Today is the last day of the Move, Nourish, Believe Challenge by Lorna Jane and Sweat Pink. Iâ€™ll be posting my recap tomorrow, and thereâ€™s a big Twitter party for the event next Wednesday (woohoo!).
Iâ€™m still participating in the Winter Miles Challenge, although I believe next week is the last week.
Today has been a good week! The weather has been gorgeous- possibly the best week all winter. Weâ€™ve had temps up in the 50s and 60s for highs, perhaps even the low 70s. Iâ€™ve definitely taken advantage of it, and weâ€™ve been outside, getting active.
I didnâ€™t keep track, but most days this week, I have been doing pushups, crunches, various ab exercises, and free weights.
Iâ€™ve been reading a lot lately online about the benefits of heavy lifting for women. I donâ€™t have barbells or a bench, but I do have adjustable dumbbells (they go up to 50 lbs) and an ottoman. That will have to work for now!
Obviously I need to be consistent about which days I lift and for how long. Right now my exercising is all over the place, which is totally me, unfortunately. Iâ€™m rarely organized and have difficulty sticking to schedules. :/
Monday– I skipped running today. Since I didnâ€™t work out on Saturday or Sunday (other than some weights here and there), I probably shouldâ€™ve done some cardio, but it was the coldest day of the week (high of 30s), so I decided to wait for warmer weather. Why didnâ€™t I do a home cardio workout? Good question. Being more motivated and consistent is a constant battle for me.
Tuesday– I put 5.88 miles in. After reading about the benefits of interval training, I completed walk/jog/run intervals. I didnâ€™t time them; I just went by landmarks, how I was feeling, and the wind. If I was on a really windy area of the trail, I walked. If the wind died down, I sprinted and then slowed to a jog after 30 seconds or so.
Interestingly, I felt exhaustion in my hamstrings more from the speed walking than the sprinting.
The Army has an alternate physical training test. Certain Soldiers that have â€śprofilesâ€ť (due to injury, etc.) may be allowed to speed walk the 2-mile run, instead of running it. The first time I heard that, I rolled my eyes. But when I actually witnessed how fast some of these troops have to walk in order to pass their testâ€¦itâ€™s no joke. Speed walking can be a great workout.
I think because I was trying to walk fast and push the jogging stroller into the wind, I must have been digging into the ground with my heel and pushing off more. Somebody who actually understands muscle can probably explain this more, but anyway, I did get a good burn from it.
My averaged out pace was 11:13 min a mile.
Wednesday– I was busy cleaning and blogging earlier in the day, but Baby J and I broke out the bike and toddler seat in the afternoon! We just did 3.34 miles, but it was very refreshing.
Thursday– More walk/jog/run intervals for us today. We did 3.35 miles. I also spent probably 45 minutes chasing Baby J around the playground and climbing equipment with him. It was a lot of fun!Â Â Average pace was 10:40 min a mile.
Friday– Well, the dayâ€™s not over yet! While I was babysitting earlier this morning, I spent a bit of time just playing outside with the boys, tossing and kicking a ball around. Thatâ€™s one of the reasons I want to be in shape- just to be active with my family and friends.
Iâ€™ll update later this weekend, but my plan is to do a Brazil Buff Lift workout DVD this afternoon (itâ€™s supposed to storm outside), and put a long run in tomorrow morning. I donâ€™t know how far. Ten miles would be great, but Iâ€™ll be satisfied with 6.
As I mentioned above, Iâ€™ve been doing strength training every day this week, and that will continue today.
Iâ€™m really struggling with this, but not quite as bad as last week. Earlier this week I bought ice cream from the grocery store and ate 2/3 of the pint in one night (Baby J ate the rest). Usually I can pass the frozen foods aisle, and yes, my mouth will start watering, but Iâ€™ll ignore it and resist. I just couldnâ€™t do it! Then Tuesday I ate over at some friendsâ€™ home and instead of sticking to one brownie, I had two and a piece of cake. Yesterday at the grocery store, I couldnâ€™t resist buying a deeply-discounted box of mini apple Danish. Today Iâ€™ve already eaten half a cinnamon crust bagel from Panera that someone gave me (this bagel is in no way healthy).
So clearly Iâ€™m having an issue with processed sugars. On a positive note, Iâ€™ve been eating lean protein, legumes, and tons of raw veggies and some fruit.
Next month Iâ€™ll measure inches and report back. My weight is still at 149 lbs., which is fine. Iâ€™m assuming this is a combination of building muscle and the crap Iâ€™ve been eating. But my arms look more muscular, so thatâ€™s great! I feel good too.
I would like to get my sugar cravings under control, first of all. I did well for months, so Iâ€™m not sure why itâ€™s flaring up suddenly. I guess I should do some research.
A big goal for me right now is to lift heavier weights and build muscle. I would like to see my jeans size go down, even if my weight goes up.
As far as running, Iâ€™m confident I could finish a half marathon in decent time if it were today or tomorrow. However, I may have to walk some of it. Because of this, my goal in the next 50 days would be to continue interval training and run longer distances, so I can at least jog all of the half (if not actually RUN).
Fitness sites I’m loving this week:
Iâ€™ve found a couple of websites this week that have really inspired me: NerdFitness.com and NiaShanks.com. They both share practical, realistic advice about fat loss and muscle gain. You wonâ€™t find any fat diets on these sites.
NerdFitness also has a couple of great articles that explain why the number on the scale doesnâ€™t matter, lower body fat isnâ€™t always best, constricting calories often backfires, and that what you eat is 80 percent of the weight loss/fitness battle.