Mud Hero

This past weekend I did the Mud Hero in Red Deer. The route was 6 km and 16(ish) obstacles, half of which consisted of disgusting, gooey, sticking, smelly mud and the other half wore you down physically, as they required a lot of energy and strength, mean while, it was also a run, so we had to run! But, because I love working out, it was tons of fun and it felt so good to cross the finish line!

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Some of the obstacle included a hike up a very long, super steep hill, wadding through a muddy pool to crawl though a small tunnel, weaving through a web of elastic string, crawling over top 30 feet of netting, running over cars, crawling through mud and muck to go under logs, climbing walls and cargo netting, and well, a lot more mud and muck!

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I think I will definitely do this again next year! And now that I did it once, I know what to expect. Ill probably wearing shorts and a tank top, Ill definitely  wear gloves ( I sliced open my finger and it was not pretty), I will not go so fast down the slide which caused me to go right under in the pool of mud, and Ill bring lots of wipes to clean off with. Luckily I brought my swimsuit so we could go to Sylvan Lake afterwards!

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(look at me running, I look good, right?)

To find out more about the Mud Hero run and find an event near you, check out their website

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color me rad

On Sunday I ran a wicked 5km run- The Color Me Rad 5km color run! At each kilometer, the runners got splashed and covered with a different colour- purple, yellow, green, red, and pink! At the finish line everyone got their own colour pack to open and throw in celebration!

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While the event was kind of mismanaged and a bit all over the place, it was tons of fun! Edmonton doesn’t get too many fun races, but I think that is going to change; this event sold out within the first day, so they added a second day.

My boyfriend came along to take photos of my friend and I. He took one before:

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And some of after:

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Don’t we look rad?! Every one got super cool sunglasses and wore white and a giant smile!

There were tons of people who ran the event. The proceeds when to the Stollery Childrens Hospital, so it’s awesome the event sold out- twice!

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If the Color Me Rad run comes to a town near you, I strongly suggest running it!

Check out the website to see if its coming to your town

http://www.colormerad.com/

working out your insides

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I’m just finishing up the last few weeks of the semester, and boy oh boy am I busy!! All I seem to have been doing the last 6 months, is work and school… so you can imagine how excited I am for the end of April… then I get 4 months off and tons of time to make money for my next semester. For those who don’t know, I am taking personal fitness training. I love working out… its one of my favorite things to do and I want to share my passion with other people and get them pumped to sweat too!

I posted a while back about the hype lately over accepting ones body, you can read it here.

Last week in one of my classes, I had to talk about my personal philosophy and why I will be a great (fitness) leader. My main point was to accept people as they are and to help them work out their insides too- meaning, not everyone is going to look like a body builder or a fitness model and the sooner they and everyone else accepts it, the sooner they can get on a path to health and happiness. I also wanted to let my classmates know I have heard some unacceptable comments from them in regards to overweight people and even just people who don’t have an ideal body, and it made me sad. It makes me sad that people in my ( soon to be ) profession have such negative views on bodies ( not every one of course) and I want to be part of the change. In fact, lets all be part of the change! Next time you are about to say ” ugh, I’m so fat” consider who is going to hear you say that…. probably someone bigger than you. Not to mention what negative self talk does to the person saying/thinking it. So, lets employ positive body talk and encourage everyone else to as well, and workout because it makes you feel good- it really does, trust me!

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Anyway, I hope to be posting on a regualr basis soon and have some outfits to share with you and summer fun! In the meantime, lets all make a point to make positive body comments and keep negative thoughts at bay!

fit & happy

I can’t help but notice all the people and blogs talking about body image lately. While I have pretty much kept my thoughts to myself on the topic, I’ve decided to give my input and opinion on the topic. I am currently studying to be a Personal Fitness Trainer and my whole career will be based on helping people achieve their fitness goals. I am constantly seeing and hearing about gals ( and guys, of course) who are working to lose weight, which will be great for me in a few years time when I become certified, but for the timing being, when I cannot actually train anyone, I want to give my input on the subject. I think its great that there are so many gals out there right now who are promoting self-love and acceptance of their body, its size, and shape- this is a very mentally healthy thing. Too many people self-hate, criticize, and feel that they are not good enough- I am guilty of these thoughts and feelings too. I have never been ‘thin’; I was always one of the bigger girls in school ( I hit puberty before anyone else) but I was not overweight, in the true sense of the word, although I was often made to feel like I was. Only recently, have I begun to accept my body shape for what it is- personal and unique to me. In the profession I am heading in to, body image and shape will be the main focus, and many of my peers will be thinner, more muscular, more whatever, than I will, and I’m sure that will be hard to see. I only began working out 2.5 years ago, after a very bad breakup; I knew I was in a rut and needed to do something for myself in order to move forward, so I joined a boot camp and fell in love with working out. I use to be that girl who would do anything to get out of gym class, who was not on any sports teams, who was anything but a jock ( I also think other things were at play though, like not being one of the popular girls, being bullied, not fitting in, etc). Now, my favorite thing to do is work out and when I don’t get to, I feel upset. So, working out and fitness is every important to me…

That being said, I am still not “skinny” or what you would expect me to look like as fitness enthusiast. I struggle with my weight and have a very hard time losing any ( as in, it just does not happen). Despite this, I keep working out, because it makes me feel good. I know I am healthy and significantly more happy. This is where I want to make my main point… it does not matter what your body looks like, so long as you are HEALTHY. That is the most important thing to me. You can be stick thin and very unhealthy. You can be obese and very unhealthy.  Do you get me? I think it is great that so many girls are accepting their bodies and are promoting self-love… but are you also being healthy? Truly, are you? When I become a certified personal trainer, it will be my goal to make sure my clients are healthy and happy with their bodies.

I am inspired by all the gals out there who are promoting self acceptance, whether they be plus sized models and pin-up gals, bloggers I follow, or actual celebrities who are not cookie cutters. It has helped me to see that, hey I’m not so bad. It has also helped me to form my own point of view on the matter. I want to be fit and healthy and alive when I am 100 ( well, try to anyway). I’m going to be brutally honest right now… if you are highly obese you are not going to live to be 100 ( or anywhere near that)- that is a plain fact. It is great you are happy and accepting of your body, but I would much rather you be happy, accepting, and alive.  So, please for all the people who love you and want you to be around, lets all be healthy and happy. In no way do I advocate extreme dieting, exercise, surgery, or drastic measures, but I do advocate making healthy lifestyle changes to get you on your way. I know that not every body is that same, that some of us have a harder time losing weight than others ( myself included); this means we have to dig deep down inside and acknowledge our bodes true and full potential, which sometimes is not quite where we want to be. I know and understand some people truly do struggle, which makes it harder and more frustrating, but I know if you keep with it, you can and will persevere.

I know this post is a little outside of what I usually post about. I wanted to do it to get you thinking- to evaluate how you feel about yourself, your lifestyle, and your health. I would love for everyone to be happy with their bodies, at the same time as being as healthy and fit as they can be. Please feel free to leave a comment about your thoughts on the topic, how you feel about your health and body, or anything really.

Anatomy Betty Presents…

Hey Cats and Kittens, sorry I’ve been so quite. I literally have no spare time between working full-time, going to school full-time, homework and studying!  For one of my classes I was required to make a YouTube video featuring some anatomical terminology. I decided I may as well make it fun and added my personal style to it. I’m pretty proud of myself- its my first video ever- so I wanted to share it with ya’ll.

Well, whadda think?!