Nikki-little update

I really thought that it hadn’t been so long since I posted a blog, but that’s probably because I’ve been posting weekly on  Nikkiinhighgear and not showing any love to my jillandnikkidowork followers/fans/bored friends at work who are reading anything they can find on facebook to pass the time.

I guess I should give a little bit of an update!

My last post was about my running goal for February.  I set a goal of running 115km in 28 days.  Totally reasonable since I run a lot, but I ran out of time! damn working too much in the shortest month of the year! I worked over 250 hours in 28 days so that put a damper on some of my running days when i was at work 24/7  BUT I did still manage to put in a sold 93.38km in February.  That being said I did workout 26 out of 28 days in February.  Some of those days I would only have time to put in 5km or I was only playing in my hockey games or snowboarding, which is why I didn’t get to finish my running goal.

Why was I working out so much?

I joined a group challenge on MyFitnessPal and I’m 6 weeks in and, get this, down 5lbs!!

this challenge is a zombie themed challenge (I’m sooooo, into Zombs right now- nerd alert)  where you’re given a story line to follow, get to pick the outcome each week of what you’re character does, which could result in them becoming a zombie.  Well my team is KILLING it.  We have come in 1st (out of 4 teams) 4 weeks and 2nd 2 weeks.  You are given a cardio goal, and 2 exercises goals to work on each week.

For example this weeks goals:

Food: Keep your calories in the “green” every day this week!
Water: Drink 8 cups of water a day.
Cardio: 200 minutes/ week
Strength: 270 Oblique Crunches on EACH side
Agility: 270 Seal Jumping Jacks (jump in, jump out = 1 rep)

So far this week I’ve put I haven’t been on track with my eating, but I always get in 12 cups of water.  I’m at 200 minutes of cardio, 540 crouches, and 810 jumping jacks.  and did I mention I’ve lost 5 lbs?!?!?!

This challenge really made me get my act together again, which has been super motivating and fun.  I am so close to reaching my goal weight of 140 lbs but now I am worried as my wedding dress has already been altered and my wedding is less than 3 weeks away! we leave for mexico on March 31st! My dress fits perfectly right now, so if I were to lose 1-2lbs more with this challenge that would be ok but I think I might have to wait until I’m back from Mexico to really get rid of those last 6 pounds I want gone.  I would hate to have to pull my dress up all night from being too “skinny” or would I????

I am planning on getting some updated pictures this weekend, but don’t hold your breath for me to post them 🙂 I’ll try to to do it asap.


Nikki's Stagette - March 9th, 2013

Just wanted to share a funny picture from my stagette. Bottom Right is my fav.


Nikki-February running goal.

I had a goal to run 125km in the month of January.  I came up 10km short!

Damn.  So close.

It’s frustrating to me, because I keep setting goals that I know I can reach, I just seem to not push hard enough or I sabotage myself somehow or I dunno, some days there literally is no time when I work 16-24 hours in a day…

no time is a legit excuse because

1- I can’t go for a run when I’m working, unless I get to take my kids to the gym which doesn’t always happen.

2- I need sleep too! sleep is hugely important when you work 90 hours in a 5 day work week.

anyways 115km in a month is pretty decent as well considering there is so much snow on the ground that it’s actually dangerous to walk since it seems everyone is fed up with shovelling and take there sweat ass time to do it now.  I did most at least 65 of those 115km on the treadmill and let me tell you I hate running on the treadmill.

My goal for February is to run 115km.  I am going to work my butt of this week to get ahead of the running game as it always seems the 3rd week of the month is what screws me over.  and really i think it will be Feb 11-17 when I work 90 hours which will be the hardest week for me to fit in running.  I plan on doing dips, pushups, squats and abs while at work because I you can do that anywhere.

Chubby cheeks

Here it is, time to face the scale and be honest. I have not weighed in since December 3 (whoops) and I was waiting until monday to finally step on the scale and see the damage done over Christmas. I’m only 3 days late, posting! I did weigh in on Monday though.  I swear!

k I’ll stop wasting time with words…

Current weight: 153

so that’s +2 lbs from December 3. Which is WAY less than I thought it was going to be but I have been very motivated again so maybe it was a good thing I had the Christmas blues or whatever the hell that was.

Since January 2, I have worked out every day, which some say is bad for you. I haven’t done crazy hard workouts daily, just moved everyday. I ran a total of 26.81km last week, yes all outside because it was finally nice enough to not be a chicken shit. One of the runs turned into a 9.26km run because it was just so nice out I didn’t want to stop.

I can’t lie about my exercise over Christmas. It was nonexistent. After December 16 I kind of shut down and had a bit of a depression, not wanting to move from the couch or do anything but stuff my chubby cheeks full of food even though that did make me feel worse. WHY would I do that?  No real reason, but I did and now I’ve got to work those chubby cheeks off to pay for it.

Anyways I’m feeling way better even though after calling my mom this morning she told me I sound depressed and sad all the time… ????  I’M NOT, I promise.

This week so far I’ve put in 6.61 km but on the treadmill. Oh right I told my other blog folks about my goal. I’m going to run 125 km in January which is about 25km a week.  Ok I actually put in a bit more on the treadmill but I forgot to check once I was done after that 45 minute period, dammit so I’m going to add-on 2km because I did at least that.  so, so far this week I’m now at 8.61km. 


Edmonton River Valley- Took this shot when I had to walk because I got stuck behind a group of 3 walkers.

Nikki-Getting back to my normal

I know I haven’t weighed in a while but I’m going to wait until Monday to see the damage I did over Christmas.  I don’t know why this year was so difficult for me but I had no willpower to say no and felt like I literally have been grazing like a cow for weeks.  I never start things on January 1 of the new year because I have this superstition that if I start anything on that day it will just be a new years resolution that I won’t follow through on (this is my own superstition so no offence to anyone who can stick to their resolutions).

I’ve been struggling for a while with being motivated, then losing motivation but this is the worst I’ve slipped in about 2 years, so I know exactly how Jill is feeling.  Thank goodness we have a bit more time now that Christmas is over  to help each other get back on track.

These are the goals I came up with back on October 24.


1. Weight train 2-3x weekly

2. To be able to do 20 regular push ups with no breaks and without being totally out of breath after.

3. Reach goal weight of 140lbs

this is a goal I don’t know if I’ll be able to actually accomplish, but I’m going to try!

4. Do one unassisted pull up


I had been doing well until the second week into December.  I feel as though I’ve set myself back, but these are still reasonable and doable goals for myself, so these will continue to remain the same for me.  I of course like to have something smaller to work towards each week and will continue to come up with mini goals to work on each week.

This weeks mini goals- I have until sunday to do these ones since I usually start new ones on Monday.

1. Run 25km this week (did 5km this morning so I’m getting back to my normal routine)

28851253834076479_MxDuwNUb_b2. To work on my self-control I will follow this poster

I did this tonight after dinner.  I have half of the best chocolate cake, I’ve ever had in my life, in my fridge from a Christmas dinner we had on Saturday. I could easily go eat the entire thing right now and I almost had a slice, but instead I opted for a pear and a decaf coffee.

3. Come up with a shopping list, I’ll purchase everything on Monday, that I can prepare some quick and healthy meals/crockpot meals.


Nikki- just a few weeks behind

Wow, I haven’t posted since the 12th of December.  Just a few weeks behind. I had an amazing Christmas, but I am glad that craziness of this time of year is over with.  I have never been this busy and stressed during the month of December before, so now I’m getting back at making my morning workout a routine, since that seemed to be the first thing tossed out the window.

Why is it that, when we get busy the fist thing we let slide is our health?  It’s weird to me that as soon as I’m stressed out I can’t find the time to work out, even though I know working out calms me down, clears my mind, and helps me problem solve.  I actually feel guilty sometimes when I work out because it’s taking time from me doing other things, but that’s why I like to workout with a friend, because it’s multitasking, visiting and running at the same time.   I know Jill’s been even busier than I am at work and has had even less time to work out, so right now our blog is suffering because we’re both finding it hard to get our workouts in.  We hardly have time to text each other!

But it’s 3 months until my wedding in Mexico so I want to make sure I feel good in my dress and beach clothes.  I plan on blogging next week with my weekly mini goals and updating my over all goals, so check back.

Nikki-looking more like Rippa arms every day

I have had a fantastic week! You know when you’re so busy you don’t even get to see your husband to be (seriously hate the word fiance, dunno why but I hate calling Ryan that. I’m fine with Husband though.. soon enough) Ok so I seriously saw Ryan when I woke him up at 2pm on Thursday this week to give him a kiss goodbye, other wise I have been so busy, but it’s been great because I have been working on my weekly goals in between working both jobs and now coaching a jr. high basketball team.

Here’s how it went:

 1. Track all food on MFP and complete my entries-I never finish my entries after lunch. 

Mon-today I have done this! after I complete an entries it tells me if I continued to eat this way (good or bad) I would weigh so much in so many weeks.  Not sure how tonight’s dinner will go as it’s my work Xmas party but I’ll try to still guess at how many calories things are and put them in.  If not tomorrows a new day and I’ve done well the rest of this week.

2. Do 20 push-ups before bed (a day) home or work

Ok so I haven’t done my 20 push-ups a day before bed, but I’ve done 20 pushups a day during workouts.

3. fit in 4 work outs- Monday night (might have to be at 10pm), Tuesday morning, Wednesday morning, and Thursday morning.  I’m not counting the snowboarding I’m doing with work as a workout, it’s just extra, same with Ball Hockey.

I did it! Monday night was an hour and a half at home and I started it at 9pm! please hold back the applause.  It was a success because I do hate working out in the evening, but once I got going I wanted to keep going.

Tuesday morning I only had time for a 30 minute workout but I fit it in (at home- gotta love having the treadmill and weights and NIKE training, seriously kicks my butt every time)

Wednesday- I met up with Jill (yay we both made time even with our cray schedules) at the YMCA and we fit in a nice hour arm and cardio work out.  Showed Jill the sprint training I’ve been doing to get speedy for ball hockey!  Plus after this hour workout I went home and shovelled for 40 minutes… omg my arms were dead

Thursday- went to the gym after work (9am) and did 40 mis on the elliptical (my hip and calf have been bugging me again) and then just 20 on the treadmill cause I wanted to do my sprint training.  I had done weights mon-wed so I figured I’d just do my assisted pull ups and be done. 

Side not on the pull-ups- I downed the weight to 80lbs, meaning I was pulling up 70lbs of my own weight (I think I had it last set at 90 or 100 I’ll have to look back in my blogs/exercise notes) and SHITE was it so much harder.  I did 3 rounds of 10 reps, then 8, then 5.  Gah gotta keep at it, but pretty sure my work is paying off… no?


looking more like Kelly Rippa arms booooya!

4. My MFP pal (that I have been doing the weekly challenges with) and I have come up with this weeks goal of fitting more fruit and veggies into our daily meals  so my goal is fitting in at least 8 servings a day.

I have been killing it on the fruit/veggie eating goal.  Salads, oranges for snacks, and omg can I tell you I feel fuller longer or that a little mandarin orange tides me over till i get home and cook dinner! Not that I didn’t know this but I had started to slack on how many f/v I was eating

so as long as I fit some working out in this weekend and don’t over do it at the 2 xmas parties I’m going to I’m thinking good things will happen on the scale! Happy Weekend!

Nikki-Mini goals week 1

I’m back from feeling sickly, but still a bit stressed with all the stuff I have coming up this next month.  My basketball coaching gig starts today after the shift I picked up at my relief job.  Plus i really need to get over to our second property to do some work.  We are so close to finishing the renos, but Ryan and I don’t have a full day where either of us can go and work at it.  We’ll both be popping in for a few hours daily this week and slowly working away at it.  Cross your fingers for me (us) that we can finish by Sunday!

Even though I’m going to be busy as a bee I need to set some weekly goals to work on that will help me reach my final goals which are supposed to be done in like 16 or maybe it’s 17 weeks now… I’ll have to double check.  I know I can fit in even an hour work out at least 4 days this week.  If I put it in a blog I’m more likely to stick to doing what I said.

So for this week there are my mini goals.

1. Track all food on MFP and complete my entries-I never finish my entries after lunch

2. Do 20 pushups before bed (a day) home or work

3. fit in 4 work outs- Monday night (might have to be at 10pm), Tuesday morning, Wednesday morning, and Thursday morning.  I’m not counting the snowboarding I’m doing with work as a workout, it’s just extra, same with Ball Hockey.

4. My MFP pal (that I have been doing the weekly challenges with) and I have come up with this weeks goal of fitting more fruit and veggies into our daily meals  so my goal is fitting in at least 8 servings a day.

Also weighed in: 151 lbs

so that is -1  lb

I kind of think that when I start weight training 2-3x a week my weight goes up almost immediately.   Of course because muscle weighs more than fat, but it’s just odd how every time I start lifting weights consistently my weight increases and then because I haven’t done weights in like 2 weeks my weight has dropped a bit.


Nikki-weighing in

Well I guess it’s been 2 weeks and I’m supposed to check in.

Current weight: 152lbs

So I’m back up the 2lbs I lost, with no real reason.  I know I was hungry last week, like a bottom less pit but I didn’t go crazy with by overeating. I have been working out, though I did only make it to the gym once last week because everyday off I had was spent doing home renovations on our second property, but really 8-10 hours a day painting, cleaning and all that stuff burns calories too! So who knows, it could be water retention it could be that I’ve put on muscle weight considering my arms have spent close to 60 hours painting.  Plus I’m still doing a ton of push ups daily.   I’m not disappointed with that because I know it hasn’t been self sabotage, but I do want to see the weight numbers go down, so I’m going to have to up my cardio somehow, since that’s where I’ve been lacking lately.

I finished my crunches challenge with my MFP friend, the goal was 420 crunches for the week, I did 480.  Starting today our challenge is Squats.  So my goal is to fit in 1000 squats this week.  I can do these at work (like today I work 15 hours, tomorrow is a 24 shift) so I can do these in the office and I’ll fit them in at the gym when I go later in the week.

That is all for today.  I’ll aim for photos for the next check in to see if these push ups are paying off yet.

Nikki-Working towards a pull up or toning up

Goal number 4 of mine is to do a pull up. Just one single pull up that is not done on the assisted pull up machine. So I’ve been doing some research about what exactly I need to focus my training on for that goal.  I don’t know if it’s possible, but I am going to make sure I am working at it.

Good news- kid at work who told me I had chicken wings decided today that I’ve been working out and my arms are no longer as flappy.  That’s weird considering he told me on FRIDAY my arms needed some work and I didn’t do any weight training this weekend.  another note of good news, 2 of the other kids at work were semi bored last night and started arm wrestling which turned into seeing who could do push ups of different kinds: elbows in, elevated feet etc.  One of my kids wants to start running with me, so when I’m double staffed or no other kids are home I think we might go out for a quick 30 minute run (he plays football, rugby and well has ADHD, so he’ll be good to run for ever) which is sweet as I’ll be chanting “I’m getting paid right now” every time I want to stop and walk.

I’m not going to weigh in on a weekly basis like I had been since that’s not the main focus of my goals, but I haven’t decided when.. every 2 weeks? once a month? guess I’ll figure it out soon.

What I am going to do is keep track of my push ups/pull ups and on a weekly basis report back about reps etc.  I wont tell you every last thing I’ve done but just numbers for the week. don’t want to completely bore everyone.

It was good and bad at the gym this morning.  I had just started my weight training after cardio, I was about done the first circuit when a trainer interrupted me to ask if I wanted to try this new Body Composition Scan.  It figures out your Total body Water, Body Fat etc… take a look below.

Basically to sum it up it told me it recommends that I lose 13.2 lbs (since it weighed me in at 153.7lbs) so that’s around what I’d like to lose which is alright.  I also need to do a few more reps on the left side of my body because the right is slightly stronger.

Finished off this scan and went back to my workout but I already felt like I had cooled down so I did one more circuit and called it quits, tomorrows another day at the gym.

Random lunch update:

Healthy lunch Chicken, tomato, spinach, homemade skinny dipping tzatziki, green onion and havarti cheese. About 480 Cals which is a bit more than I’d usually want for a wrap but I was not hungry this am so I didn’t eat breaky (which I don’t usually do!)

Here are a few of the articles I’ve found thus far in regards to pull-ups, if you’re interested.

You Can Progress to a Pull Up

Experience Life

Also found this video to work on my push up, since I want to be able to do 20 without being out of breath and tired, Like I used to when I was like 18


Nikki-new goals

I have new goals! and I’m hoping my readers will help me stay motivated and accountable! 

I still want to lose about 10-15 lbs but that’s not my total focus.  I feel flabby and weak.  I want to feel as strong as I did when I was only doing weights twice a week with my trainer so that is the basis of my new goal.

I feel good, I really do at my size, but there are some of my clothes that feel tight even though the chart below shows that I have lost inches in the last few months.   I think it’s mainly that I have been focusing on running so much instead of weight training and not really counting all my calories so I feel bigger than I maybe actually am because I don’t feel as strong as I did.  Oh right, for those of you who didn’t know I have been blogging from Nikkiinhighgear since my last post here, I also ran 2 half marathons in 2012! one with Jill in May and one in September all by my lonesome lol.   I’ve really enjoyed both and plan on doing a few more next spring/summer/fall, Any who here is the chart.

June 2011 July  2012 October 2012
Upper Arm  12.5 11 10.5
Chest 39.5 38 37
Waist 34.25 31 32
ABD 39 37 35.5
Hips 42 42 41
Thigh 27 23.5 23
Calf 14.75 15 15
Weight 171 152 152

So really I don’t feel like I’m in a bad position at all with where my inches have gone up a little or gone down a little.  But here’s to building muscle and making those inches even smaller!

MY NEW GOALS-to be complete by March 27 2013 which is 22 weeks away!

1. Weight train 2-3x weekly

2. To be able to do 20 regular push ups with no breaks and without being totally out of breath after.

3. Reach goal weight of 140lbs

this is a goal I don’t know if I’ll be able to actually accomplish, but I’m going to try!

4. Do one unassisted pull up

I have NEVER had enough upper body strength to do even one pull up, but I would like to work on that.  If I don’t get there, at least I tried but I would like to know that if I fell off a cliff and was hanging there I would have enough upper body strength to pull myself up!

Here is the dreaded part that I think makes me most accountable, sharing my before photos!

as much as I am happy at where I am in my skin, I’m not always so confident in showing off my skin. I wont go into a list of “I hates” about my body because that’s just lame and I don’t feel like being lame today (though I do have those days, we all do)

October 2012
152 lbs
Can you tell I didin’t know what to do with my hands? lol also sorry about the bed head!


so  here’s a list of things I like: My legs are more toned from all the running I have been doing, I love the dorky smile I have plastered on my face, Even though my boobs are a full cup size smaller than when I started this entire journey I think they’re still looking Great!, I actually really like the entire middle/side photo I think I look very strong, I’ve always had this fascination about collar bones that pop out just slightly an I think mine are about as perfect as pop out can be.

Alright thanks for checking in! more to come soon!