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Half Marathon Training: Action Plan!!!

Well, the time has come!!!

On day 365 of my year challenge I plan to run my first half marathon! That’s only 222 days away, or 32 weeks!!! How exciting is that?!

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So yesterday I said I would come up with my training action plan that night. Isn’t it interesting how if you set a date/time to accomplish something you’re so much more likely to do it? Well, I did it!

As it turns out, my half marathon is exactly 8 months away. Or, two 16 week periods. Which also just happens to be the number of weeks Runkeeper has both 10km and half marathon training plans for! So, last night I picked a 10km training plan. It’s a 16 week plan to get me running that distance in 65 minutes. Now, the only ten k I’ve run, I ran it in 84 min. But keep in mind I was also 5 months and 1 week pregnant! If I take this training plan seriously, I can do it!!!

It has me running four days a week, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Those days are pretty set in stone. The runs are a mix of easy runs, runs with strides(sprints), steady runs, slow/fast and tempo runs. Now, I don’t currently have a double stroller, and the jogging stroller I do have doesn’t have an infant sling which means I can only ever run with C right now, or neither kid. I’m going to look into getting an infant carrier for this particular jogging stroller, because it will be easier to leave C with someone watching him than someone watching baby A.

On days that I can’t get someone to watch the kiddos, or get myself to a treadmill, I plan to cycle the plan but double it. So if it says to run 3.2km, I’ll ride 6.4; if the plan calls for sprints I’ll just do the same riding and do the workout twice. To make sure I take this training plan seriously, I have found an official ten km race on June 21st in Banff AND my amazing friend K has agreed to run it with me!!!

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After finishing that race I have exactly enough time to start the next 16 week training plan to get me running a half marathon; the goal is simply to finish, so the training will focus on hitting that distance rather than working on my speed.

Now, my main fitness love is weight lifting. But because my goal is a run, I’ve decided that that’s just what I have to focus on. So, I plan to attempt to get two weight lifting workouts into my week. One arms and chest, one legs and back. But if I’m too tired or can’t make the time in not gonna beat myself up about it.

So that’s it! That’s my plan, both short term and long term and I can already feel the excitement just pulsing 🙂

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Loosing Momentum, Or Just Blowing Off Steam?

I feel like I am in such a weird place this last week! It’s this bizarre conflict between feeling amazing and feeling guilty.

I have been feeling so great lately. This last week has been full of incredible days bonding with my son, fun nights out and mornings jam packed with friends. I feel fantastic! Not just mentally, but physically too. I haven’t liked looking at myself in the mirror for a long time. Like years long time. These past four months I have looked in the mirror with pride in how well I have done since starting this challenge. But this last week I have finally LIKED who I see in the mirror! I have felt like I am myself again. And I mean myself as in how I felt the weeks leading up to my wedding.

We got pregnant on our honey moon. And BAM my thyroid turns on me and my hormones have been on a roller coaster ever since. I was pregnant for five months. Suffered the loss of our son for two more months before getting pregnant again. Followed by ten more months being pregnant. The next 15 months my body dealt with my thyroid stabilizing but all the added and changing hormones that come after having a baby and breast feeding for a year. Then ten more months being pregnant. And the last three spent once again dealing with the hormone changes of having a baby and starting to breast feed again. WHEW that’s a lot in three and a half years!!

So now my energy is high, I’m feeling so satisfied in life, I’m setting and working on great life goals, and enjoying being a wife and mother to two beautiful children. Where does the guilt part of this enter? This week I have cheated on my diet numerous times, and worked out only once! But the “weakness” is coming from this bizarre place of being happy with myself and therefore slipping back into old and unhealthy habits. No, I don’t deserve the pizza I ate this weekend

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I’m not doing so well I can take a break. In fact, I still have 50 pounds to loose to get to my ultimate goal. Although, I have stopped weighing myself which is a weird new mental space to be in too. I really want to step onto that scale. How much damage has all this cheating and lack of exercise done? Yet that’s why I wanted to stop weighing in: I still feel great in my skin! But I DO still have a half marathon to run in October no matter how great I feel.

So do I look at this past week as just a blip on the radar? A week long relaxed enjoyment in the happiness I’m feeling? I guess so. But I think it’s also time to start working on my fitness goals.

Because let’s be honest, you can be a great goal setter and never take a step to make those goals a reality!

This next week, I plan to stick to keto as often as possible. But more importantly, I plan to sit down (tonight) and come up with a game plan to start working on my marathon training. It’s nice enough some days to run outside, but I need an action plan. What to do with the kids: run with, with one, or without? And where do they go when I do run, at a friends during the day, with hubby at night? How much cycling am I gonna do when I can’t get outside or to a treadmill? How often am I going to do weight lifting?

So, expect to see my action plan posted by Tuesday at the latest!!!!

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For the Sake of My Daughter

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Well, I haven’t written a post in two weeks now. I think, hopefully it’s not three weeks and I’m doing even worse than I think haha This is simply due to our whole family coming down with a cold. First I got sick, then my hubby D, then sick kiddos. Thankfully it was just a cold, I got it the worst, it barely touched our son, and only a little worse our daughter. I did pretty well sticking to plan too, except that my health food store ran out of my alternative sweetener and I caved on day three of being sick and ate like three of my sons snack bags of Famous Amos cookies lol I think if I had been able to make my own cookies I wouldn’t have gone for the junk version. Oh well.

But what I really want to write about this post, is a discussion I had with a very dear friend about the relationship between our scales and our daughters.

Both of us are on a weight loss journey. Both of us have struggled with our weight in the past. And both of us have a love hate relationship with our scales. They have the power to both motivate and crush us.

Now, I am incredibly happy to state that I am feeling amazing about myself lately; body image wise. Although my stomach looks different than it did when I got married (I have given birth to three children after all) I am only ten pounds heavier than that wonderful day, and feel like I look pretty much the same again. I’m in the groove with this grain free sugar free lifestyle. I’ve got my prep, cooking, cleanup and even house cleaning in order. I’m liking what I’m cooking and baking and things are starting to feel like routine. This, is a pretty great place to be mentally.

But… I still found myself stepping on my scale every morning. Now, I know that many people believe you should only weigh yourself once a week at the most! I however, have always found my scale to be appropriately motivating. I have never felt that my scale owned or controlled me, but rather always gave an accurate portrayal of where I was in regards to my progress. I’m big on goal setting and my goal has always been a weight number. To be exact, my dream body weight since I graduated high school was to be 150lbs. For my height, and desire to be muscular rather than skinny, that is a very reachable goal. So yes, I step on my scale, I would say on average, at least three times a week. And I’m not ashamed or embarrassed by that fact.

However, my friend and I found ourselves on the exact same thought process on the same morning. What will our stepping on the scale, and our subsequent reactions, look like in our daughters eyes? And I mean their young, pure, untainted-by-societal-expectations eyes.

My MAIN goal in this year long challenge was and still is to change out my poor habits for healthier ones in the hopes of modelling a healthy relationship to food for my kids. I want them to see me excited about meal planning. Wanting to choose an apple with cinnamon over a bowl of ice cream (most of the time). I want them to get excited to cook with me, and to love getting the first taste test of a new creation. I don’t want my kids to use food as a reward, or an emotional bandaid. I want them to pull out board games when their bored, not the tv controller and a bag of chips.

So if that’s all true… if those are my real desires for myself and my family… maybe it’s time to break up with my scale?

Watching my weight gain closely in my third pregnancy was smart. I did not want to gain another 80+ pounds this time. But I did amazing while pregnant with A. I literally destroyed my weight gain goals and did even better than I thought possible. I’ve already lost all the weight gained with her plus another ten pounds and she’s not even three months old yet. I think it’s safe to throw out my scale now.

I think that from now on, progress pics, measurements, the feeling of my clothes getting looser, the feeling of energy and amount of time spent physically playing with my kids should be enough. Because this year long challenge, was taken up in the hope of creating life long change. That means, that if I stick to making healthier choices, if I keep setting goals like running half marathons, or getting outside with my kids four times a week, the weight WILL come off. The dial on my scale will start falling backwards, and one day I will hit, at least into the ballpark, that lifelong goal weight. And I can achieve that without checking in on my scale.

My daughter will see my health choices affecting my quality of life. Not the numbers on my scale affecting my mood for the day.

And right as I came to that conclusion, my dear friend sent me a link to this blog post her husband found; and I just knew God was reaffirming that this awareness, was in the direction He’s been leading me 🙂

http://vitals.lifehacker.com/f-k-the-scale-1683801679

Also, I came across this video on FB and think it’s totally worth it for all women to watch. I was totally that girl who would not run outside where people could see me! But then I realized that every person who saw me out running while they were driving in their vehicles were being lazier than I was in that moment. And that honestly, they were probably like “hey, good for her, she’s out improving herself in public, that takes guts!” Meanwhile I was jiggle-jiggle-jiggling lol
http://runningmagazine.ca/this-girl-can-videos-tackle-exercise-related-insecurities/

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Last Month In Review

This last month was full of mistakes made and lessons learned. It started off great with seeing success in eating a solid breakfast rather than liquid ones (mainly protein shakes or bulletproof coffee). Followed by a mentally rough week filled with an entire weekend of bad cheat meals and then mentally just spiralling out of shame. Then I found an article about clean eating success that gave me some great tips, making a food plan ahead of time, pre making as many meals as possible, always taking an extra meal with me when I leave the house so I wouldn’t be caught unprepared, and having a verbal phrase to repeat to myself when feeling tempted to cheat. All were very helpful and the next three weeks went very successfully. My food from low Carb Canada came in and it’s been delicious! It was nice to have burgers with BBQ sauce, and pancakes with real syrup. The chocolate bars aren’t my favorite, but they are handy to have around for a quick snack if I’m feeling tempted. But the pop has been super great to have.

This last week, although entirely successful as regards to sticking to the meal plan, was a tough one due to lack of sleep. Baby girl A has just gone through a sleep regression. She went from 8-10 hours of sleep to back to being up every 2-3 hours. My body took it harder than I expected after all the wonderful sleep I was suddenly getting again. I had more cravings, was much lazier in regards to cooking ahead of time, and did find that I was hungry when normally hunger doesn’t seem to be an issue. The tiredness drastically affected my desire to workout. I think I only got three workouts in, by the last half of the week I had pretty much given up on doing anymore. But, I made it through. I didn’t loose any weight, or inches, but hey, zero cheats is still a huge success in my books.

It might sound funny but two posts ago I wrote about how I seem to cheat every two weeks around pay day. Mostly because of where my brain was at. Well yesterday I had two cheat meals, go figure they were both pizza. I love and miss pizza with a great crust! But, this time it wasn’t out of a negative head space. I used a tip I got from that fitness article “Keep T.A.B.S. on your emotions: Before you let your emotions drive you to a carton of ice cream, ask yourself if you are Tired, Angry, Bored or Sad. If you are, disrupt that craving with a positive distraction— something that you love to do other than eat.” I wasn’t any of those things, and it wasn’t like I was rewarding myself for having done so well (that’s been a huge problem in the past, rewarding my good eating with unhealthy food, or feeling like I deserved that food). I just wanted to order pizza with my husband and felt like I was in a good place to enjoy some carbs. It felt good and tasted great, but I’m still back to my clean eating today. I’m not going to spiral mentally in shame 🙂 I think, just maybe, I’m starting to get a better handle on my relationship with food!

This last months stats:
Pounds lost: 7
Inches lost: 8

Other positives: C is eating more veggies and his new favorite activity is washing dishes! AND I finally got my Christmas present! A new to me home weight system 🙂 Hubby D did a ton of work taking this beast apart, hauling it home and setting it up again. Thanks babe! Here’s to greater gains!

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My goals for the next month are:
•lose 6 pounds
•put on some noticeable muscle in my arms
•try at least four new meal recipes
•put more effort into letting C help me making food.

What are some of your goals heading into this new month?

What are some negative things you’d like to leave behind?

How are you going to make these things happen?!

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