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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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Over the passed few weeks, I have catapulted myself deeper into a sad little hole of unhealthy eating and excuses not to exercises.  Portion control has been thrown out the window, and the other night I had an attack of binge eating.  It was very scary, and felt awful.  I’ve gained back weight and I feel terrible and unhealthy.  I keep telling myself that today will be a good day, but I haven’t been following through.  I need something to help get me back into action, before I fall back into old patterns permanently.  Solution? Raw vegan diet.  I’ve heard a lot of things about how great it is, but I haven’t actually considered it until now.  http://www.vegansociety.com/lifestyle/nutrition/raw-food-diets.aspx

The raw vegan diet eliminates cooked and animal products.  Cooking food causes the release of toxins and chemicals that can be toxic to the body.  It also removes essential nutrients from the food, taking out major benefits.  The chemical reaction of applying heat to the food also changes the composition and takes out enzymes that help your digestive system digest what you eat.  You’re digestive system has to produce more enzymes which causes stress on your body.  Avoiding animal products is also very beneficial, not only to your body but to the planet.  Here’s a link to see the inhumane and cruel treatment of animals in the food industry: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/default.aspx

This diet is a great way to rid your system of harmful toxin build up do to long term animal product and chemical intake.It’s been proven to cause weight loss, heal cancer, improve energy levels and more.  I am starting my raw vegan diet tomorrow, and I am very excited but also nervous.  I really hope I can stick with it.

If anyone has any advice, I’d really appreciate it!

 

Monday of last week I weighed 148.8, and Monday of this week I weighed 147.2.  Overall, I am relatively pleased with myself.  I kept up my work out routine and I generally ate pretty healthy.  But I did not do as well over the weekend as I know I could have.  I help bake and worked for a bake sale for an organization called Children of Rwanda, and I admit I was not very strict with myself.  I was surrounded by cookies, brownies and cinnamon rolls (which means my conscience goes out the window) and I had a little bit here and a little bit there and in the end it added up to a lot a bit.  Other than that though, I am pretty proud of myself.  I know this week will be better because I know I am capable of better!  I am excited to see how things go.  I really need to drink more water though.  I have CA Standardized Testing this week and my permit test.  I have not been on top of it so far, but the week is young!

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 ;)