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The Game Plan

I admittedly haven’t been disciplined enough lately to stick to any sort of plan to get myself healthy again OR follow a plan that will set me up for success. There has been a LOT going on at home and we all know how stress, uncertainty and general malaise can set in when things at home aren’t good. The irony is that when things at home aren’t ideal, that’s all the more reason to focus on yourself and especially getting you into a better mind frame, both physically and mentally. At the very least, if you aren’t taking care of yourself it’s going to spiral into worse situations to handle down the road when attempting to get fit. Meanwhile, getting your head on straight and proverbially taking care of yourself internally (personal aesthetics none-withstanding!) will better assist you in dealing with all that stress, and especially anxiety, that can come from daily life.

My biggest issue? I eat emotionally. When I’m upset, I eat. I LOVE sweets. Love. Adore. Gimme. If I’m not being emotionally fulfilled, I’ll turn to chocolate and especially soda. Yes. Soda. The calorie killer. Worse, caffeine can increase the affects of anxiety; which I also have. So it makes sense doesn’t it? I’m upset, stressed, sad and I turn to the two things that are highest in caffeine (and caffeine is also highly addictive) and therefor will raise my adrenaline levels to create a sort of feeling of excitement.  Now, in moderation this wouldn’t be an issue. But whose’s talking moderation when one’s upset and just wants to feel a little better?!

I have taken steps to try and eat better at home. Unfortunately this hasn’t gone well with my current schedule. So lifestyle changes need to be made.

So what exactly is my Game Plan then? (and how?)

 

1.) Wean myself off of soda – One a day max for the next week, then one every other day for the week after, etc until done. Now if I get there sooner, than great.

2.) Plan meals as much as possible.

3.) Have back up quick meals available for those times when scheduling doesn’t go as planned.

4.) Eat smaller meals/snacks a day – 5x a day. At: 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm.

5.) Don’t eat after 8pm

6.) Start taking vitamin supplements. Especially since I haven’t been eating well at all.

7.) Start taking my protein shakes again. Most likely as my 1pm meal after a work walk.

8.) Start running again. Even more important since I am now not only signed up for the Haunted Happy Family 5k at Walt Disney World in October, but have also registered for the Inaugural Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 10k in January.

9.) Start strength training 3x a week again. I’ve been considering getting the P90x3 or the T25 programs from Beachbody as I used to do P90X but an hour at home isn’t too easy to accomplish. 30 minutes I can find time for.

10.) Most importantly, make time for ME.

I have a plan. Now, GO!

No More Excuses

I happen to be a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder. I love it. I’ve saved easily close to $2000 this year alone with it in part because, since I have a pass and going only costs gas effectively, I go a LOT more than I would were I not to have it. That being said, being a passholder has serious perks. I get free parking, which, with parking being $17 a day PER PARK if you’re not smart can add up. You get 10% off at certain merchant locations and that can add up too. Plus you can get discounts on booking rooms and other events. One of the nice perks about being an annual passholder is that you also get early pre-registration for events like the runDisney events!

The BIG runDisney event is the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in January. It fills up super fast, so having a proverbial leg up on being able to get your registration in can be a huge perk. Today happened to be early registration for annual passholders for said weekend!

Now, I’m no where ready to run a marathon, or even a half marathon BUT I am already registered for the Happy Haunted 5k during the Tower of Terror 10-Miler weekend in October. I thought to myself that a 10k shouldnt be too much more difficult in three more months, now could it? And this year just so happens to be the inaugural year for the 10k at WDW Marathon Weekend. Coincidence? I think not!

Therefore, yours truly is now registered for the 10k that very weekend.

This also means that yours truly needs to get off her soft flattened butt and start kicking it into gear! How? Well, I’m going to start running whenever I possibly can. Eating better and hopefully starting some strength training again. I have not one, but two races to train for now.

 

 

Been A Bit…

And I promised myself I would try to update this blog at least once a week, but for some reason the last few weeks that has gotten away from me. Maybe it’s work, school, training and general family stress across the board. Maybe its just that I simply haven’t had time.

I know everyone goes through that. I just don’t want this to become one of those things I start and never ‘finish.’ Course, it’s a blog so when is it every really done, right?

My training is going well, though I would like to do more and I certainly need to start adding more strength training to the mix. This week, my intention is to do my distance run tomorrow (Sunday); the training schedule says to do 7 miles, but that was if I were training for the 10-miler. I am going to do 4. I’ve done 5 in the past, but I’m running the 5K this go round for my first official race, so I figure 4 should take the car. I’ve been averaging 2.4 in the 30 minute timed runs during the week. My other intention is to also run the first mile without stopping. THAT I should be able to do. Will keep you posted for tomorrow on that one!

I also need to work more on my nutrition. What I have been finding is that I truly want to eat cleaner. Granted, I give myself the leeway to have junk every now and again. But the McDonald’s and what not needs to be cut out completely. Even on the few occasions I’ve ‘indulged’ in the Golden Arches, I haven’t felt very good after and its impacted my running.

I’ve also slowly started to incorporate protein powder (non-creatine variety) into my regime to help fuel my runs and burn off some of the extra fat I have that I want to get rid of. I’ll write more on that later.

To quote Walt Disney “Keep Moving Forward….”

 

Being Sick Sucks!

I haven’t gotten to blog in a while because I was fighting some dreaded summer cold that has had me, and my household, laid up for over a week now. I’m finally finding a moment to get on the computer and write a little something down.

My running is progressing, though slowly due to being sick. It took a serious hit this last week, that’s for certain, but I was rather proud of myself the other day when I got back on the treadmill. My pacing wasnt great, just under 15 minutes a mile, but I was only running for 30 minutes, was STILL sick and recovering and I slowed my speed down to accomodate this. What I was able to do, however, was jog for a far longer period in slowing down my speed. SO though the pacing wasn’t as great as my previous runs, I still feel some great progress was made!

I’m registered and on track to complete the 5K in October at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Happy Haunted run in Orlando!

In other news, life is life! I have to remind myself sometimes that things are not as rough as they seem and that I am unbelievably lucky to have everything and everyone that I do. Its not always easy, particularly when stress levels are high and healthy problems are involved, but it IS worth it.

Saw this today, and I think its apropos:

 

5 Miles DOWN!

So yesterday I decided to take my first outside run. Of course, I planned this on a day where training wise, I should be running 5 miles. Not a 5k, but -5 miles-.

I wasnt sure in which direction around my home I was going to go, but I somehow managed it. Around the 5K mark I considered calling it a day since I was close enough to home that I could, but I really wanted to see if I could go the goal and in what time.

I’m rather stubborn that way.

I pushed on through the heat and sweat and soreness I felt setting in to my legs.

AND I DID IT! Even more importantly to me, I did it while still maintaining an average page of 12.57 minutes per mile. If I can do this at 5 miles, I can certainly do it at a 5k!

Thanks to my trusty Nike App, I knew where I was and how I was doing.

Thanks to my trusty Nike App, I knew where I was and how I was doing.

Then it was off to EPCOT center to visit with some family that’s in town and beat my body up some more.  Plus, it was some good testing for how race day is likely to be once it rolls around. 🙂

I’m OFFICIAL!

I have, indeed, officially registered for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Happy Haunted 5k – a runDisney event!

Yes, I am crazy, but this is one step closer to a 10k, then to a Half Marathon and then finally a true marathon. I’m actually rather excited about this! Now to plan the weekend an where I want to stay.

Run Disney In Training

So six weeks ago I started to train for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 5K. I’m not exactly sure why I got so obsessed with participating in Run Disney events other than the fact that my family and I love Walt Disney World and go there frequently throughout the year. After looking at improving my health, and trying to get back into a routine that included running, I discovered this community and decided I wanted to be a part of it somehow.

Of course, the medals couldn’t hurt either. I mean, what better souvenir to pass down to my family then something that only a small percentage of people actually obtain in reality?!

So, utilizing the training program for the 10-miler that Run Disney happens to have on their website, I’ve embarked on a journey to start running marathons, starting with this particular 5k so as to obtain a realistic goal.

Eventually 26.2….I will conquer you!

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