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At the Doc w/B-Love: A Peek at My Recent Blood Work

Alright girls, I’m getting personal today.

I’m inviting you to take a peek at my recent blood test results.

It doesn’t get much more personal than that!

I had a health screening last week.

Full disclosure- it’s been years, many years since I’ve done this.

Maybe even before we moved back? I have no idea.

As someone who claims to live a healthy lifestyle, I was embarrassingly overdue.

Probably ought to do this more than once a decade, eh?

Anyway, I was pretty pumped to see my results.

I claim to be healthy, but it was encouraging to actually see cold, hard facts.

I still have work to do (you’ll see my cholesterol is a little higher than I’d like it to be), but at least I have a baseline to compare against next year when I do this.

Notice I didn’t say next decade. Haha

Oh, and as an aside, can we please talk about the fact that Will and I got ours done on the same day?

I say I’m not competitive, but I sure did want us to whip out our papers and compare.

So sad.

But true.

Will’s results were a little sobering, but not surprising. The good news is that the reality of seeing them in black and white motivated him to make a few healthy changes.

So now let’s get to the nitty gritty. My results.

The numbers in the first column are the “desirable” numbers, the middle is “borderline risk,” and the last is “elevated risk,” with my results written on the end.

Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights, as well as some lovely personal commentary on how I think I can improve or stay strong.
Biometrics

With the exception of total cholesterol, I was in the “desirable” range for every single element.

I completely attribute that to exercise and my primarily vegetarian diet. I’m a firm believer both these elements were the reason I had such good results.

Blood pressure was good, but Will can attest that can fluctuate on a given day. I’m a woman after all. wink

My “good” cholesterol was through the roof, and my bad was good too, however my overall composite cholesterol was 216, with the desirable range being below 200.

I was kind of bummed to see it was a little higher than desired. I certainly don’t feel as though I’m at risk by these numbers by any stretch, however I do want to be a little more cognizant about the cholesterol I eat and where it’s coming from.

I already do a pretty good job about it, however high cholesterol runs in the family and now that I’m old over 30, it’s time to keep an eye on it.

I was surprised by my blood glucose and it answers why I have to eat before I workout these days.

I used to be able to get up and hit it hard on a completely empty stomach, but over the last year I’ve had to have just a little something or I’ll feel faint. Ha, well there we go!

As for other things, I was really disappointed in my body fat level.

Having a desk job and literally sitting for close to ten hours a day really takes a toll on a body, and getting older hasn’t helped either.

I was in the desirable range, but I really felt like it should be lower than it was. It is difficult to find ways to do more than I already do, so I may just have to find creative ways to get up during the day and move around a little more.

So yeah. We just got pretty personal. You went to the doctor with me. smile

There you have it, friends! Check in tomorrow for a goal review!

The One with Beautiful Weather & Look Ahead

Praise the Lord for the beautiful weather this weekend!

I think it’s the only thing that salvaged our Saturday.

Girls, those Sooners…

We’ll get to that soon enough. Let’s start with Friday. 

Will and I had a fancy date to Taco Mayo (they have a salad I like) and the grocery store Friday night. I hadn’t been since the week before OU-Texas, so our cupboards were pretty bare!

After our exciting night out, we came home and I made a batch of homemade granola.

Between the vegetarianism, homemade laundry soap, and now granola making I’m pretty sure any day now Will expects me to start wearing socks with sandals and living on the land. Ha!

Granola!

Anyway, the granola? It’s killing me. Recipe to come soon.

I hit the gym early Saturday. While I’ve worked out at home, I hadn’t stepped foot in the gym for 13 days! I’m pretty sure that’s my longest record.

It felt good to be back, and my legs are suffering for it (in a good way).
OU-K state18 Oct 14All smiles before the loss

The game consumed most of Saturday.

It was an 11:00 kickoff and close the whole time.

That meant we, along with 90,000 others, stayed in our seats until the last few minutes.

They break our hearts every time.

As someone that has invested lots of time, money, donations, and trips to support them, it sure is a bummer when they stink it up.

We usually take a shuttle back to our car, but we decided instead to enjoy the beautiful day and walk back.

I was thankful we walked. Not only was the weather gorgeous but the exercise was nice too.

Poor Will, he bleeds Crimson and lives for this time of year. He was super disappointed and frustrated by the loss. We walked with thousands of others, mostly in silence, and tried to enjoy the fresh air and quiet.

Afterward, we seized the beautiful day by running a couple errands and washing the car.

I also saw my mom and Layla, always a highlight.

Yesterday we got up early and went to the sunrise service, and they aren’t lying about that! The sun really was rising as we were walking in. Haha

After church I hit the gym and did some cardio and upper body work. I also watched the Colts game with Will.

I did my usual food prep, laundry, took a couple laps around the neighborhood, and even managed to sneak some time in with P and Layla and also chatted with a friend!

All in all a good weekend, full of absolutely gorgeous weather.

This is my short week, and I sure am thankful! My house desperately needs to be scoured.

I suppose I’m getting a little ahead of myself, though. We haven’t even talked about the fun coming up this week!

Here’s a look at what’s ahead this week:

-A dive into my recent blood test results
-Checking in on fall goals
-Thursday things
-Ezra six

Hope you had a good weekend.

Here’s to a Monday that goes fast (😊). Check in tomorrow!

Ezra Five: Building Resumes (via a little kick in the pants)

Ezra

We made it to Friday and chapter five. Woo hoo!

Haven’t read the chapter? Check out out here.

Well I have good news and bad news.

The good news is that after years of cessation, temple construction resumes!

Alright! Let’s celebrate!

Wellll, not so fast.

We will get to the bad news in a minute, but let’s talk a little about the whole stop work.

Several years passed from the time when the Israelites had to stop work and the 2nd year of Darius when work resumes (haven’t gotten there in our study yet- but sit tight! 😊).

So what was going on!?

Not much.

The Israelites had strong leaders at the beginning of building, but when the stops were put on, they seemingly gave up.

It wasn’t until the prophets Haggai and Zechariah breathed fresh life and prophecy on the people.

Zerubabel rose up as a mighty leader and once again and got to work. The prophets came alongside them and helped them and were with them.

They collectively worked together to accomplish the task at hand.

I love this picture!

The bad news is that we’re still waiting on “official” approval for them to do so.

I use official in quotes because God mandated it, but as you recall in chapter 4, the government ordered a stop to all work.

Today’s chapter also includes more pushback, this time from the governor. Thankfully the Lord continued to make provisions and building continued while the government did some more investigating.

In addition to everything we discussed above, chapter 5 also includes a letter to King Darius outlining Cyrus’s approval for the Israelites to return home and rebuild the temple years earlier.

Ah- but we get yet another teaser!

The chapter ends with the governor’s letter and a petition for him to search Babylonian archives to confirm whether Cyrus actually declared the rebuilding of the temple.

So still no “official” go ahead to resume.

That’s where we leave off today!

What a recap! So much to cover.

Let’s talk about some takeaways.

1. The Lord raises up leaders to accomplish his work

I’m not sure I’ll ever cease to be amazed over the fact that God equips mere, flawed humans to accomplish kingdom work.

Is this for real!?

Yes.

Without getting into the weeds, the Lord used Haggai and Zechariah to send some pretty clear messages to the Israelites- “Rise up people! Get off your duffs and get to work!”

Okay… Maybe that’s my interpretation, but if you look at the first chapters of both books, God certainly called them to speak action and truth to the people.

It had been years… What were these guys doing!? They needed some tough love and truth.

A good kick in the pants.

When they did, Zerubabel rose up and led the cause alongside the prophets.

If you are willing, God will give you more and more of himself. The Bible says we will find him when we seek him with all our hearts.

Sometimes that means taking an unpopular stance or speaking truth- in love. That’s the key differentiator between a swift kick in the pants and a well-intentioned one full of humility and love. smile

When we humble ourselves and seek him, he can use us to accomplish mighty kingdom work.

I so desire to humble myself and see what he’s capable of doing in my heart as I let him change me. I pray he does this work in you too!

He is faithful to do it! He will use us if we yield to him and obey.

2. God is big enough to make a way

It looked like, once again, the brakes were going to be put on construction. Yet verse five tells us that the eyes of God were on his people and they were able to continue their work.

They were able to continue their work.

If God has placed an opportunity before us, he’s going to be faithful to help us continue our work even in the face of challenges.

My faith continues to grow and stretch, and my thick headed 31-year-old self finally realizes that the one who calls us is faithful and he.will.do.it.

He will. He does. He can.

He made a way for his stubborn people to realign themselves with his desires and continue the work laid before them, and when we seek him, he does the same with us too.

Oh man I love how God loves us. I love how he can reach me in this present time through Bible stories thousands of years old. He is the same then and today. I love that, and I love Him.

I sure hope you’re being blessed by these Ezra studies. We are halfway through, if you can believe it!

Thanks for checking in today. Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to catching up Monday

Things I’m Loving Thursday: 16 Oct 14

It’s Thursday and I’m ready for Friday.

I know, I know.

I should seize the day and be thankfuk for the day at hand… I agree.

But seriously- Friday.

In honor of “seizing the day,” here are a few things putting a smile on my face.

Pure Protein Chocolate Salted Caramel Bars

TILT

I mentioned my love for their dark chocolate coconut bars a few weeks ago, and the salted caramel bars also make the list.

So so good. These were my go-to snacks when I was surrounded by no healthy options over the weekend.
Ruth’s Chris’ broiled tomatoes

Okay I get it.

When I say Ruth’s Chris, broiled tomatoes probably aren’t the first thing that comes to mind.

I respect that.

But seriously. Broiled tomatoes. Dead.dead.dead.

They somehow caramelize the tops and the skin is super tender. I can’t even take it.

In addition to getting them as part of my dinner (hello vegetable plate!), I also ordered them as a side.

Don’t judge.

I Found You- Anthony Evans
Tilt

I don’t watch The Voice, but if you do you might remember Anthony Evans from season 2.

This guy- he’s got some pipes!

I love this song for a variety of reasons. It also has a great trance feel in several parts which makes is really fun.

This throwback Thursday pic
Brittny Flint-4 yrs old & home from 1st dance recital

So much material here.

I fear I pretty much spent the 80s wearing SPF zero, hence the ultra rosy cheeks.

Oh, and if I could, I would totally still wear that tutu. Ha!

What I find funniest is that I was big into dance classes at that age. I can barely count to eight these days, let alone figure out how to coordinate flowy movement within the numbers. What!?!

Mary Kay Warm Amber
Oh my gosh. I’ve probably mentioned this scent a million times on the blog already (Actually, I have. Ha), but seriously.

This scent.

It’s only $25 and smells expensive and like a dream. I love wearing this scent in the fall.

Do it.

In fact, I’m making an order soon so let me know if you’re interested.

Big Sexy Hair Powder Play
I got this sample like a year ago (and posted about it!) and recently started using it again and forgot how much I love it.

It adds some serious root volume and really gets in there and adds some pow, that’s for sure. I just sprinkle it on my scalp in places I need volume, give it a rub, and am good to go!

The forecast this weekend!
It is going to be absolutely beautiful! I’m so very excited and hope to spend some time outdoors sipping tea and hanging with the people I love most.

TILT

Alright friends, that’s all for now! Anything you care to share?

Check in tomorrow for our Ezra study!

posted in Nothingness bullet share the love bullet permalink bullet 10.16.2014

WIOW: Autumn Workout Playlist

Today’s post is all about music.

We already know what a difference it makes in our ability to power through workouts more effectively, so I wanted to share my current workout playlist in hopes it will get you moving like these songs do for me.

I bet most of us would agree music is a very powerful tool. We have songs etched in our minds to recall numerous memories, like what was sung at our wedding, our favorite Christmas tune, or music from our favorite year of school.

Even when it’s in the background, it can get stuck in our head for days on end!

I’ve said it seemingly hundreds of times on here, but I allowed music to play a big role in hardening my heart toward God. With as much as I talk about it, I suppose I ought to devote a post to it one day!

Anyway, these days I’m all about positive and uplifting music. The good news is that there are actually solid options out there that not only do my spiritual heart good, but also helps me keep my ticker strong as I push thorough cardio sessions. smile

For that reason I wanted to offer up my current playlist so you can feel rejuvenated too!

The list is a mix of rock, hip hop, and trance. A little bit of everything for everyone.

Now pick a few, add them to your playlist, and get moving!

Workout playlist
Workout playlist
Workout playlist

Blog Roundup!

Hey guys!

Time to be transparent.

With the long weekend away and a crazy week at work I knew I wouldn’t have time to put together a meaningful post today.

Oh, and obviously I’m using the term meaningful loosely. My Tuesday posts are rarely ever deep and meaningful. smile

The good news is that I’ve rounded up some recent favorite reads from all over the web and am sharing with you in hopes you’ll find them useful too!

Like this post with 9 practical ways to study the bible.

Or these skinny garlic Parmesan fries. Perfect football fare.

These homemade Quest bars. Dead.

Seven beauty uses for vinegar. I already do some and may try some more now, too!

Lessons on loving and losing a pet.

This lentil quinoa chopped salad. Definitely making soon.

The stress cure. 

Cauliflower pizza crust. It tastes better than it sounds, promise.

Beth Moore life catchup (and a devo at the end I thoroughly enjoyed)

Mint chocolate blender ice cream. Yes.

Four tips for getting every last drop from the bottle. You’ll want to read this one.

The difference between toning and building muscle
So yeah, lots of quality information before your very eyes. smile

I’m still catching up on laundry from the weekend and seriously need to get groceries. I know my dear husband would love to use this week as an excuse to Monopoly it up at McDonalds, but I can’t let him clog his arteries every single day this week, you know?

Anyway, that’s all for today. Check in tomorrow for a workout playlist that will keep you upbeat long after your gym session.

posted in Blogging bullet share the love bullet permalink bullet 10.14.2014

OU-Texas 2014 & Look Ahead

Hello hello!

I’m back from Texas and feel like today is a whirlwind and my head is still spinning like the Ferris wheel at the Texas state fair!

Whew. Where to start?

Friday.

We kissed out pups goodbye, thanked out dog sitters, and started down the road early.

This year we went down with friends!

We’ve gone to OU Texas nearly a dozen times, but only a handful have been spent traveling with others.

While I always enjoy a getaway with just Will, it was also fun to have a girl to chat with during the weekend.

In keeping with tradition we stopped by the Bevo Bash in Marietta, OK. I brought my own lunch while the others enjoyed the free Bevo burgers.

We made our way to the big D and checked into our hotel.

We couldn’t get to Texas without a snafu.

There’s always a snafu.

Somehow from the car to the hotel room door I managed to lose our hotel keys.

Who does that!?

I do.

This made me laugh, and P wad spot on. Will did NOT make the same face. Haha

She was right.

In keeping with tradition, we went to Ruth’s Chris for dinner that night.

Ruth's Chris OU-Texas weekend 2014

I got my usual vegetarian plate with spinach, asparagus, and broiled tomatoes...and also added another side of tomatoes.

Real life.

But seriously, they’re so good.

It was M’s birthday, so they have her a yummy desert on the house too!

We called in an early night, watched some TV and went to bed before 10:30.

We’re wild, ya’ll.

Saturday came bright and early. (I prayed we wouldn’t have another bus fiasco like last year, and thankfully we didn’t!)

I managed to get up and do a quick 30 minute workout before getting ready. Woo hoo!

We took the train for an hour into Fair Park and got the day started.

We had a little time before the fair and made good use. smile

Corny dogs

Vegan dole whip. And frizzy hair.
I even managed to find vegan Dole whip to go along with my iced tea (which I somewhat regretted afterward considering how cold it was).

The game was a little nerve wracking, but thankfully the Sooners pulled through.

Hook 'em. Except not.

Afterwards we met up with a couple from our old Life Group for more fair fare. Haha

We left the fair and went back to the hotel lobby restaurant to finish out the TCU-Baylor game. What a nail biter!

We get to play the Bears soon enough. Yikes!

The rest of the night was all about the evening games and thankfully getting to bed at a decent hour. It sounds boring, but it was actually a lot of fun! There were good games on last night which made it even better.

We headed out yesterday morning, and beat most of the rush. We even stopped in for a fried pie near Turner Falls.

Dead. So so good.

Thankfully we made decent time and I was even able to do a couple loads of laundry.

Don’t ask if they’ve been put away…

Now we begin another week, and mine is full of some serious work!

Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week:

Blog roundup
My current workout playlist
Things I’m Loving Thursday
Ezra chapter five

Check in tomorrow. Now off to tackle a full day. Boomer Sooner!

Ezra Four: In the Face of Opposition

Ezra

Today we’re talking opposition.

Haters, if you will.

Girls- these haters be hatin’!

Yep.

I just said it.

Totally went there.

Let’s pretend it didn’t sound ridiculous.

But it’s so very true.

I’m sure we’ve all experienced opposition to one degree or another, and that’s the situation we find the Israelites in where we pick up today.

As we dig into this chapter, it doesn’t look good for them, sisters.

If you haven’t already, you can read the chapter here.

So what’s going on?

Here are a few highlights from the chapter.

Cruel Intentions
Verses one and two pick up with the Israelites’ adversaries “graciously” lending their support and requesting to help the Israelites in their work.

Do you smell foul play? I sure do.

They wanted to “help” alright. Help slow the process, muddy things up, and just plain get in the way of the work being accomplished.

The Israelite leaders said thanks but no thanks.

But wait, it gets worse.
They also began heckling them while they were at work and even hired people- hired people- to consult and help frustrate their progress and intentionally mess things up.

Not only were their adversaries trying to stir things up from within, but then they went around and circumvented the system from the backdoor.

They ended up writing a letter to the king warning if he allowed the work to continue, the Israelites would surely rebel.

Sooo, long story short the building came to a screeching halt because of all this evil meddling.

How disappointing.

Have you ever been sabotaged? It hurts badly.

I feel defeated in these verses, do you?

Imagine how the Israelites felt. Trying to carry out their God given orders not only to be completely trampled upon along the way.

Even worse, then being told they had to completely halt.

I might have wondered why God brought us all this way to get partly done only to have to stop.

The good news is that when we are faithless, God remains faithful.

This is not the end of the story, friends!

Today, however, it is. I think I just did a teaser for next week. Ha!

What can we take away from Ezra 4?

We will face opposition in this life.
That’s one thing we can take to the bank. Jesus himself says we will be hated for following him.

As you blossom and grow in Jesus, you can be sure some naysayers will come around and try to snuff out your light.

Today’s chapter is a perfect example of continued perseverance even in such struggles. The Israelites continually faced obstacles and opposition, but they pressed forward (until the mandate was issued).

I’m sure it was a struggle, and I’m sure it wasn’t always fun, but they put their heads down and faithfully continued the work laid before them.

In the same way, if God is moving your heart to accomplish something- do it.

You may experience negativity in places you never even thought. Some friends may make insidious remarks, and some may even think they’re comments are full of good intentions. Love them, but don’t quit doing the work you’re called to do!

We have a hope

Do you think God was just going to let those people bully his people into quitting the work he called them to do!?

No way!

Look how the chapter ends. The work came to a stop until the second year of King Darius.

God has a plan and holds us tightly in his grip. He will show his mighty power and be glorified even when we begin to feel a little hopeless.

He is our hope! Ask Him to revive you in his righteousness and he will surely breathe new life and refreshed faith into your heart.

He will help us accomplish the work he’s called us to do. He never leaves his children hanging. He is our faithful God. Cling to him in those moments of opposition when there’s seemingly no hope, and he will show himself strong.

In fact, the bible says his eyes look throughout the whole earth looking to strengthen those whose hearts are loyal to him.

Continue to do the work, and you will find strength in him.

So there you have it friends. Ezra chapter four. Lots of haters (sorry- last time, I promise), but lots of hope too.

Check in next Friday for chapter five, and check in Monday for more fun!

posted in Destination Beautiful bullet permalink bullet 10.10.2014

50 things I did on my day off

Here’s an ever so thrilling look at my day off last Friday. smile

1. Got up early
2. Debated whether or not I wanted to run.
3. Decided I didn’t want to run
4. Ran anyway.
5. Cried.
6. Got home, made a shake. Girls, I make a mean shake.
7. Realized my license expires this month.
8. Thought about how much I really didn’t want to get a new license.
9. Decided I really didn’t have a choice.
10. Contemplated how ready I needed to get in order to get a picture taken.
11. Decided to get semi-ready.
12. Realized that was ridiculous. I’m getting a license picture! Decided to actually get ready.
13. Decided all license pictures look bad no matter how ready one gets, decided to go halfway.
14. Got my new license. The picture turned out fair. Surprisingly, I look way darker than I really am. I’ll take it.
15. Went to Zam Zams for lunch with P!
16. Missed Kuwait. That place always makes me nostalgic.
17. Mulled over the menu. Too many choices.
18. Settled on the veggie platter. They use “veggie platter” very loosely.
19. Enjoyed P’s company. Talked tons.
20. Ate almost my entire “veggie” platter. Gosh I love hummus and baba ghanoush (Told you they used the word veggie loosely).
21. Said goodbye and headed to the grocery store.
22. Tried to find a decent parking space
23. Gave up and parked in the back.
24. Got a cart.
25. It proceeded to lock up and squeal like nails on a chalkboard.
26. Got another cart. It didn’t squeak as bad… I’m destined to get every bad cart.
27. Contemplated breakfast foods.
28. Settled on oats, as usual. I’m so old boring. One day I’m going to get totally wild snd come home with some bold and exciting. Like Grapenuts. (HELP ME)
29. Finished up, paid, and even saved a couple dollars in coupons. Woo hoo!
30. Unloaded groceries, made a special dessert for Will.
31. Cried because it smelled so good.
32. “Evened out the frosting” by eating it.
33. Went and saw my mom and Layla.
34. Played barbies
35. Talked about all that was going on (with my mom mostly… A little with Layla too. smile )
36. Initiated some deep and meaningful artwork from the Olivia coloring book.
37. Got slightly annoyed that Layla kept taking all the colors I wanted and wouldn’t let me finish my masterpiece.
38. Realized how ridiculous I was being.
39. Decided to give myself a pass. I mean, how often do I get to color!?
40. Went home, spent some time reading Isaiah and in prayer.
41. Woo hoo! Will came home. Greeted Will.
42. Scolded the dogs for being way to loud and rambunctious for his arrival. But seriously- dog greetings are the best.
43. Drove to the Honda shop to pick up our beloved oldie Honda.
44. They couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Awesome.
45. Made a giant plate of roasted vegetables for dinner. Was in heaven. Will, not so much.
46. Served Will his dessert.
47. Evened out the piece a little by eating some off the edge. You know, to help make it look prettier.
48. Had a rice cake. Totally the same as Will’s dessert. Except not at all the same as Will’s dessert.
49. Watched a show on the couch with Will and the pups.
50. Washed my face, flossed, brushed my teeth, took my vitamins and called it a night. I needed my rest for the OU-TCU road trip Saturday!

Whew. So you now know all the exciting events of my most recent day off. smile What are you up to today?

Check in tomorrow for Ezra chapter four! 

Work it Out Wednesday: On Running

Wiow

Let’s talk running.

You probably know by now that I don’t run ever.

Well, I usually don’t run ever.

However, you may recall I made some autumn goals for myself recently, which included increased cardio. 

That meant getting out of my usual HIIT and weightlifting box, and incorporating other forms of cardio, too.

I’ve done the elliptical, walked on an incline, and did a combo of waking and running.

I’m going to be completely transparent here and tell you something I’ve known for years:

I don’t know how to run.

I know, it sounds ridiculous.

I’m sure if a rabid dog was chasing me, I’d quickly learn how to use my wheels.

However, when it strictly comes to getting on the treadmill and running, I’m doing it all wrong.

A few years ago I was able to work my way up to running six miles without stopping (which seems completely insane to type considering how much I struggle), but even then I was a sloppy runner.

What’s interesting, is that my dad is a runner. He logs miles upon miles each week. Apparently it doesn’t run in the family!

My feet get sloppy and strike all different ways, even when I’m going slow. My strides feel all wrong, and I hit the ground with way too much force.

Why can’t I just run!?!

So turns out, there’s actually a multitude of people that share my sentiment. Not only that, but websites and companies have actually tailored training to this “hopeless” niche.

There’s lots a reasons you and I may not be good runners, and here are just a handful of my own personal reasons, and maybe they’re the same for you!

Here are a few problems and solutions to help us to embrace the run.

I’m wearing bad shoes
That’s a biggie. Even with my sloppy gait, I know better shoes would help.

It’s really important to take time to find a shoe that fits properly but also feels good on while you’re running.

I need to invest in new shoes.

My strike is a complete mess

This issue is impart due to my shoes, but I’m also just a sloppy runner. My feet land differently, my legs are all over the place. I have to really concentrate to do a good job running.

I know the issue here. I need to slow down, and back off. I know what I’m capable of, but my body can’t go from running zero to six miles in a week. The key here is to slow.down.

That means a slower pace and a slower duration. The last two weeks I’ve done about 45 minutes but have only ran about half.

I feel ridiculous admitting it considering how much I work out, however my ankles thanked me. I’m prone to pushing too hard too fast and spraining them. There’s no need for that!

The treadmill feels weird.

I’m not alone here. Some people, like me, really struggle to get their God given gait on a treadmill.

Turns out, some research suggests treadmills can represent an unnatural way of moving.

The belt tends to pull your feet out from under you which affects your entire gait and strike, which is my primary struggle when I run.

In fact, I’m beginning to think in order to really excel, I need to start taking my run outside.

Another helpful tool
The good news is that there’s a ton of helpful resources available these days.

Many sports shops and shoe stores even offer training and advice to help make us the best runners we can be.

OKC’s Red Coyote has a diagnostic test that can figure out how you run and what shoes will help the most. They also offer sessions with running tips and tricks, too.

There’s finally hope! wink

I also have a wealth of knowledge in my running-loving dad, so I need to tap into that, too.

So yeah.

I’m running.

I’m not a runner, but I’m running anyway.

There’s plenty of tools and resources out there to help along the way, and who knows, maybe one day I’ll actually be a runner. smile

More to come!

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brittny I'm B-Love. Lover of God, my husband Will, my doggies, OU football, weight training, plyometrics, veganism (mostly!), peanut butter, and all things health related. Buckle up and get ready for my constant embarrassing moments, health and fitness tips,and my effort to rely on Christ while living life in the real world. Follow me on Feedly! Sign up for monthly emails at blove@theblovelife.com!


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