Plan of Action

by Jillian on April 1, 2013 · 10 comments

Wow! Thank you for all of your kind comments on my last post. I read every single one and really appreciate the thoughtfulness!

Despite this, I decided to quit blogging.

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Okay okay, fine! Before you click the X and never come back…

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I am not quitting. In fact, I am celebrating my two year blogiversary this week!

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On that note, I am doing the opposite of quitting. I am doing just what all of you said: blog when it fits and don’t stress. My blog has given me way too many opportunities and been the reason for so many positive things in my life, so right now is not the time for me to quit.

Luckily, today was a day that I felt like blogging. I went on a run and of course had about 15,000 ideas that I lost before I returned to a notepad and pen. Thankfully, a few stuck.

Most importantly, while I was running, I was focusing on my plan of action to get back in shape and gain some motivation. I can honestly say that I worked out about 5 times in the last month. I was in Italy, then I was sick non-stop for like two weeks, then I was in Las Vegas for IHRSA…..

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and then it was Easter.

Most of the time when I come off a “binge”, if you will, I try to make a drastic change. Well guess what? After eating pizza, lasagna, cake, candy, burgers, fries, and ice cream (and one too many tequila shots) for the past month (okay, like 50% of the time), and barely exercising, it’s not going to be that easy to get back to normal.

I allowed myself to indulge a little too much and I am totally fine with that. I think it was needed. I haven’t let myself go this much in over 3 years, so it’s not the end of the world! I just know that I need to take it slow and not go out trying to run an 7:00 mile or start eating paleo cold turkey.

Instead, I created a plan of attack. As far as exercise, I know what interests me at this point in time and what will keep up my motivation.

  • Running outside: Now that it is light out later, I have the option to run outside after work. I honestly have had so much trouble trying to stay motivated with a treadmill, so this is perfect. I also bought a new pair of kicks (see below). I plan to do this about 2 times a week.
  • Hot yoga: I was doing hot yoga for a while during my month of bootcamp, and I absolutely loved incorporating this into my routine. My one month trial ran out and I am seriously contemplating purchasing a session package, so I can go atleast once a week. I was able to stretch further in some of those classes than I ever have. I know I should be careful because it’s the heat helping my muscles relax, but I never had any issues. It totally loosened up my IT band and hips which are always a trouble spots for me. This can only help with running and Crossfit! I also intend to foam roll more often, but I don’t think it deserved it’s own category because truthfully, I end up not doing it enough and hope that hot yoga will help me TONS!
  • Crossfit: I’ve taken a few teaser classes, so I know what it entails. And let’s be honest, I have been following bloggers who have done Crossfit for over 2 years. A box is opening up in my town so I decided to bite the bullet and join. It’s a pretty decent deal if I purchase for a year and I figure, if I am going to purchase 6 months or something lower, I am going to end up wanting to do it longer anyway. I thrive on that team encouragement, especially after having bootcamp to motivate me, and I am finding that I am slowly changing from a “lone workout-er” to a “I need motivation and a group setting workout-er”. I intend to do Crossfit about 3 times a week.

So that’s that. Now what about eating? I don’t have a plan, because I don’t really need one. I know what I enjoy and what makes me feel good, so I am going to pick back up where I left off. I have a protein shake for breakfast, I prep my lunches and snacks for the week, I wing dinner (usually fish with veggies or canned tuna with hummus or even a protein shake if it’s late), and I indulge when I want to on the weekends. This has always worked for me. I eat grains (quinoa, oats) and dairy (greek yogurt) but make sure that the majority of my diet is lean protein, good fats, fruits and lots of veggies.

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So back to today’s run and my new shoes.

Before I left for Las Vegas, I purchased a pair of Brooks PureCadence from SIX:02 (btw, love this store – it’s Lady Foot Locker’s new concept) because my current Pures were desperately needing a replacement.

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As soon as I opened the box I saw that there was an additional pair of shoelaces, which were much brighter. Um, they were changed IMMEDIATELY, and while doing so, Gus found a new toy.

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I took these babies out for a spin around the park and could already tell the difference in my knees and hips. I did foam roll, A LOT, before heading out too.

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It was so beautiful out today (almost 60 degrees!). I absolutely love running outside and zoning out to my music!

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I cringed a little when I saw that one of my miles was a 10:41, being that I used to run an 8:41 no probs. But I thought about it and remembered how I pushed myself too hard for my half marathon training and had to stop. I know that I have a lot of building to do before I get back to where I was, but I am also thankful that my body hasn’t really lost a whole lot in the last month. I ran about 3 miles easily and walked the rest around the park.

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By the way, it’s totally normal to wear 2 watches on a run, right?

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Holy crap – I just noticed a creeper as I was posting this! 

I wanted to see my distance as well as my true calorie burn, so I wore the Garmin and the Polar. Surely, there must be a device that does all of this, but I am oblivious and too cheap to make the change.

Thanks for sticking with me, readers, it wouldn’t be the same without you! :)

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lindsay April 1, 2013 at 8:04 pm

I’m not going to lie, you really had me for a second! :) Glad you’re blogging for the right reasons and making sure to take care of YOU first.

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2 Marilyn April 1, 2013 at 8:50 pm

So happy to hear you are continuing your blog. Your joke fooled me!!! Sounds like a great plan of action.

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3 purelytwins April 1, 2013 at 9:34 pm

great April fools ;)
Glad you are keeping stressful with blogging!

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4 Katy April 1, 2013 at 11:00 pm

You had me for a second too. And don’t worry – I’m still here! Let’s run outside together soon? Xoxo

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5 Calee April 2, 2013 at 11:24 am

glad to hear you’re not quitting! you and i are having the same issue right now with time. I was an 8:00 mile girl, and now I’m back at square 1 (not zero!) and am more like a 10-minute mile girl (for now).

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6 Ellie@Fit for the Soul April 2, 2013 at 5:04 pm

This is my first time on here but I totally fell for that joke, haha! I guess I just need to get to know you more :P And those shoes are so cool looking! I’ve never worn Brooks before as I’ve been loving my Asics.

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7 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life April 2, 2013 at 10:28 pm

LOL – gotta love the creeper!!! :)

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8 Molly Antos April 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm

ahhhhhh – love making lists like the one above! let me know how you feel about crossfit. i’ve REALLY been wanting to try it, but i’m terrified (and also, it’s expensive!)

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9 Diana April 3, 2013 at 10:55 pm

just wanted to say thank you for being so real and honest!

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10 Ashley April 5, 2013 at 10:02 pm

I actually did the same April fools joke on my blog hah ironic.

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