Theresa. 24. Alabama. I lift. I run. I've lost 120+ lbs and I'm not done yet. This is about a fat gal on a quest for a healthy life.

Yesterday was the official start of my half marathon training! I will be lifting twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays, so Sam wrote me up a lovely little program to get me through this training. He rocks.

This morning’s run epitomized struggle. I got about four hours of sleep last night, so I knew I’d be dragging today. I also know on this training program I’m supposed to make my Tuesday and Thursday runs “easy” and slow my pace down. So in an attempt to do that, I accidentally slowed WAY down. Well, also, my body was like NOPE I’M TIRED I DON’T WANT TO DO THIS. So I picked up the pace a bit by the end and overall it’s fine, it was just slow.

Tomorrow is my first tempo run, and I’m only slightly sure I know what that means. So I guess I’ll figure it out.

I’m really grateful for the Forest Lake (Struggle) Runners. I thought I would be going solo this morning, so I was really happy when Nick and Aaron showed up. Even though we didn’t run together, just knowing they were there pushed me to get through my run.

Oh, and isn’t that sweaty selfie crisp and clear?? The new phone is magical and I love it.

Now to make it through this day. I’ll be posting here in a minute about the paleo eating. Stay tuned!

Yesterday was the official start of my half marathon training! I will be lifting twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays, so Sam wrote me up a lovely little program to get me through this training. He rocks.

This morning’s run epitomized struggle. I got about four hours of sleep last night, so I knew I’d be dragging today. I also know on this training program I’m supposed to make my Tuesday and Thursday runs “easy” and slow my pace down. So in an attempt to do that, I accidentally slowed WAY down. Well, also, my body was like NOPE I’M TIRED I DON’T WANT TO DO THIS. So I picked up the pace a bit by the end and overall it’s fine, it was just slow.

Tomorrow is my first tempo run, and I’m only slightly sure I know what that means. So I guess I’ll figure it out.

I’m really grateful for the Forest Lake (Struggle) Runners. I thought I would be going solo this morning, so I was really happy when Nick and Aaron showed up. Even though we didn’t run together, just knowing they were there pushed me to get through my run.

Oh, and isn’t that sweaty selfie crisp and clear?? The new phone is magical and I love it.

Now to make it through this day. I’ll be posting here in a minute about the paleo eating. Stay tuned!

It’s a bye weekend in Tuscaloosa, which means it’s calm and quiet and most of the students have gone home or slept in. It’s a beautiful, beautiful time.

Slept til 6 instead of 5:30 this morning since I knew it would be overcast and cooler. I woke up and really just wanted to enjoy my run this morning. And I’ve always wanted to run the bridge. So I parked by Capitol park, ran across the bridge, circled downtown northport twice, then came back along the other side. Did a quick few blocks, then headed back to my car. The relay tri we are doing in a few weeks apparently has “rolling hills”, so after my 3+ miles, I decided to run the hill next to the new lofts twice. Hoo ha. That sucked. But I’m definitely going to incorporate more hills into my runs.

Running the bridges was lovely. I stopped to take pictures, which is why my pace looks so sad, and it was just nice to enjoy it.

After that, I went to the northport AND Tuscaloosa farmers markets. I adore the old men at the nport one, but I can get more at the ttown one. So I hit both! Got flowers and meat and veggies and fruit. It was lovely.

Time to spend the rest of the day running errands, cooking and cleaning. Ah, what a glamorous life I lead.

It’s a bye weekend in Tuscaloosa, which means it’s calm and quiet and most of the students have gone home or slept in. It’s a beautiful, beautiful time.

Slept til 6 instead of 5:30 this morning since I knew it would be overcast and cooler. I woke up and really just wanted to enjoy my run this morning. And I’ve always wanted to run the bridge. So I parked by Capitol park, ran across the bridge, circled downtown northport twice, then came back along the other side. Did a quick few blocks, then headed back to my car. The relay tri we are doing in a few weeks apparently has “rolling hills”, so after my 3+ miles, I decided to run the hill next to the new lofts twice. Hoo ha. That sucked. But I’m definitely going to incorporate more hills into my runs.

Running the bridges was lovely. I stopped to take pictures, which is why my pace looks so sad, and it was just nice to enjoy it.

After that, I went to the northport AND Tuscaloosa farmers markets. I adore the old men at the nport one, but I can get more at the ttown one. So I hit both! Got flowers and meat and veggies and fruit. It was lovely.

Time to spend the rest of the day running errands, cooking and cleaning. Ah, what a glamorous life I lead.

This morning I swam. It was awesome.

1x50

1x500 (YEAH. FIVE HUNDRED. IT WAS AWESOME.)

6x25 sprint

4x100 fast

1x50

Not bad. It was good to be back in the pool. I think I’m going to keep it as part of my routine, as much as I can.

I’m really tired, and I had planned to go to quick fit today, but honestly, the swimming was enough. And I need to remember that. And I need to not get back to that bad place, because I feel it coming.

So we are going to ignore the part of the brain telling me I suck for not going to class, embrace the part telling me I’m wise for not going to class, and look forward to the refresh button I’ll press next week as I begin half training and paleo eating. And if both of those suck, we will move on. Nothing is permanent. Remember that.

Another day, another run, another sweaty selfie. As I start my half marathon training, I’ll be running five days a week. Are you prepared for that many ridiculous pictures of my face?

This morning was beautiful. We ran at Snow Hinton, which is obnoxious if you are wanting distance (it’s about a 0.8 mile loop) but great if you want to do some sprints. I did a mile, did four sets of sprints, then continued running til I had done 4 loops. Easy, quick, and a nice way to start the day. Kaitlyn is the newest struggle runner, and I’m so very glad she joined us. :) And I’m ridiculously proud of Caleb and Aaron for sticking it out. We went to sleep pretty late last night but they showed up anyway. A++++ for dedication!

Another day, another run, another sweaty selfie. As I start my half marathon training, I’ll be running five days a week. Are you prepared for that many ridiculous pictures of my face?

This morning was beautiful. We ran at Snow Hinton, which is obnoxious if you are wanting distance (it’s about a 0.8 mile loop) but great if you want to do some sprints. I did a mile, did four sets of sprints, then continued running til I had done 4 loops. Easy, quick, and a nice way to start the day. Kaitlyn is the newest struggle runner, and I’m so very glad she joined us. :) And I’m ridiculously proud of Caleb and Aaron for sticking it out. We went to sleep pretty late last night but they showed up anyway. A++++ for dedication!

Love your blog about the triathlon. I shared it with several people who helped put it on. Great job!!!! Bo Shirey
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Thank you, Bo!! And thank you for putting on such an awesome event. We certainly look forward to doing it again next year.

Phase 3 Lifting Progress

I did Phase 3 for a while. It was awesome. And then I transitioned to triathlon training, and now I’m moving into half marathon training. But let’s celebrate the progress! I’ll continue lifting while I train for the half, but it won’t be so heavy or so involved. And I’m okay with that. Turns out, I like doing all these different things.

Monday: LEG DAY.

circuits:

3x:

incline single leg press x 10 each side

start: 90lb + sled | end: 180lb + sled

dumbbell lunges x 10 each side

start: 15s | end: 30s

single leg box step ups x 10 each side

3x:

squat jumps x 15

dumbbell straight leg deadlifts x 12

start: 20s | end: 30s

stability ball hamstring curl x 12

3x:

smith machine squat x 12

start: 90lb | end: 180lb

mountain climbers x 30 each side

3x:

weighted hip bridge x 15

start: 25lb plate | end: 45lb plate

split squat x 12 each side

dumbbell front squat x 12

start: 20s | end: 30s

3x:

weighted pullovers x 12

weighted leg lifts x 12

back extensions x 12

I have so many issues with my back that these alternated between weighted and unweighted. I’m actually getting smart about not doing things to injure myself. Who would have thought?

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I realized I don’t have good progress numbers on my upper body stuff because I had to pull back a lot when I hurt my shoulder and it took weeks to get back at it. And then I had to cut it down for the tri training. So I hovered around the same weight for all of it - generally at or a bit above the weights I was at for phases 1 and 2. So I’ll just leave this here for me to reference later.

Wednesday: (Upper Body Push)

circuits:

3x:

alternating stability ball dumbbell chest press x 12

assisted chest to floor pushups x 12

jungle gym strap pushups x 12

3x:

seated dumbbell shoulder press x 12

3-way shoulder combo x 12

smith machine military press x 12

3x:

skull crushers x 12

tricep dip x 12

tricep cable extension x 12

3x:

incline chest fly x 12

cable shoulder press x 12

cable single arm tricep pressup x 8 each arm

3x:

plank x :60

V-ups x 20

superman x 12

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Friday: (Upper Body Pull)

circuits:

3x:

assisted pullup x 12

lat pulldown x 12

cable pulldown x 12

3x:

smith machine row x 12

dumbbell row x 12 each side

standing cable row x 12

3x:

cable bicep curl x 12

bar bicep curl x 12

run the rack dumbbell curl to failure x 3 sets of weights

3x:

straight arm pull down x 12

bullhorn row x 12

dumbbell hammer curl x 12

3x:

mountain climbers x 20

cross body mountain climbers x 20

birddogs x 20

My heart is so happy.
Running is something I never thought I’d be able to do, much less enjoy. I ran for soccer and volleyball practice in high school, but it was miserable and I wanted to cry every time. I could barely make it two laps around the soccer field grandpa shuffling, and suicides (or as the school made us call them, “nationals”) made me feel like the biggest failure in the world.
So the fact that I am able to run is huge. The fact that I’m able to run and enjoy it is monumental. And the fact that I can encourage others to get up at obscene hours and run with me? Well, that part makes me want to cry tears of joy.

This all started because a few friends found out I was running regularly and they wanted to start running too. So I told them they could meet me at the park, we could each do our own thing, and that was that. I was nervous, because I was still afraid of people judging me for how slow and awkward I was. But it turns out, your endorphins are doubled when you have other people there. You are all suffering through the miles, trying to slowly improve. You can talk before and after, stretch, share stories, and before you know it you’ve built a little community.

And that’s what this has turned into. We still meet, do our own thing, and move on with our lives, but it’s more than that. We are all there because we WANT to be. It’s accountability, because you better believe I’m texting them the night before and the morning of to make sure we are on the same page. It’s encouraging to know that when I finish my run, there’s someone there to give me a high five. When my friend finishes her run, I get to swell with pride because I know how much it means to be able to run again. And it’s really, really fun to watch your friend sprint up a hill because he’s just SO pumped to be out there running.

We are all different levels. Some of us can run miles and miles, some of us are just starting out, some of us can run fast, some of us run slow, but we are all runners. We are all out there doing our best, improving bit by bit each week. And there is nothing better than getting to share life and achieve goals with amazing people by your side.

I’m sorry to get all sappy and weird this morning, but I feel like this is one of those moments you have to pause and embrace or you’ll miss it. I’ve been struggling with direction and purpose and I still don’t know what is going on with grad school, but this is it. This is what I want to do. I want to build people up, encourage them, and create this community of people who want to take an intentional grasp of their health. Obviously I can’t make money just running with my friends twice a week, but I can make my heart happy. And for right now, that’s enough. It’s enough to take baby steps towards building a bigger community of intentional living.

So let’s talk about today’s run, shall we? I PR’d my 5k! We ended up pairing off when we started the run. Aaron kept me running fast, and I kept him at a steady pace. We broke off at about a mile and a half, and I was able to keep a strong pace and he was able to run farther than he has before! Everyone did really, really well this morning and I’m SO proud. The weather was amazing too, so that certainly helped. They have also accepted the fact that they WILL have a sweaty selfie taken. It’s nice. haha
Today was just a pure joy run.

As I begin my half marathon training next week, I will be running five days a week. HOO HA. The training plan I’ve picked out keeps my runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays fairly consistent, so I’ll be able to keep running with the FLSR (Forest Lake Struggle Runners….it’s a thing.). I’ll add a link up top to my training program so y’all can see it.
If anyone in Tuscaloosa is interested in joining us, please let me know. I’ve created a facebook group so we can keep up with when/where we are running. If nothing else, knowing other people are expecting you to show up is a serious accountability motivator. Show up, run/walk/crawl however far you want to go, take a selfie and move on. It’s an amazing way to start your day. :)

My heart is so happy.

Running is something I never thought I’d be able to do, much less enjoy. I ran for soccer and volleyball practice in high school, but it was miserable and I wanted to cry every time. I could barely make it two laps around the soccer field grandpa shuffling, and suicides (or as the school made us call them, “nationals”) made me feel like the biggest failure in the world.

So the fact that I am able to run is huge. The fact that I’m able to run and enjoy it is monumental. And the fact that I can encourage others to get up at obscene hours and run with me? Well, that part makes me want to cry tears of joy.

This all started because a few friends found out I was running regularly and they wanted to start running too. So I told them they could meet me at the park, we could each do our own thing, and that was that. I was nervous, because I was still afraid of people judging me for how slow and awkward I was. But it turns out, your endorphins are doubled when you have other people there. You are all suffering through the miles, trying to slowly improve. You can talk before and after, stretch, share stories, and before you know it you’ve built a little community.

And that’s what this has turned into. We still meet, do our own thing, and move on with our lives, but it’s more than that. We are all there because we WANT to be. It’s accountability, because you better believe I’m texting them the night before and the morning of to make sure we are on the same page. It’s encouraging to know that when I finish my run, there’s someone there to give me a high five. When my friend finishes her run, I get to swell with pride because I know how much it means to be able to run again. And it’s really, really fun to watch your friend sprint up a hill because he’s just SO pumped to be out there running.

We are all different levels. Some of us can run miles and miles, some of us are just starting out, some of us can run fast, some of us run slow, but we are all runners. We are all out there doing our best, improving bit by bit each week. And there is nothing better than getting to share life and achieve goals with amazing people by your side.

I’m sorry to get all sappy and weird this morning, but I feel like this is one of those moments you have to pause and embrace or you’ll miss it. I’ve been struggling with direction and purpose and I still don’t know what is going on with grad school, but this is it. This is what I want to do. I want to build people up, encourage them, and create this community of people who want to take an intentional grasp of their health. Obviously I can’t make money just running with my friends twice a week, but I can make my heart happy. And for right now, that’s enough. It’s enough to take baby steps towards building a bigger community of intentional living.

So let’s talk about today’s run, shall we? I PR’d my 5k! We ended up pairing off when we started the run. Aaron kept me running fast, and I kept him at a steady pace. We broke off at about a mile and a half, and I was able to keep a strong pace and he was able to run farther than he has before! Everyone did really, really well this morning and I’m SO proud. The weather was amazing too, so that certainly helped. They have also accepted the fact that they WILL have a sweaty selfie taken. It’s nice. haha

Today was just a pure joy run.

As I begin my half marathon training next week, I will be running five days a week. HOO HA. The training plan I’ve picked out keeps my runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays fairly consistent, so I’ll be able to keep running with the FLSR (Forest Lake Struggle Runners….it’s a thing.). I’ll add a link up top to my training program so y’all can see it.

If anyone in Tuscaloosa is interested in joining us, please let me know. I’ve created a facebook group so we can keep up with when/where we are running. If nothing else, knowing other people are expecting you to show up is a serious accountability motivator. Show up, run/walk/crawl however far you want to go, take a selfie and move on. It’s an amazing way to start your day. :)

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