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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Day THREE in the bag!

So my goal for this week was 4 days of AM workouts. I am very proud to say that I have done 3 of those already. So one more day and that will be in the morning. I oddly bounced out of bed at 5 AM this morning and was wide awake. I got dressed and headed to the garage for a 20 minute walk/run/jog on the TM. Shew, that got me going and even more woke up. Then I started doing my leg workout which consisted of squats, lunges, bench step ups, bunny hops and the list goes on. I ended with some core work. I feel GREAT!!!

My food is still rockin'. The scale is not giving me any love but I am sure it is in shock from the 3 days of ST and running. It will cooperate in time. I just have to keep plugging along.

Tomorrow is a circuit workout and I think I might actually do it at the gym. I need to push this one hard and I think I could do much better at the gym doing it. No matter where I do it, it will get done.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Friendly competition or maybe not!

I have told you before that my husband is a coach so you can imagine how much he LOVES COMPETITION and he PLAYS TO WIN!

Well this morning I commented that before next weekend, May 16th, when we leave for the Kenny Chesney concert that we should have goals for me to get into the 140's and for him to get into the 260's. He has lost 20 pounds so far and is hanging out at 274. I was at 152.6 this AM.

So we were talking on instant message today and I think I said something about me getting there but him not. You know the ol' I betcha can't do it trick to get someone fried up. Well, it worked AND now we have a competition to see who can lose the most weight before we leave for the beach in 10 weeks. I know there are so many other ways to judge success but we are going by the scale on this one and either way we will both be smaller and leaner.

We don't have the details ironed out yet but he basically has to lose 4 pounds to my every 1 pound. If he is on his plan he can lose an average of 3-4 pounds per week and I can lose about .8-1 pound so it is doable for me but I will have to be 100% with my food and consistently get in those 4 work outs per week.

We each get to pick our own reward. When I win I am going to have him do all of my Mom/Wife chores for 1 week like grocery shopping, laundry, dishes, dust, vaccum and bathrooms, he will do them now if I ask him but I have to ASK and I don't want to have to ask. If he wins, who knows what it will be. He is thinking on it he said. Plus, if one of us quits then the other is the automatic winner. I know that won't be me so I am good.

Stay tuned to see how it goes and to see when the claws come out.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Updated goals take TWO!

So I had this big plan to exercise Friday night, Saturday AM and Sunday AM and...none of it happened. Not one single workout. Nada!

I thought about it and I realized that exercise is just one thing in my life that I like to do and it is not necessarily at the top of my list. During the 5-6 months leading up to the marathon it WAS a the top of my list, it had to be to cross that finish line and still be standing upright. I decided I was going to do it and thankfully I had 3 others doing it along with or I probably wouldn't have finished it. Making sure I got in the runs, the water and the right foods consumed my life. ALL OF IT was WORTH IT BUT to be honest I was so ready for it to be over with and so ready for a break and I just didn't want to think about exercise or running for another minute. My mind was exhausted from being so consumed with it. So I enjoyed what was originally a 2 week break and it turned into a 5 week break. Then I realized it was time to get back to it and work on my next goal of dropping my fat percentage. I think I jumped out of the gate a little gung ho. I mean to go from a consistent 4 days of exercise for 6 months to nothing for 5 weeks to 6 days one week, well that just isn't going to happen for me. It could if I wanted it to but to be honest, I don't want it to. People make time for the things that they truly want to do if you haven't noticed.

Like I said, exercise is key to a healthy body and mind and I plan to incorporate it into the rest of my life on this earth but I just don't see myself consistently doing more than 4 days a week for now at least. Never say never, right? I like to exercise, I like to play with my kids, I like to spend time with my husband and our families, I like to have a clean house, I like to read magazines and health books and I like to watch desperate housewives and biggest loser. So if I can work 4 days of solid exercise into my schedule with 40 hours of work and fit in all of these things listed then I am happy.

So as for the sub 30 minute 5K. I still want to do one at some point in the near future and it might still happen on May 9th. My goal right now is to get back in the habit of AM work outs and to get in 4 consistently a week. I do not plan at all to exercise at night or the weekend b/c I don't want to.

My realistic workout plan is:

Monday - gym for upper body ST
Tuesday - home for 45 minute tempo run on the TM
Wednesday - off
Thursday - home 30 minute run on TM and then lower body ST work out
Friday - 1 hour run

Totally doable for me. I am 1:1 this week since going to the gym this morning. At least I got it started right.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Updated goals!

A few months back I said after I did the marathon that I really wanted to do a 5K in under 30 minutes. 29:59 will be perfect. So, I found one in my area really close to my house and it is on May 9th. I thought this is as good of a time as any to try to reach my goal of my sub 30 minute 5K.

Now along with this goal I am working to decrease my body fat which means strength traning and tough circuit workouts. The exercise intensity has to be high and the food has to be clean.

Therefore, I am putting the two together for 3 weeks (Started this week) and I have to work out 6 days per week. So my week looks like this:

Monday - upper body strength training
Tuesday - run - speed training, intervals
Wednesday - off
Thursday - circuit training
Friday - run - 3 miles at a 11 minute pace
Saturday - lower body strength training
Sunday - longer easy run of 4-4.5 miles

Making myself workout 6 days in a week is like pulling teeth. It is not easy. I realized that after I ran the marathon though that I seriously just have NO MORE EXCUSES. If I can run a marathon then if I really want to do something I know that it can be done. I just have to want it bad enough. As good as this is, it is somewhat annoying b/c it is so easy to make excuses and now that I can't make any I have to simply push myself harder. I know it sounds crazy but I think when you haven't done something that really pushed you beyond your limits then you can keep making excuses b/c to be honest you aren't sure if you can do it BUT THEN when you do push yourself and you achieve a goal that you thought was out of reach THEN you KNOW YOU CAN DO IT!!

So tonight I have my 3 mile run, Saturday morning I will do legs and then Sunday morning I will do a longer run (not bad though).

My food will be clean BUT if I do the run tonight and the legs tomorrow then I am going to splurge slightly on a mini cheese pizza tomorrow for lunch. YUM!! BUT I have to earn it.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Still going strong...kind of

As I posted before I did get up on Monday AM and did strength training (ST) workout at the gym then I DID NOT get up on Tuesday morning. Then I DID get up on Wednesday morning then I DID NOT get up this morning. So it is an every other day occurence for now BUT it needs to be an everyday occurence. I can see it is going to take some dedication and habit forming AGAIN to get it going consistently. Always after I get up I am so thankful that I did and that I got my work out out of the way. That still doesn't make it easy to get up at 5. People do it all over the world though so I am certain that I can do it. 21 days to form a habit don't they say? Well, I am only on day 4. HA I will get there.

My food is still rockin' though so that is plus and I have already exercised more this week (even though it is only 2 times) than I have in the past 5 weeks so YEA!! I am on the right track.

Yesterday's food:

B - 1/2 cup of dry oatmeal made w/ water, 1/2 cup of strawberries sliced, 1 egg and 1 egg white scrambled

S - 12 almonds, protein shake

L - I ate out and I had a cobb salad w/ roasted chicken and I asked them to hold the bacon but they put it on there but it wasn't much so I just ate it anyway.

S- peanut butter and apple

D - sauteed sliced portabello mushrooms (for the first time, yum), cod (fish), 6 asparagus spears, and a cole slaw recipe that my trainer gave me. YUM! This meal was delicious. I almost licked my plate.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

AM workout!

Well I finally got out of bed yesterday morning at 5AM and I drove to the gym and did an upperbody ST workout. SHEW!! It felt GREAT. My arms are killing me today. Especially my triceps. I am walking a little funny to from the squats.

I had planned to get up this morning, I had my workout ready to go and my clothes laid out and I was so exhausted from yesterday that I didn't even hear the alarm. Shoot! Now, I have to do my workout either tomorrow morning (which was a planned day off) or tonight. My workout planned for today is called "hit the deck". I have exercises numbered from 2-10 such as burpees, pushup, popsquats, stability ball pull ins and a few more. I draw a card from the deck and I do the appropriate exercise depending on the number. I do the exercise for 30-40 seconds and then I rest for 20-30 sec. Then I do it again. If I draw a face card I do running toe taps. I do this for an entire hour. DAMN! This seems tough. I can't wait to do it though and see how hard I can go. It WON'T BE EASY. I am anxious to see how high my heart rate gets and how many cals I burn. I will let you know how it goes.

My food was spot on yesterday:

on way to gym - 1/2 orange
on way home from gym - protein shake
B - 1 egg, 1 egg white scrambled, 1/2 cup of dry oats made with water
S - 1 tbsp of peanut butter, small apple
L - tuna, spinach, tomato, low fat honey mustard dressing, 1/2 orange, sf jello
S - 12 almonds, protein shake
D - 5 oz. of grilled chicken, 1/2 sweet potato, 6 asparagus spears

Friday, April 17, 2009

Finally FRIDAY!

The family and I are headed out of town for the night and we are looking forward to it. The husband has a fishing tournament on a beautiful lake about 2 hours north of where we live so the girls and I are road tripping with him. He is so excited that we are going and of course kids love to stay in hotels so Chloe can't wait. Tomorrow while he is fishing as long as it isn't raining the girls and I plan to hit an outlet mall. I hope to find some good deals on summer clothes for Chloe. We shall see.

I haven't exercised since I did on Wednesday. UGH! My food is still going GREAT though. I typicaly have a splurge meal each weekend which recently has turned into a splurge weekend so I have fended off splurge meals for a while. I just can't do them right now. They are making me come de-railed so my plan is to have 3-4 small treats through the week and see how that works for me. I need to stay consistent with the food and right now the splurge meal just isn't working for me so I will change it up. So this weekend NO splurge meal. I don't have any treats planned either so I most likely won't have any unless something WORTH IT just presents itself.

Please pray for my families safe travel and good time on our outing.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Stop the press, I actually got my running shoes on last night and my running short/shirt and put my hair back and hit the street. Now, don't get too excited it was only about a 3/4 of a mile jaunt BUT it was something. I was pushing my double stroller with my 2 year old and my neighbors 2 year old and then Chloe was riding her bike beside me. Chloe did so good too. She obviously rides her bike back in forth in front of our house but I wasn't sure how she would do on a longer distance around the block and neighborhood but she did very well. She LOVED IT! I did too. So fun to be out there with your kids and getting exercise and enjoying yourself. What a great thing to promote for your children. Chloe kept telling me to jog so she could ride faster. So I obliged and I jogged some and walked fast some too. It actually felt pretty good.

I am just proud that I did it. I have feeling we will be doing it again tonight.

Monday, April 13, 2009

11 weeks until phat camp!

Over the last couple of years I have realized that I do better with an event or a main goal to focus on so now I am putting my focus to Phat Camp that is with my Phit-N-Phat on-line personal training group. It wil be in Nashville which is where our trainer lives. There are about 30 phat campers coming to it I do believe. I must get in good shape b/c we will be working out hard. Plus, I am pretty sure I don't work out at the intensity that Corinne will have us working out at so I am in for a rude awakening.

My goals to accomplish in the next 11 weeks are:

#1 - to reduce my body fat
#2 - to get in 3 full body strength training workouts per week and 1 separate cardio session for a total of a minnimum of 4 days working out per week. 5 would be GREAT but 4 is what I will commit to for sure.

I had intended to start exercising 2 weeks ago. I had given myself a 2 week break after the marathon. I just haven't been motivated to get started back and I simply haven't made myself. It is time that I start making myself though. I know once I get back to it and get into a routine I will be fine. Just like anything I have had a break in my routine so I have to start up the habit again. This weeks goal is 3 - 30 minute exercise sessions.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I have not fallen off the face of the earth!

Just so you know I am still here and still kickin'. Just been really busy at work (this is my busiest time of the year. It will die down in about 1 month) and then busy in the evenings too and I haven't been spending any time on the computer.

My food has been good. I have brought my calories down and cut out most grainy type carbs like bread, pasta, bagels, english muffins b/c they stick right on my belly like glue. Which is why I went up about 8 pounds and 10 inches during my marathon training b/c I was eating all of those foods regardless if I needed them or not. The scale is being my friend and slowly coming down. Right before the marathon I was at 157.2 and now about 3 1/2 weeks later I am at 152.6 so yea. All of my pants are fitting much better and aren't nearly as snug as they were.

As for the exercise it is still non-existent. I am just not motivated to get started back although I will I promise. I have some goals to meet like reducing body fat and my inches so strength training must be added to my exercise schedule. I have got to kick the intensity up a few notches so I am keeping my heart rate up and burning some seriuos fat.

I will be going to Phit-N-Phat's version of what we call Phat Camp in Nashville at Corinne's house at the end of June and then right after that I am going to the beach SO I need to shed the fat so I can get into my shorts and of course be in good shape for Phat camp so I don't kill over from the intense workouts Corinne will put us though. I can't wait to meet more of the Phit-N-Phat girls in person. It is sure to be a good time and a lot of hard work too.