Training Continues

I haven’t stopped training and I haven’t stopped tracking with various forms of tracking methods.  What I have stopped doing was updating my blog weekly with the recaps.  To be honest, I think “oh, I’ll just update every two weeks.”  But then that comes and goes and I still haven’t updated anyone on my training.  So, here goes the few weeks of training recaps as well as the Weight Watchers updates.

Training has continued to be 5 days a week.  I have 3 run days and 2 cross training days.  I am using the 80 day obsession sessions for the cross training.  I actually want to complete this entire series when I am done with my half.  I may modify to keep 2 running days a week because I want to keep up some distance running.  I’m loving the 80 day obsession workouts because they are hard but they don’t include a lot of jumping and lunges, both of which my knees can’t handle.

My running has increased and my longest run so far completed is 7 miles.  I’m actually ahead in mileage for this training plan, but the longer runs skip over 8 and 10 miles and go from 9 to 11.  So, by being a little ahead I can add in a 10 mile run with no problem and just inch up each week by 1 mile instead of 2.  I ran my 5 mile training run with a

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7 mi. training run in 18*F

group of people training for either a full or half the week after my race.  During that run I met some very nice people and they introduced me to a group called Run Happy.  I joined their facebook group and found other crazy people that run at 5am consistently.  I was able to join up with them and have a good solid group of people to run with for my 7 mile training run.  I plan to join them each Saturday at the crack of dawn to train.  It gives me a sense of safety instead of running by myself.  Plus, I don’t find myself playing mind games to finish when I am with a group.  I keep pushing and telling myself to keep moving forward and make a turn that is further away from your car instead of ending short of the goal.

As for Weight Watchers, I am down 9lbs since I started 5 weeks ago.  I am losing slowly, which I am perfectly content with the results.  I haven’t completely given up my sweets and I’ve overindulged a few too many times.  I’m sure that number could be a little higher, but I haven’t deprived myself from foods that I want either, I have just cut back a little.  Over time, I am sure that I will be able to cut back even more to squash this sweet tooth that has taken over my taste buds.  I haven’t tracked everything, especially when I know the points will be insanely high.  Part of the reason I haven’t tracked certain foods is due to the process.  Not every recipe I use is in the system and I have to create a recipe before I can add the points.  This can be frustrating when the recipe on paper already tells me the points and I can’t just do a quick add, name the food, add the points and move on.  Regardless, I will continue to use the tracker and connect to help make me accountable for what I choose to eat.  Only when I am fully honest with myself will I see success.

Goals for this coming week:  Keep working through the training plan.  Track more consistently and honestly.  No CHOCOLATE- decided to give this up for Lent this year and I’ve noticed the struggle, but it is also a good thing.  I haven’t replaced the sweet with another form of sugar.  I did make egg-less chocolate chip cookie dough on Fat Tuesday and at half of it in preparation.

Be confident! Be fit! Be you!

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Success Week!

Getting right down into the nitty gritty with this one.  As I mentioned in my last post, I started training for a half marathon that will take place in April, I joined Weight Watchers again and I started writing my workouts in my planner before they happen.  It was all for the best!  I tracked every item of food I put in my body and I noticed a huge change.  I was looking for fruits and vegetables to consume over things with loads of sugar.  I was on within the point range for 6 out of 7 days.  The one day I was not in points was a day that I ran out of coffee creamer at home and decided to stop at Dunkin for breakfast.  All of my points were consumed in that one meal.  But, I didn’t let that ruin my day.  I ate all zero point foods the rest of the day in light quantities (they still have calories after all) and have felt full and satisfied.  I was down almost two pounds on Monday for my weigh in and I’m starting to feel like I’ve got some control again.

As for the workouts, I rocked those too!  I got up Monday morning determined to complete each workout that was written in my planner.  The week looked as follows:

Monday: Run 3 miles (Treadmill)
Tuesday: 30 min. Total Core from 80 day obsession + 15 min. walk on the treadmill
Wednesday: 50 min. leg day from 80 day obsession
Thursday: Rest day- I determined that my body can only get up at 4:30am 3 days in  row before I feel like I need to go to bed before dinner on the fourth day.  So, I switched the Friday rest day to Thursday.
Friday: Run 2 miles and 20 min. strength training
Saturday: 4mi. run
Sunday: I will be resting tomorrow

After week 2 of this training schedule I am feeling comfortable in my decision to change it up from the usual running five days a week plan.  The break up of running with strength and stretching keeps me excited to wake up at insane hours of the morning.  I’ve also discovered that 80 Day Obsession will definitely be a series I complete after I am done with half training.  I may break it up with 2 runs a week just so I can keep running, but I want to start and finish the whole program.  It would be my first BeachBody program I actually do the entire program.  I got 60 days into T25 and was bored.  This program is actually designed to change it up for every workout.

With everything in our world we are given challenges.  My challenge is myself.  The confidence and belief in myself has always been a battle.  Working out gives me self-esteem and keeps me feeling like there is nothing in this world that I can’t do when I set my mind to it.  I am going to push through this training program and stick with Weight Watchers until I feel confident in myself.  I’m encouraged by the people on Connect (the message group on the App) who have lost and maintained for years.  I did it prior to having my second child and I know I can do it again.

What were your successes this week?  Did you write them down?  Try writing in your workouts before the week starts.  Once they are planned into your day, it is harder to skip.  Until next weeks update, be confident, be fit, be you!

Training has commenced

Uh oh! It looks like I fell off the blogging train a month ago and didn’t know how to get back on board.  Well, I haven’t figured out a schedule to sit down and write that seems conducive to family time, working, meal prepping, half marathon training and sleep.  Yes, that last one is usually the thing I sacrifice the most these days.  I knew my schedule would get tighter when I made a commitment to healthier eating and getting more physical exercise.

So, what has happened in the last month.  I joined Weight Watchers again.  I was very successful with the program a year and a half before I had my daughter.  I even lost all the weight relatively quick after delivery and maintained that for a little over a year.  Then we decided to expand our family and my food cravings were for anything and everything that did not include a fruit or vegetable.  Fast forward about two years and I still don’t fit into most of my pants.  So, I joined Weight Watchers a second time and have been committed to tracking points.

I signed up for onceamonthmeals.com and picked foods that were healthy and didn’t include processed foods.  My mom and I spent two days prepping 30 meals to have for lunches and dinners.  Most of the meals were insanely easy to prep and we’ve only ordered out once in two weeks.  That is a HUGE improvement for our family.  *disclaimer: we did go out to eat one night for dinner for a fundraiser*  The website provides a grocery shopping list, a prep day set of instructions, labels for the containers and cooking day instructions.  I plan to do this type of prep about every 3 weeks, just not at the extent of the first go around.

I started my training for my half marathon!  I signed up for this half last April for a seriously low price.  It has finally come to start training with a bit more intention.  I planning
found a training plan on pinterest that would work with my schedule and wouldn’t feel like I was only running on the treadmill.  There are numerous cross training days and I’ve got my beach body on demand ready to go to assist with that training.  I use my planner to track my workouts, water intake and successes/challenges for the day.  I feel ready to go and I have found some serious support in a virtual running group!

Hogwarts Running Club

Finally, I signed up for 7 virtual races with the Hogwarts Running Club that is run by the non-profit Random Tuesday Inc.  It has been the most supportive group of people to get me back into running and fitness in general.  The first race is scheduled and I’m even planning to meet up with local members to run as a group!  If anyone is interested in running the Nargle 9k, sign up here.  I encourage everyone looking for fitness support to join the Facebook group
@HogwartsRunningClub.

So, all in all I haven’t been slacking too much.  Just on this blog.  I hope to be consistent with it to provide updates on my training.  Until next time, what do you like to do while running/walking on the treadmill?

Be Confident! Be Fit! Be you!

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One pound at a time

Week one of the Beachbody Challenge is in the books! In doing so, I’ve completed week one of Core de Force.  The unofficial results are in…I lost 2lbs this week.  Did I mention I still haven’t changed my meal plan?  Those two pounds were lost by simply adding the workouts back  into my schedule.  Now, I won’t be posting a before photo until I’ve completed the 30 days.  I’m also dreading posting the photo, but what the heck.  I can handle internet shame haha.

Breakdown of the workouts this week.  This program makes me feel completely uncoordinated and at the same time like I’m working a million muscles in my body.  There’s jabs, kicks, knees and push ups till tomorrow.  I’ve never heard of half of these moves.  I seriously can not do push ups on my toes, but I’m doing the modified version and feeling like I’m getting stronger.  Maybe by week 4 I will be able to complete a full set of push ups in one of the rounds. My favorite move is actually the staggered push up.

Now, to describe the meals for this week.  In one word: FATTENING.  This week I ate pizza, wings, cake, candy, cookies and a salad.  Yep, one salad.  I would say the meals were improved from the previous week, but obviously needs more work.  I will admit the Shakeology that I’ve been bashing for years surprised the crap out of me.  I drank one every single morning and didn’t feel like I needed to eat until noon.  Four solid hours of feeling full.  But, I didn’t want to go 4 hours without eating since I am a nursing mom.  So, I did scale back on my food through lunch.  Then around 2-3pm I started eating out of habit.  Not boredom, work keeps me super busy.  But, when I was on maternity leave, I ate out of boredom and the habit has continued into my work life.  Do I feel that Shakeology is worth $120 a month, not really.  Yes, it may only be $4 a day, but I don’t like to spend that kind of money daily. If you are someone that really needs to cut cravings, then maybe.  I just can’t justify it at this point.

Next weeks goals:
*Complete all workouts for the 2nd week of CDF
*Avoid candy, cake, cookies
*Try one round of push ups not using the modification

Be confident, be fit, be you!

The good, the bad, and the sweet

Week one is in the books for 2017.  I am going to give full disclosure of my progress for the first week of the year.  I nailed the workouts.  I sampled the beach body on demand during the month of December and was only able to access older programs.  But, when they rolled out the all access, I was excited to give it a whirl.  I paid for the year membership and couldn’t wait to try Piyo.  But, to really decide on a program, I sampled Country Heat and Core De Force as well.

For every workout I completed, I put a flag sticker in my planner. To see the week filling up with stickers was a nice reminder to keep going.  After all, as children we were excited to get stickers on our homework or for completing a book for the pizza hut book program.  I then wrote down which workout I completed in the weekly log.  I completed Piyo upper body which is only a 20 minute workout.  I wasn’t sweating and I was slightly disappointed.  I thought I would be aching all over after completing the workout.  Turns out, it has a two day after effect.  I felt the workout on Wednesday.  Tuesday and Sunday (log runs Mon-Sun) I completed two different Country Heat videos.  Once again, didn’t really feel the effects.  I was breaking a sweat by the final 5 minutes though, so I felt good about that.  Core De Force was my favorite.  It was challenging and low impact.  I was really feeling every muscle and could see how people were getting results with this program.  I plan to use this program for the challenge that starts today.

Now, I mentioned the bad and the sweets.  The food portion of this week was beyond failure.  I ate just about every sweet we had in the house plus some.  To give you an idea, I still had girl scout cookies from last march in my freezer.  Key word there, HAD.  I told myself I was not going to worry about the food until I got my workouts in a routine.  It is harder to stick with a program if you make too many changes at once.  On the flip side, I am being completely honest with my food log and writing down every last slice of pizza, brownie, candy, cookie and adult beverage I am consuming.  Even with my ridiculous food choices, I still saw a slight improvement with how my pants were fitting (for the good) by just increasing the workouts again.

This next week I plan to continue the Core de Force workouts and starting to modify my eating habits.  I used to love fruits and vegetables.  But, honestly I am addicted to sugar. I look forward to reporting my progress next week!

Be confident, be fit, be you!

Fitness Challenge

That’s right. I joined a fitness challenge for the first month of the year.  I wanted the community support of the group to help guide me back to a healthy lifestyle.  I have been working out here and there, but if the video doesn’t cue up or I’m sweating more than I want, I tend to throw in the towel.  That stops NOW.

I joined the beach body health challenge and specifically with my high school friend (who’s a coach) in her 21 day fix wedding challenge.  No, I am not prepping for a wedding.  I’m actually coming up on 7 years of marriage with my hubby.  But, my friend is awesome and let me join anyway!  The health challenge is for 4 weeks, so there will be a bonus week thrown in.  The challenge requires 3 workouts a week and 5 shakeology drinks per week.  Now, I am not a fan of the cost of the drink and usually just get cellucor, but for this challenge, I had to get it and it was discounted with the year membership for their on demand videos.

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I’m positive I can complete this challenge.  I want to push myself further and complete the entire 21 day fix and possibly start either core de force or piyo immediately following.  The reason I chose the on demand is so that I can sample workouts and choose a program that will fit my life and my schedule at that time.  The challenge starts Sunday and I will take a before picture with all of the measurements and my current weight.  I will post (even though I am slightly embarrassed) that photo in the kick off blog post.  I may even start vlogging after completing my workout for the day and just doing a daily evaluation of my successes and failures for that day.

My new planner from Create 365 has a fitness addition that I will be tracking my meals, water consumption and exercise completed.  At the end of each month it allows you to evaluate your month and plan for the upcoming month.

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What are your goals for the month of January?  Who is your support system?  Do you need a community of peers to help keep you on track?  I’m happy to provide support and encouragement for anyone looking to achieve their goals this year!

 

Weekly Fitness Check In- 2

Another week in the books!  As I continue to work back towards my pre pregnancy fitness goals, I am reminded that it takes 9 months to put the weight on and it will take some time to come off.  I, also, came to the realization that I started some really poor food habits while pregnant with number two.  I didn’t completely have the mindset that “oh, I’m pregnant, I can eat this,” but I definitely wasn’t as healthy with my food choices.

I do not need to make excuses for my habits, I need to change them. I have done it before and I can do it again.  Fruit and vegetables do taste good.  I need to remember that and find healthier options throughout the day instead of candy, cookies, and pizza.  With the holidays just around the corner, I need to remember to keep a healthy balance.

This past week I joined an accountability group with a beach body coach.  Now, I know quite a few coaches, but when they offer the free groups I usually jump on board.  This group was to increase your water intake and workout 4 out of 7 days of the week.  Daily check in and report back how you finished the day.  The reason I enjoy these groups is because everyone has a like goal.  They want to improve themselves one day at a time.  I have completed 3 workouts during the 5 days (two days remain with another workout needing to be completed).  My workouts have ranged from using the Nike Fitness app or the Beach Body on Demand app.  I like the variety and I can chose what time frame will work for me at that moment.  I’m still trying to find the time with all of the normal life stuff that needs completed.

I have been decently successful with the water portion of the challenge.  I usually drink a good bit of water throughout the day.  I cut pop (soda) out 12 years ago when I realized it was upsetting my stomach.  So, I basically only drink water anyway.  Therefore, I use a water challenge to really increase my intake to roughly 100oz a day.  I’m not always successful, but I like the challenge.

I encourage you to join a free accountability group or make your own with your social media accounts.  Find people who want to make positive changes and together lift each other up to reach your goals.  Fitness is something we don’t need to be competitive with other people, we need to be competitive with ourselves.  This week, I am going to finish out this group and either join another or find an online challenge and start my own group.

Be confident, be fit, be you!