Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Building Endurance

So I have about 2 weeks left until half marathon training begins and once that starts, my shortest run will be 2 miles during the first week and then 3 miles from then on out. I haven't done any kind of distrance running in months so to think I'm going to be building mileage soon scares me just a little. On a good day with perfect conditions (weathers good, adequate fuel/hydration, clothes fit right, etc) I can run a couple miles and still feel good. But I almost always have to take a walk break for 20-30 seconds every now and then. Not that theres anything wrong with walk breaks, but last fall I was running 15+ miles without a single walk break so to think that I can't make it just 2 measly miles now is a little disheartening. I know I will gain my endurace back though, just takes some time and perseverance
I'm going to try this on my next run- make a 45 minute playlist before I head out and run without stopping until its done...NO EXCUSES. That would be about 3.5-4 miles for me (I run 12 minute miles usually). 

Any good songs I should add to my playlist? I need something new!

Monday, July 29, 2013

No Excuses, part 2!

I don't normally post twice in one day but I just finished my devotions and today was "No Excuses"...which is exactly what I blogged about this morning before even knowing what my devotion would be about. 
"365 Daily Devotions & Prayers for Women" 

Excuses are all over the place, no matter what your job or your goal is- we always tend to find reasons to delay or not do what we know we're supposed to. 

As a stay at home mom, I can definitely relate. My job title calls me to do a ton of different things throughout the day and yet I always find an excuse to get in Facebook instead of scrub the floors, or read a magazine instead of fold the laundry. I've felt very convicted lately to STOP making those excuses, to stop being lazy and do what my job calls me to. Especially because my job is, what I consider to be, the highest calling out there! I want to "accomplish work and strive for excellence" in everything I do!

August Goals

Making long term goals is hard for me, I tend to forget and get side tracked. I would much rather make several short term goals and actually reach them. 

I've already mentioned my "long term" goal is to get down to 156 by Christmas (so approximately 30 lbs to lose)

Here are my goals for the month of August:

1. Lose 1 pound a week
2. Log my food on MyFitnessPal (RunThisWeigh if you're on there)
3. 80+ ounces of water a day
4. Spend at least 30 min a day for my "quiet time" (devotions, bible, prayer)
5. Spend intentional time with the kids each day- no phones, TV, computer to distract. Give them my undivided attention, they deserve it.

No Excuses

So if you follow me on Instagram (Run_This_Weigh) or you've been a blog reader for any period of time, you know that "No Excuses" is my thing. I made excuses for 26 years of my life before coming to the realization that excuses get you NO where besides deeper in hole you've dug for yourself. 

So in this season of my life, NO EXCUSES is my motto. I repeat it when I feel myself bargaining with myself to delay a workout or eat something I know I shouldn't.

There are lots of excuses out there- but for every excuse, there is a compromise. A solution.

The number one excuse I hear from family and friends is they can't afford a gym membership or they are embarassed/uncomfortable to workout in a gym in front of other people. 

I'm hear to tell you that you DO NOT need a gym membership or fancy equipment to lose weight and get in shape. I didn't step foot in a gym until I had lost at least 65 pounds. And the only reason I go now is because we got an awesome deal and its less than a mile from my house. I only workout there a couple days a week at most, I still do the majority of my workouts at home (Insanity, elliptical, no-equipment circuits) or outside (running & walking)

I'm going to complete the 60 days of Insanity again beginning August 5 and my half-marathon training begins August 12. So that leaves me a couple weeks of just doing my own thing. Also- my half training calls for 1-2 days of strength training and/or cross training.

I found this workout on Pinterest and I'm going to try it out these next few days. I'm a big believer in muscle confusion (not doing the same exact thing over and over causing your muscles to "memorize" the movement and therefore not make a difference)
This is a workout that you can do AT HOME and you don't need a single piece of equipment.

{For jumping rope, if you don't have an actual jump rope, just mimick the movement with your hands, pretending your turning a jump rope and jumping over it}

If you don't know what a certain exercise it- google can be your best friend. Look it up!

If this workout isn't for you, I have several other at-home workouts pinned on my "Workouts" board. Check them out!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunday Funday

I got this Victorias Secret catalogue in the mail yesterday and when I got to this page- I handed it to Wayman and said "this is my Christmas list!" I love working out in clothes that make me feel good, not just a baggy t-shirt and sweats. (75% of my workout clothes are from Target and the other 25% are thrift store finds). I feel like by Christmas, especially if Im on track with my goal- I deserve a splurge outfit! Luckily, Wayman agreed :-)
After church we came home and I gave the kids haircuts & then made lunch. I had a Boca veggie burger on a whole wheat sandwich round with yogurt (my first non-greek yogurt in months...I'll stick to my Chobani) and roasted brussel sprouts (and my mason jar of water with crystal light)
This afternoon we're taking it easy and watching a couple movies because unbeknownst to the kids- we're having a surprise birthday party at my in-laws tonight for my big almost-7-year old! He decided (after lots of contemplation) that he'd rather go to Boomers (a local amusement park/arcade) than have a birthday party this year. I feel like he's still little and deserves a party, even if its not a huge one, so we've invited family and all his little cousins over to my in-laws for a Pirates treasure hunt and swim party. He has NO idea and will be so, so excited!!! 


Monday, July 22, 2013

Food for Thought

One of my favorite things to do as I fall asleep at night or when I have some extra time during the day is  to browse the Health & Fitness boards on Pinterest. If you don't already follow me on Pinterest, you can click on the little yellow icon with the P in the right column and it will take you there. 

Sometimes I find a lot of common sense garbage but other times I find things that I really like. Most of the time its inspirational quotes or at-home workouts that I enjoy re-pinning. Today I'm gonna share 3 quotes that I like to use when I need a little pick-me-up.

The first one:
If you've ever experienced the high after a good workout, felt those endorphins running through your body- you can relate to this. There are some days when I have a million things on my mind and I can't shake the worry, stress, anger, hurt, etc of whatever the situation maybe be. It never fails though, I put my running shoes on & hit the trail and almost instantly, my mind is more focused. The same thing happens when I lift weights or when Shaun T is kicking my butt during Insanity. Anything that makes me sweat, gets my heart rate up & challenges my body- will usually clear my mind. Sometimes I listen to music, other times I just listen to the noises surrounding me. When I'm done with my workout- I feel like a new person. Whatever was worrying me or upsetting me before, the chaotic to-do lists bouncing around my head- they all seem so insignificant afterwards and I feel much more capable of conquering whatever may lay ahead. The power of a good workout is unreal!

The second one:
I have this verse above on my blog because its really important to me. The "race" that the bible talks about obviously isn't specifically referring to a running race. In my mind, the race that is set before us is referring to life in general. I believe that verse is telling us to give it (life, your run, your marriage, your kids, etc) everything you have. Push on with endurance and perseverance and continue on the road that He has laid out for us, looking ahead and listening to Jesus the whole time. When I'm having a particularly difficult run, I repeat this verse to myself over and over. It means so much more to me than just the words on the page. It helps me to push through, not give up and finish strong.


And the third one:
Schedules are busy, money is tight, friends and family are dealing with hardships that affect you, your kids need an attitude adjustment, you made a dumb mistake at work, you're fighting with your spouse, you have an upcoming meeting you are anxious about..WHATEVER it may be- when you're running, that is YOU time. Most times I can completely block out whatever else is on my mind and just relax while I put one foot in front of the other. There are so many things in the world that are out of your control, but when you are running- that is YOURS. Own it. You deserve it! I said it before, but when I'm done running, whatever was bothering me before is minimized and seems far less world-shattering than when I started. When I have a ton of things to do around the house and feel like theres no time to tackle the to-do list- sometimes going for a 30 minute run is all I need to re-prioritize and get my brain clear and ready to get stuff done.

So, now that I've shared a few of my favorite inspirational quotes- what are some of YOUR favorites? What gets you through your run or your workout? What helps you focus and stay motivated?

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Friends, Faith & Facelifts

I reached out on Facebook last week and asked for help/advice on changing a few things on my blog and giving it a mini "facelift". My friend Malissa reached out and offered to help. She went way beyond the call and changed the entire thing for me, giving me EXACTLY what I was looking for. I absolutely love it and I'm slightly jealous of her creativity and computer knowledge! 

I also want to share with you a post she shared on her blog yesterday that really spoke to me. She talked about how when she was at her at heaviest, she bargained with God and told Him that he if He would help her lose and keep off the weight, she would share her journey and encourage others. It really hit home because thats exactly where I am in life right now. I feel a calling to help and motivate others to be healthy- physically, emotionally and spiritually. I could not be where I am today without God and his amazing grace and love. 

So, if you don't already follow her blog, check out The Lillywhite Life and you can also "like" her Facebook page for encouragement and health topics. 

Malissa- Thank you for being such a great friend all these years. You're a great support and encouragement to me and I'm thankful to call you my friend! I appreciate all the time it took for you to do this for me, I love it!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Feels good to be back on track

I don't know why its so easy to lose motivation when I KNOW exactly how treating my body right vs wrong makes me feel. If I eat bad or overeat and don't workout, I feel miserable. Bloated, cranky, tired and just blah. On the other hand, if I eat right and exercise like I know I'm supposed to, I feel great! I'm happy, I worry less about other things in my life, I don't stress, I sleep better, I have more energy & my self confidence soars instead of sinks. So WHY is it always that I have to come to that realization AFTER I mess up for awhile?! Just part of life I guess. I'm back on track and beyond determined to lose the remaining weight & take my health and fitness to new levels. 

After weeks of eating out & being lazy when it comes to dinner planning, we re-stocked our fridge and pantry and I have a whole list of healthy meals to make for the next couple weeks. Last night was Portobello Mushroom Pizzas & Baked Parmesan Zucchini
(both very simple!)
This morning we slept in, gave the kids a quick breakfast and I had my Shakeology and then we headed to the gym. The boys love the child care there so it makes it nice that they are so eager to go every morning :-) I did about 20-30 minutes of weights and then when I got home, I headed out to run. I haven't run outside in what seems like forever. It was already really hot by the time I left around 11:00 but I finished and felt AMAZING after! 
I've decided not to do Couch 2 5k afterall, I did the first couple days and realized its just not challenging enough for me at this point and I'm only cheating myself by doing that. Instead, I'm just doing my own (longer) intervals (today I ran one song, walked one song...listening to my iPod as I ran). Training for my half marathon starts next month, as well as Insanity on Monday Aug 5 (wanna join? Email me!) so for the next couple weeks I'll just gradually jump back into running and do my own thing. 

After a shower, I whipped up this hearty, healthy lunch and it was so satisfying. Small salad (with lite Italian dressing) and stuffed peppers (I used ground turkey, quinoa, marinara & sprinkled with 1-2 Tbsp shredded cheese). Bake at 350 for 15 minutes and Voila! I used the same filling for the kids and made them burritos which they loved!


I'm also back to tracking everything on MyFitnessPal so look me up (RunThisWeigh) and add me! 

Have a great Thursday everyone! We're gonna enjoy dinner and swimming with my parents later this evening :-)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A fresh, new beginning

So over the past few months, I have to be honest and admit that I have not been giving my weight loss efforts 100%. One week I'll do great, and then the next week I'm lazy and unmotivated, and frustrated when I don't see immediate results. I am promising myself, and you, that I am going to start blogging (hopefully daily) to hold myself accountable and connect with others who are on the same journey! I appreciate all those who have stuck by these past few years on this rollercoaster adventure. I have an intense passion for health, fitness and motivating others to get healthy so I really hope I am able to do so through my own story. I also created a Facebook page, specifically for this blog, so if you're on facebook- I'm 'Run This Weigh'

I will be posting progress pictures, encouraging words and success stories from others who would like to open up and share.

I look forward to jumping back into blogging, I've missed it so much!

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I can't leave you without letting you know where I am fitness wise. After my last half marathon in May (which I split with my husband and did the relay) I have only been running once or twice a week. I've been going to the gym several days a week and strength training mixed with light cardio. I miss running. Running is my true love when it comes to working out. I've re-started Couch 2 5k as of yesterday, working on speed AND endurance this time. I plan to run the Two Cities Half Marathon (and not the relay) in November so I will be doing C25k and then a half training program back to back over the next few months.

As for the scale- I don't know what I weigh. I haven't weighed in about a month. Not because I'm afraid of what it says, but because I haven't been focused on it. I'm gonna take the rest of the week to try and get some of my vacation weight off and then resume my Friday Weigh-In's at the end of the week.

This weeks workout schedule is as follows:
Monday- C25k Week 1,Day 1
Tuesday- off
Wednesday- off (but walking up and down stairs at the waterpark for several hours!)
Thursday- C25k Week 1, Day 2 + 30 min strength training
Friday- C25k Week 1, Day 3 + 15 min strength training
Saturday- C25k Week 2, Day 1 + 15 min strength training)
Sunday- off

*Sidenote: I am starting Insanity on Monday, August 5th. I might reduce my running to 3-4 days at that point, depending on my training schedule for the half marathon. If you are interested in joining me through 60 days of Insanity, I'd love to partner up (virtually, of course) and hold each other accountable! And if you don't already have the program, I can help you out with that as well!