A Few Short Letters to 2016...

10:34 PM KyannaSimone 0 Comments

Dear 2016,

You're a new kind of stupid...

Just kidding, but let's be real you weren't the best to me, but you taught me a lot, 2016, and for that I thank you. 

I understand that I needed to go through the hardships in order to enjoy the good times and realize that there is more to a year than just "living in it." By this, I mean that I have learned to fall in love all over again, I learned to let go of my fears and let life take me where it will. If I was going to "take chances and make mistakes," I first had to take chances and then make mistakes. Without learning and understanding this concept, I wouldn't have fallen in love, I wouldn't have given myself the chance to be with someone who I feel completes me, I wouldn't understand what it means to have a soulmate and most importantly, I wouldn't have been true to myself. 


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Dear 2016,

You're a new kind of stupid...

Just kidding, but let's be real you weren't the best to me, but you taught me a lot, 2016, and for that I thank you. 

This year you've helped me understand that everyone is only meant to be in your life for a certain amount of time and when that time is up, it's up. There was no use in holding on to dead relationships with family members and friends. There was no use in trying to get people to understand what they mean to you and the impact they have on your life. This year I realized that I needed to drop the negative energy and create positive ones. If I was going to go through this year with the trials and tribulations, I needed the right people by my side going forward, and you taught me to "live and let go."

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Dear 2016,

You're a new kind of stupid...

Just kidding, but let's be real you weren't the best to me, but you taught me a lot, 2016, and for that I thank you. 

Living in the moment was something I struggled to do. I always needed to plan and coordinate and then plan some more. When I realized that the moment was something to live for, I did and it was enjoyable. 2016, you taught me that every adventure doesn't have to be regulated. Every journey doesn't have to be sought out weeks before. Part of the adventure is living in the moment and going for what's in front of you instead of planning for something to be in front of you. My nights have become longer and my conversations have become deeper.

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Dear 2016,

You're a new kind of stupid...

Just kidding, but let's be real you weren't the best to me, but you taught me a lot, 2016, and for that I thank you. 

"Keep your friends closer and your enemies far away." It's usually, "keep your friends close and your enemies closer," but you know what? That's what I took away from this year. I understood that if I wanted to be successful I needed to be around successful people, If I wanted to keep my light shining bright I needed to not be around people that weren't going to help that process. I started to keep these people far away from me. I started to realize that these people loved the drama, loved the suspense and the instability of life. They fed off of that drama to keep them motivated and I just didn't operate that way, because of that they became enemies and I had to let them go. I realized that I needed to stop fighting other people's battles and fight my own. If I was going to conquer this life, I needed to do it my way and not the way of anyone else.

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Dear 2016,

You're a new kind of stupid...

Just kidding, but let's be real you weren't the best to me, but you taught me a lot, 2016, and for that I thank you.   

Family can surprise you in the best and worse way. This year you taught me that it was time to leave the nest and be on my own. By my will or not, it wasn't really up to me, but it was something that had to happen in order for me to grow up and finally take charge of my own life. Sucks that I had to lose an important, key figure in the process, but what needed to be done, needed to be done. Because of this I learned to stand on my own two feet instead of crawling on my knees. Life has currently gotten better, but this past summer it was one of the worst things I've experienced. I had to turn my back on people I've known for my whole life in order to live my OWN life and once I came to terms with that, my life only became easier. The bond was already weak, it just needed to be broken. 

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Dear 2016,

You're a new kind of stupid...

Just kidding, but let's be real you weren't the best to me, but you taught me a lot, 2016, and for that I thank you. 

I. AM. ME. I can only be who I am from this point forward. I can't apologize for the person someone wants me to be. Because I will never be that person and I will never amount to anything in their eyes. I will never be that person because I will always be a failure to them and I refuse to live in that shadow. I will never be that person because I can't and will not allow myself to be controlled.  I will never be that person because I know who I am and I want to live for me and not for the likes of others. If others like me then that's great, but if not then that's okay, because I've learned to live with that fact. I am the person who I want to be by my standards, I have people in my life who support me and don't wish to control me. The friends I have today and the ones who I've known the longest and the ones who want me in their lives for me. The family MEMBER I have in my life loves ME for ME and doesn't want to change who I've become and who I'm becoming. The partner I have in my life is loving me because I. AM. ME. The people I've lost along the way are the ones who don't see me for who I can be. I can only hope to meet new people who will support who I am in that point and who I will be becoming as well. I love me more than ever and that's the most important because 
I. AM. ME. 



Thank You 2016,

Xo. KissTheRunner 






Happy Holidays!

1:29 AM KyannaSimone 0 Comments

Happy Holidays!

Hope everyone is enjoying this time with their family and friends, or even if you're alone this holiday, enjoy that time as well. As the year is winding down to a close this is the perfect time to reflect on the year and its the triumphs as well as the challenges. 

This is the time to think about what your 2017 should look like, what goals do you want to accomplish. The conversations that you're having with yourself now should ultimately set you up for the year and years to come.  

Enjoy the season, enjoy the holidays and prosper in the new year. 

Until Next Time beauties. 

Xo. KissTheRunner

December Goals!

5:26 PM KyannaSimone 0 Comments

It’s the last month of the year and I am so excited because I’ve decided to do a “December goals” post. But why now? Why make goals for the last month of the year? Simply put, I want to set myself up early for success in 2017. I’m not interested in the “new year, new me” slogan. I’m more interested in starting my success in the last month of 2016 and bringing that over into the New Year for more success to come.
All this talk of “December goals” and we actually haven’t discussed what they are going to be, and more importantly, why I chose these specific goals.
Lets get started…
1) Running everyday at least a mile (except weekends):
            Why: I’ve seriously been slacking on running. I mean slacking, there’s no other way to get around it. And if I am trying to run next year as much as I did in 2015, then I need to get myself in order from now.

2) Drinking two bottles of 32oz of water daily:
            Why: I have also been slacking on water and sadly picked up drinking soda every once in awhile. In turn, my body does feel different, a little less moisturized and a lot drier than I remembered, and also, who wants dry skin?

3) Lose 10 pounds:
            Why: I mean who doesn’t want or need to lose 10 pounds, right? Like I said, this is only the beginning to kick-start what my goals are for next year. It’s not hard at all to lose 10 pounds in a month, so why not get started this month?

4) Blog at least six times this month:
            Why: I’ve also been slacking on blogging and connecting with the blogging community. Blogging is something I love doing and a hobby of mine and I just let it fall by the wayside. Blogging six times this month is only going to gear me up and keep me on track for next month and year when I want to increase my traffic to what it once was.

These are all my goals for December, small but attainable. I truly believe goals are a great way to keep a person on track and can be used as a gentle reminder if you ever forget what it is you’re trying to achieve. Next year I will set even more challenging goals as well as keeping in mind what I am trying to accomplish for 2017.
Until next time beauties.

Xo. KissTheRunner

Berkshire Tights Review

2:19 PM KyannaSimone 0 Comments

Happy November and hoped everyone had a good Halloween. I did and for the first time I went trick or treating in a long time. No seriously, it’s been while since I’ve been trick or treating and I decided to hang out in Connecticut with my girlfriend and my friends, (who are like family to me so for the purposes of this post and going forward they will be now referred to as family) which was an amazing experience.

But that’s not what this post is about. This post is about my Halloween costume and the tights I wore. So for Halloween I was Wednesday Addams, wearing a black dress, a white shirt, Berkshire tights, black socks and a large black sweater.



The Berkshire tights were given to me by Lipton Publicity to try and review. I am not a person who usually wear tights, but I figured I would give them another go around in hopes of changing my mind.

Now I must say for a person who doesn’t wear tights, I was very pleased with the quality of the product. Very easy to stretch and very easy to get into. Not too thin and not too thick when it came to these tights.



The only thing I didn’t enjoy about these tights was the crotch area. For me, they didn’t go all the way up and in turn my thighs rubbed together and that made it very uncomfortable for me to walk all day in the tights. I was constantly pulling them up, but in turn that didn’t work either. So I’m guessing they were too small.

In turn, the tights were amazing and I would recommend them to anyone who’s looking for tights. Just make sure you get the right size.

Until next time beauties.


Xo. KissTheRunner

My Current Workout Plan

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Just because I decided not to run the NYC Marathon doesn't mean I'm going to be sedetary. I've made a compete workout plan for myself and will be following five days a week while taking Saturdays and Sundays off. 

In order to be a stronger runner, one must prepare herself for that and that means strengthening every single muscle group. 

Here's a basic routine I came up with for now. In a couple of weeks time I will change it and make it more challenging. When a body comes understanding of workouts it says constant, thus need edit the change. 

Here the plan...

Squats with weight 
Push-ups 
Sits ups with ball  

---- 3x15 

Crab walks 
Bicep curl to overhead press 
Russian twist 

---- 3x15

Deadlifts 
Dips 
Leg lefts with arm raises 

---- 3x15

Glute machine 
Lat pull down 
Mountain climbers 

---- 3x15

1 mile run 
Wall sit 

Nothing really too major as a beginners program but I know I am going go see some results from this. 

Until next time beauties. 

Xo. KissTheRunner

My Final Decision About Running the NYC Marathon

5:45 PM KyannaSimone 0 Comments

8:32am, September 5th I opened my eyes, examined the room and looked back on the events of the weekend, turned over to my girlfriend who I know was awake and uttered the words, “I don’t think I’m running the marathon this year.”

She looked at me and asked, “how did you come to this decision?”

Please keep in mind this decision wasn’t easy to make, I’ve thought about it over and over again, countless times about what I can do, how can I still run and I had no solution. When I realized I had no solution, I took to my girlfriend and we talked about this for weeks before this decision was made. No matter what, I know she would still support me.

“Running the media mile on Saturday (9/3/16) opened my eyes to how prepared for the marathon I was, and that wasn’t a good indicator.” I replied.

As I kept talking to her, a lot of thoughts came to me, a lot of questions had been answered. I wasn’t in ANY type of shape to run 26.2 miles with only two months left to the marathon, I tried running 12 miles a few weeks back and only got through four of them, my situation in June tied me down and I completely didn’t regain my life back after that, my legs were still very sore after running a mile, and so on. There were countless reasons and some could say excuses as to why I couldn’t and didn’t want to run this marathon but the biggest one stuck out to me.

I simply just wasn’t ready…

I wasn’t ready to completely train for that distance again, I wasn’t ready to put my body and mind into a place where I needed to do a long run every weekend and do smaller runs during the week, I wasn’t ready to change my habits of eating and working out when I just went through a life change. I wasn’t ready for any of that.

Trying to run without training was also a cause for injury and I didn’t want my first marathon to be marred with “the time I got injured because I didn’t train properly.” If I was going to run this marathon, it would be a place where I was 100% ready and confident that I can pull it off and also at a place where I was going to enjoy myself running and I knew I was in no condition to do that.

I cried after I uttered that sentence, it was so hard for me to say, to hard for me to believe. I spent the year before qualifying and making sure I had my spot for the marathon. I also got into the marathon via race free which was a blessing and a load off my shoulders, so not running made it seemed like everything I was did was a total and complete waste of what I previously accomplished.

So where does that leave me now? With exactly a month to the marathon to go, I have canceled my entry and I am now focused on me, building myself up to a place where I am confident in my abilities to succeed. I am focused on growing my business and moving. I’m focused on becoming a stronger version of myself both physically and mentally and getting back into the activities and hobbies that I loved.

I am not giving up running, I am only want to prefect it as much as I can so I can be fully ready to run the marathon again when the time is right. Until then, this is the decision I have to live with.

Until next time beauties.


Xo. KissTheRunner