Saturday, June 25, 2016

DIY Weight Loss Jars

Greetings, friends!

I come to you today with a little DIY project. I know I don't post these very often (mostly because I don't have a lot of time for DIY projects these days), but I thought this one was fun, and could be a little motivational nudge for those of us out there who are looking for a fun way to continue losing weight -- especially since we're officially into the summer!

This is a super easy, cheap, and quick DIY project. In fact, most of the supplies for this project were purchased at the dollar store (or 99 cent store, for my NYC friends)!

What is the purpose of these weight loss jars? Well, there are a few answers to this question. First and foremost, I have found that it is a lot more motivating for me to continue my weight loss journey when I can actually see results. With these jars, you can see the marbles disappear from the "Weight To Lose" jar while you fill up your "Weight Lost" jar!

Another good use for the jars is to encourage your friends, family, and/or colleagues to join you. Just use a different color for each participant! Another way I'm using the jars is to have a little healthy competition with friends. We all have the same weight loss goal through the end of the year, and it's fun to see who has the most marbles in which jar.

Friday, June 24, 2016

My Favorite Summer Activities

Oh, hello summer! I can't believe you're finally here!

It's that time of the week where I link up with Sarah and Tamieka! This week, we're talking about our favorite summer activities.

For me, fitness is easiest to incorporate into my routine in the summer. Yes, I know that the seasons shouldn't matter, but the reality is that they do! I am not a cold weather person, so winter is a real struggle for me. Spring and fall are great seasons for fitness too, but there's something about the summer that makes fitness -- especially with friends -- so much easier! In the DC area, it seems like just about everyone is doing something outdoors at least once a week. It's great!

Okay, so I don't just do all fitness all the time (I'd have a 6 pack and killer traps if I did). I love doing all types of activities during the summer, and most of them are outdoors. My summers have been a mixed bag the last decade or so. No summer is the same, which is just fine by me! I love mixing things up in general, but the summer seems like an apt time to try something new.

There are a lot of things I like to do in the summer, so I'll narrow it down to five activities for the sake of you wonderful readers of this blog. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Hardest Race I've Ever Run (So Far)

It's the start of a new week! Are you excited? I know I am! I have a challenging week up ahead, but I'm ready to be back into my regular schedule, with some hot yoga with friends sprinkled in throughout the week.

I've been getting in my marathon training runs, and this heat wave we're beginning to experience in the DC Area isn't making that any easier!

It's been just about a week since running the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon as a BibRave Pro, and while I've been training and playing volleyball and all that jazz, parts of me are still in recovery. Those parts include my poor left foot, one of my toes, and my dignity. :-| In case you couldn't tell from my post image on the left here, this was not my best race ever. I did not PR. I did not smile at the finish line. I did finish, however, and sampled a lot of wine at the finish line. As an athlete, I have known the old adage that, "you win some, you lose some," for quite some time, and I definitely felt that this was true with last week's race. I learned a lot from this race, and I'm taking those lessons with me into my continued marathon training.

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Thursday Throwdown: Summer Vacation Plans

Happy Thursday, everyone!

This week has shaped up to be an excellent week for fitness for me! I'm down a few pounds since this time last month, and my body is finally feeling ready to really get into my marathon training. This week, I've played a volleyball double header (I subbed one match for my friend's team after my game on Monday), I did some hot yoga with my friend Jackie on Tuesday (our first time at Pure Om Bethesda), and on Wednesday I hit up Sarah's yoga class after work, followed by an interval workout at a local track. I've been stretching and foam rolling, hydrating, weight lifting, and eating much healthier, and I feel GREAT!

Since it's Thursday, that means I'm throwing down my thoughts on my summer vacation plans as part of the Thursday Throwdown! This is where you get a chance to link up with Tamieka, Sarah, and me each Thursday!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Thursday Throwdown: Summer Is Coming!

Exciting news, you guys: The Thursday Throwdown is moving to a weekly format! Woohoo! Hopefully that will make it much easier for you lovely people to link up with us when you want. This month, we'll be focusing on summer, especially since June straddles two seasons.

Today's theme is Transitioning to Summer Fitness Activities. This is one of my favorite things about summer: I can do all of my favorite things outside now! (And I love being outside!)

Last summer, I got the chance to do a lot of outdoor activities for the first time, or for the first time in a long time. I got a chance to try stand up paddleboarding and kayaking on the same day, and I had the chance to play some grass volleyball and go for a long bike ride with friends. Last summer rocked! This summer, you have a lot to live up to!

Each year, around this time, I am trying to reconfigure what I pack for workouts/runs. I take things out of my gym bag that I won't need for months (e.g. my running gloves), and add in things that I haven't used in months (e.g. my handheld water bottle). I stock up on sunblock and bug spray (which I forgot to buy at CVS again, despite my fear of Zika), and I pack an extra razor in my gym bag since I have a lot more exposed skin this time of year. :-| I need to pump up my outdoor volleyball, since it has been so sad, collecting dust and God knows what else in the trunk of my car. It's a fun and exciting time!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Happy Global Running Day!


Happy Global Running Day, friends! For the second year in a row, I am linking up with my fellow Sweat Pink Ambassador Kristen from Jonesin' for a Run for a National/Global Running Day Interview!

I'm also linking up with the Wild Workout Wednesday ladies, especially since they're focusing in on Global Running Day this week. Bonus: Nicole from Fitful Focus included one of my speed workouts in her Ultimate Running Workout Roundup post today!

I love reading about people's relationships with running, and am often inspired by what gets people running in the first place! I usually learn something new about running when I read these interview responses. I hope you get a chance to read some too and learn a little something extra about running today!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Race Preview: Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Let me start by revealing what may have already been obvious at this point:

I AM A BIBRAVE PRO! WOOHOO! What does that mean? Find out here.

As you know, I have reviewed quite a few races here on Flecks of Lex. I have run even more than I have recapped, but one of my running resolutions for 2016 is to get better about that, which I am! What's great about BibRave is that I can write much shorter reviews there, which means that I can get them posted quicker, and that I can also use them as a guide to write an extensive post for my race recap when the time comes.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Race Recap: Frederick Running Festival Half

A couple of weeks ago, I ran the second half marathon of my running "career." The race was the Frederick Running Festival Half Marathon, and I set a new PR! (Granted, my only other half marathon featured an extended portable toilet visit, so it's possible my results are a little skewed, but it's all good.)

The weather was amazing, which I hope will be my race tradition during this running season. We've been getting tons of rain in the DC Area, so any break in the depressing weather is a great thing!

I don't spend much time in Frederick, and despite it being less than an hour drive from home, this was the only time I'd ever actually run a race in Frederick. I wasn't sure what to expect of the crowd or even the route itself. All I knew was that I was going to have to wake up super early to drive up there, and it was going to be a long, lonely race. Or so I thought...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thursday Throwdown: May Motivation

It's Thursday, which means it's time for the Thursday Throwdown linkup!

This week, Sarah, Tamieka, and I chose to revolve the theme around motivation. Because I have been working my butt off the last few weeks, I can tell you that I am being motivated by sleep right now. Boy, I cannot wait to hop into bed! I've had a lot of stress-induced insomnia this week in particular, and I'm feeling like today is the day I fall asleep before 1 a.m.! (That's the earliest I've been able to fall asleep this week... whomp whomp.) But before I do that, I need to share what really motivates me!

To answer the question of what motivates me, I had to think of the answer in two parts. The first was what motivates me generally, in life. The second was to think about what motivates me in my health and fitness efforts, more specifically.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Race Recap: Pike's Peek 10k + A GIVEAWAY!

One of my running resolutions for 2016 is to write my race recaps quicker. I tried to give myself a deadline of a week per race, but obviously I didn't hit that mark like I'd planned. I have three race recaps to complete before my June 4 half marathon, so I apologize in advance for the multiple race recap posts you'll be seeing over the next two weeks!

Pike's Peek is a pretty popular race here in Montgomery County, Maryland. It's a 10k down a normally-busy main road, running from north to south, passing a few Metro stations along the way, as we run from the Shady Grove Metro to the White Flint Metro. It's hosted by the Montgomery County Road Runners, of which I am a new member. There were about 3,000 runners who participated in the race on April, which is a pretty good amount! The weather was absolutely gorgeous, sunny, and not too hot -- especially since you're running on a road with no tree coverage to protect you.

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