Staying focused when life keeps you busy.

Life will occasionally throw a wrench in your plans, and it may not make it easy for you to stay focused.  And we are ALL guilty of letting things like this slip us up.  And if you do……SO BE IT!  As soon as it is over, it is in the past!  SO GET OVER IT!  There is not a thing you can do to change what already happened, so just re-focus and move forward.
BUT…if you know something is coming up that is going to make your life MORE hectic than normal….PLAN AHEAD!   Prepare your meals, get anything you can get done ahead of time DONE!  I, as of yesterday, have about 2 weeks worth of meals prepared and in the freezer.  We may not eat them all over the next two weeks, but they are there, healthy, and ready to keep me from “picking something up” at the last minute.  Because I am going to tell you, while training for a marathon, there are some weekends that a double digit long run will just take it out of you.  I know this, so I figured since I “only” had to run 10 this weekend. I would try to be prepared for NEXT Sat when I have 14 on the training schedule!

So…I guess what I am trying to say, falls back to the old saying…

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!”

Weekend Run and A Brand New Week:)

Many of you know that I am in training for my second full marathon right now.  And some of you also know, that with the injury to my hamstring last August, that so far, it has not been going as well as I had hoped:(  While on out Bridge The Gap 4 mile training run this past Saturday, I talked to my buddy Doug.  SO HAPPY I did.  He is the one that helped pace me in my first marathon, and I had hoped I could train with him again and maybe get my head back in the game.  I had been psyching myself out for the most part.  Yes. there is still a bit of tenderness, but nothing “serious”.  I have just been so scared to push it, that I have been babying it a bit TOO much.  So, after talking to Doug, and him giving me a good ‘ol “Dougster’s ‘You Can Do It'” pep-talk, not only did I finish that 4 miles in the BRUTAL cold and wind, but I got straight in my car, headed for the gym, and did the last 8 miles indoors to finish my scheduled 12 mile training run!   I am so happy I did!  I think it really got my head back in the right place.  I was a bit sore yesterday, but no worse than after any other “first in a long time” long run:)  So now I am happy to report, that I am going forward to continue training for the Illinois Marathon on April 28th.

 

After the accomplishment of finishing 12 miles, you would have thought that the rest of my weekend would have been GREAT!  Not so much.  I decided that it was time to give myself a rest and recovery day yesterday, which I desperately needed because I had not taken one in 2 weeks.  But for some reason, that threw me off.  I was SO HUNGRY, and I seemed to just “graze” all day.

SO….today is the first day of a Brand New Week, and I am going to take full advantage of it to make a fresh start!  NO NEGATIVITY!  I CHOOSE to be happy and positive!  I will not let external things derail Me!  I hope you all have a wonderful, positive, productive week!  Now let’s get after it:)

 

My Aching Body!

LOL!  Sorry, but that is just simply how I feel today:)

I did one heck of a back and leg workout last night!  I also ran 4 miles, but I split it 2 for warm-up and 2 after lifting.  Glad I did, because I really don’t think my legs would have went 2 more miles after.  It felt like I was running through quicksand!  Today is one of those days that I am happy that my desk “chair” is an exercise ball, because my booty is on fire!  I am really hoping I will have some strength in me by the time FIT class rolls around tonight.  EEK!  I don’t know if a squat is even possible at this point:P

Still working on getting my diet cleaner!  This is such a struggle for me.  NOT that I eat bad, but there are certain things that I am just finding it VERY hard to cut back or OUT!  I know I just have to keep working at it.  I will NEVER give up, so it really is just a matter of time:)

Have a great day!

 

WHY do I workout the way I do???

I have been asked this question by a few people lately.  Some worry that I am going to get too “big”.  Some worry that I will look “manly”.  Some just simply don’t understand that lifting heavy and HIIT training is the BEST WAY to get lean!  PERIOD!  Now realize, that right now I am training for a marathon, and that is a bit of a different animal, and the long runs are important for “sports-specific” training, but when I am NOT in training, I do not run LONG miles everyday.  In fact, just the opposite!  I am trying to build strong lean muscle.  That is my intention.  Do I LIKE having big biceps???  YES!  Do I WANT defined abs???  OMG!  More than I can express!  Do I expect ANY of it to come overnight? NO!  I work hard because it is what I want AND I enjoy it!  I have lived most of my life as an obese slug!  I hate to put it that way, but that pretty much sums it up.  I was unhealthy, was pre-diabetic, had high BP, AND had the excuse of a lumbar spinal fusion to help me justify keeping my bum on the couch!  Well NO MORE!

I was talking to my trusted friend Carrie Kimber last week, and she informed me of a recent statistic that she had read that stated that 95% of all obese people who lose a large amount of weight, gain it all back.  And it usually brings friends.  I WILL NOT BE A STATISTIC AGAIN!  So if you see me at the Kroc Center working so hard that I am drenched in sweat….Remember that sweat is Fat crying because I am chasing it away!

HARD WORK!  DEDICATION!  DETERMINATION!  AND THE SHEER WILL TO BE BETTER!

Weekend Workouts *Planned*

Well….this weekend will mark my longest run in about 6 months, with hopefully 10 miles.  I have 8 scheduled, but I am feeling behind in my training, and would feel MUCH better if I could get in the 10.  I will say that with a bit of reservation today, as my hip is feeling “off” again today:(  Thinking it is just a little overworked this week, and hoping some foam rolling and rest tonight will work wonders!

Beyond that, I will get in a shoulder/ab workout at the Kroc either Sat afternoon or Sunday and that should do it:)

Have a happy and healthy weekend!  BE MINDFUL of your Super Bowl snacks!  A treat is one thing….a BINGE is a whole ‘nother animal!