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Confessions of a Runner

Confessions of a Runner

As a runner, someone who attempts to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle, sometimes you fall off of that wagon. Don’t lie, it happens to the best of us right? So I feel the need to post some confessions, especially since it’s been so long since I’ve updated!

I confess I ate cold pizza for breakfast and then ran 7 miles. See? Balance. Rock it, own it. We’re all human and living means pizza for breakfast sometimes. It’s also called shark week.

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I confess I’ve been so consumed and stressed with this huge project for work, I thank my lucky stars that I don’t stress eat. My stress has now turned against my fat stores and I’ve randomly lost 5lbs. I’m now one bad stomach flu away from my goal weight. #silverlining

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I confess it looks like a bomb went off in my closet. Sports bras and moisture wicking clothing are everywhere. #runnerproblems. Since I HAVE been way too stressed out, I’ve been forcing myself to find the time to workout and get a run in. Sometimes there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day, but after just one hour of sweating it out, I feel a million times better. Now if only my laundry could just….do itself.

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I confess that I didn’t really freak out when I turned 29 on the 8th. I feel like I’m really satisfied with where I am in my life right now. I feel like just within this past year, I’ve accomplished so much – especially with my career. There’s no question I know the perfect balance of living my adult life and staying in touch with my childhood. See Exhibit A.

I confess that with said birthday gift cards, I only added to my ridiculous collection of running/workout clothes. It’s the best when you can super coupon your birthday promo codes with President’s Day promos. Hollllaaa.

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I confess I use the “oh it’s okay I’ll just run it off” excuse so many times. I got a box of gamble chocolates, a Starbucks giftcard and beautiful roses from the hubs. Can anyone guess which of the three lasted the longest?

I confess I doubled up on cardio each day this weekend because of how nice it was outside. I was running around in a tank on my runs in FEBRUARY. WHAT?! Unheard of in Chicagoland. My bod is just soaking up ALL of that sunshine. Everyone was out walking around, riding their bikes, it was great. Winter, sorry but you can just stay away.

This weekend really was the best. I went out every chance I got and spent time with family. Life is good when you make it a point to stop the chaos and take care of yourself physically and mentally.

Cheers!

I Confess…I’m Inspired

I Confess…I’m Inspired

It’s hump day already guys and we’re in for another link-up and confession session with these lovely ladies.

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I confess I’m insanely inspired by the morning gym crew. Whenever I try to make excuses not to go, I think of this woman who KILLS it every single gym sesh. Yesterday morning, I decided to go up to her and tell her how awesome she was for coming in every single morning and kicking some major ass and how inspired I was by her. At first she looked at me as if I was 50 shades of cray. She said that she didn’t see how someone like her could inspire someone like me…I asked her what she meant by that and she just replied with, “because I’m almost three times your size.”

I confess….that broke my heart.

I told her that people like her are the most inspirational because I know that taking the first step into living more of a healthy lifestyle is the hardest.

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After our little exchange, I felt like she had an extra spring in her step. There’s nothing like spreading some kind words around and even if it’s just doing or saying something small. It’s like receiving exceptional customer service. Having a complete stranger go above and beyond for you. It doesn’t always come around so often, but when it does, I know that it adds some extra sunshine to my day, so why not do the same for other people?

confettiI confess I need to spread the happy some more. Everyone has this happiness confetti in their pocket and I’m making it a goal of mine to compliment or do something for someone each day. Whether it’s to take someone’s cart back for them at the grocery store or to say, “hey, you there, you look BEAUTIFUL today. I LOVE your outfit. Did you get your hair done? It looks Fabulous.”

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I confess that I also think we need to be a little nicer to ourselves. We can be our own worst enemy. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve insulted my body…so…I feel like I need to apologize for calling it so many names. I mean really if it could just learn how to burn more calories while I slept we wouldn’t have so many mean conversations…just saying. Instead, this has to happen on the daily. Because well…#beastmode.

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How are you going to spread the happy today? What is one thing that is awesome about you?! Let me hear it!

Cheers!

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Confessions of An Injured Runner

Confessions of An Injured Runner

So over the weekend I started to experience some pain with my hamstring tendon…for anyone who has experienced a strain in this tendon…you also know that it hurts like a bitch. It pretty much makes working out and running impossible. So here are my confessions as of late since I’ve had to succumb to being a lazy couch potato until this pain subsides…and it better be SOON.

::I confess I’ve been coloring. You know in one of those coloring books for adults that are all the rage these days. You guys, if you haven’t snagged one of these yet, what the hell are you waiting for? It’s like I can pretend that I’m no longer an adult for a few hours while I color inside the lines snuggled up with my blankets. Can someone PLEASE bring me some fruit snacks?!

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::I confess the only good thing about this injury is that the hubs is willing to shovel the snow in these subzero temps. And of course I’m unable to help at all due to my weakened condition.

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::I confess that I’ve never been so annoyed in my life not being able to workout or run. I have way too much built up energy and I have nowhere to put it. Whenever one of my fav songs comes on I’ve had to resort to jamming out like this…

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::I confess that not being able to workout also means me being a raging, irritable biotch because of it. Working out = stress relief = people live another day without facing my wrath. Today is not that day.

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It really makes me feel all the feels. I prefer to sweat those feels out, lift heavy stuff and call it a day. But no…#fuckinginjury

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::I confess not working out feels like not showering in the morning. I feel gross, dirty, unkempt…UGH make this go away! I’ve learned my lesson to cross train more in between runs I swear!!! I can’t Kanye shrug my way through another week of this.

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::I confess I secretly want every other runner’s legs to blow out as well as I see them happily running by my house because I’m jelly to the max about it. Okay not really…I’m just watching out my window…just wishing that happy runner was me…*sniffle

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:: I confess I’m now cursing my cocky “I never get sick/injured” self for downgrading on my health insurance. I’ll be paying off future med bills for life if this is more of a serious issue #brokeassbitchstatus.

So here’s to hoping that I get to hoard newsfeeds sooner rather than later with post-run selfies. Send good vibes this way and hope this hammie gets its shit together asap!

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Linking up with these lovely ladies this week!

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Cheers!

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Confessions of Having Runner Friends

Confessions of Having Runner Friends

As a runner myself, my non-runner family and friends probably on more than one occasion thought that I was a few trees short of a forest (especially when I registered for my first marathon last October). Although we might be a little cray, runners are pretty bad ass. If you have a friend who has started running and he or she is showing the signs of making it a regular habit…let these confessions be your warning of how your relationship with them will change.

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::1:: If you expect to hang with said runner friend on the weekend, expect to be met with some hesitation. Are they in training? Sunday mornings are typically race days. But of course you would already know about said race months in advance because well training for long distance races tend to consume our lives.

::2:: Leaving a party early? Yep, probably because of a race the following morning that starts just a couple hours after the bars close. One perk, you can count on them to be the sober one since they’re drinking their weight in water and come on, like they’d risk their chances of a PR.

::3:: Want to go on a shopping binge? YES. We’ll tell you all about the latest and greatest running shoes that have just hit the shelves which also means the previous models are on super sale #stockpilealltheshoes.

::4:: If you ask how we are we’ll respond with a running-related answer. “I was out on a 12 mile run yesterday morning and had some IT issues, oh and I also signed up for a couple more races. I definitely need to carb load tonight too for the half marathon I have tomorrow. I hope you like pasta!”

::5:: Oh you’re on a diet? Let me just eat ALL THE CARBS in front of you.

::6:: If you’re planning on getting fit, don’t mind us, we’re always looking for a running buddy and we’ll be more than happy to encourage running as a way to do so. Running = releasing all the happy endorphins! However speaking of which, try not to talk to us on a rest day…that means we didn’t run that day and we’re irritable as shit because of it.

::7:: Signing onto Facebook, Instagram, Twitter? Expect your newsfeeds to be flooded with pre-race and post-race selfies! But really, we’re just trying to share the happy. #blingalingling

::8:: If anything you can count on us to be there for you. I mean come on, if our training calls for a 13 mile run in weather that’s hotter than the fiery pits of hell, we’ll still do it because well our training plan says so. We’re dependable like that.

::9:: Is your runner friend also your roomie? I hope you understand that there will be designated wall space for race medal bling. Also, you’ll never have to worry about running out of things such as peanut butter, bread, pasta, and other runner diet essentials. We have that shit stockpiled.

::10:: Not sure why you haven’t heard from us? It’s okay we’re alive and well, just wait a few hours or calculate how far we are into training. If a few hours pass then feel free to search our usual routes. If we’re found on a trail somewhere and unresponsive, please pause our Garmin first? K, thanks.

See? It’s not all bad. Runners are very driven people, however I confess that we do tend to get a little obsessive about it. Don’t find it too unusual if we’re nursing an injury and still budgeting for race registrations at the same time. #storyofarunner. Because really all we want to do is…

 

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Linking up with these lovely ladies this week!

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Cheers!

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I Confess….I’m Ready for 2016

I Confess….I’m Ready for 2016

HEYO I’m linking up with some amazing ladies for some confessions and what a better time to confess than right before the start of a new year?

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To start off, I’d like to say that while 2015 ended in a lot of family heartbreak, 2015 as a whole was the year of achieving a hell of a lot. So while I’m looking forward to starting fresh, I confess…I’d like to say that 2015 did involve a lot of personal growth.

Moving on to some of my recent confessions and man do I have plenty…

I confess that I will binge watch the hell out of My 600lb Life on TLC to prevent myself from late-night snacking. Yep, it happens. Hell if I want to continue gorging on chips and salsa at 10pm with a glass of wine if it means that I won’t be able to scrub my own vag in 10+ years because my arms won’t reach that far down. Just being real.

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I confess that at my best friend’s reception, someone piled food onto their plate and said “don’t worry guys I’m carb-loading for tomorrow’s marathon” I responded enthusiastically with “OMG really? Which marathon?!” Because…well I thought he was serious and I got a blank stare in return. #runnerproblems…sorry I thought you were an active person and not eating for four recreationally?

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I confess that I will never understand how someone could be so obsessed with Star Wars or with any film series…in fact, I’ve learned to loathe it for personal reasons. IT’S EVERYWHERE. I can’t even make my own fucking coffee in the morning without being reminded that the force has awakened…

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I confess that I really don’t have any fitness goals in mind for this year…I should for the sake of this fitness blog and all but really…I achieved my huge goal of finishing my first marathon and I’m not about to start running ultras…because while I might be crazy…I’d like to live through the whole experience and not kill myself throughout the process. But really I WOULD love to have an excuse to buy a fancy bike and join a fancy gym so I can train for an Ironman. No, I’m not talking about Robert Downy Jr. either.

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I confess that I was over-the-moon excited when Spotify started streaming the WHOLE Beatles discography. Because well…I love them yeaaahhhh yeaahhh yeahhhh….

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I also confess that my cats are little four-legged weirdos. I love them. If you needed proof:

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And as 2016 approaches, don’t worry about starting it off with a million and one resolutions. Go with the flow, do what feels good and live each day knowing that you did something worth while…or in my case, keeping up my mileage and not indulging in a cheese bagel at 11 p.m. with a glass of Riesling.

Cheers!

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Fitness Confessions

Fitness Confessions

It’s time to confess with Melissa with some of my diet and fitness confessions for the first time on my new blog! Hooray! EVERYONE has these because well…carbs and wine happen and I have zero self-control sometimes. So let’s carry on shall we?

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* I confess that I don’t even know what ONE serving size of pasta looks like. I don’t care either. Let’s add hummus to that list as well.

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* I confess that while doing Insanity, I stripped down to barely anything. Why even wear clothes during a workout like that? I’ve never sweat so much in my life. Did I just go swimming? Just in the Insanity pool that is Shaun T…

* I also confess that I curse at him through the TV while I collapse in a puddle of said sweat after several intervals. And he just keeps on going…

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* I confess that I don’t even bother wearing normal bras at times. I mean what’s the point? Running in the morning and then Insanity at night? Don’t even care. Do I even need to shower in between workouts? I’m tired. Give me a Quest bar and a nap.

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* I confess that I don’t meal prep. *GASP* I just don’t feel the need to right now. I have enough time in the mornings to make my lunch for work and there’s no telling what I’ll want a week in advance. To all of you that do, more power to ya, but once I do all of that grocery shopping…I’m so done. It’s almost too much work putting everything in the fridge.

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* I confess that I just walk around aimlessly at work sometimes because I’m in a constant state of soreness these days and sitting down for the majority of the day means death for my hip flexors. Oh the soreness…

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* I confess that I’m drinking so much water that I should just set up my desk by the restroom…I’m sure my coworkers think I have some kind of problem…

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Do you have any diet and fitness confessions? Let me hear it!

 

Cheers!

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