If you’re new here, #MotivateME Monday is a weekly link-up co-hosted by myself and Running Rachel for accountability and encouragement. It’s a place for us to share goals, plans, successes and have each other to pick us up to keep moving forward.
Happy Monday everyone! Are you buried in a TON of snow like we are? Truthfully I kind of like it – we don’t get many snow days where we live because if we took a snow day every time we got a new dusting, we’d just stay home every single day. It takes A LOT of snow for our schools and businesses to close. Today, is one of those days so I’m at home with my kids and my neighbour’s kids.
Here’s a picture of our back deck – there’s a Little Tykes picnic table somewhere underneath all of that snow:
I guess my cross-training after I publish this post will be some shovelling 🙂 All of this fell while we were sleeping off of our SuperBowl snacks. My daughters and I went to our annual “Sportsing Bowl” party. The men go to one neighbour’s house, and the ladies and children go to another’s. The ladies wear jersey’s for any sport except football, and the only part of the game we really watch is half-time show. (Katy Perry was AMAZING!!! Love, love, love!). For the party I made spicy quinoa stuffed peppers:
(Recipe to come later this week).
Last week my training saw some ups and downs. I took a rest day on Monday, did well Tuesday to Friday, then had to rest on Saturday and Sunday. By Friday morning I had razorblades in my throat, but being stubborn I ran 10k before work with my best running friend, and did a core strength class at GoodLife Fitness on my lunch break. Saturday morning I couldn’t take it anymore and went to the walk-in clinic. Turns out I had Strep throat, so I got a prescription for some antibiotics and I spent all Saturday and most of Sunday resting in my bedroom. I know feel fine, yay!
Here’s a recap of my workouts from last week:
Lunch time weights at GoodLife Fitness, 30 min on the indoor trainer after the kids go to bed REST
Tuesday – 6k of hill repeats on my lunch break DONE
Wednesday – 1 hour ride on my trainer before work + 15 min of kettlebells after the kids go to bed DONE
8k 6k tempo run at lunch with my new co-worker DONE
Friday – 10 k run with the o’dark thirty crew + CX Works class at GoodLife Fitness DONE
22k run SICK
1.5 hour ride on my indoor trainer + 15 min of kettlebells SICK
This month is heart month so I’ve teamed up with Staples.ca to share with you some healthy heart tips and how I’m committing to #GetOutAndGo. As many of you know, I’ve been struggling to get enough steps in. Like many of you, I have a sedentary desk job so I totally understand how difficult it is to be active and to walk enough in a day. Unfortunately sitting has recently been identified as a contributor to heart disease, but taking 10,000 steps/day has been demonstrated to reduce the risk.
To help me reach my heart healthy goals, Staples.ca has challenged me to #GetOutAndGo. They sent me a Jawbone UP24 to track my activity and I will be using it to try to take 10,000 steps/day. At the beginning of January I set that as one of my 2015 goals, but I’ve found that I need to work MUCH harder to hit that many steps on my non-running days. I LOVE that the UP vibrates on my wrist every 45 min if I’ve been too sedentary – this is a great reminder to MOVE!
Here are a few tips to help get more steps in:
- Set a timer to alert you every hour to get up and walk around – walk to the washroom, walk the stairs to the top and down in your office building.
- Park as far as you can from your office.
- Take a walk on your lunch break
- Walk the stairs at home
- Get up early and go for a wwalk
- Take the kids for an evening walk after dinner, it will help them to concentrate better on their homework afterwards.
This is my training plan for this week:
Monday – 10,000 steps + Snow day – shovel our enormous driveway, play with the kids in the snow
Tuesday – 10,000 steps + 6k of hill repeats on my lunch break
Wednesday – 10,000 steps + 1 hour ride on my trainer before work + 15 min of kettlebells after the kids go to bed
Thursday – 10,000 steps + 8k tempo run at lunch with my new co-worker
Friday – 10,000 steps + 10 k run with the o’dark thirty crew + CX Works class at GoodLife Fitness
Saturday – 22k run
Sunday – 10,000 steps + 1.5 hour ride on my indoor trainer + 15 min of kettlebells
Hubby is away again this week, so this will be quite the challenge!
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- 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.
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Have an active and healthy week!
What’s your favourite way to #GetOutAndGo?