Be-You-Tifully Fit: Something heavy

img_20160212_163540.jpgThe posts are not as frequent as I'd hope I could offer but it is simply because I am figuring out a new world.  Well...a new to me world.  The world of weight lifting.  Not quite sure which instance made me think about this more...

A.  The mud run obstacle courses where I could barely lift my body threw the obstacles...and totally bypassed the walls.

B.  I could not prove to my husband that I could do ONE pull-up.  Just one.  It was shameful.

Either way, weight lifting and various strength training became a thought in the back of my mind.  I began last year after the back to back marathons with Insanity Max 30.  The program was awesome!  And good golly...I was sore from it.  After that, I continued on with Kayla Itsines's Bikini Body Guide.  By week nine, I had to stop though because I was already into Marine Corps Marathon training on a very intense plan.

My running ability had skyrocketed after those two rounds of strength building.  Last year, pushing a double stroller through the heat of North Carolina for 50-65 mile weeks...  I was tired but I beasted those miles.  Finished the year with 2,400 MILES!  After Old Glory Ultra though, I questioned what would happen if I altered everything to strengthen my body even more.

I began going to a local gym and playing around on the weight machines after a run.  Also, I turned up the intensity of my daily routine.  By Christmas break, I was doing full on routines that I had researched that went well with marathon training.  I was home-bound at this point though due to potty training the littlest, so the hubby and I brought in his old weights and bench from the garage to help not derail my progress.  Since that moment, I have been on a full on weight lifting schedule taking up 4 days of my week and running 4 days also with one full on rest day.

  • Monday - Upper body lift
  • Tuesday - Mileage run
  • Wednesday - Speed run & Lower body lift
  • Thursday - Rest
  • Friday - Tempo run & Upper body lift
  • Saturday - Long run
  • Sunday - Lower body lift

This may not be "perfect" but it has been working wonderful for me.  I have not felt nearly as drained as before.  My runs feel cleaner and stronger.  So my thoughts lately...if I feel stuck, it's time to go find something heavy & lift it.

Day my life changed: 8/3/2012


  • Highest weigh-in to date: 243.5 lbs on 3/11/2008  (Wore 18/20 & 22/24 for a gown)
  • As of 8/3/12: 208.6 (wearing size 16/18)
  • As of today: 151.2 lbs (wearing size 4-6, XS-S & 26-27 jeans)

Body Fat Percentage

  • As of 8/3/12: 46%
  • Body Fat %: 21% (Only re-doing every 15th when I take new measurements)


  • 134 lbs
  • 18% body fat
  • Building & toning muscle
  • Furthering my yoga practice
  • Running with Charity Miles 🙂


  • Next Race: Shamrock Half
  • Stroller Warrior “Run the World” Campaign restarted for 2016!
  • Morning routine: Run and Weight lifting
  • Nightly routine: ITB stretches, crunches, leg lifts, hip extensions, donkey kicks, squats, tricep pushups, pushups and plank
  • Welcome to join Will Get Fit…for Cake Fitness Group on Facebook
  • Still logging in my MyFitnessPal!  I hit a 1,050 day streak!