More procrastination, planning, and progress

Remember this quote?

Sometimes I think I take on freelance articles about random things in order to give myself a reason to procrastinate. It’s the best way that I get into the nitty gritty stuff that I actually love to think about…

Anyways, now that I’m done the draft of my freelancing article, it’s safe for me to blog without abandon.

So to recap, I “worked” on my piece at Starbucks this afternoon.

There was a snack.

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There was a swim with Angela (a leisurely 2k for me more for the excuse to hang out with a friend I’ve been missing than to swim, though who wouldn’t rather splish splash than pack or work on an assignment?).

There was dinner.

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God I was hungry. Coleslaw, an apple, and chicken with dried cranberries. Missing is the other hugh jass bowl of coleslaw I polished off.

There were texts and thoughts and cravings all centred around my fav spot to hang out with pals:
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…but there was no froyo. Dark chocolate (this is just a portion of what I had — my bad) won out:

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Enjoyed from the comfort of my futon, I guess it was a win since like I said, I managed to pound out my article draft tonight. Success! I also think it’s pretty funny that when I was mixing around on my blogroll I noticed Nell’s latest post on Paleoista (“Frozen Yogurt For Lunch”). She’s right…and with all the chit chat about “getting away with” certain foods that we’ve been having (keep up the awesome comments, I absolutely love to hear what you guys are thinking) I thought this would be another interesting one to look at.

I know in the past I’ve skipped dinner in favour of froyo and justified it in 1209120 ways. In reality, it is what it is. Whatever your “diet” is or however you approach eating, you’ve got to sort things out for yourself. For me, chocolate, froyo, beer, etc. are things that I like and consume even though they’re not a source of nutrients. Plain and simple. They’re more often than not a social thing. A year ago, I definitely wasn’t thinking this way so it’s pretty cool that I’m cool with it, if you know what I mean! 🙂 Then, I’d let eating these things tell me I was out of control and then I would be out of control…no more!

Anyways, if you can’t tell that I’m in a reflective mood, I am!

This afternoon I reflected back on a chat I had with Dr. Kreso about defining values. I made a big list and then started to really look at them. Important, he said, would be looking at them and seeing if there were any missing links–incongruence, so to speak, which I tried my best to do as I narrowed down a list of about 20 to a solid 8 that I think I’ll share and comment on here. Without defined values, it’s hard to know what you stand for. With defined values, it’s easy to make decisions on purpose. Another tip he gave me was to turn them into actionable things — taking them from adjectives to adverbs or verbs even.

So without further ado, here come the values and their action forms with an example of why I know they matter to me:

  • Community: I am creating a community and a sense of shared belonging. Example: I love getting people together. Random groups of awesome people who I know who I think will get along—I’m always the one inviting different groups of my friends to the same party or outing and seeing what goes down (it’s usually a lot of fun). Also, there’s a reason I love blogging and commenting and being commented on and tweeted at so much. 🙂
  • Contribution: I am making a valuable contribution to the world. Example: I firmly believe that the lessons I learned in my eating disorder recovery were worth sharing. I think that people should know how I did it. I want to contribute my unique story, my unique gift to the world. I also contribute my thoughts, my workout plans, my playlists…
  • Daring: I am daring to be different. Example: I cut all my hair off. I pierced my nose and my lip. I take chances—saying no to Columbia and deciding to pursue something unconventional with myself instead of sticking to what’s safe.
  • Integrity: I am true to myself and my beliefs. Example: I have never hidden a thing on this blog. During my recovery, I wouldn’t have been able to go to bed pretending that I was recovered if I was really bingeing or stressing over food. If it was going down, you were going to know about it. I think we can all recognize when someone is being honest and I think appreciation should be for those who are speaking their truth, no apologies involved.
  • Ambition: I am going big or not going at all. Example: I am not looking for a job at Goodlife this fall to pay the bills just because I’ve graduated. I want to be a part of something bigger and I refuse to settle. Ditto for when I decided I wanted to be a journalist–there’s a reason I was able to get into all the schools I applied to (including my out of my wildest dreams Columbia dream school) within a year of deciding I wanted it.
  • Health: I am making choices that value my health and the positive. Example: Rather than worrying about what it’s going to do to my butt, I’m fuelling myself and eating based on intuition. I’m going for whole foods and feeding myself things that make me feel and function at my best. I value my health for the fact that it enables me to live an awesome and full life.
  • Growth: I am constantly seeking to grow and better myself. Example: Even though I’m “recovered”, I am working with a life coach. Even though I’m not sick, I’m actively creating health in my life. Every day I’m trying to be better and to learn something that makes my world a little bigger than the day before.
  • Enthusiasm: I am doing things that excite me. Example: My decision to go with “if it’s not a hell yes, it’s a hell no” as a mantra has made this one a no brainer. If, for example, a workout is something I say I “should” do, I don’t do it. That leaves me with the things that make my heart sing, which leaves me with a great attitude and excitement for just about everything I do. Even the things that I “complain” about (freelance article writing), I get excited about–I love the pitching, interviewing, researching, and the accomplishment associated with working on and finishing an article.

Now’s where you get to weigh in. Do you see incongruence? If you want to shout at me because you think that the suggestion that I value health but eat froyo like it’s going out of style is ridiculous, I want to hear it! 🙂 Don’t be shy. 

I’m also interested in whether or not you think it’s worth it to sit down and do this kind of self-exploration. Are you the type who would do this? Have you already done it?

And don’t forget to comment on the froyo post by Nell — I’m excited to hear your take on that too!

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Busy isn’t bad

I’m busy. But not too busy to blog, obviously. And instead of being overwhelmed, I’m trying to prioritize and to remind myself that all the things I NEED To do will get done if I make  appoint of doing them…after I blog.

Kidding, but seriously, I never want to be too busy for the things I love!

Today’s flying by — I started my morning at 6am with some caffeine and a banana before bootcamp, but I woke up to dark clouds and some menacing radar. Plus the realization that my A list boot campers were mostly: a) out of the country b) ignoring my pushes to get their rears into gear or c) sick. Sad Cheryl.

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Happy Cheryl came right back after I got down to business at the gym when I was presented with my bootcamp hour and abso-freaking-lutely pure nothing to do bliss.

Like I said, nothing like failing and realizing you’re pushing yourself to make for a good start to the day, albeit a little bit demolished.

Speaking of demolishing, my morning meal was “weird” by common standards but if you understood how amazing my apartment smelled last night when I went to bed (I’d fired up the crock pot mid afternoon so the roast I made was just finishing as I was calling it a night), you’d get why I had to dive into the goods for “breakfast” (or second breakfast, I guess). Pork and cabbage and an apple. Kind of like the applesauce, sauerkraut, and pork my family used to eat when I was a kid. So it makes more sense than the picture might suggest…and it was also tastier than that! 
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After a chit chat at Starbucks (I have lots to think and journal and undoubtedly blog about), I had a quick lunch and sat down at my computer. When I realized my apartment is not my ideal working conditions, I relocated to another Starbucks (variety is the spice of life) and here I am. Apparently, I’m still not working. Luckily, I’m okay with it.

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I’ll get to work…soon.

But first, Cait’s post at Beyond Bananas just inspired me to extend my break, so here comes a this or that fitness survey she shared earlier. 🙂

1.  Run/workout in the heat and humidity or freezing temps and snow?

I love love love working out outside in the summer. I started to like it more this winter when I took up winter running but I prefer the summer. Also now that I’m all about running in a sports bra, there’s something liberating about running on a toasty day. That being said, I’m not a tool. A few summers ago I was so compulsive that I’d work out on smog days and in the heat of the afternoon if it meant losing a workout otherwise. Turns out I was being an idiot and now I get it — warm and toasty workouts are still awesome, but I’m not into upping my heat stroke risk.

This winter, I want to take up cross country skiing. Or just build lots of snow forts. Exercise is exercise, right?

2. Have washboard abs or flat abs?

I thought these went together? I’m all for muscle. I don’t care if it comes out washboard but a strong core should be the focus. I don’t like this question ;)!

3. Dr. Oz or The Doctors?

Oh lord. Both are entertainment for me – it’s funny to watch and to hear about the “breakthroughs” and the “secrets” that these shows talk about. Since Jillian Michaels brings some fun to The Doctors, let’s choose them! 

4. Cardio or strength?

All of the above, plus flexibility and mobility, please. You can’t just be strong if you want to be healthy. You can’t just be aerobically fit if you want to be healthy. Maybe it’s the future Crossfit trainer in me, but fitness is a pretty broad term and health is even more holistic, in my humble opinion. If you wanna read someone who I think does a good job summing this up, check out “What is Fitness?” on one of the crossfit coaches from London’s blog this week. Good timing on his part and good reiteration…

5. Cravings: Protein or carbs?

Emotional cravings? Pass the ice cream, the chocolate, the cake, etc. Real hankerings? Pass the protein. I had a chat with my sister about this over the weekend — when we’re hungry, we both agreed that we could leave cake and ice cream behind any day and dig into some “real food”! Amen to steaks.

6. Jillian Michaels or Bob Harper?

Jillian, mostly because she is doing more than just kicking people’s asses or helping them lose weight now. I know Bob is also awesome, but his latest book was called “Skinny Rules” so I’m mad at him for perpetuating the idea that skinny is even healthy, attractive, or something we should focus on. Jillian’s last book was called “Unlimited” and even though it wasn’t about fitness, I think challenging your beliefs (which is what she does with it) and coming up with a vision for your life is arguably essential to being successful in anything–running a marathon, losing weight, getting jacked, running a great business.

7. Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream?

Froyo comes up approximately every 3 posts–eating it, joking about it, wanting it. 🙂 They’re different awesome though — if I’m under the bridge or want a cone, gimme the ice cream. But maybe cuz froyo can literally come with endless options, it’s not getting old…

8. To train: Upper body or Lower body?

Since I’m usually teaching spin classes, running, and biking, I neglect my lower body. But I never really just train upper body cuz that seems so silly. I like full body stuff and mostly focus on body weight exercises in my workouts. I’m really looking forward to learning more about lifting heavy and shifting away from what I’ve always done. Change is exciting!

9. Protein powder or food with protein?

Ha. Let me refer you (again) to a post that resonated with me on this one. And let me say it: eat food. I think protein powders are kind of silly. There’s tons of protein in food — so if you need more, eat more food! Simple.

10. Lunges or squats? 

Squats, even if mine leave a lot to be desired. However, you’re still going to lunge your butt off in any class I teach.

11. Sweet or salty?

Combined, please. I salt my apples. No big deal. I only want sweet after my salty needs have been satiated, so salt takes the cake on this one (ha ha).

12. Workout attire: cute or comfy?

It better be both and it better be functional. There’s nothing more annoying than shorts that ride up, shirts that cling, or fabrics that just don’t work for what you’re doing. Amen to lululemon for getting this and making stuff that works, explaining it to people, AND making it adorable (usually).

13. Body Pump or Heavy lifting?

Body pump = cookie cutter. I think of it as a good way to get started if you’re new to weight training, but I don’t think you’re doing the fit self you have the potential to be if you stick to it for too long…

14. Yoga or Pilates?

YOGA! Pilates is challenging, but there’s SO MUCH MORE to yoga than the physical benefits (strength, flexibility, etc.). Mind-body. Body acceptance. I could write a whole post about this — but yoga changed my life!

15. Nike or Adidas?

Nike. I can’t remember the last adidas thing I bought. I like lulu though, remember? And underarmour.

16. Running on the treadmill or outdoors?

Am I a rat? I’ll use the treadmill (preferably a manual one) to sprint but there’s not much that will keep me from running outside. And when it comes to outside running, get me on a trail STAT–roads are boring!

17. Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s? Remark or Sunripe? 

Remark. They have more pre-cooked things with acceptable ingredient lists on them. It’s “remark-“able how much I can spend there. But they also always have kale and chard and alfalfa sprouts and these things bring me great joy, as does their complimentary coffee. I like Sunripe’s giant apples and the samples and the fact that packaged foods are few and far between there, but Remark wins on this one!

18. Summer or Winter Olympics?

Summer! Maybe cuz I have had more time to watch these ones, or maybe cuz there’s so many sports I like. Or men’s sports where the mens are oh so dreamy…and sigh*

19. Exercises classes or Exercise videos?

Classes. Gimme some social stimulation! Better yet–let me teach it! 🙂

20. Steamed veggies or roasted veggies?

Roasted! I just don’t always have the patience…luckily I can zap em in the microwave to speed up the process. 🙂

 

What are your thoughts on the survey?
Do you like being busy? I’d rather be busy than bored is my motto. Feeling like there are 1209102910 things I want to do is an awesome feeling–it means I’m excited about things!

All around awesome

 

 

Tonight was all around great.

After my chiropractic appointment, I had some dinner and then made my way to the park for bootcamp.

Salmon, kale, apricots!

Four sweaty girls came out and they got their money’s worth.

Warmup: mixture of jogging, lunging, shuffling, sprinting, etc. 

Workout: as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes: 10 sprints/runs between cones, 10 squats, 10 push-ups, 10 burpees, 10 sit-ups

core challenge: extended plank, up/downs, forearm plank, R plank, forearm plank, L plank, forearm plank, up/downs, extended plank (40 on/20 off for each)

cooldown/stretch

I’m sure they loved me as much as I loved them ;)! One superstar who used to come to my bootcamps at campus rec sighed and said “It feels so good when you’re done!” and then, “But I thought I was going to die during.” …sounds like my work is done! 🙂 My goal is to kick their butts but to make it something they can do. I want them to feel tired after but also that high from working out, not demolished. 🙂

After bootcamp, I got my own sweaty on.

Pretty freaking cool, huh?

Not cool: I totally forgot to snap a picture of my yogurt mess which was tip top delicious last night. Coconut, almonds, and some chopped up chocolate thrown into a bowl of greek/vanilla yogurt = holy schmokes happy belly!

Tomorrow there’s another bootcamp on tap and then I’m hoping to get started on my trip prep and to pound out a draft of my article for Bankrate. The awesome thing is that when I was interviewing one of my sources, he ended up being a cyclist. Since this was for my financial writing, I really didn’t expect to have the conversation I did. When we got to talking, he gave me about 10 ideas for other stories to pitch. Amen for people who just want to see others succeed. And yay for being inspired to pitch some story ideas and to get back on a regular writing/freelancing train!

Before I go to bed, I’m going to sort out my bootcamp plans for the morning and organize those story ideas and then dive into my journal, I think! What a perfect ending to a great day…

How do you like to end your days?
Have you ever had a similar experience to mine after an adjustment?  I’m so excited!

A little annoying

 

 

I’ll start with what’s NOT annoying about today:

  • It’s Monday and in four days I will be in Calgary and seeing my dad and his fiancé who I’ve not seen since February. In five, I’ll be swinging around golf clubs in Banff. In six, I’ll be on my bicycle climbing up mountains — check out the profiles and the itinerary of my trip but be warned to only do so if you want to get insanely jealous.

  • I had an amazing swim this morning at Thames after a tasty breakfast bowl. The sun was shining and there were just enough people in my lane to push me to swim a bit faster than normal but not enough to feel like I was in the way or like they were in the way. Can you spell “perfect start to the week”?
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In the mix this morning: yogurt, maple syrup, cinnamon, apples, blueberries, and walnuts.

  • I stocked up on plenty of tasty groceries for this week. I fired up my crockpot with a roast for tonight, grabbed some ground beef to try stuffed portobellos at some point, and of course restocked with chard and kale cuz I am obsessed right now. I also gave in and bought pre-made meatloaf (though the ingredients were all recognizable and other than the price nothing was too crazy about it) at Remark because I was borderline hangry whilst shopping. And it made for a tasty lunch.

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  • I had a relaxing little sit on my balcony while I took care of some things I needed to do (emails, appointment cancelling/rescheduling, apartment hunting) this morning. Something about sitting outside makes mundane things seem more like a treat…or that’s what I’m telling myself. And my snack tasted better out there.

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  • I get to teach bootcamp today and I’m hoping some maybes who I absolutely would love to see make it out! The more people who come, the more froyo I can afford. I’m MOSTLY kidding…

Reasons I AM annoyed:

  • There was a bat kicking around in the parking lot today and my landlord told me it’s not just me who has found one. Apparently they get in through the ducts and are not really causing problems but are just scaring the shit out of people (my words, not his). Gross, gross, and more gross.

BUT I’m not annoyed since I was already thinking of moving. So now I am not just thinking about it…I’m acting on it!

  • My interview for my Bankrate article about how to handle your finances and subscriptions/memberships when you go on an extended vacation just postponed.

BUT I’m not annoyed because he’s still going to talk to me and because this gives me time to blog.

  • Reading this Why Some Olympic Athletes Need to Gorge article that came up on my news feed. Really? Check it out but what stood out to me is the whole point of the article, which seems to be that when you exercise enough, you can eat whatever you want and not worry:

“This serves as a bracing reminder that, despite the idea that one type of strict diet or another (Atkins, Mediterranean, grapefruit or whichever) is preferable for weight control, the human body in constant motion can eat almost anything and maintain or — sometimes unwittingly — lose weight.”

When I read this, I literally grabbed my hair. OMFG came to mind. What about their health? I wish that media and freelancers and journalists wrote about things without all this emphasis on “weight control” and instead thought about just health.

Let me rant…maybe those athletes who burn that much can eat whatever they want and not get fat, but since when is not getting fat synonymous with being healthy?

What I see happening in magazines and newspapers and on TV is a huge emphasis on weight. Whether you read a cycling magazine, a housekeeping magazine or a food magazine, you’re bound to find some article that focuses on “healthy eating”. Healthy eating, more often than not though, is synonymous with eating to lose weight. Maybe because people buy into the idea that there’s such a big obesity epidemic on our hands, they get caught up in fixing the problem.

NEWS FLASH: The weight isn’t the problem. We don’t have to deal with the obesity epidemic. We have to deal with the behaviours and the habits and the environment that promotes obesity–all the things that people are doing that aren’t healthy that come with the outcome of NOT being at our optimal weights. I don’t believe that anyone should lose weight for the sake of losing weight–we should change our unhealthy habits for the sake of changing our unhealthy habits and THEN see how we weigh in. And on that note, we shouldn’t just focus on our UNHEALTHY habits but we should focus on what’s HEALTHY and what we can ADD to our lives and our diets:

  • Instead of worrying about sitting less, could you think about how you could walk more?
  • Instead of beating yourself up for eating chocolate, could you focus on making sure you eat a fruit or veggie at every meal?

See where I’m going with this? We need a paradigm shift. We need to focus on HEALTH and AWESOME-ness (for lack of a better way to put it) and stop worrying about the problems. We need to move towards what is GOOD instead of trying to avoid what we’re doing wrong. Small order, right?

But I digress. So back to the article and it’s take on things…

The perspective that athletes can get away with eating things like ” like a pound of pasta drizzled with olive oil (about 800 calories), a dozen eggs (840 calories), an entire cheese pizza (perhaps 2,000 calories) and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s cheesecake-brownie ice cream (1,000 calories)” just bothers the crap out of me. It goes on to talk about how fat is a better choice for athletes but since when can you just look at fat vs carbs vs protein without considering WHERE those are coming from? I’d argue that fat that naturally occurs in an almond or even in something like a steak is way way way healthier than something that you’d find in a processed food. You can’t simplify food like that — it’s not good vs. bad and it’s not a matter of classifying it. I think the only way you can (and should) break it down is REAL vs. FAKE. And then, health-promoting vs. not. Everything you put in your body is going to affect it.

While I understand that in some cases people legitimately can’t afford and “optimal” diet all the time. But Olympic athletes? Of all the people in the world who have the opportunity to try it, I’d think they would–you can’t TELL me that they can’t afford to eat an optimal diet. I’m not stupid, but anyone who thinks that exercise negates the fact that processed junk food crap calories are unhealthy is.

So what I think would be a better angle to take? What IF those athletes ate real food and optimal food at that? Oh wait, shouldn’t that be normal? Too bad it isn’t and the reality is, it will take someone cheeky to suggest that we should care about our health more than the size of our asses. Right now that’s what I’m trying to do. I might only have a couple hundred readers but you have to start somewhere, right?

NEWS FLASH: You can’t “get away” with polluting your body with junk food and you should not want to! Yes cake is good. Yes froyo is delicious and I have a special spot in my heart for it. But I’m not stupid and I don’t use my training to justify eating them.

Imagine these athletes at the height of their game justifying eating less than optimal fuel because they can “get away with it”? I’ve been food obsessed in the past so I’m not suggesting that they shouldn’t have some treats in their day, but so should everyone–olympic athletes and average folks alike.

I have an approach to eating now that leaves room for foods that aren’t regular features on my plate and room in my daily eats that, regardless of training, don’t serve to FUEL me but serve me in other ways (froyo is social, chocolate is necessary, etc.). If I up my training and my caloric expenditure, I don’t want to run on crap fuel. I want to eat more of the same awesome nutritious things that I feed myself already–because it feels good!

I don’t like this article one bit and I know that in the past I’d probably have written something from a similar viewpoint.

Which brings me back to the point that my being pissed off reinforced: just because you’re skinny doesn’t mean you’re healthy. Just because something won’t make you fat doesn’t mean it won’t make you unhealthy. Conversely, just because something will make you skinny doesn’t mean it will make you healthy. There’s more to health than body composition and when you start believing this you start eating differently–trust me. And when you get there, you start looking at your body differently. If you’re eating real food and you are eating when you’re hungry and until you’re full, gaining or losing a few pounds isn’t scary because your body is working how it’s supposed to. When you control things and try to affect your body weight–that’s where you should be worried!

I could go on and on and on but I’ve managed to kill that time I needed to and I think I’ve made my point: We need to be careful what we focus on AND it’s possible to change. I was once weight-obsessed and driven by concerns over how food would affect the scale. Now I can honestly say that I’m more concerned with my health and being as awesome to my body as I can and I know in my heart that this is the only way to get to peace and acceptance with your body. When you love yourself and take care of yourself, you want to eat healthy. Your choices become clear. It just makes sense to eat whole foods. When there’s junk food, you might want some so you might have some. But there’s not guilt and all of the negative emotions that go along with it because it is what it is…not a moral failure or a step away from your perfect body composition. Those aren’t your goals anymore.

Wow, sorry for the rant. If you’re still with me, I’d love to have some feedback on all of this:

Did you read the article?
Have you ever written a letter in response to an article?
Have you used exercise/training to justify eating junk food?
Is there such a thing as “junk food”? 

 

Fired up but tired out

This weekend has FLOWN by. I am not complaining because it’s true what they say — time flies when you’re having fun, but all the excitement and running around has caught up to me…so now the best thing I can do is catch you all up. I know you’re all anxiously awaiting this post, right?

I was going to do a wordless wrap up for the weekend but I’m settling on a photo-licious recap instead!

Friday was a low key night. I played some tennis with a friend and then went to a really really sweaty hot yoga class. I was entirely pooched so when my friends came over and we watched the Olympic opening ceremonies from the comfort of my apartment and didn’t end up doing much of anything, there were absolutely no complaints on my part.

I left yoga hangry so I threw together a quick salad with salmon.

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My dessert was three part: an apple, a coffee with some biscotti baileys and a few hershey kisses. Confirmed: this is serious deliciousness. 20120729-110311.jpg

We had a pretty early night even though Nina, who was visiting for the Lil Mudder race on Saturday, makes me uber happy so we had to stay up a little past our bedtime and chat!

We took Saturday morning at a leisurely pace. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Lil Mudder (except awesome) so I had a quick yogurt mix with raisins, almonds, banana, and almond butter. Om nom nom!

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Nina and I met up with Sarah (1/2 of our Tough Mudder team for August) and made our way to the event. We were pretty nervous–I’m not going to lie!

Reminder of the day:

…so we tried it! And it was fun and these pictures do NOT do it justice, so I’ll do my best…

Sarah and I heading to the Mudder!

Instagram action shot — I have a feeling there are more of these to come!

No big deal…just a big wall.

I’m guessing on the numbers, but I’d say that there were around 30 mudders. We started out in a small park and got our run on. We ran over piles of dirt and gravel, lunged, piggy backed our partners (Nina, I can’t believe you had to carry me — and you were SOOO strong), did burpees, played with water balloons, scaled that wall you see above (with or without help)–twice, squatted, did pushups, ran on trails, sprinted up hills, carried logs up inclines, demolished our shoulders carrying said logs overhead (or just mine, cuz they haven’t had any love like that lately), and had a lot of fun doing it. The whole course was just over 10km and I think it took us about an hour and a half, but it flew by and I swear I’m not just saying that. I was surprised at how tough the running part was (but I don’t think I was alone in this even for the runners in the group) but also at how well non-runners handled it. 

So a lesson came from it: you can be pretty darn fit and fast without having to run your butt off every week. Just something for me to add to the list of things to think about and the reasons why I’m getting more and more excited for my Crossfit certification weekend. 61 days, for the record!

Another one: I’m going to be feeling it at the Tough Mudder. But if it’s anything like the feeling I had after this one, I think I might be hooked. Triathlons are fun, but this was a different KIND of fun. 🙂

There really hasn’t been much time to think this weekend…because the fun continued right after the race with some swimming, eating, and sunshine. I can’t believe how awesome the whole Lil Mudder was. It’s a small world because one of my addiction enablers the baristas from my favourite Starbucks actually ran the show. He did a crazy amazing job because it was safe, challenging (but everyone was able to do it and we had fun), and all that good stuff! And after the race, like I said, there was swimming and eating, which was graciously provided by those lovely Life by Design folks I keep mentioning. Spending the afternoon with a bunch of people who are all into living awesome and healthy lives made for a perfect day.

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Steph came and helped out!
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Pork and slaw. synonym: delicious. Plate 1/2.

Besides “god I loved that pork”, I left feeling really grateful that I am connected with that whole community. I was pretty fired up and hit the road to my sister’s happier than happy can be.

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    om nom nom dessert

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    Icing on the cake?

When I got to my sister’s place in Windsor, we took our time getting to dinner. She gave me a necklace that was a bit belated for my graduation gift (it was slow to ship) — it says “Follow your bliss.” My sister may not be into cheesy quotes herself but she gets me!

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We had dinner (and drinks) at Spago, a restaurant in Little Italy. The wait for a table felt kind of like an eternity but it was nice to catch up with my sister and when our bill came, we only paid for our meals. Beers and a complimentary appetizer on the house? I won’t argue with that.

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grilled portobellas with feta

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shrimp with spicy tomato sauce + broccoli

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After dinner, we walked down to a little gelato place and made the already perfect night that much sweeter! I thought I’d have room after my mostly vegetable dinner but I really couldn’t handle the whole gelato. Still, it was pretty tasty (cappuccino and bacio flavours for me, tiramisu and pistachio for my sister) so the couple bites I did manage to fit were much appreciated!20120729-110405.jpgWe really only had energy for board games afterwards…

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do you see what I see? My sister’s word…I promise!

Luckily I slept like a rock because today was filled with fun!

The pictures really speak for themselves–after a late and leisurely breakfast (mine was a random mash up) we headed to Point Pelee Park with a picnic in tow and hiked all that gelato off.

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Cactus? Ontario’s only!

What a find! Turkey feather…

The flies were SO BAD but we had to go to the southernmost point!…and then we had to get the heck out of there!

lunch break!

The day was perfect. Hiking, nature, sisterly bonding. Whooh!

My drive home went really quickly! I listened to the Life By Design radio show and heard their announcement that they’re going to be a Crossfit affiliate come their re-opening. Gosh so many awesome things all at once. I had a feeling they might be doing this–crossfit coaches on their staff, so many parallels between Move By Design and Crossfit, etc.–but it’s REALLY cool and I kind of squealed when I heard it since I am counting down the days til they open up. Who knew someone would be so excited just to join a gym? Like I said, these people are doing something big and I want to be a part of it. I have a lot to learn but I’ve got somewhere to learn it now — and it’s coming together perfectly!

Anyways, you can picture me squealing and beaming with excitement at your leisure, but back to my recap and this uber long novel of a blog post…

When I got home I threw together a tasty but uber fast mix of shredded zucchini, leftover mushrooms/onions/ground beef and some tomato sauce with parmesan cheese.

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And then made my way to Starbucks because my mind was racing. Blogging and americanos seem to bring me back to where I need to be. I was going to do yoga this evening but I am tired tired tired and to be honest this is more what I needed…20120729-191916.jpgConsider me centred…

On that note, have an awesome night! This week is another busy one for me. I fly out on Friday so have LOTS to do before my big trip to the mountains. There’s bootcamp, appointments, an article, and of course some time for fun on the agenda. Yay!

How was your weekend? What’d you get up to?
Have you ever done a mud run?

Too much TGIF!

The “too much” isn’t because this week was long — if it was long it was long and AWESOME — but because I am so excited for this weekend!

5 quotes in picture form

1. Remember this one?

2.  Love this.

3. Reminder to me — and motivation to try something new!

4. So much cheese — but I am trying to be a leader here so this one just calls out to me!

5. Yeah I did…

4 reasons I woke up smiling today

1. I didn’t hear rain and the radar confirms that this morning at least should be a good bike riding kind of day!

2. I went to bed happy because I got to watch a great sunset and force my friend to sit through the 32 minute DVD from my Virginia trip. There was also fat tire involved.

No instagram required to make this one awesome!
The good stuff I brought back from Virginia!

3. I had a great night last night and it started with my first adjustment at Gainsborough Family Chiropractic. Even though they say people feel results after on average 12 visits, I argue you can feel a change after one! Maybe because you have to start somewhere, maybe because going made me feel like I’m taking a first step of a big change (“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”)…I’m not sure! What I know is that I’ve never felt so comfortable or happy (for lack of a better word) in a place–the studio is just beautiful and cool (another lack of a better word–the only one I’m not willing to resort to using is nice, even though these are nice people so it would be an accurate descriptor!), and I’ve never been to a chiropractor who tests before. It’s refreshing, exciting, and very interesting to me. When Dr. Kreso asked if I had any questions, I really didn’t. Even though the one thing I have really learned from these guys is to be critical and think logically, I don’t have anything to be critical of here. I’m putting a bit of blind faith in all of this and like I said, seeing the results of the testing was pretty amazing–it just made sense and so it follows that being as willing to jump in full swing is the logical thing to do!

4. After my appointment yesterday, I popped into Chapters (all my money goes to books, spandex, groceries, and coffee–seriously. oh wait, froyo!) and I made an impulse purchase. After getting the awesome surprise package in the mail, how could I pass up these cards? I can’t wait to send them to people. If I ask you for your address it’s cuz I lost my contacts…not cuz there’s a card en route for you ;)!

3 things I’m really looking forward to this weekend

1. Hanging out with friends tonight –> There’s yoga on the agenda followed by quality time, beers, and the Olympics! PLUS my gal pal Nina is coming down from Toronto for the night and I miss the crap out of her!

2. Li’l Mudder tomorrow –> It’s a “dress rehearsal” for Tough Mudder and luckily I got linked up with the people running this tomorrow morning. I’m really looking forward to it even if I do have some butterflies. The description just made it too much fun to be missed:

“The Li’l Mudder is a short 12km course littered with a handful of obstacles (some fun, some tricky and others just plain hell) that’ll give SC members a great summer time challenge and a for those on the SC team; a good taste of what to expect at the real Tough Mudder.”

Reminder: Workouts should scare you a bit, right? That means they’re pushing you! 😀

3. Quality time with my sister –> After tomorrow’s event I’m driving to Windsor for a sleepover, some hiking, and maybe even some shopping. But what I’m most jacked about is getting to see my sister, who has been as busy or more so than I have (if that’s possible) so our quality time has been limited!

2 blog posts you need to read

1. That made an already awesome and inspiring woman all the more amazing to me. I was sucked into the GFC site and read Dr. Rachelle’s story and was just amazed. I can’t do it justice in a summary but if you only click on one link from my site today, make it this one. Taking control of your own health and life/choosing a different course — how can you not be inspired?

2. I have to plug Amber at Go Kaleo’s latest post about supplements. She doesn’t post too much on her blog but she’s all over Facebook doing awesome things so when she does write a longer post I get so excited. 🙂 And this one is no less awesome than anything else she’s done. I really couldn’t agree more with most of what she says and she has a knack for summing it up in a no nonsense way:

“… just think critically about the claims the product, and/or the person selling it is making. Humans thrived for millions of years before supplements and meal replacement products were invented. If they were necessary for muscle development, increased strength, weight loss, or optimal health we would have died out a million years ago. These products are convenient and practical, but not necessary or optimal.”

Amen to that!

1 thing to laugh at

1. hahahaha

Do you have any funny workout jokes?
What are you doing this weekend?
When’s the last time you watched a sunset?

Stretch your mind and what I’m really excited about

Well…I know what I want to get at with this post but am not sure how I’m going to get there. So I guess I’ll start with a quote that came to mind yesterday and that can serve as a kind of theme here:

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Lately, my mind’s been stretched by books that I’ve read (Gary Taubes’ Why We Get Fat, The Whole 9’s It Starts With Food, etc.), by people that I’ve met, by things that I’ve listened to, and by conversations that I’ve had. 

One of the things I journalled about on my trip when I started to feel myself slipping back into old patterns (especially with food) was that it’s okay to be scared of making a change, but unless I’m willing to at least TRY a different approach, I’m stuck with what I’ve got. Specifically I’m talking about the guilt I felt for eating things that weren’t “clean” or “whole foods” and about overeating in response to stress. You know what feeling guilty does to someone who uses food to cope with their emotions? No? Well, for me, it sends me into a deeper feeling of doom and gloom, makes me isolate myself, and usually drives me to eat more. None of those things are good. So one of the suggestions I’ve had made to me many a time before was to just ACCEPT that I was “overeating” — not an easy feat for someone who has struggled with food for a long time. But when I realized that the overeat, make up for it (restrict, deprive, work out compulsively) cycle is what I’ve tried in the past and that in the past I’ve ended up in just that–a futile cycle–I decided to give it a shot. When I got home I bought myself some chocolate. I allowed myself to have it. Know what happened? After a few nights of eating 4 hershey kisses, I had a night where I ate 1. Without forcing myself to. Then one night I didn’t want any. Funny how easy it was after I gave it a shot. The same thing happened with the dried papaya that I often thought I was sneaking after lunch or dinner. Turns out when I thought of it as “Okay, I guess I’ve been “sneaking” stuff every day for as long as I can remember and I’m not obese” instead of “This is so bad, I shouldn’t be eating this, etc.”, I actually did feel better. If I don’t make it a big deal, it isn’t.

All of this comes back to that epiphany about your happy weight being the one where you’re healthy and not the one that you decide that is right for you for any arbitrary number. The only way to arrive at your best weight and your best body and your best health is to work on your behaviours. So if you have bad habits, deal with those habits OR if you’re like me and it’s something petty like eating a bit of chocolate or some sweets, get over it and use that energy elsewhere. I think what’s happened is a shift in belief here and rather than thinking that I’m meant to be miserable and fat (crazy but I did believe this for a long time and blamed everything and everyone from my parents to my thyroid to my environment to Kiwi Kraze for making froyo so delicious), I believe that we are supposed to be healthy and happy that everyone should love their life. 

This is an awesome realization and if you’re not on that page–if you think we’re supposed to struggle and that being happy and healthy is not our natural state, I think you’re stuck. If you’re willing to open up to the possibility that you’re wrong, there’s your golden ticket.

Yesterday totally confirmed that realization that I had. I was lucky enough to go to dinner with my new friends from Gainsborough Family Chiropractic and to hear about the Life By Design approach a little bit more. As you know I am pretty excited about all that these people are doing and getting to see a presentation about it all in a concise format just confirmed that I met these people for a reason. Not only have Dr. Kreso’s questions at Starbucks ignited thoughts (and blog posts, naturally) and all kinds of awesome in me but they’ve exposed me to a whole new way of looking at things and oh am I grateful!

I was also grateful for the dinner they fed me and my fellow listeners. They also bought me a coffee so apparently they believe in my starving student status even if my lululemon wardrobe would suggest otherwise. 😉

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My other eats have been pretty typical and haven’t come with such a dose of inspiration. Think salads (mostly kale and sprouts) with some avocado and mayo and meat. Simple. Throw in some fruit. Add an energy gel when I’m working out if I hear my tummy rumbling and you have a happy belly. Don’t forget my chocolate. Or my almond butter and veggies/squash for breakfast.

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This morning I had plans to swim at the outdoor pool with a friend but Mother Nature was kind enough to let me have a relaxing morning (I placed an order for some bike stuff that I need for my trip next week!) and to make it to the gym to teach at a leisurely pace. I love rainy mornings! After the class I did my own sweaty balls workout (short and sweet).

 

 

And when I was feeling fired up I decided to make good on my bucket list plan to shop at the market more this summer and did just that. I bought some tasty yellow plums (which I devoured in the car on the way home), some steak (which I cooked up along with some other goodies this afternoon) and ground beef (I am craving meatloaf!), and a few Ontario apples. Has anyone else noticed that the apples around in the grocery stores are from really exotic places? Chile, Argentina, New Zealand…I don’t like it when my food has been cooler places than I have!

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My day kept getting better cuz when I got home there was a treat waiting for me — a package from Amy (my yoga instructor running buddy from Sarnia) with TWO BOOKS in it! I love BOOKS! I love SURPRISES! I love life!

I actually SQUEALED when I saw this waiting for me!

 

 

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These books will most definitely be coming along with me on my biking trip. A little light reading when I’m ravaged by the mountains is JUST what I needed!

Other things I meant to mention:

  • I had a terrible sleep last night. I had a nightmare about being too out of shape for tough mudder. OR that’s what I thought about when the thunderstorms woke me up in the middle of the night. Anyways, the best remedy for fear is to do something to prove yourself wrong, right? Hence my awesome workout today. Also it helps to remind myself that I’m there for FUN! And I have a dress rehearsal of sorts coming up this weekend if things go according to planned (but I’ll keep ya in suspense on that one!).
  • My friend and one of my role models from home came down for the dinner last night. She was great company and gave me some really encouraging words of advice after the dinner was done. I’ve been thinking a lot about broadening my certifications and about opening my mind to new ways of training (back to the quote we started with). Once I realized just how hard triathlon, biking, endless cardio, running, and all those things are on my body, I realized that there are ways of training people. I really balk at the idea of going to a gym and applying to be a personal trainer. I will not do it. That’s a conversation I had with my life coach: it doesn’t feel right. I have no desire to be in a weight room helping people learn how to do bicep curls or how to use the helliptical. I’ll leave that for the trainers who don’t care and I’m going to pursue figuring out how to help the people I train/instruct be awesome and epic and healthy in every sense of the word….which leads me to what I’m really excited about…

 

…it’s happening!

I’m at a point where I’m ready to try something new. I’m not so scared of missing cardio workouts any more. I love biking running and swimming because I like my training buddies and I like the places and people they involve. But in terms of what kind of a fitness professional I want to be, I’m not willing to settle for just knowing what I know now. AND I have to be open to the suggestion that MAYBE all that cardio training is not actually the road to health. I’ve seen first hand how burnt out I can get if I overdo it. I’ve experienced the injuries and I’ve seen plenty of my friends go down the same road. So being ignorant of the alternatives that are out there and that are kind of screaming in my face right now would be a mistake. Leisa said yesterday to me that there’s no shame in having trained the way I did when I didn’t know about anything else. That’s so true. But now that these alternatives are there for the exploration, I’ve got to give them a fair shot! 🙂

That being said, I need to admit that I need to learn this on a personal level too. The best experiment is always on ourselves so that being said, I sense changes coming for me in my training too. How much time do I spend on lifting? Mobility? Kind of important stuff. There’s a whole branch of crossfit that is intended for endurance athletesTina is raving about her crossfit experiences and people are getting PRs even without logging tons of endurance training time. I am not giving up on biking or triathlon or any of those other things that make my heart sing, by the way. All I’m doing is opening my mind…and that’s exciting. The course comes with a hefty price tag but when something matters, the money is actually just a minor detail. It goes back to that reasons vs. excuses stuff and remember that time I dropped 200$ at lululemon? It’d be a pretty big reflection on my priorities if I used the cost as an excuse…

Did I mention I’m excited?!

Now it’s time for me to check some errands off my list and then head for a swim (this is going to be the definition of leisurely!) before I get to go get my results at the chiropractor! It’s actually like Christmas today…

🙂

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Have you ever been exposed to Crossfit?
Do you shop at the market?
Have you ever just let go of something (like my “overeating problem”) and watched it disappear? 

Learn as you go

My life coaching session yesterday was awesome and got into some self esteem stuff that I’ve been thinking a lot about. When I feel anxious about the fall and about the fact that I’m NOT planning on jumping into something “conventional” or going back to school and coming out a “dietitian” or a “journalist” or a “[insert defined job title here]” I often get hung up on a couple of fears, which I think are rational in themselves but which I let run wild in my mind:

  • how will I make enough money to support my lifestyle (read: froyo habits and cycling trip costs)?
  • what if I’m a princess and no one will ever want to put up with my habits?
  • what if I am young and naive and being really stupid?

In response, when I write them out like that, it seems simple enough:

  • When you do what you love, you do a good job. When you do a good job and you provide a service (fitness instructing/coaching/etc.) or a good (a written article/blog/etc.) to someone, there’s value in that. The more you love it, the better you’ll be at it. The better you are at it, the more value you’re providing. When you think of it like this, so long as you’re out there doing things and giving it your best, it makes sense that you’ll be financially stable.
  • I might be a princess, but no one is meant to be alone. The more I work on my self esteem, the more I realize that this thought that “I am meant to be alone” is a belief that I need to challenge — it sabotages me from having strong friendships, relationships, etc. and as stupid as it is, it’s there. Luckily I’ve recognized it and if I can make progress on this front, I am going to end up meeting people on my same wavelength (the awesome one) and someone is going to LOVE these weird habits and want to live this adventure with me! 🙂 In the meantime, reminding myself of the cupcake example — you’re awesome without icing and don’t need it, but if you have it it’s great too! — is a nice comforting thought! 
  • I might be young but I am far from naive. It doesn’t matter how old you are and if I’m feeling like older people are judging me as naive, that’s THEIR shit. If someone who is doing something conventional looks down on me, shame on them, NOT shame on me. Sometimes I sense some jealousy from people who might have settled into things but worrying about what other people think is just a waste of energy. I think there are less of these naysayers than I’d like to pretend and that the only real naysayer that matters is the one in my head, and luckily I can choose to think confident thoughts and to focus on the potential and the possibility for a life lived on purpose on another level instead of opting for a half-assed, security-seeking (translation: lame) existence.

While I’m on this really honest roll, I might as well throw in that I had a great conversation with my friend Sandy last night. She brought me tasty treats which started things off on a sweet note but I really have missed her and her company because she gets me and because I look up to her! We met in Foods and Nutrition and have spent many a day distracting each other from studying at Starbucks.

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Anywho…we were talking about what’s important in life and I had to share with her something that I often think but really don’t say cuz it’s a little blunt and a little harsh. I think I might have said it before, but I’m going to die. You’re going to die. We’re all going to die. So whatever it is that you’re worrying about now — the size of your thighs, whether or not you can run 7 minute miles, how many calories are in that beer you want to have with that hot guy, whether you get straight As or not — does not really matter. That’s not to say you shouldn’t care and shouldn’t be concerned and strive to be your best, but seriously, your time is limited. Don’t waste any of your time on things that drain you. What if you chose to just focus on living more while you’re here? “Worry is a misuse of imagination.” is a good quote that helps me stay on track when I feel my mind racing. If it’s too morbid to think about dying, think about whether or not you’re gonna care about whatever is troubling you in 10 years. If the answer is no, make a decision, own it, and move on to something better and more fun. I had an oh man, isn’t that funny moment when I realized the new lululemon bags have a different manifesto on them than I remember from the old red ones. One of the quotes on it is “Visualize your eventual demise. It can have an amazing effect on how you live in this moment.” and another is “There perfect tombstone would read, ‘ALL USED UP’.” I think someone’s on the same page as me!

Know who else is on this page, or at least kind of? Amber from Go Kaleo. Gosh you should just follow her too so I don’t have to share her status every day but I can’t help it–she’s saying that I try to say but oh so eloquently!

Anyways, back to the life coach session and those fears. A lot of them come from being scared that I won’t know how. And this comes up elsewhere. I’m worried that I won’t know HOW to be a freelance writer, a fitness professional, recovered, etc. News flash: I am all those things. I have a great portfolio. I have been a fitness instructor/personal trainer for almost 5 years. I am recovered and I taught myself how to live without my ED one day at a time.

I guess what I’m getting at here is that as recovery has gone on, I’ve realized that the same issues that drove my eating disorder are the ones that threaten to hold me at mediocrity and averageness. And they’re the ones that it’s time for me to work on now that I know how to take the focus off of food and my weight. So work on them I am.

Starting today by giving myself props for the things that I’ve already learned how to do.

  • eat to live instead of live to eat, which meant froyo and friends last night (instead of beers, but it’s all fun and all about quality time) and a big breakfast this morning to fuel my double dose of spin

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yogurt, oats, raisins, apple, and an MIA nut butter spoon to cap it off!

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Spin class snacks — fuel for a hard workout is something I struggled with for a long time. Now I get it, if you want your body to perform, you’ve got to give it fuel!

  • teach killer spin classes: one girl who I recognized from the Campus Rec gym said “You were my favourite at Western, Cheryl!” when I introduced myself as a sub for the regular instructor (scroll down for today’s playlist!)
  • freelance: there are two messages in my inbox for sources for my next article. I AM a writer and I CAN figure this out.

Basically, we aren’t born knowing how to do everything. Isn’t that simple to say but hard to believe?

Note to self: You didn’t come out of the womb knowing how to make a living…so stop being so scared of the fact that you don’t know how and instead believe that you will learn how to do everything that you need to to thrive. You’ve learned how to do a million and one things: tie your shoes, change your flat tire, write an article, pitch a story, interview people, teach a spin class, lead a bootcamp, cook and feed yourself — why should this be any different?

I like this quote from Nathaniel Branden, whose book “The Six Pillars of Self Esteem” Dr. Kreso talked about on one of the Life By Design podcasts:

“In a world in which the total of human knowledge is doubling about every ten years, our security can rest only on our ability to learn.”

It’s so true. The anxiety I have about not knowing how to do things is calmed down when I realize that I’m a really good learner (haha, and apparently a GREAT writer ;)!)…and that feels good!

Theme song for the day:

Now it’s time for my playlist…

warmup/easy spinning to get to a flat road

Some Nights – Fun

It’s Time – Imagine Dragons

warming up/reviewing positions (seated, standing, climbing)

Warrior – Kimbra

seated climb adding tension til you need to life

Burn it Down – Linkin Park

standing climb

Want U Back – Cher Lloyd

rolling hills (1 minute up/1 minute down x 3) 

No Beef – Steve Aoki & Afrojack ft. Miss Palmer

sprint pyramid

Rolling in the Deep (remix) – Adele (dBerrie)

endurance ride (on the edge of comfort/aerobic zone)

Turn it Down (remix) – Kaskade – (Le Castle Vania)

single leg drills (or recovery)

Whistle – Flo Rida

climb with runs/passing on chorus

Payphone – Maroon 5

climb with building up from 7/10 up to max tension

Firework (remix) – Katy Perry (Fred Falke Club)

sprints to the finish

Blow Me One Last Kiss – Pink

cooldown / stretch

Run – Matt Nathanson ft. Sugarland

Skyscraper – Demi Lovato

 

…and now it’s time for lunch! Have an awesome hump day.

 

Don’t mind if I do

Relax? Don’t mind if I do!

Today was another good day — and since I’m meeting up with friends for some drinks this evening, I have a feeling it’s going to be a good night too!

I spent my day relaxing (imagine that), reading blogs, books, and articles and listening to Life by Design and Jillian Michaels podcasts.  So much awesome. One thing I had to share because I gave her an Amen when I read this was Amber’s status update on her awesome Go Kaleo Facebook page.

 

She took the words out of my mouth!

My lunch today was a throwback to a meal I missed on my vacay — kale, carrot, apple, and cranberry salad with some almond butter. Om nom nom.

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My afternoon snack, which was a granola bar, prompted me to search for some tasty granola bar recipes to make myself (after an epic fail at a one bowl bar…it’ll remain unphotographed!). I found a promising looking one on 100 Days of Real Food, which is a blog worth visiting if you haven’t yet!

After my life coaching session, which left me feeling rejuvenated and calmed down my spinning mind (i.e. what am I doing in the fall and with my life: being a life coach, being a wellness coach, being a personal trainer, being a freelance writer, finding a way to make blogging a career, doing my masters, becoming a holistic nutritionist, being a fitness instructor, being a yoga instructor, being a teacher, etc. etc. etc.). Things only got more chill after an awesome power yoga class at yoga shack, which I followed up with a dinner that really hit the spot.

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chard, chicken salad, and sun dried tomatoes with alfalfa sprouts plus some triscuits to satisfy a serious hankering for salt and crunch

Now I’m all over a cooler like a fat kid on a smartie and am looking forward to some friend time tonight! 🙂 Yay for summer nights which make Tuesdays the same as weekends, in my books! 😀

How did you spend your Tuesday?
What’s your favourite podcast?

 

Start it right

 

Morning! I’m feeling particularly accomplished this morning.

I had three boot campers with smiles (or something like that) on their faces this morning, including Bee whose blog, Bee Goes Bananas, I’m sure you’d love if you aren’t already a reader!

After bootcamp, I decided to go for a morning run. It’s not uber hot out and I was feeling energized and pumped up (I guess my girls’ awesomeness rubbed off on me), but I was also feeling hungry so I had a quick energy gel and then hit the trails.

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…and then the trails hit me.

It’s not as bad as that looks but I was dirty. I hustled home and to prove that there might have been blood and sweat but not tears, I snapped a photo. Girls don’t sweat, they glisten…remember?

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If this isn’t a good look for me, I’m so shit out of luck because I  glisten like a pig every time I work out! I think this morning I probably did about 5 or 6 miles (we ran in our bootcamp workout–the one I posted yesterday) but I’m not sure since my garmin was dead and I frankly don’t care.

I refuelled with last night’s yogurt plus some kamut puffs and a banana. It was yummy, but it got yummier when I threw in some almonds and some chocolate soy milk. Oh hey, creating it as you go, you’re delicious!  The hungries I felt after my run are just proof that cardio = working up an appetite. All of a sudden it’s seeming kind of weird that people start working out and training for marathons and triathlons and all that to LOSE weight. I eat MORE when I train — not only physically do I need the extra calories but I definitely justify some things (i.e. the chocolate in this break) based on the workouts I do. Hmmmm…thoughts?! I think it was in Gary Taubes’ book that I read something about this whole phenomena…about how silly it is that we take up endless endurance exercise to lose weight when people also work out in this way in order to “work up an appetite” for instance if they have a big dinner to look forward to. Very interesting. Still, I loved my run this morning, I like riding my bike, and I enjoy swimming…so since that’s not my motivation I’m not crazy, right? 🙂

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Now it’s time for me to get organized and get down to business on my writing! I promise myself not to blog ALL DAY LONG but that doesn’t mean I won’t probably get distracted reading blogs and all that fun stuff…oh well! I have this spare time, I might as well enjoy it. Starbucks here I come. 🙂 After my life coaching session, I’m going to hit up a yoga class since my workouts are done for the day. My main goal: stay upright, since I have a knack for falling over these days!

Have you ever bailed on a trail run? Did anyone see? No one was around when I fell so I had to laugh at myself instead of having the pleasure of providing entertainment for someone else!
What do you do with free time?