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When Your Focus Changes , People Notice 

* Harsh language in post!

So , as I’m sure many of you have noticed – my focus has changed. I’m concentrating more on lifting than I am running. I know people have noticed because I’ve lost many “runner” followers on social media. So what does this mean to me? 

Not a fucking thing! 

I am Dawn, I am the same person I was when I was running and the fact you no longer find my content interesting I’m giving Zero Fucks! 

So for all you new followers – Welcome! I still recipe destroy , I still give my opinions on stuff and I still workout. 

My biggest changes lately is in my nutrition – I’ve almost completely forgotten the fact that I’m a RNY patient . I focus solely on hitting my macro targets from my peeps over at Avatar Nutrition. I’m on a reverse diet and I’m eating 2065 calories a day – my bariatric surgeon would lose his mind . My last check in with Avatar looked like this Weigh in day.

But what does all this eating mean? Well number 1 , I am adequately fueled for my lifts which are getting bigger each week! I started out squatting 95lbs and today I did 185lbs​

Also this week I PR’d my deadlift at 245lbs 

Go Me! I feel good , I eat good and I look good (strong) 

At this point I’m almost considering NOT running my 100k trail race in May simply because I don’t want to. It just doesn’t interest me at all right now. So if this means I’m no longer allowed to be friends with my running crew- then I guess we were never really friends to begin with right? 

All I can say is what I’ve always said “Just Do You ” who the hell cares. I am not defined by the number of followers I have – if this paid my bills then maybe I would? At this point in my life my focus is to just be the healthiest fittest 47 year old me I can be! 

So to all my friends out there thanks for sticking with me because who knows what I’ll get myself into in the near future? Change is good! 

This Isn’t A Weight Loss Challenge 

Week 8 

#250kchallenge and I’m mentally beat up. I keep seeing other people who are participating and their results are amazing, I’m not seeing the same with me. What I need to get into my head is what this challenge means to me. 

THIS ISNT A WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE. 

I am doing this challenge for myself and I want to grow my muscles and physique into something it has never been, strong. 

Since being a part of Avatar Nutrition I’ve learned about the importance of actually feeding/fueling your body. Weeks 6 & 7 I changed my goal to fat loss and guess what , I weighed in at 183 for week 8. I gained weight on reduced calories/macros. My body was not ready for this nor was my metabolism. I decided immediately that I needed to reverse diet and bring my macros up to jump that metabolism. 


I feel frustrated because in my head I think that 8 weeks of serious changes in my diet and 5x a week heavy lifting I should magically have muscles. That’s not the case and I realize it takes time, this is a journey. 

Week 8 also had me out with pneumonia so I did 1 workout and no cardio because I had only 1 functioning lung. 

Week 9 begins today and I feel a bit better about it . I’m really looking forward to ending this challenge so I can stop comparing my progress to others. I’m also going to change up my workouts a bit, taking away PH3 and starting Lee Labrada 12 week lean program which are all found on the bodyspace app for Bodybuilding.com 

Weigh in is Thursday so I’m hoping to have lost some weight in order to get my macros up even more! Here’s to more carbs! 

Alpha Female Week 3 Progress Pics 

Stats 

Before Weight 175.2 

Today’s Weight 174.6 

Coach changed my macros this week when I asked about lowering carbs and increasing fat. We changed them to these macros

P 175g

C 125g

F 71g 

I need to drink about 3-4 protein shakes a day to hit my macros on protein as I simply can’t eat that much. 

So we made some new changes for weeks 4-6 and I’m now increasing my carbs 

160g P 

150g C

56g F 

Here’s  the pics from weeks 1-3

Not sure I’m seeing much change but I’m only through the first phase. This week marks phase 2 and new workouts, more sets and heavier weights. 

The lifting part I’m loving and I like challenging myself to go heavier. This phase also incorporates HIIT on the treadmill which is awesome because it makes that 20 minutes fly by! 

So let’s see what happens this week, let’s hit those macro targets, let’s build some muscle and make some gains.

Day 6 – Rest Day 

Whoo hoo! First week of lifting has ended and guess what – the freakin scale moved

Weigh in 173.2 A whole freaking pound! 

So guess what I had for breakfast 

Damn straight I had a donut for breakfast – it’s cheat day!

Took the girls shopping for my cardio today 

Lunch was at the mall so I made a decent choice with a Subway 6in turkey sub. 


Mama got more plates so she can lift heavy! 

Supper was shit – stopped on the highway and ate a Whopper 😬 oh well ! 

Tomorrow is another rest day and meal prep day so grocery shopping will be done! 

Happy Saturday y’all! 

#liftheavy 

#eatyourmacros 

Running trumps weights

  Ok , I’ve had a change of heart. 

I need to run all the miles and decrease the time spent in the gym. Yesterday I had my first ever Long run post boot/cast and it was magical! 

   
  I ran/slogged my way through 17 freaking miles!  

 
I have now realized that I no longer worry about my mins/miles , my pace but more about time on my feet. I am not a sprinter or a 5k runner – I don’t Do fast. I want to be alone with my thoughts, singing my heart out just focusing on covering distance and being upright! 

So does this mean No More Lifting? No way! It’s just not going to be my focus at the moment. Winter was awful here and I spent no time outdoors logging miles and now that spring has finally sprung – I want to enjoy it and be out there Running! 

I will continue doing as much of the LiveFit program from home and I will find ways to substitute the machine exercises – I have resistance bands here. 

I will work on my core and upper body and let running be my leg day! 

So guess what, it’s now Run O Clock ! 
Happy feet away! 

LiveFit Program Round 2

*This post has been written as part of the GoodLife Fitness blog ambassador program and all opinions expressed are my own.

 

Summer is coming and that means 1 thing…..bathing suit season!

Oh Boy! This girl has some work to do. My running is going well and I am still running all the scheduled races this spring/summer but I need to seriously start back on my lifting program. The program I love and have used previously is Jamie Easson’s LiveFit trainer.

So it looks like I will be spending lots of time at GoodLife Fitness over the next 12 weeks!

So I stepped on the scale today at 172lbs eek not what I want to see and I did some pre photos. 

 
Lots of work to do! Here is what the program called for today 

   
Done! FYI I cannot do push ups and I suck at them but I will get there. The program calls for no cardio during the initial phase but I have to run for my training so I will continue and I won’t run on leg days. 

Meal plan will stay the same – Vegan! However I will be focusing more on the fresh veggies and increased water consumption. 

Here’s to the next 12 weeks friends – lift heavy run hard. 

WLS patients – Don’t Fear Gains 

I see a lot of social media posts from my fellow bariatric patients who freak out that they start gaining weight when they train with weights. 

I am not a licensed or even educated person on this but I do have some history to share! 

My very first bariatric procedure was done in 1998 and was a Vertical Banded Gastroplasty. They literally cut my stomach apart and created a very small outlet via mesh banding to reduce my stomach content. I almost died because of this surgery. That’s a long story which can be told another time. I lost a lot of weight but I was sick, skinny and scrawny. I was not healthy or fit. I lived on liquids and consumed hardly any protein. 

I had this procedure reversed 10 years later and gained 100lbs in a year. My body held onto any and every calorie you gave it. The WLS patient in me Freaked Out!! I was fortunate enough to meet a very skilled surgeon in the US who agreed to take me on, Ontario Bariatric clinics wouldn’t touch me. 

I had a revised RNY Gastric Bypass in 2010 and I vowed that I would not become skinny or scrawny or sickly! I was doing this the right way. I lost 144lbs  

 
At my lowest I was 140lbs post op plastics and I was thin ( for me ) so I decided that besides running/cardio I would pick up some weights. First I did Crossfit and man oh man that put me in great shape 

 
I started to gain weight, I kinda freaked out but it wasn’t a lot so I was cool. Then I had to quit Crossfit because I just couldn’t do that and run races – my body hates me! So I started lifting weights at the gym. I followed Jamie Easson’s LiveFit trainer program on my Bodyspace app and my body started to change  

 
Wow! I was looking thinner but fitter? I had gained weight! It was muscle weight! I felt great and had so much energy and I was heavier! If you strength train I suggest you ditch the scale for at least a month, take measurements and then recheck them in 4 weeks. You will be surprised! I am now sitting anywhere between 163-170lbs ( which is a little high as I’d like to be around 155) but I feel good. I feed my body good wholesome foods , I run and lift weights.  

 
I do not religiously weigh myself and freak out. I have broken up with my scale. I’ve never wanted to look skinny, that wasn’t the reason I had WLS. I wanted to be healthy and I have achieved that.

So please don’t worry about the numbers on a scale when you are on this journey. In the beginning I know the numbers are all the matters but when you are in the maintence phase you need to decide what is most important. Fit and healthy or skinny ? Your choice! 

Injured? Don’t couch it, move it!

*This post has been written as part of the GoodLife Fitness blog ambassador program. All opinions expressed are my own.

Are you suffering from an injury and can no longer participate in your sport of choice?

Don’t become a couch potato and use it as an excuse to hibernate, keep moving that body! There are many ways and activities that you can continue to exercise even if you are injured. Obviously you must use common sense and make sure you Dr is ok with it.

For me I have a navicular stress fracture and was non weight bearing and on crutches- BUT that did not mean my arms were broken.

Here are just a few exercises I did from the comfort of my living room. Grab a chair and some Dumbbells

 this is a great shoulder exercise doing 3 sets of 12 reps.

Then I moved onto biceps and triceps

  I also do hammer curls and alternate cross body bicep curls.

I have my cast off now so I was so stoked to take my boot to GoodLife Fitness for a proper upper body workout.

Here is what went down today, it was a doozy!

UPPER BODY

Barbell curls 30lbs 3 x 12

Hammer curls 20lbs 3×12

Side lateral raise to a T 7.5lbs 3×12

Front raise 7.5lbs 3×12

Shoulder Press 17.5lbs 3×12

Seated dual pulley cable row 55lbs 3×10

Straight arm pull down on cable machine 30lbs 3×10

Seated lat pull down 65lbs 3×10

Rock it Machine bicurls 65lbs 3×10

Rock it Machine shoulder press 40lb 3×10

Rock it machine dips 40lbs 3×10

Assisted pull ups 3×8

ABS and GLUTES

Rock it Machine Abs 40lbs 3×10 (front and obliques)

Planks

Leg raises 3×15

Donkey Kicks 3×15

Glute bridges 3×15

These were all done in my boot and I made no excuses. I have yet to be told I’m non weight bearing again so I will continue to work my upper body to death. I can’t do cardio so I’ll just lift weights faster with little rest between sets. I was super sweaty today so I definitely burned calories.

So if you are injured and can’t get to the gym, run, spin or do any heavy lifting – there is always a substitute and a way to modify exercise. Don’t hibernate and get fluffy, figure out what works for you. Go online and research exercises that will work with whatever injury you have. Stop making excuses and stay positive. Injuries go away, fat stays longer!

Let’s keep motivating and inspiring each other. Injured or not – WE GOT THIS! We will be back , stronger and fitter than ever.

Regaining Focus and Lifting again!

Last week was an amazing week for me , I found focus and clarity again. 

I realized that I am a Runner and a Lifter – I am not a fitness coach. How can one claim to be such without any certifications behind them? By paying a $50 fee I became one? I don’t think so. 

Any who, I ran my heart out last week and had a successful 35 mile training week 

  
Half marathon distance on Sunday was awesome! I’m highly enjoying my Altra shoes and I am having Zero hip pain when running in them ! 

I feel like a runner again , I’m working on speed at the gym doing intervals but most importantly 

IM LIFTING AGAIN! 

I love lifting and all aspects of strength training so incorporating them into my run program is huge. Leg days are back on the menu – just not too heavy ( I need to be able to walk) and I am back following Jamie Easson’s LiveFit program  

   
This program works , I’ve used it twice now and I do love it. I have added in some lifts because the phase 1 seems too “beginner” for me. The IPhone body space app is awesome for this program and I don’t have to carry around a notebook. 

So all is good in Dawn’s world again and the only thing I will be spamming you with are running and lifting posts. 

I hope I can still motivate and inspire people because thats what this is all about. Showing people it can be done and you don’t have to commit to anything, just try! 

You got this! 

Losing Focus – Be You 

  
I lost focus these past few weeks, I became someone I never wanted to be – An Annoying Product Pusher!

This is so NOT me. My day job is in sales – I’m actually a Realtor but even in that job I am not pushy. I let my clients make their own decisions. I do not push or force anything on anyone.  

So what happened? 

Well, I joined a company – got pumped up about it , thought I was finally going to inspire others and motivate them – BUT then I realized I had to sell stuff to people. 

This is not my jam! 

If you want to get fit and healthy you need to eat and move – there is no product on the planet that will do that for you. Yes I will help you but No I will not bombard you with social media posts about Buy Me – No Buy Mesales tactics. 

Watch this video 

Not A Product Pusher
So what does this even mean? 

Well for one – I’m refocusing the blog , Twitter and Facebook accounts to show who I am – not any products I may be able to “sell” you . 

  
I am also going to solely focus on what makes me happy – Running and Lifting! 

This is what I do , this is what helped me lose 144lbs. It was not any fancy products or gimmicks – it was hrs work and determination. 

My posts will be about my marathon training and how I getting strong in the gym. 

My apologies for spamming you , it won’t happen again . 

I am Dawn , the runner .

I am Not Dawn , the Product Pusher. 

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