Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Embracing The Flaws & Just Keep Moving

Happy hump day! It's the first Wednesday in a while where I'm hoping time slows down. I've been having a great week off so far. 

Monday was a rest day, so I cleaned my apartment in the morning (do I do vacation right or what?), and then headed down to my parents' pool for a tad. I made a pit stop at Starbucks to grab an iced tea and a salad for lunch. Tip: I saw someone use the hot cup holder on an iced drink once, and I've been doing it ever since. The lady behind me in line on Monday thought it was brilliant as well, so I thought I'd share. You're welcome :) 


My mom is getting her walk on again. Since I only had flip flops with me, I hopped on the bike and rode along beside her as she walked across town. Go, mom, go!


On Monday night, the Bestie and I grabbed some food and grilled us up a summer dinner. The food was delicious...


I always knew she'd be the best mommy in the world, but I'm really just in awe of how she's embraced this new role. B-man is a lucky little boy...


On Tuesday morning, I went to the park and ran 6 miles with a friend. I'm really enjoying this running with other people thing. My next goal is to find a group to run with once in a while. The first 4 miles of this run felt great for me. The last 2, not so much. Summer heat, go away... 


I spent some time at the beach on Tuesday - it was the most perfect beach day - and I did a headstand on the sand for the first time. I also posted this pic of me in a bikini. Another first. I've never been been that comfortable in a bikini, but I'm learning to love my body more and more each day. Embrace the flaws, people, and do yoga moves on the beach with people looking at you like you're crazy ;) 


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If you haven't noticed, I'm kinda obsessed with fitness. I read tons of articles on exercise studies to understand what exactly we're doing right and what we're doing wrong when it comes to exercise/diet. I'm a little behind on my magazine reading, so I just read this article in April's Runner's World on how in order to lose weight and keep it off, we need to keep moving. And then move some more.

The gist of the article is that we're not really consuming that many more calories than we did 20 or 30 years ago, but we're not moving anymore. Even many runners out there will put in their hour workouts every morning and then sit at a desk or on the couch for the rest of the day (guilty!). Our ancestors going back to the cavemen were hunter/gathers - they moved all day long in order to survive. And even as recent as 30-40 years ago, before electric conveniences and the days of multiple cars per household, people moved around their houses more and walked to run errands. We don't even have to walk through a mall anymore thanks to online shopping.

Of course, diet is important, but when we move as our bodies were designed to do, we keep our metabolism/appetite in check and don't snack aimlessly. So make sure to keep those legs moving throughout the day - even if that means fidgeting at your desk or taking a quick walk around the house. Sometimes when I've been sitting too long watching Kardashian marathons (all too often), I put down my yoga mat and just stretch. Keep your body happy and healthy - it's the only one you've got :)

How do you keep your body moving? 

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