My Running Motivation Is Wanting To Better Myself

My Running Motivation Is Wanting To Better Myself

After a recent conversation with a friend who asked about how I keep myself motivated run, I recalled that motivation to accomplish a goal.


Over the last few months, as I have gotten back into a regular running routine, I have been thinking about my personal running goals. Thinking back to when I was younger, I realized that I still have the same running goals. I have always had a desire to run a 5k, moving to the next step by running a 10k, continuing even further by running a half marathon and to hopefully one day run a marathon.

When I really began to reflect on these goals, the sign-ups for the 3rd annual Bearcats Dash and Bash had just been released and I was like okay God I hear you, I see what you are doing here. For this race, you can either choose to run a 5k or a half marathon and I have to be honest, I was a little scared to sign up. It would be my first race ever and up until that point I hadn't been training for a race, nor had I ever trained for a race.

However, while staring at my screen for the registration and sign-ups I was taken back to a conversation that I had, had with one of my best friends the previous day. We were having dinner together when she suddenly brought up lifestyle and fitness, luckily we weren't eating any junk food, but she proceeded to tell me about how she has always been impressed with my dedication to working out. That no matter how tired I felt or how busy I was I always made the time to get a run in, and she would know well due to my daily Snapchats to her. Already feeling incredibly humbled by several compliments she then proceeded to ask me "how do you keep yourself so motivated?" And honestly, the answer is simple. I do it for myself.

My key motivation for running is that I am doing it to better myself. In the morning when I wake up and I feel exhausted and I don't want to go for a run I still go because I know that I will feel more awake afterward. The days when my muscles are super sore I still go on a run because I know that sore muscles equal stronger muscles. When I am feeling sad, angry, overwhelmed, stressed, or just have an overall negative feeling I go for a run because exercise releases endorphins. I go for a run because it is the lifestyle that I am choosing to live so I am a healthier person overall. I am doing it for me.

It the constant remembrance of this motivation that has gotten me to the point in which on October 7, 2018, I will be running my first 5k. I will finally after I don't even know how many years, be accomplishing one of my main goals as a runner in the Bearcats Dash and Bash with one of my best friends running right next to me. I am no longer scared because I have recently been reminded that I am running this race for me, and I could not be more excited.

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An Honest Review Of ItWorks! From Someone Who Doesn't Sell The Products

No, I'm not looking for you to "join a team" or begin any challenges.

I'm sure you've seen your friends on Facebook transition from friend to salesman. Whether it be for Scentsy, LipSense, or AdvoCare; multi-level marketing companies are on the rise thanks to social media. ItWorks! remains one of the most prominent.

ItWorks! is a health and wellness company using primarily plant-based ingredients without any artificial sweeteners or coloring. Their "number one seller" is the famous body wraps but the company is mostly weight loss supplements and vitamins. The company has a passion for the natural over the synthetic. Co-founder Mark Pentecost states on the site's Our History page that "you want to know that you're putting the very best things in your body."

Since most reviews of these products come from distributors, who are therefore biased, I have reviewed three of their greatest products and one I believe you should avoid.

1. Greens™ Blend Chocolate

As a vegan, I sometimes have to double check that I'm receiving the proper nutrients. ItWorks! Greens have been saving my life lately. It contains 52 herbs and nutrient-rich superfoods as well as 34 fruits and veggies. It is meant to alkalize, balance, and detoxify.

This is my favorite product! It gives me energy and even fills in for breakfast sometimes. It honestly makes me feel great. Then again... they always said eating all your fruits and veggies would!

ItWorks! gives you those healthy servings in a delicious chocolate flavor (which is bomb with almond milk). Make sure you use a blender bottle or blender. Like many powdered supplements, it can have that grainy aftertaste.

2. Advanced Formula Fat Fighter™

The idea behind this supplement is that it’s "okay to indulge if you have your Fat Fighters." Basically, if you just must have that sweet treat or piece of bread then you can take this pill within an hour to prevent your body from absorbing the carbs and a portion of the fats. If you're anything like me, you eat what you want when you want, so you'll end up taking these pills on the daily.

The main reason I like the Fat Fighters is that they reduce cravings and I normally have such a sweet tooth!

3. ThermoFIGHT™

This product is meant to increase calorie burning, boost the rate of your metabolism, and boost your energy. Like with Greens, I definitely feel energized when I take this supplement. Not in a jittery or wired way, either.

They say "abs start in the kitchen" but I'll try and cheat the system when I can!

4. Ultimate Body Applicator™ and Defining Gel™

This is the ItWorks! claim to fame... and that ASTOUNDS me.

I used to be so skeptical of this company because of the wraps. I tried them three different times and was not impressed each time. The ultimate body applicator and defining gel are meant to tighten and tone the skin to redefine the appearance of your body’s contour. Sure, you'll receive those results... just at an outrageous price. It's an expensive product that requires a lot of re-purchasing in order to receive any drastic results. Not to mention the most drastic results are just reduction of water weight.

They're really just an overpriced skin firming lotion. I suggest finding a nice cream from Target and sitting in the sauna instead.

If your facebook-friend-turned-salesman pushes for you to buy the wraps, just remember that I warned you.

I would like to give an honorary mention to KetoCoffee (probably their second most popular item). Because it is not vegan, I have not given it a try. I have heard amazing things from multiple women, though. Most keto coffee recipes give people the shakes and amp them up too hard. I've heard that ItWorks! has perfected the recipe.

I have used the first three products for a little over three months now. Sometimes I am inconsistent and miss servings. However, I match these products with a vegan diet (mostly whole foods based) and 3-4 days of exercise. I do not have drastic results but I have lost a little over ten pounds and feel great each day. I plan to remain a customer with this company (I have Greens on Autoship!).

I feel so blessed to be a Loyal Customer with ItWorks! because I receive up to 40% off and free shipping after three months. Without this discount, I probably never would have given this company a second thought. I highly recommend going that route because, well...

Cover Image Credit: Savanah Garcia | Instagram

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Spring break preparation has begun. Here are all the tips you need to get there.

1. Water, Water, Water, Water, and... Water

Water is the key to shading that extra weight in time for spring break. It helps keep you full longer and enhance your metabolism. Get in a routine and drink a certain amount of water bottles per day.

2. Add Fiber To Your Diet

Fiber has been proven to have an incredible effect on weight loss. Per Healthine, a fiber intake gain of 14 grams showed an average calorie cut of 10% each day.

3. Have a High Protein First Meal 

Your first meal of the day should be high in protein which reduces your appetite throughout the day and reduces hormones that trigger hunger. Not to mention, protein is essential to your muscles you should be working in the gym!

4. Try HIIT Cardio and Weightlifting

High Intensive Interval Training is the new craze in the health and fitness world. HIIT serves as a fat-blasting cardio training. Lifting weights not only helps gain muscle but is proven to have more "afterburner" calories than cardio. The combination will help you get gain physical health and strength that you should be practicing all year round (not just February and March!)

5. Get Enough Sleep 

Your body needs time to rest and gain those muscles you have just worked out in the gym. Healthy night sleep is considered to be anywhere from 6-8 hours. Sleep deprivation increases hunger throughout the following day and can deprive yourself of energy you need to get through any workouts.

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