Shake It Off, Tone It Up + Stairmill Workout!

I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready for spring! I have been in complete struggle mode the past few weeks. Winter really had me in a slump. Lots of rain, a few snow days…I really needed some vitamin D. Then I realized, I have suffered from SAD. Did you know that SAD existed? It’s called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which simply means: you turn into Crabby Patty or you feel sad, anxious, tired, excessively eat with potential weight gain, and have trouble concentrating just to name a few. For me…I’m just ready for spring!

After my marathon, I had the Post-Marathon Blues. I remember my sister saying, “Artney, enjoy this moment! Your race will go by so fast and then it will be over.” Everything she said was true. About a week after my marathon the blues kicked in. You go through vigorous mental and physical training all while building a bond with yourself and your training. You put in days, nights, months of training then the big day comes, your excitement level is on fleek (yes, I actually detest this word, but it worked), then it’s over—just like that. I was sad, a little depressed, and this winter SADness didn’t help. I really enjoyed my sabbatical and not working out, but I can’t believe I’m saying this…I miss working out and I miss the endorphins! Euphoria, where are you? I had to figure out how to get out of this comfortable slump of laziness. It had to start with the renewing of my mind. So, I whipped my bum back into shape mentally and got on the physical train. One foot in front of the other and one day at a time. No More Excuses! 

Shaking Post-marathon blues, Stair Master, Fitness Exercises

Have you ever had that one activity or machine in the gym that you just wanted to run from? Well, mine is the Stairmaster/Stairmill aka the HELL-master! This is one of the hardest machines on earth and 5 minutes is all it takes to have me calling on Jesus. I get bored doing the same thing, so when I found this Stairmill Workout on Pinterest I got excited! But…it’s hard y’all!!! I have to stop mid-way to catch my breath because my heart rate is always off the charts—but it works! I’m not trying to go in too fast, so I’m going to stick with one cycle for the first few weeks then add another, etc. Next time you’re at the gym, try this awesome workout from ToneItUp!

 

 Stairmaster, Stairmill, Fitness Exercises

 

What’s the one workout or machine that you have a love/hate relationship with, but gets the job done?

 

 

It’s RunVember!

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I can’t believe November is here! You know what that means…the holiday season, peppermint bark, and 2014 is right around the corner! October was a rather interesting month for me. I wanted to up my mileage, but I had a few challenges so I didn’t get in as many miles as I anticipated. Busy schedules, long days, and doing what your body requires at that moment–it just happens. I had to get an unexpected surgery which limited my activity.  I’ve also been limited to mashies and ice cream, but I guess that’s not too bad. Well, when you eat a whole pint of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla for dinner, that can become too easy! But–I’m feeling much better!

What’s RunVember? Complete 30 miles in 30 days. The goal is to get people out there and get active. It takes 28 days to form a habit, so what better way than the RunVember Challenge! Run it or even walk it–just get those miles in. I can’t think of a better time than November!

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I signed up for my first Vulcan Run 10K which will be held this Saturday, November 2. Even though I might walk it, depending how my body feels, I’m really excited about it! I definitely don’t want to overdo it. The great thing is–whether I walk or run it, I’m still going to get out there and get those miles in…and there’s still time to register!

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I’m also excited about another big event towards the end of the month. It’s perfect timing as we get ready to partake in Turkey Day festivities and good eating! I’ll be running the Magic City Half Marathon part of the Ruben Studdard Celebration Weekend. I decided to add this race to my 2013 calendar as part of my preparation/training for my first Run Disney event, the Princess Half Marathon, in 2014! *insert scream here* I’ll tell you more about that later. This will be my second, half marathon and a lot of my running buds will be participating as well!

I’m looking forward to a great RunVember and an awesome month as we get closer to bringing 2013 to a close. I’m expecting GREAT things and I hope you are too!

Do you have any special plans, big races, or events coming up this month?

More Sweat, Less Jiggle | The Biggest Loser 15

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The season premiere of The Biggest Loser 15 is almost here! I’ve always been a fan of the show, but I would always catch it mid-season. This will be my first time watching it from beginning to end. I watched the last few episodes of BL14 with winner, Dani Allen, and knew I needed to subscribe to Hulu so I could catch up on what I missed. I loved her transformation and watching her change right before my eyes. Dani is also a runner and now runs marathons–so inspiring!

I am also a Jillian Michaels fanatic! She’s an absolute BEAST! Even if you’re not competing on the show, she makes you get your bum up and get it in. She will have your glutes and “hammies” on fire! I also love trainers, Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince–motivation at its best. BL15 kicks off tomorrow, October 15 at 8/7c. Sorry BET Hip Hop Awards, you will have to take the back seat and get DVR’d! I’m excited that Ruben Studdard, from my hometown (Birmingham, AL) and American Idol Season 2 winner, will be competing for the Biggest Loser 15 spot. He is the heaviest contestant on the ranch weighing in at 462 pounds. He said he will be dedicating two hours a day to himself to continue losing weight. The fact that they are all making the decision to change their health and lives is commendable.

Best of luck to all of the contestants. Will you be watching?

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Wine-down (Sort of) Wednesday at the Park!

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The weather yesterday evening was absolutely perfect! My friend and I decided to change up our scenery and go to our local park to get some miles in. It was absolutely beautiful and feeling the breeze was another reminder as to why I absolutely LOVE Fall! The park was full of activity–yoga, bikers, skateboarders, runners, walkers-and people just relaxing!

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Jams was “pretending” she was dreading our walk/run. It’s only Wine-down Wednesday–it can’t be THAT bad!

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Clearly it wasn’t, because it didn’t take her long to get fired up!

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My View!–What a beautiful canvas for a run!

 

 

Happier Hour, Happier Girl!

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I woke up Saturday morning with every intention to run early. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. My Friday night was rather eventful (long story lol). I didn’t get much sleep so it totally threw my Saturday morning run off. Rest is so necessary! I started my run two hours late, my iTouch completely un-synched ALL of my playlists. I didn’t even have my Soundscapes to run to. Then it started drizzling (which is fine), but the rain + my crabby mood — I was DONE! I just wanted to push the start over button. I could have pushed through, but Oscar mode was in full effect. I cut my long run short and I completed two miles. I normally go to Zumba on Saturday’s, but I really just needed a mental health day so I played hooky. Sorry Marta! :-) I went home, got some sleep, and decided I was going to enjoy my day.

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 I stopped by Taco Bell for Happier Hour! I love Happy Hour so it definitely cheered me up!

 

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Beefy Nacho Burrito and Mountain Dew Blast Freeze (and other items)–$1 on the Happier Hour Menu from 2 pm-5 pm (at participating locations).

 

My next stop–one of my favorite things…THRIFTING! It was long overdue for a thrift-store haul! I was greeted at the door with a company giving away big bags of cherries. I was happy about that. Plus, I found some REALLY great stuff!

   

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I don’t like to keep going back and forth so I make my rounds, grab what I want, try on, then I’m out the door. I’m glad everything worked out perfectly.

 

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This was NOT all of the bags!  <<< Thriftaholics Anonymous STAT!

 

Really glad my day turned out to be a great one. It was a relaxing weekend from then on out. I’m recharged and ready for a great RUN week!

Live. Blog. Love.

 

 

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I love blogging and it has become a great outlet for me. When I started my blog, I knew it would be hard to be placed in a box. Trust me, I tried. I quickly realized that I march to my own beat–which led to my transition. My bio tells quite a bit about me and from time to time I’ll post about those things (i.e., hair, books, vintage/random finds, thrifting, etc.). But then I saw something that reaffirmed everything…

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My blogger friend Blitz and Glam posted a textgram on her blog post, “Blog What You Live”, that said “Blog what you live, don’t live to blog.” This thought has been whirling in my mind as new ideas bring new inspiration. Each year my style, voice, or ideas may change. Not necessarily in that order–but it happens.  Two things about me that are evident:  I run and I love to try new recipes. I am very much inspired by health, fitness, and Oh YES! — good food, but I look forward to blogging more of what I live. I think that’s what makes this journey worthwhile. I’m really excited about what is to come!

Loved Just The Way You Are…

Me and my Daddy Wee Artneya

Daddy and itty-bitty Artie Cakes!

Happy Father’s Day to an amazing man, father, my Daddy…my Pops! It’s no secret that this time of year is VERY hard for me. My Dad passed away over 9 years ago, but not a day goes by that I don’t miss him. He is so special to my heart. My Mom’s best friend who was very charming, brilliant, handsome, stern with a soft spot for Daddy’s little girl aka Scooby (yes, that’s me!). He always knew how to get me with that smile and showing off those dimples! A true fighter he was. Hard-working, loving, and beautiful being who told me to always believe in myself and push towards my dreams. I’m grateful that God chose me to be his daughter!

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RUNNING IN HONOR OF MY DAD!

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Over the past few weeks I’ve dedicated all of my runs to my Dad! I’m so thankful to Fit, Fab, and Lean for providing a Father’s Day Virtual 5K ~ Half Marathon (including a Finishers Medal) for us to commemorate this special day. I completed 26.9 miles over the past two weeks. Running is truly a great outlet for me. Seeing all of the commercials, cards, movies, and events surrounding Father’s Day can be a bit overwhelming. Instead of me being down or sad, I decided to RUN!  I’m so proud to have had the opportunity to run in my Dad’s honor and memory — Mr. John E. Patterson. I hope he’s smiling down! :-)

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Just a little collage I made!

My Dad was a HUGE Barry White Fan…so I’d be remiss if I didn’t celebrate him with one of his favorite songs!

Happy Father’s Day to every Father out there in the world! May this day honoring you and every day be a special one — you all deserve it!  To anyone who is Fatherless or Father is in heaven, I pray that you are surrounded by love, peace, and sweet memories. They truly keep you going!

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give any person: He believed in me.”

~Jim Valvano

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