Everybody Poops. . . Especially on a run!

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Everybody Poops. ..  Yes this I know my mom is a nurse and I worked as a CNA throughout college I am well aware of all things poop. I have heard all the poop on the wall, people playing in it stories, I have cleaned out colostomy bags, I have aided 106 year old women in pooping because they didn’t have the strength to push it out themselves. I have cleaned poop from the elderly and children. Poop is essentially my friend at this point.

However pooping has never been something I have excelled at, if it is something you can excel at even, I did not! I can remember going whole weeks without going, not even once. But then when I need to go it generally hits me like a freight train I have to go NOW. And I have become ok with this system I can handle it.

But now I have started running and poop I must, in the middle of a freaking run. This urge has become a routine of my run, now I am just working to try and figure out a way to get this urge without doing what I know my marathon runner friends have done and squat on the side of the road. I am just trying to make it to a bathroom and get back on the road.

I have tried going directly before a run but the above mentioned fact that I in fact do not excel at the pooping has made this difficult, so anyone else have any other ideas? How can this poop failure get through her runs without messing her pants?

❤ Kelsi Rae

30 Minutes!

Today I ran for 30 minutes straight for a total of 2.7 miles!

So not the fastest runner ever. . . ok I may be the slowest runner ever, the amount of people that passed me were unreal. And one guy wearing a marathon t-shirt and I swear his feet weren’t touching the ground passed me 3 times going around the 2.5 mile loop. So he ran the park 2.5 times to my one time!

I passed some walkers, a few moms pushing babies and that was it. But I kept putting one foot in front of the other. I did it! I have never passed a point where I could run more than 10 minutes at a time!

Even when I was a competitive athlete I couldn’t run distances,  I could sprint, shuffle, run, and jump. I  could run drills at volleyball practice for 3 hours twice a day but the day that our coach decided that we needed to start running 2 miles before practice it was like I was dying.

But today I did it I ran 30 minutes straight, and tomorrow I am going to run 35 and then I will be offically running a full 5k without walking I hope!

Keep going,

put one foot in front of the other

Forget all the people that are passing you

Because that cheesy line

You are lapping everyone on the couch

Well it is true

And that guy that flying marathon runner had to start somewhere

 And here I am starting somewhere too.

Gonna be a Cardio Queen!

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So I have been running fairly consistently for about 10 months I started last January in order to find a new one to get in shape for my wedding in August, I had always hated running when I was younger, I played sports I was very active and in shape, but ask me to run two miles straight forget it!

Friends from high school still joke about the time our senior year of high school our volleyball coach decided we needed to start every practice with a 2 mile run and I looked like I was dying EVERYDAY! So for me to set out and start running on my own, —-> A very big deal.

But it worked, we live 2 blocks from a park I could get up and run anywhere between 1 mile and 3 miles all in the park and be happy, I didn’t get very fast but I was getting somewhere. Then my wedding happened, it was glorious and wonderful, we ran a 5k that week and I felt like I was looking good, feeling good, in much better shape than I had been 10 month ago, but after the wedding we were in our happily married bliss and I stopped going on runs consistently we spent a week, ruining our clean eating in Mexico and it was harder to get back into it when we got home.

This last month I have noticed my husband really getting into it, and you know what, I want to too! I loved the way running made me feel, not during the run that still feels like dying but afterwords I felt strong, accomplished, like a runner, something I never thought I would be.

So on my HORRiBLE run today, ( I set out to run 3 miles I only got through a mile and a half) I decided I was going to run a 10k probably next Spring, hopefully by May. So here it goes, I have to run 2 5k’s for different reasons in November and by next May I will be running 6.2 miles I have decided, and once it is decided it is done, right?

So I downloaded the 5k to 10k app, and I will listen to the little trainer in my ear tell me when to walk and when to run and I will keep putting one foot in front of the other until I can run for 60 minutes straight like the little trainer wants me to!

So here I come #CardioQueen!

❤ Kelsi Rae

All About the Trail. . . No Treadmill . . .( Lessons from Running in the Park)

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0) It is AWKWARD! . . At first. . . you are going out where other people can see you, putting on your running shoes and trying to run.. trying being the operative word. . but it gets better and then you stretch farther, before you know it you are that girl doing her BURPEES and push ups on the park bench where everyone can see and some random guy in a truck is going to honk and whistle at your ass in those same running pants you weren’t comfortable in 1 month ago. .

And ok ok I know objectifying women is bad, but when that man honks at your fine looking ass, that is doing those squat jumps on the side of the road. . . take it as a win.

1) I am slow. . ..

I mean SLOW. . . but that doesn’t stop me I keep putting one foot in front of the other!

2) The distance around the park is the same for everyone! I may be slower than molasses but when i make it all the way around that park I have ran 3.2 miles just like the guy that passed me way back on mile 1 that I never saw again.

3) Girl that looks like this just may kill her, the hunched back turtle run. . Girl I feel you! But look at you, you crawled out of bed this morning at the butt crack of dawn just like the rest of us and there you go. . .you are running! You Go Girl!

4) Fast or Slow we are all in some sort of sick club. We somehow have tricked our bodies into thinking this is fun and now we are in this together. When you pass that same elderly man on the same curve around the park everyday you do the half nod and you both know, you got this. When you see the mom pushing the double stroller and you think hell I can barely drag my own weight up this hill let alone another human beings and all of their stuff! But you know, you are both pulling for each other and together you got this.

5) Not everyday is race day. So yeah some people on this 3 mile loop may have to run that loop 12 times to train for their upcoming race. And some of us are just barely making around 1 time. But you know what, those people running 12 times around all started somewhere, they may have started long ago, but everyone of them made that first 3 mile loop and felt like a total badass just like us.

6) YOU ARE A TOTAL BADASS!

Let’s just be clear the person that ran that 1 loop or half a loop or that first mile you are a badass! just as much as that man that runs a marathon for a warm up! So strut your stuff and let the world know.

7) Treadmill running is just not the same. . . and I don’t mean in difficulty, running on a treadmill makes it seem like some sort of competition compared to the person next to you, out on this trail every more feels like a community, a silent, crunching by community. You are connected to all the other people that have ran on this same crunchy trail!

8) It isn’t all about speed or distance. choose one! When I first started running I thought I had to run fast and run far, and for about 2 months I couldn’t run any farther or faster than I could when I started, I was trying to do too much at once. So I started concentrating on distance and not speed. . see number 2 (distance is all the same) a 12 minute mile is the same distance as a 6 minute mile.So I started increasing my distance weekly and am now I can run a whole 2 miles farther than I could during those first 2 months.

9) It isn’t all about the scale ..  I have lost about 30 pounds since January 2015 and that seems like a huge deal to me! But really the fact that I can run 3.5 miles without keeling over is so much more important. You may not see a huge difference on the scale all the time, but hell you are getting stronger, faster and those are the things that matter, the scale and the weight will come!

10) You don’t have to be in LuLu lemon or some other fancy running clothes to be a runner. If you are putting your feet out there and moving you are a runner. Your clothing doesn’t dictate that. But I will go with the splurge on the running shoes theory. Mostly because your feet will thank you!

11) Everyday is a fresh start. Ok yesterday’s run sucked, it was half as far and took twice as long as it was supposed to. Or you had to walk before the schedule walk time. But today is a new day and you are gonna kill it. And guess what even with yesterdays run as your starting point . . .YOU ARE STILL A BADASS!

❤ Kelsi Rae

Dat 12 minute Mile Doe!

Any of you ever play a sport in high school?

You would come to try outs and on the first day a prerequisite to even being considered for the team was to run a 12 minute mile. I remember laughing thinking that was such a joke, that who couldn’t run a 12 minute mile. Come on, I could walk a 12 minute mile.. . at this point in my life I was easily running at 7 minute mile. . .  hating every second of it but easily finishing in 7 minutes. I couldn’t imagine that I would ever run slower than that… ok I was also a 17 year old athlete at this point but God was I wrong.

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Now here I am at 24, attempting to start running for sport for the first time in my life, running was always a means to an end before, I had to run to make the volleyball team, I had to run to get through the drill, I had to run in order to save the ball, but I never had to run to run, I never wanted to run to run… I hated running I would go about a half a mile and my chest would start to hurt and I would start to double over, I swear my collarbone would start to collapse and I would stop.. I hated running.

Today I ran the distance of a 5k, 3.22 miles to be exact so more than a 5k and I probably could have kept going. The key to this was to not be afraid to slow down. Go at my pace, let the people  that are faster go around me and instead of resenting them, cheer them on, we are all struggling to be a part of this same club, no matter what place in the journey we are at we are all moving.

I will probably never be able to run a 7 minute mile again but I can run 3+ miles without stopping, I do enjoy running, I do get up everyday and look forward to my run for the day, I have run 5 times a week for a month now. And there is something to be said about that, there are victories in every step that you take, when you tell yourself to just make it to that tree, just run a little farther, finish the mile, the song, the next ten steps those are victories.

So now when I go out and I run a 12 minute mile I am proud, and know there is no way in hell I could walk a 12 minute mile, but I can run one, and I can run two and three at that same pace, I havent felt my collar bone collapse or explode this whole time.

So go, get out there on the running highway that are park trails, if you are near me, it is Wash Park and the Cherry Creek trail, but no matter where you are I am sure you know the runners highway, the place that is intimidating, get out there, and cheer on the fast people and the people who just like you look scared as hell to even be running.

Because really when it comes down to it, it is all about Dat _____ minute mile doe!

Whereever you at that run is on fleek gurl!

❤ Kelsi Rae

The Runners Bargain

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One weeks difference! A week ago 2 miles was the farthest I had run since high school, and one week later I ran almost a full mile more!
One weeks difference! A week ago 2 miles was the farthest I had run since high school, and one week later I ran almost a full mile more!

Yesterday Mr. said to me, you are a runner now. While I don’t know that this is true I have been running. We moved two blocks from one of the nicest parks in Denver, Wash Park and I was determined to become a Park Runner, not just a one or two day a week runner, no a 4 or 5 day a week runner. So today I completed my 5th run in the park. I did 4 last week and then today I did my 5th and first one of this week.

When I started running I could barely run three minutes on a treadmill and last Monday I completed both my longest and fastest run yet, I ran 2 miles in around 25 minutes. Ok a 12 minute mile may not seem like much but it was everything to me, and it still feels good, I don’t have goals to become a fast runner, just a runner someone who can sustain running for a prolonged period of time.

I am getting there, and I have found that running is a mental bargain, every half a mile or so when I start to feel like my lungs are giving out or my legs are going to collapse I look forward to the next tree, bend in the trail, stoplight or any marker I can make in my mind and tell myself, just keep going till you get there, and if I can make it there it is another bargain to keep going just a little farther.

I have found that as long as I keep bargaining I can keep going, and then when I do need to walk for just a little while, I can bargain my way into running just a little more. I am not rewarding myself with anything except more running, but that running is starting to feel good.

Hell I still feel like I am dying but it is a joy, I am happy that my body keeps going, that when I see someone else running on the “Runners highway” that is Wash Park I feel like I am part of their club.

So what can you bargain yourself into? What ways can you make your life better by simply saying, I can go a little farther… how can we find bargains in everyday life that will allow us to make the progress we need in order to be the best we can be.

❤ Kelsi Rae

Your legs are not giving out, your head is giving up. . . keep going!

This commercial has been coming on frequently as I binge watch America’s Next Top Model this week. And everytime I think the same thing. . . “That is totally me.”

The girl that walks into looking for that middle seat, because clearly it is the only acceptable one, the front is just much to exposed but in the back I could get lost. The girl at her first day of yoga just hoping it is going to somehow make me better, less stressed, more peaceful, stronger, more in tune with my yogic breathing whatever that means. The girl who is running, if you can call the turtle like crawl, that is probably slower than some peoples walk running. But Every time you get to the end as the sweat pours down your head and you think I did it

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 I find myself repeating this mantra over and over again during these times.

Especially last Sunday when I decided that for my first Yoga class in like 3 years I would attend Yoga Tone, having no idea wha that entailed. And when I say first class in three years, 3 years ago I was attending beginning Yoga at the University rec center where frequently football players would join and fall asleep in the middle of class, not exactly the most difficult of yoga times.

So into yoga tone i went grabbed my 3 and 5 pound weights, Inner monologue – Weights why do I need weights for yoga isn’t this supposed to be peaceful. 

Walked past the “Silence in the studio sign” and Oh God I am not peaceful enough for this  and rolled out my rented mat sat down, silently of course and waited for class to start. All was well until we busted out the weights about halfway through the class and I thought I was going to die, stomach churning, legs shaking, brain screaming kind of pain, but in a class of 5 you can’t just stop.

” Your legs are not giving out your head is giving up. . . your legs are not giving out your head is giving up . . . your legs are not giving out your head is giving up. . . ” Repeat this for about 30 minutes and I have made it through YogaTone,

Needless to say I did not come out of it feeling more at peace and in tune with my Yogic Breathing, But I was stronger, and more sore, for the next three days or so. But stronger and I could feel it.

It felt good enough to go back, the next day, and the next day. Not to yogatone specifically that I need at least a week break from but to a class.

I hope that if you are like me and fear looking like an idiot or like someone will criticize you for being new to _____ insert exercise here, that you will do it. Fight that voice in your head that says you can’t whether it is a mental block or physical get out there, do all that you can, find the time in your busy schedule even if it is just 15 minutes to move. Find that yogic breathing, or get out there and hit something ( boxing is my favorite workout) because as much as we think people care, they don’t have time to judge you when we are all so busy being self conscious about ourselves. So do it for you. . whatever it is you have been thinking about. . . You will be better for it.

I can feel the burn in my legs, the same as when I run and I can feel myself, my mind and my body getting better. So thank you Nike I am not sure I will start buying for clothes or shoes but I know that I am . . .

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Whole30 Transformation . . Sorry its not Tuesday!

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So we finished our Whole30 on Monday and boy am I glad! We are taking a week long break, and then moving into the Pretty Much Paleo phase of our lives, I keep saying that Pretty Much Paleo and I keep promising I will write more about it, and I will . . . I promise! But I just love the way it sounds so I like to mention it as often as possible!

So did Whole30 change my life in 30 days?

Well yes and no, I think that it changed my perspective on things some, not completely and I like that I lost 10 pounds and inches that I haven’t measured but our visible even in these pictures. I guess you could say that it changed my perspective because I am going to become pretty much paleo, but I am going to allow myself more freedom in what I do indulge on. It will not a be a strictly NO anything, life for me ( Ok except Soda, because those 250 empty calories are just never worth it in my mind) I am going to make myself my Paleo Parmesan Chicken ( my favorite recipe from the Whole30) and enjoy a nice cold beer, or 3 tonight and feel no guilt about it. I am going to be more conscious of the food choices I am making while understanding that they are just that, choices! I have the choice to have ice cream after church, but I also have the power to sit in the Ice Cream Shop and drink my water and enjoy good company. I have the choice, no matter how much I want that piece of cake, I don’t have to have it.

So this shift has been good, but I still love cake, and whoever says that these foods stop tasting good after the Whole30 days, what did you do? Because cake still tastes like a slice of heaven in my mind, and those Crispy M&M’s that are making a comeback taste like 8th grade!

I am very happy with the physical results of the Whole30 and hope to maintain this weight and possibly loose 10 more pounds over the next few months, we will see, I have to get my weight loss in before my dress fitting so we will see how much more happens.

But most of all I am proud of my running.

I have always hated running, I played volleyball in high school, sprints, shuffles, wall sits, drills I could do, but on distance running days I was miserable. But I could do it. I remember during those years each year for try outs we had to run a mile in under 12 minutes I can remember thinking, “Damn that is slow, I could walk a mile in 12 minutes.” And now I am just happy to be running a mile at all, no matter how long it takes, and let me just tell you when I started running this year it was no where close to in 12 minutes.

I started running in January, and at this point it was mostly walking with some minutes of running in there. By the time I got to the Whole30 in March I could run 3 solid minutes without stopping and I felt pretty damn proud of it!

Now after the Whole30 I have consistently been running for 10 minutes, then walking for 2, running for 5 and then working my way down from there. Running over 2 miles in 30 minutes. Which still clocks me in at about an average of a 14-15 minute mile but I am running. And I am PROUD!

I have friends that are training for their 2nd or 3rd Marathon and some that are training for their first 50k, (who the hell does that), they will post pictures to instragram of their 20 mile runs on the weekends, and I am over here all I ran a mile without stopping!! I don’t even care how it looks to them, pathetic, whatever I am proud! This is an accomplishment for me.

I can feel those 20 pounds that are gone, I feel lighter when I run, I feel like I look more like a runner when people see me and it feels good. I am beginning to be one of those people that enjoys running, something I was almost proud not to be before, now I can clear my head as I go over the hills and the turns, or even as I feel the treadmill move under my feet, I am getting better.

So there it is, my whole30 transformation, did it change my life in 30 days. . . Why don’t you tell me?

<3Kelsi Rae

Throw out your scale and celebrate your success!

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A major component of the Whole30 that has been difficult for me is the concept of not weighing yourself for the entire 30 days. I enjoy this concept not because I want to stop weighing myself but because of the reason given in It All Starts With Food, the makers of the Whole30 don’t care if you loose weight, this is not a weight loss program, it is a program to become more healthy and aware of the food we are putting in our body, And yes as a result of this you will loose weight, but this is also not always reflected on the scale, sometimes you are loosing inches off of your waist and not moving in pounds because you are gaining muscle. I have been working hard to focus on the weigh I feel and my body composition rather than simply the number on the scale tells me.

With that said it is day 28 of my Whole 30, we are finished on Sunday and I have some major( for me) non scale victories I would like to share before Monday when I jump on the scale and share with all of you the actual numbers, but first forget the scale lets see what has happened in the last 30 days!

First of all I have been trying to “become a runner” for about 4 months now, I started out walking for a minute and than running for a minute, at this point in January I found myself staring at the count down from about 30 seconds on, which means I could only run for 30 seconds comfortably. By the time I started the Whole30 I was able to run for about 3 minutes, still pretty uncomfortably, but I could do it.

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This happened last week! Over 2 miles in 30 minutes!  I accomplished this by running for 10 whole minutes!! Then walking for 2, running for 5 minutes and walking for 5 and then running for 1 or 2. It was not even it did not follow a prescribed running plan, but it was amazing to me! I probably could have kept going after 10 minutes in the beginning too!

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Then there are these pieces of clothing! The white shirt on the left is a medium and it is a littler loose! I am also wearing my favorite pants in that picture, they are way too big for me now, I am waiting to buy new ones next week.

The dress on the left was a dress I purchased last summer and then rarely wore it because I always felt like I was just busting out of its seams. While I still would like to look a little better in it. I can see my curves again and I was comfortable wearing it out of the house.

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And lastly there is this! NO MUFFIN TOP! See ya later flab! I could have taken a picture of a pair of pants that were slightly big on me before and by week two they were literally clown pants that I had to get rid of but I threw them out already.

I am very excited to see what the scale says on Monday, but looking back over the past 30 days I am more than happy with these non-scale victories!

Don’t always focus on the numbers, we are so much more than numbers. The Whole30 has taught me a new outlook on my body composition and the food that is playing a role in that. Even though it has been hard, the last week seemingly the hardest (surprising for me too) it has been worth it!

Mr. and I are going to transition into what I fondly call Pretty Much Paleo after a cheat week from our whole30, I will let you know how it goes, but can’t go back to how things were before now!

What non-scale victories do you cherish? What was the first piece of clothing that made you stop and think “this doesn’t fit” or when you could put on those “skinny” jeans or dress or skirt or shirt and it fit?

We all need those small motivators to get us through a lifestyle change!

❤ Kelsi Rae

Whole 30: Week 1 Trials and Celebrations

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What we ate for day 1-6 of the Whole 30, this was made before I read that smoothies were not recommended for breakfast so that was changed and deleted from the following weeks meal plans.

When I checked in on Day 2, I was in solidly in the hangover phase of my Whole30 and was not very happy with it at all. That passed and for days 4 and 5 I was pretty good, I was happy with the meals I was making and didnt really feel like I was missing anything from last week.

Well maybe I was a little bit more in the Kill all things  mode on day 5 than I would like to admit, it was a Friday night and Mr. H and I had made dinner that was delicious and sat down on the couch to watch a movie ( after eating dinner at the table sans electronics to give the meal its due- this has been a difficult shift, I grew up eating my meals in front of the TV, when I was in high school there was a TV in the kitchen/dining room and my mom and I would make dinner and then sit and watch our favorite shows while we ate, and that has carried over into my adult life, Mr. H and I often cook dinners and put on a movie to enjoy) But this night we sat down to watch a movie and nothing could make me happy, I was uncomfortable, I didn’t want to watch that movie, I wanted to go to bed at 8:30 an then complained when he didn’t want to come with me, I was a hot mess. But I did not want to admit that to anyone!

Then Day 6 hit, Day 6 happen to fall both on a weekend, and about three days before was supposed to start my period. And all I could think about for most of the day was  CAKE!  I cannot say for sure if this was a result of the Whole30 or of my uterus rebelilng against me and my health goals as it does every month.I mean I love cake I always have, if you want to meet a sugar addict if there ever was one, look no farther you found her. I never had a problem with my sugar addiction until recently, until I looked at the scale the week before I went wedding dress shopping and realized I had gained 35 pounds since I was in my best friends wedding two years ago. But this Saturday I wanted cake more than anything, I had done pretty good the first 5 days without it, but on Saturday I am used to more laid back day, I am not busy busy busy from the time I eat breakfast till lunch time and normally this is our snacking day, we eat a late breakfast and then a late lunch and munch on something (popcorn, ice cream, croissants from the coffee shop) until a late dinner and a drink. So needless to say Saturday was rough day for me, but I did it!

I got through Saturday without a slip we even ate out on Saturday night, and even though I felt like a d-bag making all the changes to the menu items we did it! Another Si Se Puede moment!

I am now officially a week into my Whole30! We went grocery shopping today and still spent more than I would like. . if anyone has any good tips for Whole30 on a budget I would LOVE them! We did the starting in the meat section and working our way out, I think its just that we are cooking at home more and using more meat (we were a fairly boring meat family before mostly turkey and chicken) that it is adding up. It also doesn’t help that Mr. H and I aren’t living together yet,so we can’t buy in bulk or create a pantry of stored food it is like we are starting over every week! Soon this will change. . .in May hopefully and I cannot wait!

I can already tell a difference in the way my clothes fit, today I put on the pants that used to be tight on me, ( pre January when I started loosing weight before the Whole30) the fit well after I started working out and eating more healthy in January, I was down about 11 pounds when I started the whole30 but today they were laughable, they were HUGE,! I felt like I could have curled up inside of them and fit better, or fit a small human in them with me just to make them tight, Mr. H said the butt looked like a saggy diaper, not exactly what you want to hear from your fiancé but hey he meant it in love so YAY for #nonscalevictories!

Well cheers to week 2. . this week I am going to try Salmon for the first time, Mr. H loves it an so I figured now is a good time to branch out and try it so Salmon with coconut cream here we come, don’t worry I am making him try brussel sprouts too!

Today is filled with Sunshine, coffee shops with Kombucha on tap, house hunting and meal prep, who could ask for a better Sunday?

Cheers to all the Whole30 goers out there, Si Se Puede!

❤ Kelsi Rae