Committing.

As I reflect on my fitness and health journey, as well as continue to share my progress in my challenge groups, I thought it would be fun (and appropriate with New Years coming up) to talk about how “commitment” has helped me see fitness in a new light.

Back in the days of my running I created a plan and I stuck to it. Life was a bit simpler then.. I was in school/newly graduated.. Didn’t have a baby.. For part of it I was single and had no one to report to or check in with, it was just me myself and I.. and then when Matthias and I got back together we both were very committed to our fitness goals and didn’t mind each other spending time on them.

Slowly life started to shift (as it always does), and I started to lose my running Mojo after completing a marathon. I wanted to try other things, but I didn’t really know what, and I didn’t really have a plan. I spent a year enjoying crossfit, and then another year enjoying yoga, but again with no plan keeping focused – no goals I was working towards.

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Pre-Marathon “Glow”

At THAT point in my life, that is exactly what I needed. I had been so focused on structure for so long that I needed NO structure. That also left my level of fitness at the lowest it had been in a while, I was feeling softer and a bit more fluffy, but I wasn’t too concerned about it.

I really dropped off the commitment train when I went through my first trimester of pregnancy, and for some time after that I struggled. I wasn’t in super good shape so I didn’t feel confident to start a workout program, so I kept up with light activity plus spinning once or twice a week.

Fast forward to Quinn. And all the emotional stuff that came along with that transition and I was truly grasping for anything to help me feel like “me” again. So I took the plunge and committed myself to 90 days Turbo Fire.

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1 Month Postpartum

Beachbody recommends doing some form of Personal Development every day, and I must say, this has been so important for me. I’m always looking to grow and improve so PD aligns perfectly with my values. I’ve been reading, listening to podcasts, and watching webinars and videos on Youtube.

There is one thing in particular that stuck out to me that helped solidify my commitment. I was watching a Webinar and the person speaking talking about how she looked at getting in her workout as a part of her job. As a health and fitness coach you need to lead by example. Looking at your workout as a part of your job means you have to show up. Period. If I didn’t show up to my nursing shifts I’d lose my job. If I don’t show up for my workouts I won’t be building a successful business.

So what about those folks who don’t work in the fitness industry?

Think of it this way – It’s your job to show up for your family every day. Now most days, that is a good thing, but lets be honest here, not every day is sunshine and rainbows. Those days are the ones you especially want to be on your A-game. Working out can help you feel like a better and happier YOU. You need to show up for your family and lead by example. If fitness and healthy living becomes a part of your values and you believe it is something important it will be a lot easier for you to commit to your goals.

Now that I have completed two programs – Turbo Fire and the 21 Day Fix Extreme. I am setting my sights on my next program – The Masters Hammer & Chisel (releasing TODAY!).

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As far as my goals for the New Year – I’m planning to run the Woody’s 1/2 marathon, so I will be creating a training plan for that and going from there, probably early February is when I will start to train :)

In summary:

  • Think of a way to incorporate Fitness/Healthy Living as a part of a JOB you have to do
  • Find ways to work on YOU every day – podcasts, health articles, books, educational videos
  • Set realistic goals, if your goal is to not have structure, that is okay too :)
  • Write it down! I find that if I have a plan written down or if I schedule my workout into my day I am much more likely to follow through with it.
  • Accept where you are today in the journey, its exactly where you need to be right now, don’t worry about tomorrow or yesterday, focus on what you can do today and what you have control over right now

The GLOW Run {Race Recap} & Super Sunday

So my goal is to publish two posts a week. I think that is manageable and will push me to keep this space active. Plus I finally feel like I have that spark lit within me again so I have A LOT to talk about.

This last weekend was a fun one!

On Saturday I ran a 5k called the Glow Run in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. I signed up for this run months ago, and almost forgot about it until I got an email last week reminding me about package pick up. I was signed up for the 10k originally but decided to drop it down to the 5 because I haven’t been consistently running.

The race was an evening race – my second one ever. My first was the RnR Las Vegas 2 years ago. The race started at 7pm. I tucked Quinn in at 6:20, got dressed up in my Glow Gear, and headed out!

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The weather was PERFECT. Like, it doesn’t get much better than +15 with a cool wind and no snow (yet) in October (I don’t know what it felt like out with the wind, maybe +7?).

The race started out and I fell into a steady pace behind a mother and her son. We were running down the Delburn Highway towards the Westerner and then into the paths over by that sub division. Haha – sorry for that terrible explanation.

Anyways, we were running along and then I saw this bald guy (like shaved bald) wearing a suit, carrying a dufflebag, walking down the sidewalk … at 7:15pm…. on a Saturday ….. *cue the Red Flags* He was very weird. So I decided to pace myself with the mother and son in front of me so that I wouldn’t ever be alone on the trail/path in the dark. Yes, I’m a wuss.

Well… the mother and son didn’t stop running… the entire 5k. I wanted to walk. That would have been easy to do a few times. But I kept with them the entire time. I wasn’t worried about my pace as long as I could keep up with them. And needless to say I was SUPER pumped to cross the finish line at 33:21.

That’s 10:45min miles.

Last time I ran I was doing 12:30min miles. Seriously.

I was OVERJOYED with that time! Shout out to my pacer bunnies – you helped keep me speedy and I didn’t get raped! (bad joke.)

I will definitely do this race again next year. It was a fun evening out :)

Then, on Sunday, Quinn woke me up at the lovely hour of 5:30am.

I grumbled around and drank coffee and then hit the road at 9:30am to go to Super Sunday in Edmonton. Super Sunday is a quarterly event for Beachbody where coaches get together to learn about whats coming up, listen to motivational speakers, and do a workout together.

IMG_5321This was my first Super Sunday and I was pretty excited to go! Matthias had the day off so he hung out with Quinn :) In true Amie Fashion I was an hour early.. but I hit up Planet Organic. Then it was time for the event!

IMG_5318Caleb Thomas was the “Celebrity” Coach they brought in. He has a Youtube Page (here) and he is seriously hilarious. I’ve watched a ton of his videos to help me learn how to work my business so I was very excited to see him speak!

It was an energizing event, we did a T25 workout, they had a Shakeology Bar, and there were a lot of coaches there (Don’t let this picture deceive you – this was taken when I arrived … extremely early.)

I left with a renewed sense of optimism and the desire to live authentically. Coaching isn’t about being a sleazy salesperson. It’s about impacting lives and leaving a positive impact on those around you. :)

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So that was my weekend! I have another busy one coming up this weekend too! Tomorrow I am headed to Edmonton for a nursing meeting and leaving Quinn behind with Matthias again (you know your baby is growing up when you can be away from her for 8 hours :( – the engorgement part sucks though) and Saturday is going to be EXTRA fun.

I’m signed up for the Rock Your Bump, Baby, and Beyond show at the Westerner! It’s from 10am-4pm. I’d really love to see you there. It’ll be me and Quinn taking on the day together.

Some thoughts I’ve had about the day – How are you supposed to leave your table to go pee if your the only one manning your table? Also, has anyone ever done a trade show with a baby?! What have I gotten myself in to?! Hahah. If you stop by the event I’d super love it if you could let me run to the bathroom for a couple minutes and/or take Quinn on a walk around the venue. I’d be forever grateful 😉 I’m also doing a giveaway so you’ll want to make sure you come by to enter that!

Chocolate Chase 5k – 2015 {Race Recap!}

So of course the night before the Chocolate Chase Quinn decided it was a good idea to wake up at 3:30am and party in her room for 2 hours. I kid you not. She finally came in to our bed just as Matthias was getting up for work, and promptly passed out until 7am. Needless to say, I didn’t have the greatest sleep.

When I woke up at 7 and looked over at Quinn she had a big ol Pouty Lip going on. Poor girl. I think she is either teething pretty bad or coming down with a cold. SO THAT’S HOW OUR DAY STARTED.

We got up and I ate some Pre-Race Breakfast (Coffee, Toast with PB and Banana) and Quinn hung out in her exersaucer while I fed the dogs. She decided taking a pre-race nap was not an option so we left at 8:30 to make it to the start for 9am.

I found Lindsey and Avery and Quinn quietly (read: grumpily) checked each other out while the rest of the participants Jazzercized to warm up.

Once it was time to go I strapped Quinn in her stroller and said a little prayer because she hasn’t been the biggest fan of me running with her before.

IMG_4514 She cried for about the first 15 minutes of the race? And then sat quietly for another 5ish minutes before falling asleep. I tried to take advantage of this because I knew she wouldn’t be too happy to wake up and still be stuck in her carseat so I tried to run as fast as I could while pushing a 16lb baby and 30lb jogging stroller.

IMG_4513The race was an out and back course, similar to the course we ran 2 years ago. I finished in about 44 minutes, which isn’t too bad considering the Gaetz hill at the end which I totally walked up.

Quinn woke up pretty much right when we were done running, so I got our chocolate tickets and got in line to collect our goods.

I by-passed the Gelato line because it was huge and I knew Quinn was getting hungry. The things we do for our babies. Seriously.

I did however get my Bernard Callebaut Chocolates and a mini Cupcake from Babycakes. Then we hightailed it out of there before Quinn could go from hungry to hangry (which usually takes about 5.3 seconds haha).

IMG_4521I really hope this race will become a yearly thing. I considered not going because of how shitty of a sleep I had. But honestly, who am I trying to kid? I would run for chocolate even if I hadn’t slept a wink. 😉

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