Starting weight: 190
End of Week One Weight: 180
2 Mile Assessment time: 25 minutes
WEEK ONE- workouts
Day One: Strength and Core
Day Two: 2 Mile Assessment
Day Three: Lower and Upper Body Strength
Day Four: Running Speed and Power
Breakfast: parfait, parfait parfait! Low fat yogurt, fresh fruit, and ancient grain granola
Lunch: Salad with grilled chicken and low fat dressing
Dinner: Salad with a side of pasta
Snacks: carrots with low fat dip, peanuts, string cheese, fruit, popcorn
PROS & CONS
Really easy to set up and follow
Videos that demonstrate exercises
You can look ahead to see what workouts are coming up
No sound on the timers
You can't go back and look at completed workouts
Check out the North Face and their page about the Mountain Athletics App here
I'm an easy sell on new fitness apps. I'm also fickle. I start and stop training plans like some people change socks. So when I saw the North Face tweet about a new training app I was intrigued and instantly wanted to give it a try, but I also knew that it was unlikely that I would actually see it all the way through. Still... I've been slacking with working out (longer work hours = a very tired me= no motivation to work out) and I've felt the need to switch it up a bit, so the timing was right to find a new way to get in shape. So here is the plan. Follow the plan laid out by the Mountain Athletics App and see where I am at the end of the program, which for me is set to end on February 24th. I'm going to be posting briefly a few times just to keep myself on track and to document how this particular program worked for me.
This program has me doing 4 days of workouts- 2 strength and 2 running. I will have to add a 3rd running day here soon as I've got a 1/2 marathon in March, but for the midweek runs, these workout are actually pretty good.
The strength and core exercises are also good- I'm doing my workouts at home, so I've had to adapt a few things, but most of it is easily done at home. I'm hoping to pick up a few things in the next few days that will help (like a kettle bell), but overall it's been easy to take what they've planned out and make it work in my living room.
I do want to point out that my weight stats are somewhat misleading. While I had a huge drop, I'm doing more then just this program. To start I went on the Stomach Flu diet for 4 days and didn't eat at all (and what I did eat didn't really stick with me). It was miserable and I felt horrid, and I lost 6 lbs in those 4 days alone. I don't recommend going the stomach flu route no matter how effective it is. In addition to being a zombie for half the week I have also completely re-tooled my eating habits. I'm eating 6 small meals a day and in addition to smaller portions I'm cutting out fried foods and anything that comes from a box. It took a few days to get into the swing of things, but that is definitely playing a part in any success I'm having.
By Nate Blakeslee
The enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her
Before men ruled the Earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West.
With novelistic detail, Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of one of these wolves, a charismatic alpha female named O-Six for the year of her birth. Uncommonly powerful, with gray fur and faint black ovals around each eye, O-Six is a kind and merciful leader, a fiercely intelligent fighter, and a doting mother. She is beloved by wolf watchers, particularly Yellowstone park ranger Rick McIntyre, and becomes something of a social media star, with followers around the world.
But as she raises her pups and protects her pack, O-Six is challenged on all fronts: by hunters, who compete with wolves for the elk they both prize; by cattle ranchers who are losing livestock and have the ear of politicians; and by other Yellowstone wolves who are vying for control of the park's stunningly beautiful Lamar Valley.
These forces collide in American Wolf, a riveting multi-generational saga of hardship and triumph that tells a larger story about the clash of values in the West--between those fighting for a vanishing way of life and those committed to restoring one of the country's most iconic landscapes.
Juliet Takes a Breath
By Gabby Rivera
Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.
Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?
With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.