Finding something for me

Hi all! Well I am pleased to report that my running (more like walk/jog) went very well this week. I was able to run 3 times, which is my weekly goal for a total of about 8 miles. I am most proud that on Sunday I was able to do a 5k in 37 minutes! My goal was to finish in 50 minutes, so beating it by 3 minutes is pretty awesome in my book!

So I want to explain a little more behind why I am training for a half marathon. I have mentioned before that I am a stay at home mom, and most of my day revolves around my 3 kids. And I love that. I love bring able to play, teach and care for them everyday. But there are definitely times when I feel like I have lost my sense of me. I have forgotten who I am beyond a wife and mom. That is just not a good thing. And this is not something that just moms suffer from.  Anyone can become overwhelmed with their job and other commitments and forget who they are beyond that one thing. Whether you are a mom, a nurse, a teacher, a student, life can sometimes seem to take over and you lose the chance to have something just for you. Something that benefits you.

So after months of feeling like I was getting lost in my role of wife and mom I found a half marathon and it excited me and seemed like a challenge, just what I needed. It is different for everyone. Maybe you are crafty and need to get yourself a project. Maybe you have a life bucket list and need to pick one thing to focus on to accomplish. Find something for you. Something that will help you not go crazy in what can be a crazy life.

Week 1: Fitness Challenge Progress

First and foremost, I found this article yesterday and I laughed so hard.  This is so me:  I used to be the girl in college that would go work out then beg my roommate to go to McDonald’s for dinner.  Healthy I know….those days are no more!

On Monday, four other stylists and myself went on a quick paced walk for an hour.  It was nice and made the walk more manageable with friends with whom to share.  I had to keep up.  Little legs go…GO!

On Wednesday, my mom and I did a leg work out.  I found a really all-inclusive one and completed the cycle once.  It is my goal by the end of this fitness challenge is to complete it two times.  And holy cannoli I am still sore!

Yesterday, I went on a run/walk.  I ran 3/4 to 1/2 way before my lungs just said ‘NO’.  I chose to quickly walk the rest of it.  I want to be able to get to the 1/2 way mark running the whole way in the next 2 weeks.  That is a new goal.

I am setting calorie goals as well as workout goals.  I am finding a rhythm of strengthening my core, arms, legs and stretching.  I am slowly adding in more cardio workouts.  Slowly but surely.

Some different things I have discovered this week:

1.  Recipe: Baked Zucchini Chips
Ingredients: 1 zucchini, olive oil (1 teaspoon), 1/4 cup parmesan cheese,  1/4 unseasoned plain bread crumbs, salt and pepper.

Prep: Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.  Spray baking sheet lightly with a non-stick spray like Pam.  Slice up your zucchini very finely.  The thinner they are, the more chip like they will turn out.

Directions: Mix parmesan cheese and bread crumbs.  Sprinkle salt and pepper into the mix.  Stir the mix.  Take the olive oil and pour it on the sliced zucchini making sure they are all lightly covered.  Dip the slices of zucchini into your breaded mix covering both sides and lay them out on your baking pan.  Once all zucchini is covered and placed on pan, bake in the oven for 25 minutes.

My first batch!

2. Chick-fil-a Cobb Salad is delicious!  
This was a healthy alternative for lunch.  I used 1/3 the package of Avocado Lime Ranch salad dressing.  It was one of the most satisfying healthy lunches I have had in a very long time.   I found this out as I had forgotten my packed lunch at home.

3. Three bites of Talenti Gelato are so satisfying.
It is healthier than true ice cream and contains less fat.  I take three bites and I can walk away!  IT IS A MIRACLE!  Curb that sweet tooth in little to no calorie intake…brilliant.

This weeks progress (despite my undocumented ball park hot dog and beer dinner…because if it isn’t documented, it never happened right?):

Height: 4’8″; Weight: 103.5lb (-.5)

OK, I documented it.  I was amazed that I went over by 244 calories! I have to be held accountable for an off day too.  Clearly, that can’t happen all the time, but a day here or there will be OK.

This next week, I want to strive to integrate more protein into my diet and eat healthier.  This is my goal.  Will it be accomplished….dun dun dun!  Stay tuned…

Have a great Labor Day weekend!!

Fringe Lose to Win 2014

At my salon, we are like one big family.  We all take care of one another.  We support, encourage and share in community with one another.  A few of us were talking about doing a fitness challenge to encourage and promote healthy lifestyle adjustments.  Our solution?  Fringe Lose to Win 2014.

Here are the rules:
-$25 buy in by 8/22
-Weigh in every Friday morning by 10AM (pic of feet on scale with amount sent to a neutral person and that is not posted for others to see)
-Start Date: 8/22-11/14
-Each week, if a gain is noted, $5 will be added to the pot
-Winner determined by the participant that loses the highest percentage based off initial weigh in

Given the criteria above, you can decide how you are going to set and achieve your goals.  For me, it isn’t necessarily about the weight loss so much as it is to maintain and get in shape again.  You know, make places on my body (that aren’t supposed to be jiggling) firm up and tone up….; My last dessert;  We all know that this didn’t help my cause….

In order to achieve my goals, I have a little criteria of my own.  Me and some of the other stylists at the salon are using an app called My Fitness Pal.  It is a really good tool I can use to track what I am eating, my workouts, how much water I am drinking and what types of foods am I eating.  I have also purchased a Pedometer that connects to MapMyWalk.  I chose to get one that I could sync to my phone and track my daily activity as such.  It shows me roughly where I am at and how I could do better.  I need that accountability.

Before Picture; 8/22 Weigh in
Before Pictures; 8/22 First Weigh in

I have started a week early as to slowly ease into a routine which will allow for me to have success.  Eating out less, drinking more water not sugary drinks/pop, making better food choices.  Past my initial weigh in, just simply to get me started, I am not weighing myself until Friday.   I don’t let the number control me.  It is a good measure though to help me know where I should be though!

8/22  4’8″  105.0 lbs   Weigh in….eeek!

Observations?  I eat way too many carbs and not the good kind.  I don’t eat enough vegetables.  I don’t eat enough protein in my daily in take for what my body needs.  I am not getting enough cardio workouts.  And most definitely not drinking enough water!  All of this is about to change as I embark on this fitness challenge.

Stay tuned!

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