Tag Archives: motivation

Putting too much weight in what the scale says

3 Jul

I am well aware that I have seriously slacked in the past month or so in terms of authorship…however, something great has come out of my crazy busy birthday month of June.

I can enter my 28th year happily knowing that the scale no longer has a strangle hold on me. I have been so busy that I have kind of let my calorie counting and weekly weigh-ins fall by the wayside…this DOES NOT mean my workouts or eating have also fallen by the weigh side – rather, I’ve realized that I have the knowledge inside me to make healthy eating and moderation decisions.

This past year of meticulous calorie counting 5 days a week has created an inherent tendency to eat within/around my daily calorie goal since I know what my days meals should look like…I now have faith in myself to give myself the freedom to make healthy choices without monitoring every piece of food in front of me…in fact, I feel it is easier since I am not constantly thinking about my days meals and when I can eat again.

My lack of time/mind being occupied with other things besides stepping on the scale most mornings…and after a month of no weigh-ins, I hesitantly stepped on the scale. GUESS WHAT?! I LOST WEIGHT! maybe this was just what I needed to relax a bit and live my life, focusing on listening to my body and trusting my own instincts. 🙂

Apologies for the stream of conscience post but I needed to share my good news!

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Throwing my weight around

7 Jun

For everyone who has a consistently active lifestyle and a deeply engrained routine for your workouts, you know that every now and then you need to switch things up in order to keep getting results.

However, when training for certain things you need to keep doing that exact activity. For example, to train for a race you need to run (among other things).

I have great friends who are all very active and who all have different fitness habits and routines. They have helped me mix things up and kept fitness interesting (and I hope I have done this for them as well) by allowing me to put them through a HIIT bootcamp once a week (weather allowing).

This weekly routine is an incredible way for me to be motivated to research new exercises and try them out. It motivates me to keep trying new things and to think outside the box. It motivates me to keep going on those reps where I want to quit – because after all, how can I yell at my friends for quitting if I do exactly that? (And let’s be honest yelling at my friends is what makes this so fun!! Lol)

Lastly, this once a week fit date motivates me because I’ll never back out knowing I get to hang out with such lovely ladies…even if that means more burpees than I can count.

Just thought I’d give them a little shout out for helping keep my a$$ in line…and for letting me yell at them (with love) when their form is poor.

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Finding a weigh to relax

6 Jun

Some of you may know at this point that I try to cram my week as full of activity and exercise as possible.

My aim most weeks is to work out at lunch and after work 3 days a week and at lunch plus rec sports (flag football and softball) the other two weekdays. On weekends me and the BF walk a gazillion miles around town if it’s nice out and I sometimes also fit in a relaxed run on Sundays.

I’m now feeling the pressure to up my weekly mileage for a half-marathon (even though it isn’t until the end of September). I am also feeling the pressure to look my best and work my a$$ off for purely aesthetic reasons for upcoming weddings and a bachelorette trip to MIAMI in August.

That being said, I know that rest and recovery is incredibly important for a hard working body and also that it will be very important as I continue to up my mileage every week heading in to the half. How then do I get over the guilt I feel about a “day off”? I struggle on the days (like today) that I force myself to relax and take a (well-deserved) break. It seems as though those days weigh on me mentally and make me feel like a blob…which I am well aware that they shouldn’t.

How do all of you hard workers deal with this mindset? Do you even encounter it? Help a sister out and let me know I’m not alone!

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If you can’t keep up…get out of the weigh!

30 May

So folks, last week was ottawa race weekend!! And …I survived!

I discovered a few things from my first 10k.

1) I hate evening races. I get so nervous and worked up before a race that my stomach is in knots. This is fine to wake up to and deal with in the morning before something like a 9am start. Let’s be honest, once the gun goes off and your legs start pumping all the nerves disappear and you just focus on the rhythm of the run.

2) Trust in your training. I trained consistently and yet I was still so nervous about meeting my sub 60 minute goal. However, when I crossed the finish line at 56:41 I realized how silly that was!

So now, on to the next! My 1/2 marathon is coming up in September and training started this week…I got one run in before I slipped and hurt my foot messing around in the house…oh well. One day off and back to it! Stay the course. 🙂

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The time to train has gotten a-weigh on me

10 May

Hello all!

It’s almost here…my first 10k! Two weeks from tomorrow I will be lining up for Ottawa race weekend with many (many, many, many) other runners. These runners will also include 3 ladies that have been motivation for my training the whole way through, including running a confidence building 5k a few weeks ago.

As the race looms ever closer I am getting excited! No matter what I run it will be a personal best since none of my races have been longer than 5k and my training runs don’t get recorded anywhere except my nike + app. Now, don’t get me wrong I am super nervous but in an excited, butterflies in my tummy way.

I am also starting to realize my training runs are getting fewer and next week will be time to taper. It’s funny how when you begin training you look ahead and think those runs will take forever to complete. It feels like there are hundreds before the race…but then you wake up one day and its time to stuff the excuses and line up with your pace bunny!

So folks, wish me luck. Once this race is done it will be time to get into training for my 1/2 marathon in September…but that is months away…for now.

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First races have a weigh of getting to you

30 Apr

Hello all,

Apologies for my absence but I was traveling for work last week and it left me absolutely wiped.

However, I needed to take the time to write about this past weekend as I’m so proud of someone! A friend of mine’s baby sister ran her first 5k last Sunday!!!

We all signed up to run a 5k fundraiser for make a wish foundation and even though she is not someone who considers herself a runner she jumped in for the challenge enthusiastically. She may have been incredibly nervous, and may have needed to borrow a sports bra and scrounge around for some old runners in her sister’s basement…but she did it! (In 33 minutes no less – a great first time!!)

All 5 of us finished in the top 27 and after worrying about not having pushed my pace enough lately I managed to shave a whole minute off of my time last year! I’m proud of all of us and super pumped for our 10k next month (25 days to be exact).

I hope you all get out there and take a page from my friends little sis’ book…try something new and active. Who knows you just may end up loving it!!

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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!!!