Monday, March 12, 2012

So Fit, So Fine: Weekly Recap

Last week was probably one of my best weeks work-out wise in a long time. More x-training any during any of my half prep and I just felt STRONG.

M: 45 minutes of Spinning. Hadn't been in years and was SO proud of how hard I pushed myself. Took my Garmin along for my HRM and used it to push myself in the zone.

T: 30 Day Shred

W: 30 Day Shred + Spinning + Pilates (Felt like a BAMF)

Th: 4 mile run (my first run in the rain!)

F: 2 mi run + Spinning + Pilates

S: 5 mi run with Jon and his cousin. 10:47 pace aka my fastest EVER

Sun: 3 mi hike in the Hocking Hills

Total milage: 11 miles! Woo!

It was a really great week exercise wise, even if I ended up eating too much and gaining 1.5#. Oh well. I can at least tell a difference in my arms from all those Pilates push ups!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Back on the Track.

Winter has been rough for me and being healthy. I LOATHE the treadmill and yet couldn't really bring myself to run outside on dreary, slushy days. So, by the beginning of February, I was beginning to feel pretty icky and to see my clothes start tightening up... Not good. Enter slightly better weather and a need for new jeans. I started to get afraid if I went to the store right then to buy new jeans that I'd end up with the next size up and thus start that subtle cycle of weight gain... You know the one, the one where your jeans are tight, you buy the next size up and they fit great until they too get tight... And so on and so forth.

So, instead, I hopped back on the bandwagon. I'd been squeezing in a few 3-milers here and there, but I started to get more consistent AND I finally started logging into that My Fitness Pal account I'd made on a whim a year ago and never really used. Plus I started doing the 30 Day Shred. And it felt GOOD. And the inches started to fall off-ish. Even though Jillian is mean and my old jeans kept dropping out of the line-up due to wear one by one.

Thankfully, next Saturday is jeans buying day. But, just to be safe, I went ahead and trotted over to Old Navy to see where I stood on the getting new jeans front... and much to my surprise I fit into a size BELOW the pair that was starting to get tight. A size SIX. I don't think I've EVER worn a size 6. Now I'm sure that this 6 in Old Navy is probably an 8-10 elsewhere, but I don't care. I've had this exact same pair of jeans in a 16, 14, 12, 10, 8... and now, when I go to the Outlet on Saturday, I'll be buying them in a 6. Pretty sweet feeling.  See? I even took photos to prove it. Yeah, there's a bit of a muffin top going on there, but nothing that a week or two of pilates won't fix. So exciting!


Anyway, hopefully I can get back into blogging a bit more now that I don't feel as guilty about not running, not watching what I eat, and only focusing on reading in grad school. The rest of this year looks interesting for running--I have till the end of the month to bite the bullet and sign up for my first marathon... who knows what 2012 will hold. 

So anyway, here I am, just letting you know that I'm finally back on track... and it feels pretty good.