The good, the bad, and the okay

First up the good:  I just got a new book this week, a few of you may be familiar with it.  It’s called the Ultimate Booty Workouts by Tamara Grand aka Fitknitchick. ImageI am excited to start integrating this into my strength routine, which is sadly almost nothing at the moment.  I struggle with keeping a balance of running and strength normally, but the high mileage runs that I am doing for my marathon have all but stopped them.  Tamara has done an excellent job of outlining some simple, but effective exercises to help “build, lift, and sculpt and amazing butt”.  In reality it also helps to really work out your core, which is also really important (especially for runners).  Tuesday I will do my first round at lunch since I have the equipment available at the office.

The bad: I didn’t get my long run completed as scheduled.  I just didn’t have the energy in me since I hadn’t been feeling well for a few days.  I am certain that it was in part exhaustion, allergies, and somehow I got really dehydrated.  I say somehow because I know I had more water to drink Friday and Saturday than I have for a long time, yet (TMI sorry) I wasn’t feeling the need to pee frequently and that just didn’t add up if I were hydrated enough.  I am doing better today, but still disappointed that my 17 miles didn’t get done yesterday.  I will still be able to accomplish it and my 18 & 20 mile run that I need to before I start to taper. 

The okay: I am in size 10 jeans again.  I will call this okay…because I have been struggling with the whole weight issue since starting marathon training.   Right now I can fit some size 8 pants and some size 10 depending on the cut or style.  The part that isn’t really the best is that although I am not really “fat” I have lost some of my muscle definition and my belly/hip area has expanded.  I have not checked my lean muscle/fat ratios but I expect that they are not what I want to see. I’m also calling it okay, because it is what it is at the moment and I KNOW that I have the ability to change it (see the good up above).  If I dwell in despair I will emotionally eat and it just makes the cycle worse, overly dramatic I know, but truth.

That’s part of my week in a nutshell, not bad overall.  I will however add one more good in an effort to end this post on a more positive note.  I have been getting the opportunity to do more health wellness related things that aren’t necessarily related to my primary role at work.  My bosses have noticed how much I want to do that and are giving me some opportunities to be creative and I love that.

How was your week, share some of the good so we can inspire each other. Do you have some new equipment or a new training plan to try?

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pamela Hernandez (@ThriveFit)
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 04:27:45

    Glutes give you power for running, glad you found some simple ways to strength train while marathon training. Cross training is part of any good program.

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  2. Suzanne Digre (@WorkoutNirvana)
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 08:49:05

    Meh! Forget the bad and okay. Just get after it this week and let the rest go :).

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  3. tonee78
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 06:53:57

    Move on from the bad! I love Tamara’s book, it is pretty awesome!

    Reply

  4. Sarah @ Beauty School Dropout
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 14:31:50

    that’s awesome that you’re getting to do more health related stuff at work! All your hard work and enthusiasm is paying off.

    Reply

  5. shiramiller
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 12:24:19

    I agree with Suzanne – focus on all of the wonderful things that you have accomplished…including the weight loss and smaller clothing size!

    Reply

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