Tuesday January 15, 2013: Today I’m hardcore!

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Remember I told you I am in a work group to improve the vitality of our employees at my work? Well this week we are having a “FIT” week. Every day we have something to do. Yesterday you could test your eyes, blood pressure, measure your fat etcetera. Tomorrow the insurance company is coming to tell some things and Thursday is about mental health. Today was about moving.

The company has a contract with the gym across the street where we can get a membership with a discount. I don’t have it because I don’t live in the same village as where I work and I don’t want to drive there at night or in weekends. The gym came over to the company today and before lunch two instructors went to different floors in the building and we (I accompanied them because I’m in the work group) got people out of their office to do some exercises. Not many were that good a sports to do it but a few did and it was fun. During lunch they gave some demonstrations of parts of group classes.

The photo below is something I noticed yesterday: someone let the water from the statue freeze and this is how it looks now.


The weather turned bad during the day. In the morning we had a little snow but by the time I had to drive home there was more and the roads were very bad to drive. I took it easy and slow and was glad I made it home safe.


Monday morning I did a short The Firm workout: Club Dance. This was fun.
Total time: 20 minutes.

As said above we have snow. The forecast was that it would start here during the night and I put two sets of clothes ready: 1 for running and 1 for a home workout and decided I would see how it would be this morning. It was snowing when I got up but not much and I decided to go out and do my run. Boy I did feel like one hard core bad ass when I was finished: I ran in the dark, in the cold and in the snow.

Right now I’m glad I went because this morning the bike path was pretty good to run at, right now it’s a mess and it’s much colder tomorrow morning. So tomorrow morning I stay inside and do a workout DVD.

Run-walk ratio: 7 x 3 minutes, 1 minute walking inbetween (21 minutes running, 7 minutes walking)
Weather: snow, little wind, -3C (26 degrees)
Distance: 3.8 K / 2.4 miles
Time: 00:27:36
Last song on Ipod before finish: Madonna – Like a prayer.



Breakfast (7 points): Two slices of whole wheat bread with a boiled egg.

Lunch (6 points) Three slices of whole wheat bread with filet american and pickles, an orange.


Dinner (8 points): Pork tenderloin, potatoes, chicory with béchamel sauce.


Snacks: ½ Mango, 3 Clementines, 2 cookies (2 Points).


Breakfast (5 points): Two slices of whole wheat bread with strawberry jelly.

Lunch (12 points): Turkish bread caprese (with pesto, tomato, rocket salad and mozzarella). I bought a container of low fat yogurt with some honey and milk at work.


Dinner (8 points): (no picture, forgot it) Chicken breast, baked potatoes and carrots with green peas.

Snacks: ½ Mango, 3 Clementines.

Weight Watchers review:


Two weeks done and I’ve lost more weight than I expected because I normally lose weight slow. I will mention my weight here but only once a month at the beginning of a new month. It still goes very well, I’m not hungry and I eat very tasty meals. Remarks:

  • With the breakfast and lunch that I eat now, I realized how boring these meals have been the past two years or so. I often ate the same. I have a lot more variation now.
  • I need to work on eating fruits at the weekend. Usually I’m not hungry between meals in the weekend and I eat nothing but I also don’t eat fruits at lunch or dinner. Need to work on that.
  • Because I lost weight 2 weeks in a row I gave myself a “reward” and ordered another WW cook book.


Monday: dress in white/black/blue with a blue jacket and blue suede high boots.

Tuesday: blue pants, white top, emerald green jacket, blue suede high boots.

14 thoughts on “Tuesday January 15, 2013: Today I’m hardcore!

  1. Woohoo, Fran – running in the snow? You definitely ARE a hardcore badass runner!!! Great job getting out there. And I love that your fitness group got people moving – the people pictured look like they were having fun.

    Congrats on your weight loss! Isn’t it wonderful when a diet actually does what it’s supposed to? And how interesting that you are realizing that your food had become repetitive. Another bonus of the diet – breaking you out of your food rut!

    Love your outfits. That dress is SMOKING!

  2. That is so cool that your work is doing this! And I love that there is also a mental health day as part of it. Something really overlooked here in the US.

    Kind of giving a side eye to that filet Americain LOL. That’s raw, right?

  3. Love that Monday outfit! I made blueberry corn muffins from a WW cookbook tonight. They were quite good. I eat a lot of the same breakfasts and lunches but truthfully that works for me.

  4. What fun….I remember going to work places, schools etc to do the same…even did promotion work in shopping centers….used my dancing girls a lot during those times.
    Looking at your images floods me with memories…good ones. I really miss the gyms we have back in CT…nothing like that in my little town, sure the big cities have them.

  5. It must feel fantastic when you know your plan is working better than you expected with the weight loss. I love that your workplace is so into fitness. We had walking group challenges where I used to work and it was always fun. My group even won a chair massage once. I love the boots!

  6. What an active workplace! In this way the company shows how to balance work and life.
    This can create a healthier and happier environment among the Company’s workers.
    In this perspective, some Italian companies have built tennis courts and basketball courts for staff and their families. I’m always interested in your post about your country :)

  7. Great job running in the snow! I find it can make the run more interesting so long as it isn’t slippery.
    Congrats on your weight lose so far! It’s definitely motivating if it starts working right away. :) Keep up the good work!

  8. That sounds like a lot of fun at work! You never know even the ones that didn’t participate may end up doing so one day :)
    Love your food choices.
    Way to go on running in the snow. You seriously rock!

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