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Monday, July 2, 2012

The Weekly Chase: Nothing After Dinner and Strength Training

1 mile/10:08
Average pace- 10:08

Plank a day- 1:09

It's Monday...that means it's time for The Weekly Chase!!! 

Last week I posted the following goals:
  • Do a plank a day.
  • Do not eat anything after 8PM.
So how did I do?  Well....not totally as planned.  Goal #1 I did great on!  I did my plank a day...some days I did more than one!  I already feel a little stronger in my core!  Definitely continuing this and can't wait to see how much better it will improve my running.

Goal #2 was the hard one.  I stuck to it about 4 out of the 7 days.  I'll tell you what made it so hard....summertime!  My boys both had a T-Ball game on different nights...that called for a late dinner.  I had a late lunch one day which made for another late dinner because I wasn't hungry at our normal dinnertime.  And just overall...summer activities which caused us to not be on our normal schedule for a lot of things.  Sooo....this week I am going to revise this goal to make it more attainable to my summer schedule.

Here are my new goals for this week:

Goal #1: Do not eat anything after dinner.  So instead of setting a time (because that obviously did not work for me last week) I am saying I can't eat anything else after dinner.  No dessert, no snacking while watching tv...nothing!

Goal #2: Do at least two strength training workouts this week.  Since my running streak ends on Wednesday I need a new fitness goal.  I really need to incorporate more strength training in my fitness regimen.  I only do strength training sporadically.  I want to make it part of my routine.  I'm starting out small with only committing to do it twice a week...but you gotta start somewhere!

QOTD: What are your goals for the week? Tell me in the comments below...I LOVE hearing from you!


  1. Good call on adapting your goals instead of dropping them. :) It's also awesome that your streaking seems to be successful! Congrats!

  2. Fantastic way to modify your eating goal instead of dropping it all together! I am jumping in on the plank a day challenge in July. It's great to hear you're feeling stronger in your core. I'm hoping for the same results. Good luck with your goals this week!

  3. Great goals and awesoome commitment. I think not eating after dinner is an attainable goal, however if you do need something esp since you are upping your strength training. Cottage cheese is your go to late night food. It is one of the most slowest digesting proteins, which means your muscles are building and recovering while you sleep. :) good luck!

  4. So glad you are in the plank a day! yes, it's a tiny bit of time but the results come quickly!

    I like that your changed your goal to nothing after dinner. I have kids in sports too and sometimes we don't get home until late. I am all about tweaking goals so that they fit our actual lives.

  5. I think that's a great way to adjust your goal but not setting a specific time. You're right - summer is hard because days seem to run longer. I need to watch my eating at night too. It's so easy to snack and snack and snack. Great job on your planks too!

    This week, I'm still trying to get back to the pool and swim more consistently and to do my physical therapy exercises every day. I need to just make those part of my routine every day which you would think that I would have done by now after 3 months!!

  6. I love both goals, but think goal #1 is what I'm struggling with at the moment. By the time we eat, get the kids to bed and actually sit I feel the need to eat something that I might actually taste and enjoy! But, that's usually the worst to eat right before bed. I like the idea of not eating after dinner. Doesn't sound so rigid as a cut of time.

  7. I love both of your goals....Im sure you will do great on them this week! I really need to try #1. Chocolate cake/cookies at night are my weakness. I have to wait until the kids go to bed, I hide my chocolate. Sad, I know. THey have their own stash, and I have mine. I need to join your plank a day streak.

  8. Thanks so much everyone! So far so good!!! Larisa...I had no idea cottage cheese was that good for you! I've actually never tried it. crack me up! Yes...plank with me!!!

  9. Hey girl! I'm so sorry I'm late to the game this week on the commenting. I'm all sorts of crazy busy right now, getting ready to move and training for Chicago.

    I really love your goal to stop eating after dinner. That's where I've had a problem as well, and when I went ahead and set the goal of no food after 7PM (basically, dinner), I instantly lost 7 pounds that week/week and a half.

  10. No problem Melissa! You've had a very busy week!!! :-)




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