Holiday Sweat Challenge #HolidaySweat

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As the weather gets colder this time of year, I find myself looking for something that will help to keep me inspired and motivated to stray on track with my health and fitness journey. It’s funny isn’t it, how someone who likes to inspire others to make lifestyle changes also needs a bit of motivation?

So for the next 8 weeks I will be participating in the #HolidaySweat Challenge.

 

What’s that? As a Sweat Pink Ambassador I am part of this cool community of like-minded health and fitness enthusiasts (many of us are professionals), who like to support each other on our individual journeys and to participate in all sorts of challenges to keep us on our toes and motivated. This usually includes social media challenges of all kinds with daily prompts.

As part of my challenge this week, I want to share with you the goal of how many minutes I plan to spend over the next 8 weeks I plan to get #sweaty and how I will accomplish my goal!

My goal for the #HolidaySweat Challenge is to reach or surpass my goal of 3540 minutes (that’s 59 hours!!).

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Here’s how I know I can accomplish this goal:

  • I LOVE a challenge, it’s my competitive nature.
  • I teach 2-3 group strength classes a week.
  • Everyday, I commute to work by either running or walking.
  • As a mom, I am constantly chasing my daughter at the playground, park or street.
  • We go for family walks on the weekend to parks or to the market.
  • Finally, because of my fun little side business … I get to film demo videos of exercise which sometimes has me retaking the video several times (this counts right?)

Lets get #Sweaty!

Training Fuel #SweatPink #ShareYourStory

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I am thrilled to be sharing my story as part of SweatPink Ambassador blogger pro initiative launched by Fit Approach and Sweatguru.

The theme this week is training fuel and boy what an important topic! Nourishing and replenishing your body at all stages of training, no matter the activity is important.

So let me share My Story!

1. How do you fuel before, during, and post work outs?

For me, I like to keep it as natural as possible which means I rely on foods such as eggs, fruits and veggies, nuts, legumes and other goodies to prepare for a big race or to replenish what I lost post race, work out or just if I am out for a stroller walk.

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We love our Community Shared Agricultural basket! It’s what keeps us on track.

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Garden fresh salad, and eggs straight from the farmer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a daily basis, my family and I meal plan to ensure that we eat right all week long. Don’t get me wrong, we have our moments where on a Friday night or after a really busy workday we do take out.

We are human! And “living a little” helps us stay focused in the longer run. Eating right is one of many important aspects of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the two go hand in hand. We also want our little one to learn how to eat properly and healthily.

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A fellow blogger, as part of a recent Canadian Fit Gear Exchange shared with me her favourites for refueling during a long run. I look forward to giving these a try as I really add “Kms” to my half marathon training.

2. How do you rehydrate? 

So… While I was in maternity leave I got into the habit of always carrying a water bottle with me and at times I would drink anywhere between 4-5L of water a day! A large part of this was because of nursing and the need to always keep my body hydrated.

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Once I returned to running, I started carrying my Nike water belt which allows for four small bottles of water. I find that I need to drink a lot of water in order to have my whole system working to its max!

For years I also tried sports drinks or additives to my water to boost my electrolytes but could never really get into it. I am not a juice drinker so I always found it made the water too sweet.

As I start my half marathon training, I am beginning to see the importance of finding the right balance and need for furling properly.

Thanks for stopping by!

I’d love to hear about how you refuel, and perhaps you learned a little bit from me.