Hey, hey, friends! Today I am super excited to share this fun interview with Alison Feller of The Ali on the Run Show podcast and blog Ali on the Run. She is a fellow runner, blogger, podcaster, and dog mom, and I can’t wait for you guys to get to know her today. We chat about running (of course), her health journey with Crohn’s disease, and her sweet Ellie girl. I hope you guys enjoy!
It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday. Do you have that stuck in your head yet?
I wanted to kick off the morning with an ab workout that I did last night that left me sore right after I finished. It is from a fellow blogger, Madeline, of Madeline Moves. She always has amazing workouts that are quick and effective, and I find myself using her moves in my home workout routine. Not only that, but she is a runner as well, and posted a great article last month about balancing strength training with running. I believe that is something all runners should do, and I am definitely trying to make a better effort!
After my full body workout yesterday I completed this ab circuit. You can also do it after other workouts, before strength training, etc. Whatever works best for you! Note: I apologize for the poor photo quality! I did a screenshot from her website & when I increased the size it threw everything off. You get the idea though ; )
Speaking of training, I haven’t ran since Saturday. Saturday was a BIG running day for me. 16km of lots and lots of HILLS. I think the hills aggravated my ankle, because come Sunday morning it hurt to walk on it. There has been a pinching feeling in the back of my ankle for a couple weeks now, but it only came about when I was laying down and first stepping on the ground or after doing hilly runs. As much as it pained me to take some time away from running, I thought it would be SMART to rest. What’s smartest usually isn’t what I WANT to do when it comes to running, but I do not want any injuries! I had a visit with my athletic therapist on Valentine’s Day (#romance) and she gave me the clear to run, but to do so on flat terrain and keep things EASY. Ah, easy. I love easy, but I love getting faster, too! So, I will return to running this weekend and continue to do the stretches she prescribed for me. Oh, and I will be strength training, too!
Now, rewind to Family Day on Monday. In British Columbia we have a holiday called Family Day, and it is a statutory holiday, so Ryan and I did not have to go to work. We spent the day repotting some plants in the beautiful sunshine! It was awesome. The dogs loved being outside all day, I loved the Vitamin D and plants, and Ryan loved being outside together. It was a win, win, win, for everyone.
We had the tunes going, coffee in our travel mugs, and we were layered up because despite the bright sun, it was still chilly outside. I found this adorable pot that I couldn’t NOT buy, and I planted a few mini succulents (oh, so cute!) and had to add some crystals in there for high vibes. Ryan laughed when he saw me walk outside with my handful of crystals, but it was a very Holly thing to do, if I do say so myself.
Ryan found this super cool tall planter which we put our snake plant in. Well, separated the snake plant since it’s offshoots were outgrowing the previous pot. So, he was in charge of that one and I did the rest. Then I sat on our cedar bench, drank my coffee, and connected with some bad ass women that will be featured on the blog (first one next Wednesday).
It was such a fulfilling afternoon that left my soul feeling happy. You know those days where you have nothing planned, and yet they end up being so full of great things? That’s what Monday was. Actually, this whole week has been pretty darn good! Last week I found myself going through a quarter-life crisis kind of thing. I mean, I didn’t shave my head and skip town and max out my credit card or anything, but I think it’s pretty normal to feel that way when you’re 25. While I may not have my whole entire life figured out (I know where I’m heading but it’s a matter of being patient), I am kind of loving where I am right now and I think it all comes to being grateful. Gratitude is the best attitude, after all! Sometimes all you need to do is get outside, get your hands dirty & sit in the sun in order to feel how much light you are truly surrounded by.
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! : )
The number one thing I hear people say when it comes to why they don’t exercise is because they “don’t have the time.”
Here’s the thing. We all have the same 24 hours in a day. It’s how we spend it that makes the difference.
Think about it. Beyonce has 24 hours in her day. Barack Obama has 24 hours in his day. The person who you see out running and working out all the time has the same 24 hours. So why can they do it all and you can’t?
The difference between someone who does it all and someone who wants to do it all is that the person who is taking actionable steps to changing their life is MAKING THE TIME to make it happen.
I hate to be the one to tell you this, but there’s no secret formula or trick. Healthy living is not a one time thing. There’s no pill, no shake, no cleanse or diet you can go on for one week and suddenly be a different person forever. Instead of FIGHTING the new and fighting the change, think about BUILDING the new and building those healthy habits. Maybe this means waking up early in the morning to get a workout in before the work day begins, or perhaps it’s a matter of fitting in a quick workout or a bit of meal prep when you have half an hour of downtime. “Oh, but I could sit on the couch and watch my favourite show.” Yes, you could, and that’s great if you want to do that. However, if you are going to kick yourself for sitting there watching TV when you could’ve snuck in a run or a workout, then that’s up to you to decide which is more important.
One thing that’s for certain is that there is a level of sacrifice when it comes to making a positive lifestyle change. Aside from the obvious sacrifices, like cutting back on processed food and sugar (which, I believe everyone should do), you may have to sacrifice staying out for another couple drinks with friends if it means having a good sleep before your busy day the next day, or your early workout class that you’ve signed up for. When I was marathon training, long runs were a huge part of my weekly routine. Instead of being upset that I had to wake up early to get it done on a Monday morning, it simply became part of my life. Eventually all of these little changes compile on one another and soon enough you have formed new habits and these positive changes are all second nature. Every little bit counts.
I will leave you with this: I can assure you that it IS possible to make the time. It may not be easy, but it certainly is worth it!