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Days 365 to 371 – And They Lived Happily Ever After

Days 365 to 371 – 5K’s, 2K’s, Yoga and Running to the Chapel to Get Married

This week was full of little last minute things to do before the wedding. This didn’t mean that I got to skip out exercising. My sister motivated me to go out running with her early in the mornings. It was nice because I got to A. Share some time with her, and B. Talk to her while exercising. I snuck a little meditation yoga at the end of the week for good measure.

During that whole week, I was more stressed out about forgeting something at home, making sure everyone had their hotel info and knew how to get to the church. The day of the wedding was amazing. My sister and I got up at 4am. Not because we set the alarm at that time, but because we just couldn’t sleep any more. It was more of an exciting feeling. We had a nice relaxing breakfast, took our time getting ready (she did my “Adele inspired” chignon bun), I did my make-up and slipped into the dress; which fit perfectly.

The weather was grey and cloudy most of the afternoon and we did have some rain, but that didn’t stop us. I actually adore the rain, so I was thinking “bring on the rain!!!”. I’m sure everyone else was running for cover 🙂 One thing I will always remember about my great grandma was that whenever somebody said “Oh no, it’s raining!”, she would smack them across the head and then said “Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean it’s not a beautiful day!” So true. It was the most beautiful fall day in all of October in my eyes.

I still haven’t taken my “after” pictures, but I will soon…very soon. I’m just a bit sicky poo right now.

This is not a complete goodbye, more of a see you later everyone.

I’ll post my “after” pictures and most likely keep coming back to blog once in a while to keep me motivated.

I don’t intend on doing a 365 days count down (in my case 371 days), just a journal entry whenever I need to share info, vent, or simply write down an experience.

For now, just enjoying being married to the man of my dreams.

Love,

Millie

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Days 358 to 364 – Thanks!

Days 358 to 364 – Yoga, 5K and Power Yoga

Even when I force myself to go to sleep as early as possible I’m still not getting enough sleep…hence the yoga rescue. I needed more of a stretch and meditation yoga early in the week. I felt a bit calmer after it, especially with all the running around. Then the weather was so gorgeous that I couldn’t pass up a chance to go running outside. The Port Union Village Common Park was just perfect. The fall leaves were so beautiful. On purpose I ran to the pile of leaves. CRUNCH! CRUNCH! CRUNCH! It put a smile on my face.

Saturday morning I went to Power Yoga at my gym. My instructor noticed I hadn’t been around in a while. He made sure to remind me. He came by after he saw me shaking like crazy trying to hold a pose. He smiled and said: “It’s harder coming back.” Thanks Connor! It’s ok, I’ll just add that to my “Things to be Thankful for” list. Thanksgiving this year is extra special because of the wedding. I’m so very thankful for my fiance, family, friends, my health, work, happiness, love, and the fact that by next week I’ll be a Mrs.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Millie


Days 307 to 357 – Where did September go?

Days 307 to 357 – Three Weeks Off, Weights, Bootcamp, 5K’s, CardioX, Cardio-Funk, Plyometrics, Yoga and Fitwall

I took three glorious weeks off because I wanted to. I decided not too let it bother me. So what I wasn’t going to the gym! I needed a little time off. My fiance thought something was wrong with me. He kept on reading motivational workout quotes to get me to go to the gym. Like a little 2 year old having a temper tantrum, I stormed out of the room shouting, “NO MORE MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES!!!”

I enjoyed my time off. Then on week 4 I decided to come back from my hibernation. I had a lot of cardio this month. I’m doing it on purpose to make sure I fit into that darn dress. Did I mention that my dress boutique ordered me one size smaller??? Yeap. Way to make me want to keep the weight off.

Here is my workout for all weeks:

Week 4: weights, bootcamp and 5K

Week 5: weights and more weights

Week 6: cardioX, 5K, cardio-funk and plyometrics

Week 7: weights, yoga and FitWall

I’m on my last leg of the 1 year workout…yippieee!!!

For some weird reason when I add it all up, the day before the wedding is “Day 369”. I must have counted my days wrong. Anyhow, you get the point. I started working out last year on exactly October 13, 2011. My goal of working out for a year to live healthier, become stronger and better is coming to a “wordpress end”. The next two weeks before the weeding are going to be nutso. I know this by the way my calendar already looks. Meetings here and there, flowers, cakes, last dress fitting/alterations, hair, etc, etc, etc. I think my workouts will become my de-stresser.

Good night!

Millie


Days 286 to 306 – Three Weeks

Days 286 to 306 – Pump Class, Working Out with an Elite Trainer, Weights and P90X

Tomorrow will be exactly 2 months until we get married. I’m still going to the gym to do a class here and there, lift weights, working out with a trainer and using P90X at home with my fiance. All in the name of holding on to my workout routine. I have lost 10 lbs since I first started. I’ve toned my body and lost body fat too. I’m at a stage where I can say I’m proud! I wear a bikini every work day and feel completely comfortable. I swim twice a day with the campers – the bonus of working at a camp this summer. It keeps me active outdoors.

Hurray for Summer!!!

Millie


Days 250 to 285 – The Month I didn’t Write but Still Worked Out

Days 250 to 285 – Yoga, Bootcamp Sessions, Injuries, Healing Week, Weights, Running, Working Out with my Bro, Pump Classes and P90X

So I admit it…mea culpa! I haven’t touched my laptop in over a month. Why? Just plain lazy for writing this month. Hey, it happens to all writers…doesn’t it??? Oh well, it happened to me.

To sum up the last bit of June and some of my July, I had an amazing and challenging week 1. I went to a yoga session that was relaxing. Then Saturday morning I took my fiance to the Bootcamp class. I ended up injuring my iliotibial band (aka ITband). It hurt like hell! I didn’t pretend to be a superhero. I cheered him on to complete the last 20 minutes of the Bootcamp class while I waddled around. I went home after class and iced it for the rest of the night every 20 minutes for 10 minutes each time. I also looked up some stretches to do on youtube. Giving my body time to recover was key. I took week 2 off to let my body heal well. I was back on week 3 with weights and running. Week 4 was the first week in a llllllllllllllong time my lil’ bro had asked me to work out with him. I really was curious to see what this kid could do now that he’s all grown up. Week 5 was pretty much a mixture of Pump classes and P90X. I just exercised as much as I could with my hectic schedule. True story…I even tried exercising on days I was so tired from work I was nearly sleep walking. It’s happened two times already, I was so tired after I came home from work I changed into my gym clothing and fell asleep on my bed right after. I woke up at 10pm or 11pm in a panic because I knew I had dozed off.

I guess my new pyjama is my workout clothing now! 🙂

Millie


Days 244 to 250 – Bootcamp Season!

Days 244 to 250 – Bootcamp

Wowzers! This week I joined a Bootcamp group from my gym. I didn’t even mean to do it. It just happened! I woke up early Saturday morning, thinking I was going to do some weights. Once I got to the gym I overheard some people walking in, they were talking about the bootcamp group. I politely interupted them and asked, “What Bootcamp?”. They were on their way to the back area of the gym. While following them I realized I still had all my gear (jacket, bag, etc.) on me. I decided to just leave it at the front desk and followed them. All of a sudden they picked up the pace and headed through the backdoors. I started to jog and talk at the same time to one of them, “Where are we going?”, I said. He informed me that they run to a nearby track and do all their main workout in that area.

As we’re running I realized I left my water bottle in my bag. Nuts!!! Oh well! I ended up really needed it, so for next time I MUST bring it along. The workout was pretty intense. Lots of running, sprinting, climbing up steep hills, push-ups, burpees, climbing stairs, plyometrics and finishing it off with a nice ab workout. At the end I was drained. I gave it my all. This Bootcamp was worth it!

Millie


Days 237 to 243 – My hero and inspiration

Days 237 to 243 – 4K run, Weights and Power Yoga

What inspires me? Hillary Swank running on the beach does!!! Seriously, look at all her hard work. From what I know, this was during her training for Million Dollar Baby. A-mazing!

photographer Norman Jean Roy

This is the picture that gets me up to do Power Yoga, running and to lift some weights this week. I think my cardio is wayyyy better than a few months back. I’m doing level 7 now. Yay for cardio!

My goal for weights this week was to focus on my arms. I worked these puppies well. So well I was having a bit of a challenge doing yoga the following day. My instructor even came up to me and in a taunting kind of way said, “Arms getting tired already?”. I pushed through all the planks, low planks, side planks and every arm yoga position he threw at me. I shook like crazy, but I did it. All I kept thinking about was Hillary and how strong she looked. Hey, if she can do it…I CAN DO IT!

Millie