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Working On My Fitness

I joined Erin and Kristin for their #4weeksfit challenge last month and have also been working on my fitness.

My goals for the #4weeksfit challenge was to work on my training in the Couch to 5K program, as well as start IIFYM for eating. I am proud to say that I have been showing up every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4:45 am to say hello to my little friend the treadmill. There, I literally work my ass off and push myself harder than I ever have in my life with running. Each week I can run a few minutes longer, and each week I give myself self-fives.

I brought back leg day for Tuesdays. I just do the bulk leg work out from Body Beast because it works on all different parts of the legs. I also do the six minute arm work out from Pop Sugar Fitness either during the “rests” or after.

On Thursdays, I either do a chest/shoulders/back work out from Body Beast or a few different Pop Sugar Fitness work outs, either cardio or strength training.

Now that spring has sprung and the grass is growing, some Saturdays will be spent cutting the grass. Most would say, meh…no big deal. We have three sections of our yard; the front which is slightly rolling, the back which is all on a slant and then there is the beast of a hill we call the side yard. This is a picture of about 1/2 the side. It is hard to tell just how steep it really is towards the top…

That hill was my arch nemesis last year. It took everything I had in my legs and upper body to push our mower along. I tried a few different approaches and have found what works best for me. You can’t just go up and down or you will fall, you either have to take it at an angle or side ways. Last year I used to cut the front and  half the side one day, and then the other side and the back another day. I would be drenched in sweat and completely breathless and worn out on that side yard when all was said and done.

This past Saturday I did it ALL.  I did not break out in a sweat and I was breathing just fine. The only thing that sucked afterwards were the damn blisters on my feet from sliding around in my shoes on all the hills. And some blisters on my hands despite the gloves I wear. I was so damn proud of myself for being physically able to do it all! This year we are going to have a lawn to be proud of! HUGE non-scale victory for me.

Just because you aren’t seeing the results, doesn’t mean your work outs aren’t making you stronger each and every day. That was proven to me this Saturday.

Now on to the eating. The first week of the challenge I tracked all my food as I would normally eat to see where I am with protein, carbs, etc. Like most people in this country, my carb intake was a little high. Damn you carbs! I had blood work done just to make sure all of that is ok. My hormones, insulin, cholesterol, and all my vitamin levels checked out just fine. The only thing that was just a little higher than the normal were my triglycerides. Triglycerides are a type of fat lipid found in your blood that are normally released as energy between meals. In order to get the number down, you want to decrease your intake of carbs and fats.

I sat down to try to figure out the right numbers for IIFYM from a few different sites. Each site I came out different. I really don’t want to have to pay someone to figure this out for me, but if I am going all in…I may need to suck it up. Anyone out there good at figuring out their own? I feel like how many recommended calories I am getting with most of the formulas is way too high. Therefore, I haven’t started following it yet and failed the food portion of my challenge.

For the next month, I really want to continue pushing myself for C25K, and continue strength training the days I don’t run. I may start incorporating a 6th work out day each week on the weeks I don’t cut grass. I have been thinking about starting another program on the days I am not doing C25K, but I am not sure which one yet.

I also want to actually track my macros, so my goal will be to keep researching and figuring out the right numbers for me so that I can give it an honest go and see if it will work for me.

Linking up with my running cheerleaders Tracy and Alyssa as well!


Goal Results/Fall Goals

I will touch on the Choose Your Own Adventure Goals first, as today is the link up for results.

1. Work out six days per week (adding an extra work out from my normal five) – I actually worked out six days per week all month, except, I missed the very last day (Tuesday) because I was sick. Whatever, it was still a win for me!

2. Start logging food into Myfitnesspal.  – Yeah that lasted all of about 3 days. oops. I just really really hate logging every damn thing I eat.

3. Purchase the next set up of weights.- I haven’t purchased new weights  yet. I have had a lot of tension and soreness in my upper back and I don’t want to move up until that goes away. 

4. Really watch portion control. – Um I sort of did this….

5. Get that scale to finally budge!!!! – That scale is a bitch! 

Let’s see how I did on my summer goals!

1. Make an eye dr appointment and get prescription sunglasses. —I have been wearing my glasses basically all of the time now and driving around half blind during the day with my regular sunglasses. I have decided I need contacts more than anything but have yet to make an appointment because I hate going to the eye doctor. I have been saying I am going to make an appointment since my winter goals last  year. WTF Nadine….get your shit together!

2. Finish Body Beast and start another work out program. – I did complete Body Beast and I am over half way through with Body Revolution. (Though I am thinking about switching before the end of this program. More to come later.)

3. Continue to add in extra work outs on top of whatever program I am following. – Instead of adding in extra work outs during the week, I added an extra day of work outs in on Saturdays so I am hitting it six days per week. I also have been cutting the grass, which if you saw our grass, is a huge cardio work out in itself.

4. Cut cheat eating down to one or two meals a week and not an entire weekend. – I have done this a little bit. I have been cheating maybe 2-3 meals from Friday to Sunday instead of every meal on the weekend. I still need to clean this up some more.

5. Try three new recipes – I know I have tried at least two new recipes but I cant remember what they were and I am not entirely sure that I tried a third new one.

6. Try three new restaurants. – Melt, Cantina Laredo, Octane

7. Read 2-3 books per month. I have been a reading machine! I have read 13 books of the Stephanie Plum series and started the 14th one.

8 Visit Atlanta at least twice, make sure to see friends both times. – Yeahhhh um I didn’t see any friends in Atlanta this summer 🙁 I did visit once with my mom and her best friend to go to the aquarium and eat at Meehans and Taco Mac. I HAVE to go some time this fall, even if it is by myself, to see some friends before they are no longer friends with me because I suck.

9. Start collecting stuff for my gallery wall. – Didn’t happen.

10 Research stuff for fall gardening. – Didn’t happen

Wellllll it was summer and I knew that I was going to slack some. I got about half of my list accomplished, which is better than nothing. Or at least that is what I tell myself.


Fall Goals


1. Make an eye doctor appointment. (LOL!!!)

2. Find a work out that is actually going to deliver the results that I want to see. I think I am going to put together my own program, using several different types of work outs from weights, to cardio, to yoga/pilates, dance, barre, etc.

3. Continue cutting down on cheat meals and cleaning up my diet even more.


1. Finish reading the Stephanie Plum series.

2. Watch two new to me movies.

3. Have a craft day with my mom.


1. Collect items for the gallery wall.

2. Work on clearing the “junk” out of the dogs room.

3. Start putting together my office area.


1. Try three new restaurants.

2. Try three new recipes.

3. Attend local food events.


Life According to Steph

This month’s challenge has to do with food, which I have incorporated into my fall goals. Additionally, I plan to cut the amount of beer/alcohol I consume to just one or two drinks per week. (Which is really much of a change from the three to four I usually have, but that is still cutting calories.) I am also going to try to cut back on my dairy intake. Not completely cut it, because, hello cheese….but cut back.

Do you have any seasonal goals for the fall? Are you linking up for the food challenge this month?