Motivation

Happy New Year! 2013: The Year of the Runner

Happy New Year everyone! If, like me, you’ve sworn to some New Years Resolutions then let’s get started! I’ve decided to work in more cross train/yoga into my routine and commit to running as often as possible. I’ve watched the scale slowly creep downwards, which is awesome! But, I haven’t been that on top of things—exercise wise anyway. I think I’ve been eating less and I’ve definitely been drinking WAY less alcohol. I’m thinking that has a lot to do with the weight loss.

I’ve been reading a lot about 1/2 marathon training which is what I will be undertaking this year. I’m hoping that in one calendar year I will be ready to do a half marathon in Disney World. Prep time will take me a few months and then real training will probably take place in March.

By the time summer rolls around I hope I will be back in a two piece bathing suit. Don’t know if I’ve harped about this before but this past summer was the first time since high school that I was back in a one piece. That CANNOT happen again. I want my figure back!

So here’s my resolutions. What are yours?

-LivImage

The Victoria’s Secret diet/work out

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Disclaimer: I don’t know how healthy any of this is. And these women have the money/time to work out constantly. It is also their JOB to look good. Just posted for my own benefit.

So we all agree that VS are naturally blessed with great genetics but they work hard for the body the have. They all look super fit and they are healthy. They eat really clean and working out is part of their life. Here is just some of the models and their diet and exercise plan.

EATING HABITS~

Most of the models eat low GI not processed real food 95 % of the time.

VS typical meal

Break­fast: Such things as egg whites oat­meal, veg­gies, fruit, organic yogurt. Lean pro­tein and slow-burning, com­plex carbs.

Lunch: You’ll nearly always see a Victoria secret model backstage sipping on a green smoothie! A green smoothie includes water and a range of leafy greens (spinach, lettuce, etc. The darker the veggie the more vitamin it holds, so imagine how much you’d be getting from a green smoothie!), a salad (raw, or slightly steamed) topped with chicken or turkey, fish (Such as tuna or salmon), or lean  meat.

Din­ner: Eat veg­eta­bles (Just like the previous, eat your greans! steamed spinach, cau­li­flower, zuc­chini, broccoli asparagus) with fish, chicken, or turkey, also sweet potato is a big favourite of Miranda Kerrs!

Snacks: Low-glycemic fruits like berries, cher­ries, pears, apples, kiwi; A good treat that Jason suggests to the models is having apple with a spoon of peanut but­ter, I personally suggest a nut mix like almonds, peanuts, cashews, You can buy this at Woolworths and other supermarkets it’s one of my favourites! (Make sure it’s salt and sugar-free); hum­mus with cucum­ber slices or celery, or a small por­tion of a left­over meal.

DIET OF OTHER MODELS~

Adriana: She tries to eat low carb/low GI food. She usually has eggs for brekfast, protein shakes for snacks and some type of protein with veggies for dinner and lunch

Candice:  She has the discipline to stick to a healthy, natural diet. In spite of this, she has no qualms about indulging herself in pasta and pizza from time to time. Her usual diet which is comprised of a lot of vegetables as well as steak for muscle building is sufficient to compensate for her occasional binges. She is also big on drinking plenty of fluids like fresh coconut water or just plain water. Some have also speculated on the African green tea which comes all the way from her home country in South Africa, as being the secret to the maintenance of her slim body.

Miranda: “Rather than diet my family instilled in me a real appreciation and passion for good health and organic living. I adopt the 80/20 rule. 80% good, 20% indulgent and that works for me and my body personally. I love food and enjoy eating fresh organic produce. I drink warm water and lemon every morning and I also drink lots of good quality purified and preferably alkaline water throughout the day. My Nan introduced me to Noni juice when I was twelve years old, which I drink twice daily. I treat myself occasionally and don’t have any guilt or conditions placed on it. Food is my friend and consistency is the key. I believe that everything in moderation is best. I follow the Dr. Peter D’Adamo Blood Type Diet as best I can. It’s an eating and living guideline that understands you as a biochemical individual… and I find it really works for me. I eat vegetables, ocean caught fish, and small amounts of organic free range chicken.” She also became cut gluten from her diet.

Doutzen: I have to work really hard,” she said in a recent AP interview. “My body — I have a voluptuous body. I am not one of those skinny girls. ”I like to enjoy life,” Kroes says, later adding, “I am a totally healthy girl that eats but eats in moderation,” she says of her favorite treats like cheese, bread and chocolate – With once exception. When she wanted to earn her Victoria’s Secret angel wings. When asked what it took for her to become a Victoria’s Secret model, Kroes says: “Strict sugar- and carb-free meal plan and spending many extra minutes a day jumping rope. For other fashion shows you can be skinny, but for Victoria’s Secret, you need definition.”

Behati: Prinsloo has said that she likes to eat scrambled eggs, avocado and toast for breakfast. Eggs provide a low-calorie source of protein and may also protect you against breast cancer and macular degeneration. Avocados provide fiber, potassium, folic acid, vitamin E and vitamin B as well as heart-healthy oil. And toast, especially if made from whole grains, provides fiber. She loves eating healthy and tries to eat as healthy as she can.

Erin: “I try to eat as healthy as possible. This includes eating a balanced diet of foods such as granola, vegetables, protein, nuts, etc,” Heatherton revealed in the interview.

On her go-to healthy snack, Erin says that, “I enjoy eating fruits as my healthy snack.”  During a weight-loss program facing temptations can be a real burden. Erin confesses that, “I try to resist temptation as often as possible. I remind myself that end result of giving into temptations is often not worth the expense.”

Lindsay: “Eating well and being active is just part of my daily routine the Angel subsists on a diet of green juices and protein shakes. “I don’t restrict myself at all,” she says. “I love a cheeseburger and I indulge in sweets like apple crisps and dark chocolates, so I just burn more calories.”

Alessandra: She tries to eat healthy even during buring her pregnancy. Shelikes to start her day with eggs, a quality protein that she’ll take scrambled, poached or benny’d . She’s not afraid to add healthy carbs like toast or fruit on the side. Her lunches are also simple and healthy, but vary based on her schedule. She’s also a fan of Japanese takeout and can be found ordering miso soup and spicy tuna rolls.

Lily: ”I ate so much salmon for the last two months – you wouldn’t believe it. Literally, I cannot see salmon for like eight months, I ate so much of it.

”I tried to eat really clean foods before the show, and I just had a baby, so I was eating overtime to keep with breast feeding.” Lily also revealed that she began her post baby diet almost immediately after giving birth to her daughter and ”ate really clean foods: all organic fruits and vegetables” almost every day.

WORKOUTS~

Miranda Kerr: As well as yoga and Pilates, Kerr trains five or six days a week with leg weights, sliding discs and resistance bands. “I did yoga throughout my entire pregnancy,” she told Vogue’s Sarah Harris in 2012.

Erin Heatherton: “I need to pay people to make me work out or I wouldn’t do it,” Heatherton told VOGUE.COM US, revealing that she undertakes a high-octane half-hour workout that has her switching between intervals of sprinting and power walking on an incline. “It’s exhausting… but then comes my favorite part – a half hour of yoga. I love the way it tones but also loosens you up.”

Lily Aldridge: Stomach crunches, sit-ups and kick boxing.

Doutzen Kroes: Rope-jumping and yoga three to four times a week, and shadow boxing for 90 minutes four times a week, in addition to running around after her 15-month-old son.

Alessandra Ambrosio: Pilates and yoga three times a week, and intense 10-day sessions of the Brazil Butt Lift class, devised by her trainer. “It isn’t hard to stay in shape,” Ambrosio told Vogue’s Sarah Harris. “I think I’m in better shape now than I was 10 years ago, but it takes a bigger toll – I get back pain!”

Candice Swanepoel: Boxing and pilates several times a week. During the last 10 days before the show, the routine is daily.

Lily Donaldson: Pilates, yoga, swimming and aqua-running.

Karlie Kloss: “I’m very athletic; I always have been. I did every sport under the sun while growing up,” she told VOGUE.COM US. “I studied classical ballet and dance for years, and I continue to always be very active. Whether running, biking, swimming, or dancing, I just like to always be on the move.”

Lindsay Ellingson: Ellingson relies upon dance classes and yoga, having danced a lot growing up. “When it comes to exercise, I don’t like anything that’s too serious,” she told VOGUE.COM US in 2011.

Adriana Lima: Weightlifting, boxing and rope-jumping twice a day.

Behati Prinsloo: “I try to do Pilates when I can all year around and I also like to swim a lot. I also have a trainer that kicks my butt when it’s needed! I like to be active and keep busy,” she told us in June 2012. “I eat healthy and stay active & drink plenty of water!”

Morning Routine

For some reason wordpress found it important to delete everything I wrote in this post. That’s highly annoying to me. I wrote this whole long nice and silly post and this freakin website deleted it. Cool.

Well, guess I’ll write what I remember.

So how do people become the all too impossible (at least for me) to achieve “morning person” status? I see women walk in with perfectly curled hair and faces full of make up. Yeah it takes me 20-30 minutes to curl my mop and you know what I’d rather be doing with that 20-30? That’s right! Runnning Sleeping! So I end up coming to work with just eye make up, half blow dried hair, and wrinkly pants. Good thing I already have a boyfriend, could you imagine me single?! UGHH! I’d actually have to put effort in how I look! Good God!

So in a world of women who wake up to birds chirping and mice helping them into their work clothes, I peel myself out of bed, bleary eyed and cursing under my breath. I make my morning coffee, jump in the shower, and in 45 minutes I’m out the door. That’s right, it takes me 45 minutes to look this half assed. Impressed? You shouldn’t be!

Sorry this post is more about me and less about running today. I haven’t run since last week. No particular reason, more or less I just wanted to spend more time with Boyfriend. Since we’re both in school we don’t see each other as much as we used to. It was a huge adjustment. I hate it. But he is coming to my apartment to help me deck the halls this weekend and we will put together a ginger bread house and it will be magical. MAGICAL I TELL YOU!

I heard from Girls on the Run. Fingers crossed that it happens. It would be nice!

Happy Trails, here’s to hopefully getting in one run this week. As for next week, P90X is happening. Monday.

-Liv

My Sunday Funday

I got to sleep in late. 10:30AM. That’s late to me. lol. I had some coffee and oatmeal and watched Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta. I love that show. Any of the Say Yes to the Dress shows are great. I love to see all the happy women choosing their wedding dresses. They are so happy and excited to start their new lives. It’s adorable. I like seeing other people happy.

I spent the rest of the day cleaning the apartment. I use white distilled vinegar on my kitchen counter tops because it is not a carcinogen like bleach. I use bleach in the bathroom but not in the kitchen. Just my way of feeling better about not ingesting carcinogens. It’s also way better for the environment. Nice.

Ok, sorry I won’t bore you all with my talk of cleaning products. I’m just so happy this place is clean. My table is set for fall and I’m cozy on my couch.

Didn’t run today. I was going to but the cleaning took too much out of me. Just didn’t think I could run on top of everything. Maybe I could have. I didn’t want to push though.

Ughh…more excuses? No, this week I will run at least three times this coming week.

-Liv

Went for the run…the paper, almost done!

I did as I said I would. I made a cup of tea, wrote a page, and went for that run. It was chilly! Like nose flowing like a faucet chilly! I must be dressing wrong because my entire body was freezing for a good hour after that run. A nice hot shower got me back to where I normally am, temperature wise. But it’s looking like Wednesdays and Fridays are great days for me to run. But I may be moving my runs inside soon…it’s just getting too cold and I am already enough of a baby!

The paper I am writing is nearly complete. I have until 5PM…or 4PM to submit it on moodle tomorrow. Ah, the life of a grad student!

I was looking at pictures of myself from a few years ago and really noticed a weight difference. It’s almost depressing. I have no reason either! I haven’t had a child and I cook with much less butter than my mother does. It must be the beer and wine. I drink a hell of a lot more than I ever have. My eating habits have never been fantastic but seriously, I drink a lot now…as compared to before I went away to school. Maybe I should cut that down for a while. I can’t believe I just typed those words. But, they are pretty true. =(

Oh and I also discovered that running with books on tape is not that motivating. I LOVE Harry Potter but listening to it while running does nothing for me. the second I skipped over to music I was motivated. So even though I am a huge nerd, books and running just don’t mix for me.

-Liv

HoBooken 5k Eve- talk yourself into it…

Tomorrow is HoBooken. I am SO tempted to chump out. “But I already paid $27,” I keep telling myself. I want that damn tee shirt as well. Ughh what will it hurt for me to get my ass up in the morning and go to Hoboken for this 5K. Nothing. I just feel lazy.

Stop whining.

This is what I want. Besides over 1,500 people signed up! I took a spot from someone who would be dedicated enough to go and do it. Okay. I’ve made up my mind. I’m going.

-Liv