Motivation Monday: Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!

The girls designed their own pumpkins...

Today marks the beginning of a new mile in the marathon of life for me… I’m returning to work! My 1 yr maternity leave is over and as you read this on Monday (I’m writing this Sunday night) I’m in the process of trying to adjust to things like getting up early, packing lunches and my workout clothes, commuting and dropping THREE kids off at school and daycare. I’m kinda nervous about leaving Amber in daycare because I still haven’t weaned her – I guess she’s getting a crash course in daytime weaning…. Eeeek!

Amber digging into her 1st Birthday cupcake

Here are my plans for this week:

Nutrition/Fuel: I planned out our meals for the week and went grocery shopping on Saturday and also bought lots of fresh fruit n veggies for my work lunches. I pack things like cottage cheese, apples, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, hard-boiled eggs and my “bubble water” (carbonated water).

Fitness: For me this is actually easier when I work because the kids are taken care of at school and daycare so I can workout on my lunch break. That’s what I love about bringing a lunch, it not only is cheaper and has healthier food in it, but it also gives me more time to do things like go for a run or to the gym.

This week is the first week of training for my next half marathon, the Chilly Half in May. I registered for it the day after I ran the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon because I was disappointed I missed a sub-2 hour finish by a measly 30 seconds. In March I want to not only break 2 hours, but I want to CRCUSH it – perhaps finish in 1:55?

Monday: Spinning class at the gym with a few of my co-workers
Tuesday: 5k easy run at a 6:32/km pace
Wednesday: Rest – day off of work because it’s Amber’s 1st birthday (she has a Dr’s appointment for her 1 yr immunizations)
Thursday: 8k Tempo run (easy 1.5k warm up, 5k @ 5;33/km, easy 1.5k cool down)
Friday: 5k easy run at a 6:32/km pace
Saturday: 11k long run at a 6:32/km pace
Sunday: Rest – my in-laws are visiting for Amber’s first birthday

I’m also going to try and follow along with the Grunt Style 2 week challenge – I think I’ll have to try and find time in the evenings to do the workouts. I really want to improve my core strength & my posture.

All in all it’s going to be an exhausting week full of tough adjustments, but having this health and fitness plan will really help me to manage mentally, and truth be told, I LOVE my job and I can’t wait to be working again.

Question/Sharing: What was the hardest part of returning to work for you after you had a baby?


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  • Lena -
    October 31, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Love the pumpkin craft (never tried it myself though) – I am so used for to be at home – I get confused every time you talk about work
    XO, Girl

    • Janice
      October 31, 2011 at 11:40 pm

      Ha ha ha! Get used to it… I’m a working mom now too!

  • Shannon
    October 31, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Their pumpkins look so cute! Happy birthday to your little one! Hopefully, the adjustments are easy for you 🙂

    • Janice
      October 31, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks Shannon! Daycare tells me that Amber had a great day – yay!

  • April Ockerman
    October 31, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Hope your week goes well and all adjust easily to the new transition. Happy birthday to your sweet baby 🙂

    • Janice
      October 31, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      Thanks April!

  • Julie Boyer
    October 31, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Hope you had a great first day and a super halloween!

    • Janice
      October 31, 2011 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks Julie! Daycare tells me that Amber had a great day, and she was amazingly happy tonight and not clingy at all! Yay!

  • Emma
    October 31, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Hardest part of going back was definitely figuring out a schedule and routine that let me get everything necessary done. Things work so much better when I have a plan! Especially dinner. Lately I’ve started making the next day’s dinner in the evening, and it really makes life so much easier to get home and just have to toss something in the oven to reheat, rather than cook something from scratch.

    (Chilly here we come! Glad to have a goal to keep me running through the winter)

    • Janice
      October 31, 2011 at 10:31 pm

      Ohhh yeah!!! Chilly Half Marathon here we come!!!

  • Faby A
    November 6, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Great work out schedule. I hope you had a great week at work!

    • Janice
      November 7, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks Faby! Work was good but getting there & managing our home life was a challenge….


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