Monday, August 30, 2010

Living the Mantra - Goals

"Write down your short and long-term GOALS four times a year. Two personal, two business and two health goals for the next 1, 5 and 10 years. Goal setting triggers your subconscious computer."

1 year personal goals
-be in control of our finances
-stop second guessing myself

1 year business goals
-focus on learning and growing in my new upcoming position
-organize the business books

1 year health goals
-be under 200 lbs
-complete a half marathon

5 year personal goals
-start a family
-buy a house

5 year business goals
-go back to school to obtain a business degree
-be satisfied with my career progress

5 year health goals
-be in total control of my body/health and at a healthy body weight
-run a full marathon

10 year personal goals
-to be a confident and strong person
-travel to Europe

10 year business goals
-in a management position
-completed my degree

10 year health goals
-maintain a healthy body weight and clean eating principles
-continue to work out 4 times per week

Well this was a lot harder than I thought it would be!! Thinking 10 years ahead is hard - who knows where I will be then there are so many variables to consider. For now I can only focus on the present and continue on this journey. Clean Eating, lots of water, exercising 5-6 days per week.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Living the Mantra

So I haven't been so good with writing as much as I have been. It's in the back of my head that I should, but then I have this internal battle that is like "well why would anyone really want to read this anyway". It's those negative thoughts and self doubt that keep popping up. I realized today though that I need to not worry, i'm not writing this in hopes that everyone reads it, i'm writing it for me and to keep myself focused. If someone wants to join me on that journey they are more than welcome.

Those who know me know that I am a pretty shy person, it's difficult for me to "share" with others. When I started at the branch im in right now I joined Toastmasters. A few months ago I did a "motivational" speech about my weight loss journey. The focus of my speech was my LuLu Lemon waterbottle

This waterbottle is literally the only thing I own from Lululemon - well apart from a poster in my bedroom with the same mantra on it. I do read it all the time and it keeps me motivated. I think it is the perfect thing to keep me focused though and remind me how far i've come. My goal one day is to actually wear some "lulus" but for now living the mantra will have to do.

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Today was weigh in day, I have been pretty much on track this week with my food, but didn't get any extra workout days in as I had promised myself. This week for sure I am doing at least one extra class though, I just have to force myself to do it. I lost another 2 lbs this week - yeah - which I’m happy with since I didn't put the extra work in that I should have. We did our waist measurements today and in the lat 7 weeks i've lost 7 inches off my waist!! I just wish I could see it - the number is nice, but I can't see it. When I see myself I see the same person.

I also tried some new recipes. I made chicken nuggets and yam fries - clean eating style - turned out so good, and even better for left overs. I will have to make those again. Also made some chocolate/almond butter protein bars, also good, but kinda fell apart so not sure if I’d make those again.

Today was a big workout, we ran downtown along the water by Spinnakers pub. There is a set up metal stairs that goes up from the trail. 100 stairs up and I went up and down 5 times. I like feeling like I’m getting a good workout in and I definitely felt it today, pretty sore!! Went for a walk later on in the day on the breakwater. One of my absolutely favourite things to do when it's windy in Victoria is walk on the breakwater and it doesn't even feel like I’m working out.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Feeling optimistic

So I’ve been struggling for the last or so with my motivation. It's kind of felt like I’ve gone through the motions but not really had the motivation. Today I think I’ve found it again!

Yesterday I went to the Drill class which was awesome, and then came home to hang out with John since he is recovering from surgery and can't be out of the house. I seriously felt stir crazy at about 4PM, I recognize that the old me would have been happy staying home and vegging, but the new me just wanted to be outside and doing stuff.

This morning we did lower Thetis, and the part I love the most is that we all did it together. Those that could run faster/longer went to a certain point then came back and met the last person, there was no race, it was true team work. I truly feel like I pushed myself harder than I’ve ever pushed myself before and showed myself what I’m capable of. I just had so much energy after. I even came back with Kristine and Gina later in the afternoon and we swam out to the island and back.

I am revved up and ready for a new week with a fresh outlook. I'm going to try some new BDHQ classes on Tuesday/Thursday and see how they go. Spin/TRX/Kettle Bells.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

What's wrong with my head!!

So I have been lacking in my posting, tsk tsk. I dunno what's wrong with me these days, i'm feeling awfully unmotivated. Part of me is feeling like i'm putting in so much work and effort and I can't see the results. Though everyone around me is telling me I look good and look like i'm losing lots of weight. I should be happy with my progress, but I don't know why I'm being so hard on myself, like its not good enough. K I lost 4 lbs this week and I'm telling myself that's not good enough? I dunno.. i'm trying to snap my head back into positive territory, but it's not happening.

I had some big accomplishments this last week though, we hiked Mt. Finlayson on Thursday - super super hard, took 1:07 to go up, then another hour to go back the other side which was a long hike but I wasn't prepared to go back down the steep way. John is going for surgery on Friday so we may not have a chance to do more hiking for awhile, depending on how long he's recovering for. Guess i'm going to have to get my butt up early and do some extra work outs.

My accomplishment at work was not giving into the tim hortons donuts sitting in the office waiting to be eaten... I avoided temptation, even though every ounce of me wanted to just chow down and numb my feelings of frustration - I didn't.

I need to re-focus, but not sure what to do... Maybe just a good nights sleep will help.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Long Weekend Overview

So overall I’d have to say I was successful in meeting my goals for the weekend. I did well with getting enough water and worked out every day! The one thing I wasn't successful in was sleeping in, LOL

Saturday we got up early for a run. We ran from out house on Bay & Douglas, down Douglas to Dallas Rd and then along the water up towards the inner harbour and then back up Government. In total it was 9K and we did it in a total time of 1:24. We ran/walked 5 K and that took about 39 mins, and then we walked the remaining 4K. I'm pretty proud of myself for running 5K in 39 minutes. We'll have to see how I do on the next run. We also went to Moss St Market on Saturday and got some organic salad greens & tomatoes which we ate for the weekend. We also bought some "awesome sauce" from the market which is basically a really super hot sauce that you could either put on meats or maybe cook with eggs, or whatever you want really. We cooked it with some ground turkey and put it over a tossed salad - very yummy example of some good clean eating!

Sunday was Biggest Winners Day which resulted in a hike up Mt. Work. It took us just under an hour to get up, and a bit longer to get back down. Good workout though, burned about 1100 calories which is awesome!! We're thinking of maybe doing Finlayson on Thursday and see how that goes. Might as well get as much hiking time in as we can while the weather is nice. Sunday night we went out for Diana's birthday to the Local - down in the inner harbour. I'm a bit disappointed in myself for giving into the pressure to order a drink, but what's done is done. I definitely paid for it and felt sick to my stomach after drinking. I think I just need to avoid alcohol all together and not worry about what everyone else is thinking.

Today I went to outdoor bootcamp at McMinn park - by Cordova Bay - that involved 5 sets of hills, not sure if that was better/worse than Mt. Work but again another great workout. Following that was our BBQ at Willows Beach, it was a perfect day for it. Had some yummy chicken burgers and salad, played some Frisbee, soccer and badminton. I did splurge afterwards and had a small Beacon drive in ice cream. mmm mmm mmm - and even better when I have no regrets. Not the best thing for me, but what the hell - I think I deserve it.

Overall AMAZING WEEKEND - I so don't wanna go back to work tomorrow :(.