Thrive Across America in Canada

So my work is participating in this challenge called Thrive Across America. You make teams with your coworkers and then log exercise minutes; the minutes translate into miles across a virtual path that goes from coast-to-coast and everywhere in between. Needless to say, my team is in the top place and I’m second overall. It’s kind of annoying that the only person who is beating me is my boss and I’m the one who logs his progress–we’re now having a friendly competition of our own.

I’m not really sure if I find the contest more motivating than usual. I don’t like that it only focuses on active minutes, rather than intensity and I don’t like that there are no points deducted for days missed or junk food consumed. I’d probably give people points for making healthy food choices, too. 

Here’s to being in the top spot and perhaps overthrowing my boss sometime in the not-so-distant future.

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Workout #8

Just wanted to report that I’m killing it in the gym at lunch time. I’m feeling amazing and I’m so glad that I have made the effort in the past two weeks to commit to this plan of action. No results on the scale just yet and no results as far as how my clothing is fitting, but BIG results in moods being boosted and stress reduction. 

5 Lunches and Counting

I got really smart last Friday. “Self,” I said, “if you’re too tired to go to the gym by the time you get home, why wait until you get home to go to the gym?”

I joined the 24 hour gym next to my work. Yes, it’s another $40/month, on top of the family gym pass I have at the local rec centre, but I’m thinking of it as more of an investment than another expense.

I have gone 5 lunch hours in a row and I’m feeling great! I take my pre-workout at 11:30, then by 12 I’m out of the office and back by 1. I find I don’t hit the 3pm wall–my afternoons are focused and I’m able to be productive all day. My mood has also lifted significantly, overall. I am eating well–I don’t want to undo all my good work.

The other day, I watched as the girls from another department all went out for lunch…at first I was a bit bummed that I hadn’t gotten an invite (I’m a department of one, so it can be a bit solitary)…but then I was actually and genuinely thankful that I didn’t have to consult with anyone and that my plans weren’t derailed in any way; being a lone wolf has its benefits.