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#MotivateMe Monday: Back in the Game

If you’re new here, #MotivateME Monday is a weekly link-up co-hosted by myself and Running Rachel for accountability and encouragement. It’s a place for us to share goals, plans, successes and have each other to pick us up to keep moving forward.

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day everyone!

Did you spoil your loved ones this Valentine’s Day?  I truthfully love Valentine’s Day because it gives my husband and I a good excuse to go out for dinner… sans kiddos 😀  This year hubby knocked my socks off.  While he was away on a business trip in Chicago, he called and reserved us a table at a fine dining restaurant in our town (Allison’s).  He surprised me and told me about it on Friday morning when he got back from his trip.  Best.husband.ever!

Our dinner was AH-mazing! I started with the beet salad with candied pecans, then had the lobster tail with filet mignon, steamed veggies and rice, followed by chocolate dipped strawberries with raspberries and blueberries – it was delicious and I definitely ate a rainbow of awesome veggies and fruit!


This is also our Family Day weekend in Ontario.  Today is a day off from school, work etc for us to spend with our families doing fun activities.  My oldest daughter’s hockey team rented the ice at the hockey arena for an hour and all the families got together and played some pick-up hockey.  The girls had a blast!  

As for myself, this past week saw me finally return to running!!!  I may never know what happened to my back or why I was in so much pain for a week.  I went to the Chiro on Tuesday and he wouldn’t treat me because the x-rays of my SI joint weren’t clear.  The x-rays of the rest of my back showed a scoliosis but he wouldn’t treat that without me getting more x-rays.  I’m supposed to go to my family Dr for them, but it seems pointless because I’m completely pain-free. 

Free yourself from all the negativity that's drowning you

I was feeling quite down because I thought that I couldn’t run or anything until I got more x-rays and started my treatments. By Thursday morning I was feeling better and I knew that a good workout would make me feel better so Thursday morning I packed up my running gear and brought it in to work with me.  I was hoping that my co-worker had her stuff too.  I ran 5.5k at lunch with her on Thursday, did my kettlebell workout on Friday morning with my co-worker (we carpooled to work together), cycled for 90 min on my own Saturday morning at home, and ran for 82 min on the dreadmill on Sunday.  After telling me to go to my family Dr for more x-rays the Chiro tried to sell me an extensive “wellness” package.  Since I haven’t even experienced a single treatment I declined the offer.  He made me prepay for my treatment on Tuesday, but didn’t treat me, so he said he would apply that payment to my next visit… I’ll be going in to ask for my money back.  There might very well be a muscle imbalance, but I sure don’t trust this guy and would rather find myself a different Chiro or Athletic Therapist etc.  I asked for strengthening exercises to do in the mean time and he wouldn’t give me any.  


90 min on the bike.

This week my workout plan is to run more and get back to lifting weights.  Hubby will go back to Chicago, but it’s an “easy” week for the kids sports – I only have to take them to activities one night!  

Monday: 60 min ride + kettlebells
Tuesday: 5.5k run at lunch
Wednesday: 60 min ride + kettlebells
Thursday: 5.5k run at lunch
Friday: 10k run
Saturday: 90 min ride
Sunday: 20k run

Meal planning…. Last week I was pretty good and stuck with most of our meal plans.  I had my green juice for breakfast every day and it really helped to kick-start the day.  This week I plan to continue that. Here’s our meal plan:

Monday: Whole wheat pasta with meat sauce. I’ll be sneaking in some veggies that I’ll puree in the blender (spinach, kale, carrots, celery and parsley).
Tuesday: Spanish rice in lettuce wraps.
WednesdayEasy skillet chicken parmesan (perhaps with spiralized zucchini wich I have recently learned is called zoodles).
ThursdayCheesy Chicken Quesadillas with spinach salad
Friday: Hubby is back home and we’ve been going out for a family dinner.
Saturday: ???

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Have an active and healthy week!

What’s on your fitness and meal plan for this week?
What did you do for Valentine’s Day?
Did you have a good weekend?


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  • linda @ thefitty
    February 16, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Is there an inlinkz linkup?

    • Janice
      February 16, 2015 at 9:48 am

      Oops! I forgot to paste the linkup code. Thanks for the reminder!

      • Linda @ the Fitty
        February 16, 2015 at 12:05 pm

        No worries! And gosh, I am so jealous of how active you are! Running 5.5k’s during your lunch like it’s no big deal…I gotta mentally prep myself for that kind of stuff–spontaneous physical activity doesnt happen with a schedule like mine(not to say that your workouts wasn’t planned).

        And wow, cycling for 90 minutes? Was this steady state cardio?

  • Stacy @ Sweating Tulipz
    February 16, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    So glad your back is feeling better! What a relief! I know a lot of chiro’s that want you to commit to a long term plan and I always get turned off by that! I would totally be getting my money back too girl! Glad you and your hubby had a night out and some kid-free time! Your dinner sounds amazing!

  • Kim
    February 16, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Glad you had such a nice dinner out with your husband – sweet of him to make plans even with all of his travel.

  • Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
    February 16, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Our valentines was low key but nice. Those strawberries look yummy. Trying to convince my hubby to see Fifty Shades.

  • Nicole @ Fitful Focus
    February 16, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Sorry about your shady doctor experience! I’m glad you didn’t fall into his trap and I’m glad you feeling better!

  • Kathryn @ Dancing to Running
    February 16, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Sounds like you had a great week of workouts! Hope this week goes just as well!

  • Lucie Palka
    February 16, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    I’m on the fence about chrio! I’d go for physio therapy first. I’m happy that you’re able to run again! When I suffered a back spams a few months ago, my Dr. recommended massages. It worked wonders for me!

  • Patty @ Reach Your Peak
    February 16, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Someone commented on my blog telling me about Family Day too…that sounds like a great holiday! I want that! 🙂
    I just started getting back into spin last week…I’m going to try to go once a week. We’ll see how it goes!

  • Kate @KateMovingForward
    February 16, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Wow, I would be getting my money back from the chiro too! That is so weird! Glad you are feeling better though! Your dinner sounded amazing–especially the chocolate covered berries–YUM!

  • katie
    February 16, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    We did have a great weekend and are ready for a crazy week. Love that you had a good v-day!

  • AJ @ NutriFitMama
    February 16, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    I plan on doing a lot of indoor workouts this week. It’s going to be absolutely freezing here!

  • Sandra Laflamme
    February 16, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Your Valentine’s dinner sounds yummy! Oh the SI joint, so pesky, I am having similar trouble and at this point am having much better luck with PT than the Chiro. Hopefully you can get everything under control as back stuff is no fun!

  • MCM Mama
    February 17, 2015 at 12:39 am

    That chiro sounds pretty sketchy. I hope you can get your money back.

    Glad your back is feeling better and I’m totally jealous of your meal.

    February 17, 2015 at 5:40 am

    a nine year old.
    and a goldendoodle we gave a MOHAWK TO.
    what else is there? 🙂

  • rachel
    February 17, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Great job this week! I love to hear that you are back in the game! 🙂

  • jill conyers
    February 17, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Love love the free yourself from negativity quote!

  • Stephanie (@FitMomTraining)
    February 17, 2015 at 10:42 am

    That sucks that a trained professional seemed more interested in your money than in actually treating you. Try searching for a chiro/physio with a background in functional movement. The one I saw diagnosed my imbalances, gave me 3 ridiculously simple strengthening exercises and I’ve been pain-free since. Simple but brilliant.

  • RFC
    February 17, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Yeah that chiro sounds sketchy. I hope you can get your money back! I spent Valentines day on the couch, as I was less than 24 hours post op. I slept a lot. It was actually pretty great, haha!

  • Carmy
    February 17, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Your week is CRAZY. I swear, there needs to be a post on how you fit it all in!

  • Katie@Run Wild in Alaska
    February 17, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    My Valentines Day was pretty low-key, just like normal. My birthday is the 18th, and it seems silly to celebrate with two special dinners in one week. So I prefer to emphasize the one that’s all about me. I mean, the one where the restaurants aren’t crowded. 😉 We just ordered in Thai food and watched a movie off Netflix. Very relaxing and we didn’t have to deal with a babysitter. We have one kid in hockey and one in cross country skiing on Saturdays, so we try to stay relaxed for the rest of the day!

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