Week 2 Training Recap

Jan
11

This week was cut short due to illness.

Mon – 3 miles on the treadmill. My friends also joined and it was good that we were able to get 3 treadmills next to each other. You know that never happens lol

Tues – began feeling like I was relapsing. Woke up with my left eye slightly shut. Took that as I needed a rest day so I did.

Wed – awoke with my left eye fully sealed shut and used a warm compress to release it. My throat was even more scratchy and it hurt to swallow. So I headed to urgent care

The remainder of the week has had me in bed. Diagnosis was pink eye (probably picked up at gym and I have to be more diligent at wiping down machines and scrubbing my hands etc before touching myself. Also bring a small bag I can out next to treadmill with my towel and not use the area on machine). Pharyngitis explains the very sore throat and oh goody my respiratory infection wasn’t fully cleared.

So another dose of antibiotics, eye drops to clear the pink eye and bed rest. I’m never a good patient but I listened and I haven’t done anything. Literally bed to kitchen or bathroom and back in bed. Quarantined to my bedroom and not being able to play with princess J has sucked. She opens my bedroom door and stands at the door and says hello. She asks if I’m still sick and when I say yes she says ok feel better closes the door and heads back to playing. I miss my morning snuggles with her. That all changed today. She came in my room and technically it was ok. She climbed in bed and snuggled with me. I kissed her forehead and she says I miss you Mommy. I’m glad you are better. I love you. Man listen it took everything in me to not break down into the most emotional cry ever lol.

Today I will prepare myself to return to work tomorrow. This week is all about getting back into the groove and NOT doing too much. I’m not cleared to exercise again until Jan 19th. At first I was upset like wait my training but then I realized training plans can be adjusted. I will be OK.

My devotionals over the last 4 days have all been directed at me learning to say NO, finding my center and refocusing on my overall health. It was so crazy that I got a little paranoid but it all became clear when I had a conversation with Lil Debbie and I thought whoa OK God I hear you and I’m listening and taking the action you are prescribing.

My theme for the year is Rebrand & Rebuild and demolition has begun. I may need multiple hard hats. Just hope they come in fashionable colors.

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Sick & Shut In

Jan
08

I feel like a toddler lol. I’ve been battling a respiratory infection since just before Christmas. Felt better and finished all my meds to only relapse just as the new year began. Yeah a couple days ago.

Figured oh I’m ok and welp WOMAN down as I headed to urgent care yesterday to only be told that I have Pink Eye, Pharyngitis & Respiratory Infection.

My face when the doctor said that sigh like really I can’t catch a damn break!! Then as I sat down and began to think I realized this could be a sign for me to take it easy because you know life has been hella stressful these last few mos.

So I will be focusing on my nutrition for the next 2 weeks while my exercise ban is on and count the days till its lifted lol. I will be doing the #noexcuses #sweatpink challenge so that will keep me busy lol. The one thing I will do daily is stretch/yoga poses for 15 minutes. Why because these old lady hips need to stay open if I’m going to be able to continue running and no injuries. So I’m able to teach my classes without pain. It’s something about that 40 something body of mine that isn’t just snapping back like it used to.

The best news I’ve received in a long time one of my good friends was inspired to sign up for her first half marathon. We will be running it together in May and I can’t wait!

So let me get to meal planning so I can send Mister to the grocery store.

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2015 Fitness Goals

Jan
05

Well Nellie at Brooklyn Active Mama inspired me to share my Fitness Goals.  I won’t share all of them.. some of them I’m keeping to myself.. BUT some of my running goals are very similar to hers!!! LOL

  1. Gym Membership – I joined LA Fitness so that I could workout with my friends and also have more accountability.  Yes I have a gym at work but when the day gets ahead of me.. I NEVER make it there.  I have 3 locations in a 7 mile radius from my home.  I have no excuse and the fact they open at 5am and close at 11pm yeah I can get it done and stay on target with my goals
  2. Run NYC Half Marathon – I’m already in.. lottery gawds were in my favor!!! 3/15/15 it’s going DOWN!!!
  3. Complete my recertification for Personal Training
  4. Run NYC Full Marathon – I will enter the lottery.  If the lottery gawds are in my favor again then I will be joining the masses on 11/1/15… If not, I will enter via a charity bib.. I will be a member of the 2015 class of first time marathoners.
  5. Lose weight – I have a number that my doctor will be happy with and I have a number that I will be happy with lol.. but the goal is to lose weight and be comfortable in my own skin again.  Bye Bye negative body image thoughts.

So those are my top 5.. of my 8 Fitness Goals.

Welcome to the Ride..

 

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Week 1 Training Recap

Jan
04

I am in training for the NYC Half Marathon on March 15th. I will be honest.. I threw my name in the lottery with no intentions of getting in.. but said hey if I did I would train 100% for it.  When I got in.. I was beyond excited.. I get to go home and run in my city.  In all my years of running again as an adult, I’ve NEVER run a race in my hometown until now.. So I created my training plan, reached out to my coach and she tweaked it a bit and I’m ready to go.

Week of Dec 29th

Mon – Run 3 miles – ran 3.16 miles in 41 mins.  My training partner also got into the race so we are trying to do as many training runs as we can together to hold each other accountable.  2:1 intervals and lots of stretching when I got home

Tues – Rest/Cross Training – I just did a lot of stretching and errands for the house. as it was just before NYE

Wed – Run 5 miles – My long run is scheduled for Wednesdays.  With my schedule this just made better sense.  I ran 5 miles in 1 hour and 6 mins.  2:1 intervals and with no pain.  Stretched and smiled knowing I am still on plan

Thurs – Rest Day – Welp it was supposed to be a rest day but it was Jan 1st.. and I teach every year.. so it was an Active Rest day :)

Fri – Run 3 miles – hit the treadmill.  Joined LA Fitness so I could have access to equipment in the cold.  I tried to run outside and it was pretty cold and feels like my cold was coming back.. took it inside.

Sat – Run 4 miles & Teach – Taught my class then headed to track meet to see Bruce Leroy & his teammates.  With my scheduling conflicts it was in the best interest I step down and just support as Team Mom… kind of weird but I know it’s for the best. No run.. head cold is taking me out.

Sun – Teach Strength45 – back in the saddle teaching my strength training class.  Waking up new muscles well not really new but ones I haven’t used in a while LOL great class to set the tone for the year.

I had a great first week of training  despite dealing with this cold and I’m looking forward to this week.  Nutrition has been ok as I’m on the mend from being sick.  Some days it’s just easier to eat soup & drink tea all day LOL

Week 1 is in the books and Week 2 is on deck.. LET’S GO!

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Changes

Jan
02

The last quarter of 2014 was a bit challenging for me.  I was NOT happy with a lot of things and I let them consume me.  I had a major surgical procedure that I was able to bounce back from easily and my doctors credit it all to my fitness level.  So many downs but I made sure to focus on the ups which helped me get thru without jumping off a bridge so to speak.

Princess J got sick..picked up a bug from school as Toddlers do but this time it wouldn’t go away.  No matter what soon as she got better, she went back to school and within 2 days a relapse.. which then got passed around our home like a hot potato lol Everyone is better and I’m finally on the mend.

Lil Debbie came home for Christmas.  That was one of the best surprises I had and truly helped to turn my foul mood upside down.  Having all of my loved ones under one roof just made it all better for me and my days of reflection sparked the change in my mood.

Normally with my time off I tend to do a lot of ripping and running.  This time I chose to stay low key. Focused on family and myself for once.  It was the BEST thing I could have done.  Not only have relationships been restored and strengthen, new ones were developed and I fell in love with ME again.

yes I fell in love with myself again.  We lose ourselves so easily as we become parents and significant others that we tend to forget that love starts within first.  In the last few days I’ve reflected on this.  A lot of the “issues” with Mister could have been avoided…a lot of the “drama” with Lil Debbie could have been avoided.. a lot of the “bumping heads” with Mama BK could have been avoided IF I HAD JUST BEEN HAPPY WITH MYSELF.  We all love, parent, and see things very differently.. and there is NO RIGHT way. nope.. and because I choose to do it one way doesn’t make it better than someone else’s way. Hard pill to swallow but since washing it down with water…things have been better.. and I am happier.

Looking at old pictures made me sad.. I saw how I “lost” myself.  Yes I’m fit, I can run a half marathon, I can teach a kick ass class, I can go toe to toe with the best of them.. but I am NOT happy with who I see looking back at me in the mirror.  I’ve been that way for some time now but I never committed to change that.  I always put up the armor love me as I am.. but how can I expect others to when I don’t???? then it all sunk in…

Change comes from within.. and over the last couple of weeks between hacking up a lung and blowing my brains out *uncontrollable runny nose* I began working and implementing my plan. Smiling from the inside out.. no more faking it till I make it.. It’s ok to NOT BE ON all the time.. It’s ok to say NO…and it’s ok if some people don’t make the cut..

I got into the NYC Half Marathon and I’ll be sharing my training journey through here, twitter and Instagram.  When you have the full support of your family, training is so much easier.. this is the first time that has happened for me and I know great things are on the horizon.

Learning to be “SELFISH” is hard.. but a necessary evil.. I invite you to my journey as I reclaim myself.  My personal theme for 2015 is REBRAND & REBUILD..

 

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Welcome 2015

Jan
01

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Wordless Wednesday

Dec
17

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WIN Detergent Giveaway Winner

Dec
06

Organized Noise!!! Thanks for the entries

I will be reaching out via email for your contact info.

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Richmond Half Marathon Race Recap – Wordless Wednesday Edition

Dec
03

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WIN Detergent Review & Giveaway

Dec
02

DISCLAIMER: I received two full sized bottles of WIN Detergent to review.  The opinions in this post are all my own.

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I tried the Green bottle first as it is fragrance & dye free and made for sensitive skin & noses.  I gathered all of our workout clothing from the week (Mister, Bruce Leroy & my stuff) and gave it a try.  Our clothes smelled awful before the wash.  Think teenage boy sweat & man sweat combined with my sweat and it marinated for a week.. YEAH.. but the tag line is “Sweat Hard, Stay Fresh” so I had to put it to the test.

AND IT WON.  I was pretty damn impressed!!! So impressed that I used it on the Cross Country Team Uniforms next.. so not only sweaty teenage boys but add in some dirt & mud. LOL  SCORE!!! It won again!!!

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As I read more about the brand, it mentioned getting the smell out of other clothing not just workout clothing.  So I gave it a try on a few of my delicate work blouses you know the ones that still smell like perfume even after you sent them to the cleaners and washed them???? Yeah those… so I tried it on two of them.. and it worked.. well let me say it lessened the smell.. after the first wash.. I rewashed them again and after the 3rd time.. it was gone.  I was truly impressed.

The biggest test was on Mister’s fleece jacket.  He likes to indulge in a good cigar from time to time and the smell gets trapped in his favorite fleece jacket.  He gave me the side eye when I told him I was going to wash it… Like with my work blouses.. it took more than one wash to remove the smell all together but I’M SOLD on WIN Detergent.

The good folks at WIN Detergent have provided me with 2 bottles to giveaway to my readers.  You can enter below…Winner will be announced on Friday, December 5th!

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If you don’t want to wait for the raffle, you can use the code WINGIVE1 and you will get $1 off each bottle.  You can purchase your bottles directly here.

You can follow WIN for more info!

Have you tried WIN before? Would you be willing to give it a try? Get at me in the comments!

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