First Steps to 1000 miles

One week into the new year, and as committed to on my Facebook page, I am writing one blog post a week to share my fitness journey, which will include tracking one of my goals of running 1000 miles in 2017.

1/1-1/8/17 Recap

Sunday 1/1- Happy New Year! My first workout of the year was a Core De Force workout. These workouts are still a fun way to challenge my coordination and feel like a fighter!

My first run of 2017 was on Monday January 2nd. I decided to change up my ‘usual’ route and headed for some hills. My first mile was a steady incline for 330 feet. It was slow and steady but I wasn’t going for speed rather the challenge. During this run I thought a lot about how I made what seems like an ambitious goals with aiming for 1000 miles. But we only grow from our challenges, so I reminded myself that just like running up a hill, I will get to those 1000 miles 1 step at a time.

Tuesday January 3rd, my first day back to work in 10 days! Ugh, I had a really hard time getting up! So I only did about 20 minutes of Insanity Asylum Strength workout. It was better than nothing. I intended to finish the rest of it when I got home from work, but got home late, so that didn’t happen.

Wednesday January 4th I did the “Grab bag:Power” workout by Joel Freeman through Beachbody on Demand. I didn’t have a sandbag so I just used weights. I really liked it though, it was 35 minutes of circuit training.

Thursday January 5th I had an extra hour of time in the morning so I went for a run even though it was 20 degrees out. I was surprised when I started running that I was running an 8:15 pace (my “normal” pace is closer to 8:50-9:00). I have no idea where that pace came from but I was so pumped about it, only to have my watch die right at the end of it! Thankfully the data still saved, because I would’ve been bummed if it didn’t (runner problems!)

Friday January 6th was my last day at my former job, and I went to bed late the night before so had a super hard time getting up. Even an early morning text with my best friend seeing if she was working out too didn’t get me out of bed. I succumbed to the fact that I needed some rest on a day that would feel surreal and maybe emotional. So it became an unplanned rest day, filled with cupcakes and cookies too.

Saturday January 7th became a double workout day (to almost make up for yesterday). My first workout was at a Super Saturday Beachbody event, and after a very informative and motivational morning learning how to grow my coaching business, a group of 50 of us did Piyo Live with a Master Trainer. It was a lot of fun! Throughout the years I have thought about maybe becoming a fitness class instructor, but I am juggling too many other commitments. I talked to my best friend about this (I saw her over the weekend) and her response was ‘of course you would like it, but with what time’ haha. Maybe down the road. But either way it was a lot of fun, because I love Piyo and got great results from it.


Later that afternoon, I visited with a college friend that I haven’t seen in a year and half, and we were able to sneak away from her husband and 2 kids and I introduced her to MMA Speed (Core De Force). Again it was fun to do with a friend.

Sunday January 8th, I was staying with my best friend and we had agreed to go for a run together without realizing that a snowstorm was going through! The roads were COVERED, there were 15 mph winds and it was close to 0 degrees out. But we got 3 miles done, and felt soo much better about our day when we finished up.


Monday January 9th, was the first day of my new job and new schedule when I will be getting home earlier. It was also the first day of my January fitness accountability group. It was the perfect day to start fresh. Over the last few weeks I haven’t been following a workout plan as best as I could be because the routines were 45+ minutes and I wasn’t waking up early enough or the holidays, etc. But there is no benefit in listing excuses, so I decided to just start a new program (p90) in the hopes that the shorter workouts (30 minutes) and new routines would jump start my motivation to get back on track. Plus knowing 6 people are looking at me to be a good example, is keeping on track.

Thanks for reading. Did you make fitness resolutions? How are you doing with them?

Resolution Check-in: Month 10

It has been over 1 month since I last posted to this blog. The longest I have ever gone since I started this page. I have a reminder that goes off every weekend nudging me to write but the days have just gotten away from me juggling multiple obligations and trying to stay sane. 4 days into the new month and I am able to write now because I have been off of work the last 2 days and have been away from other obligations. The last few days have been a nice break for me to ‘catch up on life’ and I would love to have a few more days like this but for now I will provide an update on my resolutions. I have written for 9 months, I can’t stop now so here goes:

to train for a marathon: Nothing has changed with this since last month, I will not run a marathon this year, but I have my sights set on registering for the Wineglass Marathon for Fall 2017.

to find my true purpose in my career: For the remainder of the year, I will utilize this section to provide a brief update on my fitness coaching, which I started in September, and my Leadership Program.

First, fitness coaching. I am starting to not feel nearly as overwhelmed as I did 1 month in. I had a little break through a few weeks ago, realizing I don’t have to spent every free minute of my time working on this, but rather quality time than be done with it for the day. I am struggling trying to find the right market and be myself vs doing what others do. I continue to work on daily personal development and am seeing it carry over to various aspects of my life. I really want to help others reach their fitness goals, as I believe in the programs. In fact I just finished a 60 day program, and lost 2.5 lbs and 7 inches – pictures and full recap of the program will be another blog post.

I had 2 leadership days this month, the first day was focused on Arts (theater, music, arts council, mosaic, etc). It has been my favorite day so far. “The Arts” is so much more than arts and crafts, and there are many skills that can be transferred to a career. Plus it reminded me how much I enjoy being around the Arts. I was in band from 4th-12th grade, and enjoy watching Dancing with the Stars now and I just didn’t ever make the connection that because I enjoy those things, means I appreciate the arts. So I would like to attend more arts events in the upcoming year, and am starting now because in a few weeks I will be attending a play with a friend.

The 2nd Day was Education and Recreation. We spent half the day touring a local BOCES and learn about the various programs that run through the school- ranging from Adult Education to Alternative Education to Career & Technical education. It was really interesting to learn about the different program available to mainly middle school and high school student to help them be successful in an education environment. Some kids don’t do well in a traditional classroom, but thrive in an alternative environment. It was interesting to learn about and made me wonder how my life would be different if I participated in something other than the traditional schooling and made me open to supporting it.

For the Recreation portion we spend time with the owners of the local Double A Baseball and AHL Hockey teams then got a tour of the hockey facility. Both teams has or will have changes so we learned about what that means for their future and how it impacts their marketing.  It was a very informative day.

to treat others better and think before I speak– It is depending on who I am around, but I feel like this was a better month for me then previous months. It’s a continued work in progress.

to do things outside my comfort zone– I did 2 Facebook lives on my Facebook page; one introducing myself and sharing a short version of my fitness journey and another about Running tips. Check them both out here

This was a big deal because I was trying something new to connect with others and challenging myself to provide value every time I turn on the camera.

Read 25 books in 2016- I finished “The Ramblers”, so I am up to 16 books. I started “Go Pro” which is a pretty short book I bought to help with the development of my fitness coaching. I anticipate finishing that book in November and then starting “It Takes Two” the newest Nicholas Sparks book.

to reduce clutter in my life– When I transitioned from my spring/summer to fall/winter clothes. I ended deciding to donation or toss out a lot of clothes that I had for YEARS, and are no longer in style. It feels really good to decrease the amount of clothes even if it means I have to go shopping to replace them.

I also wanted to share this article that references how clearing your mind (what you can’t see) is equally if not more important than physical decluttering. Clearing the Clutter you Can’t see

to eliminate excuses and procrastination– Unfortunately I did poorly with the procrastination as I signed up to give a presentation about ‘Lean In’ and Women in Leadership, in 3 days and although I have the outline done, I need to still work through the powerpoint and practice, so I had a bunch of work to do in the new few days, not my normal style.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading! Look for a Piyo recap and my before/after pictures within the next few days (hopefully).

Have a great weekend!

 

Resolution Check-in: Month 9

Officially three quarters of the way through the year, and it’s that time of month for my resolution check in. As I review these I am not connecting with most of these as much as I was at the beginning of the year. I don’t know if it is because September seemed to fly by, or because what seemed important at the beginning at the year just isn’t anymore. How time changes things.

But either way, here is an update on how everything stands.

to train for a marathon:  As most of you know, this didn’t happen this year, due to  an injury, but I plan to complete one in 2017 with my eye on the Wineglass Marathon or Empire State Marathon- Has anyone run either on of those? I have those in mind because they are close by and they are in the fall. Plus I want to run a bigger race, and risk the chance of getting closed out of registration, in order to have good crowds and race support through the whole course.

to find my true purpose in my career– As I mentioned last month, I am currently exploring what it means to be a fitness coach. It may not be the true purpose of my career, but it’s a least a step closer to maybe finding out what I do or don’t want to do. I am not as overwhelmed as I was at the beginning of September, but I am giving it at least a few months to figure out if this is something I will want to do long-term.

As I mentioned previously, I am also participating in a Professional Development Leadership program for the next 6 months, and I really enjoyed the team building retreat we had a few weeks ago. It reminded me that I have leadership skills that are maybe being suppressed a little, so it’s up to me to find a way to showcase them.

to treat others better and think before I speak– I had a bad moment a few weeks ago at a family event, and for personal reasons and with the person involved I don’t want to go into too much detail because it’s not something that should be shared with the world, but the jist of the situation was that I didn’t give something a chance when someone offered to help me. I was critical from the beginning, sharing my dissatisfaction, judgment and impatience along the way. What I didn’t think about was how the other person maybe was reminded of how they used to help me with the task when I was a child and helping me in the present day could have brought up those (hopefully) positive memories.  Of course once the task was complete I was more satisfied than I initially thought I would be, but if I had just kept my mouth shut and given them and it a chance, then it could have been a really enjoyable bonding experience, instead of an embarrassing, immature moment for me. Even though we all have these moments, it still doesn’t make it right, and yes, I did apologize.

to do things outside my comfort zone– I did a couple of things regarding this: 1) I did my first Facebook Live in my Fitness Challenge Group 2) I registered for a Cross Country Race Series that will last through October & November. Since I haven’t run Cross Country since middle school, and just run road races, this was good for me. But it ensures that I will run at least once and week and will provide me with an opportunity to test my hips in race conditions. 3) I applied for the Women’s Running Cover Runner Story, which I figured it was highly I would get selected, but the questionnaire was short, so I sent it in 4) At the leadership retreat, I tried to strike up more conversations vs just sitting in silence and waiting for someone to speak with me.

Read 25 books in 2016– No progress with this, I am still in the middle of the book I started in August (The Ramblers) but it is an intention of mine to finish it this month. With only 3 months left, and only 15 soon to be 16 books complete, it seems unlikely that I will reach my 25 book goal. Next year, if I make/share resolutions, it will be something a little more realistic like 1 book a month vs 2.

to reduce clutter in my life- This progress has slowed some, but I do have to admit that I am not missing anything that I reduce earlier in the year (cancelling magazine subscriptions, donating clothes, etc). The one ‘thing’ I did this month was clean off the top of my bedside table that was PILED with books I wanted to read, or books half started, but had yet to finish. Instead of 6-8 books, I have 1 book (my current read), plus 2 journals that I track weekly quotes I share, and the other one is a notebook where I write special memories I have with my nieces and nephews. Clearing off that space is MUCH nicer to look at and I am not reminded daily of all the books I need to get to.

to reduce excuses and procrastination– Well the fact that I am writing this 2 days after the end of September just goes to show that I haven’t been doing well with this. When I actually just took the time to write this it took me less than a half hour, I just needed to focus on it. So although the reduction of procrastination as been going well, I have been reducing excuses when it comes to working out, as I am getting up early to do so because I have my swim coaching commitment after work.

That wraps up September. Thanks for reading!

What can you do for the next 3 months to end 2016 on a good note?

Improvement: Sept 19th-Sept 30th, 2016

I’m aware that I haven’t been writing as much as I was early this year, but as I mentioned in my last post I want to get back in the habit. In all honesty, I just haven’t felt like I have any thing worth sharing. I have been over thinking many things lately, and my brain just feels a little overwhelmed. If you happen to be overwhelmed too, check out these 11 tips to help overcome it.

Writing has always been my outlet to process, but I just haven’t sat down and done it, even though I know it would make me feel better- it’s a bad cycle!

So this is just a general short update on my workout routine (with pictures, so if you can’t see them, be sure to click here).

In general, over the last 10 days, I have woken up early (6:30ish) to get my PiYo workout done before, and if I am not (swim) coaching I will also workout/run after work.

When I started PiYo I was really skeptical on whether I would get the results I wanted. The first workout (lower body) was 25 minutes and I didn’t even break a sweat, and it wasn’t that challenging. But 3 weeks in and I can now say I have not been this excited about Home DVD program in 4 years, when I completed P90x. At the 2 week check-in I had lost approx 4 inches overall, with 2 inches of that being in my hips (every girls problem area!). I get out of bed every morning with little delay because I am excited to try something new, and the workouts are about 30 minutes long (but clearly effective). They are also low-impact so I don’t have to worry about whether I am waking up my downstairs neighbor.

My schedule has been as follows:

9/19: Core

9/19: Core Day, doing PiYo pedals

9/20: Define Lower Body (Warrior Variations)

9/21: Buns- Various Lunges and Squats

9/21: Buns
9/22: Core


9/23: Define Lower Body

9/24: Rest Day for PiYo, but had a great day running, only my 2nd run for the week. I was short on time, so I started running faster than I have been. Throughout the run I felt the positive impact PiYo is having on my form. My hips feel better aligned, and my stride felt smoother. I FELT like a runner today, and the progression of my improvement can’t be denied. I am not completely back to where I was before, but each day I am getting closer, and I am confident I will come back stronger.

9/25: Sweat

9/26: Strength Intervals

9/27: Sweat in the AM. I had an appointment, so I was home an hour earlier than usual, which mean I was able to fit a run in before heading to swim practice. My plan was to run for 3, but halfway through my legs were feeling fatigued, seeing as I had worked out earlier in the day, I was just going to stop after 2, but then I went for 2.5 and eventually finished up at 3.  It was really nice to have a chance to run outside and clear my head some, and I appreciated the ‘extra’ time in my day, it made me wish for a job closer to home to get the commuting time back in my day.

Still smiling, after doing Sweat in the morning, then 3 mile run after work
9/28: Hardcore on the Floor: This was a bonus video that came with the my order. It is harder than “Core”, but it’s suppose to be! It’s fun to try different exercises.


9/29: I had Day 2 of my Leadership Program today, and didn’t have to be out the door as early as I usually do, so I did “Drench” today vs tomorrow because it’s a 45 minute length workout.

9/30: Buns


Other improvements: Besides the running and thanks to the couple of inches lost already, my pants are fitting better, and my ‘skinny’ jeans, that I had put at the bottom of my pile not thinking I would fit into again, now fit comfortably. That’s not meant as a brag, but rather an example of what happens when I changed up my fitness routine to something new. I took a chance and invested in a new program, and its paying off.  Don’t be afraid to try something new, you may just really like it!

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Have a great weekend!