on doing a cleanse and loving your body

September 9, 2014 in 24 Day Challenge, Advocare, Blog, Body, Diet, Goals by lindsaymwright

First off, THANK YOU for all of your amazing, supportive comments on yesterday’s announcement!  I know that right now, in this moment, MoveMore is a great fit for me and for my family.  Who knows what the future holds.  I’m thrilled to see what God has in store for us!  (Btw – I’m taking orders for TANKS & TEES so if you’re interested, email me at lindsayslist@gmail.com and I can send you pricing info and your color options!)

So I posted this picture a while ago on Instagram, the morning Travis and I started our 24 Day Advocare Challenge.

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The caption read: “The Iconic Before-shot.”

You know – all the “before” shots for diet pills and workout programs all look the same.  Sad-faced, hunched over people who desperately need a change.  I laugh at those ads.  This was me poking fun at them.

People were not happy about that.

I got the “I’d kill for a body like that” remark.  The “Why don’t you like the way you look?!?”  And my personal favorite…”There’s no way you can support a nursing baby on this challenge.”

Some of the comments were from people just trying to encourage me…to tell me that I had a nice body.  I’m thankful for those!  We should raise one another up!!  I love that mentality.  Some of the other comments….were just mean….and I’m not even going to address them here today.  I could have kept that picture to myself but I like to share my life and what we’re doing and if I’m going to be changing the way I live for an extended period of time, I want to be able to share it.

As I thought more and more about the picture, what bothered me the most was the overall assumption being made about me:

“If you’re doing a challenge or a cleanse you must not love your body.”

Nope.

Not even close.

I LOVE my body.  The current one I have right now.  In fact, I’d go so far as to say that I’ve never been more content with my curves and my muscles and my shape than I am right now.  I weigh 147 pounds (down 3 pounds since the challenge started….and I’m happy about that…is that wrong to say out loud?!?  No.).  In my darkest years, I remember thinking I was fat at 119 pounds.  I hated my body.

Here’s what I want to say:

It’s ok to go on a cleanse or a “diet”.  It’s ok to change your eating so that you’re not diving into a bowl of ice cream every.single.night.  No matter your size.

It’s ok for a “skinny” person to want to lose weight.  It’s all relative.  Your fat might be my skinny or vice versa.  Even though losing weight isn’t the big draw for me, I’m happy to be a little lighter right now.  It’s ok to say that.  It doesn’t mean I hate my body to want to lose an amount of weight that would make it healthier.  It means that I’m taking the steps to FEEL BETTER.

It’s ok to eat clean all the time.  I don’t personally do this but who am I to judge what makes someone else feel best. 

It’s ok to do what works for you.  And it’s also ok to not know what that perfect fit is right away.  We have our whole lives to try different stuff out.  Cleanse.  Cut sugar.  Go vegan.  Go Paleo.  Find what works.

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To say that you should love your body. 

That you should feel good in it.

That’s today’s message.

I’m doing this 24 day Challenge because I want to feel better.  There’s a very big difference between wanting to feel better and wanting to feel better ABOUT oneself.  I’ve got that last one down!

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QUESTION:  What are you thoughts on this??  Are you in love with your body?

splendid…lindsay

my latest venture: MoveMore Fitness

September 8, 2014 in Blessings, Blog, Bootcamp, Goals, Inspiration, MoveMore Fitness by lindsaymwright

I’m excited (a little too excited) to share what I’ve been working on behind the scenes over here.  May I introduce you to my latest venture:  MoveMore Fitness!

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(Travis did well with the logo, yes?)

MoveMore Fitness, LLC is my new group personal training company here in Franklin, NC!  For about a month now, I’ve taken the steps to create an LLC and get trainer’s insurance (when I trained before I had it through my gym).  Travis created a logo and I started securing clients.  I’m even working on custom-printed tanks right now!  I’m proud to call this business mine!

MoveMore gives me the opportunity to train FROM HOME, which is something I’ve dreamed about doing for quite some time.  If you’ve followed along on Facebook and Instagram, you’ve probably seen pictures of all the basement gym updates that we’ve been doing over the past few weeks.  We cleaned everything out, painted the floors and acquired more and more pieces of equipment (some new, some used).

066001I wanted to create a space where I can host small group training sessions with my children are right beside me (or usually napping upstairs).  It’s the perfect fit for us as a family and it provides a way for me to stay in the fitness field while also wearing all the other hats I wear (there are too many to count).  God just keeps blessing me with PEACE about this decision and while my mind wants to race from point A to point B hyperFAST and overcommit (I kinda wanted to open up a fullblown gym there for a second….), I’m being cautious and careful about creating something that fits both my needs and my clients.  So it’s small right now.  And it might stay that way.  More than anything, I want to follow His will…His plan.  And I see God enveloped in this decision.

Currently, MoveMore Fitness has three focus areas:  small group training, Trackstars and Outdoor Bootcamps.  As far as the small groups go, I’ve got 10 ladies who I train three afternoons a week.  Last week was our first time meeting and I can already tell that I’m going to love this group of girls.  Trackstars is something I’ve been doing for almost three years now on Saturdays and only recently added a few mornings during the week.  The outdoor bootcamps?  Well you already saw the awesome Labor Day Bootcamp that I put on – so much fun for our community – there’s another one coming up on September 27th so mark your calendars!

All three pieces contain one key aspect that has my heart:  FELLOWSHIP!!  COMMUNITY!!  YES!!!

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So what does this mean for the reader in another state?  Not much.  I know for certain that I’ll have tanks and t-shirts to offer for purchase – I’m working on the price point right now!  I’m also open to the idea of online training but won’t take that on for a bit.  I’d like to make sure that I’m not taking on too much at the start.

What does this mean if you’re local?  It means there’s a new way to exercise in our town.  And I don’t mean that in a competitive, snarky way – I think there’s room for everyone!  My goal is to HELP, not compete!  If you’re interested in learning more about prices/times/all that jazz, feel free to email me at lindsayslist at gmail dot com!

**Give us a like on FACEBOOK please!**

QUESTION:  What’s your favorite way to workout?  Alone or with others?

splendid…lindsay

smart coaching with the polar FT60

September 3, 2014 in Blog, Fitfluential, Goals, Review, Workout by lindsaymwright

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Polar.  All opinions expressed are my own.

“I just don’t have time.”

I hear this the most. 

TIME.

We have none.

It’s probably one of the biggest hurdles we encounter when it comes to exercising.  I totally get it.  Honestly, there’s just too many things that we’ve crammed into our day and when it comes down to finally finding a few minutes for ourselves…well…the couch looks way better than the stairmaster.  I’d rather exercise than do most anything else but even I have days where the hours have slipped by and I’ve yet to get that (veryneeded) sweat in.  I’ve learned that I have to MAKE the time (actually write it in my planner)…but it isn’t always easy.

So HOW do we maximize our efforts while reducing the amount of time we spend at the gym??

I personally use three tactics:  1) utilize high intensity interval training, 2) incorporate compound movements & complexes and 3) train with numbers, which is what I want to talk about today.

I get the most bang for my workout buck when I train with numbers.  Knowing my heart rate, my distance, my rate of intensity – all of those things push me just a little harder, which maximizes what little time I have.  I was recently sent the Polar FT60 Heart Rate Monitor to test out as part of a Fitfluential campaign.  I actually already own the FT40 and LOVE that model so I was excited to upgrade.  Polar heart rate monitors are more than just a watch and a band – Polar uses what they call, “Smart Coaching” to help interpret training intensity and add more dynamic to your ho-hum heart rate monitor.

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If you’re unfamiliar with the benefits of using a heart rate monitor for training, let me key you in on some of the cool features of the Polar FT60 (this won’t be a “how to” guide for use by the way – I’m going to tell you WHY you should buy this HRM).

Some of the “Smart Coaching” features for the FT60:

I’ll break these up into THREE parts:  pre-training, intra-training and post-training.

Pre-Training:

All you have to do before you start using the FT60 is enter a few parameters:  age, height, weight.  The setup takes only a few minutes and helps with calculating the number of calories expended during a training session.

Intra-training:

  • STAR Training Program – Shows users how hard and how much they need to train to reach their long-term goals.  It’s designed to keep users motivated all week and every week by using a personal guidance program that’s no further away than their wrist.  <-I geeked out at this because it’s like having your own cheerleader/personal trainer!
  • OwnZone: Knowing the right intensity to improve fitness can be a challenge.  OwnZone adjusts a user’s heart rate training zone to perfectly match their body’s current physiological condition.  By using OwnZone, users can be sure they’re training at an intensity that improves their aerobic fitness.
  • Smart Calories:  Calculates the number of calories expended during a training session based on weight, height, age, gender, individual maximum heart rate (HRmax) and how hard a user is training.  <-far more accurate than any piece of gym equipment (most of these OVERestimate that number of calories burned).

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Post-training:

  • Training Load:  This feature within polarpersonaltrainer.com displays a color-coded graph of a user’s cumulative training load, notifying a person when he or she has recovered enough for the next session, and accurately predicting training developments to prevent overtraining.  This data also provides intelligence to modify training sessions as necessary.
  • Fitness Test:  This feature gets a measure of users’ current fitness level in just five minutes.  By regularly comparing test results, users can see what progress they are making and how their fitness is improving over time.  <-SO easy to take this test!  I’ve done it twice now.
  • Polarpersonaltrainer.com:  An online exercise journal and social sharing community that provides guidance, tracks progress and set goals.
    • Create a custom training plan or individual personalized program using the built-in planning feature
    • Join the millions of people in the Polar community with Polar Challenges – based on miles, calories and more
    • Manipulate custom reports on Training Load, training volume and intensity
    • Share your exercise, and route map with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or Google+

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After your workout is finished, you simply place the Polar FT60 on the FlowLink and all your data uploads to your computer!

A few more observations:

  • If you participate in Crossfit, group fitness classes, bootcamps or even go to the gym and zone out on the eliptical, the FT60 is a great training tool!  If you’re an outdoor runner, you may want to also purchase the G1 GPS sensor and S1 foot pod to track speed and distance.  You don’t really need these additions if you’re staying in a building.
  • The chest strap cannot transmit through a baby.  I tried to track a hike we did on Sunday and Porter’s body keep messing up the transmission from strap to wrist.  Too much blubber. Smile
  • In using this HRM, I’m again HAPPY that my mind doesn’t connect exercise and food (i.e. “I burned this many calories so I can eat this donut” or “I ate this donut so I need to burn off this many calories.”).  I’m thankful for that!!
  • You can use this watch in the POOL!  I’d be interested to see how this works.

The price point on the FT60 is $179.99.  You can purchase your own FT60 here!  BONUS –> Use the code “FitPolarFT60” and get 10% off your monitor (expires October 11, 2014!)!

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In summary, I simply don’t have the time to dedicate to exercising like I once did.  (And thank goodness!  Exercise should enrich our lives…not BE our lives.)  Training with the Polar FT60 helps me get in, do the work and get home….all while wearing a super cute purple watch.

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QUESTION:  Ever trained with a heart rate monitor?  Thoughts?  What are some of the ways you “get in and get out”?

splendid…lindsay

the building bridges mud run

August 22, 2014 in Blog, Goals, Love, Marriage, Races, Training by lindsaymwright

First, thank you for chiming in on yesterday’s post!!  There was some great commentary – I hope you’ll go read.  I also wanted to remind you of the 24 Day Advocare Challenge that we’ll be starting next Saturday.  If you’re interested in signing up, do so soon so that your product arrives in plenty of time!  I’ll also be offering a 24 day training program for anyone who signs on!  Go do it! ;)

Drastically changing gears, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about the mud run that Travis and I have signed on to do!!

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On Saturday, September 13th, we’ll be running the Building Bridges Mud RunIf you’re local, I’d encourage you to JOIN US!!  Playing on a muddy obstacle course is really super fun – there’s a reason why these things are so popular right now!

What IS the Building Bridges Mud Run??

From their website:  The Building Bridges Mud Run is Haywood County’s first mudtastic mud run!  Nestled in the mountains of beautiful Waynesville, NC, this course is designed to accommodate the advanced, moderate and beginner mud runner.  The objective is quite simple:  provide a challenging mud-filled obstacle course for all to enjoy!

The course is 3.5 miles long and will involve traversing creeks, hills, multiple mud pits, various obstacles, and a slippery surprise for the finish.  Prizes will be awarded for the fastest team in each category and fastest individual.  Teams and individuals are given timing chips to ensure accuracy!  <-pretty legit! 

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When/Where?

Saturday, September 13th.  The race starts at the Waynesville Recreation Center.

Time?

Building Bridges Mud Run will have a 9:00 a.m. staggered start time, beginning with the advanced Mudders and concluding with beginners.

Cost?

The cost is $35 for individuals, $70 for teams(Very affordable for a mud run – I remember we paid $65 per person for the Warrior Dash!)

Proceeds from the race will go to the Canton Lions Club and Lions Club International.

How Do I Register?

To register, go here!  To connect and/or ask questions, be sure to “like” them on Facebook!

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Now that you know about the race (and will hopefully sign up to run with us), I thought I’d share a little bit about how we’re TRAINING for the race!

You see…Travis hates to run.

It’s like pulling teeth.

We’ve run three races together and the only one that he didn’t want to bop me on the head afterwards was the Warrior Dash.  Throw some mud and obstacles at us and we’re a great race team.  Without those, I’m this super-high-on-endorphins-crazy-cheerleader-girl and he’s like “shut it.  this sucks.  i wanna go home.”  I’ve learned my lesson and I don’t see any 5k’s in our near future.

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Bruce Springsteen called….

We’re both really excited for this race and want to do well, so we’ve been training together for the past two weeks.  If I had my way, we’d just go out and run for an hour.  Travis gagged at that idea so we’ve been incorporating a lot of Crossfit-esque type of workouts into our training – aiming for a good mix of running AND strength (for the obstacles!).  We’ve done this 20 minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) twice now. 006

It’s a good sweat but we need to add more time onto it.  Last night we went down to the track and ran 30 minutes of stadiums – again not just straight running.  I’m sure we’ll do those at least a few more times before the race.  I’ve also pinned this one and this one for us to do!  More than anything, I’ve just loved this time of being around Travis…we treat it like a date.  If you have any fun running workouts, leave them in the comments!

QUESTION:  Ever done a mud run?  What’s your favorite racing distance?  <-I love the half marathon and would like to train for something next Spring when Porter is a bit older.

splendid…lindsay

*I received two free race entries in exchange for this post.  All opinions are my own!

on overexercising and when it’s time to rest

August 19, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Body, Goals, Over-Exercise by lindsaymwright

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I’ll be the first to admit:  I need to be more gentle with my body.

This thing that takes me from place to place, child to child, morning to night without very many complaints.  I might have the occasional cold or sore muscle, but for the most part I’ve been very blessed with health and vitality.  I know that a lot of that has to do with the (mostly) healthy foods I put in and my consistency with exercise.

I’ve told you before – I have a tendency towards overtraining.  While I’ve gotten SO much better in this area, I still feel that desire to go run, jump and burpee my way through life, even when I probably shouldn’t.  Ask me to workout with you and I’ll say yes – 100% of the time.  It’s something I love doing.  Sweating is my antidepressant, my quick fix, my drug of choice.  In a society that’s tending towards INactivity, I usually don’t see this passion as a bad thing.  It’s a good habit.  It’s healthy.

…Until it isn’t.

We’re not to that place yet, thankfully.  I honestly don’t have time to overexercise these days but three (even two) years ago, I was in a place where I was exercising 2-3 hours a day.  That’s too much.  Or maybe that was too much for my body – I know that some professional athletes train that long and it probably works for them.  It was too much for me and I’d venture to guess too much for the average person.  I’ve read enough professionally to know that overtraining can be just as detrimental as undertraining.

These days I have time for about one hour and then I’m done.  Yesterday my body ached for a rest day, even though I’d taken one the day before.  I know it’s because I overtrained a bit last week.  I could have pushed through and tried to workout, but I’m getting a little wiser (I know!!!!) so I rested.  We stayed in our pjs all day long, I took a nap…I sat on my butt for most of the day.  My body needed that time to repair itself.

All this to say, I’m patting myself on the back for listening.  For being still.  For putting words into action.  REST.  REST.  REST!!

And that I’ll be on the track this morning, sprinting and jumping, if anyone wants to join.  I’ll be the one looking all refreshed and stuff.

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For more on overexercising:

What IS Overexercising?

Dear Overexercising

So You Need A Rest Day

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QUESTION:  Do you overtrain?  Love exercise?  Hate it?  When was your last true rest day?

splendid…lindsay

that which should be unitasked

July 21, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Goals, Inspiration, Intentional Living by lindsaymwright

It’s Monday.  And I’m happy!

I know.  I know.  I know.

We’re all supposed to be pissing and moaning about this worst day of the week but I just cannot help but smile real big.

Because the beach.

We leave THIS Friday.  As in this week.  As in I need to start packing.  As in can we please just skip over these next few days and get this lady a margarita ASAP.  Except I can’t drink (nursing).  And if I can remember back far enough, past the six years of pregnancies and nursing, I believe I’m more of an Amoretto Sour girl.

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[From our last trip three years ago.]

I mentioned last week that I’d be taking our beach vacation as a time to UNPLUG.  All next week, I plan to do a DIGITAL DETOX – no blogging, no instagram, no FB, no Pinterest (although I can’t remember the last thing I pinned.  Just looked.  It was these Apple Pie Bars.  Yum.  I should really make those.  But probably won’t.).  I DO have to check in a few times for a Verizon campaign I’m obligated to (which ironically is about living a #connectedlife), but aside from that, I’ll be unplugged.

This will be hard for me.

And I really dislike saying that about myself.

I just read a great article that Lindsay shared with me (I love her).  The article was about how we as Christians are allowing our phones to distract us (and this applies to non-Christians as well obviously).  I loved the entire message, but one quote in particular stood out:

“We are multitasking that which should be unitasked.”

Hold the phone.  (no.  actually throw the phone away because it’s distracting you.)

I don’t think I can add more to this perfectly descriptive sentence.

But I’ll try.

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Multitasking that which should be unitasked.  Like most people, women in particular, I must multitask.  It’s inevitable.  It’s how I get the dishes done and the schooling done and the baby nursed, all these things at the very same time…while my washing machine cleans our clothes.  I fear that if I didn’t multitask, we would live in a disheveled house with empty bellies.  I think it’s ok to do these chores simultaneously.

The key to the sentence is here –> “that which should be…” 

  • Sitting Henry on my lap and listening to him read.
  • Looking Travis in the eye every night during our #15minutesforyou.
  • Playing calico critters with Clara.  Getting down on the floor, into HER world.
  • Reading my Bible. Talking, listening to God.

Things which should be unitasked.  With all my focus.  Without a phone in my hand.  Without a blanket response because I’m really browsing Facebook and didn’t hear a word you just said.  To my credit, I’m getting better and better at this.  But I still sometimes catch myself …. because I live in this flesh body with worldly distractions.

I remember a time not so long ago when I didn’t have a smart phone.  Before blogging.  Before sharing every second of my life online.  And nothing was missing.  I was perfectly content with a life disconnected.

Flash forward to now and I’m rarely found without my phone in my hand.  I take it everywhere – it’s my phone, my camera, my connection to others.  I feel a little lost without it.  The part I struggle with is finding that perfect balance between living life IN THE NOW and living life DIGITALLY.  Because I do enjoy sharing bits and pieces of our life on Instagram.  I DO enjoy taking the pictures and updating Facebook with Clara’s latest quotes.  I enjoy it.  It’s not a stress in my life.  In some ways, I’d even say that it enriches my life.  Can social media do that?!?  I think yes in a way.  In fact, I believe that’s the point behind it.

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I loved this moment and wanted to capture it.  So I did.  But is that “living in the present?”

It would be ignorant for me to attack my cell phone or my computer for they are not the problem.  The problem is my heart and my focus.  To live a life completely “off the grid” just wouldn’t work for me personally.  But to live a life of intentionally investing in relationships and people, both offline and on, that’s where I wanna be.  Sometimes that requires a phone and sometimes it (purposely) doesn’t.

I’d love to encourage YOU to take a digital detox with me.  Even if it’s for a day.  You might be surprised by how often you’re reaching for your phone or computer without knowing.  I’m hoping to come back from this vacation with a refreshing.  Will you join me?

QUESTION:  Are you addicted to your phone?  To your computer or blog??  How can we live more “in the now”?

splendid…lindsay