september goals….

Dear diary,

It’s September now – a new month, and thus new goals.  I’m of the opinion that if something is working for you, then don’t change it. If it isn’t working, then you need to make changes.

Last month I shared that my ultimate goal was to lose weight for my trip to Punta Cana next April.  I shared my plan for how I was going to work to accomplish that goal in this post. So far my plan is working.  I’m down 4 lbs and 2% body fat.  Making wise food choices is getting easier, and I’m excited about the progress I’m making, even the progress that no one else can see.

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progress that nobody else can see…

Allow yourself to be proud of yourself and all the progress you have made that nobody else can see.

Dear Diary,

I came across this quote the other day and it prompted me to take a hard look at my goals and what, if any, progress has been made towards those goals.

My goals that I set for August were set up to be easily measureable: run 4x/week, go to boot camp class 2x/week, drink less alcohol, log my meals, etc…  But to attain those goals I needed to make progress on the deeper stuff that no one else can see.  (I think this may be true for anyone who embarks on a weight loss journey, and perhaps this is the REAL reason why weight loss is so hard).

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blergh…

Dear Diary,

Today was an absolutely terrible day for eating. As a result, I feel gross and yucky. Like really gross. My stomach hurts and my head hurts. I did remain truthful and logged all of my food into myfitnesspal so I could see how many calories, nutrients and macros that I consumed.

Unfortunately today was not a unique day. Besides the last month, today was a day just like any other day over the past couple of years. When I reviewed my food log it quickly became apparent to me how I gained the weight and why I felt like shit. Lately I’ve felt so good, I never want to feel like I did today again. It’s almost like I needed to do this to myself to understand how much better I feel when I eat healthier. I’m really looking forward to eating well tomorrow and getting right back up on that horse this is the healthy journey that I want to continue on forever.

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a rare night to myself…

Dear Diary,

What would you do if you found yourself with a night completely to yourself?  No kids, no husband and no where you had to be?

I found myself in this situation last night and had no idea what to do with myself.  I ALWAYS have at least one kid with me either at sports or at home.  But last night I didn’t have to rush after work to pick up anyone or go anywhere because hubby was driving the kids to Ottawa so that the kids could spend a week with their grandparents.  Hubby is driving back today.

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finding my fitness mojo…

Dear Diary,

I am so very excited to report that I’ve FINALLY found something that has been lost for a LOOOONNG time… My fitness mojo! I shared with you a few weeks ago that my goal this month was to do two strength classes/week and to run 4 times/week for the whole month. Would you believe that thus far I’ve been meeting those goals?  Yippeee!!!

It feels really good to fill my Instagram with smiling, happy running pics:

Dropped Brooke off for her softball tournament then snuck off to explore Lake Ontario waterfront trail in Oakville. Brooke's team warmed up for their game & I got a shake out run for tomorrow's Iron Girl triathlon. #timemanagement #softballmom #runningmom

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getting fit for punta cana…

Dear Diary,

I am declaring today the official start day of getting in shape for my trip to Punta Cana.  This, dear diary, is the beautiful destination fuelling my motivation:

 

Isn’t it gorgeous?!?  I’ll be there at the end of April 2018 for my best friend’s wedding – I’m so excited!!!

I do NOT want to look back at this trip and only remember feeling bad about myself and my size.  Instead I want to look back and remember feeling confident and attractive.  I want to remember that I confidently participated in activities like beach volleyball, and dancing at the nightclub with the rest of the wedding group etc.  I want to know that I put in my very best effort possible in the weeks and months leading up to the trip to feel confident.

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august goals….

Dear Diary,

Today while I was out for a run I started thinking about where I am now with my running, both physically and mentally. As I mentioned in my “hello…” post, most runs lately have been a struggle for me physically, and therefore they leave me feeling down on myself and defeated instead of elated like running used to do for me in the past. I’ve been trying to readjust my expectations for my runs and breaking up my runs with scheduled walk breaks, as opposed to the unscheduled walk breaks I was taking before. Over the past year I’ve been stopping to walk in my runs because “OMG – I just can’t do this anymore” and “OMG – I’m so slow”.  I want to re-learn how to push myself to run through my self doubts.  This is the first time I’ve tried to make a running comeback that wasn’t due to pregnancy or a major injury, and wow, this sure is hard!

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well INK cold pressed lemonade…

Well INK Cold Pressed Lemonade

Dear Diary,

The other day I received a package of three new cold pressed lemonades from Well Canada to try. I was pretty excited because I've never tried cold pressed juices before, but have always wanted too.

From their press release:

What first started out as a small operation between two friends, has quickly turned WELL Canada into one of the largest growing cold pressed juice brands in the country, specialized in combining natural, raw ingredients to create superfood beverages unlike any other in the market.

The Well INK cold pressed lemonades come in three flavours, I'll list them in order of favourite to least favourite (though all are nutritious and delicious):

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hello…

Hi there new running diary!

I'm so excited to meet you and share with you all my innermost thoughts and training plans.  I have to warn you though, not everything I share here will be sunshine and roses. As with most everyone, I periodically suffer from depression - especially during the winter.

I've been running now for 17 years and have been through a lot. Running has helped me with many life changes and as I share my thoughts you will learn a lot about me and my life.  I'm looking forward to his being a therapeutic journey.

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