It’s Easy for You… You’re Fit.

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“It’s easy for you”… it wasn’t always.

I have ran into this comment a few times recently… some version of “it’s easier for you… you are fit… you like this stuff… you aren’t out of shape.”  I am not put off by it at all… but it always gives me pause.  Perception is a funny thing. Most of my “friends” on social media and followers of my blog are aware of my struggle with weight, and my eventual progress with losing it for good… However, it has come to my attention that I have made quite a few new friends that don’t know my story, and therefore- have quite a skewed perception on my level of health-nutty-ness (there are crazies out there that think I don’t like candy y’all!).  They just know that I am now a kettlebell fiending, obstacle course racing, lover of all foods whole and clean.  But it wasn’t always that way.  Just 3 years ago I was an obese (220lbs on a 5’9 frame), smoking, metabolically damaged, completely out-of-shape, unconditioned, uncomfortable, weak and unhappy woman.

I have previously outlined my history of how I got fat, what I did right with food, and exercise to eventually lose the weight.  And while I have adjusted my food to follow more of a Whole30 food plan, and I now have earned my RKC Instructor certification… The highlight reel still holds true:  good, whole, clean foods and lifting heavy things will get you big results.  Now- 3 years after that Drivers License picture up there… I have started a career as an Personal Trainer and I get to run Obstacle Course Races in all kinds of awesome places.  But the most important is that I am now happy in my own skin, I recognize myself in pictures again, I am no longer a smoker, and I am definitely NOT a weak woman.

3 years ago- to this very month I was searching too, looking all over for answers. And I can tell you with absolute certainty, the answer is YES. YES YOU CAN DO THIS. It comes down to consistent, daily, sustainable, and realistic changes. There will absolutely be hard days that leave you challenged to stay on your food plan, and there will be extraordinarily sore days after working hard for your goals… BUT YOU CAN DO IT. You don’t have to wait for a silly arbitrary resolution to get started… GO. NOW. Start today!  Even a small change like tossing your soda for a water will put you one step ahead for tomorrow.

I would be honored to be part of your journey as you transform your life. Whether you are a mom looking to drop weight and get strong; an athlete that is looking to improve his strength and conditioning; or a weekend warrior needing to train for the next obstacle racing season… I would be honored to work with you as your personal trainer. I work out of Maximum Body Training in Cartersville GA, and I am RKC certified. I offer kettlebell classes, small-group, and private training.  I want to be on your team.  Feel free to contact me anytime for more details: 770-773-5987 or check out my profile at Dragon Door.

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Cardio Day: 12/27/12

It’s too cold for a run today (at least for a very thin skinned red-head)… So I opted for a cardio heavy body weight workout.  There are 9 exercises here, for three rounds- interval style of 40 seconds work and 20 seconds rest.  I rested just long enough between each round to catch my breath- but not completely recover.

1. Jump Rope (high knees)  {120, 112, 126}
2. Prisoner Squats {18, 19, 19}
3. Jump Rope (feet together) {118, 120, 122}
4. High Deficit Reverse Lunge- Right {13, 14, 14}
5. Same on Left {13, 13, 13}
6. Jump Rope (high knees)  {112, 115, 118}
7. Single Leg Hip Thrust- Right {20, 24, 24}
8. Same on Left {20, 22, 22}
9. Jumping lunges + Squat {7, 10, 5}

I didn’t think I could sweat that much when it’s *that* cold in the basement!

See you next time!
~J

Running Day: 12/23/12

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Good Toes Vs Evil Toes

Today was the annual Christmas Reunion with Mr. S’s family. I look forward to this reunion every year. I am so blessed to have married into such a cool, loving and welcoming family (the fact that they are awesome cooks *may* or *may not* have something to do with my adoration).

The workout was simple- go home and just run. We ended up doing a 5k- in about 34 minutes or so (forgot to stop the timer when we cooled down- so I am not exactly sure on the time).

See you tomorrow for a quick HIIT! 😉
~J

Running Day: 12/17/12 ~ Active Rest… Sort of.

I was so excited to receive a message from an acquaintance… She wanted to run together as she is re-starting her fitness program.  I was ready to go RIGHT NOW as today is an active rest day for me- and helping a friend start up on her W1D1 on Couch to 5K would certainly count (to me anyway).  So, a whole 30 minutes after we chatted- we were running (props to Mr. S and her Daughter for supporting our endeavors with a paleo fix and childcare help!). I had so much fun working out with another Chick!
Afterwards, I was still so giddy/pumped/hyper that I ran another 1.8 in <15minutes after we were done with her program.  And I must brag on her- she did 2.75 while very sore and without her inhaler. Pretty freaking badass in my book! So today’s work out:

-2.75 with friend (I ran 5 hill sprints during the run/walk as they made themselves available to me)
-1.8 run at 90% of my race pace.

For a rest day- I am pretty stoked!  See you tomorrow… Kettlebell day 🙂

~J

Spartan WOD day: 12/15/12

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Today’s workout was brought to you courtesy of the Spartan Race WOD (Work Out of the Day). You can check out the work out and also subscribe to their daily WOD emails here.

Mr. S worked out with me today! Wooooot! I cannot express how much more fun it is to workout with someone else. Granted, sometimes I just need to cuss alone during my workouts… But I do crave having company.

Our neighborhood is about 3/4’s mile long per lap. So we modified the Spartan workout – and did the burpees, push-ups and squats after each lap. (We didn’t do the crunches as the ground was sopping wet). We ended up with 4 laps (2.8 miles total according to the GPS)- and finished the whole thing in 40 minutes! We were both pretty stoked with the time… Especially since that includes us both swearing at the creator of burpees, and some pushing around of one another during the run.

Seriously- Mr S may or may not have slapped my hind quarters to show off in front of the neighbors, and then later tried to impersonate the Spartan Gladiator (that tries to kill you at the end of the race with a giant q-tip). He was advised that he would have been castrated in front of the same said neighbors had I not been so out of breath. No really. I am not kidding. I saw fire.
So here is the breakdown of the workout:
-run 3/4 mile
-10 push ups
-10 squats
-10 burpees
Repeated 4 times.

So that means we totaled out 40 of each move and 2.8 miles running. Aroo!

Tomorrow should be a heavy lifting day before we go to Chattanooga to shoot my dear cousins engagement pictures and then have dinner with my Aunt and Uncle afterwards (read: naughty naughty food will be enjoyed by all). Cross your fingers that Mr S and I get it done before lift off time. 🙂

Next Time!
~J