July 1, 2015

Back of my Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon  medal with the iTab showing my disappointing time

June Review

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This was a month of transformation. The first full month of this training season and high hopes for it all. I suppose the first big thing was that I’ve really, REALLY, taken a hard look at my nutrition. Tracking my food on June 2 was really sobering. It was pretty hard to see that I’d really need to cut back on food, especially foods I loved, to meet my weight loss goal. But, I’m reading a lot of labels and starting to try to find balance. I even still enjoy a few treats. I had chicken wings earlier this month.[…continue reading]



June 26, 2015

My Early Quality Phase of training for summer 2015

Summer 2015 Training Plan: Early Quality

The Foundation and Injury Prevention Phase of my summer 2015 training just kind of flew by! the 5 runs a week looked really intimidating, especially since a lot of them would be for #5amRunClub. But, I got through most of it! I’m pleasantly surprised by how strong I feel after this base re-building phase. Up next is the Early Quality phase of the program which marked by the introduction of interval work. This period also has a modest increase in mileage. When I went through this phase last summer, I started well but didn’t get in all of the quality workouts. I feel like[…continue reading]



June 8, 2015

5-Year Runniversary

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Today is my 5-year Runniversary, or the 5th year anniversary of when I started to run. My first day really running was Tuesday, June 8, 2010, but I still remember it like it was yesterday: I had recently finished my part-time masters degree, I was finally getting out of school, I had just finished running a big event, and got out of a relationship. I had started exercising in December 2008 and was very proud of the gains I had made. But a friend challenged me to run a half-marathon. So, to prepare for my first half, I joined a[…continue reading]



June 4, 2015

Get fit in the gym. Lose weight in the kitchen

The Never-Ending Weight Loss Battle

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I’m committed now to training this season, I need to eat away at one of the season’s big goals that also appeared on my New Year’s Resolutions: Weight loss. More specifically, I want to lose FAT. Almost everyone wants to lose weight. And let’s be honest, if there was a magic pill or easy way, everyone would jump on it. So, let’s accept right now that weight loss is not easy. http://therunning-yogi.tumblr.com/post/84143021255/maifitblr-100-knowing-you-can-the-rest-will I used to be really fat, probably even obese. In fact, by several measurements including BMI and Body Fat %, I’m still morbidly unhealthy. I identify that I need to[…continue reading]



June 3, 2015

Main course of my dinner June 2: Incredibly unhealthy sausages, beside incredibly healthy asparagus

What I Ate Wednesday

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I started this post as something as a “Day In My life” post, but evolved into this. Originally I was just planning on talking about my whole day. That included pictures of all my meals. Then I got curious about the exact calories and macro-nutrients my meals represented. So, I thought to open a myfitnesspal account. But, it said I already had an account I hadn’t used since September 2013. So, here’s what I ate on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Pre-Run Breakfast Running before work for #5amRunClub is tricky because I don’t have time to have a full breakfast before[…continue reading]