When work is getting a-weigh on you

19 Apr

This will be a short but sweet post from my mobile.

Today I had a last minute meeting with execs thrown my way because my boss was sick. Also, this meeting was scheduled even after my normal work hours…but being me and relatively ambitious I pounced on the opportunity to have my boss gain more confidence in me – I accepted in an instant.

This is when I realized that the saying is true…there will never be time for exercise unless you MAKE TIME. I was thinking how I’d never get in my gym/run time when I realized I could fit in a Zumba class at lunch. Now I know Zumba isn’t always the most epically challenging of fitness classes, but it was better than nothing…and surprise! She snuck in a whole song of wall sits.

So, folks what is your excuse? I worked 2 hours OT today before even thinking of being off and still got my sweat on, you can do it!!!

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Running a-weigh with yourself

10 Apr

This past week I have been reading two amazing books that have really motivated me and changed my perspective on running.

I am generally very self-competitive (which is why running is great), but it can tend to get me a bit down if I have a slow run or just miss a new personal best. After reading “Born to Run” and (in the midst of) “Eat & Run” I have been inspired! Now don’t get me wrong, both of these books are about ultramarathoners (although very different perspectives), I do not intend to start running 50 or 100 mile races…in fact, I’m not even sure I’ll ever run a marathon – or even survive the 1/2 I am registered for in September. BUT both of these books focus on the zen/meditation feeling that one can get from running when we stop focusing on time and just listen to our own bodies and relish in the fact that we are strong and capable.

On Monday completed my longest run since last summer – 13km. Although it wont break any records and my pace was slower than when I do my 5 or 10k runs I felt great! Usually if I encounter a change in plans for my run I get frustrated thinking about how my pace will be effected. This time I encountered a surprise patch of leftover snow…and when I say patch I mean like 1-2km…but instead of grumbling I just focused on short strides and every step as it happened. It felt amazing! I am hopeful that I can tap into this feeling on future runs as it was very relaxing and exhilarating all at the same time.

Also, I have a friend who recently started running even though she generally thinks of herself as someone who “hates exercise”…two weeks in and I think she might be a little addicted! She has 8 runs in already this month and is going strong…I have no doubt she will be on my tail…and then passing me in no time! So feel inspired people, no matter what you think your feelings are on exercise or how afraid of your own fitness level you are get out there!!! No matter how slow or short your run, you are still lapping everyone on the couch!!!

I would love to hear about any books or movies you have read/seen that have changed your way of looking at health or fitness…these are the two I mentioned above. 🙂

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Vacations can help along the weigh

4 Apr

I have always been one of those people who firmly believes that a vacation should mean relaxing in every way possible – no calorie counting, stressing about hitting the weights, etc. However, as I’ve come to really enjoy running (and how I feel afterwards) I decided it might be time to start incorporating running and/or other exercise into my vacations.

This past Christmas I was lucky enough to go to the Dominican with my boyfriend and his family and I managed to get a few short runs in on the beach along with some beach yoga. It reminded me that, for all those days at home that I force myself to slog my way to the gym or through a mandatory few kilometres to make sure that dessert doesn’t stay put, there are still a few days that I absolutely love getting active. I have discovered that vacation can be a great way to remind yourself that sometimes you exercise because you want to and not because you have an event coming up or you ate an entire meat lovers pizza over the weekend.

This past long weekend my boyfriend and I made the long (12-13 hour) drive home to see my family that live a few provinces away. After being cooped up in the car for so long I couldn’t wait to roll out of bed the first morning and hit the ground running…literally. While everyone was still asleep and frost was still on the grass I started a leisurely 5k through an area where I grew up playing with friends. There were so many more hills than the flat Rideau canal I’m used to running, and yet it felt amazing! For once, I didn’t check my pace or stress about a finish time. I just enjoyed the feeling of running, hitting the sweet spot in rhythm between your feet hitting the pavement and your controlled breathing…and because my mom lives in a very small community (and I was running on the first morning of a long weekend) I managed to sing a few songs at the top of my lungs since no one was around – something I definitely can’t get away with in Ottawa.

While I was home I managed to get a few more days of exercise in and it felt great! I came back from vacation just as refreshed as ever and with a renewed sense of enjoyment for what had become a bit of a chore…I still didn’t count calories though 😉

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Getting started the right weigh

22 Mar

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A delish breaky to help me power through my day. This Friday is getting off on the right foot with green tea, Greek yogurt and oatmeal. Yum!

What are you guys eating this morning? I’d love some new healthy breakfast ideas. 🙂

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Motivation to get on your weigh!

20 Mar

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Finally broke the new running tights in. Nothing motivates me to hit the gym quite like neon!

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Snack a-weigh!

20 Mar

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If lemon meringue pie at 10am was socially acceptable (and waistline friendly) I would do it!

If you’re like me and love the stuff, then I highly recommend this healthy substitute! 🙂 Enjoy!

Life has a funny weigh…

13 Mar

So ladies and gents,

Today I wrote about how lately I have been settling into a new challenging job.

It really reminded me that if you let it, life will surely provide you with a million and one reasons NOT to do things. The trick is figuring out how to do them anyway.

Over the last few weeks my lunch breaks have been few and far between. At first it really bummed me out that I wasn’t able to do my lunchtime strength training classes as regularly as I had in the past. However, I stuck to my plan and added a little more strength training in the evenings. I was proud of myself! Even better missing some of the classes has made me realize how much I really enjoy them. Because of this, I no longer hesitate for even a half a second on the days that my schedule allows me to take advantage of them.

Two years ago I never thought I would be missing the days I couldn’t fit two workouts in…I’m a new person and I like the new me, I don’t think ill be letting the old me come back (at least not without a fight).

Even though I’ve been super busy over the last few weeks I am trying to focus on what I HAVE accomplished rather than where I’ve slipped up. Here is my list and I would love to hear what you’ve done lately that makes you proud:

– ran a new PB 10k on the treadmill
– signed up for a half marathon (even though I’m petrified)
– kept doing push-ups even when I was sure I’d fall on my face
– tried a new workout and didn’t quit even when I was working so hard I was nauseous (Insanity…whoa! Push-up jacks are killer)
– managed to motivate a few friends with my dedication (even though they probably motivate me even more)
– moved up to heavier weights in my strength training class
– managed 20 explosive push-ups in a row and 10 military push-ups

I’m proud of me! Be proud of you too…and if you aren’t, do something you’ll be proud of right now! Why wait for tomorrow?