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The Ultimate Coffee Date – March Edition

   

Ultimate Coffee DateIt’s been forever since I joined in the fun of the Ultimate Coffee Date link up so when I saw Laura’s post at Fit Running Mama I got inspired.  This link up is hosted by LyndaDeborah and Coco – big thanks for hosting ladies!  Please visit them and the other link up participants to learn more and catch up on what everyone is up to.

       

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I finished physical therapy last week for some pelvic floor issues and I really learned a lot.  Despite having taken courses in anatomy and physiology, I was woefully under-informed on just how much of a role the pelvic floor plays in stability and basically holding a whole slew of bits together (super scientific, huh?).  Did you know you can strain your pelvic floor?  You can even get tension spots since it’s basically just like any other muscle. Pelvic floor issues are not just for women who have given birth either.  They can affect anyone, even men according to my PT.  It’s looking like some of my issues may stem from years of sitting weird while being desk-bound at work.  I got this sweet cushion to sit on while working which not only helps take pressure off the pelvic floor.  It also helps to remind me not to cross my legs as much, which has been a terrible habit for years.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you 
I am so glad to be done with Whole30, but now I feel like I am sort of disconnected from food again.  I know Whole30 is not a sustainable lifestyle for me, but I do like the motivation that being on the plan provides.  As soon as we were done I found myself kind of flailing around, making poor choices simply because I no longer felt the constraint of the “rules” I had been following.  I really need to find a happy medium or I know I am going to slowly drift back into the place where I wasn’t happy and didn’t feel good.  Food is such a funny thing.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I have been seriously lacking in the fitness motivation department.  I have a routine I stick to for week days that gets me off my butt throughout the day, but beyond that I’ve been totally without any desire to do more.  I’ve really wanted to get outside when the weather has been good, but when it comes to putting on my shoes and going I just have not been able to do it.  It really stinks when you feel too cooked by everything going on in the rest of your life to make it out there.  I’m not even going to tell you how many miles I have logged against my 500 mile goal for 2016… eek!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’m applying for a teaching residency program in Kansas City.  I know the chances of getting accepted are fairly slim, but when I heard about it I was really moved to apply.  I screwed up my courage, lined up some references and soon the application will be submitted.  I had looked into teaching in the past, but the regulations seemed incredibly complicated in our state when you didn’t get a degree in education and you’ve been working in another field.  It turned me off on the whole thing, but this program navigates those challenges.  I am crossing my fingers even though it is wildly scary to think about all the things that would change if I did get in.

If we were having coffee what would you tell me? 🙂

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Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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The Ultimate Coffee Date – July Edition

   

Ultimate Coffee DateToday I’ve decided to join in the fun of the Ultimate Coffee Date link up. This link up is hosted by LyndaDeborah and Coco.  Please visit them and the other link up participants to learn more and catch up with what everyone is up to.

       

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I should be going gluten-free, but I am having a really hard time living with that.  I have felt terrible on and off for a long time and after quite a lot of diagnostics gluten looks like it may be the root of my issues.  While I know that I can live without it and have even done so in the past (hello, Whole30!) I’m fighting this change really hard even though I know it’s not good for me.

tomatoes_mini strawberry_miniIf we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’m really excited to start a new 5k training program.  I was recently contacted by a company to test out and review their new 5k training program.  As you may know, I am NOT a runner.  I love walking, but running has never been my thing.  I don’t feel like running is a necessity in a fitness program, but sometimes it seems like it could be fun.  This program will hopefully give me a chance to work up to actually running a distance.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that gardening is like my new zen therapy.  I always wanted to garden.  In fact, I wanted to buy a house just to have the space to do it.  It took 5 years to actually get going, but now that I’ve started I am in love.  I’ve already figured out that in my garden space growing stuff like lettuce and radishes may not be worth the trouble, but the tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and strawberries are well worth it, as are all the fresh herbs.  Garden is striking all kinds of chords for me – self-sufficiency, accomplishment, healthy eating.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’m glad it’s finally summer, but I will never love the heat.  I’ll be even happier when it starts to get cooler again, though I hate wishing the days away.

If we were having coffee what would you tell me? 🙂

Have a happy Fourth of July!
About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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