Monday, March 03, 2014
Well, it's a new month: March! I looked at my blog that I posted on Saturday, January 4th to see what my goals were for this year. Here's a reminder to myself of what those goals were:
1. 500 Miles this year
2. Operation Tone Up
3. Continuing to Eat Clean
For my first goal, so far, I'm at 119 running miles, with 381 more miles to go (24% of my goal).
With my 2nd goal, I joined an online challenge called Lean Body for Her Challenge. It's a 12-week program with an emphasis on strength training/toning as well as eating clean, which impacts my 3rd goal. Today, I'm in week #5, which emphasizes the drop set with the weights. The program describes the drop set as the following: 10 reps at a heavy weight, then drop to a lighter weight for 10 reps, & then finish the set with 10 reps at the lightest weight. This set is done with no rest between the sets. Repeat this 2 more times. It's suppose to fatigue the muscle you're working on. I will starting this today with my chest and triceps. Wish me luck!
So far, with my clean eating, I am happy to say that I haven't had sweet cravings. This totally shocks me. Every once in awhile, I find myself craving something sweet, but not for 4 weeks. WooHoo!
To add to this year's goal is to decrease my body fat. Currently, I'm 32% body fat and would like to get down to 25-27%.
This is where I'm currently at in 2014. Moving Onward and Forward!
Saturday, January 04, 2014
Well, 2013 is now gone. I have to say I'm quite proud of what I accomplished in 2013. I lost 45 pounds and started back running in May 2013. With my running, I ran quite a few races: a few 5Ks, 4-miler, 5-miler, 10K, and a 9-miler. However, I so surprised myself with doing 2 Half Marathons in November as well as December. I couldn't believe it. I shocked myself because I did it. WooHoo! Additionally, I had a few personal best with my running. My 5K personal best was 32:35. My 5-miler personal best was 52:13. My Half personal best was 2:49:11.
This year, I want to accomplish 500 miles. I believe this will be achieved, but I have to be consistent with my running. As of today, I ran 9.2 miles and I have 490.8 miles to go. Additionally, I will be working on my speedwork in order to try to achieve more personal bests this year.
Today, I ended up going to my friend's gym. We worked out on the machines. I miss working out on the machines when I had gym memberships. I really want to tighten up my body. After losing 45 pounds, I'm a little flabby. My goal this year is to become more lean and toned. I'm debating about getting a 3-month temporary gym membership. We'll see!
Lastly, I want to continue to eat clean. I know exactly what I have to do. I have to plan my menus in advance. That really worked for me. Starting tomorrow, I will be drinking green smoothies as well as planning those menus. Abs are made in the kitchen.
I'm keeping my 2014 goals quite simple. Operation Tone Up in full effect! Here I Go!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
A friend & I were talking this weekend about feeling comfortable enough to run in a sports bra & shorts this summer, like some of the ladies who we saw running on the trails we run on. Some of these ladies had great bodies & some not so great, but the confidence they displayed was very inspiring.
So, along with incorporating the Eat Clean lifestyle, I bought a new strength training program from Beachbody.com. It's called Body Beast. At first, I said no because it looked like it was for mainly guys who are trying build muscle mass & bulk up. Also, it could be a little intimidating after looking at the infomercial with these huge guys. However, on one of the many fitness Facebook pages I'm currently on, I saw a lady who started using this product & her arms look amazing. Then, I asked my Beachbody coach if he heard of any ladies who used this workout? It comes to find out that his secretary is using it & she loves it. So, I decided to get it. Thus far, I've been doing it for three days and definitely feel it. With this program, I have to lift heavy during the lower reps & lifting a little lighter during the higher reps. It's called Super Sets. The trainer who the other guys call Beast is so funny and enjoyable on the eyes (Ladies if you know what I'm saying)! LOL! Right now, I can say I'm enjoying myself despite the fact that this workout is designed for guys who want to get pumped up (my SNL Arnold Schwarzenegger impression).
Now, I've reached my goal and I've been maintaining between 134.8 to 135.5 pounds for almost a month. However, I want to tone up my body and continue to lower my body fat, which is currently 32.3%. I read an article that for a woman over 40 with 23% to 30% is considered good to excellent. I would like to make this range my goal as I continue with my running, strength training & eating clean.
I'm going to really work on eating lean proteins (135-200 grams) as I want to decrease my body fat, but increase my muscle mass. This is not going to be an easy feat, but I'm going to give it the best that I've got. In addition, I want to see how amazing can I get my body in these upcoming months. It took 11 months to lose 47 pounds. Now, let's see how many months will it take to create muscle definition & decrease my body fat to my goal range.
This year, I've learned that I can do anything if I put forth the time & effort. I'm so worth the sacrifice & discipline. I'm loving the path I'm on as it pertains to my health. So, I'm giving myself 6 months to really focus & be committed to becoming more toned. This is right around my 45th birthday. I want to see if I can be in better shape in my 40s than I was in my 20s (I'm already in better shape than my 30s). Here I go! Operation Tone Up in full effect.
Monday, November 18, 2013
My running group showcased me on our Facebook page. One of the Ambassador's even wants to tell my story to other BGR groups. This is such an honor. I told the ladies about my weight loss journey as well as my running journey. I hope to continue to motivate and encourage others. You just never know whose life you're impacting.
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