Thursday, May 30, 2013

Let the training begin!

Next race...PAID FOR!!! Now time to start training.

9 weeks 'til race day.

Half marathon trail run......AAAHHHHH!!!!

Why? Cuz I am THAT CRAZY!

Luckily, the last few weeks have already been full of hills. Lucky me. It must be a sign to do this race.

Actually, I am really excited. I think this will be a great challenge for me. I will definitely have to push myself during training. Ever since the relay race I did with some friends, I have a new found respect for hills...they are not to be taken is a must.

Something that has really kept me going these last few weeks are my running buddies, especially a special 3 new buddies. One, a lovely friend from church. With her 5 miles go flying by, which is so great. It has been a great blessing to have a great friend to share a few miles with.

Another new buddy is my little K. She has joined me for a few runs and it is so great to have her by my side. Yes, they are slower runs, but I don't care. They are great moments.

Running buddies.

My third new buddy is my foster daughter. We are a foster family and welcome little ladies into our home while their own home lives get sorted out. We are very new to this. BabyT is our second placement so far. She is a toddler and lots of fun. I will share more about our experiences as foster parents, but one thing is for sure is that it is such a blessing. Yes, it is hard. It is never easy taking care of someone else's child, and definitely hard when they leave your home to be reunited with their families. But the time these girls are with us is full of joy. We truly love these girls. It is evident that they need to shown love. Every day. They need to be hugged, held, loved. They need to know that they are so precious and important. If we can give a child a moment in her life when she felt totally loved and cared for, it is ALL worth it. 

Plus I now get an extra workout pushing the jogger around for 5 miles...FYI, not easy.

No pics for her privacy. So proud of myself running 5 miles under a
10 minute/mile while pushing BabyT around. 

I am facing a few obstacles to getting started and keeping up with my training. Mainly work. Work is getting really busy again. But no excuses. I am bringing work home so I can get out of the office around 5pm, get a run in after work, be home for homework time, bath time, bed time, and then get some work done before my bedtime. Morning runs will be incorporated soon. The Hubby is swimming in the mornings and I want to make sure he gets his workouts in too. He is training for a sprint tri the same weekend I am doing my half marathon.

Week recap so far:
Tuesday: 3 miles
Wednesday: 5 miles + jogger
Thursday: 6 miles beachside
Friday: most likely a couple miles on some trails
Saturday: "long run"...probably 6-7 miles again.
Sunday: laps at the pool

So, here we go!!!

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Workin' it!

Quick check in...this week is rockin'!!!!

Monday: 5 miles with a crazy hill with a new running buddy
Tuesday: 2 miles of speed work
Wednesday: 5 miles solo
Thursday: The most killer Kettlebell class!
Friday, a "light" workout.
Saturday: maybe another 4 miles
Sunday: Something...not sure what, but something :)

Fuel: Great. Luckily cutting carbs is not as hard as I thought it would be. I am able to fill the carb-void with other things, mainly more veggies and protein. Nutrition basics, really. Oatmeal in the morning. And I have cut WAY back on coffee. I am normally a big coffee drinker (multiple cups a day) and now I am down to 1 strong cup of coffee in the morning...that's it! When I told my husband that I was cutting back to only one cup of coffee a day, this is what he sent me...

I thought it was pretty funny. But really, I have cut back to one normal size cup of coffee per day.

My diet this week has been lots of soups and easy way to start cutting back the carbs. An example...
I mixed salad for 2 in the big bowl...ate my portion from the bowl...
didn't want to dirty another dish :)

 And I am feeling great.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Conscious Carb Cutting!

Yup! Cutting carbs! I need to do it. I want to do it...kinda. But either way, I WILL do it.

Let me explain that this will be VERY hard for me because I love carbs. I don't love sweets (except chocolate), cake, candy, ice cream, cookies, blah blah blah. I just don't. I DO love carbs. Bread, bagels, muffins, tortillas, pasta,! I will take a multi-grain bagel over a slice of cake ANY day. I think it is safe to say that I have carbs at every meal. But things need to change.

Now, I am not going to place strict rules on myself. This is not strictly about weight loss or "challenging" myself to do something out of the ordinary. Quite the contrary. I am trying to find a balance in what I eat. I eat clean, don't get me wrong. Eating right, healthy, is not something new to me. But there is definitely room for improvement in the carbs area. I do not eat fast food (except for In 'n' Out for the special and occasional burger treat!). When I eat out, I am aware of my choices and always try to pick the best option. But I know that carbs are the main thing weighing my regular diet down. This is about finding a way to incorporate carbs into my regular diet that is healthy, and within the needs of my body. We need to find moderation in everything. Carbohydrates are an essential component of our diet. HOWEVER, I confess that I do consume more than what is needed...I consume what is wanted :)

So, I will not be limiting myself the "amount" of carbs I will eat each day. I will simply remember to be mindful of my choices. I want to make sure that I create a habit that can be maintained. I will eat carbs when I know its a good choice. Likewise, I will skip carbs when I know it is a good choice.

Today for dinner I made a great choice.

Chicken Lettuce Wrap from Sharky's. 400 calories and it is
enough food to share or take home for tomorrow's lunch!
As you can see, NO CARBS :)

Join me for Conscious Carb Cutting. 
I'll keep you posted...

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Kick-your-butt Kettlebells

Wanted to DIE in class today...I loved it!!!

I must confess, I REALLY don't like the gym.

1) I don't like the machines...I can barely manage 5 miles on the dread-mill. I don't run with music, but on the treadmill, I have to BLAST pop/rock/funk music to get me through the miles.

2) I don't really like classes. I have major ADD. I honestly don't know how I managed to get through graduate school and actually learned something. In all honesty, I have a really hard time concentrating if I am not fully engaged, entertained, and enthusiastic (yes, awesome alliteration, I know!) I will most likely lose interest in about 10 minutes, or drift in and out of whatever is going on.

3) I REALLY don't like watching other watch themselves...Okay, yes you're cute. Yes, you have big bulging muscles. Yes, your make-up is still in place after sweating ONE drop. COME ON! I am all for self-love but there is a time (after you leave the gym) and place (umm, like at home!) to drool over yourself.

HOWEVER, I do LOVE LOVE LOVE my Thursday night Kettlebell class! My own local Jillian Michaels. Holy COW does she make you work...and the woman kicks everyone's butt in class AND she just had her second baby!!!

Any whoo, she rocks. I am totally engaged during the class. I respond very well to the bootcamp/circuit training style she has. It is hard, no joke. But after you feel like a rockstar...too bad you don't look like one right after. I can't even believe how much I actually LOVE getting my butt kicked in this class. SIMPLY ROCKS!

Earlier this week I posted a picture of my knee....

As I mentioned before, I totally rocked the rubber-banded ice
pack at the office.

I didn't run Tuesday or Wednesday to rest it. During Kettlebells I felt great...completely forgot about the knee issue. No pain. So then I tested the knee on the treadmill...didn't even get to ONE MILE without some pain. So I immediately stopped. Can I say FRUSTRATED!! Okay, patience. Let's give it another day. Saturday I will test it out again. This can't be happening. I am wondering if its the shoes. I just recently went to neutrals (hesitantly) and maybe that's what is causing all these goofy pains in my knee and foot. Hmmmmm...continuing....

So then my hubs and I went to the grocery store...bad idea. NEVER, I repeat NEVER go the grocery store hungry after the gym. I swear I wanted to eat everything in sight. But we were strong, got the 3 things we needed and bolted out of there!

Dinner time. I marinated some chicken quarters (without the skin, of course) over night with onions, salt, pepper, a tiny bit of rosemary, and lemon juice. Threw them in the crockpot today and voila...


The hubs had chicken with a TINY bit of rice. 

It was WAY too hot today for any hot foods for me...I truly CRAVED a cold, crisp salad. 

I grubbed on this...TOTALLY HIT THE SPOT!


UMMM, this looks so good...making me hungry. Off to bed before I eat something.

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