Spreading the Health! {Friday Five Link-Up!}

You know that tragic Rebecca Black song about it being Friday? Of all the songs out there about Friday, THAT would have to be the one that has been stuck in my head all morning long. But just the chorus on a loop because that’s the only part of the song I’ve ever heard.

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Those girls are SUCH better dancers than me.

In other much more pleasant news, Friday means it’s time for my favorite link up with Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney!

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I really love the topic this week. Sharing my outlook on healthy living and fitness with my family, friends, and even strangers who care – and let’s face it…probably some people who really don’t care and wish I would just STFU already – has become a really big part of my life since I became a mom, a runner, and gotten myself into the best shape of my life post-pregnancy. I get heaps of joy out of motivating other people. One of my favorite things in the world – second only to someone complimenting me on how polite my toddler is – is when someone tells me that I inspired them to run, or try yoga, or do anything new that got them to step outside their comfort zone.

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5 Ways that Salt Spreads the Health!

1. THIS BLOG!

Shocking, I know. 🙂 The truth is, I started this blog with the intention of it being only for me; a place where I could write about my training and accomplishments and stuff about my life in general. I didn’t think anyone would actually read it or care about what I have to say. But then people did start reading it and the responses and the connections I have made have been so amazing. I’m just a regular mom with a big mouth who works full time and doesn’t have a lot of spare time. I hope that I can be some kind of motivation for others to achieve their goals when they feel like life is getting really overwhelming.

2. Telling someone when they need a break.

As important as exercise is to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I think it’s just as important to take some time for yourself to do things that you really enjoy. This doesn’t have to be anything fitness related. My husband has a really stressful job. He is also a hobbyist and loves to build and paint models, but with all the stress from work this hobby fell by the wayside for awhile. I spent a long time encouraging him to pick the paintbrush back up and finally he did and is having so much fun with it all over again (and doing some really excellent work too!) Work is still stressful, but by setting aside some time to take care of his mind and do something that makes him really happy, I know the edge has been taken off at least a little.

3. Being a positive role model.

This is getting easier and easier for me now that Betty is getting older. As her mom, I want her to follow her own path in life, but I do hope that I can set a good example for her and this became apparent the other day when she woke up early from her nap. I was about to do an ab video so I gave her a snack and put it on anyway. She joined me on the floor announcing “I DO IT!” and actually did her version of the exercises all the way through with me! I was stunned and more than a little proud. She has also run in her own event – the Play 60 Fun Run last September. She was the youngest one out there!

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I hope this is just the beginning of her appreciation for fun, physical activity. I’d love for her to run in a real race with me one day! (No pressure though obviously!)

4. Encouraging healthy habits.

From finally convincing my husband that it is important for him to eat during the day and not just have a giant dinner when he gets home, to talking friends into starting Couch to 5K and then signing up for a race with me. I encourage healthy habits – no matter how small – however I can in the most non-annoying way possible, of course.

5. A network of healthy friends!

This journey started for me in a Facebook group of moms with kids all born around the same time as my Betty who were looking to get back into shape post-baby. We still continue to motivate and inspire each other daily with accountability check ins, sharing recipes and new work outs, and just cheering each other on. These women are amazing. HUNDREDS of pounds have been shed. First 5K, 10K, half marathons, and marathons have been run. It’s so awesome to see these changes in people and the fresh new outlooks on life that have come along with them! My sole sister Helly is a co-moderator of the group with me as well as our wonderful friend Amy who has been on the most spectacular fitness journey! I don’t know what I’d do without those girls. I probably wouldn’t even be a runner now!

A life without running is not something I even want to think about. 🙂

How do YOU like to motivate others? What is the nicest compliment you’ve ever received?

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend and I’ll see you guys on Monday with a 15K recap! PRO Compression giveaway is still going on too!

~ Salt

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54 thoughts on “Spreading the Health! {Friday Five Link-Up!}

  1. emmelineruns says:

    I’m glad you found me so I could find you! I love giving running advice and helping people get faster or getting them to run at all. Having my best friend start running was the best thing ever for me, I’m so proud I inspired her a little.

  2. Kristin says:

    15K!!! Go get em tiger!!! 🙂
    This is a beautiful post and honestly, you’re such an inspiration to me!!! You have a beautiful child and a beautiful heart and you write some truly amazing posts!!! I definitely see that you serve as a huge inspiration to so many moms and to so many people out there (that want to start running or are running) because you are just SO amazing in the many avenues of life!!! Xoxo!!!!

    • runsaltrun says:

      Okay so you just got me a little choked up. Thank you so much! You are such an awesome and kind person and those qualities really shine through in everything you write on your blog. You really made my day with this comment. Big hugs! ❤

      • Kristin says:

        Awe, thank you!! I just really love writing how I feel and telling you what everyone else is thinking and seeing when they read your posts!! You’re fabulous, duh?! 🙂 Hehe, you really are though and everybody knows it!!

  3. Mar on the Run! says:

    lol, the dancing GIF kills me. thanks for linking up with us!! so happy to have found you 🙂 btw, I’m a huge Red Sox fan after my time in Boston, I want to hit up a game at Camden Yards this season!

      • Mar on the Run! says:

        I can always make it up for a game!!! When I lived in Boston getting to Fenway was easy, until they started winning 😉 Baltimore is a lot easier to get tickets. Football team aside, I really like Baltimore.

    • runsaltrun says:

      That is a FANTASTIC compliment! Knowing that you have made that kind of impact on a young person must be such an awesome feeling. You will probably stick in her memory as someone who she really looked up to for the rest of her life!

  4. piratebobcat says:

    Nice! You’re doing a great job! I use my blog to try to motivate people too. I’ve actually had non runners contact me to tell me I have inspired them to get running. That is awesome. I also occasionally volunteer to ‘coach’ people training for races through a few local running groups. It’s always great to see them reach their goals!

  5. txa1265 says:

    Awesome stuff! I have been working hard these couple of years to be encouraging of healthy exercise and eating habits. SO many people really have no idea what is good for them with all of the PR pushed out there, it is good to talk about healthy fats, how your body NEEDS all of the macro nutrients and so on.

    Being called inspirational is one of my biggest compliments, but honestly having Lisa tell me I looked hot in my running tights was the one 🙂

    • runsaltrun says:

      Hahahahaha!! I don’t even know Lisa and I can tell that she is such an awesome person. That is a fantastic compliment. 🙂

      Your blog is one of my most favorites because of all the great discussion points you bring up. I’ve learned so much from reading it! I think you are incredibly motivating too! (Heck you made me feel like a giant wuss all winter with your epic cold weather runs!)

  6. irishrunnerchick says:

    I always look forward to reading your blog posts. Your daughter is adorable!

    Someone once commented on my blog that reading it inspired them to get out and be active. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Have fun at your race! Looking forward to hearing how it all goes!

    • runsaltrun says:

      Aw thanks! You are awesome and I’m so glad we found each others’ blogs. 🙂
      That is such an amazing compliment. I totally agree with them too! Your blog makes me wish I could spend more time in nature. You are always out in the most gorgeous places!

  7. Button Tea (@Butt0n_Tea) says:

    I think you’ve mentioned that you go running on your lunch break at the office before. My lunch break just got extended to an hour and I’d really like to starting jogging and maybe start running but for now all I’m doing is walking because I don’t know how I feel about spending the rest of the day sweaty and offending my coworkers. Any tips?

    • runsaltrun says:

      I wish I had better advice on this, but often times I just spend the rest of the day sweaty and offensive. 🙂 I try to give myself 10 or 15 minutes to get cleaned up the best I can though. I don’t work in an environment where I really have to deal with other people very often so that is definitely to my advantage in this case.

  8. fitnessmeetsfrosting says:

    LOVE it! And you inspire me to become a better and faster runner! I spread my health schtuff on my blog and with family. With friends I wait until someone asks for my opinion or help- but with family (and close friends) you can bug them and give them your 2 cents about health whenever you want 😉 Ugh my boyfriend used to be like your husband with breakfast. He would never eat breakfast and would sometime not eat lunch until 2 PM (or not at all if he was too busy). I kept telling him how bad that was for his body- only took about 4 years of dating for him to finally start eating breakfast regularly haha.

    • runsaltrun says:

      You are the sweetest. 🙂 Thank you so much!
      Yes that is exactly what was going on. Now he eats breakfast (or has a smoothie or something at least) on most days, which I consider a huge win. I understand being busy, but come on…you gotta eat!

  9. littlegreenrunningshoes says:

    haha Salt I was singing that song on my way to work this morning. It just gets stuck in your brain and you can’t get rid of it!

    I love hearing about all the ways you spread the healthy cheer (yes I made that up) and I try to do a lot of the same. I think the biggest compliment anyone can receive is hearing when they positively affect someone else’s life.

    I love to keep other people happy and motivated by making the best out of every situation. It’s important to always look at the glass half full 🙂

    • runsaltrun says:

      It is the absolute worst and it’s STILL in my head more than 12 hours later. Luckily tomorrow is Saturday so I can move on to an Elton John song or something.

      I LOVE spreading healthy cheer! (And I love the phrase “healthy cheer”!) I totally agree with you. A glass half full approach is one I always try to take as well. I think that you are an INCREDIBLE motivator and I bet your classes are so much fun to attend!

  10. Running Betty says:

    I am so glad I found your blog! You’re funny and inspirational! I’m a single mom with a stressful career, and I started running 6 years ago when going through my divorce with my daughters father. It’s hard to put into words how much running has changed my life and how happy it makes me. Women like you helped motivate me to make positive changes in my life, and I have so much respect for how you live a healthy lifestyle and inspire others to do the same! 🙂

    • runsaltrun says:

      I totally agree with you. Running has been a game changer in a lot of ways for me too. Thank you so much for your kind words and I’m so glad we found each other’s blogs. I love connecting with other runners…especially running moms! You are amazing!

  11. txa1265 says:

    I really have a lot of thoughts on this … I love #2 as well – it is SO important to take a break, set up hobbies and priorities and so on. I have been trying to make more time for my music, but right now I am happy with how I am doing with other things … so cool your husband is back pursuing his hobby! It has been so long since I built a model (my boys never had that much interest … )

    • runsaltrun says:

      I am so thrilled he’s back to it! I think for a little while he was feeling down that I have my own interests (running, yoga, etc) and he was just working nonstop with nothing to channel his energy into besides that. He’s supremely talented and he seems so much more relaxed now that he has his creative outlet back!

      I don’t even understand how he does some of the stuff he does and I’m an artist haha.

  12. Meg says:

    That’s song is dreadfully catchy and easily gets stuck in your head.

    I also want to be a good example for my kids. R and I want our kids to be like us when we were young, and less like the current younger generation. Outside playing all the time and playing sports rather than on their butts inside playing video games. How can we we tell them to be outside and active if we are not setting a good example?

    I’d say the best compliment I’ve received lately was when R told me he was proud of me. He pointed out that any time in the past, I would have quit by now. He’s right. I never tried too hard at anything and gave up a lot. But I’m not now!

    And to boost you up some more, you already know this, but you were/ are a huge inspiration for me!!

  13. Chaitali says:

    I love number 2 about taking a break! It’s so easy to let that go by the wayside and almost feel guilty when you take a break, but it ps important for our mental health, and probably for the people around us too!

    • runsaltrun says:

      I definitely agree, especially the part about it being important for the people around us too! I know that I sometimes have a hard time hiding my stress level if I haven’t taken the time to relax in awhile. I don’t want to stress other people out too!

  14. Pandora Viltis says:

    You have such a beautiful backbend. I’m jealous ; I just found out I have restricted flexion in my lower back. I wondered why I struggled with some of the yoga poses and now I know. Hopefully with PT, I’ll get closer to looking like you.

    • runsaltrun says:

      Thank you. 🙂 After I had my daughter it took a long time to get back to that point because pregnancy gave me horrific lower back issues. Chiropractor to the rescue + Bikram yoga was a great answer for me. I hope the PT will help you so much!

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