Perfectly Imperfect Race Day –10K YAY #RunningOnTheWall — Halloween Edition

Happy Saturday & Happy Halloween! 

Today… I got up early (4:30, but with the time Falling Back tonight that 4-5 AM wake-up is going to feel like 3 AM!

I already had my running clothes laid out the night before. But, wait where is my SHOE!

Hobbling around room in the dark, one shoe on, turn on the lights, still can’t find it, (note to self today is the day to clean my bedroom…thoroughly!) My running shoe is MIA! so my old, old, shoes had to make due! 

This Virtual Race Day was not off to a great start. at least I looked cute this morning. Super Cute Hat with my Running on The Wall Gear (my camera on this old phone I’m using, is pathetic! For real the camera is so bad, it’s enough to make me cry!) I didn’t even really realize that it was Halloween, until I was done with my race (people were in costumes and I really wasn’t paying attention lol) …YES MY RACE WAS on a treadmill! I was extremely grateful, that I just had to jump in my car and go to the gym!!! I am loving the Virtual Race aspect of this as well as my monthly commitment to it.

However, the treadmill shut off like 3 times and re-started my time/pace/distance. So, all my race time is iffy I know Jogged/Walked under a Hour and a half. And, that’s all I need to know really! My only competition is myself and right now my GOALS are setting the bar and work on self-improvement…everyday!

Distance… I kept track of with my phone and about 99,9% sure I got the distance right.

However, in my heart ❤ I did the best I could! As far as distance, (may be a little sore, but not too bad.) I have completed a 5K and now 10K. And, feeling more comfortable to really start my “training and work on getting BETTER! Also, I know I have been working on this for years, but getting OUTSIDE and running, I am in the perfect time of year for this. Summer, I have the worst allergies and running in heat is harder for me.

Confession: I had the flu for two weeks +, this is my first real week back to feeling like myself and so no real training was performed! I did yoga when I could and practiced lots and lots of Self-Care.

I did way better than I expected, my time flew by fast, my body felt OK, I did the whole marathon more like a HIIT running/walking. With a couple longer jogs. The treadmill was fine today.

My goal for next month is to do my race outside! And, focus on real training.

Does anyone want to Virtual Race with me?!?!? If so sign up for November on Running on the Wall!

Cold Weather tips and favorite things (like shoes that don’t get wet,) would be graciously appreciated!!! 

One More Thing!!! I have a awesome GIVEAWAY  with 5 days left to enter! 

You can also enter to win Here!

OK, Two more things! I forgot to add my Overnight Chia Pudding recipe that was my before and after meal before my own race today!

My Overnight Chia Pudding! 

  • One Banana Smashed
  • 2 TBSP Mighty Nut Powered Peanut Butter Protein Don’t forget to enter giveaway! HERE! 
  • 2 TBSP of Chia Seeds (fold in)
  • I use Almond Milk, whatever you like/use will be fine about 4- 8 oz. (depending on how thick you like your Chia Pudding.)
  • Splash of Vanilla Extract.
  • Dash Cinnamon and Turmeric
  • Top with Blueberries and Toasted Coconut just for fun!
  • Added Blueberries + Coconut in the morning

Anyways, even if it was a 10K walk/run it is still a success!!!

XOXO,

Laurie~

 

Completely Random Saturday’s — Coffee Talk — Running, Yoga, and Healing

Good Morning & Happy Saturday! 

Day Before, my Virtual 5K with Running On The Wall. 

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This is my Swag! Love it ALL! OMG those sandals are to die for. And the shirt is so soft and perfectly fit. But I will tell you more after my virtual race tomorrow. Sunday Runday’s are on a big-time comeback for me.

Long story short + *disclaimer I was offered a chance to run a Virtual Race a month, tell about it for a sawg pack like posted the above, once a month for a year. (Can I get a heck YES?!) Talk about some running motivation! This opportunity came to me last weekend at the Seabrook Retreat, during my brief spot of internet, after a horrid attempt at a run. What really stood out to me was the thought, perfect timing! because, I had actually cried after a asthma attack at the beginning of a beach run. I made it to top of steps and kept on going back to the house to get calm, I didn’t think to bring a inhaler, I have only had a asthma attract a couple times in my life. And, this was  at the very beginning of the workout. (TOTALLY WILL HAVE A POST ON SEABROOK with For The Glow….It was an amazing, life-changing trip that deserves a whole blog post for itself, just like my Running recap will be tomorrow!) 

To add to that *Disclaimer, all opinions are my own. I would totally do this, get a bunch of friends from all over the world, to Virtually race with me. With that amazing quality of “Swag” involved and it’s cheaper than a real race and if the weather does not cooperate and you can sort of pick your own date close to that of the event time.

And then I cried, and cried, and cried, in a nice warm shower. It wasn’t just the attack, it was the fact I gave up and I really need to make running and consistently running back in my life.

So, I seen the opportunity to run a virtual race and commit for a year…. I was all over that…. DONE! It said run, walk or crawl! So, my first race will be my starting point basically!

Oh man, it looks beautiful out, but Oh man, my allergies really “turned on” this morning. I am really contemplating the weekly allergies shots. It feels like every season is a season that I have a different allergy.

So, for me “right now” running outdoors is what completely flares my allergies up is out of the question. It sucks because it would be optimal outside running weather! (Shhhhh I am a fair weather runner!) Lucky for me, that’s exactly why I joined the gym!

And, the beauty of a Virtual 5K!

I just got done doing something totally crazy…

Ready for it…

I did my “own” yoga workout early this A.M. No planning ,just flowing this morning. Giving lots of extra attention to what I have been working on healing and stretching what needs to be stretched. I finished…..

… and I just sat there. And, then I meditated for a while no time limit, just until I felt like stopping… and felt this overwhelming sense of gratitude, that I just did something very special for myself.

I have not done that in a long time. My body is so happy right now.

I truly believe that everyone should take their yoga & meditation practice HOME with them!

Also, side note I had to get in and get some Spa Time at Espri Corps Ame’ I told her what hurts where, and had the most AMAZING Massage, and then did an AMAZING Infrared Sauna treatment. Another light-bulb moment from Seabrook, I needed to fix my back and hips AND clear out my lungs or I won’t have any good workouts!

Now I have no plans today except cleaning in my PJ’s! Yes, I took a shower and put new PJ’s on, because … it’s freakin Saturday! It’s my planning day and R & R “personal” spa day.

Anyways, gonna enjoy me some “Wonderful Saturday!” 

Have a BLESSED DAY,

Laurie~*

Monday Madness — Inspiration — Motivation — Oh My

Happy Monday!

Woke up this morning to puppies my dogs new puppies and feeling really inspired and motivated to have a great week! They are adorable but a lot of work! I think my son stayed up all night while she was having them!

O.K. So, my digital detox is over. But, I am going to take some of what I’ve learned last week, to carry me through this week. I don’t need to be plugged in 24-7 and I am going to work on being more productive when I am online. (Work smarted not harder!)

It is such a weird feeling, I have a visitor coming today and I am NOT stressed about it. Yes, I have a little cleaning to do. but I am no longer living in total CHAOS! It’s so weird to keep up on stuff around the house. I’ve been letting my home hold me back for longer than I can remember. Slowly my home is coming together. Not just my home, but ME in general. I have been practicing lots on of daily self-care. I took quite a break here, focused on myself and keeping up with everything. Took lots of downtime while I have been in “transition” getting my Mother in Law moved in and back to better health, getting my home in order and keeping up with daily routines.

I can do more!

I consider myself a lifelong learner. Besides school, I spend my free time…. learning! I love learning about  different things. I realized how un-balanced all the areas in my life are. It’s getting better, but it’s still a lot of work that needs to be done. With everything that has been crazy that has been going on in my life, I still feel like I am in control. And… guess what?!?! I AM in control.

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YES!

I’m really excited to get to the gym today and get my week started off right. Other than some allergies, the “I’m sick” excuse isn’t gonna “fly” anymore!

I have goals, dreams intentions……..

When I think about the main thing that I need to be doing in order to achieve balance in all my areas, my health is priority #1. It’s time to start 1/2 Marathon training, daily yoga, and work on my “own personal” exercise routines.

Another BIG focus…..

Going 100% Gluten/Wheat Free.

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s a lot easier to “say” that I will do it than it is to actually “live it.” and Guess What?!?!? It’s time to live it. I’m not one of those people that are going on some “new” craze. I really should have no wheat or gluten and I know this. Every time I slip, I physically regret it. That always doesn’t stop me. Gonna start getting super creative in the Kitchen and just come to terms with “No More.” There are plenty of things that I can eat that I don’t NEED to put my body through pain just to have one stupid snack or meal that doesn’t serve me as fuel.

I may be a slow learner, but I am getting it! I feel myself coming together and it feels amazing!

This week….

* I choose to focus on my house, get the areas organized that I have been avoiding. (Trust me there are a lot, even if the main areas are company/visitor friendly!

* I choose to FUEL my body with “real food.”

* I choose to get to the gym everyday! (#noExcuses)

* Time management. Yes, I need to work on this. My digital detox may be over, however I need to keep a actually schedule and limit my time on stuff that sucks me in to getting stuck.

I’m gonna keep on keeping on! Keep clearing space, space, and more space. Make room for some new exciting stuff to come into my life.

Missed a couple weeks of joining in on the — Monday Madness “Link Party”

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Go check it out…there are a lot of good and useful blogs in this “Link Party!”

So, what had been my secret to getting all of this to come together?!?! Honestly, going through this Feng Shui Catalyst camp has been life changing! Seriously, you should go check her out, Dana from The Tao of Dana is pretty amazing, and even if your not in the camp the blog and her You Tube Channel is filled with lots of inspiration and just some really good and positive ideas!

It’s not all superstitious Feng Shui, it’s just a energy thing. I mean ear ARE made up of energy!!! The changes that are happening feel like a “miracle” to me.

It’s all about complete “Wellness!” Mind, Body, & Soul connection!

Stay tuned, I have a giveaway coming up tomorrow on the blog! #yay I love doing giveaways!

I don’t know about you all, but I am ready for an AMAZING week!

Be well my friends!!! XOXO

Feed My Soul Sunday — Ready – Set – GLOW

Happy Sunday!

Started off this morning with my Morning Pages,  meditation, and lighting candles & incense!

Got a little nostalgic last night reading through old journals, and blogs about my “yearly tradition,” The Resolution Challenge from For The Glow. Basically, it’s a Real food Detox. No sugar, meat, or Dairy. Typically in years past there was no coffee either, this year this week I am allowed one cup of Organic Coffee.

This is not as easy as it sounds. While I have had wonderful success with this in the past, I easily forget that it is not easy. Having the grocery list and my meals & workouts pretty much planned out for me is great, but the withdraws from everything (mentally and physically) takes it’s toll on me. And, I have to confess that I did NOT have the healthiest of Holidays! So, going in this year as opposed to last year is going to be much harder on me. The first year, it was a big wake up call, but I survived… So I will survive again this year! I am actually very excited about it!

Planning & Prepping & Shopping & Cleaning today! I am setting myself up for success.  Time to GLOW!

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Live Everyday With Intention!

Every morning this week… “Me Time!” I am waking up early and setting my daily intentions, journal writing everything from foods, to workouts, to what kind of mood I am in etc. I am also keeping a running journal of my “Time.” Time management is NOT one of my strengths. In fact time really just seems to slip by me throughout the day!

Every morning this week… I intend to #getupandglow !!! Water with lemon and fresh ginger first!

Every morning this week… I will get my workout in first. After my daily “Me time” my workout is first on the list!

Every Morning this week… I will set a block of time for cleaning & de-cluttering!

Every Morning this week… I will complete my homework before I can take a nap.

Every Afternoon this week… I will take a nap (lol.)

Every Evening this week… my intention is to get a evening routine in place.

– — – – – My Evening routine: “MORE ME TIME!”clean the kitchen after dinner, re-pick-up the areas that I had already cleaned, 15 min. just de-cluttering or paperwork, do some yoga or stretching, take a hot bath (probably lots of detox baths,) light some candles &, reflect on my day, journal, meditate, and reflect on my day.

Every Evening this week… I will not go to bed with out planning my intentions for the next day!!!

Every Evening this week… I will #glowtosleep early!

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So, those are my weekly Intentions!

Setting the “tone” for my week right now. Getting organized is going to be so good for “My Soul!” (P.S. Start Catalyst Camp AKA. De-clutter Camp tomorrow too!) I am actually excited about this week! So, between the two challenges.  I am working my way towards success and balance in my life. Today, is my “real” first day of the New Year.  It’s all about ME! Every step I take will be in the direction of my goals, dreams, and happiness!

Well, that pretty much sums it all up! I am excited to share my weekly successes here! I am ready to make this week AMAZING!

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What are your Weekly Intentions? Do you have daily routines? Are you prepping today for success in your week?

XOXO,

Laurie~*

 

 

 

First Random Friday in 2015

TGIF! Happy Friday!

This is the first Friday in 2015, but probably my last Friday that It really doesn’t matter weather of not it is Friday! As soon as school  starts next week, Thursdays automatically become TGIT & Fridays become a great BIG TGIF! I had so much I “wanted” to accomplish with my time off, instead I took my time off as Time Off! I have no hard feelings about this. It was a much needed break.

A few years ago, for part of my New Year’s Resolution; I gave up buying latte’s and erased the word CAN’T from my vocabulary.

If only I had started a “give up buying five dollar coffees,” jug I would be rich!

Giving up saying, “I can’t” was one of the best resolutions I have ever made. It snowballed into a lot of positive thinking and irritation with friends and people who have the “I can’t” or “I will never be able to _______” attitude. The quote by Henry Ford, is so powerful, because I CAN! And, I always say, “never say never!” The power in the quote lies in the truth of it. If I believe I can’t do something, I simply can’t. Well, I can, I will, and I believe……. in myself!

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I am finally on the right path. I am on the Road to Success and there are no detours, no pit stops and nothing that can hold me back!

In retrospect, twenty-fourteen was all about setting myself up for Success.

In 2015, it’s all about “making it happen!” I can feel the magic in the air. If I look within & take a really good look, my heart of hearts knows this is the year to make “$hit” Happen!” Or in my case making “shift” happen! I have shifted, I have changed, and there is no turning back now.

Forward Motion.

One foot in front of the other.

No looking back. Except for reflection.

Past the point of no return.

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Chapter One… Let’s Do This $hit!

Making myself a TOP priority. 

Self-LOVE!

I am cleaning house (not just my home but my mind, body and soul!) I am starting from inside and working my way out. Getting rid of everything that no longer serves me. And, I mean EVERYTHING! My path couldn’t be clearer! I am holding the keys to everything I want, I just have to put the key in the door and walk through.

Pretty much, my New Year really happens on the 5th. This weekend I will spend preparing for the changes that are already on their way.

And…. I am freakin excited about….EVERYTHING…Life, Love, and the Pursuit of ME!

Wrote out a commitment to myself. No more self-sabotage. It is one thing, that I have a great track record in the past. But, the past is just that, in the past. Like I said, “Forward Motion!”

So, what is first the first step?

Admitting to myself that I am ready for this. Really, truly, believing that I can achieve anything that I set my mind out to do!

#BOOM

And, that’s it! I’m not going to get into all the details right now. I left those details for my personal journal!

Just WATCH OUT 2015, I am about to “own” this year!

I made it this far I am going to……

Keep Going

 

 

 

 

Another Year Bites The Dust — Welcome 2015

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Looking back in retrospect, 2014 has been pretty AMAZING! It doesn’t feel the same as last year on New Year’s Eve. Last year I was happy to say “KICK ROCKS,” and welcomed twenty-fourteen with open arms. Right from the start, I knew it was going to be a great year! And it was! Everything I did this year, kept me moving in forward motion. Step by step, everything I did. all the lessons learned, were positive and  set all my wheels in motion.

I spent my year surrounded by positive friends! Learning and growing as a person every chance that I got! This year I soaked up everything like a sponge. Really got down and dirty in my journal and shining a flashlight on what is working for me and what no longer serves me.

* My grades in School were Awesome, I am am very proud of them. I worked very hard to get them and pushed through the stress and came out on top every time.

* I practice meditation almost everyday, I learned some cool stuff like Ayurveda, learned about my Chakras, and really did some inner personal growth work on myself.

* I found out a lot about myself and through Morning Pages & my journals, I have a clear vision of what I want and NEED in my life.

Anyways, as I look back over the year all I can do is smile. I made it. I survived. I am blessed beyond measure and grateful for everything! I am ready for the new blessings that The Universe has for me in the New Year! I am truly grateful for everything that has come in my life and every thing that has left!

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I found this interesting article on Mind Body Green:
12 Rituals To Do In 12 Days To Guarantee 12 Months Of Love & Prosperity

I am literally excited, for whatever 2015 has in store for me!

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I want to say Thank YOU, to all of you for being a pat of my Journey, and my Journey continues……..

So I want to wish you all a wonderful New Year filled with blessings and happiness!

— May The Force Be With YOU.

XOXO,

Laurie~*

More On New Year’s Resolutions — Tuesday Link Up — #dishthefit

Happy Tuesday!

Only a couple days left in 2014! I can’t even believe that the year went by so fast! Here is a little more ion New Year’s Resolutions. aside from getting “Organized,” I have big dreams and plans for this up-coming year!

When looking up the definition of Resolution — I realize that intention is a synonym for the definition of Resolution! How ever you feel about resolutions, I love them, I live for them, New Year’s is by far my favorite Holiday of the whole year! It is my chance to start a new. Even if I have to start a new each week, each day, or every minute.

My Mantra for this New Year is, “Live With Intention,” & take advantage of all the “Opportunities” presented to me. It feels like, with every New Year, The Universe sends something “New and Exciting” my way. I have the intention of taking advantage of these “Opportunities,” even if they pull me in different directions.

No matter what direction Opportunity takes me I resolve this year to explore all directions!

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Resolutions, Intentions, Goals, Dreams, Wishes, Possibilities, Discipline, Action, etc.

You can call it whatever you want. I am ready to take big steps and actions to make 2015, my best year yet!

Fitness & Health Intentions!

I have simplified my list:

*Discipline and Action! I have everything I need to make the changes that need to.

*Signing up for races, training, etc.

*Eat Clean, it’s just that simple. NO diets. Real food detox’s when I feel like it!

*Get my certifications and start working.

*Set weekly intentions and attainable goals for myself.

*Meditate Daily. Get my certification in meditation.

*Practice Yoga as much as possible!

My Anthem for 2015!

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Exactly! Why Not Me! It’s MY time~! I am “literally” getting out of my own way!

This week I joined up today for another Amazing Tuesday Link-Up, with Jill Conyers and The Fit Switch for #dishthefit ❤ Check it out! So much positive energy and motivation from the amazing #fitfam Community in this Link-Up!

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So, this is a very brief declaration of what is to come in the New Year. I am feeling the excitement and feeling the “winds of change,” and I believe whole-heartily, that this wind is blowing me in the right direction. And it feels effing AMAZING!

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Wishing Everyone a wonderful New Year!

What do you have to look forward to in The New Year! I would LOVE comments, etc.

Many Blessings to you all!

Laurie~*