Fitness Update

I thought I would post an update to my previous post about working out and eating right again. I’m on my third week of following Weight Watchers and the Fitness Blender workout plan, and I feel great! I’ve lost almost 4 pounds, and I feel like I am getting better and better at the workouts I’m doing. My arms and legs look and feel more toned, and I feel better overall. I have been sleeping much better as well. Now that I am actually below my weight goal, I’m really focusing on toning up and getting rid of the jelly tummy left from carrying a human being around for 9 months. I really can’t say enough good things about the Fitness Blender workouts and training plans. When I joined my previous gym, I had 3 sessions with a personal trainer, which I really loved. The workouts were simple but effective, and I felt like the time I spent at the gym was really efficiently used. I haven’t felt that way since until I started using the Fitness Blender plan. I know this sounds like an infomercial, but no one is paying me to write this, I promise!

I bought some new kicks because my heavy stability running shoes were not comfortable for all the plyometric exercises. I picked up these ASICS Gel-Invasions, and they are light and bouncy in the right places.

Love my new cross-trainers. Way better for my @fitnessblender workouts than heavy motion control runners.

As a Weight Watchers lifetime member, I can go to meetings free and get eTools (the website and apps for tracking) for free as long as I stay within 2 pounds of my goal weight. So now I’ve been going to WW and weighing in so that should keep me motivated to keep the weight off hopefully. I have a feeling when Margaret completely weans (she nurses twice a day now) I will have to adjust to less food again so I’m trying to be proactive about it now.

I will continue to keep you posted! I’m really looking forward to seeing my progress at the end of the 8-week workout program. I plan to purchase another one of their plans at that point since this one has been so awesome!


Mixed Bag – Links for you.

We’ll see if I can make this a regular feature.  Here are some interesting links I’ve found recently:

1.  A New York Times “Well” blog post by Tara Parker Pope titled “Six Meaningless Claims on Food Labels.”

2.  Fed Up: School Lunch Project – A public school teacher who is fed up with students who can’t pay attention after their high carb, high fat school lunches is eating school lunch for a year and blogging a picture every day.

3.  Nicholas Sparks and Miley Cyrus are working together. From USA Today. Sounds like a big pile of puke to me.  I love this quote because it’s so ridiculous that he thinks he’s somehow better than romance writers:

“I don’t write romance novels.” His preferred terminology: “Love stories — it’s a very different genre. I would be rejected if I submitted any of my novels as romance novels.”

4.  The Help is being adapted to film.  From Variety.  I’m reserving judgement for now.

5.  Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, and Robert Pattinson will be starring in the screen adaptation of Water for Elephants. From MTV.  One of these things doesn’t belong here, and it’s not Reese or Christoph.  This is another movie I’m nervous about.  Leave my favorite books alone!

6.  Hilary Duff has a book deal with Simon & Schuster.  It can’t be worse than Lauren Conrad, I guess.

Running and Fitness Report – February 2010

I’m a bit late with this report, but here you go:

  • Running: 70 miles
  • Swimming: 4000 meters
  • Core fitness workouts: 2
  • Lower body workouts: 2
  • Yoga sessions: 3
  • Pounds lost or gained: No idea


1.  My main accomplishment this month was the Virginia is for Lovers 14K.  I finished it in 1:50, which was a personal best for that distance because my pace was 12:38 overall.  For anything longer than 7 miles, my pace typically slows to 13:15 or so.  My race report is here.

2.  I stopped weighing myself until after the half-marathon.  It is just frustrating to run 20 miles one week and gain two pounds.  I refuse to keep being disappointed with my weight when I’m working so hard and eating well.

3.  Due to the increase in mileage in my training plan this month, I slacked off on cross-training.  My IT band has not acted up as a result so I’m not too worried.  After the half-marathon, I’ll add in more cross-training and do lower mileage runs.  The problem is that all of my runs now are at least 1 hour long and almost 3 hours for my long ones.  After that, I just don’t have time to come back and do strength training if I want to have dinner and enjoy at least some of my evening or weekend.

4.  We had a health fair at work last month where we got our blood pressure, cholesterol, and BMI checked and then talked to a counselor about our numbers.  All of mine are excellent except my HDL.  It is 47, which is normal, but they prefer that women keep it above 50.  I talked to the lady to try to find out what I can change to improve this number.  Here is the conversation we had:

  • Me: “What can I do to improve my HDL?”
  • Mean lady: “You can start doing aerobic excercise.”
  • Me: “Well, I’m a runner already.”
  • Mean lady: “Do more.”
  • Me: “I run 20 miles a week. My marriage might fall apart if I spend any more time exercising.”
  • Mean lady, with a look on her face that she didn’t believe me: “Well, you can eat more fish and nuts.”
  • Me: “Thanks, have a nice day.”

So, anyway, I am eating more fish and taking an Omega-3 supplement now.  I also snack on almonds on my breaks at work.  We’ll see if that works.