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!

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  • Reply Erin LFF March 31, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Woooo, you ROCK! Seriously- you are killing it with the workouts. Isn’t is awesome to just feel those extra minutes and extra miles just start to add up over time?! And uhhh your yard is no joke- I cannot imagine the work out that must be!!! Thanks for linking up with us 🙂

  • Reply Darcy March 31, 2015 at 11:46 am

    That hill looks daunting! Talk about a work out right there!

  • Reply kathy@real talk March 31, 2015 at 11:54 am

    so this is what i heard…. grains and white starchy foods increase your triglycerides. cut those out (grains) or significantly reduce and you’ll see a drop in your triglycerides. since i dont eat grains or white starchy foods, i fully expect my tris to be at zero. anything else i’m going to rage and binge on bread LOL

    you are so right by stating that just because you don’t see results (on the outside), doesn’t mean that things aren’t happening on the inside. this is what people forget — good stuff happens on the inside first -> your heart gets stronger, your body gets better at delivering oxygen to your organs (lungs, heart, muscles etc), your body just performs and feels better…THEN you start seeing results on the outside – muscles, definition, weight loss etc. people are too quick to rip off their clothes and if they don’t see bulging muscles or a 6pack, they automatically assume that all the hard work they’ve done didn’t do a thing and they give up. you showed that hill who’s boss!! way to go; so proud of you!!!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo March 31, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Good for you for having such a good plan of attack… & keeping at it!!!!

  • Reply alyssa March 31, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    I am SO proud of you! I love that you could really see the progress you’ve made when tackling that hill. That’s one of the coolest things, for me: seeing the effects of this life-changing thing on my life as a whole. That’s how you really know you’re making healthier choices and transforming into a healthier, fitter, more able you. YOU GO GIRL! Loving seeing your progress here. Keep up the great work! Thanks for linking up 🙂

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says March 31, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Congrats on all your progress! I still find it amazing that you workout that early. Mad respect.

    I’m struggling with finding a good fitness regimen that I like. I’ve started t-25 beta cycle but I keep getting off track from it due to life but I think it’s awesome you’ve found one that works for you. Nonscale victories are crucial!

  • Reply Lindsay @ Broke and Bougie March 31, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Nice this is awesome- I want to join in on this challenge! How have I never heard of body beast? and HOLY MOLY that yard!!

  • Reply Laura March 31, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    I can tell you that I would probably die (yes, die) from trying to cut that lawn. So proud of you for sticking to your 5K plan. 🙂

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph March 31, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    You go girl!

    It’s so great to feel how you do things better after you’ve worked out. That’s where the real difference is.

  • Reply kristen March 31, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    girly i am SO proud of you for tackling that yard. that side yard looks horrible. our yard is not nearly that bad (like at all) but i cannot do the whole thing in one go. KC and I normally do half and half. so you are awesome!
    i just googled IIFIYM calculator and used the first one i found. to be honest, i’m not sure if i am going to fully follow it, because i just don’t want to cut down my carbs. i don’t eat bread, pasta or rice really that often – i get my carbs from fruit and all the other good stuff i’m not willing to cut down on! i think i’m doing like an altered version of it -i figure if the carbs i’m getting are good (not a hamburger or white bread) then i’m ok. for now, i might revisit it, but i feel like focusing on just one thing is more important, and for me that is protein. when i realised i was so low in my protein, it all made sense. i have been tracking that kind of, trying to make sure i get enough or most of the protein i need, and it’s made a world of difference. i’m always peckish and want to snack, and it’s never good things – it’s always chocolate and candy and chips and milkshakes, but making sure i get all the protein has really helped. food for thought?
    anywho! congrats again on your C25K awesomeness. you have inspired me, i think i might do it again!

  • Reply Kateri Von Steal March 31, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    I am so UTTERLY PROUD OF YOU! You are kicking butt and taking names! 445am???? You are joining me in the wee morning hours! Man oh man, EPIC! I love that you were able to mow your lawn in ONE shot. That’s freaking EPIC.

    🙂 Run sister RUN!

  • Reply Tamieka@ Fitballingrunningmom March 31, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    I am so interested in IIFYM but I am not looking forward to having to weigh all of my food.

    That hill will give me nightmares!!! Good job on that!

  • Reply Jenn @ Business, Life & Design March 31, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    That’s kickass! And your yard is terrifying. I would not want to have to mow that. But kudos for getting yourself in good enough shape to tackle that in one go. And for noticing the non-distance benchmarks! I know I’ve been excited noticing a non-distance physical improvement before and maybe now I need to pay more attention to those since improvements are a little slower than I want.

  • Reply Jessi March 31, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I’m crazy impressed by your 4:45 stick-to-it attitude. You’re an inspiration and especially your non-scale victory is pretty impressive. That is a massive hill (I don’t even think you can call it a hill anymore!)

  • Reply Tracy March 31, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    So proud of you for sticking to Couch to 5k! I know how big of a victory it is every time you run for longer than you have before. I love the story about your lawn – I was just saying earlier how fitness isn’t one-size-fits all and I think that just proves that we all have out own way of defining our goals and what it means to be “fit.” Awesome job conquering that thing all on your own! Thanks for linking up 🙂

  • Reply Kayla March 31, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    You go girl!!! Those early morning workouts make you feel like a beast the rest of the day, right? I love it! Your yard is INSANE! Go you for figuring out how to mow that! 😉

  • Reply tricia coniglio March 31, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    That hill. Is. Ridiculous. I seriously would not want to mow even THAT portion, let alone the rest that you listed!
    Great job on that and your workouts!

  • Reply Laura @ Life with Lolo March 31, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Way to kick that hill’s ass! I think I would get tired just mowing my puny little lawn. Maybe I should make that my challenge. Also I am so, so impressed you can get up that early to run. I wish I could make myself do that!

  • Reply shelly March 31, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    oh cutting the grass (especially yours) definitely counts as exercise!! and yeah, not seeing results in the mirror can be really discouraging but when you can do more pushups or run farther you know its working and the mirror results will follow soon…at least that’s what I’m telling myself 🙂

  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis March 31, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Good luck with your fitness! it’s great to write it down and track it so you can follow your progress. I drink a shit ton of water!

  • Reply Kerry March 31, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    That yard looks huge and I am sure te hills are a killer. Totally shows how far you have come if you can do it all in one shot now. The food is the hardest part but when you figure it out, you get the best results. Keep at it girl!

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer March 31, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    You are awesome! I can’t imagine mowing that yard; ours is bad enough and it’s mostly flat! If you figure out the macros thing please share! It seems so intimidating but I know it’s worth it!

  • Reply DeNae April 1, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Dang, girl, you rocked that challenge. And mowing that yard is no freaking joke! Way to go and Keep it up!!

  • Reply ellesees April 1, 2015 at 6:15 am

    good for you!! i am clueless in that dept so i can’t help you out. wish i could. i’m sure kathy will have lotsof info for ya!

  • Reply Deborah April 1, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    So awesome!! This is a great motivator for me. I’m reluctant to join a challenge but maybe I’ll be ready in a couple months once I get my feet wet.

  • Reply Artney April 1, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    I’m so proud of you, Nadine!!! You are already tackling hills…talking about beastin’! I’m excited to get back in the gym to start lifting. You’re going to rock these 4 weeks!

  • Reply Kay R. April 4, 2015 at 1:08 am

    That is a lot of grass to cut wow ha! You are killing those workouts! Love it

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