Friday, February 26, 2010
I couple of days ago I entered a blog about registering for my first 5K. I'm super excited about it. So excited, in fact, that I signed up for another one! Have I completely lost my mind?
My husband LOVES and I mean LOVES to run. He's signed up for the "Monster Series" of half marathons out of twin cities. His first race is next month, and then he has 3 more half marathons throughout 2010. Over his lunch break he made the crack that it would be fun to do a race together. I laughed. Then he pointed out that all of these longer races also have 5K races. So I did a little snooping. And I found one that sounded good. Low and behold I registered.
I may have completely lost my mind.
But I'm still excited.
And the link to the race for any Minnesotans that might be interested: www.teamortho.us/Monster-Dash-1/2-Ma
Thursday, February 18, 2010
When I was half way through my very first encounter with the 30-Day-Shred with Jillian Michaels I really thought I was Going. To. Die. It's a tough workout, there's no doubt about it. I am so glad that I stuck with it!
For those of you that haven't done it, there are 3 different workouts on the DVD. Level 1, Level 2, & Level 3. You spend 10 days with each workout before you move up to the next level. As you can imagine, it is no joke. Today as I was finishing day 30 I could hardly believe it. I did about 90% of the workout at the highest intensity level utilizing the jump-training ("Plyometrics" is what Jillian calls it). No modified moves here! I was even able to do some of the circuits with 8 pound weights!
I have no idea what's in store for me...I'm sure I'll keeping working with Level 3. I've toyed with the idea of doing levels back to back (1&2, 1&3, and eventually 2&3) but haven't decided for sure. I just may be looking for a new workout DVD as a little reward for finishing the program!
As for results--Since I started utilizing the nutrition tracker the same time as the DVD, I can't say that it is the sole reason for the 21 pound weight loss, but I know it's a big part of it! I've lost several inches as well, especially in my arms and waist. I didn't take any measurements before, and now I'm mad that I didn't. I can tell you that my size XL yoga pants now fall off when I run or do any kind of jumping. It's a good problem to have!
I highly recommend this DVD to anyone that's looking to shed pounds and inches! It's tough, but SO WORTH IT!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
But I'm going to do one again. I only did that one race, and it was on one of the hottest mornings of the year.
With a little encouragement from my husband, I'm going to take the plunge again, bite the bullet, and register. Who knows? Maybe it will become a regular thing for me. It's actually a marathon weekend...the 5K is held on a Friday night and then the longer races kick off the next morning. I assure you, I will only be signing up for that 3.2 miles. More than anything I want to prove to myself that I can finish and finish strong. Race day is Friday, May 14, 2010 at 6:00 pm.
I figure 3 months to train for it should be a fair amount, and the bonus is that May will be decent weather(I HOPE!), if anything on the cool side--that's how I prefer it for running. Wish me luck!
Friday, February 12, 2010
I just wanted to journal about a couple of small achievements I've had in the last few days. Six weeks ago this would have NEVER happened. I would still be thinking of going out to eat as a treat, therefore giving myself the a-okay to gorge on whatever cheese covered platter I could find.
Tomorrow my husband and I are heading to a larger city (we live in a fairly rural community) to celebrate Valentine's Day a little early. We have some gift cards to use at Olive Garden (one of my absolute FAVORITE places to eat) that we were given for Christmas. Thanks to the Dining Out Guide in the Healthy Living section of Spark People, I've already made the choice for what I'm going to eat tomorrow. I'm going to have the waiter box half of it before it ever makes it out to the table. I'm going to limit myself to 1-150 calorie bread stick, and I'm going to ask for our dressing on the side of our salad. I feel so empowered!
Also recently disaster was averted due to a little planning ahead. Ever since I started using the nutrition tracker on SP, I've made sure to keep healthy snacks in my purse at all times. I always have an "on-the-go" Crystal Light packet to go in a bottle of water, a Fiber One Bar, and a half ounce of almonds. I had planned to go to Subway for supper as I was going to be broadcasting a high school basketball game and low-and-behold when I got to Subway it was packed. I was starving. I'm not kidding, I stood in line for 20 minutes and we barely moved. I had to get going or I was going to be late. Instead of getting into my car and hitting the nearest drive thru and ordering the greasiest, most calorie-laden meal I instead grabbed the Fiber One bar out of my purse and munched on that until I got to the town that the game was being held in. Thirty minutes later I had my sandwich from the Subway restaurant in that town and the crisis was averted! WOO HOO GO ME!!!!!
Even if the scale is stubborn again this week I think I'll be okay with it because just these 2 examples show exactly how far I have come!
Thank you SparkPeople and thank you to all of my Spark Friends!
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