Weekly Fit Check: The One with the PR

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Happy Wednesday! I hope you’re having a great, healthy, active week!

I’ve had a good week. My weight still isn’t quite where I’d like it to be, but I know I’m making good, healthy choices with my eating habits and activity level, so I’ll get there.

I read an interesting quote in the April edition of Runner’s World magazine a couple of days ago. It said, “Trying to stay at your lowest weight is like trying to stay at your peak fitness year round.”

I don’t feel like I’m reached my lowest weight yet, but I’m much closer than I’ve been in a long, long time…and I think I’m at a good weight for me (well, close – I think 130-132 is a good range for me and I’m currently sitting at just over 133), so I’m not going to beat myself up. That doesn’t mean, however, that I’m not going to keep working to get down to my goal weight.

On the fitness front, I feel like I had a really good week last week. In addition to my regular workouts, I ran my first 5K of the season last week. While I didn’t quite make my goal of breaking 30 minutes for a 5K, I did PR (set a personal record) and I came in 3rd in my age/gender group!

I was very pleased with my results and I wasn’t ridiculously far from breaking 30 minutes. I finished with a gun time of 30:57. Not bad,not bad at all. I wish I had some photos to share, but my personal photographer husband couldn’t go to the race this time.

After running my 5K, Brian and I went on a 15 mile bike ride. It was a gorgeous, incredible day for riding. I would have loved to have ridden farther. Maybe next time.

I’ve added strength training back into my workout schedule. I’d tried to pick it back up before my last half-marathon, but that didn’t go so well. Now, though, I don’t plan on running anything longer than a 10 or 15K until the fall, so strength training is back in.

Additionally, I’m making a concerted effort to diligently track my food again, starting this week. I feel really good about my eating habits, so far. I almost always eat better when I’m writing down what I eat. There’s a certain level of accountability.

This week I’ve had:


Breakfast: 1T natural peanut butter on whole wheat toast, banana

Lunch: Salad with artisan lettuce, grapes, strawberries, apples (I love fruit on a salad!), avocado, walnuts, pepperoncini, sunflower kernels, and mylight Italian dressing. Sweet tea.

Dinner: Broiled salmon, mashed sweet potatoes, and roasted broccoli and red pepper. Sweet tea.

Dessert: Pudding cake (Not at all healthy…my one treat for the day.)


Breakfast: 1/2 c cottage cheese, orange

Lunch: Pasta bowl, sweet tea

Dinner: Grilled chicken, grilled corn-on-the-cob, macaroni salad, steamed green beans, and sweet tea.

Dessert: Pudding cake (Somebody – besides me – really needs to finish that stuff off!)

I’m excited about my strength training the rest of the week. We got some new-to-us weight equipment at a great deal from a friend of Brian’s. It will make it much easier to do squats with a bar and to work on quads and glutes.

Even Josh is excited about it – which excites me! He asked me on Monday night to wake him up when I got up to workout. When I told him it was a running day, he asked me to wake him up anyway and he’d workout by himself.

He didn’t like my reply that I’m not crazy about him working out with free weights if there isn’t someone in the room…so he worked out when Brian got home. I love it!

What about you? What are you doing to be fit and active this week?

Do or do not. There is no try.

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