Day's Run

A day's run is the distance traveled by a vessel in 24 hours.


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Breakfast Planning!

On any plan, meal prep is key for success. I usually prepare all my meals on Sunday when I do all my other household chores. Oven going, crock pot fired up, and veggie cutting galore!
One of the easiest ways to do breakfast is using a muffin tin. Yeah I own one still! All you need are egg whites, veggies and muffin liners, is you want to.  To better explain it, check out Eat Yourself Skinny Egg Muffins.  Make more than enough for breakfast so you can eat for dinner when you’re in a pinch. Enjoy!


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Day one DONE!

Nothing spectacular to report other than I gained back nine pounds since the last 30 day challenge.  Not a bad as I thought, but still now I have to get rid of those first!  I know I can do it.  I just have to wrap my mind around it.  It’s a little harder this time because I know what the food tastes like, what the exercise entails, and what’s ahead of me.  It’s like driving down a road you’ve driven down a million times.  You know what turns there are, where the potholes are to avoid, and how boring it can be.  Like I’ve driven across Nebraska a bunch of times and it never gets easier.

I enjoyed my breakfast as I did before.  Lunch was another story…sweet potatoes are back!  I’m going to have to roast some this weekend.  Plain just ain’t cutting it!  I saw a great recipe on Pinterest for Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes and I want to try it.  I’m also going to look for some new fish recipes.  Do you have any to recommend?

I’m going to try to post everyday to let others know what I’m doing to get through this.  Follow me if you want to be included in my journey!  Thanks to everyone who has already joined me – all 100 of you!


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Any day is a good day to start!

Next 30-day challenge starts tomorrow!  The hardest part of the challenge is the mental aspect.  Your mind (that little voice in your head) is an evil genius at making you think the food is crappy, the exercises suck, and you were happier before dieting.  This isn’t a diet.  It’s a lifestyle.  I did great on the last challenge and then went to shit.  My mind started going back to old routines.  Skipping gym workouts.  Eating crap.  Getting sick.

Work of artThis time, I’m going to do things differently.  Instead of being so strict that I couldn’t sustain it after it ended, I going to do what will fit into my life.  A cheat meal or slipup isn’t the end of the world.  Nip it in the butt and move on.  Don’t beat myself up over little things.  I know I’m able to make this challenge something more than just 30 days.

I have to take better care of my body.  Tell my mind to shut up!  I deserve it.


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Bring on another 30 day challenge!

Last year, on the day after my birthday, I decided it was time to make a change.  I had missed two big races because of my migraines and not being able to train.  That finally hit home.  I needed to stop sitting at home feeling sorry about my life, eating every bad thing I could buy, and do something about it.  That’s when I contacted a local gym about a membership.  Little did I know the affect it would have.

I walked into Fit Quest Colorado Springs with all the bullsh*t other gyms had filled my head with.  I wasn’t building up Progress Photosmuscle; I was getting fatter!  I have a membership at another gym and was paying $$$’s to try to get fit.  It was more of a clique filled with gossiping moms.  I didn’t fit in.  I wanted a workout with an instructor who pushed me to be better.  That’s exactly what I got with Robert!

I started going to the classes he recommended and loving them, but I will say my heart wasn’t behind it.  I kept eating the same crap.  I went back to my marathon training mentality where I thought I’m working out so I can eat oodles of calories.  This didn’t help me with marathon training and it certainly wasn’t helping me now.

Move forward to September.  Robert set up a 30 day challenge where he would provide us with a menu and workout plan.  My military brain saw an opportunity for structure and all I had to provide was consistency and discipline.  I’ve done that before.  So I signed up and set out to follow it to the letter.

First week was…I won’t say awesome because it wasn’t.  It was different.  My “Fat Free, Low Calorie” mind was saying this is too much food.  You don’t realize how much 6 ounces of protein is until you put the food on the scale.  I started to think there’s no way I’m going to lose with this amount.  But I stuck with it.  Pulling recipes and ideas off Pinterest (check it out here).

I told myself not to step on the scale at home.  This is hard for me to do.  I usually weigh myself two if not three times a week.  I finally caved and stepped on the scale at the gym on the morning of the 11th day of the challenge.  I couldn’t believe this was actually working!  Now I know from previous diets, the first week can yield the greatest amount lost.  So I dug deeper and pushed on.

I didn’t have any issues with meal prep.  I’ve done it before.  On Sundays, I would cook everything for the week.  If I couldn’t get some chicken or fish cooked, I’d pick up a rotisserie chicken or chicken breasts from the deli.  No excuses!  I will say by the third week, I was so sick of cooking sweet potatoes that I begged Robert for no more of them.  There was one day with one cheat meal and I never used it, ever.  I didn’t want the temptations that can lead to an entire d@mn box of Oreos!

The diet itself wasn’t that bad.  You just have to be creative.  Find what fits for you and stick with it.  The exercise plan was brutal for me.  I’ve been a runner for years and Fit Quest’s classes made me find muscles I didn’t know I had.  I did have problems with the amount of sit ups required.  I really did try to do all of them, but some days, I just couldn’t.  Overall, by the 4th week of the challenge, my body started to get tired.  I was moody, cranky and hungry for something different (really I missed fruit).

I weighed out on the morning of my 28th day.  It was over.  Unfortunately, I went back to that “I’ll get back on it tomorrow” mentality.  The holiday binge commenced and my health put me in the E.R. with a migraine just one week later.  I knew I needed to make a change and tried, but had trouble shutting up the voice in my head.  The next month, I caught the crud going around (and still have it) which made me miss two weeks of training.  It sucked because I felt I let not only myself down, but I let Robert down.  I was able to take off the weight, but the underlying issues were still there.  Work in progress.


My personal results from the challenge:

  • 22 pounds lost
  • 4.5% body fat lost
  • 19 inches lost
  • 1st overall female in the 40+ women’s age bracket
  • 1st overall female in the women’s bracket – $100 prize!

New year.  New challenges.  First let me say I’m not one to make resolutions in January.  I’ve made them before and when I failed at it, I was disappointment in myself. I put together a list of things I would like to have happen:Win back my life!

  1. I want the body I had when I first started running back.
  2. I want to be able to run another marathon (already in the lottery for the Lincoln Marathon 2015).
  3. I want to gain control over my migraines.
  4. I want to reduce the amount of medicines I take each day.
  5. I want to be happy.

 

After the last challenge, I know I can get all five items.

I just need to take that first step. I did yesterday when I signed up for the next 30 day challenge.  Bring it!


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Here’s to us!

Here's to UsHere’s to us.  Those of us who get up at the crack of dawn to run 10 miles in freezing cold weather.  Us who spend hours at the gym lifting weights, stair stepping, lap swimming, zumbaing our @sses off.  Us who eat carrots when we want French fries, drink water when we want beer, eat plain greek yogurt when we want a banana split with extra toppings.  Us who own more workout clothes than everyday clothes.  Spend more on running shoes than well anything!  Us who pay to run races.  Races where we put every ounce of our beings out there on that course.  Blood, sweat, smiles and tears.  Only to sign up for another.

We are dedicated.  Somewhat obsessed.  Each having a reason why we do it.  Each reason different from the others.

But we do it.  Every damn day!

Congratulations to all who keep going at it.  Chin up!  Chest out!  You are awesome!


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I Am ME

“I am Me.

In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me. Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine, because I alone chose it — I own everything about me: my body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions, whether they be to others or myself.

I own my fantasies,

my dreams,

my hopes,

my fears.

I own my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes.

Because I own all of me, I can become intimately acquainted with me. By so doing, I can love me and be friendly with all my parts. I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other aspects that I do not know — but as long as I am friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously and hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles and ways to find out more about me.

However I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically me. If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought, and felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that which I discarded.

I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do. I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me. I own me, and therefore, I can engineer me.

I am me, and I am Okay.”

Virginia Satir


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Get a little lift!

As we head full on into the racing season here in Colorado, I have to post something for the ladies out there looking for a little lift.  I have been blessed with a curvy figure and as guys would say “Nice rack”.  Great when you’re wearing a low cut blouse; not so good when you’re out for a 20 miler in extreme heat.  So let’s talk about sports bras.  I’ve tried a lot of them.  The cheap ones are nice for working around the house or mowing the lawn, but take them out for a run and you might black both your eyes.  I keep coming back to Moving Comfort.  One, because they are great bras and two, because they are so adjustable.  I’m short-waisted, you see, and this makes regular sports bras without adjustable shoulder straps just plain weird to wear.  To get the front where it needs to be, the back is over halfway down my back.

So the first one I fell in love with is the Moving Comfort Fiona…

Moving Comfort Fiona*photo courtesy of MovingComfort.com

From their website: Our #1-selling bra, the favorite that women buy in multiples. Front adjustable straps offer unsurpassed levels of comfort and a custom fit. 

• Seam-free interior molded cups for support and shape
•Interior front yoke limits vertical breast movement
• Front adjustable straps with concealed hook-and-loop closure for easy, custom-fit adjustability
• Flattering exterior design lines add support and shape
• Adjustable back closure for easy on/off and custom-fit adjustability

The Fiona has an adjustable back closure along with Velcro straps.  You will not bounce in this one!  I’ve ran six marathons in this sports bra and only had minor chaffing directly under the center of the front strap.  Body Glide has helped with this.

At the Denver expo one year, the Moving Comfort booth said they were coming out with a new bra similar to the Fiona.  I explained the chaffing I had had with the Fiona and they said this new one should help with that since they changed up the fabric for the strap.  Enter the Jubralee!

Moving Comfort Jubralee*photo courtesy of MovingComfort.com

From their website:  Jubralee has it all—support and comfort in a flattering design. She was rigorously tested in our biomechanics lab to ensure the best support and fit possible.

• Seam-free interior molded cups for support and shape
• Subtle-contour cups give shape, modesty and maximum moisture transfer with a seamless look
• Interior front yoke
• Hidden side and under bust support
• Shaped front adjustable straps with concealed hook-and-loop closure
• Adjustable soft padded back closure

This bra is fantastic!  My girls are not moving at all in this one.  The Velcro lays down more than the straps on the Fiona which makes it more comfortable on the collarbone/shoulders.  I just started training for the Chicago Marathon and I’ll be using the Jubralee.  The fit is fabulous.

From their website — BUILD A SOLID FOUNDATION

  1. MAKE IT THREE.  It may seem like a lot, but the ultimate sports bra wardrobe starts with 3 bras:  one in your gym bag, one in the wash, and one hanging to dry.  Just like you, your bras need a recovery day every now and then.  Having three bras frees you to be ready for any workout, any time.
  2. WEAR THEM WELL.  At first, your sports bra should be snug on the loosest hook-and-eye closure.  That way, as the elasticity in the bra fatigues over time, you have the ability to tighten it.  You’ll be able to stretch the life of your bra and still get the support you need.
  3. MATCH YOUR MOOD – OR YOUR OUTFIT.  We know that not every workout is the same, so we didn’t make every sports bra the same either.  The sports bra you would select for yoga class may or may not be the same as you would for a long run.  Select a range of styles to meet the needs of your favorite activities.  Plus, workout tops can be just as fun and unique as regular tops.  It’s nice to have a variety of open-back, racerback, or cross-back styles to choose from!

So as you start running this season, pull out your sports bras.  Give them a good look over.  Are they stretched out?  Elastic showing?  Not supporting your girls enough?  Head down to your local running store, like Boulder Running Company – Colorado Springs, and give Moving Comfort a try.  When you’re 80, your girls will thank you!

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