Getting in Shape

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Hey y’all! I had a lot of questions earlier this week about what I am doing to get in shape, so here it goes! I am not a hardcore dieter or workout fanatic, but I like to go at a steady pace and still enjoy myself with food and fun!

When Crockin’ Girls first started up my baby girl was just over three months old. Between carrying around some of my baby weight and the craziness of the Crockin’ whirlwind we were in, I couldn’t even think about taking time for myself to get back in shape! This past September when Stella was about 16 months old, I was finally ready to get back into my groove! Here are some of the changes I have made:
FOOD:
Breakfast- coffee or green tea, then a protein shake
Lunch – light lunch (salad or sandwich, protein shake, or the occasional bowl of cereal)
Snacks – I usually have two snacks a day. Greek yogurt (chocolate chiobani is my FAVE), celery or apple with peanut butter, or some “healthy” popcorn (Lime flavor- YUM!)
Dinner – I eat what my family eats and just watch my portions. That was a BIG key for me – bringing down my portions and getting it under control!
I cut down big time on the amount of Dr. Peppers I drink. I love them, but a large fountain drink a day was taking its toll on me! I drink the occasional DP, but stick to un-sweet tea with lime and water most of the time. I really can tell a difference in my body when I cut them out.
One thing I noticed when I started trying to watch what I was eating was how much I snacked when prepping food for my kids! When I would make them a PBJ and cut it out in a shape, I would eat the edges, and I would eat the extra little pieces of their lunch that they didn’t finish. Little things like that don’t seem like much, but they add up! Especially since I was eating them on top of an already unhealthy diet.
I still splurge. M&Ms, the occasional Dr. Pepper, and ice cream are a few of my weaknesses! But if I completely cut myself off I end up breaking my healthy eating habits and  get out of control!
EXERCISE:
I have always enjoyed running. I ran competitively in high school, and I have ran many 5Ks, a 10K, and a Half Marathon over the past few years. I ran my first “Half” almost three years ago right before Spencer turned one, and I would REALLY love to train to do another.
In the meantime, here is what I am doing:
I try to do cardio 3-4 days a week alternating the following workouts:
3-4 mile run at a 10-12 minute mile pace
3+ mile run with intervals (jog 1/2 mile warmup, do a 1/4 mile “stride”, jog 1/2 mile, 200 yard “sprint”, jog 1/4 mile, 100 yard “sprint”, jog 1/4 mile, 200 yard “sprint”, jog 1/2 mile, 1/4 mile “stride”, jog 1/2 mile cool down)
Walk 1/2 mile, 2 mile run at my “fast” pace about -9 minute miles, walk 1/2 mile
Long 4+ mile run at a 12+ minute pace
1 1/2 miles of 1/4 mile strides (6 laps at a track) with 1/4 mile walk/slow jog laps between fast laps. This will total a 3 mile workout.
After I run I like to do either 100 lunges, 50 pushups, 50-100squats, or other free arm weights.
I hope that this helps any of you with questions about what I am “doing” to get fit, and inspires you to get active! Over the holidays I got a little off track, but I am ready to get back in the swing of things and hope you join me!
Happy Crockin’, Runnin’ and Healthy Eatin’ Y’all!
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  1. christy d.
    #1 on January 12th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    What type of protein shake do you drink?

  2. Rhonda C.
    #2 on January 19th, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    proud of you….keep it up!! You look great….: )

  3. Virginia A.
    #3 on January 28th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Where do you find lime-flavored popcorn? AND…..what does your protein shake consist of? Thanks for sharing! :-)

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