Monday Motivation – Keeping the Momentum

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Remember when last week I made the statement that I was taking back my life and creating an equal work/life balance?

Well, I did it.

The gym and I have made amends.   It kicked my ass – I was sore – and it was great.

That gym and I?  We are becoming BFF’s again.

If you remember, Monday morning I got my butt up before 5am and ran to the gym, lifted and ran back home.

The rest of my week in fitness looked a little like this:

Tuesday

4:23am – Alarm

5:00am – Upper weights before class

5:30am – Taught the new Round 60 TurboKick

4:45pm – Taught again!  TurboKick Round 60

Wednesday

4:35am – Alarm

4:55am – 1.25 mile run to the Gym – Lower Weights – 1.25 Mile run back home

Thursday

4:23am – Alarm

5am – Lunges, Situps

5:30am – Taught Insanity

4:45pm – Taught a second Insanity

Friday

4:45am – Alarm

5am – Slow run 1.25 mile run to the gym – That hill kicked my bootay.   Upper weights – 1.25 mile run home.

Saturday

8am – Subbed for a gal at the Y.  Offered Insanity to a class of 14!

 

My nutrition was slightly better last week.  Sugar is still a huge deal for me.  And Diet Soda.  They are a real life struggle.  It’s a deep love the three of us have.

The weekend didn’t go so well in the nutrition area.  A lot of booze, pizza, burgers, cookies… you get the picture.   It’s summer.  I have a lot of fun.  One step at a time.

 

Goals This Week:

Fitness

  • Make the gym every morning M-F
  • Add an early Saturday morning distance run of at least 5 miles. (which is a LOFTY goal considering Friday is my B-day and we have plans that involve liquor that evening)

Nutrition –

  • Add in a few more glasses of water each day
  • Cut back on the sugar Monday – Thursday.   What about Friday, you ask?

It’s my birthday!

I eat frosting on my birthday.

It is straight up ILLEGAL not to.

 

Cheers to staying on track, keeping the momentum going and accomplishing new goals.

 

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Let’s Chat Fat

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About a month ago I went to see a Sports Nutritionist.

Why?

Body Fat

That’s why

I’ve always been calorie conscious. You name a food item and with 99% certainty I’d be able to tell you the exact calorie content.  It’s a a weird obsession.  I admit.

I’ve always eaten a fairly healthy diet.  But, I also never denied myself sweets and alcohol.   I mean, come on.  I love candy.   And I sure do love a cocktail.  Happy Hour!!

Speaking of Happy Hour; now that warm weather is here, HH means Friday at 3 through Sunday afternoon.   It’s hot, we make plans, we have fun, we ride motorcycles.  And Sunday Funday?  Duh!

Annnnyway…

 

About this Sports Nutritionist.

 

I am in the best shape I have ever been at this point in my life.   I can run 13 miles, I teach Turbo Kick, I teach Insanity, I lift weights.  And I don’t lift baby weights.  I go heavy.  By rep 8 I am gritting my teeth and the ol’ limbs are a-shaking.  I teach 8 fitness classes a week for goodness sakes.  And while I don’t always give 100% during Insanity, I give nearly 90%.  I do the workouts.  I walk around.  I stand next to others and push them and in return that pushes me.

 

I am fit.

 

And I am also sitting at a higher body fat percentage then most people with an equivalent activity level.

 

Cue the nutritionist.

 

My friend, Tyree, has been seeing him for over a year now while she preps for a fitness competition.   Tyree has always been physically fit.  But to see her now?  She looks damn good.   Lean, mean fighting machine that girl is.  So, she hooked me up with an appointment.

What was I told?

My 1500 calories intake a day was too little.  My body was in near starvation mode and holding on to any and all fat that it could.   You know what else he said?

 

TOO. MUCH. CARDIO.

 

Well, kid.  We’re gonna have to work around that because I am not giving up teaching.  Period. End of sentence.

 

However, this running crap?  I am so over it.  So, once I get through this half-marathon business on Sunday and my 75 miler relay on the 10th… running will become like a hobby that I take up occasionally.  Like 5K occasionally.

 

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So, this works great for his suggestion of:

“You need MORE weights in your life”

 

Why, yes.  We CAN work on this.

 

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Are you all still with me?  Hang in there… I’m almost done.

 

I am now sitting around 1800-2000 calories a day.  Nutritious calories.   For two weeks he had me following a strict 6 meal a day plan.  Each of the 6 meals has a set carb/protein ratio.  And not white potato carbs.  We are talking whole grain, brown rice, sweet potato carbs.   And not beef jerky protein.  Think chicken, fish, egg proteins.  At the end of the day my total gram intake should be roughly  152 carbs and 198 protein.

And guess what?

I felt bloated.  Full.  Chubbier.

But, what did my numbers say after 2 1/2 weeks?

DOWN!  

DOWN 2.5% body fat.

That’s HUGE!

Up 1% lean body mass.

That’s AWESOME.

 

This sh!t is working, friends.

 

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So, let’s hear it for sports nutritionists!  They know what they are doing.

 

I am SO stinking excited to see where I am at in June.  I am not going back for my pinches until then.  I want to get these long runs out of the way and get back to my weight training.   Suns Out- Guns Out.  Let’s see those babies grow.

 

I am also looking into a few nutrition certifications as well.  I am obsessed to say the least.  This seems right to me.   Feeding your body is what we are to do.  I want to know more.  I want to be able to help others, the RIGHT way.

But, first.  I am working on me.

Stay tuned!

 

 

Cheers!

 

MNB February Challenge Week 3 Recap

Yesterday ended Week Three of the Move Nourish Believe Challenge hosted by Lorna Jane and Sweat Pink Community.   I had a lot of fun participating each day and found myself looking forward to the unique challenges. Congrats to all who completed the daily challenges!  Your Instragram photos were inspirational!

You can find my Week One and Two recaps here:

Week One

Week Two

Now for my final MNB Recap!

Week 3 Day 1: Monday, February 17th

Spoil Yourself!  Do something for you today!  Go for a walk, go to yoga, spoil yourself!

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I spoiled myself by going to the Harley store for a little retail therapy after I hit up the doctor for meds.  Was on Day 5 of bronchitis at that point and needed an extra boost to get over it.  Ended the evening with a warm blanket, my comfy couch, some TV and a hot mug of tea.

Week 3 Day 2: Tuesday, February 18th

5 Mindful Minutes!  Do good to your body, meditate for 5 minutes and find your zen.

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5AM, peaceful morning, moon still out, house asleep, candle lit, 5 minutes of quiet focus.

Week 3 Day 3: Wednesday, February 19th

Be Happy!  Show us your happy place!

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A lot of people and places make me happy.  Can’t possibly narrow it down to one.  LIFE makes me happy.   My motorcycle, my dog, my friends, working out, riding with the HOH’s, my husband and stepson and my family.

Week 3 Day 4: Thursday, February 20th

Thankful Thursday.  Let us know what you are thankful for.

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Thursday I was very thankful for a weekend in the mountains with my family.  Each year, my husband’s mom and stepdad take the entire family to Copper Mountain for 4 days.  The picture above was from our condo living room.  Could handle that everyday! 🙂

Week 3 Day 5: Friday, February 21st

Share the Love.  Shout-Out to your #1 supporter and motivator!

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This Guy.

 

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Cheers to a Great Challenge!  Thanks to Lorna Jane and Sweat Pink for hosting!  I look forward to the next one!

 

To my readers, make sure to check out Lorna Jane Active for some great workout gear and Fit Approach for motivation, tips and tricks for everything health and exercise related.

MNB February Challenge Week 2 Recap

Week Two of the Move Nourish Believe Challenge is complete!  The focus word for week two was Nourish.  It challenged me in different ways as it pushed me out of my food comfort zone.  I really enjoyed trying out new recipes, going vegan for a day and testing a raw food recipe.  Thanks to Lorna Jane and Fit Approach Sweat Pink Sisters for this great challenge.

Week 2 Day 1: Monday, February 10th

Challenge Topic: Go Meatless! Skip meat today!  Try vegetarian/vegan meals.

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Fruits, veggies, hummus and Clif Bars during the day (easy grab and go as I traveled all morning and had meetings through the afternoon) and a Mushroom Veggie Burger with steamed veggies for dinner.  Highly recommend hot sauce on the veggie burgers.  Yum!

Week 2 Day 2: Tuesday, February 11th

Challenge Topic: TYLTW!  Take your lunch to work today.  Choose a recipe from MNB to inspire your packed lunch!

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I chose the Mediterranean Frittata to make and take.  I tweaked the recipe slightly from MNB by using only egg whites, subbing spinach and adding Feta Cheese.   This frittata was good for lunch, breakfast and dinner, which I proved by eating it multiple times over the course of a few days.  Definitely worthy of a re-make.  A friend suggested dropping  in sun-dried tomatoes and I agree that it sounds like the perfect addition.

Week 2 Day 3: Wednesday, February 12th

Challenge Topic: Write it down!  Journal your food today and share your WIAW with us!

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I track my food on MyFitnessPal on a normal basis.  I have actually been a MFP’r for many years.  I started using it to try and track down the source of my stomach troubles long ago.   MFP has been my friend and will remain my friend for as long as it’s around.  It has helped me find certain stomach trigger foods as well as being a heck of a reality check.  You put HOW many empty calories in your body??

My WIAW wasn’t anything spectacular, as you can tell.

Week 2 Day 4: Thursday, February 13th

Smoothie Day: Happy Thirsty Thursday!  Make a healthy smoothie today!

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One of my all time faves is a Chocolate PB2 Shake.  Coming in a close second is my Vanilla Protein with Pistachio flavoring shake.  Yummo!

Week 2 Day 5: Friday, February 14th

Challenge Topic: Go Raw Friday!  Choose a recipe from MNB and go raw!

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Since it was Valentine’s Day on Friday, I was very happy to find a recipe on MNB that fit perfectly into the theme of the day.  These cookies were really good.  Surprisingly! 🙂  You could definitely tell the lack of sugar from a ‘normal’ cookie, but the banana and strawberries were so refreshing.  One word of advice: make sure to cook them long enough.  Mushy banana oats aren’t appetizing.

And that, my friends, closes out Week Two of the Move Nourish Believe Challenge.  Week One Recap can be found here.

Up next for Week Three: Believe.  

Follow me on Instagram to keep up with the last 5 days of the challenge!

Make sure to also connect with:

Lorna Jane Facebook

Fit Approach Facebook

Move Nourish Believe

Fit Approach

Cheers!

 

MNB February Challenge Week 1 Recap

Hey, Hey!  We made it through another Monday!  For me, this was a Gigantic accomplishment considering I spent the weekend in Vegas for a 40th Birthday Party.  Loads of fun!  I deserve a high-five for making it through today after that kind of weekend!

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If you recall from a previous post, I am taking part in the Sweat Pink and Lorna Jane February Move Nourish Believe Challenge.  I had a lot of fun checking out Instagram and looking up the rest of the #mnbchallenge participants and what they had been up to on a daily basis.  I look forward to Week 2!

Recap Time!

Day One: February 3, 2014

Challenge Topic: Sweat it Out! Show us your Favorite way(s) to workout!

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My fave ways to workout is Kickboxing, Teaching Group Fitness, Running and Working Out With Friends!

Day Two: February 4, 2014

 Challenge Topic: Change it Up!  Sweat a New Way!  Select a workout from Move Nourish Believe and show us your post-workout selfie.

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I chose the Summer Series Travel Workout and had a hard time taking a post-workout selfie.  But I did it.  I usually make fun of selfies.  Not the selfie with your friend kind.  The kind where people take pics of themselves all the time and post them kind.  #truth

Day Three: February 5, 2014

 Challenge Topic: Let’s Get Planking! Plank for at least five minutes today!  You can split the planks up.

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After I taught TurboKick, I invited a few to stick around afterwards and plank it out with me.  It made the 5 minutes FLY by as we laughed and supported each other by saying things like: “Don’t sink your butt.”  or the opposite “Don’t stick your butt up.”

Oh, the things you can say and get away with during workouts.

Day Four: February 6, 2014

 Challenge Topic: Buddy Up!  Workout with a friend today!

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My girl, Tyree, stopped over on Thursday night to help me run an errand.  I love that she is a trooper and threw in a few workout moves with me.  We chose oblique twists with a medicine ball and plank taps.  Go Team!

Day Five: February 7, 2014

 Challenge Topic: Show us your five fitness favorites!  Exercises, people, whatever gets you moving and motivated!

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My Five Faves with affiliate links:

  1. Pink Polar Ft4
  2. Champion C9 Capris
  3. Quiet time for focus, stretching and relaxation before teaching a group x class
  4. Nike Air Max
  5. Funny Workout Tanks.  Suck It Up Buttercup

And that my friends, wraps up Week One of the Move Nourish Believe February Challenge.

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend and are off to a great start to the week!  

I have a few recipes for you this week as well as a fun Valentine’s Day post coming up Friday.  Stay tuned!

Cheers!