2023 week 8: stand back up

Last week I finally got myself out of the rut I’d been in for FAR TOO LONG! Since Thanksgiving I have put on 17 pounds and while I don’t put a lot of energy into monitoring my weight, I knew I needed to take note of my weight change because I’ve noticed the clothes fitting tighter, the belly getting in the way for some yoga moves that used to be much easier to do with a flatter belly, and everything being a bit more challenging as I carry the extra weight. So I am on a mission to get myself back on track, lose the extra pounds, reestablish a solid workout routine, and stop consuming those extra + unnecessary calories. Perimenopause has definitely been a factor in all of this, but I am not willing to allow that be the excuse for all of this, so it is time to figure out what works best for my body in this changing time. Oh…and finally deciding what the first half of my 2023 racing schedule will look like has definitely helped with the motivation to get me moving consistently again.

“When life knocks you down, your only option is to stand back up. Whatever you do, do not stay down and just wish things would get better. Go out there and start making them better.”

~NIkki Banas/Walk the Earth

Swim highlights: 9750 yards

Lots of time in the chlorine last week preparing for my first ever swim meet. Yes, you read that correctly, I will compete in my first ever swim meet next month. When was the last time you did something for the first time?!

I am willing to show up and blow up to explore where my edge is. ⚡️

Bike highlights: 162 miles + 20:16:59 hours in February

Thanks to the Hardcoeur coaches that coach the Coeur Velo Virtual Club, I was challenged more than I’ve been challenged in a LONG time on the bike. I was definitely exploring where my edge was for each of these workouts and I’m proud of what I accomplished mentally, emotionally, and physically while on the bike last week.

This morning’s ride was SUPER CHALLENGING. I’m certain that if I was doing this ride on my own that I likely would have backed down, taken it off ERG mode and not worked as hard, and allowed my recent illness to be an excuse for why I couldn’t hold these targets. Thanks to the Coeur Velo ladies and watching them all work hard, I stayed connected to my effort, stayed committed to giving my best on this day, stayed focused on the interval I was in, stuck with it, and persevered! Ladies, if you are looking for a new + fun way to challenge yourself on the bike, join the Coeur Virtual Velo Club and come ride with us!

I am willing to show up and blow up to explore where my edge is. ⚡️

Run fun: 16.1 miles

I had a tough run on Wednesday that I really doubted I could successfully complete. Good thing doubt isn’t a problem because I nailed it! I’m sure my new kicks helped also!

Today I took my new Newton Running shoes the distance!

I am willing to show up and blow up to explore where my edge is. ⚡️ And today I learned my edge is a bit farther away than I thought it was.

Snowshoe adventures: 0 miles

I’m beginning to think that our snowshoe adventures may be done for the season. We got some more winter weather last week, but it was an ice storm with VERY LITTLE snow. It isn’t often that Iowa State University cancels in person classes (requiring them to be taught online) + requesting employees to work remotely, but that happened last week.

Weekly Totals: 18 hours & 26 minutes

15 minutes of core strength daily
3×30 minutes of full body strength

2×30 minutes of yoga

Attitude of Gratitude:

Someone didn’t feel well, so I got LOTS of snuggles from her. Thankfully she is back to her normal, happy, healthy self. 🐶🥰
Finished this puzzle just in time for the new ones to arrive.
All the snuggles! 🐶🥰
The ice just kept coming! Thankfully we never lost power and the temps were warm enough over the weekend for it to completely melt it all.
Some new fun arrived in the mail!
So excited to represent Coeur Sports for year my 9th year! 💙
Eeeekkkk…my new Coeur Sports team gear finally arrived! SO excited for race season! 💙
Thanks to Normatec for getting my squeeze on!
Lots of sparkle due to the ice storm we had on Wednesday + Thursday last week 💙
8 wonderful miles with my pack on a beautiful Sunday morning! 💙 #grateful

What are you highlights from week 8 of 2023?

2 thoughts on “2023 week 8: stand back up

  1. The scale can be a tricky thing, but the information can helpful if you’re looking to feel more comfortable in your skin and your clothes. Hopefully you’ll find the right balance 🙂

    Have you read Next Level by Selene Yeager and Stacy Sims? I bought the ebook on sale, but haven’t read it yet. I’m 45 and know that I need to prepare for the next stage in life and want to have as much information as I can so I can make good choices.

    Have a great week!

    1. Agreed!

      I haven’t read it, but it is on my “to read” list. I will be 46 next week and am noticing all kinds of changes, so I’ll be reading it sooner than later!

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