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.



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-dreaded treadmill

I didn’t make last weeks running goal.  I knew I would have a hard time making it, but this week I will make up for it. The only problem this week is, it’s actually winter all of a sudden! it’s -20 outside right now and it will reach -8 later in the day but I like to get my runs over with in the am so that I can actually enjoy my day, so off to the gym I go! (started my blog yesterday)

There are just a few problems I have with running on the treadmill. 

 One of those problems is that it’s not realistic in running a mile.  The ground outside doesn’t move.  I read a few articles about treadmill km/miles etc (here’s one), but I also recall reading an article stating that the miles are shorter than running an actual mile outside so I don’t even know if I’m running as far as I need to be.

The second problem I have is, WOW do my joints and entire body hurt even more from running on the treadmill then outside.  I only ran for about 40 minutes yesterday (4.16miles on the treadmill) and the entire left side of my body was hurting all day.  It really felt like my knee just wanted to dislocate.  I’m feeling about as sore as when I ran the 14km outside.

The third problem, It’s just so much nicer to run outside in the fresh air, with nicer views, no perfume that I have no idea why women spray on before they work out.  Don’t get me wrong I will always run on a treadmill in the gym to get a good work out in, and I miss having a treadmill at home to have even easier access to working out.   BUT now that I’m so in like with running outside it is a struggle to go to the gym to go on the treadmill when I could just go outside.

Treadmill Workouts I have tried some of these.  My Pyramid Intervals, don’t look exactly like the routine in this link but are similar and get the job done.   The rolling hills and hike settings are alright to, especially now that I’m training for this mountain half marathon. 

Sidenote and something to look forward to: My mom’s best friend, Liz (who lead the Christmas running lights tour- if you remember that blog) ran this same Half Marathon and has offered some support by coming to cheer me on during the run.  Can’t wait to see what my Mom and Liz bring to cheer with!  She also offered to make me spaghetti and stay at her home in Canmore the night before so I am set for this run!  Thanks Liz!

Alright so the goal for this week is 32km with another 14km run making up most of those.  Good thing Jill and I are facing the freezing weather together and running outside today, I need a break from the treadmill already!  


Nikki-blew that goal outta the water

Wow does time fly! it’s been nearly a week since my last blog.  I’ve just been sooooooo busy that I’ve had no time to write, and this week is another busy week that is almost over, so hopefully I will be able to fit in another one at on Friday.

I want to start with going over the goal I set last week. My goal was to run a total of 25 km by saturday.  Did I make it? You betcha I did.  I actually kind of blew last weeks goal out of the water by running 34.73km.   I had mentioned earlier in the week that I had already ran around 11km but on Saturday Jill mapped out a “lovely” 14km run for us to take on.  I think we did amazing as that is our longest run to date and

We ran it in: 1 hour and 37min 24seconds.  

Our average speed was: 7min 03sec (which was because we walked the last km, omg did we ever need it after running all those hills and ending on the up, of Groat Rd).

Our fastest Km was: 6min 27sec which I’m not going to lie was going down groat road.

are slowest time: 7min 56sec running back up that same area!  So now that we’ve run 14km we know how fast we can do it and can aim a to run a bit faster and add-on a few km!

We were so excited at the end we high fixed and  hugged.   I can only imagine the end of the half marathon with shared tears of amazement, happiness and exhaustion over accomplishing this huge goal we’ve set upon ourselves.  I’m hoping I have someone there to take pictures of that moment for me cause I picture my ugly crying face to come out lol.   I think I will want to show my kids (one day when I have some) pictures of this race and then end, just to show them they can do anything they put their minds to.  I might even show my kids at work cause they already think I’m crazy for running a half marathon.

This week is going to be a bit harder to fit in 25+km.  I just got back from a work snowboarding trip (sounds awesome right? ya, I was!) so I was working 24/7 for the last 3 days, I am about to head out with Aline to fit in at least 6km (she’s training for the 10km in may to!!) but tomorrow I work from 7am-10pm and friday I am leaving for Calgary for the weekend. I will take my running gear but I doubt there will be time to run (will try to squeeze in even a quick daily 5 km since I can do that in half and hour).  So I guess I will set my goal to run 20km as I bet between today and friday I can at least get those km in and anything else I do is a positive! Next week I’ll set my goal higher, it’s my slow week at work which means I have 4 days off to train and blog… but I’ve got to run and put in some KM for this week.  Have a good one!

Nikki-that stupid thing call motivation

I have days where I’m so motivated it’s almost shocking to myself and I have days where I’m so unmotivated I can hardly stand myself for being so lazy.   Wednesday was one of those days.  I got up, went to the gym, worked out with my trainer and then was so tired that I decided it was a sweat pants do nothing day.   Some would say ” That’s all fine and dandy since you already worked out for a full hour”  but considering I haven’t gone running yet this week and usually I go running after I do a workout at the gym, I’m feeling bad about it!

When these days, where I’m so tired I can hardly keep my eyes open after 3 cups of coffee, come along it’s sure hard to convince myself its a smart idea to get to the gym.  It doesn’t help that I’m stressed out.  We’re moving in less than 20 days, we found someone to rent our old place and need to do paper work, we need to pack, we need to get blinds, we need to do this and that and the list goes on and on…    I’m also working 3 jobs again, next week I have a 70 hour work week and that is only between 2 jobs!

 Exercise is a huge stress relief for me but when I’m not sleeping more than 5 hours a night and I am mentally and physically exhausted from lack of sleep and stressing about everything that needs to be done it’s hard to convince myself that exercise is the right thing to do, especially if it’s my only time off in a day.  Do I go to the gym? or do I visit with Ryan for that hour that we can actually spend together.  Oh life’s decisions!  

I wont be reaching my goal of fitting in 3 different classes at Spa Lady this week, and I’m unsure about my running goal, so far I’ve only been out once.  Thank goodness we are dog sitting and Margaret is there needed to get out of the house for a run, she’s the only thing that got me moving the other day.  That’s just how things are right now though,  it wont be forever, I’ve worked out everyday this week except today, so I’m still doing good, just not as good as I’d hoped… there’s always next week though!