Wednesday Recap

Well today did not go as planned; actually Tuesday didn’t go as planned either. Tuesday my plan was to run 5 miles and then do the Lori Harder workout 1 for the month of November.  Instead what happened was I ran 2.5 miles and did the LH WO1.  I was busy with work, and crap.

Today – the plan was to run 4 miles and go to kickboxing.  Well I only had time for my run.  My son’s wrestling schedule got changed and my husband had a meeting, which kinda screwed everything up. I am glad I got to run though.

Tomorrow I need to run 5 miles, and hopefully I get to boxing too – we will see though.

Today I was also supposed to cleanse ….yeah that went like the rest of my day.  I can’t seem to get through one.  I haven’t completed a full cleanse day in some time.  Ugh…. its so frustrating.  I am so stressed most days; I am doing great and then the stress level goes way up and my cleanse goes out the window.  I don’t know how to get through, over, around the stress.  Most of it is caused by my kids and some from work – 2 things that aren’t going anywhere.  So….. I need to figure out how to deal.  Cleanse days are so important – not just for my weight loss and ridding my body of visceral fat but its important because it is a reset button for your body.  We are exposed to so many toxins every day; from the food we ingest, to the water we drink, even in the shower!! So yeah cleanse days are kinda a big deal…  So…. I need to get out of my way; which is pretty much my issue with everything that holds me back.  There is never a situation or a person that stops me – its always me.  I do know this about myself; so I am working on it.

Ok – so tomorrow I am going to cleanse again, and I am going to make it through the day.  My hubby will be here to help with the nightmare of getting the evening stuff done – so I know that I can be successful tomorrow.  I can’t wait to come back and write about the insane amount of energy that I have and the mental clarity that I have.  I can’t wait to share it with you all!

Happy Cleansing aka Intermittent Fasting!!

Danielle aka A Fit Cookie

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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

 

Sunday Funday

Well – today is Sunday Funday or as I like to call it – Sunday RUNday!  I have been running every Sunday for the last 47 consecutive Sundays.  Yup you read that correctly; today marks the 47th Sunday that I have run a 5k or more.  Most times it was more.  Today I ran 4.51 miles.  I cannot believe that I am almost at the 1 year mark. Crazy how time flies.

If you’ve been following me; then you know that I did something to my foot back in August/late July and had to take some time away from boxing and kickboxing to make sure I could complete my half marathon.  Well I was talking to a friend today and I was saying – my foot is still really bad and I am falling behind in my running miles.  I need to hit my goal of 1100 miles and I am only at 885 or so.  My friend said to me – well what happens if you don’t hit 1100 miles by 12/31? That gave me pause… what would happen if I didn’t hit 1100 miles?  It was a self imposed goal…  the world isn’t going to blow up if I don’t hit it…  maybe I could stop and smell the roses and not worry about the goal….  Bask in the fact that I have already run almost 900 miles…. There’s a thought.

I know exactly what my friend was trying to make me see.  Nothing bad is going to happen if I don’t hit this goal.  But let’s be honest I have had many goals that I set out to achieve and then not hit, and said oh well – the world isn’t going to end if I don’t hit this goal.  While this thought process makes sense for many – it doesn’t work for me.  Once I start letting goals fall by the wayside – its so easy to get side tracked.  Its so easy to say well no one is going to die if I don’t make it.  And then I am at the beginning of my journey again, saying ok well I am going to do it this time.  I am tired of restarting the journey – so yeah even though no one is going to die if I don’t hit my 1100 miles – a little piece of myself will.  I don’t want any little pieces of me to die – I kinda like me….  I mean I am hella funny and whatnot.

So with that said – I will be pushing through to hit 1100 miles by 12/31. I am my biggest obstacle and I have to learn to get out of my own way and my own head.  Let’s finish out 2017 strong!!

Oh yeah – I’ll post workouts for the week tomorrow.

Happy Running

Danielle

aka A Fit Cookie

 

Busy, Busy, Busy

Hello and happy Monday!!  Or maybe not happy Monday – all depends on your current view.  My Mondays are always happy!  Even if they are dreary and rainy.  So let me catch you up on my workouts and my weekend.

Thursday….  football practice; however I did mange to get in a 5 mile run!  Woohoo… that was my longest run since my half marathon. I also cleansed on Thursday – same thing as Intermittent Fasting.  Pretty awesome for your body.  Studies have shown that you can achieve great fat loss by following an intermittent fasting schedule; if you want to know about my schedule, I would love to share it with you.

Friday – I was in a total time crunch, only got in 30 mins of RPM, however I did burn over 300 calories in that 30 mins!  Friday night was the high school football game, fun times….

Saturday – I was on my own, as my hubby had to take one kid to a wrestling tournament that was about 90 mins away.  So I was left with the younger 2 and having to get to 2 football games, and squeeze in a workout. Luckily both boys were on the same field and the games were back to back.  However I was standing from 10 am until 4 pm….  my foot was killing me.  I also got up at 6 to get to the gym, so I could get my workout in before Paul got on the road. This time I burned 361 calories doing 30 mins of RPM.  Man I love me some RPM.  When I am pressed for time, its the best workout for me to get a serious calorie burn.

Sunday – again on my own for the day.  The boy and the hubby had to head back for more wrestling.  This time I had to hit the gym at 430 am in order to get my workout in because they needed to be on the road by 630…. ugh.  Yeah getting up at 4 am to be at the gym by 430 kicked my butt…..  I was exhausted and cranky all day.  I did keep my #JustDoItSunday run streak alive.  Which I have to say on Saturday night when I realized how late my husband was going to get back on Sunday and how early he had to leave,  I almost had a complete and total melt down.  The thought of breaking my run streak had me in a complete and total tizzy….  like ready to cry.  Yeah I get that OCD about things.  To run 42 consecutive Sundays, the thought of breaking that before I hit 52, was more than I could handle; so I went to bed and decided I was getting up at 4 to avoid breaking it.  Its a little crazy, and a lot dedication.  I am dedicated to hitting that goal, its one of many that I have.

Monday (today)  – 6 mile run, and 30 mins of RPM!  Woohoo….

For the rest of the week I haven’t really planned out my workouts yet.  I will at some point tonight.  I like to sit down with my dollar store calendar and write out my workout plan.  I usually do it at the beginning of the month.  Right now I have a skeleton schedule laid out, I need to fill in the details.  I’ll post a pic of it once its done.  I also set meetings with myself to make sure I get to the gym, or if its at a time that could impact my husband I set a meeting with him, so he knows I have gym plans.

I want to touch on 2 things….

  1. I am really good at setting workout goals and crushing them.  I am good at setting workout goals and doing everything in my power to make sure I achieve them.  I suck at setting weight loss goals.  I won’t set a number of pounds to lose every month, I don’t set any goals related to my weight loss journey.  I was pondering this and wondering if this is one of the reasons why my success rate hasn’t been the best.  Don’t get me wrong, I am losing weight and inches and body fat but it is slow going.  Am I self sabotaging by not setting hard line goals that I am obsessed with hitting? Is it easier with workout goals because I LOVE working out?  So even though it does take effort to hit my goals its not the same as setting a big scary goal.  Hmm….  thinking I need to set some big scary goals and get out of my comfort zone.
  2. Next I wanted to talk about my lifestyle changes.  I have joined with an amazing health and wellness company and I am bound and determined to share not only the products with everyone but I am determined to get to my goal.  I love the way I feel, and I just felt like I needed to share with everyone.  If you are tired of being sick & tired you are not alone.  Together we can set some big scary goals and crush them!

 

Lets be GOAL CRUSHERS this week!!  Lets do this!!!

Happy Running

Danielle aka 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