Up Next.. Detroit Free Press Half Marathon!

I’m not going to, I forgot until this morning that I needed to go do packet pick-up for this race.. Gosh.. I really need races to bombard my email with emails or else I forget everything that I have to do! Luckily we don’t have any plans for tomorrow so it works out well!

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SO. I’m running the Detroit Free Press International Half Marathon! I ran my FIRST marathon at Detroit FreeP in 2012.. Ended up walking 11 of the 26 miles.. So hoping for better luck with only running 13.1 miles this year! *Crosses Fingers*

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Andrew said that he’s going to try to do the 1,000 burpee challenge when I’m running. (Aren’t we just the cutest fitness couple every? ;) ) So don’t you worry, I’ll keep you up to date on how that went post half!

I’m going to be completely honest with you. I haven’t been ‘training’ for this run. Just running when I want to, and I’m 200% ok with that. I told you guys a bit back that you have you WANT your goals.. but PRing my half marathon is not what I want right now.. I want a booty.. and some abs. ;)


So this race for me is just a training run. I love running. I love seeing ‘new’ sights. I’m very excited to get to run the bridge and the tunnel to and from Canada.. So I’m going to kick ass in terms of fitness for the day, then go on with my day.

Hope you have a great race if you’re racing this weekend!!! 


Five Things Friday {10/10/2014}

HELLO EVERYONE!!! Gosh, I love Fridays! I’m sure that I’m not in the minority here.. Something about having TWO full days of ‘nothing’ is wonderful.. and by nothing, I mean things other than work.. sometimes..

1.The boy and I are going bowling tonight with one of my best friends and her fiancé! I’m pretty excited. Partly because last time we saw them it was us stuffing our face with cake for her cake testing, and partly because I haven’t been bowling in forever!!


2. I have a Symposium to go to for work on Saturday. UGH! Luckily since it’s at my University I’m just going to go for the poster session where I’ll present the work that I’ve been doing. (Picture from last year’s Symposium… I really miss my hair. =[ )


3. Saturday night we have plans of going out in Royal Oak with my box for a ‘night on the town.’ I’m pretty excited about it to be honest.. I’m not really planning on staying out long, or drinking, but it will be nice to hang out with everyone and just enjoy the evening. Who knows, maybe I’ll get a glass of wine to pre-game for going home to watch one of the Saw movies. :)


4. Sunday I’m going to take Andrew to Stony Creek Metropark!! I figure with the leaves all changing it would be nice to hike some of the trails.. One of my best friends and her boyfriend are going to come too! It’ll be fun! I just hope that it’s not too cold!


5. THEN we’re going to go to Yates Cider Mill! I’ve been wanting to go to a cider mill for YEARS and have never gotten around to it.. I’m going to be honest, I’m REALLY going to want a donut, but I’m going to have to pass.. (Abs don’t make themselves.) But I’m definitely getting some cider to take home! Delicious.

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Well I hope you all have a fun filled weekend!! :)


You have to want it.

So, lately I’ve been in a bit of a pickle. Let me explain.. It’s fairly simple actually. I want abs. In the worst way possible… I’m not talking abs when I flex.. I have some of those (4 actually).. What I want is a full set of abs at all times.. Easier said than done, right?


I know what you might be thinking. “Having XX body part isn’t going to make you happy.” “You workout, are thin/strong.. why the want for XX?” “You are healthy, why do you need XX?”

I get it. I really do. However, I want them, and it’s my decision to want them. The struggle though, is trying to get my body fat percentage down to an acceptable range in order to get said abs, with still maintaining my strength for crossfit.


I know a LOT of people in CF have abs. So this should be easy, right?! WRONG. And here is why.. My body and I constantly struggle with one another about what is a good diet to lose fat and keep/gain muscle. I’m aware that it’s extremely hard to do both at once, and that’s why bodybuilders go through a gaining period, followed by a leaning out period… Gain = weight (fat and muscle) gain. Leaning out = fat loss.


Either way. I know that I have some abs under the fat that my midsection is so keen to holding on to.. But I also know that getting rid of that fat is easier said than done.

So what am I going to do? Well. As the title of this post states. YOU HAVE TO WANT IT. That means that I have to GO for my goal.. It means tightening up my diet.. (More lean meats, more vegetables, limiting myself to two fruit a day, getting correct portions of carbs.) As well as adding additional workouts to my day, in addition to CF.

I’m currently trying to add 3 or 4 second workouts days per week. Mostly cardio and abs, seeing as I do my weight training every morning… Cardio in the form of running and stairs. (Running is probably a good idea to keep on seeing as I’m running a half marathon in two weeks…)


The best part of all of this? My boyfriend is 100% supportive. (I mean, you should see HIS abs… ;) ) This makes it so much easier in both eating healthy (he makes sure to have the freezer stocked with fish and broccoli) and with working out on the weekends (we may or may not go to the gym together on the weekends <3).

Sorry if this wasn’t of interest.. However this is a current struggle that I wanted to ‘come clean’ about, especially since I’m sure I’m not the only one in this boat.


What are you working towards?! What do you have to add to your routine, or give up, in order to reach your goal?!