Progress, A new blog look and October goals


Happy Monday everyone!

First things first, you may have noticed that I’ve given my blog a brand new facelift!  (Which means if you’re reading this in a feed reader you’ll have to click over to see the new look).  I wanted a more modern look that showcases the recipes that I’ve spent hours creating, photographing and sharing. After debating between developing my own design, or customising an existing one, I decided to go with customising the Sprout & Spoon theme from SoloPine. Let me know what you think!

Sports-wise it was a nice and relaxed weekend in Salads 4 Lunch land, coupled by the fact that I messed up Amber’s hockey schedule, so  I found myself with a lot of “free” time at home.  While I probably should have spent it doing housework, I decided to use it to work on the blog. 

In addition to wanting a new look, I wanted to fix things that haven’t been working properly for years:

  • comments mysteriously stopped working two years ago, so I switched to facebook comments
  • my database became corrupt and random weird symbols showed up in old posts
  • my site was very slow to load
  • my database had become large and unstable
  • orphaned tables existed in my database from long forgotten plugins
  • my site was full of plugins that I had used as work arounds for various issues (ie: facebook comments)

With some time on my hands I decided that it was time, once and for all, to give the blog a new look and to jump into the back end and fix things. Admittedly I kind of cheated, I didn’t actually fix things, instead I started off fresh.  I installed a clean new copy of WordPress on my hosting, then imported all of my old posts, and copied over all of my images. 

September Progress

Last month I shared with you my fitness goals:

  1. Run more often – there are 4 weeks of September this year, so my goal is to go for 16 runs (4 runs/week). EDIT – at an average of 7km/run I’m aiming to run 115km or more this month. RAN 104KM
  2. Strength train – go to my boot camp class at lunch 7 times this month (2 classes/week). Went to 6 classes. 
  3. Less alcohol – resist the urge to have a beer in the evenings (unfortunately this might be the hardest goal to accomplish). Only had alcohol on Friday nights.
  4. Nutrition – more protein, less baked goods and log my meals with Myfitnesspal. Done

In order to reach my goals I ate A LOT of quick grab salads from Longos – sometimes twice a day!  While my calorie intake was low, so was my protein intake, next month I’ll have to work harder at making sure I get the protein my body needs to fuel my workouts.

READ:  2018 Goals and Plans

Bluecheese and Pear Steak Salad from Longos

Bluecheese and Pear Steak Salad

I lost 5lbs and 1.9% body fat (according to the Fitbit Aria scale)!

  I can see the changes in the mirror, and can definitely feel it when I run – running is MUCH easier!

October goals

Along with the new blog look, I’ve been thinking about my goals for this month, and going forward through the winter.  Now that the kids are older they demand less of my time and want to do things on their own, so I’m going to start setting some blogging goals  that go along with my fitness goals.  Since I’m eating healthier and doing more strength workouts I want to share my recipes and workouts more often.

October blog goals:

  • Share three new recipe posts
  • Share three new workout posts
  • Share three posts each week

October fitness goals

  • Up my running from four times/week to five times /week
  • I have eight bootcamp classes scheduled this month – I’ll go to those plus add in 1 more HIIT workout at home each week (that I’ll share in my workout posts)
  • Continue to log my meals with MyFitnessPal

Last week’s fitness:

Monday: Lunch bootcamp class
Tuesday: 7.37k morning run @6:16/km pace
Wednesday: Lunch bootcamp class (this class had a huge focus on CORE strength, ugh!), went for an hour walk with Amber while Brooke was at hockey practice


Thursday: 5.36k lunch run @6:03/km pace – did this workout as 1 km speed repeats


Friday: 8k morning run @6:51/km pace (was trying to chat with Becky while running, hadn’t quite recovered from Thursdays speed repeats)
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 2 hour hike with Amber

READ:  Peach Quinoa Salad + September Goals #MotivateMe Monday


This week’s fitness plan:

Monday: Morning Run + Lunch bootcamp class
Tuesday: 8k Morning run
Wednesday: Lunch bootcamp class
Thursday: 8k Morning run
Friday: 8k Morning run
Saturday: HIIT Workout
Sunday: 10k Trail Run?

Join the conversation - top

 How was your training last week? What are your goals for October?

Join the Conversation - bottom

Join the #MOTIVATEME link up!

MotivateMe Monday - a weekly fitness linky

The “rules” are simple:

1. Every Monday share your fitness, nutrition plan etc by linking them up. All you will need is your post’s URL, and a photo you would like to attach.

2. Posts that aren’t related will be deleted.

3.In your post, we would love it if you mentioned that you’re participating in #MotivateMe Monday link up, and link back to the hosts Salads 4 Lunch and Run Mommy Run.

4. Read what the other linkers are sharing, Visit at least 2 other bloggers’ posts and share some support by commenting and engaging with each other. The more you support, the more support you will get back.

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  • luciepalka
    October 1, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Yay! Love the new look! Great job on fixing all your problems. I’d love to pick you brains on blogging at some point (I think my issues are more strategic than technical). I also love your October goals. I’m struggling with blogging lately. I have a million of ideas for blog post, but 0 time or energy to execute. I want to do more food post as well, but they are time consuming. In a few months, however, I will have lots of time at home (looking forward to a year off) to work on all the food and workout posts!

    • Janice
      October 1, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks Lucie! I’ll be taking a bit of a different direction with the blog – sharing more personal stories, recipes and workouts, I’m glad to hear you like the layout!

  • Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner
    October 1, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Love the new clean look! Your beer is my chocolate 🙂

    • Janice
      October 1, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      Chocolate is VERY hard too 🤣

  • Ani Kay | Momma Bear Life
    October 2, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    I am new to your site, so I am not familiar with the ‘old’ version, but the new one looks great! I love the sleek modern design. Also, I love this link up! I’ll be linking up as much as I can, last week was the first one in two months that I gained weight. I am half way to my weight loss goal, and lost my way a bit. I also, didn’t post about my progress last week, which I know is related. I need to keep myself accountable! Thanks for hosting this, and I’m glad I found you!

    • Janice
      October 3, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      Hi Ani, That’s great that you’ve made so much progress towards your weight loss goal! I’m looking forward to you linking up next week so I can follow along with your journey, it motivates me too to know that others are facing the same obstacles.

  • carmyy
    October 2, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Woo! You went over 100K! Amazing!

    • Janice
      October 2, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      Two months in a row! Who am I?!?

  • Rachel
    October 2, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    The blog looks great — and it sounds like you were a busy bee behind the scenes! I admit, I loathe doing blog maintenance… it’s the least fun thing ever!

  • kookyrunner
    October 2, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Congrats on the new look for your blog – I love it!

  • agsignor
    October 2, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Congrats on your new site! It looks awesome. Also sounds like you got some killer workouts in!

  • Wendy
    October 2, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Your new blog looks fantastic! I’ve been fighting with Blogger for a while now and am considering making the move to WP. Tough call, though, since I have Blogger pretty well figured out.

  • Anna @ Pipers Run
    October 2, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Love the new look! I haven’t put down my October goals but I’m planning to use keep it simple.

  • Kimberly Hatting
    October 2, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    I can’t imagine all the work it took to update your blog…there are things I’d like to change/update about mine, but I’m such a tech idiot that I’m just doing the ignorance-is-bliss maneuver at the moment (and doing nothing) LOL

  • Marcia
    October 2, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    All the best with your October goals! I’ve been so consumed with the Berlin Marathon I haven’t even thought about goals for the rest of the year. It’ll be nice to relax and regroup a bit. The blog looks good!

  • Michelle @ Running with Attitude
    October 2, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    The new look is great! You did a great job with your September goals!

  • Coco
    October 2, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Love the new look! Back end blog work is so time consuming, which is why it’s often neglected. It’s great when it’s fixed though.

  • thefauxrunner
    October 2, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    The new look is great!
    At this point, my blog is just what I write. Once my training is done, I’ll have more time to devote.

  • The Accidental Marathoner
    October 3, 2017 at 8:28 am

    I love the look of your site! Very clean and professional looking. I’m excited to be following along!

  • RunningLovingLiving (@tonee78)
    October 3, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Love the new look and all your goals!! I am doing a Sober October. I want to see if cutting back on the alcohol will affect my training.

  • Kathryn @ Dancing to Running
    October 3, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I really like the new look. It is so stream lined and simple. Sometimes simplicity goes a long way.