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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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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Weekly Recap 11/4-11/10

This week started the Quidditch tournament with the Hogwarts Running Club and let me just say, my team is #FawkesingAmazing!  This team is full of encouragement and great spirits.  The constant updates and stat breakdowns have been extremely helpful to see where we are in the tournament.  I can honestly say I have checked my racery team stats more than Facebook.  So, let’s get to the weekly fitness report.

  • Saturday: Vacation treadmill run plus 3 mile walk on the beach in the middle of the day!
  • Sunday: Treadmill run and walking Universal Studios Diagon Alley and Hogwarts for 12 hours.  Yes, we stayed in that portion of the part nearly that entire time.
  • Monday: 2.5 miles treadmill run
  • Tuesday: 3.5 miles in the morning on the treadmill and then 2 mile walk during lunch
  • Wednesday: 3 mile treadmill run
    • I seriously had no desire to get up this morning because I worked a 12 hour day on Tuesday and was woken up at 3:30am by our daughter who doesn’t sleep well.  But, I did it because my team was expecting miles from me.
  • Thursday: 3.2 mile treadmill run
  • Friday (AKA: my birthday): 2.3 miles- my daughter came downstairs at 5:30am so I had to stop sooner than I wanted.

Now, I will say I am doing far less miles than half the members of my team.  But, I am getting up every morning at 4:30am and getting some miles in to contribute.  The team goal to reach the finish line first and provide prize money to the Back on My Feet foundation is motivation.  I have really enjoyed this challenge and will definitely complete more of them in the future!

As I mentioned last week, I was going to start writing down my food I ate throughout the day.  All of it, the good, the bad and the seriously not healthy.  Well, I did that.  What I realized was that I was not only eating super unhealthy most of the time, but I was not eating any fruits or vegetables.  Like seriously, maybe twice this week.  I had a salad one day and that is all I can remember for the vegetables.  This is the one thing that will help me finally take off the rest of the baby weight.  I can no longer give myself excuses.  I need to start focusing on being healthy for myself and my family.

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This coming weeks goals will include eating at least one fruit and one vegetable a day.  This is something that will need to increase obviously, but I need to start with something attainable for the moment.  I will also continue to write down what I eat and participate in the second half of the Quidditch tournament.  What are your goals for the week?  Do you have someone to check in with or report back so that you are being accountable?  I’m happy to help!  Until next time, be confident, be fit, be you!

 

 

 

 

Wedding, Beach and HOGWARTS!

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This past weekend I was able to spend some time with my girl friends from High School.  We graduated High School 12 years ago and these ladies are still such an important part of my life.  That’s the bond a small, all girls Catholic school can create.

The weekend started on Friday when we met in Lake Mary, FL.  We just had a nice casual dinner and spent time catching up, not via texting, at Sonny’s.  It was some really good BBQ and conversation.  Then on Saturday, my friend took us to her childhood home and showed us around New Smyrna.  We met her grandma and had some great conversation.  Then we walked to the beach.  It was gorgeous and I was truly appreciative of the moment because I had been checking into the weather back home and it was less than ideal.  We took a long walk down the beach.  Like 3 miles or so to the jetty where we saw a lighthouse and I picked up some large seashells for my kids! We also saw some tortoises on our way back to the car.

It was time to head back to get ready for our friends wedding.  It was an absolutely beautiful ceremony.  The bride and groom had all of the bridal party and immediate family hold their rings for each of them to say a quick blessing, quietly, and share their love.  When they came back around, the rings would hold the love of everyone who touched them.  It was a really nice moment.  The wedding and reception were beautiful.

The next day, we headed to HOGWARTS!!! I couldn’t come to Florida and not go to Universal studios if I was less than an hour away.  We started first thing in the morning when the park opened and left when the park closed.  Yes, we stayed at Hogwarts or Diagon Alley almost the entire day.  We rode the Hogwarts express between the parks!  The day started with the ride at Gringotts, which was really exciting.  Then my friend and I had to get wands from Ollivanders.  I originally wasn’t going to get one, but then we found out they were interactive and had a life-time warranty so I was sold.  We were just like the little kids doing spells to make things move, stop or spit water!  We ate at the 3 broomsticks and had butterbeer, of course.  It was truly a magical day. I was so thankful that I was able to spend this time with my friends whom I hadn’t seen in quite some time.

If you ever get the chance to go to Universal, I highly recommend getting a wand.  At least one for your group but kids definitely would enjoy all of the interaction.  Next weeks blog post on Wednesday will be an updated Advent list for families.  I’m going to modify and adjust based on my time availability and my kids interests.  Until next time, 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!

Thankful November 

It’s November 1st and if you are on Facebook you may remember the 30 days of Thanks posts that were filling up your news feed in years past.  With everything going on in our world, these next 30 days may be refreshing and uplifting as more and more positivity fill our social media addictions.  However, I am going to go one step further with this trend.

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During the next 30 days instead of just being thankful on social media for others to see, I want to actually acknowledge those that have done something thoughtful.  A physical thank you note instead of a virtual high-five.  I’ve created small slips of “Thank You” paper and printed them out on card stock to keep with me.  When someone does something nice and I notice it, whether it was something nice for me or someone else, I am going to jot down a note and make sure they get it.  At times, I may make it anonymous.  The simple fact that I noticed good in the world will not only brighten my day, but someone else as well!
This new social media trend of highlighting what you are Thankful for is something we need in our world.  We need to be reminded of the good in our lives.  We need to acknowledge when someone does something kind for a fellow human.  Simple acts of chivalry should not go unacknowledged or thanked.  If we stop appreciating what others do for us, then that is when people stop doing the act all together.  In other words, if a person is always holding a door for others but no one ever holds the door for them, odds are the person is going to also stop holding the door for others.

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So, for the next 30 days I challenge you to give Thanks to those around you for even the simplest of things.  Either post a message on Facebook of why you are Thankful for them or send/hand them a card. I will attach my “Thank You” slips for you to use.
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Recap 10/21-10/27

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It has been a week!  Welcome back readers to my weekly fitness update.  As mentioned in previous blog posts, that I will link here, I was completing a 15 day burpee challenge.  This past week I completed day 9-15 and each day became harder and harder.  On day 9 a had a 22 second rest between each set of burpees and by the 15th day, I was doing all 30 straight.  It didn’t get easier like I was hoping for, but that just means it was a good challenge overall.

As for the other aspects of my workouts, I was able to get up early 4 days out of the week and get a good solid workout done before the kids were up.  Heres the recap for the week:

  • Saturday: Burpee challenge
  • Sunday: Burpee and body weight exercises
  • Monday: Burpee and treadmill run
  • Tuesday: Burpee and Upper body lifting
  • Wednesday: Burpee challenge only
  • Thursday: Burpee and treadmill run
  • Friday: Burpee and Upper body lifting

Overall, I’m very pleased with my workouts for the week.  I want to push myself a little bit next week and extend my mileage. I’m heading out of town later this week for a wedding, so I want to make sure I get some strong workouts in before I leave.  Upon my return I start the Quidditch event for two weeks where the goal will be to get as many intentional miles in during a workout.  There are 8 teams against one another all raising money for charity! I’m running for Back on My Feet and you can check out the program here.

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How did you tackle your fitness goals this week? Always remember to be confident, be fit, be you!

The 4am wake up

With children you are bound to have a few restless nights.  Those nights I wouldn’t change for the world and I am blessed to have them.  They also make me insanely tired and wish my husband wasn’t such a great sleeper.  Although our room is on the other end of the hall, apparently a child’s cry in the middle of the night is heard easiest by mom. I do get tired, but that’s not what where this post is heading.

When I inevitably am woken up by either a child staring creepily at me without saying a word or the cry of the littlest, I take advantage of my extra time.  My alarm is already set to 4:40am 5 days out of the week.  This allows me to get up, start functioning, workout, and start getting ready for my day before the kiddos wake up for the day.  I manage to get a load of dishes done or start a load of laundry and take the dogs out for a second bathroom trip before we head out in the morning.  I attribute getting all of those tasks done to having a successful morning routine as well as waking up and having “me” time.

So, what happens when I am woken up before the alarm?  I don’t just curl back into bed or change my alarm to a later time.  I spend a little extra time with my workout or getting something extra done around the house.  I read a book called The 5am Miracle: Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast by Jeff Sanders, that helped me change my tone when one of my kids woke me up before the dreaded alarm.  It’s not about waking up at an ridiculous hour, but waking up with intention and purpose, having a plan for your day, and setting goals for yourself.  Your wake up may be 4am, 5am or even 10am.  Whatever it is, allow yourself some time to energize yourself for the day.  Whether you work out first thing when you wake up, meditate, read a book over a cup of coffee, spend some time doing something for you.  It has definitely made my mornings a bit easier and I don’t feel like I’m constantly going to be late.  In fact, I usually have a few extra minutes I can play with my kids.

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This frame I turned into a dry erase board sits right on my bed.  I change what it says based on what I need to hear at the moment.

So, the next time you are woken up earlier than planned, don’t just roll over and reset the alarm. Get up and do something for yourself!  As always, be confident, be fit, be you!