MileHigh Run club is awesome!

11 Feb

Hey Squad,

If you live in the NY area and love to run, you have to check out the MileHigh Run club.  The first class is free so you can see if its the kind of class that you like before committing any boutique class dollars.  My daughter Laura (the wind beneath all my running) went to the class via classpass and told me about it.  She had a great experience.

Truthfully, I had heard of the club before and wasnt all that interested in it. Boy was I wrong.  The class was amazing.  I took the Dash class which was about 30 minutes of running and then full body weight work. ( squats, lunges, planks and kettlebell work)

It has been my quiet goal to along with not getting injured, to gain some speed this year.  I know its tougher at my age, but everything I read said its possible.  I asked the coach afterward if my pace goal was attainable and she said YES!

So, I will be back.  I am going to go at least once a week during my spring marathon training that starts on Monday ( EEK!)

Check it out and let them know I sent you.

Cheerfully yours,

 

Phyllis4fitness

 

Wrapping up the Whole30

28 Jan

Hey Squad,

Monday marks the end of the Whole30 challenge for me and challenging it was!

Here is what I experienced.

I cook more ( yes myself) and I plan ahead more.  I learned that you never want to be too far away for an approved food choice because temptation is everywhere.

My workout endurance shot thru the roof.  In the past it was very tough to stick to a strength training plan due to fatigue mid week.  I no longer have that.

My sleep is amazing.  I used to wake up in the middle of the night several times. That no longer happens.

Finally my mood has leveled off and I am not experiencing “the blues” as often. This makes sense since serotonin is produced in the gut. You can read all about it in the link I have provided.

What all this means for me is that I do not want to go back to the sleep deprived, fatigued person again.  I am going to stick with this meal plan although I will use a lot more plant protein. I will also add back in paleo (non whey) protein powders and the occasional gluten free breads.

I am ok with saying goodbye to chips. It will be tough to keep that up, but the benefits outweigh the crispy goodness.

Whole30 is something I would recommend if you have an inkling that something is holding you back from your optimal performance.  Its easy enough to stick to it for 30 days and you will know after 20 days what effects it has.  The only way to determine what was causing your symptoms would be to add back things one at a time.  I am not up for that because the detox process was way tough. ( que- Cranky phyllis)

I call this an overall NSV ( non scale victory) since I have not weighed myself.  Its really not about that since I have experienced so many overall benefits.  I feel lighter even if the scale doesn’t reflect that on Monday.

Happy to answer any questions of you have them.

Cheerfully yours,

Phyllis4fitness

 

 

 

NSV- non scale victories

17 Jan

Hey squad,

I learned a new term this month. NSV- non scale victory.  The key part of the Whole30 challenge is that you commit to not weighing yourself for 30 days.  This is so that you do not get encourage if the scale does not move, or due to bloat as your body detoxes you gain. Its all temporary in the process so you should avoid it.

I am halfway thru the Whole30 and I won’t lie, its been rough.  I feel like it been such a learning experience.  Its important to celebrate all your NSVs when you start a plan. I think that now that we bring more awareness to things like this, you can stick to it.  One of my lines has been, “do not let any number on the scale or the tag of your clothes, dictate how you feel about yourself. ” Celebrating NSVs helps support that.
Cheerfully yours,

Phyllis4fitness

Resolution by Zodiac sign

05 Jan

Hey squad,

How do you feel about horoscopes?

I really feel like horoscopes are usually vague and hit or miss but this one is right on for me.

Libra

What resolution to make
As Saturn moves through your 3rd house this year, your most challenging resolution is about communication and learning something new. With Jupiter in your 1st house, your easiest resolution is about expanding and refining your brand—how people see you, how you want to be seen, your personality.

How to accomplish it
Get going right away in January, since Libra is a cardinal sign, and cardinal energy is all about initiative. While new projects are a thrill, you can lose momentum when it comes to long-term goals, so break your resolutions down into three-month plans. As a social air sign, Libras should have accountability buddies to help them stay on course.

Any other Libras out there ? I love that we are social air signs.

Speaking of being social, I have a brand new facebook page and it needs some love.  Pop over and give it a like.  I will be posting more industry news on this page so you just might learn something.

Cheerfully yours,

Phyllis4fitness

 

Crossfit in the house

01 Aug

Phyllis4fitness has a new challenge, my excellent race sherpa and husband Chuck has become a devoted member of a Crossfit box.

He is now at the box three times a week and he has learned a whole lot of new terms that I have to catch on too.  Luckily thanks to wonderful communities I follow, I am not totally lost.

Crossfit is a complete total body workout and if my work schedule allowed I would love to do it.  I am so envious of the amount of personal encouragement and training he is getting.

The challenge for me is to be supportive with the diet.  I have to have my coffee and french fries sometimes sneak in!  He is staying away from caffeine and fried foods.  I would not say we are completely on the Whole 30 diet, but very close to it.

Currently he is down 5 pounds and is definitely in need of new Fall clothes.  The transformation is amazing. I can see the athlete coming out in him as he is now less concerned about surviving the workouts and now more about improving his time.

This is his first day of Crossfit. 3 weeks ago.  I will update the blog as he continues.

CHuck

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

signed,
phyllis4fitness