Carrie's Countdown: Week Eight

A lot of people say that it takes about twenty-eight days to break or build a new habit. And there are usually twenty-eight days in a lunar cycle, which affects the tides in the ocean, farmers’ crops, and women’s menstrual cycles. Individual’s emotional biorhythms, emotional arcs also tend to follow a twenty-eight day cycle. Acknowledging this and accepting this allows for you to have choices and maintain your motivation because individuals needs and wants can also by cyclical. So with this knowledge what habit do you want to start or stop for the next twenty-eight days? I have always loved back to school because it is a new beginning and a fresh start for the school year. For the next twenty eight days I am going to be running and training as well as taking part in the yogalosphy challenge as well as doing the first twenty-eight days for workitout100. I will go into more detail about the yogalosophy challenge because there are such significant elements to personal growth as well as fabulous ways to stretch and cross train, which is necessary when running.

One of my guilty pleasures are tabloids I really enjoy reading about celebrities like Jennifer Aniston or Carrie Underwood, especially if the article is something along the lines of Carrie Underwood’s top four workout tips. So the first time I had heard about yogalosphy was from interviews with actresses like Jennifer Aniston and Kate Beckinsale, but it had fallen off my radar until Laura from WorkitOut100 started it. Naturally, I did some more research about it and decided to give it a try once I had recovered from my surgery. Every single person is bombarded with media messages all day every day. Women are targeted especially to look a certain way or dress a certain way or look like a specific celebrity. After purchasing this book and starting the challenge the main idea that you have to accept your body as already perfect and this is why I want to share it with everyone. This book also shares the idea that you already have the body you want begins with loving the body you have. I believe this is a very powerful message that can really reach anyone including myself. Your body is a work of progress and with that it is important to accept and love yourself for where you are at in your fitness journey. One of my favorite things that the founder Mandy Ingber says is that you have everything you need they are; the body- a physical body that you need to care for, willpower- a mind as your compass, emotions- feelings that will motivate you. Ingber also encourages the reader to follow their own rhythm and to acknowledge and do what works for them. She also promotes for you to consciously act in a way that can help motivate you towards your goals. Sometimes you may need to take things one-step at a time, one workout at a time and go from there.

What is a habit you want to break? What is a habit you want to start? What are you going to do for this back to school season? Share your story with us through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram from now until the High Bridge Half Marathon and 5k on September 6th. Connect with other runners and see where running has led them. Use the hashtag #runfarmvilledowntown to participate.

If you have any questions or want a workout buddy I will be around all summer running and working out so don’t hesitate to say hi or ask me anything. Be sure to tune in on Tuesdays for my weekly blog entry about training and anything running related!

Happy Running!