23 01 2010

Happy Saturday!! Hope you’re all having a great day! It’s a sunny day here!

Chocolate update: I haven’t eaten a single piece of any kind of chocolate since Monday afternoon! 8) Booyah! It’s definitely gotten a lot easier as the days go by but I still miss it!

My day so far has been excellent! Had a lil sleepy sleep in and then I was off to Weight Watchers with my friend Jen and her mom who decided to join WW! Our plan was to hit WW then the gym! Since Jen used to work at Goodlife she knows a lot of the trainers there so her friend April agreed to meet us at the gym and show us some stuff.

It was awesome!!

We started with 20 mins of cardio since April was running a little behind. Then we started our circuits doing 2 leg exercises (squats & lunges), 2 arm exercises (push ups & assisted pull ups)  and 1 core/ab exercise (plank) followed by 5 mins of intense cardio. We repeated the circuit for a total of 3 rounds. It was a great workout!

I was really happy to finally get some use out of the weight machines. I have been going to the gym for over a year but have only ever either gone to a class or used a cardio machine.

I bought my gym pass through work so I got a very discounted price (I paid almost half the price I had been quoted as a reg member) but lately I had been struggling to decide whether or not I want to keep my membership. Paying through a corporate membership means you have to pay upfront for a year at a time and although the price is very nice (rhyme!!) it’s still a big commitment. I’ve flip flopped back and forth so many times about the membership. It’s cheap, there are many locations throughout the city, they offer classes, have lots of machines and decent facilities. But part of me wonders could I get the same sort of exercise on my own at home?

So, what would you do?  Is a gym membership worth it to you? Or, do you prefer working out at home/outside? I have another month or so to make up my mind!

Hope you all have a great weekend! I’m off for a little lie down to watch some 24 season 1!! 🙂


No chocolate for one week?

21 01 2010

Does the title scare you? It scares me, that’s for sure!!

It’s Thursday…which means it is almost Friday and it also means that I am done 4 Booty Camp sessions so far! 4 down, 12 to go!

WOW!! is what I say to the classes so far! My instructor Lauri is awesome! No hate towards my last instructor but her classes were a walk in the park compared to Lauri’s.  The classes are the kind where your whole body shakes, you keep glancing at the clock and you are drenched in sweat 25 mins in. I expect some great results by the end of the 8 weeks! As long as I can keep my eating habits in check…

Lauri is so invested in her class and she made us hand in food diaries with a typical weekday and a typical weekend. Now, I’m not gonna lie, I thought my food diary was going to rock her socks! Sadly, it did not. I got my sheet back last night and was almost embarassed. Lauri pointed out to me that I was probably eating too much sugar and not enough protein.  😳

I’ve always considered myself to be a chip-aholic. If there is a bowl of chips out at a party or an event you can bet I am going to grab a handful. But I’ve never even considered that I would be a sugar addict..until recently. While I have learned to limit and control my chip urges, by making them a special treat, I have not done anything to limit my sugar. I guess it’s because I’ll grab a piece of chocolate here and there or a handful of candy and not think twice about it.

So, when Lauri challenged us on Monday night to NO chcolate for a week including chocolate flavoured foods, my jaw almost hit the floor.  Ok I had a mini panic attack.. I mean, I had just been eating some dark chocolate right before I left for class.. 😯

But I am proud to say that I have not had a single bite of chocolate since Monday! Booyah!

Stay tuned for next week when not only do I have Booty Camp but I start the Running Room clinic next Thursday!

Thanks for reading!

(sidenote: I feel kinda bad that this post has no pics..I love looking at other blogger’s pics..so I will now show you some smilies I find funny 😈 😆 8) )

Posting fright…?

13 01 2010

Hey there!! Thanks in advance for reading!!

WOW it’s been.. 2? weeks since my original post! Sorry if you were waiting with bated breath I was sick all last week. How lame is that? Really though I took Tuesday, Wednesday aft and Thursday off work.  I thought I was pretty healthy but survey says not so much. It was just a really bad cold with a buttload of mucus and a sore throat. If any of you are sick or have been recently I send you 100 tissues.

Anyhoos.. that meant I didn’t get so much on the exercise train last week nor was I on the healthy eating boat. All is back to normal now and last night I had my first session with Booty Camp Fitness! I actually did a Booty Camp session in the fall, but only did 4 weeks, this time I’m doing the full 8! Last night was GREAT, I loooove my instructor Lauri and I am very sore/tight today!

Today, Lauri sent out a calendar of recommended exercises to do on days we don’t have a session, since BCF also supplies a DVD. Let me tell you, I will be working out a lot for the next few months! I really hope I can keep up… especially since I start a half-marathon clinic in 2 weeks!

So, that’s sort of my plan for the next 5 months. Here’s an example of what my Google Calendar is looking like so far.

Um, say whaaaaat? Is it just me or does it look like I pretty much have only a handful of days off?? Clearly, all of this exercise probably won’t happen. I will most likely do Booty Camp 2x a week, then I have the clinic Thursday nights and a practice run on Sundays and finally I might throw in a Booty Camp DVD workout on Friday or Saturday! Busy busy! But somewhat worth it if I want results, right??

Anyways I think that’s all I have to say about that for tonight! Like I said before I am not exactly sure what kind of direction I want this blog to go. I do know that my favourite blogs are funny, more pics, less words, heartwarming, hilarious, informative. Basically if you can laugh and make me cry in one post then you’re a winner!

I’m going to try and update my About page now because my blog stats say that page gets hit a lot…  hopefully it will be more pics less words!

Thanks for reading!!! xoxo

Hello world!

5 01 2010

What whaaaat??? Congratulations on stumbling upon my blog! Yeah, I know… another blog?? How many blogs are out there on the interweb? I’m guessing millions, and while I won’t guarantee that this blog will blow your mind or change any lives, I still think it’s a pretty special bébé.

2009 was my year to change and learn. I lost over 20lbs with the help of Weight Watchers, started running, moved home with the parents and continued in my career with the federal government. While 2009 was a great year in many ways, I know 2010 will be even better!! Not only is it a new year, it is also a new ‘age’ for me. My 25th birthday was just over a week ago!!

I haven’t written down any formal goals or resolutions but I know that in 2010 I want to:

  • run a half marathon
  • improve my 5k and 8k race times
  • maintain my weight loss while toning like a mofo
  • move outta my parents house and,
  • move up a level at work aka get a promotion

It may not look like much to you but it’s a lot to me. Running the Ottawa Half Marathon in May and moving out on my own are probably the most exciting and toughest challenges I will face this year. But I am ready for the challenge!!

In a nutshell that’s what this blog is all about. I am pretty lazy by nature so I plan on using this as a way to track and document it all over the next year. The content will vary.. I have a pretty good sense of humor so this won’t be serious all the time. I think as of right now my plan is to blog mostly my workouts, some of my eats and other various doo-dads.

If you have read this far 10 very GOLD stars for you!!! (that’s as close to gold as I can get…) Thanks for reading and check back soon for more fun!!!