A few years ago, Joe and I learned about a challenge that neither one of us were prepared for, yet we got excited and decided to make a go of it.
We ran a 5K a day for 50 consecutive days. While we had both run a 5K here or there previously, we found neither of us were conditioned to go that distance for that many days. All the running articles I had read prior to that said that one should not run for more than a few days at a time without a break of some sort. This would allow your muscles to recover and in a perfect world, they were probably right. We did it anyway.
At first, it was more difficult than we expected. We didn’t give up. We pushed through. Some days we ran together. Most days we didn’t. I’ll further explain my journey. I decided midway through that I should start a detox. This made going that distance a little more difficult. I walked those 7 days, but I always went the distance. While my time was never a worthy record, it was worth every minute of every day I ran. By the time I got to the end of the challenge, I found it to be a wonderful experience, a great place to ‘go’ and I learned a whole lot.
Here are some of the things I learned.
There is always time to run, even a slow runner like me can go the distance. It’s not about time, at least it isn’t for me. My time did improve by about 8 minutes.
Be prepared. I have four children and this challenge was during the summer and I prefer to sleep in during the summer rather than get up early, much less to run. This meant I had to fit the 35-45 minutes into my time around the summer time activities. I kept a bag with my shoes and running clothes in the car. I’ve run while they are in the dentist chair, getting a hair cut, at the pool, while my car was being serviced, in many parks, University of Maryland, Virginia Beach UNC Wilmington, and so much more.
Food is fuel - as i mentioned, in the middle of this challenge I was inspired to detox and what a difference it made in my recovery. I was still sore but much less. I learned how to fuel my body with whole, real food. It ate clean proteins, lots of vegetables, some fruit and probably 80 oz of water per day for me. BTW, I still eat this way.
Supplements can help - one supplement in particular i credit to the faster recovery. as part of my detox, i amped up my intake of the antioxidant/anti inflammatory supplement called OPC-3. combining this supplement with the proper food help bring the inflammation in my calves down to a quiet discomfort instead of the screaming tightness i had been experiencing.
My body is so strong. and exercise is a great way to relieve stress and take away the blues.
Diet and lifestyle changes dramatically change quality of life.
Guess what I did on days 51-54? Yep, I ran a 5K. It had become a habit. I get my exercise in other forms these days and I found a new challenge for this summer. I’ll tell you about it in a later blog.
Challenges are a great way to push yourself to the next level. This challenge was the what I needed to change my body, and lifestyle, creating a healthier me. And I love feeling good, looking good, and being healthy.
If you or anyone you know is struggling to make healthy lifestyle changes, I understand your fears. You have to love and believe in yourself. AskAnnamarie and I’ll do what I can to help you succeed in your challenges.
April 10, 2018
Gratitude is my on my mind today and for so many reasons. Several years ago Oprah had a guest author who spoke of her book on abundance. Part of the author's approach included becoming aware of and writing in a gratitude journal, just a few things that one might be thankful for each day. I did this for a long time and it did help me to recognize all the good around me. I do not journal it in the same way today. I do take the time each week/month to reflect on those things and people I am grateful for, and why, and get a good sense of the power that lies in it. I am also reminded that it is all from God.
What might you find yourself grateful for today?
Here’s an article on the power of gratitude and it’s positive influence over you.
Yep, I can hardly believe it myself. Although I’ve not ever snubbed kale officially, I am surprised at how much I now like it. One of the biggest reasons is because of the way it makes me feel. And I’ve been testing this for a few weeks now, so I can say with some certainty that it is the kale.
I made a kale salad, recipe will be on bottom, about 6 weeks ago for a pot luck luncheon at my friend and mentor’s home. She is also my weight loss coach and trainer in business. So, when I prepare a dish, in my mind, I must choose wisely and want to make it extra good for us to share. When I arrived, I was feeling sluggish and tired. It had been a long week prior to the luncheon and I was beat. I finally sat down to the potluck and heaped a large portion of my kale salad on my plate along with some other scrumptious choices from our lunch. Almost immediately, I was feeling energized and clear headed. I figured I just needed food in general.
Fast forward a week or so later. My family had the benefits of leftover kale salad upon my return and my husband and 13 year old daughter found it and enjoyed it in the fridge. They liked it so much they asked me to make more. I obliged. I packed it for lunch one day while out on appointments and found the same feelings of energy and clarity come over me upon eating it. I have since enjoyed this salad several times. I almost always have it made for us to enjoy at home and to go.
I wanted to know why this little salad was packing such a great powerful rush for me… I did some research.
Of all the super healthy greens, kale is the king.
It is definitely one of the healthiest and most nutritious plant foods in existence and when prepared well is, in my opinion, delicious.
Kale is being called “the new beef”, “the queen of greens” and “a nutritional powerhouse.” Here are ten great benefits of adding more kale to your diet:
1. Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat.
One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content. It’s also filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium as well as those listed below.
2. Kale is high in iron.
Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more.
3. Kale is high in Vitamin K.
Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers. It is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and blood clotting. Also increased levels of vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
4. Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants.
Antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers.
5. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food.
One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.
6. Kale is great for cardiovascular support.
Eating more kale can help lower cholesterol levels.
7. Kale is high in Vitamin A.
Vitamin A is great for your vision, your skin as well as helping to prevent lung and oral cavity cancers.
8. Kale is high in Vitamin C.
This is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration.
9. Kale is high in calcium.
Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Vitamin C is also helpful to maintain cartilage and joint flexibility
10. Kale is a great detox food.
Kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.
It's Spring! The evening hours are lighter longer. This often brings out the natural inclination in us to ready our homes to renew our surroundings. We might clean windows, change curtains, clean dryer vent, dust underneath those hard to reach places, wash walls, you get it… deep clean. This gives our home a fresh start as we let the fresh air in. I want you to consider doing the same spring cleaning for your body. It can start with a 21-Day Challenge.
This is something that I have done for a few years now. By participating in the TLS 21-Day Challenge I feel better, have more energy, lose body fat and simply have fun enjoying life with vim, vigor and zest! It can begin with a detox or a change in diet.
Some of the benefits of TLS 21-Day Challenge and detoxifying are:
Flushes out harmful toxins from the body.
Improves the immune system.
Capacity to metabolize stored fat improves.
Reduces the risk of recurring chronic diseases.
Improves mental clarity.
Helps in making better decisions and also increases the power of analysis.
Burn unwanted fat.
Reset your palate to continue to make healthy food choices.
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The above photos were taken about 8 years apart. It didn’t take us 8 years to lose the 125 pounds of collective fat, just that long to take the picture. It took us about 2 years to get from here to there. We use a lifestyle approach to weight loss and now weight management.
There are four parts to living this lifestyle. It is diet. Not in that four letter word that most folks think of as a temporary way to eat, but the sensible way we approach eating. We have learned, and teach, that we have to fuel our bodies with good food. Now having said that, I'd like to share some of our everyday meals with you.
Time is the most important gift we have to share with the ones we love.
I have two teenage daughters at home and am always looking for ways to connect with each of them before they grow up and fly away... and they will. I thought I'd share the list I found.
10 MOM AND TEEN DAUGHTER DATES TO EXPERIENCE
# 2 Romantic “Teenager” Movie
#3 Appetizers and Desserts Only
#6 Afternoon of Shopping
#7 Escape Room
#8 Flea Market/Junkstock Event
#9 Stage Play
Bonus and personal favorite:
#11 Hike or Scenic Ride
February 8, 2018
With Valentines Day right around the corner, I wanted to remind you that I love you. 💕My hope is that you love you, too. One must love thy self. It is one of the two great commandments given to us.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
For me, that means taking time for myself, doing things I love to do. This does not take away from my family, instead, it gives more of me.
It starts with YOU! How can you show love of neighbor by your example of self love today?
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February 1, 2018
There’s nothing more important than taking care of yourself on a daily basis.
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January 26, 2018
4 Motivation Killers to Remove From Your Life There’s nothing better than those days, weeks, months when you feel completely motivated to get things done. You’re ready to hit the gym daily, you feel passionate about work, you’re up early every day – that’s motivation. But, then there are other times where you just don’t feel like working out, work feels completely blah and you just want to sleep in – that’s when motivation is lacking. So what causes it to lapse? What can you do to make sure you’ve always got that get up and go feeling? Here’s a look the culprits that kill motivation and how to remove them from your life. 4 Motivation Killers to Remove From Your Life #1. Negativity in the world. Social media, the internet and television make it pretty tough to ignore all the negativity in the world, but sometimes we have to make it our own mission to rid ourselves of all that noise. Taking time off from mainstream news, the web and social media is essential to making sure we have a balanced perspective on what’s happening in the world around us. Work on keeping it positive and letting the negative go unheard and unseen every once in a while. #2. Fear of the unknown. When you’re embarking on something new – like heading to the gym for the first time in a long time or thinking it’s time to really step up your game at work, it’s easy to get off track because of fear. Rather than facing it and just going for it, fear gets the better of us and the next thing we know is we’re skipping a workout here and there or settling for complacency rather than getting exactly what we want. Sometimes you just have to face fear head on and literally remove it from your life – say goodbye, pull yourself up and go all in. That’s what it takes.
#3. Complacency. This is one of the worst culprits out there, when you find yourself willing to settle because you just don’t feel like making the move or taking the action to go for it. Sometimes moving the needle from where you’re currently at to where you want to be means baby steps. And, even though baby steps seem insignificant, they really aren’t – because that’s exactly what you need to get started. Let’s say you want to run a marathon, but you haven’t been running in years. You can’t expect yourself to hop out of bed and simply go straight to an 18 mile training run, right? You need to start small and build up. Maybe the first week, you run a mile every couple of days, then two, three and so on. Looking back, if you’d never run that first mile you wouldn’t find yourself crossing the finish line on race day. Make sense? #4. Past mistakes. You’re much too focused on the past and on the future rather than the right now. Here’s the thing: you may have been able to do certain things better when you were younger or you may see yourself differently in the future, but where you can actually affect change is in the present. It’s so important to pay attention to what you can do today to better yourself for the future or to heal problems from the past – so stop living in an alternate time frame and use today to be the best you can be. Are you trying to find your motivation in this New Year? What are your personal mantras to help you stay focused on how to achieve your passions and keep yourself motivated along the way? Reach out with your feedback on Facebook AskAnnamarie
This year, in place of a ‘resolution’ I have set goals. I find that these are different than resolutions in the way I approach them. I have learned, in recent years, that goals by themselves aren’t enough. Goals require a time frame and action steps to reach the destination. I’m going to walk you through one of my goals.
So my first goal this year is to make my health a priority. Seems too broad stated that way, wouldn’ you agree? I’ll break it down.
I want to be fit,
have the endurance to run a half marathon, and
fit into size 6-8 clothing.
I want all the above stated to be accomplished by May 1, 2018.
That’s better! So what are the action steps.
Clean up my diet. Starting immediately, I will remove grains, sugars and most dairy from my plate. I will add healthy proteins only and eat lots of fresh vegetables along with a little bit of fruit and good fats.