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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!

πŸ™‚ stacie

BodyRock: Abs Are Made in the Kitchen

19 Jul

Hola!

Hope you’ve been BodyRock-ing away! Kyle & I haven’t been doing our challenge this week (boo) but we have been keeping up with our workouts. I am sick now, so I am lacking energy, but I’m pushing through.

Working out is obviously very important, but so is eating right. You can’t work your butt off & then go eat a Big Mac and expect results. So this week, I have been really focusing on eating really good foods. I have been avoiding sugar (except fruit) and getting lots of veggies in.

Snack: fruit (peaches, strawberries & melon) & yogurt

Lunch: salad! greens (spinach, arugula), corn & black beans, peaches, 1/2 avocado, asparagus, hard boiled egg & almonds… no dressing.

ingredients to make me better, I hope…

My amazing husband made me some homemade chicken noodle soup… celery, carrots, chicken & egg noodles

We took the pups to the new off leash dog park in Peterborough on Wednesday night… they loved it!

Have you been eating well? I try and add in veggies where I can – spinach with pasta and also spinach in smoothies. Opt for veggies/fruit as a snack as well – celery & peanut butter, fruit & yogurt. Another great snack we’ve been eating is almonds, dried cranberries & dark chocolate chips… it’s a nice treat!

As the saying goes “Abs are made in the kitchen.” You aren’t going to get anywhere if you don’t clean up your eating habits!

fruits & veggies;
mrs tasker

BodyRock: A Few Results

14 Jul

Kyle & I woke up bright and early, weighed in & did our measurements. We have a busy weekend, so we decided doing this on Friday (5 days in) would work best for us.

Here are the week 1 results…

Kyle:
– down 6lbs
– down 3.25″ overall

Stacie:
– down 3lbs
– down 2″ overall

We took the dogs for a walk, which was probably 45 minutes… we walked to Tim Horton’s where Kyle got a coffee & I got a green tea πŸ™‚ When we got home, we did this BodyRock workout which was HARD! Since it was difficult, I tried to alter some of the moves because I didn’t want to compromise my form. If I found I was doing the exercises with poor form, I stopped. It is better to do 10 GREAT reps than 100 crappy ones.

breakfast: waffles with strawberries, peaches, bananas & yogurt – SO delicious!

We ended up at RibFest for dinner… I had a pulled pork sandwich & Kyle had the “Vegetarian Nightmare” which consisted of ribs, pulled pork & chicken. We had a few drinks and headed back to our place before a friend’s Jack & Jill. I ended up playing the balloon game, which was killer on my extremely sore legs!

After the j&j, we headed downtown & got a few more drinks into us. We got some delicious burritos for an after-bar snack & opted to walk the 4.72kms home, which made us feel a bit better after treating ourselves! I also forgot to mention all the bar pushups Danielle & I did.. I learned I cannot do a one-armed pushup… yet.

our 4.72 km walk home from downtown…

I think it’s important to have some fun along the way – treat yourself! But there is definitely a balance & it’s always a learning process! Get your fitness in any way you can: I do 20 push ups for every trip to the bathroom at work (obviously this would be difficult in a public bathroom, but my work washroom is private), walk instead of drive, etc. Incorporate it any way you can πŸ™‚

What do you find hardest to balance?

have a good wknd!
mrs tasker

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, KyleΒ  & 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 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!

4W2F: Day 1

12 Jun

You’ve gotta start somewhere! So I did.

I woke up early & took the pups for an hour long walk… Winnie & Fozzie love being outside. They keep me active!

Winnie on the right & Fozzie on the left, our Aussie Shepherds

I try to eat 6 meals a day – breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner & snack. I’ve also learned it is important to drink lots of water!

breakfast – fruit smoothie
frozen berries, milk & peanut butter

snack – watermelon
I love summer! πŸ™‚

lunch – egg salad salad
lettuce, tomatoes & egg salad

snack – strawberries

dinner – taco salad
chicken breast, lettuce, avocado, tomatoes, mango salsa, sour cream, a few chips, cheese & mango dressing

tea – a great way to add water into my day!
I also have a peppermint tea later in the evening when I feel like snacking.

Danielle & I are doing a pushup challenge for the week – 200/day. I did my 200, plus my personal training plan from December… it includes some arm, ab and leg work. Kyle & I also took the dogs for another walk, a bit shorter this time.

After my workout, I had an apple with peanut butter… forgot to take a photo!

I’ve learned you’ve got to take this day by day – when I think about this 4 week challenge, it seems so far away. I know in a month I’m going to thank myself for getting back at this today. I’ve already had some temptations…

my ultimate weakness… peanut m&m’s! a coworker gave these to me yesterday. although it was really hard, I took them home and put them away for a ‘cheat day.’

On to day 2…

πŸ™‚ mrs tasker