2017 · accountability · Attitude · being brave · being prepared · brenna gimler · goals · Rest

Give It A Rest!

In my endeavor to improve not only my physical self but my eating habits and discipline as well, I have learned that there are some things you have to do sometimes.  This week that something is to do single workouts daily instead of double sessions.  I could use the excuse that I have my period and I’m tired, which I really am but I won’t.  I am choosing to take this week to stay on track but to give my body a little respite from hard days.  Body needs rest and while I’m working on the eating plan and the fitness plan I’ll make this an easy week.  My brain doesn’t like it but hey that’s too damn bad.  I know it will be good for me and at the end of the day that’s all that matters.  So discipline and hard work are the name of the game for the next four months.  I wish I had a goal that this plan supports but alas, it’s just a general plan.  Going hard for several months may just come in handy next fall if I am brave enough to do it.   I may have to recruit a friend of mine who I know is crazy enough to say yes to give me some accountability to not chicken out.  We’ll see.  I’m not there yet but I will be.  So cups up to better fitness and more discipline for the Fall!

HAPPY RUNNING!

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One slow day at a time

determinationWe are 5 full weeks into 2016.  One of my big new years resolution, is spending organization.  I have vowed to track my spending, all of it.  Everything I spend I put into the new little app that I have on my phone.  So far so good and in fact holding myself accountable like this has in fact curbed my spending a bit.  It’s not perfect but better and better is all I really wanted.  I have a random spending problem in that I spend whenever I want instead of planned spending.  This is a work in progress and we will see how it goes as the year goes on.  My biggest resolution is to add cross training into my fitness routine.  I have a really hard time doing anything else but running because I’d rather BE running.  So this year i promised myself that I would try hard and so far so good.  I am currently training for a 10 mile run at the end of Feb and most likely will sign up for the New Bedford Half Marathon since my 10 mile race falls exactly where the 10 mile training run would be for a half.  I just can’t pass that opportunity up…it’s too perfect!

So, I have put together a program, laid it out on a calendar and follow it every day.  I check off each day and make changes when they happen.  So far so good.  I run 4 days on average and have added Body Pump 86 to the mix 2-3 times per week.  Now the challenge is also fitting in some additional core to the mix.  That is the one thing I haven’t managed to get in regularly yet and funny enough it’s the easiest to do.  One thing, one slow day at a time & I am determined!

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2016 And My Big Girl Pants!

bgpIt’s been a few weeks since I posted but it’s been busy with the holidays.  I have already gotten 2016 off to a great start by signing up for my first race in Feb.  this is a milestone for me in two ways.  First I have not run a late winter race before but also I have not been this proactive in starting the racing season.  I have also identified all the races I want to run this next year which also include a full marathon in October.  Now, this does not mean i’m going to actually sign up for it yet…I don’t know if I’m that brave but do believe that I am which means that I am leaning more to doing it than not.  I plan to do some serious commitment to  researching marathons but my brain has already started wrapping itself around the fact that slowing down will be pinnacle to finishing and that fast is not part of a first marathon plan.  I think I’m just scared of the commitment and having no one to train with.  I mean i have joined a running group but they run long runs on Saturday and I run them on Sunday.   my sons are still in High School and we are buys all year round especially on Saturdays which is when my group runs.  I guess ultimately it comes down to my willingness to run on Saturdays or find another group that better fits my needs.  Choices.  Since I do not feel pressured to make any kind of decision right now, I will sit on this for a bit letting it marinate in my mind.  I want to, really I do.  I just wish it were an easier implementation.  Maybe I have to wait.  Maybe I have to make some changes.  Maybe both.  I’m one step closer to making the commitment   than i was last year.  I feel better about where I am.  I am trying harder to add in weight training and other things like Yoga that I know will build up the parts of me that aren’t in the best shape.  Now I just need to take the big leap and settle in for the long haul.  Time to make buck up and put my big girl pants on!  LOL