Monthly Archives: March 2013

Ja @Ja on the RUN

March 29, 2013

I’ll be busy for the next few days renovating my blog! So excited to finally have my own domain! Yay! 🙂

Thanks to those who participated in my giveaway. I truly appreciate it. It was fun brainstorming with you guys for a new blog name.  I just hope the transition will go as smooth as possible. I am so excited to launch my new blog soon! 🙂

I hope you guys will continue to join me. 🙂

Have a great weekend! 🙂

Spring, Where Are You?

Yup, this is our weather today.

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It’s still snowing since yesterday here. It’s supposed to snow nonstop until tomorrow night. I am desperately waiting for the spring but the winter just refuses to leave. Maybe we should send our seasons a calender so they will know when it’s time for them to make their entry. Spring, it’s really time for you to come in. 🙂

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So, I was under the impression it was spring. This was my attempt to do yoga on a warm sunny day. (LOL!) 🙂

Photo Mar 25, 9 35 11 AMMy husband and I were supposed to go out yesterday morning to go running. That was the plan. But this weather really drained our motivation to go outside. If it wasn’t below freezing I would so be out running. We ended up just staying home. 😦

I got bored. I couldn’t just let this weather stop me from working out! What’s a girl to do?

Play POP Pilates DVD! 🙂

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I really like Cassey Ho, the pilates instructor. She’s very motivating. She’s the blogger behind Blogilates. I found her You tube videos when I was looking for a good Pilates DVD. I got hooked on her videos and decided to get her POP PIlates DVD.

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Cassey has a very bubbly personality.  She is great at explaining the moves and motivates you to fight through the pain and burn! She does the workout so effortlessly! I am amazed at how she still manages to keep the conversation going while in those difficult moves and positions. I was like “How can she even talk doing this spider plank, LOL!”

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Her workouts are definitely a killer. The moves are tough which I like because I get challenged more, but, she always provides modifications. I am a bit sore right now as I type this post. I don’t mind, it only just means I had a great workout.

As she always says in her videos, “Sore today, strong tomorrow!” 🙂

If you’re looking for a fun Pilates video and at the same time challenging, this is it! I definitely recommend this DVD for all fitness levels. But for those of you who are new to Pilates, it’s better if you check out her videos for beginners first to prep you for the more intense DVD workout.

Oh, you should check out her Blogilates Shop. She’s got some cute inspirational tanks, pretty gym totes and yoga bags.

Have you done Pilates? Love it? Hate it?

Does the weather affect your motivation to exercise?

Have a great week!!!

(P.S. My giveaway is still up. Head over to this link if you want to participate:))

Long Over Due Liebster Award

I can’t believe I have let so much time pass since receiving this award from one of my favorite bloggers, Wendy @slowgirlfastdog. It’s better late than never! 🙂

So, here is my long overdue ‘thank you’ for a Liebster Award nomination.
Thank you so very much, Wendy! I am over the moon with gratitude. I love your blog so much and I admire all your posts about your accomplishments! Keep it up! 🙂

Since it’s my second time getting this (my first one here), so I kinda already know how it works. (I am humbled and touched that you guys want to know more about me).

To accept this award nomination, there are a few things I must do.   Here goes…

The Rules for the Liebster Award are as follows:

1.) Link back to the blogger who gave you this award – DONE! 🙂
2.) Post 11 things about yourself – See below
3.) Answer the questions asked of you – I enjoyed answering your questions, Wendy.
4.) Create 11 new questions for your nominees to answer
5.) Nominate 11 people you think deserve the award and link them to your post
6.) Go to their pages and tell them they have been chosen

11 Random Things About Me.

1.) My name Jaliza came from three different names – Janet, Lita, Zaida.
Lita is my mom, Janet and Zaida are my mom’s bestfriends and my godparents. When they were in college, they agreed that whoever gets pregnant first should name her child after their names. My mom had a baby first and Jaliza was born – that’s me! 🙂
I thought it’s a pretty cool thing to do among friends. 🙂

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Me with my godparents and mom on my wedding day
From L-R: Janet, me, Zaida, Lita (my mom)

2.) I love vintage. There’s something about it that I find interesting. Think back to the days of old where the guys wore suspenders & newsies, and the ladies wore beautiful dresses with delicate lace gloves -1940s era. I love old suitcases, old pictures, vintage frames, etc. I have always been amazed whenever I see pictures and movies from the old times. I find it artsy & classy. Visit my pinboard for my collection of pictures of my favorite vintage finds.

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I had to incorporate my passion for vintage design to my wedding. 🙂

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Engagement Pic

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Guestbook Area at our Reception

Post cards as our guest book alternative

Post cards as our guest book alternative

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Vintage typewriter

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set cards area.

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Our bridal car

3.) I love earth tones.
Every girl loves color pink. That is the typical stereotype. However, I don’t belong in that category. I don’t hate pink; it’s just not me; not my personality. It’s not the first color that I would choose for myself. I love the colors green, brown, beige, warm gray, orange, cream, and purple, hence, the color palette I chose for my motif during my wedding.

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wedding day shoes

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4.) I prefer wearing flats than heels.
I honestly prefer wearing flats and sneakers. I wear heels for certain occasions but that’s it. I don’t want to wear them daily. Wearing heels can be very uncomfortable for me. They hurt my feet after a long time walking in them. I feel relaxed and comfortable using flat shoes. During the wedding, I changed into my sneakers for the reception. My husband and I did a crazy dance opening and I needed to be comfortable. Plus, I knew I was going to do a lot of walking to entertain guests. It definitely was a great idea!

Wedding Shoes | Athlete Within Ja

*** Oh, looks like I’ve shared quite few of our wedding pics. 🙂

5.) I love Word Games. I’ve mentioned in my previous Leibster Award that I love Scrabble. There is also a game called Scramble, which I play every free waking moment on my iPhone. I think my addiction is getting pretty bad. Sometimes when I close my eyes, I will see a board of letters and start making words in my mind. I even had a dream about playing! It’s crazy!

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Let’s play! Just search for my user name: JaML905

6.) I am a little neat and clean freak. I hate it when our house gets cluttered! I like things to be in certain ways. I get anxious if something is even a little bit out of place. I also make sure I disinfect our kitchen countertop after using them. It relaxes me when the house is clean and everything is in order. With that being said, let’s proceed to the next one.

7.) I make all our visitors take off their shoes. We walk through mud, the bathroom floor at a gas station, garbage juice, dried vomit, and all kinds of toxic waste outside. I don’t want that tracked inside the house because I do some exercises in my home that involves lying on our carpet floors. Sometimes, it feels awkward to ask guests to remove their shoes but I found a way to politely ask them to do it. I made this cute sign and hung it outside of our front door. Thanks to Pinterest for the idea! 🙂

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This little sign is perfect! They get the message and they remove their shoes without me telling them. I know not everyone that comes over are prepared to go shoeless. So I placed a basket filled with soft guest slippers in all sizes by our front door. That way, our guests would still be comfortable to walk around our house.

8.) I hate the taste of beer. It just taste terrible to me. I’d go for wine and cocktails for alcoholic beverages. 🙂
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9.) English is my second language. Tagalog (Filipino) is my first. My husband and I are fluent in English and Tagalog. When we have a child, we want him/her to learn both languages well.

10.) I love scented candles. After a workout, nothing beats taking a warm shower with a very soothing, menthol scent of eucalyptus scented candle. So relaxing. 🙂

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11.) I get so cold easily. I am so terribly sensitive to the cold especially my extremities, fingers and toes. I love winter and snow but I have cold intolerance. I need to really bundle up when we go out in winter months. I am truly thankful for discovering this wonderful product – Hot Hands hand warmers. It’s a savior! In addition to gloves, I have Hot Hands inside.

I enjoy outdoor activities in all seasons. In the cold months, I have to find quality winter gears and clothing perfect for me or else I’ll die of hypothermia (LOL!). One of my favorites is the Columbia base layer socks. I wear them to go snowboarding, running outdoors in the cold or even on regular days. It is very effective in keeping my feet warm. They have it in colors blue, black (which are the ones I got), and pink (told you, I am not a pink person).

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11 Questions Wendy asked me:

  1. What was your favorite comic strip as a child?
    I was a fan of Archie comic books. I grew up with Archie, Betty, Jughead, Veronica, and the rest of their gang. 🙂
  2. Do you own any pets?  If so, what kind?
    I don’t have pets. Unfortunately, I suffered from Bronchial Asthma as a child. Having pets will trigger my asthma symptoms.
  3. Why do you blog?
    I started blogging to keep track of my progress and I wanted to share my love for running. There’s no other social media out there that gave me this sense of belonging. Blogging to me is a community of like-minded people who all share the same passion, hopes, and dreams. It is such a positive place to be when I’m feeling down. People say I inspire them, I’m inspired by them too! The support I get from the blogging community is just awesome.
  4. If you could only own one book, what would it be?
    The World Almanac because it’s packed with information.
  5. Do you color inside the lines or outside?
    Inside the lines… @@
  6. What word would your mother use to describe you?
    My mom is a Psychiatrist, so she would describe me as crazy. LOL! 🙂
  7. What word would your best friend use to describe you?
    My husband is my best friend, he describes me as crazy too. Hmmm.
  8. What is your biggest pet peeve?
    Boastful and arrogant people.
  9. Have you ever been in a bar brawl?
    Nope and I don’t intend to.
  10. Do you believe in ghosts?
    I don’t. I shouldn’t but I still really can’t sleep alone at night without a night light.
  11. What have you done to prepare for a zombie invasion?
    Interval training workouts to improve my speed and endurance. I need to run faster than a zombie. :p

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Now, your turn guys!

Nominees I would love to know more about:

1.) Nicole @Fruit ‘N’ Fitness
2.) Cori @Olive to Run
3.) Kidd @Memoirs of a Kidd
4.) Tink @The Running Paintbrush – love her paintings!!!
5.) Kate @Run with Kate
6.) Cait @The Arty Runnerchick
7.) Catyo @My Pursuit of Happiness and Skinny Jeans
8.) Stacy @Will Run For Glitter
9.) Amy @The Tiny Terror
10.) Ella @Pursuit of Health and Happiness
11.) Jypsie @Board N Ready to Go

My questions for you:
1.) Tulips or Roses?
2.) If you receive one million cash, how would you spend it?
3.) When do you blog?
4.) What is your favorite day of the week?
5.) Pilates or Yoga?
6.) What is the kindest thing you did?
7.) What is your greatest achievement so far and why?
8.) What’s something you learned recently?
9.) What is your favorite store to buy your workout clothes?
10.) What is your favorite item you own?
11.) What is your biggest goal this year 2013

Just want to say to the bloggers I nominated that I love reading your blog, your adventures, recipes and I look forward to all your posts! 🙂

THANKS and have a good day!!!

P.S. My giveaway is still up. Head over to this link if you want to participate. 🙂

Happy First Day of Spring!

Hello everyone!

Happy first day of spring!! Spring is officially here! We survived winter! There are still some patches of snow and still freezing cold up here in Ohio but I know that warmer times are just right around the corner. I’ve said this countless times – I love snow but I can’t wait to run outside in shorts!!!

I’m so ready to put away our winter coats and scarves. They take too much space in our closet. I’m pumped about the new season and waking up to a bright morning like today! It’s really bright out so I’m rocking my new sunnies today. 🙂

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Want my Bulu Box shirt? Click on the pic and check out my giveaway. 🙂

My favorite thing about spring is all the bright and beautiful colors. I also love the warm sun and the cool breeze touching my skin.

But, I don’t hate winter because I love snowboarding. All the snowboarding adventures and trips I had with my husband during the winter was a lot of fun!

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(Related post: My Holiday Recap (Part 4): My First Run in the Snow!)

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I now look forward to more running adventures this spring. The best thing about this season is the weather. There’s nothing like a good run on a nice, crisp, sunny day. When the weather is perfect, not too hot, not too cold, your body is comfortable, your breathing is easy and the sun feels warm on your face. These are the days when you love being a runner.

By the way, I got my POP Pilates in the mail yesterday! If you haven’t checked out Blogilates, you MUST. She is an amazing trainer and I love doing her workouts!
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What’s your favorite thing about spring? Do you hate winter?

Wishing you all a beautiful day!

Please don’t forget to participate on my giveaway going on through the end of March. 🙂

-XoXo

❤ Ja

Own Domain Soon + Giveaway! Giveaway!

I finally decided. it’s about time my blog go from a wordpress.com to my own domain! 🙂 Wuhoo! 🙂

I started my blog last Summer (July 2012) to write all my adventures about my new found passion – running. It’s only been 8 months and I am overwhelmed by how fast my blog has grown.

To all my readers, commenters, followers, friends, family and fellow bloggers, thank you all from the bottom of my heart. You guys are amazing. Thank you for supporting my little blogging adventure. Thank you for all the nice comments and messages. You are all so encouraging especially in times when I doubt myself. I appreciate everyone who stops by and visits my blog. I really do. When I’m out, some people even come up to me and say that my blog inspires them. Wow, I am humbled, truly humbled. Thank you all so much! ❤

I think it’s about time, too, to create an FB page link to my blog – so my FB friends who care less about running, healthy food choices, etc, are not bothered by my links and information  (haha). While I “wish” everyone would care more about being healthy and active, I know that’s not our world today. I would rather share and talk about all these to people who are into it and share same interests as mine. 🙂

I named my blog “Athlete in Me” – as it was the first thing that popped into my mind. I really did discover the “athlete in me” when I started running and joining races, so I went ahead and used it. I had no other ideas at the time. I knew I wanted to blog about my training to inspire others and keep me motivated.

AthleteInMe.com is already taken. It’s a very common phrase. Then I changed it “Athlete Within Ja” to kind of prepare myself for the change when I buy my domain. But this name I didn’t feel like it’s “me” anymore. If I had known my blog would eventually lead to this, I would have taken more time to think of a better and unique name.

Although I have already ideas in mind of a blog name, I want to expand my choices! I’m open to more ideas and suggestions.

I’d like to ask for your ideas, something creative, clever and “me” (see About Me page for ideas). I’m not opposed to a running-related name as long as it’s available for domain use.

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And yes, you get a prize if I pick you! 🙂

So, let’s talk about what I’m giving away.

I’m giving away a box of goodies! 🙂

Have you heard of Bulu Box?

Bulu box is a monthly subscription box that lets you try different vitamins, supplements, health and weight loss products for only $10. You are sent a bunch of different health and wellness products, vitamins & supplements each month that you’ve probably never tried before. You can choose a month to month subscription so you can cancel at anytime and resume at anytime. Nice!

They offer two box types to choose from:

Bulu Box: As the first and only vitamin and supplement sample box, this box includes a well-rounded sampling of vitamins and supplements that help in all areas of health. Each box contains 4 to 5 premium samples plus lifestyle extras from time to time. Every box is a feel good discovery.

Bulu Box Weight Loss: As the first and only weight loss subscription box, this box was designed with the specific goal of weight loss in mind. Each box contains 4 to 5 premium weight loss items such as vitamin and supplement samples, fitness gear and healthy eating tools. Discover products to help you succeed with weight loss.

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The kind people over at Bulu Box sent me this month’s nutritious goodies to try and share with you.

It comes in the mail in a super cute orange box!

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I like how their box has motivational quotes printed all over it.

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I first saw this super cute card with a sweet hand written message for me. 🙂

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They also sent me this motivational sticker. 🙂

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Inside was a pamphlet with an exercise guide on one side and information about the products in the box on the other side.

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Here are the products included in this month’s box:
* Dream Water
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* Q Speed CoQ10 100mg
Photo Mar 15, 12 14 12 PM * Prolab Quick Fire
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Photo Mar 15, 12 15 03 PM * AeroShot Energy
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The only product I’ve tried among these is the aero shot. I’ve tried it before when we went snowboarding and they certainly do work. It kept me energized for long hours on the slopes. 🙂

My thoughts: I think it’s a great concept. The convenience of trying one sample before committing to the full size version in specialty stores is worth it!

Everything in this box (well, except for my greeting card) will be yours if I pick you. 🙂
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And, Stephanie from Bulu Box was kind enough to include a free technical shirt (your choice of color and size)! Nice! 🙂

I have one in pink & I love them! It’s so light and soft! 🙂

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65% polyester
35% Ringspun Cotton

I’ll post the winner on March 29, 2013 (Friday). So, stay tuned! 🙂
FYI: I can only send to US and Canada.

Meanwhile, if you like to subscribe to Bulu Box, I can hook you up with a FREE BOX or $10 off for your first month.

Sign up through this link or enter this coupon code: BULUGAN984 at checkout.

FYI: Bulu Box sent me a complementary box to try. All opinions in the above post are mine and mine alone! 🙂 Visit their website for more information about their service.

I can’t wait for your ideas! Thanks everyone!!! 🙂

-XoXo-

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UPDATE:

Congratulations Memoirs of a Kidd! We picked you to be our winner!
Thanks guys for participating!

I’ll be busy for the next few days renovating my blog! So excited to finally have my new domain! Yay! 🙂

How Was Your Weekend Running?

How did you spend your St. Patrick’s Day? Did you run a green race?

So awesome to see pictures and read so many stories of people rockin’ their races this weekend! Way to go, everybody!

Here’s something I did yesterday…

I woke up early to attend yoga class.

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No, it wasn’t a requirement to wear green, but I just felt like wearing green since it was St. Patrick’s Day.

After yoga, I hit up Lululemon for a little retail therapy. 🙂

I got a cute running shirt and a matching headband.

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This top feels amazing! From the moment I put this on I knew I had to get it despite the crazy price tag. I had the “what the heck!!!” look inside the fitting room when I saw the tag. Oh well, sometimes Lululemon is just what a girl needs. 🙂

So, did you race in one of the many half marathons this weekend, or just went out for run?

Whatever race you’re doing, remember to finish strong…not like this… LOL! 🙂

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-XoXo-

Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day everyone!

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Pi Day? … I just saw that all over Facebook today. Apparently, it’s a day to commemorate the mathematical constant π (pi). You know, March 14? 3/14? Oh, ok I got it! LOL!

So to celebrate this mathematical day, my husband and I did a 3.14-mile evening run! 🙂

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A pic of my husband’s watch.
I got a little carried away with mine and went 3.16 on accident! LOL!

I wore my Sweaty Bands today. This is my absolute favorite headband – I literally wear it almost every time I work out. I got the sparkly black to match all of my workout gear and regular clothes. I love that it stays put during my workouts, even during burpees! Haha.

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I love my Sweaty Band so much that I will be ordering more colors. Sweaty Bands company offers more than thousand colors, patterns and print combinations. They grip and hold your hair during the most strenuous of workouts, all without slipping, pulling or tugging. You can even custom design your headband too. I love the fact that their main office is located here in Cincinnati, OH. So close to me! 🙂

They’ve just launched their newest collection – Sweaty Safari Collection. I am affiliated with them, that means, all my readers can get 5% off when you use my link to purchase.

Click on the banner below and save 5% off your purchase.
affiliatebannerAfter our run, we hit the weights! My husband made me do a lot of upper body workouts today.

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I know my arms are the weakest part of my body. I used to not be able to do push ups or get anywhere near a pull up bar. Doing kickboxing and Pilates, I noticed that I am slowly improving. I now can do a number of push ups and pull ups. I realized that our bodies are stronger than we think and capable of more than we expect.

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That’s it for now. I am feeling good tonight but I know my body is going to be sore tomorrow. :/

Goodnight everyone!

Did you earn your “pi” today? How many miles did you run/walk?