Treadmill vs. Outdoor Running

This week was a week of 2’s….two swims, two bikes and two runs.

My swims have been feeling pretty good! I added some distance and I am feeling comfortable in the water. I still like using the pull bouy to keep my legs up, but I am doing OK when I am not using it too.

I feel like I have really made some gains on the bike, so it’s time for another FTP test to see if my functional threshold power has gone up!

I plan to do that Wednesday, even though I kind of have a packed schedule already that day. The next two weeks are busy every day, so I just have to squeeze workouts in wherever I can!

Friday was my first ride that was over an hour. I have stuck to an hour each workout, but it is time to start bumping it up and getting more time in the saddle! I did 1 1/2 hours and I still felt good… I am happy with how my bike workouts are going.

Now….the Running

I didn’t run Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. By Thursday I knew I needed to run, and I knew mentally I really needed an outdoor run. But I have a hard time to run steady… I often walk, because there is no one telling me to keep running.

So I called up my sister-in-law. We have run together quite a few times in the past, but she is always way faster than me, and I feel like I hold her back.

But she has been on a little hiatus from running and just getting back to it, so I thought she could give me a good push, while still having a good run herself.

And what a fantastic run it was!!

The weather was perfect, not too much ice, and running along the river.

To be honest, the first half a mile, I was panicking in my head. We started out faster than I am used to and there is a bit of a hill near the start. I was trying not to breathe too loud and heavy because I didn’t want to let her know I was struggling a little!

After a bit, I managed to settle in, and it started to feel hard but still good. As we neared the turn around, my bladder betrayed me and I had to hit the outhouse….

So a quick 2-minute break and we were on our way back. She was still recovering from being sick and not sleeping well, so this was to my advantage… I thought.

As we neared her house, she said, “Sprint to the end!” I tried my hardest. I really did. But it was really no contest. She could have given me a head start and she still would have beat me!!

But it was such a good, hard, fun run for me, and I was high on endorphins for the rest of the day! I forgot to wear my watch, so I have no idea what pace we ran, and don’t really care. I know we ran just over 3 miles because my SIL has run that route often.

Then Came Saturday

I really need to start running with the Saturday morning group, but I always have some excuse or another. Friday night I was so tired, and just wanted to sleep in Saturday.

So I had a good 10 hour sleep. I considered running outside on my own, but it was cold outside! So off to the treadmill at the gym.

Last week I was mentioning to my neighbor Cindy, that I have such a hard time running on the treadmill just because of the mental aspect.

She suggested bringing a towel and covering up all the numbers on the screen of the treadmill and just running. So I did this….and it worked!

Everything else was working against me that morning. I couldn’t find my Bluetooth ear buds, so I grabbed some wired ones, but those are a pain because I tend to rip them out of my ears when my arm hits the wire while running.

But I was going to give them a try anyways….but when I went to put them in, one of the soft covers on them were missing, so it wouldn’t stay in my ear.

And then….even though the gym has two options for WiFi, my phone was being temperamental and wouldn’t connect to either of them.

By this time, my heart rate was getting up there, and I hadn’t even started running yet!

I decided I would just have to run without music. I covered the display with my towel, checked the speed I was running at and settled in.

It was going surprisingly good, until I really had to go to the bathroom! (OK, so I have been feeling very dehydrated, so have been upping my water in take a lot….good for my body, bad for running continuity…lol)

I check the mileage under my towel and I was at 1.75 miles.

I quickly went to the bathroom, but when I got back the treadmill had cleared itself, so I was starting at zero again. At other times, this would have made me say, “Forget it” and go home.

But I knew I REALLY need to start getting in some longer miles, so I had to at least try running some more.

In the end, I ended up running a total of 5 miles, only walking every 10-15 minutes for a water break!

I was really happy with this. But what do I think is better…..

Outdoor running or treadmill?

Outdoor running wins hands down, because it is way more enjoyable. However, treadmill running has its place too, because elements are controlled!

The speed and hills can go up and down whenever you want to, and I could probably get better at sprinting if I tried it more often on the treadmill!

Also, when the roads are really icy, the treadmill is the better run option as I am not risking wiping out and hurting myself and then not being able to train for a while.

But I definitely prefer running outside!

The same goes for the bike. Biking indoor on a trainer can be boring, but it tends to be a better workout because it is controlled and you never have real “coasting” time that you get on a road! Plus it is safer, as there is always a risk of getting hit by a car on the roads!

But riding outside really is such a pleasure!. I really enjoy the views so much more while riding my bike than I do from a car. The smells and sounds are all part of a great experience. We try to ride roads that aren’t too busy, but it isn’t always easy in farming country!

The Dreaded Scale

This past week I tracked the food I ate most days on My Fitness Pal, and I was right where I was supposed to be. Because my weight loss has slowed down, I kind of weighed myself every single morning.

Big mistake. The scale was all over the place! I would be up 1 lbs, then down 1.5 and then back up again…so this week is a bust in that department, but there is always one week out of every four that it doesn’t matter what I do…the scale is not going to budge.

But in the big picture, that is OK. I feel great, I love this way of eating, and I don’t plan on going back to carb binging!

This week will be a week of just fitting in workouts whenever possible. I have a plan of bike Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and running Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and getting a couple swims in somewhere too.

Is anyone else done with the snow and ready for Spring to arrive?

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Why Do I Do It?

A common question that anyone who does something that many other people don’t do is, “Why do you…?”

Those of us in our small town who participate in longer distance triathlons, often get asked….”Why?” And last year after a grumpy race at Ironman 70.3 St George, I asked myself, “Why do I do it?”

The short answer is “Because I can.”

I work with people who have physical and/or mental disabilities, and with older people who are having a hard time moving around due to various issues.

I know people with Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy (click the link to check out Becca Neels’ blog), severe arthritis, Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T), cancer, and other barriers….

Who cannot run.

Who cannot bike.

Who would probably give anything to be able to exercise freely.

Instead, they battle every day to perform daily tasks that the rest of us do without having to think about it.

If we have a healthy body that is not limited by physical ailments, THIS IS A PRIVILEDGE!

This is a privilege that we should not take for granted. It is a gift.

There have been many times in my life when I was just simply too lazy to exercise. I can go months without doing a single thing that is strenuous. And there really are times in every ones lives where family and work must come first, and there are simply not enough hours in the day.

John and I have four children, and we home school them. I work part-time which can easily turn in to full time hours if I don’t say no to shifts. My kids are involved in sports and other activities. I am training for a triathlon.

Our life gets a little crazy at times. We have become negligent in visiting parents, grandparents, good friends…

Every once in a while I need to take a step back and get my priorities straight. But exercise is a priority. And not just because I am training for a triathlon.

Mentally, it is a fantastic mood lifter, anti-depressant, and problem solver. There have been many times in the last 10 or so years of our marriage that John has told me to go for a run. I am almost always resistant and grumpy at him because I really don’t like to be told what to do….

But I know that he is always right ;D

He knows me and knows that my mood can do a complete turn around just by getting outside and clearing my head while running or walking.

Anyways,

that was a little off topic, but I really want to drive home the point that when we are given a body that has the ability to move with no restrictions, we need to take this gift and use it.

Exercise.

Just because you can.

And because your mind will be happier.

And because you will be able to move through daily life with ease.

And because it is a great way to spend time with your kids, spouse, friends.

Don’t waste this gift! You do not need to train for triathlons, or marathons, or cross-fit game, or anything big at all. Go for a walk. Go for a bike ride. Go snow-shoeing or cross-country skiing. Take every opportunity to refresh your mind and body through physical activity.

Because someone near you is wishing they could.

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Triathlon Swim Training – My Nemesis

I hate swimming. At least I tell myself that often simply because I am not good at it. I have a very real fear of drowning and have actually had nightmares about drowning. So I always dread getting in the pool that first time when triathlon swim training begins.

Last week Monday Logan and I were ready to go bright and early to the pool. The plan was to be at the pool at 6 am when it opened, but we ended up not getting there until 6:45 because my youngest woke up with a fever and that needed to be looked after first.

It actually worked in our favour though, because most of the early birds were getting out of the pool when we were getting in, so we had lots of room! We did an easy 800m and it actually felt really good!

My breathing was good and I could swim continuously without getting very short on breath. Last year when I started swimming I could do 50m max before stopping for a break… I was constantly gasping for breath!

That was the only swim I got in last week.

Today at lunch, Logan and I went for a swim again and did 1000m. We did a combination of swim, pull, kick, and threw in a few 25 m sprints in there too. Again, I felt great! There is hope for me yet! 😉

Strategies for Open Water Swim

Knowing I have an issue with open water swimming, I have been looking up strategies on the best way to prepare myself.

The issues most people have with open water swimming is all or a combination of these:

  • cloudy or murky water where you can’t see anything
  • cold water (this literally can take your breath away before you even start swimming!)
  • Feeling claustrophobic from the wet suit or from so many swimmers being close to you
  • Fear of becoming disorientated
  • plants or fish that may brush against you

Paul Newsome in an article at www.220triathlon.com suggests slowly exposing yourself to these triggers in a controlled environment. Doing these swims in a local lake with friends as the other swimmers can do a lot to help you practice calming techniques for the real race day!

The things that bother me the most are the murky water, cold water, and the wet suit.

1. The cold water is actually the least of my worries, because even though it can take your breath away when you first get in, once you have a little water in your wet suit, your body warms it up nicely.

But it’s the pace that gets to me…once the group you are in is allowed to get in the water, you have to swim out to the start line, and this makes you have to quickly adapt to the cold water and do a quick swim even before the gun goes off!.

And last year I wasn’t even near the starting bouy before the gun went off…lol! I guess that’s another goal for 2018….get to the starting bouy before the gun goes off for my age group…:D

2. The murky water is my second least favourite thing. When the water is dark or murky, and all I see is swirling floaties in front of my face, and that makes me want to get my face out of the water right away!! I have tried closing my eyes, but that is even more scary.

3. But the worst thing for me is the wet suit. I have a decent wet suit that has a lot of flex through the shoulders and chest, so I should not feel constricted. But I hate things near my neck, and the wet suit comes near around my neck…if it didn’t it would let in too much water and cause drag.

I was also near the top of the weight range for my particular wet suit when I wore it, so hopefully this year I will be a little less and maybe that will help!

The best way to prepare for any of these things is to try get into any lake in the area in April…BRRRR! Also, in a month or so I will get John to go swimming with me once in while to splash and be a nuisance to simulate hundred of swimmers around me.

He offered several times to do that last year, but I would just get mad at him if he did that, so I declined. This year I will try not to be too much of a princess and allow him to splash and push me around in the water :O

Last Weeks Workouts

Last week I did 3 bikes, 2 runs, 1 swim and 1 weight workout. All the workouts went really well, but Fridays bike ride was tough. It was 2x 20 minute efforts at threshold power, and I did not have enough food in me before doing them. I have not had any issues with being hungry during workouts, but when I was done that bike ride, I headed straight to the fridge!!

My runs were OK, but I am going to make more of an effort to run with people this week. Miles fly by when running with friends, but drag by when I run alone!

The plan for this coming up week as far as work outs is pretty much the same as last week. Next week I am going to look for a different weight workout as I am getting bored with the one I have. Good to switch it up once in a while 🙂

 

The Food

The eating went good last week….it’s been really easy so far with the Keto way of eating! I haven’t been tracking what I eat because I have felt good and the weight has slowly been coming off. Yesterday I was 162lbs so half a pound down from last week.

Its not much but still down. And a non scale victory is that I finally could wear my Boise 70.3 shirt for a workout! Truth is it will fit much better with 5 or more lbs off still, but it fit.

(Sorry for the sideways pic…still trying to figure some of these things out)

Saturday I decided I should track what I eat to see if fat/protein/carb macros were close to what they should be. They were pretty close to what I should be at, but I was pretty high in calories.

We have been reading a book by Maria and Craig Emmerich called Keto. There is so much information in there that it is going to take a while for me to get through! What they did say in there that calories still do matter, but not so much in the calories in/calories out way.

A quote from the book:

“Calories and hormones matter; a ketogenic diet is so powerful because it can be used to address both. A ketogenic diet keeps our hormones in balance, which helps us to feel full longer and eliminates cravings – and we can do this while eating fewer calories.” Maria and Craig Emmerich

So this week I am going to try to be more aware of how much and what I am eating. I really hate tracking food because then I have to measure everything. But if my weight stalls or I need a little boost then I think I will have to track things I eat to find out why.

More and more people are jumping on the Keto wagon lately, and have been losing weight, which is exciting! I am happy I am doing this because I feel great and I really do not have any cravings at all, so if it works for others as well, that makes me happy!

 

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Beginner Triathlete – or Intermediate?

As I mentioned last week, this past Saturday was 16 weeks until Ironman 70.3 St. George. 4 months seems like a long time, but it sneaks up quickly! I am glad I started working out more regularly and dialing in my nutrition before now, because it is daunting to have to start from scratch and easy to get overwhelmed with the workouts!

I will often look for 16 week training plans online to guide me through my training, and then modify it to what I need. This past week as I was looking through training plans, I had to think, “Am I still a beginner triathlete or an intermediate?”

Does It Matter?

When training plans specify whether it is a beginner, intermediate, or advanced plan, usually that implies the fitness level of the triathlete. But I think once a person has a number of triathlons under their belt, they are no longer a beginner.

Experience goes a long way in a race. Even if you’ve trained hard, trained consistently, you could go out too fast and use too much energy at the beginning of your race. When you have done a few races, you learn how much you need to hold back in the beginning in order to not crash and burn half-way through the race.

So I would consider myself an intermediate, even though I am not very fast.

My Training Plan

I will be loosely following Matt Fitzgeralds Super Simple Ironman 70.3 training plan for the next 4 months. Mostly for the run and swim training, as I feel my bike training needs to be more specific to the St. George race course.

The run training I will probably adjust a little as well, as there isn’t really a flat section on the run course in St. George. But overall, this training plan will be a great guide for me…. I will just need to add a couple of days of weight training.

This is what my training schedule looks like for this week:

Monday – Bike: Trainer Road * Budawang* + possible swim

Tuesday – Run 4 miles: 1 mile warm up, 2 miles of 10-20 second hill repeats (6% incline), 1 mile cool down + weight workout.

Wednesday – Bike: Trainer Road *Mount Foraker -1* + swim 800m minimum

Thursday – Run 4 miles + weight workout

Friday – Bike: Trainer Road *Gray* + swim 800m

Saturday – Run 6 miles

 

The Past Week

This past week was a fantastic one for me. I did every single workout except for the swims!

My body held up well, though by Friday night I was getting John to roll me out with the stick, because I was too lazy to use the foam roller 😉  It was rather painful, but in a good sort of way.

My bike rides went really well, but my runs are still not where I want them to be. I think it is more of a mental issue than anything, because I just can’t seem to run long on the treadmill. I put music on, try not to look at the numbers, but it is just SO BORING!

 

I usually do intervals of some sort with lots of walk breaks just to make it through. I need the roads to clear up so I feel safe running outside!

I also really need to get to the pool and start swimming. Swimming is my biggest weakness, and I need to be working hard on getting better! It is the hardest to get done though because I have to drive a half hour to go swimming anywhere. And I am to chicken to drive on snowy highways!

This is me coming out of the water last year…. I am hoping to be smiling when I come out of the water this year!! Lol

 

 

I ate well all week as well, besides at the hockey game Saturday night. I didn’t plan on any non keto food, but I didn’t eat enough during the day, and by 8 pm I was starving. We had ordered the kids some waffle fries and I ended up eating about 10 of those.

That’s just life sometimes. As long as it doesn’t happen every day it’s OK!

Down Again

I was nervous to step on the scale this morning, because, as much as I don’t want this journey about the number that shows up on the scale, it is one measure of my progress.

Thankfully I was 162.5…. 2 lbs down from last week!

My clothes fit good now, but I am looking forward to being in the mid 150s! That’s how much I weighed for years and years and so it is definitely my comfort zone. That’s also how much I weighed when I did my first Half Ironman in Boise, Idaho!

Ultimately, I am going for 140, which is totally not unreasonable as I am only 5’2″. But I don’t really have a timeline for that….as long as I am fit enough to complete the race and have a good time, I am happy!

 

I hope everyone else has had a great week, and eats wisely and exercises consistently this week! It is a huge confidence booster when you make it through a week when the healthy eating and the exercise all comes together ;D

 

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70.3 Training – Here We Go!

This coming up Saturday is 16 weeks until Ironman 70.3 St. George. That means that my 70.3 training officially begins! I have been trying to build a decent base, but the last few weeks haven’t been that great. But it is “GO” time now and important that I workout every day. My goal is still the same… I want to have a fantastic race and enjoy it, and the only way to do that is to go into it fully trained!

This Past Week…

I only did 2 workouts this past week, but I enjoyed them both ;). Tuesday morning I ran with Becky and it was absolutely beautiful out! There was no wind, the sun was shining, and I believe it was only -6 degrees Celsius…perfect running weather!

Thursday I did a bike workout on Trainer Road that had three 9 minute reps that were just above my threshold. Between each rep was 6 minutes easy spinning, so plenty of rest. I really enjoyed this workout and will probably do it often.

That was all I did for exercise. Because I work casual, I don’t always know which days/nights I will be working ahead of time. So I ended up working Wednesday, even though I didn’t plan to. This will probably be the hardest thing in the next four months…getting my workout in no matter what happens that day.

This Weeks Workout Plan

Because I am weak muscular wise, I really want to have regular weight training in my plan. I have been trying to find a reasonable plan to go with my swim, bike, and run training that will not overwhelm me.

I came across Mark Allens (six-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion) 12 recommended strength exercises for triathletes who are over 35, have limited training time, and want to guard against injury.

They are:

  1. Lat Pulldown
  2. Leg extensions
  3. Leg Curls
  4. Bench Press
  5. Squats
  6. Lateral Dumbbell raise
  7. Calf raises
  8. Dumbbell Pullover
  9. Backward Lunges
  10. Bicep Curls
  11. Tricep Extension
  12. Leg Press

And sit ups are recommended often as a strong core will keep me in good form through the whole race!

To start off with, I will do 1 set of 15 repetitions of each of these exercises 2 days each week. This will probably add a half hour to my workout, so I will try to do it on days that I have a little more time, as long as it’s not two days in a row.

Monday – Strength Training and 1 hour bike

Tuesday – Run 3-4 miles with 2 minute hill repeats ( possible noon swim)

Wednesday – Morning Swim (if I didn’t do a noon swim Tuesday), 1 hour bike

Thursday – Strength Training and 3 mile run

Friday – Morning Swim and 1 hour bike

Saturday – 5 mile run

Benefits of Strength Training for Triathletes

Strength training is highly beneficial for every single person, no matter what your age. But, as a person ages, it is even more important.

In our 30s and 40s we start to lose muscle mass, but in our 50s, we start to lose it faster. But even if you are in your 50s or older, it’s not too late to start weight training! You can significantly slow the process, and keep yourself active as you age!

I recently watched a video on Facebook posted by Crossfit Pincher Creek , about a 65-year-old Grandmother doing crossfit because she wanted to be able to play with her grand kids.

If that isn’t motivation, I don’t know what is!

But triathletes often neglect strength training, because, well, they are already training for 3 disciplines with swimming, biking, and running. To train properly, a person needs to be doing each of these 3 disciplines at least 3 times per week…so that is already 9 workouts per week!

And, understandably, most do not want to add a couple more workouts to that load.

But, from what I have read, it is totally worth that extra two workouts per week.

When we are training and racing, we put a very heavy workload onto our legs. During the bike, we push hard gears to go fast, engaging our glutes, quads, hamstrings and calves. And when we run, we are using these same muscles, but in a different capacity.

Swimming uses all upper body strength and core muscles. When we swim, we are working our chest, back, biceps, triceps, shoulders, forearms….seriously a great workout!

Even if you are not training for a specific event and just looking for an exercise that is easy on your joints and provides a good cardiovascular workout, I highly recommend adding swimming to your exercise routine every week.

That being said, I hate swimming. I am like a rock and sink rather than float. When I am in a race situation, I usually wear a wet suit because the swim is typically in a cold lake.

A wet suit make you more buoyant, and so the legs easily stay afloat while swimming. So when I am in the pool, I will often put a pull buoy between my legs to keep my legs up and then only use my arms to pull me through the water.

This is a harder workout, because I am not using my legs to kick and help propel me through the water. But it benefits me when it comes to race day, because when participating in a triathlon, I want to save my leg muscles for the bike and run!

 

When we have imbalances in our muscle strength and in the tendons and ligaments supporting these muscles, we are leaving ourselves more prone to injuries.

Women tend to have more knee and hip issues than men, so it is even more important for me to strengthen these areas so I can keep doing the races that I want to do. Bring on the squats, lunges, calf raises, etc!

When we strengthen these muscles and tendons, we are not only able to stay healthy and injury free, but our endurance and speed can increase as well! I am counting on this….;)

Weigh Day

Well, this morning I was pretty nervous to step on the scale. After my little 2 1/2 day sugar/carb fiesta, and gaining 5 lbs, I was hesitant to see what the number was.

I had a good week in the eating department and that definitely showed up on the scale….164.5 this morning! That means I lost the 5 lbs I had gained, plus 1 more.

I am feeling really good, and am excited to see how my body responds to the heavier workout load this week!

I hope you all had a great week, and are sticking to any New Years Resolutions you may have made, remembering it is all about the lifestyle change, not short term change!

 

 

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Did New Years Resolutions Start?

January 2017…. The top New Years resolution made by over 21% of the people surveyed, was to lose weight or eat healthier. About 72% of those people stuck to their resolution through the first week, but 6 months later, over half of those people had quit.

January 2018 probably has about the same statistics. So, did your New Years resolutions start? Or did you not make any?

Lifelong Resolutions

In the past, I have not made too many New Years resolutions…but a New Year really is a great time to evaluate things in our lives. We can reflect on things that have happened in the past year, things that have worked in our lives, and things that need to change in the upcoming year.

Change is so hard for most people. We are so comfortable in the habits we have made for ourselves, and its very uncomfortable to get out of those habits.

Whether it is our goal to lose weight, quit smoking, drink less alcohol or quit drinking, keep a cleaner house, etc, these goals should be lifelong. A New Year is a fresh start to reassess our goal, but these lifestyle changes are ongoing.

I love the beginning of a New Year. I love that I don’t know what will happen, good or bad. I love that my family is still at home. I love that my oldest will be an adult this year.

Things change and that’s good!

Holiday Results…on the Scale

So, as I knew would happen, Wednesday supper, and all of Thursday and Friday were non-Keto days. Wednesday night was pizza, Thursday was burgers and fries, biscuits, and pie. Friday was bagels, donuts, and croissants with bologna.

These days were not just off Keto, they were carb and sugar loaded. Truth is, we probably could have had a lot less carbs. But those are the foods that are so easy for grab and go!

Saturday and Sunday were 100% Keto, and I even did the intermittent fasting, where I ate nothing until noon, and then had most of my calories between noon and 8pm.

Sunday especially, I found my pants felt too tight and I was just overall bloated.

Still, I expected to only be up 1 or 2 lbs on the scale, because I had 2 days back on Keto before I stepped on the scale.

But… this morning I was 170.5. A 5 lbs weight gain.

I panicked and quickly started looking up forums to see if other people had gained a lot of weight after going off keto for a few days.

What I Found Out

I found out that most people who have a high carb meal or even a couple high carb days definitely gain a bunch of water weight.

It was a relief that it was common, and that it is just water weight. (most of it anyways, ;))

When you consume carbohydrates, your body converts them to glycogen, which is then stored in the muscles for energy. For every gram of glycogen stored, you gain approximately 2.7 grams of water. This water retention occurs because your kidneys hold on to sodium in response to carbohydrate consumption……

livestrong.com

As we have not been working out in the past week, and have not been consuming very many carbs for longer than that, our bodies definitely retained a lot of water.

The good news is, it should be off by the next time I step on the scale. Hopefully….

Is it OK to Cheat?

There are many opinions on whether it is actually beneficial to take a break for a meal or two from low carb high fat eating.

Some people swear that taking a break fires up their metabolism, even though it takes them out of ketosis for a short time.

Others just need a break, as the Keto Diet is quite strict! I have not found it too difficult to stay on track while I am at home, but I have only been doing this for a short time!

Sometimes, people plan cheats when there is a special occasion that they will be attending, or a holiday.

My opinion is that it is OK for some planned lapses while on any eating plan that you choose. BUT, only if it doesn’t throw you off for an extended period!

Know ahead of time that if you will be eating some food that are not on your eating plan, you may gain some weight! Sometimes more than you think! Lol 😉

But it will come off again. If it helps, stay away from the scale for 1 week when you have rebel meal! Or day…or days…

Get back on track ASAP and don’t wait for another Monday to come!

(In the past, if I went off my eating plan on Wednesday, I would consider the rest of the week not worth eating good, and eat like crap until Monday, and then start my diet again….and in this way, dieted my way up to the high 170s)

The Week Ahead

I have no more day shifts, so workouts should be easy to plan again, as well as sticking to my eating plan. Tomorrow I plan to run with Becky (depending on the snow drifts…) I am SO looking forward to running outside….and with a friend!

Workouts have been a lonely road this past month.

I didn’t workout today, but will be working out every day for the rest of the week. I am really looking forward to it! Plus, exercising will get me back into ketosis quicker as well.

What About You?

Have you made any New Years Resolutions? Have you succeeded at past New Years resolutions? What are your diet and exercise plans for the New Year? Comment below!! I would love to know if other people are doing this with me, or are doing something else that works….let me know!

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