HOW TO TRANSITION AND STICK TO HEALTHY HABITS

One of the main focuses of this blog is to document my transition to a healthier lifestyle, and how you can, too. So, every now and then I’ve made sure to highlight my goals of trying to eat healthier and how I’ve attempted to lead a healthier lifestyle overall.

As of late, I haven’t mentioned it much because I’ve felt like I took two steps forward and five giant steps back. A few months ago, I had successfully weaned myself off soda, stopped eating candy, and was slowly but surely drinking more water every day. I had my meal planning and prepping down to a science and I felt awesome both physically and mentally.

Fast forward to today, and I’m back to drinking soda whenever I get the chance (i.e. whenever it’s free), have fallen behind in my Sunday meal prep (but I’m working on it), and I’m 90% sure these headaches I keep getting after practice are due to dehydration (oops). All in all, I haven’t gone back to square one, but I’m not where I want to be with my goals. All this means I’m going to start over in getting back into those great habits I was so proud of. So, today I’m sharing with you just how I transition and stick to healthy habits all in 2 easy ish steps!

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HOW TO TRANSITION AND STICK TO HEALTHY HABITS

NOTE TO SELF: STOP UNDERESTIMATING YOURSELF

Last week I officially started my training for the year, and I was surprisingly happy with how it turned out. I came down with a cold on Monday, and I’m just now getting over it today (Sunday).  So, my week definitely started a little rocky.  On Tuesday I had a hard tempo workout, but I was still able to hit the times I was supposed to.  Wednesday was interesting as I got back into the sprint mentality and sped through a few sets of 60m runs.  By Friday I was feeling pretty good about myself.  Friday is our hard workout day, and I went into it feeling both anxious about how it would go, and excited to see just where my body was really at.  My running partner that day was my friend, Maya, and she was pretty anxious, too, but we pumped ourselves up and got after it.

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NOTE TO SELF: STOP UNDERESTIMATING YOURSELF

IS IT REALLY SUNDAY IF YOU HAVEN’T HAD BRUNCH?

Last Sunday I went out to celebrate a friend’s birthday and remembered just how awesome it is not to cook on Sunday. I never truly appreciated the act of “brunching” until I moved to Boston and was presented with a million restaurants offering their own variations of it. Whether I’m making it myself or eating out at some random eatery, I can’t imagine a Sunday without brunch.

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IS IT REALLY SUNDAY IF YOU HAVEN’T HAD BRUNCH?

GEMMA’S Goals for October 2015

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Because of how hectic September was for me I couldn’t put together a good post on my goals for the month.  Now that I’m back in Boston, and getting back into a stable routine, I’m jumping back into my monthly goals to keep track of what I want to get out of each month.

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GEMMA’S Goals for October 2015

BRAZZAVILLE WEEK TWO & THE END OF MY OUTDOOR SEASON

My last week at the All-African Games sped by much faster than the first one.  Once Sunday hit, I barely had time to look for WiFi or watch any other event that wasn’t happening at the track.

The 100 preliminaries and semi-finals were scheduled to be on the first day – the first round early in the morning and the second later in the evening.  This was the first day that the temperature outside actually reached a point where I could positively say it was hot.  Even the ever-present fog lifted that day, and left the sun beating down on us during warm-ups…

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BRAZZAVILLE WEEK TWO & THE END OF MY OUTDOOR SEASON

#Motivation Monday: Momentum

“People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
-Tony Robbins

If you follow me on Tumblr, then you’ll know that I love quotes. I think there’s a quote out there to describe whatever it is you’re feeling at whatever point you are in your life. Whether you’re at your lowest or highest, there’s always a quote you can find that you can relate to. I actually have an app on my phone that gives me daily quotes that I read every morning to get me going.

The quote for today is motivational in a different sense. Now that I’m a senior in college I reflect back on my years at BU more and more. During my time in college, specifically my freshman year, I was in the downward spiral described in the quote. I won’t go into much detail right now, but I was stuck in a cycle of failure. Digging my way up from there was, and sometimes still is, one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.

I’ve been extremely lucky, though. I have my family, my friends, teammates, and coaches to support me. I’ve always been one to keep my private life private, so most of those people have no idea how much they’ve helped and affected me, but I’ll always appreciate them for it. (For those that may be reading this right now, thank you!)

Now I’m finding more and more that my momentum has shifted upwards, and I am giving it my all to keep it that way. I guess the point of this is just to let you know that things may go wrong and you may seem to be stuck in a downward cycle, but there’s always hope for you to turn things around and work your way back up. I promise.

Have a good Monday, everyone! Good luck!
❤ Gemma

#Motivation Monday: Momentum

Testing Week! An Athlete’s Progress Report

This week was testing week for my teammates and I!  Testing week is essentially an athlete’s progress report that is done now and then to see how they are responding to training, and to highlight things they might need to work on as they continue with training.

I think testing is particularly helpful for athletes who have long training cycles. For track, the season doesn’t really get going for a few more months so testing breaks up training cycles and helps both you and your coach see how you’re responding to training. It’s also good motivation for the team and promotes bonding as you’re able cheer each other on and even compete against each other.  Personally, I like testing because I can get bogged down and drained by continuous, drawn out training, and for me it really makes the next training cycle feel like a clean slate to work on.
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Testing Week! An Athlete’s Progress Report