Tuesday, May 9, 2017

4 weeks out

less than one month till tri time!


I've been swim training once weekly in the pool doing 1000M each time (20 laps)
Each lap is 50 M total (for there and back). Yesterday I implemented "sprint swimming"
25M all out 25M recovery /slower and then the remainder of the min to calm down ... usually about 40 seconds

first 10 laps are for pace and the second 10 laps are the sprint/recover laps

I also got outside sat and sunday in the sunny sunshine to get some road bike action
I had a baseball game on sunday and we WON! Our first win this season, it feels good
**Season just started, it was our third game
 
This week I'm going to see the massage therapist (yay) and do my first open water / lake swim with my gf.  I'm signed up for the triathlon (sprint) and accommodations are booked! Its coming closer!

I'm weight training four times  a week right now, and on those days I do a conditioning workout.. aka a version of hiit style cardio. On the OFF days I implement my tri training .. swim/bike/run
Sometimes I like to just do a random cardio machine, because its nice to change things up and still get a sweat. Right now my main focus is primarily of the three triathlon disciplines.

Wish me luck! Hoping to post pictures of the race once it's all finished

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Maintenance eating ... BINGE or PREP

Things have been up and down with me.

Had a real BINGE style eating / untracked meals on Saturday night. I knew what I was doing and didn't stop. Weight is only slightly UP from last check in (approx. 1 pound) I've also been stressed at work and have some personal things going on are needing attention


It really throws a person off. I like to be in control, I want to know what's going on and how to deal with it. I like to educate myself and I'm a chronic over thinker. I can be critical, of myself and others and I spend a lot of time in my own head

Being a Gemini I go back and fourth on opinions a lot. I'm not a liar, I just have a genuinely different opinion than I did last week.. I'm sure that can be annoying or look 'two faced' to people.

I'm sensitive and takes things personally before I think about it rationally.


I'm human.


Weird right? haha I do honestly have so many good days, I work hard at loving myself and need to work harder on giving myself a break. I am constantly over worked and over training. I 'thrive' on stress. Less sleep? that's fine. Extra shift? sure. I've already worked 6 days this week but I can stay late. Friends in town? I'll head out and stay late eventhough I'm so gassed, and feel a large amount of guilt if I can't be there


These are my CHOICES. I CHOOSE to do these things, and I don't see results as a part of it.

I know better, I know rest is best. I know in order to see changes I have to LET them happen!

I eat the foods, I lift the weights... why don't I look like _____ fitness model?


Could I if I actually rested? I really don't know, I've never done that

It's hard because people are engrained that working harder means more suffering, I wont get fat by sleeping in that extra 30 mins instead of walking on the step mill. I can write it down and even say it out loud. But, when thurs comes and I've been at work till 11pm and my alarm goes off at 545am I still think I need to get up and out the door so that I can get that sweat in before I head to work
I wake up excited, I have that energy to move and get going. I watch youtube videos while I'm on cardio machines. I really enjoy it. Sometimes I'll even stay longer on a machine because I want to finish / watch a new video

These are the things that I enjoy ... I don't have a family (babies or pets). My spouse and I don't NEED to spend every minute together. I work three jobs play sports and visit with friends and family every week. I have a very fulfilling and blessed life.

I get tired, I think negative thoughts, I can be short tempered from time to time

but I'm TRYING. I'm trying to better my personal thoughts, I'm trying to see the big picture. I'm trying to see things from another persons perspective

I'm making strides but these things take time and effort every single dam day
today was a long day, tomorrow I have the day OFF from all work and I have a weekend away with my hubby
no workouts, no tracking, just going to try and enjoy it


wish me luck!
And thanks for reading :)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

thursday musings

Well, an update and it didn't take two months!

I've been hitting the gym daily even with snow-maggedon 2017 going down in the Fraser Valley. Thankfully where I live now it's a short trip to the gym and it doesn't make me lose my hair to make the short trip to the gym :) So the gains are still being made fam!

I also did the adult thing and bought snowies this year (previously stated) and they're awesome. Really glad that I didn't get them changed back when we had our last blast of warm weather 9degrees in January is warm ok!

So, today we hit the gym for a lower body day and some cardio. Things have been going well for training. I'm still making progress in my lifts, they're challenging but not so hard that I dread to do it .. which is always a good thing! My cardio workouts have gone up in intensity as well.. mostly in length

I've been going to spin class once a week right now, cardio 3-4 times a week on top of that with one day dedicated to swimming! Last week I did 12 laps (600M) and it was great, I was so beat afterwards. Swimming has proven to be the hardest/most gruelling part of the triathlon training. I've gotten the goggles and swim cap and yesterday I purchased ear plugs and a nose plug to try out and see how I like that. So far the nose plug just hurts ( I have a nose ring) but I'll play around with it

All in all I'm excited for the months to come. Hoping to see some weight movement. I've been holding steady at 147 for what seems like forever. I'd like to drop about 5 pounds for a short term goal and closer to ten for long term goal. I feel like I still look pretty good at this point so the rest is just gravy. I'm not doing any extra cardio ... mainly because I'm kind of at a max anyways so there's no real room for more. I'm not restricting anything, I'm not on prep and I'm not willing to give up things in order to drop a few pounds. I'd rather do it in a slower fashion and have it be something more attainable and not really a 'diet'

That being said, will losing weight make me better at my job? Will I be healthier a few lbs lower? Will my spouse love me more at a lower BF? Could I win 250,000 if I lose more ? .. maybe haha

I joined bodybuilding.com 250K challenge and it's been fun filling out the info for each weeks challenge, I'm going to the gym and watching my foods anyways so hey, if I can win something bonus right?

PS -- the answer to all those other questions is NO. I'm still a good person, that's all outside stuff gotta work on that inside stuff

that's all for now, hope you're all well and good! and safe from the weather!

Xo  -- Jess

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Softball Player, Bikini Competitor.. Triathlete?

2017 Goals!


So far this year the stage has not called my name. It's not going anywhere. I've done 6 shows in three years and seen the ups and downs. Pushed hard, found new highs and lows within myself. Learned a lot about myself and what I like and grew in the process. I did local shows, I made it to Provincial level and also National level with this hobby of mine.

It's very expensive. It's pretty extreme and takes up a lot of your life, and I really enjoyed (most of) it

Now I've started looking into a different type of goal. One that will still push me. One that not just anyone can do. That doesn't require quite the same diet restrictions. Training will still be several times a week if not 5 or 6 times a week, but that's my choice.

I'm trying for my first ever Sprint Triathlon

 
what is that? It's basically the beginners triathlon.
Triathlon is: swim / bike / run
A sprint isn't some elite level super fast version.. its the half version. The version where you get your feet wet. Its 750m swim / 19km bike / 5km run

I can do all of those things right now! .. but can I do them back/to/back/to/back
Starting in January I told myself I'd start swimming, since it's been the longest since I've swam laps.

Its hard.


I've now gotten proper goggles and a swim cap. Even met another person training for the same sprint at the pool! I've also started going to SPIN classes in an effort to get my cardio in a good place (and shed a few pounds, lets just be honest here)

This week I did 1 hr spin class and followed it with 10 laps in the pool. That's 500M
It's a good way to build up my stamina since the triathlon won't really have breaks
I'm going to start brick workouts once I'm 12 wks from my goal date

The Tri I have in mind : June 3 2017 -- 1 wk before my 31st bday
It's in Oliver BC, WINE COUNTRY

I'll keep you all posted on my progress. So far things have been good, swimming proves to be the biggest challenge thus far but we'll see once I start stacking my training how I do and how fast my recovery is

What are you goals for 2017? They don't have to be fitness related!

Happy Goal Setting!

Monday, January 23, 2017

2017

Wow. It's been a while

Welcome to 2017! Almost done the month of January.

Things that happened from Nov  to now:

I went to Cuba with my husband, sister and her bf

My FIL came from Australia to visit

We got so much snow!
--> I bought snow tires, like a real adult. Then it stopped snowing!



Cuba:

Where: Veradero. We stayed at the Iberostar Laguna Azul. Flew direct from Vancouver (I would recommend) and we stayed a week. It was lovely. Would I recommend it? Sure! The resort was 5 stars the staff and ground were excellent. The food was OK. I thought I wasn't so much of a 'clean eater' anymore but apparently that's just not true! Of the four of us I was the only one who had any issues with the food. Just more processed than I'm used to.. Plus, I have an issue with dairy and still ate things like pizza.. so not really surprising.
The beaches were amazing, we went to Havana for an entire day and ate off the resort.. Would DEF recommend that it was really neat to see. We rented a car and had an English speaking guide. It was less expensive than paying for the tour through the resort and we got to chose what we did and when we did it so that was nice. Plus the tour was in one of the old fashioned cars which is basically a must in Cuba. Flight was direct as I mentioned, we left thurs to thurs and it was only 6 hours which was pretty great.

Visitors from down under:

My father in law and brother in law both came from Sydney on the 19th of Dec. They left on Jan 4th. It was nice to see them. My BIL is 13 now and almost taller than me! (I'm 5'10) he's a good kid and more mature than I was expecting. My husband had a few days off over the holidays and they went to Squamish for tubing and they even spent a night at our place during all the holiday stuffs.
I had minimal time off this year.. usually theres a week or two that offices are closed but with the holiday being on a weekend this year it worked out that... we just kept working! I did several days on my own which was fine, and my pay checks didn't suffer. Always appreciated around the holidays!

Next year we're hoping to be in Australia for Christmas. It's the easiest time to get off work without missing too much and its their summer! Sounds like good times

Snow

BC actually got one of those Canadian christmas' this year. Lots of snow and working in three different cities was getting a bit stressful for driving. In fact, we missed seeing my dads parents because of the snow and poor driving conditions. So, I actually bought snow tires. My dad and I talked about it and I complained that I didn't want to spend an extra 600$ on something I may not truly need. He says 600$ or your life? The next week I had the tires put on
Does anyone else do whatever their parent tells them to do? I'm 30 years old and apparently still do!

Well that's all for now I suppose, I've got some new goals on the go (obviously) but I'll make another post about that another time

Happy New Year!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday Funday with BCPA

Sunday ... rest day Took the actual day off for once.

I slept in. after i went out last night in the storm of 2016 (haha) and was out till about 12ish came home turned on the boob tube ate some ice cream... i had saved SC for bday cake.. and there was none! so when i came home i had ice cream cause.. well gains  

Went to my very first power lifting competition today to watch a girl compete. She used to be a part of blessed bodies actually and a trainer herself, but that's not how I met her. I actually met this beauty through another friend when they did STRONG camp together.
She totally killed it! She only missed one lift (you get three attempts) of all her lifts and ended up placing second in her weight class

It was a really cool atmosphere. A lot of cheering (turns out I like to cheer for complete strangers) it took a minute to figure out when was the right time to cheer.. i did it wrong trying to be supportive but fixed it with some guidance haa 

Next weekend is the final wedding of this season and also cross fit games! It'll be interesting to see a real life competition vs just seeing it online. The girl that won my friends class was a cross fitter who signed up about 3 wks ago and changed her training in the sense that she toned it a bit and drank more beer?? def NOT the atmosphere i'm used to competition wise 

Although ive never had a truly bad experience backstage at a fitness comp its not nearly as supportive and ecxiting as the power lifting meet was 

I hope I can see more of these type things in the future it was really cool to see something different and OMG are these gals and guys strong!!

Hope ya'll had a good weekend. Survived the storm  

Congrats Meghan on placing and qualifying at your very first Power Lifting competition 



Thursday, October 6, 2016

IRL

Well well.. October

Where did this year go? work.work.work. some fun here and there.. work.work.work

Those who know me... know I work a lot. I've made an effort to take more time off to do some fun things this year. I've really enjoyed that! I always say that I wont work three jobs forever. I truly believe that. BUT I don't know which job I would give up. I like them all for their own reasons. So for now.. I'll stay at all of them and complain that I don't have enough time for anything extra haha

Glorify being busy? Perhaps. haha

Diet these days is going well. I've been testing out this whole.. does it fit situation and its been fun. Had some bloating going on and obviously a work in progress haha. Open to eating all the things which is fun. Having some binge like moments having some under eating type moments and had some real enjoyment and savory moments .. so really its an overall win!

BIG news.. my friend is having her baby.. next week! Due in November but complications mean babe has to come early. Mom and baby are BOTH HEALTHY thank the lord! But the little one is scheduled to arrive next week so all your positive vibes and good thoughts their way please!

I, of course, WORK so I'll miss it. BUT Auntie Jess will be there right after work the following day :) I'm going to throw out my guess right now.. I'm thinking it could be a boy.. We'll find out next week if I was right haha

Many a wedding this time of year. Which is new for me. Most of my other friends have gotten married in the spring/summer months but this year the first wedding was sept 4th weekend and the last one will be Oct 22. With thanksgiving and a bday part in the weekends in between its proven to be a very busy time of year!

Cuba is coming!! ONE MONTH OUT on Monday and I'm starting to get excited

Have to start tanning otherwise my white ass might be bright pink or a hard red shortly after we arrive haha. Going to look into the twinrix shot since I'm out dated and of course with a lot of my friends and family members doing the 'baby thing' theres talk of the zika virus

Yes. Cuba is considered a 'hot zone' (AKA a tropical zone) I have known several couple that have gone and had no problems and no warnings. I looked into it on the health Canada travel site and they said that they will NOT be testing anyone without at least two symptoms. Online however, it said that sometimes only 1 in 5 people show symptoms and I'm not down with that. SO needless to say... we will continue to wait to start our family.. sorry (not sorry) mom.

You can see how I really feel about that type of topic on another post that I made earlier in the year: my body is not a topic of discussion

That's all these days... lots of food dates in my future.. this weekend alone although I have Monday off ( a day off with pay?? sign me up!) but a friends bday on Friday, in laws dinner on sat, my family on sunday and a friends-giving on Monday.. holy Hannah!

Got to keep it in check.. there's another chance for another meal (like the next day!) and I will not be missing out


good luck this weekend ya'll stretchy pants ;)
Jess