I find the best way to get back into a blogging groove is to pick up right where I am. Four months ago I wrote A Season to Get Fit and you’ll still find me at the gym.

I go to Lifetime Fitness 3 to 4 times a week. I love the high intensity classes like C9, TCX, and Circuit training. These classes include short bursts of weights, strength exercises (squats, lunges, push-ups), and cardio (lots of jumping.) I feel like I get a full body workout and the time flies by quickly. I also love the Barbell Strength class, because I learn about form and terminology. I finally know what to do when the instructor yells, “Deadlift rows! Tip 2!”

When I am not in class I am running about three miles on a treadmill. It’s too hot to run outside in the Texas heat. I have been working on speed. I can run a mile in 8 minutes, but my average is 8:30. I recently met my goal to run a 5K under 30 minutes. Yay!

rockwall

I recently took up rock climbing with the kids. I’ve only been twice and I love the thrill of climbing the wall. My fear of heights is definitely hindering my progress. I’m okay as long as I don’t look down.

10 Minute Workout Challenge

This month I am challenging myself to workout everyday for at least 10 minutes. If I’m not at the gym then I will spend 10 minutes at home doing planks, modified planks, cardio, core work, and working on my push-ups. I can do 15 non-girly push-ups in a row, but I want to be able to do 50 real push-ups at the end of the month.

All the Food

I’ve given up on MyFitnessPal. I’ve changed my eating habits again and I’m really happy with this new strategy. I eat healthy most of the time and try to eat only what I need to keep myself from being grumpy and starving. Sometimes I’ll eat extra protein if I have an intense work out that evening.

I allow myself to cheat, but I know that after eating junk food my next meal will be healthy and I’ll need to work out. I’m not tracking the minutia, but I am always mindful about the foods I am eating.

Once you have tracked your food for a long time you basically know how many calories, carbs, fats, and proteins are in a meal. This is especially true if you eat the same meals often.

plank

Has working out and eating better worked?

The number on the scale hasn’t moved drastically, but I am thinner and I have muscle definition I’ve never seen. I seriously asked my husband if my biceps were getting too big. Of course, they aren’t!

I feel strong and I’m pleased with my size. My scale is broken anyway. There is a 4 pound difference based on where on the bathroom floor I place the scale. I’ve learned to gauge my weight based on how my clothes fit and how I generally feel about myself.

As long as I feel strong, meeting new exercise goals, and fitting into the clothes I want to wear then I’m happy with my current strategy.