Weekly Moves and Meals – 10/6/13 thru 10/11/13

Another Sunday, another plan of eats and workouts.  This week’s plan will be a bit shorter as on Thursday, the hubby, daughter and I will be going on A CRUISE TO THE BAHAMAS!!   Can you tell I am excited? Not only is this my very first cruise, but it is also our first family vacation (of any length) in over a year.  I am looking forward to the trip!  Since the early part of our week will be busy finishing up packing and squeezing in a few WODs at our Crossfit box, I am once again relying on our crockpot and make-ahead casseroles to get dinner on the table.

Cooking in Our Kitchen This Week:

  • Crockpot Paleo Honey Mustard Pork Tenderloin –  This is one of 3 or 4 crockpot pork tenderloin recipes that we rotate thru on a fairly regular basis.  This ones makes leftovers which are killer in a sandwich or over cauliflower-rice (if you are grain free).
  • Sundried Tomato Bake – This is straight from the Everyday Paleo Cookbook.  All you need to chicken breasts, a jar of sundried tomatos, and basil.  I will assemble this Monday evening and pop it into the oven after our WOD on Tuesday. It will be baked and ready to eat by the time we get done with our showers.
  • Crockpot Chili – Now that there is a hint of fall in the air, I find myself craving chilli. I don’t have a set recipe for this one.  I just combine ground beef, tomatoes, spices and any other veggies that strike my fancy and let the flavor simmer together all day long.  Yummy.

Getting our “Sweat” On:

  • Monday: Crossfit
  • Tuesday: Crossfit
  • Wednesday:  Rest Day – We will be finishing up packing and preparing for the cruise.
  • Thursday: Rest Day
  • Friday:  WOD on the cruise ship (Not sure what will be doing exactly but I will share our WOD next week on the blog)
  • Saturday: WOD on the cruise ship
  • Sunday: Rest Day

So there’s the plan.  I am going into this week with the understanding that this plan is a bit more fluid than most.  Depending on what’s happening on the cruise, and how we feel, we could do more workouts or less.  Either way, we have a plan and that’s helping to guide us!

Over to you guys, what meals are you going to whip up in your kitchens this week?  What’s on your training schedule?

Weekly Training Plan: 3/11/13 – 3/17/13

Okay,so this post is a few days behind schedule. I normally post my weekly workouts – which I’ve now started calling my weekly training plan – on Sundays.  But I was so busy living life on Sunday that there was no time to blog about it.

Better than never, I suppose?

3-11-13 thru 3-17-13

Last week, I told you that the hubby and I would be following an 8 week training plan from Men’s Health for our weight training.  But after a few workouts, we realized that while the plan was challenging, it didn’t fit our lifestyle at the moment.  To complete the workouts, we needed to be in our home gym from 45 minutes to an hour.  And when you’re the parents of an active 3 year old, it is hard to find that much time to spare – or to keep her occupied with other tasks for that long.  Frustrated with what I felt were less than stellar workouts, I suggested to the hubby that we commit to the Supreme 90 Days DVD series. 

The series is similar in style to P90 or P90X but only a fraction of the cost. I picked up my set for $20.00 at the local Dollar General.  The hubs and I have dabbled with the workouts in the past – and have gotten a good burn – but have never fully followed the suggested plan. Now we are.  I love the fact that the workouts can be completed in my living room and require minimal equipment.

Last night, we took the first DVD “Chest & Back” for a spin.   Our daughter was able to color and play in one corner of the living room – even opting to join us for a few of the moves. (i.e. sit on our backs while did push-ups).  At the end, she grinned and said “I love working out with you, Mama & Daddy”.

That alone is reason enough to follow the plan.  But the fact that my chest/back muscles are groaning in protest this morning means I got a great workout in – in only 30 minutes.  I’ll be talking more about the DVD’s tomorrow (as well as sharing the hubby and I’s before pics and stats).

Your turn:  What’s on your training plan for this week?

Weekly Workouts: 2/18 Thru 2/24/13

Good morning everyone! It’s a chilly, windy Sunday morning here in South Georgia. For the first time all winter, the temps have dipped below 30 degrees. And I’m loving it – until it’s time to go for a run. My wardrobe is seriously lacking in cold weather running gear. But a gift certificate from the hubby for Valentine’s day is going to remedy that situation very soon. 🙂

I am in the final two weeks of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp and I can’t say enough good things about the progress I’ve seen in my weight, my muscle tone, and overall strength. I seriously considering signing up for Round 5 but my spring training schedule is taking a different track.

Last week, the group of girls that I run with and I had a really long discussion on where we saw our running going. And we all decided that we want to run a half-marathon….and the run we want to run is the 2014 Disney Princess Half Marathon. So they nominated me as the point person to find a plan that would take us from running 5K’s to Half-marathons without totally beating our bodies to death. A quick check of Rundisney.com and I had Jeff Galloway’s Training Plan in hand.

We took the plan for it’s first spin this week and loved it. We finished 3 runs in good time AND – most importantly felt strong. To supplement our training, we are adding in a weekly aerobics class that will have elements of yoga, strength, and core work mixed in.

With all that being said, here’s what my workout schedule looks like this week:

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Your turn: Tell me what workouts you are looking forward to this week.  Are you training for any races or events?

Work it Out Wednesday: Best Body Bootcamp Week 1

Good morning!  I hope this Wednesday morning finds you enjoying a beautiful day.  I am sitting here at my computer, sipping on piping hot cup of coffee, and savoring the silence.  My days are often hectic, busy, and LOUD so I really cherish the few moments of quiet each morning before the day really gets start.

So last Monday, Tina  launched Round 4 of her famous #BestBodyBootcamp.  And boy did week 1 kick my butt….  But before we get to that, let’s take a look at my official starting point.

start of bootcamp

My offical starting weight was 150. I wanted to take measurements but time got away from me. I will take measurements today and share them next week.  Bootcamp is 8 weeks long, so my goal is to lose 8 pounds brining me to a finishing weight of 142.

Now, let’s talk about the workouts.  Can you say challenging?  Each week, Tina gives the participants 3 weight workout and 2 cardio workouts, with the option of adding a 3rd cardio workout in if you are feeling up to it.  For the first phase (each bootcamp is broken into 4 2-week phases), the weight workouts were comprised of 2 full body + cardio circuit workouts and a core + cardio circuit.  The cardio workouts were 2 interval workouts that are scaleable to each person’s fitness level.

Since I am babying my knee right now, I opted to use the treadmill and walk for my interval workouts.  Following Tina’s guidelines, I managed to burn close to 250 calories in a mere 40 minutes – just walking.  That’s pretty good.  And by week’s end, every muscle group in my body was sore – indicating that I had been challenged.

While the workouts repeat in the first and second week of each phase, Tina makes minor tweaks – like changing the lifting count – which keeps your body guessing and alleviates boredom.  And just about the time, you think you’ve got it ….BAM…..a new phase starts along with new workouts.

Okay, so can you tell I’m a fan of #BestBodyBootcamp??  If working up a good sweat and having sore muscles wasn’t motivation enough, I have dropped 2 lbs in the first week of bootcamp.  WOW!

Well, I hear my daughter calling which means it’s time for cartoons and cuddles.  I’ll catch ya later.

So tell me, have you every done Tina’s #bestbodybootcamp?  What workout are you loving this week?

Weekly Workouts – 1/7 – 1/13

Good morning everyone! How is it Sunday already?  The weekend seems to just fly by for me.  Anyways, I hope you had and are having a fantastic weekend.  My weekend has been pretty good.  Friday night, the hubby, daughter and I just lounged around on the couch watching football.   We all went to bed pretty early in attempt to catch up on the sleep that we had missed due to the holidays.  It worked!

I woke up around 8:30 Saturday morning refreshed and eager for my 5K run.  I met my running group at the local track and 9.  We did a quick warmup on the track (it was 32 degrees so we want to loosen up our muscles before we ran) and then headed to the 5K course.  I started out strong but a quarter of a mile in my left knee began to bug me.  By half a mile the little nagging pain had turned into a full-blown throbbing/stabbing pain.  I walked for another quarter of a mile and attempted to run again.  But my the first mile marker it was clear that running was not an option.  I told my running group that I was going to walk the rest of the way and encouraged them to go on. But those girls stuck right with me. Love them!

My knee has been feeling a bit stiff after longer runs for a few weeks.  I have tried to baby it with extra icing post-run, stretching, extra rest days, and even some e-stem treatments.  However, the knee is still angry. This morning it is swollen, stiff, and painful to walk on.  The last time I had these symptoms I was diagnosed with tendonitis and forced to take a full 8 weeks off from everything!

My running group and I are scheduled to run the ZoomaRun 5K in two weeks.  We have been planning this run (and the associated trip) for nearly months. In an effort to get my knee better for them, I am avoiding all runs and any high impact cardio for the next 2 weeks. I will then take an additional 2 weeks off after the ZoomaRun.   Following the rest period, I will slowly add running back in – 1 run per week in February, 2 runs per week in March, and then back to 3 runs per week in April and forward.

So if I am not running – what will I be doing in the way of workouts?  Best Body Bootcamp as created by Tina. Round 4 of Best Body Bootcamp launches tomorrow.  And the workouts are scaleable – which means I can do them while my knee heals.  Here are my weekly workouts:

ww 1-7 thru 1-13

 

For the cardio circuit and interval workouts, I will be doing walking. I will either change the speed or incline to create my intervals. I have done Tina’s workouts in the past and gotten a great burn without the impact, so I am feeling positive that Best Body Bootcamp will keep me on track while my knee heals. 

Alright, time for me to get a cup of coffee and wake up the rest of the family.  Have a great day, ya’ll!

Tell me about your workouts for the upcoming week.  Are you dealing with any injuries?

2012 Review, 2013 Resolutions

The blogsphere is starting to fill up with posts about the year that is coming to a close and posts about goals and aspirations for the year that lies ahead.  I thought about not posting until after the New Year, as I did not want it to appear that I was just following the trend.

But 2012 was a really good year for me – and that deserves to be celebrated.  Here are the big events that made this year so special:

Yeah, 2012 was a good year. And I am optimistic that 2013 will be even better.  In years past, I wrote extensive and exhaustive New Year’s Resolutions – and then failed to meet them, which drove the perfectionist in me crazy.  This year, I’m doing things a little differently. I am setting 5 big “resolutions” . These 5 resolutions are based around the five things that matter most to me:  my faith, my family and friends, a healthy lifestyle, me as an individual, and this blog. Each month I will set smaller goals that will help me achieve those resolutions.

Resolution One: Deepen my faith and grow spiritually.

Resolution Two:  Strengthen the relationships of those that I love most in the world  – my family and friends.

Resolution Three:  Develop the healthiest lifestyle that I can. This includes embracing fitness, continuing to work on my relationship with food, and getting more comfortable in the kitchen.

Resolution Four:   Do things just for me!

Resolution Five:  Grow Redefining Kim’s readership.

What are your favorite moments from 2012?  Least favorite?  Any goals or resolutions for 2013?

Redefining My Dream

This is not an easy post for me to write. I have wanted to write it for several days.  But each time I sat down at the keyboard, I would chicken out.

“What will my readers think?”

“I’m going to lose my creditability”

“People will see me as a quitter.”

Almost three weeks ago, I blogged this post where I declared that I would be competing in my first figure completion on March 23rd.  And when I typed those words..I was dead serious, 100% committed.

I mapped out every.single.workout for the next 3 months, I prepared meals, cancelled social outings all in the name of training.  I saw my body starting to change.  But ya’ll – life at the Lee house has not been good doing for the past 2 weeks, and if I am really honest since I started loosely training back in September. 

I was spending my free moments either on the treadmill for cardio, hefting weights in our home gym, or at the computer researching figure competition sights. I was ignoring the two people who matter most – my husband and my daughter. And it showed.  My husband became moody, distant, and we were fighting a LOT. My normally happy go lucky daughter was throwing temper tantrums at the drop of a hat.

Last week, I had an “ah-ha” moment – and made a valiant attempt to schedule my training around my family.  For the most part it worked.

Then last night as we sat at our kitchen table enjoying a dinner of homemade fajitas (that I cooked!), I realized something.   I was engaging in true conversation with Micheal rather than answering yes/no, or nodding while going over my training plan in my head. I snuggled on the couch with my daughter rather than heading to the gym for extra cardio. For the first time in months, I did not feel stressed. There was no ball of tension in my stomach, or knots of apprehension in my neck, and I was not only smiling but laughing

So I said all of that to say this – I will not be competing in the Iron Eagle in March. I am sure there are women out there who can balance the demands of a career, family, and training without completing wigging out.  But I’m not one of them. 

Does that mean I’ll never compete?  Of course not, it is still a dream of mine. It’s just not a dream I want to pursue in this season of my life.

Does that mean I’m giving up weight lifting? Nope.  I love lifting weights – and my hubby has shown a recent interest in lifting with me, so that will continue to be part of my routine.

So what’s next?

I have registered for Round 4 of Best Body Bootcamp hosted by the ever amazing Tina. And am seriously considering training for a half-marathon starting in April. 

I also plan on using my extra time to play in my kitchen as I try to expand my arsenal of healthy meals, take long walks with the hubby and kids, and work on this blog.

And instead of spending our anniversary in Savannah for my competition, the hubby and I are heading to a little B & B in St. Augustine where we will enjoy bed in breakfast, in-room massages, a carriage ride thru the city, and a fancy-shmacy dinner.

To those of you who have supported me while I trained – thank you.  And I hope that your support will continue as I redefine my dreams for now.

Countdown To Iron Eagle

A few months ago, I shared my dream of competing in a figure competition. I reached out to a coach about training me. And for the past 8 weeks, I’ve loosely been following his training plan. And I’ve seen some results. But my diet has not been in line with my training and my effort in the weight room has only been 80%.

But two-weeks ago, I saw a flyer for a competition to be held in Savannah, GA.  Savannah is the town where I was born, where my mother grew up, and holds a special place in my heart. So it seems only fitting that my first competition would be there.  Then I saw the date of the competition – March 23rd.  That’s 2 days after my 4th wedding anniversary.  The thought of spending an entire weekend in Savannah – first to compete then to celebrate my anniversary seemed like the perfect combination.

So 118 days from now, I will be taking the stage.  I’ve got my training mapped out – every workout for next 118 days is in my planner. My kitchen is fully stocked for competition eating. I have an extensive meal plan ready to go.  No more excuses, no more delays….it is time to get focused, get serious, and GET READY!

Iron Eagle…here I am come!

A Week of No Workouts

Last week, I did not work out a single time. No evening runs, no early morning yoga sessions, no lunchtime walks….nothing, nada, zilch.

The week of no workouts was unplanned.  Last week our church held its annual fall revival which meant my days looked like this:

5:00 a.m.: Wake up, make coffee, get hubby out the door to his office

5:45 – 6:15 a.m.:  Shower, dress, eat breakfast, put on makeup, pack lunch, and load up car

6:15 – 7:00 a.m.:  Wake up daughter, dress her, give her medicine and breakfast, drop her off at sister-in-law’s

7:00-7:30 a.m.: Commute to work

7:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Work with an hour for lunch. Spend lunch hour eating in the car while driving to and from errands.

5:00-5:30 p.m. – Commute home

5:30 – 6:45 p.m. – Arrive home, freshen up, eat something, get hubby and daughter ready for church, head out the door

6:45-9:15 p.m. – Revival

9:15-10:15 p.m. – Return home, unwind, and prepare for next day, crash into bed.

Monday I had ever intention of squeezing in a workout either before revival or afterwards. But Monday evening came, and I was extremely tired and opted not to workout.  By Tuesday evening, I realized that I would be doing more harm than good if I tried to add in workouts to an already jammed scheduled.  So I didn’t work out AT ALL.

And guess what happened?

Nothing. Nope, the world did not stop spinning, I did not gain a ton of weight, and the clothes in my closet did not stop fitting in just 7 days.  If anything, I feel stronger now, eager to get back into training.  Given how much better my body feels with the rest, I am adding in 1 full rest day each week to my training schedule. Here’s what’s on tap for this week:

Monday: 60 min jog

Tuesday: Lower Body Weight Session

Wednesday: 30 mins HIIT jump roping

Thursday: 60 min jog

Friday: Upper Body Weight Session

Saturday: 5K Run

Sunday: Total Rest Day!

Have you ever taken an entire week off from working out?