Monday, May 20, 2013

#Active180 Challenge Update!!

3 weeks ago, I joined Melissa from In Her Boots in her #Active180 Challenge! {Read more about it + join in here!} My initial motivation was the fact that I was signed up to run a 4-person marathon relay and had procrastinated my training terribly (Obviously. Apparently I love to put things off as long as possible so that I freak out when it catches up to me.) So for me, Melissa's challenge was a little bit of an extra push, more motivation, and another reason to commit to being more active.
I love my lifestyle in the last 3 weeks. I love that I feel more confident. I love that there are other amazing women out there also joining in the challenge to be more active. I truly look forward to reading about others' experiences and progress. We are all in this together. 

In the past 3 weeks, here are 4 things I have...

accomplished: exercised for a total of 67.7 miles, not including any warm-ups or cool-downs.

learned: having another person to go to the gym with makes all the difference. Thank God my hubby and I make the early trek to the gym together. 

hated: our alarm that goes off at 4:37 AM!!!

loved: all the extra energy I seem to have throughout the day (+ the days FLY by).

3 reasons why I will continue my healthier, more active lifestyle...

1 // Being more active means I naturally eat healthier because I crave fresh fruit, and smoothies, and lean meats. Who wants to put crap in their body when you know that's what you'll be burning off tomorrow morning?

2 // I have lost 8 pounds due to my new lifestyle. I love how my body is changing and look forward to the increased confidence.

3 // No more headaches. Before I started my healthier lifestyle, I was taking 2 ibuprofen or tylenol every single day at some point for a headache. In the last 3 weeks, I have had less than 5 headaches. Total.

2 of my favorite healthy eats have been...

1 // Avocados! On crackers, in a relish, by themselves... you just can't go wrong. Plus, they're on the list of foods that encourage your body to burn fat and lose weight.

2 // Smoothies! My go-to ingredients: Vanilla Greek yogurt, frozen berries, frozen mangoes, peanut butter, splash of juice, water or ice cubes. {I don't mix ALL these things together in ONE - these are just my favorite ingredients to pick n choose from!}

1 goal I have for the next couple of weeks is...

To add more strength training to my routine. Getting ready for the marathon, I was focusing on cardio endurance but now I'm looking forward to being able to spend some of my time at the gym using free weights and doing ab work.

I'll be posting more about our 4-person marathon relay later this week {Think: amateur runners, porta-potties, leg cramps, + stinky sweat, all mixed into one great experience.} I know, you can't wait, right? Ok, here's a sneak peek, I'm the one in the hat that makes me look bald:

Have you been participating in this challenge or want to? Do you have any tips/favorite moves for strength-training? {It seems like that section of the gym is a "man's world" and can be so intimidating!}

4 comments:

  1. Avocados are my absolute favorite thing right now too!! I'm definitely going to check out the #Active180. I'm looking to amp up my game from just my typical barre fitness with mando support!

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  2. Wow!! Girl you are amazing!! It takes a lot of work to keep up with a lifestyle shift like this...and I know I wouldn't stand a chance if it meant waking up that early! :)

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  3. I absolutely LOVED reading this! Thanks so much again for linking up!!! I can totally relate on procrastinating until the last second to all of a sudden be able to miraculously run a relay, race, etc! I'm so inspired and happy that this challenge is encompassing more than just exercise! That avocado salad looks amazing and I loved salads!! This is seriously the motivation I need! I would love to have you as a co-host for the next linkup! Let me know if you'd be interested :)

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  4. I went through your article and I really love reading it. I like your healthy eating foods they looks good and looking forward to hear more things from you.

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