So here we are with less than two weeks to go until Christmas… I am beyond stressed out. While I big puffy heart the week off between Christmas and New Year’s to spend with my family, the preparations for Christmas day stresses me right out! I want to get everyone the perfect thoughtful gift, wrap the gifts perfectly and bake the perfect holiday treats….
This past week was so busy! I totally over planned my fitness given my family obligations which caused me even more stress because I missed workouts. That said, the few workouts I did fit in really helped to alleviate my stress.
Planning my fitness is funny like that – it part stresses me out, but part keeps me on track and relaxes me – especially at this time of the year when the demands for my time are so high.
Here’s how the week went down:
Monday – I planned a strength workout and the 25 Days of strength squats. I did the squats, but not the rest of my strength workout because I ended up sleeping in (perhaps that was related to hubby’s surprise party the night before?). I was mentally and physically burnt out.
Tuesday – Side planks (25 days of strength), Speed work – three o’dark thirty 1 mile repeats. DONE! Tuesday night I played MasterChef with my friends – we brought surprise ingredients to Julie’s house and she cooked an amazing meal for us with our random ingredients (ie: cranberries, chicken and after 8’s for an appetizer etc…). Our theme was Christmas. My friend Julie (aka the Fluudbloggler) is an AMAZING cook!
Wednesday – My plan was to get up early and run… I was a bit “tired” from Tuesday’s MasterChef night so I slept in. That night my daughter’s were performing in their school Christmas concert. Watching them perform is my FAVOURITE part of the holidays. The school was celebrating their 40th Anniversary so the kids performed songs from the past 4 decades. Sierra sang “Forever Young”, Amber sang “Dynamite” (2010’s) and Brooke sang two songs: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “Stand by Me”. I only managed to do the Diamond Pushups from the 25 Days of Strength.
Thursday – The O’dark thirty crew woke up to a fresh dusting of snow (2 cm). We ran 8.5km slowly through it and had a great time together!
It continued to snow throughout the rest of the day and by the evening we had close to a foot of snow.
Friday – Planned to do a strength workout after work, but my in-laws surprised us by coming down from Ottawa a day early to visit us.
Saturday – Busy busy busy day. My in-laws were visiting for our Christmas, and my daughters had three hockey practices amongst them. I wanted to run but instead I spent the day with the family. I also picked up a few gifts, and all of the ingredients for the craft/teacher’s gifts we were going to make on Sunday. The kids were absolutely spoiled by my in-laws and my sister in-law:
Sunday – Sierra had a 6:15 am hockey game, and Brooke had a 12:15 pm hockey game. In between the games we had a nice breakfast with my in-laws. After Brooke’s game the girls and I made their teacher’s Christmas gifts:
Then I went out for a 10k run, and spent a quiet evening with the girls (and a very very tired hockey coach aka – the hubby).
This week’s fitness plan:
Continue on with the 25 days of strength challenge PLUS:
Monday: Strength – I’m moving into the base building phase of my training. Russian Twists, chest press, step back lunges, shoulder press, kettlebell hip thrusts, seated rows, calf raises, lat pull downs and dead lifts.
Tuesday: Speed work – 5k Tempo?
Wednesday: Easy 8k at o’dark thirty
Thursday: Strength – Squats, chest press, step back lunges, shoulder press, kettlebell hip thrusts, seated rows, calf raises, lat pull downs and dead lifts.
Friday: Core strength workout
Saturday: 20k run. I may need to move the 20k run to Sunday due to hockey and family obligations.
Sunday: Rest or 20k? This will most likely be when I can fit the 20k run in.
Now it’s your turn!
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Have an active and healthy week everyone!!