Fitness Goal Met

This week I accomplished a goal I never thought possible.

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I finished a 5k.

I won’t say I ran a 5k because I didn’t run it all. I ran more than I walked, but not every step. I never, ever, ever thought I would run anything, let alone a 5k and I did run probably 2/3 of it. Maybe I even ran a little more. It wasn’t the fastest time in the bunch, but it wasn’t the slowest either. It was the fastest I’ve ever done, and I beat the goal I set for myself by 3 minutes. I am pleased.

Not only did I finish this 5k, I trained for this 5k. I started training about 10 weeks ahead of time. I made a plan, and I stuck to it. It sucked at times. I realized that my body is in pretty crappy shape for running. I may be in the gym 4 days a week lifting weights and doing cardio, but my joints were not prepared for pounding the pavement (or treadmill).

Even when I hurt myself I stuck it out and got back on the treadmill and got back at it. A few days of rest and back to the grind.  I maybe wasn’t able to make it the full 5k running, but I walked it out each time. It certainly was a new kind of experience for my body to train for an endurance event rather than the burst of energy expenditure of weight lifting.

The Color Run was the perfect first experience at a 5k. There’s a reason they call it the Happiest 5k on the Planet. You can’t NOT have fun doing this.

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And I can’t end this entry without saying a big thank you to my BFF Kim for nudging me along into this. I would never have believed fitness could be this much fun.

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Quit Being Your Own Worst Enemy

I am my own worst enemy…in so many areas of my life. Learning to overcome self-defeating talk has been a goal for me this year, and I think I have made progress. I still struggle with it in many places, but I am getting there, especially with my eating habits and workouts. How many times have you said something along the lines of “well I ate 2 cookies, might as well eat 2 more.” Or something like “I ruined this meal, might as well ruin dinner too.” Or “I could never do that exercise.” Those are all self defeating statements and all things I have regularly told myself in the past and still find myself stopping some days. Every minute is a new start. So what if you ate 2 cookies? What does eating 2 more do for you? It only makes you feel worse about the first 2. Statements like these make you your own worst enemy.

Lifting Revolution posted this article today: How To Improve Your Fitness Performance: Discovering My Flaws During Sunset. It really hit home with me. Being stronger, better, more kick ass all starts with the decision to do it. It doesn’t start by me telling myself that I can’t or it doesn’t matter. It starts by setting my mind to doing it and making the resolution that I can and I will meet my fitness goals and nothing anyone says can stop me.

I will admit that I get a secret, ok a not-so-secret, joy out of seeing facebook pictures of certain “pretty” people who knew me when I was fat that now are reaching a less than ideal weight themselves. I was so self conscious about my size for so many years that seeing myself as a thin person now is hard in a lot of ways. I still have the vision of myself as a big girl…just now I’m a big girl in size 6 jeans.  This is another self defeating thought. I have to realize that I really am 2/3 of the person I use to be. I am getting there. Every time I get something out of my closet that falls off my hips or shoulders, I realize that I am not the person I was even just last summer. I am thinner. I am stronger. I am better than I was. I am figuring out that I don’t need anyone else to cheer me on or hold my hand. I can be my own biggest supporter instead of my own worst enemy.

Home Grown Power Bars and a Challenge Circuit Work Out

I found this recipe on Pinterest and have been dying to try it. I had an epic fail at homemade granola bars once before, so I was a little nervous about it admittedly. The texture is perfect and the ingredients are all minimally processed. If you choose coconut or olive oil over the icky generic “vegetable oil”  the only thing of any question is the brown sugar and the dried fruit. I did use Craisins in mine which have added sugar, and they are a little on the sweet side. You might could sub maple syrup for the brown sugar if you wanted, but I’m not enough of a cook for all that. The variations on this are endless. The next time I make these, I think I’d like to try more nuts and less fruit. They are incredible! The recipe calls them “Power Bars” but I would call them more like granola bars, nothing like the shoe leather I think of when I think of commercial energy bars.

Apologizes for the iPhone pic. I guess if I’m really going to do a blog I need to find my real camera.

Ingredients
1 cup quick cooking rolled oats
½ cup whole wheat flour (I used whole white wheat)
½ cup Grape Nuts cereal
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 beaten egg
¼ cup applesauce
¼ cup honey
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
¼ cup unsalted sunflower seeds
¼ cup chopped walnuts
7oz chopped dried mixed fruit (I used craisins and raisins)

Directions
Preheat to 325
Line a 9 inch square baking dish with foil and grease foil. In a large bowl stir together the oats, flour, cereal, and cinnamon. Add the egg, honey, brown sugar, and oil. Mix well. Stir in the seeds, nuts, and fruit. Spread evenly in the pan and bake for 30 minutes or until firm and lightly brown around the edges. Let cool. Use the foil to lift from the pan and cut into bars or squares. Store in the fridge.

Source: http://trickschefs.com/showthread.php?tid=855

I’ve also been checking out new exercise ideas on Pinterest a lot recently (Pinterest is to me what peanut butter is to my dog apparently. No matter what else I have to do I seem mesmerized by the power of all the pretty links…). So I set up a challenging circuit for myself today using some of the exercises I found plus some from the Nike Training Club app. Before I go further, let me give this app a GLOWING RECOMMENDATION. It’s got a ton of variety of workouts that can be done both at home or at the gym, for all levels (you may need to take them at your own pace sometimes), and with a variety of time commitments. It’s got all cardio workouts, it’s got more strength based workouts, its got circuits. It lets you use your work out play list, and the trainers voice just pipes in with the exercise to do at the appropriate interval. It times the drills for you. And best of all…it’s FREE! Can’t beat that with a stick as my momma says. Seriously. Try it. It will make you sweat.

This morning’s work out looked like this:

Rolling Plank with Stability Ball
Leg Lifts
Decline Push Ups
Slow Motion Moutain Climbers
Box Step
Hop Scotch to Arm Curl
Inner Thigh Machine
Donkey Kicks on Machine

The stability ball plank wasn’t that hard…until you add the rolling into. All you have to do is roll the ball out a few inches and back in. Simple enough right? Whoa. That’s one to keep on the “challenging” list for sure. I did better with the decline push ups than I thought I would. I am so proud to be able to say I can do real push ups on my toes. The box step is a cardio burst for 1 minute. The Hop Scotch to Arm Curl is sort of like a jump squat with arm curl, but add a box into it. Jump up, arm curl, down into a squat, and immediately back. That was rough on the knees, but doable. The last 2 are areas that I’ve just been neglecting lately, and it is swimsuit season 😉 Repeat 3x through and it was a challenge for sure.