Starting Over…Again

You heard that right…starting over…again.

Starting Over...AgainI think if you have not hard to re-start or change gears while doing what you want, you are a lair. I really do. Sorry! I think that we all face challenges in life that hold us back and tell us “It will happen, just not going this direction.”

 

I always get so pissed when that happens, and I need to take a step back and think about things. Sometimes I end up thinking way too much and never actually try again until it hits me and I think, “man, I have not done anything and you can really tell.” The other thing that makes me mad is that I am probably the last one to notice. Enter me just being pissed at myself.

So here I am, once again, starting over. I can honestly say that I have not, not done anything. I have gone for walks, I have joined the kickball team, and I have taken a run here and there. The problem is I have not been consistent with anything.  I hate not being consistent more than anything, but it is so hard to be consistent.

I get tired of all the people out there with the “no excuses” bull shit. I mean I am not coming up with excuses, it is legitimately hard. I am not trying to run during the day when I have two kids with me. They don’t want to be confined to a stroller, and honestly one is heavier than I would care to push in a stroller. I know there are other things that I could do, but I want to run.

I hate running with my kids. Yes, that is what I said. One gets twenty steps in and wants to walk. The other starts crying and whining about half a mile in. I can’t just leave them on the road we run on. I don’t feel that is my best parenting move.

I like it when my husband runs with me, but everything is on his terms. I have to be ready right when he gets home, and we never really know when he is coming home, so there is no real way to plan for it. Also if I am not 100% ready he is in a bad mood then, which translates to me being a bad mood because my crystal ball wasn’t working that day to realize I needed to start 20 minutes earlier than I did. I mean really?

I would love to run in the mornings before he goes to work. That is where I have found most of my success in morning running.  It is extremely dark here in the morning ( or at least is seems) to run before he goes. Plus if I go run, who does his breakfast and coffee? He might argue I don’t do it every single day, so it shouldn’t matter, but I do like to do it. I would love to get the girls up and run while they are getting ready, but I fear they don’t actually get ready, and if something were to happen and they are at the house alone….Ugh…I hate this. Can someone buy me a treadmill? That would solve this all.

Not really.

I have a horrible mind set that is easily defeated, and I am working on battling my way back – “excuses” and all, because I am sorry. Everyone that is spewing the “no excuses” bull shit, give them also. We are all human.

Anyone interested in joining me?

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Bra-mazing: My Epic Quest for the Perfect Running Bra Part 1

I have boobs. And curves. And I love them.

One thing I don’t love is the stinging raw skin that results after a long run: chafing. I’ve written a bit about my battle (and tentative victory) over chafing here, but I still haven’t scaled the final “summit.”

Lubed to the max, I still returned from my longest runs chafed under my bra straps, a stinging surprise as I stepped in the shower. My boyfriend started calling them my “battle scars,” but I could tell he was not too thrilled with the price I was paying on my new fitness journey.

Thus began my epic quest for the perfect running bra.

I started simply enough, narrowing the field down first to sports bras for running (read: maximum support), then bras that come in bra sizes (not S,M,L), and finally, bras that come in my bra size.

My first pick was the Champion Double Dry Full Support Sports Bra. It was relatively inexpensive, looked pretty comfortable, and I’ve had good experience with Champion as far as moisture wicking. The bra did not disappoint … at first. My boobs were held in place, and the bra was pretty comfortable. But after about 8 miles (6 on a hot day), the straps started sliding around. When I got home, my back looked like a particularly mean cat had attacked my shoulder blades. The back of the band where the clasps are also rubbed against my middle back, although the damage

I tried tightening the straps, but to no avail. Either the weight of my boobs as I ran kept pulling at out the straps or they just couldn’t handle the sweat, because toward the end of my first marathon, one of the straps actually kept slipping off my shoulder. After that race, it was more about letting the skin on my back heal more than my leg muscles.

Then, while perusing the selection at a local running store, I came across the Moving Comfort Juno sports bra. ‘Ah ha!’ I thought, ‘Racer-back – that’s the answer to my prayers!’ I remembered reading somewhere that racer-back sports bras are good for bigger busts, so I grabbed my size, took a moment to appreciate the fact that the store actually had the bra in my size, and headed home for a test run.

I started off slow, just taking it out for a three-mile easy run.

Ouch!

I didn’t even need to break a sweat before the straps put giant welts on my shoulders. Again, I tried adjusting the straps (which was a little more difficult because they were Velcro), but to no avail. The seams on the inside of the straps were extremely rough and dug into my skin almost immediately. It doesn’t chafe if I tuck the collar of my shirt under the straps, but that’s just uncomfortable (although less uncomfortable than giant welts in my shoulders).

This wouldn’t be much of an epic quest if it could be summed up in one post, would it? Stay tuned for part 2!

 

Fitness: Tips for running beginners

Running is perhaps the best workout to improve your health and condition your body. Most people now days associate running with the issues of loosing extra pounds and getting rid of flabby abs, however the advantages of running are multiple, both in terms of health benefits and state of mind: according to all latest medical researches, running has been proven  beneficial in slowing the aging process, while at the same time, it keeps your skin healthy and glowing. It reduces the risk of heart-attacks, by strengthening the heart, lowering the blood pressure and keeping the arteries open. Regular running raises good cholesterol (HDL) thus minimizing the bad cholesterol. It also improves the human immune system, by allowing higher concentration of lymphocytes in the blood. Finally, it relieves a person from stress and at the same it builds self confidence to the runner, since he feels confident of his physical condition and realizes that his legs and body (in general) are strong and capable. Stay tuned with naro (http://www.naro.gr/ειδησεις/men.html) with all the latest news (ειδησεις, πρωτοσελιδα εφημεριδων).

One of the most basic things for every beginner is the running program. You can find them on the internet, however you must always remember that the right running program for you is the one that you are confident that you can commit to, while at the same time, it fits your current fitness level-meaning since you’re a beginner you cannot possibly select and follow a running program designed for experienced runners. In addition, the running program will help you keep track of your progress.

Moreover, you need to select the ideal running shoes for running, meaning that if you do not have the correct sneakers for the job-you will inflict self-injuries. You need to direct yourself to an athletic shoes store and ask the experienced personnel for advice. Better yet, try out the sneakers to see if you feel fit and comfortable in them. Generally speaking, the ideal running shoes should be highly flexible with a soft midsole in order to effectively absorb shock.

In addition, clothing is equally important. The most recommended material is tech fabric. Tech fabric is a synthetic material, specially designed for running clothes, because it allows good air circulation and sweat to vaporize. Most football teams now days user t-shirts of such material. Try to avoid cotton clothes, since -apart from the fact that they are heavier- they do not allow sweat to escape, resulting in chafing.

Listening to music can become a nice destruction to -running caused- fatigue and soreness. You can purchase a MP3 player and upload it with all your favorite songs-it will help you run the “extra mile”. Additionally, a chronograph watch can also be very handy.

Finally, you must always remember that stretching after a run is not recommended, since your body and muscles will be very weary and fatigued and they tend to fight the stretch. However, if you feel the need to stretch, it is best to do it before the running, or after completing 1-2 laps, when your body will be slightly warmed up.

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Aerobic Fitness – The Benefits Of Running

If you’re looking to Keep fit or you need to lose some weight then taking up running is an effective way of achieving that. Running is a great way to improve your aerobic fitness. There are many exercises that improve your aerobic fitness however, running is the most accessible, simplest and requires no training machines or equipment.

Running is the most common and popular form of exercise to keep fit with. You are not restricted where you can run as you can do it almost anywhere. There is nothing that can give you a sense of freedom as running in the country, where you are close to nature and breathing in clean fresh air.

Running is one of the most important types of exercises as it forms the foundation of many athletic and military fitness training programmes. If you are thinking of taking up running as a way to keep fit or lose weight and you have not done it for a while then, you need to start slowly. Actually it is better to begin your exercise routine with intense walking rather than running. Walking will build up the health of your body over time and make your body adapt to the change in intensity. Once you have done intense walking for about 30 minutes a day for a minimum of 3 days a week for 4 weeks you can then begin to jog.

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You do not have to do running or jogging to keep fit or lose weight. Many people can find it hard on their joints especially their feet and knees. There are great aerobic exercises that you can use as alternatives. For example you can take up cycling or use many of the cardiovascular machines at your gym or health club.

The following are 6 ways running can benefit you:

1.Running can help to lower or reduce your risk of heart disease which is the biggest killer in the western world.
2.Aerobic exercises are great at burning of calories which mean they can help to get rid of excess fat.
3.By running on a regular basis you will gradually build up your lung capacity and cardiovascular endurance.
4.You will have increased energy levels and a greater resistance to fatigue.
5.A regular run will help to strengthen your bones, leg muscles, tendons and ligaments.
6.Running helps build strength and endurance to your lower body.

Warm up before doing any physical exercises. Consult a doctor or physician for advice before doing any new exercise program if you have a medical condition or injury.

 

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All the Right Moves: Why Running Twister Is a Powerful Fitness Motivator

Sometimes, the only thing missing in your quest to get in shape is the right level of motivation, and Running Twister could be the motivating factor that’s absent from your life. Because this new system combines bouncing, twisting, and resistance moves, it’s not a boring workout. You’re not stationary and bound to a seat, yet you’re not working out on the cold hard floor. With Running Twister, you can exercise while watching your favorite show on TV – you don’t have to go outside or go to the gym.

The more motivated you are to exercise, the more fat you’ll lose. And if you’re having fun, you’ll hardly notice that you’re working out. That’s what makes all the difference with sticking to your exercise plan. Playing with your dog outside or bouncing on Running Twister does not feel like monotonous work – it feels much more like playtime.

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If you have children, working out on this piece of fitness equipment sets a positive example for your kids. When you opt to exercise and have fun at the same time, you convey the message to your kids that working out is an important and enjoyable part of life. Your kids will be equally motivated to engage in sports and other fitness opportunities.

If you don’t think that exercise is fun, you haven’t tried this kind of apparatus. Bouncing and twisting are infinitely more enjoyable than sit-ups, squats, and running. The higher your intensity level, the more changes you’ll see in your body. You’ll notice a trimmer waistline and more defined arms. It’s the full body workout that combines cardio and resistance training, so that you kill two birds with one stone.

What’s stopping you from trying this new exercise option? The price is less than most gym-quality equipment, yet it’s easy to hide in your closet when not in use. You can also try to twist, bounce, and resist at different intervals. Who says you have to exercise all at once? You can bounce and twist for five minutes here and ten minutes there. Suddenly, you’ll have your 30 minutes of cardio all done for the day.

With this fun new exercise system, your abs, legs, and arms all get the right level of resistance to define your body. When you combine fun with exercise, you’ll notice that you feel better for the rest of the day. You’ll have more pep and energy, and your mood will get brighter. Running Twister may be all that you need to get off the couch and get in shape for good.

RunningTwister.com offers a new fitness option that allows you to take advantage of low-impact cardio and core-focused action while also burning calories. If you’re looking for a convenient way to lose weight and exercise consider the Running Twister

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