Thursday, September 12, 2013
It's been awhile, but I'm still here. I've gained about 10 to 15 lbs. within a year, and I'm not proud of it one bit. Amazing how much it kills my self esteem! The hardest part for me is sticking to a workout routine. I generally eat healthy (thanks, mom, for instilling healthy eating habits at a young age!), but I fall off the bandwagon hard beginning Friday night lasting well through the weekend. Sometimes even lasting through Mondays, because, well, Mondays sometimes suck.
I've decided I'm not a long distance runner. I decided it at about mile 8 during the Disney Princess Run in Orlando this past Feb. The great thing about signing up for half marathons is that I was motivated to work out. The awful part about signing up for half marathons is that I H.A.T.E.D. it. Hate is a strong word, but I was simply not born to be a runner. And, hey, I trained for and completed three (THREE!) half marathons in the past year and a half. So, at least I tried. My dad is trying to get the family to sign up for a 5K. That is more of my style!
The husband and I recently purchased our first home over the summer. It's surrounded by woods, so I've been trying to get out and hike for a bit during the week. It's working out well so far. Husband is enjoying the speed bag hung up in our detached garage, which is great. So, basically even though a workout routine (going to the gym, training for half marathons, etc.) worked for me for awhile, it's time to figure out what works for me and my lifestyle now. I'm confident that my weight will be back down to my goal weight well before the hustle and bustle of the holidays hit. I have a new weapon for motivation: my husband who is helping me stay accountable!
Thursday, January 10, 2013
One thing I notice on my days that I workout in the mornings: my mood is much happier throughout the entire day. Not that I can't have an enjoyable day on my rest days (those are important for recovery), but there's just something about morning workouts that I love.
Oddly enough, I still don't consider myself a morning person. Winter mornings in the Midwest are even worse. You mean I have to roll out of my warm bed while it's still dark out, scrape my car windows, freeze my buns off during the 2 min. drive to the gym and try to run while I'm still half asleep? No thanks!
But about a year ago, I didn't have much of a choice. I was getting home from work by 7 p.m., and working out was the last thing on my mind. So, I started getting up at 6 a.m. to drive to the gym to get a run in about 3 times per week. And, I realized how great it made me feel.
To me, it's so much better than an evening workout: less people at the gym (even with all of those New Year's resolutions to lose weight), more time in the evening to spend with my husband, more energy throughout the day, and a happier attitude.
But, it's still a love/hate relationship. I still don't love it by any means! There are days when I do skip a morning workout and (try to anyways) make up for it on an off day. I cannot wait for those summer months where getting out of bed is a tiny bit easier. But, until then, I'll just have to focus on the positive aspects of morning workouts.
How do you motivate yourself to get a morning workout in during the winter?
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
With only 25 days left until the wedding (insert obligatory eeek! here), I'm definitely feeling a bit nervous. That's why running and exercising is even more important these days - it calms me down and makes me feel great about myself.
Since the Indy Mini Marathon back in May, I've signed up to run the PU half marathon on Oct. 20 with my sister, who is a student there, and the Disney Princess Run on Feb. 24 with a few friends. Both races have their unique challenges for me to overcome.
Training for the Oct. 20 race has proven to be difficult simply because wedding planning and the honeymoon are right at the tail end of my training schedule. But, I secretly love the pressure. Plus, I need a reason to work out - I can't drag myself to the gym just b/c it's time to workout. Silly, I know, but when I'm working toward a tangible goal such as a race, my body is more willing to endure the sweat and early morning runs.
The Disney Princess Run is a challenge simply because I'm committing a decent amount of money and actually traveling out of state to compete! But, I figured this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as two of my close friends are signed up as well. My reward for finishing the race is a trip to Harry Potter land at Universal Studios the day after. Cannot wait!
I was surprised how much of a challenge it was to get back into a workout routine following my race in May. I put on a few pounds I had lost, but never let myself completely resort back to my unhealthy habits. Now committed to these two new races, I'm finding it easier to hit the gym and get in my long runs on the weekend.
Plus, I'm sure I'll be grateful for the training once I easily slip into my wedding gown on Sept. 22!
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
So, the Indy Mini Marathon is finally here. I did okay with my training. Just okay. I did all of my long-distance runs; could have done better with my shorter runs during the weeks. I fell off the diet bandwagon for an entire week, too. Thankfully I am back on track and just had a minor setback.
The weather is going to be in the 80s and there is a chance of rain, but that does not bother me too much. What bothers me is that I am worrying about the things that could happen making me unnecessarily anxious. For example:
What if I get a side cramp on mile two?
What if I twist my ankle during the run on the track?
What if I get a blister?
What if I pass out or puke?
What if? What if? What if?
I need to turn that around and think:
I can walk if I get a side cramp, and I will still finish.
I have done all that I can to prevent a sprain by getting the shoes I need, taking care of my body and training. So there is always next year if a sprain does happen.
I can get band-aids at first aid stations if blisters pop up.
If I pass out or puke, well, that is why there are medical people on hand, and it would not be the first time it happened during a race!
Being able to view five miles as a short distance is huge for me. I could hardly finish one mile without stopping to walk this time last year. I never, ever considered myself as a runner. No matter what happens this Saturday, I have really come a long way!
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Easter weekend is almost here, and since we're a Catholic family, my Pinterest-obsessed sister and I are searching for healthy, meatless recipes to enjoy on Good Friday. Here's a incredibly simple one we found and can't wait to make!
5 Layer Greek Dip (courtesy of The Lovely Cupboard blog):
-Hummus (to make it even easier, we chose store bought over homemade)
-red bell pepper
1. Finely chop olive, bell pepper, cucumber, and dill.
2. Spread hummus about 1-2 inches thick in the bottom of a wide serving dish.
3. Sprinkle the vegetables evenly over the hummus.
4. Crumble feta cheese on top.
5. Sprinkle bits of dill and serve with warm pita slices. Enjoy!
Hummus is a relatively newly discovered love of our family, and this is a great way to spice it up.
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