Dear New Years Resolutioners….And Gym Regulars

Welcome to a new year of fitness. I see you in the gym, working out hard every day (sometimes several times a day), trying new classes, and searching for a healthier and fitter version of yourself.

To the gym regulars…I see you too. The look of annoyance and utter disdain…the side glances at gym newbies…the audible displeasure at how crowded the gym floor or locker room may be.

The gym is a place for all people, of all shapes, sizes, and athletic ability. It’s where folks go to sweat, do good work, and push through plateaus. It’s hard enough in a world of fast food convenience and sedentary complacency to make your way to the gym. Whether you’re a noob or a vet, there’s a place at the gym for everyone. What bothers me most about this time of year is the way some, and I will say some, gym regulars make comments aloud – either on the gym floor or in the locker room regarding noobs. Hey, if someone decided that 2015 was the year for them to lose that last 20 lbs, or to gain a little more energy, or to try yoga – CHEERS TO THEM!!! It’s not your place, vet, to make someone who’s probably already nervous as hell that much more uncomfortable. It’s mean, rude, and really…really annoying.

To my newbies, I hope this year you find yourself getting ever the more closer to your goal of a healthier you. Workout out, eat well, hydrate, rest, and repeat. Have fun with it, make new friends. In no time you’ll know the lay of the land at your local gym, which instructors you like, and which trainers are really cool (et ehm…ME). 😉 But most of all never forget, no matter how long you’ve been a member at a gym, everyone was new once. So be nice to one another, aight?

Now go be active. 😀

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Morning Motivation #119

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This one goes out to my lifters out there. I don’t have the words to explain what it feels like to set a PR, make progress on a new lift, or to hear your coach or peers tell you that they see the improvements. What I will say is, that as a female, I feel a lot more empowered since I’ve gotten into lifting. It’s a wonderful feeling, and as the quote above says, it’s more than JUST lifting. So, for those of you who have never tried lifting – I say give it a shot. For those of you who already lift? Lift on, lift heavy. 😉

What To Do When Your Legs Give Out

Had a 4 miler planned for myself today after the session with my trainer, but that didn’t actually happen – the run that is. I had a great session with her, and apparently I’m picking up on the lifts and things she has been showing me pretty quickly. At this point I feel comfortable enough with the kettlebells to at least begin to use them to practice on my form and everything in the times that I’m not with her. Thing I didn’t realize about kettlebell training…that sh*t KILLS your legs! It’s all about the power you have in your legs. Now, granted, my legs are pretty strong, but the thing is…they’re not strong enough to handle a KB session and flow right into a run.

That just ain’t happening.

I tried…really, I did, to make the run happen. My legs though, just wanted nothing to do with running after the session ended. I wound up doing a power walk/jog for about 2 miles on the treadmill, and kinda disappointed that I wasn’t able to get my run in, I decided to hit the stationary bike. Not a bad choice as it turns out. I did about 8 miles on the bike, my legs didn’t feel completely dead – a relief.

After the workout I went home and made one of these:

Peanut Butter Choco 'Nana Green Smoothie

Peanut Butter Choco ‘Nana Green Smoothie

Yep, my very first Green Monster. It was peanut butter, banana, kale, and silk dark chocolate milk. Overall, it was an ok first attempt. I used a new brand of peanut butter, and I think I’m still adjusting to the taste of it. Texture-wise the smoothie was ok…it was thick due to the ingredients, but I think next time I will add some ice cubes or maybe some more liquid to thin it out a little bit.

If you guys have any good ideas for new combos for green smoothies, let me know – I’d love to try em!

Till  next time 🙂

Janathon: Day 9

lolz!!!! But seriously kids…cannibalism is WRONG. *snicker*

Let’s talk about food…

It’s a love/hate relationship…I love food…it hates my weight loss efforts. It’s not the best relationship, truly, and it’s one that I need to put a swift end to. I mean…not stop eating completely, lol, duh…but I need to re-evaluate that relationship.

So today, thus far, for Janathon…I did nothing but a lot of Couch-azzing. What, pray tell…is couch-azzing? It’s exactly what it sounds like…laying on the couch and chilling. I had the day off, and planned a lovely 5 mile run for myself followed by some great yoga. Instead I had a marvelous time lounging in my bed and then took the lounging up a notch to some couch-azzing. I did venture out at one point in time to get some yummy Chipotle…

Which brings me to my point about food. So, for those of you who remember my post a few weeks or so back, I’ve set a goal for myself to lose a certain amount of weight by August 1st. I’ve been loosing so far this year, which is great. But I see what the major obstacle has become…it’s food.

And this is not to say that I eat horribly, I must say that I eat well enough for someone who is looking to maintain their weight. However, to loose weight, to successfully see some significant weight loss, one really has to change the manner in which they eat and what they eat. That is where I am right now. I’ve been observing myself for the past week or so…what I eat and when…what drives me to eat certain things, and even how my body feels after I eat. So you wouldn’t believe it, but truly I can see a difference on the scale when I weigh myself daily. That change, that fluctuation, really has to do with what I’m eating. It’s crazy…but on days when I eat poorly, the scale goes up…when I eat well, down it it goes! If you think about it…if you’re eating to maintain your weight, then the fluctuation in eating and activity isn’t so bad.

Buuuuut, yea I’m trying to kick it up a notch this year and break out of the box with it. So…*sigh* it is with a heavy stomach (lol, sorry couldn’t resist) and a very clear intent, that I’ve decided to make a couple of changes to my diet (and by diet, I mean the things I eat – I don’t believe in diets in the traditional sense of the word). Some of those changes that need to happen include…

  1. Consuming at least 8 glasses of water a day
  2. No chocolate…ok, well not a complete ban on chocolate, but it’s going to be only for really special occasions. Bye bye reese’s peanut butter cups!
  3. Cutting back on the sodas and juices – this will be easy since I only have either once in a blue moon as is.
  4. Reducing the amounts of my favorite vices…cheese, bread (most carbs actually), and peanut butter (I have a serious addiction to PB – we go waaaaaay back).
  5. Increasing my fresh produce intake. Whether that’s fruits or veggies, I’m not eating enough of either, which does me no good.
  6. Remembering that food = fuel.

I’ve gotta plan ahead enough to make sure I’m eating the right things. That’s one of my biggest issues since I’m always on the go…I’m either a fast food or a microwave food kinda eater. I need to eat some real food to see some real changes. 🙂

To add a lil fuel to the fire, I’m gonna join the 12 Week Challenge with Gold’s Gym. Nothing like a competition to give a lil extra motivation. Wish me luck!

 

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A Kick Ass Week

This past week marked a return to the world of fit. Better eating. More gym time. And running almost daily.

This week was an experiment of sorts. I wanted to see what it’d be like and how I’d feel if I were to workout daily and pay closer attention to my eating. Every day, whether it was in the early am or after work, I made time for a workout. I ran, I did yoga, I weight trained, I zuumba’d. I ate healthy meals, used portion control, and chose fruit and froyo over chips and ice cream.

I felt like a fitness goddess, and it was marvelous. Every sweaty moment of it.

And the payoff? Aside from being impressed with my own dedication…was a 5 lb weight loss!! That has been the first substantial weight loss in months! I’m quite pleased with the results, and this week I am hoping for a repeat of the intensity and dedication I had last week.

Since we were experiencing a bit of a heat wave down here last week, most of my work was done indoors at the gym. Not TOO bad considering how I tend to dislike the treadmill. Surprisingly though…it wasn’t so bad! Total mileage this past week was around 11-12 miles, which is low for me, but on the plus side I was able to do more cross training than usual.

Today was Sunday Funday LongRunDay *smile* and I did 7 outside on my favorite trail.

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*sigh* simply serene

Along the way I discovered something…my comfortable/easy pace has apparently gotten about 45 – 60 seconds faster! How exciting is THAT! It was a good run, though a lil difficult as the sun continued to rise and the day…but with views like these how could I NOT enjoy myself???

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Here’s to a great week!!!