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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

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: Just Another Day

22 Jun

This post got deleted so I had to re-write… sorry!

It’s Thursday!

Hope everyone’s week has been going well… I’ve been receiving a lot of positive feedback from you – I’m glad this blog is motivating you to get active & get healthy. That’s exactly what I it wanted to do!

Thursday mornings, Aurora & I usually go for a run. I had to cancel today because Wonderland was exhausting, I was dead tired when my alarm went off & I knew I wouldn’t be able to function at work if I didn’t get some more rest. Thankfully, Aurora is super understanding!

Working out & staying active is super important, but so is knowing when enough is enough. If you are in PAIN from working out or getting run down, you need to be able to take a break. You’re human, not a superhero!

I got some more beauty sleep & then grabbed an apple for breaky on the way out the door.

Morning snack: strawberries

Lunch: Greek pasta salad & greens, carrots with red pepper hummus

Snack: banana

When I got home, I was still exhausted… I decided to sneak a nap in before Bootcamp. In the end, bootcamp was cancelled – the storm we had tonight was crazy! I got back home & our power was out which meant only one thing… SUSHI!

Dinner: shrimp spring rolls, shrimp tempura, Kyle had some salad & edamame, vegetable tempura, chicken & beef skewers, California roll, ebi, dynamite roll, spicy tuna roll, pork & shrimp dumplings… there was a lot of food!

When it comes to all-you-can-eat style restaurants, I try to avoid them because typically, I overeat at them. Sushi isn’t too bad, and they give you small portions so it was easy to sort of gauge when I felt full. It was delicious! I filled up on water & green tea throughout the whole meal & took my time with the meal… I didn’t get dessert & left feeling full but not like I overate.

It’s hard but you can make good choices at all-you-can-eats. Stick to veggies and steamed foods, try to avoid deep fried options. There are typically salad bars you can choose from as well. It’s just about making good decisions!

catching up on all my weekend posts shortly!
mrs tasker

4W2F: Temptations

20 Jun

Happy Tuesday!

Aurora & I started off our day on the right foot – a refreshing run through Jackson Park in the rain! We didn’t use the Map My Run app this time, but figure it was around the 6 or 7K we did last time, we even managed to conquer a hill at the end. We saw a snapping turtle & a few other runners with their dogs on our travels.

I refueled with some plain oatmeal & berries when I got home (& water, too!). While my oatmeal was in the microwave (1 minute), I busted out 50 pushups for the day.

breakfast: package of plain Quaker oatmeal with fresh strawberries on top – I also added a bit of milk on top
you can add whatever fruit you like – I might try dried cranberries & apricots next time! chop up some apple and throw it on there, too! a bit of brown sugar always makes it delicious, too.

Snack: watermelon & strawberries
Lunch: greens with Greek pasta salad, chicken burger, lettuce, onion & tomato
Snack: pineapple & carrots

Temptations…..

At work, we celebrate everyone’s birthday – usually with cake, tarts, cupcakes… all the good stuff! So today, we had a birthday & our co-op student’s goodbye celebration. There was cake – a vanilla cake, filled with custard… it looked pretty yummy.

looked delicious!

Luckily, my coworkers know there are health-conscious people in the building, so we always have some mixed fruit as well. I declined a piece of cake & guess what? I don’t regret it at all. I truly didn’t want a piece, so I didn’t have a piece. I know tomorrow I am heading to Canada’s Wonderland and I’d like to ‘save’ my cheat day until then!

It’s important to remember (and always hard to forget!) that we can’t avoid temptations. You can’t NOT go out for dinner with your family, you can’t NOT go out for drinks with your friends, you can’t not enjoy some work cake every now & then… you just can’t shut your life off because you’re trying to make healthy choices. Go out for dinner & treat yourself, go have a drink, too! You have to be able to have a “treat” every once in a while.

I’ve already written a blog about making good choices while dining out & also made some ‘healthier’ alcoholic drink suggestions (vodka & water with lime is one of my faves & isn’t full of sugar). Keep in mind, there are ways to eliminate calories from certain meals, without depriving yourself. Eventually, you won’t crave sweets or salty things. I’m only a week & 2 days in & I’m not craving chocolate… & I LOOOOVE chocolate. Before this whole thing, I could’ve eaten it everyday!

Dinner: burritos! tortilla, basmati rice, cheese, lettuce, black beans & corn, salsa, avocado, Greek yogurt & tomatoes

Here’s a workout that’s a ‘piece of cake’ (hahaha) Danielle posted this one on Facebook this morning.

There are 16 exercises- 16 minutes x2 – quick and easy

1) Elevated Cross Push-Ups
2) Tuck Abs
3) Squat & Press 10lbs
4) Clean & Press 10lbs
5) Bicycle Abs
6) Jumps Squats
7) Bicep Curls 10lbs
8) V sit Abs Left
9) V sit Abs Right
10) Elevated Tricep Dips
11) Mountain Climbers
12) Burpees with Push-up
13) plank rows 10lbs
14) Over Side bends 10lbs
15) Jump Lunges
16) Frog Jumps

If you’ve got half an hour (which you do), do it! If you have 16 minutes (which you definitely do), do it once! NO EXCUSES.

We had volleyball tonight & I did my pushups & sumo squats! I had a burrito “salad” when I got home and also an apple with peanut butter.

keep fit & have fun;
mrs tasker

4W2F: Workout Summary

16 Jun

Friday – I train with Danielle again at 6AM today! We did abs & upper back today – rows, pushups, sit ups, reverse crunch, pike on the exercise ball (you have to be graceful for this one, which I am not). I have to add around 60 pushups to tomorrow’s workout, I am pretty sure I only did 140/200!

I had breakfast on the run again this morning – just an apple!

after workout: smoothie
snack: cantaloupe
lunch: left over pasta & a meatball
snack: strawberries

Dinner – homemade chicken fingers (I used soda crackers & some spices & coated chicken breast), corn, jasmine rice & pepper “fries” (baked pepper slices, make sure they are still crunchy!)
I dipped my chicken strips in mango salsa instead of a traditional sauce.

I couldn’t resist some popcorn! air popped, which is my favourite. everyone needs a treat 🙂

Here is a summary of my week, and what I plan on keeping up for the rest of this 4 week challenge.

Monday – at home workout (I use my personal training routines from previous months)
Tuesday – beach volleyball
Wednesday – workout with Danielle
Thursday – running/bootcamp
Friday – workout with Danielle
Saturday – walking/at home workout
Sunday – soccer

Most days, I walk the dogs in the morning & at night.

Today, I wanted to give you ‘advice’ based on my personal experience over the past year and a bit…

Walking – it’s so good for you, some people don’t realize this – so start walking! This is part of how I got in such great shape for my wedding.

Get a personal trainer – even if it’s for one month. You will learn SO much; about eating properly (yes, pasta is okay!), proper form (push your back into the floor!), and simply what your body is capable off (yes, you can do 20 burpees in a row!). Personal training was one of the best investments Kyle & I have made – you take a lot away from it – workouts, knowledge, confidence!

Have support – whether it’s a friend, a trainer, your husband or even your dog(s) – having someone to lean on really helps! Having someone to workout with is even better. When you don’t feel like going for a run or doing a workout, you know there is someone else counting on you.

Make good choices – I tell myself this every. single. day. It doesn’t only pertain to making the choice to workout or eat the right food – it also relates to being nice to people and just making good choices in general. It helps me take things day by day – if I have a crappy day, I know I can turn it around and get it right tomorrow!

it’s simple. take it day by day.

Say no now & you won’t have to say no later – this is my motto while grocery shopping. If I “say no” (ie; don’t buy it!) to this delicious bag of m&m’s NOW, then I won’t have to say no when they’re sitting on the counter staring me down screaming “EAT ME!” later. That being said…

Treat yourself – We all need a treat every now & again. I really like ice cream, popcorn & m&m’s. I try and pick something kind of healthy, or make sure it’s in moderation.

Don’t concentrate on a number – I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve been obsessed with my weight before. With a little education I’ve learned it isn’t about a number, it’s about how you feel. Personally, I am happier when I don’t weigh myself, so I stopped doing just that. Instead, I looked in the mirror and then I decided to do something about what I didn’t like. So stop freaking yourself out about a number, look in the mirror and change what you want to change.

Fail to plan, plan to fail – Everything I ate this week was written down in a book – all my meals were planned before we went grocery shopping for the week. If I don’t plan my meals, I don’t eat well. Same with my workouts – I have set days to do certain things, if it’s not planned I don’t do it. So starting planning – it will help you get on track & stay on track!

and last, but not least…

Working out isn’t meant to be comfortable. (a famous quote from Danielle) I wish it was, I really do. Getting a charlie horse in your butt while doing donkey kicks… it isn’t comfortable, but your butt is going to look amazing. Not being able to breathe from heel/toe sit ups… it isn’t comfortable, but you’re going to have a flat tummy for it! Squatting for so long your legs are shaking… not comfy but your legs are going to be toned. Burpees… there is nothing comfortable about them, but you’ll thank yourself later. HARD WORK PAYS OFF.

I could go on & on… but I want to know: what’s your workout/fitness advice?

Here is a quick ab workout that you can do (I sometimes do little workouts like this while I am watching TV):

20 plankups from the toes
80 bicycle
20 burpees
80 twists, feet up
30 leg raises
30 push ups from the toes
55 sit ups
55 reverse crunches
50 toe touches
50 double crunches
100 mountain climbers
25 knee tucks
60 plank leg raises

don’t forget to stretch when you’re done!

have a good weekend!
mrs tasker

4W2F: Day 4/Running Buddies

15 Jun

Thursday – today is running/bootcamp day!

My running buddy Aurora & I have been meeting up once a week to run together. Last week, we ran at Jackson Park – it was especially nice because it was shaded. The sun is SO hot to run in, even before 7AM!

my running buddy!

Everyone, meet Aurora! We may only meet up once a week, but when we do we have good talks & an even better run. She makes me accountable, just like I make her accountable. As I’ve said before, when you don’t have anyone counting on you, you’re more likely to sleep in or skip a workout. Aurora and I both know we’ve got each other so we drag our butts out of bed and meet up when we can. We even kept each other going during our first team 5K race together. Aurora’s an awesome person… she’s seriously so cool!

Unfortunately, today we didn’t meet, but I got out for a 5K run of my own. You need to find it in yourself to get up & workout on your own some days.

I did 5.02K in 31.15 minutes
I used an app called Map My Run to track this

Aurora & I started running together in February – we were training for a 5K race. We ended up doing the annual run in Ennismore, and team Re-Newall came first place! Our favourite part of training was running up Armour Hill (please note the sarcasm). It wasn’t fun, but once you get to the top, it feels awesome! This picture doesn’t do the incline any justice.

Those teeny tiny specs are Aurora & I, trucking up the hill!

Danielle, Aurora, Kirsten, me & Mary (Joanne was missing from the picture!)

Another smoothie for breakie today!

Lunch – bean & corn salad, broccoli & cauliflower, an apple, a tomato & strawberries

Dinner – homemade meatballs with spaghetti
meatballs: ground beef, onions, an egg & flour (didn’t have bread crumbs)

At bootcamp, we were in groups of 3 & 4 & worked with kettlebells, weights, weighted balls & a parachute. We had 1 minute per exercise, and there were three exercises for each piece of equipment.

A few examples…

Kettlebells
Kettlebell swing with leg extension (standing, swing KB between your legs, up above your head and extend one leg out to the side, bring leg back & repeat with other leg)
Seated twist (sit on your butt, hold KB & twist from side to side – legs up for more abs)

Weights
Jackknife (laying flat on your back, holding weights, bring both legs and upper body together & lower back down)
Row balance (stand on one leg, leaning forward, bring elbows toward your back)

Weighted Ball
Knee tucks (lay on your back, prop yourself up with elbows, bring knees into chest & then away from your hips while balancing the ball on the tops of your shins)
Squat with ball (hold ball, squat & up, can toss ball in the air for more)
Matrix (while on your knees, hold the ball and lean back as far as you can, back to original position & repeat)

And we ran up and down a hill with the parachute.

At the end, we had 5 minutes to do as many sets of the following as we could, try it at home!

2 burpees (jump up, hands on ground, legs out, legs in)
1 walkout with pushup (stand up, squat down & walk hands out, pushup, walk hands back in & stand up)
1 up/down (knees on mat, chest on mat & back up)
10 walking lunges (down a hill, hands on head)
run backwards back up the hill

When I got home, I had my usual apple & peanut butter & also finished my 200 pushups for the day.

I’ve almost made it through workweek 1 of this challenge… I’ve really started a routine & my willpower is strong. Hopefully everyone is motivated to start a challenge of their own – start eating healthier & get fit! Remember, when you really want to snack – pick something healthy (fruit, veggies) or axe the cravings with a tea.

until tomorrow;
mrs stacie