21 May 2012
I have decided to use this as my journal for my fitness journey. I’m sure my Instagram friends are SICK of my feed turning into my fitness diary of sorts but I find it imperative to post on fitness to keep myself accountable.
A little background: I was a soccer player, cheerleader, and swimmer in high school. I was always active and could eat whatever I wanted without consequence. HA. HA. Those were the days! I did an Olympic distance triathlon (Wildflower) on my 29th birthday. I sustained an IT Band injury that sidelined me for a bit after that tri. I had every intention of doing more tris but never did. I have been a sort-of runner since then, but never really fell in love with it. I’ve done a handful of 5Ks, a 10K, and I did a half marathon on New Year’s Day in 2012.
With alllll that being said, I ruin any progress with my sweet tooth. Yes, I will eat super clean every day and then I blow it with a Dr. Pepper midday or a Kit Kat during my afternoon moment of weakness or bowl of ice cream after dinner. I piss myself off.
So while I live an active lifestyle and have increased that activity by adding weight lifting to my cardio, the challenge of age/slowing metabolism (I just turned 39) and poor eating (my sweet tooth) have kept me in less that ideal shape. I am not using that as an excuse though. I know I can look on the outside how I feel on the inside, and that is my plan.
My number 1 goal: Do at least 1 unassisted pull up by the end of 2013.
BAM! That’s it!
Right now I use 70lbs of assisted weight while doing pull ups (I was using 90lbs in February…so there has been progress).
I also think I want to do another triathlon…but I’ll get back to you on that one!
I don’t care much about how much I weigh as long as I get super lean. Right now the scale at the doctor’s office says anywhere from 158 to 160 depending on the time of the month (I am 5 feet, 5-1/2 inches tall).
I tweaked my ankle last week so I have been taping it and today was the first time I’ve run on it in a week and a half; it feels good. I think I’ll continue to tape it until next Monday (Memorial Day). My weight lifting has been amazing. I started back to weights in late February and I’ve had a ton of progress. I love that progress shows up in almost every workout with weight lifting. I was working out every other day (Mon, Wed, Fri) alternating biceps/back/legs and then chest/triceps/shoulders and then throwing in some HIIT (high intensity interval training) runs at the end of my workouts. I would throw in some Ab workouts during the off days but I’ve been concentrating more on holding my abs strong ALL. THE. TIME. Try it, it’s hard work!
But…It’s time to ramp it up. I’m going to keep working the same muscle groups together but I’ve gone back to working out everyday (Mon. through Fri.). I try to workout on the weekends but I’m a soccer mom to 2 girls and that makes it tough sometimes. I use those as rest days usually (although I’m always on the go on the weekends and I try to keep my eating on point).
My past 5 or 6 workouts have been some of the best of my life. I think it’s my state-of-mind more than anything, but I like it! Before today’s workout I took one CLA tablet (a supplement I bought at Vitamin Shoppe) and had ridiculous energy (but not jittery). My muscles were super gassed after my back/bi workout but I still had tons of energy so I ran 2 miles (testing out my ankle) and spent 17 minutes cooling down on the bike at a level 4. I then drained my legs and stretched. I am sore but feel AMAZING!!!
I guess my goal is to show myself where I’ve come from so I can see my progress and motivate anyone who thinks it is too hard to start or that fitness is only for young people (Note: I don’t think 39 is old, in fact I feel young but age does make it more challenging when trying to get in better shape…but it is NOT impossible and I’ll show you that). I’ll post my specific workouts in another post. If I ever get brave enough, I might post my before photo. YIKES!!