Things I’m loving Sunday/Monday

It’s been a long week and weekend! We pretty much got the last of our Canadian summer weather this weekend. It’s already claiming to go down to 6 degrees this week… 😦 I can’t believe it came and went so fast! Ah well, all a part of living in this beautiful country.

My running has stayed at the same level. I’ve stuck with short runs (20 minutes) mixed in with cross-training, mainly cardiovascular work on the elliptical machine which still gets my HR up as well as a lot more pilates and core building work which will benefit me big time when I get back into my regular running routine! I’m used to running outside, which passes the time much quicker in comparison to doing cardio in the gym….
I feel like I’m constantly watching the clock. tick tock tick tock.
However, there are ways I’ve made the time go by a littleeee bit faster, utilizing some great HIIT elliptical workouts. I’ll share with you my favourite one this week:

elliptical-interval-workout

I got this one from the blog pbfingers.com – I always check her blog out, it’s really entertaining and has a lot of good recipes and workouts!! And this workout certainly kicked my butt!!! You can also adjust the resistance according to your fitness levels so that it works best for you. But I actually felt great after this one.

Now I’ll get to my things I’m loving Monday (or late Sunday for some) segment!!! Here we go…

  • Hiking Days

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I made the most of this warm weather this weekend because I knew it would probably be the last time it would reach 24 degrees and sunny here for a while. So Tanner and I headed out to the trans Canada trail and went for a nice long hike. You can tell the leaves are already beginning to change colour (AHHHH!) However, I’ll say it does look beautiful.

  • Cheshire cat mug

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My good girlfriend gave this to me, it’s probably one of my new favourite mugs. A huge reason being because I am a Disney fanatic! Anything Disney I usually fall instantly invlove with. This mug is amazing because when it’s hot, the cheshire cat DISAPPEARS and you see only his smile!!! And when cool, he reappears! How amazing is that?!

  • Let’s Be Cops

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I saw this movie on Saturday night with some friends. If you’ve ever watched the show ‘New Girl’, the main characters in this movie are actually also 2 of the main male roles in that show. I didn’t really know what to expect going into this movie, and the ratings weren’t all that great. But man oh man, I laughed sooo hard from beginning to end! Seriously hilarious. I recommend everyone go see it (but not so much for little ones)

  • Crockpot Texan chili recipe

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I had lean ground turkey in the freezer and really wanted to utilize my slow cooker in some way. And I loves me some chili!! It’s also a yummy choice, especially when it’s healthy (like this recipe).
I love crockpot recipes because they are the easiest things ever, literally just dump everything into it and let it sit for 6-8 hours.

Yields:  8|
Ingredients
• 2 pounds lean ground turkey, cubed
• 1 tablespoon canola oil
• 1 onion, minced
• 1-2 jalapeño peppers, minced
• 4 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 tablespoon ground cumin
• 3 tablespoons Ancho chili powder
• 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, more or less to taste
• 1 can chili seasoned tomatoes
• 1 can mixed beans
• 1 can corn kernels
• Chopped green onions and fat-free Greek yogurt for topping

Directions
Put everything into a slow cooker. Make sure the ground turkey is covered by the mixture and leave in the slow-cooker for 6-8 hours!

Let me know how you enjoyed your weekend!

Eggplant pizza recipe – so good!

Hey ya’ll!

This week has been one of adjustment. Last week I had started to get pain under my right kneecap, turns out, I have runner’s knee (boo). Although it wasn’t completely inevitable, it’s upwards of 70% of runners that actually experience this at some point in their running careers, and all that I can do for myself right now is to take the time needed to fully recover and get back at it.
Similar to when tapering before a marathon or long race, lessening mileage can actually be psychologically very difficult to delve through. This is what’s kind of been happening with me. It is seriously tough to transition from running EVERYDAY for a few miles and at least one very long distance run a week to what seems like barely any running at all. I’ve taken this time to definitely up my cross-training however. I’ve been using the bike and elliptical a lot and although it’s keeping my endurance up, I definitely am missing the wondrous feeling that overwhelms me after a strong run. I just have to keep reminding myself that this is what my body needs in order to get back at the sport that I am so passionate about.

Now that I’ve covered and updated you on the running piece of my life, let me share with you another new recipe that i have tried recently that is to die for: eggplant pizza!
To many, the idea of eggplant might seem iffy – I felt this way before trying it – but it is absolutely declines AND a healthy alternative to regular carb heavy pizza. It’s not even a difficult recipe and can be whipped up in about 20-30 minutes!

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Here is the recipe for you to give it a try, PLEASE give it a try. I promise your satisfaction.

Ingredients:

1/2 medium eggplant, sliced
1/3 cup tomato sauce (or pizza sauce)
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
garlic sauce to taste
a few sliced grape tomatoes and spinach to top

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Arrange eggplant slices on lightly oiled baking sheet
3. lightly salt/pepper slices to taste and then put baking sheet in the oven, leave in for 5 minutes
4. Flip the eggplant slices, put cheddar cheese on the slices, then place them back in the oven to bake for another 5 minutes (until cheese is melted)
5. Take slices out, put a dollop of tomato sauce or pizza sauce onto eggplant slices, along with any remaining cheese and the sliced grape tomatoes and spinach
6. Bake the slices for another 5-8 minutes

All done! Eat up and enjoy!

Let me know what you think of this recipe, especially if you give it a try!

Happy National Dog Day!!

Your dog won’t likely be able to read this article, so in lieu of this wonderful holiday, give your fur baby a great big hug and pat on the head (maybe even a yummy treat!) 

I can’t imagine my life today without my Tanner. He has helped me in my move across Canada, whenever I’ve felt a struggle, and honestly his presence of just being there makes my nights alone so much more bearable. I’ve also shared some of the most fun times of my life with this guy – hiking, boating, swimming, explorations, you name it! AND he can keep up, thanks to that shepherd mix in him! 

So any way that you can today, celebrate the glorious life of man and woman’s best friend! IMG_0362IMG_1175

he loves me I swear
he loves me I swear
Exploring beautiful Canada together!
Exploring beautiful Canada together!

Saturdays call for new breakfast recipes!

Saturday’s are for smiles, sleeping in and simply great food!

I love to take my time on Saturday mornings and enjoy some slow and stress-free time (usually).
This morning after waking up and taking my pup for a nice little walk around the neighbourhood, I decided to take a crack at a new breakfast recipe!
Not going to lie, I have quite the sweet tooth and most often crave CARBS in the morning, so naturally I would choose a recipe that satisfied this need. Of course my breakfast choice is always still made sure to be a healthy one too! After all that is the most important factor!

looks delish!
looks delish!

So, today’s breakfast menu was:

Peanut butter & banana oatmeal, topped with walnuts, cranberries and cinnamon

SOOOO delicious! And so easy. It’s literally made with just those ingredients plopped all into a bowl and mixed up. But here’s exactly the method that I followed:

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp PB2 powder (But of course you can use natural peanut butter as well)
1/2 banana
1/2 cup plain oats
1/3 cup of plain vanilla yogurt (to make everything mix together better)
1 Tbsp cranberries
2 Tbsp walnuts
dash of cinnamon (I like to use this ingredient LIBERALLY, and it’s amazing for your health!)

Directions:

– Lay out all the ingredients needed
– Put half of your yogurt on the bottom, then 1/4 oats, 1/4 banana, 1 Tbsp PB2 into your bowl
– Put a second layer of the remaining amount of your ingredients in the same order – yogurt, 1/4 cup oats, 1/4 banana, 1 Tbsp PB2
– Mix it all up nice a good
– Top off the bowl with your walnuts, cranberries and cinnamon
– DIG IN and ENJOY 🙂

Tell me what you think of the recipe if you give it a try!

It’s especially a good breakfast for when you’re planning on hitting the road for a run later on or going to the gym because it’s giving your body those healthy carbohydrates it needs to energize yourself through the activity. I find that eating something like this beforehand makes a huge difference because it’s a lot more easily digestible compared to having a high protein breakfast (less cramps and indigestion!)

Throwback Thursday

Ontario, Canada!
Ontario, Canada!
Getting into Saskatchewan, Canada!
Getting into Saskatchewan, Canada!

Today I am reminiscing over the cross-country Canadian road trip that I recently experienced with my sister and pup, Tanner. It took us nearly 5 days but we saw some amazing sights! 

The trip itself put into perspective how HUGE this world really is and how small we really are as individuals. Seriously, it makes me think about all the little stresses and hardships I’ve gone through the past year and how they have seriously not been worth all the time consumed where I have been swept up by anxiety with them. Of course, a little worry and anxiety can actually be good for us and our health, but I’m talking about spending too much time consumed mentally the negative and taking away the time we should utilize to appreciate every little good thing that we have in our lives. As Canadians, Americans, whoever you are, we are fortunate to live in this world where we can wake up, EAT GOOD FOOD, spend time with friends and family, go for hikes and experience the outdoors, play fetch with our dogs.. the list goes on. We just need to practice remembering all of these little things. Whatever your method may be – use today to remind yourself of what you are appreciative of and of the things that make your world a beautiful and wonderful place to be. Write a list, use 5 minutes to meditate, call a close family member or friend, ANYTHING! Just r e m i n d yourself of what makes you happy. Because a happy you makes a healthy you, and a healthy you makes a happy you. They come hand in hand. And we all want to live a happy, healthy life, don’t we?

Jasper, Alberta, Canada!
Jasper, Alberta, Canada!

Food, the fuel of life.

food fuel

Food is the fuel of life!

Food, food, food. I love food! I love to go to the market and buy it, to cook it, to eat it, to share it with others and bring to special occasions. Food brings happiness into our lives and we need to focus on the positivity it brings to our selves and to others, rather than seeing it as a dreaded enemy which we must constantly monitor and control.
The food we consume over a day, a week, a month, creates and shapes the experiences that we will have during this time. By this I mean that you can choose to eat healthily and be full of energy, happiness and clear thoughts, or you could choose to eat processed, unnatural, chemically enhanced foods that do the complete opposite. These foods make you feel sad, sluggish and lazy. It takes many people a long time to learn and truly understand this food-body-mind connection, but it makes sense! If you eat garbage, you will feel like garbage. If you eat good healthy food, you will be fully of great energy.

Overall, food is the fuel of your life. And it is up to YOU to decide whether your nutrition is worth your attention and time. If you want to feel better, it will naturally become a priority. In my opinion, nutrition is an essential asset of health, and my health is everything to me. I remember in my highschool days, back when I would constantly grab the easiest meal, whether it be from McDonald’s or Wendy’s, or making a big ol’ box of KD with my friends. Afterwards I would feel soooo crummy. I got gassy, bloating, I had horrible acne and had terrible sleeps. It wasn’t until I altered my eating habits for the better and chose fresh fruits, vegetables and lean proteins that I noticed these problems go away. Now, I understand that I create the way I experience life based on my nutrition and how I choose to fuel my body. It transformed my life.

No matter where you are starting from on this continuing journey, the most important thing that you can do for yourself is to give your body the fuel it needs to feel good. And when you’re hungry, LISTEN to your hunger! But listen to it in a HEALTHY way!