Pictures this,  you're on your phone scrolling through the feed of some social network. All you see are pictures of amazing people doing amazing things. Your first reaction may be happiness but after seeing 10 or 20 of these you start wondering why you're life isn't like that. Slowly you start to develop a weird feeling in your gut. That feeling is most likely jealousy.

This happens to each and every one of us and it is absolutely normal... and healthy. However, what's not healthy is when you think negatively of that person or feel they don't deserve what they have. We don't know someone's struggles and what they have to face each and every day. So before you start to judge them always try your best to keep that in mind. Here are some ways to ensure you stay positive and avoid letting jealousy turn you into a negative Nancy :)

Hidden Insecurities - usually when we become jealous of someone it's because we want what they have. That may be their good looks, vibrant personality, great job, etc. Maybe you're jealous of that super fit girl because you really want to get in shape. Maybe you're jealous of that beautiful girl and thinks she wears too much makeup because you secretly wish you looked like her. Whatever it may be you just have to know that when you feel jealousy you should take a long hard look at yourself and honestly find out why you feel that way.

Use it as inspiration -  rather than moping around feeling negatively towards a person you should use their success as inspiration to work on your own goals. Seeing someone prosper should not be the source of your unhappiness. In fact you should remind yourself to feel happy for that person thereby freeing yourself of any destructive emotions that would hinder you from reaching your own goals.

Don't be so hard on yourself - you have to understand that everyone gets jealous at some point in their life. When you find yourself becoming jealous of someone try your best to remember that it's a normal human emotion and that you have full control over how you choose to react. I would suggest that you remain grateful for what you have, change what you aren't happy with and be happy for what others accomplished.

Each morning I make a point of taking a few minutes to reflect on all the things for which I'm grateful. I am thankful for what I have so far and that motivates me to reach my future goals. So the next time you feel jealousy rearing it's green little face be sure to remember that it's normal to feel that way. All you have to do is be sure to avoid any feelings of negativity and instead try to refocus that energy on being happy for that person and motivating yourself.


I want to start off by saying that I'm not a professional runner. I'm not a certified fitness trainer and I'm not particularly super fit :) But, I am runner. I love running and I've been running for as long as I can remember. So with that little intro let's get to some tips and tricks on how to become comfortable and even good at running.

Running Shoes - Yes running shoes can be expensive and it's really hard to spend that much money on a pair of shoes that really doesn't look good with anything other than running clothes. But if you aren't willing to invest in a solid pair of shoes I would suggest you try a different exercise method. Running can be very hard on your knees, ankles and back. If your shoes aren't a good fit, worn out, or not meant for running you can risk some serious injury. If you're tight on cash keep an eye out for sales. Sports Authority usually has great in-store sales and you can get Aasics (my favorite running shoe brand) for as low as $35. Be sure to get your running shoes 1/2 a size larger than your regular size. So for example, I wear a size seven in heels ad flats. For my running shoes I go for a 7.5 and I wont go lower or higher than that. If you do, you will risk getting blisters and other injuries.

Running Clothes - You don't have a spend a fortune on running gear but you do need clothes that wont chafe and allows you to breath. I prefer to wear capri spandex as I have zero thigh gap lol. Be sure to invest in a good sports bra as well. Get a band width or two smaller than your actual bra. You really want a sports bra that holds you in. A little trick I do: When you're in the changing room jump up and down, jump down into burpees and then up into high knees. If the bra holds you in then it's a keeper :).

In terms of running socks I would stay away from traditional bobby socks and even ankle socks that aren't meant for running. You will risk chafed ankles and blisters if you don't wear the correct socks.

Stretch - stretching is almost more important that the actual running itself. Stretching your calves, quads, hips and hamstrings is a sure fire way to prevent injuries. The most common running injuries are shin splints, pulled hamstrings and muscle strain. Keep your muscles flexible and they will be less prone to injury. I highly suggest yoga. If you can't get to a class, just watch a video on YouTube from any popular yogi of your choice :)

Start Slow - Have you ever heard someone say to walk before you run? Well there's a lot of truth in that. You really want to get your body used to that motion. I would start by walking for 2 or 3 days, slowly increasing your mileage each day. Then I would start picking up my pace a bit to a fast walk. Then from there transition into an easy jog and when you're comfortable with that you can feel free to start running.

Cross Train - Getting to be a good runner means you have to cross train. You need to work on your legs, arms and abs. With a strong core section and lower back and hips you prevent back injuries by maintaining a proper running form (head level, shoulders relaxed, back straight, landing between your tip toes and center of foot rather than heel, steady breathing). Strong arms help carry you the extra distance and help with balance and form control. Legs are your biggest assets when it comes to running. Be sure to do lunges, squats and other various explosive leg exercises to keep them strong.

Build Up Endurance - Whenever I get back into my running routine I start small and build my way up. I'll literally go to the gym, run for 10 minutes, stretch and then leave. Each day i'll add 3-5 more minutes, continue to stretch and slowly start adding in free weights and body weight training. The important thing is to be patient with your body. Trying to do too much too soon is just asking for an injury.

Diet - by diet I don't mean you need to restrict your meals and start calorie counting. I mean you need to be careful what you eat as it can potentially cause cramps during your run and lower your performance. Be sure to hydrate all day before and after your run. 30 minutes before your run eat something light such as a banana or apple. After your workout feel free to have some lean meat and veggies, peanut butter, or more fruit.

Happy running guys. Remember it's a process but you'll be so proud of yourself and you'll love how you look and feel! It might seem hard at first but most of it is mental (i.e you're really not tired but your mind is telling you to stop lol). After you run continuously for 10-14 days you'll start getting the hang of it and start to see changes in your body. :)


Beginners Guide To Running

by on Friday, November 13, 2015
I want to start off by saying that I'm not a professional runner. I'm not a certified fitness trainer and I'm not particularl...