Trying Something New

I haven’t been happy with where I’m at with my body…I know I have weight to lose, but it’s hard!! Why is it so easy to gain 10 lbs. and so hard to lose it? I’ve written about this before, and nothing has really changed since then. Part of the issue has been my long distance training.

Jess, of Blonde Ponytail, recently discussed this on her blog. She decided to mainly focus on strength training workouts as opposed to running because of the effect it had on fat loss. I know that if I want to lose fat and get lean, focusing more on strength is key. But at the same time, I love running and every time I’ve decided to focus on lifting, I end up missing running and training for a race. I like pushing myself and seeing if I can get better in the half and full marathon.

This is the catch 22. Run, or lift and lose fat. Some people are able to do both and stay lean, but I know I can’t, and have figured that out throughout the past few years.

So right now I am just switching my routine all around. I always did heavier lifting – a set number of reps and sets. But I’ve been trying circuit training for time since last week and man is it killer! I was sore for days after a leg circuit. I am hoping this 1) helps me lose body fat and 2) the plyo movements will help me get faster with running. I’m currently not really running that much, just a few times a week. I don’t know if I’m doing a spring half yet so I haven’t been as diligent.

I just want to lose around 15 lbs by the summer time. I have a wedding to go to in February, so any small change before that would be nice, and I’ll be going on vacation in July. I know that to many I’m not “overweight” but for me, I’m at the heaviest I’ve ever been. My bodyfat % in relation to my height and weight is high. I need to change that. 

Which leads me to my next change…

I’m going to try eating meatless meals a few times a week. I’m not going full blown vegetarian or anything (don’t think I could ever do that), but I know I could benefit from focusing on increasing my vegetable intake. Some nights when I’m too lazy to cook, dinner is mainly meat, sauce and pasta or rice. Another thing I need to change as well! So I found a bunch of recipes I want to try, which I’ll share with you below as well. 

I don’t think going meatless is the means to weightloss, but I know that it will encourage me to eat healthier and it does impact our environment as well. Plus, it won’t hurt to cut out hormone-laden chicken and meat from my diet (because I don’t buy grass fed or organic chicken, but do plan on going Trader Joe’s more often to do so).

Okay, here are some recipes I want to try!

I really need some recipes to try out…preferably one a meat eater would love too since Dan is kind of a picky eater :) So please leave a comment below with a recipe if you have one you’d like to share!

When you’ve felt unhappy with yourself, what kind of changes did you make?

How did you motivate yourself to keep going despite it taking time to get back to where you want to be? 


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  1. Mmmm, Mexican Quinoa, that sounds good! We all go in and out of phases of self-confidence and insecurity, where we just don’t feel like the person we want to be – physically and/or mentally – you are SO not alone! Setting goals is good, but personally, I find that when I focus on a weight, I lose my motivation. When I make it about fun, health and feeling good, everything magically shifts! If you aren’t feeling it with weight-lifting, change up your style or switch to another weight-bearing activity. Find something that keeps you motivated. I’m not a big fan of long stints in the gym, so I do just a few different weight moves, focusing on different parts of the body, each day of the week. It mixes things up and makes it much quicker than the 2 or 3 days a week of 30 to 60 minute straight weight sessions!
    Alisa @ Go Dairy Free recently posted…Creamy Anti-Inflammatory Salad Dressing or SauceMy Profile

    • Thanks ALisa! That’s actually what I’m focusing on now (30 minutes workouts as opposed to 1+ hours). And while it feels weird to me, I really do enjoy it. I am working out at a higher intensity and for less time. I feel like I should do more but we’ll see how this goes for now. I’m enjoying it!

  2. I am in the same boat as you! I am about 10 pounds over my race weight from fall of 2012 when I was busting out half marathons every weekend in the low 1:50 range. I did my first full in January 2013 and then a few others and an ultra over the next couple years and my body totally changed. I am focusing on the half and shorter distance this year and with that increasing the strength training to back where I was at then. Lifting heavy was not only more successful in leaning me out back then but made me faster. A win win!
    Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat recently posted…Embracing the SuckMy Profile

    • I need to increase my weight lifting as well. Last year I got to a point where I was lifting the heaviest I had ever been! Though once I started long distance training it all just fell by the wayside because it’s so hard to balance both!

  3. Man you are preaching to the choir. I still have weight to lose from a 20 pound weight gain last year. It is extremely frustrating. I feel it and it is discouraging since it’s not like I sit around and do nothing. I work out, I run, I try to eat healthy…but the weight just keeps creeping up. If you find the answers please share!
    Daisy @ Fit Wanderlust Runner recently posted…Carlsbad Half Marathon Race RecapMy Profile

    • Exactly!! I workout every day yet still gained weight or am not losing weight. I mean, yeah it’s probably because I’m not eating as CLEAN as I should but still frustrating. Really hoping I can lose 15-20 lbs by summer.

  4. Don’t be too hard on yourself! I think switching up your routine is a fantastic thing to try nonetheless! Everyone should and it will of course bring changes! Just keep trying new things and doing what feels right though! XOXO
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine recently posted…Black Garlic Shishito Verde ChickenMy Profile

  5. Don’t be so hard on yourself. I think switching up your routine will really help and make subtle changes and you’ll get there. Just don’t stop moving forward. ;)
    Jamie King recently posted…Butter beans & kale saladMy Profile

  6. I’m echoing Jamie’s comments above. While I think that you’re likely to get some good results by switching it up, I’d hate to see you give up on something you truly love because you’re focused on weight/body fat. It’s so much easier to stick with exercise if we enjoy it, right?
    Tamara recently posted…Not your usual New Year’s Resolution post | fitness goals with soulMy Profile

    • I agree…I don’t want to give up running. Though I know I need to lift more in general. I love lifting as well though so it’s good…I just hate that running will never have the weightloss effect for me (in fact, the opposite) because I do love it!

  7. I definitely feel that switching it up can help you get out of your funk, pinpoint what isn’t working, and maybe shock your body. And you’ll get to come up with fun new recipes too!
    Susie @ SuzLyfe recently posted…Online Personal Training Services and ProcessMy Profile

  8. Good luck! My biggest word of advice is to put together a plan, find a support system, weigh yourself once a week not daily, and good luck!
    Ash bear recently posted…Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon Training – Week 11My Profile

  9. Totally agree with what others said. Mixing it up is good – and definitely something that I need to do too. It’s so easy to get comfortable with our routine. But you can totally do it! Good luck!
    Christine @ Love, Life, Surf recently posted…What ingredients make up your wellness story?My Profile

  10. i think it’s important to try new things and food to see what works best for you. I think you look great but if you want to lose weight for health, then go for it!

  11. It’s truly all about balance. I run far less now than I used to, yet I’m faster and stronger. It’s all thanks to strength training! I think it’s great you are going to try more meatless meals. I’m a vegetarian myself, 2.5 years into that journey, and I’ve never felt better. Pinterest is a lifesaver for me with recipes!
    RFC recently posted…130 Laps.My Profile

    • I found a bunch on Pinterest I’m excited to try! only hard part will be the fact that my BF loves to eat meat and chicken so I’ll have to find recipes that I can add in meat for him.


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