I’m Joining Another Mother Runner’s June Challenge

This has been rough week, both physically with my runs and with some tough stuff happening at work. I won’t go into the work issues other than to say that some of our employees damaged a few large pieces of equipment. Ouch!

This morning I had planned to do the week five, day 1 training run on the 10K plan on the Deltaworks Pro Run Training. The plan was to do nine intervals of 3 min. run/1 min. walk after the 5 minute warm up. Immediately during my first run I noticed that my right quad was really tight. I’m not sure whether it was from the sprints I did earlier this week or because I was running on the treadmill. I definitely prefer running outside but it’s really windy here today (20 mph with 30-40 mph gusts) & it just wasn’t appealing to run outside in that. So after practically limping my way through the first two run cycles I decided to try something else. I started walking & thought I would walk for 1/2 hr or so. Then I realized that I really wanted some type of running workout. So I improvised & did 8 minute sprint intervals with 1 minute of walking in between each interval. And I’m happy with that. No, it wasn’t what I really wanted to do but it was better than just giving up and ending my workout right then.

I had a really difficult time staying motivated this week. Probably due to laziness and the weather. I can come up with a lot of other excuses too. Instead, I’m going to join Another Mother Runner’s June Running Challenge.

This seems like a great way to stay motivated. I recently bought Train Like a Mother so I’m going to try one of the training plans in there. It’s always fun & interesting to change things up a bit. Anyone else up for the challenge?

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Over the Top Award

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Sophie gave this Over the Top award to me. My second award this week. I’m so thrilled. Thank you so much Sophie!

By accepting this award I agree to:
Copy these 35 questions and change the answers to suit you and then pass it on. Try to keep your answers to one word each question. Once you have filled it out, be sure to pass it on to 6 of your favorite bloggers and alert them that they have been awarded!

1. Where is your cell phone?  desk
2. Your hair? red
3. Your mother?  friend
4. Your father?  great
5. Your favorite food?  seafood
6. Your dream last night?  none
7. Your favorite drink?  lemon drop martini
8. Your dream/goal?  happy
9. What room are you in?  office
10. Your hobby?  reading
11. Your fear?  insecurity
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years?  retired
13. Where were you last night?  cheer
14. Something that you aren’t?  quiet
15. Muffins?  NOT
16. Wish list item?  house
17. Where did you grow up?  Washington
18. Last thing you did?  computer
19. What are you wearing?  jeans
20. Your TV?  off
21. Your pets?  crazy
22. Friends?  rock
23. Your life?  content
24. Your mood?  frustrated
25. Missing someone?  yes
26. Vehicle?  baby
27. Something you’re not wearing?  make up
28. Your favorite store?  Paper Source
29. Your favorite color?  green
30. When was the last time you laughed?  Yesterday
31. Last time you cried?  Tuesday
32. Your best friend?  hubby
33. One place that I go to over and over?  Borders
34. One person who emails me regularly?  sister
35. Favorite place to eat?  Chinooks

And now, to the 6 following bloggy friends I bestow this award on you:

Kat
Jen
Dee
Laura
Tara
Ali

I’m really not MIA!

I had a really rough day at work on Friday. And then I wallowed. I hate wallowing. The most frustrating thing is that I didn’t exercise at all over the past weekend. I know it would have made me feel better but I just couldn’t bring myself to get out there and do it. Thank goodness I have strength training with my trainer on Fridays.

I had a great workout yesterday with her too. It was arm day and boy, did I know it before we were even done. The funny thing is that I hate the elliptical sessions most out of EVERYTHING we do! So many people really love to work out on the elliptical. Not me! But hey, I needed to get cardio intervals into the mix. I just preferred the other intervals we did. 🙂

October Goals

I can’t believe it’s already October. Where has 2009 gone? This month will be a challenge since it’s Halloween time again. I always start eating the treats weeks before Halloween. This year my plan is to buy the candy a day or two before so I can’t just sit and eat all that sugar.

 I am a candy corn addict!  I usually buy four or five bags before Halloween which I quickly polish off with the help of my hubby and two kids. I’m doing my best to resist that urge this year. We have already eaten one bag. If I don’t buy it, then I won’t eat it!

Up until now, I have really only had one goal: lose weight! I thought this month I would give myself some smaller goals so that I can look back and feel like I’ve accomplished something. The lack of weight loss for two months has been really difficult for me to deal with and it’s been hard for me to go forward. Frankly, it sucks.

In the spirit of keeping my chin up, my October intentions are:

  1. Lose five pounds.
  2. Work out with trainer 3 days per week.
  3. Continue with Run/Walk program. By the end of the month, I will have completed week 7 and be able to run 20 min./walk 1 min./run 5 min.
  4. Complete the Pumpkin Pacer 5k.
  5. Eat between 1200-1400 calories per day.
  6. Allow myself one treat per week.
  7. Walk 2-3 miles on the “off” days of the Run/Walk Program.
  8. Lose 2 inches in the waist.
  9. Have fun!

Good luck to everyone this month!

Healthy You Challenge

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I joined the Health You Challenge (HYC)! Scale Junkie developed the challenge to encourage  people to become healthier. According to her website, the purpose of the challenge is to “encourage and celebrate”:

  • pounds lost
  • Exercise – according to your limitations and doctors recommendations
  • Stay on YOUR healthy eating plan
  • Non Scale Victories
  • Goal setting
  • Rewarding yourself
  • Challenging yourself
  • Supporting other bloggers with similar goals, even if they aren’t a part of the challenge
  • Asking for help when you feel discouraged

I just love that! The hardest part of losing weight is to stay positive and motivated. This challenge will provide me with a method of supporting others who are experiencing the same setbacks and success that I am experiencing. And hopefully, it will provide me the support I need to meet my goals. The weekly check-in will provide me with a way to stay on track with my goals.

Cheers to the HYC and all of the participants! If you get a chance, visit the participating blogs of the HYC and give them some support.

Happy Saturday!

The weather today has been absolutely beautiful. I can hardly believe it’s fall. We are having temps about 20 degrees above normal. It was so perfect, the hubs and I went for a 2 mile walk this morning. My legs are pretty sore from running yesterday so I needed the stretch of a walk. It felt great to be outside exercising. The weather will turn chilly soon and I won’t go outside to exercise. I am a total wimp about being cold.

Lately, I have been so frustrated about my weight or rather my lack of weight loss. Up until the beginning of this month, I was strength training 45- 60 min. 3 days a week and interval training 45-60 min. 2 days a week with my personal trainer. I had to stop the interval training when school started due to the volunteering I do at my daughter’s school. I’ve replaced that with cardio at least 3 days a week but am aiming t0 do more.

I eat between 1200-1600 calories a day. I’ve cut out fast foods, with the exception of a hamburger every month or two when I get a craving. A girl’s gotta have a burger now and then! 🙂 My protein comes from chicken breast, I’ve limited the number of nonfat, no whip, tall mochas. I rarely eat processed foods or sugary sweets. No more refined carbs for me. I ate pasta on my birthday as a special treat and was able to eat only 5 or 6 bites. Anyway, you get the idea. I’ve made huge changes to my diet and haven’t seen much change.

There have been so many days I have wanted to give up completely. One of those days was the day I ate a hamburger for lunch. I’ve lost my motivation to get up early to exercise. I’ve been doing my cardio in the evenings, if I can fit it in with my busy schedule. I’ve been struggling to keep my motivation. I’m battling negative self talk.

But I have refused to quit. I am stronger. I can see muscle definition that I’ve never had before. And I love it! I have more energy and endurance. All of that keeps me going. So, I take one day at a time and try to remember the benefits from my new healthier lifestyle. Tomorrow is a new day!

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” ~Henry Ford