Thursday, January 30, 2014

I may be behind on blogging..

I may be behind on blogging, but I'm not behind on T25.  Mon-Wed this week I did the workouts on the T25 schedule. I took today off since I have had a constant feeling of nausea since last night, so I'll finish week four with workouts tomorrow and Saturday.

The snow mess here is getting ridiculous. We got 9 inches Tuesday night!  Needless to say, between the kids being home and the roads being icy, I haven't been able to run. That really does a number on my mood. I'm thankful I'm doing the T25 program so I'm forced to do something, because otherwise laziness is overtaking my life the last couple weeks.  I am unmotivated to do anything. I did at least clean the downstairs of my house today and get to the bank, and I did some cookie shoppe work yesterday, but my energy and motivation is missing.  Luckily this weekend it's supposed to be in the 50s and 60s, so in addition to T25 tomorrow and Saturday I intend to get runs in Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

End of Week 3 Weigh In

Not huge changes to report. I didn't get to run all week due to the extreme cold and the kids' snow days. I did complete week 3 of T25.  Here are my weight and measurements:

Weight - 139.8 lbs (still in my normal fluctuation range)
Waist - 29 inches (same as last week)
Hip - 33 inches
Thigh - 19.75 inches
Bicep - 10.75 inches (same as last week)

This week and next, like I said, I will follow the actual T25 schedule.  That involves two or three days of Total Body, which is my absolute least favorite. Ugh.  I am hoping to get a few days of running in, too.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Midway Week 3

So it's Thursday. Another snow day. Is it just me or do snow days practically require you to eat like crap? And maybe it's just me again, but when I look out my window and see dry roads yet they call a snow day, I feel compelled to go somewhere...anywhere...because I can, dang it.  So I bundled up all of the kids this morning and we went to the bank and the store and Wendy's.  Back in like October I bought these little coupon books for free jr frostys.  They're about to expire, so we've been having lots of frostys.  I also had a Hershey's bar :O. I know I said M&Ms are my favorite, but I kind of lied. A plain old Hershey's bar wins every time.

It was a long day. Now, thank God, everyone is in bed.  

Yesterday I had T25 Total Body Circuit.  I was proud of myself because I made it more than halfway through the session before I had to switch to push-ups on my knees. I was extra motivated to force myself to keep at it because this is what my left knee looked like yesterday:
And it is still very sore.  I told the husband I'm going stir crazy not being able to run. He told me I'm better off not running on the ice since I do things like this on dry ground :/. The ice better be gone by Saturday because I will be running both days this weekend.

Today I did the T25 Ab Intervals.  It was ok.  Seemed like it worked my quads some today too.

So, I'm one day shy of finishing week 3 my way, doing each workout once each week.  The husband made a good case for why I should be following Shaun T's schedule, though, and saving you the details, I will be doing weeks 4 and 5 of Alpha according to the plan that came with the program.  When I get to the Beta program, I may even attempt to add in a nutrition plan (not a diet, but something more regulated than the out-of-left-field way I eat now).  I hardly recognize myself.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Yesterday, I did T25 Alpha Speed and not much else. I was feeling down and exhausted and the oncoming of a(nother) cold.  But I got it done.
I'm also starting to rethink the whole no supplements thing. I'm not going all crazy, but I think I'm to an age where a daily multivitamin, some vitamin d and calcium, maybe some fish oil and glucosamine might be beneficial.

I also think I need to get a new BIC Band or two, since I'm wearing my Boston Strong headband in every picture I post.

Last night, Virginia Beach seemed to be going crazy with the thought of impending snow (up to FOUR inches!).  So, like any parent would, I thought it definitely called for watching the news waiting for school cancellations and roasting marshmallows on the stove.
Before the kids went to bed it had indeed started to snow, and before I went to bed school was indeed cancelled.  The kids' first snow day!

We woke up this morning to maybe three inches.  The baby was scheduled for daycare, and my first inclination was to cancel since I couldn't run with the big kids home anyway.  Luckily I thought better of it, took her to daycare and set out with the girls to get some McDonalds breakfast.  The roads weren't bad; they were a little icy, but there definitely would have been school still in OH or WA.  It was 15° though, so we were bundled up.  McDonalds was closed!  Crazy. The bank was also closed.  Luckily, we found an open Panera, had breakfast, came home to play board games we can't play with the baby, and then the kids hit the snow for a while.
Too cold for me!  We ordered Pizza Hut for lunch (ugh), the husband came home early, and it wound up being just the kind of day I needed with my girls to pull me out of my funk.  I wouldn't have enjoyed running in teen-degree weather anyway. Now I'm good to go for T25, even if it is the Total Body Circuit that I hate.

And, I found this perfect picture on  It's so true.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Week 3 Day 1

Today I was significantly less sore than yesterday. My shoulder was rotating again, my knee was bending, and I all around felt pretty normal as long as no one touched my knee or face.  So, after spending the morning at the doctor with two of the three kids, I ate a couple eggs in tortillas with guacamole and salsa and got ready to run.  I didn't figure I'd run too far even though it's beautiful outside, and I didn't disappoint. I just couldn't get into it, so I ran two miles in 18:40, walked another 1.1 in about 16:30, and came home to change my clothes and do my T25 workout. It was Alpha Cardio today and it was killing me. The lunges hurt my knee every time, but I got it done.  

Now, I'm showered and back in pajamas on the couch, the baby is napping, and the big kids are at the park with the husband, who has the day off.

I also keep thinking about this:
which is sitting on the island in the kitchen. I bought it for the baby after the doctor, but since she's only 20 months old I only gave her a few. Now, they're calling to me. M&Ms always have been and always will be my absolute favorite candy in the world (literally in the world. M&Ms in Germany are the best for some reason).  I'm trying to see how long they can sit there without me eating them. My bet is on they don't make it through the day. Right now I'm eating a Luna Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter bar to keep me away. That never works.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Week 2 Weigh In

I woke up this morning incredibly sore.  My knee, my chin, and mostly my left shoulder, which I can only imagine must hurt from catching myself when I fell. So, for the first time since I started T25 two weeks ago, I'm taking a real no exercise rest day.  I thought about doing some yoga, but my knee hurts to bend and there's no way I want to put it on the floor and put weight on it.  I'll probably wind up cleaning the house.  Back to T25 tomorrow as planned, though.

Here are my weight and measurements from this morning:

Weight - 142.4 pounds (more than last week, but normal fluctuation I see in my weight)
Waist - 29 inches (.25 inches less than last week)
Hip - 33.5 inches (same as last week, but after such a big loss the first week I'm not surprised)
Thigh - 20 inches (1 inch less than last week!)
Bicep - 10.75 inches (.25 inches less than last week)

I'm obviously not losing weight, but I have to keep reminding myself that that wasn't my goal. I don't feel like I really need to lose weight. The fact that I am losing inches shows that I am successfully replacing fat with muscle, and that ultimately should be what we strive to do.

This coming week I need to again focus on drinking more water and maybe keeping coffee consumption to three cups a day.  

Saturday, January 18, 2014

My Run for #Megsmiles

I had a different post running through my head for this weekend, but it'll wait for another day. Yesterday I wrote about Meg Menzies, mom, wife, and runner who was killed this week by a drunk driver. Last night (as I completed week 2 of T25) all I could think about was getting out there this morning and doing the exercise I truly love. Running. I was, for one of the only times in my life, looking forward to the alarm I had set for 0530.

When the alarm went off today, I was in the baby's bed with her, and she was flopping around restlessly. I snuck out, crossing my fingers she'd stay asleep at least until the front door shut behind me so I wouldn't feel compelled to stay.  I quickly threw on the pile of clothes I had set out, brushed my hair and teeth, used the bathroom, and went downstairs.  I drank a few sips of water, tied my shoes, and quickly threw on all my gear that was waiting for me on the counter - Garmin, SPIbelt with phone and Gu, water bottle, pepper spray on my belt, gloves, and winter headband. 

As soon as I walked outside I put up my hood and tied it tight as I set off.  My legs were a little tight as I finished the first mile, but that first mile is always a liar.  I came up on mile 3 feeling awesome. I was planning on 8 at that point.  I slowed to get a drink of water only to realize my water pouch had sprung a leak and it was all gone. As I opened my Gu I noticed that my pepper spray was gone too.  Well, at least the sun would be up before too long.  I headed back to my own neighborhood just to be comfortable without it.  As I passed my house I also passed mile 5. I was feeling good.  

Not long after that I passed the only other runner I'd seen. We said good morning and I kept going.  Just then I hit a deceptively wet mud patch, and took my first fall in all the years I've been running (4ish).  Luckily, I caught myself with my face.
The woman I had passed yelled to me asking if I was ok. I assured her I was, responded that I didn't need help, and slowly picked myself up, leaving some skin from my knee and chin behind.  I stopped my Garmin at 5.57 miles and 58 minutes and walked myself the half mile home, blood running from my face onto my gloves.

As I walked, my breath catching from the cold and the stinging of my road rash, I reminded myself why I was out there so early, pushing myself to do more miles than I have been running lately. And I smiled.  I smiled the whole way home.  

I smiled through the pain because I knew I was blessed to be able to walk home through my injuries.  I was blessed to open that front door and see the smiles and concern on the faces of my husband and daughters.  And I'm blessed to be able to go back out there tomorrow and do what I love.  And I'm so thankful.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Meg Menzies today.

And just for fun, my other wound:

End of week 2 weight and measurements, and hopefully a run, tomorrow.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Run Tomorrow

I am not a morning person. I don't like waking up, especially earlier than I have to.  But tomorrow, my alarm is set for 0530.  Tonight I will lay out my clothes, in the morning I will put them on, and as I step outside to run I will thank God.  For the husband and children still asleep in their beds, for the house we call home, for being blessed with everything I need, and I will thank God that I woke up and that I am able to run.

As the first breaths of cold air fill my lungs, I'll remind myself to enjoy every moment. As my eyes sting and my tears start to freeze, I'll remind myself that life is short.  As my legs burn, I'll tell myself to keep going.  Because I can.  And I'm blessed and I'm lucky to be there, putting one foot in front of the other, knowing I'll be walking through my front door soon to the family that I love and the things that make me smile.

Meg Menzies didn't get to finish her run this week, to return to her warm house, or to hug the kids she had just put on the school bus that morning.  She was a woman in her 30s, a runner, a wife, and a mother of three.  So similar to me, yet her life was taken from her by a drunk driver. So I'll wake up early tomorrow and I'll run, and then I'll send a check in hopes that the little I'm able to send helps her kids in the future as I'd hope someone would do for mine.  RIP Meg.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Quick Update

Quick post today. Not much going on.  I got the kids off to school and the baby to her daycare morning and left right from there to run.  It was cold, so I only ran 2 miles, but with a negative split and a decent sprint at the end.
Then I went home and did the T25 Ab Intervals workout.  Like I said before, I'm not following Shaun T's schedule.  I'm just repeating the workouts in the same order, one a day for five weeks.

And also, this:
I have been sooo hungry this week.  Geez.

Lastly, my big girls started their training after school for the Operation Smile Final Mile run that's held in coordination with the Shamrock Marathon in March.  They are supposed to run 25.2 miles in training and the final mile of the marathon at the race.  My oldest (9 yrs old) ran 1.75 miles and my middle (7 yrs old) ran 2 miles.  I'm so proud of them for showing an interest in running and being healthy.  I wish I had been interested in running at their age (I was a competitive swimmer instead).  I was 27 when I started with the Couch to 5k. My oldest is also starting the Girls on the Run program at school next month.  Yay for healthy habits for kids!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Gu and an Early Comparison

Today was filled with this:
A little more of this:
And a couple errands that included restocking the Gu drawer.  I haven't tried the Espresso one but I can't wait to.  It has twice the caffeine of the other caffeinated ones :)
I also haven't tried the Clif Shot Gel or the Carb Boom but they were on sale. The lady tried to sell me an apple cinnamon Carb Boom but just the thought of that makes me want to barf.  I like the Chomps on especially long runs or races.

When I got dressed for T25 today, I was surprised. I haven't noticed a difference in the way my clothes fit, but I could totally see a difference. I wasn't going to post a before and after shot until the end of the first five weeks, but here's me at the beginning and today, 1.5 weeks in.  
See the difference in my abs!?  Crazy.

Also, today was Total Body Circuit. I hated it last week and I hated it today.  But, it's done.

Dinner is also done, since I just recycled last night's leftovers into a Mexican version of their former selves.
Also added a premixed wine margarita from Costco. It wasn't really good until the fourth or fifth sip, but it got better with each one :). Have a good night!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


I don't have much to say today. Crazy busy day running errands in the crazy rain with the baby (who let me sleep 7.5 hours straight in my bed last night for only like the third or fourth time in her 20 months of life!).  In the midst of all the necessary errands I stopped in a new thrift store across the street from Costco and scored this:
for $12!

So, even though I totally didn't feel like it, I put all three girls upstairs to play kitchen after school and I got my T25 Speed workout in.  And I sweated my ass off.  Geez.
I actually enjoyed the workout a lot. My muscles don't feel like they're on the verge of death anymore so that definitely helps. I am definitely not looking forward to tomorrow's Total Body Circuit though.

The husband is a week behind me in T25, so he's 2 days in with really sore calves.  That was me last week!  My legs were on fire.  I'm sure he'll have an easier time with all the push-ups etc in Total Body tomorrow than I did (or will again) though.  I'm dying to run.  Thursday is daycare day, so if I can't get a run in tomorrow I know I can then.  

Dinner tonight was a spinach and tomato salad, pasta, and chicken breast, with salsa.  Yum.  But where does Costco find these giant mutant chickens that these huge breasts come from?  I cooked four and our family of five didn't even finish two!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Week 2 Day 1

Today was T25 Alpha Cardio again, and it was significantly easier than last week.  I think I sweated more, if that's even possible, though.  As soon as I finished the DVD I changed my shoes and my shirt and got ready for a run (it was the first of two weekly daycare mornings for the baby).  

I bought a new water "bottle" at Target (with a gift card, NOT a debit card) on clearance and figured it would be a good day to try it out since I knew I wasn't going to run very far.
I absolutely hate running with water belts or handheld bottles.  This is like a pouch that I can attach to my SPIbelt.  It holds .7 liters of water.  As I started running, I realized I needed to clip the clip through the buckle on my belt so it didn't flop around so much. It still moved around, but not horribly. I'll use it on long runs when I need water. I may even go buy another one or two since they're only $8 and they're the best option I've found .

I also (finally) got smart and put my Garmin over my sleeve instead of under.
This saved me a lot of annoyance.  I ran a mile out and walked a mile home.  So altogether 51 minutes of exercise.  

All day I've had the "runchies".  Feeeed meeee.  Saw this on Facebook today. Thought it was fitting.
(I don't know this guy.  I can just totally relate to his shirt.)

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Week 1 Weigh In

This morning, before I drank my coffee or anything, I took weight and measurements for the end of week 1.  Here they are:

Weight - 141.6 lbs (pretty standard for me, but down .4 lbs from last week)
Waist - 29.25 inches (.25 in less than last week)
Hip - 33.5 inches (1.5 in less than last week…I was SHOCKED)
Thigh - 21 inches (.25 in less than last week)
Bicep - 11 inches (.25 in less than last week)

So losses all around.  After that I went for a run.  My goal was 50 minutes (keeping it under an hour a day), but as I got going I felt great and figured I'd do 5 miles no matter the time.  I ran out to Chesapeake and back.
As I got back to my house, I was at 4.6 miles, so a quick pass around the block got me to 5.  I couldn't have been much closer to my original time goal.
This was the best run I've had in months.  I felt kind of Forrest like and thought about just run-ning all day.  I can only think that the added strength from the week of T25 workouts allowed my muscles to settle in quickly and not tire out.

Also, I said I don't drink shakes.  I lied.
I drink Sonic Coconut Cream Pie milkshakes.  So good.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Last Day of T25 Week 1

Today was the Alpha Lower Focus workout, the last of the five week 1 T25 workouts.  I didn't get a run in today because I went back to sleep on the couch until 0930 after a long night of no sleep with a sick baby, and then the weather turned horrible.
Don't I look exhausted?

So while dinner was in the oven I had plenty of time to pop in the DVD.  It was hard.  I was drenched in sweat.  A lot of lunges, some squats, a few more lunges, some deeper lunges, and then just for fun another lunge or two.  Did I ever mention I really hate lunges?

Surprisingly, the most sore spot for me is a muscle I never knew I had.  I had to google it.
It's called the vastus medialis, and it is the teardrop shaped muscle above the kneecap on the inner side of the leg.  Mine are killing me, especially the left.

But, I did it.  Week 1 is done. It can only get easier from here, right?  Tomorrow I'm hoping for a long slow shake out run in the morning and then some foam rolling to get my legs ready for T25 again on Monday.  I'll also do a weight and measurements update tomorrow morning (end of every week), even though I don't expect to see a difference yet.

Friday, January 10, 2014

T25 Ab Intervals...Wohoo!

I was reading a Q&A online with Shaun T (the man behind T25) and someone asked what kind of shoes to wear while doing this workout.  The first three days I wore my Mizuno Wave Riders that I wear to run. And I got a nice blister. So I was interested. Shaun T said right away he doesn't recommend running shoes. He recommended minimalist shoes.  So I figured for today's workout I'd try it out.
My Vibrams were perfect.  I plan on wearing them the rest of the time.

So today was Alpha Ab Intervals. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about it, but I honestly felt that if it sucked more than yesterday I was going to quit.  Fortunately, it didn't.

It was 6:30pm by the time I got to work out today (after I watched the kids eat dinner and put mine in the fridge to save for after T25).  This one called for a Beachbody mini mat, but my regular full-size yoga mat worked fine.  I absolutely loved the workout.  It wasn't easy, but just as I was reaching my breaking point with each exercise, it was broken up with a cardio move.  There was one point I was holding plank and watching sweat drip off my face onto my mat.  I haven't had that happen since I used to do Bikram yoga when we lived in Seattle.  I'm anxious to see how my abs feel tomorrow.
I could smile after this one (even if it was a creepy kind of smile)!

So tomorrow, thankfully, the husband will be home so I can run again!  I also have to do the fifth day of T25 week one, since I started this weeks on Tuesday.  That means Sunday will be my only down day this weekend (although I'm still going to run it).  Next week I'll be able to start a Mon-Fri T25 schedule that I hope to keep throughout the program.

I'm going to also try to eat a little better next week.  This week seemed to involve a lot of crackers/processed foods and not enough fresh ingredients.  Like I said, I don't diet.  I do, however, try to stay healthy enough.  This week came in a little under the curve.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Girly Push-ups and No Eggs for Me

Today was day 4 of my 30 day (5 week) challenge.  Day 3 of Focus T25, which was Total Body Circuit. I was really looking forward to this, but the baby was home today we had plans with friends in the morning, and she didn't take a good nap so I was stuck waiting until the big kids got home and finished snack and homework before I could workout.

I was really naively looking forward to the total body workout.  It was comprised of lunges, squats, burpees, push-ups, and planks.  At one point last year I was able to hold a five minute plank.  Today, I found myself doing girly push-ups at some points because my arms were exhausted.  It was humbling.  My endurance is great.  My actual strength is lacking, apparently.  The good news is, although I had to do modified push-ups at points I completed the workout to the best of my ability today.  Next week, I'll be a little stronger. The other good news is the 25 minutes went REALLY quickly today.  The workout was so fast-paced I didn't have a chance to watch the countdown clock.

As far as food goes, I always eat a little worse when the husband's out of town.  I was happy with my breakfast. (At one point there was coffee in that mug.)
Of course, I ate it around 9:30 (about 3.5 hours after I woke up).  Other than the butter on the English muffin (I'm a big fan of butter), it was fairly healthy.

Lunch wound up being a salad and baked potato from Wendy's. Definitely could have been worse given the location, and I did skip the bacon and cheese on the potato.  Dinner was supposed to be eggs, but the kids ate them all, so no eggs for me, other than the few bites I ate off the baby's plate.  I also managed to steal a piece of toast from one of the kids' plates.  Then I had a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and a Fiber Bar.  Again, could have been worse, but definitely could have been a lot better.  I'm sticking to my goal of drinking at least two big cups of water a day, and I really do feel like that's making me feel better.

It's been hard this week with the husband gone and the weather so cold, I haven't been able to put the baby in the stroller and run.  I'm really feeling withdrawal.  I'm thankful I have the T25 so I don't feel like I'm totally missing out, but as I've said, I run for me time in addition to fitness.

I'm an always-cold person.  In the summer, I often still wear pants.  So in the winter, I hardly see my legs.  Knowing I was going to sweat with Shaun T today, though, I threw on some shorts to workout.
I'll call this the before leg shot, even though I'm 4 days into it.  Back when I did squats regularly last year, I loved the look of my quads, and I'm really excited to watch them become more defined again.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

It Hurts So Good

The other day when I was doing yoga with my 7-year-old she was telling me it hurt, and in the midst of some upside down triangle pose I yelled, "But it hurts so good!" That kind of became our mantra when she struggled to finish.  At the end she said, "Mom, it hurt goooood!"  Haha.

This evening, I hurt.  This morning I could feel my muscles that had worked the day before.  Tonight, I just hurt.  So, while scanning Facebook while putting the baby to bed, I saw a post by Distant Runners talking about you know you're a runner when you foam roll.  I've tried it before, but never really got anything out of it.  Tonight, I figured I'd try it again and see if my legs would loosen up a little and bend like they should.  So, I googled how to foam roll, and of course the answer I clicked on was from Runner's World.  They showed short videos and descriptions of how to foam roll 6 areas: calves, IT band, piriformis, hamstrings, adductors, and quads.  I so wanted the piriformis roll to work deeply, but I couldn't get enough pressure to notice a difference.  I'm sure it wasn't because I have a lot of extra padding in that area.  The calves and IT band rolls were useless to me.  The quads and hammys felt ok.  The big reason I will continue to foam roll was the adductors. 
(Me rolling my adductors.)
 It hurt so bad.  But now, it feels so good.  I didn't even realize my inner thighs were as tight and sore as they were.  Try a foam roller…it hurts so good.

I'm a Cynic

Today is one of two days a week that the baby goes to daycare for four hours.  Usually that time is consumed with cookie shop business, but it's a little slow after Christmas and I knew I could get everything done in two hours, which is nice, especially when the husband's out of town.  I was done with my work before 10:00 and figured I get a few miles in and then T25.  I underestimated the coldness outside, though, and went out without my warmer jacket or anything over my ears.  I made it half a mile and called it quits.  Inside, I checked the temperature and it said 24 degrees.  I don't usually go out if it's under 30 anyway.  I'm not a cold weather person, but I do think that high 30s/low 40s is the perfect running temp if there's no wind.  I'm hoping to spend some time researching cold weather running tips soon.

Anyway, after that I figured I'd get T25 over with.  Today was Speed 1.0, and I wasn't looking forward to it.  The workout yesterday kicked my butt.  I woke up today not in pain, but definitely feeling like my quads and glutes had done some extra work the day before.  I skipped the yoga mat this time, set myself up in the living room and hit play.  After the standard Shakeology advertisement, the work out began.  This one incorporated a lot of exercises I have been avoiding doing for years, like burpees and lunges.  It also had some jabs and boxing moves that I really liked.

I must say, I enjoyed this one more, probably because I knew a little more about what was coming.  I'm definitely glad I'm doing these in the privacy of my living room.  I imagine I look like a lunatic.  I am definitely not a coordinated person or a dancer by any means.  I see the moves in my head but my feet don't keep up.  I will say, though, my knees were still hitting above my waist by the end of this one.
You're going to be so tired of my sweaty face by the end of this.  My husband just called and as I was telling him about what he got us into, he said, "Good, so you're enjoying it."  hahahaha  No.  But I'm going to finish it because I said I was, just like I finished the Couch to 5k program years ago and haven't stopped since.  They say things take 2 weeks of regular doing to become a habit.  And probably even longer to become enjoyable.  I do enjoy the results and the end, even if I don't enjoy everything about the means.  I don't enjoy every run, either, but one good one makes up for all the crappy ones I make myself suffer through.

All that being said, I'm a cynic.  I think I've never done a workout program, class, or dvd because I don't believe they work.  I mean, I know they do.  But for some reason, I don't think they will for me.  Before I started T25, I googled before and after pictures like crazy just to see proof.  After two days of feeling the muscle strain and exhaustion of the workouts, I still don't think it'll work for me.  Ha!  Don't be surprised if I blame my newfound abs and slimmer thighs on running instead of  T25 at the end of this :)

And now, I'm off to enjoy brunch.
I said before I don't eat breakfast.  I prefer brunch, an afternoon snack, and dinner.  Or, more accurately, snacks all day.  So I'm having cup of coffee number 3 and the leftover turkey veggie soup I created for dinner last night.  Have a good day!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

T25 Cardio Alpha Review

So the big kids came home from school right before the mailman came. The usual fight about whose turn it was to get the mail ensued, and finally my oldest went out to retrieve the mail from the mailbox and the package from the porch.
And then it was here.
(I'd have to agree.  It's about time. Nothing about Beachbody's shipping was very quick.)

I had planned to wait until all the monsters were in bed to try it out, but I couldn't wait.  As the kids ate their snacks and did their homework, I opened the box and pulled everything out.  I had a lot of first impressions as I looked everything over.  First, it was weird the resistance band didn't just come assembled.  But, I quickly did that only to realize I didn't need it right away.  Next, I opened the calendar to keep track of your completed days.  I quickly tossed it aside, figuring my husband could have it. It starts on a Monday, which I clearly am not (and that alone was enough to make it impossible for me and all my obsessive-compulsiveness to want to use).  Also, instead of just doing each of the five workouts once a week, it mixes them up so that some weeks you have two of one and none of another.  I'm sure there is a scientific or tested reason for this.  I'm just going to do one of each workout every week, though.

Lastly, the final thing that bothered me immediately came as I flipped through the nutritional guide that came with the set.  I was immediately put off by the first pages where I was instructed to eat under 1500 calories a day for the first 5 days, and then slowly add more.  It even says you might feel hungry. Now I admit I quit reading at that point, but no.  At the height of my running I easily eat 2000-2500+ calories a day.  Currently it's probably 1500-2000.  As I've said, though, I don't do diets or supplements or shakes.  There's no way I would count my calories and limit myself even if I felt hungry.

All that aside, I was anxious to get the DVD in and see how much I could sweat.  So while the kids finished their homework I changed into some workout garb and got ready.
I'm not a huge fan of Old Navy clothes, but their Activewear is actually pretty great.  Not to mention, their compression capris were on sale earlier this week for TEN DOLLARS.

(I'll warn running/ workout gear is usually mismatched crazy colors.  I had a friend tell me once she loved seeing me when I was out running because she always knew it was me by the brightness.)

Anyway, the big kids finished their homework so I put them all upstairs to watch tv.  Usually tv is outlawed on school days, but the baby took a good nap and I'm not sure what time she'll actually go to bed tonight, and all bets are off when the husband's out of town (as he frequently is).  I set out my yoga mat (which turned out to be a mistake), popped in the DVD, kicked all the toys out of the way, and said a little prayer that I didn't land on a Lego.

The first thing that came on was a Shakeology commercial. I know it's a Beachbody thing, but I had just been annoyed by all the Shake ads I had to pull out of the box, too.  Ugh.  I prefer to chew my food.

So the workout came on and I almost immediately kicked the yoga mat out of the way.  It was sliding all over.  Even the carpet had to be better.  A hard floor would have been ideal.

My thoughts during the 25 minute workout pretty much consisted of things like Ufh and Geez.  I refused to do the modified version but I'm pretty sure by the end my knees weren't higher than my waist.  This is a high-intensity, fast paced workout.  I sweated. A lot.

The truth is, though, like any workout using your own body weight and no trainer to push you, you only get out of it what you put in.  I gave it everything I had. In fact, when it was over I finished my second big pink cup of water and am halfway through the third!  But, had I not tried to squat deeper, lunge farther, and jump faster every. single. time. I could easily think it wasn't that hard. 

I then did a minute plank on my own. For obvious reasons.

Now, a few hours, a hot shower, dinner, and some more water later, I'm already feeling it in my quads.  I can't wait for tomorrow.  And I hope to get a run in too.

Today's the Day!

T25 will be here in a few hours!  As soon as I get the kids in bed, I'll be doing the first workout.  It's a good thing, too, since there was no way I was getting a run in today.  The husband's out of town, the baby's home, and it's like 5 degrees outside.  I need a treadmill.

Anyway, like I mentioned before, I've never done a workout dvd program, so I was a little off on my 30-day challenge.  Turns out, T25 is made up of two 5-week programs (Alpha and Beta).  So I'll be doing both.  My first "30 days" (5 weeks) started yesterday and will end on February 9th.

I drank 5 cups of coffee yesterday.  That's a lot, even for me.  I try to keep it to 3 or 4.  But, this came in the mail
and I couldn't help but try a couple.  That being said, this one
is HORRIBLE.  I'm new to the whole Keurig thing.  My cheap coffee pot broke last week, and I bought the Keurig at Costco.  It came with a bunch of coffees and a buy 2 boxes get 2 free coupon.  I wanted to try some new things.  Totally should have stuck with normal stuff.  That Caramel Vanilla Cream one isn't too bad, though.

Another thing that's horrible?  My daily water consumption.  It's pretty much nonexistent unless it is coffee.  I can literally go run however many miles and come home and drink coffee.  I'm working on it.  I gave up all soda over 18 months ago, or it would have been Diet Coke.  I'm going to force myself to drink two of these giant pink plastic cups of water every day while doing T25.
I don't know how many ounces they are.  24?  30?  Whatever.  It has to be better than the 8-if-I'm-lucky ounces I drink daily now.

I'll try to get a review up of my first T25 workout tonight!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Day 1

My plan for today was to get the kids to school and the baby to her (very part-time) daycare, work for a couple hours and then go for a run before I had to gather up the kids again and begin our crazy afternoon and evening activities.  However, when I sent the kids off to school it was 60 degrees.  When I checked the weather, it showed it dropping 10 degrees an hour, and below zero temps tomorrow morning.  So, I figured in the interest of not freezing to death, I'd run first.

WOD (workout of the day):
3 mile easy run - 28:09
Walk home - .3 miles (4 mins)
Plank - 1:00
Total time invested in exercise today: <35 minutes

Before my run I took my "before" picture.

I really hope this is the first and last bathroom selfie I ever share with you.

Definitely not the fastest run, but under 10 min/mile pace so I'll take it.

After my run I weighed and measured myself.  I never do this, but for the purpose of the 30 day challenge I'm very curious to see the results.  I'll probably take mid-way measurements and final measurements as well.

Weight - 142.0 pounds
Waist - 29.5 inches
Hips - 35 inches
Thigh - 21.25
Bicep - 11.25

I almost never eat breakfast, but I was starving, so I'm eating scrambled eggs with salsa, toast with butter (because who wants a hard dry piece of bread?), and cup of coffee number three (with 1% milk).  The first two cups were before I ran.

And now, I need to get some work done.  Have a good day!

Sunday, January 5, 2014


I firmly believe getting fit doesn't have to take months or years, and it doesn't have to alter your lifestyle drastically (assuming you don't have any health issues and you are of a healthy weight or slightly overweight).  I'm not a medical professional, dietary expert, or fitness guru.  I'm only a woman, whose weight has fluctuated, whose body has brought three young girls into being, and whose business involves baking cookies practically every day of my life.  I don't claim to know it all.  I do claim to know what my body needs, how it responds to food and exercise, and the fact that you don't have to be rich to be my girl get in shape.

I'm a runner.  My mom was a runner.  I love it.  I need it.  The time that I spend on the road refreshes me, awakens me, and revitalizes me.  It's my me time.  Even if I'm pushing a baby in a stroller, it's still my me time.  My profile picture was taken during my first half marathon last September.  I didn't finish in the time that I wanted to, but I did finish.  I can blame it on moving around the world a couple months prior, but the reality was I just didn't make it a priority.

I'm ready now.  I love running, it will always be my first choice for exercise, and it will always be what completes me.  But, I'm challenging myself this month.  Going out of my comfort zone.  I run, I do yoga (very sporadically), I plank, and I lift light weights to help keep my arms toned (also very sporadically).  I've never done a dvd workout program.  I've never been to a workout class.  I was a competitive swimmer starting at age 7, but I haven't done that since dinosaurs roamed the earth high school.

This month, starting tomorrow, I'm going to do a 30-day challenge using Shaun T's Focus T25 program in addition to the other things I currently do regularly.  Unfortunately, Beachbody wasn't informed of my projected start date, so the dvds won't be here until Tuesday.  Ha.  Tomorrow will be a running day.

5 days a week of T25.  3-5 days a week of running.  However many days I'm able to fit in weights, yoga, and planks.  Never more than 1 hour of working out a day.  No gym membership.  No expensive trainer or equipment.  My running shoes (and Garmin.  and iPhone.  and SPIbelt.  Ok, some expensive equipment, but none that's necessary) and the dvds.

I'm also not changing how I eat.  I like food.  I like junk food.  Don't get me wrong, I like healthy food and we eat healthy meals, but I started running years ago so I could eat what I wanted.  And I do.  And I will continue to.  I own a cookie shop.  If I want a cookie, I'm going to eat one.  I don't drink soda, but I do drink coffee (4ish cups a day) and that will never change.  I don't take supplements.  The closest I come is a Gu on a long run.  I don't take medicine (unless I have a caffeine-deprivation headache, in which case I'll take a few more ibuprofen than I should).  I will never join a crazy diet or try to live on shakes or pills.  God provided food and I'm going to eat it.

I don't believe you have to give up things that you love to be healthy, strong, or fit.  I don't believe it has to consume your life either.  Workout under 1 hour a day.  Eat everything I want (in moderation, obviously).  See the changes.

Tomorrow, I'll post a "before" picture of myself, along with my weight and measurements.  They're not bad, but they're only going to get better.  I'll probably show you some of the junk that I eat.  Maybe I'll show you what my workouts are like.  I'll share some info I find as I spend time during these 30 days researching methods to healthier living, new challenges, and fitness insight.

I hope you read and comment, offer advice when you have some, learn something when able, and enjoy your life.  I will never utter those obnoxious four words (or the one word it's been made into), but the truth is you do only get to do your life one time.  Let's make the most of it by being healthy, having fun, and challenging ourselves to do things we never imagined we would.