Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Tips to Beat the Heat

This week we're looking at record high temps here in Las Vegas, and what better time to talk about how to stay safe when you're working out in the heat? Whether you're running outside, spending a day swimming in a pool, or even hitting the gym, high temps mean you have to take some extra precautions to keep yourself safe when working out! Here are my top tips:

Don't wait to hydrate!  Regardless of where and when you workout, it's important to START hydrated. That means you're working on keeping yourself fully hydrated before you even lace up your shoes. You cannot afford any level of dehydration in the heat. My favorite way to check? Look at your pee (sorry, it's not glamorous). The goal is a pale yellow. Too dark and you're on your way to dehydration, clear isn't the best either. Yes, you CAN over-hydrate--it's a real thing--so the best way is to keep on top of your pee and let your body be your guide.

It's NO fun in the sun.  Don't workout at the hottest part of the day, and if you're headed outside, go out in the dark. I personally prefer early morning because even the nights are still hot here in Vegas. Be sure you take precautions like wearing lights and dressing in bright colors.

You need more than water.  Water is not enough, especially if you sweat a lot, it's really hot, or you're working out for more than an hour. This is why Gatorade and other sports drinks were invented! Your body needs salt, electrolytes, and sugar to sustain itself during these workouts. Also, skip the low calorie junk--it's all chemicals! I prefer to dilute the full-strength stuff and just control the portions. Read your labels to make informed choices. My personal fave right now is Nuun tablets, especially because they are so easy to carry around everywhere.

Slow down.  Yes, this pertains to running, but it really is a tip for all workouts. When it's hot, you just need to slow it down! It's no coincidence that races are few and far between in the summer (well, and in the winter). It's because this is not the best time to go for a PR. Slow it down; just get the miles under your belt and the rest will come when the weather cools off.

Dress for success.  Take advantage of technology and get yourself some sweat-wicking clothes that help keep you cool. Don't forget to strap on your favorite water belt too--you never want to be without fluids in the heat!

Plan ahead. This can encompass so much, but for now, let's just keep it to planning ahead for what you might need during your workout. For me, that means planning a route that has parks with water fountains, keeping a few dollars on me so I can stop and buy a drink if I need it, and making sure I have plenty of fluids and fuel for after my run.

That's the best I have! What about you? Do you have any other tips for beating the heat? Stay safe this summer!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

When Moving Interrupts Life

I have been cranky lately. Like, really, really cranky. Life has been consumed with moving across the country: planning, getting work done on both houses, packing, packing some more, throwing things away, then packing again.

As I plopped myself down on the couch last night exhausted, I realized that I am not working out and I'm not eating well. I'm letting life's stress and a long to-do list get in the way of my health and wellness. What's the result? Simple. I'm CRANKY! I'm over-tired, not productive, and not really all that fun to be around. I know the solution is to turn this around and get back on track. Get working out. Get to eating healthy, clean foods. Get to spending some time outside in the sunshine. Get to sleeping on a regular schedule (okay, this one probably won't happen, but hey, that's life with a 5 month old).

Seems simple enough, but here's the problem. I have nowhere to workout. It's too hot to go outside, I don't have a gym membership anymore, and there is not a clear 2 foot space in my house where I can workout at home. We're trying to use up what food we have left before moving. That means lots of pasta, tacos, random junk around the house. We aren't doing much for food shopping either because we need to clean everything out. It's only going to get worse as the days progress. Probably the biggest barrier is TIME! We are NOT ready to move, I'm working right up until the last second before we leave, and this little 5 month booger is taking all of our attention and time. My heart rate is rising just thinking about this.

So, this begs the question: What do I do? I'm the queen of "no excuses" but lately I just feel like I'm full of them. I'm just being real here. I want to be the person that can say "If I can do it, you can do it." but I just don't think I can do it. Let me know your thoughts. For now, though, I'm going to have some peanut butter filled pretzels and think about everything I need to do before the 30th.

Monday, May 23, 2016


The time has FINALLY come! After having a baby, then having my knee injury stop me from really working out, I have finished my treatments and I'm feeling great. That means it's time for #operationpostpartumfit is in full effect!!!

Here's my plan: continue eating based on the 21 Day Fix plan. My goals for breastfeeding are to get Robby to one year old, so I can't do anything crazy drastic as far as diet goes. It's a delicate dance to be sure my supply stays up. This plan is perfect because it's just good, clean eating!

For exercise, I'm committing to 60 days doing Focus T25 at home. With Bill on the road and our upcoming move, this quick but effective home workout was the best option. Since it needs no equipment and I can stream it On Demand, I have no excuses to skip on these workouts.

Of course...there are a few important races on the calendar for the fall. We're going to Disneyland AND we're going to Paris, so I've gotta start training! I'll fill you in on the dirty details later, but for now, my plan is to walk with Robby when I can and try to build mileage running when Bill is home. Since Robby can't yet run with me in his stroller (we're waiting until at least 6 months, as recommended to keep him safe), I'm at the mercy of Bill's schedule. I figure I'm going to rack up the mileage as much as possible now and wait just a few more weeks to get on a regular schedule.

So there you have it--my full plan. It'll be hard with all of the stress of moving, finishing up my job, having an infant, and just living my normal life, but I know I can do it!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ohhhhh...(more than) halfway there!!!

What can you say? You can't take the Jersey out of a girl!

Yesterday I got my second round of Euflexxa shots in my knee. Even though this means that I can't really workout very much, I know the long term benefit will be awesome! I'm already feeling a little better and can't wait to put this treatment to the test.

My nurse yesterday that did the shot was really informative. She helped me to understand why the shot is so painful and why, in some ways, it's even better than cortizone. I'm no doctor, far from it, so please don't take this as medical advice. Here's what I like: it actually acts as more cushioning in your knee (which for me is gone from when I fell and tore up the cartiledge), it doesn't just reduce the swelling/inflammation. With more cushioning, the hope is that there won't be any reason for the knee to become inflamed. Love it!

Of course, the timing of this means that I'm missing the first few weeks of Dumbo Double Dare training. Guess it's better to get it out of the way now! Stay tuned, because I'll be sharing my personalized training plan in a few weeks (once I have it all hammered out). I can't wait to get back to running again, and hopefully, pain free!!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Progress Post: 5/3/16

Well...what a difference a week makes, right? I'm surprised I haven't published this sooner because I've had the most encouraging week so-far! Yep, that's right! I finally got out of my own way and, like Nike, just did it!

If you've been following along, I've had a really tough time getting into a healthy routine after having Robby. The weight is NOT falling off like everyone expected, and exercising has taken a backseat to being the tummy time entertainer. I have no regrets, though. Robby's health and happiness are my top priority, but I do truly believe that for me to be a great mom I need to take care of myself too.

Got my workout streaming and baby monitor buzzing!
I'm happy to report that this past week I got in a groove! I've been loyal to the 21 Day Fix meal plan. I got over myself and my "I only like to workout in the morning" attitude. I sucked it up and completed the first week of Focus T25, working out every night when Robby went to bed. I know, I know, I'm going all "I love Beachbody" on you all, but seriously, I do! I've come to the conclusion that until Robby is old enough to run with (6-8 months old), I've got to workout at home. I just don't have a choice right now.

What were the results? I broke through a weight loss plateau that's been haunting me. I proudly modified moves to accommodate for my knee still bothering me. Most importantly, I taught my class on Thursday night virtually pain FREE!!!

One week down, a lifetime to go. I know that this is just a small start. My biggest upcoming challenge is going to be keeping the momentum as I receive injection treatments on my knee. For the next 3 weeks, I can't workout Wednesday or Thursday, and I have to keep it low impact the other days too. I plan to really focus on nutrition and keep up with some of the T25 workouts. I won't be able to follow the calendar exactly as written, but I'll modify and be sure I continue to work at it.

Finally, a progress post where I can say "I MADE PROGRESS!!!!"

Friday, April 29, 2016

runDisney Goes Virtual

Yep, it's official. runDisney is doing a virtual race series. Yep, it's also official. They've lost their minds. C'mon...really? The whole fun of doing Disney races is actually running AT Disney! Although I have some real "characters" in my neighborhood, they aren't quite the same as having Mickey at the finish line.

In case a virtual run series intrigues you, you can find all the information HERE. In short, there are 3 5ks that must be completed within a certain time frame. They even added a challenge if you want to pay $142 for doing all 3. You don't have to prove that you ever really did anything, and you get a medal for all the races plus a virtual bib.

Clearly this is a test of the market--the turnaround time for the start is very quick and the rumors only started recently. Virtual runs are popular, I guess, and this is another way for Disney to make a quick buck. As my mom says, it'll just make my stock go up!

Truth be told, I don't like any virtual races. I just kind of don't get it. Bill and I ran the inaugural Christmas Story run virtually, and even though we did it together, it just didn't feel very race-like. At the end of it, I really felt like I just paid for a medal and a shirt, but maybe that's just me.

It'll be interesting to see how this pans out. Will it be a hit or a flop? I'm a little surprised at how many people are planning to run these races (yes, even my mom considered it until she saw the price tag).

What do you all think? Good idea? What do you think about virtual races in general?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bill's Top Ten Disneyland Rides

So many things to do at the Disneyland Resort. So little time. Decisions, decisions. Which attractions do we absolutely HAVE to fit in? Which can we leave out until next time? Relax, my friend, because now the guess work is finally over. Without further ado, welcome to my Top 10 List of the best rides at Disneyland and California Adventure!

10. Star Tours: The Adventures Continue - I am so glad that they updated this ride several years ago because, let's be honest, the original was getting pretty stale. The current Star Tours has much better 3-D effects, a variety of missions so there is always something different, and C-3PO is now the captain. Seriously, what was with that other droid?

9. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - As the ride is about to begin, you hear the voice of a miner warning you to hang on because "This Here's the Wildest Ride in the Wiiiiillllllll-derness."  Couldn't have said it better myself. 

8. Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye - Definitely want to get a Fast Pass for this one because the line can get pretty long! I love the unpredictability factor of this ride, you are never quite sure what's around the next curve. Oh, and make sure to hang on to your belongings while the ride is in motion! Read Aly's Top 10 Magical Memories of Disney blog post to find out why.

7. Toy Story Midway Mania - Come on, an interactive, competitive, 3-D ride featuring the Toy Story characters that I kick butt in? How could this not make the list?

6. Mr. Toad's Wild Ride- An absolute classic that you can't find at Walt Disney World anymore. This was one of my favorites as a child, and that hasn't really changed. Or maybe I have never really grown up...

5. Space Mountain - Even though this roller coaster is not really that fast (35 mph), the darkness and pulsating soundtrack make it feel a whole lot faster and scarier.  And honestly, who didn't dream of being an astronaut as a kid?

4. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror - Between the music, the decor, and the creepy cast members (who REALLY get into character), this ride effectively sets an eerie tone. Then the ride starts and you find yourself in an elevator that tosses you up and then sends you into a free fall of anywhere between two and thirteen floors (I think?!?). This is repeated several times. Best of all, the sequence is different each time, so it doesn't matter how many times you have been on This ride, you can never get too comfortable!

3. Soarin' Over California - As much as I love this ride, I recommend saving it until the afternoon or evening because it is feels SO good after you've been on your feet all day. It also is a great reminder of just how AWESOME the state of California is!

2. Pirates of the Carribean - Yo Ho, Yo Ho! Another classic! But wait, how could Pirates of the Carribean be number 2 on the list? Which ride could possibly be better than Pirates? That honor goes to...

1. The Haunted Mansion - Of course, THIS has to be number 1. To this day, whenever we arrive at the park and someone asks me "What ride do you want go on first?", the Haunted Mansion will always be my answer. In fact, I think I hear 999 happy haunts calling my name now...

Of course, I know this list is absolutely perfect. But I suppose you are entitled to your opinion as well. Should I have included the Tiki Room? Perhaps Star Tours should have been ranked higher? How could I leave out The Tea Cups? Peter Pan? California Screamin'? What do you think?