Monday, November 18, 2013

After an Injury

Remember 8 weeks ago when I posted about my fractured foot. I must have fractured my mind-set too, because I threw everything out the window.  A week after the injury I hopped on my exercise bike and it was a disaster! So what did I do? Stay vigilant with my food choices until I was released for exercise? Heck no! I ate everything is sight for six weeks.

I was released for physical activity two weeks ago. I have steadily gotten back into working out during the past two weeks, and tonight I ran for the first time since the injury. It wasn't pretty, but I got out there and did it. And for that I am proud of myself.

My plan is to get in 5 days of exercise during the week and work my way into a better diet. I CANNOT go into the holidays with a food free for all mind set.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Fracture

I went on in to the doctor's office yesterday for X-Rays on my foot. And unfortunately, I have a fracture. He told me I need to limit my activity for the next 3-6 weeks. I will admit I am mentally down because of this. I know that I can still lose weight with this injury, but it is going to be even harder. I will definitely be looking to your blogs to keep me motivated these next few weeks.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Humpty Dumpty has a Great Fall!

It has been a pretty wild work week. Several late night including tonight. Yesterday, I decided to take the afternoon off and head to Zumba since I had to miss all of my night classes this week. It was a mad rush to get there on time, but when I got there a few minutes late, they had waited on my to start the class. I was super excited to be getting my Zumba on...and then during the third song of the class it happened. I got a little too fast going from jumping jacks to side lunges, and rolled my ankle over and feel. Super embarrassed, and OUCH! I got up and walked a bit and decided to try to finish the class with LOTS of modifications.
When I got home and took off my shoe I had a lump, swelling, and bruising. It was too late to hit any of the express meds, and I didn't want to go to the ER knowing all they would really do is X-Ray it, telling me to take advil, and send me to the Bone and Joint the next day if needed. So I started icing. 20 mins on 20 mins off. A girl friend told me when she played sports in college that they would actually ice in a bucket of ice, so I did it that way.

This morning the swelling had almost completely gone away. I still have a lump and bruise, but I think it will be fine. Guess I will be on that bike for a couple of weeks so that the foot can completely heal.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

WI Update

This week resulted in a half pound loss. I was hoping for a pound, but must remember every little ounce counts. Next week will be rough because I will be working 12 hour days for 3 of my 5 work days. That makes working out harder and dinners later than usual. I know I can still be successful this week.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Picture it...the most yummy salad ever!

I had the most delicious salad today. Seriously y'all, I wish I would have taken a picture it was so amazing, but I didn't, so I think I am going to have to describe it to you Sophia Patrillo style.


Picture it, mid-afternoon today. I had left work early for a dentist appointment and taken the rest of the day off. No same old, same old lunch for me today. I took advantage of the free afternoon to treat myself to lunch. I had thought about a smoothie from the local health food store. They are delicious, but so expensive, and I figured it would be hard to estimate the calories. So I decided to get a salad. I have had their salads before, but only the all veggie. Today, I decided I would get the hummus salad.
I love their stuff because everything is fresh and organic. My salad was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Are you still picturing it? Listen to this...mixed greens, diced tomatoes, onion, celery, shredded carrots, bell pepper, celery, and slivers of avocado, all topped with a dollop of home made hummus. I used the fork method and used a bit of the jalapeno ranch. YUM!

The salad was almost ten bucks, so not something I could afford on a regular basis, but what a treat!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Blogger Woes...

Anyone having trouble with blogger this week? For the past four days, mine has been acting crazy. When I click in to write a blog, it would say I was already logged in at a different location. Under that it would say log in at this location (or something like that), and when I clicked that it would refresh the page and say I was logged in at a different location. WEIRD. I only blog from two devices, so I don't know. Also, it wouldn't let me comment on any of your stuff. Today, everything seems fine. Weird.

Overall though, the week was good. I dropped another pound (Hooray). I missed a couple of workouts with all of my allergy issues, but I really feel resting was better for me. This week, daily workouts are a must! I did log all of my food in myfitnesspal this week.


Yesterday, I had planned to do a 5k. I found one online that was about half an hour from my house. But when we got there. Not a runner (or person) was there. We saw signs, but nothing. This has been my week. When it was past the start time, and we still hadn't found the run, we just headed on and had a great daytrip morning and made it home in time for football. When I got home, I looked at the sight again to see if the run had been cancelled or something...or if I possibly had the wrong date (maybe it was Sunday instead of Saturday), but nope. Weird. There wasn't any results listed though, so I just don't know. I guess I am glad that I didn't pre-register.

This week, my goals are-
Log all my food into myfitnesspal
5 workouts
2 days of weight training
and I hope all of this will earn me another pound loss.

Monday, September 9, 2013

UGH! Allergies and 9-7 and 9-8 Food Journals

It all started with a sneeze, then another, then another. On Saturday I woke up with runny, stuffy, itchy everything. I powered through and went to Zumba, lots of errands, and some much needed yard work. On Sunday, I was down for the count. I woke up around 8:30 and grabbed breakfast, and laid back down. Around 1, Tommy woke me up and gave me soup (he must have thought I was drying since he made me lunch.) After eating, I got up and messed around with cleaning the kitchen. That was enough for me, and I went back to bed knowing I just couldn't go to Zumba and that maybe I would do the bike later. At 3:30, I got up and went to the grocery. This had to be done or we would have had no food for dinner, breakfast, or lunch. I started to worry that with spending half the day in bed, I wouldn't be able to sleep at night. But that was not a problem. Today, I am still not feeling 100% but much better. I work late tonight, so that means dinner and workout will both be at 7:30.

Saturday
Zumba

Breakfast-
Subway 6in flatbread- ham, egg, cheese, spinach, tomato, onions, bell pepper

Lunch-
Grill chicken salad w/Ken's light ranch

Dinner-
Smoked Pork tenderloud
frozen twice baked potato

After dinner snack
apple
1/4c quaker oats
coconut oil
truvia
cinnamon
(I popped all of this in the micro to make a little dessert. It was good)

Sunday
Breakfast
Quaker oatmeal
pb2
coconut oil
cinnamon
vanilla almond milk

snack
apple sauce pouch

Lunch
Progresso New England Clam Chowder


Snack
Fiber One Choc chip cookie and grapes

Dinner
Ground turkey w/ organic taco seasoning
lettuce
onion
bell pepper
salsa
plain greek yogurt
cheese 1/4 c



Saturday, September 7, 2013

9-5 and 9-6 Food Journals

I was busy and forgot to post my Thursday food journal, so today here is Thursday and Friday.

Thursday

Breakfast
apple
Kashi Pumpkin granola bar


Lunch
broccoli and cheese (green giant)
sweet and spicy tuna
yoplait blended greek yogurt coconut

Dinner
chopped sirloin steak (2oz)
black eyed peaa
jasmine rice
broccoli

30 mins Recumbent Bike

Snack
Nature Valley almond crunch


Friday (Over Calories), Rest Day

Breakfast
Nature Valley almond crunch

Lunch
Wendy's Honey Mustard flatbread
small fry
small vanilla frostie

Snack
popcorn

Dinner
Seafood Buffet
I stuck mostly to boiled shrimp and raw oysters + crackers and sauce
2 stuffed crabs
a few fried oysters
2 frog legs
slaw
rice

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

9-4 Food Journal

Today's workout was supposed to be a run, but it just didn't happen. It was miserable outside, so I did the exercise bike instead.

Breakfast
grapes
Quaker oatmeal
coconut oil
PB2

Lunch
sweet and spicy tuna
broccoli and cheese (green giant)
coconut greek blended yogurt
wasabi almonds (yummy, but put me over on fats today)

Snack (I usually eat my snack around 4 at work, but skipped it today. When I got home I was starving, so I ate a little something before dinner)
Plain greek yogurt
S/f strawberry jam
pineapple tidbit cup

Dinner
Turkey spinach meatloaf
lima beans

Workout-Recumbent Bike 40mins

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

9/3 Food Journal

Hooray for September. My kids were back at the library for programs today! Love meeting all my new classes. And it will be nice to get back into a routine at work. Routine is always helpful.

Breakfast-
Quaker Oatmeal
coconut oil
pb2
truvia packet
apple

Lunch
sweet and spicy tuna
broccoli and cheese (green giant)
coconut greek yogurt

Snack
kashi pumpkin spice granola

Dinner
broccoli slaw
Dreamfield Spaghetti noodles
ground turkey and marinara

Zumba

*I was starving when I got home from zumba, so I had about an ounce more noodles and a spoonful of sauce

Snack
almond milk

9/2 Food Journal and Eating my Feelings

Tommy and I got into a dumb fight this morning. It was actually on our way to the park to walk Pugsley. We turned around and went back to the house. Even after the initial argument was over, I still found myself in the kitchen too much. Eating those negative feelings. I knew exactly what I was doing, and did it anyway. And it didn't make me feel better. Of course, it made me feel worse. I did feel better after working out during the afternoon...super sweaty. Why couldn't I have done that in the first place?

Breakfast
2 fried eggs
turkey bacon
grapes
small biscuit

Eating my feelings
Lean pocket (ham and cheese)
grapes
popcorn
2 slices of Papa Murphy delite  chicken artichoke bacon (I threw the rest in the garbage)

Workout-
Walk Away the Pounds 3m w/weights
Walk Away the Pounds 1m w/weights

Dinner
Ground turkey with organic taco seasoning
lettuce, onion, bell pepper, green onion
salsa
plain greek yogurt

Sunday, September 1, 2013

It's September! 9-1 Food Journal

Breakfast
Quaker oatmeal, PB2, coconut oil, chia seeds, truvia packet

Lunch
Ham and Cheese Lean pocket
coconut greek yogurt/coconut oil

ZUMBA

Snack
1 slice PM Chicken, bacon, artichoke delite pizza

Dinner
Pinwheel steak
jasmin rice
squash
broccoli w/wasabi mayo and mustard
bell pepper w/salsa

Food Journal 8/31- Roll Tide

Today was the first Football Saturday of the year. I made sure to get in my workout first thing this morning so that I would have extra calories to play with this afternoon. I planned out what I was going to eat, and stuck to it except for an extra slice of dessert pizza that I should have stayed away from. I stayed within my MFP calorie range thanks to the exercise, but just barely. Next week, NO PIZZA!

Zumba

Breakfast-
Subway 6in ham, egg, cheese, spinach, onions, tomatoes, bell pepper on flat bread

Lunch-
Quaker oatmeal, PB2, coconut oil, cinnamon

Dinner
2 slices of Papa Murphy Delite Chicken artichoke bacon pizza
1 Mike's Hard stawberry lemonade
2 slice Papa Murphy Smores dessert pizza
a hunk of Italian bread w/ olive oil and herbs

 

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Food Journal 8-30

Total calories for the day via MFP-1172
Tommy and I were going to be out and about this evening and the plan was to have dinner at Red Robin. I tried to be conservative with my calories all day. We ended up not going to Red Robin, so my calories for the day were actually under 1200. Today was a rest day.


Breakfast
Kashi Pumpkin granola bar

Lunch
Subway 6in ham, egg, cheese , tomatoes, onions, spinach on flat bread


Snack
Fro Yo (lemon cupcake)

Dinner
9oz steak tips
medium baked potato with spray butter
spinach
texas toast




Friday, August 30, 2013

A loss

I had a 1.5 loss this week. This was the first real loss I have had since May. I was stoked and thought I would share.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

8-29 Food Journal

Calories for the day via MFP-1430, over protein, sugar, sodium

Breakfast-
Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal
PB2
1tsp coconut oil
Almond Milk

Lunch
Wendy's BLT Cobb Salad
100 cal pack of avocado ranch
small frostie

Dinner
90/10 chopped sirloin 2.5oz
green beans
black eyed peas

ZUMBA

Snack
Almond Milk

I am so ready for the weekend! Taking off at noon tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

8-28 Food Journal

Breakfast-
Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal
PB2
1tsp coconut oil
apple

Lunch
Broccoli and cheese (green giant)
sweet and spicy tuna
 yoplait greek yogurt pineapple

Snack
Kashi Pumpkin granola bar 3:30
vanilla almond milk 5:30

Dinner
Turkey Chili
brocolli slaw
green onion
plain greek yogurt

30 Mins on recumbent bike

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Food journal 8-27 and a HORRIBLE Run



This afternoon I "ran with Kim." Of course she was running in DC, and I was running in Bama, and the runs were hours apart, but I still considered the run "with her." We decided over the weekend that we needed to do a 5k. I will be completely honest and say that I haven't had a good outdoor run in weeks. AND TODAY WAS HORRIBLE. You know those runs where you aren't really into it, but after you get going you enjoy it? I was hoping for one of those, but it didn't happen. Every single minute of the run was awful...the heat and humidity were unforgiving. Traffic was the worst it has ever been on that route. I couldn't get my breathing right, and mentally I was all over the place. And my legs hurt (I think that is because I have been to Zumba for the past three days, and that can make my calves tired.) But I got the miles in, and hopefully my next run will be better. I am looking forward to the Fall 5k season, so I need to get in a couple of good runs every week.

Calories for the day via MFP-1524, over protein, sugar, sodium

Breakfast-
Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal
PB2
1tsp coconut oil
apple

Lunch
Broccoli and cheese (green giant)
sweet and spicy tuna
apple
yoplait greek yogurt pineapple

Snack
Kashi Pumpkin granola bar

Run (UGH) 48mins including cool down

Dinner
Tukey Spinach meatloaf
green beans
black eyed peas

Snack
Almond Milk
 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Monday Monday- Food Journal 8/26

I am in in love with tonight's dinner. I dreamed about it all day. 
Total calories for the day per MFP-1634
I was over in protein, sugar, and sodium. (Seriously two apples put me over my limit of sugar.)

Breakfast-
Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal
PB2
1tsp coconut oil
apple

Lunch
Broccoli and cheese (green giant)
sweet and spicy tuna
apple
yoplait greek yogurt pineapple

Snack
Kashi Pumpkin granola bar

ZUMBA

Dinner-
8oz cooked spaghetti
brocolli slaw
spinach
marinara sauce with ground turkey
Parmesan cheese

Sunday, August 25, 2013

8-25 Food Journal - Why does the Weekend go by so Fast?

This was a nice weekend, but it went by too fast. Yesterday's little day trip was wonderful, and today I did house chores, worked in the yard, and got my weekly groceries bought.

 Breakfast-
Subway 6in Flatbread/ham/egg whites/shredded cheese/tomatoes/onion/spinach/bellpepper

Snack-
Apple
PB2 powder mixed w/water
1tsp coconut oil

Zumba *Awesome Class*

Snack-
Kashi Pumpkin Spice Granola bar

Dinner-
Ground turkey 85/15
black eyed peas
plain greek yogurt
salsa
cheddar cheese
shredded lettuce
bell pepper
yellow and green onion


I used My Fitness Pal to track my food today-
 http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary/MrHillswife

I was over on protein, sugar, sodium, and fat.

This week, I want to work on staying within the ranges for these areas.



8-24 Food Journal - Road Trip

Tommy and I took a little spur of the moment road trip. I wanted to be sure and get my exercise in, so I told him I wanted to wait until after Zumba class to leave. It was a fun day with tons of walking as we explored our favorite antiquing town and then headed to Huntsville for a bit more shopping.

I find that when we are out of town one of two things happen, I either eat too much or not enough.

9AM- Zumba

10:30AM- Breakfast via the gas station
Nature Valley Oatmeal PB square
Apple Juice

4PM- Restaurant- Shaggy's
Fajita Chicken Salad/no sour cream

6:30PM - Zen-Beri Frozen Yogurt
4oz salted caramel Fro-yo

We got home around 8:30, and I didn't want to eat that late.  So I went to bed a bit hungry.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

8-23 Food Journal --Question: Spark v. My Fitness Pal

Breakfast- Quaker Oatmeal/Natural PB/ apple/cinnamon/chia seeds

Lunch- Restauran:Ricebox
Lunch Special- Philly roll/crunch shrimp roll/ salad with ginger dressing/ hot and sour soup minus crunchies/ 4 steamed potstickers

Dinner- Subway
6in on wheat- ham/cheddar/lite mayo/lettuce/tomato/onion/pickle and Baked Ruffles

Date Night Movie at Home
Micro popcorn and 2 handfuls of Hot Tamale candies

20oz short of my gallon water goal today.


I have been doing a good job for the past two weeks of journaling my food here.  I haven't worried about calories just stuck to a few rules regarding water and not going back for seconds at dinner. But I think I am ready to start keeping up with calories. What program do y'all use? I have used Spark and My Fitness Pal before, but never stuck with it. Is there a program you like best? I don't have a smart phone, so any SP perks won't really matter to me.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

8-22 Food Journal

I wasn't feeling great this morning, so I went into work late.

Breakfast 9AM-
plain greek yogurt/mixed berries/truvia

Lunch 1PM-
apple/natural PB
lemon pepper tuna

Snack 4PM-
Kashi Pumpkin Spice granola bar

5:30 PM- chai with almond milk

7PM-
Turkey/Spinach meatloaf 1.5 servings
pintos
carrots

7:45PM
yoplait greek yogurt coconut/coconut oil/chia seeds

No exercise today.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

8-21 Food Journal

Breakfast-
Quaker oatmeal/tbs PB/apple/chia seeds

Lunch-
Broccoli and cheese (green giant)
sweet and spicy tuna
yoplait 100 cal greek yogurt passion fruit

Afternoon Snack-
kashi pumpkin granola bar

Dinner-
Lean Beef chopped steak
Trader Joe Multi grain pilaf
black eyed peas (canned)
green beans (canned)

7PM Zumba

After workout-
chai w/vanilla almond milk


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Food Journal 8-20- Office Party

I gave into the office party treats today. I should have stayed away.

Breakfast-
Plain greek yogurt/mixed frozen berries/truvia

When I got to work, I found out that an office party for a coworker that is getting married was this morning. It was originally set for later in the week, but he was taking off for the rest of the week and the party was moved. I should have avoided the food, but I gave in.
3 sausage balls
garlic cheese grits
mini chic-fil-a biscuit
cream cheese pastry

Lunch- I brought my lunch, but once again gave into the office treats
Broccoli and cheese (Green Giant) this was the only thing from my packed lunch that I ate.
Garlic Cheese grits
3 sausage balls
cream cheese pastry

Snack- Even with all the extra food, I was still hungry around 4.
Kashi pumpkin granola bar

Dinner- (my favorite meal)
Ground Turkey w/organic taco seasoning
shredded lettuce
onions (lots)
bell pepper (steamed)
salsa
plain greek yogurt
cheese
avacado

After Dinner Snack-
chai w/vanilla almond milk

My workout today consisted of about 2 hours of yard work. Lots of raking, bending over, and walking. I am not counting it toward my 30 workouts goal, but I do think it was a good workout.

Monday, August 19, 2013

8-19 Food Journal

This has been the best evening. My friend Kelly joined my for Zumba and Tommy surprised me with a new candle when I got home. It is the little things that can make days great.

Breakfast-
plain greek yogurt/frozen mixed berries/truvia

Cup of hot tea around 11:30

Lunch-
Broccoli with Cheese (Green Giant)
Sweet and Spicy tuna packet
yoplait coconut greek yogurt
apple

Afternoon Snack-
Kashi Pumpkin bar

ZUMBA

Dinner
Ground turkey and marinara sauce
 Low carb noodle
steamed broccoli slaw and spinach
parm cheese
green tea

I had around 120oz of water during the day

Sunday, August 18, 2013

8-18 Food Journal

Breakfast- Quaker oatmeal with a Tbs of PB and chia seeds/homemade chai w/vanilla almond milk.

Snack- Boiled egg

Snack- kashi peanut peanut butter bar

Lunch at MIL- Leftover stew and Italian beef with peppers. A handful of fritos and m&ms

Dinner- Eggs, turkey bacon, 2 biscuits with SF orange marmalade jam. Chaiw/almond milk

Exercise was 45 mins WATP 3mi DVD

Food Journal 8-17

9AM Zumba
10:30- Subway 6in Ham, Egg, Shredded cheese on flatbreat with tomatoes, onion, bellpepper, and spinach. 2% milk

1:30- Smoked Chicken Stew w/6 crackers

3:00-Smoked chicken salad w/ ritz crackers and slice of pecan pie. A few M&Ms.

7:00- chicken noodle soup

8:00 Chai w/vanilla almond milk

Tommy had family in from out of town and his Mom put her back out. It was not a very active day and too much food and sitting around, but it was nice visiting with family.

The chai was amazing. I bought the chai herbs earlier in the week and tonight I boiled them then let them sit about half an hour. Cooled them in the fridge and then mixed it with the vanilla almond milk and it was AMAZING :)

Friday, August 16, 2013

8-16 Food Journal

7AM Wake- 20 oz water
7:15 apple, tbs PB, boiled egg/only half yoke, 20 oz water
7:30- 20 oz water
10:00- 20 oz water
12:15ish- Kashi Peanut Bar
2:00- Wendy's Baha salad no dressing. water
3:00 Menchi's FROYO in waffle cup split with hubby
5:00- Dinner out with family at Miss Annies- Grilled chicken tenders, sweet potato fries, grilled veggies, garlic bread, few bits of brownie split with 5 people. water

Thursday, August 15, 2013

8-15 Food Journal


7:05AM WAKE 20 oz of water
7:15 AM
1 serving Quaker Oats, truvia, apple, PB, chia seeds.  (THIS WAS AMAZING!)
20 oz water
10:15AM 
 boiled egg, 20 oz water
1:00PM
Panara Thai Chopped Chicken salad/bread, 20 oz water 

3:45 PM
Kashi Pumpkin granola bar, 20 oz water

5:30 PM - Rest Day 1,

7:10 PM 
Turkey Taco Salad
  5 blue cheese filled olive, Publix Blue Crab sushi roll, 20oz water

8:45 PM
Peanut only PB, cinnamon, chia seeds

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Food Journal 8-14

This morning I overslept and I have felt behind all day.

 

7:05AM WAKE 20 oz of water
 
7:15 AM
plain greek yogurt, ¼ c blueberries,5 strawberries, truvia packet, hard boiled egg, 20oz water
8:00-8:30AM-20 oz water
10:15AM 
boiled egg, 20 oz water
12:30PM
  Chef Salad from the shop/lettuce mix, cucumbers, tomatoes, egg, ham, cheese, Newman's Own Golder Italian, apple,20 oz water

3:45 PM
Kashi Pumpkin granola bar, 20 oz water

5:30 PM -WATP 2mi High Calorie Burn DVD, 20oz water

7:10 PM 
Turkey Taco Salad
shredded luttuce, steamed bell pepper, onion, avacado, salsa, ground turkey w organic taco seasoning, plain greek yogurt, 20oz water

8:15 PM
I usually try not to eat after dinner, but I was still hungry so I had a peanut peanut kashi bar








Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Food Journal 8-13

6:45AM
Wake, 20oz water 

7:05AM
plain greek yogurt, ¼ c blueberries,5 strawberries, truvia packet, 2 eggs scrambled with salsa 20oz water
7:30-8:00AM-20 oz water
10AM 
boiled egg, 20 oz water
12:20PM
6in Subway wheat, black forest ham, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onion, lite mayo apple, 20 oz water





4:00 PM
Fiber 1 PB&J bar ( I also had 3 almond m&ms sometime between lunch and this snack. They were offered by a friend and in my mouth before I thought about it.)

5:30 PM -30 mins recumbent bike, 20oz water

7:30 PM 
lean minute steak, black eye peas, green giant cauliflower and cheese, 1 cup broccoli slaw, Tabasco and parm cheese 20 oz water

Monday, August 12, 2013

Food Journal 8-12

Once again, Amy has inspired me. Amy is doing food journaling on her blog, so I decided I would follow her lead and do it, too!

6:30AM
Wake, 20oz water 

7:05AM
plain greek yogurt, ¼ c blueberries,5 strawberries, truvia packet, 20oz water

7:30-8:00AM-20 oz water

9:45AM 
boiled egg and peach, 20 oz water

1:00PM
lemon pepper tuna pack, 3 figs, apple, 1tbs PB, hard boiled egg, Green Giant Broccoli  and cheese pack, 20 oz water

4:45 PM
Nature Valley protein chewy bar PB dark chocolate, 20 oz water

5:30 PM -ZUMBA, 20oz water

7:30 PM 
Gound turkey and marinara sauce, 1 serving dreamfield noodles, 1 cup broccoli slaw, 20 oz water

Good day. Workout and water!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Because Amy missed me!

Amy sent me a FB message saying that she missed me posting, and I responded that I probably wouldn't post until after my Summer Reading Program had ended (I am a children's librarian in a public library and summer is complete CHAOS for 8 weeks). But, today when I was working out, I decided that I would try to blog my training for an upcoming 5k that I will be doing in August.

Truth is, I have a love/hate relationship with blogging. I love the accountability of blogging, and enjoy reading everyone's blogs(I read even when I am not posting), but most of the time I can't think of anything to write about on my own blog. Maybe my brain is just tired after work :)

But anyway, one of my goals this year is to run an official 5k during the months of June, July, or August. In the several years I have been running, I always slack off during the heat of summer...even when I was just running on a treadmill. But I wanted this year to be different. I am very proud that I have kept up with my workouts during the summer running a couple of times a week and hitting one or two zumba classes. And I have taken my runs outside, something I would have never done without the encouragement of my friend Kim. Too bad we live a million miles from each other and can't run together. So anyway, I was hoping to run a 5k on July 4, but we had awful storms (pouring rain and thunder). I honestly thought they would cancel it because of the thunder, and decided to no make the 45 minute drive only to turn around and come home. But, as soon as I made the decision to skip the race, I got online to look for another one. And found a great one that runs the same course that I did back in January. The race is August 27, which gives me almost 2 more months to continue to train. I am interval girl, and would like to do 7 minute run/3 minute walk intervals for the race. I know that the heat and humidity will be awful, but that is the interval I am shooting towards.

Today's run was pretty typical of my last few runs.
Three interval sets of 5/5 and then a 3 min cool down.
I did bring water with me on this run for the first time this summer (should have been doing it for weeks) and would take a sip of water during each walk. After the run, I was a hot mess and grabbed 12 oz of Gatorade. I think running with a bottle ( I have one with a strap to attach to your hand) will take some getting used to, but will be wonderful. During the last run interval, I had a tough time, and watched the clock for pretty much the entire 5 minutes. I ran at 6:30 PM and it was 88 degrees with 89% humidity. Ick! I plan on continuing this for two more weeks, and then adding an extra run minute, and losing a walk minute for 6/4 intervals.

So anyway, that is what I am up to these days. Even though my workouts have been good this summer, my food hasn't been great. Actually it has been WAY to laxed, but that will be changing in the next couple of weeks.

So do anyone have any "running in the heat" advise, other than "just do it" ?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

April 24 - Zumba

Tonight's workout was Zumba class. I have got to get back to work on the dance I am choreographing for the contest! Some days it feels like there are not enough hours in the day. And this week, I have two late nights at work.

I have to go to the doctor next Thursday for a thyroid check-up. Am I the only one that HATES going to the doctor??

Monday, April 22, 2013

April 22- Not what I planned

My plan today was to head to the gym after work for some strength and treadmill work. But when I finally left work (late), I just wasn't into it, and drove right past the gym. I had to stop at the grocery on the way home for my weekly grocery trip. When I got home, I went back and forth about what my workout would be. I actually put a DVD into the player, and changed my mind before I pressed play. I heading outside and got in 2.33 mile (all walking). Tomorrow and Thursday I have to work late because of events at work. One day will be a rest day and the other will be a morning workout.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Weekend Workouts -April 20 and 21

It was an absolutely beautiful weekend in Alabama. Cool and sunny, just the way I like it. On Saturday morning, I hit up my favorite Zumba class. I love Zumba, and I love the calorie burn from it even more. After I got home, I worked in the yard for a bit and then headed to town for a mani/pedi.
Today, I took advantage of the beautiful weather and went back outside for a walk/jog. According to mapmyrun.com my walk was 4.31 miles and took me a little over an hour. Pugsley went with me. He is getting better and better on these walk/jogs.
After I got home, I worked for over an hour on the Zumba competition song. (My zumba studio is doing a student competition where we choreograph a song of our choice, and the instructors will choose one to add to the playlist.) Whew. I still have a lot of work to do on that!

I wish everyday could be the weekend :)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Workout April 18

Today's workout was supposed to be Zumba Toning class. Unfortunately, I was the only person to show up for class. The instructor and I both thought that the predicted bad weather was what kept everyone at home. I had been very excited about class (because I don't always get to go on Thursday), but when I got home the thought of doing a DVD instead was less than appealing. Honestly, I contemplated skipping the workout altogether, but already skipped a workout on Tuesday (because of a unexpected family dinner). I decided to take a chance on the weather and headed out for a quick walk.

My walk was right at 30 minutes and the heart rate monitor registered 277 calories burned.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

April 17 Workout

Today was beautiful, and I had to take advantage of it's beauty.  I hit the pavement again for a 40 minute walk with massive hills. The heart rate monitor said I burned 388 calories. I should have headed to the gym after work for strength, but I just couldn't wait to get home and walk in the sunshine. I love these longer days. During the winter, it is dark when I leave in the morning and dark when I leave the library for home. I enjoy winter, but I love the SUN :)

Monday, April 15, 2013

April 15 Workout

I struggle with not know what to post. When I started my blog back up earlier this year, I posted a weekly review of my workouts and my weekly WI. Then I felt like this was very boring. Now, I am going to try to do daily updates of my workouts. And see how that goes.

*Warm Up with .25 miles on the treadmill

*Strength-
3 sets of 12 bicep curls 20lbs
3 sets of 12 tricep pushdowns 50lbs
2 sets of 12 assisted pull-ups
2 sets of 12  assisted dips

*1 mile on elliptical 9:17 (My intention was to run a mile on the treadmill, but they were all full.)

30 minute walk outside at home. HR monitor showed 270calorie burn for walk.


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Weigh In


Last week's weight- 200
This week's weight- 200
Change: No Change

I am very happy with this weigh in because my eating has been very rocky this week. On Friday after my early WI, hubby suggested Chinese food for lunch. I agreed, and while I didn't go overboard, I knew the sodium was crazy high. Then on Monday, we had crazy storms most of the day. I had taken the day off work, and had lots of big plans for the day that got scraped with the weather was so bad. The power was off most of the day, and because I had planned to grab groceries that morning I had nothing in the house and ate cheezit's for lunch.. UGH and then because we still had no power, we went to a small diner for dinner and I had a burger. On Wednesday, a Mom at the library brought me a dozen freshly baked Snikerdoodles. I had every intention of just bringing them home for my hubby, but lost all sense and ate TWO cookies on the way home. 
In total, there are 21 meals in a week plus snacks, and I only had three slip ups, but I try to keep my food in better check. 

My workouts were good all week, but on Monday with the storms and lack of power, I skipped my workout for the day (two rest days for the week). 

So all in all, I was very happy to stay the same at this WI. But Next week I plan to kick butt and make it into the 190s :)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Oops...I forgot.

I forgot to post last week's Week In Review Post. Overall it was a good week. I exercised 6 days including Zumba, a timed run, WATP DVD workouts, and strength.

This week, I am looking for a new training schedule. I am thinking about following Hal Higdon's Novice 10k schedule. Have you guys done this training program? I think I can work it nicely into what I am already doing :)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Weigh In- A Day Early

Today I am posting my WI, because I have 99 girl spending the night at the library with me tonight! Tomorrow I may not even remember my name, much less remember to WI :)


Last week's weight- 201.5
This week's weight- 200
Change:-1.5
 
Happy about a loss after last week's half pound gain!

Monday, March 11, 2013

A Big Day for the Blog

Hey you guys! It is a big day for my little blog! I finally discovered the reply button! HAHA I am so behind the times :)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

A Change

For the last several weeks, I have been doing 6 miles on Sunday. Today I wanted to change things up a bit. I decided I wanted to challenge myself on the treadmill and do a 5k in under 40mins. And I did it...39:38!! This is by no means super speedy for most, but for me it is awesome! Even though my total for the day was only 3.5 miles, I want to keep my mileage at 10 for the week, so I will have to do some longer runs during the week. Which is good, because my routine was getting a bit stale :)


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Weigh In- A Gain

Today is Weigh In Day!

Last week's weight- 201
This week's weight- 201.5
Change:+.5
 
A small gain. I knew it was a possibility. Still hard to swallow. First gain in almost 2 months. And I was working towards meeting a ST goal. Next week will be better.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Week In Review

How was food?
Good except Tuesday. Tuesday I stayed home sick from work...and caught myself eating because I was home and not feeling well. This could effect this week's WI.
How was exercise this week?
Saturday- Zumba was cancelled, and my day just got too busy.
Sunday-Bi/Tri + 6 miles
Monday-Exercise Bike
Tuesday-After battling head cold/allergies for weeks, I took a sick day from work. No exercise
Wednesday-  Legs at gym; Bike at home
Thursday- Chest/Shoulders, 1.5 miles with 1 mile of nonstop running
Friday- 2 miles with the dog enjoying the weather

What is on tap for the weekend?
Well, I thought I was running a 5k tomorrow, but when I went to the website for the run, I realised it is actually next week.(I won't be running it be next week because we are doing an overnight at the library for girlscouts. After 23 of 24 hours at the library, I don't think I will be up to a 5k. So this weekend will be Zumba on Saturday and Run on Sunday.

What's New?
I just felt off all week. Partly from being sick and being off work, and then my routine just changed all together. Hoping Next week will be better.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

A Much Better 6

Last Sunday, I had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad run. (Can you tell I am a children's librarian?) Basically I couldn't catch a good groove, I had side pain and hip pain, and I had to make several pit stops to the restroom. I finished the 6, but it took forever (an even longer forever than usual), and I started to let that doubt creep in that I could do the mileage. Then on Tuesday I had 3 scheduled and stopped at 2 because I was miserable. On Thursday I was not feeling well at all, and skipped my run and strength workout all together. Last night, I started to worry. Could I really do the run?
But today was great!! I did the first three mile walking a 1/4 mile and running 3/4 mile. Then I switched to quarter-mile intervals for the last three, but upped my running speed to 4.8 /5.0. And other than a bit of hip pain (it got really tight during the last mile) it was a great run!

I need to remember that just because I have a bad run...or two. That doesn't mean they will all be bad!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Week In Review-A Day Late

I usually do my week in review on Friday because it is my rest day, but this week I did a late workout on Friday night, and didn't want to record it until I had finished it.

How was your Food?
Food was ok. I haven't felt good ALL Week. It started with my run on Sunday...and constant trips to the gym restroom. Then I developed the allergy "crud." Stuffy nose, itchy ears, sore throat (the throat was also over used this week because of tons of Read Alouds at schools across the county for Read Across America.)and just feeling blah. AND I started my period this week. On Thursday I basically ate soup for every meal...way too much sodium. And on Wednesday I let PMS get the best of me and I had a handful of M&Ms.

How was exercise this week?
Saturday- Zumba
Sunday-Bi/Tri + 6 miles (Those were 6 HORRIBLE miles dealing with stomach issues.)
Monday-Exercise Bike
Tuesday-Chest, Back, and Shoulders+2 mile run (and again I had stomach issues)
Wednesday-  Rest Day...and it felt good
Thursday- I should have had a run and strength training that day, but I felt terrible and gave myself a pass. Another rest day.
Friday- Neon Night at Zumba...90 minutes of Zumba wearing Neon Colors and black lights. It was fun, but would have been more fun had I felt better.

What is on tap for the weekend?
Because the Zumba event last night, we won't have class this morning. At some point today, I want to get on the exercise bike. Today is going to be crazy. I have to speak at a conference this morning, then I have my cousin's baby's first birthday party, and then we are going to one of Tommy's friend's house tonight. I'm still not feeling great and would have loved to stay around the house all day. Tomorrow I am hoping for a better 6 miles than last week.

What's New?
Well, we won't be going to Birmingham next weekend, so no Fairy Tale Run. Just couldn't justify the gas money. (The person Tommy was meeting with cancelled.) But there is a local 5k next weekend, and if I am feeling better I plan to do it.

WI Day, Slow but Consistent

Today is Weigh In Day!

Last week's weight- 202
This week's weight- 201
Change: -1
 
Another pound gone!!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

WI Day

Today is Weigh In Day!

Last week's weight- 203
This week's weight- 202
Change: -1
 
Another pound gone!!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Week in Review

How was your Food?
Food was good this week. I started the week with a bit too much peanut butter, but quickly backed away. My friend Kim and I were trying to limit our grains to only 1 per day and before 2:00. I did really well with this, and hope the scale will be nice tomorrow!

How was exercise this week?
Saturday- Zumba
Sunday-Bi/Tri + 6 miles (You can read about this in the previous post!)
Monday-Exercise Bike
Tuesday-Chest, Back, and Shoulders+2.25 mile run (I did a 16 minute run interval! My longest yet!)
Wednesday-  Rest Day
Thursday- Leg Strength Training, +2.5 (working on speed)
Friday- Rest- I generally only take one rest a week, but I really needed an extra day this week. Work has been long hours and extra stress. An extra rest day was my way of being kind to myself)

What is on tap for the weekend?
I hope to get the stuff to work on my NEON NIGHTS zumba outfit for next week :) And maybe try my hand at a running tutu, for a future 5k!

What's New?
I found a Fairy Tale 5k for March. My husband has to be out of town (where the 5k is) that weekend. Hoping we can work out all of the details, because a fairy tale 5k sounds perfect for a running librarian :) haha

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Six miles

Today I pushed myself a little farther and managed a 6 mile "run" using intervals.

Miles 1-4
12 minute run intervals @ 4.5
5 minute walk intervals@ 3.5

After mile 4, I restarted the treadmill because I knew it would stop at one hour.

Mile 5
1/4 mile walk @ 3.5
3/4 mile run @ 4.5

Mile 6
1/4 mile walk @3.5
1/2 mile run  @ 4.7-5.0
1/4 mile walk @ 3.5-3.0

The last mile was really tough...maybe because I bumped the speed up a tiny bit.

 Then TONS OF Stretching.

I was super proud of this run. And especially the 12 minute run interval. I plan to stay at 6 miles for a couple of weeks before bumping up again.

I honestly can't believe I am doing these "longer" runs. I am pushing myself beyond my self-imposed limits and am proud of the progress I have made. I have also noticed when running intervals, if I can make it past the first 5 minutes, I feel strong and can go a bit farther than I think I can when I start the interval.





Saturday, February 16, 2013

WI Day - WooHoo

Today is Weigh In Day!

Last week's weight- 204.5
This week's weight- 203
Change: -1.5
 

So, so excited!! This is awesome! Happy dance!!!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Week In Review

Week in Review!



How was your Food?
This was my birthday week (Feb 13), but I felt like I did really good keeping food in control. On Sunday, we went to breakfast with a friend and I have 2 biscuits. I should have only had one, but throught I did really well considering breakfast foods are my fave and it was a buffet. On Wednesday, we had family over for dinner. My MIL cooked and made beef stroganoff, we also had salad and bread. I only had once serving and then had two small cupcakes. I decided on cupcakes so there would not be leftover cake around the house. I ordered 5 cupcakes, but they threw in an extra one...and I ate it. They were small cupcakes and honestly the two I had were smaller than a regular slice of cake. They were lemon blueberry with strawberry cream cheese frosting. And NO CANDY OR SWEETS ON V'DAY :)

How was exercise this week?
Saturday- Zumba
Sunday-Bi/Tri + 5 miles (10 min run/5 min walk intervals)
Monday-Exercise Bike
Tuesday-Chest, Back, and Shoulders+2.25 mile run (10 min run/5 min walk intervals)
Wednesday-  Rest Day Birthday
Thursday- Leg Strength Training, +3 miles (working on speed)
Friday- Bike

What is on tap for the weekend?
Zumba on Saturday and Run on Sunday/ Lazy days around the house

What's New?
The Zumba studio that I go to on Saturdays is having a NEON Zumba Party. 90mins of Zumba March 1. So excited!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Need for Speed

You guys know I have held the goal of a 24 min 2-miler (yes I am a turtle) forever! Well I am on a mission to make this happen, and I need your help! What things did you do to improve your speed?


Sunday, February 10, 2013

5 Miles

This morning, I got up early and hit the gym.

First I did my strength training for the day.

3 sets of 12 bicep curls
3 sets of 12 tricep press
3 sets of 12 assisted dips
3 sets of 12 assisted pull ups

Then I hit the treadmill to do something I had never done. A 5-miler! I used intervals

5 Min warm up

10 mins "run" @ 4.7
5 min walk @3.5
10 mins "run" @ 4.7
5 min walk @3.5
10 mins "run" @ 4.7
5 min walk @3.5
10 mins "run" @ 4.7
5 min walk @3.5
Quarter mile run @ 5.0
Quarter mile cool down 3.5-3.0

I was stoked!! And felt awesome!! During the fourth 10 min interval, my hip started to feel tight, but I knew I could finish.

After the run, I did some awesome stretching.

Then I headed to meet up with hubby and friends for Pre-Birthday breakfast feeling so powerful and strong.

Special thank to my sweet friend Kim that got up at the crack of dawn to "do this with me," from Washington!! I txted her after each run interval and she was awesome!!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

WI Day


Today is Weigh In Day!

Last week's weight- 205
This week's weight- 204.5
Change: -.5
 
Another loss!
 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Week in Review

Week in Review!



How was your Food?
Sunday was not stellar. Rather Sunday evening. Hubby wanted football snacks, and I splurged. A couple too many hot wings, and waay to many pretzel crisps. But the rest of the week was right on!

How was exercise this week?
Saturday- 5k
Sunday-Chest, Back, and Shoulders+ Bike
Monday-3 mile WATP with bands
Tuesday-Bi and Tri Strength Training, Run- 8 min run, 4 min walk, 5 min run, 2.5 min walk, 3 min run + walking to complete 2.5 miles for the day
 Wednesday-  3 mile WATP Flat Belly Walk + core exercises
Thursday- Leg Strength Training, Run- 8 min run, 4 min walk, 5 min run, 2.5 min walk, 3 min run + walking to complete 2.5 miles for the day
Friday- REST DAY!! YAY!

What is on tap for the weekend?
It is my birthday weekend! My birthday is Wednesday! Trying to stick to workouts, but I know there will be more Restaurants than usual. I plan to enjoy myself without going Crazy.

What's New?
 Still looking for an official March 5k.
And signed up for a virtual 5k here! (Thanks to Deb for letting me know about it!)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Race Recap

Yesterday I participated in the Run for Sandy Hook Distance Run event. This was my first 5k of 2013!

BEFORE:
This race was sponsored by Fleet Feet Huntsville and I found out about it through an email. I have purchased shoes and socks from Fleet Feet and love getting their newsletters. The event took place in Huntsville, about an hour/hour and a half from my house. We got up early in order to make the 8AM start time, leaving the house around 6. We travel to Huntsville quite a bit, but I was not familiar with the location of the race. The race info had the name of the Park where the race would take place, but no address. Eek! And we got lost. LOL The GPS took us downtown (and I immediately knew this was wrong!) After a bit of a freak out, we found the location just in time!! We arrive at 7:40 and I had to pick up my packet AND FIND A POTTY! Haha
Tommy snapped a picture of me standing in line for the Port a Potty.
I will also say that as an Alabama girl that generally runs on a treadmill, I was not prepared for the COLD of the morning. We were at 29 degrees and I was in capri running pants, an under armour dry wick, t-shirt, and cotton jacket...Brr. 

DURING:
I literally made it to the starting line within seconds of the start. And we were Off. The race took place at a beautiful Nature Preserve. There were around 250 participants in the race, but the paved trail was a bit narrow, so the start was a bit congested. I was already in the back, and just let the runners take off before I started my run. My plan was to do intervals of 3 run, 2 walk, 5 run, 2 walk...but, trying to keep an eye on my watch under the layers just wasn't working for me, so I ran with my music...running two songs, walking one. And I remembered to keep a faster pace walk. Everything was going Great. We were told there would be mile markers, but there were not and that freaked me out a bit when I had been going for over 15 minutes and had never seen a mile marker. During this first part of the run the snow started. It was Awesome!! Big Huge flakes. And at one part it was almost hard to see. I was cold, but in heaven at the same time. I was having a blast. I had been pacing with a girl and we would exchange "way to gos" as we took turns passing each other. Then I saw the water station. It was at our turn around, and I was relieved that I was already half way finished even though I was still looking for that first mile marker(lol). The water station was a bit off the trail, but I decided to take advantage of it. They only had Gatorade. Honestly, I didn't think much of it and drank my little cup and took an energy bean. Then I was back on the tail. About 4 minutes back into the run, it hit me. I FELT SICK. I had just caught back up to my pacing friend (she had skipped the station), and she looked at me and asked if I was okay. I said yes, and tried to keep running with her. Then it hit me again. I wasn't sure if I was going to puke or have an accident. I think it was the rush of sugar to my system and that the Gatorade wasn't  water (for the past month I have only drank water and herbal teas) but it was awful. She looked at me again and asked again if I was okay. I told her what I thought the problem was, and she told me to just slow down. And so I did. Walking, but trying to keep a faster pace. When I felt a bit better I started running again, but only managed about two minutes. And then rest of the race was a bit of a challenge for me with short running intervals and longer walking. I was very excited when I saw the finish line.
My pace friend finished about 3 minutes ahead of me...and waited for me around the finish line. (Wish I would have got Tommy to snap a pic of us.)

AFTER:
I walked around a bit after running through the finish line. And met up with Tommy. I hit the port a potty again and then went back for some water. They had a great spread of after race treats (Fresh baked breads, cookies, fruit, pasta, and cake.) I opted for half a plain bagel which seemed to settle my stomach a bit. Then the snow started again! So Tommy and I decided to hit the road. (They were not doing awards.)  We stopped at a target and I changed out of my running clothes and threw a few pics onto Facebook. Then we shopped around town the rest of the day.

MY OVERALL FEELINGS:
Overall, I really enjoyed the race even with the stomach problems. This was a fun run to raise money for the Families of Victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown CT. and over $10,000 was raised. And that is AWESOME.
I was somewhat pleased with my time. My only goal was to finish in under 45minutes. And I did that!! And I'm very excited to know that I can hopefully shave off some time at my next race.  And running in snow was FUN!!

WHAT I LEARNED:
I cannot tolerate sweet things while running. And if water is not available, and I can do without, then skip the water station.
I also want to take one of my weekly runs outside. This will have me better prepared for running 5ks.
Thanks to everyone here and in my awesome FB Spark group for the support, encouragements, and well wishes.
Shannon made this awesome poster and shared it with me on FB. And Donna "ran with me." and blogged about it. Susan cheered me on via video (can't get that to load), and even though Mandy was working, she ran the stairs during her break in support. Lucky girl to have all these great friends!



Saturday, February 2, 2013

Weigh In

I actually weighed in Friday morning because I knew Saturday morning would be crazy heading out so early for the 5k. All week, I said I was going to skip this week altogether, but changed my mind on Friday. I need the weekly accountability. And I was very excited to see another small loss.

Last week's weight- 205.5
 This week's weight- 205
  Change: -.5

Friday, February 1, 2013

Week In Review

Week in Review!

How was your food this week?
This was a tougher week food wise. I just seemed very "munchy" at night. (PMS) I tried to keep a handle on it, but I know I had one too many apple cinnamon rice cakes. Hubby thought he was being sweet bringing a huge bag of them home. It could have been much worse.

How was exercise this week?
Awesome!
Saturday- Zumba
Sunday-Chest, Back, and Leg Strength Training + Run.
Monday-1 mile WATP (Was feeling very, very sore.)
Tuesday-Bi and Tri Strength Training,45min Run (3min run, 3min walk,5 min run, 5 min walk)
Wednesday-  2mi Walk Away the Pounds with band
Thursday- Chest and Back Strength Training, 45min Run (3min run, 3min walk,5 min run, 5 min walk)
Friday- REST DAY!! YAY!

 What is on tap for the weekend?
Tomorrow is my first 5k of the year and I am excited!!! My goal is just to finish in under 45mins. The event is about an hour away, so hubby and I will be up bright and early to hit the road. After the race we are going to enjoy the town and shop.

 Other news!
Looking into a March 5k :)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Strength Training and Running Question

Question for those of you that strength train and run.
My friend that is helping me with my strength training said that I should do about 5 minutes of cardio, do the strength exercises, and finish with the cardio I had planned for the day.
On the day that you do leg exercises, do you still run or do you do another form of cardio?
 
Yesterday I did a quarter mile warmup walk, my strength exercises (legs), and then ran intervals of 3min run, 3 min walk, 5 min run, 5 min walk to complete 2.5 miles. About half a mile in, my legs were already tired, but I continued and finished feeling pretty strong. But today my legs are soo heavy...and calves are a bit sore. But maybe this has nothing to do with the running, and everything to do with the fact that it was my first real strength training with legs. 
What do you do?

Saturday, January 26, 2013

WI Day

Today is Weigh In Day!

Last week's weight- 207
This week's weight- 205.5
 Change: -1.5

WooHoo! I will take it!!

Friday, January 25, 2013

YAY Friday...My Week in Review!

Week in Review!

How was your food this week?
Food was great. Continued with my elimination of nuts. I was also very careful with my evening carbs. This week, the majority of my carbs came from Fruits and Veggies...very little starches.

How was exercise this week?
Awesome!
Saturday- Zumba
Sunday- 5k on treadmill using Week 3 Cto5k intervals.
Monday- 3mi Walk Away the Pounds with band
Tuesday- 2.25 miles using  Week 3 Cto5k intervals.
Wednesday-  2mi Walk Away the Pounds with band
Thursday-  2miles using  Week 3 Cto5k intervals. + Strength training with Bryan (friend from the gym).
Friday- REST DAY!! YAY!

 What is on tap for the weekend?
Tommorrow with my Zumba and Sunday will be Week 4 intervals. T and I will be doing a little half-day trip tomorrow. He has to pick up some things out of town, and I am hoping we can stop in a near by state park for a bit of fun :)

 Other new!
Next week is my first official 5k of the year. Hoping for nice weather!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Good Workout After All...

Pounded out another treadmill 5k today. My intervals felt so loooooong. I wanted to quit after 2 miles, but kept going. Felt a little down while I cooled down, and then a lady walked up to me and told me how impressed she was with my workout. She asked how long it took me to build up my endurance and talked to me a bit about her workout. As we said our goodbyes, she turned and said,"You inspired me today." In an instant I was much happier with my workout.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

A loss is a loss!

Today is Weigh In Day!

Last week's weight- 208
This week's weight- 207
Change: -1

Honestly, I was hoping for a bigger loss (aren't we always) after last week's unexpected 5lb gain, but losing one pound in a week is great for me, so I am going to take it and cheer!

Friday, January 18, 2013

It's Friday!

Week in Review!

How was your food this week?
Food was in check. I eliminated my pistachios and almonds this week because I was having trouble with portion control. My evening snack (between work/workout and dinner) was carrot and celery with 2% plain chobani greek yougurt and 2 teaspoons of dry ranch seasoning. YUM!!!

How was exercise this week?
Really good. Started week 2 of Cto5k and it was great. Thursday I completed a 5k on the treadmill using the intervals. I also did Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds with the tension ribbon on Monday.

What is on tap for the weekend?
Tomorrow will be Zumba and Sunday will be a run at the gym, unless the weather allows for an outdoor run (fingers crossed). Food on the weekend can intimidate me because I am not in my regular routine and Tommy eats all meals with me. *During the week, we only eat dinner together. But I plan to jounal my food to help me stay on track.

Other new!
I signed up for my first official 5k of the year. I will be running  Feb 2. My goal is just to finish and improve through the year!

Monday, January 14, 2013

5 Pounds

Saturday morning I got up extra early so that I could get in a workout before we hit the road for Bowling Green. It was also my WI day. I was excited to see what the scales said because I had worked so hard during the week, committing to exercising everyday and being mindful with meals while on the road. Well I hopped on the scale, and I could believe my eyes. I stepped off and re-calibrated. I stepped back on...the result was the same as the first time I stepped on...A 5 POUND GAIN!! UGH! But I had worked so hard!!! I was angry as I got dressed for my workout. And I was angry as I started to workout. Why was I even doing this?? But as the intensity of the workout started increasing, I started feeling better. I know I put in the work last week, and I will put it in this week. And eventually the hard work will pay off!!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Friday 5

1. Even with two days on the road, I managed to accomplish my commitment to Shannon to exercise 30+ minutes everyday this week. Actually, the hotel workouts were two of my favorite workouts. Thursday I was exhausted (I think the trip/driving caught up with me) and the thought of going to the gym made me grumpy, but I came home and did a WATP DVD. Those are always a good alternative for me when I just can't get myself into the gym.

2. This morning at the gym, Katie, the manager, noticed my new shoes. This made me very happy for two reasons. A) Who doesn't like a shoe compliment. B) I thought it was kinda cool that I am at the gym so much that she notices when I change shoes :) LOL

3. I started Couch to 5k again this week. And a coworker started it, too. I have used the program several times and love it. This is her first time. We are doing two runs on our own and one together.

4. Tommy and I are heading to Kentucky this weekend for work and pleasure. We are going to visit Mammoth Cave on Sunday and I am stoked. We went in the spring for our anniversary and had a great time. We said then that we wanted to go back, and I am super excited about exploring the caves again! Fun workout!

5. I loved this! I thought I would share!


Monday, January 7, 2013

Girls Love Shoes

I have been needing shoes for months now...too many months now! And with this purchase, I wanted to get properly "fitted" again. I think it is very important to get your running/walking shoes fitted when you can. Unfortunately, I don't have a local running store that does shoe fitting, and haven't been fitted for shoes since 2010 when I first started running 5ks.
I am on an overnight business trip and decided to check in to running stores while I was in a bigger city. After a bit of web browsing, I discovered there was a running store a couple of miles from my hotel. After check-in, I headed over to see what brands they sold and what type of evaluations they did. I was so impressed with Montgomery Multisport! The awesome guy that helped me went above and beyond to make sure I was happy with my shoes. He started by asking questions about my current workouts and goals for the future. Then he measured my feet, did a digital foot analysis to measure my arches, and  watched me run on a treadmill (and gave me a few pointers on form). After all that the real fun started.  I got to try on a ton of shoes!  Seriously, he just kept pulling out shoes for me to try by walking around the store and jogging on the treadmill. I think I tried on at least 10 different pairs of shoes. It was a tough decision, but I chose......(drum roll please...)

The Mizuno Wave Enigma 2!! And I love them!
If you haven't been fitted for shoes, I encourage you to do it! So worth it!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Finding My Spark

I have always adored Shannon. Honestly, her blog is what motivated me to start my little blog several years ago (after stalking hers for many, many months). And when I finished my first 5k, she was my first person to msg. I was so excited, and I knew she was sharing my excitement all the way from Alabama to Utah.  And even though both of us have been away from "blogland" for awhile, we have kept in contact though Facebook.  I always love seeing little comments from her. Through thick and thin, she has been an inspiration to me!
Earlier this week, Shannon put out an all call to her friends and former blog buddies for us to make a comeback and be the community of supporters we once were. I wanted in on this! I do my best work when I have support from the blog community. But, when I would open my blogger window, it would sit blank. I didn't know what to say or what to share. (A secret, I feel this way quite often...I love reading blogs...and have never stopped reading what is going on with you guys for more than a week or so at a time...but often I feel what I have to share isn't very exciting or "read-worthy.") I sent Shannon a msg yesterday explaining to her that I was having trouble jump-starting my old blog. She was as encouraging as always. And shared this picture that had been shared with her. I love it!


So guys, I am here again!
I am up 7 pounds during the holidays, and a total of 15. My plan is to erase those 15 first, and then try to lose 30 more bringing me back to my  "happy early 20s weight." HAHA  Guess what? I will be 33 next month!

I also want to focus on running again. I only did two 5k events last year, and I want that number to increase again! Few things  feel as good as crossing that finish line feeling strong, and I want that feeling over and over again in 2013. Last year, I got really discouraged after the weekday evening Zumba classes at my gym got cancelled. I jumped from one activity to the next trying to find something I enjoyed as much. But now I am turning back to walking/running and Zumba will be my "dessert" on the weekends. There is a Zumba Studio that I will go to on Saturday mornings. It will be my reward for hard workouts during the week. The Zumba Studio has always been an option, and I have attended several classes there, but always felt guilty about spending the extra money on Zumba and having my gym membership. But I know there are other places I can cut back, and $5 a week for a Saturday morning Zumba class won't break me! Plus I know that I will love it and look forward to it!

Thank you guys for the support over the years. I appreciate it more than you know, and I am looking forward to feeling that support again!