Category: Fit Mama

2017 Goals

Ok, so I didn’t keep my promise to blog more. Let’s just be real, I have become terrible at blogging. Every since we moved to Georgia, I just have not been able to find my groove. It has been 3 years now, and I still can’t find it. A lot of it has to do with internet issues. The internet out in the boonies is just not the same as it was in the burbs.

Although I want to say that one of my goals is to be better about blogging, I’m just gonna be real and realize that I will fail. Homeschooling with 4 kids, cooking, cleaning, driving people to soccer practice and trying to actually workout, not just blog about my plans to work out, takes a lot of time from my day. Let’s not forget that I have to keep all the little people alive too.

However, as I have time, I will continue to share what is going on in my quest to get healthy and fit. What better way to start the new year by sharing my fitness goals for the year.

Here are my goals in no particular order:
*hike, at least every 2 weeks – Hiking is good for my mind and my body.

*hold a plank for 5 minutes – Yeah, I have a long way to go.

*run a 9 minute mile – This may be easy for most people, but for me to break the 9 minute mark would be huge. I’m a back of the pack runner who likes to make everyone else look fast. You’re welcome!

*run a sub 30 minute 5K – I came really close to this several years ago. At least more than 3 years. I am hoping to have a chance to do that this year.

*do 10 push ups in a row – Umm, upper body strength is not my thing. Like until recently, I have never done a real push up.

*practice yoga weekly – I know that in order to be able to move as I continue to get older I need to work on that flexibility.

*do a pull up – I want to be able to do just one pull up. Like I said before, I have no upper body strength.

*touch my head to my knees – See, I used to be able to do this, however, after that 4th kid, I can’t any longer.

*do the splits – Yep, flexibility has never been one of my strong suits. I was able to do a split back high school/college, when I was a soccer goalkeeper. Not so much anymore.

*do a head/hand stand – Let me be real. I would love to be able to do a hand stand, however, I am not sure I would be able to get that far in a year. Ultimately I would be pretty darn happy with a head stand.

*build muscle – My biggest goal for the year is to build some visible muscles, especially in my upper body.

I see each of these goals as a stepping stone to building up my overall health and wellness. I am going to have to continue to work hard every day and I am really going to have to work on eating better. I know I can’t exercise a bad diet.

So what are your goals for the year?

{Workout Plans} : 10.10.16

In an effort to *try* to make myself more accountable to my plans, I am going to post them. Who knows if this will help, but it can’t hurt.

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Monday:
Yoga
Lift – Chest and Back
Abs
Ladder Drills
Hike

Tuesday:
Yoga
HIIT workout
Run 3 miles

Wednesday:
Yoga
Lift – Legs
Abs
Hill Repeats

Thursday:
Yoga
HIIT
3 miles

Friday:
Yoga
Lift – Bi/Tri/Shoulders
Abs
Soccer Agility Drills
3 Miles

Saturday:
Yoga
Off/Walk

Sunday:
Yoga
Run 4 miles

This is a basic idea of what I plan to do. Sometimes, I have to start with the basics and add the meat in later. There is only so much planning ahead I can do while homeschooling 4 kiddos.

You can follow along on my Instagram account during the week to see how well I’m following through with my plan. This is my account devoted to my getting healthy and fit journey.

“You are entirely up to you. Make your body. Make your life. Make yourself.”

 

 

90 Days, 90 Workouts

You ever need something to kick your butt into gear. I know I do. So I have come up with my own person challenge to myself.

For the next 90 days, I am challenging myself to do 90 different workouts.

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Sounds kind of crazy and like a lot of work. That is what Pinterest is for. Now, the workouts may be the same type, (HIIT, ladder drills, etc.), but they will not be exactly the same. I am hoping that by constantly changing my workouts, my body won’t know what hit it, and that will lead to change in my body. It certainly can’t hurt.

Over the next 90 days I will record each workout and write my thoughts and feelings about each workout in a journal I am specifically using for this challenge. I also plan to share some of my favorite workouts. It is also a great opportunity to try out a bunch of different workouts.

So here is to kicking my own booty for the next 90 days. You can follow along with me on Instagram.

“I’m not trying to look perfect, I just want to feel better, look great, know I’m healthy and rock any outfit I choose.” 

 

{Weekly Goals} : 10.9.16

I can’t believe it is Sunday again. It seems like the weeks fly by and I am always scurrying to catch up.

So here were last weeks goals:
1. Complete all planned workouts. – Didn’t happen
2. No eating out for me.  – Completed!!!
3. Track all my meals. – Completed!!!

I still have no figured out how to get all my planned workouts in every day. Something about 4 kids, soccer practice, sleep, and everything else I just haven’t figured it all out yet.

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This weeks goals:
1. Track all my meals. – Right now this is a big part of my plan. It helps me see/remember how many calories something is. It allows me to make better decisions on what I eat, because I am more aware about what I am eating.

2. Complete all planned workouts – I’m going to keep trying to get it done.

3. Clean up my eating. – This past week my eating has sucked. I have been snacking on too many sweets. Not good. So this week I want to refocus on eating cleaner.

Hopefully I can be successful on all three goals this week.

“It’s not about having time, but making time.”

 

Vacation Over

Last week I was on vacation. Yay! Before I left for vacation, I set a goal for the week. My goal was simple, don’t gain any weight.

One reason I love going to the beach each year is that I get to run on flat ground. There are no hills! So I try to run each morning. This year was no exception. Thing 4 and I hit the road every morning. I ended up running over 20 miles last week.

All that running, and being conscious of what I was eating, I actually managed to lose 3.5 pounds over the week. Score!

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I know that to many people it sounds crazy, but I have noticed over the last few months that on the days I don’t get out and run/move in the morning, I am so much more tired during the day. I can’t really afford to be tired with 4 kids, especially when I am responsible for homeschooling them each day. Thankfully, I think the boys realize that too and have been pretty good about letting Thing 4 and I get out and get moving every morning.

“Your only one workout away from a good mood.”

 

Setbacks

If you have been reading this part of my blog for a long time, you know that I have a hypothyroidism. I have battled my weight forever. I had finally started to lose weight when I found out I was pregnant with Thing 4.

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Despite being pregnant I managed to gain between 10-15 pounds. I felt great. I was super active. My delivery was easy, for it being childbirth.

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Six weeks after delivery, I was at the weight I was when I became pregnant. It was awesome. I felt awesome.

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However, as the hormones started to leave my body, it became really obvious that my thyroid medication dosage was waaaay off and still is a little off. Since giving birth I have gained 20 pounds. Oh, and I am breastfeeding and watching what I eat. I weigh more now that I did when I gave birth, 10 pounds more. Nothing is more defeating to a mom who is dealing with sleepless nights and crazy pregnancy hormones leaving the body. Seriously.

So, where does that leave me, besides a little depressed.

I have been active daily, except when I bruised my ribs, pinched a nerve in my back, and a few other really random issues . I’m still watching what I eat. I’m still exercising. I’m just not seeing any results.

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I have been spending some of my breastfeeding time doing research. Lots of research. Starting the second week of August, I’m going to be making some changes to my diet and my exercise routine. It is time to shake things up.

I also want to start blogging again. I need to hold myself accountable. I need to motivate myself. I also want to share my experience.

So here is to getting it done.

Be stubborn about your goals, and flexible about your methods.

{Rewind} : February

Despite having a slow start to February, I was able to get in some great mileage, most of it with this cutie.

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Total : 76.82 miles
Running : 27.26 miles
Hiking : 9.4 miles
Walking : 40.16 miles

My hips, especially my right hip has really been bothering me (thanks Thing 4). So some days I have great intentions of running, but I just can get it done. It has become very frustrating, but I am continuing to work on stretching and making it stronger.

Despite my hip, I think February ended pretty well considering I did not know how it was going to go because of my ribs. Like Daddy Cameron loves to point out, I’m falling apart. I like to think of it as adjusting to just having a baby.

Tomorrow I hope to share what my plans are for March. I would share them tonight, but I need a little bit of time to think about them, since I just realized it is March 1st. My brain might not be working to full capacity right now. I will blame that on Thing 4.

How was your month?

 

{Rewind} : January 2016

Ok, so things have been pretty quiet this month. I had really great plans and really great intentions. Things were going really well until I bruised my ribs. January 10th, I was outside playing soccer with the family and I might have been tripped by Thing 1, and I fell.

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My ribs hurt pretty bad. I couldn’t stand up straight. It hurt to breath. The worse was trying to take care of a 10 pound Thing 4. It just hurt.

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However what surprised me the most was how long it took to feel well enough to walk. It has been 3 weeks and I still can’t run.

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Despite the setback and forced inactivity, I still managed to get in 67.4 miles this month.

So here is this months break down.
Walk : 32.6 miles
Bike: 18 miles
Hike: 10.6 miles
Run : 6.2 miles

The hiking mileage has increased because the boys and I have decided to do a hike every week this year. I really want to get the boy moving more, because since Minecraft was introduced to our boys they have become much less active.

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Hopefully February will go a lot better.

{Monthly Goals} : January 2016

Where did December go? Overall I had a great month and was able to achieve most of my goals.

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December Rewind
Total Miles: 83.3
Total Time: 16 hours : 38 minutes

Walking Miles: 25.1
Walking Time: 8 hours : 59 minutes

Running Miles: 21.2
Running Time: 4 hours : 39 minutes

Biking Miles: 37
Biking Time: 3 hours

Lots of heavy rain made my goal of walking and running 50 miles this month rather hard. So to get the exercise in I rode my bike on the indoor trainer. That helped me reach and surpass my goal very quickly. Although I did reach my goal of walking or running 50 miles I still remained active.

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I did not make it all the way through guns, buns and abs. I only made it to day 25 of guns and abs. About day 18 of buns, a spot in my left knee felt as if it was tearing away from the bone. Not a discomfort I have ever felt before. So I decided it was in my best interest to stop.

I totally nailed the yoga/stretching. Granted it was mostly stretching but it feels great to stretch each day.

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Now on to January’s Goal
1. Run/walk/bike 100 miles.
2. Get boys active 5 days a week.
3. Stretch/yoga daily.
4. Lift weights on weekdays.
5. Continue to work on getting faster.

What are your January goals?

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