Run Jenni, Run











Today I ran nine miles, and I feel pretty awesome about it.  A long run was a great way to kick my blues in the face and get my marathon training on the right track.  I always ALWAYS ALWAYS forget how much better I feel after a good run.  Even drenched in sweat, with aching muscles, I feel like I’m healing.

For the rest of the day, I am trying to get the house clean, then I might fit in some yoga before the night is through.  Work at 6am tomorrow, so my workout will definitely be in the afternoon.  I am skipping the hill workout to visit some old friends in Tampa, but I’ll be sure to fit in some strength or something before I head out.

My other focus for the week is better eating.  I have not been doing great, but today is a new day.  I started off the day with some oatmeal and a banana, then had a protein shake after my run.  I might have to go for an early lunch, my tummy is already asking for food.  Maybe I’ll distract it with house cleaning for a bit.  I should do laundry.  Yes, laundry.  More than half of the mess in my room is probably my dirty clothes.

Later Days,

-Jenni.

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ALL the food in the past week.  I am pretty bad at this staying healthy thing at times.

I plan to throw myself back on track and throw myself back into a routine.  My main problem is my lack of sleep that makes me want to eat everything that I come across.  I am looking forward to solving this problem by my lack of going out as much in the upcoming weeks.  While I have not been out partying, I have been out until wee hours of the night, which results in lots of bad eating.  I’m pretty much enjoying cheerios by the handful while I type this.

Workout plan:

7/23 – Strength Workout

7/24 – Run (Pub Run or Track)

7/25 – Yoga, Strength

7/26 – Yoga, Hills

7/27 – Strength

That’s all I have so far, but it’s a start.  I’m headed to work now.  Fun times.

Later days,

-Jenni.



I was going to run on Saturday, but my shins were killing me.  I was going to also workout on Sunday, but my shins were still killing me.  I underestimated the effects of walking around the beach all day.  Therefore, I will be starting with Sunday’s workout today.  I need something simple to make sure I am not pushing myself.  Tomorrow, I shall try to double up with Monday’s workout as well as the Pub Run (I’m going to skip track this week in an effort to take it a little easier).

My long run this weekend will increase by a little, but not as exponential an increase as I would have done had I completed my run on Saturday.  I’m thinking of just rounding it out to eight miles.  We shall see.

I am also taking a week to eat exclusively vegetarian meals (starting today).  Veggie Burgers were bogo at Publix, so I stocked up.

That is all.

Later Days,

-Jenni.



Although my first “long run” was only 5.5 Miles, I survived.  My next long run (planning for Saturday night after work will clock in at 7.5 miles, closer to my first mini goal of running 10 Miles comfortably by August.

My workout schedule is very free-flowing at the moment.  I am trying to get things done without pushing my limits too quickly.  If nothing else, I want to get my three runs in each week, the rest is just extra.  This extra includes strength training, which I know that I need.  However, it is hard to convince my self to lift weights after a day of throwing around boxes in the Produce department.  We shall see how that works out.

And, here comes the schedule:

07.12 – Yoga, Hill Workout

07.13 – Beach day! I’m going to try to complete some type of strength workout at some point during the day.  I’ll pack my weights, if nothing else.

07.14 – Long run (7.5 Miles)

07.15 – Yoga, Strength Workout

07.16 – Kickboxing, Buns & Thighs

07.17 – Track workout, Yoga Abs

07.18 –  Stability Ball workout, Strength

One week of awesomeness.  I am currently down to 186 on the scale, which I am a huge fan of.  You can tell I am a fan of it because I have no problem posting it on my blog.  I never really thought there would be a day where I would want to actually tell people my weight.  Looks like a lot is going better than I expected it to.  j

I love that I am getting back on track with my workouts.  This past month has been a roller coaster of wanting to workout and wanting to do nothing more than sleep.  I have to keep reminding myself, I never not feel good after a decent workout.  Every day I am making myself better, as long as I stick with it.

Later Days,

-Jenni.

 



I have eighteen weeks to learn how to effectively run 26.2 miles.  Done.

I am all kinds of new to this adventure, but I am definitely looking forward to it.  I could have worse goals.  Let’s get down to the details.

The marathon I am looking to run is the Richmond Marathon on November 10th, 2012, in Richmond, Virginia.  I have always wanted to travel for a race, so what better than my first marathon?  I have an Aunt who lives about 2 hours outside of Richmond, so I am treating it like a vacation.  Only crazy people treat running over 26 miles as a vacation.  Hello, I am a crazy person.

I have mini goals to work up to the full distance, which increase in 5 mile increments.

08.11.2012 – Run 10 miles comfortably

09.15.2012 – Run 15 miles comfortably

10.20.2012 – Run 20 miles comfortably

Comfortably might not be the right choice of words, but I would rather not feel like death once I’m done running.  While I have all the dates set on Saturdays, I will generally be doing my long runs on Sunday mornings.  I need a reason to wake up early, and running a ridiculous distance seems as good excuse as any these days.

I will be running Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, as long as my work schedule complies.  I am going to start asking for Sundays off (at least the morning) because I will simultaneously be searching for a new church to attend, but that is for a different blog.  When I am not able to attend running club, I will find time to run on my own.  Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays I will be doing some type of yoga or Pilates, as well as a small strength workout.  I plan to switch things up on Saturdays and either have a full rest day or do whatever I may be in the mood for on that particular day.  I have an unholy amount of workout DVDs that need to be used, so I will never have an excuse to get bored.

I am excited for this adventure, and I plan to stay committed to it.  I started this morning with a yoga workout to get me stretched out and ready for my first long run tomorrow morning (7.5 – 8 miles!).  Let the fun begin!

Later Days,

-Jenni.



So, I have fallen behind.  It’s a fail, but it could be worse.  I am still managing to eat generally healthy, but I have lacked the motivation to work out most days this week.  I shall work out next week, and I shall reward myself when I get it all done.  It shall be fantastic and everyone will dance.  Yes, dancing, indeed.

6/28 – Yoga, 20 Minute Strength

6/29 – SWSP, Hill Run

6/30 – Cycling at some gym in Tampa

7/1 – Weights (bring to Tampa)

7/2 – Yoga

7/3 – Track or Pub Run

7/4 – 20 Minute Strength, Yoga Abs

7/5 – Buns & Thighs, Hill Run

 

When I finish this week of committed exercise, I shall allow myself a movie and trip to Tea Largo.  This was my original plan for treating myself last week, but that was a fail.

In other news, I am going to start training for my first marathon very soon.  I will save that update for another day.  Get excited.  I sure am.

 

Later Days,

-Jenni.

 

 



{June 13, 2012}   06.13.2012 – Hundred

I stepped on the scale this morning and realized that since starting this journey over three years ago I have done it.  I have lost one hundred pounds.  When I talk to people, I can say that number proudly.  I no longer have to stumble and correct my mother no, it’s just ninety, no not quite there yet.

That is quite an accomplishment and, if you don’t mind, I’m gonna give myself a pat on the back.

Now, for next week’s workout plans.

This week I have failed to workout because of reasons.  But I am not totally lost.  I’m going for a run after work today, and tomorrow I might do hills before I head off to Tampa for the weekend. While I have no actual plans to bring workout DVDs with me, I will bring my running shoes and make an attempt to use the gym of whatever residence at which I crash.

Lots of closing shifts next week means lots of two-a-days planned.  I really need to get some incentive going for the end of this week if I do all my planned workouts each day.  Maybe a new book, or allowing myself a trip to Yogurt Mountain on Friday.  I like this plan.  If I complete all my workouts, I will allow myself a matinée movie and my choice of either Yogurt Mountain or Tea Largo (let’s be honest, it’ll probably be Tea Largo).

6.16 – SWSP, if home from Tampa on time

6.17 – SWSP

6.18 – Cardio Conditioning (Bob Harper)

6.19 – Run and SWSP

6.20 – SWSP & One Hour Strength

6.21 – Run and SWSP

6.22 – Cardio Conditioning and One Hour Strength

Let’s get this done.  Next weekend is my next 5k in the Watermelon series.  I have not done speed work since the first race, so I am not expecting much improvement on time.  Keeping it around or under 33:00 is my only goal.  That, and not dying from the heat.

I’ll give a measurement and weight update next Friday, but there will definitely be more updates before then.

Later Days,

-Jenni.



So I finally got around to measuring my self today, and I was pleased.  I never realize just how much change is occurring until I write it out.  Although I am not sure that I am losing in my arms and legs, maybe it’s just turning into muscle… I have no idea.  I do know that right now my neck is killer because of so heavy lifting done in the Produce department last night.  If I wanna define my arms and legs I think I’m going to have to hit up a gym sometime soon-ish.  That, and get over my fear of working weight machines in front of people.  This shall be my goal for the summer and I shall find a lifting routine and it shall be lovely.

I lost a total of eight inches, mostly in my stomach and chest area.  While I am not a fan of going down a bra size, I am a fan of getting smaller.  Two of the inches were from my hips, that’s pretty freaking amazing.  I am down to 189 on the scale, which is a new low for me (in a good way!).  Maybe it will be time to start buying some new clothes soon.  I will definitely be going through and getting rid of some more clothes this weekend.  I’ll probably try to trade them in at Plato’s, but we shall see.

In conclusion, I have lost 31 pounds since the beginning of this year (four of which were during my 30 Day Shred workouts), which is pretty darn impressive.  And I’m only about 24 pounds away from my first goal weight (165).  That’s totally attainable.  I have never seen the finish line this close before.  If I keep on track with my eating habits, I expect to see better results.  I feel like me going of the deep end with my cravings is the main reason that I did not lose more during 30 Day Shred.  I am currently keeping it at under 1600 calories a day, as prescribed by my choice BMI Calculator (on WebMd).  with this diet and moderate daily activity, it is estimated that I will lose two pounds a week.  With three weeks left in June, I could be down six more pounds by July.  Expect another rambling update then.

Later Days,

-Jenni.



I have to stop buying clothes until I reach my goal weight, or at least a new size.  I’m stocking up on sizes that I don’t plan on staying at for long.  However, I did invest in a new pair of goal pants. There were two sizes, one fit a little loose one fit a smidge tight… I went with the tight ones and figured I could fit into them by the end of the month at the latest.

I have been doing decent on my workouts this week, but not exactly as much as I had planned.  Walking around the mall for an hour counts, too, right?   

Keeping track of my food is going easier than expected.  I thought it would be difficult to fall back into, but it’s like I never stopped, and I’m already seeing results because of the change.  I don’t have any of the lingering feeling of being weighed down by the previous night’s late night adventures in snacking.  I’ve tried to cut out of the kitchen by 8pm each night, but it varies if I’m closing up at the store.

So, what did we learn from this post?

1. Food Journaling works (for me, at least).

2. Workouts don’t always go as planned, but it’s important to do something every day.

3. No more clothes for sake of my closet and my wallet.

Later Days,

-Jenni.



{June 5, 2012}   06.05.2012 – So…Yeah

I have had zero motivation for the past few days.

I was planning on waking up at a respectable hour and engaging in a log run, but I got called into work.  I am anything but complaining because I need the hours like a mofo.  Anyways, I weighed this morning and discovered that despite my best efforts at denying it, I’m starting to gain some of my weight back.  This is not okay, and only I am to blame. Okay, maybe me and the boy who won’t stop feeding me.  I would like to nip this as soon as possible, so I’m back to the tedious task of journaling my food.  This is increasingly difficult when you go out, which causes you to go out less.  It is also difficult at family dinners, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be at one of those tonight.

Anyways.  I will continue with the same workout schedule, except I was super lazy yesterday and today I only did 15 minutes of the Six Week Six Pack video.  But no more!  I shall be motivated.  I shall do well.  June shall be my month, because God knows I am not looking forward to all the craziness that will come with July.  I have to be strong because I’m helping a friend move.  But really.  I want to continue to look good, and that is going to take hard work and motivation that is never lacking.  So I shall lack no more.

Later Days,

-Jenni.



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