March Focus: Consistency

We are a week into the new month and I must be honest, I am still struggling with motivation and consistency. I am feeling better about some things and slowly working my way back to finding joy and contentment in things that used to make me happy. They’re baby steps, but steps nonetheless and I hope to look back in a few month’s time and see some changes and how far I’ve come in these baby steps.

I’m excited to be running the Trail Trashed 10K with the hubs this Saturday! We haven’t ran a race together since last January, so this will be fun! I’ll be sure to share a race recap next week! I’ve also signed up for a local half marathon in April to help me get my running groove back and prepare for Zion Ragnar in May!

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So, to help this process along, I’ve made a list of 4 things to help me stay consistent this month. Check them out and see if they can help you too! We’re in this journey together!


  1. Put all Workouts in my Calendar

    This is nothing new to me. I have been putting my workouts on my calendar for years. I even color code the workouts/runs in red. However, I’ve also been deleting or ignoring them for awhile now. Just always have some excuse, as to why it doesn’t get done. So, this time, I am being really purposeful and mindful of my days and ensuring that I plan my days out accordingly and that I am realistic of what I can do each day.

  2. Get dressed to workout first thing in the morning

    This may not seem like a big deal, but it’s been a huge help to me! My mornings are busy with getting the kiddos off to school and cramming in some work in between, so I don’t get to workout or run first thing in the morning. But, if I just get dressed in my workout clothes first thing, then I’m mentally preparing myself to get out there and take that Body Pump Class or to get out there for my run!

  3. Meal Plan + Prep

    I’ve been slacking on this one for awhile. I’m usually pretty good at planning dinners, but I’ve gotten lazy with planning and prepping breakfast and lunches. I tell myself I don’t need to do it because I work from home, but I know that when I don’t plan/prep, I’m more likely to graze and snack.

  4. Set Small Attainable Monthly Goals

    I don’t want to get overwhelmed with how far I still have to go, so setting smaller goals to work on throughout the month is supper helpful. By focusing on these reachable “mini goals”, I’ll be one step closer to where I want to be and how I want to feel! For this month, these mini goals are to do 30 burpees a day + drink 64 + oz of water daily!


I’m certain that if I stay consistent and focused this month, I will see results and those results will help me keep going!! I’m sure it will work for you too! Let’s stay focused and consistent together, shall we!

Ramblings about the New Year + Finding Motivation

Well, hello there 2019! I realize it’s been quite a bit of time since my last blog post. Looking back on 2018, it was a year of growth and trying new things.  It started out a bit rocky and then turned into this frenzy of busy that I struggled with. It’s ben full of adjustments and some figuring things out as we went along.  Hence, why I’ve dropped off the face of the blog world!

I look forward to continuing to grow and learn in 2019.  After 15 years as a photographer and business owner, I’ve learned that you never stop learning.  We must constantly evolve and not get stuck on our old ways because when we we don’t move forward.  If you don’t move forward, you will inevitably move backwards.  Sometimes what works one year or during a particular season, won’t work for the next and that’s ok.  You keep trying, you keep moving, and you will make progress.  I feel this is the same in all aspects of my life. There’s this ebb and flow in life that we must constantly reevaluate and keep adjusting.

Lately I’ve been feeling this a lot when it comes to my running and fitness level. I’ve felt tired and downhearted because I’ve let my life get in the way. I stopped following my own advice of making time for myself and I’ve let all kinds of excuses stop me from doing the things I loved. Rather than being consistent in running and working out, I’ve slowed down (literally) and I’ve been too tired or lazy to do much about it. I’ve cried about it, gotten depressed, and then gotten back up for a few days, just do get back down and fall into the same rut. I’m struggling hard with this and it’s kicking my butt!

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I want to end this post on a positive note, because that’s what I do. I realize the problem, I address it, and then I make a plan to fix it. But, if I’m being honest with myself, I can’t seem to find an answer to this problem of mine, to this lack of motivation that is keeping me from enjoying the things I used to do. This lack of caring that is keeping me from meal planning and sticking to a healthy diet. So, although I don’t have a solution just yet, I felt it was important to admit this finally here in my little corner of the internet. Just writing down my struggles is helping me not feel so defeated. Maybe this is just part of that ebb and flow, it’s the part that’s not so flowy, I guess. My question is, how do I get it back? How do I get back that motivation I had for so long? I don’t know the answer, but I sure am going to try to figure it out!

2019 is going to be a year of learning and struggling to move forward, but I do plan to move forward. So far, I’ve signed up for a local trail half marathon that I may end up changing to the 10K because my training has been mediocre. I’m also signed up for a trail Ragnar Trail in Zion, UT for this May. I do want to focus on my nutrition more and get back to boot camps and other forms of exercise besides running. I will always consider myself a runner, but I think adding some other activities will help me find the balance I need and the love for working out again.

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Do you have any tips on how to stay motivated? I’d love to read them in the comments below! XO

PS. Come back later this week to catch up on what’s been going on these past few months!

Self-Doubt Before Race Day | Rock N Roll Half Marathon Nashville

So, as I type this I should really be packing for my trip to Nashville, since we'll be out tonight.  My flight leaves at 6am tomorrow, so I have an early wake up call.  Anyhow, I'll get to it before I have  to get into mommy-driver duty! 

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I'm super excited to be running the Rock n Roll Half Marathon in Nashville this Sat. Not so much because I love country music, hilly courses, and humidity, but because I'll be running alongside my BFF since high school! This will be her first half marathon and I'm thrilled I was the one who motivated her to sign up.  I was asking if maybe she'd like to run the 5K, but she surprised me and said she'd join me in the half marathon! You can imaging my excitement!!! She's been training for about 12 weeks and I've been supporting her via text messages and phone calls. This got me thinking about my own first half marathon and how my cousin, who's an avid marathon runner, came to run alongside me for my first half marathon.  I remember how happy I was to have someone with all of her experience running with me and supporting me.  It really helped make my first half marathon experience such a good one! As excited as I am to now be the one paying it forward and being the "experienced" runner, I'm also nervous about my own performance.  Hills aren't my jam, I mean, let's be honest, they aren't anyones jam! I'm also not as fast or fit as I was a few years ago and it's messing with my head (see what I did there?).  I've put in the miles and ran hills in my training, but I'm afraid I'll be seen as a fraud.  Like, yea I call myself a runner, but then I'm huffing and puffing at mile 10.  I'm afraid I won't be the best support for her or worse yet, that she'll be the one supporting me! Won't that be embarrassing!?! 

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I'm working on keeping a positive mindset and trust that I won't fail.  I need to trust that it's going to be a fun experience, no matter the outcome.  I admit, this is hard to do.  It's hard to feel your best, when you know you could do better because you have done better.  Ok, I know I am overreacting to a hypothetical situation and it's silly, but it's the truth and I can't be anything but honest.  Have you ever felt this way before? Be it running or another aspect of your life, I bet you have. I can also say from experience that things aren't usually as bad as you think they're gonna be.  Am I right? So, I am leaving it all here on the blog.  I'm typing it out here but then I'm going to think of how happy I'll be seeing my best friend, who I haven't seen almost 5years.  I'm going to focus on how awesome it is that I'll be running my 14th half marathon in 2 days.  I'm excited to visit and explore a new city and eat some pretty good food too!! And, I'm gonna go pack...

Who's been to Nashville? Any recommendations on must-see or must-eats? I'll be back next week to let you know how it went and if you are struggling with feelings of self-doubt too, stay strong and know you aren't alone. XO