Fashion Friday: Fashion Meets Fitness.

April 21st marked the first race of the 2013 race seasons for me and some of my friends. You may be wondering why I’m posting about a race on Fashion Friday. But no worries readers you will soon see the connection.

The race was a 5k in Manchester, NH and was themed as a Totally Awesome 80’s run. So of course Jaime and I could not contain our excitement. Any time you can get us in neon colors and rocking out to the sweet sound of the 80’s we are in.

You cannot have an 80’s run without some pretty RAD outfits. So we set out to find the something comfortable to run in (sorry leotards) but that also shows our love for the 80’s and our personalities. And I must say I think we nailed it.

Thanks to the wonderful world of Forever21 (forever21.com), we were able to find neon colored workout clothes on a budget. Jaime was also able to find and AWESOME Blondie tee-shirt, but unfortunately my Ramones shirt took a little more exploring to find. After searching EVERY store in the Burlington mall, a little light bulb went off. Newbury Comics (newburycomics.com) has everything. And behold the moment we walked in to door there it was sitting there waiting for me. (Thanks Newbury comics!)

Of course we couldn’t just show up in oversized boring tee-shirts. We spent all Saturday night before the race editing and creating the perfect blend of 80’s rock chick clothing. The finished product came out even better than we had pictured in our heads.

 

As for the actual race, It was amazing. Since it was Jaime’s first race she had no time she wanted to beat.. I wanted to do in under 36 minutes (which was my time at last year’s color me rad race). We ran our little hearts out to the beats of an amazing synchronized playlist (made by me ) and we both crossed the finish line together rocking out to the Culture Club at 34 MINUTES!!!. We came in 281 and 282 out of about 481 people. Over all a successful day for both fitness and fashion..

Who says the two worlds cannot collide.

XoXo

-C-

Work Out Wednesday: Run-Away!

If you had told me in high school that I would enjoy running. I would have laughed my ass off. The thought of running used to send me into hysterics. I was so self-conscious about my body and about what other people who think if they saw the “fat girl” trying to run.

Yet here I am in 2013 planning a list of 5K races that I actually cannot WAIT to run. So what changed? Most of this has to do with the “give no shits” attitude I have adopted when it comes to fitness. But the real thing that has made running something I look forward to is how fun themed 5k’s can be. For anyone who knows me I am a sucker for a good theme party. If you tell me that I can get dressed up and hang out with my friends I am always down for that. Last July my friend Hope signed up for the Color Me Rad 5k race and found out she had a conflict with the date afterwards. She asked me if I would like to take her place. I was nervous since I had never run more than half a mile at a time but I figured what the hell. I must say that race was the most fun I have ever had in my life.  It did not matter how fast you were going or what “place” you finished at. All that mattered was being with your friends and being splashed with multi-colored corn starch until you looked like a Crayola books exploded on you.

 After that race I was determined to find as many fun 5k’s to do with my friends the following season. I find these races as the perfect length. Because really anything longer and I feel like I would get bored out of my mind. But that may just be me. Themed 5k’s are a great way to get in a workout without ever feeling LIKE you are working out. With these races you are having fun, enjoying the weather and most of all enjoying being you.

The list is currently still growing since not all races are listed at the moment since the season has not really started.   Continue reading

Work Out Wednesday: Stuck In a Rut

Like I said last week, my work outs have become pretty much me lifting or running. Which is great because those are two things I NEVER thought I would be able to do. Yet even with the large amount of cardio that I have been getting and the weight training, my body is stuck in a rut. I have been at the same fluctuating weight since about July 2012. And I am NOT a happy camper about it. They always say the last 20 pounds is the hardest to lose and I will defiantly agree with that statement. With that I have started looking into a few new work outs to try out in the next four weeks to see if there is anything I love enough to give it a shot for longer than one day.

I am a VERY picky person when it comes to working out. My work outs need to make me feel like a beast, they need to be a decent amount of time (about an hour because I mean for real I have other things to do with my days), and they need to have enough variation to make me feel like I’m not going to get super bored with them. The also need to be cost efficient because I am still a student and money will forever be tight.

This weeks challenge workout is taken straight from my favorite show.. The Biggest Loser.

On this weeks episode Bob Harper’s last chance work out for the blue team include only two things… Their own body weight and a deck of cards. Each suite had a work out attached and the card number was how many of each you had to do.With face cards looking like this: JACK  11, QUEEN 12, KING 13, and ACE being 15. So I figured if these 300 plus men and women can do all 52 cards in one work out.. Why the hell can’t I. So this week to mix up my normal routine. I am challenging myself to Bob Harper’s Card Deck Challenge.

Want to Join? Here is what it looks like:

HEARTS: Push Ups
SPADES: Burpees
CLUBS: Squats (with weights)
DIAMONDS: Jumping Jacks

Now during my hour work out time I will do ALL 52 cards. But this is also a fun and easy way to get in a quick 15-20 minute work out. Grab about 20 cards and just go until you are done. The best thing is that these “work outs” are not set in stone. You can change-up the work out associated with each suite so you’re not getting board with doing them after a week or so.

So I thank you now, Bob Harper, for the large amount of pain I am going to be in tomorrow when I do this work out for the first time.

XoXo

 

Workout Wednesday: Back to the Beginning

To kick of my workout Wednesday series I figured I would give you all a little background. Over the last four-ish years fitness has become a HUGE part of my life. For most of middle school through my first half of college I was very overweight for my height. I ate like shit, drank like a fish in college and just did not take care of myself. I used to fluctuate between periods of not eating at all to eating everything in sight and doing whatever I could to get rid of it afterwards. I was always unhappy and could barely look at myself without wanting to cry. And then one day I took a good look at myself and realized I could not do this anymore.
By this point I started getting myself to the school gym, even if it was just once a week. I started really thinking about what food I was and wasn’t putting into my body. I moved off campus for a small amount of time, which made me have to make my meals rather than relay on the school. Around the same time I also got a job working the front desk at Gold’s Gym in New Hampshire. I think my time at Gold’s is what really got me on a fitness kick. I met some AMAZING people who helped me learn how to create proper and affective work out. My friends Ryan and Kelli taught me how awesome weight lifting is. Ever since then I have been trying to do weights and cardio at least 4 times a week.
I have lost about 55 pounds since 2008. Which to some doesn’t sound like a lot. But the best part is I have learned how to maintain my weight rather than gain ANYTHING back when I have off weeks.

December 2007:

June 2012:

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I have about 20 more pounds to lose before I am able to feel more comfortable in my own body.
Since then I have started to gain a passion for all different types of work outs. I have also been working on finding out how to incorporate fitness into my future career. :).

Lately I have been starting to look into different types of workouts and classes to add into my life. As much as I love lifting and running, I think it is time to find something new and exciting for this year. So that is what this is for. Letting all my lovely readers know what is going on in my fitness journey. I look forward to sharing the rest of this journey with you all!

Cheers!