Keeping Track | My Fitness Journal

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I have decided to work harder to reach my 2015 goal of a leaner me. This means that I need to keep track of my weight lifting, and what is working and what isn’t working concerning all fitness. I researched several options including running journals, print outs, etc., and I decided to just go with the simplest route.

The Moleskine journal is just the right size for the gym. I can stick it in my desk drawer at home, in the glove compartment of my car, in my FitBelt, etc. Plus, the size discourages me from writing more than is really necessary. It has truly been great for the New Rules of Lifting for Women program, because I cannot always remember which workout I am on, or how much weight I lifted the previous week. Plus, its easier to keep track of my splits for speed workouts when they are written down. With this journal, its all written down for easy reference.

Tell me, how do you keep track of your fitness? Do you?

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Get Lean in 2015 | The Before

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As you may know, I have managed to keep the pounds that I lost over a year ago off, staying under 140 lbs until January. At which time due to the Holidays, I have maintained at 143 lbs. My Goal for 2015 is to lean out, which may or may not require me to loose more weight. Accordingly, I am changing my eating habits from maintenance again as well as amping up my fitness to break from maintenance to change.

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I have decided to do the weight lifting program as outlined in The New Rule of Lifting for Women, which I began last week. I took before pictures and recorded what I look like now, so I have a starting point to compare again in the coming months. I will go into more detail in later posts, for now, check out my starting point, and say goodbye because I will look different in just one month!

2015 | The Plan

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The new year is days away and I am looking forward to all it has to offer. I had a good 2014, but I will do a separate post concerning that. 2015 will be about leaning out, reaching new running goals and conquering snacking.

FITNESS

I am currently on the Hanson Half Marathon plan in preparation for a Half Marathon I am doing in March, however I have a 5k planned in January and a half in February as well.

I am doing a 12 week beginner weight lifting series I found on Pinterest as a simple and easy lifting option while training. Post training, in the off season, I plan to go hard on the weights and really build some total body strength. I will spend the last part of the year training for another Marathon, of which I have yet to decide upon.

Altogether, I plan to have a dynamite year of fitness in 2015.

FOOD

My annual soup season has already begun with a delicious chicken and vegetable soup (my recipe). Next up will be a Samosa soup, with what I hope will be a delicious take on one of my favorite dishes. I am now storing my soups differently and nixing the constant variety. Instead I make one pot of soup, eat it until it runs out and make another. I will do a video on how I store and re-heat my soup. I will continue with soup through the winter, and then move back to Mason Jar salads over the summer, not sure about Spring right now.

I have been slacking on my green smoothies, but I plan to start ingesting a green smoothie with whey as my post exercise meal on workout days. They make such great recovery meals, and will not cut into daily calories that way.

I need to get a better handle on dinner, so for the next year I plan to meal plan around this bit of advice:

I want to take the serious thought process out and just eat based on my current goal. My immediate post holiday goal will be fat loss, so dinner will consist of mostly Protein and veggies. I am still snacking during work and eating soup immediately post. I have been bored with breakfast, but I need to eat what is in my house, so the immediate mission will be to “shop my house” until I run out of breakfast options.

I received a wonderful new camera as a Christmas gift, so I will also post a lot more in the new year.

*Cheers* to a New Year and an even better you!

My First Marathon | The Experience

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I am so excited to say that I am officially a Marathoner! I completed the Space Coast Marathon in Cocoa Beach, Fl. this past weekend. It was difficult, but I finished and I actually want to do another Marathon next year! The video below goes into greater detail about the entire experience:

I am now in recovery mode, which means light running and lots of yoga.

 

Before and After | January 13′ vs January 14′

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13-14 bodyWell, I did it. the pics on the left are even before shred, and before I lost a couple of pounds. The pics on the left were taken yesterday morning. Last year was a good year in health for me. I lost and kept off a total of 15 (maybe if I am being completely honest, 17) pounds and I really started living a much healthier lifestyle. I made it through the holidays losing one pound instead of gaining 20 like I did in 2012. I plan to loose at least another 5 lbs this year and ultimately loose 10 more pounds. I plan to be consistent with my healthy eating, not eating so many sweets, and to just keep eating tasty and healthy food. This year is off to a good start, and I am quite optimistic about my goals. *Cheers* to a great year in Health & Fitness!