I am sure that you have noticed that I like plans. I like plans that are shorter and can be fit into life easily. Over the last year, I have worked harder on implementing a lot of strength in my fitness. I love running but honestly it just is not providing me with everything I want. In 2014, I remember trying to make a race to a weight loss goal before my August fitversary. It was a mere 13 lbs and 3 months. Should have been easy with all the progress I had previously made, right? Wrong. Everything revolved around running and food. That simply was not enough. My body responds to high mileage running by gaining. I gain for all the reasons one training for high mileage needs to gain...glycogen stores, hydration and muscle build.
Last year I started with Insanity Max 30. Continued on with Bikini Body Guide. Went into Hanson's Marathon Method training which discouraged adding in strength training but the science to it would give you your fastest marathon. Once MCM and Old Glory 50K was over, I found myself in post marathon blues and lethargic. As much as I love the theory to it all, it was too taxing on me alongside of military life, finishing college and children. In a search to find my love, I started to incorporate some HIIT exercise routines while I finished the year with 2,400 miles ran. It was alright but it did not change the fact that I was tired. Just plain tired. Not tired in the physical sense but in all other meaning to it.
Starting this last Christmas break, I began to ramp up my strength training to weight lifting. I was already in the house solely for the youngest's potty training so bringing inside the weight bench and weights was an easy way for me to try it all. Since January, I have gone from 156.6 lbs down to 145 lbs again. All of that marathon training gain is gone and I am happily feeling renewed. My focus has turned a great deal from running almost every day and then wanting to eat everything in sight to creating a better balance. I am macronutrient counting to ensure that I am getting the right quality of foods to promote my muscle growth. Averages weeks now include 4 days of running and 4 days of weight lifting. Two of those days are stacked for double workout days but purely to allow myself more full days to recover. This way of training is agreeing with me much more.
Just needed to find my happy spot.
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: 144.8 lbs (wearing size 4-6, XS-S & 26-27 jeans)
Body Fat Percentage
- As of 8/3/12: 46%
- Body Fat %: ?%
- 134 lbs
- 18% body fat
- Building & toning muscle
- Furthering my yoga practice
- Running with Charity Miles 🙂
- Next Race: RnR Raleigh Half & RAGNAR Richmond!!!
- Been sticking to my macros and noticing big improvements
- Lifting 4 days a week as well as running 4 days a week
- Stroller Warrior “Run the World” Campaign restarted for 2016!
- Welcome to join Will Get Fit…for Cake Fitness Group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/566678520087780/
- Still logging in my MyFitnessPal! I hit a 1,098