“The major work of the world is not done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary people, with balance in their lives, who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley

Posts tagged “health

Finding Joy in Running

The inspiration for my blog this morning came from a text that I got from my girlfriend that says, “How does one find any joys in running?!” Thinking about why I find joy in running I realized that the reason I love to run is because I find joy in seeing how far I have come since I first started running. Even if I look back to the more return to running. I can see how much I have improved and it makes me happy. Generally I find joy in running because typically my very first challenge of the day is waking up and going for a run. If I am able to get my butt out of bed and run, then I know that I will be able to face whatever challenges come my way throughout the day because I have all ready conquered one. I do have one confession to make. I am excited that my girlfriend has decided to give running another chance. I have always hoped that we could be running partners someday. =) Well this is all I have for this week. Guess it will be a short and sweet post. Have a great week all.

 


Feeling Awesome

I have officially been off of soda, more specifically Coke and Dr. Pepper for two weeks. Now that the headaches and un-rational thoughts about how I can get my hands on one at 2am have subsided, I can say that I feel AWESOME! I went for a run thing morning and I felt strong and actually enjoyed the myself. I can’t say that I am going to swear off Coke or Dr. Pepper forever. I don’t know if that is an achievable goal. But I am going to stick to it and see how long I can last. Now that I have done two weeks I am shooting for a month.

I am leaving for Moab tomorrow afternoon for my relay race. This week I feel much stronger and am more excited than for the race. I am still not in the shape I would like to be for it, but I feel like I can compete. I am going to try to twitter the crap out of the race. So follow my tweets http://twitter.com/beaushakespear. Have a great week.

“If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail.” (this seems appropriate for me for the last couple of weeks)


6 Days Sober

I went running yesterday. If I’m being honest with myself, then technically it’s the first time I really went out to run in over a month. I did go biking/running on Saturday and I have gone a few other times within the last month. But I haven’t been doing anything that would have prepared me for my upcoming races. Anyway for the last month I have had the mind-set that I could drink 5+ Cokes a week sometime two at once and not suffer any setbacks.

P.S. I’m not proud of this moment. After this photograph was taken I swore off Coke ( this is a big deal) and have not had a Coke or any soda for 6 days and I have not fallen off the wagon.

Physically I feel like I am in a strange place. Let me explain. I have been working out at the gym most mornings, despite my afternoon Coke bingeing. So I can feel that my legs are stronger and my muscle endurance is better than it has been. My weakness right now is my lungs. It’s weird because normally I am in the opposite situation. My lungs are normally strong and my body can’t keep up. This is probably a result of my drinking problem and lack of training for the last month. After my 6 mile hell run yesterday I am more scared than excited for my upcoming Red Rock Relay in two weeks. Well that’s all I have for this week. Have a great week everyone.

 “It hurts up to a point and then it doesn’t get any worse.”
– Ann Trason


Freeze Your Buns Run Last Week

Wow sorry guys. I was so excited to write about my 5K, but remember how I live in the early 90’s and don’t have the internet at my apartment? Well I have been using my girlfriends internet to get my blog done each week (thank you by the way=)). Last Saturday luck would have it that a combination of her internet connection and my crappy old laptop did not create a conducive blogging environment. So I told myself that I would do it Monday. Obviously that didn’t happen so here I am a week later trying to get this out. This is what I wrote on Saturday last week:

“Yesterday I officially checked the first run off of my 2012 running goal list. I did the Freeze Your Buns Run 5K. The name of the race was appropriate because the temperature positively freezing. My goal was to finish the race in less than 30 minutes. My finish time was 27:03. I am really happy with that time, but I think that I could have done better. I feel like I did everything I could to prepare physically for the race, but failed at ensuring I was properly fueled. I have been drinking lots of Coke and other drinks lately . Also I have not been super diligent with healthy eating. Well Friday the day before the race was no different. I had my daily Coke and went out to lunch with some co-workers, and ate a less than healthy meal which probably involved a sandwich that consisted of pulled pork and brisket… o ya and french fries. I didn’t really eat dinner on Friday, and for breakfast on Saturday I had a granola bar. So I didn’t have much energy when it came down to race time. I just didn’t have the energy that I needed to get the best time possible. But I did accomplish my goal and got the best time possible given the circumstances.”

That was all I got typed before I let the internet win over my desire to get my blog out. Something that I want to take from the race last week is the importance of proper fueling before a race. So I have made goals to not just before race day, but everyday to: stay hydrated, eat healthy foods, and get a reasonable amount of sleep. There are many other things that I could do, but that is where I want to start and will build from there.

This post feels rushed and I guess that it probably is, I just want to get it out so I can move on to other topics. Thanks to everyone who reads this blog. I intended it to be a way to hold myself accountable to my training. I enjoy getting comments and feedback. That being said… What do you guys do to prepare for a long run? Are there any foods or supplements that you use?

 


Why I Run

ImageTonight I am sitting on the couch wondering what I should write about. I have been thinking all day about what topics or thoughts that would be interesting. Those of you who know me know that I am a huge fan of The Biggest Loser. I have seriously been watching it since season 2. I rarely miss an episode and I think that it is a quality show to watch. Anyway on last nights episode one of the trainers asked a struggling contestant why she was on the show and what was her reason for wanting to become healthy. She didn’t have an answer. That is what I want to write about tonight. Why I run.

Minus the last twoish years that I have not really been running, you can say that I have been running for about four years. I started running while I was living in Pasadena Texas, serving a mission for my church. While I lived in Texas I gained a lot of weight. People fed us dinner almost every night, consisting of BBQ brisket, banana pudding, Blue Bell Ice Cream, and gumbo. Mmmmm I love Texas cooking. Anyways I started running so I could shed some of the weight that I gained, before I came home to Utah. At first I hated running. It was really hard and I was really out of shape, but I stuck to it. Once my lungs stopped burning and I got stronger I began to love it. Ever since I have loved taking time out of my day to run. These are the reasons that I run.

Why I Run

  • Running is my time to think, plan, and have no thoughts all in the same run.
  • Running pushes me to my limits. When I think I can’t go any further I do.
  • Running is the best kind of therapy. It’s easy to be honest with yourself when it’s just you and the road.
  • There is a certain kind of pride that come with saying “I am a runner”. It’s like bragging.. but different.
  • I love telling people how far I ran that day and seeing their reactions. Shock, enthusiasm, and envy.
  • This is a weird one, but one of my favorite times to run is at 4 or 5 pm…. in the middle of the summer. One could call me a sun worshiper. I crave the warmth and heat from the sun. There is nothing more rewarding than returning from a long hot run and knowing that I beat the sun that day.

I could keep going on all night thinking about clever saying about why I run. When it boils down to it. I run for me. I don’t do it because other people say I should or because it is healthy. I do it because I literally love every second of it. No matter how hard. I think that is why most people run. It may start off as a way to loose weight, or get you a free trip to Hawaii, but those who keep doing it after the goal is reached, or the reward is claimed do it because they love it. That is why I run. Why do you?


HELP!

After changing my blogging method and schedule so much I have decided that I am going to go back to posting the way I did when I first started. I will once again be blogging three times a week. I will blog on the days that I run. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. I have been looking at my stats and noticed that they have severely gone down since I have moved away from consistent blogging. One of the main reasons I started this blog was so I could help others who are also training for a marathon and trying to live a healthier lifestyle. I am back on track and excited to share my experiences.

OK now that I am back I NEED YOUR HELP! I cannot wake up in the mornings.When my alarm goes off I wake up and am not really tired, but it is so cold outside that I do not want to get out of my warm bed. Running in the evenings is not really an option for me because by the time I get off of work it is dark outside. What are some things you guys do for motivation in the mornings?


New Beginnings and Turkey Burritos

There are two things that sure can ruin a good routine. The first is a knee problems, and the second is vacation. I am happy to report that both my knee problem and vacation are over so I will be getting back into the swing of things tomorrow. I have taken about two weeks off from running. I have been going to the gym and riding the stationary bike or doing the elliptical so I have been getting some cardio in. I have been paying special attention to my knee over the last two weeks and I have come to the conclusion that I may have been over doing it with the training program that I was following. I feel like it was probably a little too intense for what I am currently able to handle. But after doing some research I found a program that seems really good. For the past month or so I have been listening to a podcast called marathon training academy. The podcast talks about all training aspects of training for a marathon. The plan that I am going to use is on the website of the Marathon Training Academy. If you listen to podcasts I would recommend  looking into their podcast. Their website is also awesome so check it out.

http://marathontrainingacademy.com/wp-content/uploads/Beginner%20Marathon%20Training%20Plan.pdf

Since I have not been running for the past couple weeks I don’t really have much running news to write about. So guess what you get another recipe today. I love to cook and especially cooking healthy. I found a recipe for turkey burritos that is the bomb.com.

Gary’s Turkey Burritos

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 (7 ounce) cans hot tomato sauce
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 (16 ounce) can fat-free refried beans
  • 1 (16 ounce) container fat free sour cream
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
  • 6 (10 inch) flour tortillas

Directions

  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat, brown ground turkey. Stir in tomato sauce, corn and onion. Reduce heat to medium and let simmer, stirring occasionally, until liquids reduce (about 20 minutes).
  2. In a separate medium skillet, heat beans over medium-low heat. Prepare sour cream and cheese for sprinkling into burritos. One by one, heat tortillas over stove burner for 1 to 2 minutes, flipping a few times. Top with beans, then meat mixture, then sour cream and cheese. Fold over and serve while still warm.

Thanks for reading everyone. I promise my posts will get more running oriented once i get back into it.


Long Time no Blog

Long time no blog. I am sorry that it has taken me so long to write another post. Trust me I have been wanting to all week I have just not had the time. But I finally have gotten done everything that I needed to since I we got back from Disneyland on Sunday. Disneyland was great. I really do love going to Disneyland. I really think that I could go there every single day and never get tired of it.

Moving on to other news… Today my blog will officially be one month old. Awesome right! Right now I have gotten around 380 views. I think it would be awesome if by midnight tonight it had 500 views. This is a little ambitious considering that my biggest day received 51 views. So this is where you all come in. I need you to post my blog  (cbeaurun.wordpress.com) on your facebook pages, twitter, email, send a link to people who you know are interested in running, or whatever you can use to get people to visit my page.

Enough of that lets talk about running! Ever since daylight savings time I have had a hard time getting out and running. It has been dark by 5:30 at night and I don’t get off work until 5:00. I think am going to start running at the high school track near my house. I have not been very good at running the past few weeks. So I will start again on Monday. I was blog surfing the other day and came across a blog that had a link to a really cool website that creates running/exercise music that is all upbeat. Basically you can download individual songs or play lists that have been created. I haven’t had a chance to really look into it a lot but the samples I listened to were good. I’m not sure on the cost, but it seems like everything is free unless there is  a fee to sign up. I plan on looking into more when I have time. Here is the linkhttp://www.rockmyrun.com/. Check it out.

Last week I made an awesome easy and healthy dinner that I want to share with everyone. I found it on the Biggest Loser website. It’s called Taste of the Islands Turkey Salad. It was a fresh, tasty, and filling salad. I added almond slivers and grilled pineapple and it was delish. I think that adding the grilled pineapple made a huge difference taste wise and went really well with the pomegranate vinaigrette. I will be making this again, but i will probably wait until summer when I can get everything fresh. Check out the Biggest Loser website for this and other healthy recipes.   http://www.nbc.com/the-biggest-loser/exclusives/nutrition/healthy-eating/taste-of-the-islands-turkey-salad/

Sorry my blogging has been off this week. I will be back on schedule next week with some great posts. Thanks everyone for reading and please remember to get this out to your friends. It would be sweet to hit 500 views by midnight. Thanks.


My Reality Check and Biggest Loser Moment

I really don’t want to use this blog as a personal outlet but I feel that what has been on my mind is relevant to the blog. For the past three weeks I have been really committed to eating healthy and exercising. Last week I joined Golds Gym. When you join you get a free fitness consultation with a trainer. I decided that it couldn’t hurt to take advantage of it and maybe get some good pointers for my marathon training and weight lifting. During the consultation they asked questions about my health, how often I exercised, my eating habits, and how physical my job was. They also took my weight and measured my body fat percentage. Turns out that I have almost 30% body fat and that I am carrying over 50 pounds of body fat…. big change from 16% just over a year ago. I was really shocked to hear this. That wasn’t even the most shocking news of the meeting. They told me that I had a moderately high chance of developing diabetes in the future if I don’t make some changes. I don’t want to freak anyone out. I DON”T HAVE DIABETES, but it is a possibility down the road if I don’t make some changes to my lifestyle. I understand that this was in the opinion of the trainers and not a medical professional so this may seem a little over dramatic but I honestly never expected that I would anywhere near being told that diabetes is a possibility for my future.

I want to share how I got to this point. Maybe it will help someone out there not fall into the mistakes I have made. My journey from a 180 pounds to 215 pounds happened so quickly it’s almost hard to know exactly when it happened. I started my senior year of college at 180 pounds. I think that my downfall was my crazy schedule. I was taking 18 credits during fall semester and I was driving home to Kanab to work a night shift followed by two double shifts at a restaurant every weekend. This is when my commitment to working out left me. I had so much on my plate that working out seemed like an easy thing to bump off. Plus eating restaurant food all weekend and eating candy and Coke to keep me awake during my two-hour drive home Sunday night didn’t help matters.  Fall semester was when I started noticing my clothes were getting a little tight. By spring semester workouts were few and far between. I was once again taking a full class load, had two jobs, an internship, and a senior capstone project. My days were spent at school and work, while my nights were spent in the library with a coke and bag of candy to keep me awake. Summer came and went as I was really busy with two jobs, but I felt like I was ready to get back into working out. unfortunately my bad habits were rooted to deeply and quickly overcame my desire to get back into shape.It wasn’t until last month that I was finally ready to get back into shape.

What I have learned is that no matter where you have been physically in the past you have to continue to take care of your body it will not take care of its self . I’m not saying that everyone needs to join a gym, or run six miles a day like I do. But you do need to be aware of what you eat and you do need to get out and do something. The thought that I have put my health and life at risk for Costa Vida nachos, Wendy’s, Top Spot chicken strip basket, or a Coke makes me sick. I know that what I was told about my chance of getting diabetes was more of a precautionary statement from my trainer  but it has carried a serious meaning with me. I want to do all that I can to be healthy so I can be there for my family and friends. I guess the lesson that I want to pull out from this is don’t wait until it’s to late to start taking care of yourself. There is always time to make healthy choices. You just need to put forth the effort and do it.