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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Plan

I’ve been trying to figure out how to run and shred in a week. My original plan was to run 3 days and shred 3 days, with one off day during the week sometime. Is that enough shredding though? I feel like I should be shredding more often, but I also don’t want to stop running altogether. Last week was a no-brainer since I didn’t run at all; I shredded every day but Tuesday. This week, I’m going to shred every weekday but Tuesday again, and will double up today. I’ve already shredded today, so I’ll go for a run this evening. If all goes well, I’ll do it again every Wednesday. Then, I’ll be shredding Mondays and Wednesdays-Fridays, and running on Wednesdays and weekends.

A bonus to having such great runs this weekend is that I have no desire to eat junk right now.  I busted ass, so I don’t want to spoil it with bad food.  The last couple weeks I’ve just been going through the motions, diet-wise, but now I feel like I’m ready to really work for it again.  It was the kick in the ass I needed!

Unfortunately, it all went out the window on my rest day yesterday.  Yesterday was probably the worst food day I’ve had in a long time. Today, I feel sluggish and out of sorts. I shredded, but it definitely wasn’t my best effort thanks to yesterday’s food choices. When will I learn? !

In Weight Watchers, the first two numbers of your weight make up the bulk of your points allowed, then you add points for your age, lifestyle, and a couple other factors. When you lose enough weight to get into a lower set of “tens” in weight, you lose a point. My goal for this week is to get into the 160’s and lose that point!

I’ve had some great incentives recently. I was looking in the mirror after my shower this morning and realized I could actually see changes in my body. When I got dressed, I realized I’d buckled my belt on the second-to-last hole. And it was loose! I tried the last hole and was able to buckle it easily. It was a little tight there, but it didn’t give me a muffin-top from being too tight.  I also dug out a pair of  jeans I bought a couple months ago that were my size, but fit too tight. They’re also loose now!  Finally, I was stretching in what I call the “girl corner” of the gym Saturday after my run and could see muscles in my legs when looking in the mirror! I call it the girl corner because it’s a corner filled with mats, bozu balls, and those big balls for abs and such. I only ever see high school/college aged girls in too short shorts in that corner.  And they’re typically working their vocal cords more than their muscles.

Speaking of stretching, does anyone have advice on good quad stretches? I think that part of my problem is that I don’t properly stretch that part of my legs, but I can only think of a couple stretches for it. Thanks!


  1. We are so similar.

    If I'm running and Shredding I will not make bad food choices. It's when I feel good that I feel comfortable taking a day off.

    But if I'm not active THAT DAY, well, let's just say that extra chin did not get there on it's own.. Ben and Jerry's may have had something to do with it.

    Good Luck! I hope the running and shredding in the same day works.

  2. Thanks! I start to get complacent once I've lost a little weight. Before I know it, the diet's out the window and I've gained all the weight back. For me, having to weigh in at WW every week has really helped stick with it this time.


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