Cold run

Today has been pretty good.  I didn’t get the good night’s sleep that I wanted though :(  Someone was snoring and I could hear him all the way in the living room, so I tried to sleep on the couch but it was horrible.  I finally went to the bed and got a little undisturbed sleep, but not enough.  I got up around around 5:15 anyway and by 5:20 I was downstairs walking on the treadmill.  I did 37 minutes to get to 100 calories burned, only 400 do to later!

I am going to try to start taking pictures of some meals, and putting up more of the recipes I make to make this a little more interesting :lol:  Until then…breakfast was scrambled cheesy eggs with toast and tomato jam, plus my morning coffee.  I had a co-op shift at M’s school today  and they had clementines for a snack and I had one too.  Lunch was a big chopped salad with some pickled beets, kidney beans, and caesar dressing.  I think I am coming around to the chop salad idea, this is the second one I’ve had in a week.  I usually like bigger pieces in my salads.

2nd workout of the day was the standard warmup and then a super cold run outside!  I went about 4 miles, didn’t time it but I think it was around 45 minutes.  I don’t know why I was surprised to see only 3 other people out there running, and only 1 walker.  It was only like 17 degrees!  I need to wear more layers tomorrow.  Dinner was some fajitas with corn tortillas and roasted cauliflower and broccoli.  I was going to have a treat, but I’m having wine instead ;)

All said and done, I met my goals for the day.  500+ calories burned on my heart rate monitor, just over 1700 calories eaten, and just over 20,000 steps on my Fitbit.  Not bad!  I wasn’t really sore before I went running, but man I am feeling it now!  Good thing I’m not lifting again until Thursday.

The Other Half 2013

I ran this race on the 20th and it was awesome!  This was my second time doing it, and my first time doing a race by myself!  I hit a PR too :D  I wasn’t planning for anything but to finish it without any walking at all, but when I started out I decided I just wanted to go for it and try for a good time.  The first half felt pretty easy, whenever I was going downhill I tried to be at least under 10:00.  I must have been doing pretty good because my time at 6 miles was 54 minutes!  When it got to around mile 8 it starts to get harder, there are some big hills that you can see a long way out, so a lot of it was kind of gearing up to get up the hills.  I just didn’t stop and tried to push it on the hills and using the downhill to regain my breathing while still going faster than my normal pace.  Basically my whole strategy was just to not stop at all and just push it :lol:   That’s what I did!  The last few miles I was just trying to pass as many people as I could.  I did line up around the 2:30 pacer, so there was a lot of room to pass for me finishing in 2:04:12.  My best half marathon race time before this was 2:19:41!!  There weren’t very many runners this year, just over 1100, and I finished 375th overall, 38th in my class, and 180th in my gender overall.

I think that the Boot Camp classes have really done something for my conditioning?!  Who knows.  I am just still amazed and so happy about how I did :D  It is a beautiful and fun race, and you get beer afterward, that is always a plus!

Wednesday Weigh-in and Workouts

Last week 142.8, 32.5% body fat

This week 141.6, 32% body fat

Things are still moving in the right direction!  For the past few days I was thinking that I wouldn’t see much of a loss this week, but 1.2 is still great.  And the body fat% is still going down!  My lowest body fat% this year was after the juice fast at 30.5 – I’m getting close!  I measured today as well, but am only seeing a .5 inch loss – some places I measured two weeks ago were up a half inch, but I am down in my chest, belly, and hips – .5 for each!

I stayed pretty close to my 1750 calorie goal for a couple of days but then I started to get really hungry.  There was one day that I just could not satisfy my stinkin’ hunger!  So I ate a little more.  My average daily calories were 1910 though, so still not over by much.  I ran out of lettuce and so my salads went away and then got a lot smaller when I did start making them again – I think my belly missed the volume of food I usually had at lunch :lol:  I have also been bombing on the protein intake.  I think I only reached 100 grams on one day.  That might also be making me feel hungrier, so I am really going to try and get it back up this week.

Here are my workouts that I did last week:

  • Wednesday – 3 mile run, SS workout 10 minutes, boot camp 1 hour
  • Thursday –  4 mile run, boot camp 1 hour
  • Friday – Elliptical 30 minutes, SS workout 10 minutes 3 mile run
  • Saturday – Took a real rest day!
  • Sunday – 3.13 mile run in the rain!
  • Monday – Elliptical 3.5 miles/30 minutes, SS workout 20 minutes, boot camp 1 hour
  • Tuesday – 35 minutes yoga

Other stats:

  • Average daily fitbit steps 16,556
  • Average daily fitbit calories burned 2454

So for this week I’m going to try and get the protein back up, trying to get some with every meal.  I’m also going to try and get more walking in since my step count has really gone down.  I would like to see it at 20,000 daily at least.  I’m going to try and get a lot more veggies in than I did this past week.  It was more of a carb week, I guess I needed it?  Other than that I’m just going to keep on doing my training schedule for the half marathon in October.  I was worried that my knee was acting up, but it seems to be doing okay for now.  If I am going to cancel my reservations it needs to happen in 8 days or less, so unless something happens this week the half is still on.  And I haven’t missed a run yet!!

Looking forward to another good week :D

Wednesday Weigh-in and Workouts

Time for another weigh-in!

Last week 146, 33.5% body fat.

This week 144.8, 33% body fat.

Down 1.2 pounds and half a percent in body fat!  One of my big goals right now is to get under 30% body fat.  I haven’t seen that in a very long time – years – so that will be awesome once I get there again.  Getting closer!  I also measured this morning and I am down 2 inches as well!

Did good on workouts this week too:

  • Wednesday – Half hour of yoga, 4 mile run, Boot Camp
  • Thursday – Half hour of yoga, 3.67 mile run, killer Boot Camp
  • Friday – An hour and 20 minutes of yoga!
  • Saturday – 2.37 mile run
  • Sunday – 7 mile run
  • Monday – 17 minute elliptical warmup, System Six week 1 workout 1, Boot Camp
  • Tuesday – 50 minutes yoga

Other stats:

  • Average daily steps 12,780
  • Minutes exercised 584
  • Average daily calories 2080
  • Average daily calories burned according to Fitbit 2494

So, I am going to change things up again.  Surprise, surprise :lol:  Don’t worry, I’m not doing anything crazy!  I’m just going to cut my calories a bit.  I’ve decided to just get the fat loss moving, rather than going so slow like I have been.  It has been great eating more for sure!  But I think I am ready to get things moving along faster.  I’m aiming for 1750 calories a day, about 500 less than what I’ve been eating.  I’m still eating what I want to, just smaller portions.  I’ve been sticking to 3 meals a day the best I can, and I’m really liking that.  I don’t have to worry about how much to eat or running out of calories.  I just eat an appropriate sized meal and I’m good.  I’m also going to try and get my protein up.  I haven’t really been able to get much over 80 grams most days!  I’m shooting for at least 100 grams per day.  I hit that the past three days and it was pretty easy – just really need to focus on a good protein source for each meal!  I’ve been doing the cut for the last 3 days and it hasn’t been hard at all.  It’ll be interesting to see what happens with it next week as far as the weigh-in.

I’m also starting a new workout that I bought last year but never did anything with.  It’s called System Six by Josh Hillis.  It’s pretty much kettlebells and bodyweight exercises three times a week.  I think it will be good for me, as most of the workouts are ‘easy’.  I have a tendency to overdo it and then end up shooting myself in the foot.  So less will probably be better for me.  I’m going to try and do it for a whole year!!  We’ll see.  I may get totally bored with it but the way it’s written changes it up every week, so I hope I will stick to it.  So I think that combined with Boot Camp will be pretty good for strength building.  And fat loss, I hope!

I am still keeping up with the non-daily weigh-ins.  I only weighed once this week :)  I’m thinking that eventually I’ll even move it to bi-weekly, and then monthly.  As long as I’m doing what’s right for my body then there isn’t really a need to weigh that much.  For someone who has done it for SO long it is a total head game, so it is a big deal to not be doing it every day anymore and I’m pretty proud of myself.

Here’s to another great week!

Wednesday Weigh-in and Workouts

Weigh-in time!

Last week 147, 33.5% body fat

This week 146, 33.5% body fat

Lost a pound!  I’m feeling particularly proud of this week for a few reasons.  1) I did not weigh since last Wednesday!  It was mostly easy, since we were gone camping from Thursday to Sunday, but I was very tempted to hop right back on on Monday.  But I didn’t.  See self?  You can say you will or won’t do things and follow through!  :lol:  2) I was camping for 3 1/2 days.  I wasn’t counting any calories or doing too much of anything besides walking to the lake and fishing.  Well I did run a bit on Saturday and then 6 miles on Sunday, but other than that I was just relaxing!  I ate dessert every day, cookies and cake balls and such.  I’m proud because I just kind of did what I wanted and tried to pay attention to my eating, trying not to eat too much.  I guess it worked!

Here’s what I did through the week:

  • Thursday – 3.86 miles run, 20 minutes yoga
  • Friday – Rest
  • Saturday – 2.13 miles run at 10,000 feet!
  • Sunday – 6 miles run again at Mirror Lake
  • Monday – 2.4 miles, Boot Camp
  • Tuesday – 1 hour yoga

So it’s back to Boot Camp this week.  Funny thing, I thought a week off from it would leave me all refreshed and ready to kill it, but that wasn’t the case.   I got my ass kicked on Monday!!  I am also thinking of trying another program that I bought a while ago, more focused on bodyweight and kettlebells.  We’ll see.  I don’t know if doing extra strength besides Boot Camp is smart or stupid.

I’m also kind of questioning what I’m doing and if it is indeed the right thing for me right now.  I am always doing that!!  I’m wanting to quit formally tracking my food, and I almost want to quit weighing so much again, maybe even just go to once a month.  I guess I can’t decide though, so for now I’m just waffling out loud.  I’ll probably just keep going like I have been.  The counting isn’t making me crazy, yet, so I guess I will keep doing it.

I want to do more yoga too, like daily even if it is just for 20-30 minutes.  I think it will help iron out the kinks in my body.  I got up and did it first thing this morning, even before coffee!  I always feel great after I do it so more is a good idea.

So yeah, a pound lost, go me :)

This week is the second of a little bit more mileage and two more running days.  I will read up on the program I’m thinking about doing, and get on the daily yoga.  I’m going to keep tracking my food this week, and stay off of the scale.  Running in the mountains was so much fun that I want to try again for at least one of my weekend runs, maybe my longer one on Sunday.  I’m ready to have a good week.

Wednesday Weigh-in and Workouts

So first the weigh-in.

Last week I was 148 and 34% body fat, today I am 147 and 33.5% body fat.  So down 1 pound and .5% body fat.

That’s actually pretty good!  I’m not sure if cutting down my activity this week has anything to do with it, we’ll see what happens when I go back to doing Boot Camp.

Stats for the week:

  • Average daily calories 2254
  • Average daily steps 14393
  • I exercised for 1,159 minutes!  That includes a 4 hour hike over the weekend, so if you take that out that is still 2+ hours daily.  Wow!

My workouts for the week:

  • Saturday – 8 mile hike to Gobbler’s Knob Peak
  • Sunday – 5 mile run
  • Monday – 1 hour yoga, 50 minutes elliptical, The Firm Body Sculpting video, 90 minute walk
  • Tuesday – 50 minutes yoga

I’m changing up my schedule starting this week, I’m going to attempt 2 more low mileage running days per week, like 1-2 miles.  I’m hoping that if I just continue to do all ‘easy’ runs then it won’t affect me or end up in injury.  If I feel like it isn’t working then I’ll back off again.  I just feel like 3 days is not enough.  I’m going to keep doing Boot Camp, it starts again next week, and I’m going to cut my formal weights workouts to twice a week.  I’m going to make sure I do yoga twice a week, but really I’m going to aim for daily yoga.  It doesn’t have to be full on strength stuff every day, just mostly doing it for the stretching and the relaxation factor :)  I hope this helps with evening things out in my body!  I’m feeling tight lately so hopefully the yoga will really help.  The reason behind cutting weights back one day is purely for running.  I do want to be strong and have muscles, but ultimately I see myself as a runner.  It’s what I want the most, and most recommendations for runners are twice a week strength.  I’ll still lift heavy-ish, just not as long and hard as I have been.

I think that this week I’m going to stay off of the scale until next week’s weigh-in.  I got pretty annoyed one day from seeing the numbers and I know that isn’t right.  I quickly came out of it, after remembering that I have committed to doing things this way (eating more and focusing on strength) for the rest of the year, at least.  I know that it will take more time, but it will be worth it.  I am already looking in the mirror and a lot of the time and thinking I am okay.  This is pretty exciting!  I’m not hating on my body anymore.  Of course there are things I want to change, but my weight and my body are not the only things.  I am a person, not numbers!  I’m trying to focus more on other things throughout the day, doing more things and getting back to things I used to like to do.  So anyway, no scale until next week.  It’s going to be kind of hard the first few days, but I really want to do this to try and take more focus off of the numbers.  It will be good for me whether I like it or not :lol:

Week in Workouts

I forgot to do this on Friday!!  Actually I think I will just start posting it with my weigh in’s on Wednesday to make it easy.  But here is last week’s up including Friday.

Saturday – Hiked around Jenny Lake for about 4 hours

Sunday – 4.38 mile run

Monday – Boot Camp

Tuesday – 4.27 mile run

Wednesday – Elliptical to warm up for an hour weights session, Boot Camp in the evening

Thursday – 20 minutes of AM yoga, 4.57 mile run, Boot Camp in the evening

Friday – Elliptical to warm up for an hour weights session

There is no Boot Camp this week!!  I am going to do my workouts in the morning but then not worry about anything else.  I think my body could use a little rest.  We hiked yesterday for 4 hours, it was a tough one and my legs are SO freaking sore today.  I have been taking it as easy as I can today.

Wednesday Weigh-in, late

So, I have been trying to be really consistent with the workouts and eating lately.  I had a week where I was sick and didn’t do much at all, but other than that the last month or so I’ve really been trying hard to keep active and eat pretty well.  We went camping this past weekend and normally I would have been drinking beer, eating too many chips, and definitely not working out.  This time I had no alcohol whatsoever (go me!), went running and did a boot camp style workout, and kept the eating pretty much in check.  I think last time I weighed in here I was over 150, and probably 36.5% body fat.  Today I weighed in at 148.2 and 35%.  Not a huge change, but I’ll take what I can get :)

I’m okay with small losses because I really do want the changes I’m making to be lasting.  I’m sure I have said that before on the blog!  But I think I’m ready to finally just change for good and get off of the yo-yo roller coaster.  What I’m trying right now is to just be consistent with workouts.  I’m going to keep doing boot camp for a while, another session at least.  I started my half marathon training this Tuesday and I’m going to do my best to stick to the plan 100%.  The boot camp instructor gave us a challenge to have 2 veggies with every meal and I’ve been trying to do that, and it really helps to keep me on track or at least thinking about making better choices.  I’m counting calories for now, and I’m going to keep them fairly high, like 1700-2000.  It is pretty easy once you take alcohol out of the equation!!  I’m sure I could lose faster if I cut them way down to 1500 or something, but that doesn’t sound fun at all.  I’m also going to quit drinking for the rest of the year – I have 10 days under my belt so far.

I figure if I keep doing all of these things that I should be in pretty good shape in a few months, and by the end of the year I should be feeling great!  I’m going to try and focus more on the being active part and eating well over the weight and what the scale says.  I know that I need to be healthy for life, to eat well and be active just because that is what will keep me feeling good and healthy.  I am done feeling like crap all of the time!!  I’ve spent too many years yo-yoing and obsessing about food and drinking too much.  So it’s time to clean up my act and I think I’m doing pretty good so far.

Wednesday Weigh-in

So how was my first week off of all juice?  Pretty good, I think.  I am still drinking 1 1/2 quarts of juice most days, and have added protein powder in 3 different ways.  I mix it with almond milk and ice, another drink is Naked green machine with pp, and then I have been having a fresh green smoothie for dinner with berries, banana, almond milk, and pp.  The emptiness is gone!  I am starting to feel like I have LOTS more energy, and my weight is still down!  Just because I’ve felt like doing it, I’ve been adding up the calories for the last few days and it’s been around 1700 each day.  I guess I am curious to see just how many calories I can eat and still lose weight, so maybe counting is a good thing right now.

Anyway, this week it seemed like my body didn’t quite know what to do.  There were four days when the # stalled and then inched up, then finally today it went back down.  I haven’t seen today’s number in probably 3 years!!  And before that, it had been another 3 years I’m sure.  So glad to finally be back in the 130s for good, and I’m looking forward to leaving those, hopefully in the next month!

Last week – 136.8

This week – 135.4

Lost 1.4 pounds :D

So this week I am adding a lot of things!  I have mapped out a running schedule in hopes that I will be training for a marathon once again.  The running starts today, not much, only 1.5 miles but I haven’t been doing much of any running since October.  I have done a few runs here and there but nothing consistent.  The plan is to start out and see where I am in a few months, then decide about marathon training.  Strength training starts today too.  I plan on doing it 2-3 times per week, probably 3 times right now since I won’t be running longer than 3 miles for a while.

I’m also adding salads this week!  Or cooked veggies.  I’ve decided too that if I want some fruit I can have it too, but really I’m getting plenty in my juice and smoothies.  I’m probably going to finish off the bulk of the fruit that I have left in juices and then switch it to mostly veggie juice because I think I might be getting too much fruit.  Sometimes I feel a crash and I suspect it is too much sugar from the fruit.

So that’s that.  I’m so glad that I didn’t automatically put on pounds since I added more than juice, but we’ll see what happens now that I will be eating actual food :lol

Farthest run to date!

I did my 14 miles today :D  It went better than I hoped, I was aiming for an 11:00 pace but ended up with a 10:42.  2 1/2 hours.  Not too shabby!  This time I tried doing 2 separate loops, stopping at home in the middle for a bathroom trip, to suck down a gel, reapply some body glide, and get a water refill.  It was great idea and I will do again for sure on longer runs.

I am slow but fairly steady!

The first half of the run went pretty well, almost too easy.  I was trying to pace myself since I tend to go all out too soon and then get exhausted by the second half of a long run.  I did better, but there is still room to improve.  I made it through the whole thing only walking for a minute a few times.  I feel not too bad either!  Maybe I just need time to stiffen up and get sore.  My knees did get achy before I even got to the halfway point so I’m going to take a nice cold bath.  I hope that with some more pounds gone the achy knee thing will go away.  Still can’t believe I made it 14 miles!  Now I get to look forward to 15 next week :D

Enjoy your Sunday!