Tag: zombies

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??

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Zombie challenge final results

The zombie challenge I took part in ended on March 31, but as I was alway in Mexico then Canmore and then jumped back into my busy work schedule I haven’t had time to post the final results for my team and myself. So here goes

Week 8 Results:

The winner of the FINAL challenge is……(drum roll please!)….

Team Emma!

Now this does not mean that Emma is still alive…

THE FINAL RESULTS
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You only stare at the girl for a second. The tears on her face mean nothing to you. You allow your primal instincts to take over as you turn your gaze back down to the woman beneath you. You snap your teeth at her and start to lower your mouth to her juicy shoulder.

Suddenly something hits the side of your head and you find yourself flipping sideways off the woman. You roll onto your back, confused and dazed. There is a man standing above you with a baseball bat. He swings it at you, hitting you repeatedly while your dinner squirms away and runs toward the fences with the little girl.

The man finally drops the bat by your side and dashes to the gates. You turn your head, and through a film of red, see that most of the humans have made it safely inside of the gates. The fence slides closed with a loud and secure clank.

YOU’VE LOST. But hopefully you’ve lost enough weight to make you feel better about it. 😉

 So this was a bit confusing at first, at least to me.  Team Emma came in 1st, 4 out of 8 weeks, 2nd 2 weeks, and 3rd 2 weeks.  That right there says just how hard my team worked.  But it wasn’t our weight loss/exercising that made us lose, it was the choices we made with the story line and what we chose for our zombie to do.   Regardless it was motivating and fun.  I also lost 6 pounds while on this challenge, though during my 2 weeks of holidays I gained 3 back due to slacking in the exercise department! oh well back to reality now.. .and a new challenge on Monday.  Will let you in on those details then!

Body Update

March 23 update
March 23-Dirty looking as I take the pictures firs thing in the morning… then hit the gym! I never know how to look in the photos smiling seems weird lol
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Back in October 2012
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These 3 photos (and the ones below) are my Start, mid and end when I worked with a personal trainer to get my butt into gear back in 2011.

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It’s been almost 2 years and I’m down 36lbs.  Weighing in at 146 this morning. I am determined, after I get back from my wedding in Mexico, to drop those last 6lbs to get to my goal of 140lbs and to surpass losing 40lbs. It’s still hard to believe that I’ve always been an athlete and I let myself put on so much weight.  I now feel like crap on days when I don’t work out now and  I am healthier now then I have ever been.  I have really enjoyed this zombie challenge I’ve been involved with the last 7 weeks as it has helped me stay on track and kick it up a bit.  I still have some chubs I’d love to get rid of all over my body, but damn I can’t wait to wear my little bikinis in mexico.

Thanks for all the encouraging words, advice and support. Having this blog (and jillandnikkidowork) has kept me accountable and motivated!!

Zombie Challenge #7, only 2 weeks left!

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You start to stumble away from the mass of zombies, eager to find a closer food source. But you suddenly stop and sniff at the air. You catch the most amazing aroma floating on the wind. It’s coming from the huge complex behind the fence. It’s better than anything you’ve ever smelled before in your life — there are dozens, no hundreds, of people inside the building. It’s like a giant buffet! You moan loudly and eagerly weave your way through the crowd.

A loud engine suddenly roars to life somewhere behind you. You glance over your shoulder just in time to see a huge yellow bus barreling toward you. The vehicle mows you over, flattening you to the pavement and breaking several bones.

Although you are really injured, you can smell the people on the bus. They are climbing off the vehicle and running toward the building. They smell so delicious you can’t help yourself. You drag your partially immobile body toward them. You roll to your side and reach your hand up, grabbing a lady by the arm. She screams and kicks at you but you manage to yank her to the ground. You are just about to enjoy your meal when someone yells at you to stop. Your head jerks up reflexively and you come eye to eye with a little girl with pig tails.

“That’s my momma!” she shrieks, huge tears rolling down her face.

Choice 1: Ignore the girl and eat her mom — you are a zombie after all.
Choice 2: Let the woman go.

Food: Keep your calories in the “green” every day this week!
Water: Drink 8 cups of water a day.
Cardio: 250 minutes/ week (I recommend 50 minutes/day, five days a week)
Strength: 315 Lying One-Arm Lateral Raises on EACH side (Lay on the couch or on the floor if you don’t have access to a bench.)
Agility: 315 Weaving Springs (Mark spots with squares of electrical tape or use objects like books or pots if you don’t have cones.)

Last weeks result were surprising for my team, Emma, we came in 3rd! WHAT? how could this be? I did a ton of extra strength/agility and cardio! I guess we had a ton of injured and sick people though.  Oh well 2 weeks left to try to win it all.

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.

 

 

Zombie challenge week 5

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For challenge week 4, Team Emma (my team) came in 2nd.  That is 2 weeks of 1st and 2 weeks at 2nd…. we’re pretty damn great!
Challenge # 5

You unsteadily climb to your feet and shuffle toward the sounds. When you get to the end of the block you are excited to see several cars and motorcycles heading out of town. But that’s not really what gets you excited — it’s the pack of people you see following the procession of vehicles that’s got your stomach grumbling. They are like a juicy herd of cattle just waiting for you. You have no idea where they are all going but it doesn’t matter. You are so starving your stomach feels like it’s going to eat itself.

You stumble out onto the road, limping after the group. A discarded tire in the middle of the road almost trips you but you manage to jump over it, kicking your butt with both heels. The hop was a little too much for your decaying muscles and you find yourself sinking, lunging to one knee. But you push yourself back up to a standing position and continue limping toward the group.

Several people at the rear of the pack suddenly fall behind as they get involved in an intense conversation. You are only a few feet away — the group is so engrossed in their argument that they don’t even notice you approaching. One of the guys in the group suddenly stops and bends down to fiddle with something on his shoe. The people are still arguing — so much so that they don’t realize that their friend is no longer with them.

Choice 1: Immediately jump on the guy to satisfy your hunger.
Choice 2: Wait until the others are farther away before you attack.

Food: Keep your calories in the “green” every day this week!
Water: Drink 8 cups of water a day.
Cardio: 175 min/week (I recommend 35 min/day, 5 days a week)
Strength: 225 Cross Lunges (right lunge, left lunge = 1 rep)
Agility: 225 Double Leg Butt Kicks (Do one leg at a time if too hard)

Sorry I’ve been so slack about updating the challenge on Monday’s when I start them. I’ve been seriously busy! hardly have time to fit m y workouts in, and I’ll choose a workout over blogging most days, even though I really miss blogging when I do!
I have been loving this zombie challenge.  I’ve found it so motivating.  I will finally be updating my before and after photos the last week of March.  I feel soooo much better with all the running, strength/agility and paying closer attention to my calorie intake.
I finished “The Walking Dead” that was on netflicks so now I’m hoping they put the next season up soon! I do usually watch so  much TV alone and get into a series like that so I need to find a new series to watch while on the treadmill as I wont be running outside much for a while.  It is DEADLY icy.  I attempted a run a few days ago on paths that should be cleared by the city… no such luck, it was so icy I could hardly walk.  Home I went to the treadmill.
Any suggestions for netflicks TV series I should get into??  Right now we have the Canadian version.  Hoping to switch that soon.

 

____ kms in February?

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awesome new tank (yes I’m a lulu lemon junkie)
sent this one to Emma cause she loves Orange

I bought new workout clothes. Something about fresh, well-fitting, great looking workout clothes makes me want to work out even more. But then again being “chased” by zombies makes me want to work out more as well.

I set a goal to run 115km in the month of February.

I ended up being working over 250 hours in 28 days, so that’s an average of nearly 9 hours a day, but I do 24 hour shifts at work so there were some days where I literally couldn’t get out for a run, no excuse I was at work.

93.38km in FebruarySo close yet again.
93.38km in February
So close yet again.

 

 

 

I put stickers on my calender when I work out, yes like a 5 year old,  I worked out 25/28 days.  I didn't put my sticker up on the 28th!

I also lost 5 lbs in February, I’m weighing in at 146lbs  down from 151lbs!!!

New shoes! I was getting blisters from my favourite runners, so I decided it was time to break a new pair in!
New shoes! I was getting blisters from my favourite runners, so I decided it was time to break a new pair in!

My running goal for March is 115km. I am busy again this month.

I work, my wedding is on April 3 but we leave March 31 for it as it’s in MEXICO so I have lots to do this month, plus bachelorette party, bridal shower, visitors from England and just life!

I was close again to reaching my running goal this month but just couldn’t get there.  Hoping that I will fit in the 115kms this month.  Wish me luck!!