Checking in

With health and stuff. I am still back and forth on the weighing thing, but for now I guess I don’t really care if I do or don’t. I am trying to not weigh most days. But I am going to for sure check in at the beginning of the month, with weight and measurements and pictures. So, since December 1st I am down 2.75 inches, and since January 1st I am down 4.6 pounds. That averages out to be .5 pounds per week. Pretty much what I was planning on. Is it painfully slow sometimes? Yes! But, I am confident that this time around I am going to be able to keep it off.

Workouts have been good. Today I finished workout #15 of 24 from Train to be Awesome. Only 9 more left! I could probably keep going with the beginner program, but I really just want to move on to something different, not that I’m bored or not liking it. I do like it. The workouts are taking me about 1 hour and 10 minutes, including warm up time. I take as much rest as I need and do 1-2 warm up sets. Today I was able to squat with 90# on the machine, and I did quite a few pull-ups with one knee in the resistance band. I’ve also been trying barbell hip thrusts, not much on the bar, only 30#. I tried that today and I think I can work my way up pretty quickly.

I missed being on a running schedule so I’m going to try a 10k training program. It goes for 10 weeks and has minimal mileage so I don’t think it will interfere with strength training. I’ll just do the runs on my off days from weights. I do my first 2 mile run tomorrow morning. We are supposed to get a big storm tonight so I hope it doesn’t ice all over!

So yeah, losing a little fat, gaining a little muscle (hopefully :lol), all while doing my best to chill out and eating exactly what I want to. Including ice cream, almost daily. Also chocolate, pizza, bread every day – and veggies, fruit, fish, nuts. Nothing is off limits, I’m just eating when I’m hungry and trying not to eat too much. Eating what I really want keeps me from feeling deprived or like I need to rebel, so I don’t end up overdosing on m&ms. Novel idea.

A New Year

Happy New Year! I know lots of people think resolutions are stupid and pointless, but when I really decide I’m going to do something, I follow through. My main resolution is to not drink alcohol this year. And I know I’m going to follow through! I had a last blast on NYE and so I felt like total garbage yesterday. I don’t want to feel like that ever again! I think this long break will be just what I need.

I’m also going to try and lose weight, story of my life I guess. I am just going to get back to running and lifting, and the plan is to train for 2 half marathons this year. Both will take 3 months to train for. Maybe I will tack one more on there, we’ll see. I had many thoughts of going on a juice fast again just to lose the weight quickly, but that hasn’t worked long term, and I want to do something different. I’ve decided that this year I am just going to try intuitive eating. No counting calories, no other plan, just going to try and eat what I like, when I’m hungry and not too much. We’ll see where it gets me. So I guess I’m publicly committing to not count any calories or do any crazy things like juice fast this year. I’m just going to try to chill out and be and eat normal :lol: Even if I only lost 1/2 a pound a week, I could still be down 26 pounds in a year. That is probably going to be more realistic and sustainable, since it probably won’t involve huge deficits. I think that makes me feel restricted, even if I am eating things I like. There probably is something to eating to your activity level, so you don’t end up burning out and feeling worn down.  Duh!

Anyway I hope to blog more about my journey and be a bit more interesting, helpful, whatever. Share more recipes and knitting and whatever else :)

Week in Workouts #1

I’m going to attempt to try and make this a weekly thing, hence the #1.  This was a pretty good week as far as workouts go.  I tried to hit it a little harder than I did the previous week.  I was feeling a little run down/overworked so I was taking it easy.  I think it helped, so this week it was back at it!

  • Monday – I always warm up on the elliptical for 10 minutes and then do my weights.  I did deadlifts, overhead DB press, and Pulldowns.  I did 5 sets, 2 were warmup sets, and my highest weights for these were 70#, 20#, and 90#.  Afterwards I did a finisher from Jen Sinkler’s Lift Weights Faster called The Over Under.  It was lots of KB swings and squats.  I finished with 5 more minutes on the elliptical to make an hour workout.
  • Tuesday – I always do the Standard Warmup before I run.  My run was 47 minutes and 4.7 miles for a 9:40 pace.  Not quite an hour but good enough ;)
  • Wednesday – Squats, DB chest press, and DB row.  I did 2 warmup sets and 3 working sets with 80#, 30#, and 35#.  I wanted to do harder weights but it honestly is just not happening yet.  I will keep working at it until these get easier!  After this one I did a 2 mile run in 21:55 for a 10:57 pace.  I hate the treadmill :/
  • Thursday – A 5 mile run in 50 minutes for a 10:00 pace.  This one was tough because I woke up pretty hungry, but didn’t eat.  I should have!  I was uncomfortable the entire run.  Live and learn.
  • Friday – Deadlifts, overhead press, and pulldowns, same weights as above.  I finished with a workout called Sweet Cheeks.  Lots of glute work, it was tough!
  • Saturday – REST!!
  • Sunday – Long run.  I did 8.5 miles in 1:23:00 for a 9:45 pace!  I wasn’t expecting this to go so well as far as timing but I’m happy about it!  I wore new shoes that are more cushy than I’m used to, and getting used to tying new shoes just right is always a pain in the ass.  I stopped so many times to re-tie :lol:  Anyway I tried to go at an ‘easy’ pace until the last mile or so and then I picked up the pace a lot for a hard finish.  I don’t feel too beat up right now and that’s always a plus!  I’ll probably feel the effects more tomorrow :)

I hope to get in more stretching this week or even some actual yoga.  I feel like I could really use.

8 miles and my new favorite oats

I ran 8 miles this morning.  I didn’t really plan it out, just went where I wanted to go and in the end it was 8 miles in 1:21:51.  Not too shabby!  I felt like I was going at a pretty good pace, not too hard to keep it up until around the last mile.  That’s when I started getting tired and my started to hurt.  It was chilly, 40 degrees, but I made it through without any rain as it is supposed to do today.  I hardly saw anyone else on the route I picked until I got on the parkway for the second half, and even then there was a only a handful of people out walking and a couple of other runners.  I like it when there aren’t many cars or people and I can just zone out and listen to my music.

After I got back and did some strength moves and stretching I made my favorite oats as of late.  I guess they are called custard oats because you stir in an egg toward the end of cooking.  I thought it would be weird the first time I heard about them but decided to try it anyway.  Here’s how I have been doing mine:

  • 1/2 cups dry oats
  • 1 cup So Delicious coconut milk
  • 1 T hemp hearts (just because I have them)
  • 1/3 cup canned apple slices (I’ve also used pumpkin puree, you could use whatever you want really or nothing at all)
  • 1 egg, beaten

I put the first three ingredients in a pan and bring it to a boil on medium, then on low to simmer for 10 minutes.  Then I whisk in the egg as slowly as possible off the heat so I don’t make scrambled eggs in my oats.  Back on medium low heat for 3-4 minutes and then they are good to go!  I usually add peanut butter and some kind of sweetener, today I did raspberry pancake syrup.  I really like the fluffier texture and the egg adds a little more protein and doesn’t taste like egg at all.  I have been having these almost every day this week!  They keep me full until lunchtime and they are tasty :)

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I know it looks like they are drowning in syrup but it isn’t really that much.

It’s the last day of the month so I need to update on my goals tomorrow!

 

Working on my goals

I was looking at my goals I set for November this morning and so far I am behind!  Well, not on everything.  I have been doing great with working out!  I think I have maybe only missed one workout this month.  Otherwise I have been lifting weights every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and running on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.  I have been making each workout take an hour.  I take Saturday completely off.  In fact, this past Saturday I took a nap after work and didn’t even hit 10,000 steps on my Fitbit.  I also had to take a nap on Sunday after my run.  I’m thinking I might be on the verge of overdoing it, so this week I’m going to scale it back, sort of.  Weights will be not so heavy, and I won’t do ‘finishers’ after every workout, maybe just one.  I will really try to run ‘easy’ instead of trying for time.

I’ve also been counting calories again this month, which is actually working out pretty well.  I track either beforehand for the whole day if I know what I’m going to eat, or I just do it at the end of the day.  I’m getting a pretty good feel for how my meals should be.  I am doing my best to just eat 3 meals a day at regular-ish times.  I’ve been averaging around 1900 per day.  And I am losing a little weight.  Just under 3 pounds so far this month.  My scale also says I’m down 2% in body fat?!  I know this isn’t completely accurate but I’ll take it all :lol:  I’m going to eat a bit more this week in addition to lower volume workouts, it’ll be interesting to see what happens.

I have been working on the shawl I’m knitting and I’m nearing the end.  Except I will run out of yarn.  I can’t decide if I will go get another skein of the same kind or just try and substitute a color that is close.  I’ll probably end up getting another, except I don’t even know what color way it is I’m using at this point :lol:  Hopefully the yarn store still has it!  I’ll try to share a WIP pic before it is done.

I’ll update on the rest after the month is over.  So far so good!

 

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.