80 Day Obsession: Day 12 – Legs

Hey!!

It’s day 12 and that means it’s everyones favourite… Leg day!! It’s been a long week and I am ready for the weekend, so I was ready to get this workout over with so I could enjoy the evening. So right after work I got home and immediately changed into my workout clothes and started the workout.

DAY 12
LEGS
3 sets/10 reps • 52 min.
Weights

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This week is all about lifting heavier so this workout is three shorter sets. During this video Autumn was struggling with her grip strength and it was nice to see that she is real and even she struggles at times. It really helped me get through my workout.

SERIES 1
Reverse Lunges
Squats
Curtsy Lunges

SERIES 2
Sumo Squats
Front Diagonal Lunges
Twisting Back Angle Lunge

SERIES 3
Single-Leg Good Morning
Hip Hinge
Buddha Squats

My body was a little tight from yesterday luckily it was mostly my triceps and upper body so I got through the workout. I’m kind of dreading the workout tomorrow but for now I am gonna watch tv and enjoy the evening.

If you want to follow along with my journey on Instagram check out @allisonshapesup, and if you have any questions or comments I’d love to hear from you!

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Allison

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Fun things I did this summer

Hey everyone,

It’s fall, even though the snow on the ground suggests otherwise, and so I thought I would take a minute to reflect on all the awesome stuff I did this summer. It was a great summer filled with fun activities, so I thought it would be nice to share some of the fun things that I got to do during the last few months.

June

  1. Pride Parade -On Saturday June 11th Marissa and I went to check out the 37th Edmonton Pride Parade. Lots of fun and lots of rainbows 🙂
  2. Esks fan day – This year the Eskimos hosted a fan day at Clarke field. They did a practice and then autograph session. I decided to take the football my dad gave me for Christmas to get signed by the team.
  3. Oilers sale – This was the last year the oilers played at Rexall Place and they held a sale to sell off a lot of merchandise and even items from the arena. Marissa and I decided to check it out and picked up a few discounted items.
  4. Ottawa trip – I got to go to our beautiful capital city for a work conference this summer. It was very hot and even though I spent the majority of the time in lectures for the conference we got to do at least some sightseeing.
  5. Fire Aid concert – Unfortunately, this May was extremely warm and a wildfire quickly got out of control in Fort MacMurray to devastating effect. Canadian musicians came together to put on a Fire Aid Concert with proceeds going to help the victims of the fire. The Allain’s went to listen to the music and help the cause.

July

  1. Canada Day Decos – Got my festive decorations up
  2. Canada Day – Got to participate in some Canada festivities. Started out with a workout at the gym and then met up with a friend at Moxie’s for lunch and then finished the night with the fireworks. Happy Birthday Canada!
  3. Color me Rad 5k – Another fun run with my siblings. This run was very fun and we were all very colorful by the end.
  4. Wimbledon – Got to cheer on fellow Canadian Milos Raonic in the Wimbledon finales this year. Even if he didn’t win he played so well during the entire tournament.
  5. Princess half registration – I am officially signed up for the Disney Glass Slipper Challenge for 2017! After having so much fun last time we went to Disney we decided to do it again, but this time we added the 5k run and our parents are coming as well.
  6. Ghostbusters – Took myself on a date to see the reboot of the Ghostbusters movie. I enjoyed it, and don’t understand why so many people are mad about it!
  7. Workout night with sisters – Went for a fun late night workout session with my sisters and then we went hunting Pokemon afterwards.
  8. Dashing Divas – The Allain’s participated in the Triple Challenge this year and this was the second of our three runs. Its great to have all my siblings running with me, but they all did the 5k and I did the 10k so I ran with my instagram friend Julie.
  9. Esks vs Ham – Marissa and I went to the July 23rd Football game of Esks vs Hamilton. The Eskimos ended up losing the game 31-37 but the half time show was Flo Rida who only played three songs but was so worth seeing.
  10. Taste of Edmonton – I have lived in Edmonton for 6 years and I still have never gone to the Taste of Edmonton festival, so this year I knew I wanted to check it out.
  11. Fireworks – Every year Kdays festival is held at Northlands and they have fireworks every night to finish off the day. I am fortunate to be able to see them from my place.
  12. Kdays – I went to check out the festival and enjoy some delicious foods and carnival sights.
  13. Simple Plan concert – I have loved Simple Plan since they first came out when I was in high school and went on an exchange to Quebec where they were really big. They were one of my first concerts that I went to, so I knew that I had to go see them at the Kdays concerts.
  14. Harry Potter release/birthday – On July 30th at midnight my Coles store celebrated the midnight release of the new Harry Potter book: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. It also fell on Harry Potter’s birthday so I knew I had to go and participate.
  15. Catan night – Fun night of food, games and campfire with friends.

August

  1. Summer decos – After taking down the Canada Day decorations I put up summer/beach decorations, and I love the way it turned out.
  2. Mud hero – My sisters and I signed up for our first mud run/obstacle run in Red Deer this year so we took a little road trip and got muddy. It was a lot of fun and hard work! At one point my shoe was sucked off by the mud, I climbed a ski hill in the mud and had to climb over a scary net high up in the air.
  3. Road trip to Calgary – We had originally planned to drive to Calgary for another 5k run after we finished in Red Deer. Unfortunately there was a big rain/lightning storm and we didn’t get to run, but we had a great time exploring Calgary.
  4. Pokemon go safari night – My sisters and I decided to go to the Edmonton Valley Zoo for their Safari night to catch some pokemon. It was very busy and the animals were loving it. It started to downpour so we had to leave early but it was a fantastic night.
  5. Meteor Shower at elk island – We went to Elk Island Park to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower this year. It was a beautiful night.
  6. Edmonton Marathon Weekend – I participated in the Edmonton Marathon weekend again this year. On Friday we went to the expo to pick up my running package and check out all the awesome vendors (lots of free samples) On Saturday morning there was a 3km Friendship run with John Stanton throughout the downtown area. On Sunday morning it was bright and early start. My sisters and I were participating in the 10k run. It was a tough run for me, but we finished!
  7. Moms Birthday – We celebrated mom’s birthday with dinner out followed by cake and ice cream. She loved the perfume we bought her.
  8. Mom and dads anniversary – My mom and dad celebrated their anniversary this month and we went out to a nice dinner with them.

Dashing Divas 10k

Hey guys!

It’s been a long time since my last post, and I’m ready to start posting again! I’ve been doing lots of running/working out and fun things so I’m back to blogging about it 😉

This weekend I participated in another race with my family.

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The Allains Run!

The Edmonton FUNd Runners created a triple challenge this year. If you participate in the challenge you run 3 races (Suck it up Buttercup, Dashing Divas and Turkey Trot) and get 4 medals (and you know that the bling is the real reason we run!) so the Allain’s laced up again this weekend for the second run in the challenge the Dashing Divas and Dudes 5k/10k.

Originally when I signed up I chose the 10k not realizing that my family had chosen the 5k so I had to run the race alone, but I wanted to challenge myself to run longer distances. This run was held at Rundle Park and we showed up early to pick up our bibs and take some pre-race photos. I actually got to meet up with an instagram friend Julie (PrincessRunRepeat) who made the trip to Edmonton for this run.

The run started with a zumba warm up and then the 10k participants lined up. Julie and I decided to run together so that we could help push each other along the way. It was actually really nice because our paces are pretty evenly paced. The first 5k of the race Julie wasn’t feeling great so we went my pace. The 10k race starts in one direction and loops back around to meet up with the 5k racers. At the 5k mark I passed by my sisters and brother who were on their way to the finish of the 5k race. The last half of the run Julie really pushed me to go faster than I probably would have done on my own.

As we got closer to the finish line we decided to catch our breaths and then sprint to the finish line, and I was able to finish the run in 1:12:50 which is better than my time for the first run in the challenge the Suck it up Buttercup race which was in April and I finished in 1:17. It felt great to finish the race strong and see the family cheering me on.

Another 10k under my belt! (That’s my fourth) We have quite a few runs coming up in the near future so stay tuned for more fun times.

Cheers,

Allison

Be Happy, Be Active, Be Healthy

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Edmonton’s 3rd Annual Run For Pie 5k Run

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This weekend I participated in the 3rd annual Edmonton Run for Pie 5k Race. How better to be rewarded after running a 5k race than with a beautiful piece of pie? And to top it all off the proceeds from the run were in support of the Music Therapy Program at the Edmonton Stollery Children’s Hospital where I work.

Pie Race Logo_0I signed up for this run on a whim as I came across it on the Running Room website as I was searching up coming runs in Edmonton. Don’t you think the idea is wonderful? How could I pass up a fun run, and an excuse to eat pie? So I convinced my sister Marissa and my coworker Cailin to sign up to participate with me.
Cailin was able to pick up our packages ahead of time and they came with a tiny jar with homemade apple pie in it. Let me tell you it was delicious and it was just a sneak peek at what was to come. This run didn’t include a t-shirt, but we did get some cute little pins in our packages.

The run took place on Sunday May 24th, 2015 and when I woke up that day I was pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful sunshiny day! The day was actually quite warm, but it wasn’t so hot to be stifling. This year the run was held at the Kinsmen Park, and there were lots of people who showed up to participate. Luckily there was a very large parking lot and we didn’t have a problem finding a spot.

IMG_6290 IMG_6292 IMG_6300IMG_6314There were a lot of people milling around the starting line. This year they had a kids run, a 5k walk, a 5k run and a 10k run. The kid run was finished when we arrived. Each of the kids who participated got an adorable cookie medal that they could eat after they finished. They had great prizes, a bouncy house and a coloring station for the kids as well; I think this is such a great way to get kids interested in physical activities at an early age. Our start time was for 10:30 and before we got started the 10k runners left, and shortly thereafter the walkers left. We were the last group to get started.

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It wasn’t long after that they were counting down, and we were off. The course took us over the LRT bridge to the running path where we looped around at the water station. There was a man working at the water station when I got there he was lifting up a cup I thought he was going to hand it to me, but instead he was just getting a drink for myself. A little embarrassing, but I just grabbed one and kept going. As I was running my friend was just in front of me, but I dropped my phone as we were on our way back. Had to run back and grab it, and when I look up she was quite far ahead of me. So I just continued on listening to the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack to get pumped up

IMG_6337 IMG_6340 IMG_6341 IMG_6342 IMG_6346 IMG_6349As I was approaching the end of the course, and coming off the bridge I wasn’t exactly sure where I was supposed to go, and there weren’t any runners in front of me. There was three ways that we could have run, but I just happened to see one of the 10k runners coming from one of the paths. I asked him if the starting line was the way that he was coming from and he said yes. So I keep running on this path and as I continue I realize that this was the wrong direction. I had to turn around and run back and turn the opposite direction. It turns out that the finishing line was so close, but I had run an extra 0.5k at least. As I got to the finish line my sister had passed me, and I was ready for that pie!

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They had so many different types of pie to choose from. As one of the signup questions they asked you what kind of pie you wanted. I chose banana cream pie, and it was absolutely delicious. They also had ice cream and sprinkles and whipped cream to add on top of the pie. Marissa chose coconut cream, and Cailin had chocolate mousse. They both thought theirs were great as well.

We sat around in the shade for a bit enjoying our pie and the beautiful weather. I must say that the event was all around a success. I had a lot of fun and I can’t wait to participate next year.

Cheers,

Allison

Be Happy, Be Active, Be Healthy

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Whole 30 Vlog Day 16 – New Cookbook, Eating out and Running 5ks

Hey Guys,

I just posted a new video about my Whole 30 experience. I am more than halfway done now! So check it out if you are interested in Whole 30 or Paleo lifestyle. In this one I talk about The new Whole 30 Cookbook, Eating out at restaurants and Using the C25K Program to learn how to run.

If you have any questions or comments leave them down below

Cheers,

Allison

Be Happy, Be Active, Be Healthy

Whole 30 vlog day 10-12 – Stairs, Food Dream and Weird Cravings

Hey guys

Here’s the next installment in my Whole 30 vlog. In this one I talk about all the weird dreams and cravings that I have been having recently as well as my workout.

Have you ever had guilty food dreams or weird cravings?? If you have any questions or comments leave them below and I will get back to you.

Cheers,

Allison

Be Happy, Be Active, Be Healthy

Whole 30 vlog – Day 8 & 9 : Energy levels, workouts and Tone It Up

Hello again,

Here’s the next video in my Whole 30 vlog series. In this video I talk about how the second week of Whole 30 is going so far. Find out how my energy levels have been doing this week, What workouts I have been doing and I talk a little bit about Tone it Up and the Bikini Series challenge I am participating in currently. Let me know if you have any questions.

I would like to know what is your favorite time to workout? Are you an early riser or a night owl? Let me know in the comments.

Cheers,

Allison

Be Happy, Be Active, Be Healthy