Weighing in and workout plans for the week

Weighed myself this morning.

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My goal for November 6th is to be 1 pound down.

I haven’t weighed this much since August 2011. I’ll use it as motivation to get moving. I ran Monday and Tuesday this week after work. Today I have my first personal training session with my roommate.  It’s a win/win for us both, I get trained for free as it’s her practicum, so it’s benefiting us both.   We are working out Friday nights and Saturday mornings for the month and half.  I can’t think of a better way to get motivated in the gym then to have someone else dictate how your ass is going to get handed to you while you’re there.  I don’t have to think up a workout, I just get to go and DO. I am looking forward to it.

I am nervous though. I am very out of shape. In my head I can still lift the weights I was, but truly I can’t right now. That doesn’t mean that I wont again!

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My workout plan for the week:

  • Friday- workout with Laura
  • Saturday- Workout with Laura and short run with Koda (I work from 11-5 also so run will be after work as we’re working out before I work)
  • Sunday- Short run with Koda, soccer game
  • Monday- Walk Koda before work, Working a double shift so no actual workout
  • Tuesday- Walk Koda before work, SPIN Class at 6:15
  • Wednesday-Walk Koda before work, again working a double so no workout
  • Thursday- Walk Koda before work, work late that day, but head right to the gym from work.
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Paying off debt by getting fit.

It’s a little late, but it’s still Monday-the day I said I’d post!

I’m still not 100% sure if this bribe to get fit is going to work, but let me explain the just of it.

If I reach my weekly goal of losing a pound my girlfriend will put extra money towards her debt.   I’m sure this brings up some questions such as: why wouldn’t she just pay more towards her debt? or if you don’t reach your goal does she get to add to her debt? or why does she have debt anyways? or why do you have to lose weight for her to pay extra?

Forget all your questions, well except for the, does she get to add to her debt if I don’t reach my goal, NO.   The real question should be, how will that help you reach your goal each week?

It’s super motivating to me, as we will be working out together a lot of the time.  She has already stepped up and started paying more on her debt (in order for us to do more in the future- travel, home renos etc) and I’ve offered to help because I don’t have debt, but she wants to do it on her own. I highly respect this, but at the same time I love this gal and I’m sure some of that debt actually was spent on me, plus if we were to get married at some point that debt becomes mine anyways. Why not rid ourselves of it quicker!

If I reach my weekly goal, she will put $50 extra to pay off her debt.  I don’t reach my goal I will be paying the extra payment on her debt.  So this bribe is for both of us.  I’m always encouraging her to put a little more on her debt and she’s encouraging me to go to the gym and offering to workout with me. What a huge help to have a workout buddy and financial adviser in your own home. This will push both of us to work towards our goals.  I know she’ll push me to workout more as she doesn’t want me to help her with her debt and I won’t slack in order to make a payment, but I think if I keep reaching my goal then maybe I should be able to just make a secret payment.

We spent all weekend talking about it and figured this is fair as it really is a win/win for both of us. We’re both going to get fit and both going to come out ahead with the debt.

This bet/bribe/competition will start with weighing in this Friday since I still need to go out and buy a scale for the home and work a few extra shifts at work.  So week one will commence October 30 and we will know the first outcome on weight loss/debt repayment on November 6.  This doesn’t mean that I’m not working out this week, we went for a short 27 minute run after work today and have plans to do same or hit up the gym tomorrow.

She knows I don’t need a bribe to get my act together and get fit, she just figured to get started it might help jump start my motivation.  She was right.  We may also have a friend competition in the works, but again need to work out details.  another blog post, another day!

Let me know what you think.

How to ease back into blogging-setting a goal for Monday.

I know I’ve said it before, like a full year ago, but seriously

I’m getting my shit together to get back to blogging AT LEAST weekly.

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I want to. I need to. I miss it, I need to work on my grammar, I want/need to work on my fitness, I want to set goals and work towards them.  I just have a lot of wants and needs right now and blogging use to help me with getting my thoughts in order and getting shit done.

Again I could list a billion excuses as to why I didn’t keep up with my blog.  BUT instead I’ll take some responsibility. I was lazy and didn’t make time for it.  Not gonna lie I could easily get lazy again, but this time there is a bit of a competition.  Almost a bribe if you will.  I am competitive and I find this very enticing.

I don’t know the exact details yet, they will be discussed and finalized this weekend. I will need to set some goals, which will be about weight loss, running and food. Maybe even a money goal this time around.

I need to give myself deadlines right now in order to get posting again. I will post on Monday, so check back  to see just what this bribe/competition is all about and what my new goals so that I can be held accountable to reach them.

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I came up with goals in January.  And haven’t thought about them for 7 months, so I guess it’s time to do so.

1) Reach 135 pounds- I did this in February.  It was not a healthy weight loss.  I was extremely stressed out, was lucky to force a meal a day down, was exercising a ton to try to help deal with the anxiety/stress/depression I was feeling.  I have since put weight on, I haven’t stepped on a scale in months, but I can tell by how my clothes fit that I’m not close to where I even feel comfortable.

2) Run 3 half marathons- I ran one in February when I last posted. I Also ran the lulu lemon Sea Wheeze in August.  I did not train for either half, which I don’t recommend.  I don’t have time to train for a 3rd one before the end of this year so I will not reach this goal but I’m happy with running 2 halfs this year.   I think I’ll set a new running goal instead of the 3rd half, so here’s goal 2 revamped:

2) I will run a minimum of 10km a week for the remainder of 2014.

3) Meal Planning- still working on this goal.  It’s HARD. I haven’t put in enough time.  Will continue to work at this and post some recipes I’ve tried recently.

I think I’m going to find a scale and measuring tape sometime this week to see where I’m at.

Life Changes and Challenges

Bet you thought I had completely disappeared.  It’s been 7 months since I last blogged. I needed a break back in the fall and I needed a break yet again.  I had said I wasn’t in a great state of mind, well, for the past 7 months I’ve been struggling to get where I am today.  I finally feel like myself. I finally feel ready to get back to me.

I’m not going to go into every last detail, but I’ve gone through some huge life changes and challenges in the past 10 months.  It’s been busy, stressful, tiring, sad, exciting at times, and it’s been depressing.  I finally made a decision to 100% put myself first and make myself happy.  But coming to that decision included all of those feelings I stated above and now in September I finally feel some inner peace. I finally feel like I’m the person I’ve been striving to become for years, except with my fitness.

I use to blog to stay motivated and keep track of my weight/fitness goals. It helped me vent some frustrations and set and achieve goals and fail at some as well.  I’m finally ready to get back to it. I still love being active, but its been one thing I’ve had to put to the back burner for the past few months in order to get where I am now.   Now I am able to spend the time I want on my fitness goals and will follow up with a post about goals I set earlier in the year later this week. pic

 

 

Hypothermic Half Marathon and other events

Excuses, excuses that’s all I ever have for not hammering out a blog once a week, but man have I been busy. And by busy, I mean working out on the days I usually write my blog! So forgive me, please?

Where to start!?
I haven’t posted since January?! Damn I truly didn’t think it had been that long. I went home to visit my folks for 4 days at the beginning of feb and worked out 3/4 days with my 2 BFFs from high school. It was awesome. They let me put them through some tough workouts and they loved it! Or so they said 🙂20140218-095359.jpg

I have been emailing my nutritionist every Friday still updating her with my exercise for the week.  I need to get back on track with my eating.  I have lost weight in the past month, but I’ve also been pretty stressed out with life and haven’t been eating well.  Working out a ton to deal with the stress which has helped but I don’t want to put this weight back on.

February

Sun 1- 2 ball hockey games
Mon 2-rest
Tues 3-45-elliptical
Wed 4-rest
Thurs 5-30 elliptical 30 weigh training (with my girlfriends in the pic) 30 min dog walk
Fri 6- 35min elliptical, 30 min weight (with my girlfriends in the pic) 20 min dog walk and I’m headed to the gym with another girl friend of mine in an hour so at least another hour of exercise.

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 Fri 7- 30 min cardio 30 min weight training ( with my girl friends in the pic)
Sat 8- 30 min cardio 30 min weight training
Sun 9- 2 ball hockey games
Mon 10-rest
Tues 11-30 min weights
Wed 12-rest
Thur 13- hour and a half drop in hockey and didn’t time it, but probably an hour at the dog park

Fri 14- 1 hour sculpt barre class and 1 hour at the dog park

Sat 15- 1.5 drop in hockey

Sun- My 3rd HALF MARATHON, and 1st half marathon of 2014 plus 2 ball hockey games

Ok lets talk about this Half Marathon- The Hypothermic Half.

I did not training very well for this run.  The longest run I did before hand was 12k which was about 3 weeks ago? maybe longer. Jill my running buddy and I were both freaking out a bit about doing the run but both said “F it, we’ll do what we can. If we have to walk we walk”  well we finished in 2:18 (unofficial time- still need to check the official time)which is our best time to date.  The last half we ran together we did in 2:28 so we shaved about 10 minutes off.  We enjoyed a lovely brunch after. 20140218-095338.jpg

I had some calf cramping issues this run as well.  They started around the 15km mark but and would once in a while cramp, so Jill and I would walk for a bit until I could run again.  Other than this the run was great! My only other issue is I feel sick almost immediatly after I finish running, and do for most of the day. Not 100% sure what to do about that, so if anyone has any tips feel free to pass them along.

 

 

icy walks and rolled ankles.

I missed blogging last week, completely lost track of the weekend.
What did I get up to last week you may be wondering? (Feb 17-23)
Fri- I can’t remember/didn’t put it into MFP
Sat- 60 min run
Sun-120 min run and 2 ball hockey games
Mon- rest
Tues- 20 min dog walk
Wed- nothing
Thurs- 40 min dog walk and 1.5hours at drop in ball hockey
This week felt like it was spring.  It was warm, all the snow was melting and ice was forming when it cooled off at night, which lead to a horrible week for running.  PURE icy walks everywhere.  I set out one day to run with Koda and it turned into a core building walk as we were both slipping and sliding.  I promptly went to the running room and bought spikes, which I’ve been meaning to do for a few years, but have yet to use them… too scared, just so much ice!
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This week I managed to fit in a fair amount of work out time even with an injury. (Feb 24-30)
Friday-45 minute dog walk
Sat-2.5 hours at drop in hockey
Sun-1 ball hockey game, I rolled my ankle at the end of the game 😦 had to miss game 2
Mon-nothing
Tues-nothing
wed-60min on the elliptical
Thurs-1.5 at drop in hockey
I weighed in last week and I am still at the same weight this week 146.8 (ok I’m actually up .2 but does that even count?)
I rested my stupid ankle Sunday night, Monday and Tues.  Wednesday I was going nuts so I went to the gym and used the elliptical for an hour.  Figured I wouldn’t run on my ankle just to give it more of rest.  I wasn’t planning on going to drop in this week but got a last-minute invite and figured why not.  The ankle is feeling pretty good and if it hurts I can always stop. I have been playing a ton of ball hockey, as I have mentioned, and love, love, love playing. If I could play every day I would. I’m building more confidence and skill each time I play.  At last nights drop in, I’ve only gone to this drop in twice, one of the guys that I played against last week made sure I was on his team.  He asked if I play, which I informed him of my Ladies Leagues, and he said “ya it shows, you’re good.  You know positions, cover for D” and maybe a few other things.  I said thank you, as I’m still always a little thrown off when I get complements, especially from people I don’t know very well.  Hoping to make it to drop in tomorrow and then I have 2 games on sunday!
I am off to the gym this morning though, so I better get off my butt and the computer before I get into a “I don’t feel like working out” stage.. hey it happens, even though I like working out!
Have a great weekend!

Ball Hockey Tournament

Weighed in at: 148 lbs yesterday morning.

so I’m -1lb this week

I didn’t have the greatest week but here’s what I got up to since last Friday.

Friday- 40 minute run on the treadmill – Catching up on season 3 of The Walking Dead

Saturday- 4 ball hockey games.  I was in an outdoor tournament with some friends.

Sunday- 1 last game for the outdoor tournament, and then my 2 regular ball hockey games

the rest of the week was extremely stressful and I didn’t have time to work out 😦

We were the only team with more women than men, ok there was only one other team with women. We destroyed one mens team and did very well against a young mens team- all whom were under 24 and play a high level of hockey.  We ended up only playing these 2 mens teams due to some teams not showing up as it was so cold.  Remember it was an outdoor tournament at -20 with the windchill.

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some of my fav ladies
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missing a few members of our team

 

Due to my stressful week I have still not set any monthly goals.  I didn’t work on my goal of pre-packaging food for the week, it just seems like too much right now.  I’m just trying to make sure I eat at all with this stress.  My first half marathon for the year is coming up on Feb 16 so I am off to get out for a training run as I have been slacking in that department.  I know I’m physically fit enough to, just need to up my mental game and make sure my calves don’t cramp up while running.

Have a great week!

Needed sometime to decide what’s happening in 2014

I needed a break from blogging.  So I have not posted since November.

I have missed it though, so I am back.

I still do not have time to blog as much as I used to so I’ve decided that once a week at some-point between Friday-Sundy I will post.

I needed a break from Nov-till now because I wasn’t in the right state of mind to be working out consistently and paying close attention to what I was eating.  Not that I was going hard on Christmas cookies, cause I didn’t and I didn’t put on any weight over Christmas!  Life just got busy.

I have still been visiting with my nutritionist to discuss what I’m eating, when I’m eating, how to stay motivated etc.  And I have a goal to be down to 148 (on her scale) by Feb 15.  I had jumped back up to 153 before I went on my trip in November so I figured 5lbs is a reasonable goal for just over a month and if I can do lose more than I will.  I say on her scale because there’s a 3lb difference when I weigh in at home compared to her scale.  I could also be that I’m not naked in her office weighing in but that’s ok.

My current health/fitness goals for 2014:

1) Get down to 135 by December 2014- taking this nice and slow because I think the slower I do it the easier it will be to maintain when I get to my goal weight.

2) Run 3 half marathons- I’m signed up for one in feb, signing up for the Lulu-lemon Sea Wheeze in Vancouver and have plans to do one in chicago with a girlfriend but I’m not sure I can make it anymore so I will look at possibly doing another one in Edmonton or make another trip out of one.

3) Get good at meal planning, cooking and pre-packaging- I want to make sure that I have healthy snacks to grab at all times, but also breakfasts, lunches and dinners.  So whether I plan out my meals for a week and cook them all over the weekend or just at least have breakfasts and lunches ready to go I haven’t decided what will work.  I think it will take some trail and error.

Here’s how I plan on reaching some of these goals:

My friends are amazingly supportive. THANK GOD for them! If you’ve follow my blog you know I play on a women’s ball hockey team. My gf Steph (who’s on my ball hockey team) has been making me come to drop-in ball hockey on Saturdays & Wednesdays and any other night that I’m free and drop-in people need a sub.  Steph has also made me join another women’s ball hockey team that is in a lower division than our ball hockey team so that I can work on my stick handling and fitness.

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I’m in the white helmet (not the goalie)

Jen and Emma (who you should remember from previous blogs) are also into the ball hockey scene with us.  They also got a dog around the same time that I did so we spend a lot of time at the dog park with our furbabies who are also BFF’s so going for walks and runs with our dogs is one of our fav ways to hang out now.  except that it’s been -40 WAY TOO OFTEN this stupid winter.

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Koda attacking Penny. Swear on my life they are just playing!

 

SOOOO I play at least a minimum of 4 hours of ball hockey a week right now. I will continue to do this throughout 2014.

I will be weighing in on Friday mornings, so I will post my weight with my weekly blog.

I weighed in yesterday at 149 (my scale)

I will also post what exercise/activities I’ve done for the week.

I’m sure I will come up with monthly goals as well but I really just wanted to get a post out there.  I am off to an outdoor ball hockey tournament, have 4 games today and who knows how many tomorrow before my 2 league games! Wish me luck!

 

Quick Tips on Healthy Snacking

Since my holiday I’ve been trying to get back into the daily healthy eating routine I was in before I left.  It’s been a struggle with Xmas sweets starting to appear at meetings and people wanting to go for dinners, but here’s how I’ve managed to

Plan ahead– Make a grocery list of healthy items you need for a week or 2. See if you need small Tupperware or bags as well.

Pre-pack snacks– If they’re in a ready to grab container in the fridge or panty its much easer to grab a healthy snack. Buy a bag of almonds and count them out. Same can be done for any veggie/fruit.

Buy snack size– maybe you’re too lazy to measure out your snack. look for pre-packed snack size veggies, humus, cheese, nuts etc.

Pack you snacks with your lunch the night before– I find that if I pack my lunch right after dinner its much easier to eat healthy. I pack leftovers, 2 snacks

Keep some packed snacks handy– I keep some almonds in my car’s glove box, purse, at work in a drawer so that if I’m hungry and busy I don’t have an excuse to hit up a drive-thru.

Ask friends what healthy snacks they have– If you’re sick of the same snacks ask around, someone will have some healthy options you hadn’t though of.

Allow yourself an unhealthy snack from time to time

A list of my 150 calorie goto healthy snacks:

  1. 20 Almonds
  2. 1/2 cup grapes & 1/2 cup Cottage cheese (1%)
  3. Medium apple with 1 tbsp almond butter
  4. 10 Mary’s Gone Crackers with 1/4 humus
  5. 1 cup veggies & 1/2 cup Cottage cheese (1%)
  6. 16 baked tortilla chips & 1/4 cup Salsa
  7. 3/4 cup plain 0% greek yogurt with 1/2 cup berries and 1 tsp honey

These can me mixed and matched, maybe you want grapes and almond butter, or crackers and almond butter just play around with tastes.

Veggies- your choice : carrots, peas, cucumber, peppers etc