Couch to Half Marathon Plan

Picture this: you’re sitting on your couch sipping a beverage, munchin’ on a snack, browsing your phone. You get a wild hair up that semi-active ass of yours that running a half marathon would be *fun*. You sign up, pay the fees and think “I’ve got time!”. Flash forward – months go by and you realize ‘Oh shit! My half marathon is in 3 months and the most I’ve ran is after the ice cream truck… now what?!’

Just me? Oh well. Follow along to see my plan to get my ass in gear and go from couch to half marathon in three months!

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Green Smoothie: Recipe & Meal Prep

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I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it a few more times…

Green smoothies are my favorite go-to breakfast!

They’re quick, easy, filling and best of all, healthy! [this smoothie is right under 300 calories] But they aren’t so quick & easy if you have to slice & dice all your fruits and such in the morning, not to mention not all of those fruits will last long enough for you to make all your smoothies [damn you perishable items]. So here is my take on how to “meal prep” your smoothies ahead of time – ensuring they’re always quick, easy and oh so tasty! Continue reading

BBG: 2 Week Recap

I’m officially into week 3 of my Bikini Body Guide 12 week program! I wanted to provide a quick update for you all on my progress and overall thoughts.

Progress 8/16: 2 Weeks in, 5 lbs down, clothes are fitting looser

The Diet:

I’ve found the diet fairly easy to follow. Mind you, I have modified it quiet a bit to fit my lifestyle. I feel Kayla’s original recipes are a bit too “fancy”. I don’t want to have to go spend extra money on muesli and I don’t eat fish. So with that in mind, for example – I’ve substituted rolled oats for muesli and shrimp for fish. I’ve written everything down so maybe when I have some extra time I can share my modified weekly meal plans.

As far as what they include – it’s your basic weekly meal plan when on a diet. Smoothies, fruits, nuts and veggies. I can say she does a great job of switching up the proteins and overall meal ideas. Most diets can get very dull, very quickly with salads and chicken, rice and veggies over and over again

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The Fitness:

The fitness is alternating days of LISS [low intensity steady state] cardio and then other days a 28 min circuit targeting a specific body area [legs, arms & abs, full body]. 28 minutes doesn’t sound like a long time but when you’re doing non-stop circuits, you easily work up a sweat. Each week Kayla changes up the circuits so you’re using different muscles and not the same workout. For the LISS it’s really personal preference – spin, walk, swim, run, you name it. It offers a lot of flexibility to do which workouts when you want to.

I like to go hard when I commit to something so I’ve recently added a fasted HIIT [high intensity interval training] cardio 30 min spin class early morning to ramp it up a notch. Burpees still are not my friend…

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The Update:

5 pounds isn’t too bad for 2 weeks. Leep says hes starting to notice a difference and my clothes are fitting a bit looser. All wins in my book! While I have slacked off a bit these past 2 days, I’ve had a tummy bug and only wanted carbs and haven’t felt up to working out, I’m excited to get back at it and see what these next two weeks hold.

Body After Baby

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As I watched my belly grow and my body change during pregnancy I always preached “As soon as I get my “All good!” clearance at six weeks postpartum I’m going to start working out”. Man, was I delusional. Between breastfeeding, Thanksgiving, sleeplessness, Christmas and a colicky baby it was hard enough to remember or even find time to eat, let alone worry about it being healthy. That said, I’m glad I’ve taken this time without the stresses of calories and workouts to enjoy motherhood, bond with Gunnar and fall into our new routine.

Background: I’ve never been a super fit person, but I have always tried to stay [semi]healthy. Six years ago I hit a roadblock in my fitness journey when I had back surgery. Between that and other health issues my weight has fluctuated significantly (for the worse) over the past few years. When I met Leep 4 years ago I got back into running and working out again. We have a love of good food and strong drinks, so this helped maintain the balance. We did fun runs, a half marathon and a Tough Mudder. Followed by an engagement and intense ‘sweating for the wedding’. A few pounds were packed back on during our indulgent honeymoon and just when we were ready to get back on the health wagon, we got the surprise of a positive pregnancy test. (Who am I kidding – 5 positive pregnancy tests) All thoughts of eating healthy and working out flew out the window as I embraced the ‘enjoy your pregnancy’ mentality head on.

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Thirty pounds gained during pregnancy and a baby later, I was pleasantly surprised to be back down to my pre-pregnancy weight within 2 weeks. But I wasn’t happy with where I started to being with. Now 3.5 months into motherhood this foreign post pregnancy body has got to go! I’m ready to kick it into high gear and get that “bikini body” back.

Enter… the spin bike. I invested in my health and bought a spin bike and a subscription to the Peloton app. The goal isn’t a mystical lower number on the scale, or a specific jean size – it’s a healthier, stronger me.

This week was supposed to be the beginning of this journey…. unfortunately, my bike is lost in the FedEx shipping truck world, BUT when it arrives it will be Day 1. Tag along on my journey of body after baby – here goes nothing! Until then, pizza! (Just kidding…kinda)