Tuesday, October 11, 2016

New Race, New PR

 So much has been going on since the last time I posted, I keep telling myself that I will start posting weekly but man..days and weeks seem to fly by. One thing I am so thankful for is that it is finally FALL and the weather is finally cooling off. This means perfect running weather! I have been taking advantage of this every chance I can get. This past weekend was super busy as they all are. I ran in a 5k on Saturday, the race was new to me and the route was beautiful with hardly any incline....which means a perfect time to set a new PR. I try not to check my watch when I am running in a race because I tend to get a little crazy and want to run as fast as I can then I get tired...I'm slowly making progress and learning how to listen to my body. I'm so pumped that I came in 3rd in my age division. The picture below is the first 5k I ran on the left (April) and the one I ran in Saturday on the right! Probably about a 35lb difference which I credit to weightlifting and macros. I was wearing an XXL and now am comfortably wearing a L. Its always nice to be able to wear smaller clothes however sometimes its more motivating to take measurements instead..especially if you do not see the scale moving. In other news...I am all about holidays with Halloween and pumpkin spice season being no exception. I mean...can we talk about this Halloween tank from target!
Dogwood Days 5k/W.C. Lumberjack 5k
One of my goals has always been to be a better runner, and in order to do this I need to keep pushing myself out of my comfort zone; meaning running faster, and running longer distances. I am so lucky to have such a good group of friends that helps keep me motivated and always wanting to do more! About a month ago I decided I wanted to sign up for my first half marathon. I always said I was going to do one but when it came to committing my time and my money I was so nervous. So now we have an awesome training calendar thanks to Tara and I officially took the plunge and am running in the Route 66 Half in November. All of this added running means I need new gear for the fall/winter weather. In addition to keeping myself safe I also need to make sure I am warm enough. With the time changing I need things that are reflective since a lot of time when I/we run it is dark outside.
It is really important to keep up with your mileage on your running shoes. I thought my old faithfuls could get me through another race until I figured out I had ran over 350 miles in them..yea..they need to be replaced. I will forever and always talk about how I love Saucony and how they feel like your running on air. I always get excited over what color I am going to choose..and the winner is....
The rest of my weekend consisted of grocery shopping, meal prep, and cleaning. We are still loving our home chef subscription at my house however we still need some staples and things for lunch. If any of you are interested in Home Chef feel free to contact me and I have a code for $30 off your first order...which is a pretty sweet deal and they have amazing customer service. Not to mention the meals are tasty.
 For my lunches this week I found a macro friendly soup recipe on Pinterest. Something about cooler weather just makes me want soup. The macros on this serving are stellar coming in at 3f/10c/31p for a 2 cup serving. I pair it with some cheese or deli meat and omg! I keep telling myself its as good as chicken and dumplings lol.
 recipe

October is in full force and here are a few goals:
  •  Increase mileage without slowing pace
  • 1 1/2 gallons of water daily
  • Workout 6 out of 7 days a week
  • 10 lbs




Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What I'm Thinking - Wednesday

So much has been going through my mind since school has started back and everyone is back in their normal routines. With everyone's schedules being hectic one thing I am thankful for is meal prep!!! Having everything already portioned and weighed makes my whole life so much easier and helps me stay on track. When I don't have things prepped I feel like I could eat everything in the pantry all at once! Something new that I have added to make my life tons easier is a Home Chef subscription. They have tons of options from low cal to low carb. I log in a pick my meals and they are delivered to my door step. The meals average out to be $9,95 each and are tasty...another plus is the macros are already figured..holla!!!! This is our dinner from last night..Korean Mahi Mahi.
Since I last blogged I have started back running and my ankle is feeling tons better...still a little funky at time but nonetheless I am crushing my early morning workouts. Yoga is still amazing and provides me with much more than a good workout. Our flow last night was geared more toward relaxation and was right on with my needs this week. Yoga offers me a time to clear my head and exist in the moment. It doesn't matter if I am at class or practice at home..it has given me a new outlook on my body and life in general. Because yoga is a must...every day.
I feel like so many times I get asked about loosing weight, what am I doing, what do I eat, the list goes on and on.. which for all of this I am extremely thankful. I truly want to spread my love for fitness for all to hear. It is so hard to not get hung up on that "magic" number that you want to weigh on the scale...I often have to remind myself that while I am on this journey. A healthy lifestyle is SOO much more than that. It is not just about a number. It is about living a healthy lifestyle...one that I am proud of and want my son to grow up with. He deserves more, and I deserve more. Our bodies are an amazing thing and take so much abuse whether it be from bad habits, or lack of exercise. It is never to late to start..you just have to make that one simple step. Try not to think about the number of pounds you want to use..its one choice at a time, one day at a time, one meal at a time. My point in sharing this is that you need to love yourself for you..not a stereotype..if you are not happy with something you have to power to change it. That is why I choose happiness, a healthy lifestyle, and strong over skinny. I an totally trusting my body on this journey and where it takes me. I still find myself looking in the mirror and taking a second look...thinking "Who is this girl?" followed by "I'm killin' it" lol...there may be a flex break thrown in there every now and then hah!
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With our farewell to summer bring on pumpkin spice errr thing!!! This basic girl is ready for it all (in moderation of course). I'm going to have to remind myself in a few weeks to spare myself from the pumpkin pie quest bars...they are pretty terrible!!!!
Don't forget to set goals and hold yourself accountable...after all you are your biggest supporter!!!!





Monday, August 15, 2016

Life Lately

Hey Hey! You know when people are asking when your next blog will be up you have waited entirely too long to post! My apologies. Life lately has been a world wind that's for sure. Summer has officially come to an end in the Bullock household and we are in "back to school" mode. The end of July and beginning of August definitely started out with a bang..not! There have been a couple of major disappointments in my fitness journey lately. I wasn't able to run the Watermelon Crawl due to having issues with my knee..well if that wasn't enough I didn't take it easy like I should so a couple of weeks later I ended up hurting my ATFL ligament at yoga...of all places. I heard a popping sound and my butt hit the mat! Needless to say this has forced me to lay of almost all cardio for over two weeks. I figure this time I should take it easy seeing as I just keep pushing myself and injuring myself all at the same time. I took 1 week off from the gym. This was probably the hardest thing I have done! Coming from someone that used to LOVE sitting on their butt and making them now sit on their butt is pretty miserable. I'm simply not the same person I used to be. So it has been lots of ice and wet heat over here.
I ran for the first time in several weeks today, and it felt so good but sucked so bad all at the same time! Before summer break was over some of my close friends and I felt the need to have a girls day, which was much needed. Lets just say this group of ladies and I all share one (well maybe a lot) of things in common. We love fitness! They keep me grounded and push me when I need it the most (which is always). They are a part of my fitness journey and a big part of my life. I don't know what I would do without these ladies! I love each of you so much.
My August goals were to 1. Loose 20lbs (which wont happen due to injury) but I am still pushing to loose as much as possible. 2. Implement more clean eating 3. 6 workouts a week 4. work on increasing mileage on my runs 5. Hit my macros EVERY day 6. MEAL PREP
All of my goals for the month are right on track, something about knowing all of my food is weighed to perfection for the next day just makes me giddy. Take that macros! This lifestyle of mine takes work and time but it is OH SO worth it. Lets talk action shots...picture like this used to make me cringe! Now..I'm like so what! 200lb deadlift after a killer leg day the day before..I will take that. No complaints here. Lifting heavy makes feel like a beast. However I am learning the importance of high rep/low weight sets as well...something I need to implement more in my workouts.
One thing that remains the same...day by day..if you have a negative mind no matter what it is in regards to you are just setting yourself up for failure. You have to know that you will succeed, everyones journey is different which makes it beautiful. Watching my body change is definitely rewarding but knowing my whole outlook on life has changed is the icing on the cake.
Many of you have asked about macros, nutrition, etc...I will be writing a post about that soon! Comment below if there is anything else you would like to see on the blog :) .




Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Out of Sorts

      The past couple of weeks, well past month has been absolutely a whirlwind. Things have been out of sorts and with that I have been eating for convenience more and my workout schedule has been nothing short of all over the place. Anytime something changes with my food or workout routine I get all up in the air for fear of regressing, or gaining weight. I still have been counting macros and yes there has been a treat here or there..but I am proud to say that the inches have kept coming off and my weight is still coming down. Now, if I had been going hard core like normal the numbers would reflect that..however they didn't go up and in my eyes that is a win. Sometimes I still look in the mirror and am absolutely shocked at what I see...I mean..I actually have a shape that isn't round or square lol. I am getting stronger and all those are signs of progress.
Today I was pumped to go to the gym..bag in hand I get there and what do you know..I cant find my access card. So I went to another gym that I do not usually go to for lack of equipment. I do have to say I was pleasently impressed because the old me would have just driven back to the house..I would have been scared of people looking at me in a new place or been to timid to use anything. When I got there first thing I noticed was they have tons of new weightlifting equipment and some stuff from rogue as well #winning. I followed my normal plan, plus cardio and then incorporated ropes with the seconds app. Killer! Sweat dripping all over like a dude haha! You know when you leave feeling like a beast you have had a good workout.


The second that that helps keep me going when the pounds are slower to come off is the size of clothing I wear now to what I wore before I started. It is important to look for the non-scale victories (NSV). In my opinion they are just as important and a great place to look when you need motivation...I mean talk about this pant comparison. Size 24 to a juniors 13. Now..I cant wear a 12/13 in every brand..but for the most part I can. Sometimes I put my big mama pants on for fun and still am shocked at how my big ol' square butt used to fill them up. Again another reminder as to why I started to begin with.
In other no-fitness related news our chocolate lab- Ranger, had to have his tail docked today. His tail got shut in the door almost three weeks ago and this dog just WOULD NOT leave it alone. Poor thing, we tried stitches and everything else. So he is trying to get all the sympathy around here...Brantley is also devastated that his tail is gone and wants it to grow back..pretty sure it doesn't work like that son!
As I said the past month has hard in ways other than dealing with my weight loss journey. My grandfather has been sick for quite some time and on Sunday he passed away. It doesn't seem to matter how much notice you have grief is still something for me that is hard to process. In the past days and the ones to come I am keeping my focus on all the good memories and knowing that he is no longer in pain. I do have to say I have the best family and friends that have and continued to support me for this and for you all I am forever grateful. Chief, you meant many things to many people. Times like these I have to give my troubles to God, for he will guide me even when I can not see.


Thursday, July 7, 2016

My Weight Loss Story, One Year In

    As long as I can remember I have always super puffy pink heart *loved* food. Also as long as I can remember I have always had an issue with my weight, I would crash diet try the newest fad and then gain every bit of it back and then some. All of my adult life I have been overweight. In 2011 my husband and I found out we were pregnant with Brantley. Children were always in our future however I kept telling myself I wanted to loose weight before I got pregnant to avoid problems ...well guess what..I didn't! Big shock. I had not kept one promise to myself dealing with weight loss. EVER. While I was pregnant I gained around 70lbs and for someone who was already considered obese...that was the last thing I needed to do..and yet I was still oblivious to the real problem, my addiction with food. Yes  I said it. I have a problem with food. Every emotion imaginable I would eat, and eat, and eat some more. I had tons of problems while in labor with my son, most all of them stemmed from me being severely overweight. Of course at the time I made up 1,000 other excuses as to why all of this was happening. The months, even years following delivery I was unhappy, miserable, and depressed. I couldn't stand the person I had become. I was sick ALL the time, I hurt all over, and I was tired. I would sweat through my clothes and everything else was ALWAYS everyone else's fault! I was unhappy. My husband always takes pictures and snapped this gem of me...
That chair right there...is supposed to fit two people and by the looks of it I filled that thing up with my big ol' fat butt. This...was still not enough for me to change..over the next year I began to follow fitness blogs and envied all of these amazing women accomplishing all of these amazing things. I wanted to be like them..but didn't know how. However I knew I needed to pull up my big girl panties and figure it out! My child, husband, family...they all deserved better. I deserved better! I fianlly opened up and told my mom how much I weighed, with tears in my eyes I felt so helpless and scared. I was 27 years old and I had to make changes, changes I was not sure if I was even capable of doing on my own. The next week I went to SNAP (our local gym) where I met Tara, someone whom I have known all my life but had never really had a conversation with. She listened, she made me set goals, and she showed me the ropes of the gym. Over the past year she has given me so much but most of all I cherish her friendship. She has been there, even when I was crying because I could not eat queso dip at a mexican restaurant (yes..legit crying over cheese). We worked out almost every day together last summer. After starting to workout I knew I needed a complete overhaul in my diet. So I started eating Paleo. My first goal was to lose 30lbs in 3 months, those 3 months flew by and that was one goal accomplished. Since then I have ran 5k's, I lift heavy, I go to yoga now 3 times a week, and I have lost over 120lbs. I now count Macros (which will be another blog post) and follow a lifting schedule. I am in the gym 6 days a week and log all of my food.
You see, I am no where near where I want to be....yes I have lost over 100lbs in a year but I feel like I have been given a new lease on life...I can run after my son, I can sit in any chair I want without it breaking, I feel like I am finally able to be myself again. I'm not sick all the time, and I only really sweat from a killer workout. For years I looked to other people to motivate me when I needed to motivate myself. I needed to love me...and for years I didn't. I was broken. But honey let me tell you..the new me has never loved living so much. My current goal is to lose 40 more pounds by the end of September and start working towards running my first half  marathon. 
Seeing this really makes me wonder...what took me so long to get to this place. I still struggle every day mentally with food and what are the right choices for me. This is so much more than a diet (that term just ticks me off). This is a lifestyle..and one that I am passionate about living.
I will leave you with this...Are you where you want to be in life? Is there something you have always wanted to accomplish? Don't wait for Monday, or a New Years resolution. Why not start now? It all starts with one choice, one day at a time. You are absolutely capable of doing anything your heart desires. It requires effort, and dedication on days all you want to do is sit on your butt...but I promise you it is worth it, and it is so rewarding. 




 Now go get after those goals! 


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Mini Vacay and Struggles

This week we took Brantley on a mini vacay to Great Wolf Lodge, the best idea ever! We all had a blast. In the past traveling to new places always meant eat all the food! This usually included huge portions of pasta or something comparable. Now when I leave home over night I actually worry about the choices I will make etc. Even after a year on this journey I still struggle with temptation on things I don't need, yes I know "everything in moderation" but that's just not how I roll. I need to be cut off lol! One evening we went to Cheesecake Factory...and I got my beloved Vietnamese Summer Rolls, soo good. Brant loves CF just as much as I do.
Of course after dinner it was water park and more water park. It has probably been ten years since I felt comfortable in a bathing suit, or been on any sort of ride. But let me tell you...it was water slide after water slide! Being able to chase after my son in a bathing suit up and down flights of stairs makes all of my sacrifices worth it, Which really they are not sacrifices in my opinion any more. I have chosen to totally change my lifestyle from sedentary to active as well as eat a healthy diet. I had forgotten how much fun it was to actually have fun!

Of course after hours of swimming we found a wolf sabre! Build your own I might add...he was in heaven.
By the time we left for home I had already eaten the protein bars and snacks I had packed...hello gas station food! Still doing my best to make healthy choices. Gotta hit my macros.
Speaking of macros....I have seen so many ladies talk about these thin oreos. I used to super puffy heart love oreos. The macros on these aren't terrible and I love them! However I wake up thinking about these bad boys...they've gotta go! Seriously about to throw them in the trash so I won't eat them!


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Beginnings

Hey Y'all!

I am more than excited to start my new blog. It is something that I have thought about doing for quite some time however didn't know where to start. After some research here I am! hah!

Some of you may be following my fitness journey on Instagram (@mallareymb). Instagram is where I share the most regarding all things fitness however I am thrilled at the opportunity to share it now in more ways then just pictures. I have found so much support via social media and have received tons of advice and inspiration along the way as well.

I am looking forward to sharing more soon! Taking you guys with me will definitely be a bonus!
What are you looking forward to most about this summer?

XOXO Mallarey
"The Fit Okie"