I had a very busy summer mostly focused on training for my 50 km race which meant lots of running and lots of eating whatever I wanted. Then I had an insane September – October at work and continued to eat whatever I wanted and lots of very decadent food at work events. My clothes started to feel a bit tight and when I stepped on the scale towards the end of October I saw I’d put on quite a few pounds. I decided that I could a) continue to eat my way through November and December and start 2014 feeling gross or I could B) start getting myself under control right then and there. I chose the latter and I’m feeling great about three weeks into it.
1. I put my money where my mouth is
I signed up for Bobbi’s Holiday Shred (which I LOVE. It includes a meal plan, a shopping list, workouts every week and a Facebook accountability group for six weeks – amazing bang for my buck! and I also signed up for a Diet Bet challenge that Cori started. I had to pony up $25 but as long as I lose 4% of my weight in four weeks I get that money back. I am very motivated by money so working hard to get that 4% off.
2. I pulled out the measuring cups and food scale again
It’s SO easy to overdo portions and therefore eat more calories than necessary. It’s pretty simple and quick for me to start measuring things out using a measuring cup, tablespoons and the food scale and it helps keep me in check. I even use it to measure out my glasses of wine now so I keep it to 3 – 5 oz when I’m having a random glass at home during the week! I’m also logging my food using MyFitnessPal.
3. The mile a day challenge
I can’t lie, the mile a day challenge has been hard this week, it’s been super cold here. About – 10 to – 15 C (5 to 14 F) but I’ve been bundling up and getting out for my mile every day since December 1 (above is me and Chloe post run the other night!). Eric even came with me the last two nights which was a real treat since he’s not a runner, but he’s ok with doing a mile with me! This is an excellent way for me to burn an extra 100ish calories every day this month and also a way to ensure I move my body every single day!
4. I indulge when it’s worth it
The other night our team went for pedicures, wine and snacks as a mini party/celebration after our busy season. You can bet I indulged in several glasses of wine and lots of delicious chips and guacamole. To me, those kinds of celebrations are worth it. However, I’m trying not to indulge on a daily basis and avoid the daily treats and baking that tend to show up in the office this time of year because that isn’t worth it to me. Occasional indulgences also keep me from feeling like I’m missing out on all the fun of the holidays!
5. Holiday Tea!
It can be tempting to have a glass of wine most nights during this season. There is just something wonderful about gazing at my Christmas Tree with a glass of yummy malbec in my hand. However those calories add up fast. So instead I’ve been enjoying delicious holiday tea’s in my Christmas cup every night after dinner. Candy Cane and Gingerbread are two of my favourites. It also helps curb the sweet tooth craving I get every night!
What are your best tips for staying healthy during the holiday season?
I’m a little late posting my November recap, which will probably be the theme of December. So busy and so much to do. I was thinking this past weekend that December weekends are like the summer weekends — never ever long enough. We have been out and about almost every evening running errands or Christmas shopping/doing something related to the season! I am so looking forward to having 9 days off in a row at Christmas time, even though it will be a whirlwind 9 days!
Anyways, onto my November recap. A decent month for me. A little less crazy at work than October but still fairly busy. I have really started working on my health in November between joining the Holiday Shred, signing up for a Diet Bet and also signing up for the mile a day challenge. I do not want to enter the New Year feeling out of control with my health and would rather get a handle on it right now!
Two things I’m obsessed with right now — roasted brussel sprouts and mashed sweet potatoes made with coconut oil. SO good.
Since i was in Chicago for Canadian Thanksgiving I did not get get a Thanksgiving meal this year! So randomly Eric and I decided to celebrate (and by celebrate I mean eat the food) on American Thanksgiving this year. We decided this at 6 pm on Thursday night which resulted in an 8:30 pm dinner, but it was super delicious and hit the spot big time. I also have been eating the leftovers all weekend.
Lowest running month in awhile at 54.8 miles / 88.1 km. But I did go to yoga quite a bit (probably 2-3 times a week on average) and also started the Holiday Shred so have big time added strength training back into my routine, something I have been wanting to do for a long, long time. I’m hoping that doing mile a day in December will help push my 2013 miles up to 1,100 miles. The most I’ve ever done in one year!
Lots of runs were done in the DARK this month so the headlamp has made a reappearance and I also went to the local running store last night to get a flashing light and reflective buff.
Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult – This book was just OK. I remember loving Picoult but haven’t read one of her books in a long time. I gave this book three stars. What I did really appreciate about this book was how it tackled some very real, but very hard, subjects to talk about like how hard marriage can be and also how hard it is to be a new parent. I obviously don’t know about the latter one from experience but I thought the book was likely very realistic and really made the reader empathize with how difficult it was for the main character to be a mom to her son with virtually no support system.
Night Road by Kristin Hannah – I loved this book. It is centred around a very heavy and sad topic but the author does an amazing job not only showing the perspectives from three different characters but also making you empathize with all three from a grieving mother to a five year old girl. It was a page turner and one of those books where I became so attached to the characters I felt like I would miss them when I finished it.
My favourite look this month is this super cute headband/scarf set that my grandma made me. How lucky am I to have a crafty grandma!
Here it is as worn to work one day!
And here is my favourite blue blazer worn two different ways when I was in Vancouver for meetings mid month!
And that about wraps up November. Just for kicks, here is a cute photo of my silly wiggle butt
What were your meals, miles, books and looks for November?
Beautiful pink sky during a walk with Chloe the other morning!
So while I’m still working out regularly my running has really fallen by the wayside. I know that I should be fine with this since I ran SO MUCH this summer and fall but I love running and feel bummed I’m not loving it lately. Because of this I’ve decided to join in on the December Run Challenge the race directors of my favourite trail series are putting on. The challenge is to run 1 mile every day in December. Last year I started participating in this but doing a mix of runs and walks but then I got sick halfway through the month and gave up. This year I am hoping to make it the entire 31 days and actually RUN a mile (or more) every day. There is a loop around our house that we regularly walk Chloe on which is exactly a mile so that will be perfect for those days when that is all I do. I will also try to fit in 2 – 3 runs per week that are longer than a mile.
Anyways, hopefully this will rekindle my love of running as I plan on starting training for a March half-marathon in January. Plus it will be a great way to get in some extra activity during this busy busy season that is full of treats!
On to last weeks workouts. I am really loving the Holiday Shred I’m doing right now with Bobbi and all the strength training. Who would have thought I’d ever say that? Turns out when the workouts are created for me and I don’t have to put any thought into them I enjoy strength training. Plus all the workouts so far take less than 40 minutes to complete which is a big plus in my books!
3 of the 4 dogs on our Sunday morning run. We were quite the mix with the boxer, german shepherd mix, daschund and border collie (not pictured)!
HIIT Workout from Holiday Shred (PM)
4.25 mile run (AM)
60-minute yoga class + 15-minute strength workout from Holiday Shred (PM)
30-minute GPP workout from Holiday Shred (AM)
75-minute moksha hot yoga class (PM)
25-minute Holiday Shred workout + 40-minute walk with my mom and Chloe (AM)
3 mile run + 75-minute flow yoga class (AM)
5.5 mile run – four friends and four dogs. Great Sunday morning run in the trails!
So I got in three runs, three yoga classes, four Holiday Shred workouts and one rest day! Very happy with how last week went down in terms of workouts and just loving this balance I have right now between strength, yoga and running. I also got in a handful of walks with Chloe that I didn’t keep track of. Usually those walks are only 10 – 20 minutes long so I don’t track them. I am looking forward to turning those into 1 mile runs at least once a day and keeping track of all of them. This holiday season I am really trying to put my health first so I don’t enter January feeling sluggish and unhealthy!
What are your workouts looking like lately? Has anyone ever done a 1-mile per day challenge? I know 1-mile per day seems like nothing but it will be the longest I’ve ever ran in a row if I make it through all 31 days. I have done yoga every day for 30 days though and that’s a much bigger commitment so I’m sure I can make this happen!