T25 derailment

Well, I took a break from the T25 program.  Not because I wasn’t enjoying myself and feeling like I was getting a good workout.  I took a break because I have been able  to get out and enjoy a nice jog a few times throughout the past two weeks.  Our crap-tastic Ohio weather has varied enough of the last two weeks that I can get outside at least three times throughout the week.

This has allowed me to get in some practice with the jogging stroller.  I’m pretty sure that my kid thinks I’m drunk while pushing her because I don’t seem capable of pushing it in a straight line.  However, I am working on turning the stroller just slightly instead of quick turns (no more hugging the inside corner on turns 😦  ). I also seem to be a bit slow because I’m not sure if there is a safe speed to go while using the stroller. I’m sure I’m just being overly cautious and I will get over that hump, but for now I’m quite the tortoise.

Over the last two weeks I have been able to increase my distance with each run.  I’m still slow, but I’m getting further each time.  I know that once I get enough distance my shorter runs will increase in speed as well.  I can push myself a little bit harder for a 5k once I can run 8 miles at slightly slower speeds.

Taking a look ahead for the week, the weather seems to be cooperating! We may even hit 70 degrees by the end of the week!  I am planning my running days on Monday, Tuesday (weather pending), Thursday and Friday (also weather pending).  I hate that I seem to be a fair weather runner these days, but I can not drag the little one out in the rain.  On the days that I can not get out and run, I WILL put the T25 program into the dvd player and get a good workout in regardless of my excuses.

Hope everyone gets the chance to get out and enjoy the weather, no matter what activity you or your family decide to partake in.  Always remember to stay confident, stay fit and to be you!  I’m cheering for you!!!

PS. Hailey is 8 months old today! In just a few months we can start using the bike trailer as well!!!!

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Chocolate motivation

First of all, let me apologize for posting this blog at the start of Lent.  But, it is good information for after Easter! So, bookmark it for later!Lindt-Creation-Chocolate-Mousse-tablet-500x500

Seriously, chocolate is my motivation to workout and to workout hard!  I have a rather large sweet tooth and my choices have only become more refined as I get older.  I can no longer eat Hershey chocolate without it hurting my teeth…I know I’m strange.  However, a good dark chocolate bar, ice cream, cake, pie…oh lord I’m getting a sugar rush just thinking about all the sweet savory goodness.

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So, you may be wondering why I’m making a post about foods that are in no way shape or form healthy or good for you.  (Even though the cheesecake pictured above does have bananas, it is safe to say it is still extremely high is sugar and calories.) Well, it is a huge reason why I work out 6 days a week.   Although it is a double edge sword.  The more that I work out, the more hungry I get and the craving is usually junk food.

If you must continue to indulge every now and then (remember moderation is key), here are some helpful hints to burn off the excess calories.  You can pair them with your daily workout or just do enough to burn off the crap, I mean sweet chocolatey goodness.

For 260 calories, which most candy bars are around that, you can bike for 30 minutes or climb stairs for 15 minutes.  You want a tasty donut, then head to a pool to swim for 30 minutes. To burn off a s’more, during those summer camp nights, simply push mow your yard for an hour. You’ll need to avoid using the self-propel mode so it is slightly more strenuous.

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So, if you are like me and just have to indulge in a sweet from time to time, make sure you pair it with an increase in your daily workout regime.  Add some extra cardio and/or strength training to combat the extra calories.  If you can’t get to the gym that day, do some body weight exercises at home.  Some of my go to exercises are body weight squats, push ups, sit ups, planks, lunges, and dumbbell work (can use a can of vegetables if needed).  However, I’m learning some very interesting moves at the gym these days.

Let me reiterate that drinking water should be your first option before indulging in your craving.  If the water doesn’t work, drink another 8oz.  After all that water, you still feel like you need to eat whatever it is, then have a little bit to satisfy the craving.  Also, try to limit yourself to a sweet or junk food item to once or twice a week.  Make it a special treat for working so hard toward your goal!

Even if you have a piece of cake, brush it off and continue working towards your ultimate goal.  One meal or part of a meal will not break your healthy habits.  It is only when you continue to make excuses that it will pull you down.  Stay confident! Stay fit! Stay you!

Get the family involved

Family is what can make or break your goals.  You need to make sure that everyone in your family knows your goals and understands that it is their job to support you.  This may be harder than it seems.  Sometimes family members don’t understand our goals, but they don’t have to.  It is important to surround yourself with people that love you no matter what and will be the crazy people cheering you on.

I have to admit that my first half marathon I did completely alone, with no one there to cheer me on.  I had told my hubby to stay home and not worry about being there because it was super early in the morning and my parents were at church.  However, on the day of the half, the weather was terrible.  It was the middle of October and cold and rainy.  It rained the entire race *seriously sad and depressing rain*.  I thought having no one around to see how terrible my time would be would be easier.  I can only imagine how boring watching people run is if you don’t enjoy doing it yourself.  Well, it is also extremely lonely having no one there to say congratulations when you’re ready to cross the muddy finish line.  Even finishing Pedal to the Point (150 mile bike ride over 2 days) it was raining most of day two and it was really hot day one so the rain felt cold, I cried crossing that finish line with my parents waiting in the rain.  They had been there for hours wondering where I was based on my day one time.  However, my butt was beyond sore, the wind had really made it a struggle, and the rain was the icing on the cake to make it a miserable day two.  But, I made it through it and it was great seeing family at the finish.

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Now, you can’t change who your family members are, so you need to make sure they are aware how important your events are to you.  They will be there to show support if you ask them to be.  That was/is my downfall, I often don’t ask or say that they don’t need to come.  I’ve learned to ask my wonderful hubby to attend the big events.  However, there is always that time they will surprise you at a finish line with a billion cupcakes for race finishers!  I found a local half marathon that was on my 27th birthday and I knew I wanted to do that for my birthday!  I had asked my hubby to be there with me and he certainly was.  But, he had collaborated with my mom and contacted other family and friends to be there waiting at the finish.  It was incredible and I finished the race with a PR!!!

Get your family involved in other ways.  Invite them to run/walk/bike/swim (whatever exercise you prefer) with you.  Understand that they may be slower than you and you should stick with their pace.  It is rude to invite someone to go with you and then leave them in the dust to get your workout in.  Find an activity that is exciting for the whole family.  It can be anything as long as everyone is having fun and moving around!

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Keep working hard! You can do anything you set your mind to! Be confident! Be fit! Be you!