Hi Bees! I have to take a moment and celebrate. I’m in the middle of month three of finally getting back into a workout routine after my back flair up over the summer, and you know what? It feels SOOO good to be back. I knew getting back into a routine after being off for four months wasn’t going to be easy, but sticking with it and fighting through the moments of wanting to skip, have only helped to stay focused and motivated! And now whenever I put on a pair of jeans I take little moments to celebrate how good I am looking and how good I feel!
I’m happy to be back into a routine, especially with the holidays creeping in. But at the same time, the holidays can easily kill all that amazing progress we’ve been making all year. That’s why I like to revisit my tips for maintaining and not gaining over the holidays. And as important as our workouts are, our food choices go hand in hand with that routine — especially as the parties, alcohol and multiple family dinners begin!
So if you’ve been celebrating and kicking butt at your fitness routine — keep it up! Keep on celebrating and don’t let the holiday celebrating get in the way of those goals.
Last month, I was sharing a few fears of why I’d been procrastinating getting back into a workout routine and back to my bootcamp classes – my excuse? Fear. And I said in my last post that come September 2nd, I was going to get back in the game. Well, I was two days off – but I was back on September 4th and have been able to slowly and steadily get back into a groove (for the most part) with my workout routine.
Not only was I afraid to get back into a routine because of hurting my back again – but I was also a little afraid at how sore I would be and how much I’d lost since being off for four whole months! But, luckily my first workout back was a good one, and my coach was super helpful and cognizant of workout modifications and making sure I wasn’t doing anything that would put unneeded pressure on my back and compromise it’s health again.
In August I only had three tracked workouts and they were a few runs – and this month so far as of this morning I have seven tracked workouts! Hell yeah! Last week was a bit of a wild card, so I didn’t get in everything I wanted too, but this week I’ve made sure I’ve gotten back on track after, starting my first week strong with three workouts. But, I’ve faced my fears and I’m taking one workout at a time and it feels so good to be back.
I shared how it’s taken a bit of time and understanding that getting back into a routine slowly has been the name of the game in the healing process, while also remembering to continue to strengthen my back and core. Which is something, I need to continue focusing on to help supplement my fitness routine.
It’s been all about listening to my body, understanding that my routine is not going to be perfect while also keeping the eye on the prize and focusing on my fitness goals, and being my best me!
It’s a new year, which mean it’s time to reset on your fitness goals, evaluate wins and losses from the past year and start focusing on the now and make things happen! Because Fitness has and will continue to be a priority for me, I wanted to really focus on specific goals for my health and wellness beyond my other goals for the new yearand what better way to kickoff the first Fitness Friday than with clear goals of the year!
Run More! Running has always been part of my fitness, some years more miles than others – with the goal of still running a handful of races, I want to incorporate running in my routine beyond the training for the races and making it more of constant.
Build My Core Strength. This should have been a priority for the past 13 years – due to my chronic back pain – which has been flaring up more than lately, I’ve been thinking about ways to moderate this more as I get older. And one thing that I’ve been told in my years is building my core strength, so by adding in a simple addition of regular planks I hope to build this up!
Less Carbs. Plain and simple. I’ll begin buckling down on this a bit more, as I’ve been enjoying the finer things in life lately.
Remaining Consistent with Bootcamp. The last two years I’ve gotten into a good groove, seen progress and continued to get stronger. I like the group fitness class and it’s an easy way to check off 2 or 3 days of workouts in the week!
Although I’m not working towards fitting into a wedding dress – this past year was a good year of maintaining my routine, sticking strong on my diet. I worked so hard to establish that routine and make the big progress that I did – I don’t want to loose that routine or happiness I gained in myself. So here’s to another year of becoming and loving your best self!
Happy Fitness Friday! Last month I was talking ALL about accountability, especially when it comes to your fitness routine and diet. One of the biggest things that helped me get to some significant LB loss was changing the way I ate – and not by doing a fad diet, or being super super strict, but being healthy and aware. Before this, I thought that getting back into a rigorous workout routine would cure my weight gain, but it didn’t. So, I gave in and cut back on carbs, made better choices, portioned my meals better and said no to some things I would’ve said yes too. But I still ate cheetos and had a few sweets now and then, but I said bye to pizza, bagels, rice, and french fries.
Fast-forward to today. I am not as strict… but I am still very aware – so aware in fact, I noticed that my new ‘strict’ was becoming less and less sometimes and I quickly had to adjust myself. Yes, a few weeks ago I felt like I was falling off the rails and I wasn’t happy about it, especially since my workout routine has maintained (finally!) … it’s the damn food. I was feeling bummed about it, but also made a decision right then and there to do something about it and jump back on the wagon, continue to have balance but switching out and making healthy alternates and better portions.
My point in all of this is, as I’ve said many times before it’s all part of the journey, falling a bit to become stronger. My goals have changed a bit from last year, but that doesn’t mean I can throw all the progress away. Follow your heart always, but in these instances you must follow your head and go to the gym!
Woah! We’re half way done with 2017, how have your fitness and health goals been treading so far? I’ve stuck it out for the last 5-months, and I’m not stopping! It feels so good to have the routine of working out, me time to sweat it out and work on myself, to keep myself accountable. Not to mention half-marathon training is officially starting next week, eek!
Let’s talk about this half marathon training… it’s been a hot second since I’ve trained for a half marathon, the mental preparation is just as hard as the physical. Honestly, I’m not looking forward to it, but I am trying to have a positive outlook and approach to it. I want to do well and stay on top of training, I’m just not feeling very confident about it. My body can’t handle the running like it used too.
But I am also curious and excited, because I have the cross training part nailed down (first time ever in all my half trainings), and I feel like the half training will help me be more accountable for my in between days to get nearly a full week of working out in, #weddingdiet.
Needless to say, there is going to be many runs (especially the hot ones) when I want to stop, not only do I need to train my legs again, but I need to train my brain to get ready for this half!
This past weekend, B and I ran and finished our third 10-Miler! This year I was fairly confident going into the race, as I have been the last two years, having minimally trained and relying heavily on my cross training. The weather was surprisingly perfect for a late April run, all signs were pointing to an easy race, we just needed to get through those ten miles.
Well… even with all the confidence and perfect weather conditions, this just wasn’t my race. I started out strong within the first five miles, but it quickly went down hill from there. The mental game was strong and I couldn’t fight it. By the time mile eight rolled around I was over it *smiles* and ready to be done and at the finish line. I went from being well paced with 9-minute miles, slowing down to 11-minute miles with my intermittent walking. But I made myself finish strong and ran that last mile with all of my might, and crossed the finish line with sore, angry legs!
Bentley and his brother, of course killed it and ran most of the race together (leaving me in the dust!) Another friend didn’t finish too far behind me and we were all feeling the weight of those miles. It was great finishing the race, but definitely one of the harder ones I’ve ran. Training for our upcoming half-marathon will definitely be happening if I want to make it 3.1 more miles!
It’s the first Friday in December! Now that the holidays are right around the corner, I wanted to share 4 simple tips that I’ll be using this month to help maintain and not gain.
Eat Breakfast. Don’t skip out on breakfast. I think it’s human nature to try not eat if we have a party that night, so that we can fully enjoy the snacks and treats – well this will only lead you to overeating, and not the right things. Eat a good, healthy breakfast and don’t skip out on other meals! Consider eating proteins and healthy fats that will fill you up throughout the day.
Build your Immune System. This should always be part of your daily regime, but especially around the holidays be sure your taking care of your body inside and out. Taking Vitamin C, echinacea and other immune system building antics can help in the season of sneezing, coughing and colds!
Get that Workout In. But don’t stress over it or kill yourself to get there, know the number of workouts you want to get in… no the realistic amount… I’ve gotten to the point where three workouts during the work week is my minimum goal – I don’t always achieve it but I get pretty darn close! And when I beat it, it’s even better!
Limit the Sweets. Yes three cookies are always better than two. But when you’re about to pick up that third or fourth cookie, think again and spread out the sweets. This goes for alcohol too, try and limit the number of beers, or stick with vodka or gin mixed with soda water and a fresh garnish!
What’re your tips and tricks to help beat holiday weight gain? Share them in the comments below or on social @mmariebee.
I feel like a broken record, but want to be honest with all of you – in hopes that maybe you’re experiencing the same struggles and that maybe we can help each other. My fitness life has been less than exciting, my struggle with the life –> work –> workout balance is tough, mainly because of life! So I have not been as nearly successful as I would’ve hoped coming to an end of March, and nearing close to month four, April. It’s frustrating because things aren’t getting less-busy and time isn’t slowing down waiting for me to catch-up. So I’m going to have to figure it out quickly.
Taking my own advice, I wanted to reset and focus on short-term goals, but instead of going 30-days out focusing a week at a time and PLAN AHEAD. Asking myself, what can I accomplish this week? If you’re like me, try doing this too to see if the immediate focus helps allow success. So to not bore all of you with my schedule, I am going to map this out and add reminders in my calendar phone and at work to make sure I am reminded and make the time to get the workouts in. I am also hoping to start going to boot camp in the early morning, trying to be a little ambitious with my goals!
It all comes down to mind over matter, taking the extra time and making a <small> sacrifice to make a huge improvement that will benefit your mental and physical health. My motto lately when I am fighting that battle, is something is better than nothing (I just need to do a little more something!)