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How I Got into Running

If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”

– Fred Devito

Anyone who knows me well will think I’m totally joking with this post. Trust me…I’m not! My whole life, I’ve had a really fast metabolism and I’ve always been stick thin. Because I’ve always been thin, I thought for years that I really didn’t need to exercise. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to eat whatever the hell I want and I don’t really gain weight. I know it’s not that easy for many people, but I do feel fortunate in this way.

My boyfriend Adrian of 5 and a half years has always worked out. Before he left for BMT for the Air Force, he always encouraged me to work out with him. I always turned him down though because a major reason I hate the idea of working out is being judged by other people. I also just really didn’t think I needed exercise, which now I realize was not the best idea.

Now that I’m by myself while Adrian is in training, I realized quickly that I needed to do something for myself. So one day after work, I thought I’d try running. I hated the idea of it at first, but thought I might as well try something new. The first few days were SO hard…I would come home sore and exhausted. I’ve been slowly building up my endurance over the last week and while it’s still a challenge, it’s definitely the right kind of challenge! As someone who never exercises other than a daily walk, running was a huge change for me.

Even though I’m still very new to running, I’ve grown to really enjoy it. At first, I really didn’t love it but I did always feel refreshed and energetic afterward. Now I’m starting to get excited about going for a run after work. It gives me a chance to clear my mind after a day in the office and of course get outside. And of course, even my short runs are helping me be much healthier!

I’ve definitely become a more energetic person since I started running. I have also let go of my fear of being judged. I run past people all the time when I go out and now I don’t think about how I look or what these people think of me. Honestly, all that matters is that I’m doing something for ME and taking a step toward a healthier life!

And of course…I’m counting down the days until Adrian can come home again and we can go for a run together!

Oh and how could I forget the cute new workout clothes I’ve bought for myself? I had to show off this shirt cause “Cardio is hardio” is way too true!

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What are your go to ways to exercise? I’d love to hear why you got into fitness!

The Best Summer Hair Care Products

“Invest in your hair. It’s the crown you never take off”

– Unknown

We interrupt your Nordstrom Anniversary Sale shopping to bring you some hair care tips today! I don’t know about you, but there are just way too many sales right now to keep track of. As much as I’d love to shop the anniversary sale, I’m just not ready to buy fall clothes. MAKE SUMMER LAST LONGER PLEASE!

Anyways, for those of you in need of a break from the sale, I thought I’d show off a few of my favorite hair care products for the summer. Taking care of your hair is essential all year long but especially during the summer. No one wants dry, frizzy locks while they’re sunbathing…hell NO! So take a look at these products and get your hair looking and feeling its absolute best.

(Don’t forget…you can shop these hair products on my LTKI page! Feel free to message me if you have any questions about the app)

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Living Proof Dry Shampoo

I’ve tried SO many different dry shampoos but non compare to this one from Living Proof! This hair care brand will always be one of my favorites because of the scent. It always makes me feel like I just stepped out of the salon! When your hair is getting too oily and looks like a hot mess, this dry shampoo will save the day and keep your hair looking fresh all summer long.

Verb Ghost Shampoo and Conditioner

When you’ve colored your hair as much as I have, you gotta find hair care products that protect the color and keep your hair looking healthy. I love this shampoo and conditioner especially for summer because the formula is incredibly lightweight and cleans my hair without needing to apply too much. If you’re looking for a shampoo/conditioned that isn’t heavily scented, you’ll love these babies from Verb!

DevaCurl Wave Maker

As much as I love styling my hair, it’s good to give your hair a break once in a while. Summer is a perfect time to put away the blow dryer and let your wavy locks fly free (that is, if you have wavy hair)! This hair cream is amazing for enhancing curls and waves, giving you a great beachy look without sea salt sucking up all the moisture. Your hair will feel hydrated, smell fruity and you won’t be damaging your hair like you would be with other beach wave products!

What hair care products are you loving this summer?