100,000 or more SparkPoints
RUNNINGWILD's Recent Blog Entries

7 months and counting...

Thursday, June 07, 2012

It's been 7 months (and a bit) since Roo was born. I'm currently about 7 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. I'm pretty happy about that. It'd be nice to have it gone before I go back to work BUT I'm also pretty happy with how I look right now so it's all good.
Lately, this cold has left me feeling less than energetic. Fortunately, I know that it would have been worse had I not been in pretty good shape when it hit.
Speaking of pretty good shape, I have my first class at the MMA kickboxing bootcamp tonight. I'm rather excited. As a runner, I tend to neglect my upper body. I'm hoping this makes up for that. Well, that and the BodyPumping and BodyFlowing that I've been doing. emoticon

Got this in my email this morning & thought that I would share it.
Tips for a clear mind and more energy:
I wish I had more energy! What does that really mean and how can I get more?
Energy is a word with more than one meaning. Energy broadly means the capacity of something; a person, an animal or a physical system to do work, make something happen and create change. An example of energy is a person being able to run 5 km just after waking up. However for many of us, our morning begins with a trip to the kitchen counter to turn on the coffee maker.

The secret to getting more energy is to create it—here are some practical ways and techniques that help you gain more energy, with no crash or need to keep going back to refill your coffee cup.

These exercises will help you gain clarity of mind and focus on whatever it is that you are doing, with plenty of natural energy to achieve it.

1. Get and stay fit!
2. Eat for energy!
3. Breathe more consciously and exercise your breathing one to three minutes a day (on awakening, mid-day when your energy dips and at the end of your work day to clear your mind and recharge your body) .
4. Reduce your stress levels.
5. Choose to be energetic!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ONE*BUSY*MOM 6/10/2012 1:35AM

    Congrats on being so close to your pre-pregnancy weight! And at 7 months post-partum no less -- you should be proud. Roo is so delectable, I could just eat her!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DMANN104 6/8/2012 12:46AM

    Totally agree! Congrats on the weight loss!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHEILALOSES 6/7/2012 9:18PM

    Thanks for the article, Penny! Awesome! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROUNDTOWNMOM 6/7/2012 9:13PM

    What Kat said!!! Thanks for posting this!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JENNNY135 6/7/2012 5:01PM

    Kickboxing sounds like fun. Congrats on your last 7 lbs, that will melt away quickly. Love the race photo you look like you had a ball.

emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANDIRUNS 6/7/2012 3:53PM

    Kickboxing is awesome for your arms! Just don't be like me and throw your shoulder out with those punches. I take my punches a little too seriously - haha!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAT573 6/7/2012 3:20PM

    Loved this statement; it says it all!

?The secret to getting more energy is to create it"

And I would add to that list! how we use our minds and look at things has always opens up our vision to opportunities we ordinarily might nots see, blessings we else wise over look....

thanks for sharing, Penny and congrats on getting to your goal so quickly!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CASSIOEPIA 6/7/2012 2:48PM

    Enjoy that kickboxing class tonight! I'll bet it will be fun.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PKCTTS 6/7/2012 1:02PM

    Good article, thanks for posting it. And, you look great!

Report Inappropriate Comment
A-STRONGER-ME 6/7/2012 1:01PM

    Positive energy - you are awesome!!! Great work!!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Gotta love it when people speak the truth

Wednesday, June 06, 2012


This week we BUST another Healthy Lifestyle myth with our 5 STAR LIFE ON A 1 STAR BUDGET CHALLENGE!

Healthy food too expensive? Think again!

Tap water vs soda - want to guess which is both cheaper and better for you? Switching ONE can of soda to water every day would lead to over $500 a year in your pocket or over $2190 for a family of four. This money could be used to buy food that has some nutritional value!

Buy fruits and veggies on sale when in season. When they're not in season, frozen is picked and frozen during the season which preserves its nutrients.

Bring your lunch instead of hitting the fast food restaurants - you'll save in the long run AND feel better!

Make your designer coffee at home - it's cheaper and you have more control over the ingredients.

My weekend challenge is a BINGO style card that helps me make better nutrition and fitness decisions that won't break the bank. A very good thing for someone who is trying to save money for a trip back home to Halifax in July.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GAYEMC 6/8/2012 5:25PM

    I liked the last Bingo challenge, this one looks a little tougher, a mani/pedi every day? Heck, I'm lucky if I get one a year, lol! Have a great weekend!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LYNNANN43 6/7/2012 10:05PM

    Got my BINGO card printed too, Penny:D

Happy BINGOing!!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAT573 6/7/2012 3:10PM

    Not sure if it is still there but there have been sections on spark for saving money, threift, etc. Hope you meet your goals; I am very very familiar with this; it is at the core of how I live, actually! Keep on keeping on! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MGJARVI 6/7/2012 12:17PM

    Awww, thanks Penny :-)

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUNNINGWILD 6/7/2012 12:23AM

    To be fair, these were not my idea(s). I have to give credit to the Admins of BLC19. They're super awesome!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CASSIOEPIA 6/6/2012 9:40PM


Woohoo for tap water, my favorite drink!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MIAMIA7 6/6/2012 7:55PM

    Great suggestions Penny!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JENNNY135 6/6/2012 6:23PM

    Excellent blog! I totally agree, water over pop or juice. A lot of vegies are inexpensive and are good for you like: spinach, kale, swiss chard. Fruits are more tricky but if you buy in bulk they can be inexpensive. We hardly eat out, and its more healthy for you.

Bingo card is very creative. Have fun in Halifax.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHRISTINA791 6/6/2012 5:31PM

    I love the idea of a bingo card!

"It's too expensive" was always one of my favourite excuses. At the same time, I was eating out at least once a day, and half my 'groceries' were overpriced garbage from the corner store. What I like is with the money I'm saving on not eating out all the time, we can occasionally choose some higher priced healthy items. I'd rather spend five bucks on really good bakery bread than on McDonald's.

Report Inappropriate Comment

My weekend challenge

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Weekend Challenge - PLAN B

P - Pick your exercise. ST or cardio - or a combo. 5 pts. per 10 min. NO MAXIMUM!

L - Laugh! Lighten up and find the funny. Come on, we can all find something to laugh about! 20 pts/day

A - Avoid your trigger food! 20 pts/day

N - Nibble wisely. Record food 10 pts/day, stay in range 10 pts/day

B - Be accountable. Post at least once a day. 10 pts/day

Week 6 LCW: (Theme) Dance Party

Are you ready to PARTY?? You can earn points “dancing” for this week’s LCW!

D = Dance for 10 minutes (1 point for each 10 minutes)

A = Augment your 5 minute cardio workout by using weights (1 point for each 5 minutes)

N = Neutralize those trouble areas with 10 minutes of strength training (1 point for each 10

C = Complete 10 minutes of cardio (1 point for each 10 minutes)

E = Earn a bonus point for every 5 points

The team with the most points wins!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CASSIOEPIA 5/31/2012 9:11PM

    Now that sounds like a fun challenge!

Report Inappropriate Comment

BLC19 Challenges - Prepare cont'd

Monday, May 28, 2012

Friday's blog had my plan to "prepare" for the weekend. Here it is again for my record:

Week 5: Prepare - Technically, I don't have any social events or gatherings this weekend. I do, however, have a HM to run. The obstacle I'll face this weekend will be getting enough to eat so that I don't "bonk" during my race WITHOUT going outside my calorie range.

The result?
Well, I succeeded. In fact, I more than succeeded because, despite forgetting to eat my PB&J that I so carefully made and packed so that I would have it to eat an hour before I ran, I ran a better-than-expected race. READ: NO BONKING!!

The good news is, I set a goal to run in 2:22:30 (two minutes less than my last HM) and I ran it in 2:20:53

The bad news is, I ran 14.6 kms feeling like a hypocrite. As an instructor, I preach "fuel before you run" and all I had that morning was a banana and a coffee. I also had 3 Gu along the way. Having said that, I also preach "do what works for you." so I'm going to let myself off the hook.

After the race, a few of us went to Fatburger and I made up for lost calories. Totally not Spark-friendly but oh so good.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CHRISTINA791 5/30/2012 4:04PM

    I love that we both went for the post-run burger emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CARILOUIE 5/28/2012 9:11PM

    Last week I "fueled up" with two donuts and a cup of coffee. No water, no fruit, just donuts. Bleh...

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAT573 5/28/2012 8:47PM

    It sounds like YOU know what BALANCE is and have a realistic idea of how to compensate for changes, differences, etc. I admire that immensely. Keep on keeping ON emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BE-THE-CHANGE 5/28/2012 8:44PM

    Great time!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CASSIOEPIA 5/28/2012 7:52PM

    Always wondered what was in a "Fatburger" meal. There's a location in Prince Albert, and I've heard people talk about eating there. Word on the street is that it's very good!

Congratulations on the HM, and on blasting your goal time!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOEGIRL 5/28/2012 6:59PM

    Yippee on beating your time goal - what works for you is what matters. I'd love to run another HM JUST so I can eat a meal like that one. Wow!

Anyhoo, way to go!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JESUS.SAVED.ME 5/28/2012 6:42PM

    Awesome time Penny! I'm sure you burned enough calories that the Fatburger didn't do much damage. And even if it did, I have little doubt there's another HM soon.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANDIRUNS 5/28/2012 6:34PM

    Woohoo on beating your time!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment

BLC19 Challenges - so far, so good.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Week 5:

Week 4:

Week 3:

Week 2:

Week 1:

Week 5: Prepare - Tecnically, I don't have any social events or gatherings this weekend. I do, however, have a HM to run. The obstacle I'll face this weekend will be getting enough to eat so that I don't "bonk" during my race WITHOUT going outside my calorie range.


First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 Last Page