fitness

Just do it – Running Goals

I’ve always wished I could be a runner.  Lacing up those Nike Frees, playing a perfectly set up playlist, and hitting the pavement for 30+ minutes.  So I decided to become a runner.

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This picture was taken a while ago, and those are my Nike frees! I’m also sporting my favourite running accessory – my polar watch! (1.7miles is about 2.7km)

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Workout Playlist

There is nothing that motivates me more than a cute outfit and bright runners when working out, but if I don’t have a great playlist to run too, there’s no way I’ll make it past 2km.  I’ve recently been loving everything top 40 for my workout playlist, here it is!

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Out of the Woods / Taylor Swift

Problem / Ariana Grande

Black Widow / Iggy Azalea

Sing / ed Sheeran

One Last time / Ariana Grande

Bang Bang / Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande

Up We Go / Lights

She Looks so Perfect / 5 Seconds of summer

 

Anything I need to check out?

xoxo
Kayla

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Work it out

March 2013 I was in the best shape of my life.  It was perfect.  Prom season, just before summer, etc.  I wasn’t totally happy with my body, but I was much happier with it than I am now.  What happened?   University.  Then working in a bakery.  And stress.  A lot of things happened, and I let myself totally become unhinged.  I went from going to the gym nearly every day to once a week, and then once every few weeks.  It was brutal.  I gained weight like crazy, which I guess isn’t surprising.

But that was last year, and this year is different.  It’s already different.  I’m back up at the main campus for my school, and the school offers a free membership to the gym.  I registered for the gym, and I go whenever I have class on the mountain.  I also go on runs some days when I’m at home, or do tone it up workouts in my living room!

It’s only been about a month, but I’m already noticing a difference not only in my body, but in my overall health.  I am so excited to start getting back into shape!

xoxo
Kayla

September Goals

I don’t have any idea how september is going to go for me, but I have faith in my ability to kick it in the butt. I’ve got early classes, long hours, but I also have a stash of free coffee at my place, a new found motivation, and faith in myself.  I think It’s going to be a good month.
With that all being said, I’m the kind of person who likes to set goals for myself.  So here are my september goals!

  1. Start going to my school gym at least twice a week.  
    Even though I  only have two classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I also have a huge 5 hour break in between them.  It sounds like a perfect opportunity to get all of my readings done, and to stay on top of my blog, but 5 hours? Who are you kidding?? No one can work for 5 hours straight without going insane! That’s why I’ve activated my gym account, found a friend with a similar break and an interest in going to the gym with me, and I’m committing to it!
  2. Run outside more regularly.
    On top of working out at the school gym, I also want to keep my cardio up.  Specifically, I still want to run outside.  I love getting the fresh air.  There’s nothing like it.  I hope to run outside at least once a week, but once the weather really starts to take a turn for the worse, who knows!
  3. Keep the starbucks intake down.
    I know I should practice what I preach, and very often preach that it’s dangerous to even walk into a starbucks if you don’t want to say goodbye to your car fund$$, but I’m being realistic here, and I’ve decided that I’m allowing myself starbucks, but only in moderation.  My rule is I’m allowed one tall pumpkin spice latte (or any other drink of my choice) on the days that I wake up before 7.  Yup.  I’m not a morning person, so this is great motivation!
  4. Go to all my classes.
    I’m not proud to admit that last year, I wasn’t the best at attending classes.  I would sleep in and skip, and it was awful.  But I’ve learned my lesson and from now on I’m definitely going to class.  I swear.  I will do it!
  5. Eat healthy 
    This was another big thing for me last year.  It’s so easy to pick up 5$ Tim Hortons sandwhich after class, it became a habit.  But this year I need to make a change for not just my health, but also for my wallet.  I’m making it a habit to pack a lunch and a plethora of snacks with my every day.  The only thing I’ll be buying up here is coffee!

Those are my 5 goals for september.  Hopefully I’ll be able to stick to them, and to make them habits for the rest of my semester (who knows, maybe even the rest of my life!).  I think they’re all fairly attainable, and if I put any effort into them at all, I’m sure I’ll be able to do it.

Hope you start making your goals habits too!

xoxo
Kayla

Fitness

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I’m really bad at staying in shape.  Like, really bad.  Actually, I’ve never even really been in shape. Sad. I know.   I was getting in a really good habit of working out regularly, eating really well, and overall just being really healthy, and just when I started to see improvements in myself, I totally fell off the bandwagon.
It’s been about a month and a half since I’ve worked out.  Yeah.  A month and a half.  How disgusting is that?  I’ve probably gained all the weight I lost, and then some more.

I kept telling myself that I was going to get back into working out regularly, but, big surprise, I never did.  But today I was looking through an old picture of me, and realized  how slipped since then.  And that was that.  No more ‘Tomorrow’.

To be fair, this past week has been great.  I’ve hit at least 13,000 steps a day, and one day I even hit 19,000!  I’ve been feeling great too. I’ve decided that in addition to working out regularly I really should start walking more.

xoxo
Kayla

Body Image – Loving yourself.

I have never been happy with my body.  I’m carrying around some extra weight that I would love to shed, I’ve always been aware of how I look in leggings, and dresses and anything that isn’t particularly flattering.  I have always been extremely self conscious of my size, and I’ve always thought that “Once I lose the weight then I’ll be happy, and comfortable in my skin”.

But that’s not the case anymore.  I’m not letting myself wait to be happy with myself.  I don’t know how it happened, but over the past few months, I’ve really started to love myself, specifically my body.  I feel comfortable in a bikini, and in shorts, and I’m okay wearing clothing that I previously wouldn’t have felt okay in.  For example, I have a maxi dress that is similar to this one in it’s cut, and when I’m wearing it, I’ve got a little bit of a tummy in it.  And before this would make me uncomfortable to wear it.  I would have to wear a vest or a cardigan to cover it up. But not anymore!  Somehow, I’m okay with it.  I’m okay with my body, and I don’t even really care anymore! I mean, of course I would like to lose the weight, and I’m still going to work on being more active, but it’s not holding me back anymore!

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When it all comes down to it, I think I would rather be confident in my body, and have the extra weight, than be really tiny and be insecure.  We all know those people who don’t necessarily have super model bodies, but because they’re so confident, they’re still so radiant and intriguing!  And that’s what I want.  I want my confidence and personality to shine through, not my insecurities.

xoxo
Kayla