Yes you read correctly. Week 1 on my new challenge and I gotta say it went awesome despite feeling weak during some of the workouts. But Thursday morning I saw baby muscles emerging again and well that just helped motivate me even more.
I gotta tell ya with getting up early in the morning to workout is so awesome for my body. I feel like I'm getting a better workout. Plus I sleep so much better at nights now. Just during the day is hard with the yawning but that has to do with eating and making sure I have all my right foods with me. I ordered a 6 meal cooler bag to put all my protein shakes, meals, snacks and supplements in. Will help me with meal prep a lot. I also got extra containers to help make my life easier too. I find the more I can do to help me get what I need done I will stick with the plan longer. Also I like how I feel when I put the healthier foods in but still have issues stopping the junk food and my favorites.
I am excited on this new journey but I have to admit I am so sad to not be able to do Montana Spartans this year as I wanted to do both back to back but I can attempt it next year. This year I have this huge goal that will require a ton of work and dedication that I don't want to mess up any gains I will have around the time. I am so excited to see my body change and see how it will look when I'm done.
I am also so excited to be working with my gal Lisa again and having her train me! Our first workout together Friday night was awesome and felt like the old days! Her workouts are working great for me and I am loving working out again. I found my mojo again and I missed it so! Lifting heavy has always been my thing and I need to keep at it even when my goal is done. I will just need to maintain it and keep at it. This is my new lifestyle and my body always feels better when I do so it's now part of my life and a consistent part now. It will only help my Spartan races and triathlons that I do or any other race that I attempt to do.
One thing I really need to work on is breathing when lifting again. I tend to shallow breathe or hold my breath and well people that doesn't work. I know shocking right. Haha you feel like your heart is racing and your going to pass out. If you have asthma that will also set your lungs off and cause an asthma attack. Some of you people reading this will go "Duh" but when your doing it, its so easy to not breathe and hold your breathe. So I don't recommend that route at all. Please if your lifting heavy please breathe properly from your belly. Just from my own experiences but luckily I can laugh about it. Oh and trying to trick your trainer that your not wheezing it's the furnace doesn't work either. Lisa is smarter then that! Lmao
I took my before pics and measurements to and that process is so depressing at the time. I know I won't have to worry later but will be cool to see progress pics of the changes. No I'm not ready to post the pics now... so don't ask. lol
Life this week has been going great still. I am still feeling calm and relaxed like I have been going on. I don't care what people think and will do what makes me happy! All I need to worry about is myself and my son! I still can't find the words to express how I feel. Stress happens at work and I have been just rolling on with it and not getting stressed out. I can only do so much.
So look at that a blog post a week after my last one. You think I can maybe keep this up? Let's hope! Haha
Wish me luck as I attempt week two starting today!! Body and lungs are angry but I don't care they will get on board soon. My body can rebel all it likes it is going to happen this time properly and my brain is finally on board too and not putting up a fight this time. Yes to small improvements. Takes time and you just gotta trust the process!!
Oh and before I forget I now have a Facebook group if you want to follow along with me there I was debating a page or a group but I find some people prefer to post personal stuff in a group more then on a public page for all to see.. So search for Running Momma with Asthma or click here to follow the link to it. You can also post about your own journey and we can all help each other. I don't know where I would be without my amazing support group! Love ya guys!!
Until next time...
Yes I said it and like everyone else is trying to make changes at the beginning of the year. I usually try not to use the new year to start something new and in ways this transformation hasn't started this year but is continuing on from this past year and the major stuff started happening in the month of December. Yes I know I missed posting but it was a month of busyness but also a time to relax and change my mental mindset.
I did the Santa Shuffle and had a blast at the last year of the year and gotta say my lungs did amazing in the cold air... I had no issues with the lungs at all. I only took my Advair before and a shot of the Ventolin and away I went. Didn't need it again. I was blown away. My asthma is finally under control. Some days I feel like I don't have asthma anymore which is an amazing feeling. I think with all the preventative medicine I take and the exercise my lungs are getting healthier. My body was great and even my toe was good.... was a great race all around. That night I went to my Christmas party and even wore heels... yes I know heels and I even danced in heels too. Had a great night and had a blast dressing up looking girly! I surprised everyone at work too cause I don't dress like that. lol But you know what I loved getting dressed up. I need to do more of that.
I wrote my PTS exam and I passed part 1 of it and am so happy. Now I need to schedule part 2 and get certified once and for all. I closed the doors to my past and forgave the people I had issues with. Talk about a freeing experience... never had been able to do that before. I started to put future goals into plans and got things to help set me up on my new mindset. Had some great days at work winning things and a review too that came with some nice stuff as well.Can you believe I've been working for the same place for the last year and man has the year gone by fast. Had an amazing vacation away and was exactly what I needed at the right time. Was able to do more thinking and sort out things in my head. Kind of a meditation sort of way. The week off when we got back was able to go out and have some fun experiences as well. The two weeks away from work was a nice break that I needed badly. I plan on making more time for me to just do that and decompress.
Over the holidays I was able to get out and watch the movie Unbroken. If you haven't seen I recommend it. It really hit home for me on lots of things but also the positive side of situations. So I have been thru so much and much like Louie I have survived it all. But what it taught me is it may seem hard, crappy and never ending but to not let it get me down and never give up. Yes I don't give up very easily but I need to turn my down times around faster so I stop being on this huge roller coaster of emotions. The one quote in the movie that plays over in my head all the time is "if you can take it you can make it". I am living proof of that. I had a great cry after and that's when I had my ah-ha moment. I am so freaking strong and I realize it now. I can live my life the way I want to and I can handle anything that comes my way. I am me and you either like me or you don't... if you don't that's OK you don't have to. I also don't have to be a people pleaser or a people fixer either. I can offer my advice and its up to them to take it or not. If they don't I am ok with that too.
With being back to work I only worry about what I can do to fix things and if I can't I can't worry or stress over it. I walk out the doors and I enjoy the amazing views with the mountains I am so blessed to be able to see on my commute home. I wish I could put into words at how calm and peaceful I feel. Every time I tried to express it nothing comes out right. I am proud of myself for handling situations differently and everything else in my life all around. I feel like I am looking at life with HD glasses on now and I appreciate things a lot more then I used to. Every day is a gift and I want to experience everything I can.
Well I now have a crazy game plan for my years fitness goals. 16 weeks to kick my ass into shape and make a dream of mine a reality. I wont be doing a bunch of racing before the summer this year but after my goal I plan on making up for it. I am going to get my Canadian Trifecta for sure and am trying to figure out a US Trifecta late summer and fall. Regardless I am still up to 9 races this year but more keep popping up and I am sure I will find more to go to. lol
Part of my fitness journey this year I now have an amazing chiropractor to get my body moving better and I hope I have found my perfect person for my massages.I will find out later this month. Best part too they are just down the street from work. I am going to be smarter with my body this year as last year I was suffering body wise and I can't have that happen again. I felt broken and tired at times. I've had two sessions already and my body is moving much better and not much pain in places. I may be stubborn and wanting to keep going but I need to look after my body so I can keep going. Wish me luck!! lol
Yesterday my son and I took off on a day out in the mountains with a few ideas but no set game plan and just winged it all day. I don't know what it is but I feel so much better when I am out there. We ended up in Lake Louise to snowshoe and see the ice sculptures.Then we took off and headed to Johnston Canyon to see the frozen falls and hike around there. OK mini rant lol. So when hiking out in the fresh air and you have people smoking head of you. Makes it uncomfortable for those around especially for those with lung issues. If you want to find a non congested spot and do it there but not on a narrow path with others around. OK rant done lol. So we left there and had dinner in Banff and hit the usual Banff candy store. Was such a fun day and night!! Love un-planned spontaneous days.
I am going to train my body to start getting up early to workout before work so I hope that change will help me sleep better at night. Working out at night hasn't been helping me and my sleep has been suffering a bit more. Plus I have turned into a night owl and with my new training I need to maximize my days better. So I will workout early morning then work and have nights for my sons sports and the social life that I have now. Will need some major luck to get into the routine... once I do it will be great and my body responds better for morning workouts.I will post more of my journey as I get into it!
Oh and just over a month away from going on my awesome family vacation to Cali! Can't wait!
Until next time...
I am a single mom with one son that has been living with asthma since I was 2yrs old. I also almost died three times due to severe asthma attacks! I don't let my asthma stop me from accomplishing new goals and living life to the fullest.
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