Saturday, November 01, 2014

Push-up progress and November goals.

Halloween was such a fun time last night. Who needs princess and fairy costumes when you can be Arthur?

It's like my mom didn't want me to make friends.

October is officially over. That means my October push-up challenge is over! I know a lot of you said you were IN for the push-up challenge so I hope you stuck with it and got some awesome results! I started the month with 17 consecutive knee push-ups. My goal for this challenge was not to get as many as I could as fast as I could no matter what, I really wanted to maintain my form and make sure I was doing them properly, nose to the ground kind of thing. Yesterday, I finished the challenge with 30 knee pushups! Sure, it wasn't a crazy increase, but I am proud of myself for sticking to it (minus the three days that I missed) and practising good form. 

I think the biggest improvement in my arm strength has come from swimming on a regular basis! After many sporadic bouts of swim sessions, I think I have finally settled into a swimming routine. Having two specific days and times that I set aside to go to the pool every week makes it easy to create a habit and be consistent!

So I guess it's November. After a mostly-successful October challenge, I am ready to rock a month of awesomeness in November! It's easier to roll through the holidays and treats in December if you have tons of momentum from an awesome month of fitness and nutrition in November.

Because I am obsessed with challenges, mostly monthly challenges, I have officially decided on a November challenge. I am going to try THREE new fitness-related activities in November. I am going to try and pick activities that scare me and intrigue me. Fitness can be SO SO SO fun, and I am looking forward to trying new things! 

I have been selected as part of my Sweat Pink Ambassadorship to test out and review the Gigabody series of workout videos! I am excited to try so many of the workouts, especially the kickboxing and core ones! Stay tuned for some of that fabulousness because there may or may not be a GIVEAWAY coming with it!

What is YOUR November challenge?

Any ideas for crazy fun and new fitness activities I should try?

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

I think we should have worn costumes to last night's spin class. That would have made it more silly fun and less I-want-to-die fun. Zombie costumes wouldn't have worked though because we all look dead by the end anyway. I cannot wait to hand out treats to the adorable little princesses and bumble bees and superheroes tonight!

Who? Me?

Banana ghosts and pumpkin oranges are COOL, ok? I seriously suggested handing out healthy treats to kids who came to our house but my parents didn't want egg all over our house so we decided against it. I would totally bring this to a Halloween party though.

Or this.

The only problem with those carved pumpkin yams is that they would take me about 2 hours to meticulously cut, and then 20 seconds to inhale. If anyone really wants to test out their food art and make those pumpkins, I would love to be your food photographer and taste tester. 

I miss the days of Trick-Or-Treating. My mom made a lot of our costumes when we were little, she is super crafty and would always have awesome ideas for us to dress us. I don't know how she came up with this idea, or maybe I was just really into the weather when I was 5? All I know is that I can really pull off the cloud look. What a dynamite TBT photo. 

Have a safe and happy Halloween everyone, and if you really want to see something scary, you should check THIS out. Once you have seen it, you can't unsee it, so click the link if you dare! 

What is your favourite Halloween candy?

What is your least favourite? aka. What did you always so selflessly give to your younger sibling? ;)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cycling Wishlist.

I will be testing out my latest spin playlist this weekend on my indoor trainer. I really love having the ability to get an awesome cardio workout right at home. I feel like it is also going to be great preparation for when next cycling season rolls around, because I will be used to everything about my bike and I will be able to instantly hit the pavement and go. I am mostly training my butt to sit on something so uncomfortable!

My set up is pretty basic, and the most extraordinary part of my set up is the amount of effort I put into making sure I had enough electronics around me to not get bored. When you are cycling outdoors, there is always something to look at… inside, not so much. Now that I have a space for my computer, headphones, and speakers, I have a few accessories on my wish list to make the cycling experience even better. 

  • iPhone Bike Mount
I have been stealing my mom's phone case to hold my phone on my bike while cycling, mostly to be able to see the time pass as I ride, but I would love to have one mounted to my bike. THIS one is for the iPhone 4 because I am rocking that ancient version, but there are versions for all phones. 

  • Elevator Block
I have yet to try and incorporate hills into my indoor cycling workouts, but I think this would be a great tool to do it. You can adjust your front tire to different heights to simulate various hills! THIS one has 5 different levels that can reach up to 6% incline.

  • Frame Protector
I have honestly asked my dad if sweat will stain or damage our garage floor in any way. I was concerned when it was pouring off of me and I could see dark patches forming under my bike. He said no, but I am also a little concerned about my frame. I wipe it down after every workout but THIS would be kind of cool nerdy of me to use to protect my frame from sweat and subsequently rust and corrosion. It's also washing machine friendly!

  • Seat bag
It might not be necessary for stationary riding because the tool box in my garage is literally four feet away from where my bike is, but I definitely figured out the importance of having one of these seat bags with essential tools on the road. I was not proud of calling my dad 15 minutes out of town this summer when I had a flat tire and no way to repair it myself. I could also keep SNACKS in HERE!

  • Cycling Vest
Because looking great is necessary indoors and out. My dad peeks in on me in the garage before he leaves for work in the morning to see if I am actually cycling or just on my bike watching TV. He claims I am doing the latter but my sweat stains would disagree. He definitely wouldn't miss me riding in THIS cycling vest. I am in need (and by "need" I mean I really want it) of a light vest for cycling and running. I love that cycling vests are longer than running vests which works better on my long body!

  • Bike Mechanic Lessons
Last, but certainly not least, I have been hoping to take one or two of the bike maintenance workshops that MEC offers at a very reasonably price every weekend. I tend to work most weekends at my part-time job but I am determined to find a date and learn as much as I can about how to properly maintain my bike. They have a ton of "Bike Maintenance 101" workshops, as well as a series of more advanced workshops that are about derailleurs, brakes, and drivetrains. You can find the list of events in your area HERE!

Mom, don't worry, I'm not expecting you to get ALL of these items for me for Christmas, but a good 80% of them would be nice ;) 

It looks like I'll be making some trips to MEC and other cycling retailers in Alberta! I love finding awesome things to make the biking experience better, but the most important thing is just getting out (or in your garage or basement) and riding! There is nothing like a good cycling session with lots of sweat to get the endorphins flowing!

What is your favourite cycling (or any exercise) accessory?

What are you dressing up as for Halloween?!