Let’s Get Active: Running

So…I have started running…like officially! If you saw my Austin post you will know it all started in a hotel gym where I just “tried” to run. And, as it turns out I didn’t hate it.

When I came back from Austin I started to research what would be the best way to get into running. Especially, for someone who had never run before…0% running happening here! I mean, I had a joke that if I was running you should be too! The only reason I would be running is if there were zombies, a natural disaster, murderers…you can see where I am going here.

So, I basically started from scratch. With a little help from the internet and a friend 🙂 who runs half marathons, I got a plan together with the goal of running a 5K.

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Review: TIEM Cycling Shoes

I know that this post will not apply to all of you. But, if you know me you will know that I love a good spin class! I started taking cycling classes over a year ago and in December I decided it was time for me to get my own cycling shoes. Not that there is anything wrong with using the rental shoes…but it does feel really nice to have your own shoes!

I did a lot of research before picking my cycle shoes and I am glad I did! I ended up going with shoes from TIEM and I love them!Read More »

Let’s Get Active: Stretching

One of my goals for 2018 is to incorporate stretching into my regular routine. I have this goal because I want to become better at yoga, have less tightness when I spin, and have better posture.

To help me achieve this goal I have a stretching plan that I try to do 3 times per week. I came up with this plan by doing a little research online, deciding which stretches felt good, and what areas of my body needed more flexibility.

So far this year I have really noticed a difference:

  • My yoga practice has improved
  • My hips are less tight
  • I have less back pain

I usually do these stretches in the evenings while I watch TV. The whole sequence of stretches only takes about 15 minutes.

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I am Choosing not to Drink Alcohol…Now What?

While on the Ideal Protein plan I am not supposed to drink alcoholic beverages. Most of these drinks have a ton of sugar and calories…and to be honest I would rather eat my calories than drink them anyway.

But, what are you supposed to do in social situations when you are choosing not to drink? Happy hours, dates, dinners, going out with friends, dinner parties usually all include some sort of beverage!

I have become quite the master at just not drinking alcoholic beverages. The most important thing to remember is this: All the occasions where you would go out and drink are really set up so that you can interact and be with friends, family, coworkers, etc. So, instead of concentrating on the drinks, concentrate on those around you!

However, here are a few options that I habitually rely on when I don’t want to order an alcoholic beverage:

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The CycleFit Effect!

For those of you following me on Instagram and Facebook, you will know that I am one of four Spinbassadors chosen to represent CycleFit Frederick!

Spinbassadors

My favorite indoor cycling studio has been a big part of my life for the past year. I did a Let’s Get Active Review of indoor cycling there and celebrated my birthday there with a Very Healthy Birthday. Not to mention the 3-4 times per week that I ride and all the friends I have made along the way!

Now, being a Spinbassador, my goal is to promote CycleFit within my community through social media and My Beautiful Ideal. I want everyone to feel the great effects of CycleFit whether you come once a month, once a week, or all the time.

The “CycleFit Effect” is different for everyone that decides to participate. So I thought for this blog post, I would share how CycleFit affects me and why I keep coming back to this great workout, studio, and group of people!

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