This was quite the busy week. I'll jump right in....
Exercise: Cardio 6 days out of 7, a total of 183 cardio minutes. I started the week easy since I was recovering from my 5k the previous weekend. I planned my exercise for the week and stuck with that plan. The only thing that changed was that I started power walking with a neighbor. She saw me running on Wednesday morning and stopped to ask if I'd walk with her. So we'll be walking on Tuesday & Thursday mornings together. It makes me happy to have someone to sweat with!
For the MamaGuns challenge, I stepped it up a notch this week. Thanks to Stephanie, aka MamaGuns, for giving great advice and info regarding additional strength exercises. I changed up my routine, added 6 upper body exercises and 3 lower body exercises. I still do a few Pilates exercises every day for my core and plan to add more in the coming weeks. I can already feel my legs getting stronger! My overall fitness goal is to improve my running, and I've done a lot of reading about the importance of strength training for runners. (Also, I posted videos of two MamaGuns exercises that I filmed when I saw the awesome MizFit in September.)
And my pedometer broke this week. Sad face. I beat that thing up and wore it every day for the last 7 months. I'll get another one sometime because I like the challenge of meeting a step goal.
Monday - exercise bike, 25 minutes
Tuesday - exercise bike, 30 minutes, MamaGuns workout
Wednesday - running, 24 minutes
Thursday - power walking, 40 minutes, MamaGuns workout
Friday - exercise bike, 30 minutes
Saturday - running 34 minutes, MamaGuns workout
Sunday - rest day
Food: I did well with eating this week. I still use my food journal and follow basic "clean eating" principles. But I don't beat up on myself if I have a treat. I had an interesting revelation on Friday. We were at Ladybug's preschool Halloween party. I allowed myself a cupcake. It tasted bad to me. It was so processed-tasting that I couldn't finish it. It wasn't just that it had sugar in it, I could TELL it came from a box. I've made applesauce cupcakes recently from scratch and they were good. I guess because I hardly eat processed food I could tell the difference. We don't really get into Halloween too much, so I didn't have the candy temptation (and I'm thankful for that!).
I am challenging myself to eat more greens this month. Spinach is my usual fave, with kale being a new favorite too. I featured kale last week in my New Food Friday post - go check it out!
And here is our healthy menu plan for the week. I'll be keeping things simple.
The Scale: I'm trying not to be frustrated. I'm up 1 lb for two weeks in a row. I know that with the increased strength training that I am building muscle and that in the long run this will increase my metabolism and the extra pounds will drop. But it's still frustrating to be "stuck." The scale is not my only means of measuring success. I feel good and I'm staying active. I will re-check my measurements next week.
Special thanks to Subway for being such a fabulous Mamavation sponsor! And thanks to all of you for continued support and encouragement!