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For nearly the past year and a half, I have been running separate blogs for my fitness and food interests and conquests. However, after much thought, I have decided to go back to just one blog that talks about the whole picture, where it all started: See Sarah Eat.

I appreciate the support you all have given River City Fitness and while I will miss the uniqueness of this blog, I hope that I can recreate See Sarah Eat into something unique now. A blog about my life: food, fitness, faith, cute dog pictures, life issues, etc.

All of the posts from this blog have been imported over there but I will leave this one up, just no new things will be added from now on. I will also be deleting the Facebook page and other links to this blog on social media.

So come on over!

Thanks again,
Sarah 🙂

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I posted this same thing over at See Sarah Eat, so sorry if this is a repeat for you. It just means you need to check it out even more! 🙂

Have you checked out the new Healthy Living Blogs website yet?

If not, you must. It is a great resource, put together by healthy blogger Lindsey, where you can find blogs listed by location or A-Z, as well as posts by healthy living bloggers who are currently sharing what “health” means to them. It is very cool!

This blog is listed on there as well as my other blog, See Sarah Eat. I have already received an email from a fellow Louisvillian (Hi Rachel!) who found my blog through the website.

I love that this is going to enable us to make connections with like-minded people in our own areas!

Thanks Lindsey and everyone else who made this website possible. And go check it out if you haven’t already 🙂

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Hi friends!

Yesterday, I posted about my renewed efforts to journal my eating habits in order to fight off any additional weight gain and hopefully lose what I’ve put on the past few months. In addition to eating too much, my exercise habits have been suffering terribly.

I did pretty good last week and over the weekend I did a lot of walking. I’m still going to try to move as much as possible, but as far as structured exercise or stepping foot in a gym…I’m just not feeling it right now.

I skipped the gym yesterday because I had a doctor’s appointment that took forever and I ran out of time, then today I brought my clothes but I just can’t picture it happening.

I’m sure I could talk myself into it and get a modest workout in, but I’d rather wait until I am feeling 100%.  Until I am excited about it again. There is a bigger story to all of this but it’s not something I’m ready to post about just yet.

The past few days of food journaling have been great, so I’m hopeful that regular, beneficial exercise will fall back in line soon enough.

Thanks for your support 🙂

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Looking ahead

I’m sure the novelty will wear off eventually but as of right now, I am totally in love with my new workout schedule! I’m glad I can “fit it in” to my day amongst everything else I have going on.

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Before last week, I had been slacking a lot. My energy levels were suffering, I wasn’t sleeping well, everything was just out of whack. Even though I’m not making it my primary focus anymore, my weight was also starting to creep up on me.

I needed to shake things up, get a change of scenery and get back to basics. The gym came at the perfect time! I love having a place to go just about any time of the day for any length of time and it is right down the street from where I live. My only complaint is that I wish they had spinning classes!

Last week went really well for me as far as workouts go and I’m hoping the same will be true for this week.

So, here’s the plan:

  • Sunday – I did 30 minutes each on the elliptical and bike (while I read for school)
  • Monday – 2 mile run (morning-done!), Yoga class (after work)
  • Tuesday – Run with Farrah (after work), Body Pump class (evening)
  • Wednesday – Morning light cardio (elliptical, bike, etc.)
  • Thursday – Run (morning), Body Pump class (evening)
  • Friday – Morning light cardio
  • Saturday – 5 mile race!

No rest days? Yeah, I don’t do those too well when I get in my “zone.” Plus, I believe that “active rest” days are better for sore muscles, you just can’t overdo it. I promise that if I feel too tired or my body just can’t handle it, I will take a day off to rest up.

After a 5-miler on Saturday I can almost guarantee a rest day on Sunday! 😉

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Today, I read online the Top 5 fittest and sluggish cities in America. The top 5 fittest were not too surprising, including Washington D.C., Boston, and Seattle. But what did shock me was #5 on the most sluggish list…Louisville, KY.

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The list, which is put together by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) American Fitness Index, shows that Louisville actually got worse from 2009 to 2010, dropping from 38th down to 46th in the rankings of the 50 largest metro areas and their health stats, including “preventive health behaviors, levels of chronic disease conditions, health care access, and community resources and policies that support physical activity.”

I guess it shouldn’t surprise me. I actually still have to do a double take when I see someone out walking or riding a bike, unless it’s right next to a park. But it just makes me sad since I live here and I do make fitness such a priority for me, in my own life. But I used to be unhealthy and sluggish myself. So I guess I fit in more in my hometown back then.

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However, I sort of feel like it’s a sign. I’ve long been interested in a career in the health and fitness field (which I am now going to school for) and what better place to use that interest to promote fitness in such a sluggish place?

There are already some local efforts going on today, like the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown movement and a city-wide weight loss program called Lose It! Louisville.

And I do have hope that some day, Louisville will be fitter and hopefully lose their place on the “sluggish” list for good! I hope I can be a part of that.

How does your city rank? Check out the original article here and the full list of 50 here.

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I’m a Beautiful Blogger too!

The very sweet Jessica of Let’s Get Fit has awarded me with the Beautiful Blogger award 🙂

This is a first for my fitness blog and I feel very honored!

Here is how it works:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award. –Thanks Jessica!
2. Paste the award on your blog.
3. Link back to the person who gave you the award.
4. Share seven interesting things about yourself.
5. Nominate up to 7 more beautiful bloggers.
6. Link the bloggers you nominate.

Here’s 7 “interesting” things about myself.

  1. I write a food blog called See Sarah Eat (shameless plug).  I have found that keeping food and fitness blogging separate helps me keep my thoughts organized which means better blog writing!
  2. I have been with my husband Josh for almost 11 years, married for almost 5! 
  3. I have very eclectic taste in music ranging from heavy metal to ambient nature sounds. The Goo Goo Dolls are my all-time favorite band. Did I really just write that?
  4. Mouth noises are my biggest pet peeve. That and when people pronounce words incorrectly, misspell words, improperly use grammar, etc. 
  5. I’m deathly afraid of spiders.  
  6. I have a Bachelor’s degree in English (see #4) and Art History. 
  7. I am an only child so my girlfriends are like my sisters 🙂

And now for the 7 bloggers that I’m tagging with this award:

  1. Mari from Namaste Mari 
  2. Amanda from Two Boos Who Eat 
  3. Erica from Faith, Family & Fitness 
  4. Kim from Kim’s State of Food
  5. Carrie from Happy Vegan Yogini 
  6. Mama Pea from Peas and Thank You 
  7. Lauren from Eater Not a Runner

Man, only picking seven was tough. But I’m glad to share this honor with those ladies.

Have a great weekend 🙂

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I was supposed to run 4 miles today. Hmm…

I had actually not felt like doing it all day but I thought it was just because I was doubting myself or just being lazy.

But when I left work, I actually felt really good and had my route all planned out, so I was ready to go!

Then, as soon as that cold air hit me as I walked outside, I said “Uh, no!” I chickened out!

I ended up visiting an old friend I hadn’t seen in a loooong time.

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I did the elliptical trainer for 45 minutes!

I felt like I went pretty slow, but I had it on the “fat burning” program, so the resistance was intense. But I noticed that I did not burn as many calories as I normally would. I thought it was just this machine, but apparently it is a big ol’ fitness fallacy!

I’m glad I still got a workout in today, even if it wasn’t a 4 mile run. I just wasn’t feeling it today and I’ve found that it’s always better to go with your gut.

I’m starting to think that this program has me running too many days per week. I think I’d be more comfortable at 3 or 4 days/week (as opposed to 5), I just need to figure out the miles spread.

It’s not that I can’t run 5 days a week. In fact, I have felt pretty good, no soreness or anything lately. It’s just that mental burnout I am afraid of. I don’t want to get tired of running!

I haven’t been able to do a long run on a Saturday in a few weeks now and this week isn’t looking much better. We are expecting more snow!

Runner: How many days a week do you run? Mileage?

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