(belated) HELLO 2012!

22 01 2012

I have been avoiding my blog for quite some time, just as I have been avoiding regularly exercising and eating heathily. Life has been in a state of stagnation for the last few months. I finished teacher’s college and took a few months off to relax while job hunting. Unfortunately, I started the job hunt too late and now must wait to re-apply for teaching positions for Fall 2012. 

I don’t mind that too much because I still work part-time and live at home so I don’t have many expenses, but I hate when people ask me if I’m working and I have to tell them I am unemployed!

Luckily, things started turning around when I started volunteer teaching in a school. It was great to get back into a regular schedule and have a real purpose. So now I am keeping very busy volunteering during the day and working at my part-time job on the weekend. I come home exhausted!

After two weeks of readjusting after the holidays, I’m finally getting back into a workout routine with 2 main goals in mind:
1. I’m signing up for the Sporting Life 10K run on Sunday, May 13, 2012
I ran so sparsely in the last few months that I’ve lost any running endurance I had built up in the spring. To train for my 10K, I’m following Hal Higdon’s Novice 10K plan.
2. I’ve got to get bikini ready for upcoming vacations!
I’ve got 2 vacations booked and another tentatively planned.
First up is Negril, Jamaica in February! 🙂 I’ve got 3 weeks to get as comfortable in a bathing suit as I can!
Next is my cousin’s wedding reception in California in April.
Finally, a couple of girlfriends and I are trying to plan a trip to Vegas for my birthday weekend in July. That one might not work out, but if it does, I’m hoping to finally be in a bikini!

In the meantime, I’m hoping to start blogging more frequently to keep track of my workouts and meals.

We’ll have to wait and see if I can finally be determined enough to follow through! 🙂


Inspirangles – Hopping back on the 5K band wagon

9 06 2010

I just read such an inspiring half marathon recap post at Half of Jess, I had to share it. I’ve been following Jess’ blog for the last few months and have read about her slow and steady progress with running. In the last 3 months alone, she conquered a bunch of 5k races and ran her first half marathon the other day. 3 months! It’s awe-inspiring for me because Jess went from hating running to becoming a runner in a matter of months. It’s real proof of what determination, diligence and hard work can accomplish.

Now I want to finally run my first 5k. Actually run it non-stop. Even if my walk is faster than my jog.

Which reminds me, I should talk about the 5K I participated in back in May.

The start line

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I had originally intended to run the Walk of Life 5k, but I went on vacation and just stopped training for it (or exercising altogether) when I got back. I had convinced a bunch of friends to join me, but none of them were runners and they were all going to walk the 5k. The race was also a laid back event, not so much a race as a charity fundraiser. There was no official finish time tracking or anything like that.

While were were walking, I managed to convince one of my friends to do some running intervals with me. The first opportunity we got to break away from the mob, we started running and ended up leading the walking pack.

I couldn't find any pictures with me in them, but randomly saw my friends in this shot (front far right in the black and grey)

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We finished the 5k running and walking in about 44:28 according to the finish line clock. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep track of the time so I’m not entirely sure how accurate that time is since I don’t know what time we started after the runners.

If it was our real time, I’m not too happy with it since I’ve done 5k jogs on my own in 30-35 mins, but we also did get caught behind all the walkers for the first 1.5k and that probably slowed us down a great deal.

In the end, it was a good experience and I felt great that I had fundraised for a charity that means a lot to me personally.

But like I said, now I’m ready to fully run my first 5k!

I’m signing up for two 5Ks this summer:
Beaches Jazz Tune Up 5K on July 25, 2010 – not chip-timed so it’ll be more of a practice run for me
Toronto Women’s 5K on August 28, 2010 – this one’s chip-timed, so it’s the real deal!

Time to get serious and start training! (Go figure, I’m actually excited to run again 🙂 )

Inspirangles – 1M2MF5k

17 04 2010

Ack!! 1M2MF5k!! (aka 1 Month to My First 5k) Although, with the way my training is going, I may soon be using other words for the ‘MF’ part…

Yikes, exactly 30 days until my first race. I can’t believe how quickly time is flying. We’re already half-way through April. How did that happen?! I guess I’ve been too consumed with exams and distracted by my crazy week.

So far, I’ve been doing terribly with my April goals. No progress on the pizza dough as yet. I’ll have to get it done next week because I’ll be in Cuba the last week of April. I only managed to go out running twice last week and not at all this week yet. I don’t think I’ll even be able to keep the 2 blog posts a week goal! Ahh!! 😦

On the bright side, I’ve managed to raise and exceed the minimum donation amount for my 5k race, so I’m racing for free 🙂 And, okay, so I won’t be meeting my goals the exact way I laid them out, but it doesn’t necessarily mean I won’t meet them at all.

I have a week left to make pizza dough. 3 runs a week is 12 runs in total. With 2 down, I have 10 more to go. I could accomplish that in the next 2 weeks. Similarly, 2 blog posts a week is 8, and already I’ve got 3 done.

I think this is one of the lessons I’ve slowly been learning in the last couple of months. Yes, I’m not good at being consistent and definitely have trouble sticking to my goals, but I’ve come to see that when you’ve gotten off track to achieve your goals, you can just shove them aside and think of it as a failure or you can get back on track, re-prioritize and try again.

In the past, I would have chosen the former option and viewed it as a failure, which would have just kept me in a vicious cycle of negativity. And sure, I’m kind of embarrassed that I can’t set goals and meet them the way other people seem to on the blogs I follow, but I guess that’s just something I have to accept as part of my journey. I’m just not at the same level of dedication nor do I have the same amount of motivation as they do right now. Will I ever? I hope so, but only time will tell.

For now, I’ve re-prioritized, broken the goals down into less rigid, more achievable tasks, and will be trying my best to actually achieve them. It’ll be a huge coup if I do manage it, that’s for damn sure. 🙂

Inspirangles – Start up Sundays #1

5 04 2010

I haven’t had an inspirangles post yet, and I thought, “What better day to get motivated than a Sunday?” what with it being the day before people usually get back onto the wagon. So I looked up some famous inspirational quotes and here are my top 3 picks for this week:

“Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.” – Les Brown

“Most of us serve our ideals by fits and starts. The person who makes a success of living is one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That’s dedication.” – Cecil B. DeMille

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford


As you can see, the theme of this post is GOALS! Since the month is still new, I wanted to come up with 3 goals for this month to work toward. My motivation and dedication has been lacking lately, so I want to keep it simple and achievable. I’m hoping small wins will help gear me up towards being more persistent.

April Goals:

1. Make a healthy pizza dough from scratch
2. Run 3 times a week (to stick to my 5k training plan)
3. Write 2 blog posts a week

Update on my 5K: I was sure I was going to be doing the Toronto Women’s Run in May (as I mentioned in a previous post), but it ended up filling up before I registered :(. My friends and I might try again for their August race, but in the meantime, I was so determined to do a 5k this spring, that I signed up for the 1st one I could find that supported a cause that meant something to me.

And lo and behold, I found the perfect event.

The Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada holds an annual 5k walkathon in Toronto called the Walk of Life. This year it’s taking place on May 15, 2010.

I was looking for a race in May because I figured it would give me plenty of time to train.The bonus is cardiac health is an important cause to me as I have a family history of heart disease, heart attacks and strokes on both sides of my family. My grandfather died of a stroke, my aunt died of a heart attack and my father had bypass surgery (a quadruple or sextuple or some other ridiculously high number) 3 years ago. So, it’s a fitting event for me to participate in. I’m very excited!

Will you be participating in any races this spring? And does anyone have any tips on making a delicious healthy pizza dough?