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Getting my run on.

How I Did

On January 5th, I told you about my latest challenge.  It’s now February 4th and it’s time to report how I did!  On January 5th, my weight was 164.8.  This morning my weight was 159.4.  That’s a difference of 5.4 pounds.  I’ll take it!

Even more important than the weight though is my commitment.  I’ve missed 1, maybe 2, workouts this entire month.  Something has clicked recently.  Yes, my eating is better…most of the time.  Last weekend, not so much.  Oh My God, the salt.  I could barely get my rings off my fingers, they were so bloated.  However, for the most part my eating has been better.  And my exercising has been great.  I’m doing a combination of circuit training and cardio on the elliptical and it’s working I think.  Those new pants I bought at the end of December are starting to become loose.  Woo-hoo!

There’s still a long way to go to get my body where I want it to be but I feel like I’m on the right rack to get there.

I signed up for my first race of the season – the Oakdale Duathlon on May 14th.  Amanda is signed up with me.  Who else is going to join us?  Come on!  You can do it!

One last thing – why is it somehow clicking for me now?  Honestly I think it has to do with me being done creating my family.  Weird?  I don’t think so.  The past seven years I’ve been pregnant, breastfeeding or thinking about getting pregnant again.  My body has not been my own for a lot of that time.  It’s mine now though.  Or, it will be when Levi weans.  I want my health and body to be the best it can be so I can do lots and lots of fun things with my children as they grow.  I want to show them a healthy lifestyle so hopefully they have one too.  I want to live a long life where I can go and be active with my husband, children and eventual grandchildren.  I’m taking charge of my body and health now so I can reap all those rewards in the future.

And I admit that wearing a single digit size would be pretty awesome too!

Get To?

This morning, in looking at my to-do list I thought to myself “Oh, it’s Tuesday.  I get to work out tonight.”  Did you catch that?  I “get to” work out tonight, like I’m looking forward to it or something.  Actually, I am.  Weird, huh?  Kris gave me Wii Active for Christmas and I’m really enjoying it.  I was going to pull out my 30 Day Shred DVD and start doing that again but Active gives me basically the same exercises but a lot more flexibility in which workouts to do.  Saturday I did arms and shoulders.  Tonight I’ll either do a total body workout or focus on legs.  I’m looking at getting more resistance bands so I can use different ones instead of just the one the game came with.  Tonight, I’ll probably do a bit on the elliptical too to get some cardio in.  I’m enjoying working out right now.

Speaking of circuit training, which is basically what the Active is, I really enjoy that!  For Active specifically, I don’t get bored, I like having someone else tell me what to do next (I think I’d like a personal trainer for this reason too), and there’s a little “calorie counter” in the corner showing me how many calories I’m burning while I’m working out.  I don’t put a lot of stock in that number, but I do like seeing it go up and up the longer I exercise.

Things I’ve found out, but kind of already knew – my biceps and triceps are fairly strong.  This is probably due to lugging a 20 pound baby around all the time.  My shoulders are relatively weak.  Lateral shoulder raises suck!  Ouch!  My legs?  Fairly strong.  I can squat and lunge with the best of them and always get “praised” for how well I do them.  But jump squats and lunges?  Suck!  Wow, they tire me out, especially when I’m supposed to do them towards the end of the legs workout.  But I do them anyway, albeit not with the greatest form.  I do look forward to getting stronger though and doing them better.   Weird, huh?

So, tonight I get to work out.  And I’m looking forward to it.  I guess stranger things have happened but not around here lately.

Finding Motivation

I can sometimes find motivation in the strangest of places.  Sure, I have overarching goals of being healthy and wearing a certain size clothes or getting to a certain body fat percentage.  But sometimes those goals can be nebulous or seem so far off that I can start to get off track.  Do I want to eat that crappy food that’s sitting in front of me or do I want to reach some goal that’s months away from being “due”…more often than not I’d choose the crappy, but oh-so-tasty, food.

Saturday I had to run to Target with a small list of items we needed.  On my there I decided it was going to be my cheat day and that I’d get a bag of chips too so I could satisfy my craving for something salty.  However, as I walked into the store, the first thing I saw was racks and racks of bikinis and swimsuits.  They literally stopped my in my tracks.  There was one suit, a green bikini, that looked so cute!  I wanted to be able to wear it.  And right there I found some motivation.  Do I want to eat a bag of potato chips or do I want to look good enough again to wear a bikini with pride.  On that day, the bikini won.

I’ve been using that as motivation for the past couple days too and I hope to use that motivation for months to come.

Funny enough, Saturday night we went out to dinner to celebrate my mother-in-laws birthday.  As we were walking to the restaurant at the Mall of America, what is the one store that stood out to me amongst the sea of people and neon lights?  The swimsuit store on the second level.  We were on the third level and as we came through a throng of people my gaze settled on a store in my line of vision and it just happened to be the store that only sells swimsuits.  Was it a sign?  A coincidence?  I don’t really care.  It was, however, another bit of motivation.  Kris and I shared a cajun shrimp salad and prime rib dinner that night.  I had water with my dinner.  And the table of 8 (Levi doesn’t count as he doesn’t get to eat yummy desserts yet!) shared two desserts of which I had a small bite of each.

My motivation is currently high.  I’m keeping these goals in the forefront of my mind and I’m constantly on the lookout for more sources of motivation.  What has motivated you lately?

(Another source of motivation?  I was bouncing Levi on my lap last night while I sat on the floor and I was using my quad and hamstring muscles until they burned.  It was great to be able to bounce him to his hearts content without worrying about if I could physically handle it.  Being physically active with my kids is a huge motivation!)

News Flash!

News Flash!

When you tell yourself you’re worth it over and over again…you eventually believe it!  I know!  And I am worth it.  And I do like being selfish sometimes and taking time out for myself.  I still have to be a good wife and mother though too.  Balance.  It really all comes down to balance, doesn’t it?  How to balance the needs of yourself with those of your spouse and children?  I think my internal pendulum was swinging a little too far over to the others side in the past.  I’m trying to keep that pendulum balanced now.  And so far I think I’m doing OK.  I missed my first workout yesterday.  I worked out on Saturday (ow, my shoulders!) but missed yesterday.  I usually work out in the evenings after the kids are in bed but Levi’s nap schedule got all messed up yesterday which resulted in him being awake until 10pm.  I spent my time with him instead of working out.  And then when he went to sleep I did too.  He needed that though and I think so did I (stupid cold!).  My eating has been on track though and this morning the scale read 162.2.  Things seem to be progressing nicely.  And not only am I noticing the changes on the scale but my clothes are fitting better too.  I know I’ve only lost a couple pounds, but those pounds seem to all be in my waist.  I’ll take it!

Monday’s are a household chores night (update budget, pay bills, etc.) but tomorrow night I’ll be back down in the basement working out again.  I love riding the momentum wave.  I guess the key is to figure out how to keep this wave going for as long as possible!


I got my workout in last night.  Yay me!  I wasn’t sure I would as last night was the monthly night out with some of my friends.  I usually go late after Kris gets home from work, thus taking away my time I usually use to work out.  But last night he had a meeting to go to at work so I informed the girls I wouldn’t be able to make it.  Kris ended up calling in sick so I could have gone but chose not to instead.  Why, in an effort to take better care of myself, would I choose not to have a night away with my friends?  For a few reasons, actually.

First, I didn’t want to miss my night of working out.  Sure, I could have done it tonight instead and would have, had the other two reasons not popped up.  Second, I had a visitor yesterday for the first time in 18 months and it was making me feel awful and want to crawl in a cave with a bottle of ibuprofen.  Yuck.  Third, I have a nasty cold with a major sinus headache.  I can’t even lay my head down on the left side at night because I get such bad sinus pressure that I have to turn over.  (If I’m not better by Monday I’ll go to the doctor.)  I didn’t want to expose these awful germs to my friends who are pregnant or who have small children – which pretty much means all of them.

Instead I stayed home, got my 30 minutes in on the elliptical machine (while watching the second episode of Gavin & Stacey) and then pampered myself with a long hot soak in our jetted tub.  I guess in a way I did take care of myself last night.  It was just without my friends this month.  Next month though I’ll be there!

It’s All About Me

Or at least that’s the attitude that I’m taking more often these days.  It feels good to be a little selfish sometimes!  I’ve worked out each day I was supposed to (Tues/Thurs/Sat/Sun) and have been adhering to my personal nutrition plan (sensible eating with no eating after 7pm except on Fri OR Sat night).  My weight is down slightly to 163.0 from 164.8.  I’ll take it!

I’ve been using my new Wii Active game for some circuit-type training.  I wasn’t sure what to expect.  How hard could it really be, ya know?  I’d been doing medium intensity workouts since I tried it the first time which was a few days after Christmas.  It was different from my cardio only workouts but I didn’t feel extremely challenged.  Last night I upped it to high intensity (low, medium, high are my choices) and not only was my workout about 10 minutes longer (25 to 35 minutes) but they tried to kill me.  Or at least my legs.  They had me doing three or four different types of lunges along with some long cardio sessions.  My legs are t.i.r.e.d. today!  And I like it!  It was a little difficult for me and my jelly legs last night to go up the two floors from the basement to the upstairs in order to shower and get ready for bed.  Thursday I plan on doing some cardio on the elliptical and then this weekend I’ll do more Active workouts.  Active told me last night that my next workout was going to focus on abs and arms.  Yippee!  Anyway, I think this will be good for me.  I hopefully won’t get too bored on the elliptical now.

Anyway, so far, so good.  Motivation is high.  Workouts and nutrition is on track.  Things are pretty good right now!  (Now only if I could get rid of this awful sinus headache…)

Now that the holidays are over, the new year has begun and the routines are starting to fall back into place, it’s time to focus again.  I feel like the past year has been about me giving to other people.  There was the pregnancy and literally giving myself to another person.  Then there was newborn care, parenting three small children, nursing my husband through another illness and surgery and recovery, and the list goes on.  What I did not do very well last year was care for myself.  I had 2 haircuts in the entirety of 2010.  One was in January, the other was December 30th.  I bought myself a couple new pieces of clothing all year.  I had zero massages.  I had a couple nights out with friends but not enough.  I had very few date nights with my husband which is something we both desperately need to stay connected.  Overall, I did very little for myself.  I took very little time to just do something for me.  This carried over into my health as well.  After the initial post baby weight loss, my weight basically plateaued the rest of the year.  Low 160′s is seemingly where my body would like to be right now.

But 2011 is a new year and I’m unofficially dubbing it the Year of Me.  I’m going to take time for me this year.  I’ve already purchased myself two new pair of jeans (really, really needed after 1 pair sprouted a giant hole in the knee last week!) and used a Christmas gift card for two other new items of clothing.  I have a gift card (from my truly awesome sister) for a massage but I’m going to have to complete another challenge before I’ll let myself use it.  Kris and I have some gift cards from Christmas to go on some date nights.  We must make time for these.  But I’m also going to make time for my health too.

New Year Challenge ending Friday February 4th:  Tuesday and Thursday nights are work out nights for me when Kris gets home from work.  If I’m tired or if there are house chores to be done, well, too bad.  I’m worth it.  I’m also going to get a workout in on Saturday and Sunday, even if it’s a short one due to being busy.  I’m worth it.  I’m also going to watch my eating.  I’m back to a schedule now with work and that should help to make it easier.  I just have to remember that I’m worth it.  That’s it.  Just make time for me to work out 4 times a week.  It’s achievable.

Annika asked me last week if I was pregnant again.  When I told her no she asked why my belly is big again then.  There is nothing like the truth spoken by a child.

So, my goal for this year, beyond taking time for myself both for my health and fitness and for my mental sanity (time to myself – massages – more than 2 haircuts!) and for my marriage is to finally hit my goal weight of 135 pounds.  I’m giving myself the entire year to go from 164.8 (my weight this morning) to 135.  This is achievable and realistic and Kris is on board with this and will no doubt support me as best he can.

Now it’s up to me.

To take care of me.

Epic Fail

It’s been a while since I checked in here.  Yep, I’ve completely failed in my latest challenge.  I’ve not kept up on my working out and I’ve been hit/miss on the no eating after 7pm.  I’m mostly hits on that one but mostly is not what the challenge was going after.  I’ve been busy, stressed, depressed and unmotivated.  And then this weekend we went to the Macy’s 8th floor display and saw the Holidazzle parade.  That much time away from home meant I had to nurse the baby a couple times in a fitting room in Macy’s.  It’s the perfect place to feed him – it’s private, not a bathroom, and usually relatively quiet.  The bad part?  Mirrors.  Sitting with my shirt up only let me see just how many rolls there are on my stomach.  It’s not pretty.  And my face?  I had a new badge pictures taken at work last week and got an unpleasant new picture. Ugh.  I’m about ready to kick off a new challenge but may wait until after Christmas or at least until I’m on vacation on the 23rd.  I’m not giving up.  I will get fit again.  I will race again next summer.  Duathlons and half marathons are in my future.  I just have to get my present in order first.


You may think by my silence that I’ve fallen off the wagon.  Don’t worry.  I haven’t!  I’ve just been super busy.  There were two Thanksgivings to prepare for, one that we were hosting.  Plus I’m hosting two baby showers for Krystle so there is much prep work to day.  And then of course there is Christmas with its own preparations, traditions and time consumptions.  Add in to that general familial and work obligations and well, I’m busy man!

I only got in two workouts last week (Thanksgiving week) and at the rate I’m going, I’ll only get in two this week as well.  Tuesday and last night I got 30 minute workouts in.  I can’t work out today because I gave blood this morning and tomorrow is the baby shower #1 and then Christmas shopping.  Maybe if I’m not completely exhausted tomorrow night I can fit in a third workout.  Either way, I’m trying to fit them in where I can.

I’m doing very well on the food front though.  As Amanda mentioned in the comments on the last post, I’m taking this 7pm no food rule very seriously.  I haven’t messed up yet and I intend to keep that going.  If nothing else, it gives me a semblance of control during this stressful time of year.

I won’t make my challenge goal seeing as how I messed up in week 1 and probably won’t meet week 2 either but I’m going to soldier on anyway.  If come January 1st I’m still exercising regulary and my eating is in check, I’ll have done OK and can start the new year off on the right foot.

The Black Friday Challenge finished up on Saturday.  Pam has already posted her great results.  Way to go Pam!  Nice job!

My results?  I missed one workout and my weight ended at 159.4.  (It was 159.2 this morning!)

I didn’t meet either objective.  I didn’t work out a minimum of three times a week and I didn’t lose four pounds.  I lost 1.2 pounds.

I’m still counting this as a success though.  I’ve finally gotten myself into exercising regularly again.  That was the main point of the challenge.  So I’m going to go ahead and get myself that CAbi shirt I have on reserve.  Yay!

I’m also going to start a new challenge for myself.  Now that I’ve been working out, I need to keep the momentum going, as Pam says.  Pam is going to challenge herself from now until the 18th of December.  I’m going to start a new challenge too but I’m going to extend mine until 1/1/11.  If I don’t do that I know I’ll fall off the wagon over the holidays and I can’t let myself do that.  Here are the rules for my new challenge:

New Year Challenge:

1 – Work out a minimum of 4 times per week with at least one of those workouts being a strength work out.  I can either do the 30 Day Shred DVD or one of the two Shape magazine strength workouts I ripped out and saved last week.  We have weights at home, there is no reason I can’t do a weight training routine once a week.

2 – No eating after 7pm.  This trick has always worked successfully for me in the past.  I eat dinner, I may even eat a dessert but come 7pm, I’m done eating for the day.  Yes, I may go to bed slightly hungry if I ate dinner early or if the evening was busy but that’s OK.  And with the abundance of holiday goodies there are bound to be in the house, I’ll need this rule in effect to help me not completely sabotage myself!

Reward:  A massage.  I haven’t had a massage since Krystle’s wedding in July 2009.  I really want another one!  (I may also buy myself some new clothes outside of this challenge because my closet is a tragedy right now.)

I’m not making a weight goal this time.  If I learned anything in the Black Friday Challenge it was that I can’t control my weight.  I can work out and make the right food choices and still not meet my weight goals.  Until I’m not breastfeeding anymore, I’m not going to make any weight goals.

I admight though that I do have a super secret goal of being back at my pre-pregnancy weight by Levi’s 1st birthday (147 pounds by April 28th) and I’m hoping these challenges will help me get there.  If I don’t?  That’s OK too.  I should at least be in pretty good shape by then if I continue to work out.

Oh, and my other super secret goal?  140 pounds by my 35th birthday (June 5th).  I’m not exactly aging gracefully over here (do not bring up my forehead wrinkles but if you see an ugly gray hairs on my head please do tell me so I can pull those little suckers right out) and I’d love to hit 35 close to my goal weight of 135 pounds.  See?  There I go talking about weight again.  Believe me, it’s not all about what the scale says.  (It is a little bit, I’ll admit.)

I just really want to lose all the extra padding around my middle, get back into racing shape, finish another half marathon, another duathlon, maybe a triathlon or two and just be healthy!

Anyone else want to start another challenge?  Leave your challenge rules in the comment section!