Monday, September 29, 2014

Halifax

I've been a little MIA these last few days as I was away in Halifax. I travelled there with the Concordia football team. They had a game against Saint Mary's on Saturday.

We left Thursday at 12 and split up the drive on the way there. Before I left, I packed all my food. I placed everything in baggies and brought it in a cooler. I didn't want to fall off track while I was away. I knew there would be moments were I wouldn't be able to choose what I wanted to eat so I decided to bring my own food.

We drove 6 hours to Edmunston, New Brunswick. We stayed there for the night. I managed to get a work out in that night at the hotel. We left the next morning at 7 and drove 5 hours to Mount Allison University. We had lunch in their cafeteria. It was the biggest cafeteria I had ever seen. They had everything you could possibly think of to eat. I decided to eat there since the food was fresh. I stuck to healthy things for lunch. It was delicious! After lunch, the team had a practice. It was just a walk through for the game. We then drove 2 hours to Halifax.

I had to stray from my meal plan that night. We had a team dinner at a local restaurant. I didn't want to not eat while every else was enjoying their meal so I joined them. Every one had a spaghetti dinner. In the evening, I treated some of the players before their game.

Saturday was game day! Kick off was at 2 (1pm EST). We ended up winning 63-7!!! It was such an exciting game. We had so many touch downs! It was great to win and improve our record to 4-0! After the game we packed up and drove home straight through the night. We ended up getting home at 7am on Sunday.

It was a long road trip but I had a lot of fun. It was fun to get to know the team a little better and it was great to come back with a win!

I got back onto my diet and training plan today. I started my diet again from the day I missed. I also got my training in tonight. I burned over 750 calories tonight during my work out. It was nice to get away but I'm happy to be back home and back to my usual routine!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Body Weight Cardio

I had a session with Anthony this afternoon. Since I worked out last night, we do a cardio circuit of body weight exercises. The breakdown was as follows:
- 15 prisoner squats
- 12 push-ups on a step (6 each side)
- 10 diagonal lunges (each leg)
- 30 jumping jacks
- 6 vertical jumps
- 12 spider climbs
- 16 ski jumps
- 12 spider push ups
- 20 second sprint

I did the circuit 3 times. It got my heart rate up and I was sweating. Afterwards, I did a challenge on the ropes. I to pull the rope across my body for 200 ft as fast as I could. I then had to pull the rope any way I wanted for 400 ft as fast as I could. The first time I did it a few weeks ago my time was 1:39. Today, I got it in 1:26!! I was so proud of myself for beating my time. It felt great. We ended the session with some ab exercises and stretching.

It was a great work out. I burned 557 calories in one hour. I feel refreshed and ready to conquer the day!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Montreal Half Marathon

A year ago today, I ran my first half marathon. It was quite the experience. I did the Montreal Rock N Roll series. The race started on the Jacques Cartier bridge, went around Ile St Helene, the race track, pass the expo 67 houses, through the old port, along St Catherine and it ended with the brutal climb up Berri Uqam to the Parc Lafontaine.

I trained all of last summer for the race. It was something I wanted to do for a while so I just signed up for it and did it. I ran by myself and trained by myself. I had never really ran much by myself outside. It was something I wanted to try so I set it as a goal and accomplished it.

It took me 2 and a half hours to complete the race. My goal was just to complete the race so I was happy I was able to finish it in a decent time. My cardio was pretty good during the race. My back and my feet were tired by the end of the race. My whole family was waiting for me at the finish line. It was great to see them at the last marker, where I only had 1 km left to run. My boyfriend actually ran the last kilometre with me. I was so happy for his support.

I may do it again next year. I have a couple of friends who would like to do it with me. If I do it again, I would want to train more and get a better time. Maybe one day I'll set the goal of completing a marathon. If I get through this goal, I feel like I will be able to accomplish anything.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Multi-Vitamin

I've decided to start taking a multi-vitamin. Since my diet is pretty restrictive, I wanted to make sure I was still getting all my daily vitamins and minerals. On low carb days, for example, I don't eat any fruit or vegetables. Unless it fits into my macronutrients for the day, I won't be able to eat it. The added vitamins help supplement any deficiency I may have. I also wanted to take it to give me a tiny bit more energy for the day.

I decided to try Jamieson's Vit-Vim. Jamieson is a good brand and the vitamin provides me with the necessary nutrients. I take it once a day in the morning and I've been taking it for a week now. I don't see a difference in my energy levels but it's good to know I'm still getting all the necessary vitamins for the day!


Saturday, September 20, 2014

No Regrets

My boyfriend and I made breakfast for my family this morning. We made scrambled eggs, sausage and blueberry pancakes. It was fun cooking together and everyone loved the food. I resisted all temptation and didn't have any of the food. Not one pancake! I made my own breakfast of oatmeal and protein as well as 1 egg mixed with egg whites and I scrambled them. My breakfast was really good too but I'm sure a plate of pancakes would've been delicious!

I worked in the evening so I had to get my work out in pretty late. I did the lifting work out my trainer gave me. During the first round of exercises, I kept stopping before I would complete the reps for each exercise. I guess I didn't realize how tired I was or I just wasn't motivated. I was pretty surprised because I wasn't dreading my work out. I knew I had to get it done all day and I was ready to do it. I thought about going home but then I would've been dissappointed in myself. I took a second to refocus before my second set. I decided to time myself and see how quickly I could get through the second round. It was a good motivator and I tried to beat my time for my last set.

Overall, I'm happy I stuck to my plan and finished my work out. I was talking to someone at the juice bar today who used to compete in body building competitions. He said the moment they're about to announce the winner, a lot of stuff went through his head. When he didn't win his first competition, he started to think about the missed work outs and if he hadn't eaten that dessert, would it have helped him win. He told me to not have any regrets once I step on stage. So I'm going to start using his knowledge and use that if I ever think about skipping a work out or cheating on my meal plan. It helped me tonight as I didn't want to regret ending my work out early. I pushed through and got it done!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Homecoming

I had a pretty jam packed day today. I was at school for 9 and I treated some athletes for 2 hours. I then had a huge break until 4. I thought about going home but instead, I decided to be productive. I went to Second Cup and studied for 4 hours. It felt good to get that much work done and I was proud of myself for chosing to do so. I wanted to get a work out in before the football game but the gym was really busy. I decided to go for a run around NDG instead. I don't know the distance I ran but I went for a good 30 minute run. It felt great to try a new route. I ran along de maisoneuve up to cavendish, then up to monkland and then back down to Sherbrooke. I ran at a good pace and didn't even stop. It made me realize how much my cardio has improved. I'm so happy!

I felt refreshed when I got back and I was ready to start preparing for the football game. The night went by so quickly! It was their homecoming game against the University of Sherbrooke. They're a good team but we beat them 29-22! It was a great game and I'm so proud of the team. It's a huge win and it feels great to be 3-0! I get to go on a road trip to Halifax as the play Saint-Mary's University. It was a long day but I'm proud of myself for everything that I accomplished.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Getting Stronger Day By Day

I met Anthony tonight to train with him again. I did a little more resistance training today since I did a pretty intense cardio work out yesterday morning. The basic framework for the work out was 10 weighted burpees followed by 2 sets of an exercise. I started with floor press. I also did jumping split squats, iron cross, and tricep kick backs. It was a full body work out. I still my heart rate up and my cardio in by doing the burpees. It felt like an easier work out than usual. I got through my burpees no problem, even after doing over 50 burpees in total. The resistance exercises felt easy but I think it's because I'm starting to feel stronger. I have the strength to get through the work out and the mental strength to keep pushing during those last few reps. I'm really great and my trainer even noticed. He said I had an aura around my head. I guess my confidence is starting to show and I feel it too. I catch myself with a smile on my face more often than not.