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Spring Is In The Air

I feel like a change is happening. Something has shifted and this week, while already exhausting, has been filled with progress. I don’t know if it’s the daylight when I leave work that I get to drive home in, my reinvigorated workout routine or something else, but I’m glad it’s happening.

 

Stay away, Winter Storm Vulcan!!

 

Sunday started out the week on the right note by getting a race recap up, catching up on other’s blogs and emails and doing some meal planning and snack prep. I don’t know why we don’t do it every week. It makes life so much easier. I also registered for 8 more races for the year. I’m a little crazy. I can’t even describe how excited I am about the Spartan Race I’ll be running in FENWAY PARK!! Home of my beloved Red Sox. It’s gonna be epic!

 

 

Monday marked the start of my new strength routine that Dan gave me. I’ve mixed up muscle groups a little bit, plus days of the week, so I’m excited for the change. I am SORE after Monday’s workout and I’m sure I’ll feel today’s workout tomorrow (I’m usually 1-2 days behind on soreness).

 

 

Yesterday was a very busy day. I woke up at 3:45am and decided it wasn’t worth sleeping until the alarm went off at 4am. I went and did my run at the gym, came home, had my breakfast, got ready and then was out the door at 7am for my chiro appointment. That’s still going well and I’m pleased so far. We have a lot of work to do to “un-pretzel” my body, but it’s getting slightly better. She did find a nice, new, hugely painful area to release – my piriformis. She spent the whole appointment that morning working on each side – holy ouch, Batman!

After my chiro, I had a little bit before I had to be at work, so I went home real quick and dropped off my change of clothes and then headed off to work shortly after that. I’m not going to get into work lately except to say it sucks and leave it at that. Once I finished my work day, I hung out for an hour until 7pm and then drove up to East Providence for the monthly Rhode Island Road Runners meeting. We had a pretty small crowd last night, and not much to talk about, so we just kind of hung out and bullshitted. I left around 8:45 because I’m typically in bed at 9! Once I got home, changed and got myself set up for my workout this morning I think I ended up in bed at 9:30. Let’s just say my body didn’t wake up early this morning!

Today went pretty well. I got to switch shifts with someone so I got to leave at 5 instead of closing at 6. I gave blood at work which always makes me feel good. And the pièce de résistance was that supreme bully bitchface left early – any time without her in the department is a win for us all.

I’m hoping the rest of the week finishes out this way and I can continue on this upswing!

 

 

 

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Face The Music Friday #12

My weight this week is:

190.2

Beginning:  240
Last week:  188.1
This week: +2.1 lb
Total loss:  49.8 lb
 

I feel like my body is rebelling against me in some way. For the last 2 months I’ve consistently gained slowly to the point that since the beginning of October (2 months) I’ve gained 8 lb overall. I don’t understand it. I haven’t done anything differently in that time, other than change my diet (for the better, eating different and more veggies) and increasing my caloric intake from 1200 daily to 1600 daily (which was recommended because of all the working out I’m doing).

I’ve been doing more strength training, but not NEARLY enough to cause that kind of weight gain. I still have cheat meals, but I’ve always had those throughout this entire weight loss journey. It’s the only way I can maintain the healthier lifestyle I adopted. If I NEVER had any junk food there’s no way I’d stick with it. And I haven’t eaten enough that I could possibly be gaining as much as I am each week.

I’m very frustrated, very sad and really angry. This doesn’t bode well for someone like me.

 

 

 

I was much better with my workouts this week after the Thanksgiving holiday and went every day Mon-Thurs like regular again. Today is my scheduled rest day and then I’ll be ready to start another week tomorrow.

Fitness this week:

Saturday – Unscheduled rest day – extended holiday

Sunday – Unscheduled rest day – extended holiday

Monday – Elliptical – 45 minutes

Tuesday – Chest, Triceps, Core (all sets of 4, 8 reps per set):
Bench Press – 20 lb each side, Fly – 80 lb, Cable uppercut – 10 lb each side, Push-ups to failure – 5 (no knees), 20, 15 (last two on knees)
Tricep Dips – (Assisted w/ 90 lb), Rope pull-down – 30 lb, Kickbacks – 12.5 lb
Ab Crunch – 75 lb, Torso rotation w/ cable – 22.5 lb, Knee Raise – 10 x 4, Plank – 45 sec x 4

Wednesday – Elliptical – 45 minutes

Thursday – Back, Biceps (all sets of 4, 8 reps per set):
Row – 35 lb, Back Extension – 95 lb, Pull-up (Assisted w/ 120 lb)
Regular Bicep curl – 17.5 lb, Hammer Curl – 17.5 lb, Reverse Curl – 17.5 lb)

Friday – rest

 

I’m gonna pep the music back up and pick another one off my running list. This one always gives me a little extra quickness when I hear it come on. Excuse the fact that I couldn’t find a decent video I liked.

Too Shy To Scream – AFI

 

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Too much awesomeness

3 mile run

30 min strength – legs

 

tuesday run 8:27:13                            weather 8:27:13

 

 

Boy, the humidity felt much worse than my weather app shows! I was sucking wind in a major way tonight. I have to say, I’m really not psyched with this whole sore knee around mile 1 thing that’s started in the last couple of weeks. It usually passes within a day to day and a half at most but still annoying. And don’t even talk to me about the hip injury from last year. That’s a pretty much daily pain. Very frustrating.

The best positive of the day was my run (as difficult as it was). After an awful day at work (like awful with a capital A), it felt really good to get out and just do my thang. OK, I promise never to say “thang” again.

The best thing of the last few days that I must share is we started using Facetime to talk to Julie and Dan. The four of us always email daily, but now we can haunt each other in real time! HAHAHA! We totally love it and are going to completely abuse it.

 

awesomeness

 

 

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Attack of The Blerch

45 min strength – arms

Today, I couldn’t have had any less motivation to work out in any way. Typically, following my program I’m using, should be stretch and strength (arms). I do 1/2 hour yoga and then my arm workout. All afternoon at work I’ve been dreading doing anything when I got home. I felt like The Blerch was following me. Click on the link for a hilarious read and to find out what The Blerch is.

I sucked it up and decided I would just do it. Well, at least half of it. I skipped doing the yoga and just did my strength workout. I find it so much easier to go out for a run, even when feeling unmotivated, than I do on my non-running days. I don’t know why, I guess I just hate “working out” that much. Running seems easy. I lace up my sneakers, throw on my gear, fill up my water bottle and I’m out the door, jamming out to my fantastic playlist. It’s really awesome. Be jealous.

I guess I did OK, considering I was super close to doing nothing. I’ll take a little pride in that.

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Fly

2 mile run

45 min – Arms

Thursday run 8:22:13

Tonight was a good run. I felt tired towards the end, but ended up running faster than I expected over the entire 2 miles. I probably couldn’t have kept that pace up for a full 5k, but I felt like I was flying tonight!

 

 

I saw an amusing thing somewhere today about things that make you know you’re a runner. One of them was taking shoe selfies. I decided to officially join the club.

 

shoe selfie 8:22:13

 

I’m very excited to explore another new hiking trail tomorrow. And even more excited because it’ll only be FRIDAY – meaning I have a long weekend mofos! So excited!!

 

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