Fitness & Food Highlights: Weeks 6-7

I didn’t get a chance to do my update last week, and now it’s almost Thursday of this week, so I’m very behind in my critical F&F posting. I’m sure you’re all on the edges of your seats. (Being very generous using the plural you, there.)

At any rate, I have had a good couple of weeks. I weighed in last week and am now down a total of 15 pounds since I started this mission. It feels good. My clothes are fitting better (some pants are quite loose now!) and I can see I’m making progress.

Here’s what went down the past couple of weeks:

Fitness Goals: I wanted to figure out a rough workout schedule for the semester, which I think I have done. So far, it’s gym cardio on Mondays, run on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays — at least once with the stroller– and more gym cardio on Sundays. The problem is that I am not going to be able to fit in a body pump class and I haven’t been pushing myself to do any other strength workouts, such as barre3. I need to get that back into the rotation. I’m going to try to figure that out this week.

Monday: Elliptical (30:00). A shorter workout because I had to get home in time to give my husband a ride to pick up his car from the shop. Still worth the effort to get moving!

Tuesday – Friday: Rest days due to back pain and scheduling issues. Wednesdays and Fridays are rest days anyway, so I only mised two workouts this week.

Saturday: Ran 4 miles (48:09). It felt hot and grueling even though I went as early in the morning as I could manage. I took quite a few walking breaks in the last mile, but I got it done.

Sunday: Elliptical (45:00). My usual Sunday afternoon cardio at the gym while watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Monday: Elliptical (45:00). See above.

Tuesday: Ran 2.8 miles (31:40). Evening run. I haven’t run in the evening in YEARS (I used to do this on the reg in college, but not since then). I really don’t mind it, except for the very full after-dinner feeling. It was a good way to fit in a workout on a busy day! Unfortunately, the days are getting shorter and I won’t have many more chances to run after the babies’ bedtime (due to it being dark too early).

Wednesday: Rest Day.

Thursday: Ran 3 miles in the neighborhood with the stroller (36:54). Stroller runs in the summer heat and humidity and hills, y’all. They’re BRUTAL. But it got done.

Friday: Rest day.

Saturday: Ran 4 miles (45:33). Best outdoor run I’ve had in quite some time. The weather was just a touch cooler and less humid on this day, and I could feel an immediate difference. I normally have to stop and walk in the last (hard, uphill) mile of this route, but not this time!

Sunday: Elliptical (45:00).

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Food Highlights: Food has involved quite a few things I normally would avoid while trying to lose weight. We had a friend over for pizza, for example, and he brought fancy gelato. Which I very much enjoyed. I had a couple of days of over-indulgent snacking for various reasons. But I also ate really well and mostly kept to my moderate plan. Highlights were the aforementioned pizza and gelato, my BBQ tofu salad, and this stuffed baked sweet potato with arugula and a poached egg. I am really enjoying arugula right now, dressed simply with olive oil, salt, and lemon juice. Recommended.

Goals for the Coming Week: Work in a strength or barre3 session; do at least 3 cardio sessions; don’t exacerbate sore toe.


  1. Ok, talk to me about WHEN you exercise. I’m usually an after work exerciser but H’s asleep by 7:30 each night and by then the good classes at the gym are over, I’m not excited to go to the gym, and I don’t want to go right after work because I’ll miss out on her being cute.

    I could go in the morning but I have such a hard time getting to bed early enough to get up and go before work.

    I need some inspiration to find a good solution to this.


    1. Jessica, I JUST saw this comment! I’m so sorry; I didn’t mean to ignore it.

      The short answer is that I have a fairly forgiving schedule when it comes to this. I’m only in the classroom MWF, so I can get in runs on TTh mornings with the babies in the jogging stroller, and on Sat mornings by myself. I only stay after work 1x per week to workout at the gym — and that’s the one workout to get cut if I’m having a busy week. (This week, I won’t go to the gym because I have to go stand in line at the DMV instead, for example.)

      I’m a morning exerciser, so for me, if I get it done then, I’m good to go. If I wait until afternoon or evening, I’m more likely to skip it when I’m feeling tired. Could you do something after H is in bed? Or is there a time when you could take her with you on a walk/run? I hate missing out on time with the twins, too, so I totally get that. Runs with them are fun for all of us.

      Alternately, what about getting a quick workout in during her naps on weekends? I sometimes do barre3 videos then.

      Just throwing out ideas here, but I’m probably not thinking of anything you haven’t already considered. It is just plan HARD to find the time, especially if you have a job that requires you to be in the office 40 hours a week. Cheer yourself on when you can and don’t be too hard on yourself if you aren’t able to fit things in. You’ll find the time eventually. ❤


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