The Car Date

Dustin and I have officially mastered what we call “The Car Date.” How many other parents can attest to taking these measures just to avoid witching hour or eat a meal using both hands?

Instructions:

  
Step 1: feed baby, change diaper

Step 2: buckle her in car seat, leave the house as quickly as possible. 

Step 3: drive far away. Bonus points if you can complete an errand along the way. Double bonus points if you can take the highway (traffic lights = meltdown). 

Step 4: once baby is fast asleep, find yourselves some food. Order food and sit in car and eat, talk, and enjoy each others company. 

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Commitment

I’ve got a confession to make.

I’ve mad a commitment to run a half marathon, but lately, my heart just isn’t in it. Or at least not 100%.

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You see, when I started my fitness journey back in January, I had these preconceived notions that I had to do cardio, and a lot of it to get slender and tone up. Yes, I would do a little weight lifting here and there but I needed to focus on cardio.

Cardio has always been the biggest challenge for me so I felt like having a reason/goal like a half marathon would keep me working hard and not let me give up.

As I got more comfortable in the gym, I realized lifting is what I really enjoy. After doing a lot of research, I realized that lifting is what would get me the toned up look I want to achieve. Don’t get me wrong, cardio is still important but I could see some major progress doing one or two days of HIIT cardio and focusing mainly of weights.

For the record, I’m not giving up on the half marathon. My runs have been going good lately and in actually starting to enjoy running.

But what I need to find is balance. Lately I’ve just been running on days I have time, but my goal for next week is to have a schedule that alternates running and lifting days to help balance my time.

Has anyone else ever faced this struggle? I would love any advice on overcoming

Half Marathon Training Weeks 1&2

A couple weeks ago I wrote about my minor speed bump when I broke my toe a few weeks into my training for the Colfax Half Marathon. After missing 4 weeks of training, I knew I wouldn’t be ready in May so I am running the Heart and Sole in Boulder in June. Yep, its gonna be hot, and at a higher altitude but I’m gonna do it and give it my all.

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With that said, I feel like I’ve learned a lot since then, and I will do some things differently this time, like:

1. Slow it down: I have been extremely more successful in my runs this time around by simply slowing my pace. I had been running at a 6.0-6.5 for 3 minutes and then having to walk for 2. I decided to slow my pace down to a 5.0 and was able to set a personal record and run 1.78 miles without stopping the first time I tried this.
2. Lift: I was so focused on improving my running endurance that I stopped lifting. I remember running 3 miles in Week 2 and my legs were dead! And then when I did my first 4-miler, my shoulders were on fire! I had no idea how much running takes from your whole body! I’ve reduced the number of days I lift and the quantity of exercises I do per muscle group now that I’m running again, but it has already been so nice not feeling like my legs were about to give out.
3. Eating: I was eating like crap last time. Each day I’d get on the treadmill and feel bloated and tired and my stomach was upset. Each day I’d tell myself I have to start eating better, but I never changed my ways. I’ve been eating clean for the last 3 weeks or so and I don’t think I can ever go back. I have more energy, feel lighter, and don’t have my stomach distracting me on my runs.
4. Pre-workout: I bought a canister of N0 Extreme pre workout in January. It really helped get make the most of my workouts. However, I have found it to be too much for my runs. I when my heart is already beating fast from the run, the pre workout pushed me over the edge. Instead, I’ve been drinking a Spark and taking 3 Catalyst instead. The Catalyst really helps me with muscle endurance and the Spark gets (and keeps) me going.

Here are the highlights from Week 1 & 2 runs:

1. Personal Record 1.78 miles run without stopping.
2. Personal Record 3 miles run without stopping.
3. 4.5 mile run with only 2 walking breaks

 

Advocare 10 Day Challenge Recap

When I began the cleanse, I had every intention of posting daily, my experiences on this journey. However, after I wrote my recap on Day 1 of the cleanse, each post just turned into a diary of everything I put in my mouth that day. Luckily for you, I realized how boring that was before I clicked “Publish.”

Saturday was Day 10 for me so I am officially DONE! No doubt about it, this cleanse was a challenge and a learning experience. But the best part about it is that it’s achievable.

Yes, you have to work hard to cut out all the processed crap from your diet.
Yes, you have to power through those cravings.
Yes, you have to drink a nasty fiber drink.
but…
Yes, you can be successful

The Results:

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I didn’t take a picture the day i started the cleanse but this photo was taken in January, just a week before I broke my toe. I had been working out pretty hard at that point and felt (and still feel) proud of the progress I had made. My broken toe put me out of the gym for 4 weeks and I started the cleanse right away when my toe was healed.

In total, I lost 3 lbs which I consider a success, although it was not my intention to lose a ton of weight on the cleanse.

More importantly, I lost inches…7.5 of them!!!

Chest: -.5″
Waist: -1″
Hips: -1″
Arms: -.5″ x 2 = -1″
Thighs: -2″x2= -4″

Yep, I double checked that thigh measurement a few times…It is accurate! And I am so excited to finally say I have a Thigh Gap!!!! Hallelujah!

The Review:

1. Food is by far the hardest part of this cleanse. You will not do yourself any justice if you do not clean up your eating on this cleanse. I had one major cheat snack during the 10 days and ate a bag of Cheetos. I immediately felt a difference and it actually made my stomach upset. I love how the healthy foods I ate fueled me for the day and kept me feeling happy and healthy. I will continue to eat 85% clean going forward. I’ll be doing a post soon with some of my favorite clean recipes! Dustin told me this grilled chicken with mango salsa was definitely a keeper  🙂

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2. Water: Drinking a gallon a day was not as hard as I thought it would be. I did get tired of drinking water and decided to spruce up my beverages with some fresh cucumbers or fruit to infuse some flavor. This was incredibly refreshing and energizing.

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3. Timing: There will never be the perfect time to start the cleanse. There will always be some social event or holiday that will be hard to be good. My 10 days included a family visit to Texas Roadhouse, lunch at Rock Bottom, and St. Patrick’s day. The way I see it, I’m not doing this cleanse just to be healthy for 10 days; I’m doing it to help me get started with a healthy lifestyle which means learning how to make good decisions through adverse situations.

4. Preparation: There will be days that you have tons of energy and days that are sluggish. The best way to make sure you don’t fall victim to the tough days is to be prepared. Make specific meal and exercise plans. If you are going out to eat with friends, look at the nutritional details of menu items before you go so you can be prepared. If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail…{barf}

What’s Next?

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This cleanse has been such a great experience for me that I decided to continue on and do the Advocare 24 Day Challenge.

If you’re not familiar with the 24 Day Challenge, the first 10 days are the Cleanse Phase followed by 14 days of Max Phase. During the Max Phase, I will be drinking a Meal Replacement Shake for breakfast (or any meal I desire, but this is my preference), taking my MNS Max 3 supplements, and Spark. I’ve also decided to follow many recommendations and add Catalyst to the mix as well. Feel free to contact me or visit the site for more information!

In addition to the Advocare supplements, I will be working out 5-6 days and eating about 85% clean.

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I’ve also decided to join Mama Laughlin on her 8 week challenge which starts TODAY!. Check out her page if you’d like to see the details and join! The photos above are my Before photos for her challenge and I can’t wait to share my progress along the way!

Advocare Cleanse – Day 1

I signed up to be an Advocare distributor about two weeks ago. I had never done one of these MLM plans and have always strayed away from them at all costs. I was hesitant to get started but I had heard such great reviews about the products, I decided to give it a shot. At the very least, I figured I could just use the discount here and there.

My first order was just Spark and Rehydrate seeing as those were the items I had heard the most about. A few days into using them, I became a believer and decided the cleanse was worth a shot.

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Today was the first day of my Advocare Herbal Cleanse, so without further adieu, hers are my thoughts so far:

1. Fiber Drink – this is by far the most challenging part. I’m not going to sugar coat it; this is hard to get down. Mixed the packet with 8 oz water and some crystal light. The flavor isn’t bad, it’s the texture for me. I straight up chugged it and definitely needed a few deep breathes to calm my body afterwards. !

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Changes for tomorrow: I will be cutting my liquid in half for faster chugging. I also saw a YouTube video that suggested mixing with spark – I will give that a try

2. Food: I love that this cleanse isn’t overly restrictive on food. I get to eat foods I like but have been focused on eating foods in their natural state and ate 6 servings of fruit and veggies, just shy of the 8 servings goal but I’ll take it.

My best advice would be keep it simple. I’m not going to try and made extravagant recipes. It gets overwhelming to me to try and prep awesome meals. I’m just as fine eating a raw fruit and veggie and eggs for lunch as I am trying to turn it into an omelette.

What I ate today:
Breakfast: quinoa with a small amount of almond milk and a spoonful of almond butter with some chopped banana and strawberry on top. By far my favorite meal of the day.

Snack: 2 hard boiled eggs and raw baby carrots

Lunch: Starkist Tuna Creations Sweet and Spicy (the bomb, by the way). Side of mini bell peppers and an apple and another spoonful of almond butter

Snack: 2 hard boiled eggs

Dinner: spinach, boiled chicken, 1/3 avocado, and grapes with Sriracha sauce drizzled over in replace of dressing

Changes for tomorrow: less fat from almond butter and only eat egg whites. I’ll try and add green beans and oranges for fruit and veggies.

Exercise: chest and triceps today. Pre workout before and protein after. I’ll probably be doing cardio and abs tomorrow. I might try out an HIIT routine for the first time!

Water intake: I hit over a gallon! Woohoooooo! My best approximation is 140 oz. I worked hard to hit 100 oz by the end of my work day. I’ll probably scale that back to 80 tomorrow.

Overall: I’m feeling good. From what I hear, I’m in for a tough couple of days ahead but I’m glad it’ll be the weekend!

Stay tuned for day 2 tomorrow

Preparation

Lesson Learned: Don’t take pre-worout after 8:00pm. Maybe if it wasn’t daylight savings time and maybe if I had eaten dinner, and maybe if I did a cardio workout, I would have been ok taking my pre-workout at 9 but instead, I am awake, way too late.

Can I just say, Sunday meal planning is my least favorite chore? Anyone else with me?

I spend so much time cutting and organizing coupons, finding meals, planning meals, planning my shopping trip, and shopping. Then every week, we deviate from my plan. I forget to put something in the crock pot, wake up late and don’t have time to pack a lunch, etc.

Every week, I say to myself ‘you should totally plan meals that you can prep ahead of time’. Every week, I am too lazy to prep the meals after all of the above steps are complete.

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Somehow, tonight, I meal prepped. Not gonna lie, I’m pretty impressed with myself. It wasn’t anything extensive but made some Quinoa and fruit for breakfasts/lunches, washed and cut some fruit and put them in baggies, mixed up and put some of the dried fruit from Sprout’s bulk section in baggies, and hard boiled some eggs. All in an hour. I am superwoman/way too pumped up from pre workout.

In other news, I also planned my next couple weeks of workouts this weekend too. If you are looking for some workout inspiration definitely check out Fitness Barbie. This girl has it down! I absolutely love looking at her blog for ideas.

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When I first started lifting weights I was just separating muscle groups by body part ie: back and check, arms and shoulders, legs. I just started pairing my muscles up together and doing Chest and Tri’s together and Back and Bi’s together to give my arms an extra push. So far, I’m loving it – my arms are jello by the end of my workout. I’ll probably keep this up for a few weeks and then switch to Check and Bi’s and Back and Tri’s.

Last, but not least, I just ordered my 10 day cleanse today. I’m so excited to get this and get started! I’ve been obsessed with learning about Advocare products lately and have heard such great things about this clease. Of course, I will definitely keep you all posted on how it goes!

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Speed Bump

Remember when your mom said “Stop horsing around before someone gets hurt?”

Well it turns out, she was right. Someone always gets hurt.

It was Sunday afternoon, we had family in town, and Dustin and I had made a quick trip home to switch the laundry. We began horsing around and the rest is history…I broke my pinky toe.

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Right when I had been getting up to 5 mile runs. Right after I had just bought a new pair of running shoes.

I’m now 3 weeks post-toe break so I’m feeling better. I’m able to walk normally and wear regular shoes again. This boot was seriously cramping my style, but it made a huge difference in weeks 1 and 2.

The doctor said to wait 4 weeks before getting back to running. I was already cutting it close on being ready for the half marathon in time so I decided to push it back and do the Heart and Sole half marathon in Boulder instead. This one about a month and a half later than the other one so it gives me a little more time to train. Not to mention Boulder is a million times more beautiful than Colfax so it should be a fun run, even if 90% of the runners are hippies.