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7/21/17 8:43 A

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Day 75 is COMPLETE! It was a super easy circuit workout. Then I did a 1.5 mile run with HIIT at the end. The trainer dude at the gym said even just 10 min of HIIT can make a huge difference in shedding fat, so I am trying to do a little on the days a normally don't run, just to crank up the burn.

Today is a higher carb day!! The carb cycling schedule has been low-carb the last 3 days. I have never done carb-cycling before, and am really liking it. PLUS, the scale has been moving for the first time in a LONG time! YAY! Down a couple of pounds just this past week, and eating well - between 1300-1800 calories per day (sometimes even more for "cheat" meal days here and there).

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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7/20/17 8:39 A

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I'm really enjoying the circuit training! The workouts take less time, too, which is really helpful for me.

I'm also following the carb cycling she lays out for the last few weeks. And this morning, I actually weighed less than I have in quite a while!! Actually seeing the scale move... YAY!! I really should have tried to eat better earlier on in the program, and when I do a second round, I will shoot for better eating early on... not necessarily restricted calories so much as better eating choices.

One of the things I have been doing is allowing a treat or cheat meal... Not a cheat DAY, but a cheat meal. Always as a way to reward myself after a few days of eating good. This has made it so much easier to eat better, in the weirdest way!!! Just keep telling myself, "Just another 2 days, and then I can have a treat..." or whatever! HAHA! Isn't that funny how that works? And the great thing is that is just gets my mind into a really healthy eating mode, so when I do have my cheat/treat, I WANT to get right back on track eating healthy. YAY!!! This is the most consistency I've seen in my nutrition in a very long time.

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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7/12/17 9:50 A

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Good to hear from you, Becki!! Yes, I am hoping to see some slimming down. You know, we were just talking about how we have to lower weights in this phase, and I was reading an article that said, if you are having trouble losing weight, lower your weights and do more reps, or just maintain the weight, but do higher reps (which is what we are doing in Phase 3), and it also suggested HIIT, which is also what Phase 3 includes. I'm bad about doing the HIIT, because I usually just go run. We do intervals in our running, but it's probably not the same. Anyway, those were just some thoughts I had about the subject.

I somewhat skipped my workout today too. I was sooooooo tired this morning, and I also felt really queasy & weak in a weird way. So I didn't get out to the gym. Then I figured I could work out at home, given the exercises - most can be done at home, or modified with something similar at home. So I did that, but I didn't do everything on the list. I am just very tired today. I will hit it hard tomorrow!!

I've been doing a lot of reading on nutrition & everything for muscle building, and fat loss. It looks like my macro goals are very similar to what is recommended. If I can just stick to them consistently, I think I will see more results, regardless of what phase we are in. Do you know if you are going to start over with Live Fit after this? Did you see there is another program by Jamie Eason called From Flat to All That? Whatever I plan to do after this, I want to give a big push on nutrition from the start, when the workouts are "easier".

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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7/12/17 6:29 A

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Sorry I haven't posted in a few days. I've still been going strong with the program, I've just been SO overwhelmed with everything else that I haven't had much time to get on SP. I've gotten on to track but that's about all. I was ridiculously behind on schoolwork, but I'm finally getting caught up.
I only have a couple of weeks left in the semester, THANK GOD.. but not really.. because in that couple of weeks, I still have the weekly lectures/notes to keep up with, the weekly readings and reading journals to do, and I have to do research and write a 6-10 page final essay that's due by the end of the semester.. PLUS the final exam is coming up. So, yeah.. it's been a bit crazy. And on top of school, I am STILL dealing with the financial crap for the nursing home that is not straight yet and I meet with the surgeon tomorrow to get that scheduled.

I skipped my workout today. The first one I've skipped in a LONG time. But I'm okay with it. I went to bed a little late last night and had to come in to work early this morning, and when the gym alarm went off, I just couldn't do it today. But, I just figure I'll either skip the 2nd leg day this week and do it then, (my knee could use the break) or I'll work out Sunday and make it up. Either way, it will get done. It just didn't get done TODAY. LOL.
Coming in to work at 5am kinda sucks when the workouts are so incredibly long in this part of phase 3!!! I almost feel like I need to get to the gym at 1am to have time to get it all done! And that ain't happening!!

I know you will see results with the slimming down. I didn't really see a whole lot in my first round, from what I remember. Most of the fat burning happens in phase 3, so you may start seeing more by the end.... the high intensity moves with the ST and the sprints help really burn the fat in the first two weeks and the circuits in the last two weeks do the same, so hopefully that will make a difference for you. And yes, the muscle building of the first 8 weeks probably has a lot to do with it too. Diet is very important and MINE, personally, has sucked! I can't get it under control lately. It's so frustrating.

Back to researching for my paper on the Albigensian Crusade now. Good times...

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7/11/17 6:54 A

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Becki, how are you doing?

I finished the second day of Week 9 - Back, Biceps & Abs. Even did an HIIT run on the treadmill, because it was stormy out, with lightning. I'm still going strong!

Trying to eat really really good this week! So far, its been going great. Friday & Saturday weren't the best eating days, but Sunday & yesterday were stellar. I still don't feel like I am slimming down like I want to, but that may be due to the heavy lifting, which I am sure is building muscle. Maybe when we start the next round of LiveFit or whatever we might do, I will focus more on the diet of Day 1, because I KNOW that is where the progress really comes from.

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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7/8/17 10:42 A

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Week 9 is DONE!!! Did every workout almost to the T. Today's workout - Shoulders/Tris/Calves - was TOUGH after a 10-mile run!! I did not do the sprints. I did do all the jump roping & other moves though. Feels great to have made it through this week! All of the workouts take me a bit longer, so I was feeling it!

Gonna head out to some cold springs today to enjoy swimming with my family! Have a great weekend!

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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7/6/17 9:04 A

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I'm sorry you're not feeling 100%. Is it that you feel weaker? Or is it more mood-like, that you feel down & it effects your training? I know whenever I feel down, it effects my training, but your strength & stamina can definitely be effected if you are battling something serious. You're doing the right thing listening to your body. Let me know how it goes with the consult.

I did a 4-mile run, with 2.75 miles tempo/5K pace. Then I went to the gym right after, quickly dropped by my house & changed out of my mega sweaty clothes and toweled off, and ran to the gym for the Leg Day workout. PHEW!! That was rough! But got through it and felt good & tired. I am definitely sore from the last couple of workouts just like I thought I would be! I knew leaving the gym yesterday, feeling all wobbly in my arms & shoulders, that I had a good workout. I'm sore in my abs, shoulders, and side flanks today. Next week, I will definitely skip the leg workout on Thursday, and also, we won't do a tempo run - just an easy run. We have our 3rd out of 4 trail runs next Saturday, and I want to go into it at strong as possible. It's supposed to be longer than the last one, and MORE technical!! So, my game plan is to do a slight taper, and no leg work later in the week. I will still do the one on Monday though.

Nutrition has been good, not stellar, but definitely good the last couple of days. I did eat some cookies on Tuesday, but as far as I could account, I stayed within decent calories. My birthday is this weekend, so I'm probably gonna cheat a little this weekend. That's in order, right?? LOL

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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7/6/17 5:58 A

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I did end up going to the gym this morning, but I didn't do the ST workout. I just got on the treadmill and did some super easy run/walk intervals. The knee held up and it didn't hurt, so at least there's that....

I'm not feeling 100% anyway today... so probably best that I took it easy.

I finally got my surgery consult appointment. It's next Thursday at 3pm. I'll be glad when all of this is behind me.

Becki

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7/5/17 2:10 P

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After today, I may need to go to the gym tomorrow just to relieve some stress. LOL
I just got back from taking a quiz AND a midterm, and both SUCKED. Now, I have a final essay due in like 3 weeks that I haven't started on and I have GOT to get to it... and I have my dad's nursing home stuff to take care of... and I have to figure out what's going on with the due date for next semester's tuition, and try to find out something about my surgery referral. STRESS. UGH!
So yeah.. I may go tomorrow, I may not.

I totally feel ya on the arms/shoulders being sore. When I was at school, I was starting to get sore. Already. Usually it's not until the next day.



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7/5/17 9:14 A

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Hope you had a great 4th of July! Yeah, a rest day sounds in order for you. I have to go lower weights too. I still try to pick a weight that challenges me, and if I have to drop it for something lighter mid-way, I just do it. But yes, the weights have to be lower for sure.

I got my workout in now too, and my arms (mainly shoulders) feel like jelly!! I did not do the plyo pushups. I tried, like, one, and felt like I was going to do a face plant into the kettlebell. I also have issues with one of my wrists, so on top of not really feeling strong enough to handle the plyo pushups, they also agitate an old wrist injury (an injury from vigorously hacking & shoveling ice off our drive way in Germany!) So I substituted for regular pushups. Then I did pushups with the burpees, so by the time I got to the last set of exercises with pushups, I switched to girly pushups and it still felt super hard! I'm not going to be able to life my arms the rest of the day.... LOL I did not do cardio, since I usually take a break from running on Wednesday. Which means, tomorrow is Leg Day AND a run! I'll probably go to my run first, then go straight to the gym.

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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7/5/17 5:57 A

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The phase 3 workouts, at least in the first 2 weeks, are definitely longer. No doubt about it. The circuits in the last 2 weeks don't take as long. Thank goodness.
I got today's workout done. I can't say it was awesome, but it's done. I hate that it's lower weight, higher reps. I have to go lower on the weights to do the higher reps, but at least I'm lifting more than I did in the last round. LOL
I'm super sore and just plain exhausted, and my knee is really hurting this week, so I may skip tomorrow's leg day and take a rest day. The workouts combined with the longer work days and constant studying when I've been off and concern about my medical issue - which I still have no answers about - have me just mentally and physically exhausted. I need a rest day. I didn't go to the gym Sunday, as usual.. but I spent the whole day studying and doing schoolwork.. so really had NO rest or relaxation time.


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7/4/17 9:17 A

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I started posting this yesterday, and never finished! Got my workout in yesterday. I actually ran out of time, and had to do a couple of things, like calf raises, at home after my group run. Did an easy 3 miles yesterday, and I am STILL SORE from Saturday's tough trail run! Especially in my ankles & calves.

Today's workout went well. I ran out of time AGAIN. These workouts are taking me a little longer, probably partly because they are new routines, and I have to figure out how to do everything. When I saw I was running out of time, I left a couple of things I knew I could do with my equipment at home, so I went to my run - 4 miles with half mile interval repeats, quarter mile recovery in between - & then I finished up the last few things at home.

My nutrition was not the best yesterday. But we will try to stay on track today in spite of the holiday!

Happy 4th to everyone! Hope y'all have a good one!

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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7/3/17 6:25 A

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Phase 3 is brutal! I guess you can see that from just looking at the workouts. LOL
The first two weeks are super tough, but I actually love the last two weeks. The circuits are actually fun to me.. and the Saturday workouts are just "one hour of cardio of your choice".. so no gym time or ST required!! Nice!
Just have to make it through the LONG and tough two weeks coming up.

Today's workout was tough for me. I forgot how hard these plyo moves are on my knee. But I did it, and I'm okay. I feel pretty great actually.
Looking forward to arms tomorrow. :)

There's like NO ONE at work today... with the holiday tomorrow, it seems most people decided to take today off and make it a 4-day weekend. If I didn't have to save the leave for surgery - (whenever they decide to schedule it) - I would be doing the same thing. LOL

Have a great Monday!!


Becki

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7/2/17 8:21 P

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I ran a 5-mile trail run on Saturday, and it was TOUGH!! My calves & ankles are torn up! I placed 3rd overall woman, and first in my AG. This was the second of a 4-race series. The next one is in 2 weeks, and is supposed to be even more technical! Eeeek. Oh well! LOL I'm a glutton for punishment... I think I will adjust my LiveFit schedule though, and drop that second leg workout that week.

Anyway, we are moving into week 9! I'm getting ready to print out my workouts for the week, and get them ready. I'll be hitting the gym early tomorrow & running, like normal. Let's get this week started right!

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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6/30/17 9:46 A

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Sorry about your knee, Becki! That really sucks. You just keep perservering, which is great, but I know it stinks having to deal with stuff like that.

I did both today's & tomorrow's workouts today - legs & back. It makes for a longer workout, but I'm glad I got it done. Tomorrow I have a trail race, so I don't want to have to go to the gym.

The last 3 days, I have been ROCKING the nutrition! Seriously, better than I've eaten consistently since.... I don't know when! Today is going to be a cheat day, though. More out of necessity, since we're driving to Pensacola & back (6 hrs round trip) today to pick up my oldest son, so we'll be eating out. But my goal will be to get right back on track Saturday.

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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6/30/17 6:28 A

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Good morning and HAPPY FRIDAY!! I got day 54 in this morning, but no time for the run I wanted to do. If I can, and the rain holds off, I am going to try to do a few miles in the neighborhood tonight. If I can't, I may go back to the gym for a treadmill run.. OR, maybe I'll just wait until tomorrow and do it when I finish with my Day 55 workout.
I really love my Saturday workouts, because I can take my time and stay as long as I want to at the gym. Tomorrow will be even better. Most Saturdays I try to get home before Chris wakes up so we can have our morning coffee together, but tomorrow, he's working OT.. so that won't even be an issue.
This morning was a pretty okay workout, but I had to do one set less of the one-legged barbell squats because my knee (the one I had surgery on) was screaming at me. I seriously think I have some arthritis happening in it since the surgery, because it's always SO much worse when it's rainy out.


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6/29/17 8:14 A

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I actually did Day 53 last night! I did Day 52 in the morning, and 53 in the evening, so that I would be able to sleep a little longer this morning. Got out for my group run! We did a 4-mile tempo run. Tomorrow, we are driving to Pensacola and back, so I will be hitting the gym early & probably combining days 54 & 55.

I wouldn't beat myself up so much, if I have been eating consistently good, and then had a slip up. I feel like in the past several months, every day has been a cheat day, which is why I am not seeing results. I felt like I have ONLY NOW, within the past few/several weeks, been really focusing on eating right.... like for real. I had eaten really good for like a week, then I caved, and ate so badly, that I felt really blah. But Tuesday & Wednesday, I kept my calories low, and filled up on LOTS and LOTS of veggies! The last 2 weeks, I have really been trying to stick to the macro goals I set for myself several weeks ago too.

Here's to seeing some results from my diet soon!! Gonna keep working at it & making healthier choices!!

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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6/29/17 7:34 A

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You are doing great, Darcy! Don't let one day of bad nutrition make you feel too bad! If I get the Apple Watch, I will definitely let you know. I'm so excited. Chris knows how badly I want it, so I'm pretty sure he's going to get it for me. Christmas can't get here fast enough!! It's still SIX MONTHS away! UGH!!

I got day 53 done today. I wasn't feeling as strong this morning, and my total weight lifted showed it on the bodyspace app. Last week it was over 5,000 lbs. Today is was like 3500 or something. Oh well. Good days and bad days, right?

My nutrition has still not been great... but I'm working toward getting it under control. Still. LOL

I didn't have my procedure done Tuesday. I got there and got on the table and was then told that I was too "small" for the big ol' needle, so I have to wait now and have it done surgically. I am waiting for a call from a surgeon to get it set up. Yay. *insert dripping sarcasm here*. The one good thing that came out of it is that I got to postpone my midterm because of it, which I was definitely not ready for. Hopefully I can be ready for the test next week.


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6/28/17 8:13 A

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So.... Monday was a horrible day for nutrition. I had been having such a streak, and then Monday, one thing led to another, and then we took my son out for pizza for his birthday, and I caved. I did order a salad and ate that first, but had pizza too. I was so mad at myself. I felt awful afterward, not just about myself, but physically. So, yesterday, I made it my absolute goal to keep my calories low, fill up on veggies and good protein, and have a great day nutritionally. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!! I am going to lunch with a friend today, so I'm already planning how I can be really good and stay in line with my nutrition goals.

I have gotten all my workouts in this week so far. This morning was Chest and Abs. Got to the gym before 5 am and finished a great workout.

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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Yep, I think we are on Day 50. Today was Arms. I got to the gym around 5, but didn't have time to do the abs part before the group run at 5:45, so got all the arms stuff in, and ran off to meet the other ladies. I did 3 miles, the last mile with HIIT intervals - 30 seconds on & off.

I really like using my Apple Watch (series 2) for all my workouts & to see my entire calorie burn for the day!! I didn't really like the Nike app, so I tried Runkeeper, because I already was using Runkeeper regularly. It takes a bit of trial and error at first to find what you like best! You can also use the Apple Activity App to do runs. You can also have other Apple Watch users that you share your daily workouts with automatically! It's fun to use for accountability. So, if you get one, Becki, let me know!!

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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6/26/17 6:47 A

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Got my workout in this morning. Not even sure what day it is, 50 maybe? LOL
I left my workout guide in the car and don't feel like walking out there to get it. Yeah, it's that kind of day already.
Sorry I've been MIA! There's been so much going on and I have gotten on here long enough to track, but that's about it. Last week was insane. Between doctor appointments, going to classes, doing schoolwork and reading, and working late to make up time for the doctor appointments, I've barely had time to breathe, much less post. I have made it to the gym every morning, but I will be missing a day or two this week. I have to ask my doc how long I have to hold off on lifting after my procedure tomorrow. Hopefully not long. Everything I've read said "resume normal activities after a day" - but I'm pretty sure they don't include lifting heavy weights in a woman's "normal activities". LOL

I tend to run on the treadmill more than outside, simply because it's convenient when I'm already at the gym. After work, I'm too tired and I go to bed so early to get up to go to the gym that I can't really even wait until the sun starts to set and it cools off a little.





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Day 44 today - Was planning to do the legs at the gym, and then meet my running group, but weather was iffy. As I was working out, people started bailing on the run. It was a good thing, because I wasn't quite finished by the time I would have needed to leave, so I decided to stay and run on the dread-mill - first time in almost 10 years on the treadmill!! I did a 4-mile interval run - .25 mile speed intervals with .25 mile recovery in between. Great run!

Glad I got my workouts in. Got a busy day ahead! How are you doing Becki?

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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I've got all my workouts printed out for the week, and am ready to ROCK IT!!

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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So, my weekend was less than stellar in nutrition. We went out of town Saturday and yesterday, and ate out a lot. I didn't make the best choices either. But this is a new week, and I am trying to make better choices already!

Got to the gym early & did Day 43. I will keep this week probably very close to schedule with Leg Days on Tuesday & Friday.

On Saturday, I got 4th overall woman at the 10K and 1st in AG. It was HOT and very humid, though much of the route was shaded. Half of the race was on the road, half on trails. It was really fun!

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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I got 'er DONE! I doubled up this morning, and did both Arms/Abs and Shoulders, Days 39 & 40 I think. With us trying to head out of town tomorrow, I didn't want to have to go to the gym.

Got a 10K tomorrow morning! And then we are hitting the road to drive over to the Fort Walton Beach area just for Saturday & Sunday.

Yesterday was really good in the nutrition area too! Hubby & I went on a date night. We went to a local farm-to-table place on the outskirts of Tally. The food was AMAZING!!! I had stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer and a salad topped with seared tuna. The food was just incredible and so fresh. It was fun to try something recommended by locals! And to eat out, but still stay in the healthy range. I couldn't track my food as accurately, but according to what I did try to track, I did very very well yesterday. This week has been GREAT!

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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Great job, Becki! I like Arms Day too... But I will do that tomorrow. I totally get that whole dilemma with the workouts. Keep me posted on what you decide. Enjoy your "not-late" day at work!

I have a little dilemma of my own - I have a 10K on Sat morning and we will be leaving to go out of town after that. So I might just double-up on workouts tomorrow, so I don't have to go to the gym Sat... or I go to the gym super early Sat before my race. Not sure what I'm going to do just yet.

Got my second Leg Day in early this morning, before a 4 mile run, 2.75 of which were tempo run. That was BRUTAL! I got to the gym a little later than I wanted, and barely finished the workout... actually, I skipped the leg press to failure part. My legs were wobbly before I started running, and very tired when we did the tempo part. We were a good 10 seconds slower per mile today than last week, because of my tired legs. BUT I'm sure its great training!!

Nutrition was GREAT yesterday again! I've got a good streak going this week. YAY!!

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My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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Day 39 - Arms and Abs is done, plus a 3.3 mile run. Good workout this morning. My foot is killing me though. I am going to end up having to go see a podiatrist, I think, to figure out what's going on with it. I just don't want to pay the astronomical co-pay that my insurance makes me pay for a "specialist" doctor visit. Ugh.

Tomorrow is going to be tricky. I'm trying to decide if I am going to get off work early or not... or maybe even just take the day off completely. We have that concert tomorrow night in Atlanta... and if I get up and go to the gym as early as I usually do, there's NO WAY I will be able to stay up for the concert. If I sleep for the extra hour or two and then come in, I can get off early and go work out before we go to the concert and just deal with people being at the gym.... OR I can go early, then go home and go back to sleep and take the whole day off work and get ready to go to Atlanta when I wake up.. and just enjoy a day off. I don't have a lot of leave, so I use it sparingly, but I'm thinking this might be one of those days when it might be worth it. Got to decide soon....
One thing's for sure though... Saturday's legs workout probably won't get done.

Have a great Thursday! I'm going to get started on some work and school stuff and hopefully this day will pass quickly! I'm just glad I get off at the normal time today and it's not a "late day"

Becki

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Leg day is done. I probably won't be doing the second leg day this week (Saturday) - or anything else for that matter. We are going to the Luke Bryan concert Friday night and will be getting home LATE, so I don't see me getting up and going to the gym. I may try to run Saturday, but that depends on several factors. LOL

My nutrition yesterday was actually pretty good too!! We had fried chicken for dinner, but somehow I was still in ALL of my ranges! If I could just stick with eating well, I would see huge improvements... but it's happening. I noticed my arms and legs are both looking better! (If I could see one little ab muscle, I'd be doing a dance!)

I am always starving after my workouts. ALWAYS! I have a protein shake afterward, and that usually holds me over til I get to work, but by 8 I am having breakfast. And usually still hungry. I just finished with my oatmeal mixed with almond milk, and I've got 2 protein bars and a Lean Cuisine here with me today and a long work day ahead, so I'll probably be starving still at dinner time.

I really need to find some people to run with. I can't seem to make myself run outside if I dont


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Chest/Abs workout DONE! Today is my break from running, so just needed to get my ST in.

Had another great nutrition day yesterday! Fat grams were a little higher than my goal range, but all-in-all, what I ate was really good & stayed within calories.

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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I know! Leg Day is hard to wrap your head around. It tends to be the longer workout for me... is that the same for you? Yesterday took me about 50 min to complete. I honestly was just thinking yesterday how nice it was to get the Leg Days done earlier in the week. I think I would dread it more if it were later in the week.

I hit the gym early again for the back workout. Then I met up with my running group again. My speed buddy is out-of-town on a camping trip, so I was alone with intervals, but still did a great 4 mile interval run! 1-mile warmup, then 800m repeats with 400m recoveries to the end. It was a GREAT run! It feels so great to be DONE with my workouts (both my run & my strength training) before breakfast!!

Yesterday was also a GREAT day for nutrition! Stayed within my macros and everything. I was really hungry after my workouts this morning though, I think because my calories were a bit low. I also weighed myself this morning. I got one of those new-fangled scales that tell you your BMI and BF%, as well as muscle %. Not sure how accurate it is, but I'd like to start keeping track to see my progress. We shall see!

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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I'm right there with ya! I love marking them off and feel so accomplished when I get it all done... even adding exercises sometimes. I change them up sometimes too, either because my gym doesn't have the same equipment or I just hate the exercise and want to do something else. (I also hate side to side pushups)

And look at you - getting in the gym so early and then going for a group run! God I wish I didn't have to be at work - especially so early. I feel like this whole "work" really gets in the way sometimes. Alas, I do enjoy the paycheck. *sigh*

I did Day 37 today - Chest and Abs, followed by a 3 mile run on the treadmill. Pretty great workout. SOOOO dreading legs tomorrow. I know I need it, but dang it.. I'm sick of leg workouts!

Becki

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I totally get keeping folders!! You gotta be able to see your progress!

I really like being able to mark off EVERY exercise, and doing them almost to the "T" what's on the page. I do modify or do something else that works the same body part here and there, but I love being able to use all the machines!

I did Legs today - hit the gym at 4:30 this morning, and got my leg workout in BEFORE meeting up for a group run at 5:45. Feeling so accomplished today!! My plan is to keep going early before my runs on the days I run!

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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I have my sheets all printed out too... I actually have folders for each round I've done (this is 4) so I can go back and look at how far I've come. Chris thinks I'm a "hoarder" for holding on to them, but I say he's mistaken.

I did Back this morning, and I'm pretty sure I'm gonna feel it tomorrow. I upped my weight on some exercises, so I think it's going to show in my soreness level. Looking forward to chest tomorrow. NOT looking forward to legs. I used to love leg day. Now, not so much, although I really did kick ass on Saturday's legs workout, and even got in a 4 mile run after I finished. By the time I got home from the gym, I didn't want to do anything... not if it required walking.

I love Saturday workouts because I don't have to rush. On weekdays, I have to be really watchful of the time so I can hit the shower no later than 4:30. On weekends, I leave while Chris is still snoozing to go to the gym, I'm there forever - and when I get back, he's either still asleep, or just waking up.. I am a good girlfriend and actually start coffee for him before I go, just in case he wakes up before I get back.

Yesterday, according to my tracker, I got in a whopping 2000-ish steps. Pretty pathetic, but I spent most of the day sitting on the bed reading 3 super long chapters in my school textbook. Most of my walking was from the bedroom to the kitchen or to the bathroom. LOL

Just got back to work from school, so got to actually do some work now... Mondays and Wednesdays are so ridiculously LONG. I'll get home today around 5:15 or so. UGH! Kinda stinks when you usually get off work at 2:30.

I'm with you on gettin' it done strong this week!! And way to go on your race!
I don't have any races until Labor Day. Nothing much goes on around here, race-wise, in the summer.

Becki

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Got my workouts all printed out for this week! I'm starting with a bang with legs first thing tomorrow. I'm switching the workout days around again, doing legs Monday & Thursday. Let's go get 'er DONE this week!!

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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Did a 6-mile trail race this morning, and finished in 50:24, which I was pretty pleased with! I also came in 4th overall women! Wasn't expecting that! It's a local trail series with 4 races, and at the end, you place based on your top 3 races. This one was 6 miles, but the other 3 are either 5 or 4.5 miles. I thought it would be a fun challenge for the summer, something to keep my speed work up for ('cuz we all know, speed work during the summer down here in the South is brutal).

Then I hit the gym for day 30 - Chest & abs. I really hate side-to-side pushups, so I just did extra chest exercises on the chest fly machine, on top of doing the cable fly. I take my workout printout sheets on a clip board, and write everything down as I do it. It feels really good to be able to do pretty much every exercise exactly like it is on the sheet!!

So, a very successful Week 5 is on the books!!

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My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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I personally feel like I NEED the 2 legs days, and I do like the fact that each day is different. It's not the same exact leg routine twice. I worked HARD today! I was going to take it a little easy, but got in there & just went for it. My legs were WOBBLY afterwards! Tomorrow is the first of 4 trail races... Hope my legs will still operate and carry me through! haha!

Yesterday wasn't the best nutritionally for me either. I am dealing with some things too, and had to run errands in between my piano teaching schedule, and didn't get lunch, so grabbed a Starbucks to hold me over, and then we had VBS at our church last night, and I ate whatever they had, which wasn't too nutritionally bad, but then I caved and had some dessert.

Oh well! Today is a new day! I think I have actually lost a couple of pounds in the past week or so. I have been doing a good bit better this week.

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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Yep... my legs are still a little sore from Wednesday, and tomorrow is legs again. These twice a week leg days kill me! But she does say that you don't HAVE to do legs twice a week.. you can re-arrange the whole thing and make whatever you feel is your weakest body part the "twice a week" workout. But honestly, as runners, we probably NEED the extra leg strength, and I don't have the kind of energy it would take to re-arrange it all. LOL

I ended up having a bad night last night... emotionally and food-wise. The food was mostly because of the emotional. I'm going through SO much with dealing with the crap for my dad's nursing home and the finances for it, and one of the banks that I had to deal with yesterday caused me to go into a little bit of a tailspin. Hopefully I will have a better answer from another bank today, but I'm not holding my breath.

Anyway - Shoulders are done, and I walked 1.5 miles on the treadmill afterward. Planning to run tomorrow, even though it's leg day.... It's Saturday and Chris has to work, so I'm going to take advantage of it. LOL

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Haha! I totally get that!! I'm always more tempted to munch when giving the kids treats. It's a never-ending battle! Yesterday, I baked cookies for VBS, so I caved a little in that area too, but not TOO terribly. I made up for it by eating healthier the rest of the day.

I got up at 4:15 and went to the gym to get my shoulders workout in BEFORE my 5:30 run! It worked pretty well, and the gym had only a few people in it. After the gym, I met up with our running group, and did a 4-mile tempo run with one of my running speed buddies (1-mile warmup, 2.75 5K tempo or so, and cool down a little at the end). It was HARD, maybe because I am STILL sore from legs on Tuesday. Can't believe it's Leg Day for me again tomorrow! Then I have a trail run race on Saturday, so I might go a LITTLE easier on my legs... But yet, I still want a good workout, so we will see.



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My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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Day 32 is in the books! Arms/Abs and cardio. I had a really good workout, followed by a 3 mile run on the treadmill in 28 minutes. Not too shabby.
I'm not quite as tired today as I was yesterday, thank GOD! Yesterday was pretty brutal. I ended up going to bed at 7:00 last night.
Looking forward to shoulders tomorrow. emoticon

If I could get my eating back under control, I know I would be seeing some results right now, because I have been working super hard.. but I've been eating like there is going to be no food on the earth tomorrow.
As of right now, I have a plan for today. I have already tracked it. I just have to NOT deviate from it.

Yesterday was WAY awful nutritionally. After I got out of class, I was starving, and I knew that I had nothing to eat at work when I got back, so I ended up stopping at Burger King since I have to pass it on the way home from school. It wasn't pretty.
I did log it all, and when I looked at my daily calorie differential, it really sucked to see that I had an overage - even with my workout calories subtracted - of almost 600 calories! Yikes!! It's ok though. I will be back in the negative today.
I just have to stay out of Rowan's cookies. When she wants me to give her one, I have to not give myself one (or two) also... lol. Damn Nilla Wafers. Why do they have to be soooo good!?

Becki

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I knew you would feel a difference doing it in the gym! I know I did when I first started going!
I am exhausted today! I can't even tell you how tired I am. I am literally dozing off at my desk. I even slept a half hour longer this morning.
Went in and did my legs workout (I really felt this one!!) and walked for 10 minutes at the end, but NO RUNNING today.
Oh well.. hopefully tonight I can get to bed a little earlier.

I have a quiz at school today, so last night I was studying and got to bed a little later than I wanted to. The 10 hour days at work are kicking my butt this week.. today is the last one, but then tomorrow night we have Rowan, so I don't see me getting a lot of rest with the 22 month old in the house! I'm REALLY looking forward to the weekend this week. No doubt about it.

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Got my workout in this morning - did Day 32. I will tack Day 30 on at the end of the week (Saturday). I got to the gym at 5:45 but I guess that is the time a lot of people go before work, so there were more people it seemed than when I have gone at 8/9am.

I'm so sore in my legs! Differently than when I've done other leg workouts. I can definitely feel that it's challenging my muscles differently.

Nutrition has been good the past couple of days too. I'm hoping to keep this up!

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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Hey, Becki! I did Leg Day, which is technically Day 31, but I HATE doing Leg Day on Wednesday and Saturday, so I will do the chest abs & cardio tomorrow, and switch around a couple of the other workouts later this week too, to make the other Leg Day on Friday. Did an interval run with a running friend this morning, and we got caught in the rain! We were drenched by the end!

My legs feel like jelly after the gym workout! I haven't done a leg extension machine in FOR-EV-ER, so my thighs were burnin'! I also had to get used to where all the machines were, how they worked, etc. Pushed hard!

I'm sorry you have been so tired! My remedy for that is always to get a nice nap in if I can.. but I know that is not always possible, especially for you. I'm going to try to get up early & workout at the gym tomorrow since I won't run. I my even try to start working in the gym workouts BEFORE my runs, so we will see. What time do you see the gym busiest on the weekdays where you are? It has been pretty quiet for me at 8 am, but still I feel awkward right now, because I am always trying to scout out the machines I need, then try to operate them, and I feel like I don't know what I am doings even though I used to be pretty comfortable in the gym setting!

On top of feeling a little awkward, I also saw my reflection in the mirrors at the gym, and wasn't happy. emoticon Good grief, I could definitely stand to lose a few pounds.... I keep starting to get on track nutritionally, and then something throws me off! So, trying to get back on track starting TODAY!

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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Day 30 today - Chest/Abs/Cardio - Done! It was okay. I did the ST workout and then a 3 mile treadmill run. Not awesome, but it didn't suck, so at least there's that.
I've been having a LOT of pain in my left foot lately - on the bone/joint under my big toe. The doc did blood work the other day, and it's definitely not gout.. so now I have no idea what it is... maybe arthritis or something. After the running the last couple of days, it's really bad today... I'm actually sitting in my office with my boot off. Probably should have worn more comfy shoes today too.. LOL.
So, anyway, I'll be NOT doing cardio tomorrow. Leg days say not to do cardio, so it's all good... right?
On another note, I'm super tired. Getting up so early, it's hard to get enough sleep without going to bed as soon as I get home on school days. Plus, there's a little extra stress going on at home this week, too.. just trying to work through it.
I may sleep in tomorrow and go to the gym after work/school. I don't like going in the evening, but I may suck it up and do it tomorrow, just for that extra sleep in the AM. Then again, the ST workout alone wouldn't be too terribly long, and no cardio means I wouldn't have to get up AS early. Maybe I can make this work after all and still go in the morning and still get a little extra sleep too!


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I'm so glad you joined a gym!! I know the workouts are sooo much better when you have the right equipment. Modifying them works too, but it's better with the machines and free weights at your disposal.
I did day 29 again today too. Pretty good workout. I actually went to bed super early last night because I could barely hold my eyes open.. so I was up earlier than usual. Went ahead and went to the gym, and since I had tons of time left after I finished the weights, I ended up running 5 miles too. I had planned to run some, but not that much. LOL
I feel pretty okay today... just wish I didn't have to stay at work until 4:30. School days are hard. And even staying til 4:30, I'll only have 7 hours and have to make up an hour. Doing the same schedule Wednesday too, so planning on working 2 hours over tomorrow to make up those 2 hours I'm missing.
It works out though, because Chris is doing overtime, and it helps us to be able to ride together every day except Friday this week.
We get Rowan Thursday night, so he will be coming in late Friday morning to take her to daycare.



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Did my workout (Day 29 I think - first of Week 5 again) at Kinetix this morning! Joined the gym! It will be really great to not have to modify & improvise to get my workouts in. I am a little concerned that some days it might be hard to get there, but for now, I will be shooting to make it priority.

I did a great 10-miler on the weekend with a friend. Actually, we did 10, but we met up with a HUGE group that were meeting at a new local biscuit place where we hung out afterward. It was great. The running community here & MRTT group is AMAZING in Tallahassee!! I LOVE IT! I had lost so much of my motivation for a long while there, but I have really been inspired again since running with these ladies. Not necessarily for longer distances, but certainly to work more on speed. It's great!

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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I did an arms workout today. I haven't run since Tuesday, and I will aim for 10 miles tomorrow. I've got some races coming up too - there is a trail series with 4 races throughout the summer, first one is Saturday the 10th. Then I will do a 10K on the 17th.

Yes, I used to have a gym membership, and don't feel uncomfortable working out with others around. Although I try to work out very hard at home, I KNOW there is equipment at the gym that really helps, especially when you start trying to increase weight. For example, I got more weight plates for my barbell, and then discovered, I am only strong enough to hoist my bar when it has 25lbs on each side. I tried with 30 lbs on each side, and couldn't lift it quit high enough.... It was actually kind of funny when I tried. I KNOW my legs can do more, but I can't safely hoist more (or at least don't feel like I can, especially without a good spotter).

Anyway, there is a Kinetix close to my house, and I had called them, and was supposed to go in Wednesday for a trial. I had already talked to hubby, and he was totally cool with it, and had even said he was planning to get me a gym membership for my birthday next month anyway. So, it's definitely a go! I'm sure I will be seeing even more results, and be able to do the workouts to their fullest. I saw the print outs, so I will be sure to take those.

I just need to get my eating under control. I did really good last week, and then Memorial Day hit, and I am PMSing a little bit, so my cravings were all over the place. Our friends we had over for Memorial Day brought ice cream. I mean, COME ON!! LOL So this week, I feel like crap as far as eating goes. I also feel I have put on weight because of bad eating lately, which makes me feel even worse. I LOVED what I was doing counting my macros, so I am going to get back on that!

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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I'm sorry you haven't been feeling well! I know it sucks, I was dealing with sickness crap for over a week not too long ago. I can repeat it with you. No problem at all!! It's just an extra week to get to work out, right? Besides, I've been having a crappy food week, and I planned to do a weigh in and measurements before moving on to phase 3. This gives me an extra week to try to get it back under control!

I'll go ahead and print out the logs for it so I'll have them to take with me to the gym, and I'm good to go!

If you do decide to join a gym, I really think you'll be amazed at the difference you notice from your workouts. I know I was when I did it several years ago. I had never been to a gym to do anything except cardio, so using the weighs area was a new experience for me, but the results are awesome!! I still don't like going when there are a lot of people there, though... which is the main reason I get up so early to go before work.


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Ok, Becky, this week is really turning into a dud.

I am dealing with a little bit of a health issue the past couple of days, and haven't worked out at all yesterday or today. Which just makes me feel really crappy. And I was actually going to join a gym this week to get better workouts in!!

Anyway, I feel I need a redo!! I am going to work out tomorrow, and Saturday, but I think I will restart Week 5. I'm sorry. Will you go on, or would you like to repeat with me??

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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Trust me, I'm carrying around some added fat myself. If I could ever lose the baby fat from having kids, it would be a miracle. And my "baby" is 19!! LOL A lot of it is loose skin, and there's not much hope for that... but a girl can dream.

The first time I did LiveFIt, it didn't have a gym membership at first. I ended up joining one. It helped. But it was a small, womens' only gym. The one I go to now is also small, but it's Kinetix... so men and women. That's one reason I like to go before work. I don't have to deal with other people there. I'm the only fool that goes to the gym that early, apparently.

My schedule may be changing some soon though. We'll see how well I can juggle it all when school starts back. I've done it before, but I was exhausted. If I start going in the afternoons, I fear I will go off on someone the first time they don't re-rack their weights. Some people who go there never do, and I know this because I have do deal with all of their stuff laying around when I go in the mornings. HUGE pet peeve. LOL

Anyway... I restarted day Phase 2 today. Doing Back on Saturday and then again today was tough... but at least I had a rest day in between.

Now, it's time to go wake Chris up.... he didn't want to sleep late today. I figure 8 is good.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day!

Becki

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Got Leg Day in today too! I don't go to the gym, nor do I have a home gym, so I push myself whatever way I can here at home, but I know I'm no where near pressing 200 lbs on the leg press. That would be a benefit of having a gym membership... oh well. I think I'd get really annoyed with how much space a home gym would take up! LOL Although the house we bought here in Tally has a lot more space than we used to have.

I will be going for an 8-miler tomorrow, so a little bit of a shorter long run for me right now. So my legs should be good. Last week, I worked my legs really hard, and then did 10 miles the next day, and it went ok.

I have stayed within my macro goals in my nutrition several days this week!! WOOT WOOT!! On Wednesday night after church, I did have the munchies and ended up digging into stuff I really shouldn't have... (peanut butter... may not sound bad, but in the quantities I like to eat it, I certainly went over in the fat area. LOL) Anyway, super proud of my nutritional tracking and meeting goals I'm setting for myself. Hopefully I will start seeing some changes. Because I think I am carrying just a few pounds of extra fat around that's hiding my muscle building progress, because I do FEEL more muscular, I just don't look as lean as you, Becki!



**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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Legs again today. I actually did the second leg day of the week, which I haven't done in a while. I wasn't feelin' it this morning for some reason. I had very little energy and, admittedly, I gave it less than my all. But I showed up and gave it SOMETHING, so I guess at least there's that, right? Tomorrow's long run (if I get my lazy butt out the door and do it) should be interesting after all of the weight I pushed with my calves. I'm up to 200 lbs with anything on the leg press machine, whether it's leg presses, or calf extensions on the leg press. Pretty proud of that! I remember, years ago, how excited I was to hit 100 lbs!!

I DO plan to get my back/delts workout done tomorrow, since I skipped it last week. I can't go that long without working my back. LOL



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Yep.. back to week 5 next week!! I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully I can make it through THIS Phase 2 without getting sick and having to skip workouts. LOL.
Plus, I won't have races to contend with (my last one for a while is next weekend) so Saturday workouts won't be interfered with. I can just fit in long runs in conjunction with the workouts instead of missing workouts because of races.

ONE DAY, I'll have a home gym and not have to worry about that whole "going to the gym" thing. Chris and I are talking about buying land and building a house, and a home gym is in the plans when this happens.. but we aren't sure how far down the road it will be. Hopefully the not too distant future. We've already started looking for land, soooo.....

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Yeah, girl, you've got a crazy insane morning schedule. I know it's really hard to fit in the workouts so early. You do a great job working with what you've got! I don't plan to do the Tallahassee half... It's on Sunday, and I really like to be in church. But you can stay here if you do it!! I am probably going to sign up for Soldier half, so we can probably do that one together!

I did Day 53 today, along with adding abs. I didn't do abs yesterday, because I did abs on Tuesday. My days are all mixed up due to me skipping. I also got in a tempo run this morning. I'm dreading doing leg day tomorrow, the day before I do a longer run, but I will manage!

So are we on the same page about going back to week 5 next week, and redoing Phase 2? I'm definitely for that!

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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Today was Day 53 - Shoulders and Cardio. I love working shoulders. Showering afterward is always a challenge though. LOL
We had Rowan last night (grandbaby), so Chris is coming in to work late so he can take her to day care when they open. That means I drove in alone today... which also means I was able to get here early. (Chris will be late to his own funeral... I'm just saying)...
Since I got here early, I can get off early.
It's not supposed to be too terribly hot today, and he has to work late to make up for coming in late, so I may use that time this afternoon to actually get a run in! Since I have a 10K coming up in just over a week, it might be a good idea, huh?

Darcy - If I can get my mileage back up, I am thinking about running either the half or full in Tally in February. Are you going to do it? I always loved that race. I've done the half once and the full twice. I want to do it, but I'm not sure if my knee will behave. It's going to depend on what happens at Soldier and Space Coast in November.

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YAY Darcy!! I would love it if you go through Phase 2 with me again!!
I was planning on taking a week off from the weights or going light for a week if I did still do them, but I think I decided to just keep plugging along until the end of the program and take a week break between rounds, like I did before I started this round.
My biggest issue right now is that I don't have much time to run! I run out of time in the mornings when the workouts get long, and it's usually hard to do in the afternoons and evenings if I want ANY time to myself or with Chris - or the grandbaby on the one day a week we get her.

This is what my schedule looks like on a typical weekday:
2:30 to 2:45am - Wake up alarm
3:00-3:15am - (depending on which alarm I got up to) - At the gym and starting workout
4:30am - Stop workout and head to locker room to shower and get ready for work
5:00am - Walk out of gym to head to work or home - depending on if riding with Chris
****45 minute drive to work****
6:00am - Start work
2:30pm - Off work
****45 minute drive home from work****
3:15pm - Home
7:30pm - Bed

So, as you can see, if I want any time at all that isn't exercise - including cooking dinner, spending time with Chris, packing gym bag for the next day, etc... I have between 3:15 and 7:30

OH - and that changes 2 days a week starting next Wednesday. Mondays and Wednesdays, I will be back in school for summer semester (took spring off) and won't get home until around 5 or later. UGH! I may be getting to work earlier to try to make up time to compensate, but that means cutting workouts even shorter.

The struggle is real. I should have found a man who was independently wealthy after my divorce so I didn't have to work. Instead, I fell in love with a not so financially "well-off" one. But hey, he's pretty amazing and he loves me. So,.. I ain't complaining. LOL


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Ha, I was just thinking about you this morning! I think I will jump back a week. Would you also like to repeat Phase 2? I wouldn't mind repeating. So I will go back & do Day 52 today, but I will switch around the leg days this week, since I did Leg Day Monday.

I do like this program! I just talked to one of my fitness friends, who actually did some bikini body building competitions, and she, not knowing I am doing the Jamie Eason program, recommended the Jamie Eason program to me! I thought that was funny.

I'm sorry you're having trouble sleeping. That sucks! I get night sweats sometimes, especially when the weather is warmer (like it's getting). For me, I'll wake up and feel like really really hot (and sweaty) and not be able to cool down, then maybe wake up later & be cold. It makes no sense. So who knows? Maybe you are, maybe you're not starting it. LOL

I'm having a horrible problem with my neck & back/shoulder right now. I'm hoping it resolves itself quickly....

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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I wouldn't worry about it. Just keep doing what you're doing. LOL
I did day 52 today. :)
I LOVE chest and abs day. Great workout. Doesn't hurt that I am FINALLY starting to feel somewhat human again. I have a headache, but when do I NOT have a headache these days. It's the weather right now. Storm systems = migraines. This one is supposed to move out this afternoon/evening THANK GOD, after hanging around for the last 3 days, so maybe I will get some relief.

I haven't slept well for the last few nights. No sleep at all Sunday night, only about 3.5 hours Monday night, and maybe 5 last night... but at least every night it has improved... maybe tonight will be the night that I get a decent night's sleep.

I think menopause is starting. The night sweats have started. That's what's been waking me up the last 2 nights. No clue what the problem was Sunday. LOL

Anyway... that's all I have for now.
I'm so glad you are liking this program, Darcy!! I had a feeling you would!

Becki

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I'm not sure what happened. I posted 7 days ago that I was on Day 51, and today I did Day 58, so I am not seeing where I skipped anything. Are you not on Day 58? Was I already a week ahead last week when I did Day 51?

Never mind! I must have skipped the week before that! I probably should have been on day 40-something when I posted Day 51. Probably the same workout as Day 51, but a week earlier. OOOPPSS!!! What do I do now?

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My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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Oh my word, did I really skip?? I don't know how I did that!! But I am not tracking through an app, I am just going from one day to the next from her website. I will have to look back & see what happened.

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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Sorry I haven't been posting. How did you get ahead of me? I'm in the last week of phase 2 still. Did you skip a week or something? LOL
I'm tracking in the bodyspace app and have all of the logs printed out, so they won't let me skip a week.
Anyway, doesn't matter... we would be off from being on the same day next week anyway. I usually go through phase 2 twice. Just because.
I watched a Facebook Live video with Jamie Eason once where she talked about LiveFit and how to make it longer than a 12-week program and she suggested doing that... or even going through each phase twice. I don't think I would EVER want to go through Phase 3 twice back to back. Well.. maybe the last 2 weeks. NOT the first 2 weeks. Nope. Don't think so. LOL
I am actually thinking that after this week, I am going to take a step-back week.. either do a week of lighter weights (de-load week) or off from the weights completely. Then jump back in and repeat Phase 2. I've been sick for the last week and I need the break after this week to fully recover. I took a couple of days at the end of last week, but it wasn't enough. And my stubborn butt wanted to get through Phase 2 (the first time) before taking the break.

I really like you macro plan. I've been trying to keep mine I the 40(c)- 35(p) - 25(f) range, but I am happy if the protein is higher than that. I like the protein to be somewhere between 110-120g per day for me. I try to keep my calories between 1300-1600, depending on what I worked and how many calories I burned.
I totally get the weight gain thing, Darcy.. trust me! I was gaining like crazy for a while, the workouts made me eat EVERYTHING!!! I think adequate protein is the key (for me, anyway) to feeling satisfied and full. That, and allowing myself the treats sometimes to not feel like I'm totally depriving myself.
Since Chris and I decided to buckle down on the clean eating a couple of weeks ago to reign in his diabetes, it has been soooo much better.


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One other thing - I'm pretty sure I'm putting on fat and gaining weight. Really It's my own fault. I have been HORRIBLE, and I do mean HORRIBLE, about eating right - desserts, extra Starbucks trips, etc. When am I gonna learn that you can't combat bad eating just by working out?!?!? So, I have decided to reach out to some of my super fit friends, personal trainers and other fitness buffs, and seek some advice.

One suggested counting macros, so I have devised a plan to count proteins, carbs, and fats. Many websites suggest 40/40/20, but I am going to do a 40(p)/30(c)/30(f) plan. For 1500 cals, thats about 150 g protein, 112 g carbs, and 50 g fat. I do better with a lower carbs, slightly higher fat, diet usually, so we will see.

Here's to trying something a little newer for me! I really could use some strong accountability in the area of nutrition.

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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Hey, Becki! How's it going? I'm sure you're probably still plugging away... How's the knee? Did it settle down?

I can't believe we are in week 9! That is crazy! The workouts got suddenly longer... LOL The leg workout yesterday with it's intermittent plyo moves was intense, and my calves are super sore today. Today's workout took FOOOOOOORRRREEEVVVEERR. Plus I am at home working out, so I kept getting distracted, but still. Definitely longer workouts. I could NOT do mountain climbers comfortably today - I am having some neck and shoulder pain, and have very very tight shoulder/back muscles on one side, so holding myself up like that was just not comfortable, so I opted for other ab exercises instead during my "active rest" times.

Anyway, got 'er DONE! That's the important thing!

One thing I love about Tallahassee is the running and race community here. I signed up for a summer trail series - 4 races throughout summer all on local trails. And I am planning to sign up for a 10K for mid June. I am trying to keep my long runs up around 10 miles, but will have some fluctuation through the summer, I am sure. I am also leading up part of our MRTT running group that meets by my house in INTERVAL TRAINING! I've got a couple of ladies that like intervals and speed work, so we are doing an interval run each Tuesday, and a tempo run on Thursdays. It's fun to have other motivated runners!

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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I've been doing great with my workouts, just haven't been posting as much. Work has been crazy and I haven't had as much time online for "me" stuff.
But, my eating is getting reigned in... Primarily because my boyfriend's diabetes got way way way out of control and something had to be done. In order to help him get that under control, we both had to start eating right.
Since Friday, I think I have had ONE small cheat - when I got a candy bar when I went to the store when he wasn't with me - but that is it. SO unlike the me of late.

This week's workouts, for some reason, have been more awesome that I recall. I've been really working hard, too. Pretty proud of myself for that. Running is suffering this week though. My knee has been killing me and I'm just not able to do what I want to do.

I registered for Soldier and Space Coast halfs in November, but if something doesn't give, I don't know that I'll be able to do them.


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I stayed totally on track for my workouts this past weekend, in spite of going out of town Saturday & Sunday. I did my long run of 11 miles on Friday, so I'd only have to do my Leg Day Saturday before leaving. But I ate horribly over the weekend. So I feel all fat and gross the past couple of days...

Well, got in Day 50 yesterday, along with a 3 mile run, and did 4 miles with 800m repeats as intervals as well as a strong Leg Day. Really pushed hard on my legs! They feel a bit like jelly right about now! I just wish I could get my eating under control.... =(

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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I got Day 39 done today. I love Arm day! I always feel so strong. LOL. I wasn't able to get a full half hour of cardio in today, but it was close. I think I got a little over 20 minutes. I ran 2.2 miles in 20 minutes and then did a cool down walk, so I think the total time was like 24 minutes or something like that.

I took it super easy on the legs yesterday and only did a few of the exercises on the plan and with lighter weights. My knee has been bothering me again (I hate my knee... like, for real!!) and I want to be able to run my 10K this weekend pain free, so I am trying to not aggravate it any more than I have to.
I really hoped that after my surgery a few years ago I would be back to normal, but apparently it's just going to give me issues forever.
I'm starting to take glucosamine and chondroitin for it now, hoping that it will help. I didn't take it before because I had a "shellfish allergy".. and you can't take that with a shellfish allergy. But... either my allergy disappeared, or the allergic reaction that I had was a fluke. LOL

Anyway, I had a fantastic workout today... and am looking forward to shoulders tomorrow. I may try for a short run tomorrow too, even though I usually try not to run on the day before a race. If I DO run tomorrow, it will be slow and easy and not very far.

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Got my early morning run in along with LEG DAY!! Great workouts! Then I did TOUGH yard work for about 3 hours today. I'm going out of town (not far, but still a little road trip) this weekend, so I am going to try my very best to get a long run in on Friday (hopefully 10 miles), do all the other workouts as scheduled, and get my Leg Day in early Saturday before hitting the road. Wish me luck!

How's everyone else doing??

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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Today was rough! I was really tired this morning, so I skipped my run that I had planned. Hubby let me sleep in a little, and then my day was a little off... LOL But I got in Day 37!! And my back is SORE from yesterday's back workout.

I'm planning to go running tomorrow. I might have been a little blah due to it being that time of month, or even some residual fatigue from the half marathon this past weekend... Not sure. But I figured I'll just go running tomorrow, which will probably warm me up nicely for leg day, right??

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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Oh, ok, that makes sense! I will make sure to do that from now on. I sort of already do that, but will be sure to isolate the super set exercises to do them back-to-back. Thanks for the link too!

Did Day 36 today, and ran 4 miles this morning. I got my pull up bar all assembled now, so was able to do pull-ups now! At this point, I can't do pull-ups without resting my legs on a chair. I try to use as little assistance as possible. I was able to do a couple of close-grip pull-ups without assistance though, with was pretty cool! Hopefully I will be seeing some improvement in that area too.



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My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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Hey Darcy -
Supersets are basically two exercises done back to back without resting in between. You do all the reps of one, then all the reps of the other to make one big set (a super set) and THEN rest. Then do it again for the required number of sets. On the workouts, when it says superset, you superset the next two exercises.
Here's a link that might help. https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/tee
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In Phase 3 there are triple sets and supersets with active rest... same thing. You either do three exercises then rest of strength moves (the triple set) or two sets of strength moves with a cardio type exercise for the active rest. (Get ready to jump rope... lol)

Did I confuse you?

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Hey, Becky, I have a question about super sets - what are they exactly? Am I supposed to do more reps if I can? Or am I supposed to max out the weight? What is the idea behind a super set?

I barely got my ST workout in yesterday! I was waiting on a new pull-up bar to arrive, and put off my workout. I was so tired at dinner time, I really contemplated skipping, but I got my butt in gear and did an AWESOME shoulder workout - Day 33. I am kind of mixing up the workouts this week, because I'm avoiding legs. I will do the back workout today, but don't have my pull-up bar assembled yet, so might just skip those exercises again. Nutrition has been MUCH MUCH better!! My biggest nemesis is Starbucks. During our move, before & after, I got hooked on Starbucks. That's been my biggest downfall lately. So, I have gone several days without a single one, which is a huge step in the right direction! And I've been eating much healthier in general - more veggies & good foods.

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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If you and Chris get on the same page as far as diet goes, you'd be on fire! I know about a diabetic diet - I had gestational diabetes with my first, and had to follow a strict diet with a dietician. It was my healthiest pregnancy too - gained the least amount of weight & felt great. Anyway, it would be very similar to how we should be eating to see results, so I am sure if you did, you'd see great results.

Yesterday was GREAT nutrition wise! I stayed away from sweets, had a lots of veggies & protein and good carbs. Today I am going to do the back workout, but I am waiting for my new pull-up bar to come. So I will squeeze my ST in a little later today. I ran 4 miles this morning.

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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I have the same issue with nutrition. I work my butt off, but I am not seeing the results I should because I've been eating SO bad most of the time. This last week has been awful, but even before the stuff with my dad, I wasn't doing what I should to stay on track.

This weekend will be grocery shopping for Chris and me. We are going to sit down and try to figure out a meal plan that works for both of us. He is diabetic, and hasn't been eating well either... which makes him feel like crap.. so we both have to get on track. Fortunately, a diabetic diet is very similar to what I need to be eating.. high protein, healthy carbs, etc. The problem with this man of mine is he hates pretty much all vegetables. I've finally gotten him to eat asparagus and Brussels sprouts on occasion, but he is NOT a fan of the asparagus at all. LOL

I did Arms and Abs today but didn't have time to get in much of a run afterward. Plus, I am just exhausted. No matter how much I try to rest, it's like my body refuses to actually get any real rest. I stay exhausted. Hopefully, I can recover this weekend now that my dad is settled in the new nursing home.

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You've had a lot on your plate! Great job for sticking with your workouts. Times like these can be truly the most difficult, especially when family & health issues are involved.

I skipped Leg Day, since I'm saving my legs for Saturday. So I did Day 32 today, and I'll do Day 33 tomorrow. I may rest on Friday, or just throw in another upper body workout that I might have missed.

I am also, starting today, going to start striving to eat better. I am making my meal plan and going grocery shopping to help plan ahead & stay on top of it. I might allow for some "treats" on Saturday post-race, but I want to get right back on track. I know I am not seeing the results I want due to poor diet choices. The other workout challenge program I did right before LiveFit had great meal ideas, easy single-portion snacks & meals to follow, so I am going to go back to using that. Nutritionally, it was very similar to what Jamie Eason recommends, and I had some great results following it for the 2 weeks. It just needs to be longer than just 2 weeks of following a good diet.... emoticon But my baby goal for now is to get on track for at least 2 weeks....

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My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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I have to say, I'm kinda glad you are. I like that we are on the same week. LOL

I got my Legs workout done today. It was a killer. I have to say the main thing that I love about this program is that the workouts change every 2 weeks and you get that muscle confusion and the soreness is back... so I know I'll be sore tomorrow from it.

After my workout, I got my 5 miles done that I skipped yesterday. There's been so much going on since the weekend when my dad got admitted to the hospital. Yesterday he got discharged and the whole time he was in there I had to work on finding a new facility to get him into. He was not receiving the care he needed at the place he was. When he left the hospital last night, he went to a new home, so hopefully, it will be better.

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Thanks, Becky! I think I am just going to stay on track for the most part - do week 5, but nix the other leg workout, so only upper body this week. I won't have any other long races this season, so after Saturday, I can give full attention to LiveFit. So, today I will do Chest & Abs, and already got a 4 mile run in this morning.

I figured repeating the week probably won't be necessary, so I'll keep doing the best I can from here. And plus, I like to stay on track with you, because I think it makes it more fun.



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My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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I think you should probably recover from the bug and then get back to it full throttle. Maybe repeat Week 4 like you mentioned in the team wall post...
You are a badass.. always have been... so I know that it must be the bug that's got your strength lacking. I have been the same way with the exhaustion I've had going on this week with my dad being in the hospital and the lack of sleep from the weekend... but this morning, after a good night's sleep and my body feeling recovered, I felt much better.. and STRONGER!
Chest and Abs today. Had a great workout. Also ran 2 miles on the treadmill. I would have done more, but I was running late getting there this morning and had to stop to get ready for work. I have 5 on the training plan, so I am going to attempt a run tonight

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I'm supposed to be on week 5, but had already planned to rearrange the workouts this week, due to not wanting the Leg Days to interfere with long runs, especially since I'm planning to do a half marathon this week. emoticon

Anyway, decided to start with Leg Day today, and to be honest, I am just not feeling as strong as normal. Seriously, it's not me to back down, but I was not feeling it today, and ended up only doing 2 sets of each of my leg exercise reps. Ugh.... it was tough, and I don't like feeling like a slacker. But seriously, I am just not completely back to myself yet after that flu bug.... What would you do?

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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Feeling much better! Ran 7 miles today - an easy 3, plus a 5K race, and then a 1-mile fun run with my kids. My race was definitely not as strong as it would have been had I not gotten sick, but that is ok. I missed 2 live fit workouts, which I am not happy about, but I think I will just plan to carry on as usual next week. That flu bug left me flat on my back! So glad I am feeling almost 100% back to normal now!

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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I've been so sick! A stomach bug hit me late Wednesday, and left me so weak and feverish on Thursday, I could not function. I'm a little better today, but still very tired. Needless to say, I did NOT get Day 25 in, and probably won't get in today's workout either. I'm signed up for a 5K tomorrow, so we will see how that goes.

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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Darcy - I eat better when Chris isn't around too. He's diabetic. You would think he would be more vigilant about his food.. but nope.
We are supposed to go to a bike rally this weekend, and I'm thinking I really don't want to go... so maybe I'll have a chance to be alone for the better part of the weekend and eat "better" than normal.

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Day 25 today. it's done, but I had very little energy this morning. I don't know what's going on with me this week, but I have been utterly exhausted ALL WEEK. Today was the worst day yet.
Here's to hoping that it gets better by tomorrow, whatever IT is.. because I miss having energy.
I haven't really run all week except for a measly 2 miles on the TM yesterday, so definitely not keeping up with my running training plan this week.


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Finished Day 23, plus a 4 mile interval run this morning (400m repeats)!! I'm trying to focus a bit more on diet changes that help my results... Because abs are made in the kitchen, right??

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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Ahhh, my eating... or ugh, I should say. Not the best! I need to be better about tracking, and better about staying out of the sweets. It helps that the Easter stuff is almost gone! YAY! Also, hubs is leaving for a work thing for a few days, and I tend to eat better without him around. LOL

How'd your 5K go, Becky? Hope you had fun!

I've really been enjoying the LiveFit workouts and feel I can fit them into my lifestyle pretty easily. Plus I LOVE following a specific plan and having someone tell me what to do, but not really doing the same thing over and over. As far as running goes, I ran 13.4 miles on Saturday, my last long run for a half I want to do in 2 weeks. I also signed up for a 5K this coming Saturday - I LOVE Tallahassee's running community, btw! Lots of local races to try! I will run and easy 3 miles before the race, and then run the 5K Saturday. I've been really working on speed lately - consistently doing intervals and tempo runs with a great runner friend.

I'm thinking about getting an apple watch to replace my Garmin. The one with GPS. Anyone have experience with these? My Garmin 610 has not been the best. Now it won't even charge, but I know it works once it takes a charge. Anyway, I am ready for something new, and my gadget-loving hubby tells me I need an apple watch... LOL

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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Day 22 is done. Can't believe it's already the last week of phase 1!! It kind of flew by this time through!
Soon, it'll be back to 6 days a week. Not sure how I'll work that with all of the races I have planned... but I'll figure it out.
I do NOT want to skip Saturday workout like I have done in the past.

I am super tired today for some reason. I felt pretty okay when I got up to go to the gym. It's the whole "work" thing that gets me. LOL

Becki

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My extra hour and a half of sleep this morning was amazing! I did feel guilty about not going to the gym, but since I'll be running hard tonight - in heat and on some nasty hills - I'm giving myself a pass.
I ended up with 7.68 miles yesterday on top of my Shoulders and Abs workout... 3 in the morning and my 4.5 was a little longer than planned at 4.68 yesterday.

I'm looking forward to the race tonight... but a little nervous about it too. Every time I've run this race in the past, I've gotten an age group award. I really don't want that streak to end tonight, but I have a feeling it will since I'm just getting back to running and I'm not as fast as I used to be.
We'll see what happens.

Darcy, how was your eating yesterday? I actually had a good day, nutritionally! I stayed in my calorie range, had ZERO sweets, and ate healthy foods all day. I went to bed pretty pleased with myself.

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I will end up with 7.5 miles total today if I keep up with my plan and do my 4.5 this afternoon.
I skipped my 3 miles yesterday because I worked 2 hours later than usual and didn't have the time, plus I was too sore to walk - much less run! LOL

I'm trying to decide now if I will do weights tomorrow (not sure what I'll work if I do) since I did tomorrow's LiveFit workout today. I have that 5K tomorrow night, so it won't be legs! I may just take advantage of it and sleep in for an extra hour before I come to work.
But I don't really remember how to do that. Even when I was out of work for 3 weeks with contract renewal stuff, I STILL got up at 3am and went to the gym.

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Yes, let's try to do better together! I need to stop eating all the Easter Candy! LOL

Got my Day 18 in!! I was not nearly as sore Monday from my leg day as I thought I would be, even though I did the SAME weights as last Leg Day and was sore for DAYS afterward. Must be getting stronger! So I doubled the weight for several of my exercises! My legs are all wobbly now, but feeling good. Also got in a great 7-mile run this morning.

**Darcy**

My PRs:
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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I have been dealing with the same thing, Darcy! Not with the remodeling thing, but just struggling to eat clean. I bring food to work with me, and usually stay on track pretty well during the work day. My biggest issue is when I get home!
We are doing better about planning for dinner and actually taking something out thaw, but that still doesn't keep me from snacking and craving sweets.

We can reign this in together!

Becki

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I did Day 17 today too. Haven't missed a workout yet! My workouts are going great, but my biggest downfall is in the kitchen. I eat ok for many of my meals, but I've been snacking on sweets... Ugh. We have been super busy, remodeling some things in our house, so I've tried to stay on track eating, but usually it's a matter of just not planning ahead. It's something I need to work on...



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5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
30K: 2:43:54
Marathon: 3:47:44


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Day 17 is done. Chest and Triceps. I also walked a mile on the treadmill after I finished with the weights, and have a run on tap after work today.
Tomorrow is legs again, and my legs are SO sore right now, that I'm pretty sure it's not gonna happen. I'll do some other workout in its place. Also, I have a 5K Friday evening, and don't want to overwork the legs before a race.


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Day 16 is done... Back and biceps. My legs are ridiculously sore today after yesterday's Leg Day.

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I think its reasonable to choose cardio or not or even skip the 1st two weeks when you're rebooting on Live Fit after a short break. The intent is to build muscle, so recalibrating what your "max" weight is (and the 80% and 85% levels) is probably the most important part of Phase 1 during a repeat.
My max weights change Drastically from start to finish, so another round is always higher weights to challenge and build the muscle needed to burn the fat...

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Day 11 today - Shoulders and Abs. I followed it up with my 4 miles on the treadmill. I was pretty proud of todays workout overall. I felt good, even though I was a little tired... and I kicked butt. My LiveFit workout went very well... and then I ran my 4 miles at a 9:17/mile average pace. It feels good, after so much time off from running, to finally be getting some speed back.
Now, though, I'm at work for a 10 hour day, and I would like nothing more than to take a nap. LOL

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Today was day 10. LEGS. Oh, how I shall enjoy the days where there is only one leg day in a week. LOL
I think I mentioned that I am doing cardio in phase 1 even though the instructions say not to... simply have no choice with my training for races and such. This week's training plan is running on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - 4 miles, 2 miles and 4 miles respectively... followed by a 5K on Saturday. No long run since the plan calls to run fast and at "race pace".
Yesterday I did my 4, and today I did my 2... but I did an extra 3 miles on Monday simply because I had extra time at the gym and wanted to do some cardio.
Tomorrow, I'll get another 4, and I have a race scheduled for Saturday, as the plan called for.
I'm pretty proud of myself for keeping up with both plans this week - since I'm working longer hours all week.

Becki

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4/11/17 7:41 A

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Day 9 is done!! It was pretty awesome.
I had a hard time getting up this morning. I am sooo incredibly tired. My schedule this week is ROUGH... and yesterday was the worst day. I don't think the rest will be as bad. I got up a little before 3am and got to the gym for my workout. Left the gym a little before 5 and got to work at 5:30. Worked 10 hours and then had to stay in town to run errands, and didn't get on the road to home until around 5:30.... making it after 6 when I got home.
By the time I ate dinner and chilled for a few minutes with the boyfriend, it was time to go to bed... later than usual.
Obviously, that exhausting day followed by going to bed late, made me start today off a bit tired too.
I got up on time and made it to the gym, though. Back and Biceps today, followed by a 4 mile run. Another 10 hour work day today, but at least I get to go straight home after I get off.
Tomorrow is Legs! YAY!!

Becki

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4/10/17 10:08 A

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I do cardio anyway in phase 1. I know I'm not supposed to, but I'm doing half marathon training right now too, so I kinda have to keep up with it.

Today was Day 8 for me. It's so nice only doing 4 days a week right now. I'm taking Friday off work, and it's a non-running day and a no-gym day! I can sleep in guilt free!

Becki

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4/7/17 11:52 A

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gotta get on the bandwagon this weekend- missed a day because a friend flew in from out of town unexpectedly. I'm itching to add cardio (and I *hate* cardio) because I am really sick of the flab.

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Rest days are awesome, aren't they?? How are you feeling after being on the program for the first 2 weeks (almost, but close enough, right?)

Today was Day 2 for me. I'm going to enjoy having the 3 days of rest for a change... I always enjoy starting over and having that extra recovery time, when it's been 6 days a week for so long!



Becki

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