Posts Tagged ‘personal’

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.

People gathering at the start line

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

See you tomorrow!

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

I’m like a yo-yo.

You know me.

I’ve been around for years…

I am the type that pops onto my blog every so often, commits to a bunch of posts, yapping about this or that for a while, posting almost daily for a month or two… then I fall off the face of the Earth for a while… must be because it’s flat and I have to find a way to climb back on top again… joking – whats with all that talk about people actually thinking the world is flat online lately anyways?? It’s crazy talk….

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Like seriously…. What would be holding all the water in? how would planes fly around the world? What would be on the bottom? AND wouldn’t cats have pushed everything over the edge by now?

I guess what I am saying is that I am back for a while. Trying to come up with something to yap about….

I’ve got a few idea’s …. so stay tuned!

staytuned

 

Mira

It’s been a while…

I was surfing around earlier and I came across my blog… this blog mainly and a few others I have on other topics ( like Prader Willi Syndrome) and I noticed that it had been 2 years since my last blog post.

2 whole years!

I could hardly believe it.

Where have I been for two years?

Actually it has been a super busy time! Two years ago I was pregnant with my second child. That was a lot of fun… yah no – I actually hate being pregnant. Pregnancy for me is 9 months of sciatic pain, feeling like garbage and wishing it was all over. Luckily – the end came and on January 31st 2016 we welcomed our son Emrys into the world.

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This is Emrys at 18 months! Can you believe how handsome he is? Seriously I just love him to bits!

My daughter Finished up preschool that year and went into kindergarten with an aide – and while the year had ups and downs, she made such amazing progress and I am super proud of her. She is about to enter into Grade one in a few weeks… I am super nervous and EXCITED for full day schooling! HAHA!.

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This is a recent photo of my daughter Emelyn. She has her backpack and lunch kit and is heading to summer camp… preparing her for Grade 1. That lunch kit is about the same size as her…

Since January this year, I have taken up running…. and by that I mean… I have taken up paying to enter into 5km races and going out to do that about once a month. I don’t know if I like it or not…. I like when I get to the finish line… and I like that I usually sign up for a race that gives you a medal… I do it for the bling! lol.

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Emelyn and I at our last race in July 2017

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Emelyn’s First 1KM Race! I was so proud of her!

I have also been “working out” at the YMCA for almost a year…. you would think I would be in better shape… They have free child care – so my son gets dropped off in the mornings for 2 hours and I head upstairs… sometimes I do stuff… sometimes I just plant my butt onto a bike and I watch Netflix in peace for 2 hours… I think I use it mostly for some mental health time. Which is super important! 🙂

I also got married this year. Nothing has changed since being married… but I guess if you are together with your partner for 11 years, have a mortgage and two children already – we basically had life all set up before hand anyhow. Let me tell you though, planning a wedding is a lot of work.  Worth it though – It was a super fun day… even though I had some unexpected bumps in the road that day. As fun as it was – I am glad that I am only getting married this once! You hear that Darcy?! You are stuck with me for ever and ever and ever 🙂

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My cake and cupcakes! I love them so much!

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My beautiful dress ❤

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Tacos! For our wedding we had a Taco Bar…. Best idea ever! Yum!

So… Basically that’s what I have been up to for the last two years… If I have any followers that still read my blog – let me know what you’ve been up to for the last while 🙂

Mira

5/20 December Blog Challenge: A list of all the places I have lived.

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So to start this blog post off… I should probably warn you that I have lived so many places that I will probably forget a few so I should probably try and start at the beginning and go in chronological order.

  1. Somewhere before Meacham I think some place called Colonsay SK. (1982)
  2. Meacham SK (1982)
  3. Prince Albert SK
  4. Yuma AZ (1986-ish)
  5. Prince Albert – again
  6. Yuma AZ Again (1988)
  7. Prince Albert YET again!
  8. Cobble hill BC (1989)
  9. Duncan BC (1989)
  10. Mill Bay BC (1989)
  11. Prince Albert SK
  12. Regina (1994-ish)
  13. Edmonton (1995ish)
  14. Prince Albert (1999)
  15. Edmonton (2000)
  16. Prince Albert (2004)
  17. Edmonton (2004)
  18. A cruise ship in the Mediterranean for 4 months (2010)
  19. Edmonton (2010)
  20. Oromocto NB (2012)
  21. and finally back to Edmonton Alberta! (2013)

Now, that is only 21 places in the last 32 years… But I can also tell you that in each of those places, I moved around a bit too. Fun Fact : 13 schools total form K-12.

I am really good at packing… and I don’t have a childhood home that I remember growing up in… I remember fragments of my childhood at different houses. Sometimes I think that I missed out on things like having friends that you grew up with your whole life ( though I do have a couple friends that I knew wayyyy back then that I still keep in touch with!!)… But sometimes I also think, How lucky was I!?!! I got to go and do all these awesome things in all these different places….

When I was in grade two… I lived in Yuma AZ… I had a pool in my back yard… which doesn’t happen in Saskatchewan because… it is winter for seemingly 70% of the year. My sister and I were homes schooled during that time, so we basically did our school work by the pool…. yeah I’m jealous of me too!

So there you have it… all the places I have lived… well the cities anyhow. 😉

Mira

4/20 December Blog Challenge: What Is In My Purse?

I’ve been thinking about this post for the last couple days. I have been out Christmas shopping, and Christmas party shopping, And I have a kid… so usually my purse has a load of random stuff in it. I did take out all the random receipts out of my purse last night, There were probably twenty loose receipts and shopping lists…

Alright, I just dumped out my purse on the bed… Lets see what we got!

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Wow, OK. No kids stuff! I have to admit that is pretty rare and awesome… and won’t last long!

I do however have:

  • 4 pens… because obviously I need those!
  • A wallet, and loose change that I am too lazy to put into the wallet… Actually If I opened my wallet you would see that it is stuffed full of cards and cards.. and more cards… There isn’t a lot of room to add anything else… otherwise it might not close.
  • Mitts because its winter and I live in Canada!
  • Dental Floss because you never know when something is going to get stuck in your teeth or you need to tie something up 😛
  • Two chap sticks because what if you lose one! I could never be with out it
  • My sunglasses – they are a necessity that I cannot live without.
  • A protein bar and some candy in case I get hungry… because if I get hangry ( angry and hungry) you better watch out!
  • Deodorant in case I forget to put it on at home because I don’t want to stink!
  • A little bottle of lotion that I have never used….
  • A note that I wrote a few weeks ago about a medical appointment for my daughter.
  • And finally… in the center of those pens ( yes I made it so they were all pointing to it…. the crumbs from the bottom of my purse… they are unrecognizable… it was probably something yummy.

So there you have it… the contents of my purse… Usually there is a lot more in there… I am a total purse slob at times… once I forgot a doughnut in there for two days… gross!

Mira

**My fiance came in just as I was finishing this up and i asked him if he could toss everything back into my purse…. He did such a fantastic job that those crumbs that I mentioned…. are also back in my purse… Thanks dear…  LOL!

2/20 December Blog Challenge: 10 Random Facts about Me.

Alright! I am onto the second post of the challenge!! This time I am going to tell you 10 random facts about me…

Here we go!

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1.  I am a Trekkie.  I have been my entire life. I think the only series I didn’t watch was Enterprise. But I had t-shirts, Mugs, action figures, the Enterprise itself, a transporter…. I even had Star Trek wrapping paper.

2.  I often dream that I am flying, and the technique I use to fly is the breaststroke. I must have a secret love of swimming…. to confirm this, please read the next random fact.

3.  I held a city swim record for 13 years in freestyle. I checked online every year after I graduated like a crazy creeper to see if my name was still on the list. I am super happy that I lasted 13 years… and was super disappointed when my name vanished from the list.

4.  I get easily overwhelmed in crowds and busy social settings. So much so that even before I enter “said” situation, I have to really make myself step forward and not turn around and head the other direction.  My fiance jokes and tells me I have a social quota that I need to fill… Otherwise it would be so easy for me to hole up in seclusion at home.  It’s not that I don’t want to see the people, or do the activity.. Because I do! I guess its kind of hard to explain! 😦

5.  I have 6 metal plates in my face from jaw surgery in 2007… I also have not regained all the feeling in my face from the surgery – Most of it…. but not all.  I was a little disappointed the first time i traveled afterwords when the airport scanner didn’t beep.

6.  I love cartoons, mostly Disney… Lion King is awesome…I have watched Tangled hundreds of times, and Frozen I went to the theatre 3 times – Yes I brought my daughter with me, but thats only because of convenience. LOL. I also enjoy my daughters shows, I am amazed with how clever they are these days! It’s not like when i was a kid, now they have good story lines, jokes to keep adults entertained and are always teaching some kind of lesson. Falling into the same catagory, even tho they are two separate entities, I also love Anime – Sailor Moon being my ultimate all time favorite. It was really the anime that got me into so many others. It really brought me into a whole new world.

7.  I can find pretty much anything online. If you need to know something and can at least give me a few hints – I can usually find it. My fiance is always bragging about this talent of mine! He usually references this time he said he watched an anime as a kid but couldn’t remember what it was called… all he told me was there were robots who couldn’t drink milk. Its “Galaxy Express 999” in case you were wondering! I think I just love solving mysteries…

8.  I have a super addiction to junk food.  Even with all my fitness stuff and trying to be healthy… I have a hard time controlling myself. In my early 20’s I had a drawer full of candy… It was right by my bed. I like almost every kind of junk – chips, candy, soda pop, chocolate bars, you name it! And since I am being honest here… I am currently munching on a bag of sour cream and onion chips…. in bed… ( sorry dear if there are a few crumbs… I tried to pick most of them up……)

9.  I used to be a smoker. I quit the week I found out I was pregnant. I tried quitting a few times before that, but I really enjoyed smoking, so there wasn’t enough motivation.  Its crazy how motivating a little barely there life can be! I used to miss it, and sometimes  I still do… But I couldn’t imagine myself smoking again… It’s a good addiction to kick!

10.  I got my belly button pierced when I was… I think 19. I was so afraid to get it done that I thought about it and contemplated and imagined what the pain would be for a month before i got up the nerve to go and do it… even then I stood outside the store for a while before going in. I went alone… probably because I was still worried that I would chicken out. But, I did it and honestly it barely hurt. I couldn’t believe I was so scared. 13 years or so later and honestly, I barely even remember that its there.

So now you know 10 more things about me. 🙂

Mira