Friday, September 24, 2010

So - What's With All the Stair Climbing?

Registration - September 2010
I signed up for the CN Tower Climb.

Yep. 1776 stairs. 144 flights.

It's on October 23.


Mostly to celebrate my increasing fitness levels.  Partly 'because it's there'.

Better keep moving - the Tower's not getting any shorter.

Then again - it's not like it's the tallest building in the world or anything...

Here's how this week went - 
At the 11th floor of my building - Sept 2010
I am obviously a pro at
taking pictures of myself.

Saturday - Biked to Curves and back (5K), worked out. Jumped in the car with the family; drove to London for the weekend to visit good friends.

Sunday - Only exercise was repeatedly lifting a fork to my mouth. (Sigh) My friend is a very good cook!

Monday - Walked around the block + climbed stairs to 12 at lunch. Started Curves' 6-week weight managment healthy eating plan this morning. Day 1, Phase 1.

Tuesday - Stairs to 7 in AM, stairs to 12 at lunch, Curves workout after dinner.

Wednesday - Stairs to 7 at lunch. Curves workout after dinner.

Thursday - Stairs to 7 in AM; walk around the block and stairs to 12 at lunch. Have been doing well on the healthy eating plan this week. Where did this willpower come from?

Friday - Stairs to 7 in AM; stairs to 12 at lunch.

What I'm reading - The Last Olympian by Rick Riordian - the last in the Percy Jackson series.

Friday, September 17, 2010

I Heart My Gym

Curves. Love the workout, love the facility, love the culture.
At Curves on the glute machine - August 2010

The workout - 30-minutes of circuit training + 5-10 mintues of stretching. Every session delivers an aerobic workout with full full-body strength/endurance training. Constant supervision by a trainer, who will cheer you on, encourage you, correct your form. Did I mention it's only 30 minutes? How perfect is that!

The facility - clean, bright, cheerful, and all the fast-tempo music you need for a great workout. Makes me happy just to walk in the door. CHANGE STATIONS NOW.

The culture - From the managers to the staff to the clientele, everyone encourages each other and celebrates each others' achievements. Reach a milestone? Corporate will send you a gift such as a water bottle, t-shirt, or gym bag. Answer trivia questions? Drink water while working out? Win a prize. Miss a few weeks? Get a phone call encouraging you to come back. Need to lose weight? Join the FREE healthy eating seminars.

Thanks to Curves, I've lost 70lbs and 45" since January 2009. I heart Curves.

This week has been an adjustment. And how. First full week for kids back at school, first 5-day work week for me since before the kids were born (eleven years!), afterschool programs have started, the pool is shut for maintenance, and the days are getting shorter so it's too dark to bike home after my workout. It's totally changed the way we/I spend our time. I'm struggling to find ways to replace the lost swimming and time on my bike. Still - not a bad week:

Saturday - Biked to Curves and back, worked out. Took the kids to Ontario Place before it closes for the season. Lots and lots of walking - we were there for about 5 hours.

At Curves - I'm the top loser! August 2010
Check out my "200 Workouts" t-shirt
Sunday - Errands. Boring.

Monday - Stairs to 7 in AM and at lunch. Curves after dinner.

Tuesday - Stairs to 7 in AM, to 11 at lunch.

Wednesday - Stairs to 7 in AM, to 11 at lunch.

Thursday - Stairs to 12 at lunch. Curves after dinner. Spent some extra time doing calf raises.

Friday - Stairs to 12 at lunch. Is it my imagination, or are my knees starting to feel weary at the end of the day?

What I'm reading: Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain. It's the story of how his life has changed in the years after Kitchen Confidential.

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