Group Training is No Joke Ladies!


Group Training – Week 3

I am continuously amazed at how strong and focused all of these women are that meet up at 5am 3 days a week to train with Jeanne.

Tuesday we did a continuos effort for 30 minutes. The drill was to do a 200 meter (not sure on the exact distance) farmers carry of heavy kettle bells and then 10 Burpees – over and over and OVER again! We were going for broke! I, personally, liked this exercise. At the beginning my upper arms and shoulders were burning but by the end it was my legs (quads) that were burning from the burps. My lungs were pumping and my legs were tired by the end – overall total body workout!

Wednesday morning we had our very first pool exercise. For me, this is my weak area, and I am not used to that. I fully admitted that I didn’t know how to really swim and Jeanne had me stay near the wall.

We did lots of walking lunges and pushups for our warm-up. Then into the pool we went! First we did some freestyle swimming and then we did more work on specific form and w. 100-meter intervals (we could stop every 25m if we needed) – then got out and did pushups and squats in between. Wow – this was hard! My calf muscle almost charley horsed twice and my lungs felt like they were the size of golf balls!

The first time that I got out of the pool to do pushups my body felt like it was just dead weight! So heavy! This was a full body workout. I can already feel it in my back just sitting her typing this up. Now I totally understand the full challenge that people face when competing in Triathlons – and I was in a pool not OPEN WATER!

I’ll admit – I don’t like having a weak area as far as my physical fitness goes – so I plan to spend more time in the pool and hopefully improve! I would like to give a triathlon a goal list slot sometime next year after the Marathon is checked off!

Everyday that we meet at Oh-Dark-hundred is such a challenge! I thought that Jeanne worked me hard in our personal training (and she does) but boy – she works everyone just as hard in her group exercise. We do sprint drills, all sorts of challenging functional fitness, and we laugh, we sweat and we have a good time getting fit!! There isn’t much talking during the actual workout (there are some motivational encouragement exchanges but that’s all). We chitchat before and after the workouts mostly. It is, however, written on all of our faces at the end of that one hour – beat faced and drenched in sweat – we are all worn out and proud of ourselves!

These women range from a spouse who works fulltime w/ no children to fulltime working, plus kids, plus summer session, plus sleep deprivation, plus husbands who deploy and who knows what else! The most important thing is that they are not forgetting about themselves in the hustle and bustle of life. They wake up everyday and take time for them. They take the time to make fitness a priority! One of the many things I have learned along this journey is that I am still important… even though I am a mommy to Nola, a personal chef, an home accountant, a wife to Shane, and a college student…. My physical wellness is paramount. I need to be at the top of my game so that I can be able to take care of my family. And I know I have said it before but I think it is worth stating again – I want Nola to grow up knowing that being outside, running, exercising is a normal part of life – it’s fun and it’s what we do as a family!

Sporting Goods – Shopping in Okinawa

Recently Shane and I took a day and went looking for all sorts of places that selling sporting goods. This island is so focused on sports I just knew that there had to be some good places to buy running gear instead of constantly shopping online. What we found was that there are a lot of specialty stores. The signs will denote that they only sell soccer gear or baseball gear, etc. I remembered Jeanne sporting a great running skirt one day and mentioning a place called Sports Depot.

As luck would have it – we found ourselves driving right passed it! So we U-Turned and headed in. I will have to say… IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT!

Don't let this picture fool you - this place was HUGE! Look how tiny their shopping baskets are - we each took one!

They have an amazing shoes selection - this is only one isle of about 4 isles just for shoes. They have models of Asics I can't even find online.

The shoe section is to die for but their prices will definitely break the bank with the Yen – U.S Dollar rate being so terrible. I went crazy in that place. Pilling clothes a mile high on their tiny little shopping carts and zoomed over to the dressing rooms! Out of a mess of 40 outfits I had selected I easily narrowed it down to 6! I was so excited about this – now I can wear a different outfit each day of the week I run or train and still have one outfit left over in case I don’t get to laundry before the next week of training starts! YAY! I found Nike, Puma, and Under Armor – just to name a few recognized brands but they also have countless other great Japanese brands as well.

This is gross – but before I went shopping I only had one pair of shorts and two pairs of Capri’s – I was re-wearing sweaty running clothes! YUK! I’m sure I stunk!

I found their prices to be better than on base – even w/ the exchange rate – but that was mainly on the sale racks or no-name brands. They only items that were over priced (for me) were the shoes. The same exact pair of Asics that I wear were there and after the conversion rate those shoes would have cost me $160 from Sports Depot as apposed to on base they were $80.

I fell in love with these but can't find them anywhere online! Dangit!

Now – let me tell you – they had some expensive stuff there. I was amazed at how expensive the compression wear is. I was able to snag a pair for $50 (it was my most expensive item purchased). They are totally worth it though. HOWEVER, once you are sweaty and you stop to cop-a-squat behind some bushes to pee…they are practically impossible to get back on. My potty break on my 7-mile run this passed weekend took about 6 minutes total! 1 minute to pee and 5 to try and get my shorts back on!

Paleo!

Nutritional Tidbits!

Here is one of my new FAVORITE recipes from the Loren Cordain Paleo Diet book. I eat this as a recovery brunch! So after I get my recovery smoothie in and am showered for the day I am usually starving – this hits the spot every time!

The recipe is CHILI-LIME SHRIMP and it is listed in the book under the starters and appetizers.

First, I buy a large bag of medium sized shrimp and portion them out into sandwich baggies. This turns out to be a perfect one person serving size too! In the morning I set it out in my kitchen window to thaw – usually by the time I am ready to eat them they are thawed but if not I just run hot water into the bag and then drain it – works like a charm!

Perfect!

Now since these shrimp are already cooked I have to make a few changes to the cooking instructions of this recipe. I don’t want my shrimp to get rubbery.

Chili-Lime Shrimp

2 Tbsp EVOO

1 garlic clove, minced (I like two)

1/2 c. cherry tomatoes, sliced in half (I omit these)

1lb Med. Shrimp

1 tsp. Paprika

2 Tbsp Cilantro

Juice from half a lime

Cayenne pepper to taste!

How to: Heat oil in a cast iron skillet (or any skillet) over medium heat. Add garlic and saute while stirring for one minute. Add tomatoes and continue stirring for two minutes.

(At this point I turn off the heat to complete the rest – but if your shrimp are raw keep the heat on)

Toss in the shrimp and continue stirring for 2-3 minutes. Shrimp is done when it is pink. Turn off the heat and toss with paprika and cilantro. Squeeze lime juice over the shrimp and sprinkle with cayenne pepper. (I love to add feta cheese to mine and eat it in a bowl!)

I made this once for a get together at the house and everyone asked me for the recipe before they left! Wink, Wink!

What my typical dinner prep looks like now! I love my new Pampered Chef 2 cup and 1 cup measuring cups! This was for the Puerto Rican Beef recipe and it was delicious!

Dinner is all prepped and ready to be cooked!

Miles YTD = 155.75

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Getting to Know Your Body and Finding Balance!


I have been finding that there is no better way to get to know yourself (truly) than on the journey to better overall healthy living, eating and exercising! Since January I have truly transformed and I have the blog posts to prove it! My view of myself has changed and my view of my own abilities has really changed the most!

I used to just day dream about all the athletic things I wanted to do and vicariously live through the stories I would read in Runner’s World Magazine or Women’s Running Magazine. NOW, I am making my own stories – I am finding so much strength in my body and in my ability to stay focused.

I have Jeanne to thank for so many things…motivation, guidance, and partnership! It seems like just the other day I was meeting her for the first time in the lobby of Gunner’s Gym w/ all of my “Living Runner’s World” plans!

I also have all of my family and friends to thank as well. My family, even though they don’t comment much, I know they read and send me love in other ways! My friends keep up with me on Facebook mainly and send me their positive vibes for my goals! And then the best of all…this morning I was told by a woman at the group fitness class that I was the reason she was there, I couldn’t hardly believe my ears. She told me that she had been reading my blog a few months ago and it really motivated her. She is a mom of 2 (ages 4 & 6), active duty military and a wife. WOW – I inspired her! That alone makes me posting my pain, sweat and training all worth it! I will definitely try to make more time for this blog in the hopes that I can continue to motivate others.

 

School – Week 2

This marks week 2 in the summer session of school. Have I told you how crammed I am for time this session?! I am taking 4 courses and I have to divide my time up among them strategically in order to be more efficient and get all of my work done throughout the week. So I set my schedule up like this…

Mondays = Nutrition 100 (Rest Day)

Tuesdays = Financial Management 140 (Group Train)

Wednesdays = Psyc 441 – Learning & Behavior (Group Train)

Thursdays = Psyc. Of Sleep (Group Train)

Fridays = Rest Day and wrap up of all unfinished schoolwork.

Saturdays = Family day/Run

Sundays = Family day/Run

By the end of the week I aim to have all of my work done so that I can spend as much time w/ Shane and Nola as possible. So far that has worked out well but it is only week 2! By the time week 5 (MidTerms) rolls around I am usually a basket case!

In order to be able to stick to this schedule we all have to work together! I set some rules about the household tasks and everyone seems to be happy.

Mainly, I said – there will be NO cleaning by ME from Mon-Fri. If you need something washed you better do it yourself! I will cook but it will mainly be in the Crockpot so I can set it on a break from studying and then forget about it until it’s time to eat! (Considering there are only so many dishes that work in the Crockpot I do have to stop studying early some days to prep dinner.) Also, I set Sat OR Sun to be the house-cleaning day. Everyone helps. Shane and I basically just ask each other what we prefer to do that day (you want floors or bathrooms?) and go to it! All laundry is done the day we decide to clean (usually about 4 loads) and we take turns folding a load that is ready.

Life is much better now that we have set some boundaries on what gets done and when! I am so blessed to have a super helpful husband. He cleans without question – and he even does things the way I like them to be done so I’m not going into OCD shock afterwards! He always empties the dishwasher if he sees it needs it – and it usually does! AND he cooks whenever I ask him. He has no problem admitting when a recipe seems complicated – so sometimes I just prep everything and then he finishes. Either way – we work as a very good team and life is so much better now that I don’t feel like I am “expected” to do everything in the house on top of my personal goals with school and training. We established this set of rules shortly after Nola was born and I was at home losing my mind!


Reshaping – Where did my Ta-Ta’s Go?

Well – there is no good way to write about this so I am just diving into it! I have no boobs now. After breast-feeding I still had some boob-ish boobies but just a deflated version of my previous ones. Now, I am very very lean from eating Paleo and the more fat I lose the less boobs I have. I went online to try and find out what size I am now… and I am AA. So in other words, as I explained to my husband – “the reason why I need to buy more bras is because I have no boob to poor into the cup! So even the A’s require that your boob have some volume in order for it to fit properly into the cup of the bra.”

Well after breastfeeding there was no more volume. As my mother-in-law put it – they look like old tube socks! I went from (before prego) A to a full D while nursing and now to a AA. WILD, huh?

Me - Dec. 2009 - Nola was only 1 month old

Today! Nola is 19 Months!

I have totally come to terms w/ this fact about my new reshaped body. I am an athletically built person now…I don’t care about the boobs (especially since my ass looks amazing!) but what I care about is still feeling sexy and feminine in my underwear. I have been doing some googling on this matter and have found some great “petite bra” websites! LET THE ONLINE SHOPPING BEGIN! Lol!

Wish me luck!

Paleo Talk

I went through a little spell where I was really snacking like crazy (kitkat heaven!) and also still really laying on the cheese and dairy too. Shane and I discussed our interest in really doing Paleo the right way a few weeks ago and since have been doing really well. I went through a phase where I was really dropping weight again, I went from 130-ish to 125lb in two weeks but I wasn’t happy about it. I don’t want to lose more weight. I need fat for my body to use as fuel during my training (started reading Paleo for Athletes). I upped my protein intake more and also focused on healthier ways to refuel and since have come back up to my normal 127-128lb range.

I have been learning in my nutrition class about how the body breaks down food and all the interesting stuff about phytochemicals – which are the plant based nutrients in seasonings! It’s really interesting and as soon as my notes make more sense – less scribbly – I will share what I am learning! But until then – use lots of seasoning – it’s a good thing!

Training tidbits – my mileage is still at the 8mile LSR range and is starting to progressively get a little longer w. each weekly LSR. July will be when we really just start focusing on mileage! Until then, strength training is the focus. The bad thing about July is that it gets sooo stinkin’ HOT hear! I mean, melt your face off HOTTA! So I will definitely be maintaining my wake-up and workout at 5am routine until October sometime.

It is definitely super hard to do this group training from 5-6am and still find the time and energy for my other runs I need to get in as well as all the reading and writing this session is requiring. Life is very busy right now but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! After this session I will only have 3 classes left until I can graduate. September I will (hopefully) start substitute teaching at the DODD schools on base and I will be a few months closer to seeing what running 26.2 miles feels like!