Getting back on the horse

About two weeks I publicly announced that I need to get my Sh*t together and back into taking care of myself physically and mentally. Oh yeah, and train for this marathon that I have coming up. So here’s your biweekly update on how I’m doing:

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Week 1 back: Did not go so hot. Getting back in a groove is HARD. I managed 2 runs, 6.5 miles on Monday, 4.6 on Tuesday and a Bodyweight circuit on Wednesday. Then I pooped out the rest of the week. My body was not loving me and I didn’t manage to get my long run in.

Week 2: MUCH better. Tuesday spinning, Wednesday 8 miles and bodyweight circuit. Thursday full body work out, Friday mobility and core, Saturday long run of 13miles.

The one part that really gets to me is that I keep thinking about the “used to’s” I used to run 7 miles in 1:03, I used to be able to dumbbell row 45lbs and so on.

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Fitness is the one thing that you can work on so hard for so long and if you fall off all the progress just goes away. Sure your body might retain some of it but you have to bust some a$$ to get back all the progress you once made. I know, I’m pretty good at giving advice. I just have a hard time taking it for myself and I need to stop looking backwards and keep looking forwards.

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Two roads diverged in a wood

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

-Robert Frost

 

I want to take a break from fitness because there’s so much more to life than just working out. Well, at least for me there is. If you want to believe all the fitness bots out there, there is nothing else then please, move on. I want to talk about one of my biggest faults that I have: I get hung up on things, I let them stew inside my head and I have a hard time moving on.

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This often gets in the way of my success because I think about the “used to’s” like “I used to be able run faster,” “I used to be more well read,” etc. I also let this and negativity get in my way. For example, I literally laid in bed just now for an hour stewing over the fact that someone accused me of something I didn’t do. An hour wasted when I could have been doing something more productive like running or reading one of the many books I’ve bought recently but haven’t even cracked open yet. But I am working on this, and there are a few steps that I’ve been taking in order to move on and ultimately better myself.

  1. Practice self love.

We spend a lot of time belittling ourselves, believing that nothing we ever do is good enough. We compare our success to others success when we shouldn’t. If you’re going to compare your success to anyone, look back on where you were a year ago. Is it different? Yes? Then you have been successful on your journey. You haven’t stood still and you need to accept yourself during every step of this journey.

2. Not everyone is going to like you

OH man. I am terribly guilty of believing that everyone is going to like me. I have spent SO much of my time trying to please other people. I constantly worry about if someone likes me instead of working on and enjoying the relationships that are right in front of me. Instead, I try to do everything in my power to make the one singular person try to be my friend. IT’S JUST NOT POSSIBLY. Everyone has a different cup of tea and you may not be it for one person.

3. Don’t be afraid of starting over.

I have constantly made excuses for why I can’t start over with something new. It’s usually because change is freaking scary. For me, what I have right now is comfortable and notknowing what is to come is terrifying for me. I’m sure there are those of you out there that are the same. But sometimes change is for the better. Not starting over may mean you’re stagnant for the rest of your life and to me, that’s even more terrifying. So I’m slowly opening up to possibilities and the known.

Sitting here writing this has made me realize that I still have a lot of things to work on when it comes to getting out of my head and trying to control things I can’t control. But I can’t let my faults keep me from growing and you shouldn’t either.

Where’d ya go? I miss you so

Well world, it’s been awhile.

Yesterday morning I posted on instagram how I’ve kind of fallen off when it comes to fitness. Well, not fitness all together. Just my own. It’s funny how even though I work full time in this industry, my own fitness has taken a back seat. But I can’t just blame my job. It’s me. I’ve let other things lately take priority.

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For one, my fairly new relationship. What’s that saying? Oh yeah, fat and happy. While I
would never describe myself or anyone as fat, I’ve definitely become pleasantly plump over the past 8 months. Eating out and sleeping in have taken over. But on top of that I’ve been helping him with a huge project that I thought I’d share a little bit with you.
So about a year and half ago my boyfriend bought this house that needed a ton of work and he’s been working on it for awhile now. Being the Fixer Upper/Joanna Gaines obsessed person that I am, I was immediately intrigued. Now, I don’t egret offering to help because it’s really made us closer, but I won’t lie, it takes up a lot of my free time lately. Which means when weekends once meant long runs, it means long days painting now.
I also think that last year I might have worn myself out a bit with how many races I did. You know, 6 half marathons, 2 full marathons, 1 olympic tri, 2 sprint tris and 1 attempt at a half ironman might have been a bit over doing it for me. All the while starting a new job and getting 2 promotions. This year is more than half over and all I’ve done are 3 half marathons and one 10k.  I do have one full marathon planned for this year, but to be honest my commitment to training has been less than stellar.
So I thought I would come back here and document my come back. Starting today. This week I will get back on this fitness horse. Stop eating like crap and start taking my health serious again. You heard it here folks. It’s going to be an uphill battle but I’m open to the challenge.Christine_8.13.17-68
PS: I also commit to updating this blog again at least once a week. So stay tuned!!!

What’s up for 2017?

I’ve been really excited to share this blog post with you because I have a lot of big things happening for 2017. It’s just taken me awhile to find the time to sit down and write! As I mentioned in my last post I have a new position at work and I’ve been throwing myself into that head on. I’m loving it, but it definitely takes away from keeping up with all of you!

So here’s the first big thing coming up for me in 2017!

ei2017-240x300Back in October someone posted on Facebook to apply to Tri Equal’s Equally Inspiring team for 2016-17. Athletes that are picked get 3 free months of training with a triathlon coach. Without really looking at what it was, I was like “Cool! Free coaching!” and applied. Well earlier this month I learned that I was actually picked for the team! Almost 200 people applied and only 75 were picked for the team. Once I found out, I started to look into Tri Equal and what they’re about. It’s a group of people that look to ensure that all groups in the triathlon community are treated equally and with respect. I’m so honored to be picked by this organization, not only has triathlon become a huge part of my life, I love their message and goals.

The coach that I have been matched up with is Coach Jana from E3 Triathlon Coaching. I’m really excited to start working with her because I’m still so new to this sport and there’s a lot I don’t know that she does. This was very clear when I bombed last years attempt at a Half Ironman, and the fueling issues at the NYC marathon. I was kind of nervous at first to work with a coach again especially after my last terrible experience. But after talking with Jana, I’m so excited to crush some goals this year with her! I already decided to give the 70.3 distance a try again and I’ve already signed up for the Patriot half on June 17th! Even though we haven’t officially started together yet she’s been so helpful and encouraging with my off season that I can’t wait to see what will happen in the next year!

14915175_1125292550925368_3425950710634643213_nIn addition to being picked for Equally Inspiring, I’ve also been picked for a second year in a row to be an ambassador for Coeur Sports. When I applied and was accepted on the team last year, I didn’t know what that would bring. I really just thought I would get a sweet discount in exchange for some social media posts. But this group has proven to be the most inspiring group of women that I have ever come across. I have loved getting to know them through social media and see their amazing accomplishments. I also have had the honor of meeting them in real life and that has been amazing because it wasn’t like strangers meeting for the first time, we were already family. This is such a great company that really brings women together when so often we are putting each other down. I’m excited for the 2017 team and to get to meet more of these ladies this year.

I also am excited to be apart of the Honey Stinger ambassador again for 2017! Their gels and waffles are the best and love that they’ve rolled out more gluten free products!

 

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NYC Marathon Recap

 

Better late than never right?

Things have been a little crazy in the world of CJoyFitness, so I apologize that this is almost a month late! Right before the marathon I got my second promotion of the year to Fitness Manager in the gym I work in. Then the holidays are coming up and my head has been spinning!!!

But I digress, let’s get back to this marathon. Going into this race I kept saying that this was my last one, that I didn’t like this distance. So let’s just say I wasn’t going into it with the best mindset, this might also be because I bombed my last two long distance races. In my mind, I questioned whether I had it in me to complete.

unnamed-5After a restless nights sleep, because you know, NYC is the city that never sleeps, I got up at 4am in order to catch the 5:30am Ferry to Staten Island. We stayed in an Air BnB while we were there so I had the luxury of having my own kitchenette so I could stick to me pre-race rituals when it comes to eating etc. After choking down a bagel, I met with my Coeur teammate Stephanie for the train…which never came but we did meet a new friend Suzanne!

 

unnamed-1We ended up getting a cab there and got there with plenty of time to catch the ferry. Once we got to Staten Island, it was a long wait where we talked with new friends, drank coffee and peed a lot. OH and the best part, they had therapy dogs for nervous runners and I made another new friend named April.

 

 

 

Then it was off to the corrals. I ended up dropping back so that I could start with Stephanie. The plan was to run with her the whole time, but if one of us wanted to run ahead it was okay. We were right at the front of the start line when the gun went off and across the bridge we went. All the bad thoughts of not being able to finish melted away.

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Starting line with the bridge behind us!

We got over the bridge and I had to pee so badly, when Steph suggested that we pee behind a pillar I didn’t even second guess it. Otherwise, I would’ve been one of those runners that wet themselves and I didn’t think I could make it 25 more miles in wet shorts. After that I felt GREAT! The crowds at this race were amazing, the only time it was quiet was when we were going over the bridges and then we had amazing sites of the city. I’ve never been anywhere other than Manhattan so it was so much fun to see how diverse NYC really is.

We had to do a few walks after we hit the 10 mile marker, the hills on this course are not steep but they’re a long slow incline and that killed my lower back which hasn’t been the same since the Boston tri earlier this summer. Steph was great though and stuck with me the whole time. We met up with her family at mile 17 and there were hugs all around and off we went.unnamed-3

   We don’t look like we ran 17 miles!

Mile 19, I hit some trouble. I had started to get hungry so I downed another gel and it just did not sit right with me. My stomach cramped and I felt nauseous. Our walk breaks began to become more frequent until I got some more water and my stomach calmed down a bit. I really need to work on this fueling thing if I want to continue with long distance races!0039

Sticking together until the end

Then we FINALLY hit the last 5k marker. I looked at my watch and realized that if we kept a good pace I could make my unofficial goal of a sub-5 hour marathon. I know that’s not fast to most of you, but remember I bombed my first marathon and ended up walking most of it with a whopping finish time of 5:50. So this would be huge for me. I dug deep and found some extra stored energy and picked up the pace. At mile 26 I saw my cheering crowd which gave me an extra boost for the last .2 miles. Once we crossed that finish line at 4:58 I was so surprised that I could actually do it. I finally got over that mental barrier. I know that without Steph I probably wouldn’t have been able to do it. 0011-1

Then as we were on the train back to Boston on Monday, I put my name in for the Chicago marathon lottery! Hahaha. 0011

Cyber Bulling and Body Shaming

I feel like I’m incredibly lucky because for the most part I’m surrounded by incredibly supportive and positive people. However, I recently have experienced a bout of cyber bullying and mostly centered around body shaming from a small percentage of people in my communities. Realistically, for every one negative comment I receive there are 15 positive ones. 

But these negative ones can really get to you especially when some one takes the time out of their day to criticizes you for not having a 6 pack and not being super lean. For not looking like the athlete that you claim to be. For promoting unhealthy ideals. Yes, I got these messages the other day after posting this picture:

I posted this on instagram to show my progress with the whole 30. It wasn’t to show off, and I mostly talked about how my gut feel healthier and how I’m going to keep myself feeling this way after the whole 30 is over.

Nope no 6 pack to be seen. It’s actually been a long time since I’ve been lean enough to see them. Maybe I don’t look like your stereotypical endurance athlete because I’m no Shalane Flanagan. But I do go out there and run mileage that makes people cringe and I promote balance and self love.

So here are some things to remember when people criticize you or your body:

1. A 6 pack is NOT an indicator of health. Just because you’re super lean doesn’t mean you’re super healthy and fit. Actually, when I did have a 6 pack back when I was into bikini competition, I was essentially starving myself and completely crazed. Does that mean someone with a 6 pack is unhealthy? No! However, we don’t always know what’s really going on behind the scenes.

2. In today’s day and age it’s a lot easier for people to be cruel. It’s easy to hide behind a screen and comment on a persons appearance because even though your picture may be you, we are all still pretty anonymous online and the wicked in people tends to come because there’s something else going on with them. 

3. When someone criticizes what you’re eating, remember that you’re giving your body what it needs. Okay, that may not be the truth if you’re constantly eating sweets and downing a bag of potato chips. But if you’re eating nutrient dense foods that support your body and activity level then you don’t need to be eating your plain chicken breast and broccoli for six meals a day. 

4. What you do is your current best, like I said I’m not Shalane Flannagan. I do not run a sub 5 min mile, or crush Ironmans every other weekend. But I work hard and do my best, whatever you’re doing, you’re doing your best. You don’t NEED to be super fast or work out so hard 7 days a week. Who cares that someone else can run faster, you have to remember where you personally started and how far you’ve come.

And I don’t want to be cliche, but I will anyways! “Haters gonna hate hate hate.” 

So brush yourself and go about your journey. 

Friday Five with #AwareWithPink!

This weeks Friday Five Favorites is a special post in honor of Brest Cancer Awareness month. You get to know a little bit more about me and what keeps me inspired on this long sweaty journey called life. 

1. Tunes that inspire! When I’m getting my sweat on the 3 songs and podcasts I listen to are: Hall of fame by The Script, Shake it out by Taylor Swift (I’m a not so in the closet fan of T.Swift!) and currently The Paleo women podcast. Since I run so much wireless headphones don’t last very long for me, they fizzle out from all the sweat and the batteries never last long enough for my long runs. I want win a pair of Aftershokz so I can keep getting my sweat on and still be inspired by my favorite tunes! 

2. Give back!? Volunteering is something that has always been important to me. I did a lot of it in college, but when I graduated adult life kind of took over. This year I decided I need to change that and if you follow me on Instagram, I started volunteering with Title IX girls running group. I help coach girls ages 9-15 in running and life lessons. We have 3 weeks until the end of season 5k and I love watching these girls become stronger with every step.

3. Self Care. Being healthy doesn’t just mean physically healthy, but mentally and spiritually as well. You all know fitness is an important part of my life (haha I know stating this obvious!!) but I keep myself healthy mentally and spiritually too in ways I don’t often talk about. I have my own sort of meditation that I do every night before I go to bed to help me unwind, I do yoga (probably not as much as I should!) and most importantly I have self love mantras that I tell myself when I start to feel down. I always tell my clients that they can’t just get results by working out, you have to love yourself and take care of yourself first, and results will happen. 


4. Inspiring threads! I live in work out clothes, so when it comes to shopping I get more excited about clothes I’m going to get sweaty in over a dress and heels. My favorites you ask? Well for all my triathlon, cycling and running gear it’s Coeur sports! Created by and for women, they inspire me every day to get out there every day and get moving! I also love Reebok, I love that they’re stuff is so cute and versatile that I can go from the gym to dinner in their gear and still look cute!  


5. Friends who inspire! This was a tough one for me. Over the past couple years the people I have decided to surround myself with are ones that hold the same vision as I do. They’re out there to inspire and empower women through fitness and make a difference. So I can’t pick just one. But for your viewing pleasure, here are my @bosfitgrls that are just some of the ladies I love being around and watching them inspire everyone around them!


Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by AfterShokz in an effort to spread awareness about their new Pink Trekz headphones, in partnership with Bright Pink to support and spread awareness around breast cancer awareness. All opinions and words are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands the support the Sweat Pink community. 

The Whole 30 Round Two

Last week I started doing the Whole 30 again. If you’ve been following me for awhile, I blogged about my first round at the beginning of this year. That first round I mostly did for weight loss. I had a couple more stubborn pounds that I wanted to be rid of and a bit of a pizza habit so I decided to give this a try. It was actually really successful and up until about two months ago, I was able to keep it all off.

But two months ago things changed for me. I started not sleeping well, which was effecting my work outs, my energy levels, my mood and my weight. I put on about 12 pounds in the course of 2 months. I know I was eating badly, mostly on the weekends. But it was because while I had good intentions of cooking a healthy meal, I was just so darn exhausted from doing almost nothing so take out was a better option. On top of this I was always bloated, my stomach was bothering me again and I would have weird allergic reactions at random times to foods I ate regularly.

Some thing was not right.

I went to the doctors to see if they could find a better explanation for what was going on in body. But she really didn’t. I had blood tests done and they all came back normal. Normal thyroid, normal iron etc. Her only suggestion was to see a nutritionist. I was a bit irritated by this because I know how to eat healthy, I was doing it 80% of the time. But that didn’t explain my constant exhaustion and lack of ability to sleep through the whole night.

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That’s when I decided to give this a try again because I had started drinking a ton of coffee and not even that was helping. Not necessarily this time for weight loss but to get the rest of me back in order, if weight loss happens with it, I’m not going to complain.

Right now I am one week into my 30 days. I have 23 days left and I already fell a ton better. I actually have slept through the night the past 3 nights and I DON’T still feel completely tired when I wake up. My stomach isn’t as bloated (I think I might even be able to see some abs again if I squint really hard and flex even harder!). My stress levels are down and I’m only have green tea.

I won’t lie though, I’m a bit nervous about when these 30 days are up. Obviously this is not the most ideal way to eat the rest of your life. NO grains at all? Like what?! Also the CHEESE. I LOVE cheese! But I also don’t want to be back to being WIDE awake at 3am. So I need to have a happy balance. The week I’m done is my birthday, so I will enjoy a glass of wine and a birthday treat. But I think I’m going to stay gluten free and dairy free for a bit, having is only on special occasions. With the holidays coming up in the next couple months it would be hard to stick to eating this way, but at least I can do it most of the time. I’m excited to see how things turn out at the end of this!


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One week into whole 30

Friday Five Favorites: Running

While fitness is my passion, all of you know I LOVE running. For me, it’s my meditation and I originally started running because of the high and because I thought “Hey, it’s free!” HAHA, little did I know how many accessories and gadgets that can go along with running, and I will admit I have been sucked in. So today I am sharing my 5 favorite running items! Make sure you read all the way to the bottom for some fun news!

  1. Nuun tablets. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. It’s so important especially when you get into longer distances. I have a hard time with plain water, but Nuun tablets have really helped me get it down and it has a lot of extras you need to keep up!shop
  2. Honey Stinger. It took me a long time to figure out how to fuel properly on long runs and a lot of products don’t settle well in my stomach. But I found Honey Stinger and I will never go back. I love using the Honey Stinger gels, energy chews and waffles for races and long work outs!honeystinger_logo_horizontal
  3. Flip Belt. You have to be able to carry your phone, keys, card, money and fuel on runs! I hate arm bands and bulky packs, I bought a flip belt about a year ago and I love how flat it is and it even fits my huge IPhone!flipbelt_violet
  4. Procompression socks. Recovery is key and my calves tend to tighten up like crazy. These socks really help me after a long run and they’re super cute so I don’t feel weird going out in them!screen-shot-2015-10-09-at-12-42-27-pm
  5. Coeur Sports. I fell in love with Coeur triathlon kits, but then I bought their shorts and sports bra and I love them! They’re my go to for all runs. They’re cute, have extra pockets and are super comfortable!
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Want to WIN my favorite running products?? Follow me on instagram! I’ll be giving away one item every Monday in October in honor of my birthday month!

Getting back on her feet

Imagine one day you’re getting ready to go out to dinner with friends and all of a sudden your legs start to go a little tingly which is weird because you’re walking around. Then quickly that tingly feeling has turned into numbness and you can’t walk, so you call an ambulance which rushes you to the hospital where you’re told the horrible news: you are paralyzed from the waist down and they don’t know why.

This doesn’t really seem real right? How can someone go from walking around having a perfectly normal day to not being to walk? Well this has happened, to my client Katey Wheeler exactly one year ago today.

fullsizerender-12One year ago Katey lost her ability to walk and had no idea if she would ever be able to again. But let me tell you, Katey is pretty darn awesome. She is incredibly strong and brave. Over time because of her strength both inside and out, Katey relearned how to walk, which was no easy task. She has had machines hooked up to her legs sending electric impulses into her muscles, willing them to move. She has gone through extensive physical therapy in order to move normally again.

I remember when I first started working with Katey. She was graduating from physical therapy to personal training because while she was better, it’s not 100% (and according to her, probably never will be), and she still needed to get stronger. I remember that first session Katey was afraid to even do a squat while holding on to a TRX for support. Since she has not gotten all the feeling back in her legs, sometimes she is unaware of where her body is in space. But she did it and has continued to improve from there.

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I’ve learned so much from her. I may be teaching her about fitness, but she taught me way more about strength and how to keep fighting even in the toughest situations.

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