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Spring Fitness Goals and #MotivateMe Monday

Happy Monday everyone and welcome Spring!

It was an incredible weekend here in Southern Ontario (Canada), the weather was gorgeous… sunny and warm!  I took the kids to the park on Saturday morning with my best running friend and her kids.  It was so nice to see so many families out enjoying the weather together.  On Sunday my oldest daughter’s softball practice was moved outdoors due to a scheduling mix up and the girls loved finally being able to practice their skills together…OUTSIDE!!!

Last week I finally got my fitness act together and got back to working out with direction and intensity.  I logged my meals with myfitnesspal, and also met my step goal 5 out of 7 days. Monday afternoon is when I got my Fitbit Blaze from Sport Chek so I fell short of 10,000 logged steps that day, and came very close on Wednesday.  My 7 day step total was 82,389 steps!

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On Tuesday, Thursday and Friday I ran with my best running friends before work.  All three runs I was slow and frustrated with myself.  I feel like my heart is racing so fast just to run those a pace that’s 1 minute/km slower than what I was running last year.  I know that it will improve as I lose the extra weight and become more conditioned from running more often, but for now it feels awful.  Running used to feel light, fast and fun. I have to just stick with it to get back there – Rome wasn’t built in a day.

On Wednesday and Friday I missed the classes I wanted to get to at GoodLife Fitness due to work commitments, but instead of just eating at my desk and being frustrated that I missed the classes, I forced myself to go and do a workout on my own.   I’m not gonna lie, it took a TON of motivation to do that.  I thought about my fitness goals, and the fitness equipment I hate the most and did those.  I did a cardio/strength circuit that consisted of 5 minutes on the rower, then high weight/low reps (sets of 10 to failure) of the following: bicep curls, sumo squats, tricep extensions, deadlifts, bent over rows, step back lunges, chest press, plank, overhead shoulder presses.

I even managed to get in two great outdoor workouts this weekend.  On Saturday I propped my ipad up on a chair on the deck and did a DailyBurn Kettlebell workout:

Sport Chek sent me these awesome Under Armour capris that I wore during my workout to kick start my Spring fitness motivation, and I love them!  I’m not big into colour so I wouldn’t have chosen those capris for myself, but as you can see they look great for Spring!

On Sunday I snuck out for a 5k run that somehow got stretched out to a 6.1k run:

All in all it was a pretty good week despite the fact that the number on the scale didn’t budge.  I have to admit that I felt VERY frustrated by that and unfortunately Juliette got an earful about my frustrations during our run. 

My Spring Fitness Goals

It’s really no secret, this Spring I want to work to lose the 10 lbs that I’ve gained over the winter.  I have no racing goals so my focus will be on the scale.  To lose the weight I need to create a caloric deficit and workout with enough intensity to illicit change.  Change is hard – it’ll take me reaching that uncomfortable place that I only am willing to go to when I’m training for a race.  Mentally this is going to take A LOT of motivation –my MIND is as big a factor in this as anything else.  To lose the 10 lbs in as many weeks as it takes, I’m going to:

  • Log my meals with myfitnesspal and stay below my calorie goal – my friend at work and I have started a 6 week competition to see who can do that the most times over the next 42 days.  This means I’ll have to drink less alcohol and snack less (or snack smarter – fruits, veggies etc).
  • Use my Fitbit Blaze to motivate me to get in at least 10,000 steps/day – sync my fitbit activity with myfitnesspal
  • Run 4 times/week
  • Strength train 3 times/week

I’m really going to have to pay attention to the eating part.  I’ve conditioned myself to crave a lot of junk and to eat when I’m not really hungry.  For instance as soon as the kids go to bed I want to reward myself for making it through the day with food.

Truth

In keeping with my Spring Fitness Goals, here’s this week’s fitness plan:

For fitness, my plan for this week is:

Monday: 5k morning run with Juliette + Kettlebell workout after work.
Tuesday: Rest.
Wednesday: 6k morning run + Dailyburn Yoga workout
Thursday: Lunch strength workout at GoodLife Fitness
Friday: 6k morning run + workout at lunch at GoodLife Fitness
Saturday: Solo run in the morning, then my brother’s wedding!!
Sunday: Rest/recovery from the bro’s wedding 🙂

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?
What are your Spring fitness goals?

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  • Launna R Krivousov
    April 18, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    I too am working on getting back on track with my fitness goals, I have been tracking my food but I need to do both to see results… I am just starting back to walking more today… I will see how I fee at the end of the day xox

  • Kim Shaner
    April 18, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    I’m training to run a 5k. I’ve done them before, but never been able to run the entire thing. I did a 10k this month, but had to do walk intervals. So, my goal is to run an entire 5k this summer.

  • Erica Berman
    April 18, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    You don’t look like you have any pounds to lose! I treat lots of people who struggle with emotional eating or using food as a reward. I always recommend making sure they are eating in a way throughout the day that prevents them from feeling overly hungry, dissatisfied or deprived in the evening (which tends to be most people’s breaking point). Also, most of the time when people turn to food as reward, they aren’t hungry, they are actually tired, so I suggest when the urge to binge strikes, to go to bed. Most people are somewhat sleep deprived and that wreaks havoc on your hormones and triggers cravings.

  • Lucie Palka
    April 18, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Looks like you found your motivationg back! I love the blue UA shirt & Capries, look awesome for this season!

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    April 28, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Wow! You are doing awesome!! I found out about your link up through Deniz Aktolga from Ask Deniza! I look forward to linking up in the future!

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