#MotivateMe Monday: Making Progress Slowly

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all are having a fabulous summer so far!

This year, up here in the great white north we’re lucky to have an extra long summer. The kids have been off for 4 weeks already and they have about 6.5 weeks left until they head back to school. School here usually ends the last week of June, then the kids go back the Tuesday following Labour Day (first Monday of September). This year because September starts on a Tuesday, Labour day is as late as it can possibly be so the kids get 10.5 weeks off of school instead of the usual 9 weeks. I know that many kids in the US head back to school earlier (mid-August?) so I’m wondering when do your kids return to school? With many of the US brands beginning their back-to-school campaigns, the back-to-school campaigns begin very early here in Canada. Here we are with 6.5 weeks until the kids go back to school and already it’s nearly impossible to find swimsuits, flip flops etc to replace the damaged ones because only fall back to school clothes can be found. It’s been so hot lately that I don’t even want to THINK about back-to-school, yet.  UGH!

Rant over…

This past week I started to get back into a training routine but wasn’t feeling quite recovered from the half ironman – every workout I did last week took longer to recover from than normal, boo! I did a strength workout on Monday that had me feeling very sore and tired until Wednesday. Then Wednesday I went to BodyPump, and on Thursday I went to spinning. Friday I felt exhausted from the two workout days in a row so I took a rest day. Saturday morning I very reluctantly ran 8.9 miles with my bestie. I had a hard time waking up but eventally pulled my arse outta bed at 6:15, threw some clothes on and headed out running through the neighbourhood to find my running buddy who had given up on me and already started running. We eventually found each other and got a very slow and hot longish run in. On Sunday I did nothing but lay around my pool with my two youngest while my husband took our oldest daughter to kick butt at a softball tournament (they won silver!).


I shared with you last week the structure of my marathon training plan, so this week my workout plan is to start following it:

Monday: Coach house league softball after work, then kettlebell strength workout before bed
Tuesday: 8k of Fartlek’s with Juliette at 6 am – run 2 min at 6:15/km pace, then 2 min at 30 sec/km faster (5:45/km). We’re going to ease into the hardcore speedwork to prevent injuries.
Wednesday: 6k easy before work, BodyPump at GoodLife Fitness at lunch, coach house league softball after work
Thursday: Hill repeats (3?) + lunch spin class
Friday: DailyBurn Yoga workout
Saturday: 18k long run
Sunday: Rest & cheer on my daughter at another softball tournament.

This past week I logged my meals with MyFitnessPal in an effort to identify opportunities to eat healthier. I hate logging and admitting to the junk food I eat so it really helped me to make better choices. For instance, before I bought anything junky to eat (hello morning muffins!), I logged it into MFP to see what kind of impact it would have on my macros and calories…. All week I ended up choosing to eat an apple instead of the muffin. That little change + some other food swaps helped me to lose 1.2 lbs this week, yay!

This week I’ll continue with the food logging and food swaps. Another change I’m making is reducing how often I step on the scale… I find that I’m much more successful when I weigh myself weekly instead of twice daily, go figure! If you want to follow my progress you can find me at: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/profile/fitnesscheerleader2, I will follow you back.  

Anyways, it’s bedtime for me ’cause I NEED to get up early tomorrow (and not sleep in) to run with my bestie.  Have a fantastic week everyone!!

Question: When do your kids go back to school?

This post is being written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program.


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  • Elle
    July 28, 2015 at 12:03 am

    I think it’s still pretty impressive that you were able to wake up at 6:15 to go for your run! It’s definitely an accomplishment and probably something I wouldn’t be able to do!

    I’m also the same with logging meals. I hate the feeling of logging a day where I didn’t eat very well.

  • Jess@ Flying Feet
    July 28, 2015 at 6:25 am

    The kiddo goes back late August! 4 weeks left…I think we are ready?! I feel your training pains. I started marathon training last week and for some reason it feels like it takes longer to recover. There’s that and it’s 100% humid every day here in western NC lately! I’m SO ready for fall. Looks like you have a great week lined up. Congrats to your kid’s silver!! Those memories are priceless. 🙂

  • Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    July 28, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Definitely reduce the amount of times you weigh yourself! The scale can drive you absolutely crazy and it fluctuates so much throughout the day.
    My Fitness Pal can be a reall great tool for accountability, I’m thinking of writing a post about that soon!

  • Axel (from Iron Rogue)
    July 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I simply don’t get Canadian retail. We’ve had a similar dilemma when winter boots wear out or gloves get lost in winter; you go to the stores to buy new ones and what are they selling? Swimwear!

    • Janice
      July 28, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      Yes! We had that same issue this past winter.

  • Ange @ Cowgirl Runs
    July 28, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Once or twice a year I’ll decide to track what I eat in MFP just to make sure I’m not eating too much or too little (I struggle with too little during the day). With a big weight gain over the past year, I’m working on getting it off, ever so slowly.

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    July 28, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Can I rant with you that I am not ready for back to school. NOT READY!!!!

    • Janice
      July 28, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      When do you go back?


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