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A couple of years ago, I hit my breaking point weight wise and decided I needed to lose it. At that time I went from a size 12 to a size 8 in about 5 months. I found the motivation to work out, to eat so much better than I had been & put myself first which can be so hard to do.
Long story short, after too many spoonful's of nutella and not enough squats, I'm somehow back all to comfortably in my size 12 jeans.
For me I'm constantly struggling with the whole size thing. I say this because when I was rocking my size 8 jeans and dresses, I felt incredible. I was confident & ready for the world. But I'm not going to pretend that there weren't days where I was oddly disappointed that I wasn't a size 6 or that I didn't have more muscle definition everywhere. And the same thing goes for when I'm in my size 12 jeans. I rock a good pair of high waist pants & a crop top. But there are a fair share of days where I just don't feel confident.
It's really hard to lose or gain weight when you're constantly back & forth with confidence & insecurites. I have great confidence when I'm both sizes & I'm genuinely happy with both sizes. Finding & keeping motivation is so tricky & now that I've made the real decision and have been putting in effort to get my butt back into my size 8 jeans, I have to find this motivation that I lost all over again.
I've been thinking back to when I lost the weight to see what the heck I did to make it easier. Because this time around, I'm struggling to eat better whereas working out has not been a struggle at all. I have always firmly felt & expressed that I never want to ever feel guilty for eating any kind of food. I know that there are days where I need pizza and when I eat a slice, I don't ever want to feel guilty. But I need to figure out, what do I do when I want that second piece that I really don't need?
I'm finding it harder to get into those healthy habits all over again. When the weight came off the first time, I was substituting one meal with a protein shake that I made at home with fresh fruits or veggies with chia seeds and protein powder. I was having smaller, healthier snacks throughout the day. I was eating off of smaller plates & bowls to trick my mind that I was still filling a (smaller) plate with food. Once a week I eliminated all of those bad carbs and instead focused on eating veggies, fruit, rice, fish, etc.
All of those small changes really helped me. And in my mind, I know that they are the habits I need to form again, but why is this so hard all of the sudden?
What's weird for me this time around, is I am being held accountable. I have committed to having my measurements & weight taken on a monthly basis a the kickboxing place I workout at. So I'm being measured by one of the trainers who is helping me. And I know that each month I'm not going to be losing significant inches and that any improvement is an improvement. Whereas last time, it was just me. No gyms, nobody else, it was just myself doing my own thing. But this time, I cannot seem to consistently get into these good habits!
I have set goals but maybe I need to alter them. I have my favorite pair of size 8 jeans & my favorite size 8 dress hanging outside my closet so I'm always seeing them. I'm going to be in a wedding next year and I want to look as good as I possibly can! I have long term goals- but perhaps I need short term goals too?
I don't know why getting back into this routine is really difficult but I need to try something to get me into gear a little more! What are some things you have tried? I've seen people do things like the pictures below. What has worked for you guys?
PS: I focus more on inches or pant sizes lost & I worry less about the actual weight number I see on the scale!
I'm looking for anything & everything so leave your comments & tips!
Many of you know that earlier this year, I decided I wanted to run a 5k. And many of you know that I hated running- it just wasn't for me. Ultimately, I never ran the 5k & I'm quite alright with it.
I never liked running not because I wasn't good at it- in the months I was training, I ran a decent mile & achieved running the 3.1 miles. I was capable of doing it. The actual process of running though, wasn't for me, there was little I enjoyed. I felt like it was a chore, I got bored being alone running- even when I was running with somebody, our pace was always different (I have little legs) so I was always running alone. The one thing I enjoyed, was being outside.
But when the 5k I singed up to run got cancelled, I felt relieved. In my head, I knew that there were a crap ton of other 5k's I could have signed up for, but so much of me was glad I wasn't going to have to run (and in a group of people nonetheless). Running just wasn't for me for so many reasons & I'm fine with that.
Once I weaned myself off of running (just kidding, I just stopped), I was kind of bummed that I didn't fulfill my goal of running in any 5k, but honestly, I wasn't bummed enough. For me, I realized, that working out should not be a chore the way running was for me. Working out should be enjoyable, you should want to go do something for yourself & running wasn't that for me.
And then I stumbled on something that changed me. Because I'm super active in our local Relay for Life community, I often hear from people who are interested in hosting fundraisers with us. In the Spring,in the heat of Relay season, a woman named Jen reached out about doing a kickboxing event. I was super pumped to do a new kind of fundraiser & after meeting her, was even more excited to work with her.
After Relay season ended, I was able to try out a class at her place, CKO Kickboxing, so that I could get a feel for what they do there while planning this fundraiser. I freakin' loved it. It was challenging & hard but I was pushing myself. My body was beyond sore but I loved how it felt (well ok, walking up the stairs I did not enjoy!).
A couple of weeks later, I finally signed up for a membership. I was weirdly hesitant, partially because of money and partially because I new that once I began, I'd be changed. I've been taking classes for about a month & my goals each week right now are to get there 3-4 times a week. Eventually, it'll be 4-5 times a week in goals, but I'm working up to that.
What I love is that the classes don't feel like a chore. I don't feel annoyed to get up and work out, rather, I'm excited. I still do modifications on certain things- I still do push up's with my knees on the ground, but the amount of pushups I can do now compared to my first week have almost tripled. I do the slowest burpees the world has ever seen, but I'm doing them. Last week, I learned how to do a flying front kick properly & while it's not smooth, it's happening. I can not only hold a regular plank for just about a minute, but I can throw some rainbow planks in there too!
I really love going to classes, I love that each of them are so different & I can tell that my body is really working hard within minutes. I like how I actually am, for the first time in forever, am enjoying working out. When I'm wrapping up my hands before class, I'm excited to get started to see what kind of torture I'm in for that next hour. I weirdly have enjoyed getting up & out on weekend mornings to kick some major butt!
The lesson I learned with all of this is that making goals & challenging yourself is amazing. It's something that should always be done. But when you don't achieve the goal in the way you have set out- don't feel bad, don't feel ashamed & don't let other people put you down for it. The way I look at it, I didn't run a 5k & I probably won't. But for the first time I can say I ran 3.1 freakin' miles. That's something I probably haven't done.. ever? I did it. That's way more running than I ever anticipated I'd do.
I also learned that working out should be challenging but it should be fun & enjoyable. Find something that you don't dread to go do. Find something that is hard because you're only going to get stronger as you continue to build & grow. Find a place that is judgment free, accepting & wants to see you do your absolute best. A place that gives you the tools you need to be kickass! That's what I found & it's really amazing.
My biggest thing, is just don't let other people tear you down. It might hurt when people are asses to you, or make you feel awful for now following through in your original ways. Be true to yourself, make goals for yourself, be proud for all the mini goals you achieve along the way, Doing things that are going to make you an even better version of yourself are great things. Focus on yourself & find the balance between enjoying a workout and a challenging workout. And mostly, don't let people burst your bubble of greatness!
If you're local in Westchester, NY- try out CKO Kickboxing! It's awesome!
If you want to join us for our Kickboxing fundraiser on November 19, 2016- check out the details!
)About 2 Christmases ago, my sister asked me what I wanted. I couldn't think of anything, literally nothing was calling to me except for a memory foam cooling pillow (which is amazing might I add). That was the moment when we decided that we were over giving gifts & that it was time to do something about it.
So instead, we opted to go out there & make memories. There were so many things we wanted to do but we just weren't doing them. We felt every year obligated to buy a gift instead of changing it up & it was part of why we were missing out.
Then we realized that the amount of money we were spending on Christmas plus our birthdays was perfect for a budget of doing what we wanted!
We talked about the things we could do & began planning. We started off with booking seats to a play. Both of us wanted to see pretty much all of the musicals out there but landed on "Hedwig & The Angry Inch" starring Darren Criss who we both loved (from Glee and other things). We ended up getting a stellar deal & got to sit 4th row center which was unreal. We were SO close to the stage that we literally felt his sweat when he danced (which is much more exciting when you're in the moment.)
After the play, we went to 4 concerts- country music of course. It was weekend after weekend of such great music & it was honestly so much fun. I went to 7 concerts last year, and I honestly don't think I could choose a favorite because they were all absolutely incredible!
Since that fist year, we've continued to do things over giving things. We saw Tracey Morgan live in his first stand up show back since his accident (I got to personally talk to him during his act and I still pinch myself), we went to the ballet for the first time, we booked tickets to more concerts & we most recently, we took a rock climbing class!
What I love most is how much fun we get to have. I'm not huge on going out to bars, I get irritated with having to yell to whoever I'm with or being annoyed by an obscene amount of drunk people- that was fun when I was in college. I like to relax at home with tea and my sewing machine & things like that make me happy. But going and getting to do things with my sister has been such a great experience. We constantly talk about the fun things we've done, we plan for all the things we want to do- like go to the opera!
We've gotten other people in on this with us too! Friends have come to concerts & we went to the ballet with our aunt and cousins. One of my friends & I have adopted this for ourselves too! We've gone to some concerts (if you couldn't tell, I'm a HUGE music fan) & we've taken a cooking class!
It has been the most fun making memories instead of getting gifts that more often than not, get lost in my room or become useless (except for my memory foam cooling pillow, I'm snuggling with it now). The memories we can't lose- they don't' stay hidden on a dusty shelf or get forgotten about. When I hear a song from a show we've seen or talk to people about things they've tried out- I remember the times that we have.
It's so much fun to tell other people about what we do & I love hearing about the memories other people make when they explore the world. There's nothing like making memories that will last us always! I'll keep my quiet nights in with my tea & sewing machine, but I am constantly looking forward to all the adventure that are to come!
Do you do memories over things? Share with us your favorite memory you've made!
If you do a search in google of "bikini body" the results are a poor representation of what a bikini body is. What you find are beautiful tall women, without a thigh gap, perfectly toned abs & that beach wave hair I can never figure out how to get.
But what you don't see is everybody else. There are so many beautiful women just as I described above that should certainly be represented, but why don't the women who look like me show up in the top 20 pictures of the search?
I'm without a doubt far from the first person to recognize that there is quite a large gap in what we are constantly defining as beautiful or the norm of what a bikini body is.
I have never been one of those thin ladies. I have had curves since I could remember. My thighs are best friends & that's why they always touch. I have had stretch marks since I hit puberty too many years ago and guess what? My tummy has this really cute jiggle to it.
But you know what else? I still rock a bikini.
I don't know if it's because I was raised by a strong woman or if I always made sure that my personal confidence always stayed with me, but I grew up to embrace what I was given.
I was given my curves & my mini stature (I'm not even 5 feet tall) because that's what the world dealt me. But aside from that, I was given a lot more. I was given creativity, sarcasm & a usually level head. I was given drive, kindness & a lot of love inside this body.
There are plenty of days where I look at myself and think "meh" but I just have to remember that more often than not, the next day that I look at my self, I'm usually thinking; "get it girl".
But what I want to remind you is that no matter how you look- whether your thighs touch or not- embrace it, rock it & show it off! When you feel confident in yourself, you radiate. Stop caring about the negativity & surround yourself with the positive reminders of your beautiful body, beautiful personality & beautiful mind. Be you & go out there and let the world know you're here to stay!
And always, always, always remember, to get a bikini body; simply put on your bikini.
First off, let's begin with the update on my measurements. I do need to get a little better with taking them on a more regular basis, but regardless there have been improvements over the past few months. I've lost roughly a total of 10 inches between all of my below measurements! I'm definitely proud about this but I know I want to continue with focusing on eating better, which some days is difficult, and keep on running!
I do feel a difference in my clothes, especially my jeans. I'm exited to keep working towards fitting back into my size 8s which is still a ways to go but I know it'll happen! I'm feeling better, I have more energy & I just feel good compared to the end of last year. That to me is huge.
Last week was not a stellar eating week. PMS took over & when I'm PMSing & feel like I need to be fed, you better feed me! So this week I really need to focus on what I'm eating and next month, I need to be stronger than my PMS! ( Ladies, you know what I'm talking about!)
I also, experienced my first real runners stitch last week. I had gotten to the track & was just so frustrated with things outside of running. I had so much on my mind and really took to my run to get all of my annoyance off my mind.
And this proved to be great in some ways. I mean, I rocked that first mile. I hit an awesome stride & ran my quickest mile for me, 11:17. But because I was so focused on what was going on outside the track, I wasn't focusing on what I was doing on the track. I was breathing, but not well; honestly I wasn't even focusing on breathing.
Then it hit me. That intense pain on my right side. I mean, it was painful. I had to stop and google what I should even do. I stretched it out, I breathed deeply and it started to go away. So the rest of my run alternated between walking and running every lap or so. It was that kick in the ass that I do need to focus on how I'm breathing & focusing when I'm running. I don't want to have another one of those babies again!
Last week, I also decided to make the switch from running on the track to running in the neighborhood. I was starting to get bored running around in circles & I began to felt like it was hindering me. I knew I could run about 1.25 miles without stopping & on the track, I could easily track this. But I stopped pushing myself to see if I could run maybe 1.5 miles without stopping.
Moving into the neighborhood was nice but it was an adjustment. My first day was awful, I really felt like I had regressed. I could barely run, I was so out of breath & I have no idea what happened. But each run got better. What I found about running on the road compared to the track, is there are so many other factors to think about. There are bumps in the road (literally), at times I was running on a slight incline which really makes a difference and I had to worry about cars! But I liked this so much more!
On my latest run, I was even more proud of myself. I'm still figuring out how to make the run in the neighborhood 3.1 miles, I'm getting closer. But what I like about running on the road, is I have no idea how far I'm running, unlike on the track. I stopped for a moment on my last run to catch my breath & to look both ways before crossing the road, and I checked my Map My Run app too see where I was at, and I had run... wait for it...
...2.2 miles! That was a light jog, without stopping! But my time per mile had improved from the days earlier!
My goal for the 5K in May is to run it without stopping & to run a 10 minute mile. I'm definitely improving from when I started training in January. I mean, just 2 months ago I couldn't even run a quarter of a mile & now I can run roughly a 12:30 minute mile. I still have a lot of work to do, but I'm excited to do it!
Here's to another week! Especially with the weather starting to feel like spring!
After last weeks awful run, I really had to psych myself up to get back out there. I really had to build it up in my head & just make sure that I didn't let 2 bad runs turn me completely off. And I'm SO happy I got my butt back on the track.
The first day back out was better. It wasn't my best run by any means but it was better than my worst day & that was something I needed. I think it's important to get back out there. I mean, they always tell you when you fall off the horse to get back up, right? (Or am I mixing up that saying?) Anyway, I think if I let myself sit and stew on a bad run, or on how much I don't like running, then I would have never gotten back out there.
Mid week, I had the choice- I had about 40 minutes to spare between the end of work & a meeting. Do I just go out and run quick or do I just go to our meeting early & wait? I decided that in spite of the rainy weather, I would just do it.
And I'm glad I did. I'm not quite sure what it was- whether it was the fact that there was nobody on the track so I was less self conscious or if the cool rain just made me feel good, but I ran an entire mile, non-stop! That's huge for me! Especially considering just 5 weeks ago running one lap around the track wasn't happening! It was so nice feeling so proud of myself. I left that track after a creepy man emerged standing at the edge of the track watching me, feeling great. At that moment, I knew the 5K was actually possible.
My run after that, I knew that a mile non stop had to happen. And it happened! I ran 1.22 miles, I pushed myself a little more, walked a lap and then ran ANOTHER mile! I wasn't focused on how fast I was going or what I looked like, instead I was focused on finishing the mile, telling myself I could do this. My forth run of the week, I once again ran a mile- pushing myself a tiny bit more and running 1.3 miles at once. If I don't push myself, how am I supposed to get better?
But my biggest realization this week aside from now knowing I can run, was realizing who I'm doing this for. In the past, I've always set my goals & while working towards achieving them, I always keep in my mind somebody I want to impress. I don't know why I do this, but I always have. But last week as I was running my full mile, I realized, this is one of the very few things I'm doing for myself. So, why am I wasting time trying to impress anybody? The person I should impress is myself, I want to prove to myself that this is something I can achieve & honestly, I'm going to achieve it mostly on my own. This is for me & I finally recognized that. I really think that by forgetting what other people think, who I'm going to impress, really pushed me to challenge myself.
And I'll leave this here... Dare I say, I might be starting to enjoy running?
But yesterday was a gorgeous day out & I made myself go out for a run. It was great when I started with my warm up lap, the fresh air felt great, I didn't need my gloves on which was a perk. And then my warm up lap was over & I had to run.
It was a bad running day for me.
I don't know if it was because I was off the pavement for 2 weeks that got me really out of sync, or if it was because I was running alone (my sister tore her meniscus so she's out for the count) but I was so unhappy the whole time. Almost the entire time, I was thinking, how the heck am I going to run 3.1 miles straight in May? Why am I doing this?
I'm not normally a person of negative thoughts so this really bugged me. When I got home, I was cranky instead of my usual perky ways after a workout and that bothered me too. So I don't know what it was yesterday that just made me really hate running. I don't know if it was a combo of being out for 2 weeks & PMS (sorry for maybe TMI) or what, but I'm hoping it'll get better.
I'm not going to let one really bad day ruin it for me. I'm still going to run the 5K no matter what. I refuse to bow out just because yesterday I didn't enjoy it. I still don't know if I'll become one of those people who start off hating running and turn it around with loving it by the end of training or if I'll be one of those people who run a 5K and leave running behind.
But today is a new day! I have my running gear with me and will go for a run this afternoon after work. I'm not super sore which good & I'm going to start telling myself that running is a good thing, this will be a good day & that I can do it. So we'll see what happens.
Wish me luck!
It totally hit me today that I forgot to mention another way to track my training from now until May. I wanted to make sure I was tracking my progress not only on the pavement, but as my body will change over these next few months. I completely forgot to take my measurements as a base before my first run so I can compare them in May, but I took them today so it'll have to work.
I choose to track my measurements over my weight first off because we don't own a scale in our home. I own numerous tape measures but no scale, so convenience wins there. I also find that looking at my weight overtime doesn't help me visualize my changes in the same way that my measurements do. I'm able to see where I'm loosing it, what's getting toned, what's slimming down, etc!
I don't have goals set for how many inches I want to lose specifically. My goals don't revolve around numbers on a tape measure, scale or a size of jeans. My goals are to run a 5K, to see some toning in my body, get healthier & feel better overall. Those are my goals.
I have definitely been watching what I eat on a daily basis these past few weeks, more than I have in months. I track my food using the My Fitness Pal app and it tremendously helps me out! I try to stay within & under my calorie goal a day, which is 1,300 before working out (it will also calculate calories you burned if you have the Map My Run app or a Fit Bit so you can adjust your calories for the day!)
I'm trying hard to cut out dairy & processed foods in most meals. I've been focusing on eating better all around, but I won't ever not eat a slice a pizza or a scoop of ice cream if that's what I'm craving! I don't think indulging from time to time is the worst thing in the world. So now I'm just keeping the focus on healthier alternatives, portion control & moderation! It's an adjustment, but it's one worth making!
So here are my measurements as of 1/19/2016:
Bust: 43 in
Waist: 39 in
Stomach: 41 in
Hips: 46 in
Legs (upper thighs): 25.5 in
Arms (upper arms): 12 in
This is me; no sucking in, no faking it, no tweaking my numbers, just me! I'll keep you posted monthly as my measurements change! I'll be happy with even a slight improvement! Let's see what happens!
These are my visual baselines.
I'm not ashamed or embarrassed by either photo, otherwise I wouldn't share them with you. I've always felt confident in my skin but I do want to get healthier while continuing to be confident with what I got! Because let's be real, I'll always have big boobs, hips that don't lie & my thighs will always touch.
I'm proud of all of those parts of my body no matter what! But here's to a healthier me!
Proud to say (and not at all ashamed of this self bragging moment), that I did accomplish just that! I even managed to do 2 full laps running without stopping. But otherwise, I was consistently running one full lap & walking a half lap in between. It's a small celebration but for a super beginner, it's something to be proud about! And if we're being honest here, I'm wildly out of shape so running around even in a slow jog, is a serious improvement!
Then on my second run day, I actually ran on the treadmill at a friends gym. There were definite pros & cons to this. The first thing I realized, was I really missed the fresh air of running outdoors, the nice breeze keeps things fresh & not so hot or sticky like running in a gym. I also missed the fact that even when running around a track, I felt like I was going somewhere; even if it was just in large circles. On a treadmill I just couldn't get past the fact that I was running, but I wasn't getting anywhere.
However, on the treadmill, I could tell that I was moving at a much faster pace that I had been on the track (I amped it up from a slow jog, to a jog), and I felt ok! My pace improved from 14:30 earlier in the week to 13:02 on the treadmill. I even felt more motivation to run faster to finish a lap, giving me a 10:26 pace for the last lag of each lap. That really put a 5K into perspective. Roughly, a 10 minute mile to me sounds like a solid goal to have come the 5K in May. But now I got a tiny taste as to how much faster I need to move my legs to achieve that. I'll get there.
Oh and let me just put this picture in your mind. I'm running on the treadmill, I got a good pace going but the new song on my iPod just isn't doing it for me so I go to change it...only I somehow drop my entire iPod and it flies behind me since it caught the treadmills wind. So I had to act cool, stop and go find it all while pretending this was a part of my plan. At least I didn't fall of the treadmill too...
What has really helped me after getting back from a run is doing yoga to really stretch out. I want to make sure I'm treating my muscles right & I've been improving my flexibility little by little as well. So when I get home, I hop on my tablet, go to YouTube & search post running stretches. My favorite one have been yoga sequences like this one. Proper stretching & really giving myself an extra 15-20 minutes to stretch has made my body as a whole feel better the next day.
I made the mistake in week 1 of not properly stretching for one day & walking the day following was so painful. Going up stairs really required mental power to help me through it. But after taking the time to stretch, the days following aren't tremendously painful. I still feel sore, but it's not unbearable. It's the kind of sore that weirdly feels good because you know it's from challenging your body!
Goals for week 3 include: Keeping up running 2 laps at a time, going out for at least 4 runs by continuing to make the time for a run, enjoying the run more & improving my running playlist!
Speaking of a running playlist- what songs get you pumped up to run or workout? I've been tweaking my playlist but am still struggling to find the perfect songs! The current songs that pump me up without fail are: The Band Perry's "Live Forever", Kelly Clarkson's "Heartbeat Song" and Demi Lovato's "Confident'.
Comment with your favorite workout jam!
We completed our first week of training! Lets start with what method of training we chose to use. We decided to try the Couch to 5K approach which is fitting because I need to get my cute butt off the couch! Basically, this program weans you onto running which is exactly what I needed. It starts you off slow, the first day walking more than you're running and for only about 15 minutes. As the weeks go by & you progress, the time you're working out increases as well as the amount of time you're actually running. I like this because it builds you up & I think I'm going to enjoy learning to run this way.
The first day wasn't as brutal as I had anticipated. I won't lie, I was nervous. I don't know why I was nervous because doing any amount of running would be an improvement. But I put on my pretty awesome new running pants, laced up my sleek new running shoes, pinned my insanely wild hair back and got ready to go out! I popped in my headphones with a pretty epic playlist going to pump me up!
My sister and I walked for a few minutes & when we were each ready we began to ran. I probably ran for about 2-2.5 minutes my first stretch. I was by no means running fast, but I was running. Then I'd walk for a few minutes, then pick up and run again. The first day of the couch to 5K plan was to be out for 15 minutes & we were out for a touch more than 21 minutes! I'll brag about that!
I didn't feel as awful doing this as I thought I would. I focused a lot on my breathing & looking ahead. I also made sure to stop running & walk when I had to and pushed myself a little more in my next lap.
When we got home I was proud, I think the first steps are some of the hardest & I was proud that my sister and I made those steps! Trust me, I felt those steps later on & the next morning. I forgot how not fun being sore was. Rude awakening but I suppose it's better than not being sore from doing nothing.
The next 2 runs we were out longer & both ran more. We are still doing the combination of running & walking and will for a good chunk of the upcoming runs. I will say, I pushed my limits especially on day 3. However, I know I can push myself more. I'll be the first to admit it; I'm wildly out of shape; so working on my endurance & strength are top priorities. I also need to work on making that voice in my head that says "you can do it, just run a little bit more", louder.
I will admit too that after the first day of running, I skimped out on stretching. I just kind of did it for a few minutes & I know that's not a good thing and trust me- I felt it the next day. So after runs 2 & 3 I decided to YouTube some stretching post run & found a great 15 minute yoga video. That stretching really made a difference. It winded me down after my run, made me more relaxed & the next day, I was sore, but it was tolerable.
I supplemented my runs with additional workouts on off running days. I did Pilates one day & some strength training focusing that day on arms, shoulders & chest. For my schedule right now, working out 5 days a week works & it's good to give my body 2 days rest to recover.
I'm looking forward to another week of training to see how much more I improve- even if it's just slightly! I'm hoping to continue hitting the 2 mile mark this week & as I start running more than walking, I hope to increase my pace too. So here's to a successful week 1 of training!
I get by with a little help from my...apps.
Let me tell you about some of the apps I've been using to help me. All of them are made by Under Armour & have been tremendously helpful for me.
The first one is called My Fitness Pal. I've actually been using this one on & off for months. This app is meant for tracking your daily food intake. I've tried many of these apps & this one is the easiest for me to use. You set up your profile with your weight, goals, etc. Once you do that, you can begin tracking! You can add food items separately or you can take some time & create recipes within the app. I create recipes for foods I eat often; like my steel cut oatmeal or my veggie soup. It will calculate the calories for you based on the ingredients & serving size. It'll keep it stored (as well as your recent & frequent foods) so it makes it easier to track! There are tons of other things you can do with this app & if you wanted to pay for an upgrade, you can do even more!
Then they have the Map My Run app also by Under Armour. This app is good for tracking your exercising. If you're going out for a run, you can click the "start workout" button & it'll track your route, how long you were out there for, your pace, the miles, etc. You can also track other workouts here like biking, walking, sit ups, push ups, etc. You can set up goals, create challenges between friends & keep a solid log on all your hard work. This app also connects to your My Fitness Pal. So your food tracker will adjust your calories based on how many you burned during your workout!
The third app is called Run Trainer. Because I'm a new runner, this one is super helpful. You can choose the type of running program you'd like; we chose Couch to 5K, and you can adjust your schedule to what works best for you. It guides you by telling you how many minutes you should walk & run and how long your total workout should be. It also gives you tips to your rest days & what else you can do to keep your body strong & healthy. When you're in this app & you're ready to start your workout, you can click "Track Run" and it'll bring you right into the Map My Run app so you can begin!
All of these apps might seem overwhelming but it's really not so bad. I especially like the first two because you can track your progress overtime & have a sense of accomplishment as you improve!
So overall week one was solid! Now onto the next week...
I'm going to attempt my first 5k this spring.
Even being a vegetarian for nearly 18 years, I'd seriously have to stop and think of which I'd seriously choose. That's how much running has never fit into my life.
So choosing to run in a 5K is a pretty big deal for me because I never thought I'd ever come to this day where one of my goals was to run. I always just assumed I'd buck up & run if I was being chased.
I'd see people running as I drove passed them & always thought, "Power to them, I could never do that". Well, I guess now I'm hoping to do that!
So now you're probably wondering, "well then, why the heck are you going to attempt this if you hate it so much?"
Great question. Like so many other people, I want to drop the weight. I want to become a healthier version of myself. Running can help me get there. One thing I like about running (right now this might be the only thing), is the fresh air. I get to get up, get out and breathe in freshness. That's good for my soul.
I also want to challenge myself & try something new. Sure, after this, I might still hate it. But what if I actually enjoy this? I hear of the mythical runners high & I want to find that suddenly. I need to not knock it until I truly try it. Yes, I've run before but only in gym class when we had to and I graduated high school nearly 9 years ago. So I'm going to give this a good, real try so that way I can truly profess my feelings on running.
I think those are solid enough reasons & motivational points for myself! Don't you?
So, the first thing I did was recruit some of my favorite people to do this with me, all non-runners. I've always found that working together in this type of situation is always better. You can encourage each other, workout together, have somebody to talk to when you have a bad day or get a high five from when you hit a milestone!
But here's my thing, where do I even begin now that I need a game plan? Obviously one of my first steps is to do research. I mean, I need to start slow, very very slow; ease my way into this. But how slow is the right slow? Is there a right place to even start?
How much do you actually run in your first week? What additional workouts should be done? What kind of diet should I be following? I have so many questions which means I'll be seeking out advice from those who have been where I am on top of research. And then it'll all begin before I know it!
So join me on this journey from a person who loathes running to a person who actually might enjoy a good run! Who knows!
If you have advice, please, leave it here in the comments! If you're a new beginner too, lets work together to make this happen!
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