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New bikini came in the mail! Haven’t been eating well and exercising as often as I would like, especially since I’m going on vacation in less than 2 weeks, but it’s okay because I’m still slowly making progress and I’m loving the direction my body is heading!

To be perfectly honest, I never really understood the whole 80% diet 20% exercise rule.

First off, what does 80% diet even mean? Losing weight is 100% based on net calories. Whether that’s done through diet and/or exercise is completely up to you and your personal needs.

However, I believe that eating clean and healthy can only help you so much if you are already “fit” or “skinny” to begin with. Eating healthy should really be a solid foundation must always be established. But eating super clean can only take you so far (not to mention it’s also unsustainable if you feel like you’re restricting yourself from eating foods you enjoy). Once you reach that point where you’ve lost most of your weight and eat clean most of the time, then it’s time to overcome that plateau and step up the exercise regime.

My advice? If you’re just starting your fitness journey, sure 80% diet and 20% exercise will definitely lead you to good results, especially if you’re used to eating unhealthy to begin with. Do your whole routine of eating X amount of calories a day and having one cheat day a week. Slowly start to love the feeling of eating healthy and notice how you’ll feel like crap after eating something super unhealthy (not because you feel guilty but because it’s all useless empty calories that don’t even really fill you up anyways).

Once you’ve become comfortable and knowledgeable on what foods and nutrients you need in your body, start to realize that allowing yourself cheat meals once a week isn’t really something that can be sustained for the rest of your life. It’s all in having a healthy relationship with food and eating foods that you enjoy (not to mention you’ll find yourself craving less junk food). And if you’re still looking to drop some weight? Then go out and exercise!

After what seems like 2-3 years of trying out different methods of losing weight, I’ve only recently come upon something that I truly believe will be sustainable. I LOVE food, so I noticed that I get the fastest and most efficient results when I focus less on eating super duper clean and more on being active every single day. I never really have cheat days anymore because I eat what I want in moderation. Hell, I had almost 3 slices of pizza for dinner last night and didn’t even go over my net calories because I ran 3.5 miles that day. No guilt whatsoever!


those ABS

If you feel the need to “cheat” with a certain food you are dieting, not living. A lifestlye is a way of living. You should treat your body with kindness, wholesome foods that benefit YOUR body, and move around with the energy the nutrients provide you with. No diet mentality, then there is no need to “cheat”, if you truly enjoy what you eat every time you open your mouth and swallow-then there should be no feeling of “cheating”. Treat yourself with love and with the foods YOU need for your optimal function EVERYDAY, not just on weekdays or before “bikini season”, for life. You are worth that respect.

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Running Tips:
Wear spandex shorts under your regular running shorts so you don’t chafe
Cotton socks will only lead to blisters; invest in socks designed for running.
Join your local running club—check with your local running store fitness center and/or recreation department to find one
Find a committed running partner. It is much harder to skip a run when you have someone else depending on you
Remember that- It gets easier.
Accept and appreciate the fact that not every single run can be a good one
Do not compare yourself to others. Run within yourself and for yourself first.
Even a bad run is better then no run at all
If you normally run with music try skipping it and listening to your feet to hear your pace and your gait
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t experience weight loss immediately
Start a running blog, to see your progress and set goals
Hydrate. Make it a habit to drink water throughout the day
On long runs eat something every hour—whether you feel like it or not
During longer runs if you don’t like to carry water take some cash in your pocket pouch or a shoe wallet. Run a route where there’s a corner store that you can use as a pit stop to pick up your water and maybe use the bathroom
To aid recovery the most crucial time to eat and drink is in the hour immediately after you run
Use Vaseline or BodyGlide wherever things rub. They will help prevent blisters and chafing
Do not increase your mileage more than 10 percent per week
If you are prone to shin splints and lower leg pain try running soft trails for your Training runs and save the asphalt for race day
Do not run two hard days back-to-back
Ice aches and pains immediately
Pay attention to your form. Try to run lightly to minimize impact that could lead to injury
When running don’t forget the bug spray, sunscreen and a hat- BIG TIME!
Neosporin (or another antibiotic cream) is good for chafed areas
Make sure you cut your toenails short enough so they don’t jam into your Shoes
Be careful about running on paths that force you to run consistently on a slant. It’s hard on the hips knees
Don’t stretch before a run. Warm up by walking briskly or jogging slowly for several minutes
Do not ice for more than 20 minutes at a time
For beginners, set mini goals to keep you motivated. (Can be minutes [run 5, walk 10], run between street lights then walk between street lights, run till the next bus stop, until you pass a car on the street)
Do not use the hot tub after a race. It will increase inflammation and hinder healing
Be aware of cyclists approaching you from behind and try to keep to the right. Try to pay special attention when running with music
Run facing traffic.
Never assume a car sees you
Doubleknot your shoe laces so they will not come undone when you run\
If you listen to music, put earbuds in the go inside your ear, if you are usuing the ones that sit in your ear, it will fall out
Buy yourself some actual running shoes from an actual running store because running in junk “sneakers” will destroy your feet and your legs
At first keep your runs short and slow to avoid injury and soreness so you do not quit.
If you are breathing too hard slow down or walk a bit until you feel comfortable again
Pick your route close to home (out your front door)—the more convenient it is the better chance you will have sticking with it.
Set realistic short term and long term goals
Remember Soreness one to two days after a run is normal (delayed onset muscle soreness).
There’s no shame in walking
Four laps around the local the high school track equals one mile
Vary your training routes. This will prevent boredom and prevent your body from getting acclimated
Push through rough spots by focusing on the sounds of your breath and feet touching the ground
Do abdominal breathing to get rid of side cramps
Run on trails if at all possible. It will be easier on your body and you’ll love it
Dress as if it is 10 degrees warmer than the temperature on the thermometer
Run early in the morning or later in evening to avoid mid-day heat
To keep cool in hot weather soak a bandana in cold water wring it out a bit and tie it loosely around your neck
In the winter dress in layers (coolmax or other technical clothing) and wear a headband over your running hat to cover your ears
These are SO helpful! I’ve finally started running and these tips will help me and get me more motivated! (:

Partly because of the lighting, but holy my abs are peeking through! This is after a pretty bad eating week too.
Was able to stabilize better on my bakasana or crane pose. This was probably day 3 or 4 of practicing like 5 minutes. Still a  working progress!