Posts Tagged ‘fitness’

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

17/20 December Blog Challenge: My Dream Job.

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If I could be anything… What would I be?

I have spent so much time thinking about this topic. The big question in life… What do you want to be when you grow up? I keep asking myself this… But the fact is, I am grown up and I still might not have any more of an idea of what I would like to do with my life than I did 12 years ago when I graduated high school.

I wonder sometimes if I am wasting my life… I wonder sometimes how others figured out their dreams. I wonder sometimes why I cannot figure out what it is that I want.

There are so many things that seem so appealing. There are so many things out there that I feel I would never be able to do.

When I was a kid, I wanted nothing more than to be an Astronaut. To travel into space and fulfill my fantasies of being in some other time and place. I watched a lot of Star Trek and other sci-fi growing up. Actually I still do 😉 But, the requirements for such a career are much too involved for me.

In my adult life I have dreamed of having a bakery. I LOVE baking. I could do it all day everyday. I don’t know if I have the skills… but I would have a great time practicing till I was amazing. This dream I feel is my guilty dream. I feel like it might be inappropriate for me to follow through on this dream because of my daughter.  Some of you probably know, but for those of you that dont know… My daughter has a rare condition called Prader Willi Syndrome. This is a genetic disorder that effects her metabolism and her ability to feel full from eating. My daughter will always be on a heavily calorie restricted diet, she will never be able to really indulge in sweets and treats… her diet must, for her health and safety be nutritious and healthy. How could I, in good conscience, have a bakery that sells essentially all the things I wouldn’t want my child to consume. I feel that would make me a hypocrite.

So where does that leave me? Still wondering what my role is in the world … where do I fit in?

At the moment, I am happy being a stay at home mom… it is indeed a full-time job!

Perhaps in the future I can revisit the bakery idea, or I have even recently started thinking about the fitness avenue of careers.

My dream job would have to be something that allows me to still be a good mom. I wouldn’t want a career that took me too much away from my family life… With my daughters needs, It’s very important in our family for her to be our main concern. Who knows what the future will bring… I guess I just have to wait and see and keep on dreaming.

What is your dream job? Are you doing it?

Mira

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!

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My September Challenge… Coming Soon

September Challenge

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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