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First Full Week of March check-in

Monday, March 12, 2012

I'm always bad at blogging when I didn't have a good week. I think that maybe getting in and talking about my failures would help me kick myself in the butt and get back in gear faster.

Yesterday's weigh in showed a 3 pound gain. There are a number of things outside my control that could have contributed to that including the fact that I started my period later in the day but I want to focus on what was in my control.

EATING PROBLEM: I set a goal for March to be in my calorie ranges 80% of the time or 25 days. Last week I used up all 6 of my "non-range" days...sigh! I think that the problem was that I was bored with the meal plan. I had decided to try a Self magazine meal plan. On paper it was great: 1600 (ish) calories/day, moderation with a snack and a treat each day, and ideas for all five meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, treat, & snack). I just wasn't very inspired by it. I kept planning a meal and then ending up eating something else so I would plan the original meal two days later and end up doing the same thing. There are a few great meals in there (like a Tuna Salad with hummus instead of mayo) but overall they aren't great and are kinda bland. I had also already entered in everything I had planned to eat and ran into the nasty habit that I didn't want to take the time to enter in the new stuff so I just assumed that I'd gone over and started to munch and munch and munch. I always forced myself (besides yesterday) to go back and enter in as best as I could remember but I need to stop that mentality.

SOLUTION: I'm going back to planning meals out of the many cookbooks and recipe ideas I have instead of forcing myself to stay within a limited meal plan. I will pull the meals that I do like from the Self plan but will allow myself the ability to do other things. I will enter in my foods ahead of time (already entered the meal plan through Wednesday) so that I make sure I'm getting what I need to get BEFORE I actually eat it.

FITNESS PROBLEM: I hurt my hip last Monday doing the "total transformer" strength move. It hurt when I walked or sat for a while and so I rested. I think that was a smart move because I don't know how quickly I would have recovered if I hadn't. I did light cardio and my strength moves (minus the one that hurt me) on Wednesday/Friday but I didn't do any running and therefore didn't get my C25K in.

SOLUTION: TOM has arrived so today I'm resting (did my 25 crunches though...) since I'm in a lot of pain but tomorrow I'll get up and do something! My plan is to run tomorrow morning (W7D2), strength Wednesday with a lighter jumping cardio routine from the Self magazine, W7D3 on Thursday, strength Friday with the Irish Jog 5K Friday night, and then swimming Saturday. I will get out and do these things even if I'm still cramping; I'll just reduce the intensity (i.e. not get all of W7D2/3 in).

Here's to a great week of being on track and finding solutions so that this can become a way of life!


First Open Water Swim

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Today I did the CBAC 600M open water swim. It was my first open water swim. I did it to help me get a feel for what it is like doing an open water swim as I plan to do the Flowers Sea Swim in June (a one mile swim).

My friend who did the run with me last week met me for registration.

There were a number of kids that did the swim (yeah, they kicked my butt) and we got in line behind them.

There was a total of 104 swimmers. We are by the blue buoy on the right side waiting for all the swimmers to get in the water.

I wasn't trying to do it in any particular time but just wanted to get an idea of what it would be like. I finished 64th out of the 104 in about 15.5 minutes.

The Flowers Sea Swim will be very different because that normally has about 800 swimmers including many Olympic swimmers but I have 2.5 months to finish getting ready for that and to continue to train to increase my speed. My friend finished 15th and will be great inspiration for improving my performance!

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22JAMIE 3/12/2012 1:14PM

    it's really cool that you did this. Did they do it in waves or did they just have everyone go at once?? My husband does sports photography and i go with him a lot and watch the open swims scare me. Too many people in a small area for me. I've only done triathlons where they did the swim part in a pool with nice clean lanes LOL. I've never just done a swim race. Good for you!!! I'm so glad that your accomplishing all your goals!!

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SAMMBA 3/12/2012 8:41AM

    omg I am so jealous of where you live! I want to live near an ocean SO BAD!!!

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February Results

Sunday, March 04, 2012

I told you guys earlier about the success of my fit test. This morning I weighed in to clock my official February weight loss. At the beginning of February I was at 169.8. This weigh-in I was at 162.4. emoticon. I also lost 1.5 inches in my waist, 1 inch in my hips, half an inch in my thigh, and a quarter of an inch in my arm.

emoticonWHOOP WHOOP!! emoticon

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MELRAE2 3/8/2012 2:28PM

    Woohoo! Keep up the great work. What is a Fit test?

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22JAMIE 3/5/2012 5:17PM

    your doing sooo good. keep up the momentum!!

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BEMOTIVATED2 3/5/2012 2:33PM

    That's awesome! Keep up the good work!!!! emoticon

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AMBROSIAHINO 3/5/2012 12:41PM

    woo whoo! you're doing awesome!

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Tower Run 5K

Saturday, March 03, 2012

This morning I completed the Tower Run. It is a double loop 5K with a run up and down this 5 Story Observation Tower.

I was just going to "do my best" and knock my race for the month out of the way (one of my 2012 goals) but then a friend said she was interested in doing it as well. This friend is very athletic (she used to swim competitively in college) but said that she hadn't been running in a while. I was happy that she was interested in the race because I like making connections with other people who are fitness focused.

She REALLY motivated me to keep going. I usually run at about a 12.5 minute mile pace for a little bit but then walk the remainder of the 5K so I end up with an average around 13.5 minute mile. With her pushing me I did the 5K part in 34 minutes and then finished the 5 story climb in the last 4. (The climb was supposed to be a "sprint" but mine was more of a one-foot-in-front-of-the-other-creep up the tower... emoticon)

I am very proud of my performance! I have my 600M swim next Saturday and then another 5K on March 16.

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22JAMIE 3/5/2012 5:14PM

    That's awesome!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Fit Test & March Goals

Friday, March 02, 2012

At the beginning of February, my sisters and I took a fitness test. We were looking for a non-scale measurement of improvement. One of my sisters found this at BodyRockTV. We did it February 1.

Here's how I did then:

Squat Jump - 17
Pushups - 15 (modified)
Burpees - 7
High Knees - 41
Switch Lunges - 18 (regular)
Tuck Jumps - 8
Straight Abs - 16

Then over February we each chose our own workouts to complete. I did strength 3 days a week, cardio 6 days (3 days lighter and 3 days C25K). I also worked on 10 burpees and 10 crunches each day.

After my scale increase this week, I just haven't felt good. I've been fueling my body poorly this week. Even on the days when I stayed within my ranges, I was eating junk instead of good food. Because of that I feel bloated and don't feel like I look slim.

Then yesterday I did the March fit test, not expecting much. BOY WAS I SURPRISED!!

Squat Jump - 30 (+13)
Pushups - 22 (+7) (modified)
Burpees - 10 (+3)
High Knees - 82 (+41)
Switch Lunges - 20 (+2) (regular)
Tuck Jumps - 14 (+6)
Straight Abs - 25 (+9)

TOTAL: 203 (+81)

Sunday I'm doing my weigh in and measurements for the month so I'll be able to tell you guys about that then. In the meantime I'm very proud of how much I improved when I didn't think much had changed!

Eating -
1. Stay in my calorie ranges 80% of the time (25 days).
2. Follow Self's "Doable Diet" from one of my older Self magazines (moderation including one snack and one treat/day).
3. Continue cooking dried beans instead of canned beans. Add in making my own frozen meatballs instead of using prepackaged.
4. Get 80 oz of water/day.

Fitness -
1. 3 days of Self's Boot Camp Buffers (8 exercises completed in Tabata like intervals)/ week
2. 6 days of cardio/week (3 shorter ones from Self's Cardio & 3 C25K)
3. Finish up C25K working in week 7-9 on increasing my speed
4. Complete Tower Run - March 3
5. Complete Irish Jog - March 16

On a personal note, Arianna started daycare today so that I could get my work time in. Here she is all ready for school.

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SOFSMOMMA2010 3/3/2012 1:18PM

    Your daughter is way to cute! I cant believe how much your fitness improved in one month! You are awesome....Keep it up. Its so frusterating when you work hard and the scale doesnt reflect it so i think your fitness test is a great way to see your hard work paying off! emoticon

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NIKIZ628 3/3/2012 12:54AM

    Way to go!

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22JAMIE 3/2/2012 12:02PM

    I can't believe how grown up she looks!!
It's good tat your measuring some non scale ways. It's great that you've improved sooo much!!
I'm seriously impressed with your consistence in tracking and staying in your ranges.

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