Goals & Fear…

imagesYB2WJAAWRecently I have been asked as to what my goals and intentions are around my health and fitness. I promptly responded with my “a healthier, happier version of me.” That has been my standard response for about the last year until I was called out over the weekend. I could be a happier version of me at this size, hmmmm truth, so I did some thinking….

Now, it doesn’t matter what self-help book you pick up and motivational speaker you talk to, they will all tell you the same thing. Goals need to be “SMART” Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. When I look at my health and fitness in this manner I have lost my way a little bit. When I first began working with Taren and Emelia we laid out some pretty specific benchmarks, climb the Grouse Grind and complete a 5K. Both of which I did and since then I haven’t been working towards anything, I have been floundering and the scale and workouts reflect that. So last night I put pen to paper and did some brain storming and some writing.

Long Term Goals

  1. To weigh between 150-160lbs in 2 years – doing this with the Dr. prescribed 2lbs a week. According the math, I should reach this a head of the 2 year mark, but I am buffering in bad weeks (that is the smart part of it!)
  2. To be able to look in the mirror and love the reflection that is looking back at me along the way, not just when I reach the goal, but every day, regardless of the number that is on the scale

When I look at those two goals, they both scare me to bits and inspire me, but I still didn’t find my motivation for the gym….so, made a cup of tea and did a bit more thinking….

Along the Way Goals (for at least the next year)…

  1. To complete a 5k…again…running 95% of it and beat my last time (Summer 2015)
  2. To complete a 8K (Fall 2015)
  3. To complete a 10K (Spring 2016)
  4. To complete a half marathon (Summer 2016)
  5. Take up boxing/kickboxing (register by March 1, 2015)
  6. Climb the Grouse Grind (till I get my time down to less than an hour)
  7. Climb The Chief (Fall 2015)

Now, some of these I need to review with the trainers and see if they are logical, doable and all that good stuff…..part of me really wants to climb into a whole and hide because some of those I haven’t shared with anyone before. Really only Emelia knows how much I enjoy the boxing/kickboxing sessions, probably more than the running, so that is something that I want to explore, not because I have any interest in stepping into an actual ring, but because I LOVE how I feel after I take those gloves off.

So…..there….that’s it…..excuse me while I go….do my best not to hide.

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All things Smoothies….

Green Goddess Smoothie

Green Goddess Smoothie

Good Morning Everyone! I had no intention of posting anything today, but I was drinking my breakfast and I was compelled to share, so I promise to keep this short 🙂

On this journey I have discovered that smoothies are the best option for me when it comes to breakfast. I value my sleep far to much to get up any earlier than I have to too make breakfast. I have a board on Pinterest dedicated to all things smoothie related because they are so dang tasty, can be made quickly and, if you make the right choices, quite healthy. For me they are also the easiest way that I can get some vegetables into my system because honestly….I HATE eating vegetables. If you cook them it is defiantly game over, I won’t come within 2 feet of them. *Sigh* I can hear my mother shaking her head from here…

There is no shortage of smoothie recipes all over Pinterest and the Internet. I have a bunch of favorites, but thought I would share 2 of my favorites in case you are stuck and looking for tested and enjoyed options!

Green Goddess Smoothie

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (choose your preference – almond milk, regular milk, etc)

handful of blueberries

1 Wheatgrass juice cube

1-2 tsp of Spirulina

1/2 of a banana

1 scoop of Vega One French Vanilla

large helping of Spinach and/or Kale, a couple ice cubes and onto the Magic Bullet it goes

Green Goddess is my go-to morning smoothie. It took me a little bit to get over the color and adjust to the taste, but now it is seriously so delicious! When I am craving something chocolaty or sweet, usually in the evenings, I go to….

Good For You Reese’s Peanut Buttercup Smoothie

1 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk

1 banana

1 scoop of Vega One Chocolate

1 tsp almond butter

3-4 ice cubes and onto the Magic Bullet it goes!

I have another one that has strawberries and beets in it, but I am still trying to get my brain around the taste of beets. I don’t care what my Grandpa Gill says beets do not taste like candy!

The great thing about smoothies is you can put whatever you want in them and what suits you. I am a dairy free girl, so my go-to’s are coconut/almond/soy milk, as someone that is also breaking her sugar addiction, everything is purchased in its “unsweetened” form. Yes, fruit itself has a lot of sugar, give me a break though, I am trying to get the refined sugar forms out of my eating patterns first. I didn’t always use Vega products, I tried a few different brands out, but for right now, Vega gives me what I need. Seriously, I use their Chai flavored powder with carrot juice, a little cinnamon and nutmeg….that one is like carrot cake in a cup. See…I can go on forever about smoothies 🙂

I am starting a healthy love affair with food…how can you tell!

Happy Saturday ya’ll!

Down and Dirty 30 – Day 7 & 8…

Thank you Google

Thank you Google

Why are Day 7 and 8 combined you may ask?….Yesterday was one of those Monday’s where as soon as I turned on my work phone the proverbial sh*t hit the fan and it was go time, so I had no time to hit my little post button. I remembered just before lunch, but was then distracted with a phone call and then remembered again at around 8 last night and decided I will just combine the two days.

Sunday went a lot better than Saturday! I kept myself occupied with a project where I purged out drawers and cupboards I haven’t touched in quite some time. It felt great to organize, I also think that it was a little bit of a mental cleansing as well, you know…clear out the old and make room for the new that is coming into your life? Wow, am I glad that quotes of the world are not left up to me! Lol. Wanna see what it looks like when you forget to put your Fitbit on till after lunch time? Wanna know what I sound like when I realize I forgot to put my Fitbit on? Well for the first one; go have a look down below at Sunday’s photo and for the second….my Mumma reads my posts, so I can’t. But I will say although I am an educated woman, I once again displayed the vocabulary of a sailor. Exercise wise I went for a walk and did some yoga! I have discovered that my brain has a very difficult time “relaxing” during yoga. Does anyone else find this? I did really well with eating on Sunday. I suppose there was a big of guilt around Saturday so I was trying to “make up for it” a little bit. I did awesome and stayed under my 100g of sugar!

Monday was a whole different ball game. As mentioned, it was one of those days that whatever could go wrong, did. I was smart and when for my walk/power walk/job thing I do at lunch and it was a way to de-stress at bit over lunch. There were points throughout the day that I had to have a serious conversation with myself and not go downstairs to the café for a cookie, or worse, across the street to Tim Horton’s for a doughnut! By the end of the day I was both exhausted from work and the conversations with myself to stop the eating. I ate myself within an inch of my goal for the day. I was very thankful for the season premiere of The Voice! I freakin’ love that show and HELLO…Pharrell AND Gwen Stefani! I am still struggling to reach my 10,000 steps a day because so much of my job is sitting at a desk, I have taken to standing a points throughout the day, which I am convinced creeps my coworkers out, but none have said anything J The days I do Yoga it is even worse because Fitbit doesn’t measure that…..I may have to add in an evening stroll after dinner….stayed tuned for how I choose to tackle this…

On a pleasant note…I stepped on the scale in the gym downstairs in our office and it showed a very promising number! A little to promising, almost impossible promising, so stay tuned as our office receptionist is going to test it out for me in the morning to see if it lied or if I did really well last week!

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Sunday – Day 7

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Monday- Day 8