Friday, July 30, 2010

Fun Friday

What a week of workouts!! I am so happy to say that I have had an intense week in the gym! Thursday I got up and headed out for my run with Ash and my mom. I wasnt sure with the time how far we could get, but we got in an awesome 4.2 miler. Once I hit the first mile its like my mind goes blank and my body instictively moves on its own. I dont feel the pain just the excitement of going further. Overall, a great training run!

This morning I got up a little late for bootcamp at the HIT center, but I was determined to get there! Once there we found out it was "fun friday" and I knew it couldnt be good! We had to run with weights from end to end with pushups, squats, lunges, anything really in between running with our weights. (Run with two drop them off, run back, exercise, run back grab one weight, run back exercise, run back grab the other, rest for 1 min) That was done a total of 8 times, followed by ab work. Lets just say by the end of it my legs were dripping with sweat! I wasnt sure in the beginning that I could do it. In fact, I was more than ready to walk out the door, but I pushed through. Ash helped with that and we talked each other through it. I'm so glad I did that this morning. Now I can go have an awesome Friday!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Mission Accomplished

Yes! I got exactly what I was looking for this morning at the HIT center. Ashley and I got there and I was very nervous! Once we got signed in we met our trainer and he threw us right into the bootcamp group. There was no special introduction, what are your goals, how is life talk-nope get in the sand pit was more like it! We sweated and gave it all we had for a solid hour and when we were done I felt awesome! I was exhausted, sweaty, pumped, and yes a bit nauseous all at once. Overall, we decided to go back Friday and use our free week of bootcamp until next Wednesday! I think this is what I needed to help keep me accountable.

Other than that work was actually busy today. They finally realized that the hours arent working like they are supposed to, so now I will work normal 8:30 to 5:30, with the option of overtime. I am thankful I have the opportunity to work as much as I do, but it is also nice to be able to leave at a decent time. It is also an opportunity to run at night instead of 6 in the morning.

Well I plan on feeling sore tomorrow, but the training schedule says 5 miles, so 5 it is!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

High Intensity Training

After, a bit of a crazy weekend, it was time to start the week off right! Besides seeing a movie and a lunch out, it was relaxing outside of a Friday night at the Monk. I dont think I will be going back there any time soon, just due to the fact that its time I buckle down even on the weekends.

On Monday I got an email for a free week of bootcamp at this high intensity training center or HIT center. I found out about this place during the River Run expo, but wanted to wait until I moved home to try it out. Since I havent felt really pushed in my workouts (besides running) since I left my personal trainer in Gainesville I decided it was time to really step outside my comfort zone. So tomorrow my biffle Ashley and I will be meeting a trainer for our first bootcamp session! I'm nervous, but ready to have the exhausted, nauseous, amazing workout feeling! Hopefully I get that tomorrow!

Also, last night I registered for the Tour de Pain. It is 3 races in 24 hours-the first is a 4 mile beach run on Friday night, then a 3-mile run Saturday morning, ending with a 1-mile sizzler Saturday afternoon-so 8 miles, 3 races, 24 hours! Can't wait! Its the weekend of August 13th and 14th and it will be my first race since Memorial Day weekend. I'm excited bc I have missed the exhilaration of racing and I'm so ready to jump back in, plus it will be good training for the half marathon! Ok off to get a good nights sleep before bootcamp in the morning!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Peer Pressure

Well, it has been one exhausting, but exciting week! I have loved every minute of having my nephew here, but kids are tiring! Between working 11 hour days and coming home to swim, play video games, or have house-wide pillow fights, I am wiped out. On top of it all I have been exercising and eating healthy. The conclusion I have come to is that it is not easy alone!

I say this because that has felt like my experience this week. Luckily, Cody went with whatever I chose to do, but still I feel like peer pressure was in my face every day this week. I mentioned it Monday how everyone had ribs and macaroni while I had grilled chicken and brown rice. Well that pattern only continued as the week progressed. It went from ribs to spaghetti, leftovers, ice cream, soda, candy, pizza, burgers, the list goes on. I would do great all day at work and then walk in the door to junk for dinner. It was all so tempting after a long day to give in to what was on the table or to make an excuse for why I "deserved" to treat myself, but every day I pushed through. Whether it was making my own dinner or going somewhere to get something healthy rather than have pizza I did it. But,let me just say it is no fun by yourself. To watch 4 people say "yeah lets get pizza" and have to be the one to mentally battle to make the right choice is hard. Food to me is a comfort, an addiction maybe. I eat when I'm bored or upset and any other emotion. So, to be the only one in my family to say "no I cant have that" is really a challenge. It's not that I dont want it, but my body doesnt need it. By saying "i cant have it" rather than "ughh I shouldnt" are two different things. Saying "I cant" is almost like feeling as if your body physically can not take the food. The truth is though, your body isnt taking the food well, hence why it turns to fat and only makes you feel tired and sluggish.

Again, this happened tonight. I walked into the family swimming and grilling burgers. Naturally they had the best, bubba burgers. Of course there were turkey burgers stuffed away in the freezer for me, but no one cared to make them. It was a fight not to give in and eat the already cooked, 480 calorie Bubba Burger, but fight I did. I not only ate the turkey burger, but got Cody, my dad and mom to eat them as well. I got frustrated and had to break some Jillian attitude on them to be heard, but I finally asked for help. I had to make it clear what type of journey I'm on and ask for support in it. By yourself it is easy to falter and lose sight of the goal, but there is nothing wrong with telling someone how you feel and asking for the help. No one should fight this alone. Obesity and weight loss are tough, whether you want to lose 10 pounds or 100 pounds, the journey isnt easy, bottom line.

It has just been a tough week mentally to stay on track, but I have and I am so proud. Tomorrow I hope to continue that with a 5 mile morning run. I just needed to vent because it has been a struggle and it happens, but anyone can do it, especially with help!

Monday, July 19, 2010

A Case of the Mondays...

Nothing to exciting to talk about today, just another Monday! I did not want to get up this morning, especially since my nephew Lucas is here! I feel like I'm missing out on so much time with him.This working 8:30 am to 7 pm thing is not so great. The paycheck is nice, but this is one of those weeks I wish I was unemployed!
Either way, I got through the day eating healthy and came home to an amazing dinner. The boys cooked ribs all day. They had ribs, macaroni and cheese, green beans, and garlic bread, but since I am training I avoided the good stuff. Instead they grilled me chicken, made brown rice, and had me fresh green beans. It was tough to watch everyone enjoy food like that, but when it was over and everyone felt sickly full I felt content and even better knowing I made the right choice for me and my body. After dinner it was time to swim with Lucas and Cody. Since I hadnt done any weight training today, I took the opportunity to swim some laps. I got Lucas to make a game out of it and he had fun racing me. It is a prime example of how even if you work 11 hours, have family in town and think there is no time to work out, it can be worked into any situation. Now I can go to bed knowing I got my cross-training in and got to spend quality time with my nephew. Tomorrow is another day of work and working out-Ashley is coming over for a 2 miler in the morning. Oh speaking of Ashley-my biffle got into nursing school today which is her dream and I am so proud of her!! I know what it is like to want something and finally get it. She will be an amazing nurse!!
Ok-off to bed early!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The weekend I needed

What a weekend! Friday I got out of work on time and got to go do dinner and drinks with Cody and his cousins. After that I thought it would be fun to head up to "the Monk" and continue the evening...not such a great idea. The point is that lately I have been slipping on taking care of me and with that I noticed emotionally I'm not as tough with the Jon thing as I thought. I mean to this day I cant say what happened I say the "Jon thing/situation" It is something I need to work on for myself and those close to me. I remember training for the River Run and feeling so good about myself and my body. Since then though I have slipped and stayed in a comfortable place, not gaining, but staying within a 3 lb range. My goal was not this weight or this shape. I have more goals and things to achieve and its time I get back on the horse and take care of me. Cody has moved and has a job here, I'm working and we are settled so no more excuses.

After that was decided on an emotional Saturday morning, Cody took my car to get an oil change and then we headed to the mall. What was supposed to be a quick spicy chicken sandwich from Chik-Fil-A turned into a 3 hour stroll/shopping adventure. Time got away from us and we had a great time buying clothes and walking around laughing together. After spending a little of my hard-earned first paycheck, we came home to nap. Then it was date night-dinner at La Nop and a movie, Grown-ups. Dinner was great and I enjoyed it a last splurge. Eating like that will only hinder my training process, but I enjoyed one last night. The movie was hilarious and we were exhausted by the time we got home.

Now to this morning, just what I needed. I was exhausted when my alarm went off, but I was determined to not let down my new running buddy, especially on our fist run. I was a bit nervous to run with someone new, you never know what level they are at physically, but it was great. We went to the old CSX trail. It was awesome, parts of it shaded and cut into the trees, complete with bikers, rollerbladers, walkers and even some wildlife. Everyone was so friendly, it felt like we were part of a elite club-athletes. I had to remind myself that I was one now and I had forgotten how great it felt. All those people out there cared about something like I did, their health. It's a nice feeling to be side by side with people who get your goals and struggles, even if all you say is a passing 'good morning'. We ended up doing a total of 6 miles, which was my distance goal on my training schedule. We did a sort of run/walk interval, but the walking was minimal. I left the run drenched and wiped out, but still had the runnning high I missed so much. I continued the rest of my day in the same way as this morning, taking care of business. Had my breakfast bowl then got a jump on cleaning and organizing Cody's and my stuff. Moving our life into 2 rooms in my parents house is no easy feat, but I'm grateful we have this opportunity to save money. Then after my lunch of grilled chicken, brown rice, and green beans I anxiously awaited for my dad and nephew to get home from the airport. He's here now and it has been non-stop. From video games, to swimming complete with biggest splash/cannonball contests, to pillow fights I feel like I've been working out all day. I know I will be sore tomorrow, but in a good way I havent felt in awhile! Sadly, I have to work, but I'm getting up early to hit the gym for some weight training! If this week goes anything like this weekend its going to be great!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I feel like today was the beginning of my half marathon training again. I forced myself up and met up with Ash for our 2 mile run. I also forced myself to look at the training schedule that I have conveniently avoided and to my surprise i have a 5 mile run tomorrow. I havent run that since the River Run training. I'm nervous, but again its mental and I know my body can handle it! Now that I'm kicking my training up, I know I need to be on top of my eating and there are 2 things that are must haves:
1. Jimmy Dean D-Lights Breakfast Bowls
(LOVE these-perfect after workout meal-has turkey sausage and egg whites for protein, low fat cheese for dairy, and potatoes for those good carbs-all around great meal!)
2. GNC Women's Ultra Mega Active Vitapaks
(perfect pre-packaged vitamins for the active woman)
These two things are a staple to my training. Now its off to bed, I have a 5-miler in a few hours!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


So lately I have been in a bit of a rut. I have been eating healthy, yet the exercise has not been happening. I know the half marathon is coming up, but I have been putting my running on the back burner. This is the toughest part of a healthy lifestyle. It is easy to say the goals you have, but actually doing them is another. The mental aspect of of being an athlete is hardest part. I know I can push my body to do it, but mentally I'm having a hard time pushing past my comfort zone. I keep telling myself 'theres always tomorrow' but with half marathon training that really isnt the case. I either need to step up or check out of this race (which I refuse to do)! So tomorrow I will be up at 5:30 for a 3-mile run!

I know this is a problem everyone encounters at some point and I feel like the best way to handle it is to admit that you are suffering from this. From there its time to break the barriers push your mind and body, with this anyone, myself included, can do anything!

Friday, July 9, 2010


Ok-I'm so behind on blogging-quick recap
1. got a job
2. left the internship (so sad i miss my michelle and lorraine)
3. half marathon training is harder than i thought bc i've had something going on every weekend!
4. i'm ready to get back in gear and get serious before it gets to late in the training

now for a weekend in gainesville to help codykins paint/pack up our apt!

I WILL do a better job of blogging!!