Tag Archives: healthy-living

Running (its what I do)

Running.  Lots of people run and everybody seems to run for different reasons.  This past year I accomplished one of my “bucket list” goals.  I ran my first full marathon. 26.2 miles is quite a bit, but it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I didn’t realize how much more of a time commitment training for a full marathon was versus training for a half marathon. Right now all I have time to train for is another half marathon.

In the past 4 months my cousin and my sister have started running fun runs, 5k runs, and working out. Not only are they doing this to lose weight, but to improve their lifestyle and health.  Here are the things to remember about running and exercise in general:

  • the risk of dying decreases in those who exercise regularly 
  • essential component to any weight management program, it burns calories and may help burn calories even while not exercising. Diets can lead to muscle loss, but exercise can help build muscle mass
  • helps improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes and can help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes
  • helps decrease blood pressure
  • helps improve your lipid profile by decreasing triglycerides and raising HDL levels
  • reduction in stress after exercise
  • helps to prevent osteoporosis and the incidence of fracture
  • exercise can also help quit smoking

I am excited that my cousin and sister have decided to train to run their first half marathon in April.  The Big D Marathon (http://www.texasmarathon.com/) will be such a great run with not only my mom, but my cousin and sister to cross the finish line. To begin the new year my Nike plus app says that I have run 288.9 miles in the past 4 months (I didn’t make my goal of 300 miles by 1 /1/13, but plan to by the end of the week). I look at my training program I have chose: Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Half Marathon Program http://www.halhigdon.com/training/51132/Half-Marathon-Intermediate-Training-Program) and I should run 298 miles in the 12 week training program.  Since the marathon is actually 16 weeks away I think I will definitely break 600 miles on my running app.  I love tracking my miles, it is personally rewarding.

Bobbi and I are going to keep each other accountable for every mile. Blogging about training, clinical rotations, and life will hopefully also keep me accountable for everything.

new personal journey

So I am starting a new journey this week. Well maybe not a new journey a continued one that is a hard struggle sometimes. I have to remember that my well-being, health, and fitness level are directly reflective of the person that I am and of the person that I hope to be.  I joined Team Beach Body as an independent coach. I am using Shakeology (http://myshakeology.com/esuite/home/jennd09) and am starting a new workout program called Insanity Asylum (http://beachbodycoach.com/jennd09). I have a great support system and hope that I can be a great support system for people looking to get healthier and more fit.

I am planning on using my blog to help keep me accountable to my workout/health & fitness partner, Lindsey Bastemeyer. Plus I can fill anybody else in on how great Insanity is or anything else I am doing to help me fit into my skinny jeans, have more energy, and be happier and healthier. I am hoping that I will have people join me along the way of this continued journey to health and wellness.

ABC’s of me….

So I am not one to do chain letters or chain e-mails, let alone a chain blog, but I thought this sounded like it could be a challenge for me to get through.

What better way to get through a study break, or more than one study break trying to figure out words that describe something about me, places I would like to visit, or something that interest me. The http://barefootmeds.wordpress.com/ has nominated “everyone who enjoys this world of blogs” for the ABC (Awesome Blog) Content Award.

1. Share something about yourself using each letter of the alphabet

2. Pay the award forward to however many

  • Alaska: I want to visit here, my husband wants to be able to fly in the Alaskan terrain. This might be a fun place to live during the summer, practice medicine, and both of us work lots. Our “children” would get to see what it really means to live off the land.
  • Believer in Jesus Christ. My life has been a journey of searching for what I believe in. Just because I don’t spend my life preaching about the Bible doesn’t mean I am not a christian, it just means that I am still learning and looking for the place in this world that I belong.
  • Country girl: born and raised in rural Oklahoma. You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl. I can’t wait until we can move back to the country, have land, be able to drive a couple minutes to get somewhere. I can’t wait until it takes us an hour or so to get to a big city.
  • Duroy: my last name, I think it is a strong last name. I think a pretty great man gave it to me.
  • Energetic: I try to keep my energy up. Medical school has made it lack some. Sometimes this thing called medical school takes all the energy and life I have to get through it, but it will be worth it someday.
  • Friend: I will stand by you through thick and thin. Investing myself in my friendships are the kinds of friends that I want. I don’t need lots of friends, I just need real ones.
  • Guinevere: what my name actually means
  • Happy: I see no point in being mad, sad, or angry. Live, learn, and get over it.  Tears make my face look puffy and ugly. Everyone will be happier and healthier that way. Plus, doesn’t a smile always make you or anyone you smile at happy.
  • Interrupt: sometimes I don’t know when to shut my mouth, so you might need to interrupt me to get a word in.
  • Joyful: I am joyful and thankful for everything that has happened in my life and for everyone that is in my life.
  • Kind: I agree with Ellen’s philosophy “Be Kind to Everyone”
  • Laugh: I like to laugh and I really like to laugh out loud but don’t do it much
  • Married to the love of my life, my high school sweetheart, my best friend
  • Not so average: I wouldn’t call myself above average or below average, I just don’t think I fit into the category of average.
  • Outspoken: enough said?
  • Pearls: I like pearls a lot, the jewelry, pearls of wisdom, really anything the color pearl
  • Quilts: My grandmother makes these. She made Mike and I a very special one as a wedding gift. Something I want to learn how to do! I have a sewing machine. That is the first step. Oh, I have also put quilt blocks together before and I can make awesome baby blankets.
  • Runner: I miss running 4-7 miles everyday, maybe I just miss getting new shoes every 3 months?
  • Sugar bear: what my grandmother has called me since I can remember
  • Tenacious: I use this word to describe myself because one of the most amazing woman that I knew, Shelly Weems, used this word to describe me. I think she was right on.
  • Unknown: the unknown is scary and exciting at the same time.
  • Vegetables: I am not a vegetarian or anything close to it, but I love vegetables. I don’t know if there is a vegetable that I have met that I don’t like.
  • Weight: something that I struggle with.
  • Xerox machines: probably shouldn’t let me use these because they normally break while I am the operator.
  • Yoga: makes me feel great, energized, and flexible. I love this yoga website: YogaGlo.com 
  • Zealous

Enough said about me. Time to get back to the world of books and study guides.  I hope any of my blog followers and friends will do this too!