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A Little Behind

Well, it’s clearly been a while since I have posted. Marathon training is in full swing, though I haven’t been training as hard as I would like. I look at my training log and I am proud of how far I have come, but I think that I have been slacking a little bit. This weekend I missed my long run – 16 miles. I am a little stressed about it, but I have to just keep looking forward.

Today marks five weeks until the marathon. If I follow the plan as it stands, I have 19 runs left. That’s 136 miles. That leaves me with a three-week taper ahead of the race itself. I am wrestling with what to do for the remaining long runs. The plan says 18-20-12-8. I am trying to decide if I should shift to 16-18-20-10, or something like that. I am going to do some thinking this week and make a decision before I head out for the run on Saturday morning.

I have vowed not to miss a single mile the rest of the plan. I have been doing very well with making progress on the weight loss again, so I need to keep it up. Of course, I say that following three days in Atlanta where I gained around five pounds. Hopefully that will come off this week easily. I am headed to the Northwest this week for work – so it’s going to be a big challenge to keep on track with the diet and exercise plan, but I can do it!

I lost my FitBit on the way to the airport on Thursday morning, so that was a little disappointing. I really miss it! I definitely can tell how much that little thing motivated me to do some extra activity. Luckily for me, their customer service is so incredible they’re replacing my lost one for free! I am very impressed and can hardly wait to receive it! I can definitely say that I am no longer feeling any remorse for spending so much money on getting the Aria scale too — their customer service has won me over!

And with that, I had better get to bed ahead of an early flight tomorrow. The next five weeks are going to be intense!

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Making Time … Creating Habit

So far I have made 10,000+ steps every day without wearing the FitBIt while I am in the gym. I intend to keep that as the rule. I have been focusing a lot on cardio at the gym, mostly because Zumba fits best in my schedule. Today, however, I was able to catch an Rx class — Vida’s version of Group Power. Of course, I had walked over from work and had time to kill, so I got my 30 minutes of light cardio in before the class. I was careful not to push it too hard, since I hadn’t been in a while, but I definitely didn’t slack either. My arms and legs will all be sore tomorrow!

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The past two nights I have come home from the gym and then gone out for a walk through the neighborhood to reach my step goal for the day. The one thing I can say is that this extra activity is encouraging me to get out in the neighborhood a lot more. I am really appreciating that City Center is finally open – and the outdoor space is really cool. Last night there was even a duck in the fountain. The weather has been perfect to be outdoors. This FitBit experiment is not only benefiting me physically (at least I hope), but also mentally. These evening walks are a nice way to clear my head – just wandering around with nothing on my mind (but my step count)

Over the upcoming long weekend I plan to work on the next phase of this plan – meal planning. I have been counting calories religiously, but now it is time to step it up and do some planning and rely less on making healthy restaurant choices for lunch and more on things that I can prepare myself. I am not sure what that will look like. I won’t go paleo. I will definitely push more toward eating as clean as possible. We’ll see what else I work out.

In the meantime, I am exhausted and can barely keep my eyes open! Tomorrow is another day … 10,000 steps closer to reaching my ultimate weight goal.

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