Treat Yourself to A Run And Reap The Benefits of A Lifetime

As many of you know, I began running about two and a half months ago. I was unhappy with my life at the beginning; sleeping too much at various times throughout the day and still feeling tired, eating unhealthy meals, drinking too much, constantly gaining weight, all while suffering from an extreme anxiety disorder.

In this short time span, I have literally defeated all of the above.

I am 26 years old…too young for anything listed above. After my first real panic attack, I finally agreed to see a psychologist. I was scared, but I wasn’t alone. Once I was able to recognize the choices I was making were disabling me from living my life, I was ready to make the change.

I am the reason I am sitting here writing about this, but I couldn’t have done it alone. My friends, my family, my psychologist, my doctor, and myself created the perfect potion for success. I was relieved when Amy approached me with this idea for our Capstone project. It was a sense of empowerment and essentially a kick in the ass. It gave me motivation to want to live a better life. Writing about it kept me going. It was a way to release all of the thoughts in my head, and it also gave me something to look back on.

This was more than a lifestyle change, this was a journey. A documented journey that I will always have to look back on, if I’m ever feeling down again. And today, I feel better than ever.

Meditation was something my psychologist and I had discussed. I have done some research on it, and thought there’s no way, with my panic level, that I could possibly sit still and not think of anything. Until I began to research active meditation. Then I put two and two together, Running is my meditation. It helps me clear my mind, keeps me focused on positive, and releases natural chemicals in my brain that remind me how beautiful life is.

I now “meditate” for at least 1 mile per day. It doesn’t take too much time out of my busy schedule, but still allows for me to release built up energy and clear my thoughts. I am able to relax again. I actually feel like myself again. Honestly, I feel like a better version of myself today than I ever have.

I am capable of crying again, which sounds silly but it’s very frustrating when you’re sad and you can’t cry. It’s an outlet that is healthy. If you don’t believe me, check out this article.

Running has helped me tremendously; from weight loss and toning, to stress relief, to something to talk about other than the same old banter. It is something new, and it is something great. I stumbled upon an article that helped me put things in perspective, it highlights 6 Benefits of Running At Least 5 Minutes Per Day . Check it out!

Stay Motivated Beautiful People!

Today Was The Big Day!

It has been a wonderful few months training for a better lifestyle. I am proud to say that today, April 11, I have successfully finished my first 5K. I feel great. I will say I cannot picture my life without running, it has helped me both mentally and physically. I think it is safe to say that running is my meditation. And even though I’m not the fastest, it’s the dedication that matters most. Running has become a way for me to let go of stress, anxiety, and most of all, any frustrations life throws at you. We began this journey at the end of January and now it is the beginning of April. A little over two months and check out my transformation:

First 30 min walk/run is complete!

First 30 min walk/run is complete!

I still have a long road ahead of me, but there’s no stopping now. I would like to continue to run 5k’s in order to keep pushing myself. I love where I am today, which means I know I will love where I am in just a few months. Thank you all for the support! This is really a wonderful journey and I will continue to update you guys on it!

Day of the Race!

Day of the Race!

Our Race Is 2 Days Away!

In 2 days I will be able to say I have successfully ran a 5k. I am so stoked on how far I have come since February. If any of you wonderful people are going to be downtown for OneSpark this Saturday, please show your support for myself and all of the other runners!

We’d love to see your smiling faces at the finish line!

Have a wonderful day readers!

Thank You For All Of Your Support!

EinsteinI run my first 5K this week, and I couldn’t be more excited! We started this journey at the end of January, it is not the beginning of April and we have generated so much support! I cannot express how much excitement and motivation I have gained while embarking on this journey. It is amazing how people can inspire you, even when you have no idea who they are.

I just wanted to take this time and thank all of you for your continued support. I hope our story has helped or encouraged you or someone you know as much as you guys have encouraged myself to keep on keepin’ on.

Thank you for keeping us moving forward!

Have wonderful day!

Keep It Up Beautiful People!

It is amazing how we can create a virtual community that generates so much support for our peers we have not personally met, and some that we have. It really is a wonderful thing. I am about to embark on Day 3 of the Core Challenge after I knock out at least 1 mile run and 1 mile on the bike. Success!

Staying active has not only helped my physically, but mentally. I cannot stress enough how much less stress I have now. Pun intended!

There’s no turning back! Keep up the good work fellow challengers!


Has anyone taken a before photo, with the intention of taking an after?

I can’t say I’ll definitely share mine at the end, but I would like to think I will be confident enough to do so!

5K Is Around The Corner, Core Challenge Begins Wednesday

Good evening beautiful people! With the 5K around the corner, I am beginning to get a little nervous with excitement! I have to say I am ready, which feels great. I am down 20 lbs over the past 2 months and that feels even better.

As the race approaches quickly, I have vowed to myself to at least run 1 mile, 5 times per week until the race, with a plan to continue with my new regiment. Not only does it help with my anxiety, it gives me the opportunity to work towards improving my time and stamina.

On another note, Amy and I will be posting a short video demonstrating how to properly conduct the core challenge. However, it will be a later post on Wednesday.

Stay tuned for more updates! And be sure to check out our separate page dedicated to the April Core Challenge, beginning on the 1st of the month!

Keep On, Keepin’ On!

Hurt So Good!

Brace yourselves! Beginning April 1st, we commence the Core Challenge, along with continuing to train for our 5K on April 11th. We will update you guys with our struggles, defeats, and provide support for each other along the way. I have never been so excited for the month of May in my entire life! Let’s get toned and feel amazing!

Core Challenge

Core Challenge

I’m guessing about halfway through week 1 were all going to empathize with this meme.

In the mean time, I have began to run/jog/speed-walk at least 1 mile per day in order to keep building my endurance and keep that anxiety at bay.

What do you do on a weekly basis to keep yourself healthy and happy?

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The Hardest Part Is Over

I never, in my life, thought I would be a runner. I am proud to say, now I am. In addition to running being extremely beneficial to your physical health, it has had the most impact on my mental health. I feel more focused on a daily basis, happier overall, and I am feeling physically fit which contributes to everything!

I have mentioned in earlier posts how I deal with severe anxiety. I literally have panic attacks twice a week. They come out of no where, I could be at work, in the dog park, or driving my car. And holy wow, are they scary. Once you are able to recognize why you feel the way you do, it becomes easier to cope with, but they still take so much energy from your body, it is ridiculous.

I have recently found that every day I go for a run, I do not have a panic attack. So I have increased my running per week, to approximately 5 days a week. I am going to increase to 7 days next week, and see how it goes. Mind you, I will be running shorter intervals, more frequently. Working with my psychologist and primary care physician, I am getting through this terrifying part of my life.

If you have never experienced a panic attack, let me briefly explain. It literally feels like your going numb, and your surroundings are closing in on you. Voices start to sound distorted, and you can barely breath. I do not wish them upon my worst enemy, that’s how awful they are.

So, in order to cope with this, along with some osteopathic medicine, I will “just keep running”.

I will also keep in mind, the worst is over. I will never have another experience like my first panic attack, and that is something I continue to focus on.

Who Works Out On Vacation?

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, but I’ve been one busy girl! Last week, my best friend Chelsea and I took our annual vacation to the Florida Keys. Along with the support from Amy, Chelsea has joined me on this life-changing journey of health and well-being. Which is going so well, that I almost had anxiety before we left when I realized there was not a fitness center at our first stop in Key Largo. Chelsea’s mom treated us to a day at a local fitness center located in Key Largo/Tavernier called Froggy’s Fitness. It was wonderful. I never thought to myself I would be a “runner” or “fitness fanatic” that works out on vacation, but now, I think the complete opposite and I absolutely love it.

It is such an invigorating feeling. I can feel it all over. My mental health, my body is changing for the better, I have more energy, and best of all my clothes look so much better on my body. I have lost 11lbs overall in 1 month. In concurrence with my running/working out, my eating habits have also changed drastically. Please remember, these are lifestyle changes, not a “diet” or “I’m just running until this blog is complete”. Are blogs ever complete? (hah) Anyways, I am on week seven and I feel fantastic.

The only discouraging part is my distance relative to my time. Which I know will gradually get better over time… how ironic. It is rather frustrating knowing I can only run a mile in 14 minutes, however, two weeks ago I had a 20 minute mile. So noticing the improvement has definitely kept me going. And we can’t forget the most important part…I can run a mile, without stopping. It might not be quickly, but I have short legs that still slightly touch…(hah). I have come so far in this journey and I owe the kick in the a** to Amy. Even though she says it’s all me…if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

So thank you Amy, you rock.

And I will leave you with a few photos from our trip….


Post Workout!

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Post Grocery shopping, keeping the carbs away!

Anchorage Yacht Club & Resort

Anchorage Yacht Club & Resort

Overall, the best thing I can take from this is that I have successfully made the lifestyle change. I know this because I craved running while I was in the Keys…if that’s not a lifestyle change, then I don’t know what is!!