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Fitness Friday – Accountability

I originally started this blog to be a fitness blog – to track my progress as I got back into running after Elizabeth was born.  And then about a month after I started it, I found out I was pregnant again and my running was pushed to the back burner.

But then I completed a Whole 30 to get my nutrition back on track, and the day after I finished, I signed myself up for a Half Ironman Triathlon in Maine in August.  For those of you that don’t know, it consists of a 1.2 mile swim, 54 mile bike ride, and a 13.1 mile run for a total of 70.3 miles.  YIKES!  Completing an Ironman 70.3 has been on my bucket list for many years, and when I found out there was one within two hours, I knew this was my chance.

September 2013 – completing my first Century (100 mile) bike ride with my dad.

 

January 2014 – My 5th half-marathon.

So here I am putting this out on the internet.  I’m slightly terrified and excited about this huge physical feat that I’m preparing to attempt, but I know that it is an achievable goal if I just put in the effort and stay disciplined.  I found a 24-week plan that I plan to follow once the race gets closer.  Until then, my plan is to build up base miles in the run and bike, get comfortable swimming, build up my muscle, and figure out a nutrition plan that fuels my body. (Whole30 has been great for me, but I will need to incorporate more carbohydrates into my diet to keep my energy up).  I also really hope to lose the last 7 pounds of my baby weight with the boys, as well as the 12 pounds I was still carrying around from Elizabeth.

Before I got married, I was in the best shape of my life: teaching fitness classes at the YMCA, completing multiple half-marathons a year, consistently hitting personal bests when it came to weight lifting, etc.  At my heaviest – 3 days before the boys arrived – I weighed over 100 pounds more than I did on the day of my wedding.  Realistically, I know I will probably not get down to that lowest weight (because my priorities are much different), but I would like to get to a point where I feel healthy and happy and am able to keep up with my kids as they grow.

This side-by-side makes me cringe. But it is the best motivation to keep me eating healthy and working hard to get back to the athlete I once was.

What big goals do you have for the next year? How do you plan to accomplish them?

 

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