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Consistency.

For the past 2 years, I have been in the habit of waking up at 4 am to do my run/workout before work.  It was hard at first, but now it is just “what I do”- part of my routine.  It is so nice to be done my workout for the day before 5 am.  SO NICE.

I would be lying, however, if I said that it was easy to wake up every morning.  Sometimes I am just tired, my bed is so warm, and I am so tempted to push my run off until later in the day. And, sometimes I do.

Today was one of those days where I woke up and was contemplating pushing my run off until this evening.  As I was laying in my bed deciding what I wanted to do, I checked my email and found this quote from Runner’s World:

Consistency requires discipline.  Force yourself out the door.

Thank you, Runner’s World.  This was exactly the kick in the butt that I needed to get up and get my 6 miles in before work.  I am so glad that I did.  Like I wrote on Facebook- it hurt so good.

I have been thinking a lot about the quote from Runner’s World and about being consistent.  What I realize is that my marathon is not just 26.2 miles on June 15th.  No, my marathon will be the sum of all the training runs, short and long.  It is the consistency of my training schedule and the discipline within me that will get me to the starting line.

I lost 30 lbs nearly 11 years ago and have kept it off through diet and exercise.  Yes, consistency is key- but so is discipline.  Here are some of the things that have helped me to stay consistent and disciplined:

  • Track what I eat.  Yes, I write down everything that I consume each day.  Following WW has helped me to develop this habit, and honestly, I don’t even think about it anymore.  It is just something I always do.  This helps me to stay accountable and to make sure that I am not overeating.  That is not to say that I do not mess up- duh, I love to eat and sometimes can’t even remember all of the things I shove in my pie hole during a party or at a restaurant.  However, about 90% of the time, I track.  It helps.
  • Plan ahead.  It helps me to pack my lunch and plan my meals the night before so that I have a general idea of what I am eating and if I want to save my points for a special occasion.  Since I pack my lunch and snacks, I am not tempted to eat fattening food from the school cafeteria or on my way home from work.
  • Plan my workouts and write them in on my calendar.  One of the things that I absolutely love about training for a race is that there is a training plan to follow.  I love having my workouts planned out for me and love crossing them off of my calendar.  Even when I am not training for a race, I will plan my weekly workouts at the beginning of the week. This helps me to stay accountable.  By having it on my calendar- it becomes a priority in my day.  Also, it is more difficult to flake on a workout that is already planned out for me.
  • Work out first thing in the morning.  Once my workout is finished, I do not have the time to talk myself out of doing it.  If something unexpected comes up in the evening, it does not interfere with my workout plan.
  • Prep the night before.  This is key.  My mornings are crazy, and I have to be out the door by 6:30 am.  In order to get everything done I make sure that lunches are packed, my outfit is picked out, and things are picked up before I go to bed.  I lay everything out so that it is ready to go in the morning.  I usually sleep in my workout clothes (shorts and tank top), so that I can literally just roll out of bed and get to gettin!
  • Get back on the horse. I am never perfect.  I mess up.  I sleep in. I overeat. In the past 11 years, I have gained back some of the weight that I lost and have taken breaks from running.  However, when I have set backs, I get back on the horse.  This has been hard for me, but I have learned to accept failure and MOVE ON.  Gained 15 lbs? Ok- get back to WW, track, run, and it will come back off. Seriously, move on.  This has been one of the most valuable lessons.  Yes, consistency requires discipline.

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Last night we had a meeting at church at 6:30, so I knew dinner had to be quick.  I looked in the freezer and saw that we had cooked chicken breasts (score), so I decided to sauté the chicken with peppers and onions and make chicken fajitas.

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Beeker and I had them with salsa and sour cream. I decided to cut my tortilla in quarters so that they took me longer to eat.  I eat so fast that I sometimes don’t realize I am full! Cutting up my food helps me slow down the truck.

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This morning after my run, I refueled with pumpkin oatmeal, coffee, and a giant cup of water.

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Lunch will be my standard crock pot vegetables and greek yogurt. I wonder if I will ever get sick of my mini crock pot? I love it so much.

What helps to get you out the door?

How do you stay consistent with your exercise and diet?

TGIF & Weather Fail

TGIF!! After a long week, I am so happy that it is Friday!! 

I rocked my workouts this week and am so excited for this weekend, my long run, and warmer temps.

Can we talk for a minute about the weather fail this week?!  There was SO much hype yesterday about the snow storm that was “supposed” to hit us. I was SO ready for a snow day, and was convinced that it was going to happen. I excitedly woke up yesterday, expecting to see snow, opened up our shade, and saw….

Nothing.

Like, not even one single flake of snow. Fail!

Ok- regroup- I decided that if it is not going to snow, then I will be excited about spring and the beautiful weather that is expected this weekend.  Bring on the spring.

Then- I woke up this morning to a surprise winter wonderland.  What the heck?

Weather fail!!

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Last night my mom and I went to Weight Watchers (I lost 1.6 lbs- yay!), and then to our favorite sandwich shop for dinner. We have been going to this sandwich shop after WW for the past couple of months and we just love it.  The owners are so sweet and the food is shut-your-mouth good.  The owner brought us a complimentary creme burlee to share at the end of our meal- so sweet (literally)! 

My sister, Ree, and Beeker joined us.  Beeker had the “Big Daddy” sandwich- meatloaf, mac& cheese, caramelized onions, and BBQ.  Oh, to eat like a man.

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The “Big Daddy”

I had my usual turkey on wheat that was just as delicious with probably half the calories, ha.

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Today is my day off, so I only ran my 1 mile this morning.  Since I had extra time, I decided to treat myself to a veggie omelet and potatoes for breakfast.

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I packed a light lunch of salad and crock pot veggies for lunch- we have a dinner party with church tonight that I want to save my points up for!

Happy Friday! 🙂

Weight Watchers: It works.

It is no secret that I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers. I joined nearly 9 years ago, lost 30 lbs, and have kept it off since then. Of course, I am in the “maintenance” stage of my weight loss, which is the most difficult in many ways.  Although I am a my “goal” weight,  I sometimes start going back to my old habits and need to reign it in.  After Christmas I noticed that I had gained about 5lbs, was mindlessly eating, and just felt way off track.  So, my mom and I committed to going to the meetings each week and really sticking to the program. Tonight, I earned a sticker to celebrate the fact that I lost 5 lbs.

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My 5 lb sticker 🙂

Small victories.

I know that many different eating styles work for many different people.  I am 100% for whole food, intuitive eating and not obsessing about the number on the scale. However for me- Weight Watchers works.  It is like the “non-diet” diet.  I can truly say that it has become a way of life for me and when I stick to it- I am successful. So, thanks, WW, for the past 9 years- for helping me to gain confidence, achieve goals, and be the healthiest me. It works.

I would love love love to be a leader and encourage other people on their weight loss journey.  I am going to seriously research it this weekend!

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Yesterday was a great day.  I woke up with 4 miles on my log book to do- and ended up running 5. I was wide awake at 3:30, so, instead of falling asleep for a half hour and wake up groggy, I just decided to get up and get going.  I had enough time to run 5 miles before 5 am and do a little weight routine with push ups and planks, all before I had to get in the shower and get dressed.  I absolutely adore the feeling of having a hard, sweaty workout completed before the sun rises.  So motivating.

For breakfast, I had my usual oatmeal concoction.

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Lunch was crock pot veggies and egg whites with greek yogurt and an orange. I also added in a salad with my lunch. It is a good way for me to get extra veggies in and helps to make me feel more full.  With upping my mileage, I have really noticed that my appetite has increased. I want to focus on properly fueling my body for my workouts, while not overindulging. Such a difficult balance. Seriously, that line is so thin!

Brian and I had youth group at church and had to have a quick dinner.  I sauteed some chicken strips and make chicken tortilla wraps and salad. They turned out to be super yummy and filling. 

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So happy that tomorrow is Friday: TGIF!!!

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