I need to get back on track!

My FitBook Challenge: Week 6 Recap

Week 6 of my FitBook challenge was rough to say the least. I was hoping for a good week, one that was better than the last two weeks, but that didn’t happen. I really need to get focused to get back on track.


Weekly Statistics (as of the start of Week 6):


  • Starting Weight = 151.0 lbs.
  • Last Week’s Weight = 144.4 lbs.
  • Current Weight = 147.0 lbs
  • Weekly Weight Change = 2.6 lbs.
  • Total Weight Loss = 4.0 lbs.

Body Mass Index:

  • Starting BMI = 25.12 (Overweight)
  • Last Week’s BMI = 24.03 (Healthy)
  • Current BMI = 24.46 (Healthy)
  • Weekly BMI Change = 0.43
  • Total BMI Loss = 0.66

My Goals for Week 6:

  1. Follow my training plan
  2. Get in all 4 runs
  3. Drink 96 oz. of water daily
  4. Workout at least once in the morning


So how did I do on my goals?

  1. Follow my training plan – Not really. I missed two of my workouts this week. I really need to get refocused on my training schedule and keep my eye on the prize!
  2. Get in all 4 runs – Not really. I ran 3 times this week (75% completion) but I didn’t come close to my goal mileage for the week. I was scheduled to run 22.3 miles and I only ran 15.3 miles (68.6%). I did much better than last week but there is still a LOT of room for improvement.
  3. Drink 96 oz. of water daily – Slightly successful. I drank a total of 624 oz. of water last week, which is an average of 89 oz. daily. One of these weeks I will actually complete this goal but until then I will continue to work on it.
  4. Workout at least once in the morning – SUCCESS!! I actually successfully woke up and knocked out a morning workout on Friday! Trust me when I say that I still can’t believe it.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly:

Even though I did horribly on my my weekly goals, I still completely SMASHED my 15k time at the Gasparilla Distance Classic! Now I know that I have improved significantly since October but a PR is a PR and one that is 8:41 is significant! I also figured out how to workout in the morning. All I have to do is make the extra effort everyday.

My biggest disappointment this week was missing two workouts. After my weekend at the beach, I was really hoping to get into the swing of things. I wasn’t very successful with that and would love to blame it on work but I can’t. I also gained some weight last week and that is probably due to my increased sugar and processed food intake. I need to work on getting my nutrition refocused.

The biggest thing I need to do is refocus on my goals. I need to get back on track with my training and nutrition plans. I need to eliminate unhealthy foods and eat more clean, unprocessed foods. I also need to work on my sleeping habits so I can workout in the mornings.

Weekly inspiration:

Source: etsy.com via Rachel on Pinterest

I need to get back on track with my health and fitness goals. I am not too far off from where I want to be but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. At least that is what my father would say. I need keep calm, get refocused and run towards my goals!

in the paper

I am not a fast runner so I never really expect to win races or to see my name in the local newspaper celebrating my accomplishments. I run because it makes me happy. I run races because it allows me to push my limits and test my abilities.


Yesterday morning, I found a section of the Tampa Tribune on my desk. My coworkers are incredibly supportive of my healthy living journey and are always asking me about my races. At first glance, I thought it was a regular sports section that was showcasing the Gasparilla Distance Classic. After all, the Tribune was a major sponsor for the race weekend.

When I started to look through the section, I realized that the middle actually listed the names and times for every single race participant! How cool is that!?!?!


I don’t think I have seen my name in the paper for a sporting event since high school! Back then, my name would appear in the paper because of my swim meets. It was usually because my relay team had either come in second or third in the meet. My athletic abilities have never been truly amazing but that was never really why I competed.

Here is a closer look for you. Winking smile


I placed 248 out of 375 for my age group and my time improved by almost 9 minutes from the Ace of Hearts 15K in October! I was so excited to see my name in the paper celebrating my accomplishment on Saturday morning. Of course, it also added fuel to my fire. I really want to see an improvement in my running abilities. I know that if I push myself and really work hard I can be the runner I want to be!


Ignore the messy work desk. I have been ridiculously busy at work lately.