Wow, I feel like it’s been forever since I posted on here… July 8th was a long time ago! I am so sorry for that!
First, let me just say that my 5k on July 20th went fantastic! I was able to run the ENTIRE thing, which was amazing, especially considering that my training runs were horrible the whole week prior to the race. Me + hot, humid weather + running just do not mix well. Lol. Thankfully, it was a nice, cool morning the day of the race! Not only did I manage to run the whole thing (which was almost a whole MILE longer than I had previously run), I also managed to do it in under 45 minutes, which was a mini goal of mine! My official time was 44:12! Woohoo! On top of the race, my vacation was wonderful, in general. Our first vacation in six years… It better be good! Lol. We squeezed in as much activity and memory-making as possible! I will hopefully get around to posting about that soon, with lots of pictures!
Now it is confession time… I have not worked out since my vacation. Boooooooooo! I have also been eating horribly! Double booooooooooo! Why? No clue. But today is my Snap Out Of It! day! I even forced myself to weigh in and do my measurements. Honestly, my weight makes me want to be sick… 170.4. I haven’t seen that number in well over a year. Yep, it genuinely sucks. But I have an amazing month planned for myself and I know that I will SOON be back to where I was and doing even better!
I will do a post tomorrow all about how AWESOME August is going to be!!
Ps… If you are interested in joining my FREE August Challenge Group, there is still time! Shoot me a message and I will get you hooked into the group. It is an awesome group of ladies and we are ALL going to rock out this coming month!
I did something spontaneous last night. I decided to compare my latest round of progress pictures with my ones that I took at the beginning of the year. I currently weigh two pounds more than I did at the beginning of the year, and SIX pounds more than I did in March. But here is the crazy thing. I weigh more… but my body looks the exact same. Seriously. Am I a bit bummed that I have not had much progress this year? Sure. But I am also excited that I have actually been able to maintain. That has always been an issue for me.
And, on top of that, I am excited to say that there is at least one part of my body that has made some progress. My arms have gotten incredibly toned! Front and back! I can even feel and somewhat see my muscle when I am not flexing! And, the crazy thing is that I have not picked up a weight since March! I have been making progress just by using resistance bands, which I was a bit reluctant to try. But I am now hooked! :o)
The top images are from January, the bottom ones are from July. Yep, I’m happy. :o)
And this folks is why I HIGHLY recommend taking pictures, even if you want to CRINGE at the beginning! Measurements are great, but they do not always show your progress. And do not even get me started on relying solely on the scale… you will only get heartache from that one!
Today is the first day of July, which means that it is time to think about what my various goals are for this month. I am not going to lie, I have not done too great on meeting my goals the past few months. Which is why I am completely rethinking EVERYTHING this month.
For workouts, I am keeping it pretty simple. I am alternating daily between training for my very first 5k (July 20th is going to get here fast!) and strength training in the form of TurboFire Tone and Sculpt workouts. I also have some yoga sprinkled in at various days throughout the month. And I am doing a small challenge for the month with my group of lovey ladies on Facebook. (If you are interested in joining the group and gaining more accountability, let me know!) I actually did not even schedule anything (other than the challenge workouts) past my 5k date because that is really my main focus this month. And my training is going GREAT, by the way!
For food, I am going to continue to drink at least 96 ounces of water a day, and am trying to get in more than that on 5k training days. I seem to need more when I run. Which makes sense. I am also trying to have more “real” meals, foods that I actually cook from scratch. One big difference that is happening this month, though, is my mindset when it comes to food. I have decided that nothing is “not allowed”… I have no restrictions. But I am going to be eating in moderation. For instance, I went to get frozen yogurt with my daughter yesterday and we actually shared a cup instead of each of us having our own. It will still very satisfying, and I felt better knowing that I did not eat the whole thing myself. And she LOVED sharing it with me. She was actually super excited about it. :o) I have also decided that, for now at least, if I am starving at the end of the day but do not have any calories left, I am not going to beat myself up over eating some fruit. I am not really sure how my body is going to react to really training for this 5k, since my runs are getting longer now, but it seems to need more fuel because I have been pretty ravenous the past few days.
I have also decided that I am not weighing myself until before my 5k. I need a scale break. I took my measurements, including weight, in the middle of last week, and I also have pictures. So I will redo those things on July 17th.
That is pretty much it, in a nutshell. I am excited to see how this month goes! I am ready to ROCK July!