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Fresh Start

Happy Monday!

I hate to say it, but I am glad that the weekend is over.  Crazy, I know, but I needed Monday to come to give me a chance to get back on track.

This past weekend I was away with a bunch of girlfriends and I ate and drank too much.  Actually, not too much, I just didn’t do too well sticking to my macro plan.  It was a carb heavy weekend, for sure…with a definite lack of protein!

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Today is my day to get back on plan.  Today is my fresh start.

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How was your weekend?

Do you need a fresh start?

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Motivational Monday

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Hey kids!  Happy Monday!

I am just back from a week of vacation and I will say that working for a living sucks! The only thing that makes going back to work bearable is knowing that in 12 days I’m off to St Lucia with my honey for our 20th wedding anniversary trip! 

This week’s Motivational Monday quote is a good one.

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This one really hits home with me.  If you’ve been following along, you know that I’ve given myself the August Mile-A-Day Challenge.   A mile isn’t that far and I know I can run a mile a day, no problem, but will I?  The tough part is actually getting out there and doing it.

I was doing great while at the cottage on vacation. There was no schedule and nothing that really had to get done each day except sitting in the sun, hanging with friends, and enjoying a few cocktails.  Plus, I had company most days on my mile, which made it easy to get out there.

Yesterday we spent all day cleaning the cottage, getting it back in shape after a busy week with lots of guests, and I didn’t get a chance to run while we were up there.  Then we came home and I had zero motivation to run.  Thankfully, my hubby and kids got on me just before dinner (we ordered pizza!) and made me go run.  I ended up just going down to the treadmill in the basement, but I got it done!  I ran today’s mile this morning on the treadmill too, since I had a massage schedule for right after work and didn’t want to have to run after that…no sense wasting a good massage!

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The last mile that I posted was Day 7…here’s how my miles have gone since then:

August Miles:

  1. August 1:  10:34 (CrossFit route)
  2. August 2:  10:05 (cottage route)
  3. August 3:  10:14 (cottage route)
  4. August 4:  9:44 (cottage route)
  5. August 5:  9:41 (cottage route)
  6. August 6:  9:43 (cottage route)
  7. August 7:  10:10 (cottage route)
  8. August 8:  9:54 (cottage route)
  9. August 9:  9:30 (cottage route)
  10. August 10:  10:00 (Treadmill – set at 6mph)
  11. August 11:  10:00 (Treadmill – set at 6mph)

I will need to run tomorrow’s mile either first thing in the morning or I will be forced to run it after CrossFit at 9:30pm or so, since I’ve got my golf league tomorrow after noon at 4:30.  I am really hoping I can get my act together and actually get outside to run tomorrow’s mile since I really don’t like running on the treadmill.  For me, running the mile on the treadmill was way harder than running it outside.  Not sure why, but it is.  Maybe that’s why treadmills are often referred to as dreadmills!

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Anyone out there running with me?
How are things going?

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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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Motivational Monday

Happy Monday, everyone! 
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I had a fantastic girls’ weekend away where I ate too much, drank too much, and had way too much fun. I did not stick to clean eating or the whole life challenge rules, and I’m okay with that.  I knew when I signed up for this round of the challenge that I had a few events where I would lose all of my nutrition points.  Life is all about balance and I’m not going to torture myself and miss the fun because of this challenge.

I’m also not going to let a bad day or a bad weekend side track me from the bigger picture.  I’m going to put my bad weekend behind me a get right back on track with my healthy eating and lifestyle. 

This phrase captures it perfectly.

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I’m eating clean today and making my comeback!

Happy Monday!
Are you making a comeback today?

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Motivational Monday

It’s Monday.  The start of a new week and a new chance to kick butt.  Sometimes seeing the positive in Monday is hard.  The weekend is over and it’s back to work and the hectic life we all seem to lead.  I know on Monday I can often use a little motivation to get the week off on the right foot, so I’m starting a Motivational Monday post to help us all put our best foot forward as we head into the week.

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This morning while I was eating breakfast at my desk and catching up on my blog reading, I came across this awesome list of 10 tips for body acceptance from Run This Mom.  I’ve been following Krysty’s blog for a while…back when she was a “little runner girl”.  Now she’s a new mom and trying to get back into shape after giving birth.  Her post today was something that all moms can relate to and she had a great list of how to accept the body you have now.

Even though I’m not a new mom, I still have issues with body acceptance.  There are parts of my body that I wish I could just flip a switch and boom, the fat would be gone and things would be toned and muscular.  Unfortunately it doesn’t work like that…and so I go to CrossFit, try to eat well, and do the work to get the change I want.  Still, sometimes I need a reminder that even though my body isn’t perfect, I should still love it and accept it for all that it can do. 

So, without further ado…here are 10 tips to motivate you to love yourself the way you are.

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What’s the nice thing you are going to do for yourself today?  I”m going to go spend an hour at my happy place tonight…CrossFit class at 8:30…can’t wait! 

Happy Monday!

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Easter Weekend and a Big Decision

Happy Easter, everyone! 

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Hope you are having a good Easter weekend.  We took a quick trip down to London on Friday to have a visit with my mother-in-law. While we were there we went for a walk down at SpringBank Park.  The kids wanted to climb trees and play so we walked and met them after.  Of course, after our walk, the kids weren’t where they were supposed to be, so we took another walk to look for them.  I found them sitting by the river, whittling sticks, watching the ducks and geese.  They looked pretty cute…kind of like a couple of little old men. 

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Saturday I went to the 9am CrossFit.  The WOD was 2 strength moves:
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This was another Fundamentals only class, so everyone there was pretty new to CrossFit.  We focused mainly on the Back Squat and would get to the Shoulder Press if there was time.  I had done back squats before, with the most recent being a few weeks ago, when I got up to 85 lbs.  Yesterday, I got to 100lbs!  I was super happy with that.  I probably could have done more, but didn’t want to push it and get hurt.  For my 70% max effort set, I lifted 75 lbs for 18 reps.  I have no idea if that is 70% of my 1 rep max.  I don’t know what my 1 rep max weight is yet!  Hopefully one day soon I get to figure that out! 

I didn’t have much time to spend on the shoulder press, but did manage to get a few sets in. This was my first time doing pure shoulder presses.  My coach gave me some instruction on how to do the press and then I was off.  I managed to get to 55lbs.  I wish I could lift more, but my upper body is still pretty weak.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a lot stronger than I used to be, but still have a ways to go. 

I will get to put my upper body to work again on Monday, when the WOD is Barbara:
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This workout sounds killer!  I hit Google to get an idea of how long this might take me to complete.  While searching I came upon this great article about some of the CrossFit “Girls”, including Barbara.  I think it’s interesting to see the thought behind the workouts.  I have only done Fran so far, so I’m looking forward to giving Barbara a try tomorrow.  I’ve heard the sit-ups are the killer part of this workout.  For me, I’m pretty sure the whole thing will be killer.  Pull-ups and push-ups are tough for me – you know, given that whole upper body weakness thing I’ve got going on! 

Now, it’s Sunday and I am supposed to run today.  This stupid half marathon is only 35 days away.  I have only run 5k twice.  I keep trying to convince myself to run.  But, you know what….I don’t want to run.  Running is not easy for me.  I don’t have a natural stride.  I have short little stumpy legs.  I trod along and every step is hard work.  I just don’t feel like running.  And at this point, I don’t really think I can realistically be ready to run 21.1km in only 5 weeks.  I don’t want to get hurt by over-doing it, and I can already feel the ache in my hip coming back from only two 5km runs. 

The race seemed like a good idea when I agreed and signed up with my sister back in January.  The hope was we would get to run together and have some good chats while we ran – just like we did when we trained for the Niagara Half last summer/fall.  However, we are only 5 weeks away and we have yet to run together once.  We are just both too busy with work, family and other things to fit in runs together.   

As I was lying in bed this morning, trying to convince myself to get up and go for a run, I came to a realization.  Why should I force myself to do something in my spare time that I don’t find fun or enjoy?  I have so little free time as it is, it just seems silly to fill it with something that just causes me stress.  I have enough stress with work and keeping things on track in the rest of my life, I don’t need to add more stress to my life with the things that are supposed to be relieving my stress!  So, I think I will just sit this one out.  I will use my free time for things that I enjoy and make me happy:  CrossFit, golf, ball hockey, cooking clean meals for my family, and playing with my kids.  I’m not saying I won’t run again, but if I do, it will be because I want to, not because I have to

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Once I finally did get out of bed, this is what I had waiting for me at the breakfast table:

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The Easter Bunny had been and he knows how much I love Mini Eggs.  He was much more sensible this year and only left me a 200g bag instead of the 1kg bag he left last year!  I will try to limit myself to only a few at a time, but I won’t be surprised if I over-indulge and eat the whole bag in one sitting!  The darn things are just sooooooo good!  I also got a little 4 pack of caramel bunnies.  I think I will take these to work to enjoy one a day as a treat in the afternoon. 

We enjoyed a yummy Easter breakfast this morning.  The kids had put in a request for hubby’s waffles and they were just as delicious as always.  I enjoyed mine with a little bit of Nutella, some whip cream and strawberries.  Such a great way to start the day!
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Now, I think I will watch some golf, read a book, plan my meals for the week, and just relax.

How has your weekend been?  Did the Easter Bunny leave you some yummy treats?

Have you ever decided to not run a race you had signed up for?

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I’m Feeling Unmotivated

If you’ve been following along, you know that I am LOVING CrossFit.

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But, you will also know that I have been dreading running. I have a half marathon to run on May 5th and I have not started training yet. I know I should be out there logging miles, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. I have a mental block. I joke that I need to find a hypnosis tape to play while I sleep to convince myself that I can do this. I may actually hit Google tomorrow to see if I can find anything like that, but until then, here are just a few motivational things I’ve found.

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Hopefully if I keep looking at the motivating quotes they will sink in and I will go run. Currently my plan is to lace up and get out there Saturday. Feel free to remind me that I’ve said this.

How do you get motivated?
Anyone know where I can find a running hypnosis mp4?

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I’m Lazy

I had a very long day. I was out the door at 6:45am to get my son to school early to catch a bus for a class trip. Then I didn’t get home until 9:30pm, since I stayed in the city after work for a parent council meeting at the school.

Between work and the meeting I did enjoy a yummy dinner. I went to the sushi place near my son’s school and had a chicken teriyaki bento dinner. It was very good, but too much food. I didn’t finish it all, but I still ate too much.

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When I finally got home, I was rather lazy, and just sat on the couch, read blogs, and watched TV. It was Californication night…I was a happy girl. David Duchovny is on my list! Yum!!!

I didn’t exercise or even think about exercising. That made me feel a bit guilty (not too much, just a bit), so I hit google in search of inspirational quotes. I found one that deals with happiness and how to achieve it…seems appropriate, since my blog is about the Pursuit of Happiness!

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Tomorrow I tackle my difficult task…I’ve got CrossFit at 6:30! It will be another class of firsts…the strength move is the jerk – and I will admit, I have no idea what it is, so as soon as I finish this post I’m heading straight to google! The WOD is a 1000m row. So far, I have only rowed 250m for time and then did a 500m cool down at a very relaxed pace. I’m a bit nervous about rowing for 1000m. I’m thinking I should technically be able to do it in about 4:12-4:32 since I could row 250 in 1:03-1:08. Somehow I’m not sure I will be able to keep that pace for the full 1000m. I guess I will find out tomorrow. I’m sure after the WOD I will be exhausted, but hopefully also happy that I achieved a difficult task. I will let you know tomorrow! 🙂

Did you tackle a difficult task today?
Did it make you happy?

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My Three Things

As part of my Elf for Health Challenge, my task for last Wednesday was to look in the mirror and find 3 things that I like about myself.  I have been avoiding this challenge.

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Despite making some changes and improvements in the past 10 months, most days when I look in the mirror, I tend to see things that still need work.  So, finding three things that I like is a different way of thinking for me.

I probably shouldn’t be so hard on myself, but that’s just the way it is.  I will try to work on that in 2013!

Anyways, the three things that I like are:

  1. My crazy, curly hair.  I have finally learned to embrace the curl.  It also helps that I have a great cut that let’s the curls go wild.  The curlier the better.  It is no maintenance hair and I spent maybe 2 minutes on it in the morning.
  2. My eyes.  I like the colour of them…hazel with gold flecks.  They are kind of neat.  Now if only I could get rid of the bags that seem to permanently be under them, that would be great!
  3. My curves.  I have accepted the fact that I will never be a “skinny” person.  I’m just not built that way.  I have curves.  My goal now is to make the curves look as good as possible.

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What do you see when you look in the mirror?

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A Lazy, and I Mean Lazy, Sunday

Today was a very lazy day. After watching my son play hockey this morning, it was home to not do much of anything.

It was a rest day on my workout schedule, but was hoping to do the Bob Harper workouts that I missed on Friday and Saturday. That didn’t happen. Instead, the cat and I decided we would have a nap.

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I did manage to plan out my week of food and workouts.

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A few of these meals are ones that were actually planned for this past week, but for one reason or another, didn’t happen. Hopefully it will be a good week and my eating and workouts will go as planned. Fingers crossed.

After dinner tonight we had a family movie night. I had a cuddle buddy as we watched:

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He was pretty cozy, and was pretty happy to hang out with me all night!

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Now, another weekend is over and tomorrow it is back to the grind. I’m hoping these next five days fly by…and then I’m on holidays and not back to work until January 2nd. I can’t wait!!!

How was your Sunday? Jam packed, or laid back?

BTW…I want to be a cat in my next life!

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