Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Perfect Chilly Run

Reflective for Safety!
This morning I woke up GRUMPY! It was cold. It was dreary. And work starting calling me at 6 AM...things were not looking good. It was feeling like one of those days. UGH!

But I had a running date tonight, Toronto got its first dusting of snow, and this girl got some pretty wicked cold weather running gear for her upcoming birthday...so by 5 PM all was well in my world again. I bundled up in my new snazzy layers, took to the mean city streets, and loved every minute of it.

So what is it about running in these cooler temps that leaves me feeling refreshed and fabulous? 

Well to start, its pretty well known that exercise floods you with feel good endorphins. But did you know that because your body has to work harder in the cold, your endorphin levels get that extra boost. So when you finish your cold weather workout you feel that extra bit happier. Definitely a bonus for this stressed-out crazy-pants. Running has been helping me stay sane and restore the balance in my crazy little life. So needless to say a bigger endorphin boost is probably a necessary perk!

I have known for a long time that my ticker performs better in the cooler weather, so I have always favored the winter run (or at least the cool-ish weather run). But Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise recently published an article trumpeting the effects of the chilly workout. Your body has to work harder to stay warm; so you are more likely to run faster and burn more calories. WOOHOO! All good news in my books (especially as a Canadian gal)!

And as I head into the busy holiday season I can see the benefits of all these jazzy cold weather running side-effects. So this month you can find me bundled up, braving the elements, and utilizing those extra endorphins!

Will you be joining me??

Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten


Monday, 28 November 2011

Meatless Monday

My Black Bean Quesadillias! YUMMY
Healthy Black Bean Quesadillias
Ingredients:
*1 chopped onion
* 1 chopped green pepper
*1 tbsp of chili powder
*1/2 tsp ground cumin
*pinch of salt and pepper
*1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
*1 cup salsa
*1/2 cup corn
*1/2 cup of cheddar cheese
*4 whole wheat tortillas


Have you heard of Meatless Monday!?  So there are these statistics out there that say going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. And let's be honest this Darwinian Fail needs all the help she can get in those departments, but it is generally a good idea for you regular folks too.

Admittedly I was a vegetarian for 5 years for those very reasons listed above. And the vegetarian lifestyle definitely helped me shed the weight I put on after being diagnosed with my heart condition and helped me reshape my understanding of food and portions. I still love vegetarian cuisine, but I took the plunge back into the world or carnivore-ism relatively recently - probably a little over a year ago. While I would never consider myself to be a serious meat-lover, it is still nice to have the option sometimes. But I thought since I still go meatless on a regular basis and have accumulated a vast quantity of veggie friendly recipes I would replace Motivation Mondays with Meatless Mondays to help me stay balanced and on track during the holidays.

So here is my first Meatless Monday recipe installment

Step 1: In a large nonstick skillet add a drop of olive oil to medium heat; and cook onions, green pepper, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper until softened (approx 8 min.)
Step 2: Add beans, salsa and corn; cook until heated through (approx 5 min.)
Step 3: Spoon bean mixture over half of each tortilla and sprinkle with cheese
Step 4: Fold tortillas in half and place on a baking sheet; bake at 425 F, turning once, until golden
(10-15 min)
Step 5: Serve and enjoy with salsa and guacamole for dipping

DELICIOUS! Hope you guys enjoy!
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Recouped, Rested, and Ready

Gran's Carrot Cake
I have been battling a cold this past week. The typical stuffy nose, sore throat, and yucky cough. BLAH!

This cold definitely affected my energy levels. I must confess I didn't accomplish much fitness wise, while also being relatively lazy about my meal planning and nutrition. But this weekend has been all about recouping, resting, and getting ready for the week ahead. My sniffles have subsided and I am ready to jump back into my usual training routine with gusto.

I spent this weekend enjoying an early birthday celebration surrounded by family, relishing in the quality time spent with my husband, and generally feeling special and loved! (*insert blissful sigh here*) I definitely had way too much wine last night and a very large piece of that carrot cake you see over there. But even with my calorie pitfalls - this weekend was so worth it. I know I am spoiled. And I spent this weekend reveling in all the things that I am grateful for. Embracing this crazy beautiful life of my mine and reminding myself to focus on all the positive things I have to be thankful for is all part of my master plan. This weekend was one small step towards starting this year off right, because

"You cannot be grateful and bitter. You cannot be grateful and unhappy. You cannot be grateful and without hope. You cannot be grateful and unloving. So just be GRATEFUL!"

 Clementines, Pomegranate + Grapples
 And after this weekend I am. After a much needed break I am ready to jump back into this zany journey with both feet. This sleepy Sunday has been the perfect day to prep for the upcoming week. My training schedule has been laid out and my nutrition plan is primed for my race next Saturday. I have even managed to convince one of my girlfriends to join me for this chilly 5K birthday run. So keep you fingers crossed that the snow holds out for us next weekend.

Snowy or not though - I am really looking forward to the week ahead and starting this year off with a *Bang*! 2012 is going to be full of changes, challenges, and struggles. But these experience are all part of this fascinating and charming thing called life. And I wouldn't change a thing!

Sometimes a restful weekend is just what the doctor ordered! 
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten





Friday, 25 November 2011

I am Running a 5K Birthday Race

Its the most WONDERFUL time of the year!
With all the Motivation Mondays, Goal Dress Drama, and possible surgery questions as of late; I have neglected to mention that my 27th birthday is quickly approaching. EEK! Yep as of December 5th another year has come and gone. 26 has not been a stellar year for me so I must admit I won't be sad to see it go. I have been stressed out with all that has been going on, struggling to organize the logistics of my normally hectic life with the added health drama of this year, and have also probably managed to spread myself too thin. I will be the first to tell you that I have not been at my best. And despite my best attempts to stay positive through it all there has been a very noticeable black cloud hovering around my head lately. I have been waiting, waiting, waiting some more for a surgery date - but I have officially been given the all clear until the new year. So I am looking forward to starting my 27th year with and new outlook and a fresh start!

I have mentioned that I want 2012 to be My Year in terms of health and wellness. I am slowly ever so slowly making peace with the fact that there will be a major surgery in the near future and obviously a necessary period of convalescing. But this surgery is all part of my grand plan to lead a proactive healthy lifestyle. Instead of thinking of this part of the process as a negative thing, I have to remind myself that by having this surgery I am choosing to make my health a priority. So this process is all part of the big picture for 2012.

Selection from Last Year's Race
Following in this vein of thinking I have decided to kick-off my birthday festivities by running a 5K. I have signed up for the Santa Shuffle. It's festive! It's fun! And it's for a good cause!  All things that generally float my boat. So if any of my local twitter or blog-o-sphere friends are looking for a silly race to end off this year, I will be there with bells on (maybe literally ha!).  I have purchased my Santa attire and I have been training over the last couple of weeks.  I am really looking forward to kicking my birthday off this way.

I have decided to usher in year twenty-seven this way as a reminder of what this year is all about. I want to be healthy and thriving this time next year. With my surgery behind me, hopefully having achieved that oh-so coveted Marathon glory, and most importantly feeling positive about all that I have accomplished this year, the decisions I have made, and where I am heading. This is why I am on this journey and that is why I have chosen to spend my birthday this way. Remember...

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself"

So this year I am creating the healthy life I want.
Wish me luck!
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten                

Monday, 21 November 2011

My New Post-Workout Buddy

Now that Operation Goal Dress is complete I am working on maintaining my new found level of fitness as I creep closer to a surgery date and the inevitable recovery process. It fairly well documented that the healthier and stronger you are going into to surgery the quicker you are able to bounce back. And I am definitely hoping for a speedy recovery. So staying on track during the next month or so is more important than ever before. 2012 is going to be my year of health and wellness!

Me and my Moose Post-Workout
So with that in mind I plan to continue lacing up my sneaks despite the colder weather. The drop in temperature this week combined with the fact that I probably have the sweetest husband ever, has allowed me to discover the ultimate post-winter-workout recovery tool... My Warm Buddy! Don't be fooled by his ordinary Moose like appearance, he is much more than that. Deep within the Velcro pocket on his back is a soothing bean bag that can either be heated in microwave or frozen to ease sore muscles post-workout. Plus its adorable!! You can't go wrong! I am officially obsessed and completely addicted. Morris the Moose is my new post-workout ritual!

Moose-y exterior
 I often get swelling in my left arm. Its a residual side-effect from my second surgery. I  had surgery number 2 a little over a year after my original ICD implantation because one of the sensing wires - used to monitor my heart rate and deliver therapy broke (Dag-Nabit!). While my body of recouping; it got a little over zealous and a blood clot formed around the new wire. The blood clot was an unforeseen consequence of that little tune-up, and it has left me with one perpetually swollen arm. I have tried a million and one things to try to fix it including, a 6 month stint on blood-thinners - but to no avail. The only thing that really helps...applying heat! Which makes sense since heat is suppose to help increase circulation. I have been applying heat ever since, and often use my ratty old bean bag to help mitigate my sore muscles after any vigorous training. Knowing all this my always amazing husband found this fabulous Canadian website that carries these little gems and surprised me with it last week.
Soothing Beanbag interior

Like I said I am deeply in love with this product - VERY FUN!! I just could not resist sharing. So if you are looking for something cute and cuddly but also super practical for your post-workout recovery like me, then I promise you will love getting a hug from these guys!

Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Sunday, 20 November 2011

The Big Reveal!

Operation Goal Dress is complete! If you read my last post you know that I put my original goal dress on Thursday night only to discover my journey had been so successful that the dress I had in mind actually ended up being too big. Despite trying to remain calm and come up with some quick-fix solutions I spent a sleepless night plagued with a recurring nightmare that my dress inevitably falls off as I walk down the aisle, thus; ruining my best friends wedding!

Needless to say I awoke Friday morning in a bit of a panic!! I needed to get a new dress!! WHAT?! The wedding was the next day and I needed to leave the city in approximately 3 hrs to ensure I was home for the rehearsal, and I am the maid of honour! OH NO!! So not only am I feeling completely scattered but also like a horrible friend. I was outside the mall before the doors were even unlocked and proceeded to rush around like a complete maniac. Luckily the attire for this wedding was flexible. All of us girls were told to find a dress that was cocktail length and a varying shade of purple. And thankfully after 3 stores I eventually stumbled upon a perfect purple dress, very similar in cut and colour to my original dress with the exception of actually being in my size! YES!! SOLD!! DONE!! LETS GET TO THIS WEDDING!

So friends it all worked out. The day was amazing! I have returned home after a truly fabulous weekend away with my girlfriends. My stomach hurts from laughing so hard. The wedding was beautiful. And all my hard work paid off. Check out the pics from the day, my results, and my new dress!

Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten



Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Final Stay Truthful Thursday

So if you read my last post you know that this week has gone really well! I am feeling proud of this genetically defective body of mine and all of it's idiosyncrasies because of it's STRENGTH and ABILITY. Rather than for how great it looks in a dress. But...but...but tomorrow I have to wear that dress so...um I do kind of care...I mean a little...about how it looks. *sigh* I am still a slave to vanity. But I have been busting my butt for the last 4 weeks with this dress in mind so...yeah....

The dreaded numbers
So I gave this post a lot of thought. I even did a preemptive twitter poll about this. I have been trying to decide how REAL to be with my numbers. How honest should I be about my actual weight? How truthful? How candid? The results of my impromptu twitter poll state that Men are A-ok with their numbers. They will shout them out to anyone who will listen. What they currently weigh, what they want to weigh, how much they've lost, gained, whatever...its all fair game. For Women umm...well let's just say there was a wide range of opinions. Some said they would give their stats if they were happy with the number. Some said they did not care and were happy to share. And others still said no one will EVER know their numbers. But the one area all the women I talked to agreed was that no one was completely satisfied with the number they currently had.

I obviously found the results of my unofficial poll depressing. But they also definitely reflected a reality I am oh so familiar with. I am of the opinion that everyone is different. Every body is different. And beauty is something different to different people. I hate the unrealistic standards women hold themselves to. And I hate the "ideal body" stigma perpetuated by the media. Have I fallen prey to these things anyways? ABSOLUTELY!! I wish I could say otherwise...but...

The moral of this long winded story though is; I don't want to be a part of that world. So after careful consideration I will not be giving you my actual number. I will tell you that during the last 4 weeks I have lost 6 lbs and 1 inch all over. I have toned up and improved my stamina. So if I am being truthful (*kind of the point of Stay Truthful Thursdays*) I would say operation Goal Dress is a SUCCESS! YEAH! And when I put the dress on tonight to admire all my hard work...it was actually TOO BIG! WHAT?! And...OH NO! The wedding is tomorrow and out of town, so i think double-sided tape and safety pins will be required! UGH! This conundrum is still a work in progress...

I will post pics of the final product and wedding Sunday!
Thanks for taking this journey with me! All you messages, comments, and tweets have really helped keep me focused and inspired! I couldn't have done it without you guys!

Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten


Winning Wednesday

The Fall Colours on my way home
Today the car went in for winter maintenance. Nothing fancy just the standard oil change, fluid top-up, tire rotation, and a general once over. Why am I sharing this incredibly mundane information on my blog, you may ask?! Well, because having the car in the shop forced me to find another way to work. I took the bus in the AM, but decided to use being car-less as a way to squeeze in a longer run. I was multi-tasking! I brought my running gear to work and used my commute as my running route for today. Yep, that's right I ran home from the office. 

It actually ended up being a great run! The weather was definitely on the cool side - winter is coming! But these are the temps I LOVE!! And  ideal for my defective little ticker, because my heart rate runs lower when it is cold outside. The fall colours were in full effect; making the run very peaceful and picturesque. And it was actually incredibly efficient as well. It took me 68 minutes to get to work this morning using public transit. But tonight I ran home in just 59 minutes...so technically I shaved an extra 9 minutes off my commute and get my daily dose of fitness in as well. I am not sure if this speaks to my stellar running skills or provides a scathing review of the Toronto Public Transit System... maybe both.

Either way it was good day! Dare I call it a "Winning Wednesday"?! (*you know I could not resist creating an alliteration*) My Goal Dress Journey is coming to a close (stay tuned for my final "Stay Truthful Thursday" to get the full report) but today I was really proud of my body. Not for any aesthetic reasons, but for its STRENGTH! I was proud of what my body could do! I was proud of my stamina and my energy. I was proud of my dedication! And I was proud of my 10 km time! Hence that happy smile in that picture on the right and the excessive use of exclamation points. I am making progress on this journey and for that I am thankful, happy, and PROUD!

So tonight I will be curling up with a bowl of split pea soup and a good book - basking in my post-run glow. All while thanking this genetically defective body of mine for serving me well. I plan to harness this new found tenacity as I begin my next journey...I am attempting HALF MARATHON GLORY!!! Yep I said it! 2012 I am coming for ya! Wish me luck!

Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten


Monday, 14 November 2011

Final Motivation Monday

Okay, so this is it...my final Motivation Monday! WHAT?! How did that happen? Four weeks have come and gone and this weekend is the wedding! EEEK! I am excited!! And hopeful that all my hard work is going to pay off as my Goal Dress Journey is coming to an end. So send me your positive fitness thoughts for my final week!

I ended my weekend with  restorative yoga class, which left me feeling rested, balanced, and thankful for this defective body of mine. I used to be an avid yogi; using yoga as my  primary form of exercise, and going to classes 3-4 times a week. But lately with my running aspiration I have being doing a lot less yoga. This was probably my first class in about 6 months and I left feeling amazing. I need to be more mindful of what my body can accomplish and respect the way it serves me each and everyday. At the beginning of class the instructor asks that you set an intention for your practice and for your week ahead.

This week's intention: Feel Strong, Healthy, and Beautiful. 

Last week went pretty well, although I must confess I had a few diet flubs on Saturday at my girlfriend's birthday party. So this week to ensure I stick to the plan and really push myself I have decided to add more classes than normal to my routine. Classes help me keep my intensity high for the full hour. I always leave with a boat-load of calories burned and feeling pumped up. Hence why I have started my week with a Sunrise Spin Class! Yes that's right I was up and peddeling to the dance beats this morning at 6:30!! This week I only have 4 days to work with and I want to make them count! So this week this plan is...

Monday - Sunrise Cycle Flow
Tuesday - Strength Training
Wednesday - 10 km Run
Thursday - 1hr Endurance Spin Class 

I am feeling good, and so far I am noticing a difference in how things fit, as well as with the numbers on the scale  - all signs that point to progress. More than anything else this journey has shown me the kind of results I can expect to achieve if I really focus on my fitness and make it priority. So I am excited to see how far I can go if I continue to apply the lessons I have learned over the last 4 weeks. The proof will be in the pudding on Thursday though...so stay tuned for my final Stay Truthful Thursday and The Big Reveal coming next Sunday.

PS In other exciting blogging news one of those amazing fit and fabulous friends I have made in the online world has asked me to write a Guest Post for them! EEK! So tomorrow check out The Orange Mask to see my post on creating a Holly Jolly Battleplan now that the holidays are fast approaching!

Lots of exciting stuff this week! Talk to you soon!
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Sunday, 13 November 2011

I will try to Fix You



So as always I am spinning my little heart out in Spin Class this week and an unexpected but inspiring tune comes on (*one of the main reasons I love spin class*) - pushing me to go that much harder and get that much stronger. This week that tune is this remixed version of Coldplay's Fix You.

Generally I listen to a lot of sugary sweet girlie pop music when I run or workout. I am of the Spice Girls Generation, so I love me some girl-power pop anthems. For a very happily married women I listen to a lot of songs about scorned lovers and trolling the clubs for boys - neither of which pertains to me, but I love the whole "empowered sexy woman thing" anyways...so...yeah...Don't Judge Me! Needless to say this song caught me off guard, and I found myself near tears as I peddled with all my might during the last 10 minutes of my 1 hour endurance spin class. Here's what got me...

"Stuck in Reverse"
That is how I have felt these past few months. Taking a few steps forward, but always a few more back. It feels like I can't ahead. Just waiting, waiting, waiting to move forward again.
"When you try you best but you can't succeed"
I think this sums up the root of my frustration with this process. I have had to put many of my goals on the back burner this year, despite trying, trying, and trying some more. This is not an easy thing to accept as a type-A over-planner. Despite my best attempts at training - I sprained my ankle. So race season has come and gone without being able achieve that coveted half marathon glory. Not to mention my big plans education-wise, and this is probably where most of my frustration comes from. I have been busting my butt the last 2.5 years, working full time and taking classes at night to complete my second degree. I had high hopes I would be applying for grad school right now, but with all that has been going on...well...that plan had to be pushed back too.
"When you get what you want but not what you need."
 That really sums up this whole adventure, doesn't it?! I asked to know my risk. I went and got the genetic test knowing full well what that might mean for me. So I got what I wanted. But what I needed was for this not to be my fight. What I needed was to be told that this time I wasn't on the wrong side of the genetic coin.What I needed was for this to be easier.
"When you lose something you can't replace"
Umm...so that would be my boobies...enough said...not going too deep on that one.
"I will try to fix you"
We all know I am damaged goods right now. I am one little stressed out body conscious monster. And we all know I can use all the fixing I get these days. But I am the only one who can fix me. And this year is about dedicating all my strength and energy to get myself to a place where I can be healthy, happy, thriving, and fixed!
"But if you never try - then you'll never know just what you're worth"
If you've never had to fight for it. If you have never had to fight for yourself. If you never had to fight to keep the things you easily take for granted, than you will never know how much it is all worth. How much you are worth. And how much you truly love your crazy life and all the things that make it yours. I know I love mine, and I intend to fight to get back to it as soon as possible.
"Could it be worse?"
Yep...it absolutely could! And sometimes I need to take a step back and remember that.

Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten


Friday, 11 November 2011

MADE MY DAY!

WOW! WOW! WOW! This absolutely made my day!

I started this blog a few months ago; knowing absolutely NOTHING about the blogging world, social networking, or social media. I would consider myself a complete blog-o-sphere newbie. But the more I have delved into this mysterious and wonderful little world the more I have learned and come to love it. During the last month or so I have been connecting with all sorts of people who are fit, fabulous, and amazing! We share tips, recipes, and life stories. I am motivated and inspired by their daily commitment to health and wellness. I have become a part of this community full of marathon runners, elite athletes, nutrition gurus, Ultra competitors, and generally amazing people. Here I am chatting with all these people who I have actually never met - sharing all these intimate details of our lives, all of us openly struggling to overcome our own obstacles and be better everyday.

So imagine my surprise when one of these amazing people was amazed by me, and sent me this link yesterday http://pastafreerunner.wordpress.com/2011/11/10/rolled-oats-and-a-dose-of-honesty/.
Boring old genetically defective me!!! I mean WOW! So Kate Thank You you have made my day and probably my week!

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail
Krysten

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Stay Truthful Thursday #3

Making Lunch! Look at those great ingredients!
 This week has been all about planning and using the right tools to help me reach my goal. ONLY 10 DAYS LEFT until Krysten's Goal Dress journey comes to end! So I am really trying to kick it up a notch!

So far this week has be going SUPER well! I have been sticking to my nutrition plan, by doing just that...planning! I bought groceries at the beginning of the week and created a fabulous nutritious but delicious meal plan. I have also been keep a food log, something I haven't done since my original slim down almost 6 years ago. Its time consuming, but if you are honest it is easy to see where you are struggling. My usual pitfall is lunch. Mostly because I get lazy in the evenings and don't pack a proper meal - leaving me hungry and scrambling as the day progresses...not great. So this week I packed my lunch right after dinner to ensure I stuck with my program. My favourite lunch this week: Chicken, Apple, and Brie on a whole wheat Panini.  YUMMY!!

The tools for my weight training program
Things on the exercise front are going well too! YEAH! I am trying to make up for last week's flub, so I stuck religiously to my Motivation Monday plan. I completed 2 Strength Training workouts, 1 Spin Class, and an early morning 5 km Run this morning. My legs are feeling the burn and I dare I say there might even be a very faint outline of abs developing??!! Slight...very slight...but a triumph none the less!

So in short I am generally feeling good about how this week has been progressing. Its is important that I keep focused as the weekend approaches though. We have planned dinner out with friends on Friday and we have birthday party Saturday - social engagements are my weakness...so...must...stay...strong. WISH ME LUCK! Send me helpful fit vibes!

Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Motivation Monday #3

Work in progress
Its that time again people...we are half way through Krysten's Goal Dress Journey. Which is slightly scary, because that means these next two weeks are going to require some serious dedication. The picture to the left is a sneak peak showing where I am so far...Still some work to be done, needless to say. So its all about clean eating and sticking to my exercise plan as much as possible.


As I mentioned in my most recent Stay Truthful Thursday post - last week sucked! I clearly did not meet any of my goals for last week. I managed to get in one whopping workout all week. That is bad for me, even without the pressure of a goal dress and my Motivation Mondays. Admittedly there were circumstances beyond my control, but *sigh* I feel like this week was basically a complete wash. BLAH! Yep its Monday...In other words, Motivation Monday is a serious MUST this week! So this week along with planning out my exercise routine I am also paying careful attention to my diet, and carving out a balance that works - genetic shortcomings and all.

By balance, I mean regaining a little bit of perspective, and reminding myself of the title of my very own little blog. Note to Self: That's "Misadventures of a Darwinian Fail", yes Krysten that means you! Remember!? You are the "Darwinian Fail". You have a heart condition. I know its been almost a decade since you were diagnosed, but that heart condition didn't go away. So if leading a healthy lifestyle is sooo important to you than it is important to listen to your body. Recognize your limitations, all while striving to be better. A more balanced approach and attitude is probably required. Got it?!

Okay, okay I got it! JEEZE!

So on that note, this week I will obviously be doing less cardio, because well...you know. But I will be increasing my strength training work, since that is great for boosting the metabolism and toning up those problem areas *ahem* (as my lovely twitter friends so kindly reminded me - THANKS GUYS!). And it is less taxing on the old ticker (its a win-win). I will also be adding in some yoga, because I need to RELAX and take a moment to be thankful for this defective body of mine. So in honour of this new found mindset, the plan for this week is as follows...

Monday - Strength Training 45 min
Tuesday - 1 hr Endurance Spin Class
Wednesday - Strength Training 45 min
Thursday - 5 km
Friday - REST
Saturday - Yoga Class
Sunday - 10 km Run

While I am still striving to incorporate exercise into my daily routine most days, I think this routine is probably better suited to harmonize my desire for a healthy lifestyle, a rockin' bod, with the my genetic limitations. So this weeks mission: Find the Balance!

Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Friday, 4 November 2011

Stay Truthful Thursday #2

CONFESSION: This week is NOT going well. After loudly proclaiming my renewed stance against my genetic enemies, I was very swiftly reminded that my health is a cruel and fickle mistress. BLAH!

My ticker was angry this week. VERY ANGRY! I don't know if I was over tired, stressed out, or just due for a bad day...possibly all of the above. But things in the heart department were rough. It started on the weekend, but I had high hopes it was just a one-off and would pass. By Tuesday I officially felt not great, and by Wednesday I was home spending the full day in bed. I feel like I should add as a caveat that these sorts of days do not happen very often, making me incredibly lucky. However when they do happen I sure do get knocked on my butt. I am still a little jittery, and not quite back to fighting strength, but I am now definitely on the mend.

Needless to say my hardcore 7 day workout plan has not come to fruition. I managed to force myself to complete 1 strength training workout Monday night before my ticker decided to go NUTS and throw a monkey wrench in my well laid plan. So basically I have just spent the last couple of days taking it easy.

Normally I would let this sort of thing get to me. As we all know I am a planner. And I greatly dislike anything ruining my precious plans. But I am slowly...very slowly...starting to realize that there are certain things I can't control. It doesn't have to be all or nothing. I can only do the best I can. And what good is worrying so much about health, if in the end I am wearing myself out and actually making myself unwell. So while the early part of this week did not bode well for my Goal Dress routine, I plan to make up for it with a few serious sweat sessions this weekend. All while reminding myself that my ambition is peace, perfection, and enough.

Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten