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Fitness Squad

Fitness Squad

So within the few couple of months, this household, for the FIRST time has been focused on eating clean. I don’t know what happened, what clicked, but all of a sudden the hubs decided once and for all to dump the Pepsi and eating out and shoot for some healthy weight loss goals. He’s officially even hit the big 30lb mark! Proud wifey? Yes. The changes in him haven’t been just physical either. He’s been able to do more, his heart burn has completely gone away, and he just feels better in general.

A tiny part of me is like, “really…it’s ONLY been a month and here he is making these huge milestones in no time at all.” #jealous. But really, I’m so proud, I really can’t throw any shade his way. It really has made a difference now that he’s on track with me. I’m now officially 10lbs away from my ultimate goal weight. Tips?

  • We’ve been keeping track of what we’re eating through MyFitnessPal. If we want to eat out, we make healthier, conscious choices.
  • Mindful eating. I can’t stress this enough. How many times have we just had a movie night and just ate snacks even though we weren’t that hungry?
  • Not eating after 7 p.m. This is tough, but I’ve really noticed a difference adding this rule to my diet.
  • Making sure we’re hitting our protein goals and cutting back on empty carbs.

Have I had some slip-ups? Um yes. Exhibit A:

We went to a concert and I got this gigantic margarita…yes in a can (what has life come to?) All in moderation right? Meanwhile there’s Josh beer-less, Pepsi-less…just drank water. This guy has so much self-control. I must admit, I could learn a thing or two.

Fourth of July weekend doesn’t make things any easier either. It helps that we keep each other in check and his progress really does motivate me even more. This long weekend has also done a TON of good for my mental health. Fireworks by the lake, getting enough sleep at night, swimming, family time, it’s the best.

 

Hope everyone had a Happy Fourth!

Back to Reality

Back to Reality

I’m back guys! Okay well I’ve been back for a little bit but you know how hard it is to get back into the swing of things? I felt like I needed a vacation from my vacation. Getting back to my normal training routine has been ROUGH to put it mildly. I only got one run in because of the bear scare we had. Now I know they’re nocturnal, but this girl isn’t about to chance it. Knowing my luck, I cross paths with a bear that decides to enjoy the sunshine. Nope. No thanks. It really bummed me out though since the trails around the cabin resort were flippin’ awesome and so peaceful.

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Not to mention there was a daily calorie fest of wine, beer, grilled foodstuffs and s’mores by the campfire.

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This was part of my daily ritual….shades and a wine glass while sunbathing by the lake.

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Granted we were active playing some extreme badminton, capture the flag, kayaking, canoeing and swimming so I didn’t feel TOO bad indulging err’day. We explored all of these different islands on the lake. We made an oath next year that we would pack a picnic, snag some beer and camp out on the sandy one we discovered. #vacationwin. Can I just go back? Can we just pretend that my marathon isn’t about 80-some days away? EEP.

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This vacation was exactly what I needed though to get away from work and to clear my head of a lot of things and disconnect. Even getting a little WiFi was hard to come by and while it was tough, it was SO nice. Nothing but this view to look at for a whole week.

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However NOW the hubs and I are back into our routine and I’m trying my flippin’ hardest to deal with this head cold and continue with my marathon training…with this impossible humidity. Just shoot me. My pace and endurance is just sickening. All I can do though is push hard, eat right and get those miles in each week…hopefully things let up soon because hot damn…this boob sweat is out of control.

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This weekend my long run ramps up to 12 miles and I’m shaking in my Brooks. Hopefully the weather cooperates a little more on Sunday. Apollo has just been trolling me all day about it…”blondie, get your feet into these shoes…and get me snacks.”

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Thank the lord tomorrow is my rest day and the hubs and I will be seeing Van Halen at one of my fav venues. Yes, I said it…Van Halen. I’m so excited I can’t even….

While this first week back was rough, I’m proud of myself for not passing up a run and making excuses, especially with this wicked runny nose (ew). My fundraising is also in full swing again and I’ve hit 60% of my overall goal for the American Cancer Society! I can’t wait to reach 100%!!!

Cheers!!

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Friday Favorites: Vacation It’s Practically HERE.

Friday Favorites: Vacation It’s Practically HERE.

This whole week of training was quite inconsistent. Due to vacation prep with work and figuring out what the hell I’m going to bring on vacay, my miles and gym time have been all over the place. HOWEVER it still happened minus one day. Sshhhh. I’m going to try my best so this vacation won’t completely kill my training, although it’ll be hard since I won’t be able to get my long runs in. I’ll have to stick with bodyweight moves and weights for the most part. ANYWHO here are some of my Friday favorites!!!

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1. The Lakehouse

I’m bummed I totally didn’t do a July 4th recap, BUT I’m totally including it in my Friday favs since I got some more quality cousin time in with the gorgeous weather bringing everyone together. We engaged in some pretty serious tubing faceoffs behind the boat, drank a lot of beer (oopsies) and set off fireworks off of the pier. It was amazing and I can’t wait to have more of these summer days!

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I mean come on, just look at that sunset….this is what summer is all about….

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2. Best Workout Capris EVER

This line of activewear is called Fight Through and I fricken love their stuff. I definitely sported these at the gym on the 4th….because well…#America.

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The material is so comfy and breathes so well during those really hard workouts. I might have to pick another pair or two…or three….

3. Favorite Read.

This book has been on my to-read list for SO LONG and I’m just now cracking it open (and yes it’s an actual book and isn’t being read on my iPad.) I’m only a few chapters in and I’m hooked. If you haven’t heard of this book, I HIGHLY suggest it. Although warning: you will never view the food industry or the Pillsbury doughboy the same way ever again.

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4. Favorite Training Run

I had the opportunity to meet up with this AMAZING pace leader in my running group on Sunday and she’s a true inspiration. As we were going through our 10 mile run we got to know one another and how we got into running. She’s lost over 100lbs since she started running and has completed several marathons and Ironmans. This girl is amazing. She pushed me so flippin’ hard that day (hello still in holiday weekend recovery mode) and while it hurt like hell, she was the greatest motivation. Her positive energy is just infectious and I love it.

This was my aftermath pic…because you know…I was dying in that humidity….

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5. Favorite Sales!

Who hell doesn’t love a good sale? It’s even better when you have gift cards. Old Navy has totally been my jam lately with cute dresses. I snagged these up especially since they have tall sizes (I’m so leggy and all short dresses make me look like a whoresicle) #tallpeopleproblems.

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My Blackhawks 2015 retro tank also finally delivered and ummmm #winning. So while you’re reading this I’ll probably be making a Costco-sized list of shit I need to bring since I always overpack and can’t leave anything behind and stress over all of the work I need to do over the course of the day….meanwhile Luigi has more chill factor than anyone right now.

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Cheers!!

 

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Beach Body Challenge!

Beach Body Challenge!

So summer is right around the corner and before you start hyperventilating into your handbag while you spot the bikini aisle, check out this calendar I created to help out with some common problem areas! If you ever find yourself breaking form, make sure to stop, take a break. You want to push your limits, but don’t break yourself! These are all moves I incorporated into my fitness routine that helped me eliminate a lot of unwanted flab. Have fun with it and rock on! (Click to enlarge the image and zoom in)

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Cheers!

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