Saturday, March 31, 2012
Monday was badminton and loads of fun. Some of us are discovering we have some killer instincts even Badminton Sensei says we might be ready to face off against the crazy good people in a few weeks.
Flew home on Wednesday due to meetings in Calgary on Thursday. It was eluded that I might get a new responsibility. I say eluded as absolutely nothing has been directly said but just inferred. That's happening a lot lately. There's so many changes going on but no communication. It's very cloak and dagger and making me feel very in limbo.
Had to go into work on Friday for a 5hr meeting. I'm going to be coaching some senior leaders in an offsite at the end of April. This meeting was to prepare us coaches. One facilitator was awesome and I think is a superb coach. The other one was meh. It was an interesting exercise though as there was a portion where you had to be a coach, the coached and an observer. When I was the coachee I wasn't sure what to use as my thing to be coached on so I just sort of winged it of course I volunteered to go first as I just wanted to get it over with. What I did realize is I'm totally freaked about a meeting I need to facilitate on Tuesday.
It was funny when I was the coach my coachee started with one thing that she thought was bothering her but over the course of the conversation it was something different. I've very much looking forward to this opportunity to be a coach as I think I'll learn a lot about myself in the process.
You see the topic is not my strong suit, it's not rocket science either but my co-worker has done it for the past few years and done a tremendously good job so I really really don't want to mess it up. I know I'm making it out to be far worse than it really is but that's what I do. I wish I didn't.
I could feel a headache coming on Friday afternoon. I went to bed early yesterday.
I woke up with the same headache so I got up took some Advil and went back to bed. I could tell it was a tension headache and those always take forever to go away for me. I didn't wake up till 10:30am so I completely missed both WW meetings today. I also missed Zumba.
I went grocery shopping as I couldn't do that on Friday and then I had plans to do to housework but I had absolutely no get up and go.
Goal wise was all over the place. Took my vitamins for 4 days, got 2L of water in for 5 days, exercise was 2 days.
So my first week of the RFS challenge is a bit of a write off. However tomorrow is a new day and a new month. There's something about April that's just so positive perhaps it's because it's starting to really feel like spring.
Tomorrow I re-start my C25K with run 1 and the goal this week is to get 3 runs in. I'm still technically on track for that goal as there's 9 weeks left of the challenge and it's a 9 week program. That also means absolutely no excuses from here on out.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Now my ultimate goal is 20lbs down so that's 2lbs a week. To do that I need to be focused and I'm talking military like focus. Which I'll get to in a minute.
Activity wise this weekend it was all about the dogs. Yesterday I took the dogs for an hour walk plus the 40min walk minus dogs to WI and back.
Today I took the dogs for another hour walk. They went home at noon and while I'm going to miss those little guys and I only had them for two days.
I did get a bit of additional walking in as after the dogs left I went to MEC to get a different back pack.
I then booted it on foot from MEC to the mall as I wanted to go to Shopper's Drug Mart.
Last week I also got my new luggage. With all the travelling I'm doing this year I decided to upgrade my packing style. The luggage is Revolution Elite from Heys.ca. I love the green and the 10 year warranty.
I also got packing cubes, a luggage scale and shoe bags from Heys.ca.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
My first C25K run will be Tuesday as I have no scheduling nor time change wimp outs so it will be the return of the early morning workout. This is the other motivation to run more. I've pretty much figured out my run days will Tues, Thurs and Sun. I'm going to follow the Jeff Galloway training plan this time which is the one actually endorsed by Disney. This plan does focus on walking breaks which I'm totally in support of I just want to have longer run spurts in between the walking spurts.
I've organized a beginner badminton night for Mondays. My badminton Sensei (aka co-worker) has agreed and I got two other badminton newbies to join me. Normally badminton night is Wednesday in the work gymnasium but that's when all the crazy good people play and they're intense and whack that birdie around like a weapon. I'll wear my HR monitor to see what kind of workout that will be.
It's time to set up some goals for the new Ready for Summer Challenge that starts on Mar. 26 (pop on over to join up) and I'm going to adopt something we do at work. At work we set up goals so they're measured at 100%, 150% and 200%. We get a bonus at 100% but an even better bonus at 200%. 100% represents a definite you can do it, 150% represents a bit of a stretch and 200% is a bigger stretch but still doable. I'm starting now with these goals as there's no time like the present and it's a bit of practice week.
In the challenge you choose a minimum of one goal from any or all of the following categories.
1. Weight loss
2. NSV (non scale victory)
As this challenge ends on my birthday I've got some extra motivation so I'm setting goals in all 4 categories.
1. Weight loss
100% - 10lbs
150% - 15 lbs
200% - 20lbs
Now if I hit the 200% goal I'll need to give myself an awesome prize.
100% complete the C25K program before this challenge ends
150% run 5K in 40min
200% run 5K in 35min.
100% exercise (min 30min) 4 times a week
150% exercise (min 30min) 5 times a week
200% exercise (min 30min) 6 times a week
100% track 7 days a week
150% track 7 days a week and get a minimum of 2L
200% track 7 days a week, get a minimum of 2L and take my vitamins
I've got Vegas coming up too so Operation Enough/Hottie needs to get some fire under it's patootie.
Today I got an invite on Facebook to a sort of informal reunion with people I went to high school with. Now I always considered myself an outsider in high school. I was chubby and went to school with some fairly wealthy kids and I came from a not so wealthy background add that I was super shy and had zip for self esteem. I didn't go to my prom instead I went to work. I was in the bilingual program so there was kids from all over the city. This Facebook thing looks like it's covering elementary, junior and high school (at the time there were a handful of bilingual schools. The motivation reason behind it seems to be the bulk of us are turning 40 this year. So the BBQ is a family affair.
Nowadays it looks like the bulk of them are married with kids and of course I'm neither so at the moment I'm not to keen to go. Mind you all the people I went to high school with who are my friends on Facebook found me so I guess some people remember me fondly.
It's not till August so loads of time to think about it.
I need to go to bed soon as that alarm is going off at 3:30am.
I hope you all had a great weekend.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
However I am happy with myself for going to weigh in. When I stepped on my bathroom scale this morning I thought about not going, I thought about going to the later meeting in hopes I'd miraculously lose 2lbs by then.
Then I decided no I'm not going to avoid the scale or go into denial.
Let's face it tracking stopped after Tuesday. Thursday night I went out for drinks and appetizers with my client group. That was me and 9 men.
I ordered a super stoked vodka coke which is not exactly a low point drink. The first batch of appetizers was everything I don't eat fish and things with bones i.e. chicken wings. The second batch of appetizers has sliders and chili chicken - that's more my style.
Friday I thought I'd eat lighter to compensate. That was disaster as I just grazed without a plan.
What I did learn during this challenge is that I need to more committed and make my weight loss and getting healthier a priority. I talk a good talk but the walking part has been sorely lacking.
Today at weigh in I picked up some brochures: Manage Your Thoughts, Mental Rehearsing, Empowering Beliefs and Motivating Strategy.
Today's meeting topic was a good one for me to hear. I had a bad trend this week of starting the day out well and then throwing it out the window. Then giving myself some good negative self talk that had me reaching for a cookie.
I wonder if it's because I'm a Gemini. One side of my brain is saying you want to rock a bikini in Vegas, run the whole 5K at Fitbloggin, shave mega time off a Wine and Dine and the other side of my brain is nah I'm not going to workout today, forgetting the tracker on my desk.
Going today was a good shake to the head. This week I'm focusing on back to basics and following the plan 101.
I will do well over the next few weeks and rock the Ready for Summer challenge.
Now after weigh in I shook myself off and went to the gym. I did a quick grocery shop and picked up All Bran buds because my fibre could use a boost and I also found bagel thins plus the new Laughing Cow Garlic Herb.
Then I hit the gym. I was early for Zumba so I walked on a new treadmill for 30min, then had Zumba for an hour and then Iron Reps for an hour.
Yesterday I watched an interesting documentary on The Nature of Things called The Perfect Runner . It more or less says that has human beings we are designed to run and that it's unnatural for us to sit all day. So that inspired me to download a C25K app from active.com. Tomorrow is run one. I'm committed to completing the entire cycle as I have picked my training days for the half in November and I want to run for far longer periods of time then I did at Tinkerbell.
Let's turn this ship around.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
So when I thought Disney Wine and Dine (DWD) registration opened on Monday at 10pm I was totally wrong. It opened at 12pm EST not 12am. Duh!
I did get registered that day though. Also got a deal on a park pass. This time I opted to buy the commemorative pin and necklace. At Tinkerbell I just got the pin.
Then I hunted accommodations. I used GET travel for Tinkerbell but the link on the DWD page takes you to last years info. I also checked their website and nada. I was hesitant to use the options provided by Disney as it's based on double occupancy and I'm going solo. They also have a disclaimer the deal is available till Nov 13 and I'm staying till the 15th.
So I started hunting. I wanted to stay in the same hotels mentioned on the DWD page because then race transportation is provided. I used an app I downloaded called Hipmunk. It took me to Orbitz where I found an even better deal for the All Star Music resort. I upped to a "preferred room" for an average of $114US per night no extra fee for being solo. The Disney deal was $121 per night. I wanted to book this now as it will fill up. I checked Expedia first and there was nothing available.
Oh and the park pass I ordered shipped today.
Now the only option I can't get is the Disney Dining plan but I'm cool with that. I found the plans confusing and again I'm solo so I don't want to be confined to a plan.
This weekend I'll get a travel book as Disney World is gigantic. So now 34 weeks and 3 days to race day.
Now other than that not a stellar week. No workouts and food is all over the place. Today I re-did my tracking spreadsheet to remind myself of my goals. I've been too distracted by getting caught up in stress. I've been stressed for awhile and I can narrow it down to a person. What I don't get is why do I let this person get to me. I can rise above it.
Home day tomorrow - yippee. Hope you enjoyed your Wednesday!!
Monday, March 12, 2012
Yesterday I spent the whole day in my pajamas. I don't know if it was the time change but Sunday flew by. The walk/ run didn't happen as while I was doing laundry I got sucked into Face Off on the Space channel, not the movie with John Travolta. This was a competition among special effects make-up.
Then dishes and general clean- up happened and by the time I was done it was time to wind down for the 3:30am wake- up time.
Slept so-so last night and I got back to my camp room tonight and remembered I had to do laundry. All of my workout clothes are in the hamper. Now also got to camp a little later then I had planned. I wound up eating dinner with some friends as opposed to grabbing food and eating it in my camp room.
When I got back to my room I realized I was behind schedule for laundry. It takes 2 hrs to do laundry. To be up for the gym tomorrow I need to be asleep by 8pm. Then I realized registration for the Disney Wine and Dine technically opens tonight for me. It starts at 12am EST. That's 10pm MST.
So I booted it to the laundry room. All washers were taken but one was done with clothes in it. I just stood there and waited. I didn't feel right moving someone's clothes to a dryer and I was traumatized when I once found all my clothes on top of a machine. Perhaps it's because as a woman I'm in the minority up at site and I'm not crazy about strange men touching my underwear.
Alas another male coworker who's washer wasn't finished yet came by and moved the clothes to the dryer so I could use the machine.
So now my plan is to register for the race tonight. As I won't have workout clothes for another hour and a half I'll skip the am workout tomorrow as I won't be effective on less sleep after no sleep. Now I have a meeting that runs till 8pm tomorrow (thinking of a way out of it) so I'll be diligent food wise and do my best this week. Workouts might be erratic but that doesn't mean I can't focus on other things.
Sometimes you just need to roll with the punches.
Hope you had a fabulous Monday.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Pleasantly surprised by a .6 loss today. I didn't weigh myself at all yesterday or this morning at home so I didn't have a clue.
I also enjoyed the meeting topic about portions. At camp I have to eye everything. So it was a good reminder that a tennis ball is about a cup.
Someone in the meeting said that a typical restaurant will serve you 30% more then what's listed as the serving size on their nutritional info. Holy smoke that makes you think.
After grocery shopping yesterday I pulled out my WW calculator and wrote the points right on the package. I love Danone's Oikos line of Greek yogurt. So far I've tried strawberry, blueberry, key lime (all 2% MF) and cherry (0%). Well I saw a new one raspberry/pomegranate now I was about to write 2 on it as that's been the points on all of them so far. I stopped myself and ran the numbers. Well this one is 3PP. Just goes to show it's good to double check. It's yummy by the way.
I've tried the key lime one with a teaspoon of graham cracker crumbs and it's key lime pie at far less points.
After today's WI I hit the gym for an hour of Zumba and an hour of Iron Reps. It's been months since I've done either class. This time I really want to make incorporating cross training a priority in my half marathon training and just general training for life.
Zumba was so much fun and I got my sweat on. My polar heart rate monitor had issues 15 min in so that was unfortunate. I almost talked myself into going home after Zumba but then reminded myself that strength training has been missing for far too long.
Iron Reps is a free weight class set to music and each song covers a body part for example there's a back track, tricep track, bicep track, shoulder track, abs track, squat track and lunge track. I despise lunges. As it's been a long time since I've done this class I stuck to beginner weights. For some parts like triceps that was perfect but for other parts like biceps and back I could have done more. Now I know for next class
I can tell I'll be sore tomorrow even after beginner weights.
Including the walk there and back I earned 13 AP today. I planned today as a bit of a treat day so it's a good day to earn a whack of AP.
During parts of Iron Reps I could definitely tell I need to incorporate more stretching. I must put more focus on yoga. I haven't rolled out my mat in ages either. This week I'll do that tomorrow, Monday after work and I could on Wednesday after work as well.
Tomorrow is a run/walk day. I'm going to take it easy and shoot for min 3 miles or max 4 miles tops. I won't focus on speed but more on dusting off the cobwebs.
As I'm planning Tue and Thur as early workouts those will be run/walk days. When I start adding a Wed early morning workout that will focus on strength. Now I won't add that just yet. I'd first like to build the early morning habit and that will take some practice and establishing new habits.
I'm also debating on changing my WI day mainly because there having a hard time getting a consistent leader for Saturday at my location. It looks like Deb is gone and we've had subs for 3 weeks. Today the sub was Barb who does the Friday noon meeting. I really enjoyed her she's funny and has spunk. I'll give it a couple of weeks but at least I have the option.
Don't forget to turn your clocks forward an hour before you go to bed it's daylight savings time. I also need to plug in my Garmin so it's ready for tomorrow.
Hope you all had a great Saturday!!!!
Friday, March 09, 2012
Next week I'm going to try 2, Tuesday again and Thursday. My ultimate plan is do it Tues to Thursday. I spend 3 nights in camp so that's the only time I really need to focus on early am. Fri- Sun are my days off so that's got more wiggle room.
My game plan to try an after workout on Wednesday was kaboshed by a late meeting that didn't have me back to my room till 8pm. This is the primary reason I need to make am workouts work. Next week isn't too much better but on Tuesday I have another meeting that will run till 8pm so I won't be in my room till even later. This is why I'm not going to attempt an am workout on Wednesday right away as that's an unusually late meeting and I want to ensure a good night's rest before any am workout.
Which brings me to my other plan which is pay close attention to bed time, if I have an am workout I need to make sure to get to bed at a good hour.
Thank you for all your fabulous comments by the way, you inspire me.
Today I did pick up some Fiber One Chocolate granola bars to keep in my room as a morning fuel options as they're 2PP. I use GU under duress and my other option is make sure to grab a banana from the kitchen the night before. There isn't always bananas available though so the Fiber One is a back up plan.
I've tried some version of Fiber One bar in the past and thought it tasted like twigs so I went into this with some trepidation. However I did try one of these today and it kind of reminds me of a puffed wheat square so I'm relieved.
Turbo Fire finally met my DVD player today. I popped in Fire 30 + Stretch 10. I lasted 20min. It reminds me of Tae Bo with better music. Earlier I did walk to the mall and back with groceries so I still got more then a 20min workout in today. Turbo Fire is a fun workout. I used the "new to class" option where she breaks down the moves. I found the break down pretty fast so I could probably skip it next time and just figure it out in the regular portion of the dvd. This is something that I'll need to work on.
It just showed me that my cardio ability has suffered a bit since half marathon training not really super surprising. I won't be following the Turbo Fire workout plan but using it with my running plans as an alternate workout.
Disney Wine and Dine registration opens Tuesday so 5 days from now which does have my mind focusing on running. I really really want to smoke my Tinkerbell time in November. I'm already planning on doing Tinkerbell again and I would really like to do the Princess Half at Disney World in 2013. I follow #rundisney on twitter and read great things about Princess.
I don't need to start traditional half marathon training just yet. However I do need to build my base and that's just not running that's muscles and general cardio.
Tomorrow after weigh in I'm going to hit the gym and revisit Zumba and Iron Reps which I haven't done in forever. I want to run/walk on Sunday as the weather is great.
Not sure what the scale will say. I had a wonky tracking week, some days great some days not so much. I definitely need to focus more on that. However I am feeling more inspired then ever. Vegas in 3 months plus a week...time is ticking.
I hope you all had a great week.
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
It was tough getting up as sleep was so-so.
I tried running for exactly 1 minute and just wasn't feeling it as I was tired.
The one thing I didn't plan well was fuel. The kitchen opens at 5:30am. I didn't have any food in my room.
So today I packed lunch and breakfast. I didn't eat breakfast till I was at my desk by 6am. Up for 2hrs with no fuel doesn't work so great.
I'm not sure I'm cut out for early am workouts at work. At home I find it easier to do am workouts.
Tomorrow I'm going to attempt a after work workout and compare energy.
Tonight when I got back to my camp room I jumped up and down a few times. Hmmm...perhaps Turbo Fire will work....
Hope you had a great Tuesday!
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Monday, March 05, 2012
By the time I did laundry and hand hemmed a pair of Lululemon pants,that took forever, I was distracted by Wayne Dyer on PBS.
Today it took forever to get to work as the plane needed to de- iced and our plane had a bit of a wait. Got to work 2hrs later then usual.
Calgary got a good dose of spring snow today. The blessing about working in Northern Alberta is I didn't have to deal with the hundreds of accidents in Calgary due to the slippery snow.
It's supposed to be +13c when I fly home on Thursday.
Tomorrow I attempt the early morning workout. Alarm is set for 4 am, gym clothes are on the chair next to the bed, Garmin and IPod are next to clothes, hair band and elastic are also there and runners are unlaced on the floor. I also set out tomorrow's clothes.
I'll let you know how that goes.
Hope you all had a fabulous Monday!
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Saturday, March 03, 2012
When I get back to camp by 5:30 -6pm I can schedule it but lately my end time is erratic. My schedule is a 10hrs a day but that can easily turn into 12 or 13. That's when I run into trouble.
The camp gyms are having some issues with over crowding due to the volume of people staying there. There are solution being worked on that should be sorted by the end of this month. This includes adding equipment to the bonus rooms in our sleeping wings. They're not used now so when a treadmill, elliptical, bike and free weights go in it will be perfect as it's only a few doors down from my room.
However now if you're not in the gym before 6pm good luck getting a treadmill.
I've come to the realization I should become a morning exerciser during the work week. Now when I'm at home I can be a morning exerciser but that's partially because when I'm home I'm not working. So I can get up when I want and it's easy to schedule it in the day.
I'm going to try a new strategy next week. This will involve getting up at 4am and hitting the gym. The good part I can work out Tues - Thurs no excuses. The bad part is getting up at 4am. I might need to sleep in my workout clothes.
It's a fine balance as I like to be in the office early and right now I go in at 6am. I'm also conscious of not disturbing my neighbours. Our rooms are like dorm rooms except we all have our own bathroom. Now I've never heard my neighbour in the shower but that could just be we have different schedules so if I take a shower at 5am and then blow dry my hair hopefully that doesn't bother them. Right now I'm an evening shower person.
My routine won't be too badly disrupted as I can eat breakfast at work and not in the kitchen so that saves time and all I would need to do is pack my lunch and then hop on the bus to the office.
The other reason I like to be in the office early is it's a less busy time. Around 6:30pm more ruckus occurs as that's probably rush hour in the morning.
Today at WI I was up 1lb and though was up from my last WW weigh in it's down from when I stepped on my bathroom scale last weekend. We had a sub leader today and I guess they had a sub leader last week too. I guess our leader Deb is having issues with her schedule and the Saturday morning meeting which kind of sucks. I like her and we just got her after our other fabulous leader Tony stopped being a leader. We'll just have to see what happens.
I found a new flavour in my new favourite yogurt. I'm really liking Oikos by Danone. It's their Greek yogurt line and the individual containers are 2PP. Today I found key lime. Now normally I'm purely a berry girl or moka in terms of yogurt but this was yummy.
Today is also 3 months away from my birthday. I got a new 3 month tracker today so it will see me straight to the weigh in the day before my birthday. I have two weigh ins left until the end of the Spring Chick Challenge.
I can still have decent finish.
Tomorrow I finally attempt Turbo Fire, review to follow.
Friday, March 02, 2012
So I'm quite happy to be home and enjoy my 3 day weekend.
I've been told I'll be working remotely for another year and then most likely transfer back to a position based in Calgary. While I do adore my current client group I've been taking two flights a week and getting up really early on Mondays for almost 3 years now. I'm kind of looking forward to going back to the corporate world even if it means working a traditional 5 days a week again. Plus it adds a little fuel to hit goal and rejig my corporate wardrobe. So I'll enjoy this year and picture snazzy work outfits that don't consist of t-shirt and jeans (which is my work wardrobe currently).
Today I finally got a little coordinated and did my grocery shopping first thing this morning. Then I went to MEC to get a new work backpack. I needed one that's slightly bigger then my current one as I always seem to be leaving things behind because it doesn't fit. I do pack a lunch on Mondays and bring food items like snacks for the week.
My Turbo Fire experiment didn't get off to the start I planned. It was a bit idiotic of me to think I'd do anything on Monday after getting up at 3:30am. Tuesday and Wednesday were exhausting and I was in bed early both days. To be honest I don't really don't want to do Turbo Fire 5 days a week as I do want to keep working on my running so I'll have to sort out my own plan which will probably be alternating them. I will definitely try the first DVD this weekend. I still need to determine if I can even do this in my camp room or if it it will be too disruptive to my neighbors.
I did track all week, some days it wasn't pretty but I wrote it down.
Tonight my original plan was to stay home but then I got an offer to go for dinner with a friend. I do have weigh in tomorrow and let me flash back to last Friday where I decided to bail on weigh in due to dinner. Well not this time. I went to dinner and tried to make better choices and I will be going to my meeting tomorrow.
I kind of like that it's a start to a new month also.
It doesn't matter what the scale says tomorrow it's data. I really regret not going last week. All I did was put my head in the sand. I've done this before where I skip a weigh in and think I'll erase all the damage by next weigh in...never happens. I need to face the scale and get inspired at the meeting. Life happens and there's nothing I can do about that. All I can do is do my best.
I did come across a new challenge for when the Spring Chick Challenge ends on March 19th
|Ready For Summer Challenge|
My plan for tomorrow is weigh in and then the gym. It's been ages since I've been to Spalady. Then it's do a thorough cleaning of my house.
My plan for Sunday is to do nothing well a workout of some kind but then just chill.
I hope all of you had a great week, talk to you tomorrow.