Saturday, January 31, 2015

Insanity Max 30 Week 4 Day 5 I maxed out

Hard Friday Fight tonight. My legs are sore after the ten miles yesterday and the almost 3 this morning. But I fought through and got further than I thought I would.

Here is what my January calendar ended up looking like. That amounts to 203 miles, and about 222 minutes of Max 30 workouts. I'm seeing the changes, both on the scale and in the mirror, hopefully other people can too.

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What's your running/walking schedule look like for the next two/three months?

Today was the start of a busy couple of months for me! I have signed up for a run of some sort, with one exception, every single Saturday for the next two months. :-)

Here's how it breaks down:
Today: January 31st, Black History Month 5K Fort Jackson MWR, it was really 2.9 miles because the course is short.
February 7th, MGC Long Run, downtown Columbia, I'm only doing the 5k, but I might to Gervais Street on repeats if I have time.
February 14th, I will be in Arizona so no run, unless someone wants to do a sunrise hike with me on Friday or Sunday! Saturday I'll be with my bestie celebrating her son!
February 21st, Enchanted 10K Disney, Orlando, FL
February 28th, Tooth Fairy 5k on Fort Jackson
March 7th, Run Hard Columbia Half Marathon Columbia, SC
March 14th, Five Points St. Patrick's Day 10K, Five Points Columbia, SC
March 21st, St. Patrick's Day 5k on Fort Jackson
March 28th, Color Run, Columbia SC, we are team Fort Jackson 2015, if you want to join us!
April 4th is Easter Weekend, so no run scheduled as of right now, but I might sign Declan and I up for the YMCA Bunny Hop 5K
April 12th, Rock-N-Roll 1/2 Marathon Raleigh, NC
April 18th, Nothing as of right now, I think I'll need the break by then!
April 25th, Pat's Run  4.2 miles for the Pat Tillman Foundation. I'm doing a shadow run, just haven't decided if I am driving to Charlotte for the "official one" that I signed up for, or doing it here at home.

I am thinking it's a good thing I bought new shoes today at Strictly Running! I am really looking forward to seeing what improvements I can make with my times. Last year I did a fairly similar schedule, just with a few more off weeks and did really well, so here is to praying that my cross-training with Max30 continues to pay off!

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Inspiration for today

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Friday, January 30, 2015

200 MILES!!!

I DID IT!!! 
I can hardly believe it right now but I hit 200 miles of intentional walking per my Garmin in the month of January! My Fitbit says I have close to 400 miles, which counts all of my steps for the month. I made it a personal challenge to only count my Garmin miles. 

What started out as a bad step count day because I was home with Declan and only left the house to go to the doctor (58.5 inches tall, 110 pounds, really bad chest cold/virus). Turned into an amazing night. 
I was at 2,000 steps for the day. :( I knew I needed at least 5 miles so that I wasn't stressed out tomorrow, or depressed and down on myself on Sunday. I went out with the goal of 5 miles, and when I was at 4, I decided that if I got 7, then I could do the 5K in the morning and not have to worry. Then when I hit 7, and had about a mile and a half before getting home, I decided to push it and go ahead and get the ten!
I am NOT ashamed to admit that I had tears in my eyes on that last mile, because I could hardly believe that I really hit 200 miles in one month. See that smile up there? That was totally real! :-) 
Then I came home and did Max30 Tabata Power, and Maxed out at 14:29. That smile in that picture, was real too, but a tired real. ;-) 

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My Story....

Growing up I was always that skinny kid, you know the type, the one that can eat almost anything and never gain a pound. 
Junior Prom 1990
 At 19 when I got pregnant with my oldest I weighed a whole 118 pounds at 6 months pregnant, which was up 10 pounds.
Kelsey's Baptism June 1993, that's me holding her!
 After having Kelsey I stayed a pretty steady 115-120 until getting pregnant with Natalie on our honeymoon. I was always a walker, walking was and is my favorite form of exercise. 
Wedding July 8, 1995
Being an Air Force family meant moves, and in 1997 we moved to England. August of 1998 I had an ovarian torsion of my left ovary and Fallopian tube, which had to be taken out in emergency surgery. As soon as I was healed enough and cleared by my surgeon I started driving to the Mildenhall gym. About a month after going to the gym for the first time, two of the guys asked me if they could swap in and out on a piece of equipment with me between sets. 
There was plenty of equipment to go around but who was I to say so? Turned out that one of them was a certified personal trainer before joining the military, and they had watched me working my little heart out, the wrong way, and decided intervention was needed. Bonus was that they did it without me knowing that was what they were doing. The whole time we were swapping in and out he would say things like "Hey Patty try this, this way." Or  to his friend, who would purposely mimic my bad form, "Ok now fix your wrists, or slow down your reps." He was never condescending and never in my face. For the first six months I didn't even know he had been/was a personal trainer, they just became my gym buddies. They would deploy and come back and pick it back up. I was in the best shape of my life, a fit 120. 
Junior Class Sponsor/Prom 2003, with Jerry and Jesse
About 2 years later they left England, and I let life get in the way, stopped going to the gym like I had been.  Getting pregnant with Declan at 29, was both a shock and a surprise. I lost the weight fairly easily after having him, but there was no time for the gym and no motivation to go. 

Jesse and Misty's Wedding January 2004, 4 months pregnant with Declan

Children's Book Week 2011

NASA Tweet Up July 2011

Space Camp Tweetup January 2012

Spring Break 2012

May 2013

Spring 2014

Pat's Run 2014

Summer 2014
In 2006 I finally had an OB/GYN who got that the endometriosis was making my life hard to live, of course looking back on it, I would rather have had the pain of that then what I went through over the next 6 months. 7th of January 2007 I had a full hysterectomy. The 14th I developed MSRA, and on the 21st I had a second surgery to remove the infection, and had an open wound for 3 months. I spent the next 3 months with a wound vac. I was not cleared for any exercise above walking (and even that was very limited) for 8 months. I was not fully cleared to exercise for almost 2 years (no abdominal exercise until then). When you add in the loss of hormones and instant menopause, you get a whole person added to your body. :( In 2011 I was invited through the Arizona State Alumni Association chapter in Georgia to participate in the shadow Pat's Run in Atlanta. 4.2 miles running or walking.
Pat's Run 2011
 I knew I wasn't going to be able to do it running (at this point I was recovering from breaking my ankle in the fall), but I could walk that. I started walking, bought a pedometer and started using mapmywalk on my computer and I was off. The day of the Pat's Run, we were running late because the park was further from Twiggs County than I thought, but we got there right at the start of the run. I was one of the last people to finish, but I DID it! For the next 18-20 months I kept up with my walking, and a former student and current friend invited me to do the Savannah Rock-n-Roll half marathon with her and her family in 2013. 
Savannah Rock-n-Roll 2013
However the stress of my husband's retirement from the Air Force, him trying to find a job that could support us, my getting a new job and moving the family to South Carolina, I fell off the walking wagon. I completed the Savannah half, then did the Raleigh Rock-n-Roll half, neither one with awesome times, but I did them both and I finished them both.
Raleigh Rock-n-Roll 2014
 June of 2014 was Natalie's graduation.  I was at my highest weight ever. 
Natalie's Graduation June 2014
I saw the family pictures from her graduation and cried. In July of 2014 I met my coach Kimberly through the running group that we both belong to Wear Blue:Run to Remember. She encouraged me to just keep going and to keep my goal in sight. In September 2014 I ordered PiYo and in October I joined one of Kimberly's challenge groups. I am the first to admit I wasn't faithful with my food. I didn't order Shakeology until October when I ordered 21 Day Fix. I was supposed to be training for the Savannah Rock-n-Roll in November and I know PiYo helped with that because I was not sore at all afterwards! 
Savannah Rock-n-Roll 2014
I lost a couple of pounds, not as much as I wanted but I lost some. I lost quite a few inches though, so I was seeing progress. December 2014 was rough. I got sick and wasn't exercising like I should have been. I stepped on that scale and cried, my progress was gone. I made a commitment that day to start getting 20,000 steps a day, in preparation for the 3 Rock-n-Roll half marathons I have signed up for in 2015 (Raleigh, Virginia Beach, and Savannah). I started seeing the progress several of my friends were having with the new Max 30 workouts and I wanted it. On Facebook I learned about a 2015 miles in the year 2015 (click the link, you can still sign up!) and decided it fit perfect with my 20,000 steps a day goal. Then I made myself a deal that I was only going to count the miles I log on my Garmin, which are intentional walks/jogs (did I mention the ankle that has been broken twice? The one the orthopedic doc said not to run on?) I started my step goal on December 28th, 2014 and had 2.66 intentional miles walking. I got in my Max30 on January 6th and haven't looked back. I have to do the modified version with my ankle, but I can see the changes already. I can't wait to see what the future has in store for me.
Do you want to join me on this journey? Check out My Beachbody page to order! If you are local and want to try the Max30  or PiYo before you order it, let me know and we can set up a time for you to come to the house, or I can bring it to your house for you to do a work out. 

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Max 30 January 29th, 2015... unscheduled rest day

I'm taking a Max 30 rest day. Thursdays are always crazy and today was no exception. I had math night at the commissary with school/work until 7, and I stuck around for a bit afterwards to make sure that most of the kids had their prizes so it was close to 8 when I got home. Then I had 2 discussion topics that I needed to post for my educational ethics class (BTW have I mentioned I am taking doctoral level classes?)
 However, I got in 4.64 miles intentional walking and my 20,000 steps so on track there. I parked at the commissary this morning and walked the mile to school. Then after school I walked back to the commissary, to the post hospital, to Popeye's and back to the commissary which came out to 3.6 miles. I'll make up my max day tomorrow and Saturday. Plus only ten miles till I hit 200 for the month! #2015in2015 #patty2015in2015
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My Max30 journey Day 19

Right before the first of the year, I decided that I had to get back into shape, for real this time. I reset my step goal on my Fitbit to 20,000 steps a day and joined the 2015 miles in the year 2015 challenge from Run the Edge, and joined the group on Facebook. I decided for me that I was only going to count my miles on my Garmin towards the 2015 miles.
The last step was to purchase Shaun T's Max 30 workout. I had seen several friends have great success with the program over the month since it's release and wanted to give it a try. Yesterday was day 32 of my new step goal, and 19 of the Max 30 program. I have walked a total of 187 miles in the month of January according to my Garmin,  and close to 400 miles according to my Fitbit.
Below is a picture of yesterday's walks, my Max out time on Sweat Intervals and my total steps for the day.
I am seeing a difference slowly but surely in both my measurements and my scale. I am hoping that if I make the commitment to start sharing what I am doing on here, I will keep committed to it!

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