Sundays are the days that I either set myself up for a good or a bad week. 

Good weeks start with meal prepping and training prepping, being all set to grab and go throughout the week.

Good weeks start with having breakfast,  lunch,  dinner, and snacks prepared and ready to fuel me on demand.

Bad weeks start with me having nothing planned, prepped, or cooked leaving me open to making poor decisions and leaving the door open to under- or over-fuelling.

This week is going to be a good week! Breakfasts, snacks,  lunches are being made and dinners are already in the freezer thanks to a time I cooked a head many meals just in case I enver got too busy.

One prep tip that I have used is that if you have a freezer on hand,  when you make one casserole/pasta/soup based meal, make one for today and another one to freeze in individual portions so that when life gets busy you stay on track!


~The Iron Seashell

This week is a week of pushing through and getting the work done even if I am feeling tired, run down and not in the zone.  After every workout I feel so much better than I did going into it, and remembering that feeling is what is keeping me going day in and day out towards my goals.

I realized a long time ago that there is not one moment in time that things click and you wake up realizing that you have arrived.  You are always someplace on the journey. 

This week I am focusing on little steps and not the longer road ahead.  Monday I spent 2 hours at the gym, 1 hour working out with my trainer, then another hour in yoga as I was so tight that I had to modify a lot of the exercises my PT was having me do. 

Some of the little steps that are adding up quicker than I thought have been in the area of my strength for body work.  I am able to do strict pushups now, the correct way, both wide and narrow. In November I could not do one without being on my knees, and in January I could do them strict form but having to go down all the way to the ground before lifting myself back up.

Last night I made it all the way to bed, as in literally lying in bed under the covers, when I realized that I had no excuse not to whip out a quick booty workout before hitting the hay.  I opened up my Fit Girls Guide 28 Day Jump Start program and did the booty workout of 3 sets of  10 single legged bridges (10 each leg), 30 second swimmers, 20 second wall sits, and 10 sumo squats.  It is amazing how much you can get your HR up with a simple at home circuit! 

After I completed my 3 sets I went to bed feeling accomplished.  2 of 5 days workout completed. 

Tonight is the same as Monday, minus the hour of yoga afterwards, a killer workout of:
  • 10 wide legged squat presses
  • 10 wide legged squat presses + 9 resistance band side turns 
  • 10 wide legged squat presses + 9 resistance band side turns + 8 weighted front lunges
  • 10, 9, 8 + 7 leg walks
  • 10,9,8,7 + 6 side planks
  • 10,9,8,7,6 + 5 push ups (strict!)
  • 10,9,8,7,6,5 + 14 TRX rows
  • 10,9,8,7,6,5,4, + 30 second dead run on treadmill
I am well fuelled, I am ready and I am happy to say day 3 of 5 will be in the books very soon!

Today's take away - when things become overwhelming, focus on the little steps because they really do add up!  Do the work and the results will catch up eventually!

Today I received notice that I was accepted as an ambassador for the Mermaid Club!  I am very excited about this am am looking forward to making some serious waves in the health and wellness sphere this year. 

This comes in addition to my ambassadorship for Ironman's Women for Tri initiative and my being one of 6 on my triathlon team who will be piloting a mentorship for women entering into the sport of triathlon. 

2016 is the year of THEM for me.  I have races and some goals and at the top of that goal list is helping others achieve theirs. Being an overall ambassador for living life and making waves is a great platform to help me achieve this. 

I am back into a groove, learning more every day how to balance school, work, my business, training, and being a wife.  I am looking forward to 2017 and planning my next Ironman, and for this year I am working on regaining some base under me so that 2017 will not suck so badly. :-)

I am deciding between Ironman Chatanooga (September), Ironman North Carolina (October), and Ironman Arizona (November).  It will come down to how long I want to train next year!  I was pretty done by September when I was training for Ironman Florida, so possibly Choo will win out but let's see what new races come out between now and September!