Sunday, February 22, 2015
The past few weeks i think may have been the best weeks this year in regards to my project. I am so incredibly happy with the progress I have been making. So here's the low down:
I have been intensely training of my 8k coming up in 3 weeks (March 14th). Now that is 5 miles. Some may think that is just a simple run, but this 5 mules is about to be a milestone in my athletics. I have never been a runner but slowly and surely I am becoming a runner. Over break I gave increased my distance of running straight without stop by 2 miles! So far I am at 3.5 miles running straight. But as many know running on the treadmill is much easier...so today I moved outside. I ran the 3.5 miles outside! The next two days I am going to run 3.5 miles, but then I am going to move to 4. And I will go up from there until the big day. I love the progress that is being made.
NEXT, my eating habits are becoming better and better! Sometimes it is hard to resist those little treats, but every once in a while that is okay.
Here is a common smoothie I will make as either a snack, after workout drink, or breakfast: (contains banana, strawberries (optional), spinach/kale, milk, chocolate protein powder and a tiny scoop of peanut butter for extra flavor)
Now in regards to weight lifting, the past week I have stepped back a little from it because this 8k is way higher on the list of importance. Once I have completed the 8k I am going to get right back into weight lifting again, but for now I am going to step back a little. I will still lift a little, but I have to devote my time to running.
Everything is going extremely well at the moment though! I do have to say though I am really excited for the summer for when I will have even more time to devote my time to my health and fitness. This isn't ending at the end of the school year, it's a life long deal!
Sunday, February 8, 2015
As you may know from my last post, I started a new "split" and it is going really well. I am going onto my third week of it and I have stuck to my diet the majority of the time (except weekends). I kind of realized something, most people eat healthy so they can be "skinny" and "thin" but they really don't realize the true benefits from eating healthy. After doing some research on different foods and their benefits, I realized that there are so many foods that benefit your brain, and your heart more than trying to shed off the extra tummy fat. I believe that eating for your heart is the most important way to eat. The reason why it is the most important way to eat is because eating for your heart keeps you alive much longer and is a better way to eat than just starving yourself to look good. With the way I have been eating I have noticed that my face has been looking much better. Before this split my acne was definitely coming out (also due to stress), but my face is almost completely clear! I love seeing these little things with my project.
Even though I had to skip a few days of working out because of choir, my achievements in working out are tremendous! I have noticed so many improvements since the beginning of the year strength wise. That is always motivating.
Soon lent is coming up and I have made the decision to go vegetarian, but with one exception, I will still be eating chicken because it is my best source of protein. But the only time I can eat chicken is at lunch. Im excited to explore the different meals I can create with being a vegetarian. Plus it will really help lower my cholesterol levels.
So everything so far is going well! Im ready to take on the next few busy weeks ahead!