#MotivateMe Monday: What I’m Thankful For


Happy Monday everyone!

Today is Thanksgiving here in Canada, so Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow Canadians! Yes, it’s weird that we celebrate Thanksgiving 6 weeks before our neighbours to the south. Perhaps it’s because our harvest comes sooner in the year because our first frost is sooner? Either way, our thanksgiving is technically today but we celebrated yesterday. Today we get to enjoy all of the amazing turkey leftovers 🙂 If you’re looking for something to make with your leftover turkey I’ve put together this great list for you: 6 awesome recipes for your leftover turkey.

I had an amazing Thanksgiving weekend with my family. We headed up to Ottawa to spend the weekend with my hubby’s family. It’s a 6 hour drive so we spend Thanksgiving with his family, and Christmas at home with my family.  Besides the most amazing meal I have ever eaten lovingly made for us by my mother-in-law, we went to the barn for some horseback riding with my nieces, watched the airplanes come in and land at the airport, and walked to the park three times to play.

 Danielle and Sammy

Coming in for a landing!

 I’ve been struggling with my running lately and feeling a bit down about it, but being with my family this weekend has really reminded me of what’s truly important.  

I’m thankful for:

  1. My health – it’s so easy to take this for granted, but as soon as I feel a cough or sore throat coming on I’m quickly reminded that the saying “health is wealth” is so very true.  
  2. My family – My husband, my kids, my parents, my in-laws, my brother etc.  I’m so thankful that I’m surrounded by such loving people.  
    My family
  3. Living in a free country.  I am truly blessed to live where I live.  We’re in the midst of a federal election and while some of the issues seem major, I realise that I am lucky to live where we get a vote.
READ:  Halloween, Training and #MotivateMe Monday Linkup

Fall in Canada

Everything else is gravy, these three things enable me to enjoy so many other things in life. 

This week my training went well and I’m now into the taper for Sunday’s half marathon, yay!!! No taper crazies for me this week, I was so ready for a rest!  

Last week’s training looked like this:

Monday: 40 min spinning class at lunch
Tuesday: 7k run with Juliette & Becky before work
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 8k run with Becky before work
Friday: Yoga 
Saturday: 10k run + Cosmic Yoga with the kids
Sunday: Dailyburn Tactical Bodyweight Training video

Despite feeling exhausted, I made it through the last week of hard training and did the single leg glute bridges every night.

This week my plan is:

Monday: 40 min on the indoor trainer
Tuesday: 7k run with Becky before work
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 8k run with Becky before work
Friday: Yoga 
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon!!

Last week I shared a visual of my training progress for the month, so here is the updated view:


This week’s move of the week is…..

Spiderman Push-Ups

Primary Muscle Groups

chest, Triceps

Secondary Muscle Groups:

Abs, Shoulders

  • Go into a standard push-up position, supporting your weight on your toes and hands. Your back is flat and your core is tight. Your hands should be directly beneath your shoulders.
  • Lower yourself into a push-up. Focus the tension in the chest.
  • As you descend, bring your right leg up and to the side. Try to touch the knee to the elbow. As you push yourself back up, return the leg to its original position. Repeat with the other side.
READ:  This Week's Training Recap #MotivateMe Monday

Enjoy the spiderman push-ups everyone, and have a great week!


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  • Lucie Palka
    October 12, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Hey, good luck on your 1/2 marathon next weekend. I hope you have as great weather for the event as we have had for this Thanksgiving day weekend. Like you, we had some great family time and lots of great food this weekend. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    • Janice
      October 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks Lucie, Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family too 🙂

  • Leah
    October 12, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    So inspired by the variety in your workout plans–and how you get the kids involved! Good luck at your half this weekend 🙂

    • Janice
      October 12, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks Leah!

  • Launna
    October 12, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Janice it’s not always easy to stay motivated… we just do the best we can, I think you are doing wonderful… I will be rooting for you in your half marathon on Sunday… Happy Thanksgiving today to you and your family xox ?

    • Janice
      October 12, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Thanks Launna, happy thanksgiving to you too! Did you get to have a special dinner?

      • Launna
        October 12, 2015 at 7:32 pm

        I had a nice quiet Thanksgiving with Valentina… it was very good 🙂

  • Lady Ozma
    October 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Wow, your exercise plans are always motivating, but those pictures of just enjoying the family time were motivating in a different way. Thanks for always choosing to inspire!

    • Janice
      October 12, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      Awwww thanks 🙂 Have a great week!

  • Beverley @ sweaty&fit
    October 13, 2015 at 10:52 am

    oo horseback riding! lucky you! Sounds like a great long weekend with lots to be thankful for 🙂

    • Janice
      October 13, 2015 at 11:12 am

      Thanks Beverly, I hope you had a great weekend too!

  • Cassi
    October 16, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Spiderman pushups are tough ones!