May 7, 2013

move it... tuesday?

I apologize that 'move it monday' wasn't up yesterday.  I know that no one is judging whether or not I post, but I still like to!  I've actually got a couple of design projects I'm working on, so the little free time I have that I'm working on those or trying to keep my house from looking like a complete disaster (ha, it almost always looks like a disaster).

The good news these days?  We finally reached the end of Christopher's hell month, so his schedule is much more pleasant.  The bad news that goes with that?  I don't have my parents around as much, so I actually have to figure out how to squeeze a workout into my day without someone to watch the girls.  And with that, I'm finding more and more excuses to not workout (especially a strength workout!).  No good.

Last week I got in a 4.4 mile run, a 2.5 mile run, a 3.8 mile run and a 1.4 mile walk pushing the girls in the stroller.  Pushing that thing is no joke.  I have the Baby Jogger City Select right now, and it has been great in the mall and such, very smooth and turns really well.  But an inline while walking on crappy sidewalks with 40+ pounds of kid?  I struggle to keep it going in a straight line.  I'm still toying with the idea of getting a double Bob so that I can run with the girls, and I think walks would be easier, but running with it sounds daunting.  I've never run with a stroller at all.

Also this month I've decided to attempt the plank a day challenge.  I saw a couple people doing it on instagram, and it seemed like a good and somewhat easy (ha) thing to tackle for the month.  I like that it doesn't take very long, and I can randomly do a plank in the middle of the day whenever I get a chance.  It is easy in that sense.  But OUCH.  My planks are getting tough!  I started at about a minute the first day, and as of yesterday (day 9), I planked for 1 minute 45 seconds.  I increased my time pretty quickly in the first few days, but it is a struggle to up it now.  I'm definitely hoping to be planking for over two minutes by the end of the month.  And I'm glad some of you are at this challenge with me!  Fun to see the progress on instagram.

Cleaning up my eating habits and being sugar free has still been going pretty well.  I did enjoy chips and cake on my birthday, and since there was leftover cake I had a piece the next two nights, but I've been sugar free again since Thursday morning.  I'm still not perfect on the non processed foods, but only in the sense that I'll eat the crusts off Ryann's bread, or I'll use a salad dressing or soy sauce or something in cooking.  But I'm not eating the junk that I used to.  Finally I'm starting to see some of the benefits.  My skin is clear, I don't really get headaches (unless it is related to sleep deprivation) and I don't crave chocolate or sugar quite as much.  I could still use more vegetables in my day, but I'm getting better at that too.  I've discovered that I love carrots with peanut butter, or guacamole.  I'm also working at eating at least one salad a day, a great way to get a bunch of veggies all at once.

I feel like I have more to say, but there are about 1000 other things begging my attention.  Hopefully I can squeeze in a stregnth workout and two runs during this week, and I have my first 5k post baby on Sunday!  I'm very excited and hope I can post a time that I personally feel proud of.


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Anonymous said...

I've been wanting to try a plank challenge but I fear my abs are just so weak and hidden they'd protest! Good for you and good luck with your 5k!

Jo Marie said...

The double Bob is the best thing to ever happen to me! I take my boys on a walk/run everyday. It provides such a smooth ride!

So worth the money, and you can even re-coup some money when you're done by selling it used... everyone wants one!

Amber said...

I so wanted in on the Plank a Day Challenge but life is just too busy for me right now. I AM so excited to see your posts every day though because I've got my eye on the challenge as soon as this week is over.

Keeping fingers crossed for you on Sunday! I know you'll do great :)

Sarah said...

I love my BOB! I "test drove" a friend's before I bought mine (she even let me borrow her kid!). It is so smooth and aside from adding about 10 seconds to my mile splits, I don't really notice that I'm pushing it! I saw a woman pushing two toddlers in a double BOB on the Arthur Ravenel Bridge in Charleston (Google it. Bridge is nasty big and steep), so it can be done! Plus, it's a good upper body and core workout, but you don't realize it until later.

dany said...

hi! I've been a reader for a while but I don't think I've ever commented. soooo, I just stared Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred & I thought I'd share on your move it monday post! my daughter is 2 & I'm just now trying to lose the 15 lbs that very quickly came on after I stopped nursing her around 17 months. I'm only on day 5 & I already feel a difference & am down a few lbs. very exciting!
I hope your run on Sunday goes great!! thanks for always posting & keeping me motivated to stay on track! (or get back on it!) ;)

Alisha Jo said...

I have a Baby Jogger City Select for everyday usage AND a double BOB for runs & walks with my girls. I don't have another stroller to compare it to but my Bob is very nice! Yes, it sucks running with a stroller, I'm like you and would rather run without. But when my options are run with the stroller or don't run at all, I bite the bullet! Plus like a previous poster mentioned, it's added strength conditioning :)

Caitlin MidAtlantic said...

I ran with a friend's BOB at a 5k a few weeks ago, having never run with a stroller before. It was definitely harder, but not terribly harder. Plus the commentary from the peanut gallery was hilarious!

Crazycurls said...

I think the side by side is much easier for outside walking/running. I have a Shwinn and love it! Also love the idea of a plank challenge, I'll have to try it!