You are only limited by what you think are your limits!

As most of you know, I have been training for a half marathon. I can’t believe I’m saying this but it’s been probably one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. It’s a true example of if you follow the plan, you will see results. I’m honestly amazed at how strong my body has gotten and how determined I am to make this happen.

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My workout schedule posted on the bathroom door. No excuses!

Is the training hard? Of course! There are days when all I want to do is sit on the couch or

lay in bed  but instead I look at that schedule taped on my wall and do the workout that’s listed. I don’t always do them in the order or day suggested but you better believe it happens.

I’ve done training for runs before (nothing at this distance) and there’s always been a point where I think I can’t do it anymore, stopped training and put limits on how far I thought I could go. When I look back to those times, I’ve been trying to figure out what has been the difference this time. What has enabled me to go past what “I thought” was my limit?

Here’s the difference: I’ve put ZERO limits on what I can do.

None of these phrases have come out of my mouth this time:

“This is impossible.”

8.5 mile run
Longest run to date. Felt awesome!

“I can’t do this.”

“I don’t have time for this run.”

“I’ll stop at 6 miles and call it good.”

“I’m tired. I deserve to skip a workout.”

“My legs are sore. I better slow down.”

“It’s too windy out today. It’s raining. It’s cold.”

NONE.

I’ve given nothing but positive self-talk the WHOLE TIME. When I run, I think about every little girl/boy that has been told they couldn’t do something. I think about my younger self who struggled running 3 miles in track practice. I think about people that don’t have the ability to run due to illness, injury or impediment. I think about the fact that someday I may not be able to run.

why not you
One of my favorite quotes!

With every mile, I tell myself, “You do this.” It’s almost as if I’m the little engine that could saying, “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.” I knew I could.

You are only limited by what you think are your limits. My philosophy? Make your life limitless! What would you do if you didn’t have limits?

-Katy

 

 

 

Fed Up! The Myth About Nutrition

fedupAbout a year ago, I watched a documentary that changed EVERYTHING.A good friend of mine was going on a journey of eliminating as much processed food as possible from her family’s lifestyle. I was somewhat baffled at the time not really knowing why she was doing it or what she meant by “processed food”.

I chatted with her at length one day about the steps she had taken and was shocked at some of the facts and figures she shared with me. She handed me a DVD with the title, Fed Up!, and said, “You need to watch this.”

I waited a few weeks to watch it as I wanted a time when I would be uninterrupted and could really listen to what was being said. You can imagine how hard that was with two small kids in the house. One afternoon all the stars aligned with nap time so I knew it was time to watch it.

Here’s the trailer: Fed Up!

It was numbing to watch it. It was incredibly informative but it was also scary. I sat there thinking, “How did I not know this?”

Since the 1970’s, we’ve been told that FAT is the enemy. All of the sudden we saw products that were low fat, fat-free or zero fat. You know what happens when you take fat out of food? It tastes horrible! What did the food industry do to it to make it taste better? They loaded it with sugar! Fat is not the enemy. Sugar is!

Here’s what excess sugar does to our bodies: Sugar

Start looking at food labels. What part of the label do you read? While it’s important to read the entire label (or just buy foods that don’t have labels), start paying attention to the carbohydrates.

Did you know that 4 grams of carbohydrates = 1 teaspoon of sugar? Next time you look at a label, figure out net carbohydrates. How do you do that? food label

Take Total Carbohydrates – Dietary Fiber (fiber counteracts carbs) = Net Carbs

Net Carbs divided by 4 = Total Teaspoons of Sugar

Once you start doing it, you will be amazed! And I’m just scratching the surface here.

You might be wondering at this point, “Wow. What do I do?” There are many things you can do!

  1. Watch the documentary. I’m telling you. It’s a game changer. You will learn so much.
  2. Be a curious shopper! Start reading labels on your food. If there is an ingredient you don’t recognize or added sugar (there are many names for it), stay away!
  3. Educate yourself. Look up the different names for sugar. Find recipes that have real food in them. Read as much as you can about nutrition and healthy foods.
  4. Try a Whole 30. This diet is based off a book called, “It Starts with Food.” The book is fantastic if you’re looking to learn more about nutrition. We’ve made several Whole 30 recipes here at the office so we could answer any questions you have.

We’ll continue to write about this but wanted to give you a basis for why we are so passionate about trying to educate and communicate the importance of nutrition to our community. Stay tuned! I’m sure we will talk more about this!

Enjoy this Beautiful Weather!

-Katy