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Motivation Monday: August 2, 2010

This is my Mamavation post for Monday, August 2, 2010.

Hey everyone!

How was your week? Are you still drinking your H2O, eating your fruits and veggies and being active every day?

This week was much better for me – I kicked my lingering cold to the curb, ate a ton of fruits and veggies (thanks to the pre-cut platters available at the grocery store), and followed my workout plan almost to a T! My runs were getting super duper hard which I totally was blaming on my pregnancy, but later in the week the temperatures cooled down (a bit) and I found it was easier to run. I have switched from doing a straight run to doing a 4 min run, 1 min walk interval. The 1 minute walks really make it more bearable. In summary, here’s what I did:

Monday: Kick boxing work out with my awesome trainer at lunch
Tuesday: 3K walk with hand weights around the park on my lunch
Wednesday: Boot Camp work out with my awesome trainer at lunch
Thursday: 5K walk/run around the park on my lunch (3 min run/2 min walk)
Friday: 5K walk/run around the park on my lunch (4min run/1 min walk)
Saturday: Rest day
Sunday: Rest day

I looked up my annual and monthly mileage totals on Dailymile.com and found that so far this pregnancy I’ve run 393 km – just 107 km to go to make it to 500 km!! To put that in perspective, in 2009 my annual total was only 280 km. No wonder I feel stronger, fitter and happier than I did last year!! I have 3 months of this pregnancy to go, so I’m setting a goal of making it to 500km: 45km in August, 40 km in September, and 25 km in October! (Instead of a baby pool based on birth date, sex etc… I should start a pool based on how many km I can complete before baby arrives ;) ).

Here’s my workout plans for the week (which will put me at 20 km for August – a great start towards my goal):

Monday: It’s a holiday weekend here, so I’m going to walk/run 5k around my neighbourhood.
Tuesday: 5K walk/run around the park on my lunch
Wednesday: Work out with my awesome trainer at lunch
Thursday: 5K walk/run around the park on my lunch
Friday: 5K walk/run around the park on my lunch
Saturday: Rest day
Sunday: Kick the family out of the house so I can spend 2-3 hours cleaning…

This week my mantra will be: “Just keep running, just keep running” (Shamelessly adapted from Dori of Finding Nemo).

Congrats to Rachel S (aka @rachelsteffen) on being Mamavation Sista of the Week!!

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Erica's Wish 5K

PS – I’m considering doing a 5 km “race” on August 15th called “Erica’s Wish” – do you think I should walk/run it? Hubby is a little concerned by my optimism…

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Fitness Tip of The Day: Replace your running shoes at least every 400-500 miles.

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Adventures In Nutrition

As you’re all well aware, I’ve been trying to eat healthier and to influence my family into making healthier food choices.  It hasn’t been an easy road because my husband just doesn’t naturally gravitate towards fruit, veggies, dairy etc… The more processed it is, the more likely he’ll crave it, buy it and bring it into our house to tempt me.  Burgers, hot dogs, fries, pizza… He doesn’t go out of his way to sabotage my efforts, in fact he’s being as supportive as he can given my lack of cooking skills.  He’s put on a brave face and tried everything – though I have caught him making a burger at 9 pm to fill himself up.
I have tried lots of things these past six weeks – some things were a big hit (ie: green beans sauteed in bacon fat) and some things were a big miss (ie: Tofu and veggie stirfry in a peanut sauce..).  This has lead to my new nick name:  “Captain Janice, guardian of good eating” and all of my cooking efforts have been nick named: “Adventures in nutirition”… (This may sound familiar to you because of the Playhouse Disney mini-show Captain Carlos).
My adventures have been fun and frustrating.  I’ve been trying some exotic meals but have found that all in all my kids actually like nutritious food and will eat it if presented as an option.  Sometimes they have even chosen it over junk!  When I really started paying attention I realized that they do eat pretty healthy – as long as it’s fruit or dairy abnd they prefer raw stuff over cooked veggies, so maybe I should just stop trying so hard?

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How Are Those New Year’s Resolutions Going?

Wow! January flew right past me! How about you?

This year I made a few resolutions so I’ve decided each month to go back and re-visit them. To re-cap, my resolutions were to:

  1. Learn how to cook
  2. Eat healthier
  3. Feel better about myself
  4. Train for a half-marathon
  5. Lose 16lbs (get back to my wedding weight)

So how am I doing with my goals?

  1. Learn how to cook
    I’ve definitely been trying and making a big effort in this department. This has been a rather expensive little goal because previously all of our meals came from packages, so I had no spices in the house with the exception of pepper, salt and cinnamon. Purchasing all the spices I need has been expensive, but it’s been worth it. I’ve made a few things that my family has loved: Banana bread, Low-Fat Turkey Chili, Tuna casserole, Beef stew, Beans & Bacon Saute (These recipes can all be found on my Fitness Cheerleader site) and I’ve made some stuff my family hated: Tufu & Veggie Stirfry in a Peanut Sauce (Peanut Butter FAIL), The Best Ever Mashed Potatoes (Parmesan Cheese FAIL). I also made a Quinoa & Black Bean Salad that I love and have been bringing for my lunches.
  2. Eat healthier
    This goes hand-in-hand with learning to cook. So far I’ve been successful with this. We’ve definitely eaten a lot less packaged foods, though there have been a few nights where my kids ended up eating a bowl of grapes and a peanut butter sandwich for dinner because the meal I tried to cook didn’t turn out very well. I’ve had a lot of healthy left overs for my lunches, and I even made healthier choices the few times I did eat out. Oh yeah! I almost forgot! I CUT OUT COFFEE!! I’m now drinking decaf green tea instead. I haven’t completely given up caffeine though – I do have one caffeinated green tea from Tim Horton’s each day. This is as much a social thing as a nutritional day because I walk over, and line up at Tim Horton’s every day with one of my co-workers. The nice part about this is that I now sleep WAY better! Yay!

  3. Feel better about myself
    This one has been really hard, though I’m starting to be more aware of my mood cycles and have picked out some triggers. Such as:

    • Sleep (or lack of it)
    • Too much caffeine
    • Processed foods
    • Not exercising
    • Missing hubby
  4. Thankfully most of these things I have control of. I can go to sleep earlier, minimize my caffeine intake, eat healthy (clean foods), exercise. I’ll keep working on these things over the year.

  5. Stop rushing around and plan ahead
    I did well with this for the first two weeks of the year but I’ve totally slacked off in this department. Brooke has been sleeping horribly (she’s transitioning to a big girl bed) so I’ve been “too tired” in the evenings to pack stuff up, then sleeping in because I’ve spent an hour or more listening to her whimper and try to fall back asleep each night. I’ve done a great job planning meals, grocery shopping and having food on hand. I really need to make more of an effort on the packing and preparing lunches ahead of time thing.
  6. Train for a half-marathon
    I’ve really done a great job over the past month sticking to my training plan. This week has been a bummer due to my calf injury, but I got my 10K in this weekend which was completely awesome!
  7. Lose 16lbs (get back to my wedding weight)
    I have no idea why being larger than I was 6 yrs ago bugs me so much. I have had two kids after all. But I know I can be fitter, leaner, stronger with more energy – the kind I had before kids. The training, sleeping, healthy eating and planning are all helping with this goal and so far I’m down 6lbs. Not bad for 5 weeks! At this rate I’ll be down to the weight by our 6 yr anniversary on April 6, 2010.

How are your resolutions going? Have you been sticking to them? Don’t worry if you haven’t – you can start over again any time. Every meal and every day is a new fresh start!

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