This week has been really motivating! I am taking it in stride since I know from personal experience that there are highs and lows on any journey. The Warrior Dash was so much fun and it really inspired me to set some concrete goals with deadlines!
I have set some Body Fat Percentage goals, competition goals and trainer certification goals. I am still working on solidifying my strength goals. Everything is written out, posted and visible to me every day. More importantly, I carry them in my heart every day.
Feature on eatfitnation.com
In addition to some good workouts, super clean eating and some great laughs with my girls while training, I received a great virtual thumbs up from an online fitness community. One of the highlights of the week was being featured on Eat Fit Nation. It is a social hub for individuals who are passionate about nutrition and fitness. Photos, transformation stories, workout tips and meals are shared. I follow them on Instagram and submitted my story to be featured a couple of months ago. It was a great feeling to see my own face and story posted. I hope it resonated with some of their other followers and I know this is just the beginning of great things for me.
Make progress or excuses. Your choice.
Fasted cardio workouts have made their way back into my fitness program two mornings a week. I have had great success with this method in the past and am continually pushing to make progress each week. The caffeine in a cup of black coffee before the workout not only gives a push at the early morning hour, but also helps increase my fat burning window as I continue to fast until my first meal at 12 p.m.
I have also added some carbohydrates into my post-workout meals on cardio days. This means that in my third and final meal of the day, I have added about 200 calories; 50g carbohydrates of fruit into my shakes. Since insulin sensitivity is low in the evening it is harder for fat cells to absorb sugar, making the P.M. a more appropriate time to eat fruit, especially when you are working to lose body fat. I am excited to see how both of these changes to my program influence my progress.
I am focused and committed. I have a burning desire to achieve my goals. No one else can want it for you. Those around you can help, push and support but it is ultimately up to you. Your desire to change must be greater than your desire to stay the same. Every day I am continuing to push myself and work hard. There are no excuses. I get results because I work hard. I keep going and strive to make it happen. It is happening!
Warrior Dash | Saturday 11.10.2012
This November, my friends and I will show the world what warriors we are! We are participating in the Warrior Dash, a 5K obstacle course, consisting of mud, tires, ropes, cargo nets and fire - all of my favorite things, really. I am ecstatic to be participating in this event and know it will be the first of many races and events that I participate in.
This is a huge moment but I am unable to do it alone. I need your help! I will be raising money for St. Jude's Children Research Hospital. Cancer and other disease have or will affect everyone's life at some point. Perhaps it was yourself, a loved one, friend, neighbor, or just someone you know. Your gift will help the doctors and researchers at St. Jude find new treatments for cancer and other deadly diseases. Let's kick cancer's butt!