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Thoughts on Weight, Mood, Control and … Faith?

October 28, 2016 • By

I write this post with a tad bit of hesitation because I don’t mean to instill debate on this topic or do anything other than share my opinion. It’s my blog, so I can do that. Read on, or don’t. I’m a huge advocate of treating my body as a temple. I’ve always felt like we only get one, so we need to take care of it. Numerous Bible verses refer to being faithful servants through honoring our bodies and being good to them.

What I think some of us, me being as guilty as any do, is obsess about our bodies. Yes, media blasts it it our face – the pictures of perfection. Models with photoshopped bodies but that’s not what I’ve ever obsessed about (maybe because that would never be attainable). I obsessed about looking fit and not being fat. There, I said it. I’ve always run since high school. It’s been an easy way to keep weight off and eat with relative flexibility. But what I noticed and liked about running was that pursuing competitive running took the focus off looks a little and put it more on performance. It made me feel like if I ever got good or even just accomplished certain distances, my body was doing amazing things!  What I’ve encountered in the process is a community of like minded people with very similar personalities. Everyone says we’re crazy and we all kind of laugh it off. But truly there is something a little unique to us.

I know for me, I need the control. If I injure myself or can’t run for a period of time, the control is taken away and my mood suffers. Why I write about this is because this can be a slippery slope. I only know because I am raising a 7 year old daughter with a scary similar personality to me. I watch her and listen to her and while I want her to have a healthy body, a healthy relationship with food and a healthy love of sports, I don’t want her to feel withdrawn when she can’t run like I do. I don’t want her to feel anger and sadness when she’s injured and I don’t want her to hate her body for it’s incapability or for how it looks. I listened to her talk about how unhealthy certain things are the other day and it made me stop everything and share a handful of Oreos with her to show her that life is meant to be enjoyed, that we are God’s creation and He does not want us doing anything other than living our lives as a reflection of Him and his word.

So what do I do about this? I pray. I am not saying that I have necessarily changed but I have tried to turn my passion into a good thing by sharing it with others. But it definitely borders on obsession sometimes, people. I’m being real. I pray that I will choose God over my sin. And some days I do. Some days, I don’t. I know some of you are trying to lose weight so tracking calories and staying away from Oreos is a good thing! And I will support you 100%! I just felt compelled to write this because this week I’ve heard 3 friends who have no place saying they are fat say they are fat and I thought to myself, how did we get like this? (It’s clearly not just me). If you’re thinking about what you can’t do, or where you aren’t physically, or how far you have to go, or how you don’t look a certain way, you’re wasting life wishing rather than LIVING. Why does a missed workout, a slip up on your healthy lifestyle or an unflattering photograph affect so many of us so much?

All I could come back to was sin. We do not have God living in our heart if we are thinking more about something than we are Him. Period. I’m betting a lot of us are this way. I don’t have a huge answer aside from to be aware of it. And pray about it. I hate that so many people feel so unworthy in the moment. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to stop motivating and inspiring others and still strive to be a better runner! I do! I think self improvement and goals are fantastic!!! I was just praying this morning and thinking about things. And when I was thinking about the sins to ask forgiveness for, this all came up.  The line between inspiration and obsession can be a thin one, so I just want to keep perspective. So many great messages, inspiration and motivation can come from people who live healthy, well-rounded lifestyles. So let’s adopt a little bit healthier mindset to match.

Would love to hear your thoughts.

XOXO,

Jess

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Run, Train and Live Campaign with JackRabbit & Nike!

October 24, 2016 • By

Good morning and happy Monday! I’m excited to share a new partnership I’m doing with JackrabbitNYC and Nike for their new Run, Train, Live campaign!

We all buy workout wear for working out and it’s wonderful for that. But Nike’s newest items have really been designed to crossover to more than just running and training. They are designed with people’s busy lives in mind. Whether it be functionality for multi sport use like running and gym wear, or fashion minded focus so that you can wear items like their epic lux tights to and from the gym to happy hour or to a PTA meeting, they’ve got you covered. Jackrabbit gave me the opportunity to try some of their newest pieces out. I was able to put them to the test running, training (yoga) and on the go. I have to say the days of the old baggy Nike tempo shorts is gone.

I tried out the Nike Pro Classic Padded Bra (pads are removable and bonus it’s on sale for $23.97 in the carbon heather) along with the Nike Power Epic Lux Tight Print and let me just say, as a woman with muscular thighs, these tights do some nice compressing and slimming!!! nike yoga

I also wore the same tights and bra running on two occasions and paired them with the Nike DRI-FIT Contour Short Sleeve (white no longer available but many colors on sale for $22.97), the Nike Sphere Dry Training Top (mine in purple), the Women’s Nike Air Zoom Vomero 11 (mine in grey/pink but many colors on sale), Nike Cushion No Show Sock (on sale for $9.97) and the Nike DRI-Fit Feather Light Hat.

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nike purple run

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Like I mentioned, the gear is very transitional and I was easily able to toss on a different top, spray on some body spray and add a little more deodorant and have coffee post yoga session with my great girlfriend, Real Housewife of Dallas cast member and fashion blogger, Stephanie Hollman! A fashionista herself, Steph even asked where she could get the tights I was wearing for herself!

 

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So that brings me to the Social Media Contest!

Run, Live, and Train Nike Social Media Contest

Obviously partnering with nonelite runner me (jessrunsblessed), some of you may be thinking what the ??? Well, clearly I have quite the following on social media and so that’s where JackRabbit.com sees the strategy for partnering with me for the Run, Train, and Live for this campaign.  In doing so, I am hoping to bring awareness to them, Nike and also help with the Run, Train, Live social media contest. Entering is easy and all you have to do is show how you #RunYourLife. The details of the contest are below.

Contest Dates: 10/24/16 to 11/5/16

How to Enter: Whether it’s coffee runs, fun runs, or errand runs – I want to see how you sport Nike gear in all aspects of your life. Create a tweet (tag @jessrunsblessed and @JackRabbit) or Instagram (tag @jessrunsblessedand @JackRabbitNYC) post with the hashtag #RunYourLife in your favorite Nike gear, in any environment, and you will be entered to win a free Nike item.

What can you win?: One winner will be selected after the contest ends on 11/5/16 and will be able to select their choice of any Nike item on JackRabbit.com worth $100 or less. Contest open to men and women in the U.S. only.

If you have any questions about the contest or need help tweeting/posting on Instagram, please let me know.

Be sure to check out JackRabbit.com for all your running, fitness and sports gear needs.

XOXO,

Jess

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Photos courtesy of Trey Stewart @trey_stewart

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Life

Good News

October 21, 2016 • By

I had my MRI for my left hip Tuesday and the reading with my orthopedist Thursday and got great news. As I suspected, there was no stress reaction or fracture! The spot the doctor saw on X-ray was from my old fracture. The only think hip related he saw was my ball and socket joint was a tad loose and I had trochanteric bursitis. He said it can be a very debilitating pain which explains why I’ve been down and out for a while. He gave me a steroid injection into the bursa sac and said I should feel relief within the next few days. If not, to check back.

steroid shot

The other thing he saw, complete non -ortho related was a 5.2 cm ovarian cyst (the size of an orange). He couldn’t tell whether it was complex or simple but since I just had an ultrasound performed a month ago by my obgyn, he wants me to get it checked out within a month. It’s probably benign but it explains my bloating, discomfort and pain I’ve been having for some time.

As for running, he gave me the go ahead to run NYC, and said I could start back as soon as I feel up to it. He said I’m not hurting anything by running with bursitis. Yay!!! My hip is pretty sore from the shot but hoping this will get me through the race with much less pain. I’m not expecting to crush it or anything but a week ago I was having a tough time getting through 5 miles. Just wanted to fill you in!

XOXO,

Jess

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Life

Sales make me happy!

October 17, 2016 • By

I woke up this morning to my email inbox saying this from JackrabbitNYC: Shop Nike items under $20. Valid 10/17. At first I skipped past it getting the kids ready for school and breakfast going, but just had a minute to look it over, and goodness not only did I find a few goodies for me, but a few Christmas gifts knocked out and a few things for Dustin as well!

Jackrabbit order

Just wanted to share (after I shopped the sale first haha let’s be real)! When I’m injured, you’d better bet I’m shopping to fill the void. 🙂

XOXO,

Jess

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