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!

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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!

Weekly Fitness Check In

I survived.  The first week back to work I managed to only cry on Monday from leaving my kiddos and heading back into my normal routine.  I was successful with pumping enough milk for the next day.  I was successful with being ready to get out the door on time.  I was successful with eating much healthier than I had been in the weeks prior.  Most importantly, I was successful with only pulling out the bank card to purchase gas.  My bank account is going to love me going back to work!

Now, the one goal I was not successful with was the work outs.  I was able to get two days of workouts in and they were only about 22 minutes long.  I had said I wanted to get 3- 30 minute workouts in during the week.  I am still just trying to come up with a schedule that allows that time to sweat it up.  It would be a lot easier if the toddler would go to sleep right when we put her to bed, but alas she takes about 2 hours to finally shut her eyes.  She must really think we party it up after she goes to bed because she fights sleep really well.

The workouts that I was able to complete were based on a fellow mommy’s recommendation.  The Nike+ Training App is perfect for a mom with a newborn.  I was able to chose a workout based on my current fitness and skill level or if I wanted to use weights or bands.  I completed two body weight only training sessions that were under 22 minutes.  But, being a mom with a newborn I had to pause during a few reps to comfort the babe and not interfere with the workout.  I just jumped right back into the reps I was working on before the cute interruption.

This weeks goals: work out 4 days this week.  I am not going to add a time element to this week because I just want to start to develop a routine.  Continue working on healthy eating habits and cutting back on sugar.  What are your goals this week?  If you’ve tried the Nike+ Training app, what is your favorite workout?

Be confident, be fit, be you!

Postpartum Release

It is official! I have been released, well almost two weeks ago, to return back to my fitness journey.  I am 10 lbs. from my pre-pregnancy weight (which was around 35lbs weight gain).  However, I would like to lose 15lbs because I had added a few extra pounds prior to getting pregnant that I was trying to lose, but alas those holiday cakes won’t eat themselves.

Now that I have had the go ahead to return to my normal activity, I am struggling to find time.  Our toddler does not sleep well and of course I am the sole provider of food for the newborn that I am up constantly in the middle of the night.  This makes waking up at the crack of dawn completely unrealistic.  So, what about nap time? Well, this time is used to catch up on cleaning the house, nursing the little one, or quite honestly napping myself.

I don’t want to seem like I am full of excuses, but I’m still trying to figure out life.  I will be returning to work and balancing that as well.  I know I can handle everything, but I give props to every single parent that is doing it alone.  I would be in complete shambles if it weren’t for my husband and both sets of parents.  I love that our families are so involved in our kids lives and that we are able to do lots of things with all of them together.

This means, that I will have support and help from family in my fitness journey.  I know my mom would sign up for any race I would ask her to.  My husband will watch the kids while I head to our basement gym or out in the elements for a workout.  It is nice to have constant support from friends and family on social media as well.  The small validation that what you are working so hard on is paying off really helps to keep one motivated.  I personally believe that is why all the beach body coaches are so successful in their journey!

My plan is to work out 3 days a week for at least 30 minutes.  After all, this seems to be the most recommended practice anyway.  I may have to break my workouts into 2-15 minute sessions, but that is ok with me.  I have to cut back on the sugar and refocus my diet as well.  Although abs can be worked on by doing certain exercises, our food intake is the primary reason we maintain weight in our midsection.   I just have to remind myself that it took 9 months to put on the weight, I can’t expect it to come off in 9 weeks.

In the meantime, be confident, be fit, be you!

The dreaded 4 letter word

D I E T.

This may be the most over used word in the English dictionary. I personally have a lot of problems with the four letter word previously mentioned.  People in our society use food as punishment, rewards, stress relief, and boredom.  None of these uses are appropriate for people.  We need better solutions.  We need better support.  We need to stop using that disgusting word.

A healthy lifestyle does not come in the form of a magic weight loss pill, magic drink, or even in starvation plans.  A healthy lifestyle comes in the form of green vegetables, lean proteins, healthy carbs and fats and a steady workout regime.

If you didn’t see the results you wanted for January, then reevaluate your goals and consult your doctor if necessary.  If you were unsuccessful last month, that does not mean you will fail again this month.  Take that determination and drive to have a goal focused February.

Some helpful tips:
1. Stop buying pop, chips, ice cream, candy, etc.
2. Start planning your meals and prepping if you can or if that is the way you can hold yourself accountable.
3. Write your workouts on a calendar.  If you’ve scheduled them into your life, you will more than likely take the time to complete them.
4. Find a friend that you can rely on to kick you in the badonkadonk if you aren’t willing to do it for yourself.  You need to hold yourself to the highest standard because YOU ARE WORTH IT!

What will your goals be for the month of February?

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