Friday, April 17, 2015

Post-running injury disorder.

As I've been making my way back from my hamstring injury in November, I've realized something about myself: I am, on the one hand, full of joy because I am running. On the other hand . . . I am full of fear . . . because I am running.

This is real.

I've been contemplating signing up for a 5K now that I'm able to run 5 miles comfortably. But, I haven't pulled the trigger. I just keep contemplating it.

And I keep talking myself out of signing up.

Why? Because I'm afraid of re-injury, sure. But why else? Because I'm -- and this is so vain I don't even like to admit it -- well, I'm afraid my race time will be too slow.

Now, before you jump all over me and say that slow is relative and my slow is someone else's fast and all that  . . . let me stop you and say, I know all that. I do. And I get it.

However, it does not change the feeling that I have about my times. I don't really care what my times are in relation to anyone else's times. I care what they are in relation to me. And now I'm feeling like my speed is gone. Like I'm at that point where I'm not getting any faster and, in fact, will see only slower times ahead. Like I'm the Pokey Runner. 

This is totally a case of post-running injury disorder.

See, I spent 9 weeks not running At. All. And when I got back to it I was running only a half mile at a time. I can totally understand why I was feeling unsure about my running back then. Even when I'd gotten up to a full mile, I was still feeling pain.

Now, though, I'm not. I'm good to go. Good to run. Good to race.

So, why not go for it, already?!?

It's the fear. I know. And I know I've got to get over it.

Today, I actually made a little progress. I ran 4+ miles and then tacked on 5 hill repeats (for about another mile). This was the first time I've run anything close to speedwork since before the marathon. It was a big step, for sure.

We'll see if it helps shake the fear. 

I need that powerful weapon back!

I'll be working on it. 

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Get started with essential oils.

One thing I hear from people who are interested in essential oils is that they aren't sure where to start. The whole essential oil thing seems overwhelming. What to buy, how to use it, where to find information.

If that sounds like you -- you're interested in enhancing your health and wellness with natural solutions but you're confused and don't know where to start -- then today is you're lucky day!

I'm here to help :-)

If you just want quick info -- and don't want to read through all my background stuff -- feel free to go right to my doTERRA web site. You'll find a lot of good info and a quick way to sign up and get your oils. You can also visit my Essentially Happy Living Facebook page where I post a lot about essential oils and other natural solutions.

OK! Let's get down to business!

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are volatile aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. Not only do they smell great (in most cases!) they also protect plants from disease and predators and they help with plant pollination.

And what they do for plants, they can help do for people. Essential oils have been used for ages to support health and wellness. Recently, people have started using them more and more. And I think that is awesome! Why not return to nature to support your health?

Check out this video to learn a little more:

How Do I Order?

You can purchase doTERRA essential oils and wellness products either at reduced prices with a wholesale account, or you can pay full price by purchasing at retail (visit my doTERRA web site to purchase retail).

I recommend opening a wholesale account because not only do you get to purchase whatever you'd like at 25% off the retail price, you also can get in on the many benefits that a doTERRA wholesale account offers.

Opening a wholesale account is super easy and no pressure whatsoever. Sure, if you fall in love with the products and you read the compensation plan and decide you want to sell, you totally can. But you will never be pressured to do so.

Here's the low-down on the wholesale membership:
  • $35 enrollment fee
  • 25% off the retail price of anything you purchase
  • Eligible to earn doTERRA's FREE product of the month
  • Option to earn 10-30% of your totaly order back in FREE product credits
  • No purchase minimums
  • No obligation to sell -- but you do have the opportunity to earn if you'd like

Ready to open a wholesale account? You can get started right now at my doTERRA web site.

What Should I Buy?

Here's the truth. The BEST option if you're getting started is to purchase one of doTERRA's enrollment kits.

The kits rock! They have the wholesale membership fee included in their price AND they have a discount worked in as well. Basically, the kits give you what you need to get started at whatever level works best for you.

I recommend getting started with the Home Essentials kit. It includes 10 of the key essential oils PLUS a Petal diffuser. If you get this kit, you will be on your way to enhanced health and wellness, no doubt!

There are plenty of other kit options and you can check them out on the doTERRA web site

What Do I Do Next?

If you're ready to get started and the information I've shared has been helpful, feel free to go ahead and visit my site and choose the option that works best for you.

If you still have questions, I'm here to help! You can email me at felicehalf at yahoo dot com or send me a message through Facebook. I'd be happy to chat on the phone and walk you through your options as well -- just send me a message or email and we can set that up.

And, let me just say this: When you enroll with me, you're going to have my support throughout your journey with essential oils. I can't stop myself from sharing essential oils with others and I'm full of enthusiasm to share with and support everyone who enrolls with me! I want nothing more than for you to have the same level of success and enhanced wellness that I've had, thanks to essential oils.

In addition to my personal support, you will have access to a private customer group on Facebook, where users share success stories, ask questions, and share other resources in a supportive environment.

They have made a huge impact on my life. What can they do for you?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

March recap.

And justlikethat my mileage tripled!

In February, I ran that half marathon over the course of the month. In March, I logged a full 36.4 miles. Look at me go! Almost 10 miles a week. A far cry from where I was last fall -- and also a far cry from the big fat zero miles I ran in December and the half mile I ran in January!

So, there's that. And I'm not mad about it.

In fact, I'm thrilled. Because, really, my running is picking up right as the weather is brightening up. And what could be better than that?

I'm ready for April! Ready for more miles! Ready for springtime running!

Almost . . . almost . . . ready to get a race on my schedule. Almost.

Baby steps. Or baby runs, as the case may be!

Have a great weekend, everyone!!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Deep Blue.

Who gets a little muscle soreness from time to time? You? Well, if you're active -- especially if you run -- you probably do. I know I do.

I've written a little bit about my love for essential oils before, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that I turn to them when I have muscle soreness these days. One of my favorite products is part of doTERRA's March promotion, so I have to share it with you guys!

doTERRA's Deep Blue rub is awesome. I seriously love it. I wish I could share all of the stories from people who have used it for their joint and muscle ailments with "holy WOW, that's amazing!!" kind of success.

But it would be going on for too long.

So I'll just give you a small sample, starting with my most recent experience.

You know how I'm just getting back to running after my hamstring injury, right? Well, the first two times I ran outside were my longest runs without walk breaks. I felt good, sure, but the day after each of those runs I felt weird. My legs hurt in a really weird way. I mean, they almost felt like I had run a marathon the day before, instead of just 3 miles.

Deep Blue helped me out BIG TIME and stopped the weirdness!

Over the weekend, I taught a class where one of the women there had joint pain in her hand. She tried a little Deep Blue on it and could NOT stop raving about it.

See, Deep Blue soothes sore muscles and joints and it also supports healthy circulation. It is a great tool for all of you athletic types to have on hand :-)

OK, you're thinking. Sounds good. But what the heck is this Deep Blue, anyway?Well, Deep Blue is

"a soothing combination of Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, German Chamomile, Helichrysum and Osmanthus . . . Deep Blue products are a powerful ally when suffering from the occasional achy muscles. By offering penetrating and sustained results, this blend helps in the fight against discomfort. Available as a cream or roll-on for easy application, Deep Blue Soothing Blend is what sore joints and muscles are crying out for."

Now, what of this promotion, you ask?

Well, this month, if you place any order of 200 points or more, you get a tube of Deep Blue rub and a bottle of Deep Blue essential oil blend FREE. That's an $81.67 value.

I'd love to help you get some Deep Blue for free!

If you are new to essential oils, you can learn a little more on this page or directly from doTERRA. You can also leave me a comment or send me an email (felicehalf at yahoo dot com) and I will gladly answer your questions or provide you with more information.

(Yes, I am a doTERRA wellness advocate and I use the products for myself, my family and share them with friends and others. To me, they are amazing!)

So there you have it, friends. I love Deep Blue and hope you get a chance to check it out.

Have a great week!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

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