Fitness freaks. One crossfitter on sabbatical. Registered Dietitian. English Teacher. Sisters. Friends. Learning to cook and live life well. Daughters. Sports fans. Mountain Mamas. A hurdler. A marathoner. Cribbage gurus. Wine drinkers.

Happy, healthy girls.

April check in. Time to try something new.

Bree: Monday morning Spinning!  It was great.  Not only was the class AMAZING, my uncle (who is in his 60s) came to class. The instructor is always super-energetic, but today she was especially in the zone - super dorky and funny. One thing that really motivates me is seeing other people “enjoy” being active. When I first started working out, I’d trudge into the gym like it was a death sentence. Same thing when I first started running (ask Tara!) Once I realized that it was actually fun, I started to get somewhere.

Tara and I suck at sharing what we do to stay active, but I’m making it part of my April goal to write it down. So, Monday’s plan –

A.M. Spinning (check)

5:30- run 3 miles

6:30 Tabata Class

Break/Make the cycle.

Bree: There is just nothing as awesome as feeling like something you do or say has a positive effect on someone else, and it is especially awesome if that person has done the same for you in the past or is doing so now.  The fitness community is an ideal place to witness this in action. Working out with a friend or family member and sharing your excitement regarding your workouts or the results of an active lifestyle can lead to a pretty impressive cycle of reinforcement.

My mom has always been in great shape and has been active since she was a kid. Now in her 50’s (sorry MOM!), she is still healthy and fit but activity has been limited to make time for other things. Though I clearly did not follow in her footsteps immediately, as an adult, her example helped me decide to become more active and make fitness a priority. That decision (in turn) prompted my mom to start running and we now go to the gym four mornings a week to spin, run, or lift. Our morning workouts help fuel my evening workouts because I have a chance to talk through my goals and assess where I’m at. It’s great to see that her influence has inspired me and that mine as inspired her.

As members of the fitness community, we often talk about how no one else can make the change for you, do the work for you, be the difference for you, and it’s 100% true – but that doesn’t mean we can’t be a great example for others and let others be an example for us. Tara and I have often talked about how people show each other they care through food and how it can end up turning into enabling, but what better way is there to show someone you love that you care than to be a positive role model for healthy living; if you love them, you should want them to have a long, happy, healthy life.  That’s what my mom, Tara, and so many of my friends do for me – remind me that life is most enjoyable when we are able to live it healthy and happy.

Thanks guys!

Break/Make the cycle.

Bree: There is just nothing as awesome as feeling like something you do or say has a positive effect on someone else, and it is especially awesome if that person has done the same for you in the past or is doing so now.  The fitness community is an ideal place to witness this in action. Working out with a friend or family member and sharing your excitement regarding your workouts or the results of an active lifestyle can lead to a pretty impressive cycle of reinforcement.

My mom has always been in great shape and has been active since she was a kid. Now in her 50’s (sorry MOM!), she is still healthy and fit but activity has been limited to make time for other things. Though I clearly did not follow in her footsteps immediately, as an adult, her example helped me decide to become more active and make fitness a priority. That decision (in turn) prompted my mom to start running and we now go to the gym four mornings a week to spin, run, or lift. Our morning workouts help fuel my evening workouts because I have a chance to talk through my goals and assess where I’m at. It’s great to see that her influence has inspired me and that mine as inspired her.

As members of the fitness community, we often talk about how no one else can make the change for you, do the work for you, be the difference for you, and it’s 100% true – but that doesn’t mean we can’t be a great example for others and let others be an example for us. Tara and I have often talked about how people show each other they care through food and how it can end up turning into enabling, but what better way is there to show someone you love that you care than to be a positive role model for healthy living; if you love them, you should want them to have a long, happy, healthy life.  That’s what my mom, Tara, and so many of my friends do for me – remind me that life is most enjoyable when we are able to live it healthy and happy.

Thanks guys!

(via basically-bri)

Just get here, already!

Bree: It may be winter outside my work window, but it’s Spring in my wardrobe.  I am determined to convince Mother Nature that Montana is ready for an early summer.   It is time to run outside, hike outside, kayak outside, and get a tan…outside.

With that said, summer is a great time to refocus on resolutions/goals. Not only are there ample opportunities to be active outdoors, the gym empties and there is an awesome feeling of escape that comes with hitting the weights sans company.

I think so many people forget that being active and working out are not a punishment or a chore to be endured, but a stress-reliever, social activity, and FUN. I can’t imagine dreading working out every day, but I can remember dreading working out some days when I first started. Now, taking a day off seems like torture.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could just share that mindset with others?  But, like most things worth knowing, we have to learn that ourselves.  I am just feeling especially lucky that I finally learned it for myself.

Bring it on, summer.  (And soon, please!)

Getting back into the swing of things.
Tara: It is time. The beautiful Spring sun is peeking out every once in a while, tempting me to stay outside and never go indoors again… There is so much  hope and possibility and promise with spring and summer on the horizon. I want crossfit. I want more miles. I want a lifting plan. I want to be tan. I want to hike. I want to bike and rollerblade and walk everywhere! It’s do-able. Time to remember all of those resolutions we made in January for 2012 and make them happen.
I feel blessed to have the opportunity to be able to go out and DO whatever my little heart desires because of where I live and how hard I work. Every time I get down or in a bad mood - hopefully I’ll remember this little insight to get a better perspective.
I’m enjoying the process. Loving people and loving myself.
I’m gonna do big things. It’s okay to stare :)

Getting back into the swing of things.

Tara: It is time. The beautiful Spring sun is peeking out every once in a while, tempting me to stay outside and never go indoors again… There is so much  hope and possibility and promise with spring and summer on the horizon. I want crossfit. I want more miles. I want a lifting plan. I want to be tan. I want to hike. I want to bike and rollerblade and walk everywhere! It’s do-able. Time to remember all of those resolutions we made in January for 2012 and make them happen.

I feel blessed to have the opportunity to be able to go out and DO whatever my little heart desires because of where I live and how hard I work. Every time I get down or in a bad mood - hopefully I’ll remember this little insight to get a better perspective.

I’m enjoying the process. Loving people and loving myself.

I’m gonna do big things. It’s okay to stare :)

(via pinkiipromise)

I know it’s mean, but it’s true…

I know it’s mean, but it’s true…

Healthy and Happy…bring back the sanity.
Bree: Last week, I spent a crazy 4 days in Phoenix, visiting friends, family, and running my first marathon. Yay, Bree. What an awesome feeling. I don’t think I would have cared if it took me 8 hours to run it so long as I completed it, AND I DID! (Sorry, the excitement seems to multiply as the soreness fades.)  At any rate, I spent the following day doing absolutely nada, and returned home two days later, opting to go the gym and, well, stretch really.  I did a little arm work, but mostly sat in the corner on a mat stretching and stretching, then doing some more stretching. You get the idea. The two days following stretchapalooza were filled with cleaning, cooking and family commitments, which mean no gym time. I nearly had an anxiety attack…I think.  I don’t typically have anxiety, so it was more like a dramatic attack.  Missing out on the gym after carb-loading for a week? Missing the gym after stopping running almost daily? Missing the gym after a stressful return to work and home?  Umm, yep.  The gym is always going to be there when I need it, but taking a break helps me be ready for the gym.  
Tara and I talk a lot about how working out helps us relieve stress, feel more energized, and just be more all-around happy people.  It’s true. Workout Bree and Workout Tara are a good time.  Healthy is happy.  However, anyone can get a case of too much of a good thing.  Working out has to fit into your lifestyle, not monopolize it. For me, it’s easy to ignore things like family and friends, cooking and cleaning, in order to get in some “Bree time” at the gym.  Even if I just go to a class or stretch for a million hours, I associate the gym with happy time.  Eventually, everything else I’m ignoring or brushing aside starts to rise up in the form of imbalance and healthy Bree is no longer happy because health isn’t just defined by activity level.
So, take a rest day. Take a rest week - whatever you need to tend to your mental/emotional health.  When you come back, your mindset will thank you and so will your body.
Just don’t take a rest month.

Healthy and Happy…bring back the sanity.

Bree: Last week, I spent a crazy 4 days in Phoenix, visiting friends, family, and running my first marathon. Yay, Bree. What an awesome feeling. I don’t think I would have cared if it took me 8 hours to run it so long as I completed it, AND I DID! (Sorry, the excitement seems to multiply as the soreness fades.)  At any rate, I spent the following day doing absolutely nada, and returned home two days later, opting to go the gym and, well, stretch really.  I did a little arm work, but mostly sat in the corner on a mat stretching and stretching, then doing some more stretching. You get the idea. The two days following stretchapalooza were filled with cleaning, cooking and family commitments, which mean no gym time. I nearly had an anxiety attack…I think.  I don’t typically have anxiety, so it was more like a dramatic attack.  Missing out on the gym after carb-loading for a week? Missing the gym after stopping running almost daily? Missing the gym after a stressful return to work and home?  Umm, yep.  The gym is always going to be there when I need it, but taking a break helps me be ready for the gym. 

Tara and I talk a lot about how working out helps us relieve stress, feel more energized, and just be more all-around happy people.  It’s true. Workout Bree and Workout Tara are a good time.  Healthy is happy.  However, anyone can get a case of too much of a good thing.  Working out has to fit into your lifestyle, not monopolize it. For me, it’s easy to ignore things like family and friends, cooking and cleaning, in order to get in some “Bree time” at the gym.  Even if I just go to a class or stretch for a million hours, I associate the gym with happy time.  Eventually, everything else I’m ignoring or brushing aside starts to rise up in the form of imbalance and healthy Bree is no longer happy because health isn’t just defined by activity level.

So, take a rest day. Take a rest week - whatever you need to tend to your mental/emotional health.  When you come back, your mindset will thank you and so will your body.

Just don’t take a rest month.

(via soul-runner)

Marathoning…

This demon-eyed chick on the left is running her first marathon this Sunday thanks to this demon-eyed chick on the right. 

Demon-eyes must be a good thing.

“Just because someone doesn’t do things your way, doesn’t mean it’s the wrong way. There are many different means of reaching the same end…except when it comes to spelling.”

—Yours truly, sucka.

Bree: What is your goal? Seriously. I mean, do you want to be fitter, be more muscular, be healthier, more defined, vegan, slimmer, be able to run a mile faster than you do now, be able to run a mile at all?  Part of the problem with pursuing a goal is lack of definition of that goal.  Sometimes it’s because we think being vague about our destination means that we don’t have to admit failure if we don’t reach it, but other times, it’s simply that we’re not sure where we want to go so we can’t decide how to get there.  One of my favorite goals is “to be happy.”  As it turns out, I AM. Naturally, I relate happiness to my other aspirations because I think being happy also means that I should be active, be kind, be whatever else in life is important to me.  The problem lies in how undefined that goal is.  If I don’t feel happy, is it because I’m not being active enough, because I’ve been cruel, or because I have low blood sugar or a fight with a friend?  How would I know?  
In order to successfully carve a path to our goal destination, we have to know where we’re trying to get to.  If overall fitness is your goal, you need to determine what that looks like for you. Maybe you have a friend who went gluten-free and dropped 15 pounds.  She says she feels a ton healthier.  Is that your goal, to be healthy by living gluten-free?  Or maybe your brother/sister/best friend started working out three times a week and feels stronger and fitter. Does that meet your definition of fit?
This is an issue I struggle with.  I know I want to be healthy and happy by way of adopting an active lifestyle and nutritious habits, BUT, EVERYTHING sounds good to me.  Well, not everything, but close.  I see or hear about something fun/fit/nutritious and I’m in! Am I interested in maintaining or increasing my current level of strength-training? Yes. Want to keep running?  You bet!  Eat more raw foods and fewer processed foods – yes, please.  Yoga?  Interested in making time. More classes at the gym; absolutely up for trying.  Appropriate vitamin supplementation, sure. Calorie counting…oh, no, thank you.  So I guess I need to decide where to focus my energy and what type of timeframe makes sense for me to see results before trying something else or maintaining what I’m doing.
In reality, I think everyone who is looking to be healthy has somewhere near the same goals – be thinner, more toned, comfier in their clothes/skin, stronger, live longer, live better, give ex-boyfriend/girlfriend/unsupportive family the silent middle finger, attract new boyfriend/girlfriend…whatever the goal, it’s a means to the bigger picture of being happy,  but in order to get there, we have to be clear about where we’re going and why.
So, in two weeks, I’ll be off of the “run a marathon” goal plan and onto a new plan.  Between now and then, I’ll need to decide what I want that to be.

Bree: What is your goal? Seriously. I mean, do you want to be fitter, be more muscular, be healthier, more defined, vegan, slimmer, be able to run a mile faster than you do now, be able to run a mile at all?  Part of the problem with pursuing a goal is lack of definition of that goal.  Sometimes it’s because we think being vague about our destination means that we don’t have to admit failure if we don’t reach it, but other times, it’s simply that we’re not sure where we want to go so we can’t decide how to get there.  One of my favorite goals is “to be happy.”  As it turns out, I AM. Naturally, I relate happiness to my other aspirations because I think being happy also means that I should be active, be kind, be whatever else in life is important to me.  The problem lies in how undefined that goal is.  If I don’t feel happy, is it because I’m not being active enough, because I’ve been cruel, or because I have low blood sugar or a fight with a friend?  How would I know? 

In order to successfully carve a path to our goal destination, we have to know where we’re trying to get to.  If overall fitness is your goal, you need to determine what that looks like for you. Maybe you have a friend who went gluten-free and dropped 15 pounds.  She says she feels a ton healthier.  Is that your goal, to be healthy by living gluten-free?  Or maybe your brother/sister/best friend started working out three times a week and feels stronger and fitter. Does that meet your definition of fit?

This is an issue I struggle with.  I know I want to be healthy and happy by way of adopting an active lifestyle and nutritious habits, BUT, EVERYTHING sounds good to me.  Well, not everything, but close.  I see or hear about something fun/fit/nutritious and I’m in! Am I interested in maintaining or increasing my current level of strength-training? Yes. Want to keep running?  You bet!  Eat more raw foods and fewer processed foods – yes, please.  Yoga?  Interested in making time. More classes at the gym; absolutely up for trying.  Appropriate vitamin supplementation, sure. Calorie counting…oh, no, thank you.  So I guess I need to decide where to focus my energy and what type of timeframe makes sense for me to see results before trying something else or maintaining what I’m doing.

In reality, I think everyone who is looking to be healthy has somewhere near the same goals – be thinner, more toned, comfier in their clothes/skin, stronger, live longer, live better, give ex-boyfriend/girlfriend/unsupportive family the silent middle finger, attract new boyfriend/girlfriend…whatever the goal, it’s a means to the bigger picture of being happy,  but in order to get there, we have to be clear about where we’re going and why.

So, in two weeks, I’ll be off of the “run a marathon” goal plan and onto a new plan.  Between now and then, I’ll need to decide what I want that to be.

(via dontbeweak)

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