Saturday, June 09, 2012
Yesterday, I focused on the "pamper yourself" parts of the challenge so today I thought I'd share a few pics of my walk to Wal-Mart. I needed to make my 45 minutes (fell short, walked too fast) and I needed to pick up a few things for dinner so I thought I'd kill two birds. Roo and I set out around 3:00. It's mostly downhill and/or flat all the way there so I was making pretty good time. Less than 10 minutes in, she fell asleep. Which means I had no one to talk to. Which means I was now pretty bored. I'm SO not a good walker. Anyway, I made the 4-ish kms in about 33 minutes. Yay for downhill!! I'll definitely do that walk again although, for the height challenged (not afraid, just nervous), it's a little bit iffy. First I had to take a pedestrian overpass over one of our main roads and then I had to walk over Highway 2 (Deerfoot if you're from Calgary) on another stretch. FYI, the width of a sidewalk on an overpass is laughable. I rubbed the meridian TWICE with the jogging stroller. Here's a couple of views along the way:
I fully intended to walk back home, too but when I came out it was raining so I called Paul to rescue us. Next time, for sure.
Tonight's dinner was salmon, stir-fried kale & carrots with brown rice. I got the recipe on Spark and, for my BINGO, used it to score 3 squares. Here's the recipe, if you're feeling adventurous: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
Well, I'm off to do some yoga. I might also try this: youtu.be/2U9bVmVL7FY
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.
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?
(FULL ARTICLE CAN BE FOUND IN THE LINK AT THE BOTTOM)
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!
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!
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