I tried Orangetheory Fitness


It was awesome. I’ve wanted to try it for a while but just hadn’t made the effort to go to a studio. I ended up meeting my friend Jeni and it was a great workout. It was a fast-paced class so the hour was up before I knew it. 

Since I’ve been in a workout rut, I decided to sign up for 8 classes per month. It’s definitely a splurge for me but I need something to help get me out of this rut. Going two times a week is just enough since my schedule wouldn’t really allow more than that. In addition to Orangetheory, I will continue to run and do strength training. Variety is definitely a must when it comes to my workouts because I get bored fast. 

Anyway, happy Wednesday!

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Happy hump day!
So the month with my nephews flew by! They left yesterday morning with my parents and I miss them already. It was rough at times dealing with the two year old because you never knew if he was going to have a meltdown or not, but I loved having them around. I’m not sure if them coming during the summer will be a yearly thing but I wouldn’t complain if it was. The next time I see them, Damien will be well into the school year and Ray will hopefully be able to say some words. He tries to talk now, but usually I have no idea what he is saying.

Now that the boys are gone, I can get back into a regular gym routine. I didn’t go as much as I could have since I wanted to spend time with the boys in the evening. I don’t get off work until 8 during the week and they’d usually go to bed by 9, 9:30, so I wanted to spend as much time with them as I could. I did a lot of evening walks on the treadmill which was fine, but I miss the different machines the gym has to offer. Yesterday I ran for the first time in a couple weeks and it felt great. I used my new Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 running shoes and thankfully they didn’t hurt my feet like the GTS 16s did. I hope when the 17s come out they address the narrowness issue that I felt at the top of my foot. 

The doctor’s appointment for my shoulder is next week. I’m hoping they’ll give me an MRI since the X-Ray I had a few weeks ago didn’t show anything. Something is wrong because I shouldn’t have this much pain for no reason. 

Anyway, can you believe it’s already August? Haha, new month, new goals right? I’d planned on doing another round of Whole30 this month but instead I’m going to transition to the Keto — short for Ketogenic — diet (low carb, high fat). I don’t like that it’s called a diet since it’s really more of a lifestyle change. I’ve been doing research online and listening to some podcasts (2 Keto Dudes) and I’m excited to try it. Several women in one of my Facebook fitness groups have done very well . I’m at the point where I just want to be able to stick to something long-term. Low carb will be extremely difficult the first couple weeks but I’m prepared for that. My sister-in-law started this week and she’s been keeping me up to date on her symptoms. Best thing for me about this way of eating is I can still eat cheese! My tentative start date is next Monday, 8/8. 

Have a great day! šŸ˜€

Intermittent Fasting

Hello!

Remember I told you I signed up for a 6 month DietBet with my sister-in-law?? Well silly me didn’t pay attention to the rules because I was thinking as long as I made my final weight, I’d get my money back and then part of the winner’s pot. Ahh no, doesn’t work that way, I have to weigh in each month. So, I didn’t even come close to the goal set for last month so now the pressure is on so I can catch up and meet my next goal by June 19th.

When I did my last DietBet back in January, I was very close to my goal towards the end and in order to make sure I hit that goal, I tried a few days of Intermittent Fasting (IF). Long story short, IF consists of fasting for several hours and then eating your meals within an 8 hour period. Usually people will fast 16 hours and then eat during anĀ 8 hourĀ period. I didĀ started my first official day of fasting on Thursday. I finished eating at 7:30pm and didn’t eat again until lunch on Friday, which was around 12pm. Most of my fasting was done while I was asleep which was perfect for me since I can’t see myself being awake and not eating for 16 hours, lol. Also, since I don’t always eat breakfast, skipping it wasn’t a huge deal.

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I’m going to try this out for the next few weeks and see how it goes. Even though I’m fasting for those hours, that doesn’t mean I can eat whatever the hell I want. I still need to pay attention to my macros and focus on hitting my protein numbers.

Speaking of protein,Ā one of the blogs I follow,Ā Hungry Runner Girl, posted about a chicken burrito bowl she found atĀ Costco that has 30g of protein! I found it last night while running my errands and I can’t wait to try it. The package comes with three bowls and I’m really hoping they’re delicious because that will knock out more than a quarter of my protein macros for the day.

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Last night I stopped eating around 9pm and walked a couple of miles before work this morning. I will tell you this, taking pre-workout on an empty stomach gets me suuuuper pumped. Pretty sure my dog thought I was crazy as I was dancing and singing while doing my walk.

See that head tilt? Lol šŸ™‚

 

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Anyway, I’m done for now.

Happy Saturday!

 

Switching things upĀ 

Happy Tuesday (I meant to finish this post yesterday but time got away from me) šŸ˜€

Sunday was my first day off after working 8 days. Nice welcome back from vacation, haha. 

Anyway, I started back at the gym last week but decided to put my current workout program aside for now. I know I was getting stronger doing the Year One Challenge but I was also getting bored.  Doing the same set of exercises for 8 weeks and then switching to another set of exercises just wasn’t working for me. 

When I discussed this with my sister-in-law, she suggested I try the workouts on crossfit.com and/or crossfitfootball.com. Both sites list daily workouts and you can watch videos that demonstrate the moves. I’m going to stick with this for a bit and see how it helps my body transform. Unlike some people, I love cardio so the workouts that have me doing a short run and then strength exercises (for x amount of rounds) will probably end up being my favorites. 

Misc. Info

* I watched Furious 7 on Saturday and it was so good. I haven’t watched all the movies in the Fast & Furious series but I think I may go back and watch the rest. I remember buying the first one on VHS! Lol

*I’ve read 21 books so far. Should be done with two more by the end of the day. 

*Pixie Dust challenge is coming up fast! I need to get a couple more long runs in before the race. I’m a little nervous about doing a half marathon right after a 10k but I think I’ll be ok. 

*My incline trainer needs a new motor. I’m pretty bummed since I’ve only had it a few months. It’s still under warranty so hopefully I’ll have a replacement in a couple weeks. 

*I signed up for a 6 month DietBet with my sister-in-law. Goal is to lose 10% of my starting weight by October 19th. I don’t like throwing money away so that fact alone is a good motivator. 

That’s all for now. Have a great week!

Whole30 — I’m going to try it

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Hi Friends!

A few of my friends have completed the Whole30 programĀ and I have decided to try it myself. When I first heard about the program, I immediately said “Nah, I’m not doing that,” because I knew I would have to give up certain foods. But, after hearing more about it, and realizing it’s something that will possibly help rid me of my sugar addiction, I’ve decided to give it a try. In all honesty, I think this will be one of most difficult things I’ve ever done.Ā Almost everything I eat has some type of added sugar so if I don’t die from withdrawals the first week, I know I’ll definitely feel a difference in my body.

I picked up the Whole30 book from TargetĀ last weekĀ and checked out another book,Ā It Starts with Food,Ā from my library.Ā I want to beĀ fully prepared and know exactly what I’m getting myself into. My estimated start date is going to beĀ September 1st. I want to give myself enough time to read the books, prepare my shopping lists, and get rid of any temptations in my house. The book has several recipes and I’ve also already found some recipes on Pinterest.

I’m in a fitness group on Facebook and several of the women are either currently doing Whole30 or have recently finished the program so it will be nice to have a support system. I’m not going to lie, I’m terrified of how I’m going to feel, especially during the first week. I plan on keeping a journal so I can document everything that goes on with my body and my state of mind.

30 days is a long time but I’m going to just take it one day at a time. Ugh, what am I going to do when my co-worker brings her delicious baked goods to work?Ā candy-cute-dispicible-me-eating-kid-Favim.com-233802

Wish me luck!