Josée in Ottawa


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Fit by 40 Reboot

Funny Sign at Rock and Roll Marathon by Moriartys (Flickr Creative Commons)

Funny Sign at Rock n Roll Marathon by Moriartys (Flickr Creative Commons)

I haven’t posted about my Fit by 40 project in a while, but progress is being made. I ran the Ottawa Race Weekend 10K yesterday. It wasn’t a personal best by any means (I figured out about a month ago that it wouldn’t be), but I did complete it and I’m happy with the results, for now. I’ve been running about three times a week for a while, so the exercise component of my Fit by 40 project is going well. I plan on signing up for the Fall Colours 10k, which takes place in October, and if all goes according to plan I will get a personal best 10k time then.

The best part about running yesterday’s race (besides getting to the end of  it, of course) were the signs that people had made. I’ve run three other 10K races in the past, and the only signs I remember are ones like “Go Micheal Go!”.  Yesterday’s were much more amusing:”I tried running once; it was awful”; “Embrace the Suck”; “If it was easy, we’d be running too”; “Run now, beer later”; and my personal favourite, “Run like the zombies are chasing you”, which made me chuckle seeing as how Hubby and I have been making our way through season two of Walking Dead on Netflix. There were also “Free High Five” stations set up along the route, which I don’t remember from past races. I didn’t swing by the curb for a free high five, but a complete stranger further along the route did give me a high five and encouraged me with a “Way to go, Josée!” (Our names are written on our race bibs.)

Hubby is, as I type this, starting his half-marathon this morning. (Go Hubby Go!) I’ve given Hubby and a few friends strict instructions to slap me to my senses if I ever mention running  a half marathon.


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Me, Now Sugar-Free

Sugar by Ewe Hermann

Sugar by Ewe Hermann (Flickr Creative Commons)

It seems so fitting that just as I was going to sit down to write this post, someone knocked on our front door. It turned out to be Girl Guides, selling cookies. My husband bought a box, and they’re sitting within sight, screaming my name…

I’ve been thinking about going off sugar for a while now. I tend to really overdo it when I let myself eat sweets, and I always feel terrible after. I stopped putting sugar in my coffee about three weeks ago, and just doing that has had a huge impact – not starting the day with two teaspoons of sugar made a big difference in how much I craved it during the day. I was hoping that I’d get used to the taste of non-sugared coffee in time. Guess that takes more than three weeks – it still tastes pretty gross but my body and mind need the caffeine, and the routine. 🙂

The only reason I haven’t cut sugar out altogether yet is that we had planned to go to a dinner party on the weekend and I knew there would be a yummy dessert. I wasn’t ready to resist in that environment just yet. (And I’m glad I didn’t – I had two pieces of yummy apple pie!) But now the dinner party is past, and I think this is a good time to try going sugar-free. I can go a few weeks before the temptation of Halloween candy comes up, and maybe, just maybe I’ll be able to stay out of the kids’ treat bags this year. (Maybe.)

So, my second Fit by Forty challenge is to not have any sugar until November 2nd. Sorry Girl Guide cookies, I’ll just have to feed you to the kids.


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Fx40, or My Mini-midlife Crisis

I’ve been thinking a lot about my Fit by Forty (Fx40) project. I turn forty in about fifteen months. I want to embrace my forties and concentrate on what’s really important to me, without all of the distractions that I feel have been bogging me down. (I am easily distracted.) I’ve been doing some reading and I’m going to model my project after Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, with a lot Leo Babauta’s mnnlist.com and zenhabits.net thrown in. (Warning – reading these last two blogs may lead to uncontrollable decluttering and much soul searching!)

Every month I’m going to pick one habit that I want to work on, something that I want to make a regular part of my routine for the rest of my life. On another interesting blog I recently discovered, Scott H. Young talks about setting yourself up for failure by trying to accomplish too much at a time. It’s definitely something I’m guilty of, so instead of trying to upend my whole life at once I’m going to focus on making small changes each month, so that they can be sustainable. Each month I’ll also set some challenges for myself, discrete tasks that can I can consider “completed” once I reach a certain pre-defined milestone.

One thing that I’ve been thinking a lot about lately why I’m so desperate to change things. I love my kids, I love my husband, and family life is pretty good. I’m working on a new business that I’m really excited about. We just moved to a new house that I love. But something is missing. I need to figure out what it is. I need to slow down and figure out what is really important to me, and cut out the stuff that is just a waste of time.

October’s Habit: Exercise

So. October has already started but the habit I want to work on this month is exercise. I’ve already started ramping up my running in the hopes of running a personal-best 10K during Ottawa Race Weekend in May. I’ve already signed up for the race, which is a good step since it often sells out early. My goal for October is to run at twice a week and to do my pilates video once a week.

Challenge #1

My first challenge will be to put together a 10K training strategy, and my due date for getting that done will be October 13th.

Let my Fx40 project officially begin!