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Here’s a little side post…

I’ve been struggling with my workouts lately. So here’s a 14 Days back in shape plan 🙂

Feel free to follow it!

BACK IN SHAPE

14 (tonight!)
30 min cardio + 15 min UB weights

13
run 5 miles + abs

12
Insanity DVD w/ boyfriend

11
run 6 miles + Abs

10
Bike 20 miles + swim(1st lesson)

09
Run 7 miles + UB + Abs

08
Bike 20 miles + swim AM
TM sprints 20 min. night

07
Run 3.5 miles + Abs – EASY

06
Jillian DVD – AM
Bike 15 miles

05
Run 7 miles

04
EP 30 + UB + Abs

03
Bike 20 miles + swim

02
Run 5 miles + Jillian

01
EP 45 + Abs

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Do you ever feel those last two days/weeks/months have been everything BUT healthy? no exercise, a lot of “specials”… And at this point, getting back on track seems almost impossible – especially that first step, right?

Well, I’ve got news (or just a reminder) for you: not only is it “possible”, but it’s actually very doable!

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Step #1:
Acknowledge that it starts Here and Now. Not tomorrow after that business trip of yours.

Step #2: Identify that barrier between you and your exercise: is it physical, psychological or a hibrid of both?

  • Ex: It’s been three days  I have not exercised at all and have not been eating well to say the least – I STILL feel full and bloated, etc. Even my daily gigantic water intake was out the window!
    Needless to explain how I feel… but it’d be pretty close to an old, dried-up, very slow… something!
    Just the thought of going on a 5 miles run seems to be straight out of a Fairy Tale/Fantasy book… Heck, I’m not even sure I could do a mile right now!
    As sad and pathetic as this is, I KNOW I don’t have a choice: the more I wait, the harder it’s gonna be, and quite frankly, I can’t bare the thought of anything harder than that, so onto phase #3!

Step #3: Fix it, step by step!

Here’s what I’m gonna do:

  1. Pick up my dear bottle of water and never let it leave my side… ever again! (OK – maybe just for the next couple of days)
  2. Go for a walk with my new BFF Aquafina. That will make me realize my legs are still capable of moving (thank god!) and well it’s a great way to fill that lunch hour!
  3. Finally, I feel almost ready to tackle the monster: I lace-up my running shoes, do 10-20 push-ups to get the blood flowing (really it just makes me feel really BAD-ASS!!) and head-out the door… Without giving a chance to my mind to convince me otherwise! I’m not going all out, just a nice and short run is enough to get my motivation back on track so tomorrow I’ll have a great souvenir of it and will want to do it all-over again!

OK: I talk the talk, now onto walking the walk! – Literally 😉

What are your “Back on Track” stories and tricks?

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So maybe I haven’t talked much about it, but stretching as you all know is SO important. It may prevent injuries, warm your body up and cool it down after a good exercise session. More than that, it is so relaxing when we actually take the time to do it well, and it gives a very positive ending to whatever activity you were doing.
So let’s take a little break from the crunches and all, and focus on warm-ups and cool-downs.

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Goal: a total of 60 minutes of stretching for the coming week

That means only 10 minutes a day for 6 days, but do it well!

Enjoy that little break from boot camp!

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Let me just start by saying: This Challenge was a serious one.

Scoreboard

Now, the champion of the week, is Amy to whom no one came even close… yep that’s right, not even me (shame!). So here it is: I have not completed my own challenge! I know, I probably should get kicked out from this blogging world for that… but I’ll stand my ground! I could give you a million excuses as of why I didn’t complete it, and that’s exactly what I’ll do! 1) splinter. 2) unexpected bf showing up 3) crazy week 4) lack of planning skills 😉

So on that note, I still want to congratulate everyone who took part in it, cause it wasn’t easy! Britdanielle finished the crunches and was almost there with the Plyos… The as far as me and Marie goes, we gave it a good try, but seriously lacked planning (would you say so?).

So this coming week, we’ll have a more relaxing and less boot-camp challenge… you’ll see 🙂

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Quick reminder that today is your LAST CHANCE to complete your challenge, so good luck to all, me included!

– Check your score here!

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This weekend, other than being the Superbowl party, I was supposed to have a race. The Dirty Dog 10k Trail Run. I was very excited for it, because it’s not one of those race where I’d try to set a PR, but really it was all about enjoying the frozen forest, the trails and the landscape. Breath in the cold air in the nature where city noises can’t reach… Well I just found out (totally my fault) that it is 1 hour and a half away from here. And I don’t have a car. So bye bye trail race in the mud/snow/forest, I’ll have to find a closer one. Which is most likely to be just a regular on the road race… I’ll still go on a long run this saturday in the frozen winter landscapes… sigh…

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Why do good intentions don’t always lead to good things? well I don’t know, but perseverance certainly helps. Here’s what happened:

As I was working on my Plyos for the Core + Plyo Challenge (good intentions), something bad happened. I wasn’t wearing my running shoes (only a pair of socks) and as I jumped in my push-up position, I felt a sharp pain in my big toe. Then I think to myself “oh merde!“… My wooden floors gave me a splinter! I was just about to go for my long run, and I saw my running life “défiler” before my eyes. I tried squeezing it out, without much results. I reached for the nail clipper (warning: it gets a bit graphic here) and carved my way to the splinter, but it was just not enough. It kept going a bit further.

You have to understand here that many scenarios were passing through my head. What if it causes infection and I can’t run? What if it’s so painful for the next week that I can’t run? and what if it becomes so bad they have to remove my big toe, or worse my whole foot? Ok I admit I didn’t think this far: just thought it would be a nice addition! but you get the point. So paired with the nail clipper, a needle was just what I needed. After spending 20 minutes not giving up (perseverance), I got it! Me vs. Splinter and I WON! Woah, what an EPIC morning!

Lesson to retain: when doing Plyo B**** wear shoes!

Do you have bad Splinter Stories?

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