I really need to start writing everything down, as Sunday has rolled around again I can barely remember what happened and when it happened from the previous week! I really need a better system for keeping my thoughts and ideas organized. I typically have about 5 unorganized notebooks on the go, and I don’t fill them up page by page, there are notes and scribbles randomly strewn about pages upside-down, backwards, from wherever and whenever I flip it open, I can’t even read them half the time. This means I tend to write down my brilliant (yes, brilliant) ideas and never come across them again.
I can’t tell you how many times in my life I’ve set a goal of writing everyday, even if it’s just a few lines and then I’ll last a week or two before getting lazy. I have a 5 year “thought a day” journal I’ve been working on for years but there are huge chucks of life missing from it. From the parts that are filled out, I love going back to read them but I’m so inconsistent. Time flies by and then I can’t remember what happened when, or I forget the little moments I wanted to document.
I will try to start back up my daily journal again this week, I mean it takes less than 5 minutes a day, you’d think of everything else I do I’d be able to get this one little thing done! Okay, I digress – onto my life this week.
Two weeks of March have gone by so first up time to check in on my March goals.
1. Complete my 3 long training runs + first race of the year: CHECK!
I ran my 14k long run in my hometown of Comox on Saturday afternoon. It was pouring rain, I was tired from travelling from Vancouver, the family was relaxing watching TV with a nice, warm fire going…I seriously did not feel like heading out for this run. The alternative was leaving it until we got back to Vancouver on Sunday afternoon, but I knew it wouldn’t happen if I did, so I managed to get myself out the door. Of course, I’m glad I did! I finished 14k in 1:18 and the route even had an elevation gain of 318m, which is awesome for training because my normal long run route is totally flat.
2. Make it to two yoga classes/week: KINDA CHECK!
I wouldn’t say this is a total fail because I did do some My Yoga Online classes at home this week. I did a 60 minute hip opening class one night during the week, a 30 minute flow yoga class on my lunch break one day and a 45 minutes class this evening. We were also travelling this weekend so I wasn’t able to make it to my usual weekend classes. No big deal, on to a new week!
3. Participate in the #powerbowladay challenge from Powercakes: CHECK!
I ate a #powerbowladay and submitted my photos to the challenge.
4. Participate in the #handstandmadness March yoga challenge: KINDA CHECK!
I haven’t really been doing the Handstand Madness poses but I have been practicing headstands and handstands daily. I’ve been doing all my #madaboutyoga poses but I didn’t submit photos for each day. I kind of like doing them on the go, as you can see from my side plank pose on the ferry to Vancouver Island and my Extended Leg with a tea on the way back to Vancouver, the photos are more fun this way! I can’t do Compass Pose (Day 12) very well, I’m not able to get into Eight Angle Pose (Day 15 ) for the life of me and my Cow Face Pose (Day 16) isn’t great . But that’s okay, lots to work on ie. hip and shoulder openers and more hip and shoulder openers. These yoga challenges are definitely useful for identifying your weak (or tight) spots.
If you need a little yogspiration, check out these beautiful poses by these even more beautiful ladies participating in the #madaboutyoga challenge.
Cow Face Pose from @christine_kay
Eight-Angle Pose from @elleodian
Bird of Paradise from @erincasey28
And this inversion from @laurasykora because well, it’s beautiful and amazing.
Workout Recap from Last Week
- Monday: Legs, Core and More Superset Workout (I was sore all week from this!)
- Tuesday: Cardio Tabata Workout + Hip Opening Online Yoga Class
- Wednesday: 6 x 800m Repeats
- Thursday: Yoga Flow Online Class
- Friday: Upper Body Strength Workout – See Below
- Saturday: 14k Outdoor Run
- Sunday: Active Rest, 45 min Online Yoga Class
Fridays workout was the circuit training workout pictured below, it took about 20 minutes and was an awesome workout! If you don’t have a TRX handy you can use a Smith machine bar to do the bodyweight rows.
Homemade Almond Butter
I didn’t get a chance to write up a recipe post up for this but I’ll quickly share my homemade almond butter experience. I had some leftover hazelnuts from making Kale Hazelnut Pesto this week so I decided to give making nut butter a try. Now, I use a Ninja blender for all my cooking, baking, soups, sauces and smoothies and for $100 it’s great but I’m pretty sure it’s not made for making almond butter. I probably had to blend these for at least 30 mintues before it started to reach a buttery consistency. I was litterally about ready to give up and do something else with the mixture when it magically started to turn to butter. You have to keep blending, scraping, blending and scraping and eventually the oils release and it will turn from dry to a beautiful buttter.
The taste and texture came out perfectly, I enjoyed it all week in my morning oats and with cut up apples. I really want to make it again but I think I need a new food processor for batch #2.
All you need to make it is almonds! I added hazelnuts, a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt.
Workout Plans for This Week (Taking it a little easy because race day is coming up!)
- Monday: Upper Body + Core Training
- Tuesday: Speed Work Run
- Wednesday: Easy 6 k Run
- Thursday: Upper Body Training
- Friday: 5 k Run
- Saturday: Rest
- Sunday: RACE DAY WOO!!
Last but not least, I apologize for not getting that At-Home Workout Series and my Kale, Brussel Sprout and White Bean Soups posts up for you, I will try to get them up this week. I also started my 20 Vegan Superfoods post but it’s taking longer than I anticipated to gather all the information, it’s coming soon though! This blogging thing is indeed a big time commitment but I’m enjoying it so much, if you’re reading this post and have been following along, thank you so much!
Ah! I almost forgot to tell you! I’m am officially a Sweat Pink Ambassador! I received an email on Thursday congratulating me on becoming part of the team. I now get the honour of being a part of this amazing community of women and although we’re all from different backgrounds, of varying ages and different levels of fitness, we all have one very important thing in common: living a healthy, happy, balanced life and living it to the fullest! I’m so honoured to join this group, exciting times are ahead, I can’t wait!
Sweat Pink Ambassadors live the Fit Approach mission every day: they sweat hard, play hard, and inspire those around them to achieve their best selves.
What are your goals for the upcoming week?
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How do you keep your ideas and thoughts organized and documented?
Sorry that was a long one, hope you made it though! Happy St. Paddys Day!