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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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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Weekly Update 12/9-12/15

As we near the end of the year, I’m sure everyone is feeling the stress of the holiday season. Lots of cookies being exchanged, dinners and parties to attend, and drinks with old friends to catch up.  With so much going on, it can be hard to keep things on track.  But, it’s important to at least balance the healthy with the unhealthy and remember moderation.

I started the week with some very healthy meals.  I packed up my yumbox with celery, carrots, mixed nuts, cheese and an apple.  I ate left over chicken and rice soup and avoided all candy bowls floating around the office.  I had two lunches provided by work this week and I managed to not over-indulge in either of those meals.  I’d say my food week was a step in the right direction.  I ate more vegetables this week than I probably have in the last 3 weeks combined.  That was definitely an area in my life that was slacking and needing major intervention.yumbox

Now for the workouts.

Saturday and Sunday- I completely slacked.  I spent some much needed time with my kids and tried to catch up on some house stuff that I was unable to do while I was working.

Monday- Treadmill run.  3.5 miles.  I will admit I run at a slow pace on the treadmill.  I am very uncoordinated and can easily trip over my own two feet.  So, I set the treadmill between a 4.5-5 and just run for 45 minutes.  I can run much faster outside. I’m just not able to get outside during the week and we’ve hit winter here so I’m going to be a baby and stay indoors.

Tuesday: 1/2 mile run, upper body work, 1/2 mile run. I wrote down everything so that I could repeat on Thursday.

Wednesday: Treadmill run with 5- 1 minute sprints.  I dared the treadmill and would kick the speed up to 7 for one minute and then back down to 4.6.

Thursday: Unintentional rest day.  My daughter struggled to sleep and so I was too tired to wake up and get moving.

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Friday:  Repeat of Tuesday because I wanted to get the second weight day in before the week was over.

I still managed to get 4 workouts in this week- Success in my book!  This upcoming week will continue to be chaotic as we approach Christmas.  But, I still want to get at least 4 workouts in and limit my treats.  My goal is not to lose weight during the holidays, but to maintain.  I will worry about losing weight after the holidays are over.  I will continue to add in vegetables and fruit into my diet.  This weekend I am going to take our 3 year old ice skating!  That completely counts as a workout!  I hope she enjoys it because the lake is starting to freeze enough to go out.  For now, we will stick with the indoor arena.

How did you do this past week?  Can you avoid the holiday sweets?  Have you started to set goals for the new year?

Until next time, be confident, be fit, be you!

Weekly Update End of November 2017

Well, this post will be extremely short.  I was late to post for the previous week so my update only includes a few days.  Of those few days, I was only able to workout one of them and it was at the beginning of the week.  Last weekend our kids came down with a cold and we’ve spent the week battling late night coughing sessions and runny noses.

Source-PinterestI was able to get a treadmill run in on Monday before my exhaustion set in during the rest of the week.  There were days when I struggled to get out of bed for work, which I’m sure my coworkers easily noticed.  Although it was a rough week, I am not terribly upset about missing some workouts.  Apparently my body was needing a small break.

I did notice one thing…I have to get off of fast food.  My job has changed dramatically over the last year and I am on the road way more often.  I enjoy my job and getting to meet and work with a lot of new people all the time.  However, I have not figured out how to prepare for a day of being on the road and eating healthy meals that are filling.  I’ve scoured the internet over the last week to come up with some ideas to attempt a healthier food day.  Since I am on the road, I don’t have a microwave available to me and there are some foods that I just can’t eat cold.  I don’t mind taking left overs at all, but they usually need warmed up.

So, in the end, the week came and went and not much progress was made.  I plan to get up early and get some workouts in this coming week.  I will also be out of town for work for a few days.  What that means is a guarantee that I will get workouts in on those days. I am going alone and will be bored in the evening hours so I will probably hit up the treadmill and walk while I watch TV.  

I hope everyone has a wonderful start to December and finish off the year strong! Don’t wait until January to start a resolution.  Make and change now and end the year with a bang!  Until next week, be confident, be fit, be you!

Recap 11/11-11/17/17

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This past week had some success and some short comings with my goals.  I wanted to run/walk every day in order to assist my Quidditch team to the finish line and provide the winning pot of money to Back on My Feet.  I was also going to continue to write everything down and make sure I eat at least one fruit and one vegetable every day. So, let’s start with the fitness portion.

  • Saturday: ran 5.1 miles
  • Sunday: walked 2 miles
  • Monday: ran 4.8 miles, walked 1.1 miles on lunchIMG_2976
  • Tuesday: ran 5.2 miles, walked 2.3 miles on lunch, walked another .5 mile when I got home after a long day at work.  This was the night my team crossed the finish line and everyone was pushing themselves to their limits
  • Wednesday: Rest day
  • Thursday: Rest day- wasn’t feeling the greatest
  • Friday: Walked 3.2 miles

Overall, I would say a successful week with workouts.  The longer distances were a nice steady pace on the treadmill and I was getting used to completing longer distances.  After doing it a few times this week, it convinced me that I was ready for a 5k race again where I would be challenged by others.

Now, the food portion of the week was the less than ideal part of the week.  I started the week writing down what I was eating, but I stopped/wasn’t dedicated to it by Monday.  Then there was the fruit and veggie challenge.  The first day I fell short so the next day I made sure to get at least one in by the end of the day.  After the weekend the goal was just to start the process of eating healthier.  I had three salads this past week.  That is a huge improvement.  I hadn’t consumed a salad in quite a while before this week.  So, I’m going to just set this week behind me and start fresh with fresh fruits and veggies this week.  It definitely has to do with the preparation.  I went to the grocery store Friday and stocked the house with fruits and veggies that could be easily packed.  Over the weekend I will prep the food and make some food for my work day lunches.  I plan on making overnight oats for breakfast and adding some fresh fruit.

Overall, I saw success in some areas and some areas that clearly need improvement.  I didn’t fail necessarily, I fell short a few times and that’s okay.  I have an area for growth and I plan on focusing on that this week.  I’m going to continue working out in the morning and I’ll be adding back in a few days of weights.  Finally, I will be running a turkey trot race in my area on Thanksgiving.  I’ll be dusting off the old running watch for the first time in almost two years.

What are your goals this week?  Is there a Turkey Trot in your area that you can participate in with family or friends?  What types of foods do you like to pack for lunch to ensure healthy eating throughout the day?

As always, be confident, be fit, be you!

Weekly Recap 10/28-11/3/2017

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It has been a week to say the least.  It was a good week as far as life goes.  We had a baby shower for some family members, I had a good week at work, no one got sick or hurt.  Overall, a good week for the family.  On the flip side of this is the workout plan.  My goal was to workout five days this week.  I wasn’t successful and that seriously bums me out.  So let’s do a quick recap.

  • Saturday: Baby Shower cleaning, set up, hosting and cleaning up
  • Sunday: Finish cleaning up from baby shower and Trick or Treat with our 3 year old (her first experience and it’s been entertaining to watch her try some of the candy.  So far on the no list: nerds, smarties, and whoppers)
  • Monday: Treadmill workout
  • Tuesday: Upper body workout with a treadmill warm up and cool down
  • Wednesday: Treadmill workout
  • Thursday: woke up for my workout and BOTH kids decided it was also time to wake up.  It was not a good start to my day.
  • Friday: Upper body workout with a treadmill warm up and cool down.  I even woke up at my normal time knowing I wasn’t going to work today.  I’m heading out of town for a friends wedding!

Getting four workouts in during the week is still good. I was able to push myself a little more on the treadmill and with my weights.  I just don’t like falling short of my goals.

This next week starts off in Florida with friends!  I am taking my workout clothes and I intend to use them.  Upon my return, I start the Quidditch challenge with the Hogwarts Running Club online.  The original goal per person was 1.5 miles a day, which was completely doable.  However, the Headmaster (yes, I’m starting to show how much of a nerd I am) has upped the miles to 4 a day.  This means I’m really going to have to bust my tail to get the intentional miles needed to help my team.  I will just focus on the fact that I am doing this for a greater cause than myself.  The teams that place in the top four will have prize money donated to the charity they are running for, in my case Back On My Feet.  So, there is some incentive to push hard and go strong!

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My goals for this next week will not only include picking up mileage but also starting to watch what I eat.  I’m still having major sugar cravings that started with my second pregnancy.  I have got to cut the habit and start eating healthier.  The husband and I both agreed that we were eating out too much.  So, not only will I be eating healthier options I make at home, I will be saving money.  For my first food goal, I’m going to write down what I eat.  This is a great start to see just exactly how much I’ve been eating.

What will your goal be for the week?  Are you apart of any online racing communities that help you push and reach your goals or stay active?  Until next time, 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!