Fitness – In it to win it!

Fitness is a huge part of my life. When I workout I am better; I think more clearly, I sleep more soundly, though my muscles may be sore my body hurts less, and frankly, I like the way I look more.

The times in my life when I have excused myself from working out (yes, made excuses like I just don’t have the time right now, or I’m too tired, etc.) are the times I have been the most unhappy. Don’t get me wrong, there truly are some days where there isn’t enough time, but just like missed days at school, if you skip enough, you will FAIL.

I try to keep myself motivated to not only find the time to workout, but to prioritize exercise with two things: my skinny jeans and photos of me of my fittest. That’s right, I said photos of ME at my fittest. Now, I know plenty of people say it’s important to have outside inspiration and while I’m not against that, I know it’s not what works for me. I know what I’m capable of and I also know how hard it is to maintain that level of fitness with every, aging year. And much to my own surprise, I find that I like my body more in my 30’s than I did in my 20’s.

Over the summer, I took a bit of break on the intense workouts. After a series of races and committing large amounts of time to long runs, I was tired, my body needed to recover, and I simply needed to restore my tank of willpower. Now I’m back and committed to reaching my fitness goals. I’ve set my first 3 goals – a 5K, a half marathon, and getting back to the way I look in the picture on this post (taken a little over a year ago by Mitchel Gray).

Goal time: 8 weeks!

I’m excited to get back to my most fit self.

I’d love to hear your fitness goals and what you use for motivation.

#tbt #fitnessmotivation

Divas Half Marathon

Diva Half MarathonDiva Half Marathon Medal 2015

Laura and Leah Diva Half 2015Diva SeriesAfter Diva Half



I love to run! It’s such a great way to get out and away from my computer and rock out to some tunes.
I prefer running 5 miles or less, but sign up for the occasional half marathon or 10K to prove to myself that I can do it (barely). This year my second half marathon was the Diva, which I ran with (or several miles behind) my friend, Leah. She’s like a cheetah and I ate her dust!

I’m not very fast and I’m not one of those girls that can run 13.1 miles and finish looking cute. I finish looking like a wet rat – nasty hair, squinty, sweat filled eyes, and the look of “WTH did I just do” on my face (see pictures). And then I have a cold one, or 3 (see pictures where I try to hide it behind my leg). I mean how the (bleep) else am I supposed to deal with the fact that I want to fall on my face and drink water out of the nearest mud puddle while everyone else around me is all bubbly and happy because we only ran half a marathon?

But seriously, I love it.