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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April, please be good.

It’s April?  Although I started one several times, I never did publish a blog for March.  I have my first 5K in 10 days and I am pretty nervous about it.  Work has been sucking the life out of me.  I really need to slow down and get some rest. 

Weights.  I did not lift at all during March.  I hurt my right shoulder.  It’s feeling much better.  Yesterday I did back and biceps.  

Push Ups.  I’m back at it.  I am going to take it easy and just do 22.  

Running.  I have been running two or three times a week.  I have been stuck on Week 4 of the Couch to 10K plan for weeks.  I am not too worried about it.  I am sure I will get across the finish line.

Swimming.  Well, I purchased a new swimsuit.  Now it is just a matter of finding the time to take lessons.  I missed the current session.  There’s a season starting on April 26.  However, I will be traveling and will miss one session.  I may wait until May.

Nutrition.  I’m doing well.  I just need to work on portion control.

I got my Fitbit Surge and I love it!  It’s been a struggle to hit my daily 10,000-step goal.  I really spend way too much time sitting.  I have been trying to take more walk breaks during the day, but it does affect my productivity at work.  Today I got up at 6 to walk and as I write this at 10 pm I still have 100 steps to go.  I think my best bet is to try to get in any many steps as I can early morning on days that I do not run.  On my running days, I am sure it hit my goal.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

One Month at a Time

Happy February! January went by so quickly.  I did not do as well as I had planned.  I just could not stay healthy.  I am still not 100%, but I am pushing through it.  I am not one for conspiracy theories BUT I am almost convinced that this year’s flu shot made me sick.  Each time I recover, I get different symptoms.  Now I am battling a sore throat and upset stomach.

Weights.  I laid off the heavy weights because I just did not have the strength.   I’ve been picking up the dumbbell here and there.  I’m going to try to hit the weights tomorrow. 

Plank.  I planked the entire month!  I got up to two minutes.  My goal is to do a five-minute plank, at least one time in my life.  Last week I struggled to do one minute.  Not sure what’s up with that, but I am going to continue working on it.  I know having a stronger core is going to help my running.

Pushups.  Last week my friend Bianca invited me to do 22 pushups a day for 22 days for Veteran Suicide Awareness.  The first day I did them I almost started crying.  It is so hard to imagine that each day 22 veterans commit suicide.  Each day I dedicate a pushup to the memory of a veteran and his or her family.  Yesterday, I figure I will have done a push up for 484 veterans and their families. It is a very humbling and sacred experience. 

Running.  I started my Couch to 10K a couple of weeks ago.   I completed Week One no problem.  I have had on and off days with Week Two.  I completed the first session with no problem.  The next time I could barely get to the halfway point.  I almost completed the third session.  Yesterday, I made it to the halfway point and walked the rest of the session.  I am not moving on until I can complete all runs in all three Week Two workouts.  

Swimming.  On back burner until I am feeling well and it is warmer!

Nutrition.  I am feeling really good about my nutrition.  Today I made quinoa vegetable “fried rice.”  Last week I made quinoa veggie patties.  Yummy stuff!

Fitbit.  Well, I decided to go with the FitbitSurge.  I need an extra-large band so it on back order.  I can’t wait to get it!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Before Photo

A new year and a new me.  I just complete 50 minutes on the treadmill, nice and slow.  As I walked, I listened to a Jillian Michaels podcast.  I also began visualized myself running.  I have decided to do my best to take a photo each month.  I was doing a great job taking monthly photos in 2014.  I just wasn’t uploading them.  Unfortunately, my old phone completely died, without any backup or way to retrieve them, I lost all those photos.

I took a photo today and really looked at myself.  I now have this yucky spare tire.  This time last year I was at least 25 pounds lighter.  I am not going to beat up myself about it.  I know my journey and success to fat loss and a healthy weight is not going to be linear. I’ve been experimenting here and there with my eating habits.  My last experiment resulted in a weight gain.

Now, I’m back to a semi-vegetarian eating plan.  I have to admit that now that I have been lifting on a regular basis I am worried about not getting enough protein.  However, my body responds much better when I eliminate red meat and poultry from my diet.  I feel more energetic.  The podcast I listened to today was about the spirituality of food.  I am already one of those people who says grace before I eat.  I made a mental note to pay better attention to how I prepare and eat my food.  Am I truly grateful for the food I receive?  Do I understand how the  food I eat sustains me and gives me energy?  Which foods are good for me and the environment from a spiritual perspective?

I am looking forward to another year on this journey.  I can’t wait to see more muscle and less fat!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year

2015! It’s a new year! 2014 was very good to me.  I completed my first 10K and I starting lifting on a consistent basis.  My goals for this year are to improve my running, continue lifting, eat clean, and drop some body fat.  Actually, one of my goals is to start running again.  I have not been running on a consistent basis since the Peachtree Road Race.   I also want to get back in the pool and work on my swimming.  So now I need to work these into SMART goals.

Running:  I will run 3 times a week.  I plan to complete a 5K in March/April, the Peachtree Road Race in July, and another 10K in September/October.  I will log my runs/walks on Daily Mile.

Lifting:  I will continue following a lifting plan.  Right now I am following JamieEason LiveFit program.  My focus is on form and building strength.  I will log my workouts on Body Space.

Nutrition:  I will eat healthy foods.  Planning and prepping my meals in advance works best for me.  This year I will work on maintain sustainable healthy eating habits.  I really like Jill Coleman’s approach to healthy eating.  I will use MyFitnessPal and my recovery app. 

Lose Body Fat:  The way I see it, my goal in this area will be achieved based on my success on my other goals – running, lifting, and healthy eating.  

Swimming – This goal is easy.  Sign up for swim lessons and get in the pool.  Practice, practice, practice!

I know I say it every year, but I want to purchase a bike… I admit I have a lot of fear about purchasing a bike.  I am worried about safety.  Just recently I read an article about a hit and run, and the cyclist was riding in the bike lane!  However, if I ever want to check triathlon off my fitness bucket list, I need to get a bike.  So, for now, I’ll stick to spin class.

I also plan to sign up for the health program at work.  Last year I made it to level 4 out of five levels.  I earned $300 off my insurance premium.  I could have made it to level 5 but I lost the pedometer and my HRM stopped working.  I held off  replacing them because I want to invest in a a different fitness tracker.   I was set to get the Fitbit Flex until I read about the Surge.  I am holding out for the release of the Surge because it can also serve as a GPS watch.  

Well, I'm ready for the new year.  I am, once again, hoping I will post regular updates on my blog. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

September, Sweaty, September

Today is the last day of the Awesome August challenge.  It was great! I’m down four pounds.  More than anything else I am very proud of myself for being consistent with my strength training.  It’s been a month now with working on the fundamentals.  I have been doing three full body workouts a week.  
This is the first time I have really stuck with a weight training plan.  I set up a profile at Body Space at   There is a tremendous amount of great information, training programs, and motivation on this site.  I think I’m ready to work on one of these plans BUT I’m a little apprehensive about working out in the free weights section of the gym.  I have to admit I am still working on building my self-confidence.  It will be okay.

Tomorrow I am also going to get back to my running.  I’m signing up for a November 5K.  I’m not sure how I’m going to do this.  I’m thinking about doing my running early mornings and keeping my strength training after work.  Not sure if I should do both on the same day or alternate days – this would mean I’m working out six days a week.  Right now I’m working on five or six days.  The sixth day is usually water aerobics, which isn’t too strenuous.   We’ll see how it goes.  

August was awesome.  September is going to be sweaty. :)