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Sweating Away the Stress #MotivateMe


So here we are with less than two weeks to go until Christmas…  I am beyond stressed out.  While I big puffy heart the week off between Christmas and New Year’s to spend with my family, the preparations for Christmas day stresses me right out!  I want to get everyone the perfect thoughtful gift, wrap the gifts perfectly and bake the perfect holiday treats….

Stressed Cat

This past week was so busy! I totally over planned  my fitness given my family obligations which caused me even more stress because I missed workouts.  That said, the few workouts I did fit in really helped to alleviate my stress.


Planning my fitness is funny like that – it part stresses me out, but part keeps me on track and relaxes me – especially at this time of the year when the demands for my time are so high.  

Here’s how the week went down:

Monday – I planned a strength workout and the 25 Days of strength squats. I did the squats, but not the rest of my strength workout because I ended up sleeping in (perhaps that was related to hubby’s surprise party the night before?).  I was mentally and physically burnt out.

Tuesday – Side planks (25 days of strength),  Speed work – three o’dark thirty 1 mile repeats.  DONE!  Tuesday night I played MasterChef with my friends – we brought surprise ingredients to Julie’s house and she cooked an amazing meal for us with our random ingredients (ie: cranberries, chicken and after 8’s for an appetizer etc…).  Our theme was Christmas.  My friend Julie (aka the Fluudbloggler) is an AMAZING cook!


Wednesday – My plan was to get up early and run… I was a bit “tired” from Tuesday’s MasterChef night so I slept in.  That night my daughter’s were performing in their school Christmas concert. Watching them perform  is my FAVOURITE part of the holidays.  The school was celebrating their 40th Anniversary so the kids performed songs from the past 4 decades.  Sierra sang “Forever Young”, Amber sang “Dynamite” (2010’s) and Brooke sang two songs: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “Stand by Me”. I only managed to do the Diamond Pushups from the 25 Days of Strength.

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Thursday – The O’dark thirty crew woke up to a fresh dusting of snow (2 cm).  We ran 8.5km slowly through it and had a great time together! 


 It continued to snow throughout the rest of the day and by the evening we had close to a foot of snow.

Friday – Planned to do a strength workout after work, but my in-laws surprised us by coming down from Ottawa a day early to visit us.

Saturday – Busy busy busy day. My in-laws were visiting for our Christmas, and my daughters had three hockey practices amongst them.  I wanted to run but instead I spent the day with the family. I also picked up a few gifts, and all of the ingredients for the craft/teacher’s gifts we were going to make on Sunday.  The kids were absolutely spoiled by my in-laws and my sister in-law:


Sunday – Sierra had a 6:15 am hockey game, and Brooke had a 12:15 pm hockey game. In between the games we had a nice breakfast with my in-laws. After Brooke’s game the girls and I made their teacher’s Christmas gifts:


Then I went out for a 10k run, and spent a quiet evening with the girls (and a very very tired hockey coach aka – the hubby). 


This week’s fitness plan:

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.

Continue on with the 25 days of strength challenge PLUS:

Monday: Strength – I’m moving into the base building phase of my training.  Russian Twists, chest press, step back lunges, shoulder press, kettlebell hip thrusts, seated rows, calf raises, lat pull downs and dead lifts. 

Tuesday: Speed work – 5k Tempo?

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Wednesday: Easy 8k at o’dark thirty

Thursday: Strength – Squats, chest press, step back lunges, shoulder press, kettlebell hip thrusts, seated rows, calf raises, lat pull downs and dead lifts. 

Friday: Core strength workout

Saturday: 20k run.  I may need to move the 20k run to Sunday due to hockey and family obligations. 

Sunday: Rest or 20k?  This will most likely be when I can fit the 20k run in.

Now it’s your turn!

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

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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  • Jess@Flying Feet in Faith
    December 15, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I’m really impressed you were able to fit ANY fitness in with your busy life!! My in-laws have a way of surprising us days early lol sounds like you’re balancing everything nicely. We haven’t had any snow yet here in nc. Still sunny most days. And that stressed cat pic…lol

  • Kerri Olkjer
    December 15, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Consistency has always been my struggle. Planning really helps me with that! Looks like you’re kicking butt. Holidays are tough.

  • rachel
    December 15, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Hugs. Yes, this can be such a stressful time of year. My fitness and nutrition plan is on the blog… basically I am trying to be flexible while making sure that my key runs will happen. 🙂

  • de
    December 15, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    What adorable teacher gifts! I always have a hard time knowing what to get them. Loving your calendar of fitness too.

  • Stephanie
    December 15, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    You really had a busy week. It’s great that you still got your workouts in. I love the Master Chef idea! That would be a fun girls night!

  • Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC
    December 15, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    It really is such a busy time of year but I try hard to take time out for what matters. I also like to combine celebrating the holidays – like running the National Mall to see the trees – holiday fun and fitness for the win!

  • Launna
    December 15, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    I have been coasting along with excuses lately and it has been bugging me… I have to decide to do it… I like your idea of planning out the week and doing what you can… I need to start thinking like that instead of trying to fit it in… I loved being in the zone, it felt so great 😉

  • jill conyers
    December 16, 2014 at 6:51 am

    I love odark thirty runs! I NEED to finish the teachers’ gifts. Such a long to do list 🙂

  • RFC
    December 16, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Great job squeezing in fitness this week Janice! I love the cat memes 😉 I refuse refuse refuse to let myself get stressed out this time of year…way easier said than done!

  • Elle
    December 16, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Yes, this time of year can be very stressful if we over-schedule and feel pressure to make everything perfect. I am doing a 21 Day Re-Boot Bootcamp and have been following a much reduced workout schedule, but it is one I am able to keep up with so feel sucessful. Good luck to you with your week!