{Weekly Goal} : 8.8.16

While I have been known to set monthly goals, lately I have been setting one weekly goal. Something that will give me a focus for the week. One small thing that I want to accomplish.

While I was on vacation, I set a goal to maintain my weight for the week. It made me more conscious of what I was eating as well as making sure I got out and exercised. Over the week, I actually lost weight.

This week, as we return to reality, I have a simple goal of not gaining back the weight I lost over the break.

Our week will be a little bit crazier than normal as we adjust to having soccer practice every night of the week and I have to figure out how to get everyone fed. We also have to get back into our homeschooling routine. I am also still trying to get everything caught up from being on vacation. With all that stress, I know my goal needs to be simple.

Yes, I am running with that damn triple stroller again.

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My running partners tonight at Thing 1’s practice. Tomorrow night I will just switch Thing 2 for Thing 1.

“Someone busier than you is running right now.”

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?

2016 Goals

I know many people make resolutions or goals each year. I also realize that most people don’t follow through with them. However, I am one of those people who needs goals or deadlines in order to get things done. Although I set goals in 2015 that I didn’t achieve, I still count the year a success. I mean look at what I created instead.

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My goals for 2016 are similar as my goals were for 2015.
1. Weight train consistently.
I am good at lifting for a week or two, but I never seem to make it a priority. Honestly, I enjoy getting outside and running or walking more. However, this year, I am going to be focusing more on gaining muscle.

2. Get faster.
This year I want to get faster instead of being able to run forever. I am not going to have the time to spend hours running this year, I have a baby to feed, so I am going to take this year and get faster, something I have wanted to do for years.

3. Gain Flexibility.
I want to be able to stay active until the day I die and I know that remaining flexible is an important part of being able to do that. Besides I lost some flexibility due to a large belly this past year, but she was completely worth it.

4. Lose inches. 
I would love to lose weight, but I know that it will be a struggle this year since it is more important for me to nurse Thing 4. However, I am confident that I can reshape my body, and lose inches with my weight training.

5. Eat Cleaner
I’m not looking to go super strict with my eating, but I want to get back to the healthier eating that I was doing before I got pregnant. Honestly, cooking and eating during my pregnancy was a struggle. Everything tasted weird or smelt bad, so if I got a craving I would eat it. There were many days that I struggled to get enough calories because food was just nasty. Thus my healthy eating and the boys healthy eating struggled. However, as we have settled into a routine, I’m ready to get our eating back under control.

To achieve the goals, I plan to take small steps each month. I am making monthly workout calendars and menus that will help me reach these goals. I am also setting small goals each month, which I hope to post here on the blog, that will help me reach my goals.

Do you set goals or resolutions? What are your 2016 goals?

 

 

 

 

2015 in Review

Hello 2016!

2015 was a year I won’t forget. I started the year with the intention of losing weight. Ideally I wanted to lose 30 pounds by my birthday in October.

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I was playing indoor soccer on 3 different teams. Tracking my calories. Running in on days I didn’t have games. Thus, with all this activity I was losing weight. By March I had lost 13 pounds and 12 inches off my body.

Not long after I wrote that post in March I discovered I was pregnant with Thing 4. Surprise! All my great plans were put on hold.
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However, instead of giving into the whole eating for two thing, I decided to make his my healthiest pregnancy. I was determined to be that pregnant lady who ran until I delivered (unless I needed to stop to keep the baby safe.)

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After the July 4th 5K

So I ran, walked, swam, cycled, and hiked the entire 38 weeks I was pregnant. The day before I went into labor I ran 3 miles. The day I went into labor I walked 5 miles. (I might have been trying to encourage someone to leave.) By the end of my pregnancy I had gained a healthy 15 pounds or so.

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Thing 3 and I after my triathlon in July

I had the easiest delivery and recovery of all my kids and she was the largest baby by almost a pound. I was out of the hospital 24 hours after she was born and out trunk or treating when she was 3 days old. I was also back to my pre pregnancy weight 3 days after I delivered. I was back run/walking at 4 weeks. Running an entire 5K by 5 weeks. I credit most of this to the fact that I was so active during my pregnancy.

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The day before I went into labor. After my 3 mile run.

Although I never reached my 2015 goals of losing weight and inches, I still count this as a very successful year, because I had the healthiest of all my pregnancies.

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Walking with all my boys, Thing 4 is 3 weeks old

How was your year?

 

November Wrap Up & December Goals

 

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