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Friday, August 2, 2013

August Update

So sometimes I get quite off track in my postings, I have great intentions for regular posts, a schedule of topics, weekly motivational posts.... well I've been slacking lately :) 

I'm going to roll this all into one post!!

August Update!

Personal:
August, September, October are going to be crazy months for me personally with 2 major events coming up for organizations I work with: FoodBank for the Heartland and Kent Bellows Studio for Visual Arts.  I also have a couple trips planned for so much needed vacation!  It's going to be a great start to the fall season.  I'm also working on a couple independent projects that I'm really excited to share with you in the next couple weeks!  Good things are happening!  :)

Blog:
The switch from solely iphone photography to DSLR photography has been quite a challenge, but a very enjoyable one!  I hope you like the improved photography on Lilybitdifferent!!  I still have a couple old posts with my trusty iphone photography but I'm really trying to rely more on my DSLR.

Running:
Training for the KC Half Marathon (10.19.2013) is actually going pretty well....not awesome or fantastic - but definitely well.  I'm a little off schedule but I'm trying to be more flexible and give myself a break sometimes because I am so busy - but I also know I need to focus on my training to avoid injury and be as prepared for the half as possible!

Motivation:
This topic is a huge struggle for me... honestly the days where I'm super sore I actually feel like going to the gym more but then I try on a pair of jeans which are super tight and I feel like I'm getting no where with all my hard work I tend to skip workouts out of sheer frustration.  Mentally I understand these things take time but I want to change my story - I want to make a physical difference in my body.  Unfortunately this takes daily dedication, and not much instant gratification which for me is difficult.  I'm all action and want instant response. I have to mentally focus on my short term goals and long term and remember the benefits of each to get my butt out of bed at 5am.  I want this down the road - so I have to do this now.  Do you have any tips for staying motivated? 



Goals for August:

1) Eat naturally gluten free as much as possible.  Sometimes I think using replacements ie: gluten free flour, cookies, whatever actually starts to do some damage to my system.  These products are deceiving because in my mind gluten free = healthy, but that's not always the case.  I need to work through that mental block!

2) I'm going to begin my slow process of going dairy-free.  I've never really given it a great effort so I'm going to slowly ease out as much dairy as possible.  My only real issue is cheese, which I love deeply.  I'm breaking up with cheese for the time being -- we just aren't good for each other.  It's not you cheese, it's me -- I need to focus on my health for awhile. I'm setting a firm goal of one month (august) to be dairy free - maybe it will be overwhelmingly beneficial and I'll stick to it, but I also know September and October are going to be crazy months with lots of travel and events - I need to cut myself a little slack.

3) Keep plugging away at my half marathon training schedule.  This has taken quite a concentrated effort and continued focus to stay on schedule.  I want to keep running a priority.


Always, J ♥