Monthly Archives: January 2014

Snow Day!

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Snow days are great for a multitude of reasons, mainly involving days off of work and school. But it has a lot of down falls too. Essentially, taking days off from your diet and working out. But I would have to say that over all I did better than expected. Like most, the thought of snow in Alabama makes me laugh, so I didn’t properly stock up on food for the next three days. Day 1 was fine because we still had food for White Chicken Chili and Salads, and the morning part of day two was okay because we have scraps here and there. Then came Wednesday (day 2) night. There was no food to be found in the apartment and no fast food chain or store opened. The only things that were available were rolls (wheat), cheese puffs (just bad!), or pudding. It was terrible, to the point of going to bed super early so that I wouldn’t eat. But lo and behold we made it through!!! Day 3 and things are opening back up. Granted I still ate a salad from home, but it was the mind set that I could go out and get something else if I wanted. 

Snow days can also be bad for exercise, with such a good excuse! Who would want to go out in freezing temperatures- it can’t be good for the body- or “if school is out we shouldn’t be outside long enough to go anywhere, it’s too dangerous.” Both of these scenarios were said out loud multiple times each day. But the great thing about being in a routine of working out now is that even though those thoughts go through my mind, I ultimately know I’m going to work out anyway. Which is a surprisingly great feeling! Since the Student Rec was closed Caitlyn and I YouTubed Butt’s and Gut’s workout. The first few options were a bit shaky, but when we found a lady in combat pants and a black tank top. She looked so intimating she had to be good, right?! Although it was tough, I think our self made impromptu workout was harder. Yesterday, Lauren, Kahlyn and I finally decided to leave the house long enough to get a little workout in at out gym. It was packed! So I did squats, lunges, crunches, and a few weights and called it a day. Finally, today it was nice enough out to go running, and I loved the fresh air! Caitlyn and I did a total of 2.76 miles in 32 minutes, but we had to walk a half of a mile where there was still snow and ice behind buildings.

I am starting to really enjoy running outside. I clears my heads, it’s relaxing, and I’m not cursing every step of the way. That is a HUGE improvement from my first run in November! February 1st will be 3 months since my total body transformation and I couldn’t be happier! I have started to see where the weight is gone and everything is just a little thinner. I am 17 pounds down after 3 months, so I can’t wait to see what I am 6 months down!! ImageImage

For the love of carbs!

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I was talking to my mom about a week or so ago and I was talking about my frustration of not losing weight. She said that I am doing amazing (best Mom ever!) but sometimes it’s best to kickstart a diet over again. She reminded me of the South Beach Diet and and how much success I had on it before. I knew that it would be much more difficult with all the temptations of college. My biggest downfall would be that most of my meals come from the Sorority house and I have no control over what they cook. I realized for me to actually go through with this diet I would need back up, so I roped my roommate Lauren into doing it as well. 5 days in, and I am definitely going stir crazy for some sort of pasta! Anyone that knows me knows that my favorite food is spaghetti and turkey meatballs! I am a big fan of the vegetable pasta, but I can’t even have that right now. For anyone who doesn’t know, the South Beach Diet is broken down into 3 phases. In phase one, it is two weeks without wheat, sugar, and alcohol, and it has some serious food limitations! So basically it has been salads for 2 of my three meals. Not that I don’t love a good salad, but there are only so many variations that fit a college budget! Phase two starts on February 4th and it can’t come soon enough!!

Also, completed my first week of Grace’s HILT workout. To say it kicked my butt would be an understatement, but I loved that it was a completely different workout everyday so I had it to look forward to!

27 days until the Glow Run 5k- Tuscaloosa! I officially can run the full length, so now I’m just concentrating on shedding some time off!

If anyone has any good Salad (or wheat/ sugar free) recipes I’d love to hear them!!

It’s so beautiful out!

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This weekend has been truly amazing! Among hanging out with some amazing friends to celebrate Marisa’s birthday, it was such a good running weekend. Yesterday I did an all time high in consistent running (2.56 mi) and even kept the same pace the whole run. I did another two miles today, and although I was a little worried that I would be sore from yesterday, it was surprisingly easy. It was so beautiful out on the river!! Tomorrow Lauren and I start a workout routine made by Grace Reardon to keep up the cardio while still toning. It looked really intense, but she swore we’d be able to do it. Cross your fingers. Hopefully it will continue to warm up so I can run outside more!

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Frustration

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So it’s been about 2 1/2 months since I decided to change the way I look and live a healthier life. It’s definitely not easy, and unfortunately I think I have hit a plateau, where i’m not losing weight as fast as I would like. I lost 16 pounds total (which is great I know) but I thought I would be able to see results faster. My family and friends have been SO supportive and people have told me that they can tell I have lost weight but I am just not seeing it. It is also frustrating that I have upped my workouts to 6 days a week instead of 3, and am only eating 1,100 calories a day.  I guess I just want to wake up one morning and be 50 pounds lighter even though I realize this is unrealistic. Some good news though, I have lost at least a half an inch in all 7 areas that was measured! 

The Glow Run 5k is coming up in a little over a month, and I am getting really excited. It has been getting dark so early that I haven’t been able to run outside so I have been doing it on the treadmill. I am able to run two miles without stopping, so I am definitely on the right track! I have realized through training that I hit a definite wall around the 20 minute mark. I am hoping by the end of the month to run/ walk a full 3.1 miles so that I can then work on cutting down time in February. 

If anyone wants to run with me, I would LOVE it!!

Rules for Runner’s – 2014

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Need to start doing more of this!

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Came across, this wonderful list of 31 rules by which runners should live by for the year 2014.

  1. Call yourself a runner. If you run, you’re a runner. Don’t be afraid.
  2. Set a bigger goal than you ever thought possible. And figure out what you need to do to get there. Then do it.
  3. Change your shoes more often.
  4. Eat a little cleaner, and enjoy the added energy.
  5. After crossing the finish line of an upcoming race, stop to cheer on other runners and congratulate them on their accomplishments.
  6. Join a running group.
  7. Spend more time analyzing your training data. But don’t forget that sometimes you shouldn’t record the data at all. And just run :p
  8. Run more hills.
  9. Sign-up to volunteer at a trail race’s aid station.
  10. Take a few weeks off, and use that time to try out a new sport or activity.
  11. Do your strength training.
  12. Thank…

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Everyone and their brother goes to the gym..

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I knew that January would be a tough month working out/ running wise. It is too cold out to run outside, and with everyone getting ready for spring break or “really” doing their New Year’s resolution this year, the gym is packed! I was really lucky because I went two times before school started and the gym was completely empty, maybe 10 others total. Today, that was not the case. Every mat, machine, and locker were taken and people were waiting in line to use them. Caitlin and I pretty mud struck gold in that the indoor track was clearing out as we were running and only the gym rats were left at the weights. I suppose that is one of the perks of going to the gym at 9:30 at night! As I was swiping in tonight I heard a pair of boys behind me say “gym is packed, but give it until Mid January and they’ll all be gone.” In years past that definitely would have been me that they were referring to, but today when I heard them say it, I kind of smiled to myself knowing that I had felt the exact same way. Who knows, maybe I am becoming a sort of a gym rat myself (although I doubt it!)

As far as my resolution goes, I decided that 365 is a long time to hold yourself accountable to do something. So I broke it down by months, in hopes that it is a little more manageable. Also, thanks to everyone who reads this blogs and my friends I will actually finish them, one month at a time! So far I have only figured out January and February, so I have some times will the others:

January: I want to do some sort of exercising every day. It could be something really short, like an Sworkit routine, or actually spending an hour or so at the gym, but I want to do it. Sadly, I have already failed, because I didn’t do any sort of exercising on Monday. Not that it is an excuse, but it was a high of 20 degrees, I worked, and the BCS National Championship was on. But the great thing about resolutions is that they are ultimately made so that you can become the best version of yourself in the new year. So I worked extra hard yesterday, and am starting back at square one today. As far as my diet goes, I also have the resolution to know what my lunch/ dinner are for the week. It makes it a little hard when the sorority feeds you, but even if I designate one meal every day to salad that is 86-100 calories (depending on meat and nuts) then I can go from there. 

February: February is pretty simple. I was to be able to run the 5k and actually go start and end the race running at a consistent rate. So far I am up to 2 miles without feeling winded, and yesterday I ran 30 minutes at a 12 minute pace just to start training. The race is on February 22nd so we will see how the training goes! With me luck!!

Also, anyone that ever wants to run or workout with me is more than able to! I would love if you left me a comment or text me because working out alone sure gets lonely fast!