Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Post Title

Post Title, because it seems like this sort of thing should have one of those.

But right now, I am either too lazy to be clever or simply do not care to title my post.

Probably a combination of both.

ANYWHOOO...talk about a hiatus?

Over the last two to three years, I have been putting together my life in an intricate jig saw puzzle in front of a box fan in the rain.  What I mean by that, is yeah things got crazy.  I took on a bigger, tougher job.  My job title has changed six times in the last two years in an ever evolving industry while attempting a full time student status to finalize a third undergraduate degree.  I have juggled case loads, studies, patients, home life, loving my pup,  religion, friends and family, travel and school.

Yes, I am crazy.  I have committee after committee, board meetings, staff meetings, team building, Bible study, family dinner, giant admissions, long runs and trips to the market.  I love it all though, and would not change a second of the last three years for nothing.  Sh*ts been real, I've cried more stress tears, I've had more anxiety ridden dreams and I've failed a lot.  Yet, I have grown each and every day.

But since it has been so long, and I'm pretty sure I don't have any followers anymore, allow me to reintroduce my reinvented self.

My name is Julia, I am 27.  I am a wife, and intentionally childless.  Logan, Goliath and my family are the loves of my life.  Science, specifically pharmaceutical research is my industry.  My current pursuit is a degree in Molecular Biosciences at the University of Kansas.  Many of you are wondering, and yes I am a FOREVER student.  I will never not be enrolled.

Why blog again?  I noticed something over the last year or so-and it's that I don't have this outlet.  I lost my reinforcement.  My semi-regularly regurgitation of my progress, of my sins and of my life.  Goliath is seven now, and I always thought how amazing it would be to have all our adventures documented together.  But as my planner packed, our adventures decreased.

I can read back through this blog, and kinda laugh at myself for being a little weird-and thinking maybe more people read this than really did, but I liked who I was when I was writing this.  It gave me insight on me, despite it's topics circulating around health and fitness.

I cannot be sure if I want to blog about health and fitness any longer, as it's no longer an overwhelming sized wedge in my pie chart of a life, but I can be sure that I want to write again.  Unfortunately, I am at my heaviest weight ever-all excuses aside, I've indulged and I've had fun.  There may not have been time to run, but there was always time for "just one beer..."

All cards on the table, losing weight is yet again on my stairway-to-heaven long list of To Do's.  As if "Lose 35 lbs" is something I could check off in a day.

Do you know how annoying it is to not cross off a To-Do list item every day?

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Carried Away

It's GO time!

But for real though, it is.  It's that time of year when everything is happening, and I gotta buckle down and focus on...well everything.  

So here's what my calendar looks like for the next few days:
Tomorrow: Dodgeball Tournament and 5k Coordinator Duties
Friday, 03MAY: Dodgeball tournament
Saturday, 04MAY: Corporate Challenge 5k
Sunday, 05MAY: My baby wittle sister is home!!!
Friday, 10MAY: Classes Stop Day 
Saturday, 11MAY: ScoutChallenge Half Marathon
Thursday, 16MAY: FINALS
Friday, 17MAY: FINALS
Saturday, 18MAY: Corporate Challenge Half Marathon and Volleyball Tournament

ok, that's as far as I'm gonna go because it's starting to give me anxiety.  
Just gotta take day by day, and do my best.  

Frankly, I am really excited about the fun busy stuff it's icky busy stuff I left out that worries me. 
Me after my last lab of the semester, woooo!!! Soooo tired.


Training for the half marathons while body building is proving to be a difficult task.  It's all  the pursuit of a leaner hot bod, so at the end of the day it's worth it.  

Monday, I went running with my bff Stevi, who swore she'd never run and is now signed up for TWO 5ks and ran 3 miles with me on her first day out.  Some people are just naturals.  Not me though, I spent months gasping for air trying to make it a block without stopping.  I always get so excited when someone close to me starts running, and racing.  It's such a huge part of my life and being able to share it with people in my close circle is amazing.  Can't wait for our next run, I'm secretly just going to train her for a half marathon-she'll never know! JK Stevi, I won't....but maybe...just think about it....


Later that night, it was shoulder day.  Shoulder day is quickly becoming one my favorites.  
Our  Shoulder routine was:
Lat Cable rows 4 sets of 15 
Lateral Dumbell Raises 3 Sets of 15
Forward Dumbell rairses 3 Sets of 15
Wolverines (IDK what they are actually called) 4 Sets of 15
Shoulder Press 4 sets of 15
Trap Shrugs 4 Sets of 30
Shoulder raises 4 sets of 25

I was spent.  I worked out with Logan and Bob, and it's intimidating working out with dudes who can naturally lift heavy.  Pushing heavy weight isn't something natural to me, so it takes a lot and I am competitive so you can imagine what it looked like....

Yesterday, I did a late night chest day with Marysol.  So from one of my favorite days to my least favorite.  I have no chest muscles....whatsoever.  Chest day is brutal for me.  It's uncomfortable.  I have no motivation.  I very rarely feel like I am targeting correctly.  It's just hard.  Nevertheless, we did it.

Our Chest routine was:
Push Ups to warm up
Flat Bench free weight chest presses 4 sets of 15
Decline chest presses 4 sets of 15
Bench Press 3 sets of 10
Tricep Pull downs 3 sets of 15
Chest Flys 3 sets of 15
Tricep Push Downs 3 sets of 15
Decline free weight chess presses 3 sets of 15, 1 till burn out
Skull crushes 3 sets of 15

and I was spent.  Like I said I hate chest day.   But you can't just skip it.   
Can't have a strong body when you skip a whole muscle group.

My goals for this week have been to cut out sugar again (after Chicago I was fully back into), eat more greens and get in more cardio.  


With another run planned tonight, and two servings of greens today I'm on track.  Also, no sugar since Sunday so win.  

I even bought a cupcake and gave it away.  Weird right?

What are you goals this week?
What's your least favorite strength day?
Favorite cupcake flavor?

This post brought to you by: "Carried Away" by Passion Pit








Sunday, April 28, 2013

Up to the Skies

The theme of today has been Wedding Weekend Detox.

So I got very little sleep, ate a million rich foods, drank my weight in beer and did not exercise.  So the epitome of fitness and wellness.  I ate a lot of sugar and carbs, and am feeling it today.  


All those things combined make for one of the best weekends, but also may have set my goals back a few weeks.  But it was WORTH IT.  I totally believe to live and experience life, and my pursuit for fitness and a super hot lean bod doesn't need to prevent me from enjoying important things in life.  

But it has gotten me thinking a lot about cheat meals.  
Part of last night's cheat meal...
I can physically feel myself being set back by two days of indulgences, but what about one meal a week or even one whole day a week?  I have mixed feelings about "cheat" meals/days.  I work very very hard to build a calorie deficit, and I struggle with binge eating.  So what benefit is there to a cheat day?  
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The way I want to indulge, a cheat meal could set me back an entire week's worth of calorie deficit.    I really am on the fence with this diet practice.  Yeah yeah, yeah I am not on a diet or whatever, and I'm just out living a healthier life.  No, I'm not really following a strict program like paleo or WW but I do have personal guidelines.  So a cheat meal for me would be something outside of my normal foods.  

So my biggest question is: Is it worth it?

In many ways, I think so.  Sometimes the cheat meal is a reminder of why you don't eat that way regularly.  Sometimes the cheat meal prevents a long term binge.  Sometimes the cheat meal gives you just what you're craving.  

BUT

Sometimes the cheat meal sends me into a spiral.  Sometimes a cheat meal will turn into a few cheat days.  Sometimes a cheat meal will cause more cravings.  Sometimes a cheat meal will lead to feelings of worthlessness, guilt and shame.  

My conclusion is this: It depends on the meal for me.  My many many cheats meals tell me that the big burger or pizza cheat meals are worth it, these meals don't lead to the negatives listed above.  It's the cake and ice cream cheats that accumulate the cons.  At the very least in the cheats like burgers, pizza, BBQ I am still getting protein and sometimes complex carbs.  In the sweets, I am getting literally zero nutrition.  

Which sucks because I love sugar.  I have a sugar problem.

Today was a full body day at the gym


Work Out
-Free weight Upper Body: dumb bell curls, shoulder press, tricep kick backs, push ups
-Squats on Squats on Squats: Traditional Squat 4 sets until burnout, Sumo Squat 4 sets until burn out

-Leg Press: Five sets until burnout alternate calf press
-Leg Extensions, three sets
-Weighted Dynamic lunges with clean and jerk at the turn around until burn out
-20 Minute Cardio Hill Interval on dreadmill
-10 Minutes of abs

Another non-cheat meal, tonight's dinner

That training session really kicked my trash.  I have been spent the rest of the day.  But now I am watching Point Break with my three best friends, and debating sleep. 

What are you feelings about cheat meals?
When you cheat what are your preferred indulgences?
What's your favorite gym routine?

This Post Brought to you by: "Pursuit of Happiness" by Kid Cudi

Metzger-Illera Wedding Photo Recap!

So here's where I have been the past few days...

I was in Chicago for my BFF Katie's wedding to her love Jon Unai.

So from Thursday until Saturday this is how things went down...


















Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A Little Bit's Enough

Ok, so I didn't update last night and I'll tell you why...

I was three sheets to the wind.

Let me also add, I had been with family grieving the loss of my Aunt Cele who honestly was one of the biggest BAs who ever graced this earth.  This isn't an exaggeration at her funeral we talked about her getting arrested and put in jail and still throwing one kick butt dinner party in the same night, hundreds of people mourned and celebrated her life.

In accordance with my Irish family, I celebrated at the Irish wake a little too much.  I had the presence of mind to eat a decent dinner, but I am human and in the pursuit of my healthy and fit lifestyle I have not totally gone the way of prohibition.  I love booze.  Specifically wine.

So in reality, the party scene doesn't mesh with with the gym scene-and my waist line is the proof.  There are a lot of reasons why but in my experience there are two reasons-
1)drinking, let a lone heavily automatically increases your caloric intake albeit with the booze and the subsequent poor food choices
2)The hangover.  The hangover leads to another day of poor decision making because you hate life, you regret that last glass of pinot and the only thing to ease the pain of whatever it was you said to whoever it was is a big-fat-bacon-cheeseburger and fries.

Now, I don't want ya'll to think I am a lush but I do imbibe and yes, hangovers mean you probably took things a little too far.

However, I have found in my not-so limited experience the following tips to avoid these aforementioned pitfalls and to create a tumultuous marriage between losin' and boozin':
-Whilst drinking eat yo' greens.  Sounds weird, but if I order green food I might not want it at first but at the end of the day I'll start eating whatever is in front of me. Make it greens. 

-Don't start the carbs, it's a farse that you should eat lots of breads/carby things while you drink.  So don't start
-Enjoy yourself, if you stress every drink you're missing the point
-Drink plenty of water before you fall asleep

-Now to the hangover part...Drink 32 ounces of water immediately, cook bacon, eat a whole wheat bagel with a banana and finish it off with some coffee


-Take your supplements, especially your B-vitamins

-Sweat.  Don't skip your work out.  It will suck, but I promise you within 15 minutes you'll feel better.  Some of my best work outs and been on my worst days.
-If I drink a lot of wine, my allergies are usually way worse because of the sulfamides in the wine so I always take fexofenadine the next day.  
-Don't avoid your routine.

  

Anywayyyy, losing family is uncomfortable, and sad.  I looked like death warmed up after seven solid hours of grieving with family.  Nothing feels as comforting as this little wet nose nagging me to get up and face the day.

So nope, no work outs for me today or yesterday-it's actually a crazy week, I leave for Chicago tomorrow but more on that later...

Do you still drink on your journey to wellness?
What kind of hangover tips do you swear by?
Do you have a big family?

This Post Brought to by: "Just Give Me a Reason" by Pink Featuring Nate Ruess

Monday, April 22, 2013

Ten Thousand Hours

LET ME GET ONE THANG STRAIGHT...

Yes, I have been ignoring this blog.  

And I coullllldddd write out a huge long post about where the last year has gone, what I did with my life and why I stopped blogging but all you really need to know are the following three things:

1.  Goliath still rocks, he's FOUR now which is basically like a FRICKIN Adult who can like make their own decisions, and stay up all night if they wanted to-but he doesn't because why? He still rocks.  As in he still clocks 3 minute miles on his rest day, and likes to sleep till noon because he can.  Don't let your jealousy overwhelm you.


2.  I ran my 20th Half Marathon last Saturday at Rock The Parkway.  So on to the next one right? RIGHT.  I am running 50 by my 30th birthday son, so I gotta do work.  That's at least SIX half marathons a year.  So goals are cool right?

3.  Wait what was the third thing?  I totally forgot from the time I started the second paragraph to now.  The point is, this blog is still about my awesome dog G who loves to run and the asthmatic he tugs for miles.

So where did I leave off?

Yesterday, was heavy leg day.  So today has turned into a rest day, since me and my hoodrat Mary went so hard yesterday.

Let's see....weeee did:
1 Warm Up Squat Set of 135lbs x 10
Hack Squats 4 Sets of 10
UnASSissted Squats 5 Sets of 10, plus burn out
Wide Leg Sumo Squat 4 Sets of 10, plus burn out
Leg Press, Maxed at 200 lbs alternated between calf press and ham press 4 sets of 15/25
Hamstring Leg Extensions, 4 Sets of 15
Dynamic Weighted Lunges till burn out

All in All it was an hour work out that torched like 600 calories with zero cardio.  

My butt hurts today.  Mary and I walked around like stiff zombies whilst shopping today.  My husband is tore up from his leg day, he makes awkward uncomfortable noises every time he moves.    I mean I am still sore from back and biceps we did earlier, oh and shoulders...just everything really hurts.  That's how you know it's working right?

Obviously, lifting is a pretty new routine to the bloggy-woggy.  It's pretty new to me, I have been weight training with my girl Mary since the end of Feb,  and it's been monstrous for my running.  I really love shedding mileage time with pure strength and not spending hours doing speed training.

Also, it's a wonderful change of pace.  I have a permanent love affair with long distance running but my body is beyond use to it-and if I am ever going to look in the mirror and not nit-pick this is the way I am going to get there.

I have been at my goal weight now for almost two years.  That's weird to even type out, like is it still called goal weight when you have maintained for that long?  I don't think I can when I set new goals.  But the point is, it's been two years since I have felt like I have made forward progress, it's time to make PROGRESS.

About those goals, I am using new and old tools now-


I have ditched my trusty Weight Watchers, I will always love you-it just isn't right for me anymore.  I eat far too much.  My Fitness Pal has got me, even though I feel like it's really judgmental sometimes. 



I am back on Nike+ because let's get real, who doesn't love hearing Tim Teabow congratulate you after a long run? My garmin is still getting lots of love though.

I am leaving my message boards in the past, and focusing on advice and feedback on Twitter, Instagram and other blogs.  

I am working out with my husband now.  Well, we go to the gym together now.  He works out with Beefy Bob, spouse of my wittle beefcake Mary.  Yes, we all work out together. We are like this super power lifting family.  It's obnoxious how cool we are, so don't even try to understand it.





That's about it for now, Goliath is telling me it's time for bed.  


Even though I'm pretty sure no one  truly follows this anymore, I am still gonna ask my post questions:

Do you EVEN lift?  ;)
What's your favorite muscle group to train?
What are you favorite fitness tools?

This Post Was Brought to you by: "Ten Thousand Hours" By Macklemore and Ryan Lewis


Saturday, December 01, 2012

Starting Over

Starting over is always hard to do.

I'm doing it.

I need to.

This is not my new blog, but my revamped blog.

Four Legs & a Trail

See you guys tomorrow!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Temporary Escape

Yikes!

I am such an advocate for moderation.  Which is hilarious because I can't seem to moderate my habits long term.  For instance, I can be the apex of health one week and the next give myself a coronary eating burgers and beer.  Right now, I happen to be on the up swing.  Self control is at a maximum, I am killing my work outs, getting sleep and the list goes on...

The thing is, I can't help but wonder how long this will last?  Sad that I know my motivation has an expiration date.  It only takes one night out, or one party or heck one bad hair day to send me off into a tail spin.It just so happens that right now I am so dissatisfied with myself that I am kicking booties and forgetting names.

Because, I am a broke student the current focus is exercise because I don't have the means to buy the optimal foods.  So my diet is kinda whacky right now, as I am literally just eating whatever I can get my hands on.  Going without so you can pay for school is cool guys, you wish you could do it.  Don't worry though, I at least have coffee and colleagues that care enough to feed me when I am look depleted and on the verge of syncope.
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Running after you swim with wet hair is, ummm, awesomeIMG_1279
You know it's hot outside when your hair is dry in 5 minutes after you start running.

Like I mentioned yesterday, not having a specific training goal is feeling reallll nice for me mentally. 
 It makes my WANT to exercise, and I have lost that feeling of HAVING to do it.

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So today, I swam some laps at the pool...ouch...and then ran four miles....ouch...it was hot.  And windy?  How horrible.  It was over 90 degrees with a super heavy head wind, so it kept me cool but it was difficult to run into.

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Goliath also got in a swim
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Water, is absolutely essential for these hot summer runs.  G and Me both would die without frequently indulging in some agua.

What I ate today: Giant coffee, chicken and broccoli, 2 slices of pizza (I AM SO POOR! I miss vegetables! Waaahhh)
How I worked out today: 20 minute lap swim,  4 mile run

This Post Brought to You By: "Young Blood" The Naked and Famous

Monday, June 18, 2012

Time is Love

Today, I made a vow.

I vowed to start blogging again.

Ya'll have heard all the excuses before, so I'm just gonna skip it and jump back to where we left offf.....

So quick recap of the last few month since my Kansas Half Marathon recap:
-Finished three more half marathons since then: Running with the Cows, Kansas City Corporate Challenge, and Hospital Hill
-Bailed AGAIN out of a triathlon
-Tried to jumble a training schedule, and work and school and well everything
-Failed to blog
-Gained some weight
-Paid off some debt
-Ate some good food, mostly candy

Thaaaaat's about it.....why do I blog again?  I am relatively uneventful, yet somehow I can always find a way to fill the page with words.  I'm mouthy like that I guess.
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I have been thinking about doing a reformat, reorganizing and just generally redoing the blog.  Like new name and everything, but while the creative juices flow we shall stick to The Bosky Blog, a punny blog that no one fully understands.

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Anyway, on to the important things.  I am not registered for any more races this year, well long ones that will require extensive training or maintenance.  Which really excites me because now, I feel like I can focus on different goals. Like getting to my goal weight, building some muskles, getting faster and giving my knee a chance to heal.  So next year when I go to attempt six half marathons in five months, I won't feel totally terrible about myself and lack of progress.

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There's such a thing as tangible progress and intangible progress.  Quite honestly, if I have made any progress in the last year it's completely intangible, and I am unable to recognize it.  Ya'll might think I am too hard on myself, but the second I give myself a break I get stagnant and placid....and end up with a year of zip, oh like last year!

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I need to focus, and werk.  It's like wicked hard to start, but I got out there today in 100 degree heat and hit the trail with my pooch.  We hit the hills, did some strength training moves and worked up a decent sweat.  The best feeling in the world right now is just being able to get out there, with no pressure.  I can relax and get the benefit of my run without stressing myself out about pace and my upcoming PR goal.

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Goliath likes it too, because he doesn't feel so bad when he wants to stop and smell the pheromones.

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What I ate today: Coffee with half and half and sugar, 1 cup of hot and sour soup, chicken and broccoli over white rice, slice of supreme pizza
How I worked out today: 3 mile sweat fest with Goliath

This Post Brought to You By: "Time is Love" Josh Turner