March 30, 2014

My last few weeks of Lent

It's been a LONG time since I've talked about God on this blog. And if you remember my last several posts, I've been getting cue after cue to slow the fuck down and smell the flowers. My new job leaves plenty of time for me time and time with friends and my dear husband. My husband and I have had several serious conversations about our life, marriage, and ourselves since the year started. The most startling of all of them was my husband bringing to my attention the fact that I am social media obsessed.

Clearly I am, I LOVE facebook, instagram, foursquare, reading blogs, but the toll that was putting on my marriage and my life was harsh. My husband said I needed to change and he was right. I was spending so much time living through social media I wasn't paying attention to what was right in front of me. So I started limiting any social media time- specifically my phone when I was home.

But then I felt the need to do more. What I was doing wasn't enough. I needed to do more. So I decided for lent to make a drastic change.

No texting after work or on weekends period. This includes reading my text messages.
No posting to fb via my phone- in fact I deleted the app from my phone completely.
No use of my phone after work or on weekends unless it was for google maps, looking up an address, taking a photo, or phone calls.

While it's been a challenge, I've realized I have had to work so much harder to keep in contact with people. I can't just text them throughout the day, we have to have a conversation. I've also realized that I was completely dependant on my phone. Now I can leave it in the car or at home and I don't care too much.

My husband has been entirely supportive, reading text messages for me, and reminding me to not touch my phone when I start to reach for him. It's been quiet an experience, but I am entirely glad that I decided to do it.

Anyone else feel compelled to give up something for lent? If so, how did it change YOUR life?

March 22, 2014

Working Hard or Hardly Working?

That pretty much describes my runs lately. I feel like I am REALLY trying hard to get my running lungs back and to do my HiiT workouts 4-5 days a week and after 4 months, I still don't have my running lungs back.

So am I not working enough? Or working too hard? To be honest I am not sure. But we cracked down on our diet/lifestyle change and I've managed to resist all the cookies, cupcakes, girl scout cookies, and donuts that make their way into my office every day. I have not had a single one.

And if we go out for group lunches or I meet girls for dinner, I stick with healthy options like fresh fruit, salads, spaghetti squash instead of pasta. I have one cheat day a week where I eat something I don't normally.

The scale has dropped about 4 or 5 pounds since we cracked down on our food choices, but I haven't felt the body slim down at all. Handsome built me a dip station and I can feel myself getting stronger every time I get to use it. My daily workouts have moved to the garage and I feel like they are doing well each morning. Even if they are at 4:30 am now.

So I think I just need to keep on the right path and stick with the routine. And pray my running lungs come back.

January 17, 2014

The Challenge Begins

I conquered Day 3 of the Catching Fire HiiT Challenge! 12 minutes a day, full body workout, that's all it is. I'm loving the shorter workouts and trying to max out my efforts with each day. Get the most burn for my time. I'm also running with the dogs for a mile 3 days a week and doing a 2-3 mile run once on the weekends too. Can't forget about my half marathon training.

So the Challenge began Wednesday to work to get stronger, leaner, and well more awesome looking. I'll share my stats to give you some inspiration to work towards as well:

Left Arm: 11.75 inches
Right Arm: 12 inches
Bust: 37 inches
Under Bust: 30.5 inches
Waist: 30 inches
Hip:37.5 inches
Left Thigh: 24.5 inches
Right Thigh: 24 inches
Weight: 145.8 pounds

I'm really just working to feel better. I know with more mileage the pounds will shed but I want to look cut and toned and less flabby thin. 

Here's some motivational photos I am working towards

I know it won't happen over night, but dedication, persistence, and sticking to a workout plan AND eating plan and I will get there. One damn ounce of fat at a time.