Planning for Success and the Exercise Train

Happy Monday everyone!
I always feel an amazing sense of relief when I get back to my weekday routine. Weekends are HARD! The schedule is always changing and I know I do better with a rut. I mean, routine!

One of my best support routines is to go onto the beforeandafterhelp.com board and post on the Planning for Success thread for the day. I put down what I’m planning to eat today. Then I find the Exercise Train thread for the day and put down what I’m planning to do for exercise. Sometimes I post the whole week’s schedule/menus if I haven’t made them yet (this weekend was nuts, did I mention that?) so that my plan for the week is written down and I can look at it, think about how to improve it and if necessary, figure out the points/calories on either Livestrong/DailyPlate or Weight Watchers online tools.

Planning For Success:

B: 1/2 cup of steel-cut oatmeal recipe with protein powder, applesauce, cinnamon, Splenda brown sugar, peanut butter
S: Coffee with inspire ice-cream sandwich protein powder (I know – sounds strange but is GOOD)
L: Emergency freezer rations – we didn’t do ANY cooking this weekend – how weird is THAT?
S: Nectar Peach protein drink in unsweetened ice tea
D: Smoked pork, broccoli and quinoa
Optional snack: greek yogurt with brown sugar Splenda and apple slices (I will keep this at work all week and if I get the munchies, I have it available)

Exercise Train

Today I have less than 2 weeks until the Iron Girl Triathlon. I’m a little nervous – I haven’t done nearly as much in the last two weeks as I planned because I hurt my shoulder a bit and I’ve been spending way, way too much time sitting on my butt and writing about exercise instead of doing it. That doesn’t burn as many calories as you’d think – LOL!

So today – I’m planning to:
1. Swim 1/3 of a mile
2. Walk 3 miles at lunch
3. Ride my bike for 45 minutes tonight after dinner with my son

We’ll see if I do all that – and can keep it up this week! I’m going to come back and update this just for some accountability!

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2 thoughts on “Planning for Success and the Exercise Train

  1. I was happy to find your article online this evening. I am 7 mos. post Roux en Y and beginning to train for my first 5K. My niece (who lives in GA) has “invited me” to join her next year in participating in the Aflac Irongirl. I’m excited and anxious … wondering about the nutritional aspect of training and racing post gastric bypass. Your blog is encouraging. Thanks for the info.! 🙂

    • Welcome, Rebecca! I am also training to run my first 5k in August. (I walked most of the 5k in the IronGirl) Congratulations on the changes you are making. If you are like me, then just writing down the words “train for my first 5k” or “participate in the Irongirl” are things that would never have come out of your mouth a year ago! I highly recommend that you go out and read the Participants Event Guide for the Iron Girl. It has some great info and some surprises that caught me and my sisters by surprise. We were not allowed to start the swim together because of the differences in our ages. So my sister bagged out at the last minute because we had planned to do it together. Also, you can’t use headphones or any other music source. So practice a few runs without headphones – just to get the feel for how different that feels. Other than that – go for it! Start slow, make tiny increases every day or every week and you’ll do great. If you aren’t a strong swimmer, don’t worry too much. The swim course is much easier than you think and if you stay to the outside, you can just take your time and you’ll get there. I took swimming lessons, because my swimming was so inefficient that I was afraid I would be too tired to bike and then run. Let me know if there are any questions you have – I love answering questions!

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