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Motivational Monday–Tuesday Edition

Hi folks! Sorry for being late with my Motivational Monday post, but things were a bit hectic in my world yesterday, and I never quite got to my blog post.  Oh well…better late than never, right!

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if you’ve been following along, you know that I LOVE CrossFit.  It’s different every day, it’s challenging, it’s hard work, and it involves lifting heavy shit.  The lifting sometimes scares me and I am definitely not the strongest person at my Box, but I do my best and I see results.  This morning I say this awesome infographic from Health Central about why weightlifting and strength training are good for you.  I know first hand that all 10 of these are true!

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So, what are you waiting for.  Go pick something heavy up, put it down, and pick it up again.

It will do your body good!

Do you currently include weight training in your workout routine?

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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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Hellooooooo!

Hey, remember me!  I’m your friendly neighbourhood MIA blogger!

I did warn you in my last post that I might not be too regular with my posts since I was heading on vacation…but I really didn’t think I would go silent for this long.  I guess that just means I had a really good week…and I did!

Here’s what’s been going on in my world the last 13 days.

Our week at the cottage was amazing!  We had a weekend with hubby’s family and then they headed out and we had the cottage to ourselves…well, sort of.  As soon as his family left, my sister and her 2 little ones came up to spend the week with us, and then two days later a bunch of my friends and all their kids came up for 3 days.  It was AWESOME!

Highlights included: 

A cottage full of kids:  This is most of them.  cottage kids cropped

L-R:  Baby Peighton, Nick, Kenzie, Tanner, Maddie, Presley, Emma and Alyssa.  Missing:  Jackson, Ryan and Nolan. 

Ryan drives the boat:
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Tanner enjoys a s’more:
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We all wait out the tornado:
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This tornado/storm was pretty intense.  We thought it might miss us, but of course, as soon as we got the tent set up, and Gill loaded all her stuff in it, the rains came…big time!  I guess officially it never turned into a tornado in our area, but a pretty decent waterspout was seen a few lakes over from us.  We just had a LOT of rain… IMG_3239

and some pretty strong wind that pretty much leveled the tent:
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We think the only thing that kept it from blowing completely away was all of Gill’s stuff, including her sleeping bags and clothes….all of which got COMPLETELY soaked. 
After the worst of the storm past, we went out to put the tent back together, take out all the wet stuff, and check out the damage, Nothing like a small lake inside a tent to make camping fun:
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We got rid of the lake by lifting the tent up and dumping all the water out the roof!  It was a bit of a mess inside, and there was no way anyone was sleeping in there that night, so Gill and her two kids set up camp in the cottage basement.  Not the greatest spot, but a heck of a lot better than a soggy tent!  As soon as the power came back on, we put sleeping bags into the dryer and they were all set for the night.  By the next day, the tent had dried out and with a little wipe down it was good to go and the three of them camped tent-style the next night.  Good thing…those kids were dying to sleep in the tent! 

We drank just a few beer:
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Can you tell why our hockey team is called the Corona Crushers?  Smile

The hockey girls and all their kids left Friday afternoon.  We had time to do a bit of tidying and then the weekend crew rolled in.  A couple of Rory’s buddies and their families came up. It was a bit tamer on the weekend that it was when the Crushers were here.  (The Crushers managed two nights of 4am…I am way too old for that!!)

With the weekend crew we took all the kids to town for ice cream in the boat.  Along the way they stopped for a little cliff jumping.  No way I would jump off this cliff, but the kids had no problem with it.
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To get a sense of just how high it is….here’s a clip of one of the kids going over the edge.

Thomas takes a leap!

All in all, it was a great week at the cottage.  We all came home tanned, fat, happy, and just a bit tired.  We tried to rest up this week, because we are back up there tomorrow and will do it all again next week…hopefully just a tad tamer this time!

Being at the cottage for the week meant I went a week without CrossFit.  I was nervous and excited to get back to the box on Monday night.  The WOD on Monday was 21-15-9 Deadlfts and HandStand Push Ups.  This was actually a good WOD to get me back into CrossFit mode.  Aside from a 30 minute Jillian Michaels SHRED workout my sister made me do with her on the front lawn, the only exercise I got at the cottage was lifting a bottle of Corona to my lips!  In the WOD I think I lifted 95lbs for the deadlift and did my HSPU off a 24inch box.  I finished in about 7 minutes (I think it was 6:53).   I also did 3 sets of 15 on the Reverse Hyper.  I had never used that crazy machine before, but I picked it up pretty quickly.  I’m not sure how much weight was on it, but I just did the same and the guys before me were using.  This wasn’t the toughest workout I have ever done at CrossFit, but it was a good one to get back into the grove with.  I’m back at the Box tonight for some Back Squats, Kettlebell Swings and Ring Dips.  I can’t wait!

Tuesday was my golf night.  I played my next match in our league match play competition.  This time I was paired against a golfer with the same handicap as me, so there were no strokes given to anyone this match.  We just played and whoever had the lowest score won that hole.  In the end I was 2 up with 1 to play so I won the match.  YAY!  It was a nice night on the course, and I got to try out my new driver, since I broke mine when I was in Ohio.  Callaway replaced it with an XHot….and I love it!  My wicked left curve doesn’t seem to be as bad and the ball seems to go further than it did with my old driver.  In the end I shot a 49!  Another score under 50…super pumped!  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a shitty golfer…now I’m just slightly less shitty than I used to be.  I’ve actually got my handicap down under 30:
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I know it is barely under 30, but I don’t care…it’s still under, and much better than the 33.3 I started the year at.  Hopefully I can keep this “good golf” going and drop a few more decimal points before the end of the season. 

PHEW!  That was a long post. I still feel bad for neglecting my blog for so long, but at least now I feel like I am caught up.  Just in time to go on vacation again tomorrow and get behind in my posts again!  Hopefully next week, since we won’t have any guests, I will get a chance to write the odd post from the cottage.

Hopefully see you tomorrow with another edition of The Friday Five.

How have things been with you?
Do anything exciting these last 2 weeks?

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Wild Wednesday!

It’s going to be a crazy night for me, so I figured I would write a quick post while I enjoy lunch at my desk.

First of all, check out this awesome salad that I am enjoying while I type:

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This deliciousness is leftover steak and grilled veggies from the weekend (red and yellow pepper, zucchini, red onion & asparagus), with a few leaves from a romaine heart, and half a slice of jalapeno Havarti cheese.  Tossed with a little bit of balsamic vinaigrette and I am one happy blogger right now!

Since I am doing the Isagenix cleanse, normally my lunch consists of a protein shake, but since my night is going to be so hectic, I decided to eat my real meal and lunch and have a shake at dinner to help speed things up after work.

So, what’s got me so busy tonight?  Well, just a few things:

  1. son #2 has a ball hockey game at 7pm.  First game of the season so we need to be early to get his jersey, shorts and socks.
  2. son #1 needs to babysit for my sister so she can go teach Body Attack at 7:15 – haven’t quite figured out how I am going to get him there yet!
  3. hubby has a baseball meeting from 6-7
  4. after my son’s ball hockey game I am going to CrossFit for the 8:30 class
  5. after CrossFit, I am back to the arena for my ball hockey game at 10pm.

PHEW!  I’m exhausted just writing it down!

There definitely would not be time to write a post anywhere in there, so I’m glad I’m getting this done now.

I think tonight will be the perfect opportunity to try out one of the Isagenix Energetix sticks.  I think I will carry a big bottle of water with one of the sticks mixed in with me tonight.  I think I might need a little extra energy to help me survive this crazy night.

Okay…I need to finish my lunch, got get some gas in the car, return a library book and hit the bank…because I sure won’t have time to do any of that after work!

Is your Wednesday as insane as mine? Fingers crossed I survive!  Smile
Cheers!

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Sunny Sunday

The weekend is coming to an end Sad smile, but, it actually felt like spring out there today…Finally! 

I had a pretty quiet day.  Full of laundry, menu planning, grocery shopping, a little gardening…and sitting on the front patio, enjoying some sunshine and watching the world go by.  I can’t wait until the weather gets just a bit nicer and we can enjoy more time outside.

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My menu planning for this week was quite simple.  Since two of my meals each days are meal replacement shakes, I only had to worry about dinners.  Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

Sunday:  Honey Tamari Chicken Thighs with Almond Butter Sauce & Broccoli (from Clean Eating March 2013, page 48).  I also cooked up some Kabocha squash – YUM!!!.  This dinner was delicious, and came in well below my allowable 500 calories!
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Monday:    Skinny Taste Sante Fe Chicken.  This is an awesome crock pot meal.  I can’t wait to come home to a house that smells amazing and dinner all ready to go!

Tuesday:  Buffalo Chicken Wraps.  This will be a meal for hubs and the boys.  I am going out for lunch with a client, so will be using my “meal” for lunch and having my second shake for dinner. 

Wednesday:  Clean Eating Spaghetti Carbonara with Asparagus & Turkey Sausage.  (from March 2013, page 73)  This was a hit with my kids and they are looking forward to having it again.

Thursday:  This is my cleanse day, so I will be enjoying 4 servings of Isagenix Cleanse for Life berry flavoured juice.  Hubs and the kids will grab something quick before we go watch the school play at Nick’s school.

Friday:   BBQ’d steak and grilled veggies!  The weather is supposed to be sunny all week, so should be good BBQ weather.  Hubs is going to fire up the grill for the first BBQ meal of the season. Can’t wait!

Saturday:   Not sure what’s on the menu for today.  We are scheduled to get together with friends for dinner.  They tend to have an insanely busy schedule with 3 kids all playing all sorts of competitive sports, so hopefully we are still able to get together.

I’ve also planned my workouts for the week….

Monday:  CrossFit 8:30pm
Tuesday:  Ball hockey 8pm – first game of the season!
Wednesday:  CrossFit 8:30pm
Friday:  Double under and pull up practice
Saturday:  CrossFit 9am

I know I said I wouldn’t talk too much about the Isagenix Cleanse, but I am on Day 5 and things are going really well.  The shakes are keeping me full, the snacks are actually pretty good, and I’m enjoying good, clean meals for dinners.  I am down on the scale and I will take my measurements again on Wednesday to see if any inches have been lost in the first week. 

And now I’m going to sign off and watch another episode of Arrested Development.  We are part way through season 1 and enjoying it. 

Here’s looking forward to a good week ahead!

Have you planned your menu and workout schedule for the week? 
Cooking up anything tasty this week?

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I Did It Again!

I ran again today! And it didn’t suck!!!

I ran the same route I did yesterday, and it was a much better run. I am still slow, but I was able to run much longer before stopping. Today I ran 25 minutes straight before I stopped and walked. I still felt good when I started walking, but I didn’t want that damn hill to kill me, so walked it, caught my breath and got my heart rate down a little bit. I’m pretty sure my heart rate is still way too high when I’m running. (Does anyone know how to tell what your heart rate should be? I’m pretty sure my Polar knows, but I’m not sure how to read it!)

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So, my run today felt much better, but it wasn’t much faster overall. Still, I’m pretty happy with it. I actually didn’t hate it? Maybe, just maybe, my run mojo is coming back. Checkout this haiku that Charla of runninghaiku.net wrote to help me find my lost run mojo…its awesome, and it worked!!! Thanks Char!

Here’s yesterday’s and today’s breakdown side by side.

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I planned my week of meals, snacks and workouts. With 3 CrossFit classes, 2 hockey games, and trying to squeeze in 2 runs, my week is pretty busy! Ideally I would like to get one more run in. It’s the Easter long weekend, so maybe I will be able to find time…if not, I’ll live!

I made some healthy snacks today – dark chocolate no bake coconut cookies and dark chocolate date bars. I’ve made both of these before and they are both delicious! These will give me some good snacks for work. Plus, with the chocolate in both, they seem like a treat as well! Bonus!

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Finding meals for the week that would fit into the hectic schedule was a bit of a challenge. On CrossFit nights I don’t want to eat a heavy meal before I go to the gym, so I need quick meals those nights. Still, I was able to plan another week of great, clean meals – and I’m hoping some of the, give me leftovers for lunch the next day! Here’s how the upcoming week looks:

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I still need to figure out breakfasts for the week. I’m sure I will have microwaved eggs a few days, and maybe I will make some overnight oats for a few days. It’s been a while since I’ve had those.

Dinner tonight was a simple, light, and tasty meal of dumplings and edamame. This was quick to prepare and a hit with the while family. Jacko just loves the dumplings and Nick is a huge fan of the edamame. I like them both!

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It’s a short week ahead and I’m already looking forward to next weekend. Friday is a holiday for Good Friday so we’ve only got to make it through 4 work days! Wohoo! With all the things I’ve got on the schedule for this week, I’m sure it will fly by. Lets hope so anyways!

Now, it’s late (when will I learn?) and I need to spend some quality time with my foam roller before I go to bed. My hips and hamstrings are killing me. That’s one part of running that I didn’t miss. I don’t hurt like this after CrossFit or hockey…just running. Hopefully as I get a few more miles under my belt, it won’t be so bad. Until then, it’s Advil and foam rolling for me!

How was your weekend?
Did you run? Do your hips and hammies ache like mad after you run?

And finally, I’d like to give a shout out to a few of my running friends who ran the Around the Bay 30k run today. Kathy (aka JackRabbit) had a killer PR of 2:41, my friends/cousins Lianne and Susan also ran great races with times of 3:03 and 2:54 respectively, and my friend Suzanne ran her first ATB finishing in 4:11. Congrats ladies! I am in awe of you all!

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Back At it

Once again, I apologize for being MIA this past week, but there has been some family stuff going on that took priority over blogging.  Anyways, I’m back and hope to get back on track with my blogging, cooking, eating and CrossFit.

I’m also in countdown mode for March Break.  Wohoo!!!!  I can’t wait to have a week off, away from work, and on the slopes!  Come on FRIDAY!!!

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This week, I’ve got 3 CrossFit sessions booked:  Monday at 8:30pm, Wednesday at 7:30pm and Friday morning at 7am.  I’m cramming my 3 workouts into the weekdays so I can get them all in before I hit the slopes. 

Tonight I planned my menu for the week, but I didn’t get to the grocery store, so I will have to stop and pick up a few things on the way home from work tomorrow.  Here’s how the menu looks for the upcoming week:

Monday:  Sesame Pork Tenderloin with Baby Bok Choy
Tuesday:  Cauliflower, Goat Cheese & Chicken Casserole
Wednesday:  Dad’s Taco Salad (it’s hubby’s night to cook – Yay!)
Thursday:  Leftover Chicken Casserole
Friday:   Trying to squeeze in 2 different Birthday celebrations…likely to eat and drink too much tonight!

I’m hoping this week flies by.  I’ve got lots to do at work, so that should make the days pass by quickly and I’ve got something going on every night except Tuesday (and I have something I should go to, but will likely skip it), so that should help ensure the nights fly by too!

Now, I’m catching up on TV we missed last week, and trying to get myself psyched up for tomorrow’s WOD…”The Chief”
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…and as usual, I’m off to YouTube to see what the hell I’m in store for tomorrow!

Here’s to a good week ahead.  What’s on your workout schedule for the week…and what’s on your menu? 

Feel free to share any tasty recipes!

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Yep, I Regret It….BIG TIME!

Last Sunday was a hectic day (and I was a bit lazy) and I didn’t do any menu planning or food prep.  I knew I would be out 3 nights this week and I really should have taken the time to get organized on the weekend.  But, I didn’t and now I definitely regret it.

Not cooking main dinners (since I was out 3 nights) meant no leftovers for lunches the next day.  I actually hated having to go out and eat lunch somewhere.  I wanted to try to eat healthy, but there just isn’t much choice for that near where I work.  I probably could have found something if I tried a bit harder, but again, the lazy factor kicked in.

Now, it’s Thursday and I have eaten out Monday dinner, Tuesday lunch, Wednesday lunch and dinner, and lunch today.  I probably won’t eat dinner tonight since I had a big lunch and there just won’t be time between getting home from parent-teacher interviews down at my son’s school and leaving for hockey.  I think I will have time to just stop at home, pick up my gear, and head out again. 

So, aside from being lighter in my wallet, all this eating out has left me feeling BLAHBloated, Lethargic, Annoyed with myself, and feeling Heavy.  I hate it.

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Lesson learned.  Menu planning and meal prep is the way to go for me. 

Plan your meals ahead

Hopefully tonight at hockey I can skate off some of this BLAH.  I’ll let you know.

How do you shake off the BLAH?

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Gotta Dance

This post is about nothing…I did not work out today, eat clean, or cook.

But, I saw this video on a couple of Facebook pages today, and it made me smile. 🙂

Ladies and Gentlemen….I give you Spandy Andy.  Enjoy!

 

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This Jerk Rows!

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Today was another hectic day at work.  They all seem to be these days.  I guess it’s good.  The days fly by, and that is so much better than trying to fill a day.

I was looking forward to the end of the day…not just because it meant work would be over, but because I meant I would be heading back to the “box”.

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Today’s WOD was 7×1 Jerks and a 1000m row.

As I mentioned yesterday, I had no idea what a Jerk even was.  My search on Google produced lots of good videos.  The video I originally wanted to post wouldn’t work, but this one still has a pretty good explanation of what the “jerk” is and how to execute it properly.

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Those guys in the video are crazy strong.  I did not lift anything like that…but I tried to match their form.

Again, since it was my first time trying , I was told to focus on form.  I worked with another girl who was fairly new to CrossFit and one other who has been going for a while, but isn’t lifting much yet.  We started with just the 35lb barbell to get a feel for the move.  I have to say, I liked it.  Giving the little dip and then going into the lunge really makes it so you can drive the barbell over your held fairly easily.  The workout called for a 7×1 jerk.  Our coach modified that to 2 or 3 reps per weight to just get the hang of it.  We started with jus the bar, then added 10lbs, and eventually 10 more.  So, I jerked 55lbs tonight.  I’m sure I could have done more, but I didn’t want to push it and the other girls were good at that weight, so I just stuck there.  I’m already looking forward to the next time we do the jerk and seeing how much more weight I can lift.

After the jerk it was on to the 1000m row.  So far, I have only rowed 250m hard and 500m for a cool down.  Coach Justin reminded us that the row is all about driving with the legs, and that for a 1000m row, pace is important.  Keeping all of this in mind, I hit the rower.  I completed the 1000m in 4:34.4.  Yesterday I had estimated my 1000m row time to be between 4:12 and 4:32 based on how long it took me to complete the 250m rows I did last week.  My 4:34.4 isn’t too far off of my predicted time, and I’m pretty happy that I was able to maintain a steady pace for the whole row.

My next trip to the box will be on Friday.  Thursday I will check the website and see what my workout will be.  Hopefully I will know what the moves are…but if not, I will hit up trusty Google again and see what I’m in for!

It felt good to get a workout in today.  It’s too bad my eating was so bad.  Since I didn’t cook last night, I didn’t have leftovers to take for lunch.  I ended up going out with a colleague to Il Fornello and having a deliciously spicy, but likely “un-clean”, pizza.  It hit the spot in terms of taste, but I did feel a bit guilty about eating it.  I didn’t feet as bad about eating that as I did about eating more pizza when I got home from CrossFit.  Hubs and the kids had pizza yesterday while I was out, so I had a couple of slices as that was pretty much all there was that would be quick.

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This just goes to prove my suspicion that I would regret not doing any menu planning or food prep on the weekend.  Lesson learned.  I will do better next weekend.

To see the be all and end all of weekend food prep, check out this post by Lindsay from the Lean Green Bean.  She really knows how to prep!  And as a Dietetic Intern, training to be a Registered Dietician, she knows how to keep it healthy.  This is what I aspire to…I’ve got a ways to go yet!

Now, it’s off to bed to read a few pages before calling it a night.  What I really should do is spend some time with my half marathon schedule and figure out how I am going to get all those runs into my workout routine.  That probably isn’t going to happen…but I can’t put it off much longer.  I really need to start running or this half is not going to happen.  UGH!!!!

How was your workout today?  Have you ever done a jerk workout?  Did you like it as much as I did?

Anyone out there do CrossFit and half marathons?  How do you fit it all in? 

Sleep tight, kids.   See you tomorrow!

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