Thursday, July 16, 2015

Mid-Year Fitness Report: The Best Yet

I didn't get to 30 miles in 30 days in June. I only got to 17. I had a very strange break out all over my face which we think was poison ivy (still unsure to this day how I got it) and so my doctor suggested I avoid getting hot until it cleared up. 

So even though I didn't hit that goal, I'm here with good news. June was still pretty bad ass...

I was so excited when Map My Run sent me my monthly work out report and my mid-year report. Usually I look at these reports and think, "That can't be right. I know I went to the gym more than 2 times! I know I ran with Bear more than that. I had to, right? Why is that whole week empty? I really only ran that many miles? It sure felt like way more than that!"

That's part of my problem. I'll work out once and for the next few days I'm on cloud nine relishing in my superior commitment to fitness. Only to then realize you actually have to CONTINUE to work out... like constantly. For the rest of your life.


But, I have to say, looking at my reports this time - the reaction was different...


I know people always like to be self-deprecating and focus on what needs improving but for once I gave myself a pat on the back. For the first time in my life I've been making fitness a priority. For several months, I've really felt that fitness is part of my lifestyle. Or becoming part of it.Yes, there have been weeks were I wasn't at my best (or sick or traveling). But overall, I've really kicked up the fitness.

I want to work out. I want the results of working out. I want the endorphins and I was the long-term results. I feel bad after a few days of no exercise. And that's good. I want to have those reactions. It keeps me going.

 June was my best month to date and the past January-June were my best 6 months to date. This encourages me to keep going and to keep doing better.

Now if only I could stay away from chips and queso...

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

My Experience with Invisalign (Before & After Photos)

If dental pictures freak you out (like they do me), then I suggest you just pass over this post. However, I really wanted to talk about my experience with Invisalign and didn't think I could do that thoroughly without showing my before and after pictures. So, fair warning!

Invisalign worked for me. Not only did it fix my bite, widen my mouth and straighten my teeth, it also worked for my lifestyle. For anyone who wants to perfect their smile and isn't in high school, they know the importance of doing it discreetly. I mean, who wants to walk around with metal braces as an adult?

To find out exactly how Invisalign works and if it's right for you, visit their website and talk to your Orthodontist. I just wanted to share the pros and cons of this process from my personal experience.


  • Perfect teeth. This outweighs any con in my book. Not only do they straighten your teeth, they correct your bite, enlarge your mouth, etc.
  • Better option than veneers because you keep YOUR teeth, no filing down and gluing on false teeth. My dentist encouraged orthodontia because my teeth are very healthy and in great shape. Veneers are a much quicker "fix", but in the long run I'm so glad I have my teeth.
  • Almost invisible. It's true that most people I talked to had no idea I had my trays in. It wasn't a distraction in conversation. This is so important especially for adults in the business world.
  • You can take them out! Eating was so easy because I could just pop them out and eat whatever I wanted.
  • You can see it working. You can feel it working. Every two weeks you change your tray and each tray gets straighter and straighter. 
  • Your snacking and munching habits all but disappear. It's so not worth another brushing and rinsing just for a cookie. So you don't eat the cookie. I lost weight!
  • While it's great that you can pop them out to eat, there were some downfalls. Like having to brush your teeth after every meal, snack, etc. Like I said, you rethink all snacks.
  • Always having to bring tooth brush, paste, floss with you everywhere. Suddenly you are very aware of eating. Road trips are hard, dinners out with friends/parties are hard. Social things with food get harder to navigate.
  • They tell you to keep your trays in for 22 hours a day. That leaves 2 hours a day for eating. Well, that's not always practical. However, I came to realize that the 22 hours was an oversell for those patients who aren't strict with the program and I could easily have them out for 4-6 hours a day with no problems. 
  • Can make for some awkward moments. If someone offers you food out of the blue, you can't just pop it in your mouth. And if they don't know you have Invisalign, you can't just reach in and pull out your trays.
  • Overall it took about 1.5 years, maybe a bit longer from actual start to finish. It's definitely a long-term commitment. But, again, it's all worth it in the end.

Invisalign was definitely an adjustment. I had to get use to the trays and the everyday inconveniences that you wouldn't necessarily expect. But I eventually got use to it and figured out how to work it into my lifestyle.

Any orthodontic procedure is usually going to be long and require much dedication. (Let's call it like it is - it's a pain in the ass.) With that in mind, Invisalign was the best option for me. I am overwhelmingly pleased with my results and my only regret is that I didn't do it sooner.

And now for the pictures! (Please keep in mind that my ortho's office is an hour away so my appointments were always at 7am in my sweats with no makeup!)



Have any of you used Invisalign? Or another method? Have any questions for me? Let me know!

(I was not compensated for this post. I am not affiliated with Invisalign. All thoughts are my own.)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Ponytail

I posted this picture on Instagram this morning...

I was at the gym lifting some weights and then adding miles to my #30Miles30Days goal. I looked in the mirror and noticed The Ponytail.

The Ponytail and I have a long history. I'm someone who feels way more comfortable rocking a long pony than when my hair is down and perfectly styled. The Ponytail is my comfort zone.

I grew up in sports. I didn't do dance or gymnastics, I played sports.... Basketball, volleyball, slow-pitch softball, fast-pitch softball, soccer, even ultimate frisbee. I loved competition, winning, being part of a team, and the challenge. 

Basketball practices were terrible. Volleyball was even worse. But I loved it. I soaked it all up. My poor parents went to every single game. Even the 3on3 basketball tournament outside on blacktop in 100 degree weather.

Throughout my entire sports career, there was always The Ponytail. Somehow it became a staple to my athletic success. If I didn't have The Ponytail, I didn't do well. It got to the point where if my Dad showed up to my basketball game and he saw me walk out with a bun, he would yell at me. 

On game days, Dad would always say, "Don't forget...ponytail today." (This coming from a man who couldn't create a ponytail if he had a thousand lifetimes.)

Sorry, sister. I can't get up until The Ponytail is fixed.

My mom was going through my old stuff a couple weeks ago when I was home and pulled out trophy after trophy. It was fun to see my childhood passion sitting there all together.

Sports were such a huge part of my life. Not only were they my passion, but they taught my so many great life lessons along the way. Dedication, determination, hard work, teamwork. Sports taught me how to not get discouraged when you're losing, or when someone else is getting more playing time, or when the coach is screaming in your face. Sports taught me that nothing good comes without the effort. And maybe most importantly, sports taught me that girls can do anything boys can do. (And even better most some of the time.) :)

There's no way I can keep all of these trophies. I have no storage and strong "purge" tendencies.

But I'll always hold on to sports. I'll always hold on to The Ponytail.

We play in a kickball league every week. And you know I'm rocking The Ponytail every game.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Run 30 Miles in June

The problem with sharing your fitness goals on your blog is that you have to own up to not meeting them. But, that's always why I like it - it's holds me accountable. Because I don't like to fail. I actually dislike it very much.

I joined a May challenge to hit 30 miles in 30 days. I was going to do with with a mix of walking and running because I knew my wisdom teeth removal would hinder me a bit.

What I didn't know is that I would not be allowed to exercise for a week and then one of my extraction sites would get an infection so my recovery time was much longer than expected. So, I ended up only getting 23.03 of 30 miles in May. Whomp whomp.

But it's a new day and a new month, so I'm ready to get back out there! I've set a personal goal for myself to RUN 30 miles in 30 days in June!

Follow me on Instagram and if you're feeling frisky, join me using the hastag #30Miles30Days.

Running with the pups will be even more fun because I finally tossed the old running shoes and upgraded to these pretty little things...

I'm going back to Tuesday/Thursday mornings in the gym. I know that strength training is just as important as cardio so it's coming back into my life!

I'm also going to try to get back on the healthy eating bandwagon. I was doing well for several months and for some reason it's been really tough as of late. I find myself craving things constantly. So, I'm working on curbing those cravings.

If you're like me and need all the fitness motivation you can get, I suggest checking out Southern Shrinking Yankee. She's on an awesome weight loss journey and her dedication to boot camp and meal planning is on point! Also, her very honest writing is refreshing!

I also like to go back and read some of my previous fitness posts. Some quotes that stuck out to me today:

"The important thing I've found to remember about fitness is that yesterday has no bearing on today. ... even if you fell off the wagon yesterday, that doesn't mean you can't do well today.

"I've never gone down in weight, just up, so this is new territory for me. I also think that is why I'm less concerned with the number right now, because I'm not desperate to lose 15 pounds (although that's the ultimate goal). I am desperate, however, to create good habits now, realizing that if i don't, I may be at a point later that I don't want to be. Instead of letting myself get to that point and then try to fix it, why not just try to prevent it altogether?"

If you have recently posted anything about fitness motivation, please share! I love to read others thoughts on how they stay on track and what works for them.

Before I go, I want to give a little shout out to our Piper Jane. Today she is 3 years old! She is our original pup and I love having this little rambunctious rug-rat in our lives! Read about the day we adopted her here!

Happy Monday!!