Tuesday, August 20, 2013

What I hate about the end of summer...

I hate that it is no longer light out late. I must not have noticed last week on vacation, but man, it seems to get dark out early. This didn't used to bother me, but now, I am irked. This week for boot camp I noticed there was more running. As a runner by choice, I am ecstatic. However, my work schedule and the earth's inability to stay light late is making me upset. I know that in 2 weeks my world will be a little better bc my work schedule is changing (7-3:30 as opposed to 9-7:30) in the meantime that means I have to break my bootcamp into 2 sessions, the videos in the am and then then running at night after work. Again, I don't really mind, except that means I HAVE to get up early to get it done which then means I HAVE to go to bed early in order to get up early. Guess that means I will be drinking coffee or tea or whatever is healthier. Trust me, I am not complaining bc I will now be able to do stuff after work, I am just reminding myself of the latter when I complain about getting up at 4 am to get half my workout done. 
Ah well. Today I was supposed to do arms (x2) a cardio circuit (x3) and then a 20 minute run. I got out of work late (as usual) and then the sky went black, so I knew a run wasn't going to happen. So, I did arms x2 and the cardio circuit x6. It's kinda funny actually. I just got finished texting Amanda about how the circuit went. I think the circuit was like 4 maybe 5 minutes and when I saw it I was like, yeah I got this. DON'T ever underestimate the power of a 4 minute cardio circuit. I didn't think sweat was that possible. But, I did what I could and I will probably be sore tomorrow. I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Boot Camp Week 1

I am going to put it out there. All of me. 100% honest and true. Today, started the next session of boot camp. With that entails the measuring and weighing and all of that. For the sake of boring you, I have attached those stats for me and you. Let's see where those changes lead in 6 more weeks.
Here's to a wonderful round of boot camp sessions and to Amanda killing me because she "loves me."

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Boot Camp

The last 6 weeks I have been doing an at home bootcamp by the amazing Amanda over at Fit Pregnancy and Parenting . I think I have tried every imagine able way to cross train, and being a working mom, getting out to the gym isn't always an option. Then, I found her. I have done my fair share of personal training in gyms, but there is something about Amanda that makes me keep coming back for more. Maybe it is her beauty, or the guest appearances by her children or the fact that her husband in on the World Wide Web in an entire spandex outfit. Whatever the reason, I do my best to make sure that I get my workout in. I actually feel bad when I don't get it in. In the last 6 weeks I have pushed myself harder in the crosstraining than I have before. I also learned that I need to get my workout done in the mining or t won't get done. Don't believe me, ask my family. I got up early on vacation almost every day to get my workout in before everyone woke up so that I wouldn't have to miss something on vacation. Did I always want too, no. Sometimes I did want to sleep in, but I always felt better after a bootcamp session.

Tomorrow starts the next 6 week bootcamp session. I plan to push myself harder this time than the last 6 weeks, but I am also going to try harder on the nutrition side. 
Did I lose weight or inches? I actually don't have data to tell you either way. I am sure that somewhere in this session I will be directed to take measurements. I am also going to try to not focus on the scale, although to keep it real, I will weigh myself tomorrow and then again in 6 weeks. I will try to post at least weekly with a summary of what I liked and didn't like about boot camp, a well as include a summary of time in boot and total calories spent. Why? It will probably only be to my benefit, but it will help me keep track of how hard I work in crosstraining. If you want to see daily reports (in case I don't get to post them here) make sure to find me on Instagram screen name newbieparunner.

So, if you are ready to try personal training in the comfort of your home, go pay Amanda's website a visit. Not only is she a great trainer, but her prices are reasonable and she has flexible payment options. What do you have to lose, but a few pounds?!?

Since I am blogging from my phone, I didn't know how to hyperlink her website, so I wrote it here: http://fitpregnancyandparenting.com/

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

Needless to say, I haven't blogged in a while. A long while. It doesn't mean that I haven't been doing things or that I haven't wanted to scream things off the mountain tops, it just means I haven't had a lot of time to blog. It's a new month, well wait, August is almost over. Anyway, life is changing for me and all in all I want to try to catch you up, a little. 
For the last 6 weeks, I have been partaking in a very challenging boot camp. I don't think I have ever been this into something outside of running for a LONG time. Yes, I tried CrossFit, but that is too expensive for me and I felt frustrated all.the.time. But with this, it's me against me. I live by my heart rate monitor and strive for more calorie burn than last time. I make it my obsession to have that me time, even if it means I have to get up super early to get it done. At least it is something I can do at home without interfering with home life. I feel like I worked hard this 6 weeks, but with the next 6 weeks starting Monday, I really wanna bring it up another level and really focus in the workouts and eating cleaner. 

Outside of that. As of Sept 1, my work schedule changes and instead of working 10 hours I will be working 8 hours which means more quality time with my daughter and hopefully more blogging time and more running with friends, I miss that! 
I am a little nervous to see how boot camp is affecting my running, I think I have a little over 3 weeks until my first half marathon and then I have 2 more in consecutive months. This will be my hardest challenge yet. If you know me, and I am assuming you do otherwise I don't think you would be reading this, I love a good challenge. I am not looking to break any records with the half marathons, just push my body to see how it does with the constant mileage and if it does it well, then next year I will be running my First Full Marathon. Yes, you read that right. A full. Well, that also depends on if I can get into one in Chicago, if not, I may try a tri next year and save my full for Chicago another year. But, let's not put the cart before the horse.
Hopefully all my readers haven't left me, and I hope that I will gain some of you back. 
Here's to training mean, eating clean as accomplishing goals no matter how big or small!