Finally Home and Ready to Find My Better #MotivateMe Monday

Happy Monday everyone!  Did you miss me?

As I shared a few weeks ago, the grey dreary weather had really gotten to me.  After seeing that post, my good friend Laura set up a surprise date night for hubby and I for our anniversary!  I was so happy!, Then last week hubby and I took the girls to Orlando (Lake Buena Vista area) for a fun week in the sun and water.  We visited Sea World, Busch Gardens, Aquatica (twice) and even took in a University of Central Florida softball game (Go UFC Knights!).  We had a blast!  We all really needed that family time after our super busy hockey season, so it was really nice to take advantage of our first week of no hockey in months.  Sierra did miss two softball practices, and Amber missed one swimming lesson, but compared to our usual sports filled weeks that was nothing.  


I would love to share a fitness recap with you from the trip, but in all honesty the only activity I did was walk, walk and walk some more at the theme parks.  According to my activity tracker I logged 15,000 – 20,000 steps everyday!  My feet would have been sore if it weren’t for the Skechers Gowalk Memory shoes that I picked out for myself from The Shoe Company the day before our trip.  These shoes made my feet feel like I was walking on soft pillows all day long!  They were a lifesaver! (And they look cute with almost any outfit).

Skechers GoWalk Memory Shoes

Between the girls hockey finals and our family vacation, the past two weeks have been an incredible whirl wind of family busy-ness.  Now that we’re back I’m so ready to begin focusing on MY FITNESS!  

I’ve really let my fitness goals slip to the wayside ever since the ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon.  Actually, I haven’t really had any fitness goals since then.  I’ve been running twice a week and doing a strength workout about once a week since then but I just haven’t had any real focus. I’ve discovered that I need a goal to motivate myself otherwise I eat everything and lack intensity in my exercising.  The scale has crept up a good 10 lbs since the fall.  Boo 🙁

I’ve never really wanted this blog to be about weight loss, but while I get myself back on track, I’m going to be using this place for me to stay accountable and honest.  Sometimes even I fall of the wagon and need a reality check to bring my weight back to a healthy place.  I’ve been trying to lose these 10 pounds without sharing that journey on social media, but it’s time for me to be transparent and honest with you. I want to share with you the healthy recipes I try, the meals I eat, the workouts I do, and my progress with the scale.  Blogging about my progress worked amazingly well back in 2010-2011 when I lost 28lbs of maternity weight, so I hope that it’ll work again.  As the saying goes, I’m aiming for progress, not perfection. 

Change takes time - keep on going, you WILL get there!

To help me with my spring fitness goals Sport Chek has graciously provided me with a new Fitbit Blaze Smart Watch with Connected GPS!  This will be instrumental in my progress as I work to find my better – I have always found that balancing my nutrition with my activity is the only way I can lose or maintain my weight.  When I stop logging my meals with MyFitnessPal, and logging my activity with a Fitbit, I begin to gain weight.  That is exactly what has happened to me since October.  

Fitbit Blaze - Heart rate and activity tracker smart watch with connected GPS

Today I’m enjoying my last day of vacation by cleaning out the fridge to make room for all the wonderful (healthy) groceries that I’ll stock up on tonight.  My food logging and activity tracking begins tomorrow!  

You can follow me on Fitbit here: https://www.fitbit.com/user/2TDBJC
and on Myfitnesspal here: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/profile/fitnesscheerleader2

For fitness, my plan for this week is:

Monday: Travel day – clean out the kitchen, buy groceries and meal prep for the week ahead.
Tuesday: 3 miles with Becky and Juliette before work + Dailyburn DBK4 workout kettlebell workout (I can’t wait to see if the Blaze’s heart rate tracking can help to calculate calories burned during a strength workout).
Wednesday: 6k lunch run at lunch + Dailyburn Yoga workout in the evening
Thursday: 3 miles before work
Friday: CXWORKX workout at lunch at GoodLife Fitness
Saturday: Hopefully a short solo run (in the daylight!!)
Sunday: Long run – 12k?

Have a great week everyone!  

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How did you spend your weekend?
What’s on your fitness and meal plans for this week?
Do you struggle with balancing your energy needs too?

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MotivateMe Monday - a weekly link up to share fitness tips, training recaps and meal plans

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  • Launna R Krivousov
    April 12, 2016 at 12:34 am

    I love your Fitbit… I am finally healthy enough to start exercising again… now I need to work on the stamina… I too need to be held accountable, I don’t like posting how much weight I lose but it really worked for me too… I’m going to become transparent too… it is the only way I can succeed… Good luck with all your goals xox

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