Checking In: Slowly But Surely

I had a pretty okay week. Nothing remarkable. So I’ll just give the highlights:

My skin is starting to look better, which is encouraging. But everything else feels the same. To be honest, I just need my Nike half marathon training to start and my Whole Life Challenge to start and then I can kick into high gear. I should be able to get my sh*t together without these things…

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This past Saturday I went for a nice run with some new friends and kept a 10min pace for 5mi without stopping, which was awesome! I was all…

Really just wanted to use this gif, but it does accurately sum up my feelings about that run.

Really just wanted to use this gif, but it does accurately sum up my feelings about that run.

Anyway that reminded me to push my milage and don’t stress out about staying under 9min/mi. I think that I tend to feel better and accomplish more when I actually pace myself. 

Speaking of running, here is my schedule for the week! 

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I’m so happy to have a coaching program again. It feels like so long ago when I started training for my first half! Week one looks fine, but this program builds quickly. 

Sooooo…. yeah I think that’s about it. If you’re interested in doing the Whole Life Challenge, it starts in about two weeks and it’s great. Sign up here! And now I leave you with some squatspiration from last night’s VMAs. Enjoy. 

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Making A Plan: This Week’s Workout Schedule!

My half marathon training starts one week from today. But what about this week? I’m writing this schedule out so I have something to make me accountable. 

YEAH! I CAN DO ANYTHING I SET MY MIND TO!

YEAH! I CAN DO ANYTHING I SET MY MIND TO!

MONDAY: 3mi run, 200 abs, 100 squats, 50 arms, stretching for 10 minutes

TUESDAY: Strength train 

WEDNESDAY: 4mi run, 200 abs, 100 squats, 50 arms, stretching for 10 minutes

THURSDAY: Strength train 

FRIDAY: Rest day

SATURDAY: 5mi run, 200 abs, 100 squats, 50 arms,  stretching for 10 minutes

SUNDAY: 5mi run, 200 abs, 100 squats, 50 arms, stretching for 10 minutes

Someone out there should join me so we can challenge each other! 

Checking In: This Feels Oddly Familiar…

It has been one week since I started this blog in attempt to turn this life around. So far so good, I suppose…? To be totally honest, this past week was more or less simple and boring, as well as very deja vu. You see, this isn’t my first rodeo with a fitness kick, and they always tend to go the same way. 

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Since I am generally a healthy person (I value getting in my workouts and eating a vegetarian diet), I always start at about a +1 or so from average. Not to mention that I am a tall human, making it easy to gain a few without being able to tell, thus making it even easier for me to make excuses toward laziness and pizza. 

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And so, making a change like this week-long clean eating challenge doesn’t feel terribly different. I don’t feel less tired, I don’t look or feel less bloated, and my skin doesn’t look any less pimply. Yet. The familiar part of this past week is the impending relapse I sense. My bloat and zits haven’t gone, but I have to remember that these issues haven’t had a chance to change.

FACT that I just Googled: It takes about 30 days for skin cells to regenerate.

This week I am going to do the 7 Day Clean Eating Challenge again. And then I’ll do it again, and again. And then I’ll do the Whole Life Challenge, which is 8 weeks. Then back to weekly. One week of change really won’t do anything for me, but many all strung together as a full lifestyle overhaul, THAT is when I’ll start seeing my efforts. And THAT is what I’m telling myself this morning as I crave pancakes and reflect on the change I’m not seeing. 

Meh.

Meh. This is me waiting for my six pack to arrive. 

Keep kickin’ ass, party people!

Yeah, get used to motivational quote images.

Yeah, get used to motivational quote images.