Fitness Lately – Lean and Lovely

Fitness Lately – Lean and Lovely

Good morning!

It’s been awhile since I’ve discussed my fitness with you all.  Since I’ve been enjoying my fitness plan lately I figured I’d share a little about what I’ve been doing.

If you’re a new reader or don’t know about my history, you can read a little about it here, here, and here.  Basically I come from a background of cardio, cardio, and more cardio.  This along with restricting calories and yo yo dieting has led to a plethora of health issues.  Mainly with my hormones and fertility.  So finding a way to continue exercise (which I love) while healing my body has been a huge goal for me this past year. [Read more…]

Fitness Friday – Nike Women’s Half Marathon Winner!

Fitness Friday – Nike Women’s Half Marathon Winner!

Good morning and happy Friday!

Woo hoo!

For those of you who’s kids just started anther year of school congrats on making it through the first week 🙂 Or if you just began yourself, congrats!

The Love Nugget definitely enjoyed his first few days of school.  I think he’s going to have a great year in preschool and I’m excited for all the fun events and parties.   Total classroom mom over here 🙂

Anyway, it’s been awhile since I’ve talked fitness with you all so I thought today would be the perfect day.

As most of you know I’ve suffered two miscarriages (if you missed it you can read about them here and here) and have struggled with fertility for over a year now.  Which has led me to forcing myself to gain weight and cut back on my exercise.  There was a time when I was running + weight lifting + cycling + boot camp + HIIT training at least 6 days a week sometimes twice a day.  Not to mention counting calories like crazy.

The first thing I cut back on was my running as I felt that this was the main reason I was having sporadic menstrual cycles.  Unfortunately this didn’t fix the problem and I was forced to cut back even more with my exercise routine.

I joined a Crossfit gym and started going to that a few days a week along with a day of cycle and a few days of HIIT or other cross training.  Sometimes yoga was thrown in there along with some walking.

Since then I’ve been forced to cut back even more as my cycle continues to be sporadic and I suffered a back injury.  I’m constantly trying to find what’s going to work for me and how to adjust my plan to better my health.  As I mentioned the other day I’m seeing a naturopath that I think will help me to understand a bit more about what might be going on.  Until I have my follow up appointment with him I’m just continuing to take it easy and trying to maintain a low stress level.

Recently I started adding in a bit more running in place of cross fit and cycling.  I was loving it.  Just getting out in the fresh air or even mindless running on the treadmill felt amazing!  Nothing too intense just a few days a week of short runs.  I had forgotten how enjoyable it was to just hit the pavement and go.

Then an opportunity came my way that I couldn’t pass up.  The Nike Women’s Half Marathon.  Something I’ve always wanted to do and after much contemplating and discussion with The Hubby I decided to “just do it.”

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Not only am I able to register for an already closed race that is pretty difficult to get into, but Whole Foods is sponsoring me for this race.  Doesn’t get much better than that!

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Here’s the deal though, I’m taking it at an easy pace.  I’m doing this race for fun.  Not to get a new PR.  Not to beat anyone else.  Just to go and experience an event that has been deemed one of the best runs in the country.   Yes, I’m training but nothing compared to how I’ve trained for races in the past.   I’m not even sure I’ll be running over 10 miles during training as I’m just planning on taking it nice and easy.  No stressing about pace.  No worries about time.  No freaking out over missed days.  Just for pure fun 🙂

Here’s a look at this past weeks fitness.  I will be adding in some cross training as well but had set a goal to take an entire week off from anything except running in order to finally heal my back.  Running has actually felt pretty good and I think I’ll be 100% by Monday!

Sunday – Rest

Monday – Ran 45 minutes steady 9:40 pace

Tuesday – Rest

Wednesday – Ran 5 miles outside not paying attention to my time or pace.

Thursday – Interval and hill work on the treadmill.

Friday – Spin class

Saturday – Might include a run but I’ll be out of town so it’s up the air and that’s okay 🙂

As you can see it was pretty mellow.  Obviously San Francisco has quite a few hills and since there isn’t many around my area I’m doing most my hill training on the treadmill.  Which I know will be nothing like the real deal but gotta do what I can!

Now, on to the most important part of this post.  The winner of the Nike Women’s Half Marathon entries and Whole Foods gift cards!

Congrats to Monica Brown!

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You’re going to have a blast!  Make sure to check in for my training posts with some recipes to help fuel and refuel your runs.

Have a great Friday and an even better weekend!

QUESTIONS – 

  • Have you ever run a half marathon?  Full marathon?  
  • What was your longest training run?
Empower Workout

Empower Workout

You may remember awhile back I wrote about a kettlebell I was using from a company called Empower Fitness.  Well,  a few months ago I was sent a few pieces of exercise equipment to test out.  I love adding new things to our little home gym so I was excited with the chance to try something new 🙂

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I suck at my Whole30ish challenge…

I suck at my Whole30ish challenge…

Good morning!

Who’s ready for the weekend!  This girl!  We’ve been experiencing a little bit of the terrible twos around here lately.  Nothing too bad but a few more tantrums than we are used to.  The Love Nugget is very independent and hard headed (just like his mama) and doesn’t like it when he can’t have his way.  His experimenting with telling me no and saying he’s going to hit EVERYTHING.

Example #1

Me – “It’s time for nap buddy.”

Him – “No! I’m going to hit my bed!”

Example #2

Me – “Come sit down it’s time for lunch. ”

Him – “No!  I’m going to hit my lunch!”

Seriously… EVERYTHING!!!  Luckily he hasn’t actually been doing much of that said hitting.  For now at least.

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Five on Friday – Giveaway winner and Mother’s Therapy Organics Giveaway!

Five on Friday – Giveaway winner and Mother’s Therapy Organics Giveaway!

Good morning and Happy Friday!!!
Anyone else doing the happy dance? I know all my teacher friends are!  I remember how that week before Xmas was so long!   Fun, but long.  Even though I’m not teaching or working a full-time job right now, this week has definitely been a long one!  So today you’re getting a quick Five on Friday with some random musings and facts.

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Fitness Friday – A week of workouts

Fitness Friday – A week of workouts

Good morning and happy Friday! Phew!

This week has been crazy busy but good!  We have some super exciting news that I’ll be sharing with you all soon.  I will say that no, I’m not pregnant so you can rule that out as I’m sure that’s the first thing that popped into most of your minds 🙂  You’ll have to tune in Monday for Marvelous in My Monday to find out!

Until then, I wanted to touch a little more on that over use of cardio topic I discussed the other day.  I loved all the comments and emails I got on the subject and thought it might be helpful to share a little bit more about exactly what types of exercise I’m doing now that I’ve cut out most cardio.

What better day to do this than on a Friday for Fitness Friday!

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Taking a day off

Taking a day off

Good morning and happy Friday!

I’m planning to take most the day off from blogging and such to get some things done around our house.  I’m feeling behind lately with cleaning, laundry, and most importantly spending quality time with The Love Nugget.  I realized a few months ago that when I started to feel overwhelmed taking a day at home with nothing planned other than household tasks and play helped me to feel more at ease. So, that’s what I’ll be doing today 🙂

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Fitness Friday is back!

Good morning and happy Friday to you all!

I took a break from Fitness Friday to try and steer my focus off of fitness while I tried to cut back on my exercising for health reasons.  If you missed it you can read more about why here but basically, Aunt Flow hasn’t been to visit in several months and I’m assuming, over exercising is the reason.  I know some of you are probably thinking, “Why do you want her back?”  Well, I don’t think it’s natural and normal to just stop having a cycle altogether.  So I’m working on little things I might be able to do to help bring her back.

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Aunt Flow where’d you go?

Good morning and happy Friday!

I’m sure your just as excited if not more than I am that Friday has arrived.  This week has been a long one!  I think stepping back from my normal routine has definitely made the days drag on for me.  I’ll get to that in a second but first I wanted to share a few health and fitness links I enjoyed from this week.

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July Favorites

Happy Friday!

So I know I usually do a fitness post with my week of workouts but I feel like switching it up and doing something different.  Since yesterday was August 1st, I thought I’d do a recap of some of my favorites from the month of July.  So without further ado, here’s my July Favorites!

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