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Weekly Workouts

Here we are.  My weekly round up.

The weather has been pretty stunning around here for mid March.  It’s full blown spring.  Which means it’s full blown “I can finally run outside” season.  I did my Monday run and my Sunday run outside and it was glorious.  Monday’s run was a fast 5K (28 minutes, which is one minute slower than my PR) followed by a slow miles and some walking.  Sunday’s run was my “long run”.  I’m secretly training for a Half Marathon this summer.  Guess it’s not so secret anymore.  The most I ran last summer was 7 miles.  So I’m working my way back up slowly and seeing how I feel in a month or so.  I haven’t been running a lot over the winter (-40C in Edmonton.. I WILL NOT run outside), so I’ve lost my “base” to a degree.  I feel great when I’m running, but I’m aware that my leg muscles are probably swearing to each other saying “what is this chick doing to us?!”.  I just can’t risk an injury.  So slow and steady it will be.

Check out the blooms!  I’m in Ontario, let me remind you. It’s still full on winter in Edmonton right now.

Love a daffodil!!

Here’s Garmin proof of my 5 miler!  I love my Garmin 305!

Here’s to another good week of exercise consistency!  Did you have a good week?!

Life Lately: In Iphone Photos

I painted my nails this awesome light greyish purple colour then added polka dots with a toothpick.  Needs some practice, but I managed to make them look pretty cool!

Had a mad pancake craving at 8pm after dinner one night so I made a small one.

The view from the Discovery centre in Stratford where some of our secondary rehearsals have been held.  Beautiful view of the river.

A massively delicious salad I enjoyed after a yoga class last week.  It was called the Bikini Salad.. Cute name, right?

An interesting statue outside the discovery centre.  I should find out what it means…

Working hard or hardly working?  I feel like I’m at summer camp for professional actors.. and I’m loving it.  Organic red wine, anyone?

I made the “Cozy Millet Gravy Bowl” from Oh She Glows.  It’s amazing.  Vegan.  And so satisfying.

I managed to squeak in 5 miles on Saturday.  The most i’ve run since my 5 mile race in October.  I’m feeling the running itch again friends, and I’m loving it!

And me.  Just a slightly tired, post run, totally contented smile from the end of my week.  Life really is wonderful.  

I am so thankful this week.  For my health, my strength, my determination.  For my luck.  For the wonderful people in my life.  Near and far.

Thank you for reading.  You make me smile too.

August Goal Update

Here we are nearing the end of August!  I can’t believe it’s nearly September once again.  I happen to LOVE fall.  I think it has something to do with my birthday being at the end of October.  I’m looking forward to changing leaves, pumpkins, PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES from Starbucks, my birthday, and crisp fall mornings!  I’m also really looking forward to setting my September goals soon!

In case you missed it, here are my August Goals!  Let’s see where I’m at with these goals…

1) Lose 4 Lbs. this month.  Well, I’ve officially lost 4.8 lbs.  So I consider this one slammed out of the park!  Home run with the bases loaded!

2)Run 24 miles this month.  As of this morning, I have run 26.17 miles in August!  Yeah for setting goals and seeing them through!

3)Next step in life plan.  I have taken a Zumba class and fallen in love.  I need to teach this one day.  I was so inspired.  To dance, to shake it, to sweat, and to have fun while doing it.  The class I wanted to take was full, so I’ll have to wait on that.  I don’t have time to take my CanFitPro certification this fall because of work.  But I have these ideas now.  These passions I’m working towards.  Now all I need to do is keep taking classes and learning so that when I get the certifications, I can go full speed ahead!

4)Ten Second Tidy.  I made my bed EVERY morning this month!  So proud.  My room and surrounding areas have definitely been neater and more organized this month.  Not perfect, but definitely an improvement.

5)Wear normal people clothes.  I definitely made and effort.  It was tough because of doing shows and working out so much.  But whenever possible, I wore cute summer dresses and shorts.  Which let’s be honest, are the most fun outfits to wear anyway.

Overall, I am so proud of myself for achieving so many of the things I set out to achieve.  There really are some easy tricks for goal setting.

Goals Must Be:

S – specific

M- measurable

A- attainable

R – realisitc

T- time targeted

Onwards and upwards!  September has never looked sweeter!

Getting Motivated

2011 Canada Day Road Race here we come!

Mr. Best Things and I have signed up for our first 5K!  I’ve never run a race before in my life.  Unless you count my failed attempts at cross country in grade seven.  I really was bad back then.  But now, running and I have become friends, well maybe just acquaintances.  Mr. Best Things and running have been good friends for a while now.  Let’s just say, I’ll be the one huffing my way past the 5K finish line while Mr. BT could have run a 10K in the same amount of time .

I’m nervous and excited.  And I need to start researching how to train.  Or better yet, I need to get my but outside and hit the pavement.  We have been thinking about running a race together for a while now.  To spend some quality, fun time doing something athletic, but mostly for motivation to get outside.  I noticed Caitlin, over at Healthy Tipping Point was commenting about the same phenomenon: need motivation?  Sign up for a race!

Motivation is an interesting thing for me.  I get crazy bursts of it, usually around bikini season, and then will go months at a time without an exercise care in the world.  What gives?  To be honest, what my life is lacking in terms of my healthy living goals, is consistency.  As my wise (younger) brother said once; 80% of the time do good, 20% do bad.  80% veggies, whole grains, lean protein.  20% ice cream and chips.  So, 80% of your days need sweat and 20% need couch surfing.  Right?

Something that always seems to give me motivation is reading about other people getting off their asses.  Magazines, books, and most recently BLOGS!  It’s such an exciting new frontier of healthy, active  lifestyle reading!  And now that I’m blogging all on my own as well… I’d have to say, this swimsuit season is shaping up to be the best one yet!

What do you do to stay motivated?  Do you find exercise a battle sometimes?

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