Saturday, December 31, 2011

Picking up the pace

I am a walker, not a runner, but I would love to be able to run anything further than 0.1 miles.  It's pathetic, really.  I am not sure what my deal is, but I just cannot run for the life of me.  I always hear so many great things about running, like it not only gets a person in shape, but how good it is for the mind.  So, I ran across this cut out I had in my planner and decided I am going to try this out.  With the new year and new resolution fresh in my mind, I think I'll start this soon. 

This is a 10-week walk-to-run plan.  Each exercise is done three times a week on nonconsecutive days.  For weeks one through eight, do three to four sets of each exercise.   Begin and end each workout session with a five-minute walk.  If you are one that isn't even a walker, start out by walking for 30 minutes three times a week for four weeks before you start this plans.

  • WEEK 1:  Walk for five minutes; run for two minutes
  • WEEK 2:  Walk for five minutes; run for two minutes
  • WEEK 3:  Walk for four minutes; run for three minutes
  • WEEK 4:  Walk for four minutes; run for three minutes
  • WEEK 5:  Walk for three minutes; run for four minutes
  • WEEK 6:  Walk for three minutes; run for four minutes
  • WEEK 7:  Walk for two minutes; run for five minutes
  • WEEK 8:  Walk for one minute; run for five minutes
  • WEEK 9:  Run for 15 minutes straight
  • WEEK 10: Run for 20 minutes straight
YIKES!  That sounds scary to me, but definitely doable.   People that have done this routine say that after running, they feel so much more energized and they want to keep going.  That's motivation for me!  I need all the energy and feel good stuff I can get.  I will let you know when I start this and track my progress and such.  Keeping my fingers crossed that I can pull this off.  It doesn't seem too hard, right?!  Just put on a little music, pretend you're running on the beach, and the 30 minutes will fly by.

Another year gone by?

I cannot believe that 2011 is almost over!  Seriously, it seems that I was just at the winery celebrating last New Year's Eve with my sister and friends, awaiting the arrival of this year.  For me this year has been a good one, but it's gone by in sort of a blur because I was so wrapped up in school and that consumed my life.  But since that is now over (YAY!), I am definitely looking forward to wrapping things up with this year and seeing what 2012 brings for me (us).

I'm not really one who makes resolutions, but this year I have a couple things I want to do.  I know it's so cliche, but I am absolutely, positively going to be more physically active so I can get fit & toned, while eating better at the same time.  I have a ridiculous sweet tooth that I have to learn to control, therefore that's on the agenda as well. I have been pretty good about walking and getting exercise for the last several years, but since nursing school took over every last second I had, I have slacked big time and I can tell!  Now I don't have an excuse, except laziness, because I won't have my nose in book every waking moment.  In fact, I think I will start my resolution early and take my dog for a walk since it will be almost 60 degrees this afternoon!

Next year at this time I'm sure I will have the same resolution as this year, but hopefully a little more to add since I will finally have a job, making money to do things that I want to like travel and fixing up our house.  Until then, I'm going to focus on what I have planned and see where that takes me....'s the last day of the year.  MAKE IT COUNT!!

Friday, December 30, 2011


Hola ~ Welcome to my lively mind!  This is a new adventure for me, but I decided to create this because, as my title represents, I have a very active brain with many thoughts and ideas that I felt I could share.  I am fascinated with anything relating to beauty, cooking, decorating, and things that make life more interesting and fun.  I'm not sure what this will bring, but I hope to share lots of awesome things (: So if you like makeup, hair, recipes, crafty creations, and new ideas, I will bring you this and more. Let me know what you would like to see or what you think can make life better!