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Monday, April 30, 2012

Another run

Well today did not go as planned for my run.  I mean I did run.  I ran 2.5 miles to be exact.  I started to run, was just going to go as long as I could.  My legs weren't having it.  So I kicked the incline up and walked for 4 mins and then tried again.  I did 2 mins that time.  I was so frustrated with my legs and angry that they were doing this to me.  I walked another four mins.  I decided that I would run 2 mins and see how I felt.  After 2 mins I felt ok so I went 2 more, then 2 more and before I knew it I had run for 14 mins without stopping.  My shins never got worse just stayed the same and just pushed through.  I decided that I wasn't going to let my legs stop me any longer.  So since I was running a 13:00 mile I went a whole mile without stopping.  This is such a huge success for me.  It may not have been part of the plan and may not have been what I intended but it was a great thing and really helped me to see that it comes down to mind over matter.  I am letting my legs stop me.  I need to get them stronger and the only way to do that is to keep running, keep working out and keep pushing forward.  So this is me pushing forward :).  Swim lessons I usually swim but tonight we didn't have the kids swim suits (we thought they were in the bag) so we bailed and came home.  Oh well not swimming won't kill me :).  Tomorrow is a ride and strength day hopefully.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Trainer ugh

I dislike riding on my trainer.  Especially because yesterday was so nice and today was no rain so I could have ridden outside.  However with my eating being poor and being sick yesterday and today I was not feeling it.  I did ride for 30 mins because I already missed 2 days this week and missed 2 strength days :(.  But I will just keep on chugging along and hope that I start feeling better soon.  I am torn, I don't know if I should bump up to week 4 of my training plan or repeat week 3.  With my shins I almost think repeating a week will be a better option.  That and I anticipate being out of commission for working out on Thursday and Friday from my surgery.  If my shins weren't bothering me I probably would have run on Friday and would be bumping my mileage :(.  I hate my shins.  I did get my compression sleeve though and I really hope that helps.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Weight check

So this morning I got on the scale to update my progress and was pleasantly surprised to see 164.6 flash on the scale.  Even after breakfast.  I was glad because my nutrition has been terrible.  I was planning to do weights and ride my bike however I am feeling very under the weather, very flu like and am taking another night off this week.  I hate doing it but know my limits.  I did forget to do my measurements but will work on getting those tomorrow morning.  I got new socks for wearing with my vibrams, new capris in a medium size and compression sleeves!  I am excited about my new nice gear.  The pants are a bit tight but they are a goal and I am proud to be working to them.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Day 2 and no run :(

So I did day 2 of the live fit with the hubby.  But I did not run today.  I went and got a makeover instead :).  But my shins are thanking me.  Since my baby smacked them and it hurt I know they need a bit more rest.  I am going to try to run tomorrow and get on my bike.  Do a little brick triathlon training action going on.  I did do my weights and a progress picture.  I will do measurements in the morning.  Honestly I think I look worse :( but hubby doesn't agree LOL.  Either way there is my one month progress.
March 27th 171 pounds
April 27th 167?? I will check in the AM

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Rest day

I do believe rest days are just as needed as workout days.  I am taking today as my day this week since next week will also be Thursday.  I hope to only be down one day from my surgery but we will see :(.  I have to admit I really hope I am not down for more than 1-2 days.  I am really having a hard time with food and I was doing so good.  But it seems that since I made weight for work and that pressure was removed other stress in my life has pushed me to eating lots of junk.  Each time I do my body gets all angry and upset.  You would think I would stop but I haven't and the scale has creeped up :(.  That is even more upsetting.  I am trying to get myself back on track.  I need to make a menu for the upcoming week and go grocery shopping so that I can have healthy stuff in the house again and not eat the junk.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mid week

Today is my last workout day before I take a rest day and then hit it hard for the weekend.  I ran 2.67 miles which is down from Monday but I decided to do an easier run in the hopes my shins wouldn't hate me so much.  Although through the day they have become more achy :(.  I guess motrin and ice are in my evening routine LOL.  I am going to keep on going though and just work on my hip strength and stretching.  If I have to drop back down to 4 min runs I will.  Whatever it takes to not stop.  It is frustrating though and I really wish my shins didn't give me so many problems.  Hopefully I can correct this myself without having to do physical therapy again.  I did not swim tonight as I sliced my finger open and did not want to have the screaming pain the salt water chlorine pool would induce.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Live fit round 2

Only this time I won't be cutting out the cardio through phase 1.  I just can't but I like the strength training.  So I am going to start it again :).  I did my first chest and tricep workout tonight.  Man my arms are wobbly :).  A good wobble though.  My shins are giving me some grief tonight :( so I iced them and tomorrow when I go run I will keep it at a bit slower pace.  I think bumping up the pace along with the time ran is causing me some pain.  I also think putting the strength training back into my workout week will help alot.  I need to do my physical therapy stuff to keep my shins happy and ice more often.  I will not let this stop my.  I will complete the Nike Women's darn it!!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Week 3 of my new running and a swim

I ran 2.84 miles this morning during my normal 40 min run.  I only had a 3 min cooldown though because I should have done 32 mins of running to make the math work.  Oh well :).  I could have gotten closer to 3 miles if I had done those extra two mins LOL.  Then took my youngest for a surgery consult.  Tonight I had swim lessons for my older two and swam for 20 mins myself.  I really must remember that nutrition is key when working out multiple times a day.  I can't do a 30 min swim and get 1/2 or more miles without eating more.  I did get a nap in this afternoon :).  It felt good to get back in the pool.  I also realized that a goal for once I make my goal and get to go clothes shopping is to by cute fashionable stuff.  Not the frumpy baggy stuff I wear now.  Although with the new body I intend to have I will want to show it off :).  No more momma pouch for me.  I know by the time my youngest turns 1 I will reach my goal weight. My goal body which includes a nice looking midsection might take longer perhaps January 2013... But I will get there.  1 year from start to finish isn't bad.  I am making great progress and just have to keep moving.  My training is picking up speed.  I have a few bumps next week then its full steam ahead.  Yeah because 15-20 pounds is 145-150 and who doesn't want to be down there from 211???

Friday, April 20, 2012

Final run of week 2

So today was my last run of the week.  I got it in and am so glad I did.  I made it 2.71 miles in the 40 mins.  So I am getting further.  I almost think at this rate I will be at 3 miles by the end of next week.  How amazing is that.  I do about .25 miles in my warm up so I am guessing about the same perhaps more in the cool down.  I will have to check next week.  I don't usually pay attention.  But I am excited.  Won't it be great when my 40 min run is 3.5 or even 4 miles.  Amazing!  Anyway that is my good news.  I was really hoping to get a 40 mile ride in this weekend.  I just don't know if it will happen due to some troubles that I won't talk about here.  But I am glad this is the last month I will have to deal with it and it won't affect me or my training again :).  So glad my running is going so well, it makes me feel great.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Work weigh in finally

So I finally made it.  Officially weighed in at 164.0 today for the Coast Guard.  Ahhhh what a weight lifted off my shoulders.  To not have to check the scale everyday to see if I am below my max so I can weigh in.  I know some of this was water weight I dropped today and have probably since put back on but I don't care :).  I won't be weighing again until my monthly picture and measurements are done.  And from then I will probably weigh in only once a month.  I want to focus on being healthy and not on the scale.  I am so glad to be done with that goal/deadline and on to more fun goals.
I ran 2.61 miles in 40 mins without fuel :).  I am getting further in the same amount of time.  I was not able to bump my speed at the end like I normally do but I was glad to get just a bit further than I did on Monday.  So at this rate I will be going 3 miles in the 40 mins within a week or two.  And for me to do a 5k in 40 instead of 45 is a major improvement.  So at about the 4 week mark I should be completing a 5K during my workouts.  Hopefully by the end of the 8 weeks I will be going 4 miles.  For me to even think that in 6-8 weeks I could be run/walking 4 miles is just amazing.  I have never gone that far or run that much ever and its amazing.  I am excited to celebrate my husbands birthday this weekend without the guilt of indulging.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Week 2

So this was the start of week 2 of my Train Like a Mother 5k training plan.  I was to walk 2 min and run 4 mins :) and do this 5 times.  I did this and ran 2.57 miles today.  Last Monday it was 2.25 so this was very exciting for me.  I did one segment as a 2 min run but other than that I made it through each segment and am sure that Wednesday will be great.  I am on my way to running longer distances and I can't wait to cross the finish line at the Nike Women's in October.  I am feeling really good about how my training is going both on my bike and running.  Eating was terrible today in that I forgot my lunch and had to make due.  I did not eat much just an Oat and Honey granola bar.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Second bike ride

So today I did a second bike ride just to see how my body handled two days in a row.  I was slower today and my legs were more tired.  I was only able to do 23.68 miles instead of 30 but I also made it almost 24 miles after doing 30 yesterday and I am proud of that.  It was for sure rough but its a great starting point.  I have added the daily mile widget back to my blog so I can track my weekly miles both running and cycling.  I have done many more on my bike but I don't feel like going back through and logging them all :).  All in all it was a great fitness weekend.  Yesterday I got to ride 30 miles with my sister and today I got to ride 24 with my hubby.  I should make weight tomorrow as I was at 165.5 this morning.  I burned somewhere over 1100 calories so if that doesn't help I don't know what will :).  Tomorrow I will start week 2 from the train like a mother training for a 5K.  Super excited.  Its 4 min run/2min walk.  I know I can do this.  Hope my legs know it too LOL.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Saturday ride with my sister

Today was fabulous.  I rode with my sister for the first time.  I am for sure the slow poke in the group LOL.  We did 30 miles (wohoo for me) in 2 hrs 36 mins.  So we averaged about 45 mins per 10 miles with an average speed of 11.2 I think.  It was a great ride and great to ride with my sister.  I am glad we finally got to do it.  Afterwards we went to get her some bike shorts, helmet (she borrowed my hubby's) and some gloves.  She ended up borrowing mine during the ride.  Luckily I don't mind riding without my gloves.  Tomorrow I will get to ride with hubby which will be great to do a back to back ride and 60 miles total for the weekend.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday, run and a video

Went for a run this morning.  I ran 2.45 miles on the treadmill and my last two mins I ran a 12 min/mile so that was super exciting.  I cooled down and basically ran for 4 mins without stopping.  I can't believe I did that.  It was amazing.  I felt amazing.  I felt like I could have kept going but I stuck to my routine and got it done.  I am so proud of myself.  I was 165.4 this morning when I got on the scale.  A 3 pound loss this week and only .4 pounds away from making weight for work.  I feel better, look better and am doing great.  My sister is visiting and we tried the Jillian Michaels Body Revolution.  What a great workout.  I really like the strength training.  So glad her and I got the DVD Set.  So I got two workouts in today and it was great.  Tomorrow my sister and I will be doing a 30 mile bike ride.  Wish me luck LOL.  Should be a good time.

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Normally I would do spin today but it was cancelled.  I was bummed but my tailbone has been killing me so it was ok.  I decided to do week 2 of the Ripped in 30 and man did it kick my butt.  I really struggle with all the plank moves.  Though I try my best and do attempt the advanced versions its still rough.  I am only 6.5 months post partum so those core muscles while much stronger are not that strong yet.  I will get there.  I had a terrible dinner and really regret that.  But its good to see my frame of mind changing and me not wanting to eat out or eat crap food.  Sometimes it hard even knowing how far I have come to not see how far I still have to go and wonder if I will be able to do it.  Moments of self doubt do plague me, as I am sure they plague everyone.  I keep telling myself between the STP training and the 1/2 marathon training I have to lose weight but I would imagine that isn't totally true.  I also learned this week that sticking to paleo equates to about a pound a day of loss... food for thought.  Stick to my paleo eating and weight loss will be mine!  Weight this morning 166.1.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wednesday and getting so close

So yesterday I realized if I didn't take a rest day I wouldn't get one until next Tuesday... So I took the night off.  I am working really hard at eating right so I can make weight and not eating out both for our budget and for my health.  Let me say it's not easy.  I want things that aren't good for me.  But it's totally going to be worth it when I make weight this week :).  I did my second training run and made it through.  Used a different treadmill.  I think the other one is easier and I will stick to that one.  I had some technical difficulties.  I think I went about 2 miles in the 40 mins but I did the same speed and time as my last run so I am not sure.  Either way I completed the time and ran for 2 mins each time (total of 5 times) and I am thrilled with that.  I just keep pushing and trying to push outside the comfort zone.  I am thrilled at how today went.  Friday will be my last run day for the week.  Got the exercise down pat, now to work on food and I will shred weight like crazy.

Monday, April 9, 2012

First training run/walk

So today I decided to "lace" up my shoes and start training for my 1/2 marathon coming in October.   My first official practice will be May 12th but I figured a head start wouldn't hurt.  I say "lace" because I wore my vibrams :).  I walked for 5 mins to warm up, then walked 4 mins, ran 2 mins, did that 5 times and then did a 5 min cool down.  It was a total of 40 mins and I did 2.25 miles.  Now outside on a 5k trail I usually average 45 mins for 3.1 so I was a tad slow but I walked more than I ran and I think this slower pace will actually work better for me.  My running pace was 13:40 which isn't super fast but it isn't to bad.  My walking however is 18 LOL.  Sooo once I can run more than I walk I should be going further.  I will just pluck away at it and see how it goes.  I am doing good with being back to my paleo eating and glad that I am doing it.  I had to resist make your own burrito night :), but it will be worth it when I am a lean mean fighting machine.  I do not believe you have to starve to get healthy.  I believe that you need to eat healthy, workout and just keep on going forward.  I have lost 43 pounds!  Go me and to heck with anyone who wants to belittle that fact.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

20 miles and 20 mins

No I didn't go 20 miles in 20 mins.  I wish, that would be amazing.  Well let me rephrase, on my bike that would be amazing.  In my car that is totally normal :).  So I did 20 mins of my Shred it with weights.  I couldn't finish the workout since I was so weak from not eating right.  So I decided crash diet be damned and I will eat healthy and workout and just keep on moving forward instead of trying to do something that my body is resisting.  I did manage to ride 20 miles today and it was beautiful outside so that made it great.  I have never gotten to ride in the summer/spring and the warm sun.  It has been winter the last two years when I was riding so this only in my jersey was amazing.  I am glad I did it but again my nutrition has been lacking so I wasn't able to do the 30 I wanted to do.  I hope by next weekend to crank out 30 miles and just keep building from there.  Taking a break because of my wrist and because of my eating this weekend has set me behind.  No time to dwell.  Got to keep training and trying.  These were my sentiments today.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


I really dislike dieting.  I prefer to eat healthy and make good choices.  But my job is on the line so I have cut WAY back on everything in an effort to drop those last few pounds.  But after I make weight no more of this crap.  I could never do this on a consistent basis.  I would rather just make good choices.  Although I will admit I don't always make good choices.  Food or nutrition is so hard and probably the hardest part of losing weight for many people.  Food affects how much you lose, how fast you lose, if you lose at all.  And lets be honest the worst food for you can taste really fantastic :).  I was 167 this morning so its working but man am I cranky.  I really hope its all worth it and I make weight either Monday or Tuesday at the latest so I can get back to normal.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Level 1

So I am about a week into level 1 and while the movements are becoming more fluid they aren't getting easier :).  Mostly just a tough workout which I love.  I did up my weight from the 5 pound kettle bell to the 10 pound kettle bell for the first two circuits and I think that really challenged my muscles.  I ate dinner way later than I wanted to and while super yummy thanks to my wonderful hubby I would have rather eaten at 5 or 6 than 830.  Made a nom nom paleo dish shrimp and salad.  It is amazing how much I have learned about nutrition and working out over the last couple years.  I hope to get a nice long ride done this weekend.  I think I say that alot of weekends but my wrist is doing much better and hope to get 30 miles in if not 40.  Well now that I am tired I will head to bed.  I was 168.3 this morning.  Lets hope I can be good and make weight on Tuesday so I can stop stressing about that and finally move on with my more fun/important goals :).

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

April 4th

So got my workout done for the night.  I meant to do it earlier in the day but it just didn't happen but I did get it done.  I am going to do a 6 day body makeover in the hope that I will drop enough weight to make weight for work and get that stress monkey off my back and focus on just getting healthy while still losing weight.  But I dislike stressing about it.  So let's hope it works.

Hubby took my measurements:
Chest 41.5
Waist 43 @ belly button
Hips 44.5
Thighs 25

It was kind of depressing doing those I will be honest.  I really don't like seeing such big numbers but they will be smaller soon.  It was a good workout.  I am enjoying the change of the Shred it with Weights but its not one of my favorite workouts she does.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Workout is done!

So tonight was one of those nights that I just didn't want to do it.  I was feeling tired and grumpy and just wanted to be lazy.  But ya know I pushed through, did better tonight than last night and got the workout done.  I did the shred it with weights and already am doing better with the new moves.  Jumping squat turny things are tough and make me dizzy but I keep trying.  By the end my squat isn't as good as it was LOL but I am doing it and that is the important part.  I found that the turkish thing she does aggravates my wrist so I will just do cardio.  I don't think it will hurt my results.  The key is to be moving.  And heck if I am not doing that :).  I hear the weather is going to be nice this weekend so hopefully we will get some time on the bikes.  Wish we had someone to watch all three kids so we could go together but its not to be. But getting the time outside on the bikes will be good.  Aiming for 40 miles with no less than 30.  Well better get done, get showered and get to bed.  0430 comes way to early in the morning.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

On the bike trainer

So I managed to do 90 mins on the bike on the trainer.  I love being outside better but based on my times outside this would be equivalent to about 20 miles.  In spin it would be the same as 30 miles.  So either way I am happy with that.  I hope to keep building on it.  I need more outside rides though since its easier to ride for 5 hours outside :).  Had a very good paleo day.  Lunch was yummy shrimp, pineapple (fresh), and mushrooms, sautéed in garlic, oil and a little marsala.  Should have cut the mushrooms up a bit but otherwise it was very tasty and the fresh pineapple was AMAZING.  We are having pulled pork from everydaypaleo.com and probably salad to go with it.  We aren't big coleslaw people.  Good workouts, good foods, should bring good results :).  Hope everyone else is having a fabulous Sunday.

Shred it with weights

So my thumb/wrist is still giving me some trouble but rather than do week 1 AGAIN. I decided to try my Shred it with Weights.  I liked it because it was more a whole body workout but it will take some getting used to to get the movements down.  I am going to do this for 2 weeks and give my hand a break and then do level 2.  All while trying to get time on the bike.  I broke the 170 barrier today and was at 169.6!  I was so excited to be out of the 170s.  I do not recommend the GNC ultra for women, I really believe that is what put me in the plateau.  I am now back to losing a pound to 1.5 pounds a week and super thrilled with that.  We are working to eat more paleo again, as you know if you read this you know that I struggle with my food ALOT.  But I am getting there and making better choices.  So here is to making weight for work and completing my events this year.  I will look fabulous for my sister's wedding and my trip to Vegas in November :).