South Block Co. Review

2015-05-10 19.56.38Run, juice, repeat with South Block Co. juices and smoothies. This Arlington based juicery and cafe has been around Northern Virginia energizing, educating, and inspiring thousands through their cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and aci bowls on living a healthy and fit lifestyle through healthy drinking and eating. With over 15 different cold-pressed juices, this Clarendon based company offers a wide range of juices for anyone. Along with their famous juices, South Block Co offers a wide range of amazing smoothies and aci bowels to help fuel your body post run or workout. So amazing that they’ve won DC’s City Paper Best Smoothie cafe for the past 2 years.

As Summer approaches and my Chicago Marathon training session kicks into full swing I love finding myself planning my long runs from my DC apartment to South Block Co Clarendon store to reward myself one some of my favorite juices. These include: Activate, Cure, Renew, Hydrate (Seasonal Juice), Greens, Cold Brew Mylk, and many more. These refreshing juices along with my regular Herbalife24 routine help keep my body in tip-top shape for marathon session. Not only am I replenishing my body with the right nutrients from the cold-pressed juices but I’m also getting in the right nutrients from the right vegetables to help rebuild my muscles, increase my overall speed, and of course live a happier and healthier life. As mentioned in a previous post, since drinking cold-pressed juices on a weekly basis I’ve found myself living a happier and healthier lifestyle through monthly cleanses, not craving junk food, and increasing my nutrients and veggie intake. 2015-05-18 11.23.27

Outside of the great juices, smoothies, and aci bowls the next best thing I love about South Block Co is their community involvement. As an individual who loves working and volunteering with companies that give back to their community I have found that South Block Co continues to amaze me by giving back to the Northern Virginia community through partnering with local retail stores and fitness facilities. These partnerships show that South Block Co is devoted to expanding individuals fit and healthy lifestyle by introducing them to juices and smoothies that can help increase their overall exercise routine. Some of the partnerships include Clarendon’s LuLuLemon weekly fun runs, Revolve cycle rides, and Downward Dog Yoga events which I would encourage you to look into and join.

Run, juice, repeat with South Block Co. That’s what I do and you should join me. If you are ever in the DC area and are interested in getting in a long run followed by some great juices contact me so we can run to South Block Co in Clarendon, VA. For more information please visit, www.southblockco.com or follow them on Twitter @SouthBlockCo.

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South Block Co. Review

Recovery

“Today is my tomorrow. It’s up to me to shape it, to take control and seize every opportunity. The power is in the choices I make each day. I eat well, I live well, I shape me!” – Unknown

Recovery (n) – when someone suffering from a disease regains possession or control over the issue. Over 10 months ago I faced the hardest obstacle of my life, disordered eating. Disordered eating is abnormal eating behaviors that, by themselves, do not warrant diagnosis of an eating disorder, however have common features such as chronic restrained eating, compulsive eating, binge eating with associated loss of control, and self-induced vomiting. Disordered eating also includes behaviors that are not characteristic of any eating disorder, such as irregular, chaotic eating patterns, ignoring physical feelings of hunger and satiety (fullness), use of diet pills, emotional eating, and night eating.

Since facing my disordered eating obstacle over 10 months ago I’ve made huge progress, including cutting my weekly workout/runs down while increasing my food intake and implementing personal training. Through my progress I was able to see that life wasn’t about being skinny but more about being healthy. This progress of course didn’t happen overnight and I still very much battle with the issue everyday, fighting with myself to remember that there is much more to life than being 115lbs, being skinny and always worrying about my weight. Even during the rough days I always remind myself of the progress that I’ve made, the inspiration that I’ve given to other individuals and the overall happiness I’ve gained. Yes, I still run, which I’m sure you can tell. Running for me is therapy, it reminds me to keep going, to continue to push through this obstacle that no matter what, I’ll never let this issue relapse or define me. Many have argued that running is only fueling the fire, however I’ve learned that through moderation, healthy eating and a strong mindset running is not causing the issue but rather reminding me of my past and how I need to continue to push forward. As my most recent tattoo says, “Progress not Perfection.” Something that will always remind me that there is no such thing as perfection and that all I can do is to continue to strive for progress, to continue to push forward and better my life not for others but for myself.

So as my opening quote says, “Today is my tomorrow. It’s up to me to shape it, to take control and seize every opportunity. The power is in the choices I make each day. I eat well, I live well, I shape me” is exactly what I am doing!

Recovery

Workout or Rest

It’s that time of year again, cold weather, common cold and other illnesses. When the Winter months set in many runners often ask, should I continue my run or workout through the symptoms of the cold or should I take some time to rest and recover?

While feeling under the weather, exercise is the last thing you really want to do, but in some cases, light to moderate exercise may actually help you feel better and recover. However, when your body is already under stress and not feeling well, pushing it might do more harm that good. Below I’ve provided a few tips to consider before pushing yourself.

  1. “Neck Rule”
    If your symptoms are above your neck such as a runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing or sore throat, light to moderate exercise should be okay. If your symptoms are below your neck such as chest congestion, coughing, upset stomach, muscle aches or swollen lymph nodes, time to rest and recover. Also, avoid exercising while having a fever!
  2. Exercise
    If you do decide to exercise while feeling under the weather, perform moderate workouts such as walking, jogging, and yoga instead of high-intensity workouts such as lifting weights and endurance running.
  3. Hydrate
    Keep hydrated! While fighting off symptoms of the cold many medications dehydrate individuals so it key that you continue to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids though-out the day and if you do decide to run or workout remember to hydrate even more to help replenish what the body has lost.
  4. Gym Workouts
    If you do decide to workout at a gym or public place due to cold temperatures outside please be courteous and remember to clean the machines before and after use. Also, try to use machines that are away from other individuals to avoid spreading or even catching another bug from close-by individuals.
  5. Wash Your Hands
    WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY! While feeling under the weather continue to wash your hands frequently to help avoid spreading the illness to other areas and individuals. Also, it’s key to remember to wash your hands after working out at the gym, using public spaces and before eating.

Finally, always listen to your body. For some it can be very frustrating to take time off, but when you’re not feeling 100%, you’re not performing at 100%. If you do continue to run or workout, dial it back a bit, focus on low intensity workouts and most importantly give your body time to heal! If you are able to do this you will be back to your regular runs or workouts in no time!

 

Workout or Rest

New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! January 1st is the time that millions of individuals start fresh, dream big, set goals, or continue to improve themselves from the previous year. It’s great to set a goal: After all according to research those who make New Year resolutions are 10 times more likely to achieve their goal than those who don’t. With that said you can’t hit your goal if you don’t have one. Dreaming isn’t enough anymore, you have to lay out the steps on how you are going to hit your goal and not allow procrastination to slip back into 2014.

As you begin your New Year’s resolution remember, don’t try to make to many major changes at once. Instead try working on three small changes each month and allow your success to build. Below you will find 8 helpful tips to help you along your fitness journey.

  1. Why
    If you don’t know the WHY behind the WHAT you’ll fail every time. Why is your purpose – to help you meet and exceed your fitness goals while keeping you on track while motivating you through any temptations.
  2. Learn
    So you messed up, missed a workout, or ate something bad?! So what, learn from these mistakes and move forward. If you never learn from these mistakes you will never grow as an individual and you will continue to allow set-backs and temptations ruin your fitness goals.
  3. Publicize
    Share your accomplishments with your family, friends and Social Media networks. Publicly announcing your accomplishments will help keep you accountable while allowing family and friends to continue to encourage you. Hell, you might even get a few individuals to join you……
  4. Share
    Workouts are more fun shared. By sharing your accomplishments to your family and friends you may get a few individuals to join you. Research shows that we are more likely to succeed with the help of others while sharing our accomplishments with each other. Continue to share your accomplishments in hopes of gaining a workout buddy!
  5. Sleep
    So you’ve got your diet and workout down but you still aren’t seeing results? Just as much as diet and exercise is key to any training program, sleep is just as important. Research shows that individuals should get between 8-10 hours of deep sleep to help with recovery and stress. Diet + Exercise + Sleep = Results!
  6. Results
    You didn’t get to your current situation overnight so don’t expect results to happen overnight. Diet, exercise and strength require skills which takes intention, intelligence, and patience. Stick to your plan and stay motivated. Getting started is always the hardest step.
  7. Fat
    Fact, fat does not make you fat, sugar does! We need “healthy” fats to allow our bodies to function. Many “healthy” fats include: grass feed, pasteurized and wild caught animals along with vegetables like avocados and coconuts. Try including more of these “healthy” fats into your diet. Sugar on the other hand only raises our insulin which then allows our body to store fat. Help cut your fat storage by reducing your sugar intake each day.
  8. Exercise
    The best type of exercise is the one that you enjoy while getting the results. Today there are many great ways to get exercise; dance, spin, boot camp, CrossFit, running, etc. Find your nitch and enjoy it. If it doesn’t work for you try something different until you find what makes you happy while getting the best results.

If you are interested in learning more helpful tips or need help staying motivated through your fitness journey follow iRunFit on Facebook and Twitter.

New Year’s Resolutions

Obstacles and Setbacks

Everyone faces them: the dreaded obstacles and setbacks in one’s fitness goals, healthy lifestyles, or weight issues. Human nature demands we face these challenges head-on, but how do we overcome our setbacks? Action — it shapes us all into a stronger, more determined, and inspiring individual.

Throughout my own fitness goals, training programs, and weight issues, I have been faced with my own set of reoccurring obstacles. My body starts to ache for no apparent reason. I have a tendency to obsess about a number. I (sadly) limit certain food groups; and yes, to be honest, there are days when I just want to throw in the towel. I have learned not everything goes as planned when you decide to start living a healthy and fit lifestyle. You become so focused on the numbers, the workouts, and the types of foods you should (or shouldn’t eat) that, after becoming stressed, you lose site of the overall focus goal.

In this moment, the very instant you start to doubt yourself, you have to remember the feeling you experience when your feet hit the pavement or when you start pumping iron at the gym. You have to believe in yourself. You are doing amazing things no matter what people may say or what your fitness progress is showing. Making a conscious effort to live a healthy and fit lifestyle is the best feeling you will ever have in your life; it puts everything in perspective. A healthy and fit lifestyle feels great and has its own rewards. However, it comes with its due share of challenges, troubles, and frustrations.

I’ve learned the most important part of living a healthy and fit lifestyle should not be stressing about a number. It should not be what you can and can’t eat. And, you should never, try to please everyone but only yourself. It’s about you. Living a healthy and fit lifestyle is about accepting yourself, as who you are, and becoming the best version of yourself as possible! You have to become happy with yourself first to see the changes (and the differences) you have made with your lifestyle. Only be accepting yourself and your own fitness plan can you actually start appreciating your newly established routine. Life is too short to worry about numbers on a scale, how “skinny” you look, or if your waistline expands a certain way. As long as you can make healthy choices in regards to food, staying committed to exercising, and remaining motivated then you are doing everything right. You are living a healthy and fit lifestyle!

So remember, “Today is my tomorrow. It’s up to me to shape it, to take control and seize every opportunity. The power is in the choices I make each day. I eat well, I live well, I shape me!” – Unknown

Obstacles and Setbacks

Obstacles and Setbacks

Everyone faces them: the dreaded obstacles and setbacks in one’s fitness goals, healthy lifestyles, or weight issues. Human nature demands we face these challenges head-on, but how do we overcome our setbacks? Action — it shapes us all into a stronger, more determined, and inspiring individual.

Throughout my own fitness goals, training programs, and weight issues, I have been faced with my own set of reoccurring obstacles. My body starts to ache for no apparent reason. I have a tendency to obsess about a number. I (sadly) limit certain food groups; and yes, to be honest, there are days when I just want to throw in the towel. I have learned not everything goes as planned when you decide to start living a healthy and fit lifestyle. You become so focused on the numbers, the workouts, and the types of foods you should (or shouldn’t eat) that, after becoming stressed, you lose site of the overall focus goal.

In this moment, the very instant you start to doubt yourself, you have to remember the feeling you experience when your feet hit the pavement or when you start pumping iron at the gym. You have to believe in yourself. You are doing amazing things no matter what people may say or what your fitness progress is showing. Making a conscious effort to live a healthy and fit lifestyle is the best feeling you will ever have in your life; it puts everything in perspective. A healthy and fit lifestyle feels great and has its own rewards. However, it comes with its due share of challenges, troubles, and frustrations.

I’ve learned the most important part of living a healthy and fit lifestyle should not be stressing about a number. It should not be what you can and can’t eat. And, you should never, try to please everyone but only yourself. It’s about you. Living a healthy and fit lifestyle is about accepting yourself, as who you are, and becoming the best version of yourself as possible! You have to become happy with yourself first to see the changes (and the differences) you have made with your lifestyle. Only be accepting yourself and your own fitness plan can you actually start appreciating your newly established routine. Life is too short to worry about numbers on a scale, how “skinny” you look, or if your waistline expands a certain way. As long as you can make healthy choices in regards to food, staying committed to exercising, and remaining motivated then you are doing everything right. You are living a healthy and fit lifestyle!

So remember, “Today is my tomorrow. It’s up to me to shape it, to take control and seize every opportunity. The power is in the choices I make each day. I eat well, I live well, I shape me!” – Unknown

Obstacles and Setbacks

Obstacles and Setbacks

Everyone faces them: the dreaded obstacles and setbacks in one’s fitness goals, healthy lifestyles, or weight issues. Human nature demands we face these challenges head-on, but how do we overcome our setbacks? Action — it shapes us all into a stronger, more determined, and inspiring individual.

Throughout my own fitness goals, training programs, and weight issues, I have been faced with my own set of reoccurring obstacles. My body starts to ache for no apparent reason. I have a tendency to obsess about a number. I (sadly) limit certain food groups; and yes, to be honest, there are days when I just want to throw in the towel. I have learned not everything goes as planned when you decide to start living a healthy and fit lifestyle. You become so focused on the numbers, the workouts, and the types of foods you should (or shouldn’t eat) that, after becoming stressed, you lose site of the overall focus goal.

In this moment, the very instant you start to doubt yourself, you have to remember the feeling you experience when your feet hit the pavement or when you start pumping iron at the gym. You have to believe in yourself. You are doing amazing things no matter what people may say or what your fitness progress is showing. Making a conscious effort to live a healthy and fit lifestyle is the best feeling you will ever have in your life; it puts everything in perspective. A healthy and fit lifestyle feels great and has its own rewards. However, it comes with its due share of challenges, troubles, and frustrations.

I’ve learned the most important part of living a healthy and fit lifestyle should not be stressing about a number. It should not be what you can and can’t eat. And, you should never, try to please everyone but only yourself. It’s about you. Living a healthy and fit lifestyle is about accepting yourself, as who you are, and becoming the best version of yourself as possible! You have to become happy with yourself first to see the changes (and the differences) you have made with your lifestyle. Only be accepting yourself and your own fitness plan can you actually start appreciating your newly established routine. Life is too short to worry about numbers on a scale, how “skinny” you look, or if your waistline expands a certain way. As long as you can make healthy choices in regards to food, staying committed to exercising, and remaining motivated then you are doing everything right. You are living a healthy and fit lifestyle!

So remember, “Today is my tomorrow. It’s up to me to shape it, to take control and seize every opportunity. The power is in the choices I make each day. I eat well, I live well, I shape me!” – Unknown

Obstacles and Setbacks