Half Marathon Training is here!!

So I have been very busy, and thus this poor blog was left unused. But I have decided to give it another try and track my half marathon training over the next six months!

In the last few months I have become a personal trainer, injured my knee, and started my own company! I have a lot more to come so just try and keep up!

March 2013 starts half marathon training, and I gave up pizza completely last spring. My loving and understanding husband begged and cried, for me to not do the same! So instead I created a reward system!

When I finish an entire week’s training, without missing or cutting short a session, I early one “dessert” coupon for myself to use. I did this because that was my problem last season was staying true to my training program and it undeniably showed in May.

2nd, no drive thru foods- granted this concept goes without saying, fried foods and running do not work together! So I figure this is an easy give up. I felt so much better when I was not eating it last year also.

So far that is all I am doing. I am sure I will adjust it as the first half marathon passes and we head into 2nd round of training.

In honor of my half marathon training, I am giving away on body composition session away each month!! $30 value will include a proper calorie intake evaluation (fitness level evaluation) and body fat calculation. I will also do a skype session with the winner for any other questions!!

To enter just comment here on your favorite alternative food choice- maybe you pick greek yogurt over sour cream (huge in my house!) Also, you can add M4 Revolution on facebook

https://www.facebook.com/M4Revolution

and post on the wall “new in march” for another entry.

I will total up all the numbers of entries and have random number drawn for the winner!

I will draw the name in 3 weeks (march 27th) !!

Comment away!

Melissa

Nook is Awesome!

2012 is ending on and awesome bang, and i will do my best to keep up with this blog more as 2013 starts!
In September, I finished my personal trainer certification through ISSA and I am nearly finished with my fitness nutrition also! I have added a few new certifications throught NASM for 2013 including their CPT with weightloss specialist, women’s fitness specialist, and corrective exercise certification. I have my eye on a few certificates from AFAA for february also.
My running has improved greatly and I still enjoy it. Weightloss is at 150-155 with a healthy bodyfat and BMI. I have more i would like to lose over the winter.

Well that’s all for now,
Melissa

First week back!

Oh man did this week feel great!

Monday I ran 5 miles and only had to walk the smallest amount ever for me!

Then Tuesday, well family is my other priority- my oldest had her last girl scout meeting before bridging ceremony- and our bathroom was still all crazy- so I had to skip Tuesday.

Wednesday, was amazing! The weather was perfect- left a little late because the hubby was home from work- but I managed to squeeze in 3 miles of non-stop running! I didn’t walk for my 3 miles! I was so proud of my self when I got back home. I stayed perfectly in pace, average 11 minute miles- and felt perfect. Thursday night I ran with my running group, and it was an easy run night of just 2 quick 11 minute miles again. Got to run with a friend from the group that has been out with an injury. Afterwards, we all went for drinks and pizza, until 10pm! Yeah, Friday was my off day for a 5k charity run Saturday morning. Which I am still not sure I am going to do or not, just because it is not timed at all and it is the biggest garage sale weekend of our area.

Next week I am hoping to get in a few good long runs early- then nice and easy runs Thursday and Friday night- Saturday is the BIG 10 mile run downtown ! 7 am start too- hubby was hoping to join me but with no baby sitter and having to leave at 5am with four kids – yeah you get the picture! Maybe next year.

What do you have planned for the weekend?

Back on the trail again!

Well, today I restarted my half marathon training- hoping to learn to actual run my 2nd half marathon, not light jog or walk!
I first need to find socks. I have been searching for what seems to be months! I love my compression socks most of the time, but in the summer- not so much!
I have “sports” socks that are to keep the moisture from being an issues, but my feet are blistering from rubbing in them! Glad I don’t post pictures not right!?

I also started a little wager with my No Excuses group- all of them againist me! If I don’t lose the most inches and most weight- I have to contribute to a gift card for the actual winner of that week- so I have returned to my training diet this week- complete with my 50g of protein shake with my health lunch (or post run depends on the day!). Today I did great, and am not at all worried about Sunday’s weigh-in!

What pushes you to your next goal?

Zero, Zilch, NADA!

Yep, that is what my Cardio Trainer said today for “calories burned” this week. I have not seen that in over a year! My half marathon last Sunday, sucked the life out of my body. A huge part of why I am restarting my training program this week at Day 1. Run 10 mins (six times) walk 3 (five times). Simple enough. But now without music! I need to figure out why I struggled so much at the end of my training to just keep focused. Music I think was actually distracting. So I am going to try podcasts, if I actually get really bored. 

You have to understand, music is part of my soul. I love my music! For me to truly run without it, actually hurts a little. But my goals are that important right now. My goal of beating my time of 2 hours 32 mins down to 2:15- which I should be able to do if I actually thought about it! My average pace this race was 11:41- If I knock one minute off, and actual am ready to run at the start line, I am all over that time!

I have had a few people ask me how my weight is doing – now that I am not posting about it all the time. Thankfully, I am holding steady in the 160s and so far I am happy here. I would like to gain some muscle, and that will come with time, I am sure. But for now, this works! Even with a week off, I lost 5 inches! Sometimes your body just needs a break to rebuild! 

I have a few races: Frankfort 5k (5/19) and Chicago Soldier Field 10 miler (5/26) for the rest of May. June I have a couple more 5ks (Run for Hope Oak Lawn and Summertime Stride Mokena 6/9) and my second half marathon June 24, the Women’s Inaugural Half Marathon!  July, August, and September are just one race each, for now! October is empty- but November I have my 3 for the season all in one week! All in all, I am happy with my choices this year. Next year will be different- for sure!

Today is Mother’s Day, which turned out great! Made progress on my house, went to see my parents, and managed to crank out a few chapters in my personal training course. But tomorrow starts my crazy week!

Hope everyone had a great day!

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yes those are all me- from january 2008 through last summer 2011. I have to do pictures for the last year still. I don’t have a lot of pictures of me from the last year on this computer yet.

My first, top left, picture I venture to guess i was 255 there. Now the top all the way to the right, I am pregnant with Olivia there (like 35 weeks or something!). The bottom row are all last summer, with the last picture I think being August (but not sure on that one) and I think I am 190 there.
Yes I am naturally a brunette now- I was not when I was younger. I went back to blonde because I feel more “me” with it lighter.

But you can now see how drastic losing nearly 100 lbs of the last 4 years change a person!

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Swelling with pride- literally

Yesterday every time I logged into Facebook, my profile picture made me so happy. Like I said yesterday, following through to the finish of something has not been my strong point. I don’t think everything actually hit me until Monday.
Well except the side effects of my lovely event- that is!
Pain I expected – I was completing 13.1 miles! I was sore Sunday night to the point that i took half of a prescription pain killer. Something I just don’t do at all. This was after ibuprofrin and tylenol had not worked at all!
Monday was rough. But I managed through the day at work, grocery shopping, and normal mom duties that night. Foam roller was a huge help!
Tuesday, I actually forgot how sore I was in the morning. Some steps hurt more than others. The they started swelling!  Now I do take medication every other day for water retention but this was something more intense. 
I came home and rolled again hoping to help the flow in my legs. But it just seems worse.
I now sit on my couch, have horrible flashbacks od my last pregnancy where I gained 30 lbs of water weight, hoping this burning pain goes away!

Coming tomorrow: the transformation pictures! From 250 lbs to 160 over 2 years time!

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