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Running is one of the best ways to get in shape!  It benefits almost all parts of the body.  It’s one of the most popular methods of healthy weight loss.   Here are some of the reasons you should incorporate running into your daily life:

  • It strengthens your heart.  Your body has to get oxygen to all your muscle cells, and must pump blood much more quickly in order to do so.  Your heart rate increases as you push yourself harder.  Your heart is a muscle, and like any other muscle, it becomes stronger with use.  This will play a major factor in your defense against cardiovascular disease in the future, and many other dangerous diseases.
  • Sweating causes the release of harmful toxins in your body that build up over time.  This has been proven to prevent acne, and even cancer.  It’s also a great reliever of stress.
  • It burns fat!  Whether your long distance jogging or short distance sprinting, you burn extra calories/fat.  Over time, running can become a very rewarding habit to build.

Beware!  Running and jogging has been proven to put extreme stress on your joints.  Be sure not to push yourself too hard, and know when it’s necessary to take a break.  Your body is not a machine.  Part of staying healthy is knowing your boundaries.

http://dherbs.com/articles/dangers-running-jogging-292.html

http://www.active.com/running/Articles/6-Benefits-of-Running.htm

http://ririanproject.com/2007/10/22/10-benefits-of-running-and-how-to-do-it/

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Here are some of my personal goals that I  hope to reach by the first day of my summer vacation 6/8/12, 7 whole weeks

  1. Weigh 140lbs. (lose 9 pounds)
  2. Run 3 miles without stopping
  3. Do 15 perfect push ups

Throughout this blog, I will be setting goals and creating new ones when old ones are reached.  Setting goals is very important to me.  It’s a great way to track progress over long periods of time, and knowing specifically what you want actually makes it much more achievable.  Shoot for the moon!  Set short term goals and long term goals.  Share your goals with your friends, family and other people that support you in all aspects of your life.  Having moral support is often very helpful when things get rough.

But make sure your goals are realistic.  Be sure to differentiate between short term goals, and long term goals.  A couple months ago, I set a goal to lose ten pounds in a month.  As you can imagine, this ended in disaster.  I got obsessive about every bite I took, and went against my own beliefs that calorie counting is unhealthy.  I ate too little and pushed myself too hard when I exercised.  After three weeks of this, I had lost little to no weight.  I had an emotional crash and spent a night watching unpopular Disney movies from the late 90’s, eating junk food and crying alone.  I don’t regret this, because it really helped me learn about my own limits and what my body and my mind are capable of.  Extremes are never healthy!  Also remember that not reaching a goal by the time you set is totally okay.  Give yourself plenty of wiggle room. Never plan on reaching long term goals by the exact date, because this often leads to disappointment, which leads to guilt, which lead to feelings of inadequacy, which lead to hopelessness, which leads to giving up.  NEVER GIVE UP!  Even if you spent months pushing yourself harder than you ever have, if you don’t reach your goal right away, you are still that much closer.

I know that I can reach my weight goal because I have gotten very close before.  I went all the way down from 153lbs., to 144lbs.   I celebrated by spending the next couple of weeks making excuses not to exercise, eating too much and gaining it back.  Luckily I didn’t gain it all back, so I am lower than when I originally started.  But let this be a lesson that food should never be a reward.  It’s a bad habit to get into because you’ll always end up closer to where you started than to your goal.  It’s a deadly cycle!

I will continue to give updates on my progress, and what I’m doing to reach my goals throughout the blog!  Stay tuned.

This is a picture of me, making a weird face while indulging in a sour dough clam chowder bowl in San Francisco.                                         Oh, regrets!

My name is Savannah!  I was born in Orem Utah and lived in Vancouver Washington until I was 8.  I then moved to beautiful Santa Barbara California, where I currently reside and have lived for the past 9 years.  The mere 1,010 mile difference in geographic location between Vancouver WA and Santa Barbara CA has caused my family and I to experience serious culture shock.  To move from nearly constant rain and a life spent mostly indoors, to a city where the residents can count on perfect 70 degree weather and clear skies almost every day has brought us to make serious lifestyle changes.  I am now 16 years old, and over the past year I have taken much interest in the topics of health, fitness, body image and the likes.

My freshmen year of high school I reached an all time high of 175lbs.  I only exerted energy when forced to, and I had no filter as to what or what I should not eat.  I was not health conscious in the slightest-  I did what I wanted!  On the other hand, I felt terrible 24/7.  I hated my body and I hated myself.  I’ve made some drastic changes to my lifestyle since then, and I am starting this blog 30 pounds lighter at the weight of 145lbs.  I have a very healthy non-obsessive take on weight loss.  I am very opposed to calorie counting, dieting, and excessive exercise.  I believe strongly that confidence, how you feel, and self love are far more important than the number on the scale.

I write this blog with the goal of bringing people inspiration and information. I offer a fresh perspective and new approaches to exercise, healthy diet, peer pressure, social media and my own personal journey from unhealthy, to fairly fit ;)