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‘The Champ Is Here’.. Running In My First 10k with LULULEMON

I know it’s only September but it’s safe to say participating in the Edmonton 10km run is definitely the highlight of my 2018. There’s so much I could say about this experience but overall I am beyond proud of myself for stepping complete outside, around the corner, and down the street from my comfort zone. Unbeknownst to me at the time, accepting the invitation for the Edmonton 10k was the step in the right direction to solving how overwhelmed I had been feeling.

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I’ll start by admitting that I do not run. I am not a runner. Running is not my first choice for exercising or second or third for that matter. But for some reason saying yes was my initial reaction, so I went with it. Growing up my brother use to tell me that I naturally have good intuition. Now, when I reflect back on the negative situations I have experienced, all of these moments were a result of me ignoring my intuition. Since recognizing this I try my best to go with my initial response.

Now you’re probably wondering about the physically training I did to prepare. And I am embarrassed to share that my physically training was very mediocre. I started 8 weeks out and ran with the local run group YYC Run Crew which is a group of runners (of all level) who meet up to run multiple times a week. My first run was the worst.  I felt intimidated and barely survived doing the 3 km walk and run. Afterwards, I cried my eyes out asking ‘What did I get myself into’. In total, I probably ran 3 or 4 times with them. I did take it upon myself to go for a few 1km morning runs around my neighborhood. I also started a 30 day meal program in July which consisted of 2 meal replacement shakes a day for breakfast and dinner, and a 600 cal meal for lunch.  As you can see the only thing consistent about my preparation was the 30 day meal plan.

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Everyone is different but I will say that the quote ‘Mind over Matter’ is real. God and keeping my mind in a positive space got me through this run. Early in my “training” I realized that listening to podcast gets me in my zone. I know that’s so random but trust me it worked. Music didn’t help because the type of music I want to listen t is dependent on my mood in that moment, which can change. You don’t want to be fumbling with your ipod trying to skip songs while you’re running. So for this particular day, I listened to the Black Girl Podcast live show. The whole 10 k I was laughing , rolling my eyes, mhming and just running. My mind was being stimulated and free of distractions while listening to the positive yet entertaining comradery among talented, hardworking and intelligent black women.

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This experience really showed me how resilient I am. I can do anything if I put my mind to. Sometimes I get too caught up in the preparation of something that the execution never happens because “it’s not the right time” or “i’m not ready”. When really I’m just scared and last time I checked I’m not a punk so I can’t let the fear of failure hold me hostage from growing.

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Have you ever ran or walked a 5k, 10k, or marathon? Share below how you got yourself ready.

My 2 Day Better Juice Cleanse

My Juice cleanse is over with. If you’ve been following along with Insta Stories this past Thursday and Friday,  you’ll know I did a 2-day juice cleanse sponsored by Better Juice. This is my second juice cleanse ever, except with my first cold pressed juice cleanse it was 3 days. For those of you who think you could never do one. In the words of Ben Franklin ", you can do anything you set your mind to”.  I juice cleanse to help jump start my fitness goals by weaning myself off all my bad food habit and for a complete mental reset. We are all creatures of habits and in order to create new ones, you have to change your frame of mind. 

The last time I did a juice cleanse I was already 2 weeks into my vegan plant-based diet. Therefore I was working out regularly, drinking lots of water, not consuming alcohol, and eating lots of veggies. I was in the best frame of mind well on my way of creating new habits. Initially, I thought I hadn’t eased into the cleanse but I pretty much did without knowing it. As a result, I didn’t have any negative side effects.

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This time around my first day was a bit tougher. Day 1 consisted of me being super gassy, poopy, and experiencing headaches. TMI I know but I have to keep it real with you guys. My diet is not as great as it was last January and all these side effects confirmed that. When I got home from work,  I drank a lot of water and went straight to bed at 8 pm. It was the only way I could silence my thoughts of hot wings and steak.  By day 2 I woke rested, energized, and ready to seize my Friday. I started the morning with my lemon ginger shot and hot water.  I made sure to drink water before and after each juice. This resulted in no gas, food daydreams or mood swings. 

The Juices provided in my cleanse were : 

  • Lemon Ginger Shot (added to warm water first thing when you wake up)
  • Tropical Paradise  (green apple, pineapple, lemon, and mint)
  • Beet it (beet, carrot, apple, ginger, and lemon)
  • Queen Green ( kale, spinach, swiss chars, cucumber, celery, parsley, cilantro, lemon, ginger and jalapeno)
  • The Hulk (kale, celery, apple, lemon, and ginger)
  • Wonder Woman ( Watermelon, pineapple, coconut water, lime, and mint)
  • Popeye ( spinach, cucumber, apple, pear, and lemon)
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Doing a juice cleanse the second time around has provided me more insight on my advice for those of you interested in trying one.

  1. Should you do it? yes! if you don't like it after finishing then at least your tried and know you don't.
  2. Should you ease into it or jump right in? If you’re a meat eater gradually cut down on the amount of meat you are consuming leading up to your cleanse. I would recommend a week. Also, increase your water and veggie consumption leading up to it.
  3. When to do it? I still recommend doing it during the work week M-F =).

Better cold pressed juices can be purchased at The Calgary Farmers Market located at 510 77th Avenue SE all year-round Thursday through Sunday 9am - 5pm. Have you ever tried a juice cleanse? Comment on your experience. Can you guess which juice you think was my least favorite? 

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30 Day Yoga Challenge | 10 Day Update

30 Day Yoga Challenge | 10 Day Update

If you follow me on twitter (@tanishacherry) you'll know I recently started a 30-day yoga challenge. What brought this on you might ask? Well, last Monday I went to hot yoga and at the beginning of class my instructor announced: "it's day 1 for those doing the 30-day yoga challenge". Instantly I thought to myself this is a sign! I made an internal intention right there on the mat that I'm going to attend yoga every day for the next 30 days.