Thursday, January 31, 2008
I had a GREAT run last night. I ran at a park and it had some small hills and inclines on it. It felt so good. It was tough at times. It is .9 miles around it so I went 3.6 miles total. I kept my pace up pretty good and I was proud of that considering it was not flat terrain like I am used to. I am doing a 5K in a couple of weeks that is going to be hilly then the first half marathon I am doing will have several hills so I want to try to get used to it a little bit at least.
I plan to do my 5.5 or 6 mile run on Sunday. Since I have 3 days in between now and Sunday lets see if I can get in a strength training workout. Surely I can. I mean..YES, I CAN and I WILL!! Just one. That is not too much to ask.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
My next venture out will be my first yoga class next Tuesday. I am looking forward to giving it a try b/c I have heard how good it is for you.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I met the teacher last night at the gym and she was very friendly. Not that being friendly means anything but I guess it can't hurt. I have ridden a stationary bike several times and I never really thought it was that tough but I know this will be tough. I am just anxious to see what it is like in comparison to running 3 miles. I can do 3 miles with relative ease (not that it is easy by any means but it is not difficult either anymore) and I feel like my legs are in decent shape. I have a feeling though that this is going to be tougher than I think it is going to be. In fact I know it is going to be. I brought my handy dandy heart rate monitor along so that I can see exactly how many calories I burn. I can't wait to post my feedback about it tomorrow. This will be such a great way to spice up my running cardio only routines that I have been doing. BURN BABY BURN!!!
Monday, January 28, 2008
I am doing my very first spinning class (stationary bike) tomorrow night after work. I am really looking forward to it. I have heard what a great workout it is. I just can't wait to try it and see how many calories I burn too. I will be sure to wear my HRM.
Strength traning has been non existent. Which is not a good thing. I have a workout to do I just haven't done it. So here is my plan for the week:
monday - run on treadmill, 3 miles
tuesday - spinning
wednesday - run on treadmill most likely or outside, either way 3.5 miles
thursday - strength training at home
friday or saturday - run 5.5 miles
I am going to track my food the entire week and really try to watch it. I have been kind of lax on my food and I have been doing o.k. and maintaining which has been nice but I want to work hard over the next 4 weeks and lose a few pounds to under 150. Then I will maintain that for a few week until after my half marathon probably then I will be in fat burning mode until my beach vacation in late June. So that is my plan, I will let you know how it goes as it goes along.
Friday, January 25, 2008
My run on Wednesday at the gym was my best run in a long time. I did 3 miles in 31:30 which is at a 10:30 mile pace. I only try for a good time when I do my shorter runs b/c I try to push myself just a little harder on those runs. When I do my longer runs I go at a much slower pace so I can make it the entire time. I was running for about a 1/2 mile then stopping and walking for a minute but I didn't have any order to it really just run for a bit then walk for a bit well Wednesday night on the treadmill I did the 4:1 intervall training where I run for 4 minutes then walk for 1 minute. It did so well for me. Several of my Phit-n-Phat friends run this way and I have done a race like that also. I have realized that this is the best thing to do for me. It helps me go at a faster pace during those 4 minutes b/c I know I get to walk for 1 minute and then it is said to help prevent injury also b/c you are just not as hard on your body. I by no means sprint during the 4 minutes but I just jog a tad faster then I would if I had to jog the entire time. So I did the 4:1 on Wednesday and I still finished the 3 miles in 31:30. I need to get over the fact (and I am pretty much there) that there is nothing wrong with walking. You are still crossing the finish line no matter what you do and in a lot of cases as in the 10K that I did in October you cross the finish line sooner than some of those that run at a slower steady pace. Not that anything is wrong with slow and steady and not that anything is wrong with crossing the finish line last. Anyway, you get what I am saying. It works for me and is better for my body so that is what I am going to do.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I didn't do well with my goals yesterday. I did get the water in but the workouts, nada! I am having a tough time getting in the groove at home and working out. It is just so cold and I am lazy. I am going to the gym today to run on the treadmill b/c it is so darn cold outside and while I am there I am going to do my ab/core workout.
Today's goal is 3.5 miles on the treadmill.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Goal today: ST tonight, Ab/core tonight and drink 96 oz. of water.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Slim New You Winner Announced!
Drumroll please. We have the http://www.phit-n-phat.com/ first ever challenge winner. Dawn Mabry took down the prize with losing 9lbs and 10.25 inches from October to December 31. She did it through Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!!!!
Read her story and leave a comment here congratulating her on her success. That's twelve short weeks during the busiest holiday season of the year!!!! She's got two half marathons and a 6-mile relay race with some of the other PNP girls planned all before April 30. Looks like the next twelve weeks will be busy and slimming as well.
We're all proud and I can't wait to see our next challenge winner!
Monday, January 14, 2008
Today I will run 2.5 miles!!!!!
It will be good to get back into it. I am looking forward to running again. I have enjoyed the break from it but I do enjoy it. I just love the feeling I get when I am done.
o.k. have to go but I will let you know tomorrow how my run went. RUN DAWN RUN!
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
February 16th - Freezing 5K (this one is actually just a posibility depending on how FREEZING it is going to be)
March 2nd - Little Rock Arkansas marathon relay with 3 other friends. 6.5 miles each
April 6th - Hogeye half marathon. (Not certain I will do this one, if I am ready by then I will)
April 19th - Race for the Cure 5K. My sweet hubby is doing this one with me. He has already commited. I am very excited about that.
April 26th - Nashville half marathon.
WOW, what a great calendar I have. I want to propose a challenge to everyone out there to set a goal for yourself in the next few months and do whatever you need to do to meet it. It doesn't have to be running but you might enjoy it if you give it a shot. You can even walk a 5K if you want. I think races are great b/c you signup for them and you are committed then you work hard to make it happen then you get the glory of crossing the finish line and it does feel SO GOOD. But anyway, it does not have to be a race. You could make a goal to be exercising consistently at least 4 days a week, get into a certain size pair of jeans no matter what your scale says b/c the scale lies sometimes, maybe build up to do an entire step aerobics class if it is hard for you to do now or something of the sort. So set a goal and write it down and then see how AWESOME it feels when you accomplish it.
Stay tuned next week for my running training to start. I will keep you all informed on how it is going for me.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Food yesterday was right on target too. Last night we had fish again and J tried to spice it up with some taco seasoning and I ate mine like a taco in a low carb tortilla and we had lettuce with homemade guacamole on it. It was a great dinner.
Last night I did a few ab/core things while I watched biggest loser. Did you catch biggest loser? I was glad that Jillian got on to the white team guy, he is a slacker. Maybe he has it together now. I liked the brown team a lot and I was sad that they went home but the yellow team was NOT ready so it worked out for the best.
Tonight after my dinner I am going home and exercising. I told J to not let me go to bed until I had exercised even if he has to get mean with me. B/c I know I want to do it sometimes it just takes a little push to get me there though and he can do that for me.
I actually had a few comments on my blog. YEAH, people do read this.
A shout out to my sister, Velvet, who is cruising along and eating healthy!!!
Leslie - YES, J will eat the way I eat. We only have rather healthy things at home so that really is our only option. He won't make my buy separate things for him or anything he never has. Plus, he is on the weight loss wagon right now so that always helps.
Erin - so glad you made your way to my blog. I appreciate your comments.
Monday, January 7, 2008
B - whey chocolate protein shake w/ 2 tbsp of flaxseed mill (this was post workout b/c I did biceps and tricep workout this morning at 6) then after I got ready I ate a 1 egg, 1 egg white omelet w/ 1/2 oz. of cheese
S - apple and banana muscle muffin that I made on Sunday
L - 1 cup of taco soup w/ lean ground beef, 1/2 of avocado smashed up to put on 1/2 cup of cauliflower and 10 baby carrots
S - 20 almonds @ 2:00 and then a pure protein bar at 4:15
D - 6 oz. of catfish grilled on george forman and 1 cup of steamed broccoli w/ a little bit of parmesan cheese and some sunflower seeds on it. I know this sounds like a weird combo but when you eat as much brocoli as I do you try to spice it up a little on occasion.
Total cals = 1503, 89 carbs, 66 fat and 136 grams of protein.
I use sparkpeople.com to log my food. I really like it. It is easy to use and shows me the cals, carbs, fat and protein so I can make sure I am getting the right amounts.
My week is started off great. Let me see if I can keep it up.
By the way, don't miss Biggest Loser Couples tomorrow night at 7.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
I was trying to paste the link but I could not get it to work right so here it is copy/pasted.
This is from www.phit-n-phat.com
Can I Really Lose Weight in 2008???
"I can't do it."
"I'm so tired in the a.m./p.m. that I'm just going to watch TV."
"I was destined to be bigger."
"I am busier than most people."
"I can't believe I ate that."
Be honest. These thoughts cross your mind and maybe they have in the past few minutes!
My story: I was fat ALL MY LIFE. I ballooned up at nine years old. At 14 I had a fighting weight of 210. Twice I weighed in at 250 during my 20's. The smallest I had ever gotten was 175 and was utterly convinced that was the weight my body was "happy" at. Well, it wasn't easy, I fell down plenty of times, still have thoughts that it will all come back one day, still have days I just want to eat like there is no tomorrow, and what I wouldn't give if nachos were a clean food. Now I'm at goal and loving every minute of my healthy life.
I spent so many years of my life not believing in myself and ashamed of me...ashamed of the choices I made, how I looked, how fat I was, and mostly just ashamed that I couldn't once feel like all my skinny friends did. It didn't happen overnight but at some point I plugged away at my diet and exercise enough to start feeling like this was MY time. I had to just keep going in the face of shameful feelings, slip-ups, weigh-ins gone bad, and moments when the alarm was going off too early.
Everyone of you, from my girls with 5lbs to 100lbs to lose CAN DO THIS! The only thing that holds you back is you. It's not your husband, your kids, your job, your genes, what your mom said to you at eight years old, or your past eating habits. You are the one who decides to sit on the couch or do the Rump Buster. You are the one who takes the easy way out at McDonald's versus packing your cooler. You are the one who hits snooze versus getting that upper body routine done.
It ain't science. There is no magic. Unfortunately, there's no pill. It's called choices and hard work. That's how all dreams come true and especially the ones that involve a size 8! You have to defy what your old beliefs say and focus on what you want to be.
I was inspired to write this because the new year is a tough time. Everyone wants to lose weight and get in shape. You probably started a diet a couple of days ago and already you are off plan. You feel like a failure. You aren't...you are normal. You are going to keep having moments of weakness. You are going to get a gut check each time you exercise for the next month that you are a little more out of shape than you thought. But, it will come.
Today I did an hour of HORRIBLE cardio training. Horrible in the sense that I kicked my own ass around the fitness center. Someone stopped me and said, "I am tired just watching what you did on that elliptical." I laughed and said, "You should have seen me 30 minutes ago...that was the last half of the workout." Then I realized how selfish of me. I've been doing this for three years and if I couldn't put in a workout like that by now then I haven't been working hard enough. So I went back to the nice lady and said, "there isn't anything I just did you CAN'T do with some determination and two months under your belt." She looked stunned but said, "really?" I said absolutely and told her my story.
I don't tell this story to impress you but rather instill the belief that the fit woman you desire to be is down there. Let her out and don't for a minute think you can't. I know you can. I have too many people who started the journey with me saying they can't and now they HAVE!
This is YOUR YEAR to SUCCEED! Don't accept a darn thing less.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
The best thing about this year that I have NEVER EVER been able to say is that I don't have to resolve this year to be healthy and exercise. I am doing that now and I am very close to what I think my first goal is. I do want to lose a few more pounds but mostly just tone up and run my very first ever half marathon. I challenge all of you to get off your couch and make a food plan and get TO IT NOW!! I promise come December 31st 2008 you will not regret it and you too will not have to resolve for 2009 to do something about your health. For 14 years I have made a resolution every January 1st to lose weight and I never did it until 2 years ago which is when I took action and got in shape. The next year at Jan 1 2007 I was pregnant so that doesn't count. I knew after I had the baby I would get back to it and I did.
GREAT NEWS TO SHARE...My sister, Velvet, has QUIT SMOKING!! o.k. Velvet, I called you out here on my blog so you must follow through with your commitment. I know you can do it and you know you can do it. I am so proud of you for doing that. I promise your body will thank you for it and all of the people that love you will thank you for it too b/c you will be around to spend a lot more years with them. Plus, you are eating healthy and going to exercise so next Christmas there will be TWO SMOKIN HOT "HOLMES", the family won't be able to stand us. HAHA
Since I don't have to have "lose weight" as one of my resolutions this year I don't really have any. I think I will change it from resolutions to goals for this year b/c I just like the sound of that better. So here are my goals for 2008:
1) run marathon relay in Little Rock on March 2nd with 3 other friends from my wonderful on-line health and fitness site. www.phit-n-phat.com
2) run my first ever half marathon in either Fayetteville or Nashville in April. Not sure which one yet and possibly both.
3) continue lifting weights to change the shape of my body
4) lose about 10 - 15 more pounds of fat
5) here is my biggest goal and aspirtation actually: to wear a 2-piece bathing suit while in Florida on my vacation June. I am not sure if this will be possible b/c of my loose skin and stretch marks from being overweight for so long and having 2 babies but I am sure going to give it my best try and see. If not a 2 piece then at least look REALLY good in a 1 piece.
5 goals for the year, that is all I can think of at this moment. Actually part of them will be over by the first half of the year so I might have to have some new goals for the 2nd half of the year.
NOW is the time to get the body and life you have always wanted. I promise that if I can do it you can too. Don't wait another day, start eating healthy and exercising. You will NOT REGRET IT!