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25 Days of Strength Advent Calendar #MotivateMe

Happy Monday everyone!  It’s time again for the #MotivateMe Monday linkup with Running Rachel and I where we share our progress, our meal plans and our training schedule.  We’d love it if you linked up at the end of this post too!

A weekly linkup on Mondays for you to share your weekly fitness plans and meal plans #MotivateMe http://www.fitnesscheerleader.com

This past week was pretty good for me.  I got in my trainining runs and most of my planned strength sessions.  I also got some answers regarding the cough I’ve been complaining about for the past several weeks.  It turns out my coughing fits are from “Reactionary Airway Dysfunction” aka RAD.  My husband has reassured me that he always thought I was dysfunctional and now we have confirmation.  I say that I’ve always been pretty RAD.  

Kidding aside, my early morning runs in the cold have been causing bronchospasm – coughing fits lasting for hours after a run.  I now have two puffers, one to treat the inflammation in my lungs, and the other is a bronialdilator for when I have an attack.  So far they’ve helped to get things under control.  I seriously had no idea how bad my coughing was until taking two puffs of the bronchialdilator could stop it in it’s tracks.

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I honestly thought that coughing fits for hours after a run were normal.  

My Doctor and I will be monitoring my progress over the next few weeks to see if further testing needs to be done etc., but for now I’m happy to say that things are WAY better! Yay!!

This week my training consisted of following the FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 DVD Box Set and continuing with my running and training for Around the Bay ( a 30k race at the end of March).  I ran three mornings this week: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with My best running friend, Juliette.  We’ve also added a new speedier running mom to our o’dark thirty club.  Becky is super speedy and doesn’t have to stop at every corner to catch her breath.  I suspect that Around the Bay in March will be a PB if we keep training with Becky.  Isn’t training with friends great?

This week I have something new for you.  Champion Canada and I have teamed up to bring you a three week challenge as we head into the holidays.  They have provided me with this super cute outfit to workout in as I challenge you to 25  24 strength moves between now and Christmas.  

I’ve put it together into a fitness advent calendar:

Most of these are body weight exercises that you can do anywhere,  Almost all of the exercise instructions can be found in this one great post on Greatist.  I did this on purpose to keep things simple.    You can either do three sets of as many of the day's exercise as you can, or build up the exercises into a kick butt circuit, ie: Day 1: Three sets of Tuck Jumps, Day 2: Three sets of Tuck Jumps and Pushups with Shoulder Taps, Day 3: Three sets of Tuck Jumps, Pushups with Shoulder Taps and Wall Sits.  However you choose to approach this is up to you.

Most of these are body weight exercises that you can do anywhere,  Almost all of the exercise instructions can be found in this one great post on Greatist.  I did this on purpose to keep things simple.  

You can either do three sets of as many of the day’s exercise as you can, or build up the exercises into a kick butt circuit, ie: Day 1: Three sets of Tuck Jumps, Day 2: Three sets of Tuck Jumps and Pushups with Shoulder Taps, Day 3: Three sets of Tuck Jumps, Pushups with Shoulder Taps and Wall Sits.  However you choose to approach this is up to you.  

I’ll personally be building this up into a kick butt circuit while wearing the super cut outfit from Champion Canada:

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 Here is this week’s training plan:

Monday:  Tabatas with a Twist FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout + swimming with my friend Laura
Tuesday: 2+2 Fierce Fighter Chick FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout + 6k early am run
Wednesday: TRX
Thursday: Dirty Thirty – Perfect Plyos FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout + 8k speed workout: 3 x1 mile @7:58/mile pace with 800m recovery jogs
Friday: Fab & Focused Buff Babes FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout
Saturday: 18k run
Sunday: TRX

 This week I’ll be posting my full review of the FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 DVD + I’ll also host a giveaway for it so keep an eye out for that.  

Rachel and I would love to read see your training recap and your training plan too, so join Rachel and I by joining the #MotivationMe linkup.  

The rules are very 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, please mention that you’re participating in #MotivateMe Monday link up, and link back to the hosts, Janice – Fitness Cheerleader at FitnessCheerleader.com, & Running Rachel at RunningRachel.com
  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.

Have an active and healthy week everyone!!


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  • Amanda - RunToThefinish
    December 1, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I like this idea because I’ll actually do some moves that I would normally leave out!! I need to bring back my abs calendar, that really motivated me to get that done!

  • Larisa Dixon (@0to26point2)
    December 1, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Looks like you had a great workout week. And I LOVE the pants, they look super comfy.

  • RFC
    December 1, 2014 at 11:25 am

    I’m so glad you got a diagnosis! I often cough after cold weather runs, but only for a few minutes. I’m printing out this advent calendar, and I’m bringing it to work (the gym) to share with other members. What a fun idea!

  • Kerri Olkjer
    December 1, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Yikes, hope you get the coughing under control! That’s rough. Hmm, I’ve never heard of those DVD’s…

  • Erica G
    December 1, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Oh I hope you find an answer to that coughing after your runs! It is funny how things that seem “normal” to us aren’t. My doctor recently told me nope, monthly outbreaks isn’t normal for the ongoing condition I am managing. How I wish I knew that over two years ago! Good luck!

  • Heather @ FITaspire
    December 1, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    What a fun way to mix up your workouts, especially if you’re not currently in a regular strength training routine!!

  • Elle
    December 1, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    That jacket is very cute. Love the colors. Love bodyweight workouts!

  • Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    December 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    A fitness advent calendar, what a brilliant idea! I will definitely be doing those to work off my daily chocolate 🙂

  • Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
    December 1, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    What a great workout already pinned & a fun take on the advent calendar. I love that purple pullover 🙂

  • MCM Mama
    December 1, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Yay for finding some help for your coughing! Hope it gets it completely under control.

    I love the outfit and I think I’ll try to do each exercise, but no way do I have that kind of circuit in me LOL.

  • Sandra Laflamme
    December 1, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Breathing troubles are no fun. I have an inhaler that I have to use when allergy season is at its peak. I think you are pretty RAD anyways though! This looks like a fun challenge. Hopefully once my back stops acting up I can join in!

  • rachel
    December 1, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Cute clothes. Great 25 day workout calendar. Great workout plan! 🙂

  • Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club
    December 2, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    That outfit is extremely cute on you. I really love the colors. Very vibrant.

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    December 2, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Cool way to do an advent calendar.

  • Jess@Flying Feet
    December 3, 2014 at 6:29 am

    I like the fitness advent calendar idea. I should probably be more diligent about working out but I’m strapped for time while working and running. That and I just love to run lol but working out will keep my body in balance overall. So maybe I’ll try to follow you with this calendar. Cute Champion gear!

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