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T25 week 5

Last time I posted about my execise routine, I was in week two. Now I’m in week 5 of T25. This is the last week of the Alpha DVD’s, which are the foundation of the rest of the moves. Next week I start the Beta DVD’s and I’m a little nervous! I’m feeling stronger definitely, but I’m hoping I’m ready to take the next step.

So how is it going? Really well, but I’ve definitely had to make some modifications to things. The exercises they do in T25 are no joke. In the beginning I was trying to do everything full out as long as I could before modifying the moves. Week 3 my knees really started aching, so I’ve been doing a lot more modifications since then. All of the jumping also hurts my high arches, so I’m careful there as well. I’ve found that if I make some strategic modifications every time, I can stay strong through the whole workout.

I’m also taking rest days when my body is exhausted. During week 3 the loss of that hour of sleep each day really started catching up to me. I’m getting up an hour earlier, but not getting to bed an hour earlier. I’ve been making an effort to get to bed when I need to, but also skipping a workout here and there. I’m still seeing great results, so the rest is working.

I’ve only lost a few pounds, but I can definitely tell I’m losing fat and gaining muscle. There are moves I couldn’t do at the beginning of this (oblique knee push ups!) that I can now do at least a few of. I’m also not ready to die at the end of each workout which is a nice change of pace. The biggest change? I lost the side boob fat. During the Lululemon sale I bought a running tank top with built-in sports bra. When I tried it on at home it looked awful. The neckline cuts in almost like a halter and my fat bulged out everywhere. But guess what? I put that tank on last week when all of my other sports bras were in the wash and it not only fits, but it looks normal! I was amazed.

Overall, I’ve lost 2″ in my chest, 3.5″ in my waist, 1″ in my hips, 2″ in my arms, and 1.5″ in my thighs. I’ll admit, somewhere in week 3 I really wasn’t feeling any motivation. It was really hard to get up and I wanted to go back to running once or twice a week. I’m so glad I stuck this out. I still have a ways to go, but seeing how much I’ve lost has really kicked things into gear for me. I’m hoping that the Whole30 will take things to the next level for me in June!


Starting Again

At the beginning of last summer I was in great shape. I was running consistently, we were at the pool a lot, and I remember feeling really good. That kept up most of the summer and by fall I was at my lowest weight in a while. Then I had the Mirena put in, and gained somewhere around seven pounds by the end of the year. Since pulling it, I’ve been trying to lose the weight and get back to a body that’s less squishy and feels more like me, but it’s been hard. Turning 40 didn’t help, but I’m not running as consistently or as far as I need to, I’m not doing any other exercising, and my eating is decent at best.

At a bridal shower for my good friend Amy, Amy and Corinne started telling me about an exercise program they were doing and how they were getting stronger and felt great (Amy’s lost a ton of weight and looks amazing!). There was something about their enthusiasm that really stuck with me. I realized that I was finally ready to get serious about exercising again. The next morning I emailed my friend who is a Beachbody coach and ordered the T25 DVD’s.

This is currently week two of exercising every morning. The first week was ROUGH. I was sore everywhere. It hurt to walk, it hurt to sit, it hurt to stand. (As Delaney watched me attempt things she said “Mom, maybe this isn’t such a good idea.” Thanks!) But, week two has gone much better and I’m not nearly as sore. Getting up every morning at 6:30am is no joke though. The DVD is only 25 minutes, but I like my sleep! I’ve been trying to keep my eye on the prize, and remember that putting in the work will be worth it in the end. It helps that I know I feel better overall when I’m exercising consistently.

But, after gaining a pound week one I realized I definitely need to address the food side of things as well. Because I’m gluten free, I eat fairly well 85% of the time. I make most of my meals and eat very few processed foods, so that helps. I always eat a healthy breakfast, and most of the time my lunch is fairly nutritious as well. Dinner is where I start sliding, and after the girls are in bed I tend to get bored and dream up fun things to eat.

I’m doing the Shakeology shakes and I’m not sure yet how I feel about them. I love the convenience of drinking a shake instead of trying to make a meal for myself, especially on nights when we have an activity later (gymnastics and dance) and I’m making the girls something that I won’t eat (mac & cheese or quesadillas). They’re also convenient for lunch considering my gluten free options are limited and there’s no one in the office to go out to lunch with anyway. The main thing I don’t like about them is the stevia. I hate that taste.

I’ve been flirting with the idea of doing a Whole30 for over a year now. You cut alcohol, dairy, grains, sugar, and msg/sulfites from your diet. A few bloggers I follow have done it and have said it’s changed them completely. They’re well rested, they feel great, and they have a greater appreciation for the food they put in their bodies. My main reason for not doing it up until now is that you really have to make every single meal you eat, and it involves a lot of prep and a lot of thinking ahead. Also, I love my oatmeal and greek yogurt. But, I’m ready to change my relationship with food. I need to step away from sugar, and I need to figure out what beyond gluten is angering my body.

I have Amy’s wedding in May (plus the bachelorette and my birthday), so I’m going to start this June 1. I’ve been pinnning Whole30 meal plans like crazy and hope to incorporate at least a few of the meals into our general rotation prior to June so that when I do this, it isn’t such a shock. I’m hoping to find meals that I can modify slightly for myself, but that the girls can eat also. If anyone else is interested in doing this please let me know! I think group support is essential for something like this.

It feels really good to be putting in this effort. To get up early and make the time for exercise, rather than hoping I find the time for a run. I want to be strong and toned again!


Losing the Guilt

I have been trying, and failing to find my exercise groove for 4.5 years. Before kids I exercised 4 or 5 times a week and for some reason, I felt like that schedule was what I needed to get back to. I tried, oh did I try, but it just never worked out.

Evenings are rough because I’m exhausted. I’ve never been, nor will I ever be a morning exerciser. I finally realized that my favorite time to work out is in the middle of the day. Too bad I’m at work then!

After the 5k race with my SIL I started running regularly every Saturday. It certainly helped that summer was over and I was actually home on the weekends, but that race definitely kicked my endurance into gear as well. My runs felt good, I was making progress each week, and I wasn’t continuously feeling injured. Yay!

Could I workout one day a week and be okay with that?

My entire team works from home on Thursdays, so I started plugging in another run in the afternoons. If the weekend didn’t work out, at least I had my Thursday runs. Knowing that that was the best workout time for me, and knowing that I could work out one or two times a week and still feel good has been such a relief. I’ve finally let go of the guilt I felt every night when I wouldn’t run after the girls were in bed!

With Pinterest and Facebook I sometimes feel like I’m bombarded with these messages that we have to work out like crazy all the time! And if you’re not you’re lazy! I would see women with rock hard bodies and think “Do I want that?” Yes. But am I willing to make the sacrifices to look like that? No.

I’ve finally found my workout groove. For the first time in a long time, I’m not fighting against my body. I feel better, I’m eating better, and I’m slowly losing some weight. And the guilt is long gone.


An Amazing Evening

Last summer I started having a babysitter come every other week for two hours so I could run errands. My list of errands is never ending, and I can tackle a lot more without the girls along. I was also hoping that maybe I could exercise while the babysitter here, but that just never seemed to work out.

Until last night. It was a gorgeous day, 70 degrees and sunny, perfect running weather. I worked late and let the girls play outside at daycare, and then served them dinner on the deck just as the babysitter pulled in. I changed clothes and headed out the door.

I was a little nervous. I couldn’t find my good headphones and I didn’t have my music set up on my phone, but even with those shenanigans I had far and away the best run I’ve had in a year. Running outdoors is so, so different than running on a treadmill. And running with music rather than watching tv? On a gorgeous spring evening? There is nothing better!

It felt so good to run on my old trail, to smile at the moms running with their kids, and to take in the gorgeous flowering trees. I needed this. Badly. I’m working my way back into my exercise groove and I really needed a good workout to keep me going.

So now, to figure out how I can do this more than every other week. Next week I’m going to try running with the girls. Sure, running while pushing 68 lbs of girls plus stroller isn’t ideal, but if we can make it work it’s our best bet. I’m also contemplating some sort of trade with my next door neighbor. She loves to chat with the girls, if she’d be willing to hang out on the deck for half an hour, I could get in some solo runs on the babysitter off weeks.

Either way, I’m rejuvenated!


Mama’s getting her groove back

Running has always been my go to exercise. Back in the day I travelled a lot for work. As long as my running shoes were packed, I could exercise wherever I was. Going for a run was always a good way to explore a city. It was also an amazing way to work out problems in my head. Running kept me in shape and kept me sane.

But lately running has not been easy for me. I signed up for the 500 miles challenge back in January which was great motivation. Except my body couldn’t keep up with it. For every great week I had, I’d need another week for my body to recover. My hips have been aching like crazy, which is a sure sign of some sort of injury. I haven’t been able to be consistent, so when I do run I never really find my rhythm.

Warrior Dash pushed me over the edge injury wise. Whether it was the new shoes, the hills, or running without my orthotics (so! old!), my hips have been really sore. So sore the one run I attempted was quickly aborted. I’ve finally decided that it isn’t normal to down advil after every run, or to have issues just getting out of bed, and that I need to heed the message my body is sending.

Coincidentally, Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred DVD was on sale at Costco last week. I’ve done this workout before and liked it. At 20 minutes it fits into my crazy schedule, plus it will help me build muscle which is what I think I really need to do to stay injury free in the future. I can also do this exercise upstairs with the girls, possibly even while they’re awake? Which would be awesome.

I’ve only done the workout once, but I’m really hoping this will be gentler on my body. I really want to get back in shape since if anything, I’m in worse shape now than I was in January!

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Move It, Move It

In December I decided to really make exercise a priority. It was working, I was exercising more, but then Laura mentioned Move It 2011. I thought about joining, but immediately dismissed the idea. 500 miles in a year is about 10 miles a week. I was only running about two miles each time I run. I could never get to 10 miles a week! But, I’ve decided that 2011 is all about doing the things I don’t think I can do. Removing barriers. So I signed up.

Here’s the thing. I’m not someone who likes to run with people. I also don’t really do races. Running is a solo thing for me. But clearly I needed a little extra motivation and Move It 2011 has been perfect! It not only gets me on the treadmill when I’m exhausted and just want to hit the couch, it keeps me on the treadmill when I get bored and want off. Having to report my mileage has been an awesome incentive. I’m planning my runs, I’m running on consecutive days, it’s been the push I’ve needed. I’ve been running four times a week. Two 3ish miles runs, two shorter runs. I’m not at 10 miles a week yet, but I’m getting closer.

I’m so happy I signed up for this. It’s pushed me to stretch myself and my goals. I don’t just want to exercise, I want to get my body back! I want to feel good, look good, and wear a bikini this summer. Hopefully this will set the tone for all of 2011!