Fall Walks, Workouts and Weight loss Updates

fall walks, workouts and weightloss updates

 

Fall is here and there have been lots of chances for fun outdoor activities, and more to come. I have been fitting in lots of workouts and outdoor activity lately. I thought I would share some of the goings on and an update on my weight right now.

My runs have been amazing lately. This Sunday was one of the best. We are out of the hazy hot humid weather and that means good things for our runs. It might make it harder to bear the cold and get going but once I start to warm up I embrace the cold weather. This weekend I got home from my long run and my skin was cold and pink. That always happens to me in the winter, I was actually surprised to see myself, I didn’t think it was that cold. Oh well I will take this weather, especially if it means a super awesome race weekend this coming week.

Today my mom and I decided to take a fall walk. There is an amazing trail behind their house that is long and flat. Its the best place to take in the changing season. You are surrounded by trees, plants, fields and animals. We walked out to an old train bridge to take in the view. My mom loves the bridge but it freaks me out. Even though there is a huge railing and is very much safe I never feel safe walking or biking over it. Maybe I am overreacting but it is quite high and I feel I could be blown over by the wind.

fall walks

fall walk

fall walks 2

 

Boot camp was wet, wet, wet. It started to rain the minute I got in my car to go to the class and only got harder and wetter as time went on. The workout was great, full of wall sits and running to keep us warm from the cold water pouring down our backs. I think my bum is going to feel it tomorrow. I came home looking like a wet rat and got shuffled into the shower immediately by Josh. Hopefully I don’t get sick, I am huddled under a blanket trying to ward off the chills right now, but still thankful for a good workout.


I haven’t done an update on my weight in quite some time. That is mostly because I have been in a plateau and haven’t wanted to do an update until I saw some real change. It has been really frustrating to be stuck bopping around at one weight for so long. It has really pushed me to make choices I am not proud of, seeing numbers I don’t like makes me think ‘what’s the point?’

However, I don’t only want weight loss. I want a healthy lifestyle and balance. Which means I am really trying to look beyond the number on the scale. I have stronger arms, stronger legs, my runs are easier, I feel lighter and move easier, I can do more burpees than I could a month ago. These are things that are not to be ignored, they are important. But even still, the number still matters and it still ways on my mind.

I am now 15 pounds lost. I can confidently say that even though the exact number hops up and down a bit. I am also three pounds lighter than the last time I did a weight loss update. This is not where I meant to be half way through September and its bothering me. But, you know what, its okay. Even if my weight moves down at a glacier pace it is still moving down. Plus I have managed to not give up my favourite treats and I do not feel deprived. Rather I am finding myself making more and more better choices, crackers instead of chips on a Saturday night, one cookie instead of the whole pan, turning down treats I didn’t think were that good, drinking tea instead of hot chocolate. Lets celebrate the little things and know that I am moving forward.

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a good weekend. Mine was pretty low key with some fun with family and friends mixed in. That’s exactly the way a weekend should be.

The weather this weekend was pure fall. It was actually pretty cold! Josh and I refuse to turn our heat on yet so we have been huddled under blankets all weekend. I broke out the winter clothes this weekend and put away some of my summer stuff. Its jackets and scarves from here on out I think. Hopefully we will at least get some good weather for our race this weekend!

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Holy freckles! I think I might need to change my foundation. The people who promised they would fade when I got ‘older’ lied, lied BIG time.

Remember the Pumpkin-Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies I made on Friday? Well they were a big hit at my cousin’s bridal shower! Everyone loved them and asked for the recipe. I am pretty impressed with myself. It isn’t often I get such praise for my baking efforts. The shower was a family shower so men were invited. Josh couldn’t go because he was working, so he was pretty happy when there were a few cookies left over after the shower. We defiantly finished them up on Saturday night.

pumpkin oat cookie

 

Sunday morning was all about the long run. Josh had to work early in the morning and left me to head to the Running Room on my own. We had 10k planned and I was really nervous to run it all by myself. I am a very slow runner and often lose sight of the rest of the group, 10k is a long time to run without your partner in crime. It was also super cold out and my stomach was doing flips. I was sure there was no way I could get through 10k without getting sick and was almost convinced not to go at all. I knew that if I missed that run I would regret it in an hour and would be mad at myself all day. I decided to give it a try.

I am so glad I got up and went out for my run. It was such a good run! We had a fairly hilly route and not my favourite one for scenery, but the weather was perfect! I might have been cold before my run but the crisp air was ideal for easy running. The sun was shining and everything went perfectly. Oh, well I did make a wrong turn and ended up running an extra .5k but other than that it was fine! I stuck with the group for the most part and felt great afterwards. I wish I could bottle that feeling and sell it!

After my run I booted it home in order to get cleaned up and deal with my mess of an apartment because my friend Jenn was visiting me from out of town. Jenn and I met when we worked together at a Provincial Park. We are both teachers and became pretty close friends quickly. Jenn lives about an hour away so we don’t see each other too often but make an effort to visit as much as possible.

Even though I was getting more tired and soar by the hour, after my run, I suggested we go for a walk and have a coffee at one of my favourite sports down town, The Silver Bean. Jenn hasn’t spent much time in my town before and I wanted to show her one of the prettiest spots in town. Of course I wore Keds with no socks and am regretting the blisters today but other than that it was a lovely walk.

cafe view

This is the view from the cafe patio. It was a cloudy and cool day and the picture doesn’t do it justice. This is an awesome spot on a summer night but a fall afternoon is also nice! We got hot drinks and cookies to warm us up and had a nice chat outside on the patio. I love visiting with my teacher friends. We understand what each other is going through and always end up laughing at things other people don’t get.

coffe date

Jenn ordered a hot chocolate while I got a London Fog. I was instantly jealous when I saw it. I haven’t had a hot chocolate in so long, they always seem so decadent and sugary. But now I am craving one like mad. If you are going to drink a hot chocolate I think it should be a fancy one from a cafe with chocolate drizzle on top.

After our walk Jenn and I flaked out and watched some girly movies on the Net-flicks. That was good because I think I could have fallen asleep at any time. Josh came home from work to find us snuggled under a blanket on the couch. Hey, that’s what  Sunday afternoons should be like right? After Jenn left we made an easy dinner and I quickly fell asleep on the couch. Josh had to wake me up and send me to bed.

I would say all-in-all a wonderful weekend! This week is going to be all about planning our race weekend and looking forward to some fun adventures in Toronto. I am very excited.

Question:

How was your weekend?

What was the best thing you did this weekend?

Pilates and Pumpkin Cookies

Hi friends!

I hope everyone is having a good Friday and excited for the weekend, I know I am. Today was an awesome day full of fun and some awesome pumpkin baking. Today we got some true fall weather. The sun was shining and there was a crispness in the air. Although I am still grieving the very short and cold summer we just had, I love the fall. It is my favourite season and I am very grateful to be able to enjoy it.

Perhaps I should have gotten up and taken advantage of the awesome weather to go for a run outside, but for some reason that didn’t occur to me until right now. I think that’s because I got it in my head that I wanted to hit up a step and Pilates class this morning. I haven’t been to a step class in years. I used to really like step aerobics. It has gone out of style in the fitness world though and I have moved on to other things.

I love Pilates but I haven’t had the chance to go to a class in three years. I don’t have a gym membership so I would have to find a class to sign up for that works in my schedule. I am also VERY picky when it comes to Pilates. I used to take a class a few years ago with an AMAZING instructor. Her classes always killed me and were so much fun. She had every move perfectly matched to the music and made the time go by super fast even when you bum felt like it was on fire. I really miss it, she doesn’t teach anymore and since then no Pilates class has lived up. Maybe I’m a snob? But common, if I’m paying for something I want to enjoy myself.

This morning’s classes kicked my butt. Seriously. I am so sore right now I am seriously considering a bubble bath. I work out, like all the time. I do tons of squats and bur-pees and tons of stuff. I run for an hour at a time and still go on with my day like no big deal. How can Pilates be so hard? Well it can. If you are not a regular Pilates doer, your first class kills. Apparently I am neglecting millions of tiny mean muscles all over my body that are retaliating on me right now. Its pretty awesome, I’m embracing the burn and using this feeling to remind myself to start searching for a new Pilates class. I think this needs to be in my regular routine.

After my workout adventures I got down to some serious business. Baking cookies. I have a wedding shower to attend tomorrow and was asked to bring a desert. Does anyone get super nervous when they have to attend a pot-luck? I do. Probably because it is a joke in my family that I can’t cook. Plus I never know what to make, I hate having to by tons of ingredients, and I usually forget about it until half an hour before the event and end up being the guest who brings something lame and store bought. Ugh. Not this time though! I will have something wonderful, tasty and homemade to contribute. I decided to bake these delicious pumpkin-oat chocolate chip cookies.  I had a pretty cute baking partner today.

finnick collage

Apparently Finnick loves baking. I swear he got a bit creepy by the end of the day. Every time I turned around he was staring at me. He also seems to love pumpkin. Actually both my cats are little mooches and I have too keep a close eye whenever I a baking. I have caught Marley sitting in the sink licking dirty dishes before. I swear we are not crazy cat people, we just have crazy cats. Finnick’s company did make the cookie adventure more fun. Making cookies is a lot of work. I think its the numerous batches. You end up baby-sitting the cookies all afternoon, setting timers scooping batter and all sorts of stuff. Good thing the cookies were worth it!

pumpkin oat chocolate chip cookies

They might not look like the pictures on Cooking Classy but I can honestly say they might be my new favourite cookie recipe. Or at least Josh’s new favourite cookie recipe. He loves pumpkin and instantly requested these every week for the rest of eternity after trying one. I think they are going to be a crowd pleaser!

They taste like fall and I think the best part was I succeeded in trying two then putting the rest away in their container and have no desire to binge of them at all. That’s awesome for me. I like to bake but know I can’t make goodies without eating them all. And making them to share always back fires because I usually eat too many to share them and then end up eating them all. Wow that sounds terrible. Let’s just say I have been trying to avoid baking in order to stay balanced and on track. not diving into these cookies is a big step and very promising.

Well I am off to that bubble bath, happy weekend!

Something Different

Today I was home from work again. This is starting to get a bit old. I am running out of things to keep me busy and I am starting to feel a bit bored. You can only sweep the floors and tidy a teeny tiny apartment so many time. In order to try and combat some of that boredom I decided to head over to my old gym and do an exercise class.

I am a big believer that you don’t need a gym membership to keep active. Gym memberships are a luxury in my world and not necessary. Instead I use workout DVDs, run outside and take advantage of some pay-as-you-go classes that are privately instructed. I did have a gym membership while I was in university but I found that it was a waste of money. I hardly ever used the gym except for exercise classes. They are my favourite part.

This morning I hit up a HIIT class. I have never done one of these before. This seems to be a new trend I haven’t quite caught on to yet. HIIT stands for high intensity interval training and is supposed to be a big cardio workout and burn lots of calories. All of these things sounded really good to me. We used light hand weights and did some mat work at the end.

All in all I wasn’t totally impressed. Of course every teacher is different and every class at every different studio is different. I wasn’t feeling this particular class. The class was challenging in some ways and I did work up quite a sweat but there were a few things that didn’t quite fit my style. The music the instructor used was a lot of 80’s dance music and it seemed to include too many slow songs for a high intensity class. While I don’t run with music I find the music in my exercise classes really important. When I take a class I want the music to fit with the movements and motivate me to keep going. This playlist seemed pretty slapped together. While I am glad I tried something different I don’t think I’ll be marking this class on my calendar.

After my workout I took my mom to run some errands, she feeling pretty sick, and we got some sushi for lunch. My mom LOVES sushi. It drives me crazy because its all she ever wants to eat when we go out. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the odd sushi lunch, but its not my favourite. Plus sushi is deceptively unhealthy and packs a huge calorie punch. Or at least all the sushi that tastes good does anyways. I try to keep my sushi selections small and make sure it fits into my eating plans for the day. Shrimp tempura roles really do rock my world though.

sushi

 

The rest of my day involved rescuing my cat from the great outdoors. He really is too curious for his own good. I looked away for one second and he was on our neighbors patio. I was quite the sight running up and down our back stairs trying to scoot him back inside. After the great cat rescuing things got pretty lazy around here. It was raining after all :) This is pretty much what the rest of my day is looking like, with perhaps a Starbucks trip in my future. Hopefully I will work tomorrow, if not I think a Pilates class sounds fun.

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Cauliflower Sheppard’s Pie

Tonight I was overcome by the desire to cook. Wow that’s a good feeling. And one that doesn’t come over me nearly enough. So of course I had to take advantage and whip something up for my guy and I to enjoy to lunch the next few days. I love big casseroles and crock pot meals that make tons of left overs. As I mentioned I don’t cook often and things that can last for a while and make my life easier are perfect.

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One of those days

So I had big plans for today. If I didn’t get a supply job I was going to exercise, eat right, do some meal planning and cooking and keep my organized streak going. Well that plan quickly got turned upside down and right now I am left feeling a bit lost.

Last night I found out I had an interview today for a long term position teaching. This is the first interview I have been offered for this type of job. This is a big deal! It means that there is hope that I will soon move away from the crazy unknown of supply work. It also meant that I have spent the last 18 hours cramming for a surprise interview. I have had lots of interviews. Part of me felt very prepared for this and the other part of me was ready to throw up. Lets just say things fell apart and fast.

I woke up this morning with a large feeling of dread looming over me. I didn’t want to have an interview. I didn’t want to get out of bed. It didn’t help that the interview was a 40 minute drive away, right smack in the middle of my day and totally wrecked the imaginary plans I had to go to Chapters with my mom and drink lattes. I also woke myself up at 4:00am and could not sleep for the life of me. I was wide awake. Of course my mother had jet leg and was very happy to text me at 4:00am. We woke up Josh with our texts. He was quite grumble about it considering his alarm was set for 4:30 for his morning shift at work. I suppose I will forgive him wink wink.

After Josh got up I followed him to the couch thinking I was up for the day. Waking up super early gives me headaches and usually makes me feel sick. I am an early bird but 4am is a bit much for even me. When people tell you to get at least 8 hours of sleep or your at risk for weight gain I always think to myself ‘YAY me I got this one’. Even when everything else I do in my life isn’t healthy I always get enough sleep. I did manage to fall asleep again. When seven rolled around I groaned and pulled myself out of bed.

I would like to say that I fit in a quick workout and ate a healthy breakfast. I wanted to do those things. I knew that eating well and moving would help me on my interview and make me feel good. There just didn’t seem to be time today. I went into our office and found papers and notes and an over whelming amount of stuff to study and think about. I chugged some water (hey that’s healthy right) and got to work. Of course I was quickly interrupted by my mother bringing me a very unhealthy breakfast. Gotta love moms :)

We chatted and ate breakfast. It was really nice to see her but the visit was cut short because of the cloud of doom that was my afternoon interview. I spent the rest of the morning alone in the office trying to cram some intelligent thoughts into my head in order to dazzle the interviewers. I also had to find something to wear. I swear my clothes grow legs and leave when they find out I want to wear them. I have lost so many items over the years. Where can a long sleeve lulu running top go? SERIOUSLY!? How is it possible to lose something like that? I think it is my special talent. So of course finding a decent outfit to match the tricky season and weather was especially difficult.

After a long session of hair and makeup I was off. The interview went okay. Not my best but there is always something that pops into your mind that you missed. I was kicking myself about a few points I should have added to a few of my answers on my drive home. Oh well there’s nothing to be done about it now. Live and learn. Instead I headed to my tutoring session and them over to have coffee with my parents.

I didn’t get the job, I didn’t eat well and I didn’t get a workout in. I spent the day stressed, the dishes are not done and my house is a mess. How did this all happen in one day? The worst part is, even though I know interview experience is valuable and other jobs will come, I can’t help but feel like I wasted my day. I could have been doing so many other things. And the day doesn’t seem to be worth the stress eating that took place. Not to mention the feeling of guilt that is now consuming me over breaking my resolve over something that now seems so silly.

I’m sorry for the rant that has taken place here. I think we all have one of those days where everything seems awful. I think I need to spend some time loving myself and do something healthy. Getting back on track and picking up the pieces is the best way to move on from a bad day and feel better. Perhaps some sit ups are in order. Oh and funny cat videos. Funny cat videos are oh so necessary tonight.

 

My Motivational Calendar

I know that everyone has a different way to motivate themselves and stay n track while they moose weight. I thought today I would share one of mine, my motivation calendar.  This is something that I have been meaning to do for a long time. I am not sure why it has taken me s long other than the fact that I think my calendar is pretty personal. I don`t share it with anyone. But my weight has been plateaued for a while now and my calendar has started to get the shaft. Maybe staring it here will inspire me to kick up my efforts and get back on track.

In the past I have made vision boards, put up quotes and pictures around my house and continue to use My Fitness Pal, to track my eating and exercise. The last few months I have tried something a bit different. My motivational calendar is a place I keep track of my good days, not so good days, my workouts, my weight and my measurements. I also include motivational thoughts and quotes that inspire me.

motivational calendar

When I make my calendar for the month I include my week`s planned workouts. I put on specific work outs like Boot Camp classes and the distances I plan on running that week. I also include general workouts like Home Strength workouts. This way, even if I am not sure what my workouts will be on certain days, I have still scheduled some type of workout. I also type in some motivational quotes on days splattered through the month. Everyday when I look at my calendar I read these to myself and take in the messages.

Some of my favorite quotes for my calendar:

`Strive for progress not perfection`

`You deserve to work harder for yourself`

`Quitting is not an option`

`Its going to take time and patience but I can do this`

`Don`t cheat yourself out of what you truly want`

I leave the calendar on my dresser and every night I put a sticker on that day if I have completed my goal for that day. I give myself a sticker if I have stayed within my calorie goal, made good choices through the day and completed the workouts I had planned for that day. I don`t count calories on Saturdays but I give myself a sticker even if I have gone over my calorie intake as long as I made some good choices and don`t feel like I have indulged too much. At the end of the week I take my weight and measurements and write them on the back of my calendar. That way I can see my progress easily in front of me.

Keeping these positive thoughts and my weight loss plan right in front of my keeps me feeling organized and motivated. Never under estimate the power of a sparkly butterfly sticker!

What are your motivational tricks and tips?