Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Some things just make me see RED

I heard a story over the weekend that just pisses me off. A women, we will call her C, she was participating in 5K (last weekend). This was a big deal for her. See she has Fibromyalgia, a Degenerative Disk Disease and is overweight. C has been working to walk the 5K since January - something she was looking forward to doing and enjoying.  She was walking it with a friend and told her friend to go ahead because she didn't want to hold her back. I think we have all been there no matter what size we are.

So after she sends her friend off ahead of her she a guy on the course starts heckling her and making snide comments. He had the audacity to tell her that she had no business being there. He continued to go on and tell her she was too fat and would die on the course. She ignored his rude comments, but then he had the nerve to push her into the rail about a mile in once he had decided he had bothered her enough.  Because the course was on dirt road that was uneven, she twisted her ankle. 

But you know what, she didn't give up.  Instead she pushed through and finished the 5K in 56 minutes. What I love most about this story is C happened to see the jerk after the event. She went over and said Thanks for pushing me into the rail and obviously I didn't die.  Even better then that, this has not stopped her from wanting to do another event.  I am proud of her even though I barley know here. I am pissed for her because people continue to think it is okay to treat people with such disrespect.

After getting worked up from hearing the story and then again I as I typed this out, I have to remind myself of on of my favorite rules to live by:

So remember, when you want to question why someone is running STOP! Just be happy that they are trying to do something to better themselves and think about why you can do to be a better person.

Have you ever experienced rudeness on a race course?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekend Update

This weekend was pretty mellow for us. I am sad to say the weather cooled down and I actually wore jean's on Sunday.  In other news, I have completed Day 10 on my Personal Trainer Food Program and finally wised up to not microwaving everything.

The microwave is great because it makes the meal quick and easy to do, while making the rest of my family a meal. It allows me to sit down and eat with them. However, not everything taste good microwaved, well actually it starts to taste the same. Or at least that is my thought.  While I was making my family dinner on Sunday, I decided just to toss it all in a frying pan and warm it up that way. Seriously, best idea every. I know, I am a genius that it took me that long to figure out.

Steak Fajita Seasoned and Veggie Mix

In other, other news my 11 month old is trying to give me a heart attack. Besides, crawling early, walking early and now being a crafty little nugget, she is climbing on EVERYTHING.

Picture on Saturday, kid chair

Picture on Sunday, dinning room table chair
How did she learn this so fast! She was so proud that she was up there.  I am still in shock that she is going to be ONE in 13 days! Where has the time gone.
How was your weekend?
Disclaimer: This program is being provided to me for free from Personal Trainer Food, but the opinions are my own. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Week 1 Update - PTF

Today, is the start of day of 8 of my Personal Trainer Food Program.  Before, I get to the exiting results I want to share a little few pros and cons that I have experienced so far.

Pros: Meals are super easy to make, about 4 minutes total and I have complete dinner for me.

Con: Making Breakfast for dinner for my family and not enjoying a pancake.

Pro: Meals have great flavor and I never skip on my veggies because I know I am the only one who will eat them. The pre-portion servings make it easy to get my veggies in while the family eats a starchy food.

Con: Wedding and Birthday Celebrations. I went to a wedding last night and had to pick around my food. I have birthday cake in my house and will again at the end of the month.

Pro: Snacks! I have two snacks always ready. Super easy and convenient to toss in my purse and grab as I need.

Con: If I do it again, I would skip breakfast. I would rather make my own eggs and sausage daily.
Pro: Food is flavorful, I was afraid the meat would be bland, but it is well seasoned.

Overall, the food outweighs that bad. I am seeing excellent results and I am not dreading opening the freezer and picking a meal. I think my family likes it because they get to pick whatever they want for dinner most nights. Don't worry I am not letting them eat all junk food. :)

What I know you have been waiting for. In one week I am down 8.2lbs. I can feel it in my stomach and face for sure. I still have a long way to go, I know this program won't help me with all of it but it is definitely changing the way I look at food and portion sizes.

Have a great weekend!

Disclaimer: This program is being provided to me for free from Personal Trainer Food, but the opinions are my own.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mileage Increase

The general rule is that you are not supposed to increase your mileage more then 10% at a time from week to week when you are starting out.

I am starting out, yes I have run in the past but post baby I am back at square one. My first week of the streak I just wanted to see how far I could go in 20-25 minutes a day. I did a little over 9 miles. I decided the next week I would shoot for 10 miles, and I just barley made it at 10.01. I wasn't focusing on the mileage at that point. For week 3, I went up to 11 miles following the 10% guideline. So far, I am on track to make my goal but I have to stay on top of it and not get lazy.

Yes, I know its 20-25 minutes a day of running how can I get lazy? Well, that is easy I can walk. Especially when my garage is HOT!   I was looking for tips to determine how much I should increase each week and found some good ones on Best Running Tips. Some of the tips I really agreed with, besides the obvious of listen to your body are:

  • Increase the length of half of your runs Do not increase the length of all your runs at once. Instead, increase the length of about half of your runs. When you do four workouts per week, then increase the length of only two of your runs. When you run three times a week, increase the length of every second run.
  • Increase with only one mile at a time Be cautious with adding too many miles to one
These are two rules I am going to implement next week. This week, I figured if I just ran a minimum of 1.5 miles every day I would be fine. Because I am sllllooooooww that means running everyday and a few days going over 1.5 miles. I think next week, I will increase by 1 mile, but then work out a schedule for the mileage. Making 3 days longer days.  I will see how that works as I continue my streak and improve my running.

Do you follow any rule when you increase mileage?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

It's getting Hot in here

It is so warm in my house. I worked out in an over hot garage, I about died. Really, I could hardly breath because of the heat.  I was also pushing myself since I upped my mileage for this week. Yes, I am saying going for 11 miles this week is upping it. 

I ran for 23 minutes and clocked 1.76 miles. That is a distance record since I started my streak. I am trying to be proud of the little things.
Personal Trainer Food

Another moment I am proud of is day 4 of my better eating.
My eats yesterday were:

  • Western Omelet with Sausage Patty
  • 2 beef sticks and pistachios for snacks
  • Lunch was a garlic, cheese sausage and veggies
  • Dinner was a spicy chicken breast and broccoli
One thing I am re-learning is portion control and how much I actually need to eat.  I was at the Children's Museum with my kiddos on Monday and painted on the wall was this quote.

It was another one of those light bulb moments. I feel like this plan is showing me and involving me. Making it so that when it is over I can transition smoothly into doing this myself.  I am not going to lie, I am getting antsy to step on the scale. I usually step on it daily,  so it is hard not to step on and see how I am doing.

How did Monday treat everyone?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Weekend Update

I survived.

We are having a bit of a heat wave her in Washington and with the husband away and starting the new eating plan I feel lucky to survive.  Most homes in Washington don't have A/C like I have mentioned a million times. It was getting as hot as 80 degrees by the end of the night and then down to about 72 degrees in our house at night. That was not enough, to cool down the house. I will say I am thankful that I started my Personal Trainer Food this weekend. It is so easy to make in the microwave.  I don't think I turned on the oven once. Then I just had to cook for the kids and well, they are easy. :)

If you follow me on Twitter then you have already scene these. Here is what I have been eating over the past three days.

I will say the hardest part is portioning out the nuts. I just do it right away and then walk away. I love that you get a variety of nuts. The ones I had the first two days were BBQ seasoned almonds, then yesterday I had pistachios.  I try to eat an apple a day if I can.  I am not supposed to weigh in for two weeks, but I can already tell my stomach is not feeling bloated, I call that a win. I am going to weigh in on Friday just to see where I am at.

I am on track with my walking. The program has you walk 20 minutes a day. I started Jun 30th, doing 20 minutes of run/walk. I am happy to say that I have completed the last two weeks. Last night, it was 82 in my garage so I broke out my running skirts. Way to hot to run in carpis. I look forward to them fitting better as I improve.  Last week my goal was 10 miles. I just barley made it.  My goal for this week is 11 miles.  I might have run a little more or add a little time, I only pushed it to 1.5 miles twice last week and I need hit that every day plus a little more to hit 11 miles. I may need to revisit this goal.

How was your weekend?