but as someone whose mother is an oncology nurse, let me tell you, WEAR THE SUNSCREEN! I also throw on a hat too. It protects my eyes and skin at the same time *double whammy*

3. EAT SOMETHING & STAY HYDRATED! You need energy to go the distance and you will need to refuel afterwards too. Go for healthy carbs before and some protein after.

4. Keep the bugs away! I don’t know about you, but I must be sweeter than pie because I am always eaten alive! I use bug spray all of the time which definitely helps. Another big tip – in through the nose and out the mouth. If you have ever swallowed a bug, you will definitely stick to that technique – for the rest of your life! YUCK!

5. Last but not least – enjoy the scenery! Take some pictures, free your mind, let go of everything else going on in your life and take in your surroundings. You will be surprised what you can find once you absorb what is around you, but always stay safe and keep your cell phone on you!

Bravo to your Inner Olympian & Go for the Gold ❤

 

Winding Uphill Battle!

A 6 mile loop in the morning feels great – unfortunately, today it was pushing 90 degrees and it was humid and uphill and I am already tired from the first 3 miles and I was dreading the last 3 and my toes hurt and a gnat basically drowned in the sweat that pooled on my brow…… The list of struggling #WhiteGirlProblems could go on forever. But, I kept my head up and forged on to the top! My favorite part was being the only person I passed who was actually going up it instead of down it! I hope to improve upon this loop tomorrow and conquer this heat. Wish me luck and always remember – mind over matter ❤