Monday, October 12, 2015

12 additions for your workout playlist

Music playing through my phone is one of my favorite things about working out. But I get bored really easily and am always looking for new tunes.

So I thought I'd share a few of my current favorites, in case you need some new tunage as well.

- AM Radio by Everclear

- Unbreakable Smile by Tori Kelly

- Super Duper Love by Joss Stone

- We Will Rock You by Queen

- Everything's Gonna Be Alright by The Babysitters Circus

- Fighter by Christina Aguilera

- Walk This Way by Aerosmith & Run-DMC

- Uprising by Muse

- Just A Girl by No Doubt

- I Lived by OneRepublic

- Canned Heat by Jamirquai

- Fight Song by Rachel Platten

What are your current favorite tunes?

Thursday, September 10, 2015

What do I want?

It's pretty simple.

- to have a few good friends
- to go on a few adventures
- to give and receive love
- to continue to grow
- to reflect God as often as possible
- to rest and trust
- to always appreciate simple beauty
- to feel the sun on my skin

What about you? What do you want?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Let's talk about food. Yum.

This is about my fitness/weight loss journey. If you're not interested, go ahead and clock out now. I won't mind.

I get so many questions and comments about food that I figured it would be easiest to blog about it here.
I keep hearing things like "oh please! You'd never eat that!" or "yeah right, like you eat..." and from internet friends who don't see me in person "just don't get too skinny and whither away!".

I eat. A lot. I big puffy sparkly heart food. For real! Food is the reason I got so big in the first place. (too much of it, anyway.)

So with my weight loss, food is my biggest struggle. I love food. Food & I, we go way back... (ha.)
If you were to ask anyone who is with me on a regular basis, they'd tell you that yes, I eat. "Normal" food, and a lot of it.
I eat burgers. (mmm, burgers.) And tacos. (mmm, tacos.) And donuts. (mmm, donuts.) And chips. (mmm, chips.) and Mexican food. (mmmmmmmmmm, Mexican food.)

I've been approached several times by companies wanting me to represent their brand in regards to fitness. And my response is "if it is diet based, I'm not really interested. I don't watch what I eat."
And that's mostly true.
I mean, I DO watch what I eat, to some degree. I don't count calories, but I'm very aware of what I put in my mouth. I glance at nutrition labels to have an idea of what's inside.
If I don't LOVE it, it's not worth the calories to me. If I take a bite or two of something and it's just "meh..." I push it aside. Not worth the sweat it'll take to burn it off.
Thinking of calories like a budget, if I take in too much one day, I'm gonna have to burn it off the next day. But if I have a particularly light day, I can allow myself to splurge the next day.

Surprisingly eating well does get easier and become more natural.
The other day it occurred to me what I'd eaten that day was all nutritious. I had had 5 almonds (always what I pop in my mouth before my morning workout, just to stave off the hunger pangs), a light Greek yogurt with berries in it, whole wheat toast, and a large salad topped with grilled fish for lunch.
I was like "Wait, what?! Who eats like that?? A healthy person, that's who!" .... None of those choices had really been intentional. They were just naturally what sounded good to me.
I had a burger for dinner and didn't feel the least bit guilty about it. (mmm, beef.)

My basic philosophy is to eat a little less, burn a lot more calories. I work out HARD. Really hard.
I realize that for everyone this doesn't work. For some who hate to work out, they have to watch the food a bit more. But for me, working out like a beast is worth it to enjoy food that tastes amazing.

Truth be told, if I really watched what I ate, I'd have lost a lot more weight by now. But for me, food is one of the great pleasures of life and I refuse to be miserable just to be skinny.

I haven't lost a pound in like 2 months. I'm a tiny bit frustrated about that, but I've also been seeing muscles that I never had, so I know that skews the numbers on the scale.
I'm stronger and fitter than I've ever been. I'll never be long & lean and I'm okay with that.

Life is short. Enjoy the guacamole. (mmm, guac.)

Friday, July 17, 2015

It's all about the climb...

You guys, I think I just quoted Miley. Sorry. (not really.)

Last year when we were in Colorado I discovered The Incline. And immediately I said, "I want to do it!" because I'm insane or something.
We didn't have time last year, so that was my one goal for this year - hike The Incline.

If you're not familiar with The Incline, it's a torture track. Kind of. No, really it is.
It's awful. In the best kind of way.

The Incline begins at about 6,500 feet in elevation and climbs to around 8,500 feet in less than a mile. Two thousand feet in one mile! That's an average grade of around 40 percent with stretches that hit more than 60 percent. It's like racing up the stairs of the Empire State Building. Twice.

It's railroad ties, unevenly spaced, so sometimes you have to your your hands to help you climb.
And there's re-bar sticking up in certain places so there's a chance of impalement, which is always fun.
Olympic athletes train there. Military Special Forces train there.
And average crazy people like me train there. Apparently.

I'm a weenie. And I'll admit that I was scared. It's a beast. Intimidating.
And even though I'd done as much research as I could, it's one of those things that you just can't fully prepare for.
I didn't really know what to expect until I was in the middle of it, sort of like childbirth.

I wasn't concerned at all about my time. Just completion. That was my only goal.
And I made it! It wasn't pretty. It wasn't fast. But I made it.

Once you make it to the top, you have about a 4-5 mile hike back down a different part of the mountain. That was actually the roughest part for me.
I thought the trail down was NEVER going to end. It's beautiful, but slick and gravely. I saw several people fall.
And then I fell. I wiped out, got banged up a bit, and had a few battle wounds to show for it.

If you're in Colorado Springs and want a fun challenge, do The Incline! It's brutal, but so rewarding!

(I'm ready to do it again... gotta beat my time!)

Monday, July 13, 2015

Tackling mountains.

A few weeks ago we took a break and headed to our cabin in Colorado for a few days.
This year we went with another family and it was so much fun!

(all of these are cell phone pics.)

Kids being kids... getting dirty... using their imaginations.

Garden of the Gods is so fun to hike around in.

There were plenty of war games.

Campfire food. Throw veggies, meat, and seasonings into a foil pack and cook it over the fire.

For 4th of July, we painted t-shirts. All I had were inexpensive shirts from WalMart and red & blue fabric paints. We made stencils out of paper plates and painted with q-tips.
(mine is the flag tank top)

We found an old cabin while we were out hiking!

Hashtag bear markings.

We had late nights around the campfire with banjos & guitars. Sleepy slow mornings with coffee and bacon and cinnamon rolls. Hikes through the woods and up mountains.
Cool air and a break from normal life is exactly what was needed.