Monday, July 28, 2014

Week 1 Half Marathon Training Recap….and MORE!!!

We're back to another Monday, but instead of relaxing by the pool taking a trip to the beach, I am back to work today. I can't believe the summer is over already. It's crazy how fast it went. But I'm excited to be back and I'm working on my room and getting things ready for Open House. 
I also can't believe I'm on Week 2 of half training. I'm only going to talk about my training briefly since I did share my runs in yesterday's post, but it went really well. I had some really good runs and am pumped for this week's training. My pace was slow but it needed to be. I will get that up.
I also wanted to share something exciting with you. I have just become a #SweatPink Ambassador. 


The Sweat Pink program by Fit Approach is a movement founded by Jamie and Alyse. It's a community of women who are passionate about health and fitness, who are here to inspire and empower women to reach for their goals through healthy habits. It's a community of women who are bold and want to lift others up and help people. It's where tough and pretty meet. 

I am so excited to be part of an amazing group of women that wants to help women become the healthiest person they can be. It's exactly what I strive to do and I can't wait to see where this takes me.

Have you seen the sweatpink hashtag floating around Instagram? What do you think is something empowering women can do to help each other?

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Schweaty Sunday #8

We're back at another Sunday, and not just any Sunday. Today is my last day off before I go back to work tomorrow. While I'm excited to get back to work, I'm also wishing I had a few extra weeks off. I sure am enjoying the time home. I've been spending quality time with TJ and the kids and getting in some great workouts. Speaking of, here's this week's workouts.


Sunday

PiYo:Core. It was definitely a little tougher than I thought but a pretty good way to spend a Sunday.

Monday

I officially began half marathon training with a 3 mile run. I finished the day's workout with some PiYo: Upper Define.



Tuesday

It was new workout day!! PiYo: Buns…wow, what can I say! That workout kick some serious booty, but there was something about it I really liked and am looking forward to doing again.

Wednesday

It another 3 miler today that wasn't bad at all. I maintained my pace, which isn't back to where I was before taking my little running hiatus but it was still a good run, and fir the first time, I had negative splits. Wahoo!!! I came home to do another round of PiYo: Core for the week to round out my day.

Thursday

It took it easy today. Knowing the weekend was going to be full of tougher and longer workouts, after some PiYo: Lower Define, I called my workout for the day done.



Friday


Today was a rest day from PiYo, but I had another 3 miles on the schedule for my half training. I actually didn't want to go. For whatever reason, I just wasn't feeling it, but I went anyway, and I'm glad I did. It went really well and I felt fantastic. It left me with a good feeling for Saturday's long run.

Saturday

Phew! My first long run of half training; a good 5 miler. My target pace was 11:19-11:40. I didn't hit but I pushed myself and I was faster than any of the other runs I had this week, so I was quite happy with it. Once I got home, I still had PiYo to do. Sweat was up today, and boy did I sweat. LOL!! My legs were on fire after the workout. Between a 5 mile run and Sweat, I had some shaky legs when I was done. LOL!


How was your week of workouts? Did you try anything new? How about start training for a fall race?
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Health and Fitness Group

Good morning! I can't believe we're at Thursday already. I also can't believe that I go back to work in just a few short days. This summer has flown by and while I love my job, I wouldn't mind a few more weeks soaking up some family time. But alas, all good things must come to an end. 
But what's not coming to an end yet? Half marathon training and PiYo. While I just started half marathon training, I'm almost to the heart of PiYo. And if you follow me on any of the social media sites, then you know what kind of workouts I'm doing. Some of you may have even commented or liked on them. You have no idea what that means to me when you do. To know you follow me and enjoy when I post my workouts just gives me motivation to do more. I also love checking out workouts that other people have done. It's great seeing so many people getting out and living healthy lives
It's this motivation and inspiration, along with the health and fitness groups I am part of on Facebook to start my own group. And I want to invite you to participate. 


What exactly is it?

I'm so glad you asked. It's a Secret Facebook group for anyone who is looking for support, motivation, encouragement in health and fitness. I feel that becoming a healthy person isn't just about diet and exercise but it also incorporates our mental health, our relationships and our enviroment. In this group, I want people to not support, encourage and motivate each other, but I want us to all learn and become more knowledgable in living a healthy lifestyle. I want us to be able to teach other and help each other become the best possible person we can be. 
This group is a judgement-free place where you can share your goals, your why, your accomplishments and ask advice on situations and problems you're looking to solve. This group will be what you make of it.

What can I look forward to seeing in the group?

I want this group to have information you want to know about. I plan to hold a challenge each month in an effort to help us all achieve healthy lifestyles. The challenges will range in variety from nutrition challenges to fitness challenges to mental challenges. I will share tips, motivational posts and articles, healthy recipes, workouts and more. I will ask you what you want to see and learn. I want you engaged and involved in every step. That does not meant you will have to participate in every challenge though. Those are just fun ways to get us to all step outside of our comfort zones. But who knows, maybe some of the challenges will have proxes, so it might be worth participating in.

How much does the group cost?

FREE!!! It costs you absolutely nothing. 

Are you interested? I'd love to have you join me. Just leave me a comment below, click here to join the group, email me here or at workitmsjackson@gmail.com for more details. 


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Half Marathon Training Has Officially Begun

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then you may have seen I completed my first training run for the Rock N Roll Half in November.


If you don't follow me on either of those you should, just sayin.

My training kicked off on a good note too. I made sure to take it slow, and the run was fabulous. It was humid but it wasn't unbearably hot. I was full of energy. I definitely hope to pick up my slow run speed over the next few months, but right now I'm happy with my run and excited to see how I progress. 

Once I got home I popped in PiYo: Upper Define to finish off the day's workouts. I love getting my workouts in, in the morning. It makes me more productive throughout the day.

Are you training for any races? Have you started training yet? When is your favorite time to workout?
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Schweaty Sunday #7

And we've come to another Sunday, which can only mean one thing, another edition of Schweaty Sunday, where I review my workouts for the week. Go on, take a peak.


Sunday

Today was my last day of 21 Day Fix. It was nice doing Yoga Fix for the last time and seeing the improvements I have made since doing Round 1 in March.

Monday

Today stared PiYo! YAY!! I've only talked about it for what feels like forever and now our PiYo challenge group has begun. Today's workout, Align, didn't really feel like one but that's because it's a 45 minute video where Chalene Johnson covers the basic moves and encourages you to try them so you can get a feel for the program before. I learned a lot. It also made me realize I have a lot more to learn and there is definite work to do but I'm ok with that.

Tuesday

I fell instantly in love with today's workout. It was Lower Define and if you've read my blog long enough, you know lower body workouts are my favorite anyway, but the stretching felt amazing. This is going to be an amazing way to end run days.

Wednesday

Lower body workouts may be my favorite and upper body workouts are definitely not on my fun list, except for Upper Define. While this workout was harder for me, I could see the potential I had and can see how beneficial this will be. I can't believe I'm saying this, but bring on Upper Define. 

Thursday

Today's workout started with PiYo:Sweat. It's more of a tradional PiYo class so is more fast paced and again I was a fan. I won't lie and say I fell out of sync with them from time to time, but I burned some calories and had fun! Today was also the day TJ and I took a trip to Hunting Island, to the place where we got married, to celebrate our anniversary. While out at the beach, I took some time to get an ocean swim in while TJ hung out with Jordyn.


Friday

Today was a rest day and it was much needed. After a busy day Thursday, and not really having a real rest day in a while, I soaked that sucker up. 

Saturday

Today it was back to Lower Define, what is my favorite as of right now. I can already feel myself improving and that puts this girl in a fantastic mood to start her weekend.

How was your week? Did you get some good workouts in? Did you do any celebrating or do anything exciting?
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Friday, July 11, 2014

My Final Thoughts on the 3 Day Refresh

This post is going up a little later than normal, but I had a hubby to brag about it. Hope you don't mind. The day has come where I can bump calories back up and you can hear my thoughts and stats on the challenge! Are you ready?

What do you think? Are short cleanses and clean eating programs for you? Would you to learn more. Click here.
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4 Years!!!!

Today is my and TJ's 4 year anniversary! It's hard to believe it's been 4 years already. He is without a doubt the perfect person for me. He makes me laugh, he makes me smile, he works hard to provide for us, he is so supportive in everything I do and he is an unbelievable father. I could go on and on about how amazing he is, but you might tell me to get a room. LOL! 


While this isn't a milestone in marriage, it is significant for us. This will be our last anniversary so close to where we got married, on Hunting Island in South Carolina. TJ works at both of his jobs today so we celebrated yesterday on the island where our marriage officially began. It's one of favorite beaches and being back brings back so many fantastic memories. I will truly miss that beach when we move but one final trip was totally worth it.
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