Friday, April 17, 2015

Follow Through Friday - the next 10

Whew, this week was tough, but I did it! The potty training I mentioned last week didn’t end up happening (after one entire day, she still wasn’t even getting it, even a little bit, so we’ll try again in a few months), but I did pretty well over the weekend without indulging too much (although DID have more than just 2 pieces of Easter candy each day, whoops!) despite not being stuck at home. I hit my 1st and 2nd diet bet weigh-ins this week, plus have one more tomorrow (they haven't finalized the payouts yet, so I’ll report back next week on those). And I finally hit the 150’s, which is SO exciting to me! There is just something about hitting the next “tens” spot that really just excites me!

I didn’t get in a lot of exercise this week. I still am not feeling 100% (congested/coughing) but overall feeling much better; but just ultimately didn’t take the time to get the exercise in. I did one walk, two runs, and one night of strength training. Granted, the 3 days of exercise (I don’t count the walk, that’s just an “extra”) were GOOD, solid workouts, but I really am trying to run 3x a week and strength train 2x a week. So, with that goal in mind, this week was well, weak. However, I DID shave off another 54 seconds on my 5k time since last week. I’m really trying to get under a sub-30 5k, and I think in a few more weeks, I may actually hit it (on the treadmill at least, outside it is harder to control my speed). I have a goal in 2015 to race a sub-30 5k, so I’m putting a lot of effort into my speed lately. I’m so close!

Weight: 159.6 lbs

     3.1 miles in 30:43 (9:55 pace)  
     3.1 miles in 30:11 (9:44 pace) <- NEW fastest 5k since having either baby!
     2.92 miles (walk)
     Shoulders/Back (2x)
     Arms (2x)
Total Miles: 9.12 miles

Overall Weight Lost since "Starting Point" 10/24/14: 17.0 lbs

Friday, April 10, 2015

Follow Through Friday - Crazy, Busy Week and a Head Cold

What a crazy, busy week! I was so exhausted from the weekend that I went to bed super early Monday night and TuesdayI was at a conference all day and then a reception in the evening, so by the time I got home from that, it was 8pm and I went to bed early again. It takes me a few days to catch up on my sleep if I have a late night over the weekend. WhichSaturday night I didn’t get to bed until 1:45am and was up tossing and turning at 5am so out of bed by 7. We had such a fun filled weekend with Easter festivities and a BBQ with our awesome neighbors.

I was really bad with my food all weekend and on Tuesday at the conference, which of course made me feel like crap afterwards. Such a vicious cycle I put myself through. I did however make my final Transformer Diet Bet weigh in and in 6 months, I lost 10% and won $295.94!! (Profit of $150.94 after my buy in). I’m pretty stoked about that! I’m in two more overlapping transformers and hoping the final payouts are similar! I love making money for doing what I’m doing! This week coming, I have no plans on the weekend and won’t be leaving the house as we are doing a 3-day potty training boot camp with EM so I won’t have any temptations. No eating out, no drinking, no bad snacks (other than all that Easter candy on the counter.. but I’ve been pretty good about not eating the holiday candy – I let myself have two small pieces per day if wanted!) I have three DietBet weigh ins this week (WednesdayFriday, and Saturday) and am determined to hit them, and if I do, I’ll finally be in the 150’s which is my April goal!

I did minimal exercise this week, but got in two really good runs at least. I got up early on Saturday morning and ran on the trail with some ladies from MRTT, they were running 9 miles, so I only ran ~2 with them and turned back as I was only planning on 4. Last week, I hit my fastest post-children 5k and this week I improved it by 45 seconds! I was SO not in the mood to exercise on Wednesday, but I got on the treadmill anyways and decided to give it a go. I almost stopped at 1 mile, and then 2, and then said you know what, let’s just do a 5k and see where I end up. I’m so glad I kept going and pushed myself as I’m pretty dang impressed with myself! This is the fastest 5k I’ve ran since 2011! I didn't get in any strength training this week, Tuesday I was at the conference/reception and then Thursday I went home from work sick with a head cold and slept pretty much all day/night. Feeling a little better today and hoping to get a run in tonight at least. 

Weight: 163.2 lbs

     4.18 miles in 47:00 (11:15 pace)
     3.1 miles in 31:05 (10:02 pace)  <- NEW fastest 5k since having either baby
     1.2 total miles (combined)

Total Miles: 8.48 miles

Overall Weight Lost since "Starting Point" 10/24/14: 13.4 lbs

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Follow through Friday - Pre Baby Weight!

Posting almost a week late, whoops

I hit my pre-baby (#2) weight! I still have a ways to go before I hit my ultimate goal, or even before I hit my pre-baby #1 weight, but it’s nice to see progress! I actually started strength training this week! I did 2 rounds of my Shoulders/Back circuit (see below for description on all my circuits) on Tuesday and then did my Chest Circuit, 2x, on Thursday. I went back and read through my workouts from last year and I was supposed to do 2 rounds of 2 different circuits each time I did strength training, which I intend to do next week. This was a good start for me though; my chest is a little sore today, which is a sign of a good workout. I also have difficulty doing jumping jacks as my one knee was hurting, so I’m going to try to substitute that out for something else next week. The “bodyweight step up” in the should/back circuit was previously mountain climbers but the toes on my left foot were hurting when I did those so I changed that out as well. My right foot has been hurting too, although oddly enough, not when I run, just when I’m wearing no shoes or less supportive shoes. I have an appointment on Monday to get that checked out and plan to have them check out my left foot too. I really hope I’m not told to stop running; that would be such a bummer.

Food wise, I did pretty good overall all week. A little cheating on the weekend but nothing too serious (obviously since I lost a pound this week). This weekend is going to be killer with so many plans. We have a community Easter Egg Hunt and Potluck on Saturday followed by a BBQ at our neighbors on Saturday night (which means probably a lot of drinking) and then we will be gone all day on Easter for a yummy Easter dinner. I know my sister in law is making some Cauliflower “mashed potatoes” in addition to her regular mashed potatoes so I’m going to at least try to sub those out.

Weight: 161.4 lbs

     3.45 miles in 39:09 (11:21 pace)
     4.05 miles in 45:35 (11:15 pace)
     3.1 miles in 33:38 (10:51 pace)
     3.1 miles in 31:50 (10:16 pace)  ß fastest 5k since having either baby
     2.41 total miles (combined)

Total Miles: 15.2 miles

Overall Weight Lost since "Starting Point" 10/24/14: 15.2 lbs

Shoulders/Back Circuit
Bodyweight Step Up – 20 reps per leg
Bent Over Two Arm DB row – 10 lbs – 14 reps
Standing Overhead Press - 10 lbs – 15 reps
Single Arm DB Row – 14 lbs – 10 reps
Plank – 45 seconds
Band Lateral Raise – 15 reps
Russian Twist – 8 lbs – 15 reps

Arms Circuit
Treadmill – 2% incline, run at 7 mph for 1 min
Chair or Bench Dips – 20 reps - Similar to the video, except you will have your feet on the ground/no weight added 
Dumbbell Curls – 10 lbs – 10 reps 
Close grip girl push ups – 15 reps 
Plank – 45 seconds
Cross Body Hammer Curl – 10 lbs – 10 reps 
Kettlebell Swings – 25 reps
Knee to Opposite Elbows – 20 reps each side alternating 

Legs Circuit
Jump Squats – 20 reps 
Lunges – 20 reps each leg 
Side Planks – 25 seconds per side
Jump Squats – 20 reps
Plank – 45 seconds
Lunges – 20 reps each leg
Kettlebell Swings– 25 reps

Chest Circuit 
Jumping Jacks – 30 reps
Girl Push Ups – 25 reps
Kettlebell Swings– 25 reps
Dumbbell Flyes – 10 lbs - 14 reps
Plank – 45 seconds
Crawl Push Ups – 5 reps (Start in same position as girl pushup.  Move right hand to center and move the lefthand out to normal spacing, basically you will shift your position to angled to the left instead of straight. Do a pushup, then move your left hand to where your right hand is at, shift your right hand out to normal spacing so you are now facing at an angle to the right. Do a pushup, then go back to starting position angled to the left side, that is 1 rep)
Supermans – 25 reps