get fit! // fitness update

June 6, 2013 in fitness,health

It’s been a few weeks since I verbalized my fitness goals {and rewards}. And about a week and a half since I took the plunge.

And, for lack of better words, I’ve been busting my ass.

I’ve been using the Couch 2 5k program religiously over the last 8 weeks. But over the last two weeks, I’ve been running more than the suggested 3-times a week. And yesterday, for the first time before Ari was born, I ran for 30-minutes straight at a 9-minute mile pace.

I was excited, but I wasn’t surprised. I’ve noticed how strong I feel before, during and after my runs lately. I mentioned earlier this week [in fact it was the last time I had a chance to post because I’ve been busy — running!] that I’ve been looking forward to my scheduled runs, and even fitting in unscheduled ones!

So I’ll be purchasing my “I Run This Body” T-shirt reward within the next couple of weeks!

I’ve also accomplished my goal of working out for 7-days straight. Last week I worked out 7 days in a row and it was almost accidental. I’m going to hold off on purchasing my reward until I get another 7-days of working out straight. Cause honestly? The awesome feeling alone is reward enough!

Weight Watchers update: I wouldn’t quite call myself a ‘believer’ yet, but between the workouts and tracking my points, I’m certainly noticing a difference. I lost 5 pounds my first week! There were definitely moments where I felt like I was starving myself [seriously — how many carrots can one person eat??]; but I did allow myself to have the occasional, portion-controlled treat — like a beer, or an iced coffee from Starbucks.

I was allowed 27 points each day; 49 automatic extra points for use at any point during the week; and I earned an additional 88 activity points. I came no where near using all of those points. In fact, I ended up with 62 unused at the end of my first week. I was too nervous of the new [to me] points system to actually allow myself to use them!

I’m proud of my small achievements over the last few weeks. And I’m lucky to have a great support system — like my friends and coworkers who constantly build me up; and my husband who helps me weigh my crab cake to get an accurate point count.

I’m looking forward to getting back my pre-baby body more than ever! And I’m on currently on a hunt for a fun 5k to get back into the swing of races. Suggestions, local friends??

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Kenz @ Life According to Kenz June 6, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Girl, you GET that top!!!! Yep, you have EARNED it. 🙂 Also – I’m just going to start the C25K program TOMORROW! I’d like to call myself a natural runner, but sometimes I get stuck in a rut. I need more guidance and that program seems perfect. 🙂 I’m proud of you and all you’re accomplishing!!! GET IT GIRL!


Mich June 7, 2013 at 10:01 am

yay!! this is awesome!!

Good for you Rachel! Get it girl!


Krys June 9, 2013 at 4:38 pm

88 activity points?! What workouts were you doing?! I’m slacking on Weight Watchers right now, but I’ve never gotten anywhere close to that!

& congrats on the five-pound loss! 🙂


Rachel June 9, 2013 at 7:59 pm

I was working out + walking an hour with the baby every day. I seriously can’t believe I earned that many point. Hot yoga + running build up a ton! Ha!


Ashley // Our Little Apartment June 10, 2013 at 7:04 pm

5 lbs in one week!? That’s amazing!

I was thinking about doing the Tree City 5K – it used to be a 10K and I did it in 2009. I reallllllly want to get under 30 minutes for a 5K and hope to do so this summer!


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