Time Flys

Well, its been just over 3 months since I last posted, which shows how crazy school has been this semester.

Since life has been busy, my workouts have been slacking and my nutrition has been worse than what I was hoping, but a lot better than I expected with my crazy busy life. I am still eating 3 full meals per day and 1-3 snacks depending on how hungry I am. I am trying to stick around 2100 calories still per day and this has been pretty successful.

Just over 3 weeks ago I decided that I wanted to clean up my diet and start exercising so I took pictures and set a 4 week challenge for myself. Since starting, I have only done 7 workouts which is not up to my standards so as of today, December 1st, I am going to kick it up a notch and try to get down to my 1st goal weight.

Currently, I am 223.2 pounds which is down 2.4 from my last weigh in that I posted on here. I am still aiming at an overall goal of 179 but I have broken it down into smaller goals yet again, since I did not obtain my last goal. As of today, I want to be down 13.2 pounds by Christmas.

Last week I started 30 Day Shred (I am doing it with 2 rest days per week) and it is burning roughly 300 calories per workout.

From now until Christmas, I would like to not only lose weight, but I would like to tone up. I am planning on doing 18 days of the 30 Day Shred in that time and also trying to get 2-3 5K runs in per week since my running has been lacking over the past three months.

Photos from the Challenge, as well as my progress pictures for December will be uploaded once a week!

-Cheers

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Some changes to my lifestyle have changed since the last time I post on here. I am now back to 3-4 workouts a week and keeping my cardio around 30 minutes on those days.

The other day as I looked at the calendar, I realized that September 1st is this coming Monday and it was time to get my butt in gear. Its time for no excuses and to get some motivation I have spent about 30 minutes per day looking at fitness related items on Pinterest.

Tomorrow I have plans for a 4 K run in the morning and I also am signed up for a 5 K race in 30 days. My goal for this 5 K race is to beat my old time (36:39), and to be able to run the whole thing.

When it comes to nutrition. I am getting a lot better at eating the right foods, but the portions are getting me. I love food and lots of it in my belly. This week I have started restricting myself, which is tougher than I had imagined.

As of today, I am still vegetarian but the no chips challenge has failed. I have stuck to serving sizes when having them, but I have caved and had them 4 times during the month of August. I am planning on doing another challenge in September, but I am not quite sure what to do. I have 3 days to figure that one out and also to pack everything in my house because Sunday is moving day.

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Try-A-Tri August 17, 2014

Well I did it! 

I was able to complete my first Try-A-Tri yesterday! Finished in 1:33:44 which beat my goal time by 36:16. Having my cousin in the race with me, and my parents, sister in law and nephew at the finish line definitely gave me a little bit more of a push to finish strong.

The swim went better than I had expected and I was able to complete the 375 m swim in 12:57 which was a huge accomplishment considering I had not swam prior to the race. 

The bike ride had 3 massive hills and 2 of them required me to get off my bike and walk. My total time for the 15.62 k bike was 54:29. When it came to the run, my legs felt like jello but by the time I got out of the transition area I was able to keep a steady pace. The run was partially up a hill then down an old rail road track. Once I hit the rail road track, I had stabbing pains in my left calf and took a walking break. As I was walking, a person who was completing the Olympic Triathlon came up behind me, told me that he knew I could do it and started running beside me. Thanks to this man, I was able to finally convince myself that I could run the rest. As I began to run, the pains went away and I could see the finish line and my family waiting there for me.

This was the best moment ever. I was able to pick up speed, give it all I had and then be able to hug my family and see how proud they were of me. My total run time was 21:12.

After seeing the results, I realized I was 7 minutes behind my cousin who competed with me. This time made me even more proud because she is fit and weighs at least 50 pounds less than me. This just shows me that by next summer, if I keep on my path of health and fitness, there is a chance that I could keep up to her or possibly even beat her.

Overall, I am proud of myself for completing this race and for how far I have come. If someone asked me 4 years ago if I could see myself doing any type of competitive fitness challenges, I would have laughed and made a joke about how I don’t run.

To this date I have completed a 5K run (May 2013), a half marathon (Sept 2013) and a Try-A-Tri (Aug 2014). I am looking forward to what the future has in store for me when it comes to fitness.

chantal 1My cousin and I before the Race.

chantal 2Me before the race with my bike!

chantal 3Me at the finish line!

Another Day…Another Training Session

Well its official. 5 more days until the Try-A-Tri that I decided to sign up for.

After doing some pretty strenuous hiking on Sunday over rocks, into caves, up cliffs and much more, yesterday was a well needed rest day. Today I decided to attack and try out a “large country block” bike ride. By the end of it I was 37 minutes in and 11.52 km. 

Considering I am not sore after this hilly ride, I feel like Sunday will still be challenging but not as horrible as I had once thought.

One more day of training tomorrow, then it is 3 days off before race day to let my muscles recover.

Wish me luck!

Day 5

Well today is day 5 of the no chips challenge and surprisingly it is going well. I have had many cravings for chips but I have turned to other foods instead.

Its unbelievable that I have been able to change my diet so much since the beginning of the summer. I think changing one thing related to health for a month is definitely a good way to keep on the road to success.

Tomorrow is my weigh in day so we will see if the lack of salt from the chips will make a difference this week. Here’s to hoping!

All it takes is a little bit of Determination

For those of you who were following me when I started my blog, or those of you who have read my whole blog, I have great news. I was able to complete the 30 day vegetarian cleanse my friend set me up to do. Also, at this point, I don’t have any plans to go back to meat right away.

With my body feeling fresh and happy now without meat, I am going to work on cutting out my next culprit..CHIPS.

I know everything is good in moderation, but if there are chips in my house (which they normally are because I live with my parents until the end of August), I will eat them every single day, without question. 

Starting tomorrow, August 1, 2014, I am going to try to do 30 days without chips. This is going to be a hefty task, but I feel like I can do it. 

For my exercise and weightloss, I have been doing a lot of research over the past few weeks and set out a list of goals for myself. After realizing I am still 46.6 pounds (21.2 kilograms) overweight, my plan is to finally hit a normal weight by 2015. 

Ever since I was little, I always wanted to know what it was like to be healthy and feel confident about my body. When starting university, I vouched to make sure that I was a healthy weight before finishing school so then there would be no worries in my life when it came time to face the real world. After 3 years of College and University, I have made some drastic changes in my life, but after this next year I will graduate from my program so that does not leave me much time. 

Current Weight = 225.6
Goal Weight = 179
Pounds to Lose = 46.6

Rough Weighloss Goal Breakdown
Aug 1-Aug 31 = -10 lbs
Sept 1-Sept 30 = -10 lbs
Oct 1-Oct 31 = -10 lbs
Nov 1-Nov 30 = -10 lbs
Dec 1-Dec 31 = -6.6

Workout Goals
-weight lifting 3-4 times per week for 1 hour-arms, legs and abs
-1 hour of cardio 4-5 days per week
-be able to run 2.5 k in 14 minutes