Tag Archives: support

BodyRock: Challenges

12 Jul

I was curious if the people that do bodyrock ONLY do bodyrock along with eating well, and luckily, someone had posted that exact question on the Facebook page. A few people replied and said that they only do bodyrock & are noticing results (they are stronger & more toned). This makes me confident that doing bodyrock, along with normal activities like bootcamp, weekly challenges, volleyball & running, that Kyle & I will see great results.

If you followed my 4W2F blog, you’ll know I tried to keep up with a weekly challenge… this week, Kyle & I are doing 200 pushups a day. I think it is really important to add things like this into your day or week – it keeps you on your toes & you’ll avoid getting bored. Previously, my friends & I did a pushup challenge where we set a goal and tried to meet it/beat each other.

Tonight, Kyle¬† & I climbed the Empire State Building… in Peterborough. We climbed 1,860 steps thanks to Danielle! She set out a FREE challenge to join her at the Lift Locks and climb our lives away. It was 27 degrees out & my legs almost stopped working, but I pushed through. I did it in 19 minutes, Kyle did it in 16 minutes & Danielle did as well.

Kyle & Danielle climbing (with an audience)

red faces after a butt kick

I’ve learned it is very important not to give up on yourself… don’t keep doing the same thing over & over. You will get bored, stop seeing results & stop doing it. CHALLENGE yourself… ask friends to join in, whatever will keep you motivated!

What challenges you?


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…

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)

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

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!