#MotivateMe

Can I Still Call This a #MotivateMe Monday Post if it’s Thursday?

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 Monday Thursday everyone! The week has totally gotten away from me!  I am absolutely ecstatic because Spring has finally sprung! I love Spring! I love seeing the kids outside riding their bikes up and down the street, and taking the kids to the park after dinner. I noticed on Sunday while outside with the kids that my tulips and daffodils are starting to sprout in my “garden” and our grass is starting to become green again.

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(My “garden” is random things growing wildly planted by the previous owners).

Yesterday my youngest started skating lessons so she can play hockey starting in the Fall 2016 just like her sisters. She was so excited for it to FINALLY be her turn to learn to skate – she’s been so patient this winter going to the arena every weekend to cheer her sisters on.

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She had a lot of fun and took the falling well. I guess watching her sisters struggle to learn to skate really helped her to be mentally prepared for learning and all that comes with it.

Later that day we tried to get her bike ready to ride so she could ride with her sisters. Unfortunately her hand-me-down bike has seen better days. I had gotten the training wheels replaced once for our middle daughter because the oldest had worn them out. This year we found that the tires were completely worn out and the training wheels were as well. When we tried to blow up the back tire it popped. As her sisters were riding up and down the sidewalk with the other neighbourhood kids, Amber felt really left out. She had already tried swinging on the swings on the playset in the backyard, only to find that the big kids had broken the swings in half, and now her bike was broken too. Last year she chased her sisters on a tricycle but she’s now too big for it. Hubby decided that Amber had enough hand-me-down stuff, so while her sisters were busy with their friends, he took Amber out to buy her a new bike.

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She was so proud of her new bike! Pink and purple Tinkerbell bike made by Huffy with streamers, training wheels AND a flower basket to keep her Sophia the First doll or water bottle in. When she got home we put her helmet on and she took off riding it with barely a “Bye Mommy!”. I had already gone on a run that morning so I didn’t know what to do with my newfound free time. The kids were riding their bikes and Amber no longer needs me to follow along behind her to right her tricycle or prevent her from wandering in front of the big kids so I didn’t know what to do with myself. I guess this will be the year that I can finally get a handle on our overgrown garden (only I don’t know the first thing about gardening or maintaining a garden).

This week’s training went well. I’ve finally embraced strength training and found that I can sneak off to my bedroom in the evenings after the dinner and home reading rush without any of the kids needing me. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights I came up with a strength workout of my own: Alternating arm kettlebell swings, goblet squats, figure 8 step back lunges, bent over rows, push presses, and push ups.

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By Friday night I was bored of trying to come up with my own workouts so I signed up for DailyBurn. DailyBurn is a workout video streaming servicethat offers Yoga, Pilates, Boot camp, body weight tabata, cardio, and kettlebell workout videos etc on demand that you can stream on any device. I tried the IntelliBurn Complete Kettlebell Circuit workout after signing up. I liked the intensity of it, but like most workout videos I can see the instructional/introduction part of it to become annoying pretty quickly. I’ll have to just fast forward those parts in the future.

Running wise this week’s weather was kind of crappy. Tuesday morning my training buddies and I got together before work and did 3 x 1 mile speed repeats with half mile recovery jogs in between. With our warm up and cool down we ran 9.5 km. It was pouring rain Thursday morning so my training partners and I postponed our run to Friday morning. Unfortunately it was raining even harder and thundering Friday morning so we cancelled again. By Sunday morning Juliette and I were itching to run so we went over to the Dundas/403 Running Room and ran 14.5 hilly kms as part of the Terry Fox Marthon of Hope Celebration. 35 years ago Terry Fox began his marathon of hope. He started at the Eastern most point of Canada on April 12, 1980 and ran a marathon a day across Canada to raise money for Cancer – 12 miles in the morning and 14 miles in the afternoon. The Running Room was hosting a free group run to honor Terry and his accomplishments. Here is more about his story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyxNdSooAjk

For biking this week I went to spinning class for 30 min on Tuesday and Thursday on my lunch break. On Saturday I took my road bike in to the local bike shop to finally get my shifter repaired, to get a tune up and to schedule a fitting. I also need to buy shoes, clips and a helmet. I figured all of this would take a few weeks as the last time I was quoted for this service work the bike shop said it would take 3 weeks for the shifter to come in. I was very surprised when they told me they could have my bike ready for me this coming Saturday morning! I hope this means I can ride outside by Sunday *fingers crossed*!

Swimming was a bust this week. I should have dragged my butt out of bed Wednesday and Friday to swim but didn’t. I hate swimming and I’m having a hard time motivating myself to go, ugh!

Last week I shared that I want to drop a few pounds before Ironman 70.3, or at least stop the slow steady upward weight creep. This week I’m happy to report that I tracked most of my meals with MyFitnessPal and stayed close to my calorie limits. My biggest issue is snacking between meals, so I used food tracking to motivate me to make healthier snack choices. I’m usually pretty good with my meals but am not great with my snacks. I love muffins, cookies, chocolate, chips etc… I’m trying to replace those with things like celery and natural peanut butter, sugar snap peas, corrots, apples etc. I’m not sure if there was any progress from a weight perspective because my FitBit scale had my weight going all over the place through the week. I’m guessing it’s really too soon to tell.

This week’s plan:
Monday: Swim 1k Slept in + kettlebell strength workout Yoga
Tuesday: 2 x 1 mile repeats before work DONE + 30 min spinning at lunch DONE
Wednesday: Swim 1k DONE + kettlebell strength workout DONE
Thursday: 9-10k run before work + 30 min spinning at lunch
Friday: Swim 1k + kettlebell strength workout
Saturday: pick up the bike + 18k run
Sunday: Easy long ride on the bike with my friend Emma?

This week will be hard, with the next two as cut back/taper weeks for the Mississauga Half Marathon that I’ll be running thanks to my generous sponsor Burnbrae Farms on May 3rd – I can’t wait!

JOIN THE #MOTIVATEME LINK UP!

A weekly linkup on Mondays for you to share your weekly fitness plans and meal plans #MotivateMe http://www.fitnesscheerleader.com

THE RULES ARE VERY SIMPLE:

  1. Every Monday share your fitness, nutrition plan etc by linking them up.  All you will need is your post’s URL, and a photo you would like to attach.
  2. Posts that aren’t related will be deleted.
  3. In your post, please mention that you’re participating in #MotivateMe Monday link up, and link back to the hosts, Fitness Cheerleader at FitnessCheerleader.com, & Running Rachel at RunningRachel.com
  4. Read what the other linkers, are sharing.  Visit at least 2 other bloggers’ posts and share some support by commenting and engaging with each other.  The more you support, the more support you will get back.

Have an active and healthy week!


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  • CathyV
    April 16, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I love that your youngest daughter was able to get a new bike! So cute.

    I find it helps to pre-track my meals in MFP (and gauge in your mind what you plan to do for activity) to see what I have left for snacks. The snacks get me too! Lately I have been trying to make dinners that are slightly less calorie dense to leave me a bit of wiggle room for snacks.

    I can’t imagine making time for three sports! Way to go! Hope you bike is back and ready for Sunday.

  • Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    April 16, 2015 at 9:54 am

    I was wondering where you disappeared to! Sometimes life just gets too busy.

  • Annmarie
    April 16, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Your daughter is SUPER cute in her hockey gear! My 4 year old loves hockey and I am hoping to get her into a program sooner than later 🙂

  • Krysten
    April 16, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Awe she looks so proud on her new bike! I love it!!

  • Lucie Palka
    April 16, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Glad you are back! I love that your youngest is learning to skate! My husband can’t wait for our little guy to learn! He has him on the ice a few times just to get the feel of wearing skates, but he isn’t two yet so we are supporting him the whole time! I’m always buying chips as a snack at work! It’s a terrible habit! I should commit to healthier snack too!

  • Axel (from Iron Rogue)
    April 16, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Darn. I got about halfway through the post and thought I could get rid of a girl’s bike that we ended up with, but I totally get why Amber shouldn’t have hand-me-downs all the time. I hope to join next Monday’s linkup with some Half-Iron training of my own!

  • rachel
    April 16, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Way to get it all in this week! I can not believe how big A has gotten! So cute! 🙂

  • Carmy
    April 16, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Your youngest looks so adorably excited! I’m super happy to know that she’s excited to be active!

  • Nicole @ Fitful Focus
    April 16, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Your little one is adorable!! So great that you are encouraging them to be active at such a young age – and as for you, you did an awesome job this week! Keep it up!

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home
    April 16, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    I would for sure have trouble motivating myself to do a swimming workout. That’s what holds me back from a triathlon. I hate swimming. Except when I’m jumping out of the boat to the waterski…

  • Kim
    April 16, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Hooray for nicer weather and getting to spend time outside with the girls!!! Love that your youngest got a brand new bike so she could ride with her sisters!

  • Betsy
    April 16, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Awww that bike is so cute! My son and I have been spending a lot of time outside too. It’s been so nice to get out of the house!

  • Kathryn @ Dancing to Running
    April 16, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    I know several people who like Daily Burn. I hope you continue to enjoy the videos!

  • Marcia
    April 16, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    OMG could she be more excited? I think not! How great all of your daughters play hockey. Nice workout week!

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    April 16, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Your baby is freaking adorable.

  • Mar @ Mar on the Run
    April 16, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    aw, your kiddoes are so cute. Sounds like a great week of workouts!

  • Sam @ PancakeWarriors
    April 16, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Yes this was so motivating for me 🙂 Love that your little got a new bike, she is so cute!! I hope you continue to enjoy this nice weather – isn’t it fun to deal with random plantings from previous owners lol! We have chopped down so many trees lately!

  • Giselle Rochford
    April 17, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Look how happy she looks with the new bike! This week was all about studying and exams so fitness kind of took a backseat. Next week is shaping up to be epic tho 😀

  • Patty @ Reach Your Peak
    April 17, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Looks like a great week of training! Such a cute pic of your daughter in her skates.
    I am debating on dailyburn …had you ever heard of exerciseTV? I miss it! It was ondemand on TV and free…so many workout videos to choose from!

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