Category Archives: Fitness

Brutally Honest

I don’t know how we did it, but Jason and I managed to go out for our 2-mile run in the rain and cold. We are about one week out from our first 5K of the season, and the conditioning is also important for our trip in July.

Rain, wind, and run-whiped Laura.

One helpful tool in getting me out the door was my new toy: a Garmin Forerunner 305! I feel like such an athleteΒ  πŸ™‚ . The Garmin will give me great feedback on my workouts and I hope it will push me to challenge myself.

Despite the weather, I needed this run. I had a bit of a down day realizing that I’m not making progress towards my weight-loss goal. More specifically, I’ve made no progress Β  😳

I’m contemplating some new reward-based strategies to help. And I need to start holding myself more accountable, so I’ll likely be turning to you all for help. I hope you won’t mind more posts about my food choices and workouts.

I want to have the absolute best time hiking through the Yosemite High Sierra Camps. I need to keep that sentiment in the forefront of my mind everyday…

One Good Decision Leads to Another

My week is off to a great start. I guess trying to look at things from a more positive perspective really helps πŸ˜‰

Yesterday, I managed to finally drag myself out of bed for a morning workout. I did my new Booty Barre DVD, and it literally kicked my booty! On the surface, the workout doesn’t appear to be too difficult…but that’s the surface view. It is super challenging! I was taking constant breaks and I may have cursed the TV a time or two 😐  Despite the difficulty of the workout, I’m excited to take it on again!

In the spirit of one good decision leading to another, I was a healthy little eater yesterday and felt great as a result. I enjoyed my new favorite breakfast: oatmeal (Mom – If you’re reading this, yes, I did just say oatmeal 😯 ). I added some walnuts to my apple-cinnamon oatmeal and shared a nanner with my doggies.

Nanner moochers
Nanner Buddies

The whole healthy thing didn’t stop with breakfast. A mid-morning snack of an orange kept me going until lunch…for which I WALKED HOME! Granted, I live approximately a half a mile from work, but I have only walked to work or home for lunch a couple of times. It felt great to get out and enjoy the fresh air, a little sunshine, and a big salad topped off with spending time with the kids.

Carrots with hummus and grapefruit slices for a snack and English muffin pizzas for dinner capped off my good day.

Today was rainy and chilly, but Jason and I didn’t let that keep us from running this morning. Amazing? For us, yes! We just managed to get out and back between downpours. My legs were pretty tired after, so I opted to grab lunch on campus instead of walking home in the rain. I’m happy with my choice.

Gloomy Day on Campus

My morning run was followed by more healthy food choices: oatmeal and a banana for breakfast; an orange mid-morning; a veggie sandwich and chips for lunch (the chips being my one downfall); carrots with hummus again in the afternoon; and a naked vegetarian burrito from Qdoba for dinner.

Question of the Day:

What is one healthy thing you did for yourself today?

Got Some Work to Do

So this last week, I had to travel to Disney World for work…let the groaning commence πŸ™„ . Seriously, I’m my university’s primary liaison to the Disney College Program and I was asked to travel down to Florida to visit 12 of our students there. Don’t hate.

First things first: Visiting Disney made me long for Yosemite or any “real” vacation spot for that matter. I must admit, I’m not a Disney World kind of person. It’s just not my gig, even more so after visiting Yosemite.

More importantly, though, this little trip indicated just how out of shape Jason and I are. And now I’m more nervous about our High Sierra Camp trip which is only four months away 😯 Β . One full day of walking around the Disney World parks left me with torn up feet, legs of jello, and an overall feeling of exhaustion. It was not pretty.

I think I’ve finally hit the breaking point that I’ve needed to hit. I have been miserable for months now, and I’m unhappy with how I look and feel. What’s more important is that I want to have an amazing time in Yosemite this summer, and this is going to be hard to do if I’m physically in pain throughout the trip.

Lucky for me, I signed up for the Nicolet Bay 5K in Door County the first weekend in May. Training started for me this last week – although I did cancel my Thursday run on account of my Disney “injuries”Β  😐 .

I’m following Hal Higdon’s Novice 5K training program to prepare for this race. Mondays and Wednesdays are either rest days or run/walk days. Instead, I’m going to include my new barre workout DVD as cross-training those two days. So here’s the week ahead for me:

Monday: Booty Barre workout
Tuesday: 1.75 mile run
Wednesday: Booty Barre workout
Thursday: 1.5 mile run
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 1.75 mile run
Sunday: 35 minute walk

On top of my 5K training, I’m really ready to overhaul my eating habits. Certain foods routinely make me sick, but for some stupid reason I keep eating them.

I’m going to take this day by day, week by week…


How are your health goals going?

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