Saturday, June 30, 2012
Here's how I got started with this program. After almost 6 months of not feeling good and injury, taking 2 months from working out, I just felt sluggish and heavy, so I needed a jump start to lean out before I start marathon training in August. But I didn't really want to commit to a 60 or 90 day program. So one of my running buddies, Aileen, asked me if I was interested in joining her in this 19 day program. I thought "I can do anything for 19 days!" so I said yes!
The program costs just under $200 (my friend and I split the cost) and you're given access to a special website. Each morning, you go to the site and would the next Day's video for food and workout info. The guy doing the program, Paul Mort, lives in the UK and so did most of the people doing the challenge, so a benefit to us in the US was we were getting the info 5 hours earlier! :-)
The food was relatively easy, but different. Was like a clean version of the Atkins diet: lots of protein, healthy fats and green veggies. You were basically able to eat as much as you wanted (he would tell you how many times a day to eat). No protein shakes or bars, just real food. He gave sample meal plans, but you didn't have to follow them. I really enjoyed the food! I will say, for my first meal after the program (today is a cheat day), the first thing I wanted was something I actually had on the program, isn't that funny!!! It's an egg white omelet filled with sauteed blueberries, pecans and banana and seasoned with cinnamon. It sounded gross to me at first, but it's like having crepes! It's Sooo good. This is my picture for the blog!
The workouts were intense, 2 a day. One long (45 min) and one short (10 min) and the only cardio you're doing is stuff like burpees & mountain climbers. If you have dumbbells, you can do all the workouts at home. After your 10 min session, you usually had the option of doing a 25 minute walk, but nothing more (he explains why).
You do a few fasts during the 19 days, but I never really felt hungry during them, and I had never fasted before at all.
There's a Facebook group created for people doing the project and it's very active. Paul answers any and all questions there. He also provides videos on the website as to the "why" of everything (like fasting, the type of exercises, etc.).
You'll take some supplements, but I was already taking most of the them (Glutamine, Fish Oil and Probiotics, Greens).
I slept better than I ever had! So my synopsis is it was definitely worth it, as you'll pay something comparable for most monthly plans. He gives you a Deload plan for the week after which includes cheat meals (none during the 19 days). He offers a full money back guarantee if you follow the plan but aren't satisfied.
So here are my measurement results for the 19 Days:
HIPS: 1.5" loss
WAIST: 1.25" loss
STOMACH: 1" loss
CHEST: 1" loss
Total Inches Lost in 19 Days: 4.75 inches
Weight was down a total of 7 lbs but I'm not a big scale person and Paul never cared about the weight. It is a big deal for me because I carry so much muscle I don't tend to lose weight easily. I lost 2 lbs the first 14 days, and 5 lbs the last 5 days.
So you can determine if those are good results, I personally think they are for the 19 days and the fact that I feel like I ate like a pig!
The next 19 Day project starts July 9th, so if you do have an interest, here's the link:
You have to register by July 4th or it closes until August.
So I really would recommend the 19 Day Get Lean Project if you're looking for a jump start, a plateau breaker or to just get the last amount of weight/fat off. I will say, die hard runners beware: no running on this program. It will stop the fat loss (he explains why).
Next venture...running the Peachtree Road Race 10k in Atlanta on the 4th with 60,000 people. It's the world's largest 10k. Should be fun with Atlanta being over 100 degrees these day! And I don't normally run during the summer! But I'm looking forward to it!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Today I completed another milestone - finishing my first Triathlon!
I found out about this race 5 weeks ago, and the main reason I signed up for it was because I had never seen a swim that short and in a pool (I don't swim). It was the Inaugural Tampa Bay Women's Triathlon.
So over the past 5 weeks, I "swam" about 6 times, mostly in my Mom's pool which is half the length of the pool we swam in for the race. I started with doing the needed laps in 30 minutes, then got it down to 15.
I hadn't been on a non-stationary bike in over 30 years, and only rode for the first time less than two weeks ago. I bought a bike which had an unconditional 60 day guaranteed, so I figured if I didn't enjoy riding it or the race, I could send it back and would only be out of pocket what I would have paid had I rented a bike for the day. I rode 4 times prior to the race, the two longest were 4 miles and 11 miles.
Well at least I was strong in one area! My 5k times have been pretty slow recently (for me), the one I did last week was 26:39 (my current Personal Best is 24:53 from 10/2010). At least I felt good about the run!
I partnered with someone in a 19 Day Workout & Nutrition Challenge as a jump start from being sick and injured so today was Day 6 of the program. I did a 22 hour fast from Thursday 8:45pm to Friday 7pm, and other than a handful of blueberries on Thursday with dinner, hadn't had any starchy carbs in 3 days. So I wasn't sure how this would affect me.
I got emotional going to pick up my Mom this morning that I was actually doing a Triathlon. I have SO much respect for this sport. Then when they were "marking" me (they write your age & bib # on you), I also got emotional realizing I was really doing this. I've never run a race without listening to music or the Bible and any type of audio is banned in all sanctioned Triathlons, so that was definitely different.
My Mom was so awesome, I saw her all over the place taking pictures!
No issues on any of the course, felt good in the run. Didn't wear my Garmin watch as I didn't want to pressure myself so I could save some energy for the bike and swim (this was a reverse Tri: run, bike, swim). Did my transition to the bike, felt great there! I know I wasn't fast on the bike because I kept hearing "coming on your left!" LOL! But I was okay, I didn't want to chance falling! Transition to the swim and I actually ran in the pool area (like I really wanted to swim lol). Got in and started! I won't lie, the swim wasn't pretty! I didn't make it through one full lap without having to stop and rest, but I got through it!
I actually cried when I finished! I don't think I did that for my first Half or Full Marathon (I usually cry for everyone else lol). But this was such an accomplishment of doing things so new to me!
Finished in 1:09:16. Race was: Run 3.1mi, Bile 7.25mi, Swim 225yds
Run: 25:10 (very surprised at that one)
Bike: 30:50 (really didn't have any expectations here)
Swim: 10:38 (2nd to last in my age group but almost 5 min faster than I had ever done it so I was pleased)
I absolutely enjoy the agony of it all! It is so challenging and I love to challenge myself. Before the race I was telling everyone "This is DEFINITELY going to be my first and last Triathlon!". Not even 4 hours after the race, I'm looking at another one lol! I honestly don't know whether I'd do an open water one, would have get some serious swim coaching and that would be in 2013 since my focus is to qualify for the Boston Marathon in a race this year. But I did find another pool Sprint Tri on 8/4 which is just before my marathon training will start. I'm just curious to see how I'd do if I actually trained properly...so we'll see!
So for those of you considering, thinking about it, or thinking "I could never do that!" I'm proof you can! It wasn't as scary as I thought it would be by any means! If you have an interest, find a Sprint Tri in a pool to start!
As usual, here's some pics! I truly appreciate all the encouragement from everyone, it means so much!
Ready to head out at 4:30am!
First race age 44!
Mom and I before the race:
I can dream right?
During the run:
Transitioning to the bike:
Finishing the swim:
Finished! I did it!
Representing Black Girls Run!: We all did our first Tri together!
And finally, Mom and I after the race (notice Mom wearing her 13.1 shirt from her Half Marathon - love it!):
All praise and glory to Yahweh for allowing me to live this day and complete this race!
Monday, June 11, 2012
Yesterday after church I wanted to go to our local Running & Riding Trail to ride my bike. The trail is 11 miles total. I need 9.25 for the Triathlon I'm doing. I got my bottle cage, filled the bottle, got to the park and was easily able to put the front wheel back on the bike and off I went!
I went around 3pm and it had to have been at least 90 degrees out, so while it was really hot, because I was riding, it wasn't so bad. This trail has water stops every 2 miles. It was funny how quickly I seemed to get to them compared to when I'm running the trail lol!
I did the 9.25 miles in around 45 minutes and I wasn't doing a "race" pace ride. I finished the 11 mile trail and felt great. I really enjoyed being out there riding. Maybe I'll keep the bike after all...
Then one of my awesome clients gave me a bike rack for my car (she got an SUV so doesn't need it anymore) so I won't have to take the wheel on and off which will be nice.
I wanted to go swim after the ride, but for some reason the Rec Center was closed.
Today I got an email from the Race Director and it had a race day checklist. Talk about overwhelming! It was line by line a page and half! I've never heard of a lot of the things on there! I have everything I'm going to have for this race at this point!
Today I did go swim. I'm getting a little better, but definitely see this event taking at least 1:30, if not 1:45. And I'm okay with that, I'm not pressuring myself about time, just want to do my best and finish!
5 Days and counting!
Saturday, June 09, 2012
This morning I ran a 5k and did much better than the one last month. No major breathing issues and only walked the water stations (vs. last month, walked 8-10 times). Finished 26:39, which is nowhere near a personal best, but I'll take it and was 5th in my Age Group (was a small race lol). I was just happy I felt better.
After seeing yet another doctor, it doesn't look like my problem has to do with my breathing in itself. I've been journaling my symptoms and doctor feels very strongly I have either Acid Reflux or GERD. So he prescribed me some Prilosec type of medication and I started it yesterday and wants me to take it for two weeks to see if I notice the difference. So I'm optimistic and we'll see how that goes.
After the 5k, I came home and decided to go for a ride. Figured I'd ride the neighborhood for an hour. I was really enjoying the ride...then...I ran over something and got a flat tire! My 2nd ride and I already get a flat! Sheesh! So...I walked the mile home with the bike, and it was really hot and humid today. I sweat more on the walk home than I did in the 5k!
Now I have to get my tire fixed. Is it broke, just flat, need replaced??? I already feel like I've spent so much money on this event... There's a bike store less than 10 minutes from my house so I could take it there. However, I first have to figure how to remove the front wheel so the bike would fit in my car (yes I know I can get a bike rack, and someone is giving me one on Monday lol). I am not handy at all, and my husband wasn't home from work yet (although he's not handy either), so I searched for videos on how to remove it. It has a Quick Release. Well, let's kindly remove the word "Quick" from it, as it took me an hour to figure it out!
First to figure how to twist it, then figure where the brake lever was and how to open that, so between Facebook messages and texts from dear Angie, and finally finding a video that was simple to follow, the wheel came off!!! It was so frustrating, I was almost ready to skip the race and just send the bike back on Monday! (This is why I love running, it's so simple, just buy shoes, cute clothes and run).
Got the bike in the car and got to SwimBikeRun and they quickly took care of the tire and put air in the other one too, and put my bottle cage on (couldn't figure that out either). So $18 later, I'm good to go again, sort of. The bike's in the garage, have to make sure I can put the wheel back on ha ha!
The good thing is, I was really enjoying riding, so that's the positive about me maybe keeping the bike after the race. It has a 60 day satisfaction guarantee, and if it's return with the tires used, they charge a 20% re-stocking fee, which is about equal to what I'd pay to rent a bike for the race including shipping. So I figure I'll ride it for 45 days and see how I feel...
When I told my 6-year old nephew I was doing my first Triathlon (he loves to run and exercise), he immediiately asked "Are you doing an Ironman?"
Me and my nephew from his last day of Kindergarten yesterday:
A couple pics from the race this morning, thanks for sharing this journey with me!
This is me with Cametra and Tarisa (Tarisa on right ran her first 5k this morning)
This is me with Tracy, who makes custom glasses like the next pic! She's a big hit with the runners, as we love the 26.2 and 13.1 ones!
And this is Aileen and I, she took 2nd in her AG and her kids ran the Kid's One Mile Race:
And this is Simone and I sporting our Black Girls Run! singlets:
One week and counting until the Tri!
Saturday, June 02, 2012
I toyed with the thought of doing a long run today with a group, but didn't sleep well last night, so slept past my window to run outside, so decided to head to the gym for run and bike.
Remember, my Tri will be a reverse, so I'll run 3.1 mi, bike 9.25 mi then swim 225 yards.
So I ran a 5k on the treadmill in 26:56, which included a .25 warm up and 4 walk breaks (I've only run twice in the past 2 months so didn't want to push it). Then headed to the upright bike and did my 9.25 miles in 36:39.
I can't remember the last time I sweat so much from cardio!!! LIGHTNINGRUNNER reminded me that I'd have some fatigue between disciplines, which I hadn't thought of, and boy was she right! I'm so glad I get to run first, since that's my only strong discipline.
So having done both of those just over an hour, I'm still feeling good I can finish the race in less than 1:30.
Once I get my bike, I'll do a run, bike & swim to see how I do! Thanks everyone for all your support, it is very much appreciated!
2 Weeks from today...
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