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Finding Balance Between Fitness, Family, and Food


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Been a while…

I’ve been MIA for a while now. Honestly, things have been crazy since my mud run in April.  I’m not sure what happened.  I was doing the Body Beast program and only had a few weeks left.  I loved the muscles that I felt were coming in.  I was gaining weight (which I wanted).  I was trying to love lifting heavy but I missed my cardio sessions terribly.  Once I ran the 5K in April I couldn’t get my focus back.  I started eating badly, my workouts were getting sporadic, and my motivation was all over the place.  I felt horrible about my self image and started putting myself down for wanting to build some muscles.

Things got crazier after my kids were on out of school for summer vacation.  These last few months have been a struggle.  Most times I start working out and lose motivation because of the constant feelings of having to do something else (either around the house, my job, or needing to spend time with the kids).  My sleep patterns have been ALL over the place (my sleep has not been restful in any way) and food allergies have flared up big time.  So needless to say, I have regrets with my workouts (or lack of workouts) since April.

Along with workouts, I’ve been struggling with nutrition.  I stopped using a nutrition coach earlier this year and have been trying to find a healthy balance since.  Recently I’ve found a way of eating that fits my lifestyle.  It’s all about macros.  If it fits your macros, you can eat it.  If not, then you can’t.  It allows enough room for me to eat things that I would think are a “cheat” without it being bad for me.  I’ve been much happier eating this way and haven’t had those feelings of guilt and binge after a cheat meal.

Mentally, things have been a struggle as well.  Things I thought that I was over were surfacing all of a sudden.  I thought that I had dealt with everything way back when I was losing weight… but apparently not.

As I said, things were a little crazy there for a few months.  I’m sad that I look back on that time and wish that I put more into my workouts and food plans.  But I do know that in life there are ups and downs and as long as I keep pushing forward each day, the downs will pass.  I am taking time to reassess my goals and remember the things that really make me happy (like long runs, good healthy food, and Insanity!).

I’m going to start using this blog as a way to find balance between fitness, family, and food.  It’ll be a place to get my thoughts out – as jumbled as they might be – and a place where I can share my highs and lows on this fitness lifestyle.

As for now, I am finding a program that will help me get conditioned for Tough Mudder in November.  I did Insanity for the first time in months and can I say “OUCH”!!  It was super hard and I’m sore already but it felt so good to get all the frustration I’ve been feeling out in the form of calories!  I forgot how great Insanity made me feel afterwards!  Accomplishment rocks!

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Monday’s workout: Insanity Max Interval Circuit

Today’s workout was a big sweaty beast!! This morning I conquered Insanity‘s Max Interval Circuit. I’m not following Insanity’s exact schedule because of additional weight lifting and cardio that my coach has me doing. But I am adding Insanity into my workouts every other day. Insanity has been the best program that I have used that incorporates body weight training with cardio. Plus, I love how Shaun T pushes me to my max every. single. time.

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Oh goodness, the sweat!!

Since I opted for a few hours of extra sleep this morning (I am getting a head cold), I worked out while the kids were awake. I put on a movie for my two youngest kids (the oldest was at school) and spent the next hour gasping for air. The kids came to play next to me and even did a few moves while I was exercising. It was a nice boost to get high fives when I wanted to give up. Every single muscle in my body was burning and aching by the time that hour was over. But I did it and my abs were pretty happy afterwards!

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After Insanity, it was time to refuel with my next meal. Lean burger, kale, asparagus, and nuts. Great way to feed my growing muscles.

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Evening cardio had to be cancelled tonight. The plan was to run during my oldest’s soccer practice but my stomach isn’t having it (I got a little too hungry and devoured my last meal too fast = upset stomach). :(. I’m upset, but need to listen to my body. Early bedtime tonight and can’t wait to lift some weights tomorrow!


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Insanity: Fit Test and Month 2

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I had to keep reminding myself of this today during Insanity.  Boy oh boy, this morning was insane!!

Month 2 Day 1 was Fit Test and Max Interval Circuit.  My first round I followed Insanity to a T (but didn’t cross train during it).  Month 2, day 1 is the most challenging day of all Insanity.  But the feeling once you accomplish it is amazing!!  Just remind yourself that you can push through and you are amazing enough to do anything.  You can do it!

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My workout schedule has been intense lately, so I decided to split the workout into two days.  Yesterday I conquered Fit Test #3!!  I improved all except the globe jumps.  I haven’t been warming up and cooling down properly lately (a mistake that shouldn’t be made!) and my hip flexors are tight.  Just leaves room for improvment next Fit Test, right?  😉

Today was Max Interval Circuit.  A friend came over and we both tried our best, but were on our knees most of the time.  Shaun T kicked our butts.  last round I was so frustrated and almost quit.  I felt defeated and overwhelmed.  What I didn’t realize was that anything is hard in the beginning.  Month 1 was hard during the first two weeks.  Eventually I build enough strength and endurance to not take as many rest breaks.  Month 2 is exactly the same.  I’m starting over again at a new *slightly insane* level.  It’s going to be hard.  It’s going to be a challenge.  I’m going to want to quit.  But I know in a few weeks I am going to be much stronger than I am now and I am going to be so proud of my accomplishments!  Don’t forget: the beginning is always the hardest!!

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Insanity – Day 6

Today I was able to sleep in!! Yay for no alarms! Yesterday was crazy day with my oldest being sick, so it was nice to get a bit of extra sleep. Once I woke up, though, it was go time to workout!

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The plan for today was Insanity: Plyometric Cardio Circuit. I grabbed a banana, a few scoops of E&E energy drink to wake me up, and my husband and I were set.

Today’s workout was intense. After my impromptu rest day yesterday, I thought I wouldn’t be so sore. But my legs didn’t want to work during the warmup. Eventually they began to cooperate and circuit one was good (after taking an extended break after the warmup to refill the kids’ breakfast). Circuit two, however, I was not so lucky. I felt defeated, my abs hurt, my shoulders burned. I even shed a few tears in frustration. But I told myself I wouldn’t stop. I pictured my goal, imagined how it would feel once I reach that goal, and went into beastmode!! I finished strong and proud!

Your mind is a powerful thing. Think you can’t do something and you probably won’t. But know that you can do something and the sky is your limit! You HAVE to talk to yourself in a positive way. You MUST believe that you can do it. You are stronger than you think!!

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