M.I.A.

15 Apr

Hey friends!

Been M.I.A. for a few days – I had a really busy week and weekend. I’ve got my final French exam coming up tomorrow so I need to study, study, study!

I did a photo shoot this past weekend in Fenelon Falls. Becky and Trish’s Hair Design did my hair – it was ridiculous! Stacie at bodiworx by stacie did my eye make up – it was also crazy! And we had a few talented photographers working on the shoot. Styling by Butterfly Boutique in Fenelon. Here are few ‘behind the scenes’ shots:

 

It was so much fun! Cold, but fun. We shot at an old abandoned church, which was really neat.

Satiurday I did stairs again at the Lift Locks and I will admit this was a bad food weekend for me, but I got up this morning and did a run with Danielle and Aurora. We also attempted some monkey bars… It was good for a laugh if nothing else.

Volleyball and possibly kick boxing tonight if I get some studying done! I’ll post more later this week 🙂

S

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SLEEP

10 Apr

Bonjour!

I hope all of your Tuesdays went well. Mine was pretty good – always a busy day for me because I have running in the morning and French class at night. Aurora and I ran (almost) 8K Tuesday morning.

Since we ran, I had to get a lunch together pretty quickly – sort of a mish mash of random stuff from the fridge.

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lunch – spinach salad with yellow peppers, white kidney beans, cucumbers & oil & vinegar dressing
snack – carrots & celery

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quick dinner – scrambled omlette (attempted omlette) with yellow peppers, corn, spinach, mushrooms and salsa

There are a lot of simple meals you can have if you are in a hurry – my dinner took maybe 20 minutes to prep and cook. The best part is that because it was loaded with lots of veggies, it kept me full while I was in class for the night. I ate more than just this throughout the day – apples, toast, etc…

Being busy isn’t an excuse to eat poorly! Keep good things in your fridge, set a day in your schedule for meal prep for the week ahead. Keep eggs in your fridge, they take minutes to prepare, or pre hard-boil some eggs, cook some chicken, bag your veggies in individual servings so they are grab-and-go.

One thing I have learned about staying fit while leading a busy life (and I know there are a lot of you who are way busier than I am) is that SLEEP is just as important as eating well and working out. I used to (I’m talking just a few weeks ago here) go to bed at 11PM or later. I’d fight the fact that I felt tired because I just HAD to see who got eliminated on Big Brother and stay up until it was over, even if I was struggling to keep my eyes open. I’d go strong with working out and running for a week and get burnout  from not sleeping enough and totally slack the next week.

Since we started training for Tough Mudder, I go to bed when I am tired. I’ve decided that training and being prepared for TM is more important than watching the latest drama unfold on the Real Housewives… I like reality TV, ok? So for the past week and two days, I’ve gone to be around 10, if not before. When my alarm goes off at 545AM I’m not dragging my butt and I’m feeling energized. I’ve really noticed a difference in the mornings with getting a few extra hours of sleep.

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Winnie catching some zzzzz’s

Get some sleep!
Stacie

Grocery Shopping

9 Apr

Yesterday was a super busy fit day for me!

32 days until Tough Mudder and still going strong at the start of week number 2 of training.

Monday:
630am-8am: 12K run/monkeybars
9am-5pm: work
6pm – 6:45pm: kickboxing (if you’re in Peterborough, you need to try this class with Re-Newall Fitness! Great music, great workout…)
710pm – 810pm: volleyball
810pm – 910pm: groceries

I meant to take a photo of our groceries but I forgot… Here are my general grocery rules:
– stick to the outside of the store (veggies, fruits, meats – limit the middle aisles with processed foods)
– come prepared: write a list! (it also helps to write a meal plan so you know how much of each item you need for the week)
– compare products (for nutrition & price)
– stock up when staple items are on sale (natural peanut butter, salsa)

My grocery staples:
– spinach (great way to get nutrients with every meal)
– fruit (grab and go snacks)
– veggies (celery, carrots, peppers, cucumber, tomatoes)
– salsa (I use this as salad dressing and with eggs)
– NATURAL PEANUT BUTTER (obsessed, currently have 3 jars in the cupboard, 1 in the fridge)

I didn’t do a grocery list or meal plan for this week, but I USUALLY do… I made myself some list print outs that I fill out each week. I sit down with the weekly flyers and figure out what we’ll be eating based around what’s on sale.

Here are the files if you’re interested in using them:

MealPlan (Excel file)
GroceryList (Word file)

The meal plan has space for breakfast (B), snack (S), lunch (L), snack (S), dinner (D), snack (S). I don’t always stick to it 100% but it helps me stay organized and also on budget at the store. This is what mine might look like:

B – poached eggs on spinach
S – apple
L – left over chicken with rice and broccoli
S –  carrots
D – steak with grilled veggies
S – celery with peanut butter

I keep our meal plan posted on the fridge – then I check it out each morning… if we’re having steak for dinner, I make sure it’s out of the freezer so it’s ready to be cooked when I get home.

The grocery list is pretty self explanatory. I have different sections for each section of the store: veggies/fruit, meat, canned/packaged, dairy, bread, frozen and other (for things like paper towels or dog food). I will go through my meal plan and estimate how much of each food I will need and write that on the list. This takes the guessing out of grocery shopping… “I wrote peppers down, but how many peppers do I need?!” and then you might have a breakdown in the store… let’s avoid that.

Trust me, the meal plan and grocery list will make your life SO much easier!

Monday night I needed a quick dinner – something that would fuel me for kickboxing & volleyball. I had made veggie lasagna and frozen individual servings a while ago, so I had a piece of that along with corn and some pan fried yellow peppers, mushrooms and onions.

I need ideas for more freezer meals – lasagna, chili… what else can I cook and freeze for easy dinners?

Keep fit & have fun!

Stacie

Tough Mudder

8 Apr

Ola friends!

So it’s been quite a while since I have used this blog. I’ve been trying to think of an excuse to start it up again, and I’ve found one. A few weeks ago, I signed up for the obstacle course of all obstacle courses… Tough Mudder! Check out the link & look at what I have (voluntarily) signed myself up for.

To sum it up it’s “probably the toughest event on the planet,” designed by British Special Forces, it’s a 10 – 12 mile (20KM) obstacle course to test overall stamina, strength and camaraderie! I have the pleasure of going through this crazy course with Danielle & Aurora.

We started training last week – here is what my week looked like:

Tuesday: run & kickboxing
Wednesday: Tough Mudder class
Thursday: run & bootcamp
Friday: run/weight circuit/run (this one included a hill of death, picture below)
Saturday: stairs/hot abs/kickboxing
Sunday: weight ciruit

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This morning Aurora & I ran 12K – I’ve got kickboxing & volleyball tonight as well.

The official count down is 33 days. I’ve decided to commit myself to a clean eating challenge for these 33 days to make sure I get the most out of this training. I’ll be posting pictures of my meals and blogging about my workouts leading up to the big event!

🙂 stacie

14 Sep

It has been FOREVER since I have contributed to this blog…

As mentioned in my last post, I had fallen off the wagon, but now I’m back on. Not full throttle, but I’m buckled in!

I’ve been running twice a week with Aurora… we do a run/workout:

– 1K, 50 bench burpees
– 1K, 100 elevated pushups
– 1K, 150 twists
– 1K, 200 jumping jacks
– 1K, 250 bike (we never actually do this one, but it was part of the original routine)

I am also doing bootcamp once a week. Going from being super hardcore when I started bootcamp before the wedding, then doing training with Danielle for 3 months along with running to doing just running 2 times a week and bootcamp once has taken a toll.

I’m not as toned as I once was, and I looked in the mirror at my back the other day, which used to be ripped, and it’s no longer! I’m considering starting up my training routine that I did with Danielle again. I don’t know if I am fully committed, but my intentions are good.

I have definitely gotten on track with eating, but think I need to amp up my workouts. With the cooler weather here, I am excited to get back into running – I prefer to run in the winter since it’s not so darn HOT & STICKY out!

I will try to get back into blogging as well! I got really overwhelmed with blogging, working out, eating right, work, keeping up with housework, taking care of the doggies and everything else happening in my crazy life for a while. My best advice right now is to organize if you get overwhelmed like me, write things down and tackle things one thing at a time!

I started with my closet, which was a MESS, and it’s almost done & organized. I set out tasks to do each day… day 1: tackle 2 drawers, day 2: another 2 drawers, day 3: another 2 drawers, day 4: hanging clothes, day 5: top rack of closet, etc, etc…

My big Friday night plans are to finish the closet abd get the bathrooms cleaned. I’ve also set out to vacuum every Sunday. Writing things like this down keeps me from getting overwhelmed. When I looked at the calendar and saw I just needed to go through 2 drawers, I didn’t get overwhelmed like I would have if it said “go through dresser.” If I had set out to do the whole dresser, it wouldn’t have gotten done! This way may take a bit longer, but it’s way more effective for me.

Weirdly enough, I feel better during the day while I am sitting at my desk knowing that my closet is almost complete and I know I am planning on doing ONE thing tonight in terms of chores. It’s a bonus when I do more than planned and I feel good about it after!

So all in all, my advice is to make sure you consider your sanity and brain health, too. I find I don’t want to work out when I have chores (or whatever) to do and I’m more effective all around (work, home, dogs, health) when I set tasks each day.

🙂
mrs tasker

The Wagon

30 Jul

I’ve officially fallen off of it!

But guess what? I am only human and that happens. I am re-committing now, starting today.

I went on holidays for a week and was super lazy & drank & ate lots of (not so good for me) food.

I’ve decided I need 2 months of solid work to get where I want to be. Results come quickly when you work for them!

I am committed. I will do this! (with the help of hubby)

re-committed;
mrs tasker

Don’t Worry!

26 Jul

I haven’t forgotten about this blog! I’ve been really busy lately, and I apologize. I’m currently discussing some ideas for my next blog with my good friend Heather 🙂

Look for a post early next week!

mrs tasker