Saturday, March 22, 2014

Be honest, does my butt look padded?

Friday I took a rest day, instead of taking Sunday, I decided to let my sore tired body rest.  Instead of heading to the gym I treated myself to coffee and a gourmet breaky sammie at Thimble Cafe, while reading my latest vamp book. It was heaven!  Afterward, I went on the hunt for some proper "bike" clothes.  I will leave the negative experience I had out of the story.  Suffice to say that bike clothing is not like my beloved "Bubble Top Lulu" tops that hide my squishy middle.  But in the end I found a jersey and some padded (aka diaper) shorts that I love and that make me feel BIKING BAD ASS!  Now I just need to get the actual bike! I love that I got the clothes first, that' s so me, it's all about the outfits.  But I am going to Bushtukah's Bike night Sunday and hope to be coming home with a sleek new ride within the week.  

So what do you think? Does my butt look padded? If it doesn't I assure you that dinner out last night (wine, and dessert included), the WINE tonight, the pizza, and don't get me started on the JUBES will pad my rear end :) 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

It's not always easy....sometime it really sucks

I woke up tired today, my motivation tank empty.  I had a tempo run on the schedule and zero desire to do it.  This morning I found myself sitting on the floor in front of my gym clothes debating back and forth about skipping it.  I wanted to cry.  I put my clothes on, ate my breaky, took the kids to school, almost drove ALL THE WAY AROUND the round a bout and home....but some how managed to take the turn to the gym.  It sucked.  I hated it.  1 mile easy, 2 tempo, 1 mile easy, 2 tempo, 1 easy.  Funny enough the "easy" miles were the worse as they took longer and I just wanted to be done.  But I was so tired that going faster would mean not meeting the tempo ones.  I finished though, and that is something.

I didn't quit! 

Every time I don't quit, I get stronger, my mind get's stronger, and that race coming up end of August that makes my tummy flutter...I'm going to do that! 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring Training Week 5!

Gave myself a calf cramp trying to flex for Flex Friday at Bodybliss and Health :)  I like taking pics of late rather then getting on the scale.  I see a fit happy girl when I see pictures, the scale might say don't drink so much wine :) Who needs that? 
5 weeks in!  I had a good week last week, and managed to get almost all of my workouts in even though it was March Break.  All I missed was one strength workout, I did 2 short ones instead of 3. I am happy to say I found balance and took TWO rest days!  One of those was so that I could take the kids Tubing and still had an active day walking up the tube hill dragging 3 tubes behind me!  I'm really lucky that Ryan works from home 3 days a week and I could leave the kids at home rather then drag them to the gym with me.  They are so good, he doesn't even hear them while I'm gone. So far they haven't made to much of a mess well I'm gone.  

I'm really proud of one of my workouts last week, and that's a 2hr indoor spin bike ride Friday! Longest time on a spin bike to date!  Oh man that was boring as hell! I can't wait to bike outside (Ps. it's the last day of winter and it's supposed to snow again.) I was surprised how much this ride BAGGED me later in the day.  I was at the museum with the kids tired, hungry, and grumpy.  I'm struggling right now with figuring out to fuel my workouts so that I don't feel tanked.  Given that I tend to eat about 2300 plus cals a day, I'm not sure where I'm going wrong.  I think I get "enough", maybe it's more about timing, and ratio of carbs etc.  I'm figuring it out as I go.

The next morning I got up early to run 11 miles (17.7km) so that I could make it out skiing with the family that day.  I was so tired!  I made a SANTA SIZE list of excuses, in bed that morning, as to why I should skip it.  But I didn't and I went.  It was slower then I had planned, and I was pooped. But I did it and as you can tell by my grin it was so WORTH IT!  

I fuelled well after my run and felt pretty good on the hills.  All though I admit my super star hubs dragged both kids by the poles, as I was too pooped to pull even the small one.  

A well deserved wine break...I mean ski break mid afternoon :) 

We celebrated our last day of March Break at Crazy Horse that night!  Wine, Steak and oh my! It was so fun and we returned home for our Squires Pillow Fight Tradition while putting the kids to bed.  

Sunday I totally embraced my rest day and spent the day at Le Nordic with my friend Laura.  I had an amazing massage, soaked in the hot tubs, enjoyed a delicious lunch and wine.  It was the perfect day and the prefect ending to a great week.  

Feeling ZEN listening to music and reading my book at the spa :) 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Spring Training Week 4: The Sun was out!

One whole month into spring race training!  Too bad it doesn't seem like spring at all yet, with the snowbanks still a mile high.  I had a great week last week.  I got in all 3 of my runs, 1 brick, one ride, 3 strength sessions, and a day of skiing with the family!  Some highlights from the week:

I got my curly kid to join me in a workout on Monday.  I needed to do a quick TRX workout in the afternoon after my Brick Workout in the am, and well my motivation to do so was pretty low.  So I thought it would be fun if she joined me.  She put on her "workout" clothes and I gave her some safe exercises to do.  It was a lot of fun.  I mean look at how cute she is.  

My BFF right now, the spin bike.  Since I can't bike outside yet I'm spending a lot of time on this baby.  I'm now able to spend most of the ride in that hunched over "aero" position, where as I could only do it for about 5 min before.  I love the feeling of cranking the tension up, and feeling the burn in my legs and the sweat pouring down.  I don't sweat like that when I run for some reason.  I have to admit I feel bad ass! 

Wednesday I tried out the new PiYo 32 DVD.  It was fun to try a new lesson out but slighting annoying that I don't know the moves and the instructor is too quiet to hear.  But still a good hour long strength and core workout.  

I'm really proud of the workout I had Friday.  First of all it was a PA day and I had to take the kids to the gym with me.  I spent the morning grumbling and using the kids as an excuse to not go.  Turns out they went without a fuss in  and it was just me that was all grumbly about the gym.  We ended up at Huntclub, where I had planned on a spin class and then a ride after to total 90 min.  I got there and just didn't want to do a class.  I was really in a mood.  So I used the awful life cycle bike (I don't like as the seat is really wide and digs into my leg) So I told myself I would do an hour, and try to get 32km in.  It was a race against myself.  I used level 13 for 1 min, lev 12 for 3 min, and rested at lev 11 for one minute and repeated that cycle for 50 min (plus 5 min warm up, and 5 min lev 11 at the end).  So had some decent tension on the bike.  I pushed and pushed and gave it my all to get those 32km in...35 sec over the hour! So close! I'm proud of making it to the gym when I didn't want to go, of biking for an hour where the longest I have been able to sit on that bike prior is 30 min, and most of all I am proud of the PEED MY PANTS LOOK for pushing the pace so hard :) 

Saturday we went skiing and it was one of the best days yet!  The sun was out, it was warm, warm enough to drink beed and eat jibes outside on the patio!  By the end of the kids lesson they were zooming down the hill with more confidence then ever.  It was really an awesome day.  We ended it at the Royal Oak where I filled my pie hole with a Steak and Guinness Pot Pie to carb load up for Sunday.  mmm pie! 

Sunday I had 9 miles to do, a great distance, relatively short and yet long enough to get into the groove and feel like you did a good distance.  I actually got off the dreadmill and RAN OUTSIDE! I need to say that again, I RAN OUTSIDE!  I actually went somewhere.  My neck and shoulders felt so relaxed not staring down at the dreadmill display the whole time.  It was beautifully sunny out.  Look at the grin on my face! I was so happy!  PS. that is also my just farted face.  

The exercise part is going great, and I can feel the training paying off. I am feeling stronger.  I'm finding more and more balance in the food department.  I likely could stand to not indulge as much as I do on the weekends.  But the good thing is that for the most part I stop when I'm full.  Like Saturday night we went out for dinner I had the steak pot pie which in itself is like 1000 cals!  But I didn't have an appetizer like my eyes wanted to, nor did I get a dessert even though my brain was thinking about the choc at home in my freezer.  I only had one, be it LARGE glass of wine.  I was totally satisfied and went home and filled my water bottle up and settled in for a movie.  No further snacking because I was into the "bad' food already.  I was truly satisfied and content.  Sunday night Ryan made is famous burgers for dinner I ate two, but one "thin bun."  I also drove to Kardish when getting groceries for dinner that night so I could get the "healthy" oven sweet potato fries.  I was too lazy to make my own and in my mind told myself these organic ones were better then McCain.  Oh the things I do.  BUT we also went to Kiwi Craze that night and I had much to big of a bowl.  I actually went to bed that night with a pain in my rib cage from eating to much.  The positive though is that I didn't once feel like I needed to make myself that MONDAY promise of restricting and woke up this morning feeling good.  I will admit there are times when I think I should be more "strict" with my food and lose some pounds.  But overall, I'm trying to let go of that and do my best to navigate eating healthy and still enjoying things I like.  I'm really trying to find that happy balance for myself.  It's there and I know I can find it if I keep trying.  

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Spring Training Week 3

My 20 min at home TRX/KB workout, it was all I had in me that day, but still got a good STRENGTH workout in 

Last week was a rough one for me, I caught the "man cold".  I say the man cold because I wasn't horribly sick but man I was MISERABLE!!  My nose and eyes leaked constantly, no matter how many cold pills I pumped in me I dripped.  I had kleenex stuffed in my nose and tucked behind my glasses most of the time.  I spent most of the afternoons last week on the couch, and one of the evenings that I was supposed to put the kids to bed, well let's say they kind of put themselves to bed.

I'm proud to say that despite being sick last week I still managed to complete most of my planned training.  I did 3 runs (speed, tempo and LSD), one bike, 3 strength and even a 5km family skate on the canal.  I pushed through some awful feeling workouts, but I also did listen to my body and rested. I took 2 days of rest instead of one.  One day my workout consisted of a light 20 min on the TRX and that's it.  So I feel like I achieved a good balance of taking care of myself and also pushing through to get the work done.  I took Friday off, felt itchy about it, but rested all day.  I am so glad I did!  Saturday morning I woke up feeling good, and ran my fastest 10 mile training run this year! It really hammered home how important rest is.  I felt itchy about not working out, like I needed to be getting a "burn" on.  But thing is that my mindset has shifted and burning calories is not the priority, PERFORMANCE IS!  Resting Friday helped me KILL IT Saturday.  I'm going to keep this in mind the next time I feel itchy taking a day of rest.