I have had so much going on, that it’s been hard to keep up with everything. I will try and update everything this week at some point..
I have begun my journey to getting my Nutrition and Personal Training Certifications through NASM. Have my books, materials and online learning tools, I’m about a month in. So excited that I finally took the leap of faith!
I have another goal for the end of 2014 (well near the end), but I won’t post about that just yet..
I have been weight training daily, I’m getting fantastic results and have FINALLY figured out the eating portion of it all! Yes! Finally! This truly has been a journey and one that I am so glad I decided to take a leap into. Everything thus far is on point and I could not be happier with the way things are going. Granted, everything truly is a work in progress and I learn new things daily, BUT, I am definitely heading in the right direction.
Work continues to be work, but luckily my schedule is pretty stable for the next 5 months or so, so for that alone I am grateful. My sleep has gotten so much better, which has improved my overall moods. I have continued to see who my real friends are over the course of the last few months and sadly I have lost one, but, I have to look at it in terms of, when you grow, sometimes people don’t like it. Perhaps it scares them, makes them nervous OR it makes them take a look at themselves and they find out who I am becoming makes them feel uneasy about who they are, or make them realize that perhaps they have changes to make within themselves as well, and maybe they are not ready for that yet. It hurt a lot at first, but, I have to be ok with that. It’s their decision to stay or go.. and If your reading this NO, it’s NOT YOU. You know who you are 🙂 We are still friends, just have to figure out how to make the time to nourish the friendship.
I’m more than half way through this 365 day journey and I have not intention of stopping at the end of the year. It has made me realize how very much into fitness and nutrition I really am. You will see more fitness related stuff coming from me in the near future as well as a LOT of pictures of my recipes and food concoctions. I am finding that I love to cook and share my recipes as well as my fitness tips.
I also have a page on Instagram, where I am building up a following. You will find mainly progress pictures, cooking pictures, food pictures and some motivational captions. You can find me @browneyedgirldee on Instagram! Come and follow me!
I also have a new page on Facebook called Runningawaywithme (surprise, surprise!). I am trying to keep my fitness related stuff separate from my personal page, because I realize that not everybody has the same frame of mind that I do. I’m ok with that :-).
Well, I’ll be back to give a more updated post, about where I am with my weight training, my eating and my recipes. Stay tuned!!
Monday 4/15 (Day 261)
4 mile Run
Upright Rows- 5×5 @51lbs
Military Presses- 5×5@20lbs
Hammers (because this is my most favorite exercise) 3×5@25lbs
One Arm DB Rows- 5×5@35lbs
Today was a leg day as well, so it was a pretty long workout. Still tinkering and figuring out good push/pull movements to give me the bang for my buck I’m looking for. Some of these are redundant, BUT, coming from years of split workouts, it’s hard for me to wrap my brain around how some exercises automatically work the smaller muscle groups. I have been learning so many new things regarding weight training my head is spinning! Still trying to find that ground with running AND weight training. Try and try until I get it right!
Back Squats-5×5@115lbs (there are some people that think you cannot do these two on the same day- FALSE)
Plie Squats-3×10@35 lbs (I don’t NEED to do these, I just do)
Leg Extensions- 5×5@70lbs (Same with these. I don’t do them often, but every once in a while)
DB Upright Rows (a switch from the ez bar)5×5@25lbs (I find that I can go heavier with the EZ bar than the DB’s)
Bench Press- 5×5@65lbs (I did this at the very, bad move, I need to order my lifts a bit better, the way these are written down are not the order that I do them in)
Tricep Extensions- 5×5@20lbs (Same with these not a need one can easily do a close grip BB press and hit the triceps as well)
Hammers-5×5 @20lbs (again, don’t need these, just love em’)
Military presses 5×5@20lbs (I’m learning to love these as well It’s very important to watch your form on these especially as you go up in weight)
Bent Over EZ Bar Rows- 5×5@51lbs
This took about an hour. I don’t like being in there that long. What I have learned and am continuing to learn is that you really only need a few exercises (push/pull) to really hit ALL your muscle groups. It’s taking me a while to get out of the split routine mentality. I’m a little stubborn that way. I’m also learning that lifting heavy is NOT a bad thing. It WON’T make me bulk. I need to EAT to feed the muscle. Calories in are still an issue for me, and I think they always will be. I have come from years of restricting because I have believed that you need to restrict to lose, what I did not realize was that I was damaging my metabolism in doing so. Restricting works in the immediate term, but when one wants to lose more one must restrict more. The body was NOT MEANT to live on 12-1500 calories. That is a hard concept to get through ones head in this day and age. I have found that my BMR is around 1300 calories. Can you imagine if I was only eating 1500 calories AND working out?? This is how society lives for the most part the *diet* industry has really fucked with our minds. Eat less! NO! Eat more! Fix that metabolism!
Does that mean eat more crap? NO! Does it mean you can’t eat crap once in a while?! NO! It means make generally healthy food choices and it is MORE THAN FINE to have your treats! Be active, stay active and FEED THAT DAMN BODY!!
I’m still struggling with running, I’m still dealing with fatigue and being tired, which honestly, stems from me still trying to eat the food. I’m still fighting with my sleep and I fear I have some long-term effects from working for the last year plus at night. I’m guessing it will take me awhile to find the happy medium. I still work nights, but I’m down to 2 nights. It still seems to be an issue. Whatever. Eventually I will figure it all out.
Yep. I have done NOTHING in 2 days. Honestly, I kind of don’t care. Yesterday, I ended up getting stuff around the house done, we went out and ran errands and by the time I got home, it was time to cook dinner, and well..I chose having a nice family dinner over working out. So It was just considered it an extra rest day. Today, I just used as one of my 2 rest days. I went to bed last night around midnight, and woke up/ or got tired of tossing and turning around 2:30. So..I got up and watched TV until 4. I have been having an issue with my back molar and It’s starting to ache me now truth be told. I go to the dentist on Friday. I will flip out if I lose the tooth. So, needless to say I ended up sleeping until 1:30, WHICH is fine, because I had to work anyway. I usually try to sleep in late when I have to work that night.
Anywhoo, I won’t get another rest day now until Sunday. Fine enough. I’ll get all my workouts in. Like I said, I refuse to be OCD about it. Oh, what did not make me thrilled is that I only consumed 758 calories yesterday. That is what happens with me, especially on a day I sleep late and go into work. Sunday I ate OVER my calories by 200 calories or so. Going back through my log, I seem to go 4/5 days or so eating UNDER my calories and about 2/3 days (depending) slightly over my calories. However, even If I average it all out, I still end up way under. I really need to work harder on this. It certainly is not on purpose, I promise.
After I get off shift, I am off until the weekend! Yea!!
Woke up late late late today! Much later than I intended, but it’s ok. I actually slept pretty good! Work the next two nights.
3.5 mile run
6.5 bike trainer miles
Upright rows- 3×12@ 28lbs
Alt. DB front raises- 3×10@15lbs
Overhead press- 4×12@ 18lbs
Bent over lat raises- 4x 10@ 6lbs (went low to focus on form)
DB lat raise- 4×10@ 10lbs
Something to really think about.