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Ok, so I borrowed this Fashion Friday idea from a fabulous blogger (The Fitnessista)…I thought it would be fun to blog about fashion items that I’ve been loving during a particular week…and it breaks the monotony of writing about weight gain weightloss and working out all the time. 🙂  I decided to put a little spin on it and call it Frumpy Fashion Friday. 🙂  Because you and I both know, I am no where near fashionista status, and spend most of my day in workout clothes BUT I do enjoy looking nice on occassion.  And when I say nice, I do mean it in the frumpy, mommy sense. 🙂

My fashion style has changed and evolved over the years, especially in the years since I’ve become a mom.  While I used to LIVE in heels (even when I was teaching, I wore heeled shoes everyday…on some days, even stilettos! RAWR), I honestly cannot remember the last time I wore heels.  Actually, scratch that…I can: it was in December 2009. 🙂

Nowadays I spend my days in my beloved Asics running shoes…

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And as of late, my favoritest flip flops ever, Rainbows. 🙂

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I love, love, love my Rainbows.  I even got some for The Hubs & both boys. 🙂

On the clothing front, I’ve been loving kimono dresses!

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I’ve acquired 4 just in the past couple weeks and they’re my go-to clothing items.  Comfy and cool, and perfect paired with my Rainbows, they are the perfect outfit for this frumpy mama. 🙂

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Shame, sham, its all the same…and it describes ME this month. 

People, I have gained 5 lbs.

Its a shame and I feel like a sham.  I mean, how embarassing is it to GAIN 5 lbs while writing a weightloss blog?!  I’m not surprised its happened, but I am so so so frustrated and disappointed it did.  I do know what attributed to the weight gain and I know its time to buckle down again and jumpstart the second phase of my journey.

I can’t continue to backslide! My main issue has been my diet…as is always my main issue. :p  The past month has been especially bad because I’ve been up to MD with Mike twice, which means A LOT of eating out and A LOT of not working out.  I find it hard to calorie count when I’m not the one preparing my food and I find it even harder to watch my portions when the food is SO good! :p  BUT no more.  The scale is scarily climbing up and I am not happy about it.  Back to 5-6 days a week of exercise and portion control; calorie counting will have to wait until we move into our own house. 

This week’s challenges:

  • Strength train 2x
  • Complete 2 tempo interval workouts
  • Only take 1 serving at mealtimes
  • Drink 3 Camelbaks (72 oz) of water daily
  • Aim to burn at least 600 calories per workout

Hopefully this will get me back on track to healthy!

Greetings! Yes folks, I have been MIA yet again and I apologize.  Our little family of four has yet to move into a permament residence in Maryland and getting a routine down has been difficult…I feel like I’m on a perma-vacay, and while that seems like a nice thing to be on, really, you just want to go home after awhile…only in our case, we have no HOME to go home to. :p  There is a light at the end of the tunnel though…we’ve got a little over a month until we move in, and I keep telling myself, if we’ve lasted this long (3 months!), what’s ONE more month?

Anyway, the last I left you, I was getting prepared to run my first ever 8K…that’s 4.97 miles, people.  The run was to benefit the Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters, or CHKD.  Being from the VB/Norfolk area, I’ve always envisioned CHKD to be our local version of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and there is nothing I am more passionate about then children; the education of, the welfare of, the safety of, & the health of. In my mind, kids make the world go ’round. 🙂

So where was I? Oh, yes, the 8K…it took place on June 19th, 2010 at Town Point Park in downtown Norfolk.  The course had us running around Harbor Park (yuckiest part of the run…it smelled like garbage and there was a lack of interesting scenery; we were essentially running around a parking lot.), up St. Paul’s Blvd (in front of the mall and Scope), down Granby Street (in front of all the bars…wootwoot!) and ending on the waterfront.  I ran it in 1:03:53 and while I would have loved to run it in sub-1 hour, I was really proud of myself.  Considering my first two 5Ks I ran last year, I ran in 40 minutes (hey, I was 30 lbs heavier and S L O W, plus I walked most of those races), 1:03:53 for nearly 5 miles isn’t bad.  I ran 90% of it (I walked most of the 3rd mile…bleh) and I didn’t feel like I was going to die…success in my eyes! 🙂

Here are some pics from that day…

Fun times! 🙂  I ran it with my “sister in sweat” JLB…well, we started off the race together, but her butt was too fast for me and she left me in her dust. 🙂  She finished the race in sub-1 hour.

Anyway, onto the point of this post.  I’ve been running for awhile now, but my times haven’t been improving.  I run a 36 minute 5K and I’d like to work on doing a 30-31 minute 5K, so I’ve decided to incorporate tempo intervals into my workouts.

What is a Tempo Run?

A tempo run consists of a 10-15 minute easy warm-up jog, followed by a 3-6 mile run at about your 10k pace. At the very least, make sure that you are running hard during these workouts; you should not be able to carry on a conversation with someone next to you. After the tempo run, make sure to include a 10-15 minute jog to cool down your muscles. If you are just starting to run tempos, make sure that you don’t exceed 20 minutes of hard running or you’ll be beating up your body too much. After the workout, it is also very important to refuel your body by drinking water and eating protein-rich foods to get the most benefit from tempo run. (taken from Runner’s Resource

Because I am not yet running a 10K, I’ve decided to incorporate this particular workout into my weekly routine:

  • Week 1: 5 x 3 minutes at tempo pace, 60-second easy jog after each one
  • Week 2: 5 x 4 minutes at tempo pace, 60-second easy jog recovery
  • Week 3: 4 x 5minutes at tempo pace, 90-second easy jog recovery
  • Week 4: 20 minutes steady tempo pace
  • My current goal is to consistently run a 10 minute mile, or 6.0 on the treadmill.  We shall see how it goes… 🙂

    Hola peeps!  How’s everyone’s Friday going?  I’m just gearing up for my 8K tomorrow morning!  For those that don’t know, I’m running the CHKD 8K Run/Walk tomorrow morning in dowtown Norfolk.  Should be fun times.  I’ll be back tomorrow with all the deets, but for now, I leave you with my playlist, created specifically for my run…(click photo to enlarge)

    Hopefully the tunes will keep me going…ta ta for now!

    Happy Friday folks!  Anyone got any big plans this weekend?  In several hours the Hubs & I will be heading back to VB to see the babies! 🙂  Sooooo excited to snuggle and kiss those boogers!  And no, I’m not talking about fur babies, I’m talking about these babies:

    😉  Man, I’ve got some cute kids!

    I did have a great time this week though…it was the longest I’d ever spent away from the kids (5 days!) and I swear I caught up on all the sleep I’d been missing out on for the past 4.5 years. 🙂  While most people would consider this a vacation:

    (don’t get me wrong, I consider that a vacay too…and one day the Hubs & I will take a vacay of this nature!); this is what MY vacay looked like:

    It involved a lot of napping, a lot of computer time, and a lot of reading…as well as a lot of QUIET!  I sent the Hubs to work with the Tahoe everyday and I was delightedly trapped in the hotel room until he got home from work.  As soon as I got over the guilt of being lazy, I started to enjoy myself. 🙂  It was also nice because Hubs & I had dinner out every night and didn’t have to worry about being home by a certain time or temper tantrums in restaurants…it was like we were dating again! 😉 LOL.

    But all good things must come to an end…and I’m looking forward to it!  Even though I enjoyed my quiet time, I do love my crazy life with my kids…I learned this week that my life just would not be the same without them!

    Happy TGIAF! 🙂  Today is my last FULL day of vacay…we’re heading back to see my babies tomorrow!  I miss those boogers so much.

    Aren’t they just the cutest?? 🙂  I’m sure tomorrow, when they’re driving me nuts again, I’ll be singing a different tune. 🙂 LOL.  I am excited to get back to my daily routine, as much as vacay has spoiled me.  I have to admit that my gung-ho attitude to continue my workouts while in MD lasted only one day. 😛  I had a great sweat sesh on Monday, and motivation kind of dropped since then.  Make it known that I will hit it hard on Saturday and Sunday though…no doubt. 🙂

    So, my last couple posts have been about nixing the excuses and finding motivation to workout.  Today’s post will revolve around how I actually DID it…keep in mind, my body is definitely a work in progress.  I know I’ve got more to lose, but what got me here?  What helped me actually lost 30 lbs since January?  Its pretty simple actually, and most of you already know the answer: hard work.

    In January I was faced with the reality that I had weight to lose.  A lot of it.  My ultimate goal will to be have lost 60-70 pounds from my post-partum weight.  That will bring me to about the 130 lb mark. According to statistics, someone my height (5’2) should be about 110-115 pounds to be considered in a healthy weight range.  I know my body and I know that at my thinnest (a size ZERO…what IS a size 0 anyway?!) I was about 120-125 lbs.  I’m am curvier than your average Asian, carry alot of muscle in my legs, and got alotta junk in the trunk, so I know getting down to 110 lbs is unrealistic…for ME.

    Anyway, I knew I had a lot of weight to lose nonetheless.  50 lbs to be exact.  I had been dabbling in the exercise department for years now, but never had a set routine, and definitely did not watch what I ate.  I knew I had to start with my food intake.

    I estimated my daily intake of calories at the time to be about 2500-3500 depending on the day.  Probably more on some days, and less on others.  That’s a whole lotta calories!  I decided to give myself 1200-1400 calories a day.  I also implemented breakfast into my life.  A typical OLD breakfast for me was a big jug of coffee.  I learned that I needed about 300 calories for breakfast, one with a good mix of carbs (for energy) and protein (to keep me full longer).  I also ate 5 small meals a day. In addition to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, I had 2 snacks, 1 post-workout, and 1 in the late afternoon, to keep my metabolism revved.

    Another issue I had to tackle was my workouts.  Previously, I would workout 3x a week, for maybe 30 minutes at a time.  Clearly that wasn’t enough to lose weight; its barely enough to maintain your weight!  Recent studies have shown that in order for healthy-weight women to maintain their weight (to NOT lose OR gain) an hour or cardio 5-6x times daily is necessary.  That’s to maintain, people!  So if I wanted to lose weight, I knew I had to do the cardio in addition to watch daily intake of food.

    I had to reevaluate my schedule.  Yes, I am a SAHM, but I have time constraints and schedule issues that others don’t because of the fact that I’m with my kids ALL DAY LONG.  I had to try to fit workouts in my day in addition to my other daily tasks, in addition to taking care of my kids. So I joined a gym next to Noah’s preschool with a daycare.  Yes the gym was 17 miles away, but it worked for me and worked with my schedule.  I am dead tired by the evening, so I knew I had to workout during the day.  My morning schedule would involve dropping Noah off at school, then high-tailing over to the gym for a sweat sesh with Caleb. 

    So what did I DO exactly in the activity department?  I started out with what I knew at first…

    In January, it had been a good several months since I had had a workout so I started slow with the elliptical.  I would do 20 minutes on it, and would do some running on the treadmill as well…

    My “running” was more walking quickly with some intervals of running; I would do this for 20 minutes as well.  Gradually I would run more and walk less…I have now worked up to running 4+ miles with walking only as a warmup and cooldown.  I round out my treadmill time now at about 50 minutes, and I’ll still add a 20-25 minute elliptical workout afterwards.

    Lately my body has been getting “used” to the running so I decided to torture challenge myself by adding the stairmill to my cardio routine.

    This machine is a beast!  If you really want to break your plateau try this thing. 😉

    In addition to an hour+ of cardio 5-6x a week, I also incorporate weight training.

    I did some free weights in the beginning that involved compound moves (working upper & lower simutaneously…burns more calories) but lately I’ve been addicted to

    Bodypump!  The gym in VA offers Bodypump tons of times during the week, and at times that work for me, so I’ve been Bodypumping it 2-3x a week.  LOVE it!! 🙂

    That’s my typical routine.  I do get bored with it every now and then and add new things (hence the stairmill) like a spin class or some other class (I’ve taken kettlebells and have yet to go back!).

    So that’s what I do, and that’s what I’ve done to lose 30 lbs so far.  What has worked for YOU?! 🙂

    Hello bloggers! I hope this post finds you all in good spirits. 🙂  I am still in relaxation mode; the better part of yesterday was spent in my pjs and involved some kind of head-to-pillow action…the last time I had spent a day in bed, in my pjs, uninterrupted, was when I was pregnant with Noah FIVE years ago.  I felt a little guilty laying in bed all day, but I got over it really quick. 😉  I mean, when will I get the chance to do this again?  Especially when we move into our own house at the end of the summer?  Never.

    If you remember from yesterday’s post, I talked a little bit about excuses.  Today I want to talk about motivation.  I know firsthand how daunting losing weight can be.  I’ve been struggling with this for 4 and a half years.  It can be overwhelming to know that you have to lose 20, 30, 40+ pounds and believe me, I was overwhelmed.  For me, it was like, “I’ve got so much weight to lose, but where do I start?  How do I even go about tackling this task?”  Believe me when I say I was NOT happy with my post-baby body and from Postpartum Day 1 I had wanted to shed the pounds.  But I was scared of the hard work it was going to require.  I was scared of failure.  No matter how much I hated my post-baby body, it was easier to just…remain fat.

    We all know what sparked this year’s change…it happened on my 32nd birthday, after a day of shopping and eating, the Hubs snapped this picture of me blowing out my candles…

    Me on Jan. 2, 2010, my 32nd birthday. The picture that made me want to change.

    Its hard to believe this picture was the most flattering of my birthday pics. 😛  I was SHOCKED when I saw this picture.  This picture was motivation enough for me to get working.

    So that picture was motivation to get me going, but what keeps me motivated to get me staying?

    Again, pictures of my “old” self motivate me to stay active…

    Nov. 2009 at Noah's 4th birthday party.

    Dec. 2008 in Orlando, FL.

    Dec. 2008 in Orlando, FL

    Dec. 2008 in Orlando, FL

    Nov. 2006, Noah's 1st birthday party

    Nov. 2006, Noah's 1st birthday party

    Dec. 2009, Mike's winging, Pensacola FL

    Results keep me motivated…

    Knowing I’m building a healthier body keeps me motivated…

    BMI in January: 33.8 (Obesity)

    BMI in June: 28.7 (Overwight…but getting there!)

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    My family helps me to stay motivated…

    May 2009, Caleb's baptism

    May 2010, Me & the boys

    Blogs keep me motivated:

    Graduate Meghann

    The Fitnessista

    NHerShoes

    Tunes keep me motivated.  I change my playlists weekly:

    Friends keep me motivated:

    I’ve got one friend (KCB) who worked out her entire pregnancy, and even had a final workout the day she gave birth to her little man. 🙂  I kept telling myself, if her preggo butt can make it to the gym, I can too! 😉  She has also lost a lot of weight after the birth of her first child, and I know she’ll do it again after she’s OK’d by her doctor to exercise this time around!

    I’ve got another friend (JLB) who works crazy nurse hours and  12-hr shifts and still manages to make exercise a priority.  She even met me for a kettlebells class the morning after a 12 hour grave-yard shift.  HELLO?! She is proof that being tired after work is no excuse to skip a workout! 😉

    Compliments keep me motivated:

    I’ve been receiving a lot of them lately but the best one comes from my 4-year-old son: “Mommy, you’re shinking!” 🙂

    Feeling awesome, strong, and accomplished keeps me motivated:

    I feel a huge sense of accomplishment and pride in the fact that I did this on my own.  I sweat these calories away, I had the will-power to say no to the fries and burgers.  The exercise makes my body feel strong, makes my mind feel clear and that is an all-around awesome feeling.

    Knowing I deserve this keeps me motivated:

    I deserve to live a healthy life.  I deserve a strong body.  I deserve a body that is able to withstand illness; that is able to keep after my 2 boys; and one that is able to fit comfortably into clothes! 😉  I deserve the me time I get at the gym and I deserve that lovely endorphin high that I get after a great workout.

    There you have it folks…a list of what keeps me going…of what keeps me coming back for more…of what keeps me staying on the track to being healthy and fit.  What keeps YOU motivated?

    Next post…How’d I do it?!