Couch to 5k

Sorry for the lack of creativity in my title.  It’s too close to the end of the semester, I’m tapped out.

But I heard of something cool from Jimmy Fallon recently, and it’s called “The Couch to 5K.” And I guess it’s an exercise plan for even the laziest of couch potatoes to get fit enough to run 5k.  LOL right?

I know nothing about this, so this entire post is just going to be a learning post.

There is no real “official website” to explain this program, but this site here explains the steps pretty well.  I guess you listen to a podcast a week (the program is 9 weeks) and run according to the podcast.
Take a look at a short overview of weeks 1-3:

Week one

For your three runs in week one, you will begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then alternate one minute of running and one-and-a-half minutes of walking, for a total of 20 minutes.

Week two

For your three runs in week two, you will begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then alternate one-and-a-half minutes of running with two minutes of walking, for a total of 20 minutes.

Week three

For your three runs in week three, you will begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then two repetitions of one-and-a-half minutes of running, one-and-a-half minutes of walking, three minutes of running and three minutes of walking.

Here is a forum where people who are doing the program to communicate and share their progress with each other.

Here is the app.

I, unfortunately, couldn’t find an informative video on this program.

amy-reed-408611-unsplash.jpg unsplash-logoAmy Reed

I’ve provided a 4 leaf clover for good luck in your couch to 5k journey.

Stranger Danger

The internet can be a scary place filled with lots of creeps.

After listening to Carol Todd’s lecture last week, I think we’re all more conscious than ever of what we partake in on the interwebs.  Especially as (future) educators, because there are so many terrifying things out students can get involved in these days.  Carol mentioned many implications (of tech in the classroom) which is why it is so important as educations to teach prevention.  Why wait until something terrible happens for change?  We need to teach prevention, have students practice being safe on the internet, and have interventions before a terrible tragedy, such as Amanda’s, happens.

This Ted Talk from Monica Lewinsky (the woman who had an affair with President Bush) speaks about how she almost lost her life due to the public humiliation the internet offered her, and her story is only one of many.

The documentaries that Katia recommend we watch also provides lots of secondary information about the implications technology has in a child’s life.  This one in particular really went into detail about how one poor decision on social media (re Amanda Todd’s story) can haunt you for the rest of your life.

Carol’s Ted talk also speaks of cyberbullying of not only her daughter, but of herself, and teaches how to control the “troll” rather succumb to their words.  She speaks about being kind and giving to others, while not letting the behaviour of the bully bring the one being bullied down.  She advocates uniqueness and teaches each person to be their self and not listening to judgments placed on us – which, as a teacher, is really encouraging because she’s putting these positive attitudes onto her students who will in turn positively impact others with her kind words.  My favourite quote from Carol in her Ted talk video is, “…if [Amanda’s youtube] video can change one life, then her death was not in vain.”  And as someone who has lost a sibling, I find that very powerful.

Out of all this information that we have learned from not only Katia and Carol, the most important is to not refrain from technology but to teach it positively.


Howdy friends!

As per our assignment this week, I partnered up with my pal Alyssa Orr to write and discuss about the use of technology in the classroom, specifically Instagram.  Within our dialogue, Alyssa had the viewpoint of being anti-insta, while I on the other hand had the viewpoint of pro-insta.

The premise of our conversation via text was that Alyssa heard through the grape vine that I was implementing Instagram in my classroom, and she contacted me to express her concerns.

Here is what we discussed:

Of course the conversation didn’t need to end here, we could’ve went on about it for hours probably.  However, before condensing this video it was over 20 minutes, so I think it encapsulates enough for y’all to understand our points of views and where we both were coming from.

If you want to read the article I referred to, click here.

Another great supplementary reading I found would be this.

And if you want to see/ read Alyssa’s side of the story, visit her page here.

Who do y’all side with concerning this topic??

Cardio for the Hungry


Today’s topic: fasted cardio



The appeal is that it targets “stubborn” fat allowing you to lose weight “quick” (we all know that’s not possible, but you get what I’m saying.

I kind of do this already… but not properly.  I go to the gym twice a day: morning: cardio, evening: weights.  I’m hella lazy, and find that running then lifting things is just too much for my motivation and energy level, so I split it.  I can do this because I also don’t have a life and going to the gym is seriously the only time I leave the house… might be a good place to insert this here.

But I always assumed that fasted cardio meant running on an empty stomach.  After reading this, I learned that I was way off.  The article explains this a lot better than I am going to, but basically cardio done when the body is not processing food (and therefore insulin levels are at a low) is considered “fasted cardio.”

So I’m going to implement this into my daily routine and see how much of a difference it makes.

If you still don’t quite get it from reading the article, here’s a good descriptive video from the health nerd:

MyZone also explains this pretty in depth in their article,  and recommend using their app to help keep track of your prime fasted cardio opportunities.



This might be my favourite blog post I’ve made yet.

Today’s Theme: Bro-splitting.

So, as a little background knowledge: bro-splitting is when you isolate one muscle group and work it out to THE MAX, but usually only once a week.  So your workout may look like this:
Monday: Back
Tuesday: Chest
Wednesday: Quads/ Hamstrings
Thursday: Shoulders/ Calves
Friday: Biceps/ Triceps
Saturday: Rest (cardio)
Sunday: Rest (cardio)
The reason why the bro-split has appeal is that it’s an easier way to workout, especially for beginners.  It also incorporates a wide variety of workouts and intermittent cycles to “spice” things up.

And I’m reluctant to say this after watching modern day Thor‘s video on this subject, but I actually used to bro-split and I had great results.  However, I did only do a 6-12 week program incorporating it, then moved on to a different workout scheme.
(Here’s 2 pics of me when I was fit and bro-splitting)

(Here’s a pic of me now so you can see my downfall)
image1 unsplash-logoMichael Blum

I know what you’re thinking….

But that’s not the point – the point is that apparently if ya wanna be ripped, bro-splitting is not the answer.  According to this article, you may have good luck with bro-splitting when using the method short term (as I did), but if you want to grow and increase muscle mass, you’ll actually never be able to make progress.  Your muscles only need 3-4 days to “heal” and when you’re giving them a 7 day break, you’re over doing the recovery stage.  And, I mean, it makes sense I guess.

Remember when I mentioned modern day Thor? Well here’s his video I brought up previously, and I recommend you watch it all because it’s hilarious and cringy at the same time.

I also found this thread on reddit that explains all the pros/ cons about bro-splitting from many different people’s perspectives, so if you’re interested you can give that a look.

TL;DR: Basically, if you want to build muscle mass, don’t isolate your muscles and do full-body training sessions – you will see better results.

Oh, one more thing: Here’s a list of 10 songs that will make bros cry.  Enjoy.

Imma Creep


So today I chose to creep, my partner, Alyssa.  I’ve known and been friends with Alyssa for four years I believe, and I can already tell ya that she definitely isn’t an oversharer.  She doesn’t post a lot of things, and I remember originally creeping her upon when we first met, and not really learning more than I already knew.

Looking at her Instagram, she only has about 7 pictures that she is actually captured in.  But to the general public, her account is private so you’ll have to request to be her friend if you wanna see her cute face.

Secondly, her facebook is also very privatized.  You can’t even view her profile picture unless you’re “friends.”  But once the friends status is attained, one can see that she works at Sephora, the high school she went to & the university she is attending, and that she has a cute boy in her life.  But even as her friend I can’t look or comment on her profile photos, so she still has quite high privacy settings.

Thirdly, her twitter reveals the most information, revealing that her birthday is September 29th, she’s from Regina, she’s a fourth year Ed student majoring in English and minoring in Visual Arts.  The main (and only) theme of her twitter is about education.

“Creeping” Alyssa was fun and made me realize how easy it is for others – strangers – to get ahold of private information.  It made me look into my own settings once again, and I found this cool option on Facebook that lets you view your own profile as if you were looking at it from a stranger’s view.  That way it shows you what is public for the world to see, and what it locked down.

Hope everyone else had just as great of an experience!

Post of shame

Well, it’s been a week since the juice cleanse post, and this will be the theme song of this post:

I just couldn’t even.

It only took hours for my juice cleanse to turn into wine and popcorn cleanse.

Hence my post of shame.

I just don’t understand.  How could people live this way?  How do people go DAYS without eating breadsticks?????????????????

I probably almost died. Not really, but it sure felt like it.

This is now going to be a reflection post of my learning experience thus far.

So, #1 juicing didn’t work out for me and I can already see the landwhale in my grad photos that will forever be on my parents’ and grandparents’ walls… but #yolo.  Juicing was incredibly hard because it didn’t suppress my appetite whatsoever, and I think juicing would work for me as a maybe an addition to my regular meal plan rather than as a detox or meal replacement.

#2. Intermittent fasting works for me – but it’s no different from my regular diet.  So, I go to bed early and I wake up early… but I also have 40 litres of coffee before noon.

So, I’m regularly not eating before 2pm every day.  And since I’m and early riser, I’m in bed my 9pmish every night, and therefore am not eating after 8pm.  Because of this, intermittent fasting is something I’ve ALWAYS done I guess and due to that I never saw any “special” or “extra” progress due to using this diet method.

#3. I haven’t went back to being keto since my “cheat day.”

oh deer

So currently accepting all of your thoughts and prayers.

I hope you all now understand why this is definitely the blog post version of the walk of shame or shower of shame or anything to do with shame.  I’m hoping after this week my life will settle so I can get back into routine to find new things to learn about.

Any suggestions from anyone????