Forgetful Fran

Ok – yeah so I realized that I was supposed to come back last Monday and post my workouts…. I realized that as I was getting ready to write today’s blog… my bad.

Life is crazy, and I am trying to stay on top of a million things. Wrestling season for my younger 2 has started, which means crazy schedules.  There’s always juggling of homework, dinner, house work, work work, workouts, etc. you get the picture – this is a well oiled machine over here (well most times).

So my workouts for last week consisted of running, boxing, kickboxing, running, running, and more running….  I am working hard to hit my year end goal of 1100 miles.  I am happy to say that my 2017 in 2017 team has hit our team goal! Woohoo!  I knew we would get there; it took a little more than I anticipated.  We have already put together our team for 2018 and its going to rock!  I wouldn’t be surprised if we hit it 2xs!!

Ok so today is Monday and my goal for the week is to run at least 30 miles.  I am upping my mileage goals because of the fact that I am getting down to the wire for my overall goal.  I would also like to make it to kickboxing or boxing class at least 1x and I would like to complete one of the Lori Harder workouts.  I love her workouts but with my current schedule – I haven’t been able to get them in.   So I am going to lay out my plan for the week – then as the week progresses, I can pop back over and post my completed workouts.

11/12 Sunday – ran 4.03 miles

11/13 Monday – ran 5.02 miles

11/14 Tuesday – run 5 miles; complete Lori Harder Workout 1

11/15 Wednesday – run 4 miles; 60 mins kickboxing

11/16 Thursday – run 5 miles

11/17 Friday – run 4 miles

11/18 Saturday – run 5 miles; Lori Harder Workout 2

In the meantime – make sure you get out and move!!  Go for a walk, or a run; go skip with your kids; take your fur baby for a longer walk than usual.  Make the most of the fact that you can move!

Happy Running!

Danielle aka A Fit Cookie

 

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Mid Week Review

Ok so the title is a little misleading, since its almost the end of the week; however lets just roll with it….

Yesterday was Wednesday and for some reason that day of the week always sucks for me.  If you follow me on Facebook then you know I am always complaining about Wednesdays.  So yesterday was no different then any other Wednesday.  Well that’s not entirely true.  I was freaking exhausted yesterday.  I think I was just as tired yesterday as you would get during the first trimester of pregnancy (and no I am not pregnant… those days are over).  I felt like I could barely keep my eyes open; it was a real struggle.  I have no idea why I was so tired, I think I have been getting adequate sleep.  Tuesday night Paul did try to get me to stay up and watch The Shack; which I was awake for a good portion of it then I just knew I wasn’t going to make it.  Side note I can’t wait to finish watching it and see where the story goes.  I think I am going to read the book as well.   Any way other than that I have been getting to bed at a reasonable time and sleeping in till at least 630 – so I think I am getting enough rest. I am clueless as to where this exhaustion came from, but I needed it to crawl back under the rock it came from.

My son had a middle school football game, and after that my husband said go to the gym, but due to the above mentioned tiredness I opted for a nap instead. I slept for a good 90 mins.  I woke up feeling slightly refreshed, but I probably could’ve stayed in the bed for the night; however I knew I would regret not getting in a workout.

After sitting on my bed for goodness knows how long, saying alright I am leaving for the gym…. I finally left and hit the gym.  It was a good workout.  Probably one of my better ones this week – I needed that burn.

So basically what I am saying is sometimes you need to take a nap and then get your butt in gear.  It was hard to get there but I am so glad that I did. Often times – especially parents – we don’t take enough time for ourselves.  We run to the ends of the earth for our kids but we won’t even take a power nap to re-charge ourselves.  When you are on a plane and they give the instructions regarding using the oxygen mask – they always say to put yours on first and the reason is that you are no help to anyone if you yourself are not getting any oxygen.  So at home you are not any good to your family if you don’t take care of yourself first.  I know its going to feel selfish; we as humans (most of us) are wired to make sure our people have what they need and then we take care of ourselves with whatever is left over.  Try putting yourself first for a change.  I am not saying ignore your kids or spouse  – I am saying take 5 mins and focus yourself.  Maybe you take a little longer shower than you normally take, maybe you workout for an extra 15 mins, maybe you take a power nap; maybe you mediate or pray for an extra 10 mins.  Whatever it is that you need in this moment – take it and don’t feel guilty about it.  You will feel better, and your family will start to notice a positive change.

Remember you are just as important as your kids or your spouse.  Love yourself the way you love them!

Happy Running!

A Fit Cookie aka Danielle

Fasted Cardio

This morning unable to sleep…. I laid in the bed for quite some time, trying to go back to sleep, trying to just snuggle down as I say.  Sleep just would not come back to me.  I thought about going out for a run, and remembered that these temps require me to get dressed in layers – yeah I know its in the 50s, but I would freeze.  My friend Leslie was probably out running 20 miles this morning, this is her kind of weather; I on the other hand require gloves, long sleeves, long pants and maybe even a jacket to run in these temps…  brrr

Clearly running outside was out of the question.  Also I wasn’t sure if my hubby was going to the gym this morning or later on today.  Finally after at least 30 mins of internal debate – I said screw it and got up, got dressed, grabbed my stuff and headed to the gym.

I got to the gym and it was empty, one other dude was in there. I love having the place all to myself.  I hop on the treadmill and bang out a “quick” 2 miles.  I love doing fasted cardio!  Fasted cardio gives me the best workouts.  As some of you may know, I am terrible at eating enough.  Let me clarify – when I am on point and making good choices I am terrible at eating enough; if I am eating crappy I can definitely eat enough calories – of course those foods are much higher in calories, so its easy to hit a calorie goal.  Any way most days I don’t eat crappy.  I have a hard time hitting 1200 calories on some days.  So I have been working on that and trying to eat more protein.  With all of that said and with that in mind – my husband is always like you are not the one that needs fasted cardio.  Even though in his opinion I don’t need to do fasted cardio – I love it!  I have the best runs when its first thing in the morning and I’ve only had an energy shot.  I crush those runs every single time.  This is true for just the short runs though, long runs don’t work well on fasted cardio because I can only think about food and how hungry I am – ha ha.  Any runs under 5 miles I can do fasted, but more than that and my brain just shuts down.

I’ve only run 3 times this week and none of them have been more 3ish miles.  I feel the need to get in a longer run one of these days soon.  My foot is feeling better,  so its time to start testing it out and seeing exactly what it is ready for.  So one day next week I need to get in at least a 5 mile run.

Alright well I have a jam packed Saturday, football, a birthday party, lots of running around.  I am glad I got to take a few minutes to myself this morning because the rest of my day is packed full…..

Hope you get out and enjoy the day!  Go for a run, go for a walk, have a game of catch with your kids, just enjoy life!

Happy Running!!

A Fit Cookie

I Made It….Kinda

Ok – I promised I would post today to let y’all know that I survived.  I barely survived but I did survive.  I knew it was going to be hard, I just had no idea how hard it was going to be.  Thank goodness that it was dark in there and no one could really see me dying.

Here’s the thing, I have clearly been working out.  Its not as if I’ve been sitting around for the last 2 months eating bon bons (are those even a thing anymore?  Do people really sit around eating them?  Anyway…, focus Danielle focus).  I’ve been putting in work.  I’ve been spinning, I’ve been running, I’ve been lifting, however none of it compared to that workout last night. I love boxing with a passion.  It is by far my favorite exercise.  I like to think that I am kind of a natural.  With that being said the time off really killed me.  I didn’t lose the punches or forget the numbers or anything like that; however my body didn’t want to follow directions.  The warm up was insane, the punch combos were insane, and well lets not even talk about the abs at the end of class..  Ugh…..  I knew the ab section was going to kick my butt because the only time I do abs is when I am at UFC. I hate doing ab work; goodness knows that I need it but I don’t enjoy it at all.

If you have never been to a Glow in the Dark boxing event – I highly recommend that you get to one.  Those events are epic.  There is a DJ spinning, black lights going, the energy is through the roof.  Its crazy how insane those events get.

So yeah it sucked, and yeah I kinda died a little but guess what?  I’ll be back next week. I will be getting my boxing back into my reg rotation; no idea which day I am going to be able to squeeze it into but I am definitely getting it in there.

Side note – check out my sneakers…. how freaking bright were they??  Love it! I pulled those out of the archives just for last night.  I kinda looked like a highlighter… ha ha

Now for today – it really doesn’t look like I am going to get to workout.  I didn’t think I would because of the half day and the fact that I had some things to do this morning that I couldn’t take kids with me, so as per usual once the kids get home my day is over….  UGH…. oh well.  The likelihood of me going back tonight to workout is slim – I just don’t feel like it, after running around for stuff and having to lug the kids with me; I just want to curl up and sleep.  So probably won’t be in the gym tonight or tomorrow.  I will definitely be there on Sunday because I refuse to miss my Sunday run….

Till next time!  Happy Running!

A Fit Cookie

 

 

GID

Dayum Its Been Ages

Ok well to say that I took a summer break from blogging would be an understatement.  I can’t remember the last time I wrote….  hmm guess I could go look but that would be kind of depressing to see how long it really has been.  Listen let’s not dwell on the negative, lets focus on the positive and the positive is that I am back!  Woohoo!!!

Since I last posted I’ve gained some weight, injured my foot, hit 40 consecutive Sundays of running a 5k or more and completed my 3rd half marathon….  I’ve had a busy time!

Let’s talk about the negative 1st – the weight gain.  To be brutally honest, I’ve screwed around, I wasn’t on plan 100%, took way more cheat days then normal, and snacked when I didn’t need to be snacking.  I totally own my screw ups, I own that this is on me.  I made bad choices and enjoyed summer a little too much.  I have joined the Lori Harder Body and Soul group and I am using that as a new starting point for myself.  I am using the workouts and as well as focusing on my eating.  I know that I can do this, I just have to actually do it and not make so many poor choices.  It really is just a matter of choices, and me deciding to make a better choice over a poor choice.

Next up – my freaking foot injury.  I have no idea what I did; I was doing a leg workout and then all of a sudden I had foot pain.  I’ve been seeing an amazing sports chiropractor, and she has been working some kind of miracle on my foot.  The fascia release she has been doing seems to be making the difference and hopefully I will be back to normal in no time.

Now that we’ve covered all the crappy stuff and my poor decision now we can talk about the good stuff. Ok so 40 Sundays in a row I’ve run at least 3 miles or more.  Nike has this #JustDoItSunday with Kevin Hart and I started doing that, figured it would be a good way to keep moving and get some runs in.  So this past Sunday I hit run number 40!!  I am super proud of myself.  Someone on Instagram (go follow me – you know you want to @AFitCookie) pointed out that I only have 12 more to go before I hit the big one! That’s right 12 more runs until I’ve run every Sunday for an ENTIRE year!! Shut the front door…..  My mind is blown.  I’ve got this.  Nike better give me an amazing ebib or something for knocking down this goal….

Ok last up and most significant- I completed my 3rd half marathon!! Go me, go me, go me. This one was a difficult one. I didn’t get to train like I wanted due my foot issue – go read above.  The weight I gained didn’t help – go read above.  Running this half was tiring, and fulfilling.  At mile 11 I almost broke down.  Even though this is the 3rd time I’ve done it – I almost cried because even with physical issues which created mental issues  – I got through. At mile 11 I knew I was almost done, I knew that I had over come and that I had made it.  I have never been more proud of myself – other then when I walked across the stage at my college graduation with a 4 year old sitting in the audience with my husband cheering me on.  I know that there are so many people who complete this race, not only at a faster time but with more issues then me and I am total awe of them, but I am in total awe of myself.  We have 4 boys – 3 of them are younger and super busy, my husband works long hours and can’t always get home to help out at a great time; I work a 40+ hour a week job, plus run my own virtual franchise, and I still managed to get it done.  My husband supported me every step of the way; including talking me off the ledge when I started to spas about my lack of  long runs.  I am so grateful to my hubby and kids for the love and support.  I know that without them I would not be able to have completed this amazing day,

I know this was a much longer post then normal, and I appreciate each of you that have taken the time to read it.  I will be back to posting workouts and funny run thoughts.  Thank you for going through this with me and following my journey!  I am super appreciate to have each of you to “talk to”.  I hope you enjoy talking to me.

Have a great night!  I can’t wait to get back into the rhythm of posting more.