Posts Tagged ‘challenge’

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 😜

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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

20/20 December Blog Challenge: Why Do I Blog?

Why do I blog?

I started this blog a few years ago… The reason I started it was to post my activity during Prader Willi Syndrome Awareness month and the challenge that I accepted during that time.  I have since then started a separate blog for PWS Awareness and continue to blog on this site, using it more as my personal diary. I write about my challenges, my fitness, this month I am doing this writing challenge.

I use Pickles are Cucumbers as a place to express myself. A place for me to talk about the things that are important to me, or just a place to have that is my own.

I love blogging, even though I don’t always have something awesome to say.

I am so appreciative that some of you actually read my blog posts and follow me. It truly means a lot.

Thank you!

Mira

16/20 December Blog Challenge: What can I not live without?

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I think this post gets to be selfish because of course I cannot live without my fiance and my daughter… But when I read this topic I thought of the little things in life that really just make life better.

My phone and laptop : They are my sanity sometimes, in a life full of chasing a toddler around, sometimes I feel like its my only escape… a few moments here or there to just be alone doing my own thing. A link to adult conversations through social media and endless information right at my fingertips.

Chap-stick: I have a serious addiction. I cannot be without it. even if I dont really need to use it, if I think about it and I don’t have one handy… its like my lips just start to feel chapped and I cannot stop thinking about it.

Showers: I don’t know why… but I cannot fathom not showering every single morning, and I cant imagine showering the night before. Perhaps its all in my head, but I never have a good day, when, for some reason I cant get even a quick shower in. I need to wash my hair and scrub my face to feel refreshed and good to go. These are a daily must have for me…. this might be why I cannot stand camping…

Im trying to think of more things that I just absolutely cannot live without… but I am drawing a blank. Maybe I am less needy than I used to be? LOL.

What can you not live without??

Mira

 

15/20 December Blog Challenge: A Difficult Time In My Life

I think that the hardest time in my life was when my daughter was born. It was such a confusing time. I didn’t know what was happening, why it my daughter wasn’t feeding or thriving, and my fiance though he was there for her birth he had to leave after about 36 hours as he was away for work (military).

Its hard to remember the details of that time. Sometimes I feel like it is all a blur. To give you some insight into the first bit of our daughters life, let me share with you some of what I remember:

Our night in the hospital just after she was born, was not great. She wasn’t feeding and was very floppy, and the nurses were becoming concerned.  They took her to the nurses station to keep an eye on her for the night, and let us ( mom & dad ) get some much needed rest.

The morning was the start of the scary part of that first 24 hours, and the beginning of our journey. We were woken up by the nursing staff, and brought out to the nursing station to see our daughter. I was so confused. I didn’t understand what was happening, why it was happening, and I was terrified. I cannot get the image of this photo out of my head even to this day. When I think about my daughters birth… this is what I see.

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The nurses told us that our daughter hadn’t improved during the night and that they wanted to transfer her to a higher level hospital that had the expertise to handle complications.

I was so confused, I was so scared. This wasn’t what I imagined it would be like… It was as if the fears you push aside thinking they are ridiculous were all coming to life.

We were moved to another hospital. I remember the long ride in the ambulance. I was sitting up front while my daughter was strapped in the back. It was the longest ride of my life.

I spent 8-10 hours a day at the hospital with my daughter everyday(for 26 days). I remember a lot of the time we spent waiting for doctors or specialists to visit, or test results to come back. It was so hard. I am so impatient and I just wanted to know what was happening. No one had answers.

I remember when the geneticist first came to see my daughter.  She simply looked at her and made some speculations, ordered blood tests and was gone.

Genetics… I don’t think this really registered to me. I just thought my baby was sick, I didn’t really consider that something might be wrong in her genetics. Well, Google is usually a very helpful tool… unless your child is in the hospital.

I took the time to take note of the characteristics that were present with my daughter, the symptoms that the doctors keep mentioning when they examine her.  I entered them online, and I Googled.

A list. That’s what my Googling gave me, it gave me a list of about 20 disorders that had the same basic traits of low muscle tone and poor feeding which were present with my daughter.  I remember reading through the list of syndromes and ailments. Some were worse than others, some actually didn’t seem that bad at all.

This takes us then to the day I received her diagnosis.  I can still remember sitting in our cubicle cuddling my daughter  and the Doctor pulling up a chair in front of me.

“We got the genetics report back, and we have a diagnosis.”

Remember that list I just mentioned? And how I said some disorders on the list were better than others. What I didn’t mention is that there was one syndrome on the list, that with with all my heart, wished it wouldn’t be.

Then the words “Prader Willi Syndrome” escaped from her lips. The words that I was wishing it wouldn’t be. My heart felt like it had just shattered.  Anything she said after that is a complete mystery to me.

I had read about Prader Willi Syndrome. I knew what this meant. That my daughter would be hungry for life. That she wouldn’t feel full after eating. I didn’t know what to do.  I was so afraid, heck, I was already afraid of being a mom, about not knowing how to be a good one… how was I going to be a mom to a special needs child. One with such a rare complex disorder.

I remember meeting with the genetic counselor. I remember her explaining the genetics of it all… stuff I had already Googled, and even though I didn’t understand much of it, I remember only having one question when she asked.

Will she be smart?

This was the hardest time in my life. I don’t know when the hard part stopped… or if it is still happening. Those first few months seemed so dark and depressing. And while I am still in some ways coping with the realization of the diagnosis…. If I could see how bright and amazing our daughter is now… I would have saved myself from so much sadness.

She is smart, cheeky, clever, so so so funny, gentle, DETERMINED, kind and just absolutely beautiful. We are so lucky that she is still in the first stages of her diagnosis and ISN’T hungry yet. I truly believe that she is amazing and that she is going to keep proving to the world that her diagnosis is not going to hold her back in life.

Mira