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Fukumoto Friday: Week 1

I put it out there earlier this week to ask if you would be interested in following along with me as I undertake a completely new form of training to complement my running. It was pretty much unanimous that yes, you want to see how I do on this program. At first I wasn’t sure if this was a good thing or not but then I realized that what this gives me is another accountability tool over the coming months to ensure that I’m keeping on track as much as possible. After all, the gym is merely a resource of knowledge and support. If I don’t do my part and work hard, eat well and sleep as much as I can, I’m not going to end up anywhere except flushing my cash down the toilet. So it’s pretty clear what I need to do. The question is, can I do it?

Ready or not!
Ready or not!

I’m not going to talk about the workouts this week. They’ll be the same two workouts I do for the next 3 weeks as well so I’ll touch more on those next week. I won’t talk about exactly what we’re doing in terms of exercises but I will let you know how I feel through them, how I’m progressing and then compare week 1 with week 4.

This week, I’m going to strip off the layers and talk goals. Specifically how and what I want to accomplish in my time at the warehouse (a.k.a. Fukumoto Fitness).

Spending that last 2 years doing essentially nothing but running (with some swimming thrown in the mix when I could) not only has burnt my body out but it’s been such specific training that I’m an imbalanced mess right now which would explain the nagging injuries and inability to run better, faster, stronger. If I want to improve my times and move into longer distances, I need to address this so I can stay healthy.

FIrst and foremost, I want to increase muscle while decreasing fat, ideally gaining a few healthy pounds along the way. I want to be strong, I want to look strong and I want to prevent injury. I common misconception is that thin=healthy and nothing could be further from the truth. I honestly could care less about how much I weigh, but I want every pound on my body to be healthy.

Secondly, I want to clean up my eating a bit. I eat well most of the time but I am a chronic and somewhat hopeless snacker. Especially at night and most especially with breastfeeding where I just want to eat everything in sight. I need to adjust some things to ensure that the foods I am eating are benefiting my body, helping me recover well and that I’m eating enough calories. This is something I really struggle with. I don’t keep track of calories but I suspect I’m not eating enough. I need to address this, especially in my weekly food prep to ensure success.

Recovery cereal from my Thrive Energy cookbook.
Recovery cereal from my Thrive Energy cookbook.

Finally, I want to feel good. This will be the easiest goal to achieve because I feel completely in my element at the warehouse. I love running and the freedom I feel on the road but I just adore being in an environment where I can work hard with other people, learn new things and get an education on how our bodies work. This was always the stuff I loved in university. Anything sport and fitness related makes my ears perk up. It’s awakening my inner nerd in the worst way.

So there you have it. I’m so excited to be taking these new steps. I really feel like it’s exactly what I need in my life for a variety of reasons. I’m really excited to be taking you along on the journey for the next year.

Buckle up!!

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