how to get up early to work out

As mentioned in my previous post today, my little brother made me Easter dinner tonight. I was pleasantly surprised!

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He made me pork chops,  mashed potatoes and salad. He even bought me balsamic vinaigrette because he knows I don’t like creamy dressings. Isn’t he a sweetie?!

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Remember how I said my family went to my great grandpa’s 95th birthday party this weekend? Well here’s my dad and his grandpa. Aren’t they a bunch of studs! I’m really sad I missed out on this opportunity to see him and my extended family.

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Since I’ve started working out more in the morning (and since that was my habit last summer) I thought I would share my tricks for getting up for my early morning workouts.

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  • Go to bed early. Whatever early means for you. But you should be getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night. So whatever that takes for you, do it. If I don’t get enough sleep, I seriously cannot function the next day and I get sick so much easier.
  • Use an alarm that works for you! Whether that means setting multiple alarms, putting your phone across the room or whatever! Just do it! Then when it goes off, GET UP. The alarm I use will give me a window of time to snooze and once it hits a certain time I can’t snooze it anymore, so I have to get up.
  • Set out your workout clothes the night before so you can just get up and go! If it will make it even easier, sleep in the clothes you plan on workout out in the next day. You’re going to get gross in them anyway. Who cares if they’re a little wrinkled?!
  • Make getting out the door as easy as possible. Set out your keys. Fill up your water bottle. 
  • Have easy to eat fuel ready. I can’t eat a ton before exercising but I definitely need something. A piece of toast or a banana are perfect for me to give me quick energy without weighing down my stomach.
  • Keep it up. It’s takes time to develop new habits and if you’re not used to it, it will be hard at first. Just keep at it. You’ve got this 🙂

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Any tips you would add to the list?

What did you have for Easter dinner?

Twété Bird Headband giveaway goes for just under 7 more days! Don’t miss out!

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Happy Easter!

It’s a gorgeous day where I am. The weather is absolutely perfect. My family is out of town for my great grandpa’s 95th birthday party. I couldn’t go because work is insane right now and my brother couldn’t go because I’m his transportation 🙂 So he’s cooking me Easter dinner. Wish me luck.

I hope wherever you are your Easter Sunday is being filled with family, treats, good food and gratitude for our Savior.

Happy Easter!

Remember to submit your entries for my giveaway! 🙂

Do you have any special family Easter traditions?

At what age did your parents stop giving you things for Easter? (my mom still sends me treats and I still get to participate in the grandkids Easter egg hunt later in April but my roommate’s mom called it quits when she was only 15. How sad is that?!)

pedicures, treats and Twété Bird GIVEAWAY!

You know those runs that the second you take your first step you know it’s going to be a great run? I had one of those runs this morning. I felt so good and so strong the whole time! I was expecting it to be hard because I hadn’t run since Tuesday and got so busy at work that I skipped any sort of work out Thursday AND Friday! Oy! But no, it was the best run I’ve had in a while and I did 6 miles in around 49 minutes. Woohoo!

This morning my roommate and I went to get pedicures. Nice springy colors!

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My mom sent me an Easter package and here’s what was in it. Isn’t she the best ever?! I was a little hesitant about the SweeTart gummies but whoa they are good! And Reese’s too?! She knows me all too well.

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Ok, I just have to jump into the next part of this post because I am SOO excited about it! I have my very first GIVEAWAY for you guys!!! Twété Bird has graciously agreed to let me giveaway some of their amazing headbands!!!

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If you read my old blog, you’ve heard about these headbands before. I love them. A couple of months ago I sent out a plea to the cyber world for a headband that does not move when you run and my friend’s older sister answered my call. She told me Twété Bird headbands were the only ones she’s ever worn that actually stay put. So I decided to give them a try and she was so right. I wear them every single time I do any sort of work out. I absolutely LOVE them!

  • They’ve got lots of cute designs
  • Two different thicknesses, in case you like them a little thicker than what my pictures show.
  • They also have an adjustable elastic to make it will securely fit your head
  • THEY DO NOT MOVE! Seriously, soo soo wonderful!

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Now it’s time for 3 of you lucky people to be able to experience this magic for yourself! There are many ways you can enter to win:

  • Tweet about this giveaway (you can do this once EACH day!)
  • Like “See This Girl Run” on Facebook
  • Follow @seethisgirlrun on Twitter
  • Leave a comment telling me which headband you would want to win
  • Post about the giveaway on Facebook (and leave me a comment letting me know you did it. You can also do this once each day)

The giveaway ends Sunday, April 7 at 12:00 AM and a winner will be announced by Sunday evening!

Go to this link to submit your entires: a Rafflecopter giveaway. It MUST be submitted here or I won’t know it’s been done. Thanks!

Good luck!

my own measures of health and fitness

First of all, sorry I didn’t get this out yesterday like I promised. I got caught up at work and then had something I had to take care of by a deadline. But I’m here now!

I just want to put out a little disclaimer before I continue with this post. While I do have a degree in Exercise Science, I am not any sort of trained professional or know all source for running/exercise/fitness/etc. The following are (for the most part) my own opinion.

Like many girls I do not have a super awesome body image. While I am definitely working on it, I’m still far from thinking I have a great body. There are plenty of things I would change in an instant if I could. I have discovered that I need to be very  careful about having a scale around because I quite literally become obsessive. I weigh myself every chance I get, judging my body for the fluctuations that the logical (usually dominant) side of me know are normal throughout the day for anyone. In an effort to develop a healthier view of my body, I have found other ways to judge my body’s fitness level. However, first I want to address a common misunderstanding: the BMI.

BMI: Body Mass Index. This is NOT a good reference for health (in my opinion). This is a ration of ones weight over ones height. The number produced is supposed to give you an idea if you are underweight, healthy, overweight or obese. However, this method has some severe flaws. This method does not take into account % body fat or % lean muscle, simply overall mass. This is why sometimes super skinny individuals who don’t exercise and eat fast food every day are listed as “healthy” and body builders who work out all of the time and eat well are listed as “obese” (such as the image from howstuffworks.com). While this can give you a general idea of your health for your size, my recommendation is that you don’t use this to judge your overall health.

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Alright here are some things I use to judge my health and fitness level:

  • I have to remember that muscle weighs more than fat. When we begin a fitness program or just start increasing our activity level, we’re going to gain muscle and lose fat. However, sometimes this balance does not result in a lower number on the scale. This doesn’t mean that’s how it will always be or that you aren’t getting healthier. 
  • I have been keeping measurements of different areas of my body such as my waist, hips, thighs, chest and arms. These help me to see inches being lost (although areas like my thighs might actually be getting a little bigger. it’s those muscles again). For me this works better than the scale because I feel like I can see better results over time than I’ve been able to see on based just on my weight.
  • I notice how my clothes fit. Are my jeans getting tighter? Looser? Do I have to wear tops that are more flowy to hide what I don’t want others to notice or can I wear a more fitted top? Do I find myself needing a belt? These for me a great indicators of how I’m doing with my fitness.
  • How are my workouts going? Am I able to run longer or faster than I could before? Are there exercises that used to be more difficult than they are now? Am I less sore and need to bump up my intensity?
  • Race results! While we all have bad races, this always gives me an idea of what I’m currently capable of. I’ve usually been pretty proud of it!
  • What am I craving throughout the day? I have discovered that when I am eating healthier and working out consistently, while I still definitely enjoy treats, my body wants water, it wants veggies and fruit, it wants lean protein, it does not want anything greasy and it really, really wants a good, sweaty workout. I love falling into this cycle because it just perpetuates itself.
  • Realize my fitness journey is not the same as anyone else’s. Someone might be running a marathon everyone couple of months. Someone else might be just doing their first 5k. I’m somewhere in the middle. And that’s okay!!! I am where I am and it’s not based on anybody else! Just me! Comparison only hurts, not helps, me stay motivated to keep on keepin’ on.

So remember:

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What do you do to measure your level of health/fitness?

Do you have any crutches that hold you back? (like the scale for me)

*******P.S. First giveaway coming up soon! Stay tuned! I’m really excited about it :)*******

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1 month!

You guys! I totally missed wishing you all a 1 month Blogiversary! See This Girl Run is 1 month old as of yesterday! Woohoo! Thank you to each and every one of you who has made this month so dang fun. I truly love writing each post and wish I could just blog all day, every day.

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In honor of the little bloggy being 1 month old, I have created a Facebook page for it! So come find me at www.facebook.com/SeeThisGirlRun! I’ll be sharing my posts, fun pictures, motivation and much more!

Also, (more shameless plugs) remember to follow me here on Bloglovin’. By the way, if you haven’t gotten on this train yet you need to! I love having all my blogs in one place! So easy!

Wish I could stay longer but unfortunately I can’t right now. I’ll be back this afternoon with a discussion on true measurements of health. Stay tuned! I’ll leave you with this awesome picture:

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a couple of 5ks and a great cause

Yesterday my friend Nan invited me to do the first annual Prey vs. Predator 5K put on by College of Natural Resources. The idea was that you either sign up as a prey or a predator. The prey wear two sets of flag football flags and their goal is to out run the predators. They also get a 1 minute head start. The predators then chase the prey, with the goal to get the most sets of flags, taking only one from each prey at a time.

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There was also a costume competition, so there were some pretty funny outfits. Apparently a hot dog is considered prey. Makes sense.

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I didn’t do super awesome, but not awful. The course was super uneven (it’s currently under construction) and I’m used to running on even surfaces, so it was a good challenge. I also had the mother of all side aches the ENTIRE time. I’m usually pretty good at getting rid of them but this one did not go away. In fact, the place on my side where it hurts still hurts today! Is that normal??! How do I make it go away?

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Next I’d like to highlight an amazing opportunity to run AND contribute to a wonderful  cause! It’s the Crazy Pancreas 5k (with a couple other race lengths available)! This event is  to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Crazy Pancreas was started by Chris’s parents. Chris is a 5-year-old little boy who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was only 2 years old! Here’s a little info on what that means:

Type 1 Diabetes: An autoimmune disease, which means that the body is attacking itself. In this case, the body’s immune system attacks the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. It can affect anyone, of any age and is not brought on by lifestyle (such as Type 2 Diabetes). Those with Type 1 Diabetes have to be very careful to keep their insulin levels healthy by checking their blood sugar levels and taking multiple insulin shots a day. This is something they have to do for the rest of their lives. You can imagine how hard this would be on anyone, let alone a little boy.

So if you live near Inkom, Idaho, sign up for one of these races! Because there is no known cure for this disease, research (funded in part by races such as this one) is that much more important. If you can’t make it but would still like to help, go to their website at http://idahocrazypancreas5k.blogspot.com/ and click on “Donate Now” on the right hand side. 

If you still need more convincing, here is Chris himself with my friend Tyler. (Chris is just too darn cute!)

Have you done any themed 5k’s before?

Do you know anyone (or do you yourself) have Type 1 Diabetes?

Why I Run

Today I was talking to a friend about how he and his wife are running a marathon in June. It genuinely made me so happy and excited to talk about what they’ve done to train, fueling and running in general. There are few things in life that get me this excited. It’s the reason Human Movement Science: Exercise Science was the perfect major for me. It got me thinking of why I love running.

This is when I feel the most free, the most invincible, like nothing can hold me back.

It comes so naturally but is also one of the hardest things I do. It’s a constant battle between my body and my brain.

It’s a competition within myself, while still giving me a people around me to motivate me. During a race, even though I’m trying to beat my own PR, I can think “ok Alyssa, go catch up with that girl. Stay with this person. Etc”

Nothing else, not even other forms of exercise, give me the same level of euphoria. Nothing beats a good run or race. Nothing. It’s those endorphins! Whoa buddy!

It makes me feel strong, capable and in control of my life.

The stress relief is amazing. I can run and not think about all my worries and power through them. This is how I work out a lot of my frustrations.

The workouts allow me to develop self-discipline while the races hold me accountable.

I am so in awe of the human body and all of its capabilities. Running gives me a chance to experience and really notice it for myself. My body is so dang cool.

A team isn’t depending on me. Nobody else is going to be upset if I don’t hit a certain time. I do this only for me!

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Why do you run? (or do whatever exercise it is you’re passionate about)