Wanted: Beginner’s Running Advice!!

Hey everyone! Hope you are having a great morning! The weather in CNY has been BEAUTIFUL, sunny and in the 60’s this week. Because of this beautiful weather, my boyfriend and I have started running outside! I have never been a runner my whole life, dreading the 1 mile run in gym class, and just HATING running. But, as of this New Year, we have been making an effort to get the best exercise for us, and I know that running really is the best workout, and it allows you to spend time outside! We have an amazing 5 mile trail through the woods, along the lake only one block from my apartment, so it is really crazy to not make the most of it. (I stole a picture of the trail above from this website)

So, we have been trying to get into it, and so far so good! My first goal was to be able to run a mile straight without stopping to walk at all. Sounds pretty easy, but as someone who really hates running, that was hard for me. I am proud to say that last night I DID IT! It felt really good, and now I am looking forward to a new goal.

I have downloaded map my run, and so far really like it, but I know I need some more gear. My nike sneakers are approximately 3 years old and worn out. My headphones are always falling out of my ears, and I just really don’t know what I am doing. Should I focus on speed? Should I focus on distance? Help!

So this is what I need from the blogosphere:

What kind of running sneakers should I look for? 

What kind of new goals should I set for myself? 

Is there any gear that I NEED to have? 

Do you have any general tips for someone who is just starting to run? 

Your’s Truly- M

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We were nominated for a Libster Award!

We were so happy to hear that we were nominated for the Libster Award by the amazing Tiny Bows! You can find the official rules here. Basically, she asked us some questions, we nominate 10 more bloggers and ask them some questions! So here are our answers for her questions, we answered some together, and some separately.

  1. What made you decide to start a blog?

We are both young professionals, who just relocated to a new city, and we wanted to connect with other young women who might be going through the same things as us!

 

  1. Who, or what is your biggest blogging influence?

Our biggest blogging influencer would have to be instagram. When we see a great outfit, or a photo of a dish that looks delicious, we want to know how to make it, and where to find it! I think that our passion for wanting to know more encouraged us to elaborate on the things that we share on social media.

 

  1. How do you decide what to write about?

We are inspired to write about topics that add positivity to our lives. Whether it be a new product that we love, a fun time with friends, music or healthy recipes, we blog about what makes us happy.

 

  1. When did you start blogging/ how long have you been blogging?

We started blogging earlier this year, so it is still new territory for us. We are learning everyday, and we are so excited to keep meeting more bloggers!

 

  1. Where is the best place you have ever been, vacation, restaurant, museum, etc?

M: My favorite place.. London! I studied abroad there a year ago, and loved living in the city.

A: The best place she has ever been to was probably Hawaii! I was very young but I went with my extended family and we were able to spend a lot of time together exploring volcanoes, beaches and I attended a traditional luau!

 

  1. What is the best dish you have ever eaten?

A: My favorite dish… hmm! I love to eat! But I really enjoy sushi when I have the chance to eat it.

M: My favorite dish… it would have to be pad thai, it is the perfect mix of carby, sweet and spicy!

 

  1. What is your biggest fear?

A: My biggest fear would have to be not being able to spend enough time with my family and friends. Life has the ability to get in the way of what really matters, and I hope I never lose time with the people most important to me.

M: My biggest fear would have to be living life with “blinders” on. I try to take the time to cherish the small happy moments each day, but when life is busy, and you get into a routine, that is hard!

 

  1. What is your hidden talent?

A: My hidden talent would have to be a

M: My hidden talent is scuba diving! I just came back from a trip to Mexico where I was able to go a few times.

 

  1. What is your biggest accomplishment?

A: My biggest accomplishment would be graduating college, and a week later moving away from my hometown and creating a new independent life in a new city. I love the spontaneity of that decision and I feel I have continued that mentality since moving.

M: My biggest accomplishment is definitely graduating college with a job in place! Much like A, I was lucky enough to have an opportunity where I could comfortably move away from home, and finally be “an adult”…kinda 🙂

 

  1. What is your favorite time waster? (be specific: mine is either cross stitching at the moment… or borderlands… borderlands is going to win at time wasting tonight)

M: 100% instagram. I could scroll through instagram all day, everyday. I follow a lot of healthy living/weight loss blogs and they are a great inspiration!

A: My favorite time waster would be social media, and in general the internet! I love the power of the internet. I love to read blogs, reddit, instagram, twitter.

Okay, so now we nominate:

  1. https://thesimplebeginner.wordpress.com/– lifestyle and everyday things
  2. http://tobeherown.com/– Yoga and healthy living
  3. http://livinghealthierlife.com/ – Healthy living, motivation and recipes
  4. http://lonestarlauren.com/– Fashion& everyday things
  5. http://lucycowlin.com/– Beauty, fashion and lifestyle
  6. http://ashleyforrerwellness.com/ – Healthy eats and fitness/wellness
  7. http://runningandsunshine.com/– Running, healthy living and everyday things
  8. http://semisweettooth.com/ – Lifestyle, fitness, and a little sweetness
  9. http://atouchoflovely.com/– Food & lifestyle
  10. https://eunicakes.wordpress.com/- Fitness and recipes

 

Our Questions for you:

  1. What encouraged you to start a blog?
  2. What is your favorite part about blogging?
  3. What is the meaning behind your blog name?
  4. What is one thing you miss from your childhood?
  5. Do you prefer coffee or tea?
  6. What is something that is an important part of your morning routine?
  7. What is your favorite clothing item?
  8. What is your favorite season?
  9. If you could take a weekend trip somewhere, where would it be?
  10. Must have beauty product?

Now it is your turn to nominate another 10 bloggers, go!

Your’s truly- M&A

Why I practice Yoga

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I stole this amazing graphic from prevention.com

So the other day a friend of mine posted on Facebook asking why she should start doing yoga. She had heard good things about it, and wanted to know why she should give it a try. So it sparked my mind, to share why yoga is such an important part of my routine and identity. I started taking piyo and yoga classes in college, and fell in love. After relocating for my job, I finally found a good routine, and some classes with an instructor I feel comfortable with. For the past 6 months, I have been going to yoga classes once or twice each week at my my gym. I am by no means a professional, or an advanced yogi but I look forward to going to the gym in the evening to roll out my mat and get to work. But why do I love it?

  • It is “me” time. I know that for that hour, there is nothing else that I need to think or worry about. I can focus on myself. It is such a simple thing, but after a long day at work, it is nice to have some time to reflect on yourself.
  • It is great exercise! After a good class I am sore in all of the right places. I can feel that my abs, thighs, and arms are being engaged throughout the class, and I can improve my flexibility which is really important.
  • I feel like I am part of something outside of work and my social circles. It just feels good to be around other people who are as dedicated and passionate about something as you are. No one in my yoga class has any expectations from me, and I don’t have to worry about making them happy. I can be me, and worry about just me. They also give me great inspiration, when I see someone who can really master a tricky pose, it gives me motivation to push myself harder.
  • I can clear my mind. My favorite part of the class is shavasana, otherwise known as the end of the class when you lay on the floor and meditate. It helps me let of any worry or stress from my week.
  • It is refreshing. There is no better feeling than walking out of a great yoga class. I feel replenished, full of energy, and at peace. I am a much happier, purposeful and energetic person when I practice yoga, and I don’t feel right when I miss a class!

So why do you practice yoga? Or why are you afraid to start?

You’rs Truly- M

#WakeUpWednesday Gym Session + Pump up Jam

Good morning! As you know I am trying to focus on some particular body areas this year, but overall I just want to be able to walk up the five flights of stairs to my office without being winded (yes I am not too ashamed to admit that!) So, I am taking this one step at a time (I must mention here that I LOVE puns and I am not afraid to use them) so, pun intended 😉

I am starting my gym routine with the basics. Just exercises that can be done at home or in the gym. If you haven’t heard the word Burpee, then add it to your vocabulary! The burpee is a full body exercise used for strength training and cardio. Everyone has their own variation of the exercise, but I perform the traditional burpee:

Begin in a standing position

Burpee 1

Drop to a squat position with hands on the ground

burpee 2

Kick your feet back keeping arms extended *for those eager folks, you can do a pushup here

burpee 3

Return to squatting position, and jump FORCEFULLY in the air (get a real good jump here)

burpee 4

and REPEAT until you cannot do anymore!

Although this seems boring, the burpee is a well rounded exercise! The pros can do 100 in 12 minutes! How many can you complete in 12 minutes?! Try it out and lets see where we all stack up 😉

The gym would be nothing without music for me. I am a big electronic music fan, and in the gym I love to bring the house! Below is a song I really like listening to at the gym. What are your favorite gym tunes?

Happy Burpin!

-A