Posted in diet, Health, Ketogenic, Running, Weight Loss

I’m Baaaaaack!

On August 3rd, I woke up at 5:00am, drove thirty minutes north, took a few deep breaths, and walked into my first year of teaching middle school. I may have been more nervous than some of my students on that first day, thinking “am I really qualified to do this?”, “what am I even doing?” and the ever ambivalous question “what is differentiated instruction?”

Life has been a whirlwind ever since that first day, and while I never completely forgot about my fitness goals, they have not been at the forefront of my mind. Lesson plans, assessments, parent contact, student success, administrative duties, and all the other miscellaneous responsibilities of being a teacher took over. Well, it has been just over three weeks since the first day and I am ready to get back in the saddle.

It’s not that I have fallen off the wagon, per se, but I have not been as careful as I should be with my diet, nor have I been doing any sort of exercise (besides the two flights of stairs I walk up every morning and ambulating up and down the hallways). Despite the numerous cheat meals (or cheat DAYS), and my more sedentary state, I am thrilled to announce that I have lost another 10 pounds. That makes for a total loss of 20 POUNDS, people!!!

So, thanks in most part to my husband’s encouragement, I’m back at it! It never seems like a good time to get back at it. I’m still overwhelmed with school responsibilities, stressed, and tired. But that’s life. It’s always going to be that way. I’ve just got to bite the bullet and hit the treadmill. So that’s what I did, today.

I ran my fastest mile today (which is still not very fast, but hey, it’s progress). I’m still preparing for a 5k on September 30th, which is very scary and motivating. I also started the 200 sit-up program that my husband reccommended and am doing that on the days that I don’t run.

So, despite all of my set backs recently, I am very satisfied with my results and ready to make more progress in the coming weeks.

Posted in diet, Health, July 2017, Running, Weight Loss

Days 8 & 9: Making Progress

(To my readers: (Wow! It feels weird to say that!) I think from now on, I will continue to update this segment two days at a time, so as not to overwhelm with too many posts or be rather boring. 🙂 )

Day 8 was on Monday. I felt just ok about my run-not the best and not the worst. I’m totally scrapping the C25K plan for now and setting my own goals, instead. I feel like my own goals are slightly more realistic and manageable right now, and more than anything, I don’t want to become discouraged by not meeting goals.

I had a rest day on Tuesday. Sometimes I’m just not feelin’ it, I tell ya, and my hip was not feelin’ it on Tuesday. I don’t know what else to do about that-I’m taking fish oil and collagen supplements. I think the only thing that will help is seeing a chiropractor for an adjustment.

My body was feeling better tonight and ready to hit the gym, and I had a pretty successful run. I could really tell that progress is being made tonight. I ran at a faster pace at the beginning and then did intervals of fast running and walking for a total of twenty minutes plus a five minute warm up and cool down. I think my next run, I will try to focus on endurance, not speed, because I feel like that is my weaker weakness.

Onward and upward (and hopefully downward on the scale. 😉 )!

Posted in Health, July 2017, Running, Weight Loss

Days 6 & 7; The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Cry

I didn’t write about my run yesterday because it was so bad and I was ashamed. I felt like a failure, poopy nugget, incapable of succeeding at anything and too discouraged to admit my shortcomings right then.

My run started out ok..I ran 8 minutes without stopping and then walked for about five, following the week 5 day 2. When I set out to run the second set of 8 min. I immediately felt burned out and couldn’t do it!

I had also been feeling pretty emotional all day, and there is just something about not being in a very good mindset that makes it so much harder to run. During the last 8 minutes of my walk/run, when I was struggling to find every last bit of energy in my body, I flashed back to when I was in high school and would go running almost every weekday with my dad.

We would agree on it the night before: “I’m going to the gym tomorrow, wanna come?” he’d ask. “Yeah! Just wake me up when it’s time to get ready”, I’d reply. And the next morning, he would come get me at 5:00 or so, I’d stagger into my workout clothes, and slowly wake up in the passenger seat on the way to the gym. We were sometimes the very first people there, walking in as soon as the doors opened and heading straight to “our” treadmills. And then we would run, side by side. We never really talked while we ran (we were too busy huffing and puffing) but it was nice to know we were there for each other.

And I missed that…so badly…and between that thought and all the negative thoughts about how poorly I was doing and how much I was failing, I began to sob on the treadmill. I mean, I was ugly crying. I left feeling sad and defeated.

Today, as I reflected on my run yesterday, I reminded myself that every day I go to the gym is something to be proud of. I didn’t know if I’d have time to go today, after working 8 hours, meeting a friend for coffee, having dinner when I got home, waiting for it to settle, etc…plus knowing I have an early morning tomorrow, as well.

I was really encouraged, though by my friend, who runs a lot and admitted to me her own mental blocks when it comes to running and shared a bit of her perspective with me. I felt so refreshed and motivated by our conversation, that I just had to go running tonight no matter what.

And I’m glad I did. I ran a mile without stopping! Granted, it was a really slow pace, but for me, it was an accomplishment. I pushed myself, having set a goal of running for ten minutes without stopping, I ended up running 12:30-something because I was so close to completing a mile that I couldn’t just stop at 10 minutes! So I’ve past my mental block-I know I can run a mile, at least without stopping, and am just gonna keep on working my way up to 1.25, 1.5, 1.75, 2…

Posted in Essential Oils, Health, July 2017, Running, Weight Loss

Day 5: Essential Oils and Running

Day 5 of running is in the books!

I actually got up this morning and went to the gym right after my cup of coffee! Normally, on days that I don’t work until 12:00, it’s tempting for me to just lounge around the house and then all of a sudden, it’s time for me to go in to work and I never went to the gym. Not today! I was determined to go this morning so I wouldn’t have to come home and go late tonight.

Today was an easier day on the treadmill in preparation for tomorrow, when I’ll try to run for twenty minutes without stopping. So, nothing too exciting to report.

I did want to mention a few essential oils that I have been loving for running. The first one is deep relief. I use it pre and post-workout to help relieve pain in my muscles. A lot of times, I’m sore from the day before, still when I head out for my run, so this really helps relieve some of that and helps get my butt out the door. And then, obviously after a workout, it’s a nice little way to cool down those achy muscles. Essential Oils

Second (and I’ve been using this one like crazy, so it might as well be tied for first place) is R.C. , which stands for respiratory care. I apply this oil to my neck, my back, and right under my nose before I go to the gym, and I actually bring it with me and leave the bottle open on the treadmill so I can apply more as needed during my workout. I have sports-induced asthma and it is really hard for me to catch my breath, sometimes, so I am so thankful for this oil, which helps with that problem.

Finally, on days when I have literally no motivation to go to the gym and I feel exhausted from the day of work and need a little boost, I use En-R-Gee. I apply this oil to my wrists and sometimes my neck and take a little wiff of it to wake up my sense and clear the mental fog that’s holding me back.

Finally, and this is not an essential oil, but it’s still worth mentioning because it’s so helpful, is fish oil. This oil has so many great benefits for the body, but I find it really helps with my mobility. Running really takes a toll on my body and, specifically my joints, so I take two capsules of fish oil daily to keep me moving.

I’m so glad I have these natural supplements to help me along my running journey!

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Posted in Health, July 2017, Running, Weight Loss

Day 4: 8 minutes without stopping

So I took a little break from running on Friday and Saturday. My body definitely needed the rest and recovery!

I was back at it today and I was honestly a little bit bummed still from my last session on the treadmill. I was nervous today and thinking “what if I fail again?”, “will I ever get better?” and just generally negative thoughts. Did not want to go running and put it off for a bit.

I wanted to attempt Week 5 day 2 of the C25K program again since I failed at that last time. The directions say “Run for 3/4 of a mile or 8 min without stopping, walk 1/2 a mile or 5 minutes, run 3/4 of a mile or 8 minutes”.

I decided I should try to go for distance as opposed to time since I’m training for a 5K and am going to have to run 3.2 miles. My goal isn’t really to run it as fast as I can, just to run it without stopping to walk. So, I set out at a realllllllly slow pace, aiming to run 3/4 of a mile without stopping. And I did it! It took me longer than 8 minutes, which was expected at such a slow pace, but I felt triumphant anyways.

After I walked for 1/2 a mile, I went back to running, but this time I tried to run the 3/4 of a mile in the 8 minutes allotted time. I set out at a really fast pace for me and had to stop and walk. And then i went back to running at a fast pace and then stopped and walked. I continued this process until I had reached 3/4 of a mile and it took me just under 9 minutes.

The next day in the C25K program, you’re supposed to run 2 miles or 20 minutes without stopping! *gasp* I can’t even…. I’m definitely going to have to work up to that. So tomorrow, I’m just planning on running for as long as I can without stopping, probably at a slow pace, until I feel like dying and seeing how far I can go.

Wish me luck!

 

Posted in Health, July 2017, Running, Weight Loss

Day 3: Why?!?!!

A bad day of running is better than no day of running…right?

Had to drag myself to the gym today and I totally failed at completing my week 5 day 2 of the C25K program. One thought on that, just so you know, week 5 day 1, they have you running 5 minutes at a time, tops. Then all of a sudden on week 5 day 2 you’re supposed to run for 8 minutes without stopping! Nice, easy step up. 5 minutes to 8 minutes…yeah… So that didn’t happen.

I’ll try again tomorrow, I suppose. But at least I went today. I went for a total of two miles, walking and running. I didn’t walk for as long as I normally do and when I ran, I made sure to run at a faster pace than what I normally do. I definitely got a good workout in. Still suck at running, though. Guess my body won’t change overnight like I want it to, huh?

Not gonna give up though. I’m sticking to my guns. I’ll see ya tomorrow, treadmill. *determined face*

Posted in Health, June 2017, Running

Day 1

I used to say that I hate running but I’ve realized something quite recently and it’s changed my mindset a little bit. See, I don’t hate running, really. I’m just terrible at it. I like the feeling I get after a good run, and even sometimes that burst of energy and pride that you get during a run, but I lack the motivation to get out the door. My pace is really slow, I get winded easily, and I feel like I will never improve. And that is what I really don’t like.

But, I know they say practice makes perfect, so that is what I have decided to do. I’ll practice. I will run for 30 days, straight, and see how much progress I can make. Maybe I will become addicted to it and learn to love it. Maybe I’ll still suck at it and despise it. But either way, you can’t say I didn’t try.

Luckily, I have a 5k coming up in September to prepare for and serve as motivation. My goal is to run the whole 5k without stopping to walk. I’ve never not stopped to walk…

So today was day 1 of my 30 day running journey. I got home fairly late from a 4th of July trip Ace and I made, but I was determined to head to the gym as soon as we got home. And I did. I completed week 5 day 1 of the Couch to 5k program by running 5 minutes, walking 3, running five, walking three, and running 5 more minutes, with a warm up and a cool down of five minutes on either end. I feltreally tired and winded by the last five minute section, but was able to keep running (albeit more slowly) until the end.

Day 1 is in the books. 29 more days to go.