I’m back(?)

Well it’s no secret that I’ve been on somewhat of a hiatus with this blog, really taking a break before it even got started. When I got shin splints this summer I got really deterred in terms of my training, taking a break from running for about two more weeks to let my legs fully heal. Here’s a small overview of how the rest of my summer went:

  • Once my shins healed, I started the 21 Day Fix program after 4th of July weekend. With the intense daily workouts, I did not do any actual running, but the exercises obviously included plenty of cardio. I was also very aware of what I was eating and the portion sizes. I lost about 8 pounds and was feeling great. (For the record, I would recommend Beach Body’s 21 Day Fix to anyone. It is pretty intense, but have modified workouts included in the exercise sets for those just starting out.)
  • The week after 21 Day Fix ended, I went to the beach. Thinking I was still going to stay as active as I was on the program, I was a lot more lenient about what I was putting in my body. Thoughts are a nice thing, but thoughts don’t keep you in shape – actually exercising does. Pretty much ruined everything I had just earned in the weeks prior.
  • Spent the last few weeks of the summer working and moving, and just getting ready for the school year in general. I was working out a few days a week, but not as hard as I had been before my injuries.

It is unfortunate that all my hard work ended up going to waste. And I know that only I can be to blame. I was still nervous about experiencing shin splints again those few last weeks of the summer, so I was purposefully taking it easy. Since school has started, it’s been hard juggling two part-time jobs, a full school load, and my senior thesis project – a.k.a. the bane of my existence – while also trying to find time to go to the gym and making sure I’m always mindful of what I’m putting into my body. Oh, and this new thing I’ve been trying out called a having a boyfriend. Yeah, that’s a fairly new development, but he’s been a real blessing.

North Shore Cancer Run 2014

Oh, but I did run a 10K this month!

Anyways, this probably sounds like a lot of complaining (except maybe not the boyfriend part – you’re welcome, Wes) and I realize that people have it way worse than me and still find time to take care of themselves, blah, blah, blah… I get it. I realize that I have let myself down. And that’s why I stopped writing for so long. But as the semester is slowing down, and I’ll have more time in the coming months before I GRADUATE (WHAT?!), I wanted to resurrect this blog and start over.

 

But this time around, I don’t want to limit myself to writing about running and eating well. Yes, I want to be healthier in those aspects, but I want to be healthier in all aspects of my life. In friendships, relationships, spiritual life, and work ethics. So now, I will be writing about whatever I darn please! This will allow me more freedom in my posts, and probably lead to more consistency. I really hope to keep this going. So, my virtually non-existent Internet friends, please bear with me as I try to revamp this blog, as well as my life.

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I’m Done.

That doesn’t sound like a very encouraging title for a first blog post.

What I mean is I’m done with giving excuses as to why I’m not living the way I want. I want to eat more things that are good for me. I want to be able to run a race under a 10-minute pace. I want to make time for working out and planning healthy meals. Yes, I am busy. I am a college student, I have a job, and although my brother would probably tell you otherwise, I do have friends. That can make for a fairly full schedule, but I really would (and should) like to have exercising and eating well as some type of priority, too.

That’s not to say I am totally unhealthy. I ran in a 5k this weekend. My mom and I run in Disney’s Princess Half Marathon every year. And I don’t only eat cake (although, it may have served as my breakfast once before). But, I typically only work out when I know I need to, like when I am training for a race. And although I don’t only eat cake, I also don’t only eat kale (I never eat kale).

I think I’ve finally gotten the kick in the butt I need to actually do this. Although I don’t know how it’s going to happen yet, I thought I would chronicle my changes to keep myself accountable and maybe find some inspiration to give and get back from others. These changes I want to make aren’t going to happen overnight, and I’m probably going to slip up. But I’m human, and I’ve gained enough inspiration from others already that I don’t want to give up on this. This is going to be a lifelong journey of changes.

Why do I think I need these changes? I’m not fat, but I’m not skinny either. I’m not doing this so I can look good in a bikini. I want to have more energy, and learn to make healthier choices that I can continue to make for the rest of my life. I mean, if a hot bod happens to be a side effect, I won’t be complaining, either. But that’s not the focus. I can live with how I look. These changes are something I’ll be able to keep with me my entire life, and hopefully pass along to others.

There have been so many people who have motivated me to start this process already – friends, family, even bloggers or writers I’ve never met – that got me thinking: If I did this, maybe I could be one to inspire others as well. So I thought it would be cool to take this journey alongside you all. Actually, right now I am probably speaking to no one, since this is my first post. And I’ve probably written too much that even if someone did come across this blog, they’ve already stopped reading. So I should probably finish this up.

I’m ready to make the change. Hopefully there will eventually be some others who will join in following this journey, and maybe gain some inspiration of their own to do it as well! I’m sure this will develop some type of structure as I go along, so those of you that bear with me, I promise it will get better 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Megan