The Return to Spin

23 Apr

I’ve been spinning a lot lately. I’ve worked it into my schedule to attend spin class at least once a week, sometimes twice. Last night’s spin class was pretty amazing. I was on point! I pushed myself hard. I got into the music and climbed all the hills and raced all the flat roads. It was great.

These girls are not sweating enough!

These guys are not sweating enough!

And then this song came on and I emptied the tank until fatigue!

We cooled down soon afterwards and when I put my leg up on the handle bars to stretch, a leg SPASM began. Oooh it was so painful! I paused for a moment trying not to panic. I even thought I would just continue stretching but then I realized how insane that would be and quickly dropped my leg like a ton of bricks. I’m sure it had something to do with lactic acid build up or something. Crazy way to end an intense workout. Hopefully next time (i.e.: tomorrow), I don’t end up with the same nasty surprise.

Until next time…

Oh yeah…

13 Apr

I forgot I had a blog.
Someone mentioned to me the other day that I should start it up again.

Here are some other blogs I’ve been enjoying during my hiatus:

Healthy Living/Fitness

Run Eat Repeat - She’s always running and is obsessed with watermelon.
Tone It Up - These girls always keep me in check.
TrulyJess – Check out her YouTube channel. Uber motivational and super positive.

All Things Home

Apartment Therapy - A necessity.
desire to inspire  - Pure eye candy.
My Scandinavian Home – A personal fave.

Fashion/Beauty

Sincerely Jules – Love her style!
The Beauty Department – Always full of useful information.
The Backseat Styles – They always have their finger on the pulse.

See you next time!

Tiki Made Me Do It

6 Aug

This morning I got up, went outside and RAN. I haven’t run outside for a long while but someone inspired me…

Tiki Gelana, the 2012 women’s olympic marathon winner.
Frankly I cannot imagine how these olympians can run for over 2 hours at such a fast pace. So crazy. So if they can do that, then I can run around my neighbourhood several times!
Plus the temperature dropped 10 degrees today so I really had no excuse.
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Really?!

4 Aug

Summer Runner

#DietFail

17 Jun

Sometimes this happens…

This image should be multiplied by 1,000 but I’m too lazy to do so (..due to the chip coma I’m in.)

….When you were really hoping this would happen

She looks so much happier then I feel right now..haha. Plus, she’s also getting a good bicep workout while holding up that heavy bowl of fruit. See..it’s a win-win.

Let this be a lesson to MYSELF! OD-ing on chips is never a good thing.

 

My job is making me fat …a.k.a. I have no willpower.

10 Jun

The Meeting Leftovers

This is the food that is placed on the communal table that happens to be right in front of my desk. It comes from breakfast meetings, lunch meetings, and afternoon, “why do we even need snacks in this meeting” meetings.  When the meeting is finished, it all comes back to my office space.

Sample Leftovers:
-sandwiches and wraps in all shapes and sizes
-assortment of cookies
-blueberry, apple, cherry danishes
-assortment of muffins
-chocolate, cheese and butter croissants

 The Catered Affair

We have been having a lot of events at my work lately –parties if you will, that are professionally catered with hot and cold food, wine, etc. When the event winds down, we assess how much food is left and so not to have it be a complete waste, our real task of the night kicks in – eating what’s left!  Well, it’s not that drastic. We usually try to give it away to the students who helped work the event but since by the end of the event our job is done, we do tend to indulge a bit before it goes in the trash.

Sample Catered Goodness:
-crackers and cheese
-cookies
-baked goods of every kind
-chicken skewers
-mini pizzas
-chips
-fruit and veggies with dip

The Baker’s Goodies

This is the co-worker who likes to bake but is smart enough to not get herself fat and as a result unloads her goodies on her unsuspecting colleagues. I had one of these at my old work. She claimed that she was allergic to sugar and flour etc. and couldn’t eat the cookies she made, so we all had to. Maybe she was indeed allergic to sugar because the sheer amount she put in them was shocking! Bless her heart.

A couple of days ago my colleague unloaded chocolate chip coconut squares. They were nowhere near healthy judging from the yummy buttery sugar base. When she brought them over she kind of plopped them on the communal table saying: “Here you go!” I think she was really saying: “Damn I overdosed on these over the weekend and it sure as hell cannot continue! Be gone sugary goodness!”

The Popular Coworker

This is when your colleague becomes your favourite person in the office by bringing in some purchased treat just for kicks: “Here’s your morning pick me up guys. Enjoy!” or “What a tough afternoon, this will make it all better!”

Sample Offerings:
-multiple Tim Horton’s Timbits
-Twizzlers Licorice

 

The Manger’s Bounty

I think part of the way my manager presents herself as a friendly person is the ever-present candy at her desk – always at least two varieties. She sometimes grabs a handful to share during a small meeting but usually they are there in front her desk, for people to graze over during a meeting in her office. And the best part – people, including me at times, have a tendency to go into her office just to grab some candy – both when she is there and when she is not!

Sample Bounty:
-Werther’s Originals
-Riesen Chocolate
-Hersey’s Kisses

 

So… you can see how my willpower is a bit strained.

What is your workplace feeding you? Do you exercise willpower?

Excuse Me Sir

4 Jun

Dear Sir,

Kindly refrain from bringing a fresh box of pizza into the gym.  No one needs to smell that while you wait around.  And just who are you waiting for…with a box of PIZZA… at the GYM?!  I mean come on!

Sincerely yours,

Annoyed gym goer.

 

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Race Highlights

28 May

So you may remember that I was all set to run a race. Well I ran it, survived it and did pretty well! Here is my race story:

Getting ready for my first race!

Race day for me started at 6am.  I got up early to get ready and most importantly eat because I wanted ample time to digest. Running can do “funny things” to your stomach, as the Healthy Tipping Point explains (see GROSS-OUT #2) and I wanted to do all I could to avoid said “funny things.”  My friend, her sister, and I got dropped off near the race headquarters. We were über excited and nervous. We were all running our first races!

Corral Lineup.

We took in the atmosphere and had lots of time to get to our corrals.  In fact my friend and I thought that we should use the extra 35 min we had to visit the bathroom one last time (nervous pee!).  Where we were stationed in our corral, the port-a-potties disappeared and coffee shops were our only option. The line up wasn’t crazy but everyone was taking so long that by the time it was our turn, we had maybe 2 minutes to pee and then run all the way to the start line. When there are over 22,000 people running a race, and you decide to be in the last corral, you start lining up a long way away from the start line!  So we sprinted and just as we got there, we had maybe 30 seconds to catch our breathes before the start gun went off!

Obviously this is not my photo.

The start of the race was really fun. There were groups of people cheering along the way, and my friend and I kept cheering back. We weaved in and out of people, sometimes bumping into each other to maintain a fast pace and avoid the “clumps” of people.

Everything was grand until maybe the 3km mark, which is when my shin started paining. Every step was brutal but I kept at it. Why this happened, I don’t know. And then my pre-existing injury, the Achilles tendon, flared up at 5km. Double pain! By the time we got to 7km, I didn’t even care because all I could think about was how tired I was.

My amazing friend kept cheering me on and telling me how great I was doing. Where she found the energy to do this, I don’t know.
Then at around 8.5km, I got annoying.  People watching the race kept yelling that we were almost there, yet I couldn’t see the finish line and I reeealllly wanted to see the finish line! I made sure to express this desire to my friend by repeating a million times:

“Where is the finish line?! I don’t see it! I don’t see the finish line! Where is it?!”

Finally we crossed a bridge, loud music was playing ahead of us and there it was! Soon enough, with maybe 1/4 of a kilometre to go, something came over me and I felt a sudden urge to sprint..HARD!  And so I did. My friend told me later that she was stunned and couldn’t believe where I got the energy from. She was amazing too because as soon as I started to dash, she was right behind me!  I felt like a real athlete and crossed the finish line proud!

Can you spot me?

We were both elated to finish the race and even more to do it under an hour! I came in at 55 minutes and change and my friend finished a couple of seconds later at 56 minutes.

I’m a runner yo! See, I wasn’t lying about the sprint! I’m not even touching the ground!

My friend is now ready to run marathons, take on triathlons and maybe conquer an Ironman. I’m just happy that I finished and have a medal to prove it! :)

 

 

It’s ON…like Donkey Kong!

10 May

 Just picked up my race kit for the Sporting Life 10K on Sunday. I got my race bib, a t-shirt, and some other freebies that are nice but not worth writing about.  With my gift card (for entering the race) and 15% off from the store (good until Saturday), I bought two additional t-shirts and a running belt. I’ve never owned a running belt before and though I was not planning on bringing water to the race (just grabbing it from the water stations), it now makes sense because I need somewhere to store my phone! Seems like the best idea since finding my boyfriend at the finish line in a crowd of 22,000 people might be difficult!

Right now I think I’m pretty much ready. I don’t know how fast I’ll be able to run but I know that I’ll definitely be able to finish. I’m currently suffering from some minor pain in my right side/hip, my right knee and my left achilles tendon. The achilles tendon hurts the most and will probably brother me the most if it continues to pain during the race. Otherwise, I’m feeling strong!

See you later!

Where were we?

23 Apr

So it’s pouring right now and has been pretty much all day, which is fine because it could have been more like this:

Okay maybe not as extreme but they were calling for 2-4cm in addition to the rain and if things shifted slightly, upwards of 10cm of snow. I’m really hoping we don’t have a scare like this again. Spring is really trying hard to settle in! Plus I have the 10k race in 3 weeks and I really have no intention of running in cold weather!

Anyways, I didn’t let the soggy weather deter me from hitting gym. I got out of work 10 minutes early which made a world of difference, got to my gym and jumped on the treadmill and didn’t get off until 50 minutes later. I ran my little heart out. It was great!

Feeling spunky, I decided to check out my usual step class which had a substitute teacher today. As I started to get into it, all sweaty from my run, I thought “WTF am I doing? I just ran for almost an hour!” Plus I was hungry, so it just wasn’t going to happen.  BUT before I left the gym I remembered one thing: PLANK!

Err not that kind of plank….this kind:

I’m trying to plank more in an effort to get my abs in shape. There were no mats available so I roughed it on the dirty gym carpet and planked for over a minute. Felt like a beast! And then I left. Caught my bus with 30 seconds to spare and now all I have left to do tonight is RELAX!

What workout did you do today? 

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