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A Commitment To Myself After One Year of RAD Living

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since I started this site.  The past 12 months have definitely been full of big highs, like starting my own businessa trip to Disneyland and Barbells for Boobs, but there were also quite a few lows as well, my winter funk, a devastating miscarriage, and the loss of a mentor.  And that’s life…ups, downs and all of the in betweens.  We can only learn from our experiences and move on.  I know I’m stronger and wiser (that’s debatable) because of them….so let’s move on!

Moving-On

This year I want to make a commitment to myself.  A commitment to be a better person, a happier person, a healthier person!  I can only be successful if I commit to being the best self I can be, and I can’t be there for others if I don’t take care of myself.  So here are some of my goals.

1. Eat Better & Drink Less

Don’t we all find ourselves saying this…A LOT?!?  I know I do.  I go through ups and downs all the times.  I have a cupcakes addiction and I really enjoy martinis…sometimes I indulge in both things a little too much.  With the summer and my CSA providing fresh produce it’s much easier to stay on track right now, but I want to stay on this path!  My goal is to follow the 80/20…80% of the time eat well and 20% of the time enjoy those indulgences.  

2. Stick to a Training Plan

Time and time again, I’ve tried to map out my training for upcoming races or competitions and every time I fail.  EVERY. TIME.  I have 2 events coming up this fall, the Disney Fit Challenge and the Wine & Dine Half Marathon.  I am determined to make these events GREAT!  Starting next week, I will be following Jeff Galloway’s training plan for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon which has two 30 minute runs and one log run per week.  I will also continue with CrossFit 4-5 times per week depending on my schedule.  This plan means that there will be many days where I will have to run in the morning and then WOD in the evening.  To ensure proper recovery, I’ve also incorporated one full rest day…I know that will definitely be needed.  Now all I have to do is stick with it!  Easier said than done…      

3. Schedule My Time Better

Time management is probably the biggest lesson I’ve learned since becoming self-employed.  Your day can get away from you so quickly and because I’m working from home there are other distractions like laundry and cats.  Scheduling has become a necessity and I need to make it even more detailed going forward.  My goal is to actually block out my day for business development, client projects, blogging, training and personal time.  I think this will be key to having less stress and getting projects done on time.

4. Give Back to the Community

I really want to volunteer this year.  Whether it be with a local community group like the United Way, or at an event like the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, or simply handing out water at a local race…I need to do something.  I am so grateful for all of the volunteers that have supported me in the many races I’ve done and 

5. Love the Ones I’m With

My family and friends mean the world to me, but do I always let that show?  I’m not 100% sure.  This year I want to make more of an effort and let everyone in my life who means something to me know it.  There will probably not be and grand gestures here, but just picking up the phone more often to check in or simply sending a card to let you know I’m thinking about you.  Everyone needs to feel special…especially if they are 🙂

6. Be Happy

I started down the road to happiness the day I quit my job and I never want to veer off of it!  It has improved my health and overall well being.  It’s amazing what living in a toxic environment will do you not just your motivation, but to your physical health.  I aspire to be happy every day and love what I do.  When it comes down to it, that really is what life is all about.

Sometimes being selfish is ok.  It just consists of a balance of doing what is right for you while being there for others.  It’s a continuing juggling act, but as time passes I seem to get more and more balanced.  I’m committing this year to be better and be even more RAD than before.  

Thank you for reading, commenting, and being supportive over the past year.  I hope you will continue to stick around and share your journey with me as well.  This little blog has opened the door to so many opportunities and has introduced me to amazing people.  I can’t wait to see where the next year brings!

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Week 3 of the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge

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Well week 3 was VERY different from the first 2 weeks.  I started off the week great and ended it up in flames with a beer in one hand and banana fritter in the other.  If you’re gonna go down, do it right!

Let’s start with the positives….exercise.  Early in the week, I got 2 PRs that I was really psyched about!  The first was a 5# increase to my dead lift.  I didn’t quite make it to my goal of 230# because my back was feeling tight and we had 70 lighter dead lifts later in the WOD.  But I’ll take that 225# with pride!  I also increased my strict shoulder press PR by 4# to 74#.  Being the girl who never had any upper body strength…that’s a big deal!

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225# baby!

Then later in the week I headed down to Walt Disney World for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend.  Not only did I run 10 miles and get this awesome medal:

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But I did a TON of walking around the parks!  Not only is Disney always a super fun vacation, but it’s great exercise.  Check out my FitBit stats:

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Both Saturday and Sunday include the 10-Miler since the race started at 10:00 pm, but subtract that and you have around 18 miles of walking in 3 days!  It’s a great way to burn off all of the not so good for you food that you consume while there, which leads me to the negatives for the week…the food & drink.  

Serious Paleo Challenge FAIL.  I knew this was going to happen since this trip was booked before I started the challenge, but I really fell off the deep end.  Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival is going on right now and it is my most favorite time of year.  How can you go wrong with strolling around World Showcase sampling food and drinks from all over the world?!?!  So I did just that, I ate and I drank, then ate and drank some more.  And you know what?  I really have NO guilt about it.  I had so much fun that I am ok with a few days off track.  RAD Living is all about balance and I would’ve been miserable if I didn’t enjoy myself with my friends.  So I had a blast and we’re moving on…

However this weekend has put me in a bad spot for the challenge.  I’m now only doing 17% better than the rest of the participants, compared to an already not very impressive 39% last week…yikes!  

Lurong Diet Stats Week 3

Basically all I can do is just get back on track this week and do my best.  It’s a new week! At some point I have to get in WOD 5, which is a combination of power snatches, kettlebell swings, ring rows and box jumps….should be interesting.  

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Introducing RAD Living!

Thanks for stopping by!  RAD Living was born out of my love for life and my desire to share what it has to offer with the world.  There are some pretty amazing things out there, but I never realized it until I actually started opening my eyes to it all.

You may know me from Running at Disney, which I started in January 2012 as I was training for my first half marathon.  runDisney was the catalyst that sent me on my current journey of living a balanced, healthy life and gave me the courage to put myself out there.  I have had so many amazing opportunities, met a ton of inspiring people and have since run 5 half marathons and 1 full marathon.  All things that I never thought I would do.  But there is so much more to me and my life than simply running and Disney.

I'm a Marathoner!

I’m a Marathoner!

My newest love is CrossFit.  I started almost a year ago as a way to improve my running, but I have found a passion for the sport that was surprising to me.  I had always hated weightlifting and toning exercises because I found them so repetitive and boring.  Well CrossFit is just the opposite and it is extremely rewarding…who knew I could lift over 200 pounds?!?  I want to share more about my experience in this crazy and exciting sport!

Chalk Monster!

Chalk Monster!

If you follow me on Instagram (which you totally should be if you’re not!), you know I’m a huge foodie.  I love to eat food, I love to cook food, I love to dine out…you name it!  I have my Friday Feast series on Running at Disney, but I want to dive more into the world of food and drink locally here in Connecticut.

LOCAL, LOCAL, LOCAL!

LOCAL, LOCAL, LOCAL!

There are so many more things that I want to share and experience that don’t quite fit under the Running at Disney umbrella.  I live in Connecticut and this area is full of hidden treasures.  Since I spend 95% of my time in the Northeast, it makes sense to highlight all the wonderful things this area has to offer.  I’m getting excited just thinking about it!

No worries, Running at Disney is still alive and well!  I don’t think I will ever lose my obsession love for Disney or runDisney events and I will continue to cover all of that over there.  RAD Living is just an expansion, a growth, a quest…and I hope you will follow along and join me on this RAD journey!  Make sure to follow me on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram to get all the latest updates!

Oh and cats…there will obviously be cats!

Cleo&Neala

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