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Day 11- I really didnt want to….

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Another day of the challenge. Man, I feel like I am in a bit of a rut. I might just be extra tired. Today it took EVERYTHING… and I mean EVERYTHING i had just to go to the gym, let alone work out.

My motivation was shit… so I went on the bike and watched an hour of TV. Then I was contemplating going to do my weights… and I finally convinced myself to go and do them…. THEN my phone rang and I had to talk to my daughters school for a few minutes. MOtivation gone. So I almost left. I was already in the locker room sitting at my locker while taking the call… It took a whole new level of convincing to get my ass back up and out there – I went and I completed my workout. Did I do amazing? No. But I did it! I completed it and now I am at home, exhausted and barely motivated to move.

What do you do to keep yourself motivated and moving forward? What do you do on those days where your brain is trying to convince you to get back into bed? Send me your tips! I could really use them!

Mira

Day 10 – I need help

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Yesterday evening was busy. I picked the daughter up from camp at about 4:40 and got home at 5… Made Emelyn one of her premade meals, and fed Emrys some baby food something or another… then it was time to clean up, bath Emrys, give him a bottle – get him to bed – then start Emelyn’s bed time routine – got her a snack, got her changed and teeth brushed, got her her supplements and gave her her injection, got her snuggled into bed, started some laundry, got a phone call that lasted 45 minutes, got Emrys because he was awake and terrorizing his bed… he pulled all the sheets off and was being a crazy pants… fed him another bottle – he happily went to sleep…. Now I had a moment to sit and realize I hadn’t eaten and was starving….  I didn’t want to cook. What was i going to make – i didn’t make a plan, I didnt take anything out from the freezer….. So I made myself frozen chicken strips from the freezer… 290 calories for 3…. I ate 6… with some McDonald’s sauce i had stashed in the fridge….

I need help.

I need quick and easy meal ideas. I need good food suggestions that will prevent me from making bad choices… So if any of my readers have any no fail, easy dishes – let me hear your suggestions. My only request is that they be chicken/turkey dishes as that’s the only meat we have in the house usually.

I also went to the gym today. I barely made it there. I did NOT want to go at all. I felt like garbage and I just had no motivation. So I rode the bike and watched a Chinese Drama… I yawned and stretched the entire time.. I just can’t kick the tired feeling today. Maybe it was those chicken fingers? LOL. Or maybe I just need to go to bed earlier.

Anyhow.. tomorrow is another day! I’ve got this… I hope!

Mira

Day 9- I went in the hot tub…

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So today is day 9. After I did a 2.5km run and a 15 min walk…. and after I did a few other things like plank, twists, leg lifts, crunches…. I realized it was rest day… haha so I stopped… went to the members plus room and chilled out.

I utilized their hot tub today too… had a nice bath with a stranger. And it would appear that in the buff is the norm… like 100%. So when in Rome. It’s a good thing I am not shy… even thought I feel that my body isn’t in very good shape… but I figure if I’m not worried, why would anyone else be?

Today is a short post, I’m watching Game of thrones and chilling out this afternoon on the couch. It is rest day after all.

Mira

Day 8 – Ran out of time

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Wow! I don’t know what happened to me yesterday. I usually run 2-3km then do a workout afterwards. Yesterdays 5km race – completely wiped me out. When I got home, I made the mistake of sitting down for a bit… and then it hit me… everything hurt…. and then I proceeded to have a 2 hour nap. I was seriously spent. But when I woke up I felt a thousand times better.

I just can’t get over how much I enjoyed yesterdays race. I keep mentioning how excited I am to do it next year…and I cant wait for my next race… the next one I am signed up for is in october…. but I might look and see if I can sign up for one in september. Even with Darcy gone, I should be able to find someone to help me out with the kids one morning. ( hint hint if any family is reading this post)

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My medal from yesterday. It’s definitly one of my favorites. ❤

Today my daughter started her last week of summer camp. I dropped her off this morning… and the good thing about her camp is that it’s also at the YMCA – so I then proceeded to drop my son off for his playcare time with his friends ( seriously – a ymca membership is amazing…free childcare for 2 hours!) and I headed upstairs for my workout.

I rode the bike today. For an hour. I was really into my show and I couldn’t stop! It’s a read addiction!

Plus I did a whole bunch of extra stuff…

  1. leg lifts
  2. plank
  3. crunches
  4. push ups
  5. triceps
  6. biceps
  7. shoulders
  8. standing side abs ( I don’t know what it’s called)
  9. twists

hmm… I think that might be all. But it was a good workout. I felt good. Actually I wanted to keep going – and I would have if I hadn’t looked down to see what time it was and realized that I had 5 minutes to clean up, grab my things and head downstairs to pick up my son. I utilized the full 2 hours and totally ran out of time to do a few more things I had in my mind to do… but there is always tomorrow!

Mira

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 6 – Better late than never

Todays workout is a little later than normal. It’s saturday and we spent a semi lazy morning hanging out with the kids and making breakfast. We are fortunite to have respite care  mid afternoon to early evening today – So this is our gym time for today.

Today I am taking it easy. I have a 5km race tomorrow morning at 11:30 for the Edmonton Marathon.  I am super duper excited.

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I wouldnt say that I am a runner. I run for my workouts… usually 2-3km… sometimes… and I do these races… so I am a runner for bling! if the race has a medal, or a tshirt… or a jacket… Im there! I love getting stuff for doing something. I feel that it makes me more motivated.  Afterall, what would you rather do… run 5km and be rewarded with a Taco ( true story! I did a taco run once!) or would you rather just run.. then be done and thats it? The taco is more enticing and motivating!

Today’s workout conisted of weights, leg lifts, plank… etc. Basically the same as yesterday except no shoulders or triceps. I did run 1 km and walk 1. I was so excited that today the track was the other direction. I usually only catch one direction and it was starting to get irritating. 

That’s all for now.

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 4 Riding the bike for a rest day!

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Today is a rest day… However the kids want to go to the gym ( playcare) to play with their friends… who am I to argue? So today I am going to chill out on the bike. It’s a good opportunity for them to socialize with thier peers and a great opportunity for me to get some much-needed self-care mental relaxation time.

One of the reasons I like the bike is because I have an addiction to Asian Dramas. I love watching them, and I use my bike time to watch them as they all have subtitles. Watching them at home is a lot harder because I have two kids that constantly interrupt my show… so I save it for the gym. These shows are great because they are usually between 10-25 episodes and then its over forever. You dont need to follow 10 seasons, you can move on to the next story. No never ending commitments! Its great!

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I picked this image, which I found on google search because I’ve seen two out of the three versions of this drama – the Japanese as well as the Korean… I have to still watch the chinese version! Just need time! ❤

I guess that’s all for now 🙂

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

 

 

 

Day 2 ! Lets talk Rewards…

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So instead of daily starter posts yapping about whatever, and then posting later about my workout, I am just going to do one daily (ideally) post on this. After all, Do you really want me to consume your life that much? If the answer is yes – you should probably be following me on Facebook and Instagram as I usually post there a lot more frequently.

Before I get to my workout, I wanted to talk to you about rewards. I kind of like stuff. But I don’t really want to buy myself something I dont technically need without “earning it”.. but there are a few things I want.

  1. A new pair of Lululemon workout pants (88-98$ depending on if I want crop or full length)
  2. A few items of makeup from Elf Cosmetics ( 25$)
  3. A new sports bra (40$)

Those are just a few things I can think of right now that I want. So, I would like to make those my rewards.

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I am trying to think of a fair way to “earn” them.

  • If I was to “earn” them based on days of the challenge completed – I worry that I will half-ass things and do the minimum necessary to justify treating myself.
  • If I was to “earn” these based on inches lost – I think I am not as familiar with measuring as this is my first time I am going to be tracking those things. Also, I am hoping to measure once at the start of the challenge and one at the end.
  • If I was to “earn” based on weight lost, I am hesitantly wondering how many lbs is justifiable for a reward, how much is pushing too far, how do I account for muscle gained?

So I am looking for input. How can I reward myself during this challenge? What is fair? What will keep me motivated to keep going because I LOVE prizes… seriously… I will do anything for loot! Please over the next few days leave me some feedback, and then I will choose a way to give myself stuff… HAHAHA… I am such a dork – but whatever 😛

Alright on to my workout for today! Here’s the skinny(harhar)…

  1. 30 minute recumbent bike
  2. 5 minute cool down
  3. Biceps 10×3
  4. Triceps 10×3
  5. Shoulders – 10×3
  6. Crunches – 10
  7. Plank – 20 seconds
  8. Twist – 15
  9. Leg raises – 10
  10. Push ups – 10
  11. Stretching – 5 minutes

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Alrighty! Done for today!

Mira