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6.22.2011

Finding motivation and changing things up

Oh, heeeeey! I almost skipped posting today! No good reason like working too late. Oh no, this week is easy peasy-- 12:30-3:30 Monday and Tuesday, and 12:30-7 on Friday. That's it. No excuse other than it's hot as Hades here in the Bay, and hot weather turns my brain to mush, so I forget things...like blogging. Now I know a lot of you have been experiencing extreme weather for awhile now, but it's been unseasonably cool in Northern California, so this 95+ degree weather is a bit of an overcompensation on Mother Nature's part. 

Seriously, lady, I get that you are on board with this whole summer kick, now knock it off so we all can have a regular 80 degree weather pattern and be comfortable again. 

I guess I should update everyone on my workout and diet plans now that my triathlon has come and gone and I have no real motivation or goal ahead of me. I shouldn't say there is nothing ahead to train for, because I still have Wharf to Wharf on July 24th, but I feel like a 7+ mile run will be a piece of cake. That and it's a 'fun run', so that means dodging strollers, partiers, cars, you name it, and I'm not really shooting for a PR of any kind. 
Back to the current state of things: I spent last week sort of ignoring my workouts save for a 3 mile run and a 12 min HIIT {that's high intensity interval training for you} Bodyrock workout, because I was busy with work and "recovering" from my race. I didn't like how easy it was for me to slip up on working out by making excuses and not making the time. It was all too easy to say "nah, I think I'll sleep in a little more" or "I really want to just eat dinner and veg out on the couch instead of working out". You feel me on this stuff? The brain is a mighty thing guys, and mine was saying "be lazy, forget the workout!" I figured I needed a new goal to keep me focused. 
Enter the 30 day clean eating and working out challenge! I was very inspired by Jillian Michael's Making the Cut book I picked up last week {along with Tosca Reno's the Eat-Clean Diet Stripped, which I haven't started yet}. I have about 5-10 more pounds to shed, or at least work on building lean muscle and firming up if nothing else, so these books are my gateway to a new way of thinking. I would say I am an 80/20 person: eating well 80% of the time and then eating junk, or just too much, 20% of the time. I need to really reign it in to see the results I am looking for, so I decided to take 30 days to eat clean and fit in as many workouts as I can. Another motivator? My end of July Las Vegas work-cation! I tend to want to wear a little less, and show a little more, in Vegas, so it shouldn't jiggle too much, right? 
I started my 30 days on Monday June 20, and will end on Tuesday July 19, about a week before I leave for Vegas. I have chosen to eat healthy with a focus on: 
Lean Proteins: egg whites, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, lean ground turkey, and chicken breast. 
Complex Carbs: fruits and veggies, Ezekiel bread, and brown rice.
Fats: nuts, peanut and almond butter, avocado, hummus and cheeses. 
I am staying away from processed foods of any kind, SUGAR, and traditional baked goods
I am giving myself an option to bake protein breads and muffins if I want, since they are usually no-sugar, low-carb and high protein. I also plan to have a cheat meal once a week. Not a cheat day, as I take far too much advantage of that and set myself back, but a whole meal where I can enjoy pretty much anything I'd like. 
My workouts will vary by day and how I am feeling. 
I bought a Groupon for a yoga studio down the street from my house, and plan on going once or twice a week. They have hot yoga as well as traditional flows and whatnot. I try it out tomorrow, and I'll let you know how it goes! 
I need to continue running at least twice a week in preparation for my race, but I'll have to go very early, before it gets steaming hot out, and that's tough because I enjoy sleeping. I will be working on a gym plan to build lean muscle, and that should be 2-3 days a week. I can use workout DVDs and Bodyrock workouts at home when I can't muster up the energy to leave. I have a lot of options, I just need the willpower to do them.
Motivation enough?
I actually plan on sharply decreasing my cardio workouts {bye bye twice weekly spin classes, and 3 times weekly runs!}, and focusing more on building strength. I want a very particular type of body, and cardio can only do so much for me. One of my favorite fitness celebrities, Jamie Eason, hates doing cardio, and actually creates 12 week workout plans that insist on NO cardio for the first 4 weeks, then adding it in for the remaining 8 weeks. She has a killer body, so I'm sure she knows what she's talking about. Oh, she's also a breast cancer survivor! She was only 22 when she was diagnosed. She changed her whole diet to clean eating to help her stay cancer free. It just so happened to do great things for her body as well. 

Anyone up for joining me on a 30 day challenge of some sort? Let me know what you are doing, I would love to be your cheerleader and help you get through it! I don't mind if you all wanted to jump on my challenge, misery loves company strength in numbers! If you have any questions or want more info on what exactly I am eating or doing, let me know. I plan on posting more clean recipes like my turkey muffins, and workout updates to keep you in the loop, but if there is anything specific, don't be afraid to ask! 

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7 comments

  1. I am cleaning up my eats too! I realized I was eating so much more processed, snack type food than I would care to admit. I am going to give the clean eating thing a go and see where it takes me. Hopefully it will end up being a great lifestyle change! I love your idea of the cheat meal. Enough to make you feel like you aren't deprived but not so much that you blow all your hard work.

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  2. Just stopping by to say hello! loving your blog, new follower! Cant wait to read more!

    xoxo
    Lisa

    http://versatileedgyworld.blogspot.com/

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  3. ooh I'm excited to find some new recipes and hear how "making the cut" is! I've been trying to lose some weight too but have just started to get back on the workout wagon after slacking the last couple weeks.
    We are in this together!

    Oh, and be thankful for your crazy heat over there! Minnesota has had maybe 2 days of sunshine this month :(

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  4. Great post! LOVE body rock and Jillian's making the cut book! You are gonna rock this. Can't wait to learn some new stuff from you too! :)

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  5. Yay for no cardio! Cardio is the devil.

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  6. Good gracious, you're my inspiration. MAKE me work out! I've fallen off the workout bandwagon, and I can tell a big difference. Starting back to the gym in the morning...hoping I can get back to where I was!

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  7. Oh my God. I'm a little speechless after reading that. Congratulations on being amazing... Really.

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