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Day 7 – I’m not going to the gym today.

Today’s workout is not going to follow the typical pattern like it has for the past week.

Today is race day.


I headed downtown today on the train. By myself this time as my daughter has swim lessons. So my awesome husband took her with our son and I went to my race. ( they met me after the race)

The weather was cooler today. Probably around 12 degrees Celsius- if you’re American reading this I think that’s around 55 or something close to there. Chilly. But good for running in because you get hot hot hot when running. Or at least I do. And yes I did.

Today I gave it my all. I didn’t beat any personal records- but I tried my best and gave it everything I had and really that’s what matters.  I don’t know if all the results are in – but as it stands it looks like I came in 189th out of  464 ranked participants and I came in 26th out of 88 ranked participants…. The stats page says a bit different because i believe they are counting people who are registered and maybe didn’t show up? Anyhow- My finally race time is 33:10:00 I am pretty happy with that!

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I’m pretty happy with this race. 😀

This was the best race I’ve ever done for liking the course. Right down Jasper avenue. It’s fairly straight and only two turns midway for about a km. All you had to do was go go go. No thinking.

I don’t usually enjoy my runs- I usually think- ugh what am I doing… am I crazy? Why am I doing this? But today the weather was cooler and I actually enjoyed myself. I think I need a friend next year so I can pace myself better. But that’s a whole year away 😜

So now I’m chilling on the couch vegetating. My whole body is sore… especially my toe that was bleeding when I took my sock off- I guess my nail was jabbing into it for the whole race…. but I couldn’t stop… lol.   Fought through the pain and finished. Priorities hahahah!

That’s enough of a work out for today! Here are some photos from my race day.

My daughter and I sitting in Canada place after my race 🙂

The finish line… I was watching people cross the finish as I waited for my 5km to start.

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Waiting for my race to start. There was a lot of people there today!

See you tomorrow!

Mira

Day 5 – Just a friday at the gym

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Yesterday was a rest day, and although I was only on the bike – I got carried away and watched over an hour of my asian drama. They are only 15-16 minute episodes, and I just kept pressing “play next” sometimes its just hard to stop. I kept my “workout” light by just going at a leisure pace on the bike on minimum resistance. I didn’t work up a sweat, but it was still nice to be a little active in a relaxed atmosphere.

Today I am back on the challenge and I was supposed to do the bike again… however I didn’t look at my sheet and went for a run/walk. I mostly walked today as my sciatic is bothering me a lot and I just didn’t feel like irritating it further.

The rest of my workout included:

  1. Biceps 10×3
  2. Shoulder press  10×3
  3. Triceps  10×3
  4. 15 leg raises
  5. 15 crunches
  6. 15 push-ups
  7. 20 twists
  8. 30 seconds plank
  9. Bosu ball exercises ( about 10 mins of various things)

I skipped out of stretching today… which really was a mistake – I am thinking of getting a foam roller… I think that might help me alleviate some of my leg and sciatic pain. Today its the worst its been in a long time – it feels like it’s cramping into my toes.

One really great things about today that I should mention. Back in May for mother’s day my gym gave me a 2 week plus membership to use whenever iI wanted. I activated it today… so I got to use the fancy change rooms…. I have to bring my swim suit next time to take advantage of the hot tub…. However, I may have noticed that most people do it in the buff…. Is this typical? Maybe I should just forget about the swim suit and join in like everyone else… I honestly am not sure what is normal. What do you think? swim suit or no swim suit? I.m just not sure….

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Alright. I guess today’s workout and post is complete! See you tomorrow!

Mira

Day 3! Withdrawls

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Look at this, three days in a row! Not that we should be surprised… I don’t like failing – so I will be here everyday for the next 60… well 57 now!

One thing I always have trouble with when starting these challenges is the detox.

I joke that it’s the vodka withdrawals that really get me, but in all truthfulness, its the sugar. I drink a lot of juice, pop(Pepsi mostly), slurpees, and eat a lot of junk. Its terrible. Sugar is a real addiction – one that’s hard to resist because it’s so good.

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For this challenge, I have given up pop and as it stands I am not drinking juice or anything sweetened… its only water for me for right now. Which is not my favourite thing to drink… even with lemon or something in it… it’s just not… sugary. lol. But I am doing it, and I will continue to do it for this challenge.

I am hoping itll only take a few more days for my body to get used to the lack of sugar in it… though I do have some fruit to curb the jitters. LOL. Which is a much better option than a Pepsi… which I would obviously need to add vodka to or something 😛

Ok! So todays workout!

  1.  25 minute run
  2. 6 min cool down walk
  3. Biceps  10×3
  4. Shoulder press 10×3
  5. 12 leg raises
  6. 12 crunches
  7. 12 push-ups
  8. 20 twists
  9. 30 seconds plank
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I’m not very fast… but I do my best! Someday I might be faster! 😛



I didn’t have time for stretching or triceps today as I promised my daughter I would take her to IKEA… and that trumps my workout. LOL, If I feel bad about it later – Ill sneak it in somewhere… but I doubt I will feel bad – haha!

Till next time!

Mira

 

 

 

My workout for Day 1

As promised, I am here to share my workout with everyone. My accountability that I actually went and did something and didnt actually hide in my room and sleep all day… even though that would be preferable, I am super exhausted today. But I went, I did, and I succeeded… even though I forgot my workout plan at home 😜

Aren’t my shoes pretty? I seriously love them! 💜

 

Here is my workout.

At the gym:

  1.  25 minute run
  2. 6 min cool down walk
  3. Biceps 10lbs 10×3
  4. Shoulder press 10lbs 10×3
  5. Triceps 12.5 10×3
  6. Stretching 5 minutes.

Don’t I look amazing after running for 25 minutes… 😜

Time to pick up some heavy stuff!

At home because I forgot my workout page of the stuff I wanted to accomplish ( I googled fitness challenges and then made one up from there adjusting to my needs the run was on the challenge and I remembered how long to go for while at the gym :))

  1. 10 leg raises
  2. 10 crunches
  3. 10 push-ups
  4. 15 twists
  5. 20 seconds plank


Does this seem like a good workout for day 1? I definitely didn’t want to over do it. I didn’t want to push too hard that my motivation for tomorrow would be gone and I would dread my next workout.

I could feel myself struggle today. The weights felt heavy and I felt shaky. It’s been a while since I lifted any weights and I can guess it’ll take me a bit of time to get back into it. But today was only the first day- it will happen- I just have to keep going!

Next workout tomorrow morning!

Mira

 

OK! Day 1! Here we go!

Ok!

Here it is!

Day One of my 60 day challenge.

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I am usually pretty excited about these challenges. I am always all gung-ho and start off with an obscene amount of motivation, determination and energy.

I have to admit to you all, I am a little nervous about this.

This, I believe will be my my longest challenge. Definitely my longest challenge that I will be doing alone, and its going to take some fancy juggling to manage both this challenge, and the kids.  I am a little stressed about finding time to workout with the kids hanging around me all the time. Weekdays will be alright – I am concerned about the weekends… Luckily for most of the time, I have respite on Saturday evenings… so this might help! 🙂

But why worry about something that is still days away! I will find a way to make everything work out – I always do 🙂

Soooooo…… Lets get this started!

Firstly I want to share with you a 3D image I made online using 3Dmyself.com. I got to customize it to my features…and size based on my measurements. I feel it still doesn’t really look like me… but close enough! LOL.

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Now, obviously this isn’t perfect. And I cropped out my current weight as well as my goal weight as I don’t think they are that important or relevant to anyone but myself.  I will mention that it is my “Goal” to loose approximately 26lbs. haha – yes specific , I know! Now, I have no intention of losing this 26 lbs in 6 weeks – Thats crazy talk and not at all healthy.  Maybe by Christmas if I can keep things up after this 60 day challenge.

I haven’t done my workout yet today, but I am leaving shortly to go and do it. There will be another blog post later today, and I will share what I did during my workout.

So, I guess that I will see you all later!

Mira

A New Adventure AKA Challenge Time!

Tomorrow I am starting a new fitness challenge.

Originally it was in my mind that I was going to do a 48 day challenge, as my husband is being sent away for some probably super fun military training for 6-7 weeks and I figured that would be a good pastime for me, as well as something to accomplish while he is away.

As I was writing out my plan, and as always I get super anxious and excited about starting these challenges. If you have followed me over the years – though its been a while- I have done a few challenges like the 30 day squat challenge, 30 day plank challenge, 30 day Barre workout challenges as well as many eating and no drinking( man it sucks) challenges.  So, with this challenge, as usually – I want to start right away…. like right now.

I obviously need to learn and exercise(exercise… hahaha!) a little patience. It’s a work in progress, but instead of a 48 day challenge, I will be starting a 60 day challenge. This gives me essentially 8 weeks to give it my all and see what I can accomplish.

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While I have already written out what my daily fitness goals will be – I am not going to be sharing them before hand. This is because I might be changing them as I go along. I have written out my daily goals as a guideline. I am going to push myself, I am going to work hard, but I am also going to listen to my body and do what is right for that day. If I have a little extra energy at the gym – maybe I will do a little more. If my body is telling me no – I will listen to it and take a rest day.

Along with fitness, I will also be working on some eating goals. I have two kids, my husband will be gone for most of this challenge, I am hoping that this will go smoothly and I won’t be hiding in my room binging on a bag of chips because I haven’t eaten all day due to crazy kids sucking all my energy and motivations since they woke up. 😛

I am going to attempt to cut out all POP, JUNK FOOD, TAKE OUT, FAST FOOD, PIZZA, etc. I am going to attempt no eating out – however If I do take the kids out – I will choose wisely and healthily. I feel lucky that my daughters favourite restaurant is Swiss chalet and they have a pretty good selection of healthier foods to choose from.

I will be taking my body measurements, and I hopefully will take some before photos. Both of which I may or may not share at the end of this challenge. I am hoping, and will be working hard to see results. Big results or small results – i don’t care, I am just looking to spend the next 60 days working towards a better version of me. A hobby to keep me busy and something “ME” to focus on.

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I hope that you will follow my journey over the next 60 days as I post pictures and updates on how things are going. This is my accountability, my motivation to keep myself going. Without you, I might deteriorate into a couch potato eating junk and not doing anything to improve myself. So please pop onto my feed once in a while and like a photo, leave me a comment, or if you haven’t seen me update for a bit – ask me what the heck am I doing?! 😛

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Thanks for reading all this, I am excited to get started on my challenge.

Let the next 60 days begin!.. Well tomorrow!

First Challenge of 2015

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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.

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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