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!

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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!

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!

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!

The glorious mile!

It was the start of the second week in February 2015 and the weather was 48*…that’s right, I said 48 degrees!  When you are blessed with a day out of the norm, then you must capitalize as much as you can.  So, I had my mother-in-law and sister-in-law watch little Hailey to log some miles outdoors.  I put on my running shoes and strapped on the ole Nike watch (which I had to charge because it was completely dead).  I hadn’t logged any mileage with my watch since November 1, 2014.  THREE MONTHS WITHOUT RUNNING. How could I do that to myself?

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I took off out of the driveway and immediately started feeling better.  Who knew how much running could put a smile on a  persons face? Well, I was chugging along and before I knew it the watch chimed to let me know I had completed one mile!  I looked down and noticed that I may have over-exerted myself with an 8:37 pace.  The second mile drug on a little longer, but I was happy to be hitting the pavement that I didn’t care.  I was running in uncharted territory, so I had no idea when the watch would chime to let me know I had gone another mile.  Finally, I heard the beautiful chime and checked to see that I had slowed down to a 9:16 mile.  That seemed closer to what I expected since I hadn’t done this in quite some time. I went another tenth of a mile and needed to stop for a moment to catch my breath.  The cold air was starting to wreak havoc on my sinuses.  I walk/jogged the next four tenths of a mile to finish off my run.  Ending with a 9:20 pace overall.

Now, I didn’t go out with high expectations, but I wanted to run two full miles with no stopping or walking.  Since it had been three months since my last real run, I knew that I needed to start out slow.  I was a bit overzealous with my first mile but it didn’t seem to hurt me too much overall.  However, I know that it will take a little bit to build my mileage back up.  I have plenty of time to get ready for Columbus!  Hopefully the weather will start to break and I will be able to log some miles with the jogging stroller (I need to start working on my coordination so I don’t tip Hailey)!

If you are new to running, take it easy.  Try the c25k program (http://www.c25k.com), if you are brand new to running.  It will gradually build your endurance to a full 5K in just 9 weeks! If you’re a runner who has taken a leave of absence from the road/dreadmill, then realize that it will take some time to build the mileage and pace back up to what it once was.  Make sure to stretch after every run and don’t push yourself too much (you want to avoid an injury).

Remember to always be confident! Be fit! Be you! You can do anything you set your mind to!