Saturday, June 15, 2013
I have not been very good with posting blogs lately - I just have a HUGE overload at work; as a matter of fact since Easter and my trip to Houston it has been a crazy schedule... I am hoping this will change, very soon.
This last month only -
I slept an average of 4 to 5 hours /night (many time only 4) ...
I could not follow up with my workout schedule
I ate healthy breakfast and lunch - but I was always in front of my computer or eating as I was rushing in between meetings...
I had a few episode of binging (the last one was really bad - and just one week before the championship - not wise!) ...
So today I am hitting RESET on the GOALS .
My first GOAL for the summer is - I need to eat the right stuff.
I like eating and trying all kinds of foods (good and bad!)
After my indulging tasty tour to Houston (Tx)
...where I was not counting (but I was tracking on the side! for an average daily cal range of 3000 calories - this is twice as much as what I need!), no need to say that it had a direct effect on the ! At some point I was 10 pounds heavier than my starting weigh in January!
But food was delicious... (and not so bad - the problem was quantity!)
We had lunch at Phoenicia Specialty Foods ... With two artisan bread-baking lines, the state-of-the-art facility features Phoenicia’s signature pita bread conveyors as it delivers piping fresh pita and rustic-style pizza to patrons. Talking fresh foods!
I love walking the market to look at the artisan breads, European pastries, boutique wines and beers, quality meats and cheeses, fresh seafood and meat, hot grille items, exotic produce and housewares (See more at: http://www.phoeniciafoods.com/about/#sthas
We tried many restaurants and bars... it would be too long to list them all - that is why I refer to my Texas short trip as a tasting tour!!!
This is one of my favorite dish creole fish:
I also really enjoy the gumbo soup in a bread bowl:
On my way back home, I made an attempt to pick something good at the airport: Hummus and pita bread... (I said it was an attempt! The portion was huge and I had a glass of wine with it! Gotta have fun too right!)
The final result was going from INDULGING to RESTRICTING!
And I could not keep up with my streak, feeling too much pressure (from me) I had episode of binging instead.
So now what?
Well - I will do what works for me.
TRACK to KEEP in RANGE : 6/week and the 7th day = Considering cal diff for the day (because it is my long run day so I am definitely burning and needing a lot more cal).
GIVE MYSELF some SLACK (pick the treats! in moderation!)
I can do this - I need to do this because it makes me feel better and more energized.
Sunday, June 02, 2013
I have to start this blog by a HUGE to the Go the DISTANCE TEAM!!!
You are moving and keeping me Motivated...
I like tracking my distance and since I started doing so in 2011, I am always surprised how far I went when I sit down to write this report!
I usually write a monthly report, but work as kept me so busy that I had to tackle priorities first and some of the things I like to do just got push to the right (as we say ....)
Here are my Go the DISTANCE Stats! :
- Last Report (15 March 2013): 290 km/180 miles total for the year
- As of 15 April (I posted on our Team Tracker!!!) : 485/300 miles total for the year
that was a good month, 195 km/120 miles !!!
I went back to following a running training plan (running and spinning) after recovering from my Winter race in Feb and I wanted to build my speed and strength for the Canadian Forces Running Championships coming end of May.
The weather being nicer, I was outside walking a lot more!
- As of 31 May 2013, my new total for 2013: 830km/519 miles!!!
That is 345 km/215 miles for that reporting period (45 days)!
I went back to check my stats same time last year (2012) and I am so happy with my progress!!!
Last year I was at 750km/466 miles as of 31 May 2012!
Last May, what I enjoyed the most of my GO the DISTANCE was:
- getting back on my bike on the weekend...
- going for "daily" walk... and I particularly enjoy the longer ones at the lake...
Here with my daughter Emma during her last visit (long weekend)...
- and completing two 10km races (report will follow soon...)
My goal for June is to ... no number, I just want to keep going...
Well, sorry (LOL) that is a lie!
I will be leading my team next weekend for the Relay for Life. We have been raising $ for the Canadian Cancer Society and the event will take place in my community on the 7 June. The take off is at 7Pm and we keep it moving for 12 hours up to the next morning at 7AM. I will be on the track with my daughter Maggie and I want to stay on my feet all night. I am very happy to do this; as I am a cancer survivor, it is my way to put $ in the "bank" to fight back against a sickness that affect so many.
So, my goal for this event is to individually cover 75km in 12 hours (jog/walk)... with very short break, I can do this!
Go GO go... GO the DISTANCE!
What is your goal for June?
Sunday, May 12, 2013
I did not have the time to do all the upkeep I wanted to do with Spark but it does not mean I am keeping my distance! I am just too busy and a tiny bit stress out because of work. As a matter of fact I spent a good 5 hours today working. Nevertheless, I will spend the last few minutes of my day to post this quick blog - My mother's day.
I started off with going for a short walk at the lake with my DH; during that time, my Maggie was preparing a nice breakfast for all of us.
She even made my coffee!
I did not go for my long run today - I had a extra long nap (2 hours!!!). I think I needed it.. . I am still sore and stiff and I don't want to do too much as my race for the championship is coming up in two weeks. On top of that, the weather was not in my favor - we had rain and snow (yes, ) ... so I will run tomorrow.
Later tonight, Emma called me... she wanted me to look at facebook because she posted some pictures... It made me smile and even brought a tear to my eyes!
Nice memories!!! Back 10 years ago...
It is moment like this that we want to remember!!!
Can't believe how much I change! Here with my mom (I whish I could have spend the day with her .... and my sister too...); my grand ma and grand pa (I miss them so much, they are my role models and my foundation! ...) - the last X-mas all together!
At Prince Edward Island. Back then, I was the tallest one!
Emma shares her cooking creation with me by sending comments on my recipes and pictures like this one!!!
And Maggie is getting ready for her next anime convention...
Two very different daughters ... but I celebrate Mother's day because of them!
Thank you... Love you both more than you think.... More than the infinite of the universe (That is what my little Maggie, as a 3yo used to say to me and we keet saying it ever since!)
Friday, May 03, 2013
Here is a quick recap of my visit to Houston in April... (yeah, I am late!). DH and I were there for a short visit, for me it was just some down time as Jeff was attending a conference. I needed the break!
We arrived downtown on Wednesday afternoon. We had a few stops to make, such as convention registration and grabbing a quick bite to eat. On our way to the convention center, we walk by the Golden Grill Truck!
We could not help but being tempted to try one of their specialty grilled cheese sandwich! We shared a Carnitas (roasted pork, apple jam, Monterey jack, pickles on sourdough)!
Yummi!!! (and now you understand why I decided that I was not really going to try to track or stress about trying to stay "in range"!)... It is a break and I wanted to enjoy it!
When we were done with the admin portion of the day, we decided that we would go to Saint Arnold Brewery for their guided tour and of course the beer tasting!
Guess which one I tried?
I go for the dark ones! I like the sweet and rich taste of it. I like the lighter one too... especially when it is very hot outside and I want a refreshing drink (with a fuzzy feeling!).
That evening, we had dinner at Guadalajara (a Mexican restaurant... Sorry I did not take picture of my meal like I usually do... but my review of my meal - a burrito with rice, black beans and guacamole - is, you gotta try it! It was great and not too pricy!).
My calorie count for the day (as for the rest of this trip... more blogs to come)
was way over but I really enjoyed it... (except for the felling when I was trying to go to , )
God bless me, I was just trying to do as Houstonian do and follow the Saint A philosophy - drink beer, it is safer than water!
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