get fit! // fitness update

August 21, 2013 in fitness,health,workout

photo (14) I’m starting to rethink that whole 5k and bar crawl thing was a mistake…

Weight Watchers //

So after last weeks plateau, I planned all of my workouts in advance. I also had two 5k races I was signed up to run; one of which was the Torchbearers AkRun and Crawl — which is an evening 5k race followed by a pub crawl. Well, of course I was decked out in my “Will Run For Beer” shirt that I made 20 minutes before leaving the house. But I’m totally regretting those couple of post-race beers.


Cause I am blaming them on my 1 pound weight gain!! I’m so disappointed in my lack of progress these days, but I know what I can do to fix it.

First, I’m certain that at least some of it is muscle gain. Cause I’m definitely feeling more lean than before. I’m also feeling stronger. But I’m sure that at least part of it is beer. And my husband pointed out this Food Babe article about beer. Mostly the stuff that stuck out to me is how our bodies burn the alcohol first instead of attacking and burning the fat. Oy. No more beer for this gal! Well, at least until I see a bit more progress.

Workouts //

Last week I logged lots of miles, y’all! The week started to get kinda crazy at work, but I forced myself to get out and get moving. And ya know those TWO 5ks I mentioned?? Yeah, I ran one Saturday morning and finished in 28 minutes, 28 seconds — certainly not my best time, but I beat my previous time of 30 minutes from a month ago. Then Saturday evening I ran the second 5k. I had every intention of taking it easy. But I felt SO good! And I actually finished in 28 minutes, 5 seconds!! — Still not a PR by any means, but it’s my best post-Babycakes 5k thus far! Woo hoo!

But I’m thinking I need to ramp up my weight training. I want to burn more fat, and I know that that means sucking it up and actually lifting. Ugh. I hate lifting alone at the gym.

Food //

I really struggle with balance. I still want to allow myself to eat yummy food. As a semi-foodie, this has been a struggle for me. I try to follow the 90/10 rule (eat clean 90% of the time; 10% can be not-so-clean); but I tend to be one extreme or the other.

For instance, yesterday I planned on enjoying myself on our work team-building lunch at Melt Bar & Grilled yesterday, but after I ate my grilled chicken sandwich (which I know is NOT healthy, despite it being grilled chicken), and a few fries, I felt guilty about it ALL day long. 🙁 It’s just not healthy to beat myself up over it. Even though I will eat healthy for the rest of the week. Ugh.

How do you balance out your healthy diet?

Looking forward // 

Now that I’ve gotten the disappointment from these past two weeks out of my system, I’m just moving on. I know that this week it’s going to be difficult to fit my normal amount of workouts in. I have a lot of OT to complete at work and we have a lot going on at home (we’re getting our new bed tonight!! wooo hoooo!).

Yesterday I woke up really early (like 3am) to go to the gym to run on the treadmill… it didn’t go well. My legs were in so much pain almost immediately. So I decided to stop and do some lifting instead.

So I’m focusing on listening to my body this week. If it hurts, I’m going to stop. I’m going to eat clean and fit in workouts when I can. But my focus is on reducing stress, getting enough sleep, and drinking a lot of water. 🙂


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Alissa M. August 21, 2013 at 10:55 am

I’m running the Nat 5k. It’s a LION KING THEME. OMG!! 🙂 Of course, this is my first EVER 5k…so we’ll see how it goes. I’m not sure my training will even get me up to par…if I finish in under 40 minutes I’d be happy. Haha.

Good for you though – don’t beat yourself for a few beers. Your diet is a bank account…splurge a little here, save a little there. You’ll be fine!

I need to lift more too. I think it would help my tennis game.


fizzgig August 21, 2013 at 8:49 pm

what? burn alchohol before fat? this is troubling for a gal that enjoys the wine…but it’s been heard!


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