Tag: health

Weigh in Day 3: slow and steady

I usually try to have my treat/cheat meal on Friday or Saturday, AFTER weigh in day, but this week it happened to take place Thursday evening. Thursday also being the only day that I’ve felt hungry none stop in the past 3 weeks.  I ate a bit more than planned, but all healthy choices-except for my chicken brie and fig sandwich (minus skin) and yam fries (healthier right??? lol) it was so worth it for my cheat meal.   I still felt good about how I ate for the day.

but I was a little nervous that the meal, plus a few extra calories from extra snacks would completely ruin my weigh in.  Hopped on the scale this morning.

Last week: 159.8

This week: 157.4

That means I’m down 1.4 pounds this week, slow and steady the weight is disappearing, which is super especially after eating a cheat meal the 12 hours before.   This also means Steph has to put $50 extra on her credit card-  I have yet to hear her confirmation of completing this, but I’ll make sure that gets done!  Next week I will weigh in and do measurements. I didn’t post them, but I did take them at my starting weight.

I am feeling confident that I can keep this up until I’m back at my ideal weight.  I am hoping to get back to this weight by January 22 as that’s when I have a week off and head to the Bahamas for a friends wedding.  Thinking about wearing bathing suites for a week is motivation to get my butt moving almost every day.

I’m also looking forward to December to have more time to focus on fitness.  I picked up an extra 60 hours at my casual job this past month.  Often I work these extra shifts after my normal job which means I have a 14-16 hour day, or I’ll sometimes pick up an extra 12 hour shift on a Sunday- like I have coming up this Sunday.  This doesn’t leave a lot of time for workouts, so those days I really focus on my meals and sticking to what I’ve planned and packed to eat.   I think I have 1 extra shift in December so I will have more time to dedicate to my half marathon training and working out in general.

The plan for this week:

Friday: Workout with Laura (Laura being my roommate/trainer)

Saturday: Workout with Laura and short 3-4km run with Koda.

Sunday: I work 11-11, but have made plans with my old running buddy Jill to meet at 9am to attempt our old 6.whatever Km run. Then I’ll head to work.

Monday- I took a day off of work to book a bunch of doctors appointments, so once I’m done those for the day the plan is 8km run with Koda in the afternoon.

Tuesday- Work 15 hours, just get in the normal morning walk with Koda.

Wednesday- pack in a short run right after work before Volunteering at the Food Bank

Thursday- Haven’t decided yet, I have a basketball game, but I may be driving home a day early for the weekend.  I’m going see how I feel later in the week, might be a good day for another rest day.

Here’s to another busy and great weekend ahead.

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!

 

back from holidays

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swear we’re not naked!

Well I’m back from the Dominican, what a GREAT trip.  I finished 2 books and started a 3rd all while laying by the pool for 7 days.  Most relaxing trip I think I’ve ever had.

I didn’t plan to work out while we were away and I also didn’t follow my new clean eating plan. It’s really hard when you don’t cook for yourself.   On the positive note about that the resort was huge, so Ryan and I walked to and from almost every meal (about a 1km walk each time) and I did some squats, push ups, abs in the room at night. I only over ate at one meal.  You know the over eating when you’re stomach actually hurts and I tried to make healthy choices as best I could.  I am waiting to check the scale till Monday am since I know I hold a lot of water weight after flying.

I had made a workout plan before I left on holidays in hopes to fit it all in.  I didn’t fit it all in, but did 2 of the 5 workouts which really is better than nothing.  Had to stay late at work and do some last-minute running around for the trip, such is life.  I’m back at it today, started off the am with a healthy breakfast, about to go grocery shopping and have hockey tonight.  Another plus, and I’ve said it a few times before with no follow through, my husband has agreed to working out with me 3 times a week for an hour while we have a show on netflicks in the back ground.  I asked him while away to workout with me, saying he’s promised me this for at least a year now, and really what is 3 hours? NOTHING, he spends at least  15 hours watching TV/playing video games a week, so why can’t 3 of those hours be working out hours.  He said ok since he knows I want and need that extra support from him and he’s feeling a little tubbier than he use to be.  I know it’s going to be like pulling teeth to actually get him to workout, so here’s hoping he follows through.

 

I am trying to eat healthy

I was sick for way too long. I ran a 5km race last weekend and was so out of breath, had some chest pain and felt like I might have pushed myself to hard. BUT my cold seemed to disappear after that so maybe that’s just what I needed since I was feeling fine otherwise. This race was a Zombie Evasion run. Everyone who participated had a belt that they attached 2 flags to (3 or 4 if you donated food and money) and got ready to be chased by people dressed (fully dressed) as zombies. There were 5 heats, in which they started about 100 people for the race. My team was in the last heat so we had a blast watching and laughing at the first few groups, here’s why

The first heat of roughly 100 people or so were at the big blow up start line. If you’ve done a race you know it’s cramped, you’re shoulder to shoulder with people and when they sound the horn or gun to go, it is a very slow start as everyone tries to start walking/running forward with no room. So what made this so funny you ask? Behind the start a few hundred meters back they had a cage of zombies. When the horn sounded, the zombies were let loose and SPRINTED up to those people who were at the back of the pack slowly shuffling towards the start. The zombies immediately started stealing 1/2 or maybe even all the flags. Seriously from all the zombie movies/walking dead I’ve watched I was not expecting Sprinting zombies, and I highly doubt the people who started the first heat were as well, since they screamed in terror like it was actually the apocalypse. Once the first heat was well underway they called the second heat, and you should have seen the people rush, push and squeeze up to the start line. Everyone who saw what had just happened to the first heat was determined not to be at the back of the pack. This continued through all the heats, even mine, the fifth heat, but we lucked out. There were no zombies left!

Overall it was a very fun race. My team lost all our flags. The zombies were just to quick for us and some of the flags fell off the belts by themselves but we all got a sweet medal.

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I’ve also gone and seen a dietician ( nutritionist ?) whatever they want to be called. I am going to be trying to cut our more refined sugar, yeast, processed foods and on and on. I had to do a 5 day food log for my first meeting with her. For 3 of the 5 days I felt I ate pretty well the other 2 were slightly embarrassing, but after speaking with her I quickly realized just how addicted to sugar and carbs (BREAD) I am. These 2 things alone are whats making it so hard for me to lose more weight and toying with my skin/emotions/metabolism. So starting Monday I am to follow this new menu plan. I refuse to call it a diet because it is very similar to how I ate before just with a few tweaks and changes so that it is healthier.

Though I do feel like this situation may arise lol

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I am going to eat 3 meals, and 3 snacks a day. I will post a day of my meals next week and let you all know how it’s going. I think the best part is my hubby is willing to eat the same meals as me, minus the fish and probably quinoa (substitute chicken and rice) so here’s to getting on track with my health!

Anyone doing anything to get on track with their health??

update-still working on it

routine update: I have still yet to find a routine to fit in working out.  Doesn’t mean I’ve give up, just working on it still.

how I feel update: I feel blah- as in I feel weak, flabby, slow (running wise), really it comes down to me feeling really unhealthy right now.

I am really enjoying my new supervising position.  I don’t mind doing the paper work and since it’s summer time the kids are around the house a fair amount.  I just am having a hard time waking up in the mornings to work out and then having a hard time convincing myself to workout after work unless it’s a group sport or meeting up with friends.

I’ve mentioned before that my husband has offered to run with me, but for the past 8 months he hasn’t followed through on this.  Finally he has agreed that he wants to get into better shape and will run at least once a week with me, as long as our schedules will let us (I work mon-thurs days and he works 4 on 4 off 6pm-6am)  so we’ll see if this happens!

I have also informed him that I am going to start going to the gym after work instead of rushing home to see him because I am feeling so blah right now.  Unless we make plans to do something active.  He seemed kind of upset at first, because we don’t really get to spend a lot of time together but understands that I need to get motivated and feel better about myself again.   Glad he is supportive.  We both have talked about the need to eat better as well, now to just do it and not just talk about it.

Sorry I’ve been MIA for a few weeks.  Along with working out I’m finding it hard to fit in Blogging, reading, other hobbies and pretty much everything right now.  I will figure it out soon!

Finding Routine

I’m in my fourth week of this new position at work. I work Mon-Thurs, 9-4 (9-10 on Mondays). It’s a decent shift. I used to have a 3 week random rotation that I wont even attempt to explain besides I worked: evenings, days, 24 hours shift and did sleep over shifts- I work in a group home setting.

Anywho,

My goal is to be able to get up at 7, run my dog from 7:15-7:45, shower and leave for work by 8:30. eventually I’d like to fit in a work out in the evenings as well (weight training type workout)

So far I have not accomplished this once, but I do get up at 7:30am get ready for work and walk Koda from 8-8:30. Walking is better than nothing for me and the dog loves it.

He is eager to get outside as soon as I leave the bedroom as he is used to our morning routine of walking. The major problem is I’m not exercising nearly as much as I was when I worked my random schedule. I still play ball hockey, but the season is coming to and end, as is my co-ed (beer league) soccer team. Then what will I do all summer to keep moving?

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Why don’t I workout after work you ask? I feel guilty not going home to

1. See my husband, whom I hardly see as he works 4 on 4 off night shift

2. Poor Koda likes to go for an after work walk if the hubby hasn’t taken him before he works.

I think what I need to do is keep attempting to get up earlier each week and eventually I will be able to get up at 7 and run. I feel so lame saying I have issues waking up at 7am when I know I even have followers who get up and run at all hours, when they are hung over and are just really motivational. 

BUT it’s a struggle for me right now and that’s why I blog. Maybe someone else can relate or has tips?

How have you made yourself a workout routine?

How do you fit in workouts between work, family, pets, sickness, life?

 

Run Wild 2013

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Run Wild 2013-post race.

I had my first race of 2013 yesterday. The Run Wild- I did the 10km.   I have run this race 2 years in a row now and plan to continue doing it yearly.  The proceeds benefits an organization that is close to my heart as I work with many youth who benefit from it.  please read a bit more from right below.

  • 100% of the profits raised by the RunWild Leading Edge Marathon go directly to the Zebra Child Protection Centre and the St. Albert 50+ Club. We feel these are very important organizations to support and we hope that you can help us reach our goal of raising $100,000.
  • Edmonton’s Zebra Child Protection Centre, the first centre of its kind in Canada, enables our community to respond to child abuse with a professional, compassionate and highly integrated program of healing and justice.
  • The centre integrates a multi-disciplinary community of professionals—Edmonton Police Service, Alberta Children’s Services, Crown Prosecutors, Child at Risk Response Teams, medical and trauma screening professionals and volunteer advocates—in a child centred environment that nurtures the abused child and uses all the wisdom of its partnership to see that justice is done. The multi-disciplinary team allows for streamlined, thorough and expert investigations, interventions, prosecutions and supports. Through their own resources as well as alliances within the community, Zebra provides children and their non-offending parents and guardians with essential social, medical and mental health services and supports.

I woke up feeling like absolute crap yesterday.  I’ve had a head cold for a week now and yesterday was the worst.  I figured I’d go run and get it over with and then come home and nap.  I picked up my friend Aline and we went to meet up with Steph.  We ended up not being able to find Steph before the run started so we figured, meh she’s WAY faster than both of us anyways so we’ll let her get a good run in.  I’m a bit faster than Aline, but she was worried about running the 10k so I told her I’d run it with her.  She was worried she’d have to stop and walk.  I told  Aline that I was fine with that, BUT guess what Aline ran the whole thing! I was very proud of her! at Km 9 I took off (Aline had a coworker running with us as well so I didn’t just ditch her) and finished strong (I passed about 20 people) I don’t know what my exact time was but it was just over an hour.  I can run 10km in less than an hour but I was supporting my friend by running with her so it doesn’t matter.  Steph however finished in 38 minutes which is AWESOME as well!

I have a mother’s day walk and run (10km) this coming sunday as well and am running alone while a group of friends walk the 5km.  I plan on finishing before they finish in less than an hour.

I have yet to do my menu plan as this head-cold had put a damper on a few things for me, but am going to work on it today.. will post soon.

Ready, Set, May Goals

Aaaaaghg I haven’t written in a while.

so I was supposed to come up with some goals for the last two weeks of April after the wedding shiznet all calmed down, but I didn’t.  Not gonna lie I’ve been a little lazy.  Don’t’ get me wrong I’m still playing ball hockey (2x a week now), running ever few days, BUT I haven’t been doing much weight training and that’s when I start to notice my clothes fitting differently.  I’ve lost some muscle this month but I haven’t been eating as healthy as I normally do either.

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he’s just so cute lol

BUT nothing I can’t step up and fix right away.  I’ve come up with some new goals for MAY!

1) Run 115km in may- I’ve got 2 10k races in May, plus the weather is kind of almost, perfect to run outside (we got snow yesterday wtf?), more running buddies are coming out of the woodworks and asking me to run with them. Not that I don’t love to run alone especially now that Zombies Run! second addition is out.

Anywho more goals

2)Hit the Gym 2x a week- I haven’t been using my gym membership as frequently as I should.  When I go to the gym I always do weights, so if I go 2x a week I’m at least doing 1.5 hours of weights a week.

3)Meal Plan- This is also why I haven’t had the greatest month.  I have not been eating very well. I am going to meal plan for days when Ryan and I are home together and when I’m home alone so that I know, roughly, what my calories will be.  I also tend to eat less when it’s all planned out and I’m not munching out while.  I’m not home for dinner until friday this week, so that is when I’ll have my meal plan done for and post it on here.

 

Zombie Challenge week 6 and change to March running goal

Sooooo guess which team came in 1st for week 5…

you guessed it, mine! Team EMMA!! seriously my team is really killing it.

 

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Challenge # 6You pounce on the man without a thought, jumping with your legs wide and slapping your hands together, catching his body in between your palms like a squashed bug. The guy screams and punches at you with his fists. But his blows barely even faze you — your hunger is too insatiable. You are about to sink your teeth into his arm when you feel a heavy boot collide with your side. The force of the kick knocks you off of the man and you find yourself staring up at his friends. You snarl at them and start to grab for them as well. But one of the men holds up a shiny object. The word gun flitters through your head just as he cocks it and blows a bullet straight through your gut. You stare at the hole in your midsection in awe. The man shoots again, this time the bullets catch you in the head.

Then everything starts to turn grey as you fall back onto the pavement. Although you are unconscious for the most part you hear the men talking excitedly. One of the guys pokes you with the tip of the gun but you are too weak to even open your eyes. They eventually leave, thinking you are dead.

You fight for consciousness for a few moments. Then you manage to sit up, crunching to the side. But you suddenly can’t remember why you are in the middle of the street — or why there is a giant bloody hole in your abdomen and head. Then you spot movement on the street up ahead. And your desire for fresh meat once again overtakes you. You manage to get back onto your feet and stumble after them.

After what feels like an eternity of walking, you hear grunts, growls and shouts. There is a large complex up ahead surrounded by tall gates. A mass of people are pressing up against the first fence, trying to push it down — and they are all zombies like you.

Choice 1: Join the group of zombies. You can smell an abundance of fresh meat inside – you’ve got to get that fence down!
Choice 2: Look around to see if there is a closer food source hiding somewhere nearby.

Food: Keep your calories in the “green” every day this week!
Water: Drink 8 cups of water a day.
Cardio: 200 minutes/ week
Strength: 270 Oblique Crunches on EACH side
Agility: 270 Seal Jumping Jacks (jump in, jump out = 1 rep)

 

I know I had set a running goal for 115km in March, but I’m going to have to give up/call it quits for this month.  I am still working out 5 days a week but my ball hockey and basketball team are both in play offs (which means up to 3 games a week, from the normal 1) I’m getting married in 3 weeks so let me tell you I am STRESSED the F out and trying to make sure everything is organized and of course nothing can ever go smoothly (if anyone ever tells you planning a wedding is fun, they’re a liar.  take my advice and ELOPE) and I was signed up last-minute for training at work on days off.  Ok I have a lot of other stuff going on as well but I think my list could be like 100 excuses/reasons why I can’t fit running in and I’ve listed off enough as is.

I figure, it’s ok because I need a bit of a break.  I’m still out running, but I do like to also use the elliptical or bike from time to time at the gym so as long as I’m still kicking my own ass at the gym in March I’ll get back to a running goal in April after my wedding and everything settles down a little bit.  My over all goal is my health and weight so I’m still doing what I need to be doing.