Mileage & CrossFit Monday

Running stats and CrossFit WOD's for the week of July 22nd - July 28th... PHEW! What a week... I'm sore beyond sore! I will be so happy when the fitness class I've been taking during my lunch hours at work are over. Let's just say doing CrossFit, running, and that have left little recovery time for my body. By the time the weekends hit I'm dragging a$$! I finished up my last On-Ramp class for CrossFit this week... it was a tough one!! Now I have a week of free classes to try out the real deal to see what I think. Of course I'm already pretty obsessed so I can't see myself stopping now.

I have got to start running seriously again. I have been playing around with the idea of signing up for the Monumental Half Marathon in November. However, I know the time commitment it takes to train and with my work schedule getting crazier as the Fall approaches I know this could be a real challenge. We will see... I have time to figure it out and I probably would not sign up until it got really close to race time.

Monday, July 22nd, 2013 - On-Ramp CrossFit WOD : 1 minute kettle bells #26 (27)... (AMRAP : 5 medicine ball cleans #14 & 5 knees to bars) ... 9 rounds in 7 minutes... 1 minute kettle bells #26 (13)

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 - REST DAY!

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 - 3 mile run / On-Ramp CrossFit WOD : 5 rounds (10 thrusters #35, 15 situps, and 80 double unders)... I felt miserable the day after all this exercise!!!

Thursday, July 25th, 2013 - Fitness Class (Stability Ball : Arms / Back / Abs / Legs)

Friday, July 26th, 2013 - REST DAY... feeling horrible all day!

Saturday, July 27th, 2013 - On-Ramp CrossFit WOD: Fight Gone Bad Benchmark - 3 rounds total reps (push press #35, wall balls, sumo dead lift high pull #35, row for calories, box jumps) Rd #1 - 82 / Rd #2 - 76 / Rd #3 - 68 / Total Reps = 226

Sunday, July 28th, 2013 - REST DAY!

Total miles ran this week : 3 miles

Photo a Day Challenge : Week #30

Day 21 - Favorite Food

Day 22 - Grey (ethics has many grey areas)

Day 23 - I Drew/Painted This

Day 24 - D Is For... (a "Doodle" and his "Dad")

Day 25 - Ground

Day 26 - The Everyday (everyday Remi snoozes behind the toilet)

Day 27 - Black and White (Remi and his Grams)

Vijiggle Jaggle Be Gone : Week #4

What did I tell you??? After my stay-cation I figured I would gain some weight because I sure didn't plan on watching what I ate. Sadly... the scales showed me exactly what I had been expecting... a weight gain! I'm now back at where I started... 126.6 lbs! BOO! Funny how just a few days of bad eating and drinking can have such a huge affect on all the progress you have made in a months time.

As of this morning I am back on track with good eating and drinking habits. I am in my last week of On-Ramp CrossFit classes so I'll start the real deal next week and I can't wait! From now on I probably won't post about my "vijiggle jaggle" updates weekly, but instead monthly. I'm hoping that CrossFit changes my muscle tone immensely and I can share some before and after pictures with you guys, but we'll see!

I do feel like this past month has created a change in my eating habits and for me that is the biggest hurdle to overcome. I have realized that it doesn't matter how much you workout... you can't feed your body garbage and get the results you want. It sure would be nice if you could though :)

Mileage & CrossFit Monday

Running Stats and CrossFit WOD's for the week of July 15th - July 21st... Just when I think I'm getting over my intense soreness... back it comes after a CrossFit workout! I don't think my body will ever get use to these, but I guess that is the point of it right? I'm missing running. I've tried to make it a point to get my runs in, but I feel so sore and tired from my other workouts that running has been pretty much non-existent. I'm thinking I just need to go run directly after a CrossFit class that way the soreness doesn't have time to set in. I'm going into my last week of the On-Ramp classes and then I start the real deal. I'm pretty excited, but at the same time I know that my body will once again have to adjust to an even harder workout. Hopefully I survive!

Monday, July 15th, 2013 - On-Ramp CrossFit WOD : 3 Rounds (200 meter run, 5 squats max weight, 10 pushups, 15 sit ups) ... time 8:49

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 - Fitness Class (Cardio w/ Body Bars)

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 - On-Ramp CrossFit WOD : Partitioned (800 meter run, 30 push presses, 30 burpees, 30 squats) ... time 12:49

Thursday, July 18th, 2013 - REST DAY!

Friday, July 19th, 2013 - On-Ramp CrossFit WOD: AMRAP (400 meter run, 7 dead lifts max weight, 14 box jumps 16 inches)... 3 rounds + 200 meter run in 12:00

Saturday, July 20th, 2013 - 2 mile walk with Remi / Run 3.5 miles / Stretch

Sunday, July 21st, 2013 - REST DAY!

Total miles ran this week : 3.5 miles

Photo a Day Challenge : Week #29

Day 14 - Edible

Day 15 - Outside The Window

Day 16 - Bottle

Day 17 - Inspirational

Day 18 - Number (someone in our office was turning 50)

Day 19 - Building (went to see World War Z)

Day 20 - Hot

Life @ LPD!

When it comes to Dan's job I have to admit I'm out of the loop about many things. I have trouble keeping up with his schedule, court dates, what part-time he is working and where, etc. Even though I probably couldn't tell you what his day is going to look like tomorrow... I do feel blessed that he tells me about the ups and downs of his job, who his friends are at work, a different things he trains for. I truly am so proud to call him my husband, but most importantly he is my best friend. 

Recently, Dan had SWAT Training and after they shot up a car the team got together to take a rare photo that I had to share with you. It isn't every day that I actually get to see who he spends most of his days with.

Even though several of the guys are missing in this photo it was nice to put a face with the names I have been hearing about for the past several months. Not a day goes by that I don't thank God that Dan has a job which he loves immensely and that the men in this picture are there to protect each other day in and day out. They are true brothers from another mother! HA! 

Green B.E.A.N Indiana Delivery

Recently I signed up for Green B.E.A.N Deliveries after I heard about it from some friends at work. Basically you sign up for this program, pick what size of bin you want, fill it with the different fruits and veggies that are in season, and then they deliver it directly to your home on your scheduled day. You can either get deliveries every week or every other week based on the needs of your family. A lot of the produce that you can purchase is from local farms and organic (although there is some that are not). 

I ended up selecting the small bin since it is usually just Dan and I around the house, with an occasional doggie getting a quick treat. Our bin arrived right on time!!! I was super excited about it! And luckily... Remington was home to do a quick inspection of the bin!

After Remington deemed it acceptable... we popped that baby open to see our goodies!

The bin is packaged up to keep your produce cool so the outside is insulated and then they have ice packs in there as well. Remington could just not figure out what all the fuss was about!

Everything looked great! We got the following things in our bin.

12 oz. Mushrooms
2 Tomatoes
8 oz Spinach
3 Apples
3 Plums
3 Pears
2 Peaches
1 lb of Grapes
1 pint of Blueberries

After just 2 days all our apples, blueberries, plums, and a lot of our spinach is gone.

For this being my first time ever doing this, I have to say I was pretty pleased. Personally, I like that I can get stuff locally and organic... I like that it is delivered straight to my home... and I like that I can pick out a variety of items to keep our taste-buds satisfied. I also think that this encourages us to eat more healthy with so many fruits and veggies around the house. 

I'm looking forward to my next delivery of goodies!

If you want to learn more about Green B.E.A.N Deliveries just click the link. They do deliveries in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Missouri!

Vijiggle Jaggle Be Gone : Week #3

Week 3 of my diet wasn't really much of a diet. I'm slowing starting back into my bad habits. I'm not doing terrible, but I'm also not stopping myself when I want a pop for dinner or a coffee in the morning. I'm not drinking nearly as much water as I was in the beginning and I'm not counting my calories as strictly as before.

I am still striving to eat very healthy... oatmeal, nuts, fruits, veggies, yogurt, etc. I make sure to eat breakfast every morning even though I really don't want to. I eat 6 small meals throughout the day. And I'm still exercising. Could I do better... of course... am I doing awful... no! For the most part I feel really proud of myself. 

I weighed in on Monday and I had gain .5 lbs. BOO! As of right now I'm at 124 lbs. I'm trying not to beat myself up over it because I know I'm working out a lot and hopefully gaining muscle. I would much rather be lean, toned, and weigh more than skinny and have no muscle mass.

At the end of this week Dan and I are taking off a few days together before work gets crazy for me! I'm sure we will be hitting up the county fair and doing our share of stuffing our face full of junk food. Hopefully my weigh in Monday isn't terrible ;) Of course... gaining a few pounds is always worth it for my yearly Beaver Tail!

Mileage Monday

Running stats for the week of July 8th - July 14th... not much running went on this week, but man was CrossFit a shock to my system. I have never felt so incredibly sore as I did this week. Even my fingers ached which is a sensation I wasn't expecting. I need to work on striking a balance between running and CrossFit. I know a lot of runners that catch the CrossFit bug then leave running behind. I don't want to do that, but can definitely see how it would be easy to do. I am finally recovering from my intense soreness... only to start again this week. PHEW!

Monday, July 8th, 2013 - On-Ramp Crossfit WOD : Team Challenge (Row, Pushups, Situps, Squats)

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 - Ran 3 miles / Stretched

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 - On-Ramp Crossfit WOD : (10*9*8*7*6*5*4*3*2*1) - Knees to Elbows & Wall Balls

Thursday, July 11th, 2013 - Fitness Class (Blocks - Abs/Legs/Arms)

Friday, July 12th, 2013 - On-Ramp Crossfit WOD : (15*12*9) - Burpees, Dips, 16 Inch Box Jumps

Saturday, July 13th, 2013 - 2.5 mile walk with Remi / Stretch

Sunday, July 14th, 2013 - REST DAY!

Total miles ran this week : 3 miles

Photo a Day Challenge : Week #28

Day 7 - Where I Am

Day 8 - Path 

Day 9 - Three Things (nose, tongue, teeth)

Day 10 - Smooth (officially fallen in love with this product)

Day 11 - I Wore This (a new haircut)

Day 12 - A Bad Habit

Day 13 - 4 o'clock (my Green B.E.A.N Delivery came)

Remington's Rundown

Hey Doodle Lovers! It's Remington Bear here!

A lot has been happening with me lately!

First... I got a severe doggie ouchie on my left paw...

Luckily... the vet diagnosed it as a spontaneous tumor and it went away after a few weeks. Mom and Dad were pretty scared about it for a while since it continued to bust open, but they took really good care of me and put a special medicated cream on it twice a day that the vet had prescribed!


Because of my doggie ouchie, Mom and Dad held off getting me groomed. They were fearful that the groomer might knick my newly healed paw. Because of that my hair just kept getting longer and longer and longer...

I don't really mind having a shaggy hairdo, but it does make it harder for Mom and Dad to keep all of the mats out. You see, my hair is a lot like sheep's wool so it is really hard to get a brush through it.

Well, I finally had a grooming appointment today and look what I came back looking like!!!

WHOA! They went a little slap happy with the scissors eh? Oh well! I'm feeling fresh, clean, and like a super cool doodle! It will all grow back eventually :)

Time to sign off... WIGGLES!

~Remington Bear~

Vijiggle Jaggle Be Gone : Week #2

It's week two of my diet. I weighed in this morning and much to my dismay... I haven't lost any weight but have maintained. I'm still at 123.5 lbs. Boo! But... I really wasn't expecting to lose three pounds at the beginning of the diet so I'll deal with maintaining this week :)

I have been doing pretty good with sticking to the rules and limitations of the diet. I have been slipping over to the dark side more than I probably should though at times. I have had a couple of Cokes, coffees, and bread every now and again. But in my defense, if I workout I need a few more calories to give me the energy to get through it.

Also, I had my first class of crossfit this week and LOVE it! Like... I loved it so much I cannot wait to go back! Who can honestly say that? However, I know that by doing these kind of workouts I'm going to be gaining some muscle so I need to stay realistic with my weight loss goals.

Hopefully I'll have a little more to report next week :)

Mileage Monday

Running stats for the week of July 1st - July 7th... I really have not been doing so well on my running lately. I seem to continue to think that I can just pick up where I left off and not feel the after effects. NOT! The Sparkler Sprint 5K was a good race for me... but man did I hurt for 2 days straight afterward. I have got to get back into the groove of things that is for sure.

The biggest new flash I have to share though is that I canceled my gym membership. I just don't really use it in the summer time and very rarely in the winter time so it was time to kick it to the curb. However, to replace it I'm going to try out cross fit. Dan recently joined a cross fit gym to get him in shape for all the SWAT stuff he does. He keeps telling me about what an awesome workout it is and how much he likes it. Since police families get a discount I thought I would give it a shot.

When you are a police family it really is hard to see each other. Dan and I go weeks sometimes without even talking face to face. I thought maybe this would be something we could do together. I start my on-ramp classes this week, which teaches me the basics of everything. The on-ramp sessions last for a three week period and then I will go to the regulars after that. I don't really know what to expect... but I am excited to take on a new challenge.

Monday, July 1st, 2013 - REST DAY!

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 - Fit Class (Weights - Arms / Abs / Legs)

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 - REST DAY!

Thursday, July 4th, 2013 - SPARKLER SPRINT... 3.1 miles... PR'ed this race

Friday, July 5th, 2013 - REST DAY! Soooooo sore!

Saturday, July 6th, 2013 - REST DAY!

Sunday, July 7th, 2013 - 4 miles

Total miles ran this week : 7.1 miles

Photo a Day Challenge : Week #27

Day 30 - Handwriting (Pizza King order)

Day 1 - Happiness is... (spending an entire day with my doodle)

Day 2 - Shoes 

Day 3 - Cold

Day 4 - Red, White, and Blue

Day 5 - Love 

Day 6 - Favorite Smell (Remi's paws)

Sparkler Sprint 5K

One of the goals I had this summer was to get a PR in a few shorter races such as a 5K or 10K. I picked the Sparkler Sprint 5K in Franklin because it was close, flat, and on one of my normal days off. Oh, and what is better than running a race on the 4th of July! WOOT!

This race was at Province Park by Franklin College. I had no idea this park was there and loved it the minute I saw it. It has really nice trails, a little creek, and trees everywhere... what more could you ask for. It was a really nice setting for this race and I'm sure Remington and I will be making trips back there to walk around and explore since it is super close to our house!

I was excited about this race because my running buddy Greg decided to run too! He had a goal to PR as well, but he is way faster than me! It is always fun to have someone you know running and cheering you on :)

Greg and I before the race started! How I got a #1 bib number I'll never know. Does this mean I was the first person to register???

Getting ready to go! They started the race by shooting off a canon!! HA!

I was really unsure of how I would do for this run. I hadn't ran for the past three weeks so I didn't know how I would feel. Sometimes taking a break makes my body feel really well rested and I have no problems... other times I have felt very sluggish and awful. My strategy for this race was to pick a person ahead of me and focus on trying to pass them... then if I did that pick another and do the same. I figured this would keep my pace up and keep me focused on a goal. 

Mile 1 : I started off the race with trying to stick with Greg as long as possible. This didn't last very long, but it made me speed through that first mile. I checked my watch at the mile one marker and I was at 7:50 minute mile! That is crazy fast for me!

Mile 2 : This was an enjoyable mile. It took us through the outside of a cemetery, through a wooded area, and then toward a park area. There were lots of new things to look at and keep your mind off things. I hit mile two at around 18:00 minutes. I had slowed down quite a bit, but going so fast during the first mile had set me ahead of previous times.

Mile 3 : I was so out of breath during this mile. I was struggling to keep a decent pace. I just picked someone ahead of me and tried to keep up with them. When I passed the three mile marker I was at around 28:40 minutes... I knew I had to pick it way up to make it under 30:00... YIKES!

I crossed the finish line at 29:49!! I placed 89 overall, was 9th in my gender and age group, and had a 9:36 mile pace! I know this is not fast for most, but anything under a 10:00 minute mile is fast for me! I was very happy!!! The last 5K I ran in 32:00 so I cut a little over 2 minutes off my time! YAY!

How did Greg do? Well... he is a speedy fella! Greg crossed the finish line at 23:12!!!! He placed 49 overall, was 9th in his gender and age group, and had a 7:28 mile pace! Isn't that crazy! He had a PR as well! Pretty awesome!

We both had a good day!

Now... we need to find a 10K to PR in :)

Happy Independence Day everyone!!!!!

Vijiggle Jaggle Be Gone : Week #1

I started my diet on Monday of last week. My starting weight was 126.6 lbs. I was a little surprised by this since I had been eating like crazy on vacation and not really keeping up with my running. I decided that if I was going to do this I needed to set some rules for myself so I started looking into different weight/fitness plans online. The one I decided on was Lauren Conrad's Bikini Boot Camp Plan (you can view the actual plan by clicking the link) since it sounded like something I could handle and stay committed to for the most part. I did make a few edits here and there though. So this is what I have been focusing on for the past week...

The Rules and Limits of the Plan

-Drink lots of water (you should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces each day)!
-As soon as you wake up drink a glass of lemon water... must be 30 minutes before you eat! (click here to see how lemon water aids in weight loss)
-No white breads, large portions of cheese, or fried food
-No candy, baked goods, ice cream... ideally no sugar
-No soda or flavored drinks
-No eating 2-3 hours before bedtime
-Get 8 hours of sleep each night

Everyday Exercises (this doesn't count as your regular daily workout)

-50 crunches in the morning / 50 crunches at night
-60 second plank in morning / 60 second side plank on each side at night

...For me, I am also not taking in any more than 1480 calories a day...

For the most part I have been doing pretty good with it. The huge sacrifices I made was completely giving up my morning coffee and pop on weekdays since it involved so much sugar, I have started eating breakfast everyday, I drink my lemon water every morning even though it makes we want to gag, and I have stayed away from the sweets for the most part with a few slip ups here and there. I'm actually pretty proud of myself so far.

I thought that weekends I would let myself stray from the diet a little more... but that turned into almost an entire weekend of stuffing my face full of my favorite foods. I learned real quick that I can probably let myself have a cheat "meal" once a week, but not a cheat weekend. I'll really have to stick pretty close to what I have set for myself. 

Here are some of the foods I ate pretty consistently throughout the week...

Steel Cut Oats



Lemon Water

Salads, salads, salads...

And lots of fish!

I stepped on the scales Monday morning and could not believe my eyes. I now weigh 123.5 lbs. So as of right now I'm officially down 3.1 lbs. I'm pretty happy with this since I didn't exercise hardly at all last week and this was just mainly based on the diet plan. I'm hoping I can keep this up long term, but I know how I am so it will definitely be a challenge. However, I'm feeling better about myself and more healthy so that is a plus!