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getting out of a rut

Posted by blondmom Apr 16, 2009


The past week or so I have been in a rut. I have been tired with sick kids and now spring break, which is almost at an end. I seem to only have the energy to run a mile. I start out tired and then I know I still have to go to work and don't want to use my entire reserve.!!  However I am planning to do a 5k run this weekend to see where I am. Hopefully this will give me a kick in the butt to get back on track. I don't want to show up for the mothers day 5k  unprepared or unable to run the entire thing. Next week my schedule go back to the normal routine so this should help as well.



   I have to say that progress has been slow but steady. I am excited to become a better runner! I have already committed to doing the wharf to wharf which is a 10k  in Santa Cruz in July and I hope to be able to do a marathon next year. These are things I never thought that I would be doing. I am grateful for the opportunity I have had here at It has help me to get a physical goal and has helped me work at it  with support from professionals and people just like me, and daily check ins.!!  When I started I had never ran and now I know I can run at least 2.5 miles and hope to be doing three soon! It has also helped my Family. My husband, who is diabetic, now walks whenever I have to run, My son has made his own work out calendar like the one I follow and my daughter is going to run the kids race before mine. The other two girls like to excercise next to me and copy my stretching moves. I can't wait to encourage them as they grow to be active. This has been and entire lifestyle change for all of us. Thanks Active team and members for helping me along this journey! I can't wait for race day!!!!









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Posted by Tamara2009 Apr 13, 2009

I hit a milestone on Saturday - 15 minutes running without a break! We then took a 1 min walking break, and did it all again x 2, so a total of 48 min with only 3 min walking. I sometimes cannot believe I can run 15 min - when I started in January, I was running about 1 1/2 min at a time and I was winded! I am not a fast runner (like Lori, my pace was more like a jog too!) but the point is to NOT walk during those 15 min I'm supposed to be running, so I'm proud I've achieved that goal.

I've now signed up for a 5K in June in Vancouver - it's the Scotiabank 5K and a team of us from work is doing it together. I've got my fundraising website all set up - it's in case anyone's interested We're raising money for a great cause, Kidsport, that provides funding to kids who can't afford to participate in organized sports.


Wishing you all a great week!



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Survived the move...

Posted by Tamara2009 Apr 13, 2009

I've been out of commission for a while as we moved last week, from a townhouse to a house and I spent most of last week unpacking, painting and cleaning! It was hard to fit in anything else, besides taking care of the kids, and I fell into bed exhausted each night. I managed to fit in a run the night before the move, but other than that last week's exercise was lifting boxes and rolling paint!


Now that it's over, I'm getting back on track - it's a challenge sometimes to get back into a regular fitness program when something like a move (or any other change to the norm) takes you off your regular schedule. But I'm determined to get back to it - gotta be ready for the 5K in less than a month!!


Hope you're all having a wonderful Monday




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Running update

Posted by dorotajamal Apr 2, 2009


Everyone is being so supportive. Thank you ladies. As to my training the first couple of times it was rather slow going. I started with 20 min runs first. But now I am back on truck, running 30 to 40 min. I also started running the hills. My race includes a couple of those so I figured I better get on it. I do have hard time keeping up with the schedule of 4 times a week and I often end up running 3 times a week .I let go of the idea that I have to do the training exactly as it was designed and instead be happy with what I accomplish that week. I tell myself that i need to run at least once during the week days a nd once on the weekend. Usually after my first run of the week I end up feeling so good afterwards that I feel inspired to make it happen sooner rather than later and end up putting more runs into the week this way. I guess, this is my little self pep talk.   Additionally, having this break in training helped my knees to recover; I haven't had any knee pain since I started training again!



I did my run this morning already and it felt really good!









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Running with Hailey

Posted by blondmom Mar 31, 2009


Sunday was a beautiful sunny day, a great day for a run outside. My daughter, Hailey has decided to sign up for the kids race (1/2 mile) before my race on Mothers day. So she went out running with me for the first part of my run. She ran a mile and kept a great pace. Good job Hailey! After the 1st mile we  went home and I finished my run on the treadmill. When we came home my son expressed his interest as well and will run with us next weekend.



Yesterday I wanted to take advantage of the nice weather and packed mary ellen up and off we went to a run a beautiful trail. An added perk that I didn't know about was that the trail had mile markers so I was able to track how far I was running.  I hope that you are all getting to take advantage of the weather a run outside. I should really say jog because I can't call my pace a run, lol.



Keep up the great work Ladies!









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Hi ladies:


Our team member, Dorota, as you have read has had some issues with sleeping and while it would be expected because of our little ones keeping us up, it is almost harder to handle being the reason for not sleeping. We lay there beating ourselves up for not being able to just relax enough to sleep! Dorota, your post reminded me of those times in my life when my body couldn't shut off even though it needed it so badly! Please don't apologize for being out of the loop...just celebrate that you are back on track. These set back happen; it's LIFE : ) We do ourselves an amazing service by recognizing that things will happen, they always do. It's how we "roll" with them that gets us through. We are getting closer and closer to your May race goals. Stay on track with your training and your mindset, ladies. YOU CAN DO THIS!!!! Keep me/us posted on you and your progress...I just LOVE reading it!



In Stride...Farel



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Tonight I was not looking forward to hitting the treadmill again and fortunately it worked with some friends' schedules to join me running tonight. We hit the roads/trails and did about 6km, I figure. It was so nice to run with them again and made the minutes pass by so much faster! Thanks to DeeDee and Nicky for coming out, and to Sean for the babysitting which helped make it all happen

Hope everyone's having a great week!



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I have been out of training for last couple of weeks and even longer out of blogging. I'm sorry girls.



I was dealing with some insomnia issues. No idea why I was having hard time sleeping. I was a zombie during the day and yet not able to even take a nap. Anyway, I got over it and then it took me some time to get myself back into training. But I am now back on schedule. Matteus is turning 5 months this coming Sunday and he just started sleeping through the night, all the way to 6 or 7 am.  Yuppie! I feel more rested too and more motivated to do my runs.



I have read your posts girls and  it sounds like everyone is training hard. It's very inspiring!









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Posted by blondmom Mar 24, 2009


Today I hit the gym with two of my girls. They played while I hit the cardio and weights. I increased the amount of weight I am lifting, not too much though I definitely do not want to "bulk up" and look like increda mom.( that would be my super hero name) After a great work out we headed over to Jamba Juice and enjoyed our nirvana strawberry drinks, Thanks to Active and the Jamba gift card! I included a pic of them with their Jamba Juice.












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Learning from others....

Posted by blondmom Mar 23, 2009


Last night I did 45 minutes on the treadmill by following what Tamara had posted in her blog, Running 6 minutes then walking 2 . The two minute breaks helped me to catch my breath and bring my body temp down a bit. Thank you Tamara for the info!   I think I will continue this pattern and work on moving my running minutes up and the eventually dropping the walking minutes. I feel better and less like I will be left behind. I just needed something to help me break through and this was very helpful!









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reaching for 40

Posted by blondmom Mar 19, 2009


OK I feel a little behind. Is anyone else running for the full 40 min? I am still inching past 30.The vacation and sick kids has slowed me down a bit. I am trying to get back on track with my running times. The weather has been nice and I am hoping to take advantage of it today and get a run in outside.  I did move my treadmill in front of a window that I throw open so I can enjoy the sunshine when I can' t be in it.



Everyone in the get active challange is doing great!! I love reading about the triumphs they have and the commitment they have is inspiring, although I hope I don't have to do an ice bath anytime soon! Thanks for all the supportive comments through out. I can't wait to read what everyone posts in their next blog. Good luck to all of you!









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As those of you who have been following this blog know, I have had a long struggle with bronchitis over the last month and a half.  After feeling like I just couldn't shake the cold, I made my way to the Doctor and before giving me another antibiotic, they asked that inevitable question that freezes every woman's life for one mili-second.... "Could you be pregnant"?  Despite life's current short term economic status, my husband and I decided that we were committed to having our children 2 years apart from one another.  This was the first month that we began "trying" (repeating... "first month").  Sure enough, when I took the pregnancy test, I found out that I AM PREGNANT!!  I was floored; shocked and simply couldn't believe my ears.  We had tried with our first baby for nearly a year and the second came on the first try?  I didn't even feel like I was symptoms this time at all.  Granted, my first pregnancy was pretty smooth, but this had gone completely unnoticed. I guess not being able to shake the bronchitis for so long was the big indicator that I was ignoring all this time.


We are thrilled, and still a little baffled.  Working out really does affect your interpersonal life too I guess! I am really glad that I lost 12 pounds before I found out that I was pregnant too - that is going to make the end result so much better!!  I also love that I started out my pregnancy on a fitness program.  I will be training for my 5K as planned but am altering this blog post to be more about staying committed to an exercise program while you are expecting and the health benefits that you can reap from its rewards.  I am sure that like me, there are many of you out there who are nervous about continuing a training regime when you are just getting back into fitness, regardless if you are already a parent or not.


First - Always consult your doctor! If you are already working out regularly, you will likely be cleared to continue, but only a health professional can recommend how you proceed.  Everyone's journey is so different and no two babies  are the same. Second, drink more water -- I find that I am drinking twice as much as I am used to during my morning classes at 24Hr Fitness.  I have had to decrease the amount of time that I can run, but I have added a powerwalk to keep up my regime. Since I am out there for about 45 minutes or so now, I bring a power snack, just in case I find myself feeling a little low on blood sugar.  Lastly, I always keep an eye on my heartrate.  For me, it is important for my heartrate not to exceed a certain level. If you know what your limits are, you will be able to continue to work out safely and the rewards will be for both you and baby.


I am hear to help keep you motivated and hopefully continue to be the person that you can relate to if you are reading this and in the same boat.  If you have questions, please chime in as I would love to hear from you as us momma's have to stick together!


Cheers' and go get Active today - I know I will.

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Hey everyone,


Great job with the Who Wants to Get Active program blogging contest!

You all did so well that we decided to have another contest. It will

run from now through April 30. This time you can only win in one

category though--we didn't want Levi snatching them all up again .


Awards will be handed out for:


  • Most blogs from now through April 30

  • Most comments on other participants' blogs from now through April 30

  • Funniest blog post from now through April 30

  • Best true story and blog post about motivating another person to
         Get Active (For example: "i motivated my lazy dad to go running with me
         when he was visiting" or "I forced my kids to go hiking and they had so
         much fun they now beg me to take them!")


Prizes include:


  • $100 to your favorite restaurant

  • $100 to a sporting goods store of your choice

  • A one-hour massage

  • And another surprise!


Be sure to check out the other team blogs and comment on those too as

the contest includes all 16 participants from Team

First Marathon, Rookie Runners, First Triathlon and your own Bye Bye Baby Weight team.


Way to go in your training so far and keep up the great work!



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The real lesson....

Posted by blondmom Mar 17, 2009


Today as I am running on low sleep with a sick little one in my arms, I am learning the true lesson of this experience. Beyond reaching the goal of running a 5k is the goal of changing my lifestyle. It is learning how to balance excercise with the daily demands of life, which sometimes can feel overwhelming. It is learning that fitting in a work out into a busy day is possible and that excuses for why you can't work out just waste time. It might not always be the rigorous work out you had planned for but getting up and doing something is better than sitting down in defeat. I am grateful for this experience and how it has made me look for this balance in my own life. A short blog today so I can fit in my work out before I run out of time.









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Progress Update

Posted by Tamara2009 Mar 15, 2009

Just got home from my Sunday run, and thought it might be a good day for a progress update! I am happy to report I survived today's walk/run - it was 2 min walking/6 min running, 7 times. Total = 56 min. I think that's been the longest one so far.


I'm also happy to say that my knees have improved dramatically and I no longer have soreness after running. Now that I've been doing this a while, I think the body is getting a little more used to it. I am feeling stronger for sure, and have more energy since starting this program. A few people have commented that I've lost weight - I don't think I've lost more than 8lbs since starting the program, but I like to think that the cross training and running is changing my body to look more fit, even if the pounds aren't coming off as quickly as I'd like


Hope everyone's having a great weekend!



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