Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Back to basics, you always return home, and other things that mean the same

I am officially a Weight Watchers member again. In fact, I have been for a week and a half now. It's just so much easier to think about food in Points values. I think my brain is just hard wired to know that 2 eggs = 4 PP and lean protein is about 1 PP per ounce. Also, zero Point fruit and veggies. It just makes sense. 

The first week back I went over my weekly and activity Points and still managed to lose almost 2 pounds. That just shows how much I was eating before I guess. This week I've actually already gone though all my weeklies too. Damn work pot lucks and the "ohmygah I need all the food" feeling I get about every 28 days. It's okay though. I'm tracking it all and giving myself the rest of this week to get fully back in the swing of things. Friday I plan to grocery shop with WW on my mind. My kitchen will be fully stocked with 0 Point options.

Oh, and trust me - I'm going to need all the 0 Point fruits and veggies I can get to counteract my most favorite things over the next couple months. Yeah, that's right. ALL THE PUMPKIN. Beer, lattes, muffins, actual pumpkins... I want it all and it will all be mine. 

Couch to 5K is going. I quickly fell off the training schedule I was so excited about but that doesn't mean I'm out of the gym completely. I'm loosely aiming for M/W/F C25K. As long as I make it 3 times I'm not going to beat myself up. Sundays I plan to hit the gym during lunch to use the weight machines. It's a good plan for now. 

Unrelated to all of that stuff up there... omg, I want to run the effing Dark Side Challenge so freaking bad. Like, it pains me that I won't be able to do it. Maybe in 2017. Sighhhhhhhhh. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Reading my own blog

I'm going back to the question my Paleo eating Crossfitting work bestie asked me last week "What motivated you last time?". Who better to motivate present Jodi than past Jodi? 

I thought back to all the blog posts I wrote from my first 5K as a runner, through training for 2013 Pensacola Half Marathon, and then the 2014 Glass Slipper Challenge. I had a lot of ups like the time I knocked 7 minutes off my 1 mile time, and the time I ran a mile with no walk breaks, and the time I finished my first 5K as a runner. Oh and there was the time I was a BAMF and ran 10 miles. I also had a few downs, like the time I had cramps and shin splints in both legs at the same time and thought I'd never be able to run a half marathon, and the time I caused an over use injury during while running 10 miles like a BAMF. Then there was the time I was a half marathoner for the first time, and the time I ran the Enchanted 10K, and the time I finished the Princess Half Marathon and I was a half marathoner for the 2nd time.

All of those memories, the ups and the downs, give me so much joy. I can feel the happiness I experienced when I crossed the finish line each and every time just by thinking about it. Wanting to relive and experience the joy again prompted a blog re-read last Friday night. I sat right here on my couch, beer in hand, and went back to 2011 when I first decided to run the 2014 Princess Half Marathon. I read about how I was working on running just 1 mile, I read race recaps, and I read training recaps leading up to the 2013 Pensacola Half Marathon. Then my laptop battery died. It was just too much to handle. 

This afternoon (Sunday) I powered up my laptop and the pages I had open when it died a few days ago were still there and waiting to be read. Just a few minutes ago I finished reading my Pensacola Half Marathon recap and found myself wondering if I could run a half by November (no, I can't. let's be honest here). That doesn't mean I can't run one by next November... or maybe even next Spring. 

For now, I'm going to take the motivation past Jodi is inspiring and use it to get up at 5am tomorrow (today, technically since this is posting on Monday morning) to start week 2 of C25K. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

C25K Training Recap -- Week 1

This was a great first week back in the swing of things. I officially started on Tuesday with a rest day. hah! I decided to go ahead and make Tuesday/Saturday rest days since M/W/F at the gym for C25K works out really well. This is basically what the next 12 weeks look like for me:

Sunday -- Strength (weight machines at work) + 10 min warm up and 10 min cool down cardio
Monday -- C25K
Tuesday -- Rest
Wednesday -- C25K
Thursday -- Yoga & Strength (free weights at home)
Friday -- C25K
Saturday -- Rest

I need to commit at least 10 - 15 minutes per night to stretching and/or rolling too. Just in the couple days back I can feel my right IT band getting tight. I'll have to stay on top of that.

Couch to 5K is a 9 week program so my plan is to go straight through week 9 and then double back to week 6 and repeat weeks 6/7/8/9 leading up to The Great Pumpkin Race on November 7. The double back will allow for a repeat week if needed and hopefully get me to where I can actually run the 5K without run/walk/run intervals. Don't get me wrong, I'm still a HUGE fan of our favorite runDisney man Jeff Galloway and plan to use the method if/when I start training for longer distances. I'd just like to challenge myself to run as long and far as possible.

I'm really, really, really, REALLY looking forward to the next 12 weeks and can't wait to see how much progress I make. It feels amazing to be back. 

My intention is to recap my training each week, probably on Friday or Saturday. I'm not sure what else I'll find to talk about but expect at least a weekly check in from me. =)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

"I have to get up tomorrow to run...

... yeah, I do that again." 

That's right, folks. It might just be Couch to 5K right now but I can feel the addiction stirring within me again. Now off to bed for that 5am wake up!

This made me LOL because well, #truth. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Oh my god I'm back again...

... and now I have the Backstreet Boys stuck in my head. 

I'm not going to talk about all the false-starts I've had over the last year and a half. I will tell you that I'm pretty much starting at the beginning. I weigh almost exactly what I did when I started Weight Watchers in 2011 and I'm wearing a size 16 dress. What's even more fun is thanks to the way I carry weight I look like I'm a few months pregnant even though I assure you I'm not. I haven't ran a race since April 2014 and I've gained nearly 50 pounds since crossing the finish line at the 2014 Princess Half Marathon. So that's that.

Motivation is a funny thing. When my Fitbit buzzed every morning at 4:45am I suddenly lost every ounce of motivation I've ever had. I was 100% okay with being fat and staying in bed. Then by 9am I was sad that I hadn't gotten up and wished I could be in the gym instead of stuck at my desk. By the time I left work at 4:30 I just wanted to go home and veg out with dinner and a drink or three. 

This is 100% true.

Yesterday at work I was talking to one of my favorite Paleo eating Crossfitters (I try not to judge her too much for that ;) and she asked what motivated me to get started before. I paused for a moment and remembered the first time I heard about the Princess Half Marathon. Running through the Happiest Place on Earth with 20K of my closest girlfriends while pretending to be princess? Sign me up! Then I remembered how excited I was when I ran my first 5K, The Great Pumpkin Race. And there it was, the excitement all came rushing back. THAT was the feeling I was missing for the past year. I just needed to find a new reason to run and to be fit and to eat right and to be HAPPY. 

So, here I am again but I'm doing it up right this time. I've picked out a race - The Great Pumpkin Race because why not start again where it all started before, and I've made a real life written on paper training plan. TGPR is 13 weeks away and it's on my 31st birthday. I can't freaking wait. Maybe I'll even be able to run the full 5K this time instead of using my trusty Galloway Method. Maybe I'll feel so kick ass after I'm finished with this plan that I'll decide to give the Double Bridge Run 15K another go. Maybe I won't fall down, sprain my ankle, wind up in a boot, and gain 50 pounds in a year. 

Maybe this is the last time I'll be starting over. 

Also, while I'm here - this video is badass. I love it. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Not so late breaking news

Edit: I totally forgot to give this blog post a title and had to come back. It might be time for bed. 

So I was just clicking around my blog and realized I never updated my Races page to link my 2014 PHM recap. I've really been slacking around these parts. Mental note: update crap. 

The last time I was here I told you I had some plans relating to fitness/weight loss/ the whole point of this here blog (LOL for days) but I didn't want to talk about it yet. I guess I'm ready to spill the beans. 

As of 2 weeks ago (was it 2 weeks, now I have to think...) I joined my local Planet Fitness. If you follow me on Instagram you've already noticed my super annoying early morning #5amclub pictures so this isn't exactly breaking news at this point. I hemmed and hawed and changed my mind at least a dozen times in the weeks leading up to joining Planet Fitness because I have a perfectly good and FREE fitness center at work. It's literally in the same building that I sit for 40 hours every week. So, why pay $10 (+ tax) per month to go to some rando gym? Well, convenience is worth every penny. In the past I've worked out at lunch, so at most a 30 minute group glass or 30 minutes on the treadmill, etc; or I've worked out before/after work. That doesn't really fit into my routine now. I want to get in more than 30 minutes and not be a sweaty mess for the 2nd half of my day, and now J and I carpool to work. The $10/mo I'm paying Planet Fitness is less than I'd pay in gas if I chose to work out before or after work instead of carpooling. So, here I am. I'm all fancy and have access to 2 complete gyms. I have no choice but be active, right? 

Let's see how that works out. Keep up with me on Instagram to find out if I make it to the gym at work tomorrow. I've decided Sunday lunch work outs are okay since I don't have a lot of coworkers there with me. I'm thinking of giving Couch to 5K another try. 

Have a safe and fun Memorial Day! Don't forget why we celebrate. =) 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Um, hi.

I'm sure there is literally no one reading this as it's been 8 months since I even looked at my blog. Gosh. 8 months. 

The last time I was here I had just injured my ankle (by falling down some stairs at work) and I was hobbling around on crutches. Those crutches turned into a snazzy walking boot that came all the way up to my knee. It was my Fall (lol, see what I did there?) fashion accessory for nearly 3 months. I made my way though several weeks of physical therapy and was released from the boot and therapy the week of my 30th birthday, in early November. 8 months later my ankle is still giving me issues. If I'm on my feet too much it swells and turns a lovely shade of purple. It often aches and kind of feels like Styrofoam when I move it. It, like the rest of me, is a work in process. 

Prior to all my ankle craziness I finally got my braces off! 2 years, 7 months, and 1 day after starting treatment. 8 or so months later and I'm about to go back into limited braces on my top teeth to fix a stubborn tooth that just won't cooperate. I'm expecting to wear this set of braces for about 6 months. Maybe by the time I'm 31 they'll be off... oh well. All I ever wanted as a child was straight teeth so I'll pretty much do whatever I can. 

Last summer, gee... a whole year ago this week actually, I decided to go back to school. That lasted 2 semesters. I know, I know. I'm finally happy with my decision to not be a college graduate. I have a great, well paying job at a fantastic company. Sure a business degree would look good but at this point I'm just happy focusing on doing a great job at work and having a good life at home. 

You might have noticed that I haven't mentioned Weight Watchers or any type of weight loss/exercise. What is the saying that if a weight loss blogger isn't blogging that probably means they're gaining weight? Well, in my case it was 100% true. I don't really want to talk about that right now though. Don't worry, I have a plan and will be talking about it soon. 

So, that is what's been going on here lately. I hope I still have some blogger friends out there. I have been keeping up with a lot of you here and there and look forward to reconnecting. 

Happy Mother's Day to all the human mommies and the furbaby mommies out there. =)

I'll be back soon. I promise.