Friday, October 28, 2011

The kids getting downward dog

hahaha except the picture is of cobra :) but it doesn't have the same ring as downward dog :) LOL

I had been looking around for yoga classes for my girls to take since we have been having so much fun playing 'yoga' at home and in the park.  Until, yesterday I had been unsuccessful in finding something close to us, and that also allowed both girls to take the class.  Then comes Exer Susie to the rescue, who just happens to be my favorite TRAINER!  She is now teaching a KIDS YOGA class at the beautiful Moksha Yoga Studio on Thursdays, and the best part is while the kids do their class I can take a hot yoga class.  Even better they have a special on right now for 30 days unlimited classes, for $50 (I still pay a $10 drop in fee per kid per class, the special is for ME).

My girls have already gotten to know her a bit, as they have come to the Richmond Core Class that I have taken a few times with Susie.  So they will be familiar with her, and having watched Susie baby/child wrangle the kids during the class so that Mom's can keep working out I feel really good about leaving the kids in class to go sweat in my own class.

I love the idea of the girls getting exposed to this amazing practice of exercise and well being at an early age, and well let's be frank I am really excited about MY own Hot Yoga kid free!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Bucket List

This is my entry in the Just Ask Bucket List Getaway Giveaway. Just Ask offers a breast and ovarian cancer screening and is encouraging people to share 15 things that I want to enjoy in my lifetime as a reminder to be aware of my health. Want to enter? Head over to to get the details. 
15.  Travel to Europe and eat my way through it enjoying the most delicious food and wine.

14.  Watch my children grow up into beautiful and talented women

13.  Live a long healthy life with my hubby Ryan and renew our vows and do the whole big wedding all over again with each other one day. 

12.  Run a race in Disney Land

11.  Go on the Disney Cruise again with the family

10. Get our new cottage built

9. Run a successful business that balances family life and helps other women

8. Whiten my teeth LOL

7.  Dress up and go to a ridiculously fancy event with Ryan

6.  Go on a canoeing/white water/hiking some kind of crazy physical adventure somewhere cool like the rainforest.  

5.  Write a book..even if its just for myself

4.  Do one flipping chin up

3. Teach a fitness class

2.  Take cooking classes, fancy ones, with Ryan (see a general theme of get more fancy LOL)

and wait for it, NUMBER ONE ON MY BUCKET LIST....will be taking place in MAY 2012!!!!

1. Run a MARATHON (had one of those life chats with Ryan on the way home from Rattle Me Bones, and he said DO IT!!!)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New Personal Best

I'm having a great week!  A week back at the gym after taking care of two sick kids last week and having to find ways to workout out at home.  Tuesday I worked out with two of my good friends (Jenn and Laura), we did a strength/burn workout for just over an hour trying out a bunch of crazy moves I had looked up on youtube.  I love working out with these girls, they are in top shape, push themselves hard, and enjoy a good challenge.  A challenge like pulling one another on glider discs down the hall like a horse and cart. We sweated for just over an hour, but I swear it felt more like 10 min!  We joked that we should film our own workout video for the 'real' woman, complete with pants falling down and boobs popping out while doing Burp-pees.

Today, I hit the treadmill to put in a practice run for this Sunday's 10km Rattle Me Bones race.  Again, I was lucky to have Laura's company.  I had set a goal of trying to run the race in under 1 hour, which in all honesty is something I wouldn't have thought possible 2-3 months ago.  But for some reason or another I seem to have gained some speed, and thought it was a reasonable goal.  One problem though, the race is the day after our Halloween/International Dinner Club night and I have a feeling I may enjoy some wobbly pops.  So in the event that I am feeling 'under the weather' race day I wanted to prove to myself today that I could do 10km in under an hour.  I ran the first 5km at a 1-1.5% incline at a fast tempo, in the 2nd half I slowed down and added in some hills (a few at 3% and a few at 5% each for a minute) then picked the pace back up to finish in 58:08!  I DID IT!!!

It was hard, but I had a secret weapon today...Laura!  Laura also recently set a goal, a goal of running her first 5km race at the resolution run on Dec 31st.  She hit the treadmill today along side me and pushed herself hard!  As we ran I couldn't help but think of the girl next to me, who 5 months or so ago said she was NOT A RUNNER.  I can't get over all that she has achieved physically in her fitness (Saunder's Fitness classes, yoga, strength training, running) and I am oh so very proud of her.  So you can see how it was hard not to give it my all, when fueled by a serious case of the goosebumps.

Its amazing how setting a goal can empower you to push yourself, give you focus, and drive you through the tough spots.  I think its important not only to have a long term goal (like running that full marathon) but a series of smaller goals to booster you (like getting up in that spider yoga move).  I particularly, like the non weight related goals.   I like taking the focus off the scale and putting the power into something that I feel empowers me.  Getting to that one chin up, is going to require a lot of strength, and that strength is going to come from building lean muscle, and eating well.  I feel like that one chin up is going to hold a lot more value for me then a loss on the scale.

So what's your big goal? and what are your mini goals?  Let's cheer each other on!

Ps.  I have a crazy video up on the Losing it in Ottawa blog talking about scrapbooking and weight loss of all things :) wink

Monday, October 17, 2011

New post at Losing it in Ottawa

I've got a new post up on the Losing it in Ottawa blog today, all about banishing the black and white thinking!  Its still something I struggle with but I think I have come a long way in making my world more colourful :)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Check up and checking in

I had my annual check up this week.  I have to admit I was pretty excited to see our family Dr. (she is awesome) and to show her how well I am doing.  I had my last physical, just after running my first 5km race and having lost a little bit of weight.  I remember how happy she was to hear and see that.  She even put an A+ in my file (for real).  You can imagine my excitement at telling her that I had run a half marathon with Ryan.  The kids came with me for the appointment, and I'm glad they did, as they got to hear us talking about being healthy and living a healthy lifestyle.  I have to say that my Dr. was beaming with joy when I told her about all the year had brought.  The best part was that other than her bringing up my BMI chart to show how much it had changed in a year (44 to 27) we didn't talk about weight.  It wasn't the weight loss that had her beaming, it was the change to our whole family's lifestyle.  We talked about Ryan and I running together, trying to eat more whole foods, cooking and baking with the kids and teaching them.  It felt so good to hear that I was doing well, setting a good example.  We even shared some laughs, telling post baby/weight loss boob jokes.  

It also felt good to know that I am being healthy.  I am trying hard to find that balance between loosing weight, being healthy, and LIVING life.  When I was home this weekend for Thanksgiving my mom showed me a picture from when I was in high school.  She compared it to a recent picture of me, and I guess I have the 'same look' in both pictures.  Its a look in the eyes because my eyes captured the 'eye' of the camera (if that makes sense).  But by no means do I look the same physically in both pictures, I am a 109 ponds in the one from high school for heaven's sake.  But my mom was worried.  At first, I was aggravated with her and thought she was being silly.  THEN IT DAWNED ON ME....if this was Kayleigh or Kasey and I had so intimately watched them struggle with Bulimia for such a large portion of their life, I too might be worried seeing their body change so much.  I got it then, and when I got it I felt so horribly guilty for all the pain I had caused when I was younger.  I told my mom, not to worry, that I am well, that I am healthy.  She said, she knows, but that sometimes the focus on fitness and nutrition can seem obsessive.  I told her that its hard not to be 'obsessive' to some extent.  I am passionate about this, making healthy changes, eating well, and moving.  I am hooked on it like scrapbooking, and anyone that knows me knows I am 'obsessed' with scrapbooking too.  I am trying to make a career out of being a personal trainer, and with that comes a certain focus on fitness.  A little over a year ago, I was 'obsessed' with food too....I thought about what to eat and how good it would make me feel when I was stressed or bored.  I focused on food, at a size 22, a lot then too.  Food was my friend, my enemy, my personal party.  The difference now is I am trying to see food as a fuel, a way of nourishing myself and my family.  I am also trying to find the balance, where I can just eat and not be thinking about how many grams of protein this has, and what its nutritional value is, to instinctively know what it is I need.  Sometimes, that 'need' is a glass of wine and a bar of dark chocolate.  My hope is that I will be able to navigate these murky waters, and become the light house for my daughters as they grow and develop.  That my girls will have a healthy, well balanced, role model in their lives.  A mom that loves her body, jiggly bits and all, and can teach them to love themselves.  My greatest wish, is for us all to feel that way, no matter our size. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Menu Plan for the week

Just a quickie post, my tummy is full of warm soothing PHO soup, and I am putting together our menu for the week.  I am trying my best to make more home cooked meals, using whole foods, and less processed stuff.  My friends on Facebook know I am pretty hit or miss in the kitchen but I figure the more practice I get the better I will do, right?  I try to get the kids to help me as much as I can.  I find if they help make it they are much more likely to eat it.

Whole wheat biscuits and Sweet Potato Peanut Bisque

Scrambled eggs with Feta and Spinach

Thursday:  Individual chicken pot pies

Friday: Protein Packed Pizza muffins with Salad

**I like to figure the weekend out by the seat of my pants :)  really depends on what kind of mood we are in.

In addition, to these meals I plan on making the following with the kids to have some wholesome snacks on hand.
-our own version of cheese bread sticks, made with whole wheat flour.
-Banana and Peanut Butter Flaxseed Cookies

Thursday, October 6, 2011

My first Lulu :)

Yahoo a first for me, my first Lululemon top!  I know a silly thing, a material thing, BUT for the longest time I would stare at the girls in the gym with their pretty Lulu shirts knowing one would never fit me!  Plus there is the cost of one, ouch.  But I recently discovered you can get a good deal on ebay, I got this for $30.

So today I was feeling pretty good when I went to workout, thinking of how far I have come.  I was so happy in fact that I couldn't resist showing you the guns!  LOL   I've been working hard at building some muscle, and I am really loving how strong I feel.  (I think I may need to change my Halloween Costume to Super Girl)  Notice I showed you the right side though, my left side is much weaker as result of both an elbow and shoulder injury this year and flexing on that side isn't quite as 'impressive'.  But that side is getting stronger too, and yoga has helped a lot with that.

To top off a great start to the day I got on the body fat scale today and have gotten to 35.8% body fat!  Remember that post about 6 months ago, when I came home crying because it was 44%.  I've been able to loose weight this past 6 months quite well, but loosing the body fat has been hard.  I was stuck at 39% for sometime.  Increasing the weight I am lifting, and tweaking my diet has helped a lot.  My goal is to get to the point where I am not medically considered overweight anymore.  That's my goal, if things continue to go well.  What I mean by that is I am happy with my current way of life, there is enough balance that I don't feel grumpy or deprived, I am healthy and fit AND HAPPY.  If the tables turn and I start to feel anything less then happy, then I think I will have to realize that this may be my 'happy' weight and I am ok with that.  Look for more on that in and upcoming Losing it in Ottawa post.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Finding ways to make the gym more interesting

You know what? Even this gym lover gets bored!

Yep I get bored of the routine of it all.  Like yesterday, it was my strength training day and the thought of spending 50 min lifting weights was not appealing.  Weight training doesn't give me the same 'endorphin' rush that running and other intense cardio activities do.  I have come to enjoy weight training because I can see a change in my abilities week over week and that's very motivating.  I also know that the strength training is a critical part of building lean muscle and hence loosing weight.  But some days it is still a challenge to get myself to the gym to do it.

I've come up with a few ways to make the strength training portion of my workout more fun and thought I would share them with you.

1. By far the best way to make it more enjoyable is do it with a friend.  I have two workout buddies that I get to train with (Jenn and Laura) and those sessions fly by with conversation and giggles.  Jenn and I have even set a goal of doing one chin up, and working on that goal helps make it more 'interesting'.

2. As part of my training I do Strength/Burn workouts that involve doing cardio intervals in between weight exercises to keep the heart rate up (think of more of a circuit training style).  I do things like jumping rope, step ups, jump squats etc.  I find this type of work really gives me that shot of endorphins that I crave.

3.  Look up new exercises online....keep it fresh.  Bored of the same dumbbell chest press?  Look up another exercise to work the same muscles.

4.  Yesterday, I was desperate for something new...something to make it I downloaded some of Jillian Michaels podcasts and listened and LEARNED while I worked out.  I loved it, and the topics were very fitting (protein, workout recovery etc).

5.  This one is a bit silly, but yesterday I noticed callouses on my hands (ok time to get some weight lifting gloves) but that made me feel 'hard core' and kind of motivated me too.  LOL.

PS. my first 'offical' post is up at Losing it in Ottawa :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Some exciting news

I have some really exciting news to share.  I am joining the Losing it in Ottawa Blog as a regular contributor!  I have been following this blog since nearly the beginning, its been part of my morning routine and if truth be known I have wanted to write for them for some time.    I can't wait to jump in and get started (insert seriously excited!).  You can check out the announcement here.