Back On The Wagon

So after a brief hiatus, I am back on the workout wagon. Tuesday night I ran 4 miles and then walked another mile while talking to my mom on the phone (she is the only one I could call that wouldn’t mind me huffing and puffing on the phone ;)) I am not sure if I need new shoes, or it has just been too long, but my hips were ridiculously tight after this run so I made sure to do some extra stretches to alleviate some of the tightness. Usually after I run I do a couple sun salutations to regulate my breathing and then flow into some crescent lunges, downward dog splits, and whatever feels like it needs to be stretched after that. My hamstrings get pretty tight as well so I make sure to properly stretch them out afterwards (downward dog feels like heaven on my hamstrings after a long run). Since my hips were so tight I spent quite a bit of time in pigeon pose.

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Last night I was craving some deep stretching so I did my current favourite yoga video.

This video is amazing when you are craving a full body workout full of deep stretching. Both times I have done it I have had such a yoga high and come out of my yoga room smiling like a goober :P. Tonight I plan on running an easy 5 km so I am putting this up here for you all to make me accountable so I will follow through. Please help! Brian and I have been PVRing America’s Most Wanted so most nights we watch that and eat chips instead of working out ha ha #fitnessfail

In other news I am IN LOVE with my new shirts that I ordered online. I have worn the white one two days in a row but with different accessories so I don’t think anyone really notices? If they do they haven’t said anything so I am fine with it ๐Ÿ˜›

Hope you all have a great day!

xo T

 

Weekend Recap

Well folks another Monday is upon us. This is the first Monday in a very long time (minus a long weekend) where I feel refreshed and well-rested. I know right HOW did that happen? Well my body is so used to going to bed at around 9 or 10 on the weekdays, it is impossible to stay up late on weekends. That is the unfortunate secret. I am pretty cool like that.

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After making my weekly batch of wings for the boys on Sunday, my mom and I decided to go to a matinee and see Don Jon. You know the movie that Joseph Gordon Levitt wrote, directed and starred in with Scarlett Johansson? A little forewarning, maybe don’t go see this with your mom as the majority of the movie is either him masturbating to online porn or him having sex. My mom and I are kind of weird in that this was not awkward for us, but I could see it being a bit of a problem if we weren’t as close as we are.

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In all, I LOVED Joseph Gordon Levitt and Scarlett Johansson in this movie. Their ‘Jersey Shore’ acting was spot on, the walk, the talk, the accent, everything was so well done. You know the accent…

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Without giving any spoilers, I was surprised how much the movie dealt with addiction. It was interesting too to see the Jon character transform and grow as he realizes that his addiction to porn stems from how unfulfilled his is emotionally in his relationships. Pretty deep for a Monday morning eh?

Weekend Workouts

Since I took last Wednesday and Thursday off as rest days last week I was active all weekend.

Friday – My favourite Yoga video.

Saturday – 4 mile run

Sunday – 3 km walk with dogs, 10 km run, ab circuit

I have been documenting my workouts in my phone calendar which syncs with my email so I can track exactly what I did for each week in workouts. It has really helped me realize how much I am actually doing for fitness and mentally giving myself the okay to take one or two rest days as needed.

So how was your weekend?

Did you see Don Jon? What did you think of it?ย 

Hope you have a great Monday!

xo T

A Pause.

So I thought I would give everyone (namely me) a bit of a break from the continuous wedding posts that I have been bombarding you with this past week. I am just excited to have my pictures and visually relive every moment of that day! That’s normal right? K just one more…

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Anyways I am interrupting this wedding recap to tell you all about my workout last night. Awesome sauce eh? In truth I will probably still publish a wedding recap post later on but we will see how I am feeling ๐Ÿ˜‰

Last night was a huge milestone in Brian and I’s marriage. I FINALLY made him something manly that did not involve any “weird” ingredients. I didn’t realize my obsession with kale until I tried to make something without it. It was hard. Not going to lie.

Anyway I made these pulled pork taquitosย but dinner sized and then we had a green salad on top that we added a massive amount of tomatoes to because we are still trying to get through the batch that Brian’s boss gave us from his garden. The good news though is that we only have half of a zucchini left! I also made an easy peasy dipping sauce for the taquitos that was basically just plain greek yogurt mixed with A LOT of sriracha (somehow I spelled that right on my first try!). The most amazing thing about this dinner was that I just plopped a pork roast in the slow cooker in the morning and when I got home all I had to do was shred it and wrap it into tortillas! I always forget to use our slow cooker, but when I do I remember why I love it so much.

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I was going to do a run last night but long story short I just can’t run on the treadmill without watching Netflix or else I get super bored (#firstworldproblems am I right?). So Brian invited me to do a circuit that our friend Rod showed him when they had a weight date on the weekend with our new weight set. It starts off by doing 30 man-makers in 15 minutes. What is a man-maker you ask? Well it is your lucky day!

1 man-maker =

– start in push up position holding on top of your dumbbells (I used 10’s Brian used 30’s)

– do one push up

– spread legs hip distance apart while still in push up position

– lift right elbow up

– lift left elbow up

– hop to standing

– place feet hip distance apart and do a squat while lifting the dumbbells above your head

That is one man-maker. We did 30 in 10 minutes! I’m going to blame it on the endorphins but these gave me massive amounts of energy. Like enough energy to be rapping while I was doing them. Brian just looked at me and said, “next time we will give you heavier weights”.

We then did an ab circuit. Each round consisted of 10 full crunches (the crappy ones where you have to bring yourself all the way up to your knees), a 30 second plank (again for some reason I was rapping through these too), and a hold where you lift your legs straight up in the air and try to touch your toes for 10 seconds.

It was a good workout! If you are curious, this is what I was rapping.

There is a story behind that song and album but that is for another day ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Friday!

xo T

 

Change of Seasons Workout

Brian and I have a pretty good routine now where we both get home from work, workout for an hour, make dinner, relax, then go to bed by 9 – 9:30 pm. Exciting right? Judge all you want but if I didn’t go to bed at that time this change of seasons would be kicking my butt. Dark when you go to bed, dark when you wake up… shit’s depressing.

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But anyway last night was no different to our routine and instead of fighting with Brian over who gets to use the treadmill first (for reals this is an argument every day) I decided to do a circuit style workout and use some of our fancy new equipment. Here is the circuit that I did:

– Warm up with 10 sun salutations to get my muscles warm

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Performed this circuit three times through:

– 25 squats

– 25 sit ups

– 25 sumo squats

– 25 push ups (I did one of the sets in full push up form and the other two in modified)

– 30 second plank

After the circuit I did some tricep extensions, V-ups, and a move where you stand with your feet hip-width apart and one hand holding a weight (I used 10 lbs) as you lean your upper body to the side that is holding the weight. It targets your core as you should be only using your ab muscles to pull you back up again. I did this 3 times on each side with 10 reps.

When Brian was done his run I got him to spot me on the bench press (still don’t trust myself to not drop the bar on my face) and did 3 rounds of 10 with a 15 lb weight on either side. Pretty weak I know but my upper body is not strong AT ALL so I am very sore today. And my butt is making me very aware that I did squats last night.

Hope your Thursday is going well! Keep your head up, IT’S ALMOST THE WEEKEND! ๐Ÿ˜€

Did you work out last night? What exercises did you do?ย 

xo T

Ch-ch-ch-changes

Better believe that I had to say that many “ch’s” in my head to get it right ๐Ÿ˜‰

How is everybody? Having a good Wednesday? I don’t know if ya’ll know this but I have a pretty wicked talented sister who designed my fancy new header.

She actually took pity on me after I sent her my attempt at making one using PicMonkey.com. Mine wasn’t necessarily awful but it was terribleย she is a professional graphic designer so just has an eye for these sorts of things. Did I mention mine took me all morning and she turned that out in 30 minutes? Yeah.

Anyway Brian got the best deal off Kijiji.ca EVER this week. We have been searching for a weight set to compliment our running on the treadmill but could not find anything for a reasonable price. Look what we scored for $150:

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P.S. I did have a model, but he got shy.

We now have a weight room in our downstairs living room ha ha! We did not think it came with this much stuff, but I think the guy’s wife was tired of it taking up space and made him do a quick sale. We aren’t complaining though!

I bench pressed 3 rounds of 10 40 lb weights after I did a 5 km sprint sequence on the treadmill last night. Except I kept getting distracted by a certain someone while I was running.

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I am new to the whole bench press and weight world so any tips on neat exercises to try will be appreciated! It’s hard to write a Wednesday post without including this guy:

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If you’re not familiar with this meme you live in a box. Not sure when it will get old, but it definitely is still funny so I’m gonna use it ๐Ÿ˜€

 

xo T

First 5 km

Hello and happy Monday! Who am I kidding, Mondays equal:

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My weekend was fabulous! The highlight of which was my very first 5 km race! It was put on by the local police detachment and all donations went to support the Special Olympics. ย Brian and I did our fundraising together and raised $155 for the cause. Not the best but better than our goal which was $100.

Saturday morning we woke up bright and early to have some breakfast before the race. We were a bit surprised at how disorganized the event was and we planned to arrive really early Saturday morning to get all the information that we needed as well as our bibs for the race. We knew where the race was and what time but that was the extent of the information given after registering. I had a filling breakfast of two scrambled eggs and a piece of whole wheat toast and was ready to go!

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We arrived 45 minutes early for the race and received our bibs, t-shirt, swag bag, and time tracker (I am not sure what they are officially called but you strap it around your ankle and it monitors when you cross the start line all the way to the finish line). The t-shirts were actually super nice and were a lightweight, breathable material.

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(Brian had gotten into a fight with a piece of PVC pipe at work last week so that is why his face is all cut up. I also look like I am 12 without makeup on…)

I actually knew a couple people in the race with us, one person that I deal with quite a bit at work and some others that I know on twitter but have not officially met before. Kinda creepy, but I think a lot of people have “friends” like that now-a-days…right?

Eventually the police siren wailed letting us know that the race had begun. It is a pretty weird feeling having waves of people running past you, but I knew that if I tried to keep up with anyone else’s pace, I would fizzle out. So I kept my own steady pace that I was comfortable at and slowly got super humbled by the amount of people passing me. Brian is a fast runner, but he wanted to stay with me so that we could cross the finish line together (cute right?) but there were a few times where he forgot I was slower than him and had to stop to wait for me to catch up. The race started off along a busy main road in our city but eventually dipped into the coulees (these are landforms that were created from erosion and are all over Southern Alberta.They are kind of shaped like inverted mountains.) for the 5 km and 10 km racers. The half marathon-ers (?) continued on a different route. The first 1.5 mile went really fast because of the adrenaline from the race and the steep downhill that hurt the knees but was kind of fun (my abs hurt the next day though! Downside of using a treadmill for your runs I guess). I felt really strong the whole race. My breathing was steady and overall I felt great.

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The hard part came in the last 1 km. I knew the end was close but because the route twisted and turned I couldn’t see the finish line and I think this weighed on me mentally. This was the first and only time I stopped during the race and I know it was because I kept waiting to see the finish line and it just wasn’t there yet. There were quite a few people around us at this time, all girls who had the same pace as me. But for a few of them I could see that they were really struggling and their breathing was very ragged, almost wheezing at times. Brian and I didn’t use music because we both know it would only take us about 30 minutes and we could talk for most of it. But the downfall of this was the wheezing I could hear for the last half of the race.

Finally I could hear the microphone from the finish line announcing the racers as the crossed and we sprinted the last 400 meters to the finish for a time of 32:14. We crossed at the exact same time and the announcer butchered my name as well as our last name as we crossed but we didn’t care. We high-fived and congratulated each other and got our spiffy medals for competing.

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Overall it was a really cool experience and something new for both of us to do together. ย We decided that next time we would sign up for the 10 km but I was happy that we started with a 5 km for our first race though just to get our feet wet so we know what to expect.

Did you have a positive first race experience?ย 

What activities do you and your partner like to do together to get some quality time in?

Orange Is The New Black

Happy Friday!

This week flew by but I am so happy the weekend is here! I am pretty tired today because I made the mistake of watching Orange Is The New Black on Netflix last night and I couldn’t stop watching! Have you seen it yet? It definitely is not for everyone due to the amount of nudity, profanity, and girl on girl action. If you have never heard of it, basically it is about a woman who has to go to jail for a year because she smuggled drug money for her lesbian lover 10 years ago. She is now engaged to a man and is a successful entrepreneur but turned herself in for her crime after her ex-lover ratted her out. There really is no spoiler alert for any of this, you learn all of it within the first 30 minutes via flashbacks.

Each character in jail also has their own story that is told through flashbacks and ties into why they behave like they are in jail. Like I said it is pretty raunchy, but the story so far is really good and there is enough humour in it that it doesn’t feel heavy or make you super anxious (I would get really anxious whenever I watched Sons of Anarchy. Just how they write the episodes and the fact that I love me some Jax Teller. SO GLAD he is Christian Grey). Anyway I would recommend this series to anyone who is not easily offended and needs a new TV series obsession ๐Ÿ™‚

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In other news my 5 km race for Special Olympics is tomorrow. I am nervous/excited/scared but mostly just anxious to do it. I am fine running 5 km but it is a bit more stressful because

a) I am running with Brian. He is super fast and makes is look so easy #shakesfist

b) I have never run in a crowd of people before although I have heard this makes it easier

c) This is really vain but I get super sweaty and red when I run. I don’t want to be the tomato at the end that everyone feels sorry for.

I probably should update my iPod tonight too so that I have some good tunes to motivate me. The majority of my playlist is the same as it was 2 years ago when I first started running but some songs are old faithfuls and help with different things. A couple of my favourites are:

1) Sabotage – Beastie Boys. SO good for doing sprints and getting amped up. The song composition is really good for going super fast then slowing down a bit, then repeat.

2) Move, Shake, Drop – DJ Laz Ft. Pitbull. Really good for maintaining a constant fast pace as they keep the energy up throughout the song.

3) Big Poppa – Notorious B.I.G. Awesome recovery song for when you need to catch your breath and keep a slower pace.

4) Dance (Ass) Remix – Big Sean Ft. Nicki Minaj. This song makes your booty pop while your running.

5) Give Me Everything – Pitbull Ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer. This song really pumps me up especially when Pitbull screams ha ha

Do you have a favourite song that helps you get your rhythm back during a run? Have any tips for a race newbie?!

 

xo T