Some Days Workouts Are Just HARD

I had one of those days. Busy, running late for everything and then I knew I needed to get my workout it and TRY to get to bed at a decent hour. Life doesn’t always work the way you want it to, nor do some of your workouts.

I woke up Thursday morning with tired legs (thighs to be exact). It was from a great run the night before (7k) and I was okay with the feeling. I was going to run in the evening but then thought about it and decided a DVD workout would be good enough.

I was late picking up the girls, late getting dinner on the table and late getting the girls to bed. Then I remembered I needed to get the garbage and recycling ready…..six bags later and a bunch of broken down boxes, I got it done. I said “screw it” to the laundry pile and put on my workout clothing.

Down I went to the basement and popped on Ripped in 30, Jillian Michaels. A workout I normally love. I went straight to week 4 – bah ha ha…..normally, I would love this workout but I just didn’t. I did enjoy the “abs” part 🙂

jan 28th workout

It took me a while but the reason I didn’t like it was because it was HARD! Good lord Piper, get a grip…it’s not supposed to be easy especially when you jump right to week 4. I recollected my thoughts and felt thankful for the workout, did love it but I got it done in the end.

Thanks goodness it’s now FRIDAY!!!!!! We are in for a snow storm 15-20cm – whoop, whoop. Guess my Saturday morning run might be a snowshoe trek just to get out of our subdivision 😉

Ever have one of those workouts? 

What do you do when you have tired legs? (I’m going to foam roll tonight). 

What are your weekend plans?

I Took Your Advice

First off, thanks for your comments on my last post….it’s hard when you lose your motivation to do one of the things you love the most. I’ve talked a lot about what running is to me and what I have learned from it in the last little while. Taking time off before a race is a scary thing to do but sometimes it has to be done.

Yesterday, I really wanted to run but just wasn’t feeling it after the girls went to bed. I did a few things and then changed into my workout clothing! Why? Well, I just felt like I needed to move a little, to sweat a little, to do something for myself.

So, I did this:

Extreme shred

Looks like I need some sunlight on these 🙂

I went to my basement and filed through my DVD workout collect and found this one. I’ve never tried it so I thought it would be a good time to do so! I’ve always been a big fan of her workouts…they are hard and work! I popped it in and had the baby monitor on the TV has Hilary was still awake playing in her crib! Lilly was fast asleep.

All the moves where different then the 30 Day Shred or Ripped in 30 so I liked that. I was concerned with the first move being “burpees” – kinda freaked me out for what was still to come. As I got going it wasn’t so bad and it almost didn’t feel like a workout at all. “Didn’t feel like a workout = gonna hurt the next day”.

I finished the workout and felt great…it was just what I needed. I’m still trying to decided if I’m going to run today or not…we’ll see. I am however going to get in a little workout tomorrow at a GYM! Woah…gym you say? Well, I have to be in Halifax for a meeting and they have a Good Life Fitness Gym in the same building. It’s been a long time since I’ve gone to one and thought this would be a good way to change-up my workout and get it in during the day. I can have my evening free to start getting ready for Lilly’s 4th birthday party!

Oh my, we are about to have a 4-year-old in the house!

Thanks again on your comments yesterday, I gotta tell you, this blogging thing is far more rewarding than I ever thought. Oh and by the way….my arms and legs feel like jello today 😉

Ever workout and have it NOT feel like a workout?

Jello arms/legs anyone?

Do you ever hit  up a gym when you travel for work?

LAST Operation “Get Fit” Week 8 Workouts 16/6/13 – 22/6/13

This is what my last week of Operation Get Fit looked like:

Sun – Rest Day

  • No major workout but I did walk around the Zoo with some cuties.
Funny, how they both look a little grumpy! We had an awesome day.

Funny, how they both look a little grumpy! We had an awesome day.

Monday – Walked 30 & Ripped in 30 Level 4

  • If you follow me on Facebook you would have seen this: Not really feeling motivated to workout tonight, good thing I have my gear on already. #noexcuses #sweatpink Off to workout.


  • And then this: Happy I pushed through that workout, the sweat is a drippin’#workinghard #feelinggreat Did you workout today?


  • Clearly working out is good for me; puts me in a better mood and I always feel great afterwards.

Tuesday – Ripped in 30 Level 4

  • Good workout but ready to be done and move onto something else.

Wednesday – Walking 40 minutes

  • Hilary and I went for a walk for 40 minutes – beautiful day to be outside.

Thursday – “Main Event” by Brad Gouthro Live Lean Workout (30 minutes)

  • Talk about an intense workout! This is what I wrote on Facebook after I finished it: Feeling like I am getting in shape; all these workouts are paying off. Done Ripped in 30. Did #liveleanmeltdown Brad Gouthro Fitness (main event) tonight. So much better than my first attempt 2 months ago. #feelinggreat #hardworkpaysoff
  • I did this workout about two months ago and was dying after the workout…actually I was dying during the workout. This time around it was a lot easier…not to be confused with it being easy because it wasn’t, but it was easier and I felt stronger and I have improved my fitness over the last eight weeks.

Friday – Nothing!

  • Lilly was home from Day Care so we had a busy day with both girls.

Saturday – Nothing!

  • Really, I should say I did nothing.  We went to a birthday party mid day…a pirate birthday party for Lilly’s best friend. Then I spent any free moment I had packing for the wedding. I had to pack for all of us, well, my husband took care of himself.
  • We also stopped our TV connection today! WHAT????? Your probably thinking, why would you do that? Well, we rarely use it and thought the $50 could be spent somewhere else…or saved. My husband and I sat outside on our deck to watch the “Super Moon” in its glory. It was so bright and we solved 95% of the worlds problems by talking for 2 hours! No wonder why I didn’t have time to work out!
Rrrrrrrrrr! Pirate Lilly!

Rrrrrrrrrr! Pirate Lilly!

Not the best week’s of workouts but I had a lot going on especially with my husband away for 10 days, I feel like I got as many workouts in as I could.

You are probably wondering (if you’ve been following my last 8 weeks) if I fit into the dress. Well…’ll just have to wait for the “revealing post” coming up in a few days.  Common’, a girl’s gotta keep you hanging…just this once!

If you are just reading this for the first time, you can read about the other week’s here:

Why Operation Get Fit

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3 

Week 4

Week 5 

Week 6 

Week 7 


Operation “Get Fit” Week 5 Workouts 5/26/13 – 6/1/13

Last week’s workouts; week 5 in Operation “Get Fit”:

Sunday 26th – Ripped in 30 Level 2

  • I was feeling pretty good after my workout, especially after taking two days rest because of this nasty head cold that I have. I am starting to get bored of level 2.

Monday 27th – Ripped in 30 Level 2

  • It’s official, I am bored and not interested in level 2 anymore …. during the whole workout I was thinking I should move up a level. Yikes!

Tuesday 28th Ripped in 30 Level 3!

  • I decided it was time to move up to level 3 and was dreading it for a few days. I’ve planned on doing each level for 2 weeks (not every day but most days of the week plus running or another workout).
  • I didn’t feel like I had two left feet when I went from level 1 to 2 – so that was good
  • BUT, I felt like I was completely out of shape! This level was by far the hardest for me and I was already not looking forward to level 4.
  • So glad I did it.

Wednesday 29th – Unplanned rest day

  • Was still feeling super sick and my body was worn down. I rested in the evening instead of working out…and by rested I did the dishes, swept the floor, folded laundry and started planning for Lilly’s 3rd birthday party.
  • Ah well, you win some you lose some.

Thursday – Ripped in 30 Level 3

  • I have to admit, I was pretty pissed off at the beginning of the workout – something I haven’t felt in a long long time! I didn’t want to do it – simple. I wasn’t in love with the thought of working out let alone the exercises I had to do.
  • I had quite a few emotions during that workout and by the end I was happy and pumped that I got through the workout feeling so much better. It’s amazing what a workout can do for your mind, body and soul.

Friday – another unplanned night off

  • Just wasn’t feeling it tonight. I had been on my own with the girls as my husband had been on a fire call for about 9 hours – crazy nasty fire. The girls and I had a great night, bed time was awesome but it took me a long time to clean up dinner, dishes, toys etc. I was just spent by the time 9 pm hit so I went to bed.

Saturday – Ripped in 30 Level 3 

  • It was super hot today: 32 C plus humidity. My parents came to visit after having an amazing trip in Scotland and Sai had another fire call that night. I was supposed to go over to a friend’s house with the group of women I am running the Mud Hero with in July but after our busy and scattered evening I couldn’t pull it together to go.
  • So, I worked out instead.  Crazy – YES. But I had miss a few days this week and felt like I needed to get it in. Plus our basement was the coolest spot in the house to be.
  • It was an awesome workout but during the last “abs’ section I almost lost my dinner. That was a terrible feeling.

It’s funny, all week I thought I wasn’t getting enough workouts in and after reading each day again I realised that I managed to workout 5 days this week. Not too shabby! Week 6 has started and it’s hard to believe we are getting so close to being finished this “operation”. I am already planning my next round of workouts – not an “operation” but more of a commitment to myself to be active 4-5 days a week; more running and looking at 5k’s / 10k’s for the fall!

If you missed the first four weeks, you can find them here:

Why Operation Get Fit

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3 

Week 4



Emotions of a Workout

Last night I had planned on doing Ripped in 30 Level 3 again but have to admit I really, REALLY wasn’t looking forward to it after my first attempt. I’ve also been battling this head cold that is just lingering and think I ate something that didn’t agree with me. I’ve felt pretty lethargic and lazy, even though I’ve been trying to eat normal and drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated. We’re not getting lots of sleep these days with Hilary up for 2 hours to play in the middle of the night, so I know that isn’t helping me recover from this cold.

After watching “Rookie Blue” I had planned on working out. {Side note: my cousin’s band – The MEDS (from Prince Edward Island) had two of their songs on Rookie Blue last night – check it out here. Very excited for them! You can hear their songs here}

Anyway, I put on my workout shorts before the show so that I couldn’t back out. Once it was over I change my top and put my sneakers on…..then my emotions changed.

I actually felt hatred towards working out. I simply didn’t want to workout anymore. I was wanting to head off to bed.

BUT, I didn’t. I put the DVD in and hit play….level 3 please and thank you. (Yeah, right).

“I hated the thought of working out” – that was weird since I’ve been loving it so much lately.

I slowly got into…literally. I did the warm up but not with any enthusiasm.

Round 1 was okay.

Round 2 I was royally pissed off because it was hard. Why was it so hard I kept thinking. Then after a little pity party I figured it was only my second time at level 3 and I should lighten up.

Round 3 came fast and I was finally feeling good about the workout. Almost happy.

All of a sudden it was time to cool down and stretch and I felt ….. GREAT! Just like that, I had gone from hating the workout to loving it and thankful I put in the 20 minutes (yeah, I know only 20 minutes but it was a hard intense 20 minute workout).

Afterwards I thought about how I felt during the workout and how doing it changed my state of mind, how I was feeling about myself and gave me the light towards the end of the tunnel I needed.

So, why did I write this………? Because there will be days when I (you) don’t want to workout and could easily give up but pushing through it when you really don’t want to can make you feel so much better. I’ve committed to working out, getting fit, losing the last of the baby weight (6 months postpartum) and I can only blame myself if I don’t workout.

It’s Apple Blossom weekend here in the Valley; lots of parades, concerts and fun events to attend with the kiddies… we have our first “3 year’s” birthday party of many.

Have a great weekend,


The MEDS Website.


Moving up to Level 3….what was I thinking?

Oh my goodness, I moved up to Level 3 in the Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 DVD last night. Last week was my second week at level 2 and I was starting to not love it anymore and some of the moves that where hard in the beginning were not as hard but getting easier. Since I took 2 days rest last week due to a head cold I thought I would jump back in at Level 3 and never look back.

What was I thinking?

Oh dear lord that was hard.

At one point I felt like I was walking like a chicken – I had no coordination during that new move and my legs were killing me.

I can’t drop back a level now, that just wouldn’t be cool.

I can’t not workout since I am seeing some great results. i have lost 6 pounds and 7.5 inches in 4 weeks of my Operation Get Fit plan. Yeah me! And the dress is getting closer to zipping up all the way.

Anyway, I think I am in for it for the next two weeks and can only dread whats to come in level 4. The thought of it getting harder makes me want to crawl into a hole. Well, maybe not but it doesn’t seem appealing right now. Let’s hope  after 2 weeks at level 3 I will be ready to move on….

Wish me luck….I’m going to need it.

Operation Get Fit Week 4 Workouts 5/19/13 – 5/25/13

Last week’s workouts and many challenges went a little something like this:


  • Inner Thighs Workout from Blogilates
  • I really wasn’t feeling like working out after a rough few nights with Hilary. I decided to watch TV with my husband and try this “Drive By Inner Thighs” workout which left me feeling exhausted. It was way harder than I thought it was going to be. I can totally see how it can be effective and leaving your legs feeling weak!

Monday: Ripped in 30 Level 2.

  • It was a good workout and was tired afterwards.

Tuesday: Ripped in 30 Level 2. 

  • I finally felt like I nailed Level 2. I managed to finally accomplish a “knee to below and push up” together without much struggle. It was great.
  • I’m starting to not like some of the moves – this might be a sign to move on to Level 3 – oh dear lord!

Wednesday – unplanned rest day

  • My husband and I went to the basement after we put the girls to bed and watched “Chicago Fire” – it started at 8pm. I brought my workout gear down with me so I could change right after the show and get to my workout. I had the best intentions of working out after the show but around 8:55 pm I decided not to workout but to head straight to bed. Failed to work out!

Thursday: Ripped in 30 Level 2

  • I worked out after watching “Rookie Blue” – this is the most TV I have watched in months…two night’s in a row! Woah! Anyway, after the show I managed to get off the couch, get my gear on and pumped out a great workout.
  • Afterwards I laid on the floor like a starfish to recover 😉  Note: my head cold started earlier today.

Friday: Rest Day

  • I was feeling pretty terrible and decided to call it a night at 9:30 and went to bed…. yes we watched another TV show but it was “on demand” from earlier in the week – Law and Order SVU – can’t wait for next week’s show. My head cold was getting worse.

Saturday – Rest Day

  • Rest Day again 😦 Today I was feeling like a bag of poop. I was really wanting to workout  and even put my workout gear on my bed in the morning so I couldn’t hide away from it. After a 2 hour afternoon nap with Hilary snuggled beside me I woke up feeling worse than terrible. So, we (my husband) decide I should not workout and get some much-needed sleep. Sleep was more important  than working out he said. I agreed. At 8 pm I crawled into bed!
  • Hilary had other plans for us that night. She was up from 11 pm – 2 pm crying. Poor girl didn’t know what she wanted and either did we. Nothing from our bag of tricks worked on her.

Well, it’s been 4 weeks since I started this “Get Fit” challenge for myself. It’s been challenging, fun, tiring and exhausting. I’ve pushed myself to workout during the day, with Hilary in her stroller, during the girls nap times or late at night once the girls have gone to bed. I’ve worked out on Friday nights, missed some of my favourite TV shows and made my husband watch the NHL playoffs on our computer until I was done working out.

I only had myself to blame when I missed a workout but only missed a few mainly due to having a head cold.

I am feeling a whole lot better about myself, a stronger running, seeing some changes in my body, losing weight and inches and on my way to getting fit and healthy post baby.

I still have 4 more weeks until my friend’s wedding and needing to fit into the bridesmaid dress, which I’ll try on soon again to see how I am doing. As I write this I am realising that I am not only doing this for myself but for my girls and my husband – to be a healthy mom and wife and a positive role model for them. I have also realised some of my readers, followers, friends on Facebook are encouraged by my commitment to being active, by them getting active too. Hats off to you too!

Here’s to Week 5 and cancelling our TV service! Seriously, we cancelled it and have 30 days left to enjoy it. We very rarely have time to watch a show during its prime time and end up watching only our few favourites on the computer … when we can find time for that. I’m sure I’ll blog about that one day.

If you missed the first three weeks, you can find them here:

Why Operation Get Fit

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3 

Cheers, Piper.