Tabata Workout and Yoga Friday

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So I woke up and did the 4 min high intensity tabata workout I posted about before. Its basically 4 mins of jump squats,  jump lunges, pushups and burpees. It really gets yoir heart and breathing going. Then I decided to do a yoga video. I followed a 20 min Weight Loss & Fatburning Yoga Workout (link below). I actually quite liked it. I felt a good core and leg workout from it.

We have been having some serious cold weather here and I hate it! It is -16 out right now but with the win chill feels like -21. Ugh It is almost March and the winter feels like it is going to go on forever! 😦

On a side note I reached 100+ followers this week! Yay! Exciting!! Thank you all for following and commenting and being supportive 🙂

Hope everyone’s Friday is off to a good start and you all have a great weekend!

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Wednesday Workout and an Update

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So I have had an insane week and its just going to get busier. My coworker is away so I am covering for her.. which means long hours ugh. So I have been super tired from working 10 hours plus transit time so that is about a 12+ hour days. Today I get a shorter day but tomorrow is another full day again. So I worked out today. I have to admit that I neglected my Monday workout because of the long shift.

I did 30 mins of circuit training with the usual 2 min running and 2 min of some other type of exercise. Then I finished off with just some more weight exercise for another 20 mins or so. I focused on abs and arms in this workout. I felt good and I felt like I sweat a lot like I always do when doing this type of circuit.

Oh and some good news!! I got an awesome new full time job 🙂 I have been looking for a while as you may know and have turned down about 3 other positions because I was waiting for the right one and I think this is it! I start on March 10th so I am super happy about that.

I also wanted to start trying on wedding dresses. A little early haha cause we haven’t even set a date yet and realistically its not going to be for another 1.5-2 years but I saw this dress I am absolutely in love with and really wanted to try it. I was worried they weren’t going to have it by the time it got closer to my date. Well I decided to call and see if they have it in store and to make an appointment. Well….. They didnt have it!! I called several other locations even in Buffalo and no where has this dress. Basically I would have to order it online if I wanted it 😦 I am really really upset about it. I mean yea I have never tried on dresses before but I have been looking at a lot of dresses and this is the only one that I was like wow I really like and couldn’t get it out of my mind. So now I don’t know what to do. 😦

Wednesday Circuit Training & Random Pics from the Week

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So today I decided to do some circuit training that incorporated running. So it was 5 mins warm up on the treadmill then 2 mins fast run and 2-3 mins of a strength training exercise and then back to running. Total workout time was about 45 mins and man was it a good workout!! My heart was pumping and I was so sweaty. I like circuit training because it feels like time goes by quicker and I get a good mix of exercises in. The exercise I did in between the runs today were biceps curls, trice extensions, squats, push ups, and some lower ab exercises. Overall a good workout and a nice start to my day.

Here are some pics I wanted to share from the past week.

My kitty cat watching the treadmill today. She is so curious. Image

Below is the V-day dinner my fiance and I cooked. He made the fish which was baked and covered in nuts and breadcumbs and I made the salad and a homemade honey mustard dressing. The fish look like hearts!Image

This is my sister’s dog and she needs a haircut bad so we tied her hair to get it out of her face haha. She is so cute.

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Over the weekend we went out for sushi and once of the dishes we ordered (tuna tatar which came on a bed of rice and avacados) came in a pretty heart! 

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Catch up blog post (I know I have been MIA)

Yes yes I know I have been away from my blog for a little bit. After the engagement it has been a bit hectic! But I am enjoying having a fiance!! 😀

So lets catch up! I have been working out (both running and doing strength training). I also have been doing the 4 min tabata workout which is basically a whole bunch of jumping lunges, jump squats, burpees and push ups. It is a great start to my day when I don’t have time for a full workout. I have to admit that I have been doing very short running distances recently. No particular reason .. once it was cause my back was hurting.. another time I didn’t have enough time and just stupid reasons like that. I will have to get back to doing longer runs. Yesterday I did a short 1.5 mile run and worked on my abs and legs.

We had a long weekend here in Canada and I had a super busy weekend. Saturday & Sunday I was doing a weekend workshop/course on intro to massage therapy. I was considering doing this 1 Year accelerated program to become a Registered Massage Therapist. It is usually 2-3 years but since I have my Bachelors in Kinesiology and have a background in anatomy, physiology and etc I can do a shorter program. The workshop was actually really enjoyable and we learned to do a full body relaxation Swedish massage. I also stayed the weekend at my bf’s (oops gotta get use to that!) fiance’s place. Then today I had a 2nd interview for a job I really want and it went really well! So all is good 🙂

In the spring I think I want to do an engagement photo shoot so I want to lose a bit more weight before that. I gotta continue stick to my plan 😀 Hope everyone else had a fantastic week!

4 Min Tabata Workout

So my goal is to be active at 5-6 days out of the week. I already do 3-4 days a week but I wanted to increase that a bit but the days I don’t workout is usually because I gotta be up early and I am strapped for time. So I am going to start doing a couple of these 4 min tabata workouts. Tomorrow morning I will do this one and see how it goes!

Wednesday Workout

So my legs were still pretty sore from Monday’s workout but I knew I had to run today.

So I woke up and dragged myself downstairs to my basement gym. I started on the treadmill with a 5 min warm up but when I stared running I started having pretty bad pain in my lower back. I sometimes have this one spot on my lower back that acts up and it was that same spot. I knew if I continued it would just get worse and then I wouldn’t be able to do anything. So I stopped running after 4 mins and then increased my incline and power walked. I did a total of 25 mins on the treadmill and about 1.75 miles. I found that the less movement the less pain. So I held on to the bars while walking to minimize the motion of my arms swinging back and forth and that helped.

After I did some weights to work on my biceps. My arms getting much stronger and when I flex they feel good! But I still have that jiggly bit on my arm by my triceps and I know the only to get rid of those is to lower my body fat %. So I have already lost about 25 lbs or so since my journey started but I still have another 20 lbs or so I would want to lose especially before the wedding! I need to set up a meal plan for myself and my exercise routine is already pretty set and good. I don’t believe in dieting and restricting yourself cause it just never has worked for me but instead I believe in moderation and making healthy choices. 🙂

The story behind the PROPOSAL & Monday’s workout.

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So let met just get the workout update out of the way and get to the good stuff 😛 I did a very short run today as my shins were really hurting and I was having the good old cramps. So just a quick half a mile and about an hour of strength training. I worked on legs (squats, lunges, side leg raises, calf raises etc) and back (back extension, bent over rows and etc). Felt good! Oh and as for the first pic I didnt actually wear my ring when lifting weights I just wanted to take that pic 😛 hehe

Ok now to the good stuff! So Saturday I was working until 3 and my sis was supposed to pick me up as she had told me that some of our friends were coming over. So I leave my work and I am looking for my sister’s cat but instead I see what I am pretty sure is my bf’s car… so I walk closer and I see that it is him! Then I see he has roses on the seat for me. I get in the car and I am like what are you doing here!?? He tells me that it was all a set up and that he has a fun day planned for us. He tells me we are celebrating valentine’s day early 🙂 He says we are on a tight time schedule but I insist I must go home and change! haha so we get home and he gives me 3 mins to change which I do very quickly. Then we drive to the subway station and leave the car there. I don’t know where we are going I just know it involves food as both of us are starving! So we head downtown and he takes me to this little restaurant that has tamales!! So a few years ago we went to California and we had tamales there and loved them but we couldn’t find anywhere here that had them and I have been craving them since. So we had an awesome dinner and he said out next stop was dessert somewhere else. So we hop back on to the subway and head further downtown. We get off the subway at one of the busiest stations and he is looking around all confused on where he has to go… so I am like tell me where the place is and I can lead us there cause I know this area well and hes like no no I got it. So we continue looking around (while I am getting annoyed cause he won’t just tell me lol). Then he takes off his jacket… then his hoodie and he is wearing my hockey jersey underneath is and says “I think this is yours and you should be waring this!” Then I realize he is taking me to the hockey game!!! So his fave team is out home team but mine is a diff team and that night they were playing each other 🙂 So we go to the arena and he got us amazing seats!! So our hockey tickets are super expensive… actually they are the most expensive team to watch in the NHL (stupid!). So I know he spent a lot on these tickets. So we watch the game and then after he is like ok lets go for dessert! So we hop back on the subway and head towards a dessert place. It was about a 5 min walk from the station to the dessert place. So we are walking and then all of a sudden he stops and pulls me to him. He starts telling me how much he loves and stuff and then I stop listening as I see him reach into his pocket and pull out a box … then he gets down on one knee and asks the big question. I just nod several times as I can’t speak! I still had my gloves on so he’s like “take your glove off!!!” lol so I do and he puts the ring on and then we just hugged and cried and laughed 🙂 Then he’s like ok lets go celebrate! And so we went and had yummy dessert 🙂

While eating dessert he tells me how my whole family knew and he already talked to my dad in the summer and asked his permission and hes been planning this for 6 months. He originally wanted to propose during the game on the big screen but when he contacted them they told him they don’t do proposals at games. So he said he just decided to propose at the game anyway but while we were there they had the kiss cam on and some guy proposed to his gf and like it was planned cause they had their names on the screen and everything and so he was furious and decided not to do it at the game because he felt like it would be overshadowed by the other proposal. He was pretty pissed about that whole thing but I assured him it didn’t matter where he did and I was still super happy 🙂

7 Year later I am so excited to call him my fiance!!! 😀