Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Playlist and misc.

So I have a few blog posts that I want to write, but since I was a total lazy slug and snoozed the alarm this morning instead of getting my workout out of the way, I ended up with a busy evening and won't have time for 2 posts tonight (or I would be skipping tomorrow's am workout too!... viscous cycle!)  So I let the hubs pick the topic for tonight and he chose playlist.  You can thank him later.  ;-)

Since I finished the Biggest Loser, season 11, I have been running to music instead of tv.  I just hadn't found any shows that peaked my interest like BLs11.  I could start another season of BL, but I couldn't decide which one.  So I just kept running to music.  It was super hard at first. But I pushed through and kept trying. And I am actually finding that I *gasp* almost like it now?  I am getting more comfortable concentrating on my footwork, breathing, and the music.  The annoying voice(s) in my head are not as obnoxious as when I first tried it.  My inner fatty doesn't spend the entire time screaming bitching whining  about how much she hates running. I actually think about other things now.  WOW!

What I have learned is that the music can make the run!  
I need music with a great beat.  So after getting some suggestions from my FB group besties, here are the songs I have currently on my running playlist:

  • Don't wake me up - Chris Brown
  • 50 ways to say goodbye - Train
  • Forever - Chris Brown
  • Die Young - Ke$ha
  • Shake Senora - Pitbull
  • Gangnam Style - Psy
  • Put a ring on it - Beyonce
  • Good Time - Owl City
  • Everybody Talks - Neon Trees
  • More - Usher
  • Raise your glass - Pink
  • Moves like Jagger - Maroon 5
  • Starships - Nicki Minaj
  • Fighter - Christina Aguilera
  • Stereo Hearts - Gym Class Heroes
So question for the day is - what's on YOUR playlist???

I have a Zune MP3 player.  What I love most about Zune is that they offer a monthly membership.  For $15 dollars a month I can have unlimited music downloads.  As long as I keep my subscription current I can play the songs on my pc and MP3 player.  I also get 10 song credits each month to "buy" songs that I can keep forever, even after I no longer have a subscription.  I can also have 3 pc's and 3 MP3 players on the same account (so my husband, brother in law and I all share one account - that makes it only $5 a month!).  I love that I can buy all the current songs that are my faves of the moment, and not feel bad (or go broke) when I have a whole new list next week.  In fact I think I have a list on a sticky note somewhere safely secured with a few new songs to download for my running playlist.  Now if Microsoft and Apple could find a way to get along so I could use on my iwhatever device too, there might be a prayer for world peace.  I know, I know....never gonna happen.  A girl can dream, can't she?!

My one other tip is from a friend....she suggested I chew gum while running.  Hmmmm....I am usually not sure if I can do two things at know, walk and chew gum, let alone RUN?!  But I tried it and am pleased to report that it has helped.  It helps me getting into a better breathing pattern and gives my brain something to focus on (other than how much I hate it, or how slowly time is moving at the moment).  I also think it helps keep my mouth moist so I don't feel like I need to suck down water while running.  So try it and report back.

I always love to leave a quote or inspiration picture in my posts.  Sometimes they are really easy to choose - they just fit.  Other days, it is harder to choose.  While trying to decide what to use today, I didn't have a set "message" in mind.  So it seemed harder to pick one (I have sooo many!  I will have to blog till I am 80 to use them all I think!)  But this one seemed to fit.

This certainly fits how I feel about my running.  I am so proud of myself for not giving up when I wanted to.  For trying something that was outside of my comfort zone.  For not comparing myself to other that are faster, stronger, better at running than I am and allowing myself to become discouraged.  For competing only with myself and striving to get better every day.  For not being obsessed with "failing" and continuing to try again and again.  I feel stronger each and every day.  I learn more about myself, and what I can do each day.  I am stronger than I ever imagined.  What a powerful and amazing gift to give myself.  I am blessed!  

I truly wish that I could bottle up the desire, willpower, motivation, dedication that I feel inside of myself right now to share with you all.  Only slightly because if I could I would be a ZILLIONARE, but mostly because it would be the best gift I could ever give anyone.  I challenge you to take a chance and just start.  Believe in yourself, don't quit and give yourself the same gift of realizing what you can overcome.  I believe in you and know you can do it too!

Thanks so much to you all for your amazing encouragement and support.  Your kind words keep me going!

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  2. Jennifer I love your blog! I look forward to reading more!

  3. I love to run to music. I find my pace and breathing adjusts to each song, so I get a little variation in the "routine". Great work.

  4. Love your blog! I love the gum chewing part. I chew gum while I run too.

  5. Im going to try the chewing gum thing, what a great idea!

  6. I also am loving Die Young - Ke$ha right now. It's one of my favs!

  7. Try some Jazzercise songs: I'm not a runner, but it seems like some of them would translate. And they have new routines/songlists five times a year. :)