Tuesday, January 7, 2014

I am Back and Ready to Fight!

This post is not as hard to write as it was to face the music and be honest with myself.

In 2012 I ran two marathons - I also gained almost 30 pounds over the 18 month training process and few months after the last marathon.  I was embarrassed that I could train harder than I have ever trained in my life and still put on weight.  I of course used the "gaining weight when training for a marathon is perfectly normal, it's not a weight loss solution" excuse whenever I had to deal with the situation.  But the simple truth is - I let that rationale take over.  For example, I just ran a 15 mile training run - you want to have tacos, chips and froyo for lunch - heck yeah - I burned 1500 calories this morning - I can do that!  Well, the truth is I had no business eating the amount of calories I was eating - running lots of miles or not.  The main reason was that I wasn't eating the right stuff - I was eating crap.  And I knew it.

After the marathon season was over - I was kind of depressed.  I missed the training and the natural high I got from accomplishing this huge goal I had for myself.  So I went back to my old habits and fed my feelings and emotions instead of just dealing with them.  I worked out but not enough to combat the amount of crappy calories I was eating.

In March of 2013 I found my way to Altman Fitness for boot camp.  I had a groupon and I went every day possible for a month.  I fell in love - with the workout, the trainers, the people.  I have written about the love I have for boot camp and Altman Fitness.  That has not changed over the last year.  I still go as many days of the week I can muster and look forward to seeing my friends and trainers.

In December, I joined the 28 Day Fat Loss Program that Altman runs.  The focus of the program is to clean up your eating and lose as much fat as possible in 28 days.  It is a pretty daunting program - no sugar, no salt, no caffeine, no dairy, no fruit, no processed foods.  Lean protein, fresh vegetables, limited starchy carbs and limited healthy fats.  I had already been sugar and caffeine free for almost two months before starting so those two things weren't that terrible to deal with.  Unless you consider the time of year I was doing the program - smack dab in the middle of the holidays!  Temptation at every turn - holiday parties, candy and cookies.

I navigated the 28 days pretty well.  I only had a couple times when I "screwed up" - but overall I was on point.  My final results were 11 pounds lost and 11.5 inches gone from my body!  For good!

The big difference with my weight loss this time is my mindset.  My friend/trainer Jen at Altman is big in to mindset and I really feed off of her excitement.  I really feel like this time around I am losing weight in a more efficient way for my body.  The first time around I ate a lot of packaged meals, 100 calorie packs, sugar, caffeine, dairy, etc.  It was effective for my personal weight loss - but not for permanent fat loss.  It was a means of reducing my calorie intake but not so good for the quality of food I was eating.  Now, don't get me wrong - it was what I needed and what I was ready for at the time and I don't regret any of that.  I just know a little more now and am more comfortable with my body and what it needs to fuel my life and my workouts.
Starting yesterday I have joined another program at Altman - the 6 week Body Transformation.  It is similar to the 28 day but not quite as strict on the meal plan as the 28 day.  We are split in to two teams - 15/16 people on each team.  There is a very friendly rivalry happening already - and it's going to be a great time!  There is a great prize at stake for the individual fat loss winner - I am determined that it be me!  I have about 15-20 pounds to lose to get me back to where I would like to be and to where I want to be for my body fat percentage.  I am confident that with discipline and focus I can get those pounds off and be at the weight and BF I desire.

I continue to go to Boot Camp 3-4 days a week.  I am continuing to be caffeine free, sugar free, dairy free, and eating lots of lean protein, veggies, limited fruit, and some starchy carbs, and healthy fats.

My mind is clear and I am ready to kick butt!  I am going to attempt to update once a week while doing this challenge. I honestly didn't keep track during the 28 day because I was afraid I was going to suck!  Turns out I can stick to something when I am in the proper mind set and ready to do the work!

Be Happy and Healthy Friends!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

60 Days in a Nutshell

Last Post 6/26/2013

Today is 8/20/2013

Lots has happened.

  • My Baby Girl turned 4. 
  • Had a great 4th of July with wonderful friends. 
  • Took the girls to see Despicable Me 2 in the theater. 
  • Have stayed soda free since beginning of June. 
  • Husband took a weekend to golf with his friends, mom and girls stayed home and had a great weekend. Spectated at Lifetime Triathlon, went swimming and had quality girl time. 
  • Registered for the Twin Cities 10 Mile lottery and GOT IN! 
  • Went to Fogo De Chao for the first time for my birthday dinner with wonderful friends. 
  • Took an entire 7 days off from work. 
  • Celebrated my birthday over a couple of days - spent an entire day with my best friend having cocktails for lunch and walking the lake. 
  • Took a tour of Target Field on my birthday with my daughter - afterward went to a super fun pool party with some lady friends and then had dinner with most of my wonderful family. Fantastic day. 
  • Had over 100 people wish me a Happy Birthday on Facebook - I didn't even know I knew that many people - loved and appreciated every single message! 
  • Took a spill in early August and used my face to catch myself on our front door. 
  • Left two days later - with a mighty fine shiner - for Boston and Philly to visit some customers. 
  • Spent four days telling people how I fell and smashed my face - my eye turned all kinds of dark purple and green while I was in Boston/Philly. 
  • Attended my 20 year high school reunion (still with a black eye) - got to see and talk to some people I haven't seen in a really long time. It was wonderful and weird all at the same time. It was like no time had passed and also like 20 years had passed all at the same time. 
  • I went to boot camp over 30 times in the last 60 days.
  • So, that is what has been going on. I need to get on the stick and drop some more weight. I am working out consistently - now I am working on getting my eating to be more consistent. I have cut the majority of the processed foods I was eating previously. I have drastically cut the amount of grains and dairy I consume as well. Now, I just need to keep the changes consistent. It's so much harder than it appears. 10K race on Aug 31st - have barely run - but will still rock it. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Oh how I love thee..

I am in love.

With Boot Camp.

Seriously, love it.

Can hardly get enough.

I try to go 5 days a week because I love it. The best part, I love the people that are at boot camp too. We are all there to challenge ourselves and it’s just so much fun. I don’t miss running; hardly ever actually think about running. And you know what; my hips thank me for that. I am going to start running again soon – I have a 10K in August to get ready for. I am going to run the Women Rock 10K with my best friend Melissa.

I really wish that every person I know could come to boot camp with me at least once so they could experience the awesomeness that is boot camp. There are a lot of places out there that offer boot camp and I will say I am pretty confident I have found one of the best ones. Kelly and Jay, the owners of Altman Fitness, are the real deal. They care about their boot campers and treat them like family. Last night some of us got together for some outside of class socializing – it was so great. There are some folks that have been going to Altman for a long time and the connection they all have is so amazing. I can’t wait until I have been there a little longer and develop those kinds of relationships. I have a couple of friends already that I clicked with from the beginning and love to get to know them even better!

I think I am at a place on my healthiness journey where things are clicking again. After the marathons last year I felt really lost. I had accomplished things that I never thought possible but in the meantime lost so much ground on my weight loss. I have started losing again – with the help of boot camp and some diet changes. I am not “dieting” but learning to navigate through eating more whole foods, less carbs (bread, pasta, grains, etc) and sugar.

Most importantly I feel good about where I am at and where I am headed. I am not satisfied, but that is what keeps me motivated. My first goal is to get back to where I was last year at this time. I am trying not to focus solely on the scale, but for now, that is how I am measuring the bulk of my progress. I feel fit, I am able to do a lot of things in boot camp that I don’t think I could have done a year ago.

Bottom line…

I am back…

Determined, focused, ready to fight!

Be Happy and Healthy Friends!