Heart Ball

At the beginning of the year, I wrote a post all about the color red, in support of an initiative that I support: Go Red for Women, an American Heart Association initiative. Well, I'm back with a personal update and some information about the upcoming HEART BALL

First of all, let me tell you this post is not so much about interiors. That is the industry we're in and the primary focus of this blog, but I think a personal blog from time to time is probably OK, don't you think?

Back in January, at the time I was writing about the Go Red for Women initiative, I was personally at my highest weight and least healthy state. I had felt like a bit of a hypocrite writing about what it meant to go red for women (healthy diet and exercise etc.) as I wasn't doing those things at the time, myself. 

This experience did remind me though, that I ought to be. It reminded me that my heart health is important and vitally so, particularly as I have a young daughter that I want to be around a long time for and that I want to set a healthy example for.

It alone did not change me in January. But, it did wake me up and finally this past April, as I was just about to turn 40-years-old, I decided it was time to make a change. For good. Not to simply lose weight but to change my life. 

{Scenes from my morning runs + walks. I love taking in all of the beautiful homes in the area I live in. Mine is a modest sweet little home, but we're surrounded by such grand, beautiful homes with stunning views. If I'd only thought about my love of homes as a motivator to getting out and running sooner!}

I have so much to be thankful for in my life: my husband and daughter, my successful career, my loving friends and family, yet for too long, I'd been dragged down by the lethargy of my unhealthy ways. I no longer wanted to just look longingly upon the habits I wanted to embody and think that those were reserved for "other, healthy" people. I deserved them and could achieve them too, it just required a commitment to it and when you really stop and think about it, why should it be difficult to literally commit to doing what you wanted to do?

So, I began my journey.

Early on, I knew that a workout buddy wasn't necessarily the right solution for me, though the accountability that it typically provides is! So, I started a private Instagram engagement pod (basically a private conversation that takes place entirely through Instagram messaging) and a separate Instagram account for my health and fitness endeavors to have two outlets of accountability for myself. 

These two outlets proved to be an incredible source of motivation for me. And, in a way, because I had created the private instagram group, I felt that I had to set a good example. So, I "couldn't" slack on it. You may consider starting your own accountability group, or joining one. They are a great source of daily inspiration and motivation.

Between my private group and my new fitness instagram account, I told myself that I "have to" post daily on how I was living healthfully that day. This helps ensure that I do, in fact, do something to live healthfully that day!

I also have recorded my intentions for the day every single day for the last 5 weeks into a simple FIT journal I picked up at Target on a whim. I'd owned it for months before starting my first daily entry but now, I've found that upon my waking at 5:30, I set my intention in that journal and every day, I meet that intention.

My journey has been 5 weeks long and I am half-way to my weight goal. I do plan to continue to build muscle beyond that goal and don't care what that does to my number, I just want to be strong and healthy and keep up with my 2-year-old!

Below are a few pics from my rundanzirun Instagram account. I do run again, but I also walk on average, 12,500 steps per day. That baseline goal of 10k steps per day - which I've met (and exceeded) for a month now, ensures that I am always being active. I do not take any rest days from steps. This is just an active lifestyle. Additionally, I do a workout (mostly 21-day fix) 5-6 days per week. This is what I want my lifestyle to be. An active one. This is helping ensure my own heart health.

I've also received a lot of great advice and guidance from my cousin Calie, who is a health coach based in LA but can work with anyone, anywhere. Her sister Autumn's 21-day-fix workouts have been building my strength and confidence nearly daily now for almost 21-days!

I guess this lifestyle is in my blood!

The American Heart Association was kind enough to invite me to this year's Heart Ball. I am particularly excited because It gives me more motivation to be fit and healthy as I'll have a black tie event to get all dressed up for now! Though, it should be noted...I am not getting fit for the sole purpose of losing weight. I have been carrying too much weight, it's true. But, it had been making me so very lethargic and tired all the time. Celebrating my 40th birthday was the final motivator for me. I knew that if I didn't start this healthy lifestyle right away, I would become more vulnerable to cardiovascular issues than I already had begun to be. 

And that is what the AHA is all about! Their mission is:

Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Our mission drives everything we do. 

Well, that is something I am very proud to support!

I hope you'll consider joining me on Saturday, June 10th 2017 at the downtown Cleveland Hilton for a night of so much fun and glamour!

6pm

cocktail reception

silent auction

7:30 pm

dinner

live auction

open your heart appeal

9:30pm

event concludes

overtime party BEGINS!!!

The event is a black tie event (so fun!!!!) and includes valet parking. If you haven't yet been to the fabulous downtown Cleveland Hilton, now is your chance and do it in style no less!

I hope you'll also join me in my journey back to a healthy lifestyle. We can lift each other up and encourage each other in reaching and surpassing goals. It's a lifestyle shift that improves every other area of your life while you're at it! find me on Instagram: @rundanzirun

Thanks for your letting me slide this non-design post in. I promise I won't do it often and though the AHA did provide me tickets, every single word here was heartfelt and my own. This journey has been life changing. 

Get your tickets to this year's Heart Ball HERE!

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More design posts coming up! 

Up next: a look at a 1920's gem currently for sale. We'll show you the house and mock up what we would love to do with it if we were buying it! 

Coming soon: A Feng Shui for the Modern home Sneak Peek! We'll soon be offering these services and we first want to tell you a little general information about how Feng Shui works and how it can change your life!