Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sunday check in

7 km run 39 minutes or so
100 crunches
25 push ups
50 squats

Friday, June 27, 2008

Friday morning at 1:07 am

I have to stop this cannot sleep business. It is tiring me out. I have a plugged up ear, congestion. Eating foods that are not the best for me. What can I say. I am stress eating these days. I know I will get back on track, but for the past two days I have been unable to do so.

I did not exercise today, and most likely not tomorrow either. I will run my 7 km on Sunday morning.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Day 24 and 25 out of 30

Well, here I am. I finished my two days of exercise for the June Challenge.

I ran 4 km yesterday, and 5 km tonight and all of my sit ups, push ups and crunches/

Monday, June 23, 2008

Day 23

Day 23/30! WOOO!

25 min power walk on treadmill at 4.5 mph
3 km walk (6 small walks back and forth to school with and without stroller)
100 crunches
25 push ops
50 squats

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Day 22!

42 minute 7 km run
25 push ups
100 crunches
50 squats

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Sunday Weigh In - Week 25 (weigh in one day early!)

I have lost just over a pound in the last two weeks. I weigh 148.4 pounds this morning. I wanted to record my weight today, because it is a splurge day today at the beach with the kids, family and friends. I already did my workout this morning. So, I will try to feel no guilt. :D

I am trying my hardest to remain motivated. Not very motivating when I have only lost just over a pound in the last TWO weeks. I know I have been pregnant and carried many kids, but I am not liking the loose wrinkly skin on my stomach when I bend forward. There appears to be quite a lot. I do not like the way my underwear cuts into the loose skin. I do not feel good about that. I am also seeing a bit of loose skin on my upper arms, and also on the back of my legs. I do not like that look at all. It doesn't make me feel good. I will keep forging ahead. I know there is surgery for that if I need to. BUT I will get to my goal before I make any decisions etc. Maybe it will shrink up a bit more. I just don't like it when I pull up me jeans and my whole bottom half seems to 'lift' into the pants. Yuck.

I really want to do more weights. I think that will tone me up. I have to try to make time to do that for me. Hard, but I really think this part of the workout will be a must. I have to try my best to do EVERYTHING I can before resorting to surgical means. But I also don't want to have the skin of an 'older person' meaning like somebody who is in their 90's etc. It is just not a good look for me in my 30's.

What keeps me going? Reaching my ultimate goal of 135 pounds. Why should I NOT get there. I WILL get there. It is just taking more time than I would like. That is all. This in my exercise in patience, which I do not have a lot of these days. But I am sure trying that is for sure.

Tomorrow I have a 7 kilometre LSD (Long slow distance) run with my half marathon group. I am looking forward to it. I am truly pounding the pavement, and with each step I picture how it will feel to run 21.1 kms in about 2 hours. 2 hours 14 minutes. How it will feel to receive a finishing medal, and how good that hot tub will feel after my big goal race. It will be something I can FINALLY cross off my 'life list!'

With each passing day, I feel stronger and healthier and more excited about my body. I could do cartwheels for days on end! I also am getting really close to doing my splits again. SOOOOO close. I keep stretching in hopes that I can get back to where I was when I was 16/17 in terms of flexibility only. I have my old grad dress in my closet, and I will be trying it on again to get a visual as to where I was back then. I never weighed myself back then. I never had to worry about what I ate etc. Oh, the joys of an older body LOL!

Twenty One!

Day 21 outa 30! Woo!

30 minute run at 5.6 mph on TM
10 min brisk walk at 3.6 mph on TM
125 crunches of all sorts
50 girl style push ups
50 squats
deep stretching
tri/bi work this morning with hand weights (5 pounds) need 12 pounds now to make it count!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Day 19

Day 19 of 30

walking pushing stroller coupla times
playing at the park (does that count?)
10 min walk 3.5 mph
25 min run at 4.5 mph
50 push ups
50 squats
core twists with stick (just like Mariah Carey LOL)
100 crunches

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Over half way

Day 18/30

4km run - straight run 25 mins
25 push ups
50 squats
100 crunches

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Day 17 of 30

Clinic night tonight! So exciting! My first half clinic has begun! June 17th - October 7th!

16 weeks of training has begun!

4 km straight run 23 minutes
100 crunches
25 push ups
50 squats

Monday, June 16, 2008


Day 16/30

30 mins on treadmill brisk walk at 4.0
and then a bit of a run (like 7 minutes of it at 5.5 mph)
100 crunches
25 push ups
8 pound weights arm routine
50 squats

Monday again

It was a big eating kind of weekend. And a weekend with wine, oh yummy glasses of wine. I think we had a great weekend. I exercised only once over the weekend, but who cares. It was an active weekend, just not totally 'formal' exercise plan.

I am feeling really good at the weight I am at. I am having a hard time getting any lower. So, I think I will be sitting here for a bit. Maybe when I stop feeding Courtney, and I get onto my longer runs closer to my birthday the rest will come off, or maybe it won't.

Well, anyways. That is that. I am back to my healthy eating plan already this morning. I am looking forward to going for a run tonight, doing my June Challenge exercises. And, tomorrow half marathon training BEGINS! I cannot wait for October to do that race!

I am concerned with loose skin on my stomach, and fear that should I lose any more that it will be even more loose. Don't like that so much. So I am going to work more on weights and strength training along with my running/half training and see how I fare. IF I cannot get to be where I want to be skin wise, there is surgery called a tummy tuck that I will seriously consider. I bet you there are pounds of skin there :D

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Day 13 and 14 of 30

Yesterday I took an 'allowed' day off, but I was on my feet with the double stroller pushing atleast 60 pounds around the events of Sports Day x 3 kids in different events. That equalled a lot of pushing and walking! I was tired. I also ate an ice cream sandwich. Yummy.

This morning which is day 14 I ran for 30 mins, 100 crunches, 50 push ups and 50 squats and I ate a McD ice cream cone. My idea, and it was good. Then, I did many cartwheels on the front lawn with our kids! So much fun! Tomorrow is half way through the challenge already!

Tonight we are having sushi, and drinking a bottle of wine (well not the whole bottle LOL) to celebrate Cliff. Tomorrow will be more treats so NO WEIGH in. Nope.

I start my half clinic on Tuesday! Very excited about that.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Day 12 of 30

Day 12/30

4 walks back and forth to school pushing double stroller with 3 kids in it LOL
11 minutes brisk walking outside
10 minutes stair step ups
100 crunches
50 push ups
50 squats

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

a photo op...

So, here I am post race/3rd female finisher overall. In the picture is Deputy Mayor Grant Ward from the Township (he was attending on Mayor Alberts' behalf) and Mayor Fassbender from the City.
Oh, and my new pink hoodie, and my running skirt! Isn't the skirt cute! So there you go.
Oh, I was also in the local newspaper yesterday at the beginning of the race. My parents discovered that! Too bad I was cut out of the online article. Well, my eyes were closed and I looked funny LOL. It is funny because now my kids think I am a celebrity LOL. The article is up on the fridge.
I am just thankful for the support I get from all around! I couldn't have done this without the support of my husband and my kids.

Day 11 of 30

Day 11/30 - Cathy

6km run (tempo/hills) 32 minutes
50 squats
10 full push ups
100 abs

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

10/30 complete and it's Tuesday

Cathy - Day 10

30 minutes on TM incline and 3.8 mph
100 deep squats with baby in arms
50 push ups
100 crunches

Monday, June 9, 2008

Monday blah...

Day 9/30 Complete

(Cathy - who didn't have the gusto tonight...but forged ahead anyways and feel way better after a crap day!)

Walk to and from school briskly
35 minutes on the treadmill (20 mins running at 5.5 mph)
100 crunches
50 girly push ups
50 squats
tri/bi weights

I didn't want to do my challenge tonight. With all of this blah rain outside and wind. I was ready to eat until the cows came home (we don't have any cows LOL) so I MADE myself get on that treadmill for the min amount of time, and ended up doing more. (Always happens to me! I can trick myself into it)

After all of the good eats on the weekend, and controlled eating...planned eating. And my nacho and dark choco splurge I am still up in bloat weight. Sucks, but hey I chose to eat those things eh! Yup. That might teach me for next time?! There is always a next time when it comes to eating issues.

But, I did it. I feel good. I am happy I kept up with it.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Sunday Weigh In - Week 23 RACE DAY!

Race day today! I did a 10km race (spare of the moment idea - like last night LOL) and came in 3rd in the females overall! I am pretty happy about that. I got a photo op with the mayor,
a 20 dollar gc to RR and I got a key chain that says '3rd' and the hospice logo on it. Even the kids got door prizes. In fact, too many door prizes. I felt embarrassed so I had a couple of the kids choose another child to give them too. That felt better. 5/6 kids' names were drawn if you can believe that! I should go buy a lotto ticket!
Here is the gang of all 8 of us. We got lots of looks, especially when we had well-behaved and quiet kids. It was something else. I felt so proud of my family. I was so happy to have the support of my husband, and the kids! They all had such excitement watching me cross the finish line strong! This in fact, was my best race time ever of 56 minutes and something. Almost 90 pounds lighter and six kids! A great combo!


Well, I will say this! I am officially out of the 150's! I am just under in the 149.6 yesterday morning. I weighed in early because I knew there was the party going on, and after a good party there is usually bloating! Good plan because this morning I was up about a pound but that is because I ate a bit of salty stuff. Salad, 1 piece of chicken, water. 10 tortilla chips (small rounds) with salsa. AND...a piece of cake with fruit and real whipping cream. I have to say it was a party and it was too good to pass up. I haven't really had cake since last year! So, I had a piece. No regrets.
This morning was really good. I was trying out a race that I want to do yearly to honour my FIL Earl. Next year I plan on raising some money, and having the kids help or do the 5k walk part. I hope my MIL will do it too! It could be something really positive in light of all the bad stuff going on at home.
I am also on day seven of thirty in my challenge:
56 minutes running
100 crunches
50 girly push ups
about 200 squats to music with my hubby, the baby and the girls! It was fun! I love seeing the kids get all active and excited when I am active! BONUS! hubby took a photo of me crossing the finish line, but there was no CF card in there, and then he took one at home with the CF card in, but the camera was set to 'manual' and I was WAY over-exposed. I wanted to show you my running skirt and new hoodie. Oh well, next time eh!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Saturday 7th Day

Cathy - Day 7

35 minute run 5-6km
4 minute cool down
100 crunches
50 push ups all girly
50 squats
arms with hand weights


Glad and thankful for my ipod!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Friday FUN!!

and a run in partial sun! Day six of thirty done!

Cathy - Day 6

10 min walking to and fro school
32 minute run 5-6km
4 minute cool down
100 crunches
50 push ups all girly
50 squats with weights - 10 pounds

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Thursday Daily

I did my daily routine today! I actually look forward to it now and this is only day five of thirty! Loving the motivation it brings me! I am feeling strong like an athlete these days!

Cathy - Day 5

10 mins walking outside
35 minutes treadmill - 5 mins walk to warm up then 1 minute run at 6.5 mph then walk 1 minute at 3.5 mph then 5 minute walking cool down (GREAT WORKOUT btw!!) 2.45 miles
100 crunches
50 push ups (20 full body) and the rest girly
50 squats with 10 pound weights on shoulders
tri/bicept with hand weights

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Wednesday work it out

I have been doing my DAILY cardio. This is day 4 of a 30 day challenge that I want to complete this June. I did my stuff yesterday, and today I got on the treadmill did a brisk run, and then my 100 crunches, 50 push ups, 50 squats and free weights for my tri's and bi's. It was quick but very effective workout.

I feel really good!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Monday Monday

Had my splurge last night and I totally enjoyed it! Once a week nachos...mmmmmm

Today after school I took my three eldest kids out for a 20-30 min 'jog' and walk. The point of it was to start regular exercise with them because they asked to run with me. So out we went. They enjoyed themselves and so did I. When Cliff got home I took off for a 22 minute run and it was nice. I did 100 crunches, 50 push ups and 50 squats. I hurt/muscles sore from yesterday.

Tomorrow I will do kilometre club with the three eldest like we did last week. They are all excited, and so am I!

I need to go stretch a bit!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

My new purchase...a running skirt

For all of you that are curious as to what I have purchased and ran in today:

A running skirt that I have in black.

and the hoodie I am going to buy for myself when I run 21.1 km in a few weeks. Or, maybe this one!? in pink of course.

Sunday Weigh In - Week 22 (Changed weigh in day to Sundays)

I wanted to be 135 pounds by July 1st. That is 30 days to reach my goal of 135...I cannot see that happening as the weight loss is slowing as mentioned before. So, I am going to go back to my original date of October 1st. But hey, if I manage to take the balance of the weight off before that...awesome. I am taking the pressure off for now.

This morning I weighed in at 151.2 pounds and down a couple more pounds. So, as you can see I am so close to the 140's! But tonight we rented a movie and we are changing our nacho splurge night to Sunday nights. No more Tuesday weigh in and nachos anymore. I am mixing it all up! Shakin' things up!

Speaking of mixing things up in my exercise...100 crunches/sit ups, 50 push ups girly style and 50 squats after my 18 km. I am going to do this daily now for the month of June...woot!!! I will also be doing a MINIMUM of 20 mins cardio daily.

Oh, and I am now officially in the 'healthy' range for my BMI...happy June! I am off to a good start. This month I hope that my body will get past this plateau of sorts and allow me to get to where I want to be!

18 km Sunday

Today I did an 18 km with my friend Kevin. Today was awesome! I ran in my skirt, my new fuel belt and my gu's. I was set and felt fab.

Next Sunday I will run my first 2O kms. I am really excited about that. The next week after that will be a taper. The following week Kevin and I will run the half marathon (our own run) of 21.1 kms. Just easier and around home and then I can knock that distance off of my list. That will feel good.

In two weeks the training for the half marathon. I will drop down to about 7 km and the build back up to the 2o kms again.

I am excited to move forward and keep up this momentum. I am HOPING that I will drop down UNDER these darn 150's. This week. I am so close, but it is taking me longer and longer to get there...over a month that is for sure. *fingers crossed*

Well, gotta get showered and ready for the day.