Archive for the ‘Fitness’ Category

First Challenge of 2015

coollogo_com-91132420

I’ve been feeling a bit off lately. I am guessing that it is from the month off of working out as December was a chaotic month, I just needed wanted the extra time in my day to get things done. I spent a lot of the month drinking and eating and not being active at all.

It was about half way through the month when I thought – I really need to get back on track, I need to do another “diet”/eating challenge.  It was then that I decided that for the month of January I would give up drinking alcohol, gluten, junk food ( pop chips candy gum) and fast food.  I have noticed that when I go on these challenges that I always feel so much better – less bloating, more energy and less flatulence (the world is cheering now!)… ( and yes I italicized the word flatulence to make it seem more gassy…everyone farts – don’t judge 😛 )

Its a good thing that I am starting this challenge today. I woke up this morning and stepped on the scale to both check out what weight I was starting this challenge at….. and to see the damage that Christmas had done to me. Seriously, I did so much baking and it was so scrumptious… I just couldn’t stop… I should have.

thanks-weight-scale

8lbs.

I am beyond embarrassed and I am motivated to shed these pounds that I don’t need or want! (and hopefully I can work off a few more of that as I have definitely slipped on attaining my weight and/or pant size goals – whichever comes first 😉

With eating better for this month, I am going to resume being active. I am hoping to check out the new rec centre that opened up near my place, as well as I hope I can attend some barre classes as my body misses it!

Now, I was listening to the radio last night and they were talking statistics about New Years resolutions. 45% of people make them and only 8 percent of those people actually keep them. I don’t want to look at this like its a new years resolution. I feel like that would imply that this is something I am just starting, or that based on those statistics something that I am going to fail at. I think that first of all – I am not going to fail… and second, this is not something new that I’m trying to change, its a continuation of my work. Jan 1, 2015 just was a great day to start this challenge – its just a coincidence that it happens to be the start day of so many other peoples new years resolutions.

So for the month of January I will be avoiding gluten, junk food, booze, fast food… and basically just trying to make healthier home cooked meals.  I will also be actively counting my calories  to keep me from going overboard in my eating. I will also try and be active 4 days a week (as I have a few hours  on the days my daughter goes to school). I hope that I can start a good pattern to push me to reaching my goals this year.  I better tie myself to that wagon so I stop falling off!

What changes, challenges or goals do you have planned for 2015?

Good Luck to everyone who is starting a challenge, a new years resolution or a non new years resolution!

Mira

Here we go again!

Alright, so as you know… September we had the 20 times in 30 days challenge. And since I made it through that, I have continued it into this month. But guess what! The studio I attend… IS HAVING A CHALLENGE!

Now, those of you that know me, know that there is no way I can pass up an opportunity to partake in a super awesome challenge.  Here are the challenge details!

10485310_350461361786930_2725665703538660584_n

COMPLETE 30 CLASSES IN 30 DAYS!

And to make it even better… There are rewards to completing the challenge ( along side a super awesome looking body )

Clients who complete the challenge receive…
20% off next class package! {excludes annual pass}
Private 1 on 1 session!
Name entered to win a pair of NIKE studio wraps!
20% OFF tank top of your choice!

This all seems so awesome! I already go 20 times… I just have to add ten more classes! (Because I am obviously not busy enough with my Three year old!)  Anyone that is interested in the challenge, or checking out Sculpt Barre… You should! It’s amazing!

https://www.facebook.com/SculptBarre

http://www.sculptbarrestudio.com/

 

Please cheer me on as this challenge begins October 20th and concludes November 18th.

September 4 Barre Fitness Challenge

Today was a tough day – maybe because I did a workout at 6 last night and then came again first thing this morning. Or maybe because I sent my little girl who is not even three yet- on the school bus alone to her new program. Today was her first day. It was so hard not to just take her back off the bus and run inside and lock the door. We both made it though, and although there are some issues to address in her school day, I think hopefully in a week or two, everything will work out. So a big YAY on making it though todays workout!

IMG_3847.JPG

IMG_3849.JPG

IMG_3832.JPG

IMG_3756.JPG

My September Challenge… Coming Soon

September Challenge

barrechallenge

Recently I bought a 1 month unlimited pass for a place called Sculpt Barre ( They also have a Facebook page). Since my daughter will be starting a program at a local school 4 mornings a week, I thought that there would be no better time to start a new challenge. So I am challenging myself to attend 20 classes in one month.

I have only done Barre a few times so far, and I have to admit, I am in love. I find it HARD! The hour long workout leaves me so exhausted that I’ve had to go home and take a nap. During the workout, my body is continuously shaking while I’m pushing myself to keep going!

What is barre fitness?

Barre is a combination of Yoga, Pilates and Ballet technique. The greatest thing about barre is that you do not need to be a dancer to do this. Honestly, you can be as clumsy and uncoordinated as I am, and still benefit from Barre! Actually, it will help improve your coordination! Barre is made up of small frequent movements that really work your muscles.

I am anxious to see if one month of doing barre workouts will show any visible body changes, as well as I am interested to know how I will feel after a month of doing this challenge.  Prior to the start of the challenge, I am going to take some measurements on myself, as well as my weight.  I however don’t mind if I lose any weight as long as my clothes fit better 😉

I hope that you will follow my in my adventure of yet another challenge as I will be updating frequently next month on my progress.

XXOO,

Mira

Almost half way!

It is February 13th today, and that means that I am one day away from the half way mark in this month long challenge.

Here is an image of what my workout challenge this month entails:

feb challenge

So today consisted of 12 pushups, followed up by 85 leg lifts and finally 130 squats. WHEW! That was enough to exhaust me completely. I am definitely feeling stronger than I was at the beginning of this month!

I am also still partaking in a no sugary drinks, gluten free, no chips, candy and garbage. I will however admit that I did have fries on night with a bun-less burger. I will justify it by saying that although it was deep fried, at least it was gluten free( fried in peanut oil). I do not feel any guilt about my eating choices this month. I think I am doing fantastic. The lesson that I am trying to teach myself is moderation. I can have fries, or a soda, or even some chips… what I can’t have is only  fries, sodas and chips .

So tomorrow is hump day, and I start on the last half of the month, and the last half of this challenge. I hope that its as successful and as rewarding as this first half.

XXOO,

Mira

February – A new Month

Last night I had a realization. The realization was that I have really slacked off in caring for my health in the last month and a half… maybe even longer.  I have let bad food choices take over my life, and sugar become a constant. I honestly can’t remember the last time I chose a bottle of water over a soda. I stepped on the scale today and realized that I have regained 5lbs that I have worked so hard to lose. So I need to change, challenge myself to stay on top of this.

Last night I sent the hubby a text telling him that “Tomorrow is a new month and that means I’m starting a new challenge. Please bring home some McDonald’s for a last chance feast of grossness.” He complied perfectly.

Mcdonalds Fan Pack

Please note that I did not eat this all myself. I happily shared, and I didn’t have the cookies, or most of the soda… I feel good about that… which is a plus because I didn’t feel good after I scarfed down ten nuggets and a medium fry.

So, this new month, and starting a new challenge.  I have been racking my brain trying to think of what parameters I am setting to this goal.

Fitness and Food.

Food:

  • No sugary drinks
  • No junk food ( deep fried garbage, chips, candy)
  • Avoid Gluten as much as possible
  • Avoid processed foods as much as possible ( which just gave me a pang of sadness as I rememembered the nacho cheese sauce in the fridge that I LOVE… oh well! )

Fitness:

I am going to attempt another fitness challenge.  I know that my last experience with a challenge was less than stellar, I pushed myself into something I was not ready mentally or physically for. This Challenge is less demanding, and I am hopeful that it will wreak havoc on my body and I will get stronger because of it.

feb challenge

Still, looking at the challenge… it is going to give me a run for my money. Good thing I found this for free online. 😉 And even if I cant do 40 push ups or 100 leg lifts by the end, I will still be helping my body by trying to do something. I have also realized that this month has 28 days, and the challenge has 30. So with that, I am either going to skip two days in the middle somewhere to catch up so I end at the end of the month on 30 OR I will end the challenge on the 28th day and have the last two days as a bonus if I feel like doing them.  I haven’t decided yet.

I think that I am going to change one thing about this challenge month.  And that is the frequency of my blogging.  For the past challenges, I felt it was necessary to update every single day. This time around, I am not going to put that stress on myself.  I am doing this month’s challenge strictly for myself, I need to get my health back on track. I will blog about my challenge, or maybe new recipes I am trying, or just about random stuff.  When, what, and how often… who knows?! But I am here, and If you aren’t hearing from me often enough, you can always click the comment section below and send me a message, or many of you are also on my personal Facebook account, as well as my Pickles are Cucumbers Group. I’d love to hear from you, if its just to say hi, or to comment on something I am doing or have said.

So today is Day 1.  Here I go!

XXOO,

Mira

90 Day Challenge – Day 90

Day 90 – Bikini Body Mommy Challenge (www.bikinibodymommy.com)

Fitness test day! LAST DAY EVER!!!!

906800_356633421108654_444150394_o 903015_356633391108657_961669594_o 902510_356633347775328_973165861_o 901813_356633337775329_813193763_o 901459_356633361108660_1964882255_o 894988_356633464441983_423234601_o 894501_356633404441989_1151488174_o 892665_356633431108653_1095576853_o

XXOO, Mira