Yogaversary!

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Today is my four year yogaversary! I first signed up for a yoga membership at my studio on April 15, 2010 and I haven’t looked back since. While the cost for my monthly membership isn’t exactly cheap, I go about 3 – 4 times per week on average and yoga has led to so many positive things, so in my mind it is totally worth it. I’m so glad I’ve stuck it out for the past four years. I credit yoga to my more relaxed outlook on life, I really feel like I’ve mellowed out in the last four years. I also credit yoga to the fact that I can do so much training and long-distance running and I haven’t been injured since 2010 (coincidentally, the same year I started doing regular yoga). For me, yoga is so much more than physical. It is all about the mental aspect of it. I just feel so much more centred, calm and truly zen-like after a good yoga class. I can’t ever imagine not having it as part of my routine! In fact, when I went to Kentucky a couple of weeks ago and only practiced yoga once in a week I really noticed how stiff my body felt from not practicing regularly. I’m amazed at how good yoga keeps my body feeling.

I was really trying hard to get to 400 yoga classes by my four year anniversary but with how much I was out of town this spring it didn’t happen. I think I’m at like 390 classes though so I’ll consider that a win. And that doesn’t include classes I’ve attended at studios other than my regular studio so if you include those I’m sure it would be 400.

In honour of my four year yogaversary here are some of my favourite yoga blog posts over the past four years. As a side note, the majority of these are from 2011. I need to start writing about yoga more again!

I love yoga so much! It is a very very close second to running for my favourite activity, but in all honesty if I had to choose between the two of them I don’t think I could. I know that has a lot to do with the amazing yoga studio I go to as well. I don’t really do yoga at home and practice 3 – 4 times per week in the studio. The studio I go to is full of awesome teachers, many different styles of yoga (hot and non-heated) and is just a really supportive, fun, relaxing place to be.

Here’s to many, many more years of being smitten with yoga!

 

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DietBet Week 1 + Last Week’s Workouts

Good Morning and Happy Monday! This post is coming at you from bed late on Sunday night after staying up much too late watching Game of Thrones. Man, that show. I was on the edge of my seat the whole episode and have to say I’m quite pleased with the ending! I know that any other GoT fans will know exactly what I mean :)

So last week I told you all about my DietBet strategy and I decided another facet of the strategy would be to do a quick update before my weekly workout recaps.

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Week 1 went fairly well. I ate extremely clean Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of last week. I actually think I almost ate a little *too* clean and cut back on the carbs too much as I really wasn’t feeling great on Wednesday morning. Nothing a little sushi for lunch couldn’t fix. I managed to stay under the MyFitnessPal calorie goal every day last week but went a little overboard with a couple of meals out this weekend. I tried to keep it somewhat in check though by watching my portion sizes and stopping when I was full for both meals. I’ve lost a few pounds already this first week but I know losing the last half of my 4%, and keeping it off, will be the really tricky part. It’s going to take some seriously good eating!

While I’m happy with my eating during week 1 I know it could have been better. I’m going to give myself a B+ for the first week of the DietBet challenge but I’m going to aim for an A during week 2! 

Onto last week’s workouts. Why can’t eating clean be as easy as working out for me?

Monday

75-minute yoga class + Crossfit WOD

Right after work I went to the last arm balancing class of the six week workshop I did (I missed one week when I was in Kentucky). I still can’t really do any of the arm balances we practiced but at least now I know the proper way to get into them. I really just need to commit to practicing more at home.

Then I came home and did the following Crossfit WOD I saw on my friend Kelley’s instagram. This took 17 minutes and absolutely killed me. I was dripping sweat.

7 rounds of:

  • 7 aussie pull-ups
  • 7 burpees
  • 7 kettleball swings
  • 7 box jumps
  • 7 push press (45#)

Tuesday

4.0 mile / 6.4 km trail run + 75-minute hot yoga class

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In the morning I went for a run with my friend and her dog. It was the first time we went back to doing our “loop” trail route which is a very very hilly 4 mile/6 km route that takes us exactly an hour. I was rewarded with a beautiful sunrise for getting out of bed early. Then after work I went to a traditional hot style yoga class which was very very hot and I was dripping sweat.

Wednesday 

4.5 mile / 7.25 km run (Track repeats + strength)

I knew I was going to the track after work to do yasso’s (800 metre repeats) with the Running Room so I decided to bring my kettleball along and add in some strength between each repeat.

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1.5 mile warm-up to track (I dropped my kettleball off beforehand)

5 rounds of:

  • 800 metre run
  • 20 kettleball swings (26#)
  • 15 sit-ups
  • 10 push-ups

This was a good workout! With the warm-up and then the five rounds it took about an hour.

Thursday

3.8 mile / 6 km run + 75-minute yoga class

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After a very long day at work me and Chloe met Carmine and Donut for the waterfall run. It was Carmine and I that first discovered the waterfall route so it was fun to do it with her again. After that I went to yoga with my mom and it was an awesome class!

Friday 

Ripped in 30 Level 1

I seriously hemmed and hawed about working out on Friday (I had the day off) and finally around 11am I did the first level of Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30. I used to love the 30 Day Shred and Ripped in 30 did not disappoint! I will definitely do this workout again. I burned 300 calories in 30 minutes.

Saturday 

10 mile / 16 km trail run

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Long run for the week started early at 7 am on Saturday! My friend’s husband took us on some new trails and I really really loved this run. The best part is I didn’t even have to drive somewhere. Yup, I can walk right out my front door and be in the trails in less than a km and then continue to do 16 km in the trails. How lucky am I??

Sunday

Rest

We did do quite a bit of stuff around the house though including cleaning off our deck, putting together our new BBQ and I did laundry so that included multiple trips up and down the stairs. I think I’ll call it an active rest? :)

And that’s a wrap! If you are doing the DietBet how did week 1 go for you? How was your week of workouts last week? 

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Friday Coffee Date!

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When I can’t think of what to post on a Friday morning a Friday morning coffee date never fails me!

If we were having coffee this morning I would definitely be drinking it out of my new favourite San Francisco mug. I seriously cannot believe how much I fell in love with that city. I’m already counting the days until I go back in September!

If we were having coffee this morning I would say speaking of traveling and visiting new places, we leave for Ireland in 29 sleeps. How is that even possible? I still have to book one car rental and one flight and other than the itinerary is pretty mapped out. What’s a bit different about this trip is that while the “skeleton” of the itinerary is mapped out for us (where we’ll be on what nights) the days are still very open and free. We don’t have a lot of specific sights to see but just want to see the country in general. I am going to do a post next week on advice for what to pack and what to pack it in!

If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you I’m so thankful I have today off work! I slept in until 8:30 and will now do some puttering around the house and get a workout in before having lunch with my mom and going to get a pedicure. Lovely, relaxing Friday if you ask me. I am doing a 2.5 hour run tomorrow starting at 7 am so relaxing today is key.

If we were having coffee this morning we would probably talk about reading and I would beg you to give me some can’t-put-it-down book recommendations. I haven’t read a really really good book in ages. I mean a book where I would read for hours at a time and literally couldn’t put down. Help?

If we were having coffee this morning we would probably talk about our weekends and I would say; tell me, what are you doing this weekend?

Happy Friday! Xo

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