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And We’re Off!

Today is the day!  Team Grip It & Sip It is on the move to Connecticut for the North East Qualifier for the EWGA Cup15-EWGACup-Logo

We are all meeting this afternoon at 3, loading everyone’s clubs and gear into 2 vehicles, and then hitting the road.  Our first stop is Lee, MA for the night, followed by some serious shopping at the outlet mall tomorrow morning.  One of the girls in our group LOVES to shop, so I’m pretty sure she will do some damage here.  From the store directory, it looks like there are many of the same stores here as we found in the outlet last year when we were in Phoenix.  It could be dangerous!   I can’t wait!

Although I am super excited to be going away with a great group of girls, and I am sure we are going to have the best time, I am a bit worried about what I’m going to be eating for the next 5 days.  Every meal from here on out will be eaten in a restaurant of some sort.  I am going to do my best to pick healthy options, but realistically, I’m guessing my nutrition will be less than ideal.  The one good thing is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I will be playing 18 holes of golf, so at least getting some activity in there.  Plus, I’m guessing I will hit my step goal on Thursday as we shop at the outlets and play tourists in Connecticut.

At least I am aware that my nutrition might not be ideal, and can hopefully be strong and chose healthier options when it comes time to order.
food mindfulnessWish me luck!

Do you have any tips on how to eat healthy while travelling?

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September Goals

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Hello blogiverse!  Remember me?  I’m your friendly, lack of posts, slacking blogger!

I’ve really been wanting to post, it just hasn’t been happening.  I think I’ve been putting too much pressure on myself to create the perfect blog post, which just stresses me out and in the end, makes it so nothing gets posted.  I am going to try to get over that and let myself just write and post and not worry if it’s perfect or thought-provoking. 🙂

So, this is going to be a quickie post about some goals I am setting for myself for September.  I ended up setting these goals after reading a post by a blogger who I follow who has also been a little slack in the posting department.  You can read the post here, by Cassy at Journey to Awesomehood.  She set some goals for herself that inspired me to do the same.

So, here are my goals for September (I’ll start now, since September is just around the corner – HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?)

My goals:

  1. Get back to blogging 3 times a week.  I know I have said this before, but as I stated earlier, I’m going to cut myself some slack and just blog and not get stressed about the process.  This is supposed to be a fun thing for me to do, and stressing out over a post totally defeats the whole purpose.
  2. Get back on track with eating well and to my macros.  This summer, and August especially, has not been great for my diet – and by diet I don’t mean eating less to lose weight, I mean eating to fuel my body and activities.  I am trying to eat to certain macro targets for fat, carbs and protein based on my current weight and workout levels.  I’ve got MyFitnessPal all set up with my specific targets and I’m entering what I eat (for the most part), but not eating towards my macro goals.  I need to get back on track with that and give the plan a chance so I can actually see the results through changes in my body.
  3. Get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.  This one will be hard, but I know if I do it I will feel so much better.  I’ve been listening to a number of health based podcasts, and reading a few books, and they have all been saying the same thing….Sleep is key!  Key to performance levels (both at work and in the gym), key to overall health, and even key to happiness.  I know I don’t get enough sleep and I’m really starting to feel it.  I’m exhausted all the time;  I don’t want to get out of bed in the morning; I’m yawning all the time; I look like crap; and I’m tired of it.  So, my target is 7 hours of sleep a night.  Ideally, it would be even more than that, but I’m going to start with aiming for 7 and go from there.

So, there you have it.  My goals for September.  They have been in my head as things that I need to do for some time, but actually putting them down in writing and getting them out into the world will hopefully make me more accountable and keep me on track.

Have you got any goals for September?

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Motivational Monday

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Another fresh week lies ahead of us.  I’m determined to make it a good one.  I’m going to stay on track with my workouts and healthy eating. 

Here’s what’s ahead for me this week:

Monday:  Ball hockey 7pm, CrossFit 8:30
Tuesday:  Golfing 18 holes
Wednesday:  CrossFit
Thursday:  Rest!
Friday:  CrossFit 4:30, ball hockey 9pm
Saturday:  CrossFit
Sunday: Rest!

I have also planned out my food menu for the week and actually went grocery shopping for the first time in a long time.  The kids are back from the cottage and need food to eat, so I planned and shopped yesterday.  It felt good to get organized again. Now, I just need to be disciplined and stick to the plan:  workout hard and eat well!

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I’ve got 40 days until St. Lucia.  The plan is to be disciplined and remember that while a bag of Nibs might be a tasty treat, it is not going to do much for my bikini body! 

Happy Monday!

What have you got lined up this week?

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Motivational Monday – Tuesday Edition!

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I know, I’m a day late, but yesterday just seemed to get away from me.  Better late than never, right?

Here’s our motivational thought for this week:

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I am having trouble with the “eat right” part of this.  I’ve been busy on weekends up at the cottage and not getting back in time to plan meals or shop for the week.  This means I’m going out for lunch at work and not always making the smartest choices.  This has to change. I’m busting my ass at the gym 4 days a week and then pretty much undoing all that hard work with crappy food choices.

I’ve been proactive today, knowing once again I will be at the cottage on the weekend and likely back late Sunday leaving little time to plan and shop.  I just made an order from Eat Savage (www.eatsavage.ca) that I will pick up from my CrossFit box next Monday, after my WOD.

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I feel good knowing I have clean, delicious lunches all lined up for next week.  Can’t wait!

Now I just need to make smart choices for the rest of this week.  Wish me luck!

How do you stay on track while eating out?

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Motivational Monday

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Monday…a fresh start.  I can put my weekend of too much food and too many Coronas behind me and get back on track.  Today is a fresh start to eat right, train hard, be healthy, and keep working towards my goals.

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Be proud, everyone.

Happy Monday!

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Totally Random Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, everyone! It’s time for another

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Here are some of the random things going on in my world.

1. I’ve got 2 training runs under my belt. I ran just over 5k on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s run started out sucking HUGE, but ended not too badly. Sunday’s run was pretty good. I didn’t hate it…and that’s a win in my books! My hips and hamstrings were killing me for a couple days. I had forgotten how much running messed with my body. Hopefully as I get back into it the aches and pains won’t be as bad. I’ve been foam rolling and trying to stretch a bit, and things seem back to normal now. My next run is scheduled for Friday. I’m actually looking forward to it!

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2. I’ve got new CrossFit shoes! Most of my shoes are running shoes. These are not great shoes for CrossFit. Apparently they put your body weight more toward your toes and you want your weight in your heels for lifting. I had seen lots of people at the box wearing and talking about about Reebok Nanos. So, I did a bit of research online and and found the following on the Reebok website:

Product Information
Introducing the world’s first shoe designed and developed by and for CrossFitter’s. With enough stability to keep you grounded while lifting, a minimalist platform and enough cushioning for cardio and endurance movement, this lightweight training shoe is is the perfect PR breaking companion. U-Form technology gives this shoe a proven custom fit, and the carbon rubber outsole and side wall lug wraps provide durability for any movement. Now go climb a rope. (source:
http://shop.reebok.com/us/product/women-crossfit-flex-nano-shoes/EG303).

On the weekend I hit the Reebok store just down the street and was happy to find they had the Nanos in stock. So, I am the proud owner of some sweet CrossFit shoes!

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3. I took my new CrossFit shoes for a test drive tonight! I went to the 6:30 CrossFit class tonight. We started with some handstand push up work. Since this was a Fundamentals class, we were all pretty new to CrossFit and no one could really do a handstand pushup. Our coach worked with us and broke down the move. We started doing headstand tripods, moved onto lifting our legs off our knees, learning to kip into a plank from a headstand, and then progressed to trying to kip up the wall, and then finally doing a handstand. I can do the headstand tripod no problem, and raise my legs up. Kipping from a headstand to a handstand is hard, and I’m not really able to do it. I am able to step up into a handstand and do a little tiny push up. Now that I know what I should be doing, I can practice a bit at home and hopefully get better at them.

After working on the HSPU, we moved onto the WOD. The WOD today was 50 Kettlebell swings followed by a push up/pull up ladder of 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10. Because we took a bit longer than probably planned with our HSPU work, we only had about 10 minutes left in class for the WOD. Given this, our coach changed it to 25 swings and then the ladder. I can’t do a pull up yet, and either could lots of others in the class, so we did jumping pull ups. I had never done those before…they are way better/easier than pull ups with a band! I did my 25 swings (with a blue KB…not sure how much it weighs…I will have to check next time!) then worked through the ladder. It was tough and I was dripping by the time I finished. When I was done, there was still time left in the 10 minutes allotted for the workout, so I did another 25 swings to get the full 50 of the original WOD. I finished in 9:12…and my new shoes were awesome!

4. My healthy snacks are hitting the spot!. On the weekend I made no bake chocolate coconut cookies and dark chocolate date bars. Having these at work as a healthy snack option is awesome. It satisfies my hunger and both of these are like having a treat.

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Now, as usual, it is late and I need to get to bed. I’ve got another busy day at work tomorrow and I’m hitting CrossFit for the 7:30pm class, so I need a good night’s sleep!

Until tomorrow! Hope your Tuesday was Totally Random!

Do you have any special CrossFit workout gear? I’m loving my new shoes! I think I might need to get a CrossFit t-shirt next!

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I Did It!

I went for a run today! As I had planned, I ran home from my son’s hockey game this morning. I wasn’t expecting much out of this run, I just wanted to get it done.

I have to admit, this was not an easy run. During the first kilometre I was having an internal conversation with myself. Here are some of the things that I was saying to myself during that first, horrible kilometre:

  • Why do you do this to yourself?
  • This half marathon is a very bad idea…you will not be ready in time.
  • You can just go get the race kit and skip the actual race.
  • Running SUCKS!
  • You might be able to tell…I didn’t much enjoy that first kilometre! But after that, it did improve slightly. My thoughts were still not the most positive, but I started to think I actually might make it all the way home! In the end, it took me 37:46 to run 5.14km.

    The run broke down like this:

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    Km 4 was a rough one, with an uphill climb so I allowed myself to walk the hill, which made for a pretty bad pace, but I’m pretty happy with the 3rd km….that is race pace for me! Overall, although I did not break any land-speed records, and I was not able to run the whole 5k, I was pretty happy with my run. It didn’t suck as much as I thought it would!

    I wore my Polar heart rate monitor for the run. I’m not exactly sure what my target heart rate is supposed to be, but I’m pretty sure it’s not supposed to be as high as mine was during the run. Also, there were no fat burning minutes, which is a first for me while wearing the HRM. I was impressed that both my HRM and Run Keeper both had the same calorie burn (although I forgot to start my HRM right away so the times don’t exactly match).

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    I was smiling at the end of the run, which is a good thing I guess! I’m not sure if I’m smiling because I was happy with the run, or if I’m just happy it was over!

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    The rest of my day was spent watching my other son’s hockey game, shopping for some workout clothes, and making another new Clean Eating recipe. Tonight I made Pork Chops with Peppers, Onions, and Olives. This recipe was easy and quite good. It also made enough for a couple of leftover meals!

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    Tomorrow I’ve got kid’s hockey at 9am and again at 2:15pm. The plan is to go for another run between hockey games. I also need to do meal and snack planning for the week. My workouts are already planned with 3 CrossFit classes, 2 hockey games, and at least 2 runs.

    I better get to bed so I’m ready to get up and cheer at hockey. We need to win to guarantee we make championship weekend.

    Goodnight, all. Hope your Saturday was a good one.
    Did you run today? How did it go?

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    Food Groups and Rainbows

    Today’s Elf for Health challenge is to eat at least 3 food groups at every meal.

    Breakfast:  Oatmeal with dried cranberries, slivered almonds and a sprinkling of brown sugar.

    oatmealNot very exciting, but as usual I was rushing to get out the door and this is what I had at work to eat.  That being said, it covered off grains, fruits, and meats & alternatives.

    Lunch:  This meal was much more exciting!  I had some leftover Southwestern Turkey Soup, celery with laughing cow cheese, and some raspberries.  So, not only did I cover off quite a few food groups (meat, vegetables, dairy, fruit), I was also eating the rainbow!
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    Dinner:   Dinner didn’t really happen.  I was actually still pretty full from lunch so hubs and I just had some leftover black bean dip and a couple of crackers and cheese. 

    Tonight, I’ve got my first hockey game of the New Year.  We’ve had the last 2 weeks off for the holidays, so I’m looking forward to getting back out on the ice…and hopefully burning a few calories!

    Did you eat from all the food groups today?
    Did you also eat the rainbow?

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    Feeling Human Again

    So, I think I have finally turned the corner and am feeling like my old self again.

    After a very rough night not getting much sleep – I just couldn’t sleep, plus my son was having a bad night too – I stayed home from work, my son stayed home from school, and we both slept for most of the morning.  When I finally woke up, I actually felt better. Thank God…I’m not sure how much more of that I could take.

    My lunch was not the healthiest – toasted whole wheat bagel with Nutella – but it sure was good!  And I didn’t feel sick after eating it!  I made up for it at dinner with a Clean Eating Buffalo Chicken Salad – click here for the recipe.  This got me a bit caught up with my Elf For Health challenges, as I ate the rainbow, got in some good fibre with all the veggies, and made the dressing for the salad.  It was delicious and got a thumbs up from my little guy.

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    I also completed my “share a healthy snack” challenge.  It was supposed to be shared with a co-worker, but since I didn’t go to work today, instead, I convinced hubby to have a healthy snack with me tonight while we watched TV. 

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    Although I’m feeling better, I didn’t push it with a workout tonight.  I think I will jump back on the workout wagon on Friday.  If I can squeeze a workout in tomorrow, I will, but not sure I will have time.  We’ve got a “Holiday Happening” down at my son’s school, so we’ll be out tomorrow night and getting home late.  I’m hoping I’m back in time to go to my hockey game at 9:30, but I’m not holding my breath.

    Oh well…I’m not going to stress about that.  I’m just happy I can eat again!

    What’s your favourite healthy snack?

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    Struggling

    This week is just not going as planned workout-wise for me.  Monday I managed to get my workout it, but yesterday and today, it didn’t happen Sad smile.

    Yesterday, I was just too tired after getting home late from work.  Today, I was hoping to be able to squeeze in a quick workout, but it doesn’t seem like it is going to happen.  I left work a little late, had to make a stop on the way home, and then had about 15 minutes before my hairdresser Brittany was going to be at my house to do my hair.  Normally I go see her at a salon, but she is currently between salons, so doing “mobile” work.  She came to my house and did exactly what she normally does at the salon…but for about half the price!  Plus she gave my little guy some blonde bangs with the extra highlight stuff that was leftover when she finished my highlights.  We both love our “new do’s” ..and Jacko’s totally suits him.

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    After my hair appointment was finished I grabbed some dinner, since I didn’t have time to eat between when I got home and when Brittany was going to be here.  Dinner was delicious…(leftover Mediterranean Veg & White Bean Pasta…photo credit to Jackson, who snapped a shot after stealing a few bites!)

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    Now it’s 9:30 and I have zero desire to go jump around and get sweaty.  Besides, I don’t want to wreck a good blow dry!

    My plan is to get caught up a bit tomorrow.  I am going to get up early and do my Day 4 Challenge (get up 15 minutes early to meditate and reflect), and then after work get caught up with Challenge #3 – try a new workout.  This morning while I was enjoying my Starbucks Chai Latte, and reading posts on the Elf for Health Facebook page, I found two workouts posted by fellow elves that looked interesting and sound quick.  I will either be doing this one:

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    or, one from Women’s Health magazine for a CrossFit style workout:

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    Click on the link above, or the workout summary pic to see exactly how to complete the workout.  They claim there are 4 completely different workouts that you can do with these 6 moves.

    I’ve got hockey tomorrow night as well, so that will make up for missing my workout yesterday.

    Hopefully I can get motivated to get back on track with my workouts.  I’m just not feeling the workout love these days.  I need to get my workout mojo back…soon.  I guess this is exactly what the Elf for Health Challenge is all about.  There are 600 people all with the same goal of surviving the holidays…I’d say that’s some serious support!

    How do you get yourself back on track when you are struggling to fit it all in?

    Do you have a holiday survival support system? 

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