Hey, friends, so about that fitness challenge. I'm pretty disappointed over all with how my month has gone. I had such high hopes for the last four weeks and I feel like my plans have been thwarted at every turn. I hate to make excuses for poor eating and not enough exercise, but it's been one of those months where no matter how hard I tried I just couldn't get it together. My job has been overwhelming, we've been gearing up for the end of school and summer vacation and for the last week I haven't felt great. It seems like something happens every day to prevent me from running or working out and celery sticks don't sound so great when you have a sore throat and are fantasizing about potato soup and coffee. I've lost a little over a pound this month and I have no idea what my measurements are. On the other hand, I haven't lost any ground. I haven't been eating too terribly (with the exception of last night's pizza), I have managed to get a few runs in each week and my clothes are still fitting great. I think I'm so used to seeing major progress after what all I accomplished last year, that I'm failing to realize I might be on the upside.
Yoga has been a God-send. I'm still going to a 90 minute hot yoga class every Monday night and more and more friends are joining me every week! I can see such a huge difference in my flexibility and balance and I know that my upper body is so much stronger. I wasn't expecting to see muscle definition from yoga, but all of that planking is really helping my arms and shoulders shape up. I've been running a little less than 10 miles a week this month, which is really low for me. The good news is that I haven't seen a loss of endurance and my pace is steadily on the up-tick. I've been doing some speed work on the treadmill once a week and even though I hate it, I know it's helping. I've got two races on the calendar in June and I'm hoping to shave a few minutes off of my 5k time.
I'm not calling it quits and I'll probably continue to blog on Fridays with mini-updates on how things are going. I have two more weeks before our beach trip, six weeks until my anniversary trip and ten weeks until our girls' beach trip. That's still a whole lot of weeks to work on myself. I'm done depriving myself of things I love and taking a guilt trip every time I have a rough day. I can drink a Dr. Pepper a few times a week and still fit in my jeans. I've come to enjoy the protein shakes for breakfast and they keep me out of the drive-through for breakfast. I limit my wheat intake and eat a fair amount of fruits and veggies during the week. I might not be on a strictly paleo diet or gluten free or whatever, but I've drastically changed how I think about food and I'm a much better eater than I was a year ago. I'd love to run 25 miles a week, but with yoga and lifting weights and summer and life, I just can't quite fit that in right now. I'm going to enjoy my family this summer, practice yoga and throw in a few runs and love that pool nights with my family count as cross-training.
Keep on reading and linking up. I might not have six-pack abs, but I'll be around...