I’m Back at It!

After a really long hiatus, I’m back at it. I’ve started running again and am essentially starting over. It’s not as painful as the first go round because I’m in a little bit better shape. I have been using an Iphone app called Run Training Pro.

My training log

I’ve used Nike+ before and was happy with it but decided to try something different for a while. I’m currently doing the 10k training plan and started with week 2. I’m not really training for a race at this point, it just helps to have a written plan for me to follow. I like to have goals and be able to see a visual improvement as I get better.

With weather like this, how could you not want to be outside?

My first run, Saturday, was pretty bad. I felt winded and was pretty tired when I got done. This morning was a much better experience and I actually enjoyed it. The weather was beautiful at 5:30 this morning despite it being really cold (37 degrees F). When the sun is out, I enjoy being outside a lot more.

I’m also trying a new food plan. I signed up for Weight Watchers online and so far it seems to work for me. I think what’s helping me the most is that I am keeping track of what I eat. It’s so easy to forget what you ate earlier in the day, or just go on a carb binge and overload the calories. I don’t really need to lose a lot of weight. My goal is really to tighten up in certain areas, especially my Abs. This will be the summer I rock a bikini! I am determined to own it, if you know what I mean.

Do you have a health goal right now? Please share and let me know what you are doing to stay on track.

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. 🙂

Happy Wednesday!

My trainer is back from the land of sick. I had a great training session. Today was chest and shoulder day with a few bicep/tricep moves thrown in. I did 2 sets of 12 pull-ups and one set of 10 pull-ups! I can’t believe I did that. I did them literally until failure but I sure felt great after that. I also did three sets of 15 hanging knee ups. It just felt really great to be working out.

Despite the costco dog yesterday, I managed to keep my calories at 1450. That’s not too bad. I’ve been super hungry today, probably from my run/walk workout yesterday. I was so hungry after my workout today!

I’m hoping to get in a 2 mile walk this evening. I have to take my daughter to cheer practice tonight so we won’t be home until close to 8 p.m. By then I am always so tired that it’s particularly difficult to motivate myself to do more than sit on the couch. Maybe by posting it here I will feel more accountable. 🙂

More About Me

Laura asked some really great questions in the comments on my last post so I thought I’d answer them here. 

1)  How many times a week do you work out (run, etc.) and for how long?

I strength train with a trainer 3 days a week for 45-60 min. We do a few cardio intervals as well. I was training 5 days a week with 2 days of HIT training but my schedule changed so now it’s just the 3 days of strength training. To replace the HIT training, I have started a run/walk program recently where I run/walk 3 times a week for 30-60 min. My ultimate goal is to be able to run 30-60 min. I’m definitely improving.  On the days I don’t run/walk I walk for at least 30 min. (Usually about 2 miles). I exercise every day at least once.

2) What kind of diet are you eating? Are pretty mindful of what you are eating? No hidden calories (even from yourself)?

 I am a fairly clean eater. My trainer wants me to eat only oatmeal, protein shakes, chicken breast, fish, brown rice, sweet potatoes and vegetables. Unfortunately, that’s too darn boring for me! I need more variety in my life. Not to mention, I love fruit.

My favorite breakfast is Kashi Go Lean Crunch with 1% or nonfat milk. Some days I eat oatmeal with a scoop of whey powder or an egg white omelet with veggies. For lunch I have salad (with no dressing), chicken or fish. For my carbs I eat brown rice (1/2 cup) or a whole grain pita, wrap  or piece of bread. I don’t eat white bread at all any more. (I guess I did have a Parker House roll earlier this month :)) I probably don’t eat enough fruit and veggies every day but I am working on that.

Now, I am not saying that I am perfect, by any means. I had a hamburger a few weeks ago. And I am embarrassed to admit that I had a Costco dog today. I know, I know… horrible! I was starving and made the mistake of going there hungry.

I love tall, nonfat mochas, no whip. I have one nearly every day. That’s next on my list of habits to kick. They have 180 calories, 32 g. carbs, 2 g. fat and 11 g. protein. The sugar in it is the killer. I hate drinking my calories! I drink lots of water every day (more than 64 ounces per day).

I do write down everything I eat in my food log. On average I eat 1400-1600 calories per day.

Thanks again for the support and the great questions!

Healthy You Challenge Check In

So, the scale says I’m up a pound this week. Good grief. I have to say this whole thing is so frustrating. I’ve been exercising daily and eating well. Basically, I haven’t lost a pound in two months. Well, actually, I’ve fluctuated up and down one pound for the last two months so the net effect is no weight loss.

I love the muscles I’m getting but aren’t they supposed to burn fat and make it easier to lose weight? That’s so not happening. I’m at the point where I think I need to see a doctor for a physical (hypothyroidism runs in the family) or see a nutritionist (maybe I’m not eating enough?). In any case, I’m not ready to give up. I keep picturing myself ballooning up if I quit working out and exercising. Not a pretty picture!

Today’s a running day. I plan to make my second attempt at run 5 min./walk 3 min. I’m going to change my route to a flatter one. I think the big hill at the beginning of my last attempt killed me.

Good luck to all of the HYCers!