A tip about cardio!

When I thought about cardio I really only thought about running, and man tbh I’m not a huge fan of running, never felt like I was “good” at running, and just never thought my body would look “good” while running. SO I wanna tell you first off although running is amazing for you, there are a lot of other cardio workouts you can do! But here is some tips of how I learned to start running, and feel more confident in running!

1. Fast walking on treadmill or outside!! Since where I live theres snow/ice everywhere I walked on the treadmill with an incline of 7.5-8.5 and did intervals of speed 2.8-3.0-3.5+ (switched speed every 4 minutes) and started with 20 mins! Then for a week I added 4 more mins! This kept my heart rate up and made me do a slight jog!

2. The elliptical!!! If you don’t feel “confident” running at the gym or outside yet an elliptical is a great start (and what I did!) It helped me increase my endurance and gave me a great workout! I always go on the intervals setting, and started w/ 20mins on the elliptical, then each day add 5mins till I go for 60mins every time now!

3. Now time for the treadmill! After doing each step for a week when I went on the treadmills and did intervals (running/fast walking) I felt a lot more confident, my endurance felt stronger, and I felt more stronger doing cardio! I do intervals for 25 minutes (which was a comfortable starting time) and now I increase every day +3!

Hope this helps!

If you’re ready to change who you are, start identifying yourself as what you want to be: a cyclist, a runner, a bodybuilder, or a dancer. Tell people that’s who you are. From there, your new self-identification becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. You turn into what you want to be!
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
—  Isaiah 40:28-31 (KJV)

Back home. Dallas was good. Nice weather. Good eats. Productive meetings. My time on this project is coming to an end, so I probably won’t be traveling again in the near future.

The great news is I brought some of that Dallas weather back with me! Amazing 60F temps today makes it hard to believe it’s the middle of February. 8 easy miles in shorts and a half-zip were pretty sweet.

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That time I almost left @amft with a killer again…. the first time was when I left her with the craigslist killer while I test rode my bike. (I left her with newly pedicured feet- overly lotioned and in flip flops. She couldn’t run away if she tried. I’ll come back to this story shortly.

1. 6 am departure time for a 50 mile drive to get to Lewisville for a run before the Crossfit competition. At 6 am I come dangerously close to driving off with the gas nozzle AGAIN.
2. We wanted to run at the dam at Lake Lewisville but we were told at arrival, “YOU CANT EVEN LOOK AT IT.” So we found a trail at Central Park, Texas.
3. Our first ever time to spectate a Crossfit competition. Shirtless people, men with beards, women who could hurt you and all the curse words one can imagine all in one place. I was a fish out of water with my Mexican sugar bomb of a drink, horchata. Nonetheless, we had fun and The Power Couple came in 2nd place.
4. We had planned to go watch our 7 year old friend play soccer afterwards . We were stuck in Dallas gridlock near a part of Dallas that is Little Mexico. So what do you do while stuck in LM??? TACOS!!! I had gone to this place since my early twenties and my favorite was the pickled vegetables they serve instead of chips. They were still delicious.
5. We start heading back to the interstate and we pass a palm readers house. Knowing that this is a bucket list item for Angela I ask if we should stop. She said, “Why not?” Our friend wasn’t going to make soccer, so we had time. I knocked at the door…. no answer. I asked if we should ring the doorbell? And before she answered I said,“ YOU DO IT!” She did. We waited…. no answer. We walked back to the car and honestly I was relieved. Then A said, there’s a man flagging us down. He waved us in. He tells us the pricing which was very misleading because his window said $10 palm readings. He charged us $70 and had no change, so he got 80. Anyway, he asked us if we wanted our readings together or private? A and I were both staring at each other saying the same thing- “what do you want?” He decided for us. Private.

There was a young girl scurrying about the place. I noticed a box of valentines candy on the floor, a comforter on the couch. He told the girl to pick up, told Angela to sit on the couch. We had clearly woken them up. I walked to a back room and left Angela alone. He took a quick look at my palm. Never touched my hand like you see in the movies. And proceeded to “read” my palm. He very rarely looked me in the eyes. When I was done I asked if he took credit cards? Of course not, but he pointed me across the street to a bank. So I left Angela alone …. AGAIN. This time with a psychic killer. I’m a great friend….I know. I walk across a busy street and stand in a line of cars on a busy Saturday afternoon. The car behind me was blaring, “There Goes My Life”, by Kenny Chesney. I laughed. That’s the song I hear as I stand in line amongst cars to get money for a psychic. This took more time than it should have. I had to cross a busy street again. I get to the door and knock. It was like they were waiting for me by the door. Angela’s eyes were HUGE. The said WHY TF DID YOU LEAVE ME HERE??? I take her picture in front of the sign. It’s a moving picture, you can hear our nervous laughter… still. We get in the car and compare stories. MANY similar words and not worth the $80. But I found out that A waited on the couch with a sleeping person laying in the couch across from her in the comforter I noticed. She sat there with a sleeping person and a young girl cleaning in a stranger’s house while my palm was read…. totally normal y'all.
6. The psychic didn’t predict surprise happiness at my front doorstep when I got home. I’m not a candy bar person. If I’m going to impulse buy at the grocery store, it will be Turtles.

That’s a full day and that was our day before 2 PM. Angela got out of the car, nodded her head

“What a random day”

Indeed it was.

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Sweaty after workout pic from earlier this morning! Sorry I never posted I was in a time crunch all day to make it out shooting with Holly’s fam!

A couple sharp shooters her and her moms are! We are all taking a class next week and wanted practice before heading out to shoot.

Also it is Cadbury egg season! They are my kryptonite, fighting the temptation at all cost!

Hope y'all have had a wonderful day!

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I pushed through the pain today to do my first race since my accident two months ago, since my injuries knocked me down so hard. It was ridiculously harder than it normally would have been for me, but I crossed the finish line and got my dinky little medal.

Now I’m lying in bed with a heating pad, muscle relaxers, and pain meds, trying to deal with the consequences of this morning’s exertion. I’m in pain. It’s like starting from scratch again… but I will not let this back injury stop me from my goals. I can endure pain in pursuit of greatness.

💙💪🏃🏋🔥🏅

@fuckyeah–lesbians @kingunderthecarpark @themudcrusher @adistancerunner @spartanrace @ninja-in-training

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Achy 5k followed by a super healthy lunch. My current food obsessions are wheetos and fig rolls…

My legs felt really tight from yesterday’s 7 miles but I didn’t have time to go to the gym to cross train so little run for me! Does anyone feel as if they can’t look like they’re struggling when wearing a race tee? I’m meant to be a marathoner, got to look less like I’m a breathless sweat monster.

Anyways, off to Leeds for go karting!!!

So we opened officially a few weeks ago. And yesterday we did our first isolation. It went really well and the results are amazing. We usually get isolations from other centres and they’re like 20% islet, 80% tissue we really could do without, plus it’s mostly dead. Yesterday we got 90% islets and 90% alive, and that wasn’t even a full run. The rest of the diabetes team are thrilled, they were all at work today trying to grab some 😂. Today for me is Friday, the weekend has arrived! Plus we’ve worked so much overtime I can take two days off this week, if you need me I’ll be in bed dying. I have the head cold to end all head colds, and I can’t breathe out of either nostril. SO WHAT DID I DO TODAY? YEAH THATS RIGHT, I WENT FOR A RUN. haha the one thing a runner should never do is run when you are ill, and yet millions flaunt it with no shame. I stand before you worse off than before I ran, wth no regrets 😂.
18th February 2017

On my run this morning I noticed how pretty the clouds behind the bridge looked, like big, fluffy snow covered mountains, the kind of clouds you’d paint in a scenic painting. They were so low to the water that I could only see them from this spot and then the half way point of my run. Every time I look up at the sky, I watch the shape and movement in awe. Clouds are just so cool 🌥☁️⛅️