My September 3 workout for those who want to give it a try!

Below is a link to the workout I completed today. Additionally, I did about 30 minutes on the elliptical. I should add that I did stretching both before and after (nothing special, just the usual).  If you have a workout you want to share, please share!! 🙂 And if you have any feedback or additions you would make to the workout, I’d love any feedback!

Sept 3 RunningKatTales Workout

Happy Trails!

Sabotage: beware of those who may try to throw you off your training!

Okay. So the title sounds a little dramatic, but I’ve learned that some people (little, big; young and old) may try to throw you off your game, do not let them! Hectic schedules, late days at the office, last minute calendar changes, cranky kids and pets – these are all things that can throw you off. But don’t give in!

For instance, this morning was my gym training day and P decided to make frittata for breakfast. This particular frittata consisted of eggs, bacon, hash browns, cheese, and some veggies. My typical breakfast on workout days is: oatmeal, banana, blueberries, coffee and water. For anyone out there who exercises, you frigging well know there’s no way you can go to the gym with eggs in your belly – are you crazy?! Do you know what happens to people if they have eggs before a workout? Oh no. No way.

Needless to say, I really wanted to eat the darn thing and it took major willpower just to eat my regular breakfast.  However, it wasn’t a huge battle to say “no thanks” to P; and he didn’t put any pressure on me to eat it (though it really wouldn’t have taken a lot to get me to eat it, sadly). He’s incredibly supportive of everything I do (even when he totally disagrees.) But this got me to thinking about those people in life who may try to throw your routine and training off the rails, whether intentionally or not, it makes the journey just a little bit trickier!

I’m fortunate enough to have really phenomenal support from lots of places. I attribute this to being open about my beliefs and goals. The people I surround myself with know what I’m up to and are superbly encouraging. Side-note: I have great friends who I laugh and cry with, share worries and scares with and celebrate victories and milestones with. However, not everyone is this lucky; sadly sometimes you have to identify the negative and cut them loose – it ain’t easy but boy when it’s all said and done it feels great!

I must admit that this most recent attempt to lose weight and complete half-marathon has been completely different than anything else I’ve tried before. Maybe it’s because I’m a little older and wiser (hah!) Or because I have a wicked group of people who surround me (they’re motivated and driven just like me). I believe it’s because they’re not competitive and can happily celebrate  the accomplishments in my life and vice-versa. And it’s great to share these things with the people who have been marvellous cheerleaders. (Thank you pals!)

Now, I can’t honestly sit here and pretend I’ve never been a saboteur (albeit not intentionally). But I have been that friend to encourage another drink or treat – so let me apologize! As a former saboteur, sometimes we forget how hard it is to train and eat properly if we’re not in the same place. I have had friends who would pressure me to drink or eat junk. I’d have to remind myself that they just wanted me to have fun and cut loose. Which is why it was awkward to have to say, “No, I’m trying to do X.” Sometimes they’d give me shit for it and tell me it wouldn’t make a difference. But it does. And luckily for me, I don’t have a problem with being honest; so I could say, “Frig off. I’m trying to stay on track. This is my goal.”

Which leads me to the following. For anyone who has a hard time being vocal, here’s a pretty simple way to stop the sabotage:

  • Have a heart-to-heart. Like your family, your friends may not know what they’re doing. Telling him/her that you need his/her help to lose weight may make him more supportive.
  • Distance yourself. If your friend doesn’t change his or her behavior, you may need to take a breather from that relationship. (This is hard, but life is short and if you want to reach your goals sometimes you need to cut certain people out.) – AMEN, Sista!  
  • Find support elsewhere. Whether it’s a support group or another friend who’s trying to lose weight or reach the same goal, find people who are on the same page and can help you keep those healthy habits. – I have been lucky and have a good pal to run with on weekends. This keeps me on track throughout the week. 

I found the following on and laughed because I think we all know people like this:

Some things a sabotaging friend may say or do:

  • “Boy, I feel fat today. Do I look fat?” The problem? She’s thinner than a toothpick while you’re several pounds overweight.
  • You’re at a restaurant and your friend digs into a juicy burger, saying, “I don’t know how you can eat that salad. I would just die if I had to eat that all the time.”
  • You mention you’re joining a gym and your friend says, “I heard that exercise can actually make you fat. Oh, you haven’t heard that? Well, I’m sure it won’t happen to you.”
  • You’re at a bar and mention you’re on the wagon to lose weight. Your friend shouts, “A round of tequila shots, bartender! Hey, just one drink won’t hurt, right?”
  • You’re on the way to the gym and your friend calls with an emergency. You skip your workout to help, only to find out her ’emergency’ was not wanting to watch American Idol by herself.

Finally, don’t self-sabotage. If someone is trying to push you off the rails use that fuel to keep yourself on track.

Don’t make excuses.

In my quest for information, I found these 10 Golden Rules for Friendship. They’re great.

Day 15: Cross training and some weights

Today I hit the gym and did a combination of circuit training and the elliptical. I mixed and matched some things from Day 3 of Making the Cut because a lot of todays workout I’ll actually cover at Yoga tonight. With limited energy,  I wanted to focus more on weights this morning and I plan on being sore later today.

I really enjoyed the workout, though the elliptical was tough. I had to tap into my pump up music and YouTube videos to keep me focused. I finished and I’m happy with the results!

I do want to note, however, that the gym is not the place to enable the “Project Morning” stuff because most people there don’t come across as all that friendly. I may be hasty in my judgement, but I do find that there’s a lot of silent competition going on (e.g.: wandering eyes to make sure someone isn’t being outdone; in which case, they will one-up.) I see this a lot and laugh. I am the girl in there that looks completely clueless (especially walking around with Jillian Michaels book), so most people don’t even bother. There are some people at the gym that are generally friendly, but they get paid to be there. I still love the Trico Center though, it’s the best!


Tomorrow is Fartlek training. YAHOO!!!

Roseanne does Yoga.

So, I never really ever watched the show “Roseanne” growing up but I was flipping through channels last night (imagine, 1400 channels with NOTHING on) and decided I’d watch an episode. It was alright, but the best part was this little snippet. This is EXACTLY how I felt at my first yoga class. I burst out laughing. I hope you enjoy!

Day 14: 3.5 mile run through Glenmore Reservoir with Wedgie

Today we had an awesome run through Glenmore Reservoir.

We started at 8:30 a.m (the earliest I have run in a long time) but it was nice and cool. We decided to be adventurous and go the opposite direction on the trail; it was a mistake (kind of). Besides seeing the bear warning signs, we learned after about 2km that it was a tad hillier than we had anticipated. Neither of us were particularly interested in hill training today, so we decided we’d run out 4km and run back the next 1.; then walk the remainder (which turned out to be a little more than 2km). When all was said and done, I felt great! A little more sweaty than usual, but it was a really nice run; didn’t feel like we were even in the city.

I also continued with my “Project Morning” and said good morning to pretty much everyone I could. People are definitely more friendly on Sunday mornings I think. Not sure why? Just seemed that way. Maybe more laid back; out for the enjoyment? Lots of smiles today, anyway.

Anyway, thanks to Susan for being an awesome running partner today. And for anyone else out there who wants to do group runs on Sunday, let me know (aka: Lorrainne & Andrea)

Here are todays stats:

  • Distance: 5.6 km
  • Time: 37:15
  • Pace/Km: 6:39
  • Best Pace: 6:04

I also wanted to include this picture from the bridge. It was a gorgeous morning – nothing a beautiful as running along the Bras dOr Lakes, but pretty nice for landlocked Alberta.

P.S: Wanted to share this article: Is pregnancy an ‘excuse’ to let yourself go? with any moms out there. What do you think? I think it’s total bollocks.