Tag Archives: getting fit

Get your running shoes on

6 Jun

During the past few weeks, I took a little blogging hiatus and a workout hiatus as well. What can I say? I was enjoying spending time with my boyfriend and our glorious vacation in the Dominican Republic (more to come on that later). There wasn’t much time for blogging or running.

Now that I’m back to work (sad face) and Sebastian is back in Germany (super sad face) it’s time to get back to my normal routine. So this week I started running again, and I honestly can’t believe how much I missed it. I decided to get back into shape this spring, and for the first time in a long time, I crave running again. It’s a great feeling.

I came home from work tonight, put on my Asics and ran a solid three miles. And to add to it, I just realized today is National Running Day. What a  nice little way to celebrate the holiday and my renewed love for running.

Cheers to a good run and all those endorphins. What do you love about running?

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Resolutions revisited

25 Apr

The nice thing about setting goals is you can always go back and reevaluate.  Since we’re past the first quarter of 2012, it felt like a good time so see how I’m doing. Surprisingly, I’m right on track.

  1. See Sebastian at least every three months. We’re doing well with this. I visited him at the start of the year, and he surprised me with a visit during Valentine’s week. We’re planning a vacation for the end of May, and I cannot wait to see him again. The gap from his February visit to May will be a little over three months, but I’ll take that any day over five. I can’t believe last year we went from June to November without seeing each other. Never again.
  2. Learn German. I reset my Rosetta Stone lessons to start over from the beginning, and re-enrolled in studio sessions. I’m only a few weeks in and already surprised by how much I remember – and how much I forgot. Each week I try to do two lessons. Maybe I’ll be fluent yet!
  3. Read more. This has been a fun goal to meet. I received a Kindle for Christmas, and I’m absolutely in love with it. I thought I would miss turning pages, but the technology is amazing. The screen really looks like a real page, which I love for my eyes, my books download in seconds, and I’m definitely reading more. So far this year, I’ve read: Wicked by Gregory Maguire, The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins and the Fifty Shades of Grey series by E.L. James. Looking forward to downloading more books for my upcoming beach vacation!
  4. Get back in shape. This is still a struggle, but I like a good challenge. I recently completed a 5K and I’m planning to run a 10K in May. It’s nice to work toward something, and slowly but surely I’m getting there.

I’m proud of my progress and glad that I set realistic goals. What were your resolutions? Are you on track to reach your goals?

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Resolutions

8 Jan

Isn’t the start of a new year funny? The first day of the year arrives, and it’s like we’ve been given a clean slate and a fresh start (even though nothing has really changed). And of course everyone sets those dreaded resolutions – the things we’re going to work on in the coming year. Most people don’t end up sticking to them, and maybe they are a little silly, but there is something refreshing about setting goals and working toward them.

2011 was a great year. I started a new job, celebrated my one year anniversary with Sebastian and even traveled abroad (twice). Looking back it was absolutely crazy, but I loved every minute of it. And now I’m looking forward to this year and everything it will bring. Even though I don’t usually make resolutions, I am a big fan of goals. So in the spirit of the new year, here are my goals for 2012:

1. See Sebastian at least every three months. This will be a little tough and probably expensive, but we’re both done with the months of waiting. It’s no fun, and we owe it to each other to do better.

2. Learn German. I’m not talking fluent here – I’m well aware it will take a while for that to happen. However, I’d love to be able to communicate with my boyfriend in his native language, even in beginner sentences.

3. Read more. When I was young, I used to read all the time. But if you’ve ever been through college, you know that reading for pleasure takes a back burner to your studies. I fit in a few books here and there, but lately I’ve been dying to really read again. I recently finished The Hunger Games series, and I can’t wait to start my next book.

4. Get back in shape. This has been a struggle of mine since I transferred from the University of Findlay to Kent State. I played on the women’s soccer team at Findlay, and when you go from working out two hours a day to nothing, it has a profound effect on your body. I know people often make this resolution, and it’s cliche, but it’s something I’d like to accomplish. Plus, Sebastian and I are thinking about taking a cruise this year, and I’m determined to have a bikini body, even it if kills me.

Goals and resolutions aren’t always perfect, and you don’t always reach them, but it’s nice to work toward something. Good luck in reaching your goals, I know I’ll need it for mine ;-)

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Stuck in a rut

31 Aug

Do you ever have those times in your life where you feel stuck? Well, I’m there, and I’m not really sure why. I have a good job, a family that loves me and a wonderful boyfriend. But I can’t shake the feeling that something isn’t right. Another birthday came and went, and this month passed again in the blink of an eye. Should I be doing more with my life? If so, what?

Lately, these lyrics have been running through my head: Time’s flying by, moving so fast, you better make it count, because you can’t get it back.

I keep thinking about how much time I wasted this summer laying around the house, moping about Sebastian and watching TV. That is certainly no way to live. And while I’m frustrated about the long distance, it’s no reason to stop living the life I have here.

So it’s time to start being more active. It’s time to start setting goals and accomplishing them. My first goal is to get back in shape. I was on my way to success with this one at the beginning of summer. But then I went to Germany, ate a lot of bread, came home, made excuses and never got back on track. To start this change, I’ve decided to run another 5K this October (except this time I’ll actually train for it). It’s small, but it’s something to work toward.

Here’s to a fresh start this fall. Cheers!

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I am determined…

29 Mar

… to not look like a fatty for my trip to Germany. I am visiting in June for Sebastian’s graduation. At his college, the school sponsors a mass, a graduation ceremony, a formal dinner, a dance party and a brunch the following morning. Talk about graduation weekend extravaganza. Apparently graduating is like Christmas (or they just have ridiculous amounts of money to spend on it). Even though my graduation was less exciting, I am thankful for the simple ceremony and dinner with my family. I’m getting a little stressed about the weekend, and it isn’t even for me.

Archery at Camp Whitewood

Please tell me why I thought I used to be fat. I dream of looking like this now. (Archery class at 4-H camp)

I know I shouldn’t be stressing, but I feel there is some pressure (being the outsider from America) to look good. I shouldn’t flatter myself thinking everyone will be looking at me, but when you’re in an unfamiliar country, with people speaking a language you barely know, you want to look and feel great.

Anyway, I now have several outfits to buy for the graduation occasion (including a formal gown), and I refuse to be the chubby American. Let’s make something clear, not every German is skinny and fit (even though it sure seems that way sometimes). I remember seeing a few overweight folks during my last trip, but no one who was truly obese. It must be in their genes. My boyfriend smokes (he’ll eventually quit), eats rolls for breakfast, doesn’t work out (except for the occasional soccer game) and yet, he’s tall, fit and I hate him. Alright, I don’t hate him, but I do think it’s disgusting how he doesn’t gain weight.

So now with this upcoming trip, I’m evaluating my body. I honestly don’t consider myself fat, but this is the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life. It’s crazy what moving home with the rents, starting a new job and dating someone 4,000 miles away will do to your body. But at the end of the day, these are all just excuses. One excuse after another allowing myself to get wider. I stepped on the scale today and was slightly mortified. Wake-up call!

It’s time for a serious change. And I think I finally feel motivated to make it happen. My mom has been doing Weight Watchers and has already lost 20 pounds. Go Tami! Seeing her take control is really inspiring, and I’m ready to do the same. It won’t be easy, and I’m sure I’ll have bad weeks, but progress doesn’t come without hard work. So here are my goals:

  • Try to eat healthier with smaller portions
  • Work out at least four nights a week
  • Lose 15 pounds by May 31

Wish me luck! And now I’m off to work out.