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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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

 

Fell off the Wagon

Yeah – ok so I fell off the wagon and then it rolled over me…. but that’s ok.  Now don’t get your panties in a bunch – I didn’t fall off the weight loss or workout wagon but I did fall off the blogging wagon.  So here I am again, working on being more consistent.  This seems to be a running theme in my life.  Let me catch you up on all things Danielle.

About 2 weeks ago my dad had a stroke.  He lives by himself, but when he went downstairs his door man noticed he was behaving oddly; 911 was called and he is on the mend.  There is a lot more to this story but no one wants the unsettling details – instead I am going to stick his miraculous recovery! We thank God every day for his amazing recovery.  I will say that my dad is no star patient….  He’s head strong, opinionated, bossy, and stubborn – guess that’s where I get it from…. In any event he is home and doing awesome.  The best thing that came out of this was the fact that me and all of my sisters were together in one place, at one time!  We haven’t all been in the same place at the same time in years.  Wish it was different circumstances but I am so grateful for them and for us pulling together when it mattered.

My eating has been ok….  could be a lot better.  I did finally commit to making some weight loss goals and making them public.  Yeah I know shocker.  I am committed to losing 6 lbs by Thanksgiving.  I know that’s not a lot but I don’t want to set myself up for failure; so I made a smaller more attainable goal.

My fitness/workouts have been on point.  My biggest issue is that I don’t have enough time during the day to workout the way I want to.  I want to run, lift, box, etc. and there just isn’t enough time to do all of that.  What ends up happening is that I will pick something and focus on that but then something else slips – so right now I haven’t really been running, but I’ve been hitting up my home gym (UFC) and getting in boxing and kickboxing. I need to get in more runs because I need to hit my mileage goals and right now they seem so far away….  I also need to get back to lifting.  When I am lifting consistently the weight just falls off.  I tend to carry a little more muscle and that really helps my weight loss efforts; however I hate weight lifting…. I find it so boring.  As my son always says – suck it up buttercup….  If I want to hit my goals I have to get comfortable being uncomfortable…. this applies to so many areas of my life.

After missing so much time from boxing and kickboxing – I am starting to feel like myself again, I am starting to get back into the groove and not feel like I am dying…. well at least not as quickly anyway.  If you have never taken a boxing or a kickboxing class where you get your hands wrapped and you get to hit a heavy bag – I say go run and find one now!  This isn’t your cardio kickboxing class from back in the day – no this is pretty close to the real deal and I love it.

I posted my workouts for this week at the end of the post….  as you can see it was cardio heavy….

If you follow me over on FB I am doing a FB live to give away a sold out limited edition canister of shake mix.  I will pick a name; not sure how I am going to do it yet but pop over and check it out.   This flavor sold out in 24 hours…. so yeah its a good one.

Ok well over the course of this next week – I commit to blogging more, posting my workouts when I do blog, and completing 2 FB lives.  I hope you will check them out!

In the meantime – go get in a workout!

Danielle

aka A Fit Cookie

 

Workouts Week of 10/29

Sunday – 3.6 mile run (Just Do It Sunday)

Monday – 1.1 mile run; 15 min heavy bag work; 50 mins boxing

Tuesday – 1.11 mile run; 35 min RPM

Wednesday –  50 mins kickboxing

Thursday – 50 mins kickboxing

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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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

Back Again

Ok – I am not saying this is going to be an every day occurrence but here I am – 2 days in a row!  Woohoo…  I’ll try my best to keep the momentum going, and keep posting.

So today is the 1st day I’ve run since my half marathon last Sunday.  I had to run because I couldn’t break my #JustDoItSunday streak with Nike.  So today marked 41 Sundays in a row that I have run at least 3.1 miles – most Sundays it has been more than that.

Hard to believe that in just another 11 Sundays I will have run EVERY SINGLE SUNDAY for an ENTIRE year!!!  Yes I typed that in caps because I am screaming!!  This is huge! This is major!  This is AHHMazBalls!!

Let’s get to the nitty gritty – how did my foot/heel/ankle/ brokenness hold up – well let’s just say I was more than a minute per mile faster than my previous indoor run!  Say what??  Umm yeah  – a whole minute faster.  So I guess its fair to say that my brokenness held up just fine….  I think taking a week off from running probably really helped; I’ve only been spinning, lifting and boxing over this last week.  That full week off from running probably gave my injury a much needed rest.

I only ran 3.68 – originally I was going to shoot for 9.3 – I know that’s a weird number; but I am a part of a team for running 2017 miles in 2017 and my girl asked me to get 9.29 miles today to bring us to 1800 miles for the year.  As much as I wanted to do that and knock it out of the park – I also didn’t want to push it and have a set back.  So even though in my heart I wanted to keep running, I pulled myself back and finished happily with only completing 3.68 miles.

Ok so here is my plan for the week.  Oh wait before I get to that – I would like to point out that I dropped 1.7lbs this week!  Another woohoo for me!!  I’ll keep plugging along.  In another few weeks or so I will get my visceral fat checked again.  I really need to get a scale at home for checking it.  Do any of you have the Omiron scale that checks visceral fat?  If so drop me a line about what you think about it.  I would love some inside info on it before buying or asking my husband to buy it for me.

Ok now back to my workouts for the week.  I am a part of the #LoriHarderTribe  – so I’ve been trying to follow her September workout calendar; I’ve also been mixing in Katie Hill workouts; both are killer and have had me so sore – but in a good way.  Anyway – I digress – here is my plan for this week:

Monday – run 3-5 miles (we’ll see how I am feeling); Lori Harder workout 2

Tuesday – boxing at UFC

Wednesday – RPM; Lori Harder workout 3

Thursday – MaTRX (combo kickboxing & TRX class) at UFC

Friday – Run 3-5 miles; Lori Harder workout 3

Saturday – Rest

Sunday – #JustDoItSunday 5k

Ok there is my plan….. help me stick to it!  Check up on me!  Call me out!

I’ll be back to post again and keep y’all update –  I know you will be waiting with bated breath – I promise not to disappoint.  In the mean time while you are waiting on my next post – go out and move something!  Go for a run or a walk, enjoy the last days of summer that we are having here in the north east.

Happy Running!~

A Fit Cookie aka Danielle

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.