Category Archives: Fitness

Dropping the Baggage

Last week, I shared that I am finally succeeding in my quest to lose some weight. I also acknowledged that I got a little off track during September and October. In particular, my workout routine was completely derailed.

To continue making progress towards my weight loss and fitness goals, it’s important for me to have a plan. So here’s my plan  🙂


  • I am using MyFitnessPal, primarily on my iPhone, to track my meals and calorie intake each day. I switched from SparkPeople in August, right after we returned from California. I like it a lot, and it seems to be working better for me so far.
  • For my meal planning, I’m trying to follow a 300-400-500 plan: 300 calorie breakfast, 400 calorie lunch, and 500 calorie dinner (I will include about 100 to 200 calories in snacks). I was pleasantly surprised to see others following this same concept.
  • For better or worse, I will be sticking to frozen entrees for lunch, a la Lean Cuisine. It’s not the perfectly healthy thing to do, but I need to get my eating habits under control. For convenience sake, I get into ruts where I bring the exact same lunch to work day after day. It doesn’t take long for me to get sick of whatever I’m bringing, and I resort to buying lunch on campus. It’s not only difficult to find healthy options on campus, but it gets mighty pricey. The frozen meals, along with a piece of fruit, help me with portion control and allow for some variety. It’s also easy, which I need these days.

Working Out

  • Cardio: Three days a week, two on the elliptical and a 2-3 mile run on the weekends.
  • Toning: One day a week. I’m back on the Booty Barre.
  • Yoga: Two days a week. I am doing Yoga for Athletes, which is no joke.

I weigh myself on Monday and Thursday mornings. The scale is not for everyone, but it works for me – just as calorie counting isn’t for everyone, but it’s a major strategy that has helped me in the past and is helping me now.

So there’s my plan. I will be checking in on my progress regularly. Hope you stick with me through my journey!

Let the High Sierra Training Begin!

Now that the Nicolet Bay 5K is over, my sights are set on our High Sierra Loop Trip in July. As I’ve said many times before, I want to be in as good a condition as possible for the trip so that I can enjoy it to the fullest.

I’m breaking my training into two segments: a six-week plan starting now and a four-week shift just before the trip. Here is my current six-week training plan:

David Kirsch’s Sound Mind Sound Body plan got me into the best shape of my life about 5 years ago. You follow a workout schedule tailored to your body type, so for me, I work a lot of upper body and obliques. The focus is on keeping the mind-body connection throughout the workout. You don’t complete a set amount of reps – You follow what your body is telling you to do that day. I get my music going and have a great time with each workout  🙂

Jason and I are hoping to be up to a 5-mile run by the time we head west. Since all of our training will be at a low altitude, I’m hoping that the running (as opposed to walking) will help us build up our lung capacity and prepare us for the higher altitudes.

To help fit in my workouts and to not feel completely exhausted, I’m using up a bunch of my vacation time (and furlough days – Yay  😡 ) over the course of the six weeks.

So far, this week has been great. I’m excited to continue training and hopefully reach my goals!


Hello? Spring?

Ah, Wisconsin in April/May. I am waiting not-so-patiently for spring weather to stick around for more than a day or two. The cold  and rain are starting to get a bit depressing.

Jason and I headed out for our longest run to date since November. We went approximately 3 miles – I would have had actual mileage, but my Garmin conked out a couple minutes in. I now know the charge life of my new toy 😐

Wind and a couple of steep hills on the route we chose wrecked my quads. My legs felt heavy and didn’t want to move, so we took a couple of walk breaks. While not ideal for our second to last training run before Saturday’s 5K, sometimes you just have a bad day.

At least there are little peaks of spring to perk me up. It’s coming!

On the weight loss front, I’m trying to turn over a new leaf. I want to feel healthy inside and out, and I’m not happy with how I’ve been treating my body the last few years 😳  . I’m revisiting Bethenny Frankel’s Naturally Thin, slowly trying to incorporate each naturally thin “rule” one by one.

And I definitely want to pick up one of my favorite blogger’s new book – Carrots ‘N’ Cake: Healthy Living One Carrot and Cupcake at a Time.

Right now, my focus is treating my diet like a bank account. Yesterday, I was a rockstar…

  • A starchy breakfast of oatmeal with a spoonful of peanut butter.
  • Leftover Chicken Posole full of meat and veggies.
  • Carrots with dip and some pita chips for an afternoon snack.
  • A hearty dinner of Pork chops with coleslaw.

Today – after ordering buffalo wings and having a couple pieces of leftover birthday cake for dessert – I didn’t do so well. To be honest, my poor run got to me and I used food to make it better. Not good, but at least I recognize where part of the problem lies.

Tomorrow is a new day. I’ll pick myself up and get back on track.

Tonight, Jason is off playing poker with some friends and I’m catching up on the Real Housewives of Orange County with my two girls.

Hope you’re having a wonderful evening wherever you are and whoever you’re with!

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