I have my usual Sunday Social for you all this morning, then I have some exciting news to share!
1. What is the best trip you’ve ever been on?
Germany, no doubt. This past spring break, I traveled with 18 or so students from my school and visited the beautiful city Berlin for a week. I truly had the experience of a lifetime.
2. What is your best idea for a girls' weekend trip?
My dream girls' weekend would have to be renting a hotel room for a day or two in the heart of a city (NYC or something similar) and pampering ourselves, shopping, dining, etc.
3. What is your best idea for a couples' trip?
I know it sounds generic, but someplace tropical! I can see it now- beaches, hammocks, drinks straight from the coconut shell itself- it would be perfect! Ryan, what do you think? :)
4. What is the best vacation on the cheap?
A trip to the shore! Since I'm from PA, the Jersey shoreline is only an 1 1/2 hour drive away. For now, that's my and Ryan's "couples' trip!"
5. What is the place you most want to visit?
That's a toughie. Although there are many places that I want to visit within my home country, such as California and Colorado, I would love to travel to Australia or somewhere relative.
Thanks, Neely, for hosting!
Just one More Thing I Wanted to Share
As you all may know from my She Rocks Fitness guest post, I have been fearful of many, many things in the past- health being some of them. Through my adolescence, I deemed myself a "health nut." Deep down, however, I knew it was a camouflaged, disordered relationship with food and fitness. I counted calories like a maniac. I exercised like there was no tomorrow. I was fearful of gaining my childhood chub back and therefore took things to an extreme to prevent it from happening. Fortunately, I embraced my fear and pushed myself outside of my comfort zone. I’ve ditched the calorie counting as well as the crazy cardio, and I now I strive to focus primarily on eating wholesome, nutritious foods. Numbers are completely irrelevant, and my body has demonstrated so much appreciation since.
Although I have embraced the exercising and eating aspect of health, I have not embraced the resting part of it. With my marathon quickly approaching, I know that it's something that I absolutely need to learn how to do. I know that my body will not be able to run miles upon miles and follow my training plan without an adequate amount of rest.
So this past week, I decided to do an experiment: what would happen if I took a an extended rest period? No gym. No running. No nothing. As much as I dreaded the idea of resting (I'm convinced that my muscles will just completely flop overnight), I literally forced myself to do so.
And I learned that rest is my best friend.
I didn't gain weight. My muscles didn't flop. I had more energy than ever. Giving my body the opportunity to fully recover and fully repair itself was a great decision, and I proved to myself that resting is imperative to those who workout strenuously.
After 5 days of complete rest, I tackled 4 miles. The result? I dropped my running time significantly.
By 1 minute and 15 seconds to be exact!
Just like I learned to embraced my other fears, I learned to embrace this one as well. I gave myself the opportunity to ease my worries and prove that I can give my body the love that it needs and that I can train for my first half-marathon successfully.
I know that I said it before, but I'm going to keep saying it as long as I shall live: I'm so fortunate to be a part of this fit-family. If it weren't for you guys, I wouldn't keep gaining the courage to tackle my fears.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I'm off to spend some time with my BFF, Cara, and get my food shoppin' on at Trader Joe's! Happy Sunday!
Do you struggle with the idea of rest?