One foot in front of the other

I found a website called Nerd Fitness. And tomorrow, Tuesday August 2, 2016 will be Day 1 (yes, it’s probably my 52nd day 1 but hey, at least it means I’m still trying right?)

I’ll get Toby to help take pictures and do measurements tonight AND I’ve made a doctor’s appointment for tomorrow so I have an official, unbiased, third party that I’m going to report in to in about 5-6 months. I need that accountability right now and I’m good with that.

My Big Why

Part of the groundwork for Nerd Fitness is coming up with your “big why” – the reason I’m doing this. Right now my “big why” is just that I’m tired of being overweight, of not fitting into my nice clothes, of feeling squished on the streetcar. I want to not be too tired to run around with Q. To be able to continue to run. That sort of thing.

Me in 5 months

Next is to think of who the new me will be a short time in the future – I’ve picked 5 months ’cause that will take me to the end of the year. I’ve decided that my new me will be  someone who is (physically) stronger, faster, and more flexible.  Personally, I’ll be someone who doesn’t procrastinate (as much) and who makes taking care of myself a priority.

Which leads to the creation of five smaller goals – things to do to get to where I am going to be by the end of the year (so 5 months really)

1.     I will continue to run every day. At least once every two weeks I will run faster (at 10k race pace (about a min or two faster than my current easy pace); at least once every two weeks my workout will incorporate running up one of our local hills.

2.    I will strength train 2 – 3 times a week and do yoga 1 – 2 times a week. I haven’t done strength training in ages and will start off small. Right now I have a lunch time yoga once a week and will incorporate the NF yoga too.

3.    I will cook one healthy meal a month with enough left over for a couple of lunches. I will help Toby plan meals. This should be fun. Y’all know I don’t like to cook – so I see a lot of casserole or slow cooker things in our future.

4.    I will get 7ish hours of sleep a night; cutting down on “screens” so that by the end of October (3 months) I won’t be on my phone/TV/Computer within 45 minutes of bedtime.

5.    And one I think of as most important – “I will make considered choices.” Meaning, if I want the beer I have the beer but it’ll be a damn good beer not just a beer ’cause it’s there. Same with other foods or spending time online or hunting Pokemon etc.

The first bit food-wise is just tracking food. Not necessarily changing anything really but tracking what it all is. So back to My Fitness Pal I go and because tomorrow is Day 1, I’m making plain slow-cooker oatmeal tonight to have for breakfasts this week 🙂


10K runner – week four

Monday – Rest day – and physio. Still not cleared for yoga or strength training but I have some exercises to do for my wrist with weights and if it goes well then I can go back to yoga!

Tuesday – Up and out early 🙂 6:15 am – so not as early as I had hoped but still got it done.

Week 5 Day 1 of the 10k Runner app.

Total time:  32 minutes Total Distance:  3.7 km Pace: 8:43 min/km

Wednesday – Toby has a night class on Wednesdays now so it was Q and I at home for the evening. Nice but no running.

Thursday – Physio – still no approval for anything other than running 🙁

Week 5 Day 2 of the 10k Runner app. Spent equal time running and walking today.

Total time:  36 minutes Total Distance:  4.1 km (yippie! cracked 4 km) Pace: 8:45 min/km

Friday – Week 5 Day 3 of the 10k Runner app. And ran more than walked fro the first time! 😀 (5 min warm up walk; 8 min run; 5 min walk; 8 min run; 5 min cool down walk)

Total time:  31 minutes Total Distance:  3.7 km Pace: 8:23 min/km

Saturday – Week 6 Day 1 and back up to 10 minute runs

Total time:  35 minutes Total Distance:  4.1 km Pace: 8:34 min/km

Saturday was also a “day off” from my usual very low carb way of eating. So I had beer.

Wag the Wolf from Beaus
Wag the Wolf from Beaus


Terrestrial India Brown Ale from Wellington Brewery
Terrestrial India Brown Ale from Wellington Brewery

Much very yummy beer which of course led to….

Sunday – I should have run. I really should have. Then I would have had 5 runs on the week. But I wimped out 🙁 and felt like poor Nim:


Definitely have to jump back on the wagon on Monday!


10K runner – week two

Monday – Rest and some cooking and cleaning around the house.

Tuesday – Another physio appointment. My shoulder is also acting up so now I have exercises for my wrist and my shoulder and reminders on the importance of posture!

Week 2 Day 2 of the 10k Runner app.

Total time:  28 minutes Total Distance:  3.1 km Pace: 8:58 min/km

Wednesday – Long day out with my dad for the TFC-Impact game and TFC won! Woohoo!

ahhh white wine in a plastic cup
ahhh white wine in a plastic cup

Thursday – More physio. I can’t do yoga or anything yet but I stumbled across this routine that I thought I would add to my day for the next two weeks – doing it twice a day, once mid-day at work and once at home before bed.

BUT I did want to run today, the evening just got away from me and I didn’t even end up getting to sleep until almost 12 🙁 Which means of course I have to run Friday – Saturday – Sunday to make my 4 runs a week minimum goal!

Friday – I wore my “fast” shoes today. The Saucony Cortana 3s. I’m still trying to get used to them – they have a much smaller heel drop than my usual shoes.

Week 2 Day 3 of the 10k Runner app.

Total time:  31 minutes Total Distance:  3.5 km Pace:  8:57 min/km

Saturday – Saturday was a whole lot of running around. We went and got some craft things at Michael’s for Q and I and some new clothes for Toby. Then a swimming lesson for Q and a soccer game for my dad and I. Oh and after that I had to do all the packing!

Week 3 Day 1 of the 10k Runner app.

Total time:  26 minutes Total Distance:  3 km Pace: 8:34 min/km

Sunday – I didn’t want to run! I wanted to sleep in! Q was at my parents’ house but I had to run to get my four runs in on the week so I did. Week 3 Day 2 of the 10k Runner app. I forgot to start my watch in time so the first 5 minute walk were just an estimate. In the cool wet rain!

Total time:  26 minutes Total Distance:  3 km Pace: 8:44 min/km

Sunday was also the weigh in the other dietbet I’m in.  it was hard but I’m happy to say I made this dietbet’s challenge – now of course, I know myself and we’re off on a family vacation so I am going to try and be reasonable! Keep up with the running and the posture thing and cut myself a little slack on the food.


10K runner – week one


Eek! I wanted to post this last week but had to go and find the picture I wanted 🙂

Last Sunday, June 14, 2015, I ran 15k on Toronto Island. That isn’t pretty impressive except for the fact that I think I ran about 5 km total in May and maybe 15 total in April. But I had signed up for the Nike Women’s 15k Toronto ages ago and, well, really wanted that necklace.

Nike + Tiffany & Co.
Nike + Tiffany & Co.

And I promised myself that if I did it and didn’t die or end up hating myself afterwards I’d regroup and move on. So I did.

Monday – Week 1 Day 1 of the 10k Runner app.

I think the app cost about $5 and it sets out three runs a week for 14 weeks for a total of 42 runs. I know I can run 10k BUT what I want to work on is consistency and, maybe, getting rid of the intervals – right now I still mostly run/walk (so I ran the 15k last week as running 5 minutes, walking 1) and I thought I should finally try to get rid of that. So we’ll see how it goes.

I’m also still recovering from a soccer injury to my wrist right now so I’m not able to do any yoga or strength work involving my arms. So for now at least, just the running. Oh and I’m aiming to run 4-5 times a week and not three like the app says SO the titles of these threads will follow my Monday to Sunday week and not the app’s ‘weeks’. So Monday was week 1 day 1.

Total time: 25 minutes Total Distance: 2.6 km Pace: 9:38 min/km

Tuesday – Week 1 Day 2 of the 10k Runner app. Went out at 9 pm which in and of itself is pretty impressive I think 🙂

Total time: 30 minutes Total Distance: 3.2 km Pace: 9:22 min/km

Wednesday – rest day!

Thursday – I had a physio appointment today. My wrist is getting better and I was given some exercises to do to start strengthening it. She said I should still hold off on strength training and yoga. Hopefully I’ll get the go ahead soon!

Friday – Week 1 Day 3.

Total time: 30 minutes Total Distance: 3.3 km Pace: 9:05 min/km – not sure where that improvement came from but it was nice to see!

Saturday – Busy busy family day! It was nice to go out with Q to a birthday party and stick to my eating plan.

Sunday – Week 2 Day 1

Total time: 28 minutes Total Distance: 3 km Pace: 9:19 min/km

Sunday – June 21 this time – was also the weigh in for a dietbet I’m in.  The idea is to lose 4% of your weight in 4 weeks. I was actually in two. One that ended on Sunday June 21 and one that ends Sunday June 28. I’m happy to say I made this dietbet’s challenge – now to keep it off for one more week!

Next week, I’ll try to run at least 4 times again and ideally 5, especially as I’m still not allowed to do anything that requires pushing, pulling, lifting or moving weights or applying any pressure on my wrist!


Day 2…

saw this on facebook today:

It’s exactly what I needed to see today. March 2, 2015 was my “day 1” – which is why this post, on March 3, is called “Day 2.” I’m not sure how many “day 1s” I’ve had but I know it’s been a lot. But I know that having one more is better than not having another one at all.

I’m back to being close to my heaviest weight in recent memory and haven’t run in ages (3.25 km on February 11 in case you’re interested). My mid-February half in New Hampshire was postponed and I will DNS Around the Bay at the end of March. Both these things actually make me sad so I figured maybe I actually like this running thing (despite thinking that running is stupid) BUT the thought of jumping back in where I left off was way out of the question.

I thought about what my main goal is – and it’s to become healthier. And to do that I have to stop, uhm, stopping. So I thought I’d go back, way back, to the beginning. Start small in order to build the consistency; to make this a true habit. It’s always been a chore and I want to see if I can finally stop being my usual lazy self. I dug out the learn to run plan I did aeons ago but then realised that I’d do better if it was easier to follow (the plan I have is on a word document chart I made up in 2007 or something). Everyone always recommends the Couch to 5K program to new runners so I downloaded that. And did Week 1 Day 1 today 😀

My plan is to never go more than 2 days without running and to finish the whole program before our trip on May 3. It should be doable. I’ll let you know!