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Your glory days are in front of you: crowding out the bad habits with good ones!

Last week was amazing! I felt energized, I felt like I was on the right path, and everything was going great.

Then I hit the weekend…

Instead of feeling totally in control of my health and weight loss, I felt like I was struggling to stay above water. I was making the right choices with meals, but most were a struggle… I was getting to my water goal, but always a little behind and playing catch-up at night… I was struggling big time with night-time snacking…

It was exhausting!

Yesterday I had a moment of clarity about how much better I felt the week before. So, what was the difference???

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Biggest Loser Half without training, #fffchallenge, and WIN Giveaway!

I got a medal!!!

Biggest Loser Run/Walk medal

Before Sunday I had never run more than a 5K… I ran my first 5K last year for the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota, followed by Run or Dye and my second Lupus run. Running on my own I still never even hit 4 miles.

So, why then, did I think I could all of a sudden do a half marathon without one but of training???

When I won the trip to the Biggest Loser Finale from Planet Fitness they offered the entire audience free race eateries for any Biggest Loser Run/Walk.

After a lot of back and forth, I decided to go for the half marathon. Although, after a busy summer with very little running, I realized I would never have a long enough block of time free to train for a half marathon.

I almost considered backing out after not running as much as I had hoped and not planning the trip early enough, but it finally realized that I would regret it.

I kept telling myself, “it’s called the run/walk. You can walk…”

Biggest Loser Run/Walk packet pick up, Bobby Saleem, Jackie and Dan Evans

I drove the hour and a half drive out for packet pick up. I loved hearing Bobby Saleem, last year’s runner up, spill all the dirt about the show. Well, he didn’t spill too much, but he was pretty candid and so funny! I was also completely inspired by Jackie Evans who kept talking about her struggle to teach her kids about health and fitness. It really hit home and made me think about my why (a Bobby phrase). I was so happy to be there and know that stealing away for a weekend was for a great reason.

Biggest Loser Run/Walk Sunrise

I went back bright and early the next morning, all alone, for my first ever half marathon.

“You can walk, you can walk…”

I started out running when we took off and felt great. I was exstatic at the 4 mile mark because I was keeping up my goal pace and I just passed my longest run ever. I couldn’t believe it when I hit the six mile mark and was still running. I felt like I could go all day!

...and then mile 7 hit. The bathrooms were few and far between so I started to walk more and my legs started getting stiffer and more tired. I walked the rest of the race.

I still finished in a time I was happy with and was SO happy just to finish! The greatest part was when Bobby was announcing and cheering on the runner and looked right at me and said, “great job, Kristin!”

How cool is that!?!

I was out of town and alone for my first half, and Bobby cheering me by name was just what I needed! He is such a great and genuine guy!

It was such a fantastic experience and I’m so glad I did it!

I was sore that day and thought I’d be incredibly sore the next day, but I felt pretty good. I did take the day off from trying to get my Fall Fitness Challenge activity in, but the day before more than made up for it! I also stuck to my warm lemon water each morning without forgetting. I even finally stopped talking about meal prep and spent the day cooking and making up some delicious meals to have on hand when I need them. I made fish, brown rice, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and mushrooms – so good!

Meal prep

Check in with the others participating In the Fall Fitness Challenge:
Nora from Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running Duo | Kristen K. at Run Away With Me | Ariana at HappyLife.HealthyLife | Brandi at Noteworthy Running | Michelle at Fearless Beauty Fitness | Kathy at MamaMarathoner | Diane at Runnin Rocker | Alicia at NeverEverBeenSkinny

One more thing… I promised a giveaway!

The day after my first half marathon I limped my tired tush down the stairs to wash my stinky running clothes. Luckily I received some WIN sports detergent for review through Sweat Pink.

WIN detergent for athletic clothes

It did not disappoint! The clothes smelled great! WIN is specially designed to get rid of all the sweat, oil, and odors for athletic clothes. They even offer a fragrance and dye-free green version. After a rough trip through the mail, I got both bottles to try. Thank goodness WIN just redesigned their bottles to handle that kind of abuse!

Rough trip through the mail

WIN is offering to send one of my readers two bottles to try as well! You can enter the giveaway below to try your luck!

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Jillian Michaels: Thanks for the Kick in the Pants! {30 Day Shred and BlogFest}

Ok you guys, let’s be real…

I have literally had no significant weight loss since November. Womp womp…. I can’t remember exactly where I was at before our Florida vacation, but I have basically gone up and down within the same weigh “decade” ever since.

I don’t know what my problem has been… I’m proud to say healthy eating, moderation, and exercise have been on my mind the majority of the time, but I’ve only been doing enough to maintain instead of lose.

I’m a lot more comfortable in my body now, so that may be affecting my motivation, but I still have a looong way to go.

Thinking back on all the time that feels wasted – I say feels because I know in my heart that it wasn’t – I did not gain, I ate good foods (for the most part), and I exercised more than I did years past. Most importantly, I fed my family healthy meals and continued to make small changes and be the example I want my children to see. – has really given me some drive to buckle down and get it done!

Enter Miss Jillian Michaels.

30 Day Shred

I recently happened upon a major score that has given me my motivation back! The 30 Day Shred DVD that I’ve been coveting, but for some reason felt I wasn’t going to buy until it was on sale, was at our local Goodwill for $1.99!

Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Tips

Talk about fate!

I’d been eyeing that DVD for nearly a year now and, after being completely inspired by hearing Jillian speak at BlogFest, I found it for a steal!! It has really given me that extra boost I need and I’m loving it!

30 Day Shred – Level 1

I thought this was a great workout. I love the blocks of strength, cardio, and abs. The short time is totally doable. I did that on day one and, by day two, felt ready to try Level 2.

30 Day Shred – Level 2

This one stepped it up a little bit, but was also completely doable and I didn’t feel like I was pushing too fast. I loved feeling challenged with sweat pouring into my eyes by the end with double jump rope. I also had a little problem that other moms of two can understand with the jumping. 😉

Tip: Many of the movement combine squats with arms, and I found to really helpful to position myself over my coffee table so I could gauge how far Down I was going while concentrating on the arms with the weights. It also adds some security so I couldn’t fall far if things got too tough.

30 Day shred – Level 3

I haven’t done this one yet. Any tips? Is it a big step up from Level 2? I’d love to hear about it!

Jillian Michaels Key Note Speaker at BlogFest

I can’t tell you how much I was looking forward to hearing Jillian speak as the Key Note speaker at IDEA World BlogFest with SweatPink!

I know her style is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love her! If you watch Biggest Loser, as I do, you get some glimpses into the awesome trainer she is instead of just focusing on the yelling. I also saw her at the Biggest Loser 15 Finale, and she seems really goofy and funny too.

Jillian Michaels: love her or hate her? -- Love her!

Jillian addressed us all as peers and was so motivating! For those if us who weren’t already fans, she converted more than a few!

She started off by saying that she has been very lucky; however, luck is simply preparation meets opportunity. She was prepared and believed in herself! She advised us all to make specific plans, and look at things with a business mind, but know our weakness and get help.

Jillian Michaels: Key Note Speaker at IDEA World BlogFest with SweatPink

Funniest tip

“Don’t mess with hot yoga! … Or the vegans!”

I guess Jillian took a lot of “heat” for not enjoying hot yoga. The way she told this story was so entertaining, but her overall message was to be open to anything and the best approach to fitness is a holistic approach. Different things work for different people, and that is why there is room and opportunities for everyone. Be flexible and have an open mind, because the best approach is a holistic approach.

My favorite take-away message

“Why not me? I deserve it. We’re all worthy.”

Fear is pervasive and corrosive. Every failure is an entry point for learning, and 99% of the time mistakes are recoverable. If you don’t fail, you haven’t tried hard enough.

There are really only three scenarios:
1. You try, and fail.
2. You try, and you succeed.
3. You do nothing, and the worst scenario will happen anyway.

With neglect always comes decay! Regret comes with the chance we didn’t take. Failure does not equal regret. Learn and move forward intelligently.

It was so great to get her perspective on things. Jillian was so motivating and really funny! The stories she told were littered with profanities and very real and funny. It was like talking to one of your girlfriends – your super-successful celebrity girlfriend with a rockin’ body and more money than you’ll see in your life.

What do you thing? Jillian: love her or hate her?

Have you done the 30 Day Shred? Any tips for Level three?