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Ultimate Booty Workouts - Phase 2 Recap, Results, and Review

I'm really not ready for it to be the last day of March. Excuse me while I have a bit of a freakout...

Seriously, where did the month go?! 

Oh well, it went. I'm just glad Spring is here. This mama needs some sunshine! Anyway, on to my Ultimate Booty Phase 2 discussion:

This was my planned workout schedule for March. Lots of people have
asked where I print these calendars. I print them from imom.
At first I wasn't sure, but I loved having this many rest days scheduled. I did add in a couple of extra days of cardio in the month, but it was nice to have that flexibility. I also found my not quite up to par post-baby body needed the extra recovery time. Two words: sore muscles.

I really enjoyed this month's workout. Possibly even more than last month...maybe. I loved the new moves, the intensity, and the addition of the HIIT at the end. For me it was sprints on the treadmill.

All in all, my workouts were great. I used my 10 lb weights and am ready to progress to my 15's for most moves. Super excited about that! I haven't seen my 15 lb weights in over a year. Oh yes, and I burned an average of 350 calories per workout. Say what?! Awesome.

My food was better this month. Still working on portions, but definitely more mindful of it. A couple examples of dinners:

Grass-fed steak with asparagus and white sweet potato.
Paleo taco salad.

Upon completing Phase 2 I am definitely feeling stronger and am excited to be seeing a difference in the mirror as well. PROGRESS! After the long back and forth, round and round I've been putting myself through post-baby I cannot tell you how excited I am to be making progress. I also notice my posture seems better.

My stats...

Before-194.5 After Phase 1-191 After Phase 2-187

Before-44 After Phase 1-43.5 After Phase 2-43
Before-36.5 After Phase 1-36 After Phase 2-36
Before-44 After Phase 1-43.5 After Phase 2-43
Right Calf: 
Before-14.5 After Phase 1-14.5 After Phase 2-14
Clothing size: 
Before-13 After Phase 1-Can wear some 12's After Phase 2-12

A pound a week? I'll take it.

OK, no beating around the bush: I love this book, I love these workouts, and I'm super excited to start Phase 3.

I'm off to find my 15 and 20 lb weights. Now, where on earth did my pregnant self stuff them...

Final results + Before and after pics

Return of the Running Bug

You might have been bitten by the running bug if...

  1. You have more running shoes in your closet than regular shoes.
  2. You craft your running playlists more carefully than most people craft the seating charts at their wedding.
  3. You watch Spirit of the Marathon on Netflix...for the 5 million and third time.
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  4. You lose hours pinning running gear to Pinterest.
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  5. You dream about running a 4:25 marathon and immediately upon waking start figuring out how hard you'd have to train to do that.
  6. You start having dreams about running.
  7. You spend more time on DailyMile than you do on Facebook.
  8. You can't stop registering for races.
  9. You tweet your friends asking which GPS watch is best (or shoes, or socks, or...).
  10. Your instagram feed is filled with people running races before most people are out of bed on the weekends.
  11. You're pretty sure you need that cool new pair of kicks. Really, you don't have that many pairs of running shoes...

It's official.

The running bug is BACK.

I've spent the last week drooling over gear...

UA Boyfriend Cap.
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I need that hat. Really, need.

Asics Lluca Long Sleeve Tee.
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I haven't looked at Asics gear in a while. They have some seriously cute stuff, why hadn't I noticed this??

Asics Fit-Sana Long Sleeve Tee.
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Asics Performance Fun Capri.
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Do you have a GPS watch? Do I need a GPS watch? I want a GPS watch...

Nike+ SportWatch GPS.
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Garmin Forerunner 10.
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I signed up for one race and am pondering several more (several, like, you know, a million).

Seen on my run...
Hooray for Colorado sunshine!
This weekend I ran outside for the first time in over a year. It was bliss. 

It will be a journey back to my pre-baby running state, but it just feels good to be out there doing it. To WANT to do it.

Welcome back running bug, I've missed you.

Have you been bitten by the running bug? What races are on your calendar??

Run Motivation #9kOrBust

I had a beautiful baby girl last June. It has been my goal since late summer to get back to 5k shape post-baby. When I ran my marathon I promised myself I'd always be in good enough shape to run a 5k any time I wanted to. Lately I feel like I broke that promise to myself.

Being back to 5k shape was one of the goals that was most important to me, but somehow not one I've worked much towards. I've struggled with making myself and my runs a priority in my family dynamic. I've struggled making time for runs. I've struggled prioritizing runs in my workout schedule. And, honestly, I've struggled believing in myself and my running in this post-baby #4 body.

But I miss it! I find myself craving it. 

Running is not simply exercise or a way to burn calories to me (though that's how it started out years ago). Running is my time to clear all the cobwebs out of my brain. Running is my stress relief. Running is where I plug into my creative side; I get my best ideas out on runs. It's my time to get out in the sunshine and just be me in my body. There's a mind/body/spirit process going on out on my runs that I need at a level I'm not sure I can put into words. But here's what I know for sure: I'm a better wife, a better mom, and a better me when I make my running a priority.

Light bulb! I need to motivate myself and make the time.

Two things:

  1. I need a race on the calendar to light a fire in me. Just having the vague goal was NOT enough to get me moving and consistently working towards it.
  2. A 5k isn't enough of a stretch. I think that in the back of my mind 3 miles just isn't a big enough goal; I know that I could struggle through it even now and so it doesn't really motivate me to get out and do the work. I need something that is going to stretch me.

Baby O. will turn 1 in June and I WILL run a race before then. It's been fine to be gentle with myself and not rush the postpartum journey back to my pre-baby weight and fitness. But a YEAR is plenty generous. It's also been fine to adjust my priorities for this time with an infant. However, again, enough. I need this. Line drawn in sand, time to step up...

SO last week I registered for the Title Nine T9K in May!

I was terrified and elated all at the same time, but there's just nothing like paying for a race (and announcing it to the world) to get me out the door. Oh, and new kicks, those never hurt.

For those curious, my 9k training plan will look like this:

Monday/Thursday is my Ultimate Booty workout. Which handily ends in treadmill intervals. Tuesday will be an upper body weights workout, and Saturdays will strictly be runs. As my goal is simply to finish (and run the whole thing) and not for time I'm mostly focused on getting to running 6 miles comfortably. Since I'm currently blogging through Ultimate Booty Workouts (and those workouts are lifting heavy/quite intense) I've given myself 3 full days rest. Over-training is often my pitfall and I'm just not going there.

I've mapped out my 9k training plan, dug out my running gear, enlisted my husband's support, and I will. Do. This. Thing. 

If you're interested, you can follow my efforts (and maybe cheer me on?) on twitter and instagram. I'll be using the #9kOrBust hashtag.

How do you motivate yourself when your run mojo is MIA?

Ultimate Booty Workouts - Phase 1 Recap, Results, and Review

I can't believe I've been doing this program for a month! Wow, the time flew.

I began Ultimate Booty Workouts Phase 1 very gung ho and my plan was to do 3 sets of the Phase 1 workout, 3 times a week, using my 10 lb weights. Then, to do an upper body (my own, not included in this book) workout twice a week and cardio once a week (Oh, and I hoped to throw in some yoga too?!).

Didn't happen. 

I did the first workout, doing 3 sets using my 10 lb weights, and was sooooo sore for two or three days following. What worked for me was to drop down to my 8 lb weights and give myself 2 days of rest between workouts. I tend to think I'm a badass, but my post-partum body doesn't quite agree yet. I also only got the upper body workout in once a week and only did cardio the last 2 weeks (though cardio isn't a requirement for Phase 1).

Best laid plans I guess. However, I'm proud of myself for adjusting to what my body needed and persevering instead of getting frustrated and quitting (like I've done over and over post-baby). I'm glad that this book is so flexible and gave me different options to make this work at my fitness level. My last workout of the month rocked and I felt I'd mastered the Phase 1 Workout! 

My eating choices were great this month, but my portions were a bit over what they should have been. As fat loss is one of my goals I am going to track on My Fitness Pal for Phase 2 just to be sure I get that in check.

The main thing I've noticed this first month is that for the first time post-baby I am feeling stronger! It's an amazing feeling. One of the main things I've struggled with (since probably my 36th week of pregnancy) is feeling so weak. I revel in feeling strong and it's been tough for me to not have that feeling.

I burned an average of 275 to 300 calories per Phase 1 Workout. A great burn for a weights workout.

Before-194.5 After Phase 1-191
Before-44 After Phase 1-43.5
Before-36.5 After Phase 1-36
Before-44 After Phase 1-43.5
Right Calf: 
Before-14.5 After Phase 1-14.5
Clothing size: 
Before-13 After Phase 1-Can wear some 12's now

I have thoroughly enjoyed Ultimate Booty Workouts so far. It crossed my mind that I might get bored doing the same workout for a month (because I tend to have workout ADD), but I didn't. I enjoyed the workouts and how they made me feel strong and energized. They definitely suit my workout preferences perfectly and I'm glad to have found something I want to stick to.

Music is very motivating to me and I really loved having my own music to workout to (and making new playlists on my ipod) instead of whatever music plays on a workout DVD. Those that workout at the gym may take this for granted, but for me it is something I'm not used to and have enjoyed.

The foam roller instruction included with the stretch and cool down section is awesome. I've had a foam roller forever and didn't know exactly what to do with it! I will confess I haven't done the stretching and foam rolling after every workout. Going to work on that for phase 2.

My previously little used foam roller is definitely feeling the love lately!

Overall, upon trying the workouts for a month, I still give this book a thumbs up and am excited to tackle Phase 2!

Phase 2 Recap, results, and review
Final Results + Before and After Pics