starting over sucks

I’m ashamed by how difficult this run was for me, but this is my motivation to get better. 

I need a new project now that the wedding is over; so why not running? D wants to train to run a half-marathon in April. Sounds good (and also crazy hard) to me. 

Go big or go home, right?

In related news, my knee braces worked beautifully.  Maybe this will actually work this time. 

Starts with G…

G is for…this new gadget I picked up today. It’s my reward for finishing my 3 week BeachBody accountability challenge. I have considered getting one for a while, but today I read a few articles that pushed me to finally do it. I’m a very goal oriented person, so things like activity trackers and the like motivate me. So far I have one run under my belt with this Apple Watch (though I forgot to hit start and track it as an indoor run…doh! Learning curve!) and it told me that my little 30 minute run burned 258 calories. I love having info like this at my fingertips! I plan on doing a strength workout later this evening.

My BB coach invited me to participate in a new challenge which goes for 90 days, though it has already been in progress for about a month. I’m all signed up and ready to go. The My Challenge app is really awesome. I love using it to post before/after pics, record my workouts, and chat with similarly minded ladies. I feel like this last challenge changed me. Exercise doesn’t feel like as much of a chore. I even look forward to it most days. I feel better about myself physically and mentally.

Maybe I really should become a BB coach, huh? Something to think about.


Had my Shakeology this morning. I tried vanilla for the first time. I’m not sure yet if I like it more than the chocolate. More time is needed. I had planned to get up early and get a workout in since I’m busy tonight, but it didn’t happen because I had a bad night of sleep. More on that later. But…last night D and I went for a late night run and then I came back and did Upper Fix. This is the last week of my current accountability group, but I definitely want to join another one. I think another coach friend is about to do a 21 day fix group, and 21 day fix is my fucking jam, so…

I’m going to stop weighing myself for a while, I think. The numbers are all over the place and it’s making me crazy. On Monday, the scale said I had gained seven pounds overnight. That was the day after a seriously strenuous eight mile hike, so I know that had a lot to do with it, but my motivation and self esteem still took a huge hit. So fuck the scale. What really matters is that I feel good, like better than I have in a really long time. I’m going to keep on keeping on, do my thing, and ignore the scale. Well at least until we replace the batteries, which are almost dead. 😂

Dave says he can see and feel a difference in my body, but, most importantly, he sees a tremendous change in my mood. That alone is worth all the hard work. 

If you’re on a fitness journey of your own and need a pep talk/accountability pal then hit me up. Available for fitness dates 💜

Boo grr boo

I weighed myself this morning and I’m up like two pounds, which I get is most likely just water weight, but still…what a fucking disappointment. It really fucks with the motivation to see a fucking gain after doing so well this past week.

I found this advice/info on the BeachBody site:

The most likely reason your scale crept up is inflammation. When you work out, it causes little tears in your muscle fibers. This is called microtrauma and it’s why you feel sore after a workout. On the upside, your body heals these little tears, making the fibers tougher than they originally were. That’s how you become stronger and fitter. It’s part of a process called adaptation.

To make these repairs, your body uses its standard healing process, including the inflammation phase—something that’s become a dirty word in our modern world. When you incur injury, including microtrauma, your body releases various substances generally known as inflammatory mediators that swarm the area and perform triage, bringing in healing white blood cells and opening up blood vessels to flush out debris and toxins. There’s so much going in that area that it swells up, or inflames.

The fluid required for inflammatory response obviously weighs something—and that might show up on the scale. When inflammation is allowed to occur in a healthy way, it’s temporary.

Of course, keeping your diet healthy and allowing for adequate rest and recovery will help speed the body to less inflammatory phases of healing, but the main key is to keep calm and carry on. If you’re new to fitness—or perhaps just new to a particular kind of fitness—there’s going to be a lot of adaptation going on and therefore a noticeable level of inflammation. It should subside in a couple weeks.

So I guess the moral of the story is: suck it the fuck up, buttercup, and keep getting it.