Change of plans

A very short post but that’s ok!

So first off I’d like to congratulate Kayla and Mikey on taking this next step into the world. You’ve been together 4 years as of yesterday and now you’re married! So stoked for you guys

Kayla and Mikey got married yesterday in the comfort of their new west apartment surrounded by family and a couple close friends. Luckily they live streamed it on facebook! Man isn’t the future awesome?

So with that the #Buffbridesmaid project is on hold…(I know a lot of women I’m sure I’ll be asked again)

With that I plan to put more focus on my weight lifting goals and running goals.

Stay tuned for a more in depth update!

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The Return of The Buff Bridesmaid

Hello Internet

So it begins! Buff Bridesmaid 2.0

Before diving into this I would like to make a small mention that Beat the Blerch continues to be an amazing fun race . Despite my determination I did not run as fast I’d like. But that’s me and that’s what it is (FOR NOW!) and I still finished strong and up right. I’ve also already signed up for next year just to guarantee I would race the Saturday!

Congrats to Mr Tall who completed his first half marathon and after some consideration would even do it again.

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I’m so happy I get to repeat my Buff Bridesmaid goals again. This time it’s for my highschool best friend Kayla Cox. You may remember her when I did Concrete hero as I fundraised with her in mind. Now she’s engaged to the man of her dreams and her big day is August 19 2017 .

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The overall goal  like before is to lose weight for a dress, but it’s about strength too! I’m confident with some proper guidance I can crush this goal .

I’ve made some changes this round. I’ve begun personal training at my gym with a strong focus of weight lifting. I’ve only got 3 races left this year and I’m aiming for some rocking 10k times. The Turkey Trot this year was fabulous as I got to run alongside my two bffls. As well I’m aiming for one blog post a week to reflect on what I did well and what I need to work on. I’m aiming for every Friday. It doesn’t have to be a novel but it has to show a log of what i’m improving on! I’ve also acquired a new scale that gives more detail then just pounds! I’m rather jazzed about it.

 

I’ve made a list of mini goals so that I don’t get to hung up on inches and pounds

10 goals and here they are :

  1. Be able to pull myself up
  2. Hold myself up on a pole (pole dancing classes!)
  3. Bike at least twice a week
  4. Be able to plank for 2 minutes
  5. Run 10k in under 60 minutes
  6. Run 5k in under 30 minutes
  7. Get down to my “High school” weight
  8. Squat my body weight
  9. Complete a Fit Girl challenge (and blog everyday of it)
  10. Reach 100 days on My Fitness Pal

 

These 10 goals I hope will help me focus on different parts of my body as well give me more direction in regards to losing weight this round.

 

This Week : 

Ran once (whoops) , had 2 PT sessions 

Next week

Meal prep on sunday , Run 3x 

Wish me luck as I train for #wibblywobblywedding17 !

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The Next Adventure

So a thing happened…and with that I have some updates to share!

I won a trip! Turns out I made enough sales through a contest at work that I have the pleasure of representing Forerunners in the Race to Kinvara.  I plan to if I have time and wifi to share the trip through here. I leave on July 19th and fly home July 23rd. It’s short but it’s going to the experience of a life time!

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How am I feeling? Anxious excited and just overall ridiculously lucky.

My running ? Not as a frequent (averaging 2 runs a week ) but the runs have been strong. Been focusing on my form a lot more.

I hope to blog more…I dislike how quiet I am on this platform…!

Oh and looks like I’ll get to bring the #buffbridesmaid project again . Come August 2017 I’ll be standing alongside long time high school friend Kayla as she and Mikey tie the knot!

Similar goals but it’ll be different this time! I get to pick my own dress and I plan on breaking down the months differently with different goals.

I’m looking forward to the rest of this summer now. I’ve got Beat the Blerch on the brain. I’ve now got steady employment so I can commit to some fall races and really start training on a semi regular basis.

I’m also planning on committing myself more to the fitgirl challenge . I hope this will help with #buffbridesmaid goals as well as my overall fitness!.

Until this I must pack! Despite the trip being so short…I still need to decide which lipstick I’m wearing..!

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September 5th 2015

I’d like to start off this post to congratulate Nicholle and Cameron on such a beautiful wedding and for allowing me to be a part of such a special moment in the new chapter of there lives together. Had it not been for them, I wouldn’t have been able to have such fun losing weight!

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Just a few photos off my phone, looking forward to the professional photos!
Just a few photos off my phone, looking forward to the professional photos!

 

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Last year I made the goal to lose weight so that come the wedding day I would feel beautiful and comfortable. It was also a challenge to embrace the gym. It’s always interesting amongst my friends of who enjoys the gym and who enjoys more cardio workouts.

I currently stand at 165 pounds. A total of 13 pounds since the start of the year.

I’ve lost a total of 6 inches since I began earlier this year. Considering the ups and downs of the year so far (mostly ups of course! ) I’m happy that everything I’ve lost has stayed off !

My lovely dress!
My lovely dress!

I am happy with my progress. But I still have more I want to work on.  I recall when I first started running I wasn’t too far from the weight I was in high school. I’d love to try and get close to that again. I know with faster running and gym workouts I can get there! I’ve also got plans to do some running whilst I travel this fall. More on that another time !

The #buffbridesmaid challenge was great. And am now looking for another specific goal besides numbers. I really did like losing inches and I’d love to lose more and have some abs to show off. Or as close as I can get to it.

Especially since I’d love to get a tattoo on my side next year. Must play around wish hashtag ideas 😉 stay tuned

I’ve got my sights set on 3 half marathons next year. As well as some more 10ks and some more trail races. All of this depending on work. I’m looking forward to eventually getting a Monday to friday work life so I can run more races on Saturdays!

I’m finding myself less discouraged and more focused on making little goals and working my way up.

Until then, I’m just gonna get running and back in weight lifting . As well defining my goals 🙂

Thanks to all those who have been following along on facebook and the twitterverse your support made all the difference!

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The Final Stretch

An update on how things have been since June. (Fun fact I was at Jamboree for July!)

  • I’ve lost 2 more pounds
  • I haven’t measured inches yet but my clothes are telling me good things!
  • Packed lunches and my nalgene are my new best friend
  • I fell off track with my 100 day challenge but am determined to try and remain active leading up to the wedding

I am hoping in the next 28 days I can prove myself that I can stay on track when motivated. It’s so easy to cave. The bachlorette is coming up and there is always temptation. But it’s about making the right choices

With that I need to redirect my focus back to running.

I recently ran the Squamish Loggers Days 10k. It was a good run. Minus the blister . I ran with Emilie and even managed to convince Jeremy (or Mr Tall #teammrtall ) to run it.

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I completed the race in 1 hour 16 minutes. Compared to the West Van 10k I’m 2 minutes slower. I’m a lot of talk about getting faster and I do hope that I can push through that mental block.

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I’ve managed to get over it when it comes to my aversions to the gym. I need to really (and I do mean REALLY) embrace speed training and fighting past the doubt.

I have a 5k on the Horizon but otherwise I’m not running any more races till 2016. With that I hope to run 3 more half marathons next year. Not sure which ones yet but I really plan to sit down and figure out proper training and making sure i stick to it compared to last year.

This #buffbridesmaid isn’t done yet. Progress is progress. I will remain focused. I will not give up.

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Also I will blog more before the wedding! I can’t wait to see how the dresses turn out! 🙂

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The First 10 Days

I thought I’d write a short little update on how the first 10 days have gone. First off I’m so happy that I’ve managed to actually stay committed to this goal. Shout out to the lovely Cassandra Tracy who has been texting me and we’ve been checking in on each other.

See that? I can squat that on my back! Booyah!
See that? I can squat that on my back! Booyah!

Even though I only ran once last week and same with the gym. I did some at home workouts and even went for walks whilst on lunch at work. The sunshine is good for me despite my fair skin!

Can't believe I can now lift this weight too!
Can’t believe I can now lift this weight too!

So how are my goals?

  • Lunch packing goes well! and my water bottle has definitely been following me everywhere. or even my plastic cup
  • I have signed up for the Squamish 10k . Have even convinced Emilie to run it with me! (Now to convince Jeremy…!)
  • When I haven’t been at the gym, it’s been kettlebell workouts at home! Or dvd workouts! Every step and movement counts .

I’m feeling great internet. My depression is usually worse in the summer and it’s been a little rough but I think this 100 day challenge is definitely helping me keep it under control

Gym selfies. Not my best but I felt great after this workout!
Gym selfies. Not my best but I felt great after this workout!

I’m hoping for some more gym sessions before my next check in. I need to start speed training if I want to beat my 10k time from March ! I’m reading more about weight lifting on ways I can push myself even more. I’m thinking more squats, more weight, and different circuits.

Today is day 11 and I went to the gym first thing this morning. It was early I was tired from the weekend of work and celebrations (not sure if you heard but I kinda did this graduation thing from University!) But I still went. And even though the workout wasn’t amazing it was still better to have gone , then to have skipped . In fact I wanted to write this post yesterday but celebrations yesterday didn’t allow me time to sit down and write . But either way I haven’t wavered on this goal.

I am shutting the blerch down more then ever. I’m hoping for 2 more gym sessions this week and a couple runs as well. They have to be either really early morning or late evening however. Vancouver is experiencing unusual high heat and it makes running a touch challenging.

But no excuses. I’m hoping to take a photo this month and show some more progress! I will get under 170.

 

 

99 Days To Go!

Last year I made an attempt at a 100 day challenge. I am now using my buff bridesmaid goals to restart this challenge.

The goal? 30 minutes a day of physical activity

Running ,walking, cycling anything that gets me moving.

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As far as progress goes I am very close to getting under 170 pounds. (It’s been a challenge but this week I’ve managed to start some healthier habits)

My first habit is water. I’m usually pretty good about this but since my birthday I’ve been kind of bad. But luckily the current Heatwave Vancouver has been experiencing has made drinking water more a necessity then anything.

With that I am trying to restrict my diet more. What do I mean by that? I don’t just mean portion control I mean regular meal planning. For the past 2 weeks I’ve only bought lunch twice. I’ve embraced leftovers and small snacks and I know it will be awhile before I notice a change but I can see my bank account thanking me already!

I’ve also focused on limiting my dairy to one thing a day. I love cheese I really do but it’s nice to limit myself. My stomach definitely appreciates it.

Progress so far since January

Pounds down : 7

Inches : 5

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Not bad. But not great. However what I am happy about is my weight lifting. 15 pounds is finally feeling too comfortable and yours truly can now squat with a weighted bar on her back! I’m hoping if my schedule allows me I’m going to try and hire a trainer to help me with some more lofty goals in regards to weight lifting as well I’d like to try some gym classes to change things up a bit .

June Goals include :

  • Meal Planning , no more buying lunch !
  • Taking my waterbottle wherever I go
  • Gym twice a week, running twice a week (So far I’ve done that 2 weeks in a row!)
  • Signing up a race and refocusing my running!

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I caught myself in the mirror today and normally I find myself shying away but I couldn’t help but notice my legs we’re particularly muscly. I sometimes feel like my body is never going to catch up but I then found myself flexing my arms and noticing slight muscles.

My body is changing. I’m getting stronger.

But most important internet . I feel amazing. I am so much happier because that is the main goal with exercise is happiness! (Endorphins make you happy!)

Probably helps that I’m only a couple days from graduation too!

Stay tuned for a 100 day challenge update next week! I mean it this time!

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The Next Phase

Since beginning my #buffbridesmaid goals back in January I’ve broken it down into stages

January – April was embracing the gym and exercise again

May- July is going to be diet

August leading up the wedding will be sticking to a rigid schedule

I’ve gone to the gym more in the past few months then I did all of last year. Even on days when I don’t feel like going I still manage to go and lift weights and remind myself why I’m doing this.

With this I ran the Modo 8k.

I arrived rather early since I wasn’t able to pick up my package the day before. However it was a really smooth process so that was awesome!

I waited around, warmed up a bit, chatted with friends I saw and seeded myself. I also used gear check for the first time since I didn’t have anyone waiting for me.

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I told myself I wanted to be under an hour. I ran without music and just focused on my form and the person ahead of me.

Prior to this race I had been running more with Scott .Running with a friend definitely helps me focus on holding a better pace.  As well running with Jeremy (who by the way is a foot taller then me which forces me to run faster…even if he does shorten his stride).

It’s paid off I ran it is 58 minutes. My one complaint is the fact that the race ends on an up hill…a little mean but otherwise I love my medal. The post race food was amazing and I eventually wandered over to get picked up by my mother

My progress

Since January I’m at 172 pounds. 6 pounds down which is interesting considering I’ve only been focused on excersise. I definitely need to embrace a meal plan. To me that means eating smaller portions and more water.

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I can comfortably lift 15 pounds. I’m hoping to hit 20 by the end of May.

If I’m being totally honest I wish I had more progress (breaking 10 pounds) but I do know that I need to keep pushing myself more and staying focused.

With that I need to refocus my love of running. I would love to run another trail race this summer, a zombie race and the Squamish 10k. I’m hoping with shorter distances (no more half marathons till 2016) I can get faster and eventually beat my half time as well as my 10k time.

What I am most proud of is my determination. Last year as soon as I got off track I’d beat myself up and just give up all together.

Next photo I take will be 20 pound weights!
Next photo I take will be 20 pound weights!

I’m only human. This is a slow process and I have to take it a day at a time.

I just need to keep repeating that as the summer goes on.

Know of any races I should check out this summer? Keep in mind I’ll have PJ in July (Yay jamboree! can’t wait to run whilst at camp!)

Either way once I get back from NYC I look forward to embracing my new free time with classes being over. As well as looking at proper nutrition

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I Get Knocked Down But I Get Up Again !

My measurements for starters. I took these on January 16th 2015

Weight :178

Hips: 42 inches

Waist: 34.5

Bust : 36

Accountability is important here.
Accountability is important here.

I want to start off by saying I don’t like my body right now. My body can do amazing things but a break up combined with Christmas and laziness has lead to weight gain. I have lost an inch and couple pounds since but I got off track in February. And you know what? It happens! The difference now is I’m going to shut up that blerch. The blerch keeps telling me that I will fail and I will never achieve my fitness goals.  When I know that’s not true. I can still remember the summer of 2012 when I could barely run for 5 minutes and since then I’ve run 7 halfs. If I set my mind to it, I will accomplish it.

I'm not good at gym selfies..maybe as my buff bridesmaid goal goes along I'll get better?
I’m not good at gym selfies..maybe as my buff bridesmaid goal goes along I’ll get better?

I graduated highschool 5 years ago (OH MAN!) and it’s funny when I look at photos and I see that I’m “smaller” . My chest was bigger but I probably weighed around 155 pounds. I wore size 8 dress to my grad. But really I was in awful shape then . Gym class felt like such a chore.

So what now? Stay focused. Don’t get discouraged and take it one day at a time. I can’t change everything at once .

With that my focus on running shifted. I’m finding it hard to run races as I’m finding it harder to get my distance up. So the half marathons at this point are on hold. There’s always next year. I hate saying that but I don’t want to sign up for more events without having the plan to properly train for them.

The theme right now is Less and More. In my life.

Here’s how I’m figuring things out

March Goals

– Gym at least 6 times (this works out to twice a week)

– Minimize till #mk15 (I’m lactose intolerant , and since Lent started I’ve caved once! So I can do this..I can curb my addiction to cream cheese)

– Run when I can, and most important enjoy the run (Running feels like a chore as of lately and it breaks my heart! Time to refocus and fix that)

– Keep tracking on MFP , Fitocracy and use the #buffbridesmaid photos to keep focused! (I’m hopefully going to make a motivation board in my room I have a little thing on my wall but..right now it needs to bigger I think!)

The West Van 10k went pretty well! I was a minute away from beating my time last year and with that I am now even more focused on beating it again. I’m looking at some 10ks this summer in which I could accomplish that.

The beautiful Brittany who pushed me to the very end!
The beautiful Brittany who pushed me to the very end!

This is not going to be easy. But I am so determined internet .

This year my journal says “You will go far” although I plan to with travel I know I will get ahead with goals and crush them !

180 days till Nicholle and Cam’s big day (Holy crap where is time going?)

And 26 days till #mk15. In which I have every intention in wearing a particularly sexy dress that if I lose a couple inches will look just perfect . So let’s crush March shall we?

Wish me luck as always internet!

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