Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New Personal Bests

"Your transformation has changed you night and day. It's awesome. I'm super excited you're getting the results you want! Keep up the good work!" This is a message I woke up to this morning from my boyfriend. It's so nice and supportive. It's a great feeling knowing other's are supporting me and noticing the changes. It's not just about the physical changes too. He's noticed my confidence has changed a lot too. That's something I really wanted to work on and I guess I've changed without realizing it. It's a great feeling and it was great motivation for the day!
After another day of training camp, I met with my trainer in the evening. After warming up on the rowing machine, I started with a circuit. I did pull-ups using a resistance band for assistance, 1 arm dumbbell snatches, cross body mountain climbers on the bosu, and push-up to a one arm row. It was a cool circuit since all the exercises were completely different. I saw progress with my pull up. The band helped me pull myself up from an extended position which is the part I've been struggling with the most.
I moved onto leg press afterwards. I crushed my previous record and pressed 5 plates and 25lbs. It was huge accomplishment for me. It was my 6th set (every set we increased the weight) and I was still able to do it! It felt great!
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I did some chest press on the machine and then moved on to ab exercises. I did different variations on hanging lower ab exercises. I ended with a plank. I held it for 2 minutes and I wasn't even shaking. 
It's crazy how much progress I've changed and improved over these last few months. I would've never been able to hold a plank for 1 minute and now I got to 2 and I could've kept going! I crushed the leg press machine. I'm getting better and better. It's not only about the look, it's about the strength and the confidence I've been achieving during this journey. I have to remind myself those are just as important! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Easy Morning Run

I went for a 30 minute run this morning. I woke up early to review stuff for my internship and went running afterwards. It was a great way for me to review and think about things in my head. It definitely helped my run go by faster. It was a beautiful day yesterday! I went for my usual run by the water and I ran just over 5km. It felt great. I got my exercise in for the day and it was a wonderful feeling to be outside.
I had to work out in the morning since I had to be in the clinic for 12. I treated some of the football players for minor injuries and then stayed to cover practice. The day went by quickly since they only had one practice. There's only a few days left of training camp and then the craziness is over. I don't get much of a break since I start school on Tuesday. Where did summer go?? 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Full Body Sweat

I finally had a day off today! I don't remember the last time I didn't have anything to do. I slept in until 12:30! It felt amazing. I relaxed for a bit but then I ended up going car shopping. I think I may have found a new car but I'm going to continue looking around first. 
I had a scheduled session with my trainer tonight. I started with a 5 minute warm up on the stair master. We went outside for a bit to do suicides. I did 3 rounds where I back pedalled and then ran forward to 4 different distances. Since it was still really humid outside and there were a lot of bugs, we went back in. I moved on to a rowing challenge where I rowed 300m and did 10 burpees, for 3 rounds. I moved onto squats using the Kinesis machine. I held onto the ropes and it provided more resistance when I stood up. I did 3 sets of 20 reps while increasing the weight each time. I did some calf raises using the leg press machine and I alternated with standing calf raises. I did the VMX rope challenge backwards and did each section for 40 seconds. I then used the ab roller to work on my core. I ended with an ab circuit and stretching. I stayed afterwards to do 20 minutes on the elliptical. 
I'm pooped from my work out. It felt great to get a work out in considering I didn't do much today. Now it's time to do some research and see if this will be the car I'm getting!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Road Trip To Queens

I went to Queens University in Kingston today with the Concordia football team. It was their first pre-season game. It was a long day as we left the university at 6:45 in the morning and we only got back at 8pm. We got to the stadium at around 10 and had an hour to tape everyone. Kick-off was at one and it was a great game! They won 25-18!!! It was a lot of fun. I missed working football games. There's so much energy and excitement on the sideline. There also weren't too many injuries. I just had to deal with a concussion and someone bruised their ribs. 
The bus ride back home went by quickly. We were back in Montreal before I knew it. I slightly cheated on my diet today. I brought all my food with me so stuck to my meal plan but I couldn't resist a slice of pizza after the game. They ordered 55 pizzas, enough for 1 pizza for every bench on the bus. It smelled sooo good and it looked amazing. As much as I tried to resist, I couldn't do it. I hadn't had pizza in months. It was delicious. At least I limited myself to one slice! Overall, it was a great day and I can't wait for the next road trip! 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday Morning Work Out

I had a session scheduled with my trainer at 8am this morning. It was the only time I had today as I had to cover rugby again today. My morning didn't start off too well. I forgot my gym bag at home. I realized once I got to the gym. Thankfully I was dressed in my gym clothes but my bag had my water bottle, my myzone belt and my change of clothes for the game. On top of it, half way through the session, I realized my pants were on backwards. Yes, it was THAT kind of morning!

I didn't have any mishaps during the session. My trainer wanted me to do 100 squats, 100 crunches, 100 push-ups, and 100 kettle bell swings. I told him he was crazy. I got to 60 squats and 50 crunches when he decided to switch to something else. Thank goodness! I was not up for that. Instead, he created a circuit that I did 3 times. It involved 5 hang cleans, 10 pistol squats using a TRX, walking lunges, and 10 rope slams + burpee. It wasn't too difficult to do. I just had to mentally push through to get it done.

I did 2 sets on the ab roller. We worked on my pull ups using the assisted machine. 1 did 4 sets but lowered the weight each time, making it more difficult. I was able to do 2 at 95 lbs which is the lowest I've ever been able to do. It's the second to last notch on the machine so it means I'm getting close to doing a full pull up! I alternated it with dips. I ended the session with a short ab circuit.

I felt great getting my work out in early. I have the rest of the day ahead of me although it's jammed pack. I just hope it goes better and I don't have too many more mishaps like this morning!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Getting Creative in the Kitchen

I took the time to cook all my food today. I tried to be a little creative and make a stir fry. I cooked vegetable such as carrots, celery, onions, and cabbage in a little vegetable broth. I added brussels sprouts and spinach to get dark green veggies into my meal. I also added cod fish for my protein. I mixed it all together in a pan to create a meal. I don't know if it'll be any good but it sure smelled good!

I also cooked salmon and broccoli for my second meal. It's simple but still very good. I also prepared a kale salad with chicken as another meal. All this food will only last me a couple of days. Thankfully, it didn't take me too long to prepare it. I'm already thinking about what I'm going to cook next. I'm thinkin a quinoa salad. I haven't made that in a while. I'll keep you posted! Have a good Friday everyone! 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Trail Mix Addiction

One of my favourite snacks is Wild Roots Trail Mix. My favourite is the Coastal Berry Blend which has almonds, cashews, yogurt chips, cranberries and wild berries. It's amazing!
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I first discovered it a few weeks ago. My mom bought it at Costco. At first, I only ate the almonds and cashews because I only liked the nuts. I'm not a fan of dried fruit so I didn't eat it. One day, I just decided to take a handful and from that moment, my world changed. It's such a good mix of flavours. My favourite is the yogurt chips because it adds a touch of sweetness to the mix. From that moment, I got addicted to it. I have it every day as my snack. It has a good mix of protein, carbs and fat. I definitely recommend it to anyone who's never had it before. It's so good. I have to be careful with my portions sometimes because I could easily eat the whole bag. Everything in moderation! 
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