Recently I met someone who had just started running. I swiftly suggested the "Couch to 5k", which she had already said that she was doing. My next suggestion was to get a good running playlist. Lots of people overlook this step, but for me it's crucial. Before I share it with you, I need to provide a little bit of backstory. A few weeks ago while I was on vacation and jonesing for a run, I realized I had forgotten my ipod charger. Yes, I know I could have just used my phone, but I like what I like, and I like my little old 2007 ipod nano. I took to facebook to poll my friends as to where the best place for a cheap charger would be, and I got lots of comments from people who run without music. Um, I'm sorry what? Yes, I said WITHOUT music. They suggested that running without music will allow me to be alone with nature, feel more peace, and help me to be more grateful. I totally get it. I do. And looking at those making the suggestion, I am not surprised at all. They were all really wonderful, lovely human beings. Of course they would feel that way! But while peace and love may motivate some (and I'm sure that this divulges more about my character than I'd like to admit)...this girl runs ANGRY. I think about people who've called me fat over the years. I think about men who wouldn't date me because I was "too big" for them (and yes, that really happened). I think about people who have done me wrong professionally. I even think about the people who may be driving by me thinking "she doesn't need to be out here in a sports bra." These things motivate me. They help me to keep going. And maybe this is wrong...Maybe I need a therapist...But for me, running has become my therapy, so that when I get home, sweaty and exhausted, those feelings are behind me and I can go through the REST of my day in peace.
Hi! I'm Andrea Cummings. I am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle that I can MAINTAIN and that still lets me feel like I'm not being deprived. I like to exercise, but I also love to eat (nachos!). My main focus is to be healthy, not skinny, and to help others do the same! I love Jesus, but I also say fuck a lot, so if you're offended, I may not be the gal for you.