Injuries and Setbacks

So the past week has been a frustrating one for me. On top of being quite busy I somehow managed to injure my left leg in two areas and I don’t even know how it happened. I have had this constant ache close to my hip.. not sure if its the muscles or my IT band but it really is uncomfortable. The other is my ankle. I was having pain when I walked and moved my foot. So I was feeling around and realized it was also swollen. So yea no running and major weight bearing activities for almost a week now. I have done workout for my upper body and core but tried to minimize things that I thought would aggravate it. So running was definitely out of the question. Today it feels a bit better so I did some squats and lunges on top of my other exercises but no running just yet.

Injuries suck and it is frustrating not being able to do what I want. I just hope this goes away soon and I am able to easily get back into the swing of things.

On another topic I start my new job tomorrow!!! I am super excited 😀

My sis and fiance were both feeling sick so I made this immune boosting juice! Carrot, orange, grapefruit, sweet lemon and ginger!

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My weekend has been decent so far. Last night went out for dinner with 10 friends to celebrate our recent engagement. It was a great night surrounded by great friends.

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend so far.

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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!

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!

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. 🙂

Yoga Tuesday

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So today I decided to do some yoga after my run and weights yesterday. I followed this youtube video below; its yoga for runners. I actually quite liked it. It is funny cause just the other day I was saying how when i stretch my quads I don’t feel like im getting that good of a stretch because I don’t have that tight feeling but I figured its just cause they aren’t really tight…. well around 20 mins into that video there was a pose to stretch your quads and boy did I feel it!! I am going to incorporate that pose into my stretches after my run now.

Oh and the whole time I was doing the video my cat was also trying to participate by rubbing herself over me. I would be in downward dog and then she would walk under me and her tail would end up in my mouth or all over my face lol. I just didn’t have the heart to kick her out of the room so I let her stay.