Slowly back at it

If my posting on this blog is reflective of my fitness, I haven’t been doing much lately.  Switching from Ironman mode into “life mode” proved a bit more challenging than I’d have liked, especially with as much as I consider my identity and interests tied in with my athletic and physical efforts over the past year.

I did the Bucktown 5K and hurt more than my PR 5K.  I had run after run that was hard.  I really didn’t even get up the nerve to write my final Ironman recap until after seeing all of my IM training buddies and feeling that I was (somewhat) accomplished even though I sometimes feel like I gave up.

It hasnt helped that I’ve been focused on some other, non-athletic areas.  Some have been hard, some easier.  School has been hard.  Really hard to get back and focused.  Seeing friends – easy.  Catching up on sleep (primarily by sleeping in… um, daily?!) – not hard.  Getting organized back at work – not hard.

But getting back into my workout groove has been challenging. I wanted to focus this fall on losing weight and getting to a standard healthy weight, in order to optimize both my athletic performance and health.  Well, guess who gained almost 10 pounds in 2 months, “watching what she ate”?  Guess who had 10 hard short runs in a row?  And by hard, I don’t mean fast.  I mean that I was going slow, putting out high effort, and needing to take walk breaks on a 30 minute workout.  Not what I expected from an Ironman.

But I think I’m turning the corner.  I’m getting my shit back together outside of training.  School goes back in the box for a bit (until next Ironman is done).  Other stuff is falling into place.  Runs don’t feel as bad.  And I think I have some new interim goals I’m working on:

  • half marathon PR? I’m not sure when it will happen, but I’m lining up a few options.
  • strength training, like whoa.  I took a cross-fit intro class and am visiting another two gyms this week to find out where I want to get my booty in order.  I want to get into some serious strength training habits before I head back into the pain cave come March/April.
  • nutrition & weight loss.  This one I don’t have fully figured out yet.  But looking back, I am making a list of things that have worked well for me, and am going to start implementing each of those habits. I’m a bit nervous about declaring this publicly, but I do seriously want to put my all into Ironman Wisconsin, and if that means giving up an extra 20 pounds, I’d like to figure out how to make that as feasible as possible.

I find fall a time where I think about goals much more than New Years.  Anyone else setting new fall intentions? 

My meal planning process

Good morning!  I thought I’d follow up on my last post around eating habits and share what my meal planning looks like these days.  Usually by Saturday morning, I finish this up so that the husband is ready for the weekend grocery shopping.

I plan out each week in Evernote, and start off with the weather & my goals for the week (food-wise).  My thoughts with this are to inform a seasonal eating strategy, and to be thoughtful toward my bigger picture goals.  (Really, I am looking to monitor my food so I can lose weight to be better at triathlon next year!)

Here’s what this past week’s meal plan looked like:  

Weather Forecast For Week: high 60s, low 70s. Rain at end of week.
Meal Planning Goal of the Week:   Track all meals in my fitness pal! Drink 8 glasses of water / day!

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Overnight oatmeal
Sweet Potatoes baked on Sunday

None planned. (Boo hoo!)

Sunday –  Curried Pork and Quinoa Stew from Cotter Crunch
Monday-  Taste of VQ (computrainer workout).   Easy stir fry afterward.
Tuesday – Kale, Sausage & Spaghetti Squash Pasta
Wednesday – Layered Zucchini Parmesan and leftover spaghetti squash. Mike makes a simple pasta?
Thursday – Lauren makes some sweet potato gnocchi’s? Or easy dinner
Friday – Quinoa pizza crust pizza
Saturday – TBD.

Spaghetti Squash, Kale, Sausage PastaSunday Food Prep: 
Prep: Bake the spaghetti squash
Make Pork & quinoa stew (4-6 hours total)
Make green smoothie batch
Bake some sweet potatoes
Move all recipes into “MyFitnessPal” Recipes

Non-Staple Ingredients to Buy: 
Avocados -2
Colorful peppers
Kale (bagx2)
Apple or pear
More almonds
Spaghetti squash
Sausage -ground pork 2 lb
Quinoa x2

How is it going? 
I’ve been doing this for most of September now, and it’s coming along.  I still work at trying to actually do the Sunday Meal Prep on Sunday, and sometimes I forget evening activities.  (For example, I forgot that we had a Chicago Tri Club meeting last Wednesday, so that zucchini dish didn’t get made. And then we decided to eat out on Friday.  And have a surprise late dinner post evening 5K Mike did on Saturday).

Thanks to Jenn from Peas & Crayons for hosting What I Ate Wednesday! wiaw-fall-into-good-habits-button

Motivation Monday: It’s about the journey

I don’t know if I ever talked about it on this blog, but before Lauren Runs I had a blog called “Its about the journey, not the destination.”  We are all on a quest to be more/better/different/awesome.  Let’s remember how far we’ve already come.


Happy Monday!
Remember how far you've come