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4 Aug

Summer Runner

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? 

Sunday Brunch and the S Bowl

5 Feb

Everything seems to feel better after brunch. I worked on the biscuits while the boyfriend made the eggs.

In other news and to follow-up with my last post, I did manage to go to the gym on Friday night after all. I also went again on Saturday morning. Not sure what got into me but I got some good workouts in and also my butt hurts a lot as result. It continued to hurt today while I went on a long walk after the above brunch. No pain, no gain, right? ha ha.

Did everyone enjoy the Super Bowl?  Whenever I actually try to watch football I’m distracted by the tights. All I see is the footballers butts in tights. Above anything else, it just looks hilarious! So, I really only tuned in for Madonna and friends. Did everyone like her performance?

Does this woman ever age? You know she is 53 years old, right?

A Return to Normalcy

2 Feb

My cold is finally disappearing…for good, I hope. I just came back from the doctor and he thinks I’m in the clear but also reports that I probably had three different infections going on during the course of last month. I’ve literally had a cold from Jan 4th – Jan 31st.

While I’ve been sick, my workouts have been obviously sporadic. Well really since before I left for Asia in mid-December my visits to the gym have been seriously lacking. In the process, I’ve lost a lot of my motivation. I use to be able to go to the gym 3-4 times a week, no problem. If I felt like doing something extra, I would get up early before work and crunch out some abs workouts or do Pilates. Now, I wake up and I head straight to the shower. Working out in the morning seems like a laughing matter now and thinking about the gym makes me anxious – like it’s forced.

Anyone know how to get me out of this funk?

I’m aiming to head to the gym tomorrow but I would not be surprised if I thought up an excuse not to go. Also, it’s a Friday, so that’s not working in my favour either. Haha.


Fitness #Fail

31 Oct
  1. Looking like a loser because I refuse to take off my headphones while rinsing my hands and face après workout. It really is a fine art trying to splash water up to your face while keeping your headphone cord out of the change room sink. Picture a duck moving its head back and forth. Yep…that was me.
  2. Starting a new fitness goal while PMSing. Today is DAY 1. I better not be craving chocolate on DAY 2!
  3. Feeling like a rockstar lifting the heavier weights during lunges and then spraining/straining my hand muscles right in the middle of it all. I’m pretty much typing with one hand right now… okay, one hand and a thumb.

What foolishness did you get into
 at the gym today?

Home on a Saturday Night

13 Aug

I am home on a Saturday night in the middle of the summer! Who am I?!

My plans got switched up today. I was suppose to hang out with the boyfriend today until he remembered that he had to help his friend move. He is still currently helping said friend in what appears to be a completely chaotic operation. Wishing him luck!

So instead, I hung out with the family today, running errands with my mom and visiting my brother downtown. He is building an enclosed deck in his backyard. It’s going to be really amazing. Here’s a photo of him and his girlfriend drilling in a plank. The tactic was to hold the plank down by having his girlfriend literally hang from the wall to hold it in place:

My back situation has pretty much cleared up but I had to stop working out after Tuesday because of it. I did treat myself to a massage on Wednesday to help remedy the situation. Massages can be amazing but I always forget that they also can be pretty painful as the RMT works out all the knots.  In the end my back (and entire body) felt really nice though…all worth it!

Tomorrow I plan to get myself to the the gym or go running outside. I haven’t decided yet. But all I know is that I feel a bit chunky and I don’t like it. It’s mostly because of my eating choices but I always try to remedy the situation by working out. Really need to focus on my diet already!

Anyway, did I mention that I had Friday off from work? My bestie is visiting from Moscow and she brought her Russian boyfriend along. So exciting! We had such a good time, even though they were extremely jet-legged having arrived that morning. Such a cute couple… From Russia, With Love:


Working It Out – Week is Complete

6 Aug


My workout week is done!

I successfully completed what I set out to do: Workout hard Tues-Fri. I definitely don’t recommend working out 4 days in a row (if you are not use to it). It takes a lot of determination.

In my last post I mentioned that I was going to a step class on Thursday. Well, the instructor forgot his step music and asked if wanted to do weights or cardio instead. I quickly spoke up and said cardio! I said it loud enough to drown out the girl beside me who was shouting weights. Haha! So he turned the class into bootcamp and worked us to the max. I was sweating everywhere! It was crazy. We did stairs, jumping on elevated steps, burpees, mountain climbers..all the horrrible stuff. I also squeezed in some upper body strength training beforehand and some abs after class.

Yesterday I did my own thing: 20 minutes on the treadmill and 40 minutes on the elliptical and I woke up early this morning to do some abs and stretching. Check, check, check!

So now I am done! I might do a Pilates video tomorrow but otherwise I’m going to relax.

I actually plan on continuing my hardcore workouts consistently (4 days a week) for at least 21 days as that is how many days it takes to form a habit…or so I hear.

Happy Weekend!

Working It Out – Update

3 Aug

I went to the gym on Tuesday as planned. Unfortunately my stomach was a bit unsettled. This really pissed me off because I was so pumped. Must have been my weird food choices during the day: canned beans, handful of unsalted peanuts that were unusally greasy, and an assortment of olives from the olive bar at Whole Foods…

Anyway, I managed to stretch my run until the 30 minute mark and the only reason I got through the next 30 minutes on the elliptical was by watching one of those entertainment shows. The time actually flew by. After this, I was done like dinner. I did not want to do weights or abs. I just wanted to lie down and sip on gingerale.

Today (Day 2 of 4), I killed it! I ran for about 43 minutes. It was a struggle but I definitely felt a lot stronger at the half way mark and I sweat like crazy..eewww! I was thinking of continuing on the treadmill but my legs were feeling weird so I thought it best to jump on the bike instead and spent the remaining 15 minutes there. Super sweaty by this point, I did about 4 lower body strength exercises, which I will definitely feel over the next couple of days.

I felt amazing, energized and tired at the same time. However, by the time I got home my body felt weak and I think I had some sort of low-blood sugar episode of dizziness. Does this ever happen to anyone? Not good. I didn’t think I overdid it, but perhaps I did. It also could be because I forgot to eat a snack before I hit the gym.

I’m still geared up for tomorrow (Day 3/4) but I’m going to change things up by going to a step class. After, I will attempt some upper body weight training action.

Oh and did I mention that I did a Pop Pilates abs workout this morning? Nothing like sweating first thing in the morning..hahaa. You can catch all of Cassey Ho’s Pop Pilates workouts and her blog here. My goal is to try them all! They are challenging but she makes the workout fun!

PS – That post a couple of days ago about me being sick was no joke. I woke up sick Sunday morning but by Monday afternoon I was completely fine! Miracle!! I still have some sniffles here and there but it feels more like allergies then a cold.

Inside Out and Backwards Front

9 Jun

Lately I have been having trouble with my gym clothes. In my rush to get out of my work clothes and into my gym clothes, I have been having some wardrobe malfunctions. This happened once before where my pants were inside out. I felt embarrassed but no one was standing behind me on the treadmill so nothing to be too worried about. I guess I could have changed but I was already sweaty. Plus, perhaps people thought I was trying to pull off a trend such as:

This week, while getting ready for a spin class, I changed my top so fast that I put it on inside out, with the side tag very visible.  I noticed at the last second when I had a glance in the mirror on my way out of the change room.  However, I did not notice that my pants were on backwards as well!

I started off stretching before the class and wondered why I kept noticing the crotch seam. Yes, I was looking at my crotch while stretching my legs…it happens. Anyway, I had never noticed the seam so visible before and I thought it was weird. Then as I was walking to the class I felt like my pants fit a bit different. As soon as I jumped on the bike and started peddling I noticed my pants were hanging a bit low in the back as well. Then I felt the tag in the back was actually at the front and knew what was going on. I had my friend do a quick butt check to make sure I didn’t look ridiculous and continued on spinning.

Do these types of clothing malfunctions ever happen to you? It seems to be becoming a habit for me.

I Spent My Friday Evening at the Gym…No, really I did!

3 Jun

Yep! I switched things up a bit and decided to go to the gym after work. Felt like I needed to start my weekend with a bit more pep in my step.

I strategically set up an alarm in my calendar to pop up at 5:25pm as I was leaving work to remind/motivate me. It literally read:

“Get thee to the gym. You’ll feel fantastic afterwards!!”

Yes, I know, I’m a dork!

I decided to try a new cardio machine that I have wanted to try for some time now. It’s Friday. Not many people were at the gym. No one would notice the newbie on the stairmaster and luckily one was available.

I lasted 10 minutes! It’s impressive how you can move relatively slowly yet work up a sweat and heart rate! I actually started to increase the pace at the start because I didn’t think I was working out hard enough. Sure enough, 5 minutes later I started to feel that things were getting a bit challenging. At 10 minutes my heart was beating out of my chest and I was noticeably sweating.

Scared of what was happening, I decided to go back to my comfort zone and jumped on the elliptical for 30 min. I felt a bit silly and afterwards decided to have another go at the stairmaster. This time I lasted 15 minutes…slowing down significantly for the last 2 minutes. I was dripping with sweat and out of breath. Crazy!

The only thing I did not enjoy about the stairmaster was that I kept hitting my foot at the base of the step and could not seem to avoid. Also, I was often looking down at the steps thinking that if I didn’t, I might fall. Yes, I was that girl that didn’t run up stairs two at a time. Even now, I have to think twice about it.

I finished up my workout with 200 reps of abs! I decided I could accomplish 25 sets of 8 different  ab exercises. And I did!

I really did feel fantastic after this workout. I left the gym listening to Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys. I felt on top of the world, that was until I was set back into my place by a moth!

Yes, you heard right!

A huge MOTH attacked me while I was riding on the SUBWAY!

I looked like a fool running away from it but after awhile the other subway riders realized the reason behind my erratic movements. I don’t like moths. I’m afraid of butterflies too. I’m weird, I know.