Monday, February 2, 2015

Running After Baby & a Giveaway!

When it comes to following the 6 week work out rule after giving birth, I am always extremely vigilant. If something bad was going to happen to a person for not following the rules, it would be me.  So, I always try to follow doctor's orders.  But since I literally ran myself into labor, it was really hard to wait the six weeks -- I did, though, but it was hard.  I was itching to tie on my running shoes and go out for a great run!

However, mother nature has not particularly been on my side when it comes to getting outside and running, so the treadmill has been my companion these days.  It doesn't matter though, not really, as long as I can run, I am happy, even if it is just in my house.

One Saturday two weeks ago, the weather was GORGEOUS!  So I slipped on my Altras, strapped on my Garmin, and headed out on a much anticipated run:
"Running in disguise. Just in case my ill- fitting workout cloths decide to do something embarrassing, my neighbors won't know it was me" -Facebook Update
My pre-pregnancy clothes DID NOT want to cooperate.  It was a little uncomfortable to be running along and my yoga pants are rolling down and my shirt wants to roll up exposing the post-baby belly.  So my "run" looked more like me doing some kind of silly run-jig as I struggled with my running clothes.

But I still got two and half miles in.

So I won.  Not the clothes.
I love my treadmill and I really enjoy it. .. but there is just nothing like running outside. Feet pounding the pavement. The fresh air. The me time. The nice breeze. Music playing in my ears encouraging me on. And the spiritual freedom I feel as I push my body past my mental limits and break down those "it's impossible" walls I build. For me, running is only 10% physical - the rest is all spirit and will. -Facebook update 
I have some running goals this spring/summer.  I want to run:

  • 5 5K's
  • 3 10K's
  • 1 1/2 Marathon
... All by August.  Everything else is just bonus.

Sure, I have a lot of baby weight to lose.  But that's not my focus.  My focus is health and fitness and my running and cross training is going to get me there... the weight loss will come with it in time.  I just want to be happy, and running makes me happy.

Because of my running journey and goals, Staples has once again contacted me through their awesome rep Kyra, and has sent me a complete running package!! 
This package includes a balance board (which my boys are obsessed with and it scares me a little), compression sleeves, a foam roller, a FitBit, and a Garmin Forerunner 15!  It was an awesome pre-birthday gift!

And the BEST part is, I get to giveaway a FitBit to one of my lucky readers!!  Yay!!

For those of you who have no idea what a FitBit is, I didn't until they asked me if I wanted one, it's this little rectangle gadget that you clip on and it records all your daily movements and calories burned.  Then you can get on your app or computer and it syncs your info so you can analyze it and compare to set goals and improve your overall fitness and health.  It also tracks your sleep... which is pretty cool too.

To enter the giveaway:

Mandatory --

Leave a comment telling us what your health/fitness goals are this year.

Optional additional entries: (please leave a new comment for each)

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AND

Make sure you follow 5 Nuts in a Nutshell on Facebook for additional ways you can have more entries during the week!

Contest ends Friday, Feb 6th, at 11:59 pm.  Winner will be announced on Saturday.

Good Luck!

-Cat

FOR THOSE OF YOU HAVING TROUBLE POSTING A COMMENT:  Please email me at nutsinanutshell(at)gmail(dot)com with your fitness goals and I will post it for you.  I don't want anyone to be left out of the drawing who wants a chance!







57 comments:

Stevie said...

Hey Cat! So my big goal this year is to run a 5k without stopping. I know that's nothing huge, especially since I to run X-Country......but having a baby can sure take it out of ya! :-)

Paul & Kaylene said...

Haha my goal is to run a 5k period! Paul and I have been working really hard to get healthier over the past few months, and we are excited for the next steps!

Kimberly Herrera said...

My goal for the year is to run a half marathon and max my pt test. I have always wanted to but never got up the guts or motivation! :) this year is the year!

mumsy said...

My fitness goal is to run a 5k and be able to swim a mile without stopping. It's sad how quickly we backslide after even a minor injury.

Ruth Cowles said...

My goal for this year is to get my strength back from losing a gallon of fluid last year and lose 10 lbs. This is my goal, unless I get pregnant this year. Then it will just be strength. Not sure if the pregnancy will happen, but that is a story another time.

macylee36 said...

I'd like to not end up on bed rest! I thought I could be one of those women who can run up until due date but I guess not. All my goals are now for after July. There are at least two halves I want to do and probably several 5ks in between. I want to be able to get back in the gym and get back to lifting. It's a long ways away but I think I'll survive!

Aleman's said...

My health goals are to exercise at least 3 times a week (Big change for me). Drink more water (4 big glasses a day). And eat veggies everyday. I would love a FitBit

Aleman's said...

Shared on Facebook!

Allie said...

My fitness goals for the year are to gain some muscle mass and the enjoy running again

Allie said...

Shared on facebook

Brandee said...

Hey cat!!! My goals this year are seeming huge at the moment, I want to make better healthier options regarding food, work out 5 days a week, and loose 30 pounds. This time around has been harder for me than last time, but I know I did it once, I can do it again! Dang babies!!

Brandee said...

I also shared on fb!!!

Heidi said...

I know this will sound so basic and simple but I really want to get a regular exercise program going. I haven't had a regular program since last year. With being pregnant and then having a new baby I got off and didn't really start again. So my goal is to get it kicked in gear and keep it up.

Heidi said...

I shared on FB. :)

Heidi said...

I pinned it but I don't know if that counts so you can delete this if it doesn't. :)

Jordan said...

My overall goal is to get into the best shape of my life. Now that I'm done having babies I can really work on that. I also want t run a 10k. I've done several 5ks and a half marathon but never a 10k race.

Jordan said...

Shared on Facebook.

Lydia said...

Overall better health. Cut way back on sugars. It's to the point of
addiction.

Jason and Leah said...

First off, just want to say how much I love your blog. I am a new LDS Army wife and your blog has helped me while the hubby is away at training. I have lost 21 pounds in the last two years and I have 7 more to go, that I hope to lose by this year. Thanks

Cat said...

Posted for Andrea:
"My running goals for this year are to improve my 5K speed, and run a 1/2 marathon, even if I crawl across the finish line. I also want to lose 10 lbs asap, and a total of 30 lbs by the summer."

Cat said...

Posted for Andrea:
"I also shared on FB!"

Kellie said...

After having baby #6 I want to lose the baby weight in a reasonable time frame. :)

Kellie said...

I follow you on Facebook!

Marisa said...

My elliptical was broken over the summer, and I used that as an excuse to get out of the habit of working out. After a shocking moment on the scale and finding several pairs of jeans too tight, I decided it's time to get back into a good routine. My fitness goal is to work out at least 5 days a week, keep track of what I eat, and build some muscle. My hubby and I have to participate in a pioneer trek this summer, so we REALLY need to be in shape for that! And if I happen to lose 15-20 lbs in the process, GREAT!

Marisa said...

Shared on Facebook!

*Katie* said...

Run a 5K! Without stopping :) Feel STRONG :)

Tera said...

My goal this year is to run 500 miles. Total. I'm already at 46 miles after four weeks!

Tera said...

I shared on Facebook

Tera said...

I shared on Twitter

Veronica Rae said...

I myself am an army wife, and it's really difficult to want to stay active when all you want to do is hole up in bed and will the days away until my soldier goes home. However, I recently discovered Barre3 and have fallen in love. I have gone from sedentary to loving my active life and the results I see from it. I love it so much, that I want to become more involved and am making it my goal to become good enough to become an instructor myself.

Trenda Tillson said...

My goals this year are to lose an extra 10 pounds of baby weight from my newest son born in December :) Drink more water, and sign up for the March of Dimes!

Trenda Tillson said...

I shared on Twitter!

Ms. Tami said...

I shared on Facebook!

Ms. Tami said...

My goal is simple...get moving and make as many healthy choices per day as I can! I'm starting with biking and walking.... :0)

Ms. Tami said...

Shared on Twitter!

Ms. Tami said...

Shared on Pinterest!

Ms. Tami said...

Shared on LinkedIn!

Ms. Tami said...

Shared on LinkedIn!

mom2tk said...

My fitness and personal goals for this year:

I had to have surgery on my foot towards end of 2014, which caused me to be sedentary. I had to be non-weight bearing. This really caused weight and emotional issues. So my goal is to get back to the weight I worked so hard to lose for son’s high school graduation back in 2013. My goal this time is his Army MP graduation in July. Another goal is to be able to run a 5k (I had signed up for one last year but could achieve it as the foot would not allow) by October/November. So my goals? Better eating habits. Better moving and grooving. So I really NEED this Fitbit!! Ok .. Ok .. so maybe a WANT. But I just know this will help me. Help me reach my goals, make me feel better again about myself inside and out. Thanks.

mom2tk said...

Shared on Twitter

mom2tk said...

Shared on Facebook.

Jordan said...

My fitness goals in 2015 are to build more muscle and endurance. I'd love to work my way up from a 25lb kettlebell to a 35lb or heavier. I only train with them once a week because that's all my gym offers, but I think I can do it!

Sara Richins said...

I'm right there with you! I want to loose my baby weight. I have 70 pounds to go. I also want to start running again. I would love to run another half by the end of the year. I'm already down 15.5 pounds!!

Sara Richins said...

Shared on FB.

Cat said...

For Bethanie:
I want to enjoy running and be able to have it as an escape rather than a chore. I want to love the skin I'm in! I want to love me! -Bethanie Hendrix

Em Ma said...

My goal is to walk/run at least 4 days per week and, hopefully, lose 10 pounds this year.

Em Ma said...

Shared on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eem.mee.14/posts/759987097422621?pnref=story

Em Ma said...

Shared on twitter: https://twitter.com/missfrugal/status/562674019003281408

Nicole said...

My fitness goals are to participate in a 5K, join a gym, and walk from one side of my city to the other (10 miles).

Meena said...

My goal is to stick to a fitness routine. I usually do well until September and then start slipping up so I do not want to do that this year!

Meena said...

I shared on twitter! https://twitter.com/raomeenas/status/563181920477933568

Meena said...

I shared on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raomeenas/posts/789905624397383?pnref=story

Meena said...

I follow you on facebook as Meena Rao :) Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

Meena said...

I shared on pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/458452437043037843/

Meena said...

Shared on google plus: https://plus.google.com/116907285038496103798/posts/MqTedgEV6d9

Katrina said...

I am attempting my first 5k of the year Saturday and I am hoping for a PR and it will be my daughter's very first 5k so my goal of making fitness something fun in her life is my goal this year.

Lauren said...

My goal is to drink more water and eat more vegetables.