Thursday, May 31, 2012

Challenge: Accepted

Just the motivation I needed. A challenge I will complete with flying colors, of sweat. 30 days of commitment. If only the weather was cooler than 106 degrees.

The challenge is called Juneathon. A month long challenge to work out or run every single day and blog about it. So yes, that means you'll be seeing lots of posts from me but mostly about working out. If this turns you off, please don't be afraid. I will be posting other stuff and it is only a month long!

If you're up for it, join along. You don't have to blog about it, but it is a great opportunity to get motivated to get in shape. Make an effort to get out and do something active every single day this month. And if you live in the desert oven like I do, maybe working out inside a gym will be better. Not that running in 108+ degrees in the middle of the afternoon doesn't sound like a blast, or perhaps waiting until it cools down after sunset to run at 8pm when its only 101 degrees, sound better?

Be smart, don't overheat and over-exert yourself. Stay hydrated!

Speaking of hydration...

Nuun is a new thing I've discovered. It is a great enhancement to water and adds electrolytes which you sweat out while running/working out. Water is obviously the best to stay hydrated, but you need electrolytes too.

 Nuun is great for this. If you've ever tried Emergen-C drink mix, which I also love and drink very often to help fight against getting sick and for a pick me up with tons of Vitamin C, this tastes very similar. Scratch that, the lemon-lime flavor tastes similar. There are tons of flavors. I tried the lemon-lime and the strawberry lemonade. Yum! You just drop a tab in 16 oz of water, wait for it to fizzle-dizzle-dissolve and BAM you've got a tasty drink. No added sugar, so it's not too sweet. I find it to be amazing after a workout. Go get some Nuun on!

Ok enough with the ads. Not that I'm being endorsed, but if anyone out there would like to, I'd be happily accepting :)

Happy active June everyone!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Juneathon -- I'm In!

So thanks to my amazing blogger friend Hanna over at {bouffe e bambini} and the motivation I've been storing to start running/training for a half marathon, I've decided to join Juneathon. A month long challenge to exercise/run every single day, and blog about it.

My only downfall, the blogging part. I can see finding the time to get the exercise in, even with my crazy schedule. The blogging part might be tough. If I can't get that done, then obviously I'm not as cool and great as the rest of the people signed up, but if I can get 2-3 posts a week, that's my goal. If I surpass, awesome. 

I think this is great motivation for everyone to get out, get moving and get in shape. Enjoy summer! I'll have to figure something out to compensate, since running outside in 105+ degree weather will be tough. Lots and lots of water!

Today I started my challenge, yes two days early, who cares!

See the activity on RunSaturday
Type:Cross - Elliptical
Distance:2.75 mi

What are you excited to get out and do this summer? Anything new you're trying for the first time?

Monday, May 28, 2012

Motivation & Inspiration

Some motivation & inspiration to start the day & week off right.

Source: via Jana on Pinterest

A few quotes and help from Pinterest to get some great motivation and inspiration for the week.

Anyone else a big fan of Pinterest? I like it and like exploring all of the ideas. Just don't have a lot of time to sit on there. 

Source: via Tonya on Pinterest

Sometimes I think we (using we as a generalization statement) get all caught up in the day to day hustle and chores and forget to stop and literally smell the flowers.

While looking at the big picture of things, I feel it is not necessary to get caught up in how to get there and what you have to do to get there and all the struggles with how hard, difficult and challenging it will be, but to focus on the now.

Here's to a new day living in the here and now. 

Smile more.
Laugh twice as much.
Don't worry so much.
Say 'yes' to doing something new.

Have a great week!

Trees, Camping & Bears--Sequoia

Earlier this month we took a week long trip to California. Josh, myself and my brother Jimmy came along. My parents were nice enough to come out here to watch Jackson, and they got to spend a week vacation with him, double bonus!

In Idylwild, CA at our campsite with a Sugar Pine Pinecone

The trip was Josh's idea, for his birthday he wanted to do something big, so we did. We went to see the biggest trees on Earth: Sequoia trees in Sequoia National Park. It is an understatement when you say these trees are huge. They are almost fake looking due to how big they are. We all were in awe as to how big they were.

We spent 7 days out there, with no shower. No big deal. We camped in tents, and even a few nights the boys didn't sleep in the tents, just out under the stars in their sleeping bags. We camped by the beach in Malibu, CA, spent a night in the mountains east of San Diego near Hemet in a little town called Idylwild and camped in the great Sequoia National Park the rest of the time. 

We drove through parts of California I'd never known about. Lots of agriculture land and fruit and citrus groves that stretched for miles and miles. Yes, this was California. We even drove, ahem, I drove through the great Los Angeles. But not during rush hour. We drove along the Pacific Coast Highway along the coast for a while and got to see the rolling hills against the Ocean. Can I live there? So beautiful.

We saw so many deer they became like birds, just naturally around. Not afraid of us, but we became curious why they were so relaxed with us. One time a deer came so close to my brother we all thought she was going to charge him. Josh and I even saw a bear on our last day hike there. He kept his distance, but now I can say I saw a bear in real life (not just at the zoo).

General Sherman, the biggest tree & living organism in the world. Sequoia National Park, CA.

The road trip was great. We three had a great time together being silly, helping each other cook, clean, search for firewood and navigate as we drove to places none of us had visited before. 

The Auto Log that you used to be able to drive on. 
Look at that root base compared to the size of the car! 

The brown bear we saw on our hike.

Thanks boys for a great trip!