I Resolve To Not Resolve This Year

I hate the idea of New Years Resolutions. Every year we vow to do a million things that we think will change us. And, every year we look back on the last and see what we didn’t really make happen, and decide that this year will be different. This year things are going to change once and for all and we’re going to become fluent in Italian, take an art class, raise the perfect children, and of course, lose 15 pounds and become a walking billboard for swimsuits. It’s all just too much pressure to do in one year really. And for some reason we make these grandiose claims like we’re some sort of superheroes that can go from not speaking a word of Italian to becoming fluent. And on top of that we think that we can do the other 3 things on the list too. I don’t know about you, but the last time I checked there’s only 24 hours in a day. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t strive for things. You most definitely should. I just don’t think that you should put such an “I must or else…” attitude on it.

You need to set yourself up for success, not disappointment, and that’s why I think we should start a “Fitness Bucket List” instead. This is a list of things that you want to accomplish in your lifetime. Maybe you like the idea of running a marathon, but aren’t ready to do it. Instead of putting that down as a resolution for this year (who are you kidding, really…), put it on your bucket list, and then set a goal this year to run a 5k. That’s so much more manageable and will get the momentum going for running longer distances. And then maybe 2 years down the road you’ll have actually become a runner and the idea of going the full 26.2 miles won’t seem like such an impossibility.

Most of the time we quit things because it gets too hard to handle. And the reason it gets too hard to handle is because we put too much pressure on ourselves from the get go when we really should have been more realistic about our abilities.

The other great thing about a Fitness Bucket List is that it sets us up for a long-term mindset of living a healthier lifestyle. Resolutions always seem to be something that you accomplish once to check it off your list, but it has no staying power. For many who see a resolution through to completion end up slacking off after they’ve accomplished it. And then you know what happens? It goes right back on their list next year. And that only makes you feel worse. A Fitness Bucket List will keep you moving forward.

Here are some tips on creating your list:
1. Nothing is out of reach, so write down everything and anything that comes to mind (you can always erase things later).
2. Keep it positive. Instead of writing “get down to 130 pounds”, write down things that will help you get there, such as working out 3 times per week or getting 7 hours of sleep a night.
3. The word “fitness” relates to every aspect of your health, which means anything that you think will help create balance in your life. If that means taking more “me time” or doing something that you’ve been afraid of, then so be it!
4. It’s not set in stone. Remember that you can always change the list, so don’t be worried about writing what you really want.
5. Nothing is out of your reach. Many people say “I’m not a runner”, and to me that’s crazy. You might not run right now, but you can if you want. And you don’t have to log 20 miles a week to be considered a runner either. You just have to run.
6. Write down what YOU want, not what you think you should want, or what everyone else is doing.
7. Choose things that will empower you, not make you crazy.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and hear some of the things that you put on your list, so please share!

Have What You Want To Have

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and instead of giving you “5 Tips For Making It Through The Holidays” I’m going to give you my one piece of advice that I know will make all the difference.

Most dieters and nutritionists come up with lists to guide you through the holidays, such as choosing the most important things you want to eat and only eating that, making lower calorie versions of popular Thanksgiving foods, or tips on serving sizes. But for me, that’s all a bunch of rules and restrictions and I’ve found that being rigid on the holidays is a surefire way to failure, so I have only 1 tip for you. Ready? Here it is… Thanksgiving is one day a year and one day of eating won’t break the bank or all the hard work you’ve invested in trying to live a healthier lifestyle, so enjoy yourself and don’t obsess too much about how many calories are in your aunts sweet potato casserole or debate whether you should have that dessert.

Holidays don’t happen all that often and it’s a way for family and friends to come together and enjoy themselves. You should enjoy these times rather than be stressed out and focused over what 3oz. of turkey looks like. Is it a deck of cards, a fist, or a tennis ball? Who knows what those really look like on a plate anyway…

Obviously you shouldn’t gorge yourself either, but you definitely shouldn’t deprive yourself. Give yourself permission on this day so that you feel in control of your choices and don’t end up feeling guilty on Friday. Guilt leads to self-sabotaging behaviors (“I guess I really messed up yesterday, so I might as well eat some more pie and start fresh on Monday”), which is a recipe for disaster. Give yourself that day and agree that on Friday you’ll go back to your normal routine. Remember, Thanksgiving is one day a year, not the entire 38 days between Thanksgiving and New years, so relax and enjoy yourself this Thursday and be thankful for the food you have, your health, and your family and friends (not the number on the scale).

And before I leave you, I absolutely must give a shout out to my client Valerie for a stellar performance. In only 10 sessions with me she’s managed to go from not working out at all to working out 2-3 days a week. This past week she went on vacation to Spain and really proved herself by managing to work out in the hotel gym twice and walking everywhere instead of taking cabs. And she even managed to fit in 20 minutes of cardio yesterday morning before meeting me for our session. She then gave me a rock star workout and committed to add another day to her workout routine every week. Valerie is going to succeed, you know why? Because she is not relying on me to do the work for her and doesn’t make any excuses. She does her homework and sticks with what she says she’s going to do, because she knows that her success is up to her. I’m only there to guide and motivate. I have no words left to say how amazing you are, Valerie, but just know that you are going to be a MASSIVE success!

Ask Dani – Diet Dilemma (South Beach Diet)

This is an old-time diet. They thought that would work too.

Dear Dani,

I’ve been thinking about doing the South Beach Diet, but I’m not sure. There’s so much information on diets and I don’t know how to figure out what would be the best one for me. What diet do you recommend and how would you choose which one to go on?

Thanks, Dieting Dilemma

Dear Dieting Dilemma,

Dieting is such a dirty word. When I think of a diet I think of agonizing weeks of being hungry and wishing I could eat everything else, but what I’m allowed to eat. I can’t stop thinking about food and my whole day revolves around thinking about what I’m going to eat at the next meal. Most of the time I’m also counting how many days until it’s over, which means that all the hard work I’ve done over the past few weeks will be completely undone by a mega binge on some Coldstone Creamery, as soon as I can get my hungry little paws on it. So, as you can see I don’t like diets. They are only short-term solutions to long-term issues. It’s like putting a band-aid over a gun shot wound.

What you need is to learn how to maintain healthy eating for a lifetime, which doesn’t include cutting out whole food groups or restricting your calories so much that you’re constantly hungry. You can’t keep up that kind of thing for long and it will only backfire and make your problem worse. All of that being said, I don’t condemn the South Beach Diet. I think that it does a good job at teaching you balance, but that’s only true if you really follow their guidelines and treat it as a learning process and not a quick fix. The fact that they focus on whole-grains and fiber is a good sign, because so many bad diets will cut carbs out completely or tell you to restrict way more than you need to. Normally I would say that the fact that they cut out fruit for the first 2 weeks is bad, but I can understand them doing it in order to regulate your blood sugar levels and to kind give you a reset button. My advice though is that if you want some fruit in those first 2 weeks then have the fruit. But, if you want to really maintain your weight loss you need to do some homework, which may include keeping a food diary to track your patterns, keeping a journal to track your emotions, relearning your hunger cues and patterns, and trying to get past emotional triggers. A good diet will never dip below 1200 calories per day and will have a balanced mix of all the major food groups. Every meal should consist of a carb and a protein (so that means grapefruit diets and cabbage soup diets are a major no-no), and will never cut out fats entirely (you actually need good fats in order to lose weight, as well as for healthy akin and hair). You should never feel deprived and the emphasis should be on teaching you how to make better food choices and portion control.

If you have any questions on some of the things I mentioned, such as relearning your hunger cues or getting past emotional triggers, please don’t hesitate to ask me for help!

**Have a question that needs answering? Send em in! Every Thursday I ll be answering a new question, and it might just be yours!

When There’s A Want There’s A Way

I want to tell you about my client of the week, “M”. I don’t actually have “a client of the week” thing going on here at Very Personal Training, but if I did, she would be it (hmm, maybe I should start…).

I’ve told you about M before and her amazing perseverance. But this week she brought it to a whole new level and gave the word “conviction” a whole new meaning.

2 weeks ago M. and I had our last session for about 4 weeks. I went to Italy for a week and then when I got back she was going to be away at a resort in Connecticut and then she was to go off to the Jersey Shore for 4th of July week. After that we planned on returning to our usual 5-day-a-week training routine. Yesterday though, M. called me, sounding so refreshed and alive, asking if I had any time available to train with her today. Immediately I got worried and asked if she had canceled her trip to the shore. I was nervous that she had a bad time at the resort and needed to get back on track. Instead though, she said that she had a fabulous time and had actually met with a trainer at the resort for 7 out of the 10 days that she was away and that she was home for 2 days between vacations and just wanted to keep the momentum going.

I was beyond thrilled! I had planned on taking today off, but when I heard she actually WANTED to train and was pushing herself so hard I jumped to schedule a session. You might think that just because she trains 5 days a week with me that this is a no brainer for her, but that’s not the case. She has to push herself to get to me every single one of those 5 days and she does (even when she has food poisoning), because she is determined to keep the depression at bay, take the last 10-15 pounds off (which she is succeeding at), and sleep well at night. For her, this is medicine and as hard as it is she never ever gives up and always pushes herself harder.

This is what it means to really give it your all, be consistent, and keep on fighting no matter what. There are no excuses with her ever, no whining, and no complaints.

When I opened the door this morning she looked like she just woke up (because she did). She overslept, but still managed to jump out of bed, put her clothes on, and make it here. I didn’t get a phone call from her trying to reschedule or cancel and she had such a bright smile on her face. Because she knew that she was right where she should be.

Take this lesson from a 65-year-old cancer surviving woman. If you want to succeed at your goals, first you need to know what they are. After that, it’s all about consistency and perseverance. There are no shortcuts and there are definitely no excuses. Do not let anything ever stop you.

When There's A Want There's A Way

I want to tell you about my client of the week, “M”. I don’t actually have “a client of the week” thing going on here at Very Personal Training, but if I did, she would be it (hmm, maybe I should start…).

I’ve told you about M before and her amazing perseverance. But this week she brought it to a whole new level and gave the word “conviction” a whole new meaning.

2 weeks ago M. and I had our last session for about 4 weeks. I went to Italy for a week and then when I got back she was going to be away at a resort in Connecticut and then she was to go off to the Jersey Shore for 4th of July week. After that we planned on returning to our usual 5-day-a-week training routine. Yesterday though, M. called me, sounding so refreshed and alive, asking if I had any time available to train with her today. Immediately I got worried and asked if she had canceled her trip to the shore. I was nervous that she had a bad time at the resort and needed to get back on track. Instead though, she said that she had a fabulous time and had actually met with a trainer at the resort for 7 out of the 10 days that she was away and that she was home for 2 days between vacations and just wanted to keep the momentum going.

I was beyond thrilled! I had planned on taking today off, but when I heard she actually WANTED to train and was pushing herself so hard I jumped to schedule a session. You might think that just because she trains 5 days a week with me that this is a no brainer for her, but that’s not the case. She has to push herself to get to me every single one of those 5 days and she does (even when she has food poisoning), because she is determined to keep the depression at bay, take the last 10-15 pounds off (which she is succeeding at), and sleep well at night. For her, this is medicine and as hard as it is she never ever gives up and always pushes herself harder.

This is what it means to really give it your all, be consistent, and keep on fighting no matter what. There are no excuses with her ever, no whining, and no complaints.

When I opened the door this morning she looked like she just woke up (because she did). She overslept, but still managed to jump out of bed, put her clothes on, and make it here. I didn’t get a phone call from her trying to reschedule or cancel and she had such a bright smile on her face. Because she knew that she was right where she should be.

Take this lesson from a 65-year-old cancer surviving woman. If you want to succeed at your goals, first you need to know what they are. After that, it’s all about consistency and perseverance. There are no shortcuts and there are definitely no excuses. Do not let anything ever stop you.

21 Day Challenge – May 3rd to May 24th

Beginning today, I’m starting a new feature of my blog. Every 21 days I will be posting “The 21 Day Challenge”, which will help you create a complete lifestyle change. Rather than just tweaking one thing here or there without any direction, these challenges will make conquering yourself much more manageable and doable. So, get out your calendars, mark today as your start date and then mark 21 days from now. Cross off each day as it passes and don’t be too hard on yourself if you “mess up” (which is likely to happen at some point – it’s normal), just recognize why it happened and come up with a plan to deal with it next time.

Today is May 3rd, so 21 days from now will be May 24th.

Yesterday I realized that if I were to think of the one thing that has helped me lose weight over the years and really signifies the fact that I have changed my lifestyle it wouldn’t be the amount of time that I work out during the week. In fact, that’s really a much smaller portion of it than I thought. It’s what I do when I’m not in the gym that gives me the extra edge, like not taking the subway when I can walk, carrying a basket in the supermarket and not using a shopping cart, or simply standing more than sitting.

So, for the next 21 days your challenge is to make sure that you’re putting in the extra effort, even if that means deliberately standing for 5 minutes every hour that you’re at work (that’s an extra 40 minutes of activity every day!). Just choose one more thing and do it for the next 21 days. Let me know if you need help or suggestions. Good luck!

Have Your Carbs And Eat ‘Em Too

Everyone either knows someone or has been someone who’s been on a low-carb diet at some point. It sounds promising – as long as you’re having little to no carbs, you can have all the meat, cheese, and eggs that you want, without any worry about how much. Yay quantity! But really, is it that great? I was thinking about this once and I honestly think that all the best foods are carbs – pasta, cereal, bread, pancakes (yum!), muffins… I’m just speaking for myself, but I LOVE carbs. I don’t feel satisfied without them. And I don’t think that you’re really learning how to live like a normal person by cutting them out completely. Being social and going out to eat is a part of life and how can you really sustain this diet when you’re out with your friends without being the weirdo that orders the pasta Primavera, but asks the waiter to only bring the Primavera part, not the pasta. It’s just another band-aid that you’re sticking on your weight problem.

I once had a friend who went on this diet and he lost over 20lb. in what seemed like 3 weeks. He’d come over to my house and instead of his regular chips and salsa buffet he’d just ask for some cheese, which he’d eat and eat and eat and eat. He basically just replaced all the carbs he was eating with protein and had himself an all-you-can-eat cheese fest. He dropped the weight quickly, but there was only so long that he could go on like this without seriously craving some bread, and when one day he actually gave in to his craving he couldn’t stop and all the weight came back and then some.

And you want to know something? It’s not just carbs that cause you to put on weight, it’s protein too. Any time you have too much of something your body will store it as fat! Ouch!

Walking down the street, I can point out to you people who are yo-yo dieters, without knowing anything about them. There is this puffy look that they have and a way that the fat distributes on their body that all point to a history of riding the roller coaster scale. People crash diet, because it’s an easy fix to a troubling problem and it’s quick. The problem is that it’s short-lived and you never really learn how to control your weight AND have the foods that you love. Which is where the Glycemic Index comes in…

Ok, let’s start from the beginning (and I promise I will do my best to be brief and make it as simple as possible). The Glycemic Index (GI) is a system for classifying carbohydrate-containing foods, according to how fast they raise blood sugar levels (also known as glucose). When we eat, our bodies convert digestible carbs into blood sugar, our main source of energy. Our blood sugar level can affect how hungry and how energetic we feel, both important factors when we are watching how we eat and exercise. It also determines whether we burn fat or store it.

Now, here’s where it gets tricky. Our pancreas secretes insulin, which helps transport blood sugar to our cells where it’s used for energy. When we eat simple carbs, such as white bread or candy that are quickly processed into blood sugar, our pancreas goes into overdrive to produce enough insulin for all this blood sugar to be used for energy. This insulin surge tells our bodies that we have enough energy from the blood sugar, so it should stop burning fat and start storing it.

The real problem now is that this insulin surge causes too much blood sugar to be transported out of our blood and this results in our blood sugar dropping below normal. This leaves us feeling tired and hungry and wanting to eat more. The worst part is that it makes us want to eat something else with a high sugar content. And when we do, we start the cycle all over again.

To be more simple: 1. Carbs = Blood Sugar (Glucose)—> increases insulin.
2. Simple Carbs = Blood Sugar spike —> insulin spike
3. Too much insulin —> causes us to store fat

So, what you want to do is eat the foods that will keep your blood sugar levels in control. By choosing foods that have a low to moderate GI rating you can be sure that you won’t have the crash and burn later. A low GI rating is 54 or less, moderate is 55-69, and high is 70 +. For example, oatbran bread has a rating of 46 (low), while white bread has a rating of 70 (high). You can still have bread, you should just have the right kind. There are no foods that are off limits, but going back to my 80/20 rule that I mentioned yesterday, you want to eat the foods that have a moderate to low GI value 80% of the time, and high GI foods the other 20%. The fantastic part of following this type of plan is that it’s not about counting calories or grams of carbs, it’s just about choosing the foods that will leave you feeling satisfied and energetic, which means that you can have your pasta, cereal, bread, muffins, etc., and even cake sometimes too. And, you won’t be falling into a food coma any time soon.

If you want to learn more about this, I’m running a 12 week weight loss (or weight management for those of you who just want to learn how to eat more healthfully) group that begins the last week of March. I will be giving a FREE introduction in the next 2 weeks, so that if you’re unsure and just want to learn more, you can have a chance to see what this is all about. You will learn how to make this an effortless lifestyle and not just a temporary solution. Even better, you’ll lose body fat, not muscle, so you will slim down without having that skinny-fat look. Stop the yo-yo dieting and finally learn a way to enjoy food again and keep the weight off for good. Food isn’t only something we need to survive, but it should bring pleasure to us as well.

Have Your Carbs And Eat 'Em Too

Everyone either knows someone or has been someone who’s been on a low-carb diet at some point. It sounds promising – as long as you’re having little to no carbs, you can have all the meat, cheese, and eggs that you want, without any worry about how much. Yay quantity! But really, is it that great? I was thinking about this once and I honestly think that all the best foods are carbs – pasta, cereal, bread, pancakes (yum!), muffins… I’m just speaking for myself, but I LOVE carbs. I don’t feel satisfied without them. And I don’t think that you’re really learning how to live like a normal person by cutting them out completely. Being social and going out to eat is a part of life and how can you really sustain this diet when you’re out with your friends without being the weirdo that orders the pasta Primavera, but asks the waiter to only bring the Primavera part, not the pasta. It’s just another band-aid that you’re sticking on your weight problem.

I once had a friend who went on this diet and he lost over 20lb. in what seemed like 3 weeks. He’d come over to my house and instead of his regular chips and salsa buffet he’d just ask for some cheese, which he’d eat and eat and eat and eat. He basically just replaced all the carbs he was eating with protein and had himself an all-you-can-eat cheese fest. He dropped the weight quickly, but there was only so long that he could go on like this without seriously craving some bread, and when one day he actually gave in to his craving he couldn’t stop and all the weight came back and then some.

And you want to know something? It’s not just carbs that cause you to put on weight, it’s protein too. Any time you have too much of something your body will store it as fat! Ouch!

Walking down the street, I can point out to you people who are yo-yo dieters, without knowing anything about them. There is this puffy look that they have and a way that the fat distributes on their body that all point to a history of riding the roller coaster scale. People crash diet, because it’s an easy fix to a troubling problem and it’s quick. The problem is that it’s short-lived and you never really learn how to control your weight AND have the foods that you love. Which is where the Glycemic Index comes in…

Ok, let’s start from the beginning (and I promise I will do my best to be brief and make it as simple as possible). The Glycemic Index (GI) is a system for classifying carbohydrate-containing foods, according to how fast they raise blood sugar levels (also known as glucose). When we eat, our bodies convert digestible carbs into blood sugar, our main source of energy. Our blood sugar level can affect how hungry and how energetic we feel, both important factors when we are watching how we eat and exercise. It also determines whether we burn fat or store it.

Now, here’s where it gets tricky. Our pancreas secretes insulin, which helps transport blood sugar to our cells where it’s used for energy. When we eat simple carbs, such as white bread or candy that are quickly processed into blood sugar, our pancreas goes into overdrive to produce enough insulin for all this blood sugar to be used for energy. This insulin surge tells our bodies that we have enough energy from the blood sugar, so it should stop burning fat and start storing it.

The real problem now is that this insulin surge causes too much blood sugar to be transported out of our blood and this results in our blood sugar dropping below normal. This leaves us feeling tired and hungry and wanting to eat more. The worst part is that it makes us want to eat something else with a high sugar content. And when we do, we start the cycle all over again.

To be more simple: 1. Carbs = Blood Sugar (Glucose)—> increases insulin.
2. Simple Carbs = Blood Sugar spike —> insulin spike
3. Too much insulin —> causes us to store fat

So, what you want to do is eat the foods that will keep your blood sugar levels in control. By choosing foods that have a low to moderate GI rating you can be sure that you won’t have the crash and burn later. A low GI rating is 54 or less, moderate is 55-69, and high is 70 +. For example, oatbran bread has a rating of 46 (low), while white bread has a rating of 70 (high). You can still have bread, you should just have the right kind. There are no foods that are off limits, but going back to my 80/20 rule that I mentioned yesterday, you want to eat the foods that have a moderate to low GI value 80% of the time, and high GI foods the other 20%. The fantastic part of following this type of plan is that it’s not about counting calories or grams of carbs, it’s just about choosing the foods that will leave you feeling satisfied and energetic, which means that you can have your pasta, cereal, bread, muffins, etc., and even cake sometimes too. And, you won’t be falling into a food coma any time soon.

If you want to learn more about this, I’m running a 12 week weight loss (or weight management for those of you who just want to learn how to eat more healthfully) group that begins the last week of March. I will be giving a FREE introduction in the next 2 weeks, so that if you’re unsure and just want to learn more, you can have a chance to see what this is all about. You will learn how to make this an effortless lifestyle and not just a temporary solution. Even better, you’ll lose body fat, not muscle, so you will slim down without having that skinny-fat look. Stop the yo-yo dieting and finally learn a way to enjoy food again and keep the weight off for good. Food isn’t only something we need to survive, but it should bring pleasure to us as well.

What’s It Going To Take?

Are you one of the many people who start dieting and exercising with the intent to lose the weight once and for all? You tell yourself that this time you mean it and you’re going to do whatever it takes to drop the pounds and lose the inches. You swear that this time is different and you stock your house with celery, soup, and copious amounts of diet coke. You wake up the next morning excited to go to the gym, because this time “you mean it”. The first week you work out 5 days, but 4 weeks after that you’re already making excuses for why you can’t get to the gym. You start sneaking goodies here and there and before you know it all your resolve has been lost, but none of your weight has.

First off, starting too much too soon will almost always certainly result in failure, because you’re not ready for it and it’s too intense. Secondly, and more importantly though, you have to ask yourself, WHAT’S IT GOING TO TAKE FOR ME TO CHANGE MY LIFESTYLE ONCE AND FOR ALL??

This may sound harsh, but honestly, many of you are just being lazy. You’re making too many excuses and it’s become too easy to give up. Stop it! You’re not doing yourself any favors. Yeah it’s hard, that’s why it’s called WORKing out, but I promise that if you just push pass some of the discomfort you’ll see that it wasn’t really that bad at all. If it’s the difference of 30 minutes of discomfort for 5 pounds lost and fitting into your designer jeans isn’t it worth it?

I’m not like other personal trainers that have been dancing or doing gymnastics my whole life. I’m just like all of you (if not worse) and I had to start somewhere. Look at me now though, I ran 9 miles this weekend! I wasn’t even a runner! But 8 weeks ago I decided to train for a 1/2 marathon and little by little I’ve increased my distance and improved on my time. I promise that if you just stick with it and push through the discomfort, you will get there! I dare you!

What's It Going To Take?

Are you one of the many people who start dieting and exercising with the intent to lose the weight once and for all? You tell yourself that this time you mean it and you’re going to do whatever it takes to drop the pounds and lose the inches. You swear that this time is different and you stock your house with celery, soup, and copious amounts of diet coke. You wake up the next morning excited to go to the gym, because this time “you mean it”. The first week you work out 5 days, but 4 weeks after that you’re already making excuses for why you can’t get to the gym. You start sneaking goodies here and there and before you know it all your resolve has been lost, but none of your weight has.

First off, starting too much too soon will almost always certainly result in failure, because you’re not ready for it and it’s too intense. Secondly, and more importantly though, you have to ask yourself, WHAT’S IT GOING TO TAKE FOR ME TO CHANGE MY LIFESTYLE ONCE AND FOR ALL??

This may sound harsh, but honestly, many of you are just being lazy. You’re making too many excuses and it’s become too easy to give up. Stop it! You’re not doing yourself any favors. Yeah it’s hard, that’s why it’s called WORKing out, but I promise that if you just push pass some of the discomfort you’ll see that it wasn’t really that bad at all. If it’s the difference of 30 minutes of discomfort for 5 pounds lost and fitting into your designer jeans isn’t it worth it?

I’m not like other personal trainers that have been dancing or doing gymnastics my whole life. I’m just like all of you (if not worse) and I had to start somewhere. Look at me now though, I ran 9 miles this weekend! I wasn’t even a runner! But 8 weeks ago I decided to train for a 1/2 marathon and little by little I’ve increased my distance and improved on my time. I promise that if you just stick with it and push through the discomfort, you will get there! I dare you!