The sunshine just brings out our best moods.
For everyone involved.
They even got some running in. I took the kids on some errands while Andrew put together the trampoline for them so we could surprise them.
They were very thrilled coming home to this (putting the net up today because it started getting too dark outside to fully finish).
And we all hung out on it until our feet were a little bit too frozen and our pinks were a little too pink (or orange in my case).
Beretta even jumped on.
For dinner we made some sandwiches and ate them while watching Finding Dory for the 2,003th time.
And then they quickly settled down to get ready for bed;)
One of the easiest and most delicious snacks ever. Apples and peanut butter.
Oh I also got to chat with the Brooks team for a while about their amazing apparel and shoes… my favorite pair below:
PS while we were talking about shoes with Brooks we were talking about how people have moved from the super minimalist days and are looking for more comfort and support than back then. It took me back to the times where I used to run with the Vibram five-finger shoes. I didn’t wear them for a very long time because they weren’t for me (after landing on a million rocks and the need for some support I said goodbye). Did anyone else every wear these?
PS Julie sent over 21 things you didn’t know about in-n-out… How have I never had their Neopolitan shake yet?!
A few months ago I had a reader ask how to switch your running mindset from weight loss/burning calories to running for fun or as a stress relief? “I can’t switch my mindset. Any tips on how? Or even how to get out of the funk? (question directed to literally anyone who has advice).” <— I’m going to ask advice from YOU too!
1st… I LOVED Megan D’s instagram post yesterday. I sure hope you can read her caption below because it is a good one. Why aren’t we more focused on all of these other numbers that show our overall health? Why does the scale seem to be the first thing we look at when determining our fitness/health? I love her reminder to be focusing on these other important numbers to determine our health and to celebrate with sugar cookies of course.
So when does running turn from such a fun thing as a kid to something that is all about weight/calories/punishment/looks/etc for some of us? And how do we get it back?
I DEFINITELY was in the run to burn calories camp for many many years. It was miserable to be honest. I was so obsessed with my weight and figuring out the perfect balance to not eat too much and burn major calories each day from working out and it took the fun out of running for me. Using running as a tool to burn calories ONLY (of course I think it is perfectly fine to use running as way to manage your weight and to lose weight if you need to but to also use running to help your overall health mentally and physically) burned me out. I felt constantly disappointed from running because I could never burn enough or do enough to make myself happy. So how did I switch to running for my overall health, the fun of it, stress/anxiety relief, fitness etc?
*Getting injured helped me to bounce out of that. I feel like the more I obsessed over BURNING ALL OF THE CALORIES, the more often I was getting injured. During that time I wasn’t thinking about what was best for my body, recovery or overall health… I was too focused on the weight loss which resulted in injury after injury after injury. If we are running smart and allowing our body adequate rest and recovery = injuries happen way less often. Try looking at your body as a whole rather than just a number/size and do what is best for it as a whole.
*I think age has helped me. I think the older I get the more I realize that I just don’t want to waste my life thinking about calories/food/weight. I really don’t want to look back on my life when I am 70 and see that I wasted it away on focusing on those things. I want to look back on my running as something I enjoyed doing. Something I did to improve my health and happiness. Something I did with friends and family. Not something that I used as a punishment for eating too much the night before.
*With this kind of stuff this is something that Brooke really helped/helps me with. I don’t want to live in a way where she picks up on using exercise as a negative thing or a thing that is done strictly to BURN calories. I want her to see it as a thing that feels good, helps her to deal with stress and makes her body healthy and strong. If I want her to think that way, I better live that way.
*I am the first to advocate professional help. I sought help from both a nutritionist and a therapist when I was in a bad place for these kinds of things and they helped me out a ton! It is so worth it to work with a professional if you want to change.
*Just like anything in life, I think we have the opportunity (in most cases) to be able to change our perspective on things. Focusing on all of the negatives about running/your body? Time to focus on the positives and those benefits. You’ll be too busy focusing on the positives to be obsessed with the negatives. The fresh air, the endorphins, how great it is for our lungs, heart and muscles. The amazing focus it can bring to our lives and the me-time it brings to us each day.
*Take one day at a time. Things like this take time and patience. Give both of those things to yourself. Focus on each day and make mini goals. This isn’t something that is just fixed over night. Looking too far ahead is stressful but seeing it as something you will work on today sounds much more doable. It takes 21 days to become a habit (don’t they say that?!) so start now!
*Running can be really fun. Don’t miss out on all of the fun that you can have running by burning your brain off by thinking negative about yourself and how much you need to lose or burn. Life is WAY too short to be thinking like that. We only get so many years of running (I mean I hope we are all running until we are 94..) so let’s enjoy them the best we can!
What about you… ever had a problem with exercising purely for the calorie burn? How did you change your perspective on running? I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this!
Ever run in the super minimalist shoes or the five finger shoes?
Have a trampoline? Any fun stuff in your backyard if you have one for kids? … looking for ideas:)
Most common late night snack for you?