Sunday, September 8, 2013

21 day sugar detox

Results of the Alpha Reset:  10 pounds off. Down to 175

But I returned to bad eating habits and the weight came back on quickly.

I started a 21 day sugar detox #21DSD. Today is day 6. I knew today that I would have to take a hiatus from the detox because I baked a cake for my son's bday. I had some cake but didn't go wild with it like I usually do.

I'm in this challenge with people I know (which really seems to help).
Additionally army new duty station, I don't work with food pushers who want to just disrespect what I'm trying to accomplish. That helps, too.

I'm doing well and down 2# this week already.

I'm working with a personal trainer (FitNMarvelous) while I continue to train for the USMC marathon.

I'm trying to drink lots of water and eat paleo (except for the cake which is nearly gone with the help of my family)

I'm flirting with the elusive 180# threshold. I have a hard time getting below and STAYING below this weight. But I'm determined. So, here we go.

P.S?  The training for the marathon is starting to freak me out. I was supposed to run 16 miles today and totally wussed out. (I DID run 7 yesterday). I'm coming up with lame excuses on why I can't get this run done.  Need to buck up!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Alpha Reset

I am taking 5 days to do a juice fast called the Alpha Reset as outlined by Drew Canole.
I have 4 days off from school and thought this would be a good time to tackle this challenge.
Today is Day 3 of 5.
I'm feeling good...this juice fast (the second one I've done this year) feels easier than before.
I don't have a constant hunger or desire to eat whole food.
I guess I have a better mindset this time...who knows.
My awesome hubby is also juice fasting with me...which helps SO MUCH!

My favorite juice recipe is
4 leaves of Swiss Chard
1 cucumber
1 granny smith apple
1 lemon
1 generous knuckle of ginger
a few leaves of parsley

I just feel like I'm drinking a glass of fresh!

After this, I intend to complete a paleo challenge.
There are a few out there.  The two challenges I see most often are:
(1) The 21 Day Sugar Detox by Diane Sanfilippo
(2) The Whole 30 by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig
I guess it doesn't really matter which one I follow as long as I follow a Paleo diet.
I want to ensure that I'm well prepared and have the mindset to be as successful with this challenge as I am with juicing.  I wonder what I should do?  I've tried these challenges before and end up in the candy dish at the office.  I see at my new school, there will be a lot of temptations around.  hmmmmm.

Keeping commitment to important.

Saturday, July 13, 2013


I haven't been as committed and dedicated to my health and fitness.
I saw a picture of myself running the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon (1 Jun 2013).
Somewhere along the line, I have become bottom heavy.
The image I see in the mirror and the image I see in the picture are VERY different.
I have to make a change.
I've said it before.
I need to say it again.
So, for $17 a month, I've signed up for FitnessVT. 
It's a nutrition website that prescribes an eating plan based on your weight, age, body fat %age, and activity level.
It just tells you what to eat and when.
I think I just need that structure.
I can modify the foods on the list so I can stick to a Paleo preference which I like.
I like a Tshirt I saw at the gym... "I'm 100% Paleo, 80% of the time".
I think rather than try to be Paleo perfectionista, I will try to be a consistent Paleo follower.
So...I'll let you know how it goes.
I don't even know if anyone is reading this but...that's OK.
This is really for me to document what I'm doing.
The Marine Corps Marathon is coming up in October and I want to be lighter so I can run well.
This nutrition plan coupled with the Run Less, Run Faster Novice Marathon training plan should get me to my goal.  
#MarineCorpsMarathon #RunLessRunFaster #Paleo #VirginiaWineCountryHalfMarathon

Quote for the day:  

“One of the most valuable lessons I have learned in the military is that what happens in your life is what you believe will happen”

What do you believe, Star?
You can be fit, strong, cut and healthy!
Get it done, Star!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Crossfit Games 13.1

Well, I tried 13.1!
For those who aren't Crossfit afficiandos, 13.1 means the following:
13= the year 2013
.1 = the first workout of the Crossfit Games.

The workout is as follows:
WOMEN - includes Masters Women up to 54 years old
Proceed through the sequence below completing as many reps as possible in 17 minutes of:
40 Burpees (done...took forever)
45 pound Snatch, 30 reps (done @35#)
30 Burpees (done...)
75 pound Snatch, 30 reps (only 24 @ 45# then time ran out)
20 Burpees (not done)
100 pound Snatch, 30 reps (not done)
10 burpees (not done)
120 pound Snatch, as many reps as possible (not done)

This morning...I feel accomplished and only a smidgen sore.
This time next year, I will enter the Crossfit Games and compete...see if I can at least get to regionals.

Jammin' good times.

Monday, March 4, 2013


My weight is fluctuating around.
At the end of the week (Friday), I'm down to 179.
By Monday, ballooned up to 186.
What in the world is going on?

Happens regularly.
Just when I think I'm making progress...BOOM!  

Monday, February 18, 2013

Tough Mudder Circuit - How'd it go?

Circuit #1 Perform
on Monday
Run for 2 minutes
Push Ups or Swing Push Ups for 1 minute
Burpee Jumping Jacks for 2 minutes
Squats for 1 minute
Jump Rope for 2 minutes
Bear Crawl for 1 minute
Rest for 1 minute
Scramble to Sprint for 2 minutes
Duck Walk for 1 minute
Squat Jumps for 2 minutes
Bodyweight Rows for 1 minute
High Knee Sprint in Place for 2 minutes
Bodyweight Curls for 1 minute
Rest for 60 Seconds
Army Crawl Knees Off Ground or Army Crawl Knees On Ground


The workout above was hard.
I was supposed to do it 2x thru.  But once was quite enough thank you very much!

Felt a little self conscious doing it as I was on the basketball court doing this.  The bball court is behind a see thru wall so the entire gym can see me flailing about if they happen to look that way.  
And trust me, I was walk is really not meant for long legged people, just sayin'

My eating habits have declined and my weight has shot back up.  Amazing how that works.

We are in the season of lent now.
I've banned soda and sweets (any dessert, candy or artificially sweetened thing (except w/stevia)) from my diet.  Getting back on the Paleo and juicing wagon.

Must keep telling myself, "Your a tough can do this!"

Had two crazy hard crossfit workouts this past weekend.  Egads!  I think my eyelashes are sore.
Really enjoyed those workouts.  It reaffirms that I need some addl work to get to a level of fitness.

Happy Presidents' Day.


Monday, February 11, 2013

We're gonna party like it's my birthday!

My birthday is today and it's a milestone birthday that ends in "5".
Yay me.

Enjoyed a great Crossfit Workout today.
And found my re-motivation for my Tough Mudder training.
I found a training schedule that I'm going to embark on starting on Tuesday.
Why not today (Monday)?  Because I need some space to do these workout and I want to use the large open space at the gym (which is in use usually on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays with a boot camp class).

The workouts look hard but fun.  They entail doing these circuits and then running on the off days.  There's one rest day per week which I likely will use as active rest (aka yoga class):

Circuit #1 Perform
on Monday
Run for 2 minutes
Push Ups or Swing Push Ups for 1 minute
Burpee Jumping Jacks for 2 minutes
Squats for 1 minute
Jump Rope for 2 minutes
Bear Crawl for 1 minute
Rest for 1 minute
Scramble to Sprint for 2 minutes
Duck Walk for 1 minute
Squat Jumps for 2 minutes
Bodyweight Rows for 1 minute
High Knee Sprint in Place for 2 minutes
Bodyweight Curls for 1 minute
Rest for 60 Seconds
Army Crawl Knees Off Ground or Army Crawl Knees On Ground
Circuit #2 Perform
on Wednesday
Run for 2 minutes
Lizard Crawl Push Ups for 1 minute
Step Jumps for 2 minutes
Walking Lunges for 1 minute
Kangaroo Hops for 2 minutes
Spiderman Climbs for 1 minute
Rest for 1 minute
Butt Kick Sprint in Place for 2 minutes
Bear Crawl/Crab Crawl combo for one minute
One Legged Step Ups for 2 minutes each leg
Pull Ups or Bodyweight Rows for 1 minute
Mountain Climbers for 2 minutes
Suicide Planks for 1 minute
Rest for 1 minute
Army Crawl Knees Off Ground or Army Crawl Knees On Ground
Circuit #3 Perform
on Friday
Run for 2 minutes
Spiderman Push Ups or Feet Elevated Push Ups for 1 minute
Jumping Lunges for 2 minutes
Bench Dips for 1 minute
Jumpovers for 2 minutes
Backwards Bear Crawl for 1 minute
Rest for 1 minute
Frog Leap for 2 minutes
Walkover Push ups for 1 minute
Mountain Jumpers for 2 minutes
One Legged Squat for 1 minute each leg
Side Lunges for 2 minutes
Broad Jump for 1 minute
Rest for 1 minute
Army Crawl Kne

P.S.  I hope this blog doesn't sound too self-centered.  Probably does.  I'm sharing this to get your support but I also hope it helps someone else find their fitness passion, too.