Nikki-Change

I found this

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after I blogged about how I’m going to change how I view my body.  I have already noticed changes this week in my thinking.  I would compare my Thighs and ass to this girls.  Big and strong.  There are more motivational and inspiring tidbits like this that I keep going back to remind myself just how strong I am.   Also this one kills me, as I’m a huge fan of the hunger games and if you hung out with me before the move premier I was threatening your life as I would totally win the Games, I’m that strong 😉  

Be FitI went for a run yesterday to burn off some steam.  I was super impressed with myself because I truly just wanted to drive to McDonald’s and stuff my face with all sorts of fat.  I ran for an hour, not caring how far I went or what pace, I just needed to get out.  While I was running against the wind I noticed how tired my legs were getting.  I kept envisioning how strong my muscles are and kept the positive self talk (in my head) going and within seconds after reminding myself my legs are strong, I noticed how less tired I was and how my body actually wanted to do what I was making it do.  

I was going to weigh in today but I’m not at home… so it’ll have to wait until monday.  We’ll see if I got close to my goal of 146lb by the end of March. If not, April is another month to attempt it.  

Have a fun and active weekend 🙂

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Nikki-Amazing Salmon dinner

I’ve been spending so much time in my kitchen I decided to try out at least one new recipe a day when I have days off. This week I made some things off of pinterest and out of The Looneyspoons Collections- Janet and Greta Podleskiare amazingly talented.  You can find a few of their recipes  featured on their site, I’ve also tried the Fee, Fie, Faux Fried Chicken and loved it as well (I even substituted skim milk instead of the buttermilk they called for and it was still great!)

   Also a big thanks given out to Megan for giving me this cookbookLooneyspoons_Cover(New) for a house-warming gift!

I’ve been on a major calorie counting streak and I’m really enjoying trying all these new and healthy recipes I’ve found.  I love cooking so I find it rewarding to cook soemthing that is healthy and delicous and that I can share!  

If you like Salmon you have to try this!

Salmon Cowell

Grilled salmon in an orange-ginger marinade

look at it marinading!

all you need is:

1/4cup orange juice

1/4 cup hoisin sauce

1tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce

1tbsp grated gingerroot

1tsp grated orange zest

Pinch crushed red pepper flakes

4 boneless skinless salmon fillets

-Mixed all those ingredients and then pour on the salmon to marinade for at least minutes (I did mine all day)

Grill then 3-4 minutes each side on the bbq or if your bbq runs out of propane like mine did broil them 4 inches away for 8 minutes.

Per serving:

calories:253,  Total fat: 9.4 g (1.5 g saturated), Protein 29 g,

 Carbohydrate 11 g, Fiber 0.5 g, Cholesterol 78 g, sodium 358 g

This was probably my most favourite salmon of all time, and I love a good teriyaki salmon.  I also made sweet potato fries and coconut rice out of the cookbook and both were amazing as well!

Nikki-Changing the way I think

There are times were I actually believe I am close to unstoppable.  I’ve worked so hard to get where I am.  I’m strong, I’m fit, I’m healthier than I was, I look amazing-Nothing can bring me down… And then there are days were I look in the mirror and still see and act like, the chubby unfit and very unhappy person I was.   I hate those days.  I’ve been having a few of them in the last few months but I’m working on changing that, but it’s hard to change the way you think especially about yourself.

I have always, for as long as I can remember, been self-conscious.  I’ve always had body imagine issue, I’ve always thought I was pretty but if I could just be thinner I would be gorgeous and HAPPY.  The key thought I always had: if I could be smaller, skinny, get rid of my thunder thighs anything that will make me smaller that will = HAPPINESS.  When in reality that’s now how it works.  When I was weighing in at 140 (a few years ago) I still thought I was fat and when I’ve looked back at those pictures, I think how crazy I must be for thinking that.  The sill thing is, I know when I get down to 140lbs again, I’ll still do the same thing!  Thin girls have just as many body hang ups as any other girl out there.  They still think they’re to fat, have giggly bits, or sometimes they think they are to small and can’t manage to put weight on.   It just seems no matter what you can’t win, but you can if you work at changing the way you think about yourself and that is what I am finally going to put some time in and do.

Here’s how I’m going to start:

Confronting the Mirror: Changing the way I think about parts of my body 

 I have been called Thunder thighs by many obnoxious people trying to hurt my feelings, and it use to hurt me.  Now I tell myself that these thighs of mine are ridiculously strong.  I could kill a man with this bad-girls.  They are muscle that help me run all the km I have been putting in.  How could you hate thighs that do that?  I am going to look at myself in the mirror and check out the parts of my body that I do like, and put a more positive spin on the ones I don’t love as much.  

Positive self talk

 I use it all the time when I’m working out.  Jill and I talk about it to and remind each other to use it (especially during hill training) When I’m feeling like I’m going to give up or just need a pick me up.  Here is what I tell myself:

I’m strong, I’m healthy, I’m fit, I’m unstoppable, I’m beautiful.  Sometimes when I’m really struggling I need to remind myself that: “I’ve got this”, “I’m almost there”, “Go HARD and then GO HOME” (lol changed that one up to remind myself I’m almost done) and of course “All the strength you need is within”

 Again there are days when I don’t need to do these things since I am beyond amazing (in my head) but it’s for the days I’ve been having where I can’t seem to make anything positive.  Anyone have tips or activites on how to boost self-esteem/image? I’d love to hear what you all do.

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Nikki-Just a tune up

Ok so I finally went out for a 10km run today.  Figured it had been 2 weeks since I took a break, have a massage booked tomorrow and am going to the chiropractor in just over a week.  Well yet again the first 5km were AWESOME!  I even had a running buddy today- Margaret, Ryan’s mom’s dog that we’re dog sitting (funny little jack russell cocapoo who can run for years).  We were motoring along, hit the 5km mark and then that damn pain in my hip started up and progressed down into my knee.  I continued running/walking to finish off the 10km, in just over an hour 1:07:14 (not bad for walking a fair amount on the last 5km) was my time and on my way I had actually already ran past my physiotherapist’s office so I called them and set up a time to swing by, as this pain was unbearable.

Adam is amazing.  That’s my physiotherapist.  He asked a few quick questions and knew exactly the where my muscles were tight and explained it to me to so I’d understand.  Basically there’s a muscle in my hip/lower back that is tight, and then it goes down in to my leg which pulls on my knee.  That’s what I took from it anyway!  He did some crazy digging/stretching/massaging and then acupuncture and then electroshock therapy lol

As seen here.

My leg was twitching hard the entire time and I think Adam took great pleasure out of stabbing me with these needles.  I laugh when I’m uncomfortable or in slight pain, so he was having a good chuckle at me laughing about my displeasure.

He ended with a heat pad and some simple stretches.  I’m still in pain, but he beat my leg up and I’m suppose to hurt for the rest of the day.  I should be able to go for a long run this weekend with Jill !

Anyhow I’m glad I went to the physio, well worth the visit and it’s covered by my benefits anyway.  May as well use it!

Keep your fingers crossed for me, I’m feeling pretty good about being able to train hard again!

 

 

Jill – Feeling Great!

I trained hills last night by myself. It was very obvious the different motivation I have when I am running alone compared to running with someone else. (I miss you Nikki!!!) I started running from my house, down Groat Rd. and across the bridge and then did 5 sets of hills near the University.  It was a difficult run but it was so beautiful out yesterday I have nothing to complain about.

I met and chatted with some others that were running hills. They were from the running room. One girl invited me to join them on their free running group days. They train hills, do speed intervals and long runs. They are up to 16km now. I wonder if I should join them…I think I could do it. They were all training for the Vancouver ½ marathon which is pretty cool because I just ran more than half of the Vancouver ½ marathon while I was there last week. It was inspiring to see this group. They were all ages but all older than me and were at various fitness stages and they were all supporting each other.

When I was in Vancouver I picked up Canadian Running magazine because it was the ½ marathon issue and I have really enjoyed the articles. There is one about which foot wear to choose. I will cover that topic in a future blog. Right now I want to share my new training schedule. One of the articles made me realize the importance of all the different aspects of training…not just the running long distance. I’m pretty stoked that this new training regime will mix it up and keep it interesting.

So here is what I will be doing for the next 2 weeks

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Ball Hockey 8 km faster pace Ball Hockey Volleyball Strength – Hills or stairs 40 mins Rest 15 km easy run
Rest Ball Hockey Speed Intervals

12 x 200m with 200m recovery

8 km faster pace Strength – Hills or stairs 40 mins Ball Hockey 16 km easy &

Ball Hockey

(This might be difficult as BH take s a lot out of me)

 

The magazine recommends using your own body weight for strength training such as stairs and hills. I like the approach of using what you have and not having to go to the gym. I do recognize the benefits of weight training at the gym as well but I am committed to taking a more minimalist approach during this training and we will see what happens!

On another note… I  weighted in this morning and I am now hovering around 143lbs!

This feels good and strange to be 3lbs away from my ultimate goals…but it also makes me a bit worried. I have recently gotten pretty serious about training and I feel like at this rate I will probably loose more weight then I expected during training. It worries me because I have a wedding dress to fit into (and I don’t want it to be too big!) but it doesn’t worry me because I will have a 3.5 months after the race and can use the extra weight loss as a buffer (haha) in case I get so busy with work and wedding planning that I don’t have a lot of time to work out during the summer.

Stay tuned…In my next post I plan on determining which style of running shoe will suit me best. I can’t wait!

Nikki-I told you I would

Finally, I remember to weigh in on a Friday.  And although I was actually scared since I hadn’t in 2 weeks and have been not dealing with my emotions lately and filling my face with food I’ve done alright.

Current weight: 151 lbs

last time I weighed in on the blog I was at 152 lbs so I’m glad that I know I can maintain my weight and I’m glad that it’s down to 151 which will make it easier to reach my goal of 146 by the end of march.   That’s 2.5 lbs for the next 2 weeks which is totally doable.  Especially since we’re dog sitting Margaret who I love to go running with (as long as my hips ok).

I went to the doctor, she said my muscle is just bruised.  She does want me to continue with physio but everything I do at physio I already do at the gym on my weight training days, so I’m having the internal struggle of deciding whether I should pay for it (I do have benefits but they only cover so much and I seem to be there every other month) or just continue to weight train at the gym for now and see how it goes.  I am going for a sports massage next week and to the chiropractor as well.  I also haven’t run since last Thursday so I’m hoping that giving myself that long of a break will have been enough time to have healed up and I can continue on my Half Marathon training. 

I have hit the gym for 3 solid weight training days this week and have hockey both Saturday and Sunday (I played last Sat and my hip was fine, weird or what?) I also plan on doing 2 shorter runs to test my silly body out and see if I’m all rested up, so keep your fingers crossed for me.   Today is a rest day and I’m sure my body will thank me, seeing as it’s crying to me now for not stretching enough after lunging and squatting so much… still love that feeling of being sore after a good workout.

 Anyhow hope you all have a good weekend, do something active!

Nikki-Smoothie recipe!

Pineapple Banana Yumminess 

1 1/2 cups diced fresh pineapple

1 banana

1/2 cup greek yogurt (use any flavour your want)

1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger

1/2 cup ice

1/2 cup pineapple juice or water (I used water for less calories)

This is what mine looks like and man is it good! This is a tall glass, I would probably make this amount in to at least 2 servings if not 4, since I usually only like a small amount of smoothie but today it’s my lunch.  It’s high in sugar, but I think it’s better than me scarfing down some ice cream or chocolate so I’m really enjoying it!  I’ve posted the nutritional facts below

Serving per 2 people

Per Serving:

Total Calories: 135

Total Carbs: 28

Total Fat: 0

Total Protein: 7

Total Fiber: 4

Total Sugar: 19