#MotivateMe Monday: Fitness is Better with Friends


Happy Monday everyone!

How are you? I hope you had a great week last week. Are your kids back in school? My kids have 1 more week until school starts. Our school board typically starts back the first Tuesday after Labour Day, so my kids are enjoying their very last week off. This week instead of camps they are spending their days with their best friends and we’re busy getting their back-to-school clothes and supplies.


Last week was a busy sports week for our household so the only time I had for my workouts was first thing in the morning. UGH! I have a love/hate relationship with 6 am workouts. Waking up for them is so hard, but once they’re done it feels great to enjoy the rest of the day with no more pressure to fit in a workout. Sometimes by 8 pm I’ve forgotten that I already worked out that day. I am honestly NOT a morning person at all as shown by what it takes to get me out of bed:


Thankfully I have two friends to workout with in the mornings. Juliette and Becky are awesome for making sure I haul myself out of bed to run or workout with them. In addition to running with them, we’ve begun to do strength workouts that we stream from DailyBurn on Juliette’s TV in her basement. Last week we woke up FIVE days in a row and either ran or worked out together! Aren’t workout buddies the best?!? I love those two ladies!


Here’s what my fitness looked like:

Monday: 6.5 k run before work
Tuesday: “Animal Core” workout from DailyBurn
Wednesday: 7.33k run before work (My legs felt really sluggish and heavy)
Thursday: Pilates Core + Stretching from DailyBurn
Friday: 7.67k run before work – legs felt great!
Saturday: Rest, but still hit 100% of activity goal according to Polar M400 thanks to housework, mowing the lawn and vacuuming the pool
Sunday: Kettlebell strength workout

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I feel like I owe you a MyFitnessPal update. I’ve been logging my meals fairly consistently over the past month with the exception of my vacation week. I was doing well with working off the extra pounds I put on training for Ironman 70.3 Muskoka until we went on vacation where I managed to put 3 out of the 5 lbs I lost back on. Last week was my first week back after the vacation and I lost 1 lb. Overall I have lost 3 of the 8lbs I put on while training, and according to my FitBit Aria Scale I am down 2.3% body fat. Truthfully I care more about the body fat percentage changes, but the pounds are easier to track and are less influenced by how hydrated I am, how much food is hiding in my intestines etc.

FitBit Aria Scale

I LOVE this scale! (Perhaps I owe ya a review of it?)
This weekend coming up is the triathlon relay that I’m doing with my friends Christine and Juliette. Christine is doing the swim, I’m cycling, and Juliette will do the run for us. Afterwards we’ll have a BBQ to celebrate. It seems appropriate to celebrate our race with wine given that our team name is Tri Now Wine Later (or something like that). I can’t wait!


Here is this week’s training schedule:

Monday: 45min ride on my indoor trainer (gonna have to take a cue from Cynthia at YouSignedUpForWhat?!? and hop on my trainer after the kids go to bed)
Tuesday: 7-8k run before work
Wednesday: DailyBurn bodyweight strength workout
Thursday: 7-8k run before work, 45min ride on my indoor trainer when the kids go to bed
Friday: DailyBurn stretching video
Saturday: Race day!! 30k bike
Sunday: Kettlebell strength workout

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Once this weekend’s triathlon is done I’ll be going full steam ahead with my half marathon training. Next up is the ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon where I’ll be representing Burnbrae Farms as an ambassador – I can’t wait!

Have a great week everyone!


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  • Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    August 31, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Great week of working out and I’m happy to hear you’re seeing some results from tracking your food.

    • Janice
      August 31, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks Jen! I think I’m eating more veggies as a result too – I even had chard tonight!

  • Ange @ Cowgirl Runs
    August 31, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Way to wake up early for training!
    I’m trying to train myself to get up earlier, sometimes it works…..sometimes it doesn’t.

    • Janice
      August 31, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      Kudos to you! If it weren’t for my buddies I would never get up on my own.

  • Lucie Palka
    August 31, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    You are lucky! I wish I had friends to workout with! I don’t seem to have friends in the area that have the same interest in running and workout out, except my husband, but one of us have to watch our toddler while the other one works out! I hope you have fun with the triathlon relay with your friends!
    Yes, a review about the FitBit scale would be great!

    • Janice
      August 31, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      For many years I didn’t have workout friends (or any friends at all around my house). Keep on persevering and perhaps the right buddy will come along. I met Juliette about 3 years ago through my kids.

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    September 1, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Hahahahah. Your alarms look lots like mine.
    I am not doing as hot with MyFitnessPal and find it isn’t really motivating me. I have got to get back into it.

  • Ken
    September 19, 2015 at 6:14 am

    What a wonderful blog! Thanks for sharing the detailed workout schedule with us. I am going to share it with my friends and hope it will help in keeping us fit.

    • Janice
      September 19, 2015 at 7:51 am

      Thanks Ken!