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Long overdue update

I have been quite busy with school, and training for my upcoming 5K.  My first 5K is this Saturday!! Today, I did 3.03 miles…only walked ~.35 miles of that. So, I am almost ready! I’m so excited! I never EVER thought I would love running like I do! This is such a huge change for me.

Besides running 3-4 days a week, I lift weights every Tuesday & Thursday.  I also supplement my running with some walking & some quality elliptical machine (cross training program) time.  I think I’m rounding it all out okay…

My weight loss has been slow but steady. I’m going to weigh again tomorrow morning to see where I’m at.

 

Back to my run this morning…I never expected that this morning would be a PR for me.  I had a very hard time waking up this morning…I slept very hard…so hard, I had bags underneath my eyes. lol  I stumbled around…got dressed…got my child off to school…drank a cup of coffee…then headed out to workout. It went so much better than I expected!  Perhaps I should sleep hard more often. lol

I’m still eating Paleo. Had an organic two egg, coconut milk omelet this morning once I got home.  I munched on a couple of banana chips during my run…just enough carbs to get me through.

My shower never felt so good this morning! lol

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Progress

Today, I worked out twice! Yes, twice! My morning workout was with my training buddy, and we briskly walked some hilly trails at the local park. I jogged a couple of stretches, but the humidity this morning was just atrocious, and I couldn’t carry on with the jogging, because my breathing was so labored.

After studying a while at school, I decided to give it a go one more time at the indoor track on campus. Well, this was a huge difference! I can almost jog the entire track without stopping! I did some seriously long intervals where it was mostly jogging, and little recovery walks. I even threw in some hard sprints for good measure since I was feeling so good.

Progress is nice…


Latest workouts

I keep track of them on fitocracy.com (it gives you points -like a game-so, ignore that), so I’m going to copy/paste:

March 9, 2011

  • Plank:
    • 25 seconds (+3 pts)
    • 25 seconds (+3 pts)
    • 15 seconds (+2 pts)
    • 15 seconds (+2 pts)
    • 10 seconds (+2 pts)
    • 10 seconds (+2 pts)
    • 12 seconds (+2 pts)
    • 11 seconds (+2 pts)
    • Surprisenly difficult exercise-first attempt at these
  • Push-Up:
    • 4 (+5 pts)
    • Hindu push-ups (which were extremely difficult-first time attempting)

March 8, 2011

  • Jogging:
    • 8 minutes (+20 pts)
    • My calves are SO sore from my workout yesterday, and I didn’t eat anything before going this morning. So, my energy level was poo.
  • Walking:
    • 25 minutes (+27 pts)
    • Trying hard to get the soreness out!
  • Running:
    • 2 minutes (+6 pts)
    • Brief interval sprints up a steep grassy knoll. lol Nah, a steep hill. LOL I did 5.
  • Burpee:
    • 5 (+5 pts)
    • First attempt at these. I haven’t found my rhythm with them yet…they seem awkward right now.

March 7, 2011

  • Jogging:
    • 35 minutes (+87 pts)
    • hills, pavement
  • Running:
    • 5 minutes (+15 pts)
    • sprinting up a steep hill x4

March 5, 2011

Jogging:

  • 35 minutes (+87 pts)
  • jogged paved roads in a hilly cemetery.

March 3, 2011

  • Jogging:
    • 8 minutes (+20 pts)
    • intervals
  • Walking:
    • 15 minutes (+16 pts)
    • intervals & jogging
  • Rowing Machine:
    • 10 minutes (+20 pts)
  • Stationary Bike:
    • 20 minutes (+45 pts)
  • Dumbbell Bicep Curl:
    • 15 lbs x 8 (+5 pts)
    • 20 lbs x 8 (+7 pts)
    • 25 lbs x 8 (+9 pts)
  • Dumbbell Shoulder Press:
    • 15 lbs x 8 (+7 pts)
    • 20 lbs x 8 (+10 pts)
    • 25 lbs x 8 (+13 pts)
  • Barbell Deadlift:
    • 40 lbs x 6 (+14 pts)
    • 40 lbs x 6 (+14 pts)
    • 50 lbs x 6 (+18 pts)
    • 50 lbs x 6 (+18 pts)
    • 50 lbs x 6 (+18 pts)
  • Flat Bench Cable Flyes:
    • 35 lbs x 5 (+5 pts)
    • This was actually a fly machine (upright).
  • Running:
    • 5 minutes (+15 pts)
  • Dumbbell Shrug:
    • 35 lbs x 6 (+8 pts)
    • 35ea. dumbell. 70 total pounds. I did these last, and my traps and shoulders were too tired from everything else I did to do more than one set.

March 2, 2011

Walking:

  • 40 minutes (+44 pts)
  • trails

March 1, 2011

  • Walking:
    • 60 minutes (+66 pts)
    • outdoor trails
  • Dumbbell Shoulder Press:
    • 15 lbs x 8 (+7 pts)
    • 20 lbs x 8 (+10 pts)
    • 25 lbs x 8 (+13 pts)
  • Cable Lying Triceps Extension:
    • 15 lbs x 12 (+5 pts)
    • it was actually a machine
  • Dumbbell Bicep Curl:
    • 15 lbs x 8 (+5 pts)
    • 20 lbs x 8 (+7 pts)
    • 25 lbs x 8 (+9 pts)

February 28, 2011

  • Dumbbell Bicep Curl:
    • 15 lbs x 15 (+6 pts)
    • 15 lbs x 15 (+6 pts)
    • 15 lbs x 15 (+6 pts)
  • Side Lateral Raise:
    • 10 lbs x 12 (+5 pts)
    • 10 lbs x 12 (+5 pts)
    • 10 lbs x 12 (+5 pts)
  • Smith Machine Incline Bench Press:
    • 75 lbs x 6 (+21 pts)
    • 80 lbs x 5 (+21 pts)
  • Leg Extensions:
    • 100 lbs x 6 (+12 pts)
    • 85 lbs x 5 (+9 pts)
    • 75 lbs x 3 (+8 pts)
  • Flat Bench Cable Flyes:
    • 35 lbs x 15 (+5 pts)
    • 35 lbs x 15 (+5 pts)
    • 45 lbs x 8 (+5 pts)
  • Leg Press:
    • 160 lbs x 8 (+24 pts)
    • 160 lbs x 8 (+24 pts)
  • Barbell Shrug:
    • 70 lbs x 6 (+12 pts)
    • 70 lbs x 6 (+12 pts)
    • 70 lbs x 6 (+12 pts)
    • 35lb dumbell each hand
  • Lat Pulldown:
    • 75 lbs x 8 (+14 pts)
    • 75 lbs x 8 (+14 pts)
    • 85 lbs x 6 (+15 pts)

February 27, 2011

  • Walking:
    • 60 minutes (+66 pts)
    • trails
  • Jogging:
    • 20 minutes (+50 pts)
    • brisk walk/jog intervals

 


A New Day!

I was severely addicted to carbs…when I saw the picture of myself at christmas (my mom took it, and then showed me immediately)…I gasped! It is so easy to detach yourself from the way you look day to day…but a picture DOES NOT LIE! lol  So, I knew I had to do something. I gathered myself over the next few days (there was a lot of me…so it took a while, lol)…then about Dec. 28 I changed my diet cold turkey!

Then, for the next two weeks I felt horrible! I felt like I had the flu, and I was in a very bad mood. Once that passed my energy spiked, and I began to feel better than ever! It has been uphill ever since.  I slowly added exercise into the mix, and have gradually increased it.  I now wake up looking forward to my workout that day, and when I take rest days I actually enjoy them, because I know that I have earned them!

My latest comparison picture:

two months

Oh, and I’m by no means slowing down either…this is only confirmation that I should keep pressing on, and get to my ideal weight!