Lessons Learned from Zooma Florida 2014

A little over a year ago, my 3 girlfriends and I were nervously awaiting the start of the Inagural Zooma Florida 5K. The blustery conditions made the run trying but the entire weekend was fun.  The four of us vowed that this would become a yearly tradition – a girl’s weekend of fun!

Four months ago, I found out that we were expecting our 2nd child. While the fatigue and morning sickness subdued my training for the 2014 Zooma Florida, I was still running 3 times a week and looking forward to getting a new PR in the race.

Then on the day before Thanksgiving I went to the bathroom and saw bright red blood. Soon I was cramping, and I was convinced that I was having a misscarriage.  An emergency trip to the doctor and a quick ultrasound revealed that baby was safe, but I had a small bleed at the sight of the placenta.  Bed rest would be my prescription for the next month.

December came – and with it the news that my bleed was gone and I could resume limited exercise.  My doctor told me that walking, low impact aerobics, and light weights would be fine.  But no running!  And with her words, my thoughts of a PR at Zooma died.

I seriously considered bowing out of the race, using my pregnancy as an excuse not to attend. Because the truth was, a 15 pound first trimester weight gain, had me feeling uncomfortable and unhappy in my body.  However, my girlfriends convinced me to go – reminding me of the fun after party and the trip to the spa that we’d booked. I recultantly agreed to go.

And I am so glad I did.

On Friday night, during the expo, I snapped a “bump pic” in front of the Zooma backdrop.  Everyone stopped to congratulate me on the pregnancy and give me props for doing the race pregnant. Nobody cared that I would be walking, or that I was a good 20 pounds heavier than the year before.

Lesson 1:  Celebrate what you can do instead of focusing on what you can’t do!

Saturday morning came and brought with it bright blue skies, a gentle sea breeze, and lots of excitement as we took our place at the starting line.  I gave my friends hugs and told them to run their best race – and took my spot at the back with the other walkers. Soon the race was underway, I found myself strolling briskly along the shoreline, noticing the foamy waves, the birds flying thru the air, and smiling and waving at the runners going by on the return route.  I felt happy, content – better than I had felt at the 2013 Zooma 5K.

Lesson 2:  Sometimes you have to slow down and appreciate the world around you!

50 minutes and 19 seconds went by and I found myself crossing the finish line, just a few minutes ahead of the first Half-Marathon finisher. Instead of feeling bad that she’d covered nearly 4 times the distance I had, in about the same amount of time, I was clapping and cheering for her as she crossed the finish line.

Lesson 3:  Comparing yourself to others is the thief of joy!  Rejoice with others when they triumph.

My girlfriends and I headed up to the after party, then to our rooms to get ready for our spa day.  As I donned my swimsuit and hit the steam longue, I realized that I wasn’t sucking in my stomach or worrying about the size of my thighs.  I was content in my skin – something that I hadn’t been long before pregnancy.

Lesson 4: My body is amazing – no matter the number on the scale.

I shared with my girlfriends all that I had learned during our Zooma Florida weekend. I told them that I looked forward to next year’s race – partially because I am eager to run again, but moreover because I love everything that this fantastic weekend teaches me each year.

 

Pregnancy Update – 15 Weeks

Wow, another 2 weeks have gone by.  I totally missed my 14 week update….but things were crazy around here and I just never got around to snapping a bump pic.  Now that I’m 15 weeks, I feel like I have hit the sweet spot of pregnancy. I’m sleeping better, can eat all the foods I love without gagging, and feel a little less weepy.  I think that’s the reason the 2nd trimester is often call the honeymoon trimester.  So on to the update:

Bump Pic

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What’s Happening with Pumpkin

  • Pumpkin measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple).
  • He/She’s busy moving amniotic fluid through his/her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in the lungs begin to develop.
  • Although his/her eyelids are still fused shut, he/she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at my tummy, for instance, he/she’s likely to move away from the beam.

What’s Happening with Mama?

  • Total weight gain/loss: 15 pounds
  • Maternity clothes?  I am still wearing my pre-pregnancy dresses and leggings. However, I am now exclusively in maternity tops and jeans for after work activities.
  • Workouts:  Walking at least 2 miles a day, Physique 57 and T-25 (low impact modifications) DVD’s.
  • Best moment this week: Walking the ZoomaRun Florida 5K.  It was awesome getting to share the experience with my closest friends and have people tell me that they were blown away that I’d do something like that nearly 4 months pregnant.
  • Food cravings: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
  • Belly button in or out? In.
  • What I miss:  Nothing. Like I said earlier, I’ve hit the sweet spot of pregnancy. 🙂

Well, that’s the news from our corner of the world. What’s happening with you?

My Theme word for 2014

I’ve always been a resolution kinda of girl. The start of a New Year would spark me to make lists of things I wanted to achieve in the new year. Last year, I blogged about how I had 5 main resolutions and how each month I would translate those resolutions into action steps.

And for a while it worked.

But then life got busy.

And I got complacent, comfortable, content…

So I stopped working on my resolutions.

This year, I am taking a different approach.
Instead of making resolutions, I am choosing an overall theme word for the year. This word will serve as  a guide of my actions/decisions/choices in next 12 months.
My word is

UNCOMFORTABLE

Not exactly warm and fuzzy is it?

Let me explain why I chose this word. As I mentioned earlier, I grew comfortable last year – comfortable with the extra weight I was carrying, comfortable with just doing the bare minimum in workouts, comfortable in making less than healthy food choices, comfortable in having my faith be nothing more than church a few times a week and some mumbled prayers before I went to bed.

And at the end of 2013, what did comfortable get me? 

Not much – extra weight, elevated cholesterol, eating too much fast food, and the feeling that my faith was dying.
So this year, I want to be uncomfortable.

Choosing to workout, rather than veg on the couch will likely make me uncomfortable. But the workout does me worlds of good.

Spending time in the kitchen on the weekends prepping healthy meals is time consuming, and uncomfortable – but SO MUCH better for my health (and my wallet).

Getting up an extra 30 minutes early start my morning with prayer and Bible study – yeah, really uncomfortable.  However, the peace that accompanies is far greater than the comfort of my warm bed.

And those are just a few of the ideas I have.
I’m sure as the year progresses, I will be presented with more opportunities to be uncomfortable and I welcome those.

So there is my word for 2014! Do you have a word for 2014? I would love to hear it!

Weekly Meals and Moves – 1/6 thru 1/12/14

Hi folks!  I still owe you a post about my theme word for 2014 and the things I plan on accomplishing this year.  I realize that we are 5 days into the New Year, but I wanted to take a few extra days to mull over my word – what it means, how I envision it unfolding, and choosing goals based on the S.M.A.R.T. principles.  Hopefully, that post will be up this evening.  In the meantime, I can tell you that I am once again meal planning and mapping out my workouts for the week.  Looking back, I realized that I was most successful when I planned ahead (duh!), so that’s what I am going to be doing. I’ll be sharing my weekly meals and moves on Sunday mornings. Hopefully, it will inspire you to try some new recipes, take on a new workout, or maybe start planning out your own week.

Cooking in Our Kitchen This Week:

  • Lunches – Grilled chicken salad. The hubby and I both take a our lunches to the office. Hubby works as a project manager for a commerical construction company which means he doesn’t always have access to a microwave when lunchtime rolls around. Therefore, we’ve found that salads are one of the easiest salads.  We cook up a bunch of chicken on Sunday afternoon, then pack our salads for the next day each night while preparing dinner.
  • Monday Night Dinner – Turkey Spaghetti (using spaghetti squash in place of noodles.
  • Tuesday Night Dinner – Slow-Cooker BBQ Sandwiches
  • Wednesday Night Dinner – Dinner w/ my in-laws.
  • Thursday Night Dinner – Chicken Stir-Fray
  • Friday Night Dinner – Homemade Pizzas
  • Saturday Night Dinners – Leftovers

Getting My “Sweat” On:

weekly workouts

The majority of my workouts this week will be from the Physique 57 DVDs (review to come in a  few weeks). I have added in a day of walking, and 2 rest days as I find my body needs the extra day due to pregnancy.

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

Pregnancy Recap – 13 Weeks

Good morning everyone!  As of yesterday, I am officially 13 weeks pregnant.  This means (according to some sources) I am now in the 2nd trimester of pregnancy.  This trimester is often referred to as the honeymoon phase of pregnnacy – as morning sickness and fatigue tend to lessen, and the pregnancy “glow” appears.

During my first pregnancy, I started taking bump pics and writing weekly up dates at 7 weeks. However, given my scare at 8 weeks, I opted to wait until we were out of the first trimester when the risk of miscarriage significantly decreases.  Now, I promise this space is not going to turn into a pregnancy blog, but I will be sharing weekly updates of how I am feeling, what’s happening with Pumpkin (the baby’s nickname), etc

Bump Pics

13 weeks

What’s Happening with Pumpkin

  • Fingerprints have formed on Peanut’s tiny fingers.
  • The organs and veins can be seen through the still thin skin.
  • Peanut is almost 3 inches long and weighs nearly an ounce

What’s Happening with Mama?

  • Total weight gain/loss: 13 pounds
  • Maternity clothes?  Yes, at least maternity tops.  My bust line is much bigger this pregnancy which means all of my normal tops are too tight. I can still wear my pre-pregnancy jeans, skirts, and a few pairs of dress pants.
  • Workouts:  Lots of walking (aiming for at least 30 minutes a day) and the Physique 57 DVDs!
  • Best moment this week: Hearing the baby’s heartbeat at the doctor! Peanut’s heartbeat was strong, steady, and averaging 150 beats per minute.
  • Food cravings: Cereal and milk – particularly Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter.  I have been having a small bowl with almond milk as an evening snack.
  • Belly button in or out? In.
  • What I miss: My stamina – everything takes longer now because I seem to tire easily. At least it is a good excuse for taking naps on the weekend.

So that’s what is happening this week.  Now it’s time for a workout, followed by grocery shopping! It’s shaping up to be a busy Saturday in the Lee household.

Your turn – What are you doing on this chilly Saturday?

It’s been awhile

Hello to the one or two of you who may still be reading my ramblings. I know it has been quite sometime since I posted to this blog of mine.  I have to say that I have missed sharing my story and journey with you. But the time away was good for me – it helped me to clarify my voice and vision for this space.

<u>So what’s been happening with me? </u>

Well, first and foremost, I’m pregnant!

 

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Baby #2 is due to arrive on July 11, 2014.  This pregnancy has been ENTIRELY DIFFERENT than my pregnancy with my daughter.  From 6 weeks on, I’ve battled morning sickness.  Then at 8 weeks, I had a threatened miscarriage which was caused by a subchorionic heamtoma.  Following this incident, my doctor but me on a modified bed rest routine.  Basically, I could go to work and then come home and sit on the couch.  For a solid month, I could not exercise at all, pick up anything heavier than a few pounds, do housework, or be on my feet for extended periods of time.  For someone who is naturally active, the month was torture, but I kept telling myself it was for the health and safety of the baby my daughter has nicknamed “Pumpkin”.

The bed rest paid off. At my last check-up, the bleed is nearly resolved. My doctor gave me the green light to start doing walking and light aerobics.  So my exercise routine has changed from running and Crossfit classes, to long walks and Physique 57 DVDs.

On the work front, I am taking on more and more job responsibilities.  This has been challenging, demanding, and rewarding all at the same time.

<u>So What’s Going to Happen with the Blog?</u>

Redefining Kim started out as a blog that was to showcase my journey to finding my healthiest lifestyle. Initially, I shared recipes, workouts, weigh-ins, and my fitness goals.  And while all those things were easy to write about, the blog always felt incomplete.  Then it hit me.  I was using this blog to define myself as a “fitness blogger”  but I’m more than that – I’m a wife, a mother, a working woman, and more.

So I made the decision that Redefining Kim will become the place where I share my life.  Yes, the bulk of my content will still focus on healthy living – as it is my passion.  But I’ll be sharing pregnancy updates, stories about my spunky soon to be 4-year-old daughter, and anything else that tickles my fancy.  I hope that this approach will feel more authenticate to me.

So here’s to a new year,  a new journey, and a revived Redefining Kim.

#4/40 Challenge Update

I am 7 days into the 4/40 challenge hosted by Cassie @ Back to Her Roots.  My goals, which I explained in detail in this post, are simple:

  • Abstain from Diet Soda for 38 out of 40 days
  • Track my food for 38 out of 40 days.
  • Practice Double Unders  for 30 out of 40 days.
  • Wear make-up for 35 out of 40 days.
  • Spend 30 minutes a day playing with my daughter 38 out of 40 days.
  • Pray for my husband for 38 out of 40 days.

So how am I doing?

I have completed each of these goals for 6 out of the last 7 days, and the last 4 for 7 out of the last 7 days.  I had a diet coke during a youth lock-in on Saturday. Due to a lack of sleep from said lock-in, I failed to track my food on Saturday.

So am I seeing benefits?

I can not give you numbers – i.e. I’ve lost x pounds or I can do y number of double unders.  However, I have created new memories by playing dress-up and princess with my daughter. I have felt more connected to my husband as I prayed over him, and shared my prayers with him.  I have felt more polished and put together even on a Sunday morning when  was running on a serious sleep deficit (see lock-in above).  So yes, I am seeing benefits, far greater than I could have imagined.

Bring on the next 7 days of the challenge!

 

4/40 Challenge

I have not been done a lot of goal setting lately.  Sure, I have vague ideas of things I’d like to achieve in the coming days, weeks, months…even the next year.  But life has been busy so I haven’t really set down to flesh out those vague ideas.

Add in the fact that the busiest time of the year (THE HOLIDAYS) looms on the horizon it would seem best to postpone goal setting until the new year.  Truthfully that had been my intention, until I read this post from Krissie.

I felt inspired.

I felt challenged.

I felt like this was something that I could do – something that would help me ease back into goal setting and to build momentum for the new year.

I wanted to sign up for the 4/40 challenge.

In a nut shell the 4/40 challenge, allows you to set a goal (or goals) in 4 key areas of your life: nutrition,  fitness, self-care and family time.  In addition, you determine how many days you wish to complete each goal.  This challenge is entirely customizable and feels less high pressure – as it is not all or nothing.

Then I sat at my kitchen table and thought, and prayed, thought some more, and finally nailed down my goals for this challenge.

Nutrition

I have 2 goals in this area. The first is to drink absolutely 0 diet sodas for 38/40 days (I am starting the challenge 2 days late so I can not expect 40 for 40). The second is to log my food every.single.day. – again 38/40  History has proven that when I log my food I tend to make better overall choices. Sure, I may still eat off plan or indulge in a non-paleo food – but tracking helps me to be more aware of what I’m doing.

Fitness

I will practice double-unders for 10 minutes 30 out of 40 days.  I am seeing big gains in terms of strength at my Crossift box. However, I am struggling with mastering double-unders.  My coach has repeatedly told me that they will come with time – but since it is a skill that we only see once a week, I need to devote time to them outside of a WOD.

Self-Care

I will wear make-up 35/40 days.  I know this goal may seem a bit shallow…. so hear me out.  When I wear make-up (even simple powder and lip gloss) I feel more confident. Moreover, it shows those around me that I care about myself – that I’m putting my best face forward (pun intended. And since I work in a corporate environment it always helps to appear a bit more polished.

Family

Again 2 goals in this area.  First, I will spend 30 minutes a day playing with my daughter 38/40 days.  As I said earlier, our life as a family is busy.  And all too often there is little time during the week to stop and play with my daughter – or at least that was my thought. Then I took  a honestly look at how I was spending my time – and I realized the laundry can wait till her bedtime – so 30 minutes a day whatever she wants to play.  Second, I will purposefully pray for my husband 38/40 days.  This are not the hurried or simple “Lord, keep him safe prayers” I whisper just before I drift off to sleep. These will be scripture based prayers that I offer up for my husband – prayers to help him grow in his faith.

So there you have it, my goals for the 4/40 challenge?  Want to join, then click on over – it’s never to late!

 

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?

It Doesn’t Have to Be All or Nothing

Back in July, I squealed with glee and did a happy dance in my kitchen when I learned that my tiny hometown was getting its very own Crossfit box.  As soon as it was announced that “Crossfit Alma” was coming, I signed up.

And after nearly 2 months of workouts, I thought Crossfit had taught me some very important life lessons. Lessons that I shared over on the uber cool, super awesome Dubya Wife’s blog.

But tonight I realized that Crossfit has taught me one more thing………

The WOD at our box tonight was a doublet of Russian Kettlebell swings and pull-ups. We would start with 20 reps and pyramid down to 12 reps. My coach told us that women were to use the 50 lb kettlebell.  Well, a few swings into the routine I felt a twinge in my back.  Without missing a beat, I switched to the 35 lb kettlbell and kept going.  I finished the WOD  and felt great. Didn’t I feel bad that I hadn’t done the WOD exactly as prescribed. NOPE…not one bit. I pushed myself hard and did the best I could.

That’s when it hit me.

This journey of living my healthiest life doesn’t have to be all or nothing!

For years, I have thought if I didn’t follow my workout schedule to the letter, eat 100% according to plan, take my vitamins daily, stretch, foam roll, and whatever else – then I was failing and that was license to just throw in the towel.

Now, I finally realize – it’s okay to have pizza with my parents on Tuesday nights (and it’s okay if I enjoy that 3rd slice) because I know that I eat clean the other 90% of the time.

I finally realize that it is okay to skip a run in favor of a rest day – even if it is not on my plan – because listening to my body is far more important.

I finally realize that one day of not taking my multi-vitamin is not going to derail all of my efforts. 

I finally realize that for me the healthiest life I can live is one that is balanced.

Today I can run faster (and longer) than I could when I was running 6 days a week.

Today I can lift more weight than I did 2 months ago and more than I have ever lifted in my entire life.

Today I am stronger and fitter than I was at 18 years old, or even at my lowest weight.

I have no idea how my balanced living approach will impact the scale. But truthfully, I don’t really care. I still plan on stepping on it once a month just to ensure that I remain in the healthy weight range for my height. Beyond that, I no longer see value in that number.

And for someone who spent most of her teens and 20’s chained to the scale that’s a HUGE thing.