Go Green Get Fit Challenge Update & Clean Eating Resource

By Kristie Turck •  Published 07/27/12 •  4 min read

Last updated on February 8th, 2016 at 04:48 pm

Summer is a busy time for all of us… while we’re still working, and trying to keep the kids happy and entertained, throw staying fit in there and you’ve got yourself someone strapped for time! I made a handful of lofty goals for myself for this challenge – one of them was to update each week – Fail!  Summer is so chaotic and busy!  But I’ll share with you some of the progress I’ve made and some of the things I learned along the way.

Fitness Goals Update

My triathlon race is fast approaching on August 18th and when I can find the time I use it to train… and instead of training for the Sprint distance I have gone beyond that and upped the miles, laps, and biking requirements to sometimes Half Ironman distance training.  Why? It’s fun and exhilaration to be racing down a hill on my bike and never want to stop at 15 miles. I also love the idea that I can do that training.  I plan on one day doing a Half Ironman.  (Did I just say that?). I’m tempted to do one this Fall but may push that goal to next year so I can focus on training for my first marathon in March.

One of my goals was to become more proficient on the bike.  I’ve become much more at ease with shifting and handling the bike.  My speed has increased from 14mph to sometimes 17-18 mph on average.  Mission complete, although I need to get better at shifting the front gear as well as learn to change a tire.  Still have not had to do that.

My bigger goal was “I’d like to accomplish a swim across the lake and back.  The total distance is about 1+ mile.  Becoming a stronger swimmer is one of my main goals this summer because it’s my weakest area and I would like to eventually work myself up to an Olympic Distance Triathlon or more.”  I have NOT swam across the lake yet.  However!  I have done a mile in the pool a few times, and with the help of a good friend, did the Half Iron distance in laps yesterday.  I have done some lake swimming (It’s nasty.. not my favorite thing), and have done about 800 yards.  Not quite across the lake but closer.  I felt GREAT during that swim and am pretty confident I can make it across and back without dying.  Unless I see a snake or something and then all bets are off.  My swimming has gotten remarkably better and for that I am happy.  Swimming has also given me some definition in places I didn’t know existed.  Bonus.  I have learned, regarding distance swimming, that slow and steady is what will get me there.  I used to swim too fast and poop out.  Now I pace myself and breath in a pattern. Works much better.  Open water swimming also present a challenge with finding your direction.  Tracking your destination is tougher for me that it sounds.  I’m working on it!

I have not done much flexibility work aside from one yoga class… must work on that.

Coconut Almond Protein Smoothie recipe from GreenplateRule.com

Clean Food!

Aside from the fitness stuff I am trying to be better about food…

Clean Eating

is all the rage these days and at first I thought it was too crazy.  But the more I learn about it the more I think it’s really the way to go.  I’ve seen better results with better food.  One of my favorite websites for ideas, recipes and smoothies with clean healthy ingredients is Green Plate Rule.  If you have not seen it, I highly recommend it.  Victoria is a wealth of information on nutrition and healthy eating.  She also has started compiling reference lists of Clean Products.

I also love her Smoothie Saturday feature.  I was given a fancy pants blender for my birthday and I make smoothies every day.  They are a great way to add nutrition to your diet and your kids.  I’ve gotten spinach, kale, carrots, chia seeds and protein like greek yogurt into my kids.  My recent favorite is her Coconut Almond Protein Smoothie… perfect recovery drink and super healthy.  I am running my first marathon with Green Plate Rule and Moms Run This Town in March – think I should bring my blender??

How are you doing with your goals this summer?