Ahhh, Sleep . . .

I have long known that I need more sleep than most people.

True confession: No matter how many hours I get in the night, I sleep walk out of bed each morning, no matter how early or how late. I nod off at parties (you’ve all seen me!). When I was going thru the worst of menopause, I’d sneak out to my car at lunch and go into a deep coma for 45 minutes. I can nap on a hard wooden floor, no problem. My husband calls me ‘the incredible sleeping woman’. (He thinks it’s funny, but I know it’s true).

People might speculate that it’s because I have an active lifestyle with teaching/leading fitness and yoga, running 3x per week, etc. I think that all of those things give me a good, deep sleep at night. And I just need a lot of sleep. Continue reading “Ahhh, Sleep . . .”

Race Report

5 weeks into My Eight Weeks to Fit, race day came! Around the Bay, 2017, a 30k road race around the bay of Hamilton, Ontario. 9,000 runners do this race! Luckily, we can relay it, so I’d signed up to do the 2nd lap of 15k. Full knowledge that this second lap goes from rolling hills to a few big hill ascents to get back up the escarpment, including The Epic Hill at 25k which is about 600m long.

Weather predictions for days before were grim, hovering around freezing and predicting a lot of rain and wind. Saturday was all that, miserable in Hamilton. On Sunday, Race Day, the rains were mostly done – just the feisty winds to contend with!

As I hung out in the school buses with the other 2nd relayers waiting for our partners, we saw the elite runners cross the 15k mark at about 40 minutes. That’s a 3:00 minute km, folks. Incredible. Got me excited, I wanted to race! (This is not normal for me, usually I’m resigned to ‘let’s see what happens’.)

Starting at 15k

My relay partner came in, we swapped the chip, and oh so lucky for me, another friend’s relay partner came at the same time, so I was able at least to start my 15k with Stacy. Continue reading “Race Report”

If we ‘are what we eat’, why do we eat crap?

We all have the best of intentions when it comes to our food, intellectually knowing that ‘we are what we eat’ and thus we should not eat crap. So why is it so difficult to follow that path?! I’ll admit, this has been the hardest part of ‘My 8 Weeks to Fit’.

Planning and Prep

Most weekends, we tend to cook big batches of stew, soup, grilled chicken, brown rice and the like. Love the slow cooker! So Monday and Tuesday are pretty much covered with left overs. Then the trouble begins! If I don’t have some good options in the fridge, it’s tempting to eat a piece of toast with peanut butter, make pasta, or eat chips. Did I mention I love starchy carbs?! Continue reading “If we ‘are what we eat’, why do we eat crap?”

Checking In: Half Way Thru!

The past 3 – 4 weeks have flown by! Because I love lifting weights (both during the exercise, and how you feel after), getting 3 good workouts in a week has been a joy! Eating the right food has been much more of a challenge – I’ll talk about that more in another post.

Back at the beginning, I took measurements of my weight, % body fat, % water, % muscle, bone density, and of my main body parts. I am not going to revisit those metrics til the end of the 8 weeks. Well, okay, I have stepped on the scale a few times and see it moving in the right direction! Continue reading “Checking In: Half Way Thru!”

So, why are you doing this?

‘Mom, why are you doing this?’, asked my 21-year old daughter. ‘You look so fit and athletic.’ Thank you! But, the fact is, my weight’s up a little, I’ve lost some muscle mass, and these things show up on camera. People make decisions based on a lot of factors: content, value, applicability, and, likability and a sense of affinity.

‘You shouldn’t have to look a certain way to demonstrate your expertise. People should be listening and watching what you’re teaching, rather than judging your body.’

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Skipping

What’s the big deal? We used to skip every recess as kids (girls) and thought it was so much fun, right?! Double Dutch, skiiers, skipping to rhymes and songs.

Have you skipped lately? Ahem, neither had I! The first few tries were rather bad, I have to say. Skip about 8 times, then catch a toe. Reset. Skip about 12 times, catch a toe. What-the? I found it helped to look at a blank wall, rather than watch myself in the mirror. After the first couple of days, I settled in, yay!

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Those Dark Chocolates

I have to admit, I am LOVING my workouts! I’ve found I need to do three sets of everything, and tend to do exercises in a mini-circuit of three. Now to the real game-changer . . . nutrition.

I don’t have a sweet tooth, lucky for me! But . . . I realize that I have something pretty much the same, and that is a craving for starchy carbs (one step away from sugar). They’re just so easy and satisfying, no? Mmmm, a piece of rye toast with butter. Or the Egg & Cheddar breakfast sandwich at Starbucks (instead of Oatmeal, which is much better but you can’t eat that while driving). Okay, there’s another confession, I don’t always eat mindfully. Who am I kidding? Most days, I’m slipping in food between classes & clients. Continue reading “Those Dark Chocolates”