The week has come- it’s the final countdown to me making my first appearance as a bridesmaid but more importantly, in less than a week one of my best friends in the world is going to marry the love of her life. I would promise there aren’t tears in my eyes just thinking about it, but I would be lying. The whole up close and personal experience that comes with being in a wedding has been eye-opening and overall positive, exciting, and quite the build up! I still want to recap the bridal shower (and the AMAZING) food there, the bachelorette vacation, and of course, the wedding. Series coming soon, haha.
So what is this post really about? It’s about my plan for this week and how it fits into the long term plan of me fitting back into clothes I had hoped to be back into by now. Meatless Mondays and lunches are going well. Not watching as much TV has translated into less snacking (and more decluttering!) But it’s not enough. But it’s something. But I’m ready to do more.
First in line was to get back on track for half-marathon training. I was able to complete all of my runs last week! I even surprised myself this weekend. The training plan called for 7 miles on Saturday. I moved it to 6.2 miles on Sunday, I was going to run the Run, Jane, Run 10k on Sunday. I was feeling a little sick on Saturday and at the last minute decided not to do an official race on Sunday (and save the money) and just go for a 6 mile run at my own pace. I was up pretty early and had some kale and finished off the remainder of the chocolate covered edamame from Trader Joes. I’m not someone who can exercise on an empty stomach, however, chocolate before a lengthy run may have been a poor choice. It was dark chocolate though…
My run was pleasant. Armed with a new running playlist I had created for my 10k (oops) I was a new girl- at least for the first three miles. At mile four, I hit a wall my pace had gone from around 10 min/miles to nearly 12:30 miles. Woof. It was around this time I was saying out loud to myself, “I am Katniss,” “I can do this,” and “I’m stronger than I know.” I think I spent the rest of the run making up for mile four! On my way back home, I was feeling better, hit my rhythm and called an audible. I would go for seven. On my final stretch, my left knee was whimpering, but I felt victorious. I was back on track for my half marathon training and has run 7.1 miles in one hour and twenty minutes to prove it. In case you’re wondering- turns out kale and chocolate covered edamame before a big run aren’t such a bad idea. I did have some stomach turns and some burp-like happenings but no taste returned to my mouth. I can totally cope with feeling food coming back up as long as the flavor doesn’t make it back up too. That probably doesn’t make any sense but then again, all of the feelings and thoughts and stuff that happens with running doesn’t always make sense either. What do you recommend for pre-running eats?
The Updated 1/2 Training Plan:
Some things to note on this plan: Yes- I did count picking up sticks as cross-training. A small tree absolutely exploded after it was struck by lightening in my Gram’s backyard and it was tough work. Last week my 1/2 plan tentatively included a half marathon just before the R’n'R one- that’s out of the picture, mostly because it’s the Browns home opener. I’m being brutally honest with myself here- if the Blogilates day called for 5 videos and I only did 2, I’m not letting myself put down “Blogilate Workout” and be able to vaguely think I did it all. This week has been appropriately moved around to accommodate for wedding travel.
Speaking of eats- just to keep this post all over the place and to make sure I’m putting six posts into one, let’s talk about the diet I’m trying. Yes, I’m going to call it a diet and not a healthy living choice because, let’s call it like it is, folks. At the Fitbloggin’ conference, we received a complimentary Jump Start Diet Kit from Nutrilite. I actually have two, for possibly giving one away, but I felt like I should try something before I subject someone else to it.
The guidelines are simple, replace 1-2 meals each day with the chocolate protein shake provided, take two aloe shots for the first days (also provided), eat two “slimmetry” tablets 20-30 minutes before each meal, and use the fruity appetite control chews when you have cravings between meals. I started this yesterday and thus far, I feel fine. I was nervous about this whole thing because I had heard some mixed reviews, initial skepticism at the conference, warnings of hives from the aloe shots, and general not feeling well while trying this. I’m ready to bail at any point if I don’t feel awesome because feeling 100% for the wedding this weekend and keeping up with my half marathon training are way more important than keeping up this guinea pig experiment.
The aloe shots do not taste bad. I would say they’re comparable to a 5 hour energy. The slimmetry pills don’t taste like anything but they look and smell very, herbal. The chocolate protein shake tastes…not like chocolate. This is going to be hard to describe but the flavor reminds me of the aftertaste of a protein bar. Chalky isn’t quite the word, it’s more bland than anything. I’ve been adding it to water to get this result. I’m thinking about adding it to almond milk to see if that helps. It’s not the end of the world and for breakfast, I’m not picky about taste.
Hopefully the running and the new diet will come together and form the perfect storm so that I reach my first fitness goal this week. My first incentive is a pedicure and I’m scheduled to get one on Wednesday for the wedding so I better have reached my goal! In my eyes- it’s very reachable, so I just have to keep my fingers crossed and avoid cheese and crackers until then.
P.S. I’m still working on my weekly mindfulness activities with Julie, at Am I There Yet? This week’s task is “without a trace.” I will have more on the new task and my recap and thoughts on last week’s task soon. Spero.