#MotivateMe Monday: Family, Fitness and Fun


Happy Monday everyone!

I hope you all had a great week and weekend. My week was absolutely fantastic and I feel like screaming:

“I’m baaaaaaack!!”

I ran a total of FOUR times in one week! For the past few months I’ve only been running twice a week and every run has gotten harder and harder. A week ago a light bulb turned on in my brain and I realised I need to run MORE to get better/easier, so that week I ran 3 times and this week 4 times.  Being back feels so good!

Monday I ran 6 solo kilometers before our Family Day parents vs kids hockey:


Tuesday morning I went for a 5.5 k run, but this time it was with Juliette and Becky (and still dark out):


On Wednesday I went to BodyPump at GoodLife Fitness and I was surprisingly able to lift as much as I was able to a year ago before I dropped BodyPump.  Slowly over the past 6 weeks of going to BodyPump I’ve gotten stronger and stronger… Yay!


Thursday morning I ran 5.5 k with Juliette before work.

On Friday I ditched work and tagged along on my daughter’s school ski trip, and so did Juliette and Becky!  The three of us spent the day skiing, while my daughter Sierra decided to use the lessons included with the trip to learn how to snowboard as I taught her how to ski last year.  Unfortunately she didn’t get the sticker she needed to go to the “big” hill, but I don’t think she was too disappointed because most of her friends didn’t get to leave the bunny hill either.  


Skiing with my daughter

On Saturday, after our day of hockey, we took the train in to Toronto for Sierra’s big night… Sierra won the Scotiabank Skater contest to skate on the ice with the Toronto Maple Leafs!!!  

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That’s my hockey girl! #tmltalk #scotiaskater #chanceofalifetime #goaliemom #girlshockey #liveactive #enjoylife

A photo posted by Janice Fitness Cheerleader (@fitnesscheerleader) on

This was a VERY exciting night for the girls because none of them have been to an NHL game ever before.  Can you imagine skating on the ice waving a flag in front of 20,000 people by yourself?!?  

Scotiabank Skater at the Toronto Maple Leafs game

She even insisted on wearing her goalie gear, which turned out to work to her advantage because James Reimer invited her to stand on the blue line beside him during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner and O’Canada.


img_2162On Sunday afternoon after the kids hockey games, I snuck out with Juliette to go for the longest run I’ve done this year… 15.2 k!!! On Friday on our way to the ski hill we decided that it would be fun to try to run there, so that’s what we did.


The run was ok for the first half, but on the way back it felt like we were running uphill the entire way…. I’ll have to just keep up with the weekend long runs to get over that feeling I guess.  All in all this was a fantastic week!

This week my fitness plan is:

Monday: BodyFlow Yoga at GoodLife Fitness
Tuesday: 4 mile run + core workout
Wednesday: BodyPump at GoodLife Fitness
Thursday: 4 mile run + core workout
Friday: CXWORX™ at GoodLife Fitness + Skating with the kids after work
Saturday: 45 min indoor trainer cycling + DailyBurn Yoga workout
Sunday: Long run

Have a great week everyone!

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  • Angela
    February 22, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    It sounds like a very exciting week! Thanks for hosting the link-up 🙂

  • Lucie Palka
    February 22, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    l saw the pictures of you daughter skating at the ACC on Facebook. What an amazing opportunity. You had to be proud. It’s so great that everything is caught on video these days. You girls are all so adorable! Looks like you had a great week!

  • Janelle @Wholly Healthy
    February 23, 2016 at 3:23 am

    How awesome for your daughter – definitely something she will remember!

  • Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    February 23, 2016 at 9:53 am

    What an amazing experience. I don’t think anyones first NHL game could ever live up to that story.

  • Tricia@MissSippipiddlin
    February 25, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Do you know I have never ever had the opportunity to see a hockey game period? I know right!! I need to change that! Congratulations to your daughter! Thank you Janice for linking up with Weekly Wrap as well!

    • Janice
      February 25, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Wow! Come & visit so I can rectify that! 🙂

  • HoHo Runs
    February 25, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    A school ski trip sounds wonderful. It’s been a couple of years now since I’ve been on the slopes (#southerngalproblems). How cool your daughter won the contest to skate on the ice at the Toronto Maple Leaf game. I love that she wore her goalie gear. I’ve never been to a NHL game (#southerngalproblems). Welcome back to more running. Were you only running twice a week because of injury or just taking a break? Thanks for linking with us Janice.

    • Janice
      February 25, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      Because I was strength training, yogaing, riding my indoor training and skating the other days of the week. It turns out running was hard because I gained 8lbs since October due to snacking on crap. On the plus side I lost 1.5% body fat so the exercise was effective, but not my eating 🙂

  • Safari @ Tri-ing To Run Boston
    March 2, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    I can so relate to running struggles!!! congrats on your comeback…I’m currently working on getting my runs back up to more than one a week. lol smh