Good News, Gym Upgrades & Global Running Day!

Hey you! It’s been awhile since we last talked, but to be honest May wasn’t my favorite despite it being THE month I most look forward to every year. But here we are in June and my iron is now in the NORMAL RANGE! Praise! Our gym has gotten an upgrade I’m excited about (and in that excitement there’s a new workout below), and one of my favorite days of the year is here and I hope it motivates you to get moving.

So about my Iron issues, and the progress we’ve made: Over the past six weeks I’ve added animal protein to two out of three meals a day as well as taken a supplement. Now it’s all about maintenance. This week I tried something new, after grabbing some Simple Truth Chicken Burgers from Kroger last week. I grilled up one of them with all the spices, and added some tomatoes and veggies for lunch. The burgers are thick and with added veggies it’s a filling and healthy meal.

On a harder, yet positive note. YES, I’ve gained weight since surgery, and NO it hasn’t been easy in every moment. Clothes fit differently, I feel different, but I know that in the long run – no pun intended – it’s exactly what my body was calling for. Maybe you are in a spot where you have been through health challenges and significant changes, and mentally its taken a toll – just remember that in every moment you make a healthy choice you are doing something that helps you honor your body, and be used to the fullest.

Some fun news, I’m sore, like really sore, but for a great reason. Our gym now has TRX machines, with Kettle bells, bands to assist with pull-ups (because honestly it’s discouraging to have to do 1 or even 1/2 a pull up and call it a day), and stability balls. So excited! This is more along the lines of what I did in college, and I could immediately feel the impact on what adding this back in has done. So here’s a little circuit for you:

3x Through:

*15 Kettle Bell swings – knees shoulder length apart and slightly bent, swing through your knees and up to a 90 degree angle 

* 8 TXV pull ups – body in a straight line with back to the floor and pull up with the bands 

*10 Stability ball pikes – hands on floor, feet on ball and body flat slowly pulling the hips up into a pike position

*5 assisted pull-ups – use the band that makes you work but gives you the support you need to get all the way up! 

Now, onto Global Running Day. Did you laugh when you heard there was even such a thing? Aren’t all these “days” just a joke anyway? Maybe, but they can also be an opportunity. An opportunity to try something new, make new memories, find a fresh perspective, maybe just maybe it’s not just a laughable concept, maybe it really could be life-changing. So that kind of feels like a stretch, but for many people finding something they love to do that is keeping them physically healthy is a struggle. Like, you know you need to, but this overwhelming task of starting is daunting. Do YOU feel like you don’t know where to start? This is one reason I love Global Running Day it literally gives you EVERY opportunity to start. The Atlanta Track Club hosts runs 4x during the day and all the local running speciality stores are having community events, plus say you are a goal setter like me, and you can find special deals on running events large and small, near and far (check out ) so get yourself a goal to chase!

As for me, I love a good challenge and the fact that the Atlanta Track Club hosts their midnight run to kick off the day is just what I look forward to. So off I went to see friends, and the community ready to have some fun. Then I crashed for about 3.5 hours until my alarm went off to let me know it was time for the Big Peach, November Project, Back on my Feet run in Midtown. I look forward to it so much because it’s the day I know people will show up BIG TIME, and all my friends that I haven’t seen in awhile will be there. It was a blast, we took it easy, the weather has been a bit cooler the last couple days and its pretty refreshing. I will finish the day at Big Peach Brookhaven for Hotlanta Half Packet Pick Up, there are still spots to sign up for the Half even though the 5K is sold out!

Let me know how you are spending Global Running Day in the comments, did you try something new? Go somewhere different?

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I'm a native Atlantan, run loving foodie who got a little sideways in her nutrition and is learning how to train and fuel in a healthy way to continue to live life to the fullest. God created me beautifully and I desire to honor Him by being the best version of me. I want that for YOU also!

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