Phase 2! Progress Report

Valentine's Day Dash 5k

Valentine’s Day Dash 5k

To kick off phase 2 I ran the Valentine’s day Dash 5k with a good friend of mine. We had a great time and barely realized we had ran 3 miles because we were just enjoying good conversation the whole run. Running is such good therapy, especially when you a good friend to enjoy it with.

I’m excited to say that I’ve made it to phase 2 of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit program. Phase 2 begins 5 weeks into the program and I’m also happy to report that through the 5 weeks I’ve only skipped one day for when I got sick and had no choice but have 3 days of rest. I’ve been enjoying all of the workouts and have felt more and more comfortable in the weight room and pushing myself by adding more weights.

I have also stayed 95% paleo this last 4 weeks and I feel great. I’ve been able to get up on time for my workouts and continue to have energy throughout the day. My body loves protein and vegetables and it’s pretty much at this point what I crave and want. I’m still am battling with my addiction to sugar but it’s been getting better and I’ve been fixing my cravings with healthier treats and it seems to be working.

I’ve weighed myself a few times since I started this program and have stayed the exact same weight the whole time, but yesterday I decided to go shopping and ended up trying on some new jeans and was happily surprised that I have dropped a pant size! I think that is always the true test of weight loss.. Doesn’t matter what the scale says, it matters how you look in your favorite jeans. Mine happen to be these bright orange jeans I bought this weekend.

I’m very excited for phase 2 as I get to add cardio to my routines. Which is perfect timing since it’s time I start phasing running back into my normal routine and get ready for my first half marathon of the year.

Tomorrow is back and cardio day. The program calls for 30 mins on the elliptical, but since I find that quite boring and don’t care for the elliptical I’m going to change it up some. Here is what tomorrow’s workout looks like:

3 sets of 10:
wide grip overhead pullups
seated cable rows
wide grip lat pulldowns
bent over lat pulldowns
one-arm dumbbell row
hammer strength lat pulldown
back extensions
cardio set: 10 min stair stepper, 10 min row, 1 mile run

After my workout I’m headed to Mt. Bachelor for 2 days of skiing so I’ll be missing 2 days of workouts this week, but will get plenty of cardio on the mountain and will probably add a couple at home circuits to my mornings.

I’m excited to share my progress and I’m a true believer that if you focus on eating cleaning and maintain a good workout routine you will be fitter, healthier and happier.

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February Plans

So True!

So True!

I can’t believe it’s February already. The days just seem to keep on flying by. I’m in week 4 of the LiveFit Program and am still loving it. I had sort of an off week this last week though as I came down with a super nasty cold and wasn’t able to eat on a routine schedule or work out for a few days.

I think everyone at the beginning of each year sets a bunch of goals, some realistic and some not so realistic. I did a combination of both and now that the first month is behind me I am refocusing and making minor tweaks to make sure I’m successful. I didn’t run nearly as much as I wanted to or plan to in January, but I think that’s okay as I have a long year of running planned and don’t want to burn out. Plus I was able to focus a lot more on strength training and now I’m getting a lot more comfortable and should be able to find balance between both.

I’m running a run valentine’s day 5k this weekend with some girlfriends. It’ll be nice to get back into running in a casual way and it will mark the start of my training season. I’m looking at scheduling my first half marathon by the end of this month at the lastest for sometime in March/April. Just need to do decide if I want to do one close to home or find a destination. Hopefully, I’ll be able to figure that out soon.

My boyfriend is out of town on business this month, first time really being away from him for awhile and I’m super sad, but going to take this time to focus on me and my healthy-living. I won’t have as many social functions so I’m planning on spending the extra time running, working out, going to hot yoga (I never go anymore and miss it so much) and focusing on my paleo diet. It’s a lot easier for me to stay paleo when I can eat and cook all my own meals at home. The boy doesn’t do the paleo thing and it can make it hard at times when I want to enjoy a night out with him.

Next week I’m headed to Mt. Bachelor to demo new skis.. I can’t wait. It’s the exact mini vacation I’ve been needing. I’ll be spending the weekend meal planning and prepping so I can try and stay paleo while skiing. I’m also hoping to be able to do a few at home workouts before hitting the mountain. I know skiing is good cardio, but I’ll miss my lifting and will want to do something to make up for it.

Happy Wednesday! Enjoy your evenings, I’m off to see my trainer. Can’t wait for a hard workout!