New Challenge

For 8 years now, running has been a huge part of my life.



 It has introduced me to my best friends in the whole world, helped me get a scholarship for college, helped me lose my freshman.. 35.. And has helped me keep a sane mind through many stressful situations. I love everything about it, being in nature, just by myself, listening to music, and of course staying fit. I’m not a natural born athlete, I lose my fitness insanely fast. I remember when I first started, couldn’t even run a mile.. And look at me now, last month me and my BFFs ran our 3rd marathon. 26.2 miles of pleasure and torture.. As great as my love is to get out on the road, just me and my favorite shoes, it gets tough on my body. Especially since I’m tall, I often feel my back aching, begging me to “take it easy,” which is not in my vocabulary. Since Charlie has many back problems I started looking online.. Yea I’m one of those 😉 I found many articles of people that have “cured” their aches and pains with yoga. I had tried yoga a few times, but didn’t have the patience to ever stick with it. But for the last few weeks I’ve forced myself to try it and see how it would work for me. And wow.. Only a few weeks in and I already have fallen in love with it! So many challenges!! Starting off I was so impressed with the headstand, I tried it a couple times for fun and couldn’t even push my body up over my head against the wall.. 



But look! Just a few weeks of daily practice and unflexible me can hold a headstand! I feel improvement by the day, which I love, since I’m not a patient person. Yesterday I did a variation of the side crane pose





I’m excited to see where my newly found yoga challenge will take me. If anything the flexibility will surely help my running stride. 

And for helping with back pain, usually working promos, my back will acke within a few hours. This weekend I worked standing in heels for 3 days. Although my feet felt like death, my back hadn’t hurt one bit the whole weekend! I’m looking forward to making more progress in the next months ☺️🙏



Obesity

so I was watching Michele Obama’s interview on The tonight show with Jimmy Fallon. I was surprised that with all the things going on in the world, her main focus right now seems to be obesity. That must mean that it is a growing problem in the country, and honestly every western country right now. I know that your whole life you’ve been told that in Europe people are thin and in shape… I’m gonna tell you right now, that ain’t true! Every time I return to the Netherlands I’m surprised by the growing amount of overweight people. In Europe there are more and more fast food restaurants opening up. When I was growing up, all we had was McDonalds and Burger King, but now the rest of the unhealthy chains are making their way over the ocean. Obesity, though, is still not a big problem over there. In the south, every time I walk into a restaurant there’s at least 3 people that have tightly squeezed themselves into a booth. Stained covered shirts, because they’re not able to bend over to their food.. I’m not making fun, it just looks so miserable. Although I’m not making fun, I also feel no sympathy for obesity, you’re the one controlling what goes into your mouth every day. Whenever I see people that are overweight at the gym, or are walking outside, I always try to encourage! I understand it feels horrible when everyone gets to see your first steps towards a healthy life, when you’re huffin’ and puffin’ just walking a little faster, but everyone has to start somewhere. People tell me all the time how lucky I am that I have “good genes.” Now that just pisses me off, If I wouldn’t work out everyday and eat whatever the hell I wanted, I would be 200 pounds by the end of the year, easily!

For kids it’s a different story.. Personally, when I see an obese kid, I think it’s child abuse.. the parents are taking away a childhood by letting them eat so many sweets, they’re unable to run and play. I think it’s good that kids are learning about nutrition in school now, but it’s such a strange shift from when I was younger. I guess I was the last generation that didn’t have video games and smart phones. I hear commercials now saying that kids need to be outside for 30-60 minutes a day and be active. When I was younger our moms had a hard time getting us inside and settling us down to go to bed. My moms rule was, you can be outside until the city lights come on and then we’d have to haul butt to the house. In the winter times this was around 5pm, but in the summer time sometimes the lights wouldn’t come on till 10:30! Just another reason I don’t want children, I guess now you can’t get a break from them at all! they’re just inside getting fat and playing video games! 😉

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