Thursday, August 16, 2012

Preface

Last week I saw some blogs I follow link with Inspire Me: Healthy a fitness link up by Don't Quote the Raven and All in My Twenties. I've started doing some more fun and mindless link ups because they make for an easy post, and I love that scouring Pinterest can turn into a blog post for me, but I really liked the idea of one with some weight to it. No pun intended.

A Mommas Desires And Pacifiers

When I signed up for a half-marathon a few weeks ago, one thing I noted was that I would use my blog to chronicle my journey and really to also just hold me accountable to training and getting my butt in gear for the race. Using this link up I can hopefully share my training victories and triumphs as well as general health and fitness information I encounter.

My real training will not start until the end of September, though I'm using this time in limbo to keep up my cardio endurance and put together a training plan. So I decided that I should start my story at the very beginning, going back in time to write about my journey with fitness where it began right after high school. I gave a short glimpse of this story a few months ago, but chapter one will come next week. I do however want to note a few things up front.

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In no way am I any type of health professional. Any knowledge that I share is something I've gained from reading books/blogs and doing health and wellness research. I'll admit that I've definitely followed some unhealthy diets and trends and in no way are my past health habits a picture of perfection. But it's what I was told, what I listened to, and what I did.

Over the past two years I've become much more knowledgeable on the subject especially after giving up meat and doing massive amounts of research on vegetarian diets and sneaking more protein into your daily meals. I was flabbergasted when I saw a nutritionist at USC in May to check out my typical diet/exercise plan and see if I was eating enough of the right kinds of foods, and she really didn't have much advice to give me. Though I was looking for some type of golden nutrition tips and suggestions and was almost let down to know I was on the right track, I quickly was excited that for the first time in my life I am on the right track!

At the end of the day I just want to treat my body right. From experience I know I feel best when I exercise regularly and eat well. I'm trying to feel my best and be my best, and my body definitely deserves the best. I also have a massive sweet tooth so it makes me feel better when I do indulge...

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So if you care to, follow me along on the ups and downs of my fitness days past and as I work towards conquering my first (and hopefully not last!) half-marathon. It's not going to be pretty but I promise there will be some laughs...and probably some sweaty post-run pictures of me to make fun of!

13 comments:

Traci said...

"because I really like dessert" My husband and I had a good laugh over that one ...... mostly because it's so true ;)

Holly said...

A half marathon is an awesome goal. I am right there with you on that. And my goodness, I need that drinking canister. Describes it all perfectly. :)

Christina @My Life, Laughs, and Love said...

You go, girl! I have never ran any sort of marathon, 5k, etc. and admire those who have that kind of goal! Loving each and every picture + so excited for you! ps, I'm in VA, too :)

Kristine Foley said...

Love the pins and love me a good dessert too :) Good luck to reaching your goals! Training to run s half marathon next year, so excited to follow your progress! Rock on!

Dani @ Inspire Motivate Love said...

I'm hoping to sign up for a half marathon soon, but I think getting fit is my first goal. I need to make it a habit before extending my reach.
Great post! :)

Amy said...

I'm training for a half marathon too! I'm really excited about it, it's something I've always wanted to do, but I've NEVER been a runner. That's awesome that you gave up meat, I tried and failed miserably haha. Looking forward to following along on your training journey :)

ashleigh said...

hey girl; wow a half marathon that is amazing!
found ya through the link up; and am a new follower! i am really excited for this journey for you!

Kristen @ All In My Twenties said...

Half marathon is an awesome goal!! Im not the best runner so it always amazes me when I meet people who run long distances!!! Best of luck with your training!!!

Thanks for linking up!

Kristen

-Emily- said...

I so need that water bottle! Good luck on your half marathon! I would love to be able to do that....MAYBE someday! :)

Megan said...

Good luck with your half marathon! I keep saying I want to do one but then I wimp out.

Jennifer said...

good luck with your half marathon training! there's nothing better than that feeling as you cross the finish line! i've done two and i'm ready to start training for number three.

Kay Bee said...

I'm so jelly! Couldn't bring myself to sign up for a marathon even though it was half price on Groupon! I guess I was afraid that I would pass out in training or was thinking of how skinny everyone else would be (just being honest). I'm working up to it though. I'm trying to do the color run next year!

passionandlaughter said...

I signed up for the Princess Half too!!

Once you get past the 10K distance, I think you'll really start to love training. It took me a little while to really stick to the plan and to force myself to do those long runs but after a few weeks it just made the sense.

There is nothing like receiving a medal after you cross the finish line.

You're going to do great!