Nikki-Exercise.Thebest stress releif and mood uplifter

Yesterday I was in a horrible mood.  I was grumpy, angry at everything and semi stressed out about the tiniest things.    I was starting to piss myself off when I stopped to listen to the things I was complaining about and I’m sure the friends I was venting to were feeling the same.

Thank goodness I didn’t work until later in the day so I headed straight for the gym.  Oh man did I need the workout I gave myself and wow did it help my mood.  I’ve always thought of exercise as a stress reliever but sometimes I forget just how big a role it can actually play in my changing my negative mood to a positive one.    I did interval training on the treadmill for 45 minutes and then lifted weights for another 45 minutes.  I worked out hard and was dripping sweat, which I don’t know if I’ve mentioned that if I’m not pouring sweat after a work out I dont’ feel like I’ve actually worked out so I LOVE sweating…sounds gross and weird I know, but with all the sweat I was pouring out I was slowly feeling my negative energy pour out of me as well.  I felt lighter and found it easier to run as I kept going.

Running is my favourite way, and the quickest, to burn off anger or stress.  I think I also needed this work out to kick me back into full gear as I have only worked out 5 times in the last 2 weeks.  My body was craving it, and my mood has been showing I need the exercise daily.

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Nikki- Weigh in day: Seventh Week

Alright it’s the big moment I’ve been waiting for.  It’s been 2 weeks since my last weigh in.  Spent a week and a half on holidays so will this be a good or bad day on the scale? lets find out…

 I’m currently weighing in at: 162 lbs

So I’m down 1 pound in 2 weeks, which wouldn’t be great if I hadn’t been on holidays but considering I’ve only worked out 5 times in the last 14 days is a pretty big success for me.  I was active while on holidays but didn’t count a lot of my walking and low impact activities as exercise.  Just goes to show you can lose weight while on holidays, even if it is just .5 lb a week.

Now it’s time to get back on track! proper portion sizes, working out 5 times a week and not drinking so much beer 🙂

Nikki-Hiking/Adventure filled Holiday!

I arrived home from my week-long holiday on Wednesday and was thrown right back into the lovely world of work, but at least only 3 days of it before the weekend.  Mine starts in 4.5 hours!  Ryan and I are going camping this weekend, and we didn’t plan the food or beverages so I am a bit worried about what is being served and how I will do with my calorie counting.   It is also supposed to rain all weekend so that might make it hard to exercise.  WHATEVER, monday is a new week and I will get back on track then.  I’ll do my best this weekend but I can’t control everything so I’ll just deal with what I’m dealt.

To recount my holiday we went to visit my mom, who as I mentioned would force feed us, which she did, and dad in Calgary for 2 days.  My parents were beer pushers this time around so thank goodness my mom has become accustomed to drinking Molson Canadian 67, which if you don’t know are only 67 Calories, and for those of you on weight watchers is like 1pt a bottle so you can totally get sloshed once in a while.   On Sunday morning I made my mom go for a 40 minute walk with me, since I didn’t have time to wait for the gym to open before visiting friends.  When I lived at home I used to make my mom go for walks a few times a week, so I feel kind of guilty that I’m not home to do that anymore.  My mom isn’t in love with being active and needs a support so I feel bad that I can’t be there to support her.

Any who on to Monday when Ryan and I headed out to Banff for our little break away from life.  We stopped in Canmore to do a quick little 3-4km hike called Grassi Lakes.  I have done this hike a few times when I was younger with my family but it had been a while so it was nice to visit it again, and as you can see it is really very pretty.

One of the main things I realised during this hike was how much I miss living close to the mountains.  I truly took it for granted that I lived an hour away from some great hikes when I lived in Calgary, and now that I live in Edmonton I never get to go on a legitimate hike.  This was the first time I actually hiked in 3 summers which makes me really sad.  I worked at Summer camp for 8 summer and hiked every week and used to lead 10 day backpacking trips in the elbow loop.  Hiking is one of the most rewarding work outs for me.  You work hard to get to the top and see some of the most beautiful views all at the same time.   It’s a great way to burn calories quick, especially if you’re carrying a back pack with extra weight in it.  Hiking UP has always been my favorite part of the hike as I love the feeling of my legs working hard to get up steep hills.  Coming down not so fun as it’s not as hard of a work out! 

This picture shows the waterfall that is fed by the 2 Grassi Lakes.  It’s probably about half way through the hike.  I’m hoping that next time I go down to Calgary I can take Ryan out to do some more hiking and plan to have some friends join us.

I wish I had been able to take photos of the white water rafting trip we went on but as I’ve already informed most people we had a very Exciting/Adrenaline filled rafting trip…  We only did the Horseshoe Canyon which is about a 2 hour river ride but with all the rain we’ve had the rapids are still very high and the first one we went over was a class 4.  Ryan and I were 2 of 4 people who fell out of our raft (all 4 from our raft) during that first rapid and I have never felt that type of adrenaline rush in my life.  WHAT A RUSH! seriously if you’re looking for a high that is the type of thing you need to get hooked up.  When I fell out I was swept underneath the raft, when i finally camp up for air I couldn’t find the boat as my contacts were full of water.  The Guide on our boat pulled me towards the boat when he finally handed me his paddle and one of the ladies in the raft started to pull me into the boat but then had to let go as we were going over another rapid.  Pretty flippen scary when you’re NOT IN THE BOAT! once we got over that rapid the guide pulled me in quickly.  I felt safe once in the boat and my heart slowly came back to a normal level of beating and got through the rest of the rapids with no issues.  It was great and I can’t wait to do it again!  Also I felt as though I deserved whatever I wanted to eat after this rafting trip and didn’t feel bad to have a beer with dinner!

I had a great holiday, exciting adventures and now on monday we will see if holidays do major damage to my weight loss goal!

Jill- A problem I don’t mind having and weigh in day!

 

I feel like almost every time I post I am complaining and then trying to put a positive spin on things. We’ll I once again have a problem and here it is…

Some of my clothes do not fit anymore and by “do not fit” I don’t mean they are tight, I don’t mean they are a little baggy; I mean there are some items that look like they have never fit me! YEEEAAHHH!!! This is crazy since so far I have only lost about 9 pounds and it has made such a huge difference. I have decided not to buy too many more clothes now because they probably won’t fit once I lose close to 15 more pounds. I’m so excited. I have gone from a large/extra large to a solid medium! I cannot imagine what will happen once I reach my goal.

I’ve had 3 different people tell me that I look like I have lost weight. Though I don’t always need external motivation and acknowledgment it feels really good when people notice that the work you put into something is paying off!

I weighed in this morning and even though it is what I expected I am still a little disappointed by the results for the past two weeks.

My weigh in this morning shows that I currently weigh 156 lbs!

That is a loss of 1 lb over the past two weeks.

I went to ball hockey last night and there were only 2 subs so none of us got much of a break and we ended up losing very badly…but… I ran my butt off! It was so great to be able to flat out run again! I am still a bit weak with the twisting and turning it takes to play but I can run hard again!!!

I had my heart rate monitor on and burned over 1500 calories!

Even though earlier in the day Mike took me to a baseball game and I had three beer there I had a really good calorie day! The beer was the only unhealthy thing I consumed. I ate so many fresh carrots and snow peas as a snack at the game so I wouldn’t dive into the popcorn etc.

My short term goal is to lose 4 lbs over the next two weeks. I am at the point now that in order to reach my goal I need to be ultra focused.

I am going to start a weightlifting routine to help burn calories even after my workout is done. A few years ago I followed “body for life” and it was great. I won’t lift too heavy at first because of my back and ribs but will gradually increase the load. This should help me tone up as well.

I am determined!

Nikki- Holidays

I’ve been on holidays from work this week, at home up until today,  which really should have made it easy to work out and eat well.  I have felt like a bottomless pit this week.  Every time I eat I’m still hungry and craving sugary things.  Which is so odd to me as I always crave salt.  I’ve continued to put everything I eat into my daily fitnesspal log (that’s the track that both Jill and I are using to count our calorie intake-works great by the way) and I have gone over a few days but only by like 300 calories at most, which is still a huge cut back on the caloric intake I was used to before deciding to take control of my flubber.   Side note:  totally love the word flubber. 

I worked out 4 of the 5 days this week.  I even posted about how I can play hockey again but my leg is back to feeling stiff and sore after a day of running.  It wasn’t so bad after hockey but after I went for a lovely, humidified, run in the River Valley with my running partner Aline my leg is feeling like I should stick to walking for a while.  Any how my point about my work outs this week was that I’m not feeling satisfied after them.  As in I’m not feeling I’m working hard enough (besides playing hockey cause it totally kicked my out of shape ass).   I’m not getting that “oh my muscles are so sore today I can hardly sit down” feeling.  Which if you didn’t know I absolutely LOVE.   I am feeling my abs today, I took extra time yesterday to ensure that those muscles were totally fatigued before leaving the gym but I think I need to fix up my work out routine.  Anyone have some suggestions about what classes kick your butt or what your killer routine at the gym is?

I leave today to go on my actual holiday so I will not be weighing in this monday as I wont be near a scale (and I weigh in naked so I’m not doing it at the gym) so you will all have to wait until week 7 to see if this holiday puts me on the + or -.  Wish me luck as I’m visiting my mom who loves to force feed (bless her little self) and hanging out with my boy Ry who loves McDonald’s as much as he loves me (swear if we go there I’ll get the salad).

Have a fabulous weekend!

Jill – The lull is not my friend

I am starting to feel better! It has been recommended to me by 2 different medical professionals that I abstain from any high impact physical activities. This is not happy news for me. I feel like I could be giving so much more to this challenge if I could lift heavy things and run around a lot but alas I am stuck being low impact active for now.

Mike (the incredible man in my life) and I have been going for walks lately. We walk at a quick and steady pace for anywhere between 45 – 90 mins and it has been so much fun! We spend these walks talking about life in general, about finances, future plans, fun times and our past. It is refreshing to know you still have new things to learn about each other after over 3.5 years of being together.

Anyway, on to my fitness goals that had to be amended. Well, really I have not amended my goals just the process in which I will achieve them. Starting yesterday I will be travelling all summer. I am worried about this because it means a lot of eating out at restaurants and lack of down time to work out. Plus I will be in cities I have not spent a lot of time in so I am not sure where to walk or run (once I can). I see these issues as mere bumps in the road but not excuses because my motto for this challenge is “NO EXCUSES, NO LIMITS” which is not to be confused with my mantra “WHATEVER IT TAKES!” Yes it is true I like little motivational sayings but they work for me so poke fun if you want. 🙂

I think I have done really well to this point but I feel like I am stuck in this lull of not exercising. I have set small goals such as every hotel I book for the summer must have a fitness centre and pool so I can exercise while on the road and I must visit these amenities while I stay at the hotels! I spent last night in a Regina hotel. I made sure I went to the fitness centre and ran intervals for 25 mins and then lifted some weights. I burned almost 600 calories! And I proved to myself that as long as I am not sprinting and changing directions quickly I can run again! I just read Nikki’s post about being able to run again and I can’t agree more with her sentiments. It feels amazing to not be sidelined anymore. (Though I still don’t think I should be playing ball hockey till next season. I cannot risk being reinjured).

Well that’s all for now. I’m now in Saskatoon and I am off to the hotel gym!!!

*Because I didn’t have internet till now I can update on how my work out went…I decided that I would run 5 km on the treadmill to see how fast I could do it without training becaus eI have been somewhat stationary lately. I did it in 25:03 mins!!! This means I can totally reach my goal if I start training for it now!

As a side note…if I can make this happen while working out in hotel fitness facilities then I believe I can work out anywhere! Some of these fitness facilities are lacking to say the least.

Nikki-Running again!

I tested out my leg on the treadmill last night and found that I had no pain while running. 

Do you know what that means? I can play hockey again!!! 

and go jogging in the river valley, play frisbee, play tennis and on and on.. I’m so stoked!

Wowza a month that involved no running truly kicked my ass.  I don’t think I’ve EVER sweat so much in my entire life, besides the one time I actually did hot yoga.  I was so pumped to be  playing I didn’t even get the pre-game jitters I usually get before a game and well into the first half.  Man did it feel great to be back playing hockey and to be sprinting up and down the court, but holy crap did it suck to feel out of shape again.  After one sprint down the floor I was out of breath, sweating worse than any man and my sprint turned into a slow ass jog haha,  Oh well no worries.  I know I’ll get back into running shape just in time for winter season to start in September.  I have the rest of the summer to train up, as long as I’m injury free (please keep your fingers crossed for me!)

Any who just wanted to write about how excited I am to be able to run and play sports again!