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Scrapping!

I missed my NaBloPoMo post yesterday. 😞 I am up at Blue Mountain on a girls scrapbook weekend and I just didn’t get around to it last night. 

I’ve spent the day scrapbooking pictures from 2010 and enjoyed looking back at the kids when they were small and reliving the memories.  So far, this is one of my  layouts. It’s from our March Break ski trip to Okemo, Vermont.  I like it because I got lots of pictures in one crafty layout. 

  
We are a now playing a quick round of Cards Against Humanity and laughing our asses off. This game really is funny. Especially after a few drinks!  The girls upstairs watching movies must be wondering what all the laughing is about!  We’ve had some pretty awesome cards come out!  

  

A few of the girls have also made some Christmas crafts.  They are reproducing like bunnies! 

  

I’ve contributed more to this collection! 

 
All those beer, plus all the chocolate and twizzlers I’ve been eating, have pretty much guaranteed my macros are out the window.  I’m way over on carbs and have not eaten nearly enough protein today. I’m not going to get too bent out of shape about it and will just get back on track when I get home tomorrow. 

What have you been up to this fine Saturday? 

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Roughing It In The Woods

Happy weekend, everyone!

I’m so looking forward to this weekend!  I’m heading up north to a cottage for the weekend to scrapbook with a bunch of girlfriends.  I can’t wait!  We went up last year around this time and had a ton of fun.

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Leslie, Joanne, Karen, Erin and me. Laughin’ and scrappin’!

I actually don’t have anything to scrap, since last time we were up I finished all my pictures that I had printed, and sadly haven’t done anything since then 😦   I’m only packing my laptop and portable hard drive and I’m going to use my time to go through all my pictures.  Digital cameras are great, but they lead to thousands of pictures, many not worth printing or scrapping.  And then there are all the pics I took on my iPhone…I’m dreading going through those!

I am about 5 years behind in my scrapping, which means 5 years worth of pictures to go through.  UGH!!!  My plan is to go through them all and pick the ones worth printing and get those organized into another folder, so I can send them to Costco and get them printed before we go on another scrap weekend up in Collingwood with a bigger group in November.

Nancy, our “hostess with the mostest”, has a ton of movies for us to watch, we are all bringing our phones loaded with music – there will be heavy debate whether we let Leslie play her Frank Sinatra 🙂 –  and I’m pretty sure a few beverages of the alcoholic variety may be consumed.  We are doing pot luck for the food. I’m on lunch duty tomorrow and making my favourite African Peanut Stew.  It is delicious and seems like the perfect meal given the cooler fall temperatures we’re having these days.
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The girls: Erin, Joanne, Karen, Me, Nancy, and Leslie. Our friend Bonnie is joining us this year too!

How do you deal with all the digital pics you take?

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Oh My WOD!

Happy Saturday, everyone!  Hope you have had a great day.

The weather outside was amazing today.  I didn’t really get a chance to enjoy it, as I was inside scrapbooking for pretty much the whole day.  I did get to sit out and enjoy the sun for a couple hours as I met my hubby over at some friends where he was hanging out drinking beer in the sun.

Despite being on my cleanse, I did enjoy a nice, cold Corona, but I passed on the pizza and chicken wings that they had.  Instead, I came home and enjoyed an Isagenix protein shake as my dinner, since I had chicken parmesan and Caesar’s salad for lunch at my scrap event.

So, the main reason for my post is to show the aftermath of yesterday’s WOD.  On paper, it really didn’t seem like that bad of a workout:  It was 200m walking lunges, with dumbbells.  I carried 10lbs in each hand.  Then every 20 lunges, stop and do 5 dumbbell thrusters.  200m walking lunges is once around the building the box is in.  It’s not that far.  BUT…OH MY GOD….doing walking lunges – and full lunges, touching the knee down every time – while carrying weights is tough….REALLY TOUGH.  The first half of the trip around the building wasn’t too bad.  I wasn’t speedy, but I was moving along okay and the thrusters were good.

Then I started to feel it.  I had only had 2 shakes to eat all day before the WOD, and my energy was starting to fade.  I probably should have had a snack before I went to the box, but I just didn’t think about it.  Anyways, things were starting to ache.  My feet even started to hurt – which surprised me.  I kept going, but was getting pretty slow.  People from the class after the one I was in were sitting outside watching people do the WOD and encouraging us all to “keep moving”.  That helped a bit.  At this point I was last in the group.  After I passed them, they went through the box and out the back garage door to watch people finish up.

I continued along, slowly.  Really starting to feel it.  I was maybe 3/4 done and I so wanted to quit, but I didn’t. I kept moving, but very slowly.  I was quite proud that I managed to keep going.  I looked up and saw one of the girls from the next class had come back around to where I was to make sure I was okay.  She was telling me to keep going, one lunge at a time.  Then Ryan, my coach, came and talked me through every step.  He was great.  I really helped to have him there.  I wanted to cry, it was just so tough.  I told him that and he said “nope, not yet.  The only tears you can have are tears of joy when you’re done.”  That made me laugh and gave me a little push to keep moving.

As I got to the last corner of the building, I could see everyone from my class and the next class sitting on the curb waiting for me to finish.  I knew with everyone watching I couldn’t stop.  I charged through my final set of thrusters,  After I did my thrusters Ryan said “throw them down”.  I said “No way, I’m going to finish”.  He then told me that he didn’t want me to quit, he just meant to drop the weights and shake out my arms.  To which I replied “What, you mean I didn’t have to keep the weights up the whole time! F#&K!!!!!!”  To which he quickly answered with “No wonder you’re so tired”.  So with everyone watching and cheering I completed my last 16 lunges to cross the line, and FINALLY threw down my weights!

I’m not sure I have ever been so happy to finish a WOD.  It took me about 22 minutes.  I did note the exact time when I crossed the line, but by the time I got to my WOD book to record my score, I completely forgot what it was!  And the brutality of the WOD didn’t end there…to finish up – and help get the lactic acid out of our legs – we had to run to the stop sign and back, which is about a 500m run.  Ryan told me to just walk around the building since I just finished.  Instead I paired up with another guy in the class who was suffering and we just had a nice slow jog to the stop sign and back.  After that we headed inside the box to spend a few quality minutes with a foam roller.  Man, that hurt, but felt so good.  I rolled a bit more before I went to bed as well, as I was so nervous I wouldn’t be able to walk today!

After the killer WOD, I was so excited to come home and eat dinner.  We were having grilled turkey sausage on a bun.  And after such a torturous workout, I treated my self to 2 of them – for a total of about 600 calories for the meal.  I’m not sure I have ever enjoyed a sausage on a bun more.  So tasty!

I will leave you with a picture collage…these are my knees.  Walking lunges outside do NOT do good things to your knees!
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I was surprised that my knees bruised so much today, and they are a bit swollen.  Good thing they get today and tomorrow off to rest before I drag myself back to the Box on Monday, when the WOD will be Nancy – 5 round for time:  400m run, 15 overhead squats.  Man, we seem to be doing a lot of overhead squats lately.  Hopefully my legs (and ass) recover by then so I can survive the squats!

And now, I’m going to sign off and finish watching the Leafs-Bruins game.  It’s 3-1 Leafs with 15 minutes left in the 3rd.  Hopefully they can hold on to equal the series at 1-1 as they had to Toronto for game 3 on Monday.  Go Leafs Go!

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The Friday Five

It’s Friday – YAY!!! – and the end of an insanely hectic week. 

Let’s get to it…

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1.  I am so looking forward to the weekend!  I had one of the busiest weeks ever.  I had something going on outside the house every night and I felt like a chicken with my head cut off running from place to place all week.  I’m looking forward to sleeping in a bit and taking things at a more relaxed pace the next 2 days.
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2.  Tomorrow I am spending the day with my sister Erin and we are going to scrapbook! In case you didn’t know, tomorrow is National Scrapbook Day!  Back in 1994, Creative Memories decided that the first Saturday in May should be declared National Scrapbook Day.  On this day, scrapbookers gather together and celebrate their passion for Scrapbooking.  Erin and I are going to an event hosted by our Creative Memories consultant, Karen, and I can’t wait.  I am so far behind in my scrapping, it’s not funny.  Hopefully I get a chance tonight to try to get organized so I can jump right into it tomorrow.
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3.  Tonight I will squeeze in my 3rd CrossFit WOD in 3 days!  My CrossFit membership allows me 3 classes per week (Monday –Saturday, Sunday is a rest day as the Box is closed). With my hectic week, it turned out that the 3 days I could fit in a class were Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.  This will be the first time I have done 3 days in a row.  So far my body is keeping up.  Here’s what the WOD’s have looked like:
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On Wednesday, the toughest part was the pull ups.  We did jumping pull ups, to help work on the top of the pull up and these are definitely easier than doing band assisted, but they were still hard work.  I finished in 19:55 and was quite happy to be under 20 minutes.  Yesterday, the snatches were okay.  We started with practicing the snatch, since it is a pretty complex movement.  I’m still getting used to it, but was able to get up to 50lbs this time.  I’m sure I could do more, but I’m really focusing on the technique, so don’t want to push it.  For the actual WOD I dropped back to 35lbs, since there were so many in a row.  I finished in 4:32.  Tonight before the walking lunges, we are working on our front squats.  I like these.  I’m looking forward to getting back to the Box and and lifting heavy shit! 
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4.  I am 2 weeks and 2 days into my Isagenix cleanse, and feeling great.  I have been doing well with 2 shakes and one healthy, clean meal a day, plus a few allowable snacks between meals.  I am maintaining at 8lbs down, but I think I’m still losing inches as my pants are fitting looser and things “look” slimmer.  I will have to check when the next measurement day is…it might be tomorrow!  If it is, I will give an update. 
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5.  Here’s a Friday Funny for you.  I saw this on Facebook and thought it was pretty funny.  I”d never seen anything like this before. It’s hilarious!  Hope you like it too.

Nina Conti at the Apollo

Here’s a little bonus one….I thought I may have found another great dancing video.  She has to work for it, but in the end the guy busts a teeny, tiny move. 

Let your dance out!

So, we survived another week and now we get to enjoy two glorious days off.  The weather in my neck of the woods in going to be awesome, so hopefully I get a chance to get outside a bit and enjoy the sunshine and warm temps.

Have a great weekend!
Got any big plans?

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The Friday Five

Happy Friday, Peeps!

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Time for this week’s Friday Five.

1. I am starting my weekend early! Last year I had at least 2 weeks of holidays I wasn’t able to take because I was too busy at work. So this year I decided I would take a few “Me” days here and there throughout the year to make sure this didn’t happen again. Today is one of those days! My son is playing in a hockey tournament with his school’s team, so I took the day off to go watch him play. We didn’t have to be at the rink until 9am, so I even get a bit of a “sleep in” before I needed to get up and get going for the day. BONUS!

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2. It’s a “Me” weekend, too! I am spending the weekend with my sister and 8 other friends at a Bed & Breakfast near Peterborough for a Scrapbook Retreat.

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I am so far behind in my scrapping, it isn’t even funny – I am scrapping a cruise that hubby and I took back in January 2010. I am hoping to get lots done this weekend and hopefully keep things going when I get back and work scrap time into my hectic schedule somewhere! Aside from some much needed, uninterrupted scrap time, this weekend will also be relaxing, with lots of laughs and some really great food. The owner of the B&B used to have a catering business in the city and makes the best food EVER! It is not clean, by any means, but it sure tastes good!

3. I still haven’t run a single step in my half marathon training! I seem to have lost my running mojo. It is completely gone. I just can’t bring myself to put on my shoes and go for a run. I have zero desire. This is NOT good since I also only have 10 weeks until Race Day. I’m not sure why I can’t bring myself to run. My last half training went really well and I PR’d the run, so you would think I would want to keep going? But NOPE. No desire to run, at all. Anyone know how I can get my run mojo back?

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4. Success on the scale! I know I shouldn’t really care about the number on the scale, as long as my jeans fit the way I want them to. I know that, but when the number on the scale is higher than I want it, it makes me mad and frustrated. When I stopped running back in October I managed to maintain my weight for a while, even through the holidays. In January I made me goal of no diet pop and no unhealthy snacks and that was good too. Then February came and things fell apart. I didn’t get around to making my goals and my clean eating wasn’t at its best. I ate crap snacks and ate out for meals too often. The result…8 lbs. it made me so mad. But although the number on the scale was higher, my jeans still fit and I “looked” the same. I wondered if maybe I was getting some muscle with the CrossFit and that might make the scale go up? Who knows why, but today when I got on the scale, it was back to my “happy place”. I weigh myself a couple of days a week first thing in the morning before my shower. I weighed myself on Tuesday and the weight was still there 😦 When I got on today, it was gone 🙂 I actually didn’t believe the number it said so got on and off 3 times. Each time it said the same thing! I did clean up my act and get back on track with my eating, but the number was a shock…a happy shock! Now my goal is to keep it there…or maybe even make it go a few pounds lower!

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5. Deadlifts and Rows…and Hockey! Deadlifts and Rows was last night’s CrossFit workout. 5×5 deadlifts…which I now know means 5 sets of 5 deadlifts, with each set using heavier weights until the last set if they asked you to lift once more, you couldn’t. Since I have no idea how much I can lift, I started light and just kept adding. I got up to 95lbs, but I know I could have lifted heavier. Next time they said start around there and see how heavy I can go. I felt strong and loved how everything got tight when I lifted. I love CrossFit! After we did the strength training, the WOD was 3x500m rows with rest in between. The amount of rest depended on how fast you rowed. If you took a minute to row, you got a two minute rest. If 2 minutes to row, 4 minutes to rest. Basically double your row time was the amount of recovery you got. It took me 2:04.4 to do the first row. It was tough and I needed every second of my 4:08 recovery. My second row was pretty much the same at 2:04.10. My legs were like jello when I got off the rower for my rest. I am still amazed at how hard 2 minutes can be when you are really pushing yourself. I slowed down a bit for my final row with 2:10 as my time. That last row was killer! I was so happy to be done! Then I got to go home, have a quick bite and head off to hockey. We had a good game and tied 2-2. Despite how tired my legs were when I got off the rowers, they felt great at hockey. Which is good. I was a bit worried about how both CrossFit and hockey on the same night would make me feel, but in the end, it was fine!

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Now it’s time to watch a bit of hockey and then head home to pack up my scrap stuff before hitting the road for my scrap weekend.

Hope you all had a good week and that the weekend is a great one!
Got anything big lined up?

And if you have any tips for getting my run mojo back, I would love to hear them!
HAPPY WEEKEND!

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The Friday Five

Hello weekend.  I love you! 

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1.  I am super exited for this weekend!  I am going away with my sister and 8 other friends to Selwyn Shores, a B&B near Peterborough to scrapbook for the whole weekend.  I am incredibly behind in my scrapping, so getting a whole weekend to focus on it is awesome.  Plus, the owner of the B&B used to own a catering company and prepares the most amazing meals for us all weekend.  We are leaving shortly after noon and I can’t wait!

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2.  I ran my last long run of my half marathon training program this morning….and it was AWESOME!  Since I will be away this weekend I figured I would get my run out of the way so I didn’t need to pack my run gear or take time away from my scrapping to go run.  I really didn’t feel like running when I woke up this morning, and it was raining a bit when I headed out…but I had a fantastic run.  Coach Kathy (aka Jack Rabbit – who ran a 3:53 full marathon last weekend by the way…see why I call her Jack Rabbit…she’s FAST!!) says that this last long run should be at race pace.  To reach my 2:30 half goal, I need to have a 7:06 average pace per km – which includes the walk breaks, so I actually need to run faster than that.  Well, today’s 8k looked like this:

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Check out that average pace…6:36!  That is practically a tempo run for me, and I managed to hit that with my walk breaks included.  I felt fantastic out there today.  It was tough, and I was pushing myself, but I could do it.  I am super pumped for next Sunday.  I can’t wait to race!

3.  After my run, I had a little dance party of 1.  I was walking in the door and the song that was playing on my iPod just got me moving.  I was dancing around my front hallway, singing at the top of my lungs, with the biggest smile on my face.  The song was Rock the Boat, by Forrest.  I just couldn’t stop moving!  Take a listen and see for yourself. Does this song not just make you want to get up and dance? 

I’m chair dancing as I insert this video into my post! 🙂

I’ve even got an extended mix on my iPod, so I had a solid 8 minutes of grooving before I could stop and take off my running shoes!  LOL 

4.  It’s looking like I might have my own personal Pace Bunny (or should I say Jack Rabbit) for the race next weekend.  Kathy thinks she might come to Niagara to help pace me on the race.  This is super exciting!  Although I’m pretty sure I could keep myself going and hit 2:30 on my own, having someone to keep me moving and on pace to hit my goal would be nice!  She’s even thinking I can do it in 2:20 – that would be insane!  She is my running hero.  Doesn’t she make it look so easy?

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5.  No more Corona…until after the race!  Normally when I go on my scrap weekends, I take along a few Corona. Since I am 9 days out from my race, I am going to leave the Corona at home and just drink water all weekend. I might allow myself a Diet Pepsi a day as a treat – yes, I know it’s crap, but I like it!  I will enjoy a nice cold Corona (maybe even 2!) after the race.

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What’s your weekend plan?
Happy Friday!

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The Friday Five

Another week is done (thank God!) and it’s time for the Friday Five!

 

1.  I gave myself the day off today.  After months of craziness at work, and an especially awful last 2 weeks, I was caught up enough to take a mental health day.  I slept in a bit, had a leisurely breakfast of Skinny Overnight Oats in a Jar, a cup of tea, and some Christian Grey. 

I did have to do a bit of work today, but it was so nice not to have to fight traffic.  I answered a few emails and dealt with a couple of things that came up with one of my projects, but overall, it was a pretty low-key workday!

2.  I treated myself to a pedicure today.  After running a few errands this afternoon, I stopped into a nail place in a plaza and got a pedicure.  It was a little treat to myself.  I just relaxed and read and my tootsies got a new summer colour.  I can’t believe that I am going to do this, but here is a pic of my new toes.

3.  Continuing in my “day of me”, I managed to take a nap today!  It was awesome.   Just before 4pm I hit the wall.  I was struggling to keep my eyes open, so decided to just give in and go lie down.  Shortly after, the kids got home from camp and after a brief chat about their day, they were onto their final prep for 2 weeks at the cottage.  Next thing I know, it is 5pm, hubs is home from work and it’s last minute chaos time as the boys pack up.

 


4.  I’m home alone this weekend.
  Rory and the boys are up at the cottage for the weekend.  I was originally supposed to go with them, but then I got Shingles and that was the end of that.  Rory’s dad has a pretty weak immune system due to some health issues, so rather than risk exposing him to the virus, I am staying home and just Rory is taking the boys up.  The kids are actually staying up at the cottage for the next two weeks.  This weekend they will stay with Rory and his parent at our (Rory’s parent’s) cottage, and then Sunday, the boys will move down the road and stay with the cousins for the week.  This has become a bit of a summer tradition.  We have our summer holidays at the cottage every year the week after the Civic Holiday long weekend.  The boys get a head start on that week by spending the week before that with their cousins.    I am so jealous of the boys…I would kill for 2 straight weeks at the cottage.  You can’t help but relax when this is your view:

 
5.  I have no idea what I’m going to do with myself this weekend!  I don’t remember the last time that I had a weekend alone.  I have no plans and big plans at the same time.  I want to get organized for getting back on track with my clean eating.  I need to spend some quality time with my cookbooks and magazines and plan out my meals for the week.  Once those are planned, I need to hit the grocery store for supplies to cook those clean meals.  I’m also hoping to maybe do some scrapbooking, since I haven’t done any in forever and I am getting further and further behind.  I also need to go for a run.  My official half marathon schedule, designed by Jack Rabbit Kathy, started last Sunday, but I haven’t done any runs yet, as I’ve been trying to take it easy because of the Shingles.  I think I will be okay.  The schedule calls for 8km on Sunday.  I think I will do last week’s 6km instead, since I pretty much haven’t run since my half in May.  I’m a bit nervous, but also excited to get back out there.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

 

Well, that’s five!  I’m about to make some popcorn and watch a movie.

I hope your Friday was a good one and that you have a great weekend.  Got any big plans?  

 

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Scrappy Saturday

As I mentioned yesterday in my Friday Five post, today was National Scrapbook Day.  To celebrate this special scrapbook day, I went to a full day crop organized by my Creative Memories consultant, Karen.  Thirty-two of us gathered in a banquet room at the local arena and scrapbooked all day.  Some did digital scrapbooking using scrapbook software, but the majority of us did traditional scrapbooking, physically cutting pictures, papers and using stickers to embellish our scrapbook pages and preserve our family memories.

I have quite a few friends who scrapbook and have made new friends through events held by my consultant, so these days are really just about hanging out with a group of girlfriends, sharing some laughs, and getting a few pages done in the giant backlog of pictures that I have.  As is typical for me on these days, I was slow to get started.  I have not been scrapbooking regularly at all, so when I do get back to it, it takes me a bit of time to get back into the scrap groove.  I really need to try to get a couple of pages done each week. This would really help make some progress through the more than 2 years worth of photos I need to scrap, and keep me into it so that when I do go to a full day event, I can just pick up where I left off and make better use of my time.

After my slow start, I did manage to get quite a few pages done, and I’m now working on pictures from 2010.  No, that’s not a typo, I really am over 2 years behind in my pictures.  At one point, I managed to get myself only a year behind, but then before I knew it, here I am over 2 years behind again.  I need to put some serious effort into my scrapping or I will not make my goal of getting all of 2010 and some of 2011 scrapped by the end of the year!  I’m going to have to figure out a realistic strategy to meet this goal.

After my day of scrapping, the family all went out for Pho dinner.  My older son has been asking to go for Pho for about 2 weeks now, so off we went.  It was very tasty, and gave me a bit of carb load for tomorrow’s long 10 mile/16 km run. We always get the Rare Beef Pho.  For those of you who may not be familiar with Pho, it is a Vietnamese noodle soup, usually with some meat or seafood, and you add bean sprouts, fresh basil, and lime juice.  We like to add some zing with hoisin and hot sauce.  Very yummy!

Today I was supposed to run 3 miles, but I woke up a bit late, so only had time to run for about 15 minutes before I had to get all my stuff organized to go to my crop.  I didn’t get the full 3 miles in, maybe half, but it felt good and at least I got a bit of a run in.

Tomorrow is long run day.  10 miles!  I’m looking forward to putting my run plan into action.  I’m going to treat tomorrow’s 10 miles as a 3 mile run, a 4 mile run, and another 3 mile run.  I’m going to visualize these 3 shorts runs and just keep putting one foot in front of the other.  I’ve got my Honey Stingers and Cliff Shot Blocs to keep me energized on my run, but the biggest factor that will get me through the run tomorrow will be my sister.  She is finally feeling better and tomorrow will be the first time we get to run together in about 5 years!  She is a much better runner than I am.  When I want to stop, she always manages to keep me going with  words of encouragement.  I like to think I help her running by forcing her to run slow on long runs. She has definite Jack Rabbit potential!

Do you have a favourite run strategy?  I’d love to hear about it.  I can use all the help I can get!

Well, it’s late and I need to get to bed.  We are heading out at 8am.  I will let you know how it goes.

 

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The FRIDAY Five

In my hunt on the web for a picture to use in my Friday post, I stumbled across something called the Friday Five. I think this might become my standard post for Fridays.

So here are this week’s Friday Five:

1.  I have just discovered and love David’s Tea.  I hate coffee, but  I love Starbucks Grande Non-Fat, No Water, Extra Hot Tazo Chai Latte…but at 210 calories a shot and 43 grams of sugar, they are not the best for my new eating regime.  The other day at work one of my colleagues brought in some David’s Pumpkin Chai for me to try.  Well, I tried it and I liked it!  So, the other day, I went to David’s Tea and bought 2 different types of loose leaf tea.  I got a bag of the Pumpkin Chai and a bag of Coco Chai Rooibus.  I’m sitting in the family room, enjoying a cup of the Coco Chai as I write this post.  Mmmmmm…so relaxing…and zero calories!

2. Half Marathon Update:  This Sunday will be the end of week 8 of my training, which means only 4 weeks to go!  Man, it’s coming up fast.  This weekend’s long run is 10 miles, or 16 km.  I’m actually looking forward to it.  My sister is finally well enough to run with me, so I will have some company.  Also, Jack Rabbit shared some of her run clinic articles that dealt with race strategy and keeping motivated.  There were some great tips in the articles and I’m going to apply some of them to my long run Sunday.  The main idea that I’m going to implement is to break the run into smaller bits.  1o miles splits nicely into two 3 miles runs and one 4 mile run, and all of those distances have become a breeze for me to run.  So that’s my strategy.  Sunday I’m going to run 4 miles to start, then a 3 mile run, followed by a final 3 miles.  Piece of cake!  I’ll let you know Sunday how my strategy works out.

3. I have to adjust my weight loss goal.  I am only 3 lbs away from my original target weight, with some time left still until my target deadline.  I’m pretty sure I can drop a few more, so I’m dropping my target by 5 lbs, making my new goal weight 8 lbs away.  My original target date was by my half marathon.  I’m not sure I can lose 8 lbs in a month, but I’m going to give it a  try.

4. Tomorrow is National Scrapbook Day.   I’m a Creative Memories scrapper, and to celebrate NSD, my consultant has organized a full day crop.  This means that tomorrow I get to scrapbook all day with 30-40 other ladies.  It should be a fun day, with some much-needed, uninterrupted time to scrap.  Other than organized days like tomorrow or scrap weekend retreats, I really haven’t been doing any scrapbooking, which is not good since I am over 2 years behind in my pictures.  So, tomorrow I hope to get lots done and make a dent towards my goal of being finished scrapping all of my 2010 pictures by the end of the year.  I’ve got a way to go since I’m currently working on Christmas 2009.

5. It’s just turned into a kid free night! My oldest is at a sleep over birthday party for a friend from his school.  My youngest just got a call to go for a sleep over at a buddy’s place too.  I’m going to get a nice dinner out now.  Good thing I had a light lunch of a Starbucks Chai Latte.  I’ve got quite a few calories left for a good dinner!

I’m off to drop kid 2 off.  Enjoy your Friday night everyone.  Happy Weekend!

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Saturday Good Eats!

As usual, my day started with a run. 3 miles in 30 minutes and 33 seconds.  I’m getting faster!  I had some additional motivation to move it this morning.  I was going to a scrapbook crop with my sister and told her I would pick her up at 9:15am.  At 8:48, I still had a little left to run, so kicked it up to 7mph and booted it for my last half mile.  I’m not gonna lie and say it was easy…it wasn’t…but it felt good to push myself.  Hopefully I still have some of that drive tomorrow when I have to do 6 miles.

I had a nice day scrapping, but really didn’t get too much done.  I had a hard time getting started and the page layouts just weren’t flowing. I also had to leave for a bit in the middle of the crop to go watch my son’s hockey game (more on that later).  One nice part of the crop was lunch!  It was a potluck, so everyone brought a dish. I took my Eat Clean Party Quinoa Salad, which everyone seemed to enjoy.  There was also a yummy spinach salad, veggies and dip, crackers and cheese, deli meat, nice fresh bread, and I think there were chicken wings, but they were all gone when I got back from the hockey game.  I tried to stick to my Eat Clean routine, so I had some of my salad, a bit of spinach salad, a slice of turkey, and a slice of havarti.  There were also a few dessert items: Skinny Coconut Cupcakes, carrot cake, and fruit with chocolate dip.  The cupcakes were made by my sister, who is also Eating Clean, so they fit into the diet!  The chocolate mini eggs that decorated the top of each cupcake were not part of Eat Clean, but I ate them anyways! The carrot cake was not clean, but I allowed myself the smallest sliver since I love carrot cake. I finished off my meal with a few blackberries and strawberries. All total, according to My Fitness Pal, lunch was 784 calories!  Oh well, I enjoyed every bite!

As I mentioned, I had to leave the crop to go watch my son play hockey. It was his final game of the season, as part of Championship Weekend for the local hockey association.  He was playing in the Consolation Championship, so I couldn’t miss it!  It was a great game.  The team played well, and kept digging through to the final buzzer. Nick got an assist on the second goal and they won 4-1!  It’s a bit of a fuzzy picture, but here he is with the trophy.  Congrats kiddo!  Well done.

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Normally, after a day of scrapping, we go out for dinner. But since I’m trying to watch what I eat, and since Thursday’s Benihana meal was so expensive, we stayed in and I cooked another yummy Clean Eating recipe.  Tonight’s recipe of choice was Moroccan-Style Stuffed Squash from the March 2012 issue.  This was a very simple recipe:

  • bake the squash
  • saute some onion, celery and carrots
  • add 1 cup of chicken broth, 1/4 cup couscous,1/2 cup frozen peas, 1/2 cup chick peas
  • season with cumin, Za’atar (I used corriander), S&P
  • Cover and cook for 3 minutes, then remove from heat and allow to sit for 5-7 minutes, until all liquid is absorbed by the couscous
  • when ready, fluff with a fork and sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley
  • Scoop into the baked squash and enjoy!

The recipe also called for 1/4 cup unsweetened raisins, but I absolutely HATE raisins, so I left them out.

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This was another hit recipe…even with the kids.  I am actually a bit surprised that every recipe I have tried has been so good.  I was worried that things would lack flavour since they were so “healthy”, but this has not been the case at all.  Everything is so tasty, with lots of great flavours, textures, and interesting new ingredients.  Tomorrow I will have to go through my magazines and cookbooks and find our menu for next week. Can’t wait!

Have you got any great Clean recipes you can share?  I’d love to try them out.

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