Accountability // Health + Fitness Update # 1

June 9, 2017 in #GetFit,#MomLife,#SweatPink,fitness,goals,health,life,mother runner,running,wellness

It’s been one week since my fitness update. And I feel amazing! Don’t get me wrong — things have not been perfect. Nope. In fact, I’ve barely been home to make dinner; I’ve been slacking on things around the house; and I’ve generally been a crazy person.

But I feel amazing.

In fact, I had gained three pounds over the Memorial Day holiday. Yep. That’s what happens when you go to a wedding and have family parties literally all weekend! But I did my Weight Watchers weigh-in Tuesday and I lost 6. SIX! This is: a.) the most I’ve ever lost in a week. Ever. and b.) it wasn’t easy. Not at all.

I know I’ve mentioned previously how much I love that WW allots points weekly to focus on the ‘bigger picture,’ and this week was a testament. I mean, I had days where I went way over with my points (and used my allotted weekly ‘wiggle room’); but I also had days where I was right on track. One thing was consistent — I consistently moved — Every damn day.

In fact, my fitness goal of 108 points was surpassed tremendously — I earned 116 fitness points! Those fitness points can essentially be ‘used’ towards food; but, I didn’t use all of them, thankfully.

The key to my success was this: I tracked everything. When you hold yourself accountable and actually track — whether it be through an app or writing it down — what you eat? It changes the whole freaking game, ya’ll. I mean, I looooove food. Love it. And I have an affinity for craft beer. But tracking it all still held me accountable. I was able to see how much or how little I was eating and where my ‘points’ went!

And that automatically makes a gal make better decisions. But I still lived my life like a normal person.

AND I STILL LOST SIX POUNDS. Crazy. pants. ya’ll.

So let’s real-talk this out — Here’s what my fitness routine looked like last week (PS. My weigh-in days are Tuesdays):

Tuesday = an easy walk with the kids but not much else.

Wednesday = 30 minutes of running.

Thursday = Treadmill workout; quick-walking pace + steady incline.

Friday = an easy walk with the kids in the double stroller.

Saturday = 45-minute, butt-kicking, cycling class.

Sunday = 30 minute run, outside, by myself, in the rain! ♥

Monday = 45-minute, butt-kicking, cycling class (again).

Also, I regularly met my own personal goal of 10k steps per day. I just made sure my booty got up and moving!

So, in short, I moved + I sweated a lot. But I also ate mostly healthy and still indulged on occasion. But from hereon out I’m not going to refer to it as ‘indulging;’ I’m going to call it living. Because that’s what it is. It’s living.


Other developments:

You’re looking at the newest head-coach of the Riverfront YMCA Girls on the Run, 5th-8th grade girls! We are launching this Summer/Fall and I’m SO excited to be a part of this!

Also, I’ve been doing lots of interval training, but during my rainy-day run I actually ran 22.5 minutes straight before stopping. This is huge! I thought, for sure, I could keep going. But then I came upon a HUGE hill and almost died and the end. But 22.5 minutes! And then I walked for about 2 minutes (killer hill) and then ran another 8 minutes. Not bad. Not bad at all!


So yeah. This past week was a good one. A very good one, health-wise. If you’ve been following since the beginning of this blog (which I’m guessing 99% of you haven’t — because that was a long, loooong, time ago), I finally feel like I’m getting back to my ‘roots’ again. It feels… amazing.

Mostly, I am happy. I am happy that I’m finally beginning to get back to myself again. I can’t wait to keep you updated on my journey!

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Cayla June 9, 2017 at 12:57 pm

I agree about tracking calories and food. It’s the only thing that has kept me accountable.

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Deanna June 9, 2017 at 4:20 pm

Awesome! Keep posting your updates. I need inspiration for my health and fitness!

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Kim June 9, 2017 at 5:09 pm

Good for you! It’s amazing what moving can do for a mama! Keep it up!

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Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries June 9, 2017 at 10:11 pm

Isn’t it amazing how good it feels to actually feel good, and how that feeling can inspire you to keep making good choices? Awesome job!

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Charissa | thenotsobusymomc June 9, 2017 at 10:12 pm

I enjoyed reading this update! I am working on losing 10lbs. I look forward to reading more updates from you as I found this one to be super encouraging. Thanks!

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Sumer June 10, 2017 at 7:21 am

Wow! This is so awesome, Rachel! Tracking your food really does make a huge difference, I completely agree! Loved your update. Keep them coming!

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Kristian June 11, 2017 at 10:40 am

awesome keep up the good work! I need to start taking more accountability! Thanks for the motivation!

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Samantha Kuzyk- Raising Twincesses June 11, 2017 at 11:37 am

Great job mama! I totally agree that writing things down helps with accountability! Keep up the great work + keep sweating!

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Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy June 11, 2017 at 8:56 pm

Way to go friend!!! It can be so tough to get in shape, but it sounds like you are rocking it! 🙂

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Brittany June 12, 2017 at 7:37 am

I’m new to Cleveland…lots to do and see! Glad I made the move

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Darlene June 12, 2017 at 7:39 am

Ive recently been diagnosed with diabetes so some of things you e accomplished gives me hope in reversing this disease

Thank you

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Carmen June 12, 2017 at 7:41 am

Most of my family have some complication from high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease so staying healthy and in shape is a MUST for me some of the things you e been doing such as writing your meals down are helpful tips

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Amber Battishil June 12, 2017 at 9:54 am

I love reading updates like these! There is such a fine balance when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle between being obsessive about it or not getting too wrapped up in it. It looks like you’ve found the perfect balance!

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Alyssa Funk June 12, 2017 at 12:11 pm

That is so awesome on your weight loss this week! I need to start WW again.

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My Teen Guide June 12, 2017 at 2:18 pm

Congratulations and keep up the good work. I am currently at my ideal weight, so the only issue I need to address is to maintain my current weight. I don’t do well with counting calories, so I use apps and fitness trackers to do that for me.

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