Y'all! I finished my first week of my Sisters in Shape Power Prep. I like goals and need accountability, so setting a goal of walking on stage at a UFE Show in Baltimore in June 2016 seemed reasonable (& even if I don't get there, I'll still be better than where I am today). So here are my thoughts after the first week with Sisters In Shape.
I am loving this so much...let me count the ways...
I really like how I have boundaries with calorie and macro targets. It gives me some flexibility but enough structure that I don't feel rebelling. The family and I flew home Monday evening from a long weekend at a family member's and I had to go into work on Tuesday, which meant there was very minimal food prep. I had enough for breakfast and my Starkist Tuna Creations. I got a salad for lunch from my work cafeteria or had some rotisserie chicken from the store. It was enough to carry me through.
I am committed to running a four half marathons between now and my planned show date (June 2016). My next one is September 26th, so I'm at the point where my long runs are getting long and I can't just stop my training. But I can't also run at night and do my strength workouts. Soooo, hello o'dark thirty. On one hand, it sucks waking up that early. I was somewhat used to it last summer when I overtrained/felt like a celebrity because I suffered from exhaustion. I do have to admit, it felt kind of good running before the crack of dawn because I think I'm representing the person I want to be. I'm slow as molasses to wake up and get out of the door, but I did it...twice! I loved coming back from my run on Thursday because it meant no more 4:15 wake up call until next Tuesday. Oh, and I had this epiphany on Thursday's run. I don't really care about my pace so much. I care more about finishing the race and knowing that I can do it...even if it means I'm at a 10:30 pace.
But back to the strength training. I love the workouts that my trainer put together for me. They're challenging but reasonable and totally works in the amount of time I have to spend at the gym...about 45 minutes. Hubs is stepping up his support game by offering to put the kids to bed so I can get to the gym a little earlier. This is key, especially on Monday and Wednesday nights when I have to wake up early to run.
I think I might have cheated too much! I think I was allowed to have an appetizer, entree, & dessert and did I ever! Crab dip topped pretzel, crusted tilapia with a corn cake and roasted cauliflower with Parmesan and a slice of white cake with chocolate fudge frosting. The appetizer and dessert was delicious! Considering I wiped out my loss though, I wish I had done it differently. At least I learned this up front and will be a topic I'll chat with my coach about for sure.