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BodyRock: Be Prepared!

17 Jul

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

On Saturday morning, after our night out on the town, we got up around 6:45 and got in a great BodyRock workout. I had to be off to Fenelon to meet my friend Mary around 9AM… it was her bachelorette weekend!

I can’t find the link to the workout right now, but it was 50 seconds on/10 seconds rest & we did squats/press, around the world abs, reach sit ups & twists (3 times through).

Mary’s bachelorette was awesome – lots of surprises for her! We started off with paintballing which was SO fun! I was really scared at first, same with most of the other girls. There were some really intense players there… I ended up playing 3/4 rounds. I watched the 4th game – it was Mary & her two bridesmaids against 2 other guys.. The girls held their own & it was really entertaining to watch.

Paintballing was a pretty good workout – my heart rate was definitely up. Between the adrenaline, sweating, hiding, crawling, running & shooting, I was exhausted. We went to CQB, check out some of the pictures of the facility here.

The rest of the night was a blast, too… we went out dancing & to karaoke to end things off. All in all, it was an amazing time with a great group of people. I ended up getting home late & didn’t make it to soccer.

Monday night, Kyle & I had volleyball practice, beforehand we had a delicious dinner.

Dinner: homemade turkey burgers with stuffing, cranberries & spinach, asparagus & onions on the side. Kyle had his on a bun.

We went out and got groceries after volleyball – lots of good stuff coming up this week. How are your meals going? Remember to PLAN and PREPARE. Write a meal plan (breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack) for each day & then a grocery list based off of those meals. It will help you save money as well, because you know exactly how much you need of each item. Again, here are what my plans and lists look like:

TUESDAY, JULY 17 2012
……………………….KYLE                              STACIE
Breakfast            Bagel + PB                        Smoothie
Snack                    Peach                                    Peach
Lunch             Greek Pasta Salad              Talapia + Spinach
Snack               Granola Bar                          Apple
Dinner               Cesar Salad                         Cesar Salad
Snack                    Apple                                     Granola Bar
Other                                                                      Green Tea

Groceries

Vegetables
Romaine Lettuce x 1 (Cesar)
Cherry tomatoes (Greek salad)
Spinach (w/ Talapia)

Fruits
Peaches x 2 (snack)
Apples x 2 (snack)
Berries x 1 (smoothie)

Breads
Bagels x 1

Dairy
Feta x 1 (Greek salad)

Packaged
Chocolate chips x 1 (granola bars)

Already Have
Pasta (Greek salad)
Olives (Greek salad)
Oats, cranberries (granola bars)

When you do a thorough list like this, you have no questions when you’re at the store. I used to write a list out and think… how much spinach to I need? Now, I know.. okay, I am have it 3 times this week, so a big container will be fine & nothing will go to waste. It’s also nice to break the list down into sections so you don’t miss anything and have to go back in the store.

What works for you guys?

work hard!
mrs tasker

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4W2F: Call Me, Maybe?

5 Jul

The end of week 4 is quickly approaching… Danielle & I did a workout this morning, bright and early at 6AM!

It involved kettle bells and a bosu. The bosu can be a hard piece of equipment to use… especially when trying to balance on it and do lunges or standing on it and squeezing your butt. Naturally, it took me a while to get used to it.. I fell off of it a lot. I like using one for burpees, though.

Nothing super exciting happening today.. ate some yummy food:

Lunch: spinach with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, dried apricots & cranberries, laughing cow cheese & slivered almonds. I used a mango dressing.

Dinner: pork chops, jasmine rice & tomatoes

My work sponsors the Little Lake Music Fest, so I snagged some “VIP” tickets to see Carly Rae Jepsen & took the girls with me!

This is crazy!

cuuuuuriousity will never let me go-oh-uh-oh-oh-oh

I have been slacking on working out, but I am trying to stick to eating well! It’s all about balance. All I know, is I have come a long way from where I was 4 weeks ago. I’m feeling better for sure.

If you are stuck for meal ideas or workouts, I like to use http://www.womenshealthmag.com – lots of great ideas!

Are you making healthy choices?

the weekend is almost here!
mrs tasker

4W2F: FOOD!

4 Jul

I was scrolling through my pictures on my phone & thought I would share some of the meals I haven’t posted yet. Hopefully these will inspire some dishes of your own!

Lunch on the run: multi grain salad & Mediterranean chicken on naan from Loblaws

Weekend breakfast: 2 poached eggs, 1/2 toasted bun, salsa & cheese

Leftover lunch: pasta from dinner the night before… yum!

Another weekend breakfast: poached eggs, toasted ciabatta bun with blueberries & strawberries

Lunch: spinach, corn, black beans, tomatoes and salsa instead of dressing

As you can see, I use a lot of leftovers in my dishes! I had a left over burger bun from the past week, so I used it for breakfast one morning. Leftover corn & beans from burritos went into a salad for lunch. Even lunch on the run can be healthy… it’s just as easy to make a stop at a grocery store as it is to go through a drive thru.

What are your favourite left overs?

only a few days left!
mrs tasker

4W2F: Back @ It

25 Jun

I had such a hectic weekend, so these next few posts are a bit delayed!

The end of work week #2 is here… we are half way through the 4 weeks 2 fit challenge!

As I mentioned, yesterday (Thursday) I didn’t work out at all, so I got back to it this morning.

Here was my early morning countdown workout, courtesy of Danielle:

100 jumping jacks
90 straight leg sit ups
80 reverse raise
70 double crunch
60 cross pushups (only 140 more to go for today!)
50 wide squats (only 50 more to go for the day)
40 plank move
30 side lunges on each side
20 plankups
10 burpees

I got my sweat on this morning!

Try it out for yourself, and for more of a challenge, do it backwards (100 burpees, 90 plankups… 10 jumping jacks).

I had an apple for breakfast today, banana for a snack, pasta with a meatball for lunch, broccoli & a granola bar for a snack.

Dinner: homemade burger with Greek pasta salad, broccoli & a tomato

I got some walking in tonight too – Relay for Life got rained out a few weeks ago, so we made up for it today. I had a few granola bars while I was there, but walked for nearly the whole time, which was 3 hours. It was an awesome experience… emotional, but cool!

Luminary for my Grandma

Relay for Life

Tomorrow, Kyle & I are going to a couples’ shower… I’m sure there will be lots of goodies to resist!

I’ve got a new challenge lined up for next week (starting Monday)… it involves my least favourite thing ever: burpees. I’m going to learn to love them, and you will too.

hope you had an awesome weekend!
mrs tasker

4W2F: Canada’s Wonderland

21 Jun

It’s Wednesday & I have the day off! Kyle & I are heading to Canada’s Wonderland with Danielle & her cousin, Amy. I started off with a good breakfast:

Breakfast: Plain Quaker oatmeal with strawberries, dried cranberries & apricots & milk

Wonderland comes with a lot of temptations in terms of food, but it also involves a lot of walking, so it’s great that we will be staying active all day.

We all know how overpriced and unhealthy food at Canada’s Wonderland, the CNE, fairs, etc, can be, so we planned ahead and packed a lunch, snacks & tonnes of water. I didn’t have my phone on me so I didn’t take any photos, but here is a list of what we had for lunch:

– water, water, water!
– spicy turkey wrap from Sobey’s
– crackers, carrots & red pepper hummus

For dinner, we got a pepperoni pizza. We calculated it out & each slice was around 240 calories (I had 2). At the end of the day, Kyle & I got a funnel cake – I had a bite & it was amazing.

We went on several roller coasters & even made it to the water park: the wave pool was a workout & the lazy river was relaxing.

On the way home, I had an apple and two granola bars as well, you don’t realize what standing in the sun, roller coasters & walking does! It was a great day.

Some advice for places like these:
– stay hydrated: with all the walking & the hot weather, this is key
– pack a lunch: fairs & other places of the sort are so overpriced and rarely offer anything nutritional, so bring something with you
– keep snacking, it’s easy to lose energy when you combine all the walking with the heat
– Advil was the first thing I took when I woke up the next day… all that walking took a toll on me

All in all, my biggest advice is to be prepared: bring your lunch, bring snacks & lots of water. Go ahead & indulge if you want – funnel cakes & ice cream sandwiches can be hard to resist!

I will leave you with the only two photos of the day, don’t judge me:

What do you get when you combine an 80 degree drop at 148km/h? Terror.

We couldn’t resist showing off the guns…

get ripped;
mrs tasker

4W2F: Day 3/Meet Danielle!

14 Jun

Wednesday – the day I have to be out of bed, eat breakfast and drive to Danielle’s place for our 6AM workout. In true Tasker fashion, I am usually a bit late.

breakfast on the run – 1/2 banana

Danielle & I have been focusing on upper body workouts. They usually last around 35 minutes & they usually suck pretty bad (in a good way). It’s awesome to have someone to workout with who actually knows what they’re talking about.

Today, we focused on arms/abs. We used 3LB & 1LB weights and did various punches, worked on abs and threw some pushups in there – 210 to be exact (I was happy to have my 200 pushups out of the way even before 7AM).

We did a bunch of different sets, one example;

20 punches – 3lb weight (standing, hands by your face, normal punches)
20 uppercuts – 3lb weight (standing, hands by your chin, punch upwards)
20 shoulder punches – 3lb weight (standing, hands by your face, punch behind your shoulder)
20 pushups – from toes
repeat 5 times

When I got home, I took the dogs for a little walk – they need their exercise, too!

Fozzie & Winnie getting some fresh air

Food summary of the day:

after-workout snack: smoothie (berries, milk & pb)

Wednesday’s Food:
snack – 1/2 banana
lunch – black beans & corn with tuna
snack – watermelon and cantaloupe

Dinner – mushroom/herb&garlic cream cheese stuffed chicken breast, jasmine rice & broccoli & cauliflower

The girls came over last night for movie night. We had some watermelon/cantaloupe & kettlecorn to snack on!

I wanted to touch on something that has really helped me throughout this process and something that I think is really important… SUPPORT! I needed it & I had a lot of it when it came to working out and committing to a fit lifestyle.

The person who really got me into being fit is Danielle. You’ve already heard her name a lot and that’s because she has really helped me this whole time. She took my sorry butt and turned me into a workout-loving, 10K-running, healthy-eating, (mini)pushup-doing girl.

Danielle & her pipes

Team Re-Newall: 5K 1st Place

She is the owner of Re-Newall Fitness, she teaches bootcamps, does personal training, running groups, meal plans, kettlebells, sports agility (to name a few) & she’s a pretty good dog-sitter, too. She can kick your butt in a push up competition and is the only person I’ve ever known who actually likes burpees.

Danielle lives & breathes this lifestyle, she is so passionate and dedicated. She knows her stuff: if you have fitness questions, she’ll find the answer. If you haven’t tried one of her classes, you should – you won’t regret it.

She has supported me a a lot of ways – she answers any questions I have, she’s got great advice about fitness, she trained me for 3 months, she taught me how to run, she gives me recipes and meal ideas, gives me weekly challenges… the list goes on! So my advice is – get some support! Surround yourself with people who want you to succeed in whatever you’re doing & you will. As the month goes on, I’ll introduce you to the other people who’ve really helped me along the way, too!

Who supports you? Do you support your friends and family, too?

until day 4,
mrs tasker

ps – I hope all of you are joining in with our 200/day pushup challenge!