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Saturday, March 30, 2013

I think I only have the mental capacity to really give my all to one goal at a time. I haven't figured out how to balance running, strength, and nutrition goals all at once. One always seems to get priority. In Feb. I tracked strength moves. I saw and felt improvements. Upped my goals for March, started tracking, lasted a few days.

I switched into racing mode. And I'm glad I did. It was a great race. I still can't believe i ran a 1:51 HM!

Then it was time to get over myself and put in all that running effort into my nutrition goals. And I did. For about a week. I'll be honest, this second year of maintenance has been much harder than the first. It's frustrating how much constant effort it takes. How often I say "no" to things. How hard I work during the week and then blow it on the weekends. How I've been saying this since DECEMBER! I looked back at my calendar and the last time I was at my happy weight was 12/24. My legs do not look like they did last summer.

I can do this. I love my workout sticker calendar. I'm adding on some nutrition marks for April. But I'm not waiting until April. I started 2 days ago. And surprise, surprise: 2 great days!

April also means adding once a week swims into my schedule. And it means Spring running! With the kids! So much to be excited about.

"Only a running mama can...
pack lunches, get dinner in the crockpot, throw in a load of wash and fit in a 10 miler while pushing an extra 40 pounds."

If I can do that, I can manage to get an inch off my waist and another off each thigh. Here's to a strong and healthy April! And a consistent one. No more of this 5 days on, 2 days off, merry go round.

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    Hem..Good ol'balance - think all of us struggle with this one
    However, you are goal oriented, focused & accomplished individual, you will get there in time. emoticon
    Happy April and good luck on your journey
    1:51 HM - emoticon
    1869 days ago
    I commented on your status feed as well, but I wanted to let you know that I have had some struggles too. I get too relaxed on the weekends. I'm okay with having one relaxed day but not both weekend days! I'm fighting to get myself back on track and I'm not going to give up! emoticon

    1873 days ago
    Ah, good ol'balance, still working on that one myself! But you are making great strides all around and just think, before maintenance mode you probably did not even put much thought at all into these areas so all your effort MUST be good for something! You are breaking PR's in races, lifting weight like the big dogs and throwing in swimming for good measure, you may not have perfected balance but you are certainly doing your thang!!
    1873 days ago
    Cheers to April.
    I'm excited too!
    I ended March with an awesome family ski vacay and now have some ST goals ahead of me:)
    Agreed that to put all 3 together is a constant balancing act.
    The merry go round has to eventually stop, right?
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    1875 days ago
    Balance is a dirty word. I struggle with those three areas too.
    Running. Strength. Nutrition.
    I was so good at it for such a long time. Why is so hard to get back there.
    13lbs piled back on!! Its so frustrating. I'm attempting to use my disgust with myself as fuel towards my goals and not as an excuse to continue down the weight gain trail.
    Here's to a great April! Wishing you well on your journey!
    1875 days ago
    I struggle with the doing great nurtirion wise through the week and blowing it on the weekends too. Keeping to a schedule is key for me. I know you can do whatever you put your mind too! Get after it girl!
    1876 days ago
    wooo 1:51!!!!!!!!!! Speedster!!!! I am totally with you! The trifecta of health! Lets do it!!!!
    1876 days ago
    emoticon I think that someone as goal-oriented and accomplished as you *WILL* find the right formula!
    1876 days ago
    Boy, you go have a lot to juggle! I am not going to be much help on this one. Maybe that's why I just stick to running and tracking food!
    1877 days ago
    Good luck! I have trouble with my nutrition as well. My weekends are my downfall.
    1877 days ago
    ooooohhh pretty lady you know I feel you one this one. I need to focus on my nutrition this april too, but I just have so much more fun when I focus on my workouts emoticon emoticon
    1877 days ago
    totally get the healthy week and crappy weekend thing! Same at my house - hoping we can get on track for April too! WE CAN DO THIS!! Love your race reports! Can't wait to read more!
    1877 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    I think you might be too hard on yourself....but sometimes we are our own worst critics arent we! HM time means you are making progress. You may not see it on a daily basis, but clearly you are working in the right direction. You are more than a number on a scale or measuring tape.
    1877 days ago
  • FLGIRL1234
    I hear you. Sometimes it can be a real struggle to maintain all three areas. In other news....
    1:51 HM AWESOME!!!!!!!! emoticon
    1877 days ago
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