Nothing gets me more motivated than putting together a workout schedule! I currently have half marathon #5 in April and then, 4 weeks later, half marathon #6! I've never ran 2 HMs back to back like this. If all goes well, I think I'll sign up for a 3rd HM within 90 days so that I can become a member of the Half Fanatics! Here's what I'll be doing for the next 3 months...
I made my own running schedule this year, modified off a schedule from nomeatathlete.com (I do eat meat, just liked this schedule). For my previous 4 HMs, I have followed Hal Higdon's Novice 1 plan. Hal's plan worked well, but I needed something to fit my schedule better. I'm a full time working single mom of a son who has had more extracurricular activities in kindergarten alone, than I had in all of my school years combined! That is a slight exaggeration, but the point is... I stay busy. I like this plan because the weekday runs never exceed 4 miles. I tailored the weekend runs so that my longer runs happen on the weekends that my son is with his dad. I'm trying to avoid running 10 miles on a treadmill ever again while trying to entertain the lil guy. The letters on the schedule represent the type of run I plan to do: E=Easy, I=Interval, H=Hill, T=Tempo and L=Long.
The other workouts are the last 3 weeks of T25 Beta and the next 4 weeks of T25 Gamma. Yep, I bought gamma and I've SO EXCITED for the challange. I'm not sure what my supplemental activity will be once gamma is complete. Ideas are repeating some of T25, starting p90x3 (love the shortened workouts) or possibly starting Insanity. (The OCD side of me is completely going nuts over posting this without knowing for sure what I plan to do the last 6 weeks!!!)
Food sucks. My eating is horrible. I try so hard (I really do)! I have these kick-ass awesomely clean breakfasts and lunches and by the time dinner comes, I'm so hungry that I just eat horribly. Obviously the answer is to stop depriving myself so much during the day. I workout well in the evening, but that doesn't stop me from eating. I try to distract myself, but it's so hard to resist. Am I addicted to eating? I sat at the office yesterday with M&Ms, carmel popcorn and cookies beckoning me ALL. DAY. LONG. I resisted the temptation, but it was really hard. When I got home, I had one 35-calorie sleeve of Braylon's PEZ candy and it was hard not to eat the other 8 sleeves. Should it really be so hard to resist these things? I know the science behind what I need to do, I've done it before. I know what I do wrong: I restrict myself more than I should, lose weight well but then I relapse (or whatever you want to call it). I need that healthy middle ground and I feel like that has to come from a change in my mind. So with all that said, I plan to COMPLETELY throw away everything that's not clean and healthy in my house this weekend. Then I'm going to the grocery and buying clean food. Here's the main jist of my list:
- lean meats
- veggies (including kale and spinach for smoothies)
- nuts (I'm still nervous about these. I've been in calorie counting mode for so long that these were a no-no.)
- whole grains (still stumped on what I can and can't have)
On a mission to weigh less than 200 in 2014! I will do this!
EDIT: after posting this, I found this awesome list and website with lots of good info http://www.heandsheeatclean.com/2013/01/clean-eating-shopping-list.html