Progress Not Perfection

Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. – First Timothy 4:15, Bible ~ New International Version

It’s Labor Day Weekend.  My scale-free summer has come to an end.  Technically, it ended last Thursday in my doctor’s office.  But, I still kept up what I was doing and did not step on a scale at home or look at my weight until this morning.  The verdict…I have lost 1 pound.  Am I upset? NOPE!!! That wasn’t the point.  Although I do still have some weight to lose, I needed to focus more on becoming better at getting fit without focusing on the scale.  I also took measurements of my body at the beginning of the summer. 

Body Part L/R July 17th August 30th
Arms 14”/14” 14”/14”
Thighs 21”/21” 20”/20.5”
Calves 14.5”/15” 14”/14.5”
Waist 39 3/4” 37”
Hips 44” 43 1/2”

 

I’m so excited!!! (cue the Pointer Sisters!) I have definitely toned up this summer, including almost 3” lost on my waist! No wonder Erika of The Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss actually commented on one of my Instagram photos with one word – CURVES!!

So how did I get here? I focused on training for Fall races in my running.  I didn’t race at all for July and August – just trained.  I made sure that even when I was travelling I made time to run.

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I ran a 7 mile loop of the Rock N Roll Philadelphia course.

2013-08-03 20.46.18 I ran trails in Delaware State Park.

I did the exercise challenge which I posted for July as a part of my crosstraining.  Lots of crunches, planks, and pushups.  I mixed up my crosstraining a lot actually.  I did Vinyasa Yoga for a few sessions, Aqua Zumba for a few sessions, and tried TRX for the first time.  I believe I’m in love with TRX and will definitely be adding that to my weekly workouts for the Fall.

My eat clean progress was continued as well.  I always find it easier to eat more fruits and veggies during the summer.  There are so many to choose from.  I did the green smoothie challenge in July – YUMMY!!! With the exception of a few days when I was travelling, I have had a green smoothie almost every day for breakfast.  My hubby got into them as well.  So on the mornings when I didn’t make one, he made one for us.

All in all, it was a great summer!  For this Fall, I am going to focus on FITNESS and drop the last few pounds of FAT. Details soon to come.  In the meanwhile, remember to…

progress not perfection

Did you have a Scale Free Summer? How did you do on your fitness goals this summer?

Bladder Infections after Hysterectomy

OK, so this may be a bit TMI.  But I’m dealing with a bladder infection.  I expected to have to deal with one shortly after my hysterectomy not 11 months post-op but…

Anyway, it seems as though this is not unusual.  What is a problem for me is being a runner who likes to stay hydrated and then tries to run.  The result isn’t a fun feeling.

My symptoms started last week with frequent urges to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night with barely anything to pass.  It then became full out running to the bathroom after drinking only a few ounces of water.  This is a problem as I usually drink between 32-64 ozs of water a day.

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My doctor prescribed antibiotics which I picked up on my way to the track for speed work on Thursday evening.  I took the first pill and tried to run.  No bueno!  I was supposed to do 4 x 600m.  After the warmup and first 400m, I ran to the PortaPotty.  YUCK!!! I ended up walking for the majority of the workout just to get the workout in and avoid having to go back in that thing.

I was doing better by the time of my LSD on Saturday morning.  Because I run/walk using the Galloway method, every time I stopped to walk the slight urge went away.  I also think the fact that it was early in the morning before I had the bulk of my water helped.

But after my LSD, I went into SuperMom mode – Walmart & Target for school supplies, housework, drove to NY to check on my folks then back the next day.  I still went to work on Monday and Tuesday like was expected.  By last night, my body was ready to shut down and did.  No tempo run for me.

I forgot that my body needs a little more time to battle infections.  Instead, I was in bed at 7pm.  After a good night’s sleep, I’m back at work and ready for the world.

How do you remember to listen to your body?  What is your ah-ha moment when it comes to recovery from illness or injury?

Eat, Drink & Be Merry!

Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31

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The body type of the moment may change from time to time. But being the healthiest you you can be as a reflection of your own godliness should always be your aim. I’m not aiming to be skinny, I’m aiming to be fit. Due to my incisions, there is a part of my belly that will always be fluffy and I accept that. We all need to accept ourselves – warts and all!

Eat clean but don’t deprive yourself of life’s joys!

God is My Strength

my flesh and my heart is God

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Rock N Roll Philly Half Marathon

Race # 10September 15th, 2013
Aiming for a PR!