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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Tuesdays with Kerin: 9 Days In

Happy Tuesday!

So, here I am, 9 days deep into my 30-day wellness challenge, and I must say, things have been going well – pun totally intended! The physical health challenges were a piece of cake, and now we've transitioned to focusing on nutrition. Admittedly, I did have a little slip-up already. The goal yesterday was to incorporate a serving of fruits or vegetables with every meal. While I managed to have a hearty serving of cabbage during lunch yesterday, I fell short because I didn't eat breakfast and dinner. Nevertheless, it's all about progress, not perfection, right?

I got back into the swing of things with my training last week. Four runs, two killer training sessions for both upper and lower body, and even squeezed in a 30-minute mobility session. Ah, it felt so good to be consistent again! On the running front, I conquered my longest distance yet - a 7K, which is equal to just under 4.5 miles. Surprisingly, I completed it in nearly an hour, surpassing my own expectations. Who knew I had it in me? Just gotta triple that distance, and boom, I'll be ready for a half-marathon!

In other news, I'm contemplating breaking up with Hello Fresh. Don't get me wrong, I love the convenience, but let's face it, I'm not always faithful in cooking those meals, and they end up sadly going to waste. I mean, I enjoy them when I do whip them up, but is it really worth the dough? I've got enough recipes up my sleeve now to hit the store and grab the ingredients myself. Decisions, decisions. I'll probably stick around until I use up those credits and discounts though. Food and nutrition are my biggest struggles on this wellness journey, but I'm trying  to get better, so I'm always looking for an easy way to get my nutrients!

Switching gears to sports, the Rockets can officially bid farewell to the post-season. Bummer, but hey, the Warriors game was still a blast! Now I can fully throw my support behind them – not that I have high hopes for them going all the way. East? Celtics all the way. West? That's a tough one this year, so many powerhouses!

Aside from the Rockets game, my only other adventures out of the house was trips to the movies. Watched Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire again – still a thrill! And oh, I had a Spooky Saturday date with The First Omen, which was meant to be followed by a Mystery Movie Monday. But thanks to Reddit warning me what the movie was, I switched to an Early Access Screening of Civil War. Best decision ever – loved every minute! All in all, a fun-filled week at the movies. Can't wait for more adventures ahead!

Weekly Obsession: Alright, let's be real here - I may have developed a slight addiction to Threads. I seem to be dedicating an excessive amount of time to this app, but truth be told, it's incredibly enjoyable and interactive. Unlike the chaotic and often toxic environment of Twitter, Threads offers a refreshing experience. However, what truly captivates me within Threads is the vibrant running community. Their unwavering support and helpfulness have left me utterly obsessed.

What I'm Reading: So, I may have hit a bit of a reading slump this week. I keep telling myself I'll pick up The Idea of You again, especially with the movie release coming up, but let's just say it's been a struggle. Must. Push. Through. 

What I'm Watching: Peaky Blinders is still holding my attention. Although I missed an episode of Shogun last week, the silver lining is that I now have the pleasure of indulging in two episodes this week! And of course, Sundays are reserved for Tracker, even if it's not exactly winning any awards in my book. Oh, and Ripley has me hooked - new binge-worthy show alert! And let's not forget my mini Timothée Chalamet film festival...Beautiful Boy was my go-to sleep movie, but then I finished it, so now I've moved on to Bones and All.


Au Revior,

~Kerin

Friday, April 5, 2024

In My Wellness Era: My Journey to a Happier & Healthier Life

Wellness is incredibly important to me because it encompasses all aspects of my well-being – physical, mental, and emotional. It is a holistic approach to living a balanced and fulfilling life. When I first embarked on my health journey, my main focus was on fitness and physical health. It all began with my decision to start weight training. At first, it was a simple desire to improve my physical strength and tone my body. Little did I know that this decision would have a profound impact on all aspects of my well-being. 

My Fitness Era 

During my fitness journey, I gradually transitioned into a more balanced approach to wellness. It all began with my decision to venture into weight training, a realm I was unfamiliar with. Starting from scratch, I found myself gradually developing newfound strength and seeing improvements in my endurance. As I became more committed to my training regimen, I realized that the benefits extended far beyond just building muscle.

One unexpected consequence of my weight training was a positive shift in my eating habits. I started to pay closer attention to the fuel I was putting into my body, recognizing that nourishing it with wholesome foods was essential for optimal performance and recovery. This newfound awareness led me to make healthier choices, embracing a balanced and nutritious approach to my meals. The impact was incredible. This change in my eating habits not only helped me reach my fitness goals faster, but it also made me feel better overall. I had more energy and was able to perform better during my workouts.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Tuesdays With Kerin: The Return

Welcome back to another edition of Tuesdays with Kerin! I know, I know, you've been eagerly awaiting my return, right? I'm thrilled to be reconnecting with all of you for our weekly catch-up session. For my loyal followers, you already know the drill, but for those new to the scene, this is where I spill the tea on what's been happening in my world each week.

So, this week has been pretty chill for me. I laced up my running shoes and tackled another 5k race because apparently, I just can't get enough of them. It's my fourth one this year, if you count the virtual race I did to make up for oversleeping on the Lucky Charm 5k. Whoops!

I've been trying to get back into my running groove after taking a little hiatus. It feels like I'm starting from scratch, but hey, I'm determined to push through and get my endurance back. It's probably a good idea to reincorporate strength training into my routine to enhance my stamina for those long runs. Back when I achieved my personal best, I was diligently hitting the weights. Fortunately, my home gym is decked out with all the necessary gear, so I can sweat it out without stepping foot outside.

I've got about 4 weeks left in my 5k training block, and my goal is to conquer a 34-minute 5k. Then, it's on to 10k training. The grind never stops!

Friday, March 29, 2024

Makeup, Breakup, and Makeup Again

Have you ever felt like your relationship with makeup was more than just cosmetics? I certainly have. As a makeup enthusiast, my journey with cosmetics has been a rollercoaster of self-expression and self-doubt. It all started with a love for creativity and self-expression through makeup. But as time went on, my relationship with makeup became a crutch, a mask I couldn't take off. At one point, I found myself so entrenched in the world of makeup that I couldn't bear to face the world without it. The daily ritual of applying layers of foundation and mascara became more of a necessity than a choice, leading to a detrimental impact on both my skin and mental well-being.

I had to reevaluate my relationship with makeup and rediscover the joy of embracing my bare face. The breakup with makeup was necessary for my skin and mental health. And now, I have found the confidence to rock makeup again, not as a crutch but as a tool for creativity and expression. 

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