Monday's workout, menu and some discounts


Monday I got up and 2 went to spin with new compression shorts on. I must say they were PERFECT for spinning or biking because they are long and don't ride up AT ALL!!!!!!! SO they felt great!!!!!!! By the way they are 2 for 1 right now if you want to purchase a pair hurry up!!!



I was so proud of myself because I actually managed to do some free weights which I don;t particularly like.  I did some tri's and bi's.

YAY ME!

Horrible photo of me starting my squat routine that killed me last week for 3 days.

50 squats without stopping
15 knee push ups
 40 squats without stopping
15 knee push ups
20, no stopping
15  knee push ups
10 last squats

DONE! OUCH!\                                   




Come on now give it try it's not THAT bad!!!! Soon I'll be up to 250:)






SO I did them in my compression shorts and I must say 5 hours later I am feeling slightly sore but NOTHING compared to last week. Last week I couldn't even sit down for 3 days. If I feel sore tonight I will wear them after dinner for a few hours.
UMMMMM....WORST PHOTO EVER. Thank goodness I am pregnant so I can let it go!


WHAT I ATE TODAY :

1. Pre-workout clif Bar and Click Protein shake

2. Post work out, 1 bowl of kashi with unsweetened almond milk(only 60 calories folks ans GREAT protein. Just sayin')

#3 Lunch was veggie sandwich on whole wheat with grapes and a yogurt


#4 Dinner was large green salad and a baked potato

I think this is lovely and hilarious! It's a Proven fact American's spent AT LEAST 2.5 hours a day wasting their lives watching TV!!!!
I find the busiest people get the most done!!!! I used to L*O*V*E getting up at 4am for my long run so I could back in time for the kids to wake up.

 Life isn't easy folks. 

I think sometimes people look at fit people and thing to themselves,

"oh she's just naturally thin" 

This is such BS and makes me mad!!. No I'm naturally a chunker in fact but you know what I feel better than I've ever felt in my life thin and fit so I will do whatever I have to to stay that way!!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.............I'll be laughing for years because I've struggled badly with my weight  since I was a 9 year old girl and now I am a size 6 and was a size 4 before I had to stop running a few months ago. So, loosing all that weight was FAR from easy for me. 

 However when I was at my heaviest I have been accused of thinking the same thing. It's jealously and it's TOTALLY human and understandable.

*Yes I get up at 4am
*Yes I eat 2 salads a day
*No I don;t hardly eat any sugar
*I NEVER drink soft drinks or alcohol
*I work out 1.5 hours a day 3-5 days a week (pregnant or not  and intend to until the baby comes out) 

That's not easy my friends!!! Nobody ever said is was going to be. The question is, is it worth it to you?????
the answer for me is absolutely YES!!!!!!!!! 

How bad do you really feel because I know at 245 pound I  had NEVER and I mean NEVER felt so horrible in all my life and I will NEVER go back there. It was a very dark place for me. 


But there is hope once you get over the anger and bitterness that you ended up however you did. Most of us that have weight"issues" are self medicating for much deeper problem. It's totally normal but you don't have to sit back and take it. Get up and do something about it

.I have had several people accuse me of having gastric bypass surgery rather loosing the weight naturally as I did. It's infuriating!!!!!!!


So if you can let go of the anger and get out there., You can do it just like anyone else can. Sure it's easier for some than others but I'll tell you what it's NEVER been easy for me but you know what I wanted it so bad that I make it happen NO MATTER WHAT I had to do or how hard it got!!!!! I have hypothyroid and a slow metabolism and not the greatest genes. Sorry mom, not you, we'll blame the Porter's. LOL


Sorry for the rant but sometimes I think people don't understand how hard it is to loose 115 pounds. They just assume you  must be naturally thin or athletic or coordinated. WRONG!!!! It's doable and I will support each and every one of you the entire way but don't just decide as an excuse you can 't  because of money or motivation or time or childcare or whatever because I have ALL of those problems my friends ans many more. ALL OF THEM And managed to figure out a way!!!!!! 


Need help????? Email me! I would love to help out or go read my weight loss journey for a detailed plan!!!! 

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Inspitational Interview Chicago Runner Girl



I AM SUPER EXCITED TODAY to introduce you all to you Britt Kelly from Chicago Runner Girl today.  I don't remember now how I stumbled across Britt's blog but I instantly loved it. 

Britt is an AMAZING runner, running coach and virtual coach so I plan to have her coach me to my BQ after the baby is born next year which I am just ecstatic about!!!!!! For God sake's a need a coach.

So without further ado here she is!!!!!!!

CHICAGO RUNNER GIRL




Why did you start running?

I accidentally fell into running as in middle school when I was 12. I really wanted to be an athlete, but didn't have any skills that would have helped me make teams that had try-outs so I went out for the only teams that didn't have cuts, Cross Country and Track & Field. It was love at first step and I haven't stopped since.


2. How long have you been running?

My life has seen 16 years of countless miles that have hosted just as much heartache as they have joy. 


3. Does your running interfere with your "day" job or is running your "day job?  When do you have time to train? 

I'm self-employed where I'm a virtual running coach and personal trainer. While my running isn't my day job and doesn't exactly pay the bills, I do make a living off of coaching others towards their goals and some days can't believe that I actually make money talking and thinking about running. It really is the coolest job ever and doesn't feel like work. I'm also a personal trainer, so I pretty much live and breathe all things fitness all day long.

Most of the work I do is from home on my own schedule which allows me to train pretty much whenever I want. It's nice that I can sneak in an afternoon workout to take a break from my paying duties where I don't always have to think about how my stinky sweaty funk is disturbing my coworkers. My associates are my pups, and they don't seem to mind it.



4. How many miles a week do you run and do you follow a specific training plan? 

Right now I'm keeping my miles moderate for the summer as I'm coming off a relentlessly tough spring season and can't really handle the heavy mileage right now, so at this time there is a 60 mph limit where I've been hovering well under that line so far this summer. I'm my own coach and don't follow a training plan per se. I've found through my coaching as well as my own running that laying out a 16 week plan and following every workout just because the plan says so is not the most effective training method. All of my workouts are pretty much planned the day of based off my own intuition of what my body needs. My training plan is basically a blank slate and isn't filled in until workouts are complete so that I can look backwards to see how my workouts have improved my fitness in accordance to where I'm headed instead of looking forward to how far I've still got to go.

Training myself and my runners this way keeps motivation levels high and never puts the pressure on for what one thinks or feels they need to be doing instead.


5. About how many races a year do you run and what's your favorite distance? 

I try not to race too many because my body tends to take a long time to recover from races. So far this year I've ran 6, which is a lot for me. Some of those have been fun runs, but I find that I have the most success in a season when I race less. My favorite distance range is 15k to half distance. Shorter races are a lot for my mind to process where by the time the race is over my body is just starting to feel ready to go and longer races like the marathon leave me feeling really beat up. For some crazy reason I've actually never ran a 10k, but I think that this is the perfect distance for me.


6. Tell us what your favorite race of all time was. I know HARD question?  

I ran the Oak Brook Half Marathon, a cute course in the Western suburbs of Chicago, the last two Labor Day weekends and love that course. The 2011 race hosted my favorite running moment ever when I finished in 1:27, which was a 5 minute PR, without a taper after several 75+ mile weeks as I was preparing for the marathon. As soon as I crossed the line on those tired legs and saw the clock, I just felt unstoppable and ready to conquer anything. My husband ran over to me scooping me up in his arms squeezing me as tightly as he could which was the best embrace my life has ever seen. Whenever life I get stressed or frustrated with my running I always go back to that moment where I never felt more safe and loved. Makes my heart flutter just thinking about it now and somehow can always relight the fire in me.

7. Do you have a partner and do they run as well? 

Running partner? Kinda. She's a bad ass and I'm always working my butt off to keep up with her. She keeps me straight and helps me erase gray areas in life while challenging to me be my best self. She's pretty awesome. Life partner? Yup. He used to be a 4:27 miler and 1:57 800 runner in high school but put running on hold for quite a few years to gain success elsewhere in life. He's recently been trying to get back into running and this fall I'm going to be his drill Sergent at the Chicago Marathon. We aren't going for time, just for a finish while we enjoy the race day chaos in the streets of our city. I'm really looking forward to it because he hasn't ran a marathon since 2006 and it'll be amazing to be at his side supporting him.


8. How does it make you feel to be such an accomplished runner? 

Bashful, I don't think I'm that accomplished. There are plenty of quick chicks ahead of me out there, and always will be. But I do feel fortunate and blessed to be where I am with my running and try not to take a moment for granted. Honestly speed will fade over time so I try not to get too hung up on it now and instead just thank the Lord for the healthy body he has given me that can move in such amazing ways.



9. Do you have a just a few tips to help any of my readers who are not runners but desperately want to be? 

Anyone can be a runner, all you need is an ambitious spirit. Running isn't about everyone else, instead it's about you as an athlete and how much you can challenge yourself. Focusing on yourself and making slow progress based off of your own goals is what gets you out the door everyday. Running is a sport for everyone.




10. I am desperate to work on my speed. One of my biggest goals is to Qualify for Boston. Any advice on speed work and what works the best for you?


I am a true believer that what works for one doesn't work for all. While all of our bodies are made up of the same parts, they don't all respond the same to exercise stimulus. It's tough to find the right recipe for yourself, and after 16 years of running I'm still working on mine. What I've found to be most helpful is to keep a detailed running log and do workouts that get my body comfortable running a wide variety of paces while not concerning myself about what other runners are doing. For me lately I've been living by the rule of "less is more".

My greatest advice to all runners who are training for a marathon is to work more in your lactate threshold pace rather than focusing on building speed through intervals. You always want your training stimulus to mimic the what your body will be experiencing race day, no matter what the distance.


11 Do you follow a specific diet plan or just try to eat healthy to keep your weight down?

No specific diet for me. I eat when I'm hungry and try to keep the bulk of my diet composed of whole foods and not processed items. My only dietary rule is to eat real food. I don't concern myself with weight and instead try to just make choices that leave me feeling comfortable in my own skin. Diets and scales leave people feeling judged tied into others expectations for themselves. I do what makes me feel good, and if that means a few oreos before bed there will never be any shame in that. 






12 Do you plan on running races for the rest of your life?  

I love racing, and hope to be at it well into my old age if my body allows. Racing isn't always bout winning and speed for me. I live for that race day atmosphere and the feelings it stirs inside me while engulfed in a crowd of runners who all have the same goal, to finish.





13 If you ever had the chance to go pro, would you take it?

Heck yes. Lots of pressure there, but how cool would it be to toe the line of a race alongside of the greats?! I think I would be totally lame and star struck.


14 What are your favorite things about running?

Running challenges me to be a better person. It puts me outside my comfort zone daring me to be bolder and braver with each step. It lets me feel free and uninhibited. Every time I lace up and head out the door, it's just me and my thoughts. There isn't responsibility or expectation, just time for me to unplug and fall off the map for a few brief moments in time. The sport has done so much for me where and basically taught me that in all ares of life you will never get back more than you put into something. Running is what it is, and that's the beauty of it. Raw and exposed.
Thank You so much Britt for sharing your story with us today. I truly am so excited to follow your journey and hopefully work with you next year!!!!!! 

If you haven't yet, you must go check out Britt's blog Chicago Runner Girl

SUNDAY FUN DAY



FUN DAY FOR ME = HANGING WITH MY FAMILY AND WORKING OUT!!!!! 


Seriously obsessed with CLICK. My new addiction. Small amount of espresso, big amount of 
protein. SO it;s coffee and breakfast in one! I L*O*V*E it. Can purchase 
here http://drinkclick.com/shop ♥ as sooon as babes are done with breaky we are out for a 5mile walk and then hit the gym later for my killer quad workout. God help me is all I can say! But honestly now that I am pregnant it feels SOOOOO good to work out! Makes me so much of a happier person (like I'm not going to kill you kinda happy person. Keeps those hormones at bay) ENDORPHINS I LOVE YOU and so does my baby!!!


SOON THIS WILL BE ME!!!!!! LOL!!!!!






SO.....Hung with the babes all morning and then went for a workout at nap time.


I did 45 minuets on level 8 on the StairMaster burned around 400 calories. 
Then did 10 minuets on the highest incline of the treadmill (15) power walking and then jumped onto the elliptical for 20 min to finish it off and burned another 200 or something. Wasn't really counting. Too busy reading Runner's World!

And to finish it of tonight will be upper body. PLANK and modified push ups. 


I was supposed to swim but the pool was too crowded so I learned Sunday is not a good day to try and swim. I am  not coordinated enough to try and swim 2 people to one lap lane plus I just don't like it!!! 
Lesson learned

I'm def gaining weight:( UGH! Here's to a healthy baby! I'm trying not to sweat it too much but I may start a little food diary at the end of my posts so you can hold me accountable for not eating ice cream and bread all day!!!!!!




While I was sweating away I was reading my new Runner's World and I came across this awesome interview with Ziggy Marley and how he is an avid runner.

 I loved it. 

He was so honest and candid. He said his hair gets suck in the trees when he runs and he wears terrible clothes that his wife hates and he feels exactly the same way I do when I don't run, horrible!!! 

GO ZIGGY!!!!!!

You can read the interview for free on the site {HERE}


My post workout refuel was a huge salad with some grapes and a plum!! Trying to keep it healthy!!!!! It's hard when your pregnant!!!

SO tomorrow will be spin class with my fave instructor....YEAH......speed  intervals like mad!!!!!!  and then 120 squats or maybe the other way around I don't know but we will have to experiment with my new compression shorts. 
Can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Went to bed last night reading these

MY SPIRIT WANTS TO RUN SO BAD IT HURTS!!!!!!!!

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EEK....some REALLY tight shorts


GOOD SUNDAY MORNING!!!!!!

I am feeling extremely optimistic this morning. I got up at 5am and snapped these shots of me in my new 

And the best part? 

You all know we're broke as a joke so they sent me them to try for free and I've wanted them forever!!!!!!! 


SUPER DEAL!!!!!
So, just so happens they are having a super sale where you buy a red pair and get a black pair free!!!!! YUP!!!!!!

Anyhow, remember how I did 120 squats last week and then almost died  after boot camp???? well my plan  is to try anothert set of 120 squats this week with  my new Asperaeis Shorts and then wear them every time I'm sore. We'll so a little experiment!!!!!!

Next week I'll update you on ho they worked. They do feel sooooo lovely right now:)



This is what they look like under the top layer! AWESOME
Product: Aspaeris Pivot
Shorts™ Features and Sizing

Dual Sensory Compression Bands
Aspaeris Pivot Shorts™ are actually two pairs of shorts bonded together. The Outer Short is a high performance compression short designed to support your muscles. The Inner Short features our breakthrough, Dual Sensory Compression Bands™. These cross-knit bands guide your muscles into the proper position, thereby improving your pivot performance which helps prevent ACL and hip injuries.

Hi-Performance Compression 
Aspaeris Pivot Shorts™ are made of very fine, completely seamless, two-way stretch nylon and Spandex.   Wicking properties keep moisture away regardless of how hot it gets while Microban® technology virtually eliminates odor-causing bacteria. 

MADE IN THE USA

The Correct Fit Is Essential
Please follow the size recommendations below. Aspaeris Pivot Shorts™
are intended to fit snugly but not restrict motion.

Pivot Short Size 

X-Small


Small


Medium


Large


X-Large
Waist(inches)

24.0-
25.5”


25.5-
26.5”


26.5-
28.5”


28.5-
30.5”


30.5-
33.5”
Hips (inches)

29.0-
32.5”


32.5-
34.5”


34.5-
37.0”


37.0-
40.5”


39.5-
42.0”
I ordered size medium and I wear a size 6 and they are perfect!

SO EXCITED TO RY THESE!, BY the way they feel great on.....very snug and comfy!!! They DO NOT pinch your waist at all. 


Look how tiny they are when their not on you! 

Mmmmmmmmm compression. I love it!



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