Kettlebell fun

sooo, let me begin with something that happened today. Something not good to say the least…

At lunch time today, Colt and I usually share the house together as we have the same lunch hour at work. Today, however, he was doing volunteer work for habitat for humanity so I knew he wouldn’t be home.

Well, just my luck, that I happen to walk in the door and what do I see?

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DISASTER ZONE.

Looks like the dogs got into the sink, grabbed the chicken carcass from our roast last night, got into the garbage, even into the coffee grinds. Oh, and also destroyed the back of our futon in the living room!

Needless to say, they were in their crates for the afternoon. Mama was not happy one bit..

Upon return at the end of the day, I let them out and I had to give me some good cuddles because they were staring at me so adorably..

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Ah I am such a suck!

Now that you’ve been informed of the events of my day, I’d like to share a workout that I enjoyed this morning!

I was looking to change it up by utilizing some new forms of weights. This is always exciting to me. I love the feeling of some muscles being activated that haven’t been for a while and this workout definitely allowed for that!

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If you need any help with figuring out these moves, they will all pop up on Google if you search them. They are all relatively straight-forward!

While I’m talking about workouts, I may as well also update you on my running excursions!

I got out for a good 11 km yesterday morning. The pace was an easy one but so enjoyable. It’s really been benefiting me getting out in the mornings because the winds haven’t picked up yet. Darn that wind makes it a lot more difficult!

Until next time, peeps! I’m off to the golf range!

Things I’m Loving Friday {21}

Another week has come and gone! I feel like before I know it the school year will be over and I’ll be sayin‘ he-llooooo summer vacation! Although I probably shouldn’t get too ahead of myself. I’m looking forward to getting out this weekend for a BBQ and going away party for our friends moving to New Zealand! 

 For right now, let’s talk about some of the highlights of my week. Be sure to share yours in the comment section! I love reading responses. 

 This video on how to tie a scarf into a vest 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=C_gKtpo4_Ag

 I am a fan of all things that have double-duty and can be used for more than just one singular thing. If you’ve not seen this video on how to turn your regular daily scarves into cute vests then take a look! It’s great for transition into spring clothing and I have an incredible number of scarves so I am sure I will be using this technique more than once. 

 Snack I’m loving – praline nut mix 

  

I picked these up at the local Shoppers and my oh my! They’re so yummy and hit my sweet tooth perfectly. 

 Run I’m (especially) loving this week 

  

 With the temperatures rising, I felt the desire to run to the beach and check it out this week. The views did not let me down and it’s so worth it to make the long trip there to snap some pictures. Even though it’s still partially frozen! I Cant wait to be able to jump in there – HA! A little early to be thinking that… 

Workout of the week – body burner 

  

 Looking for an all over body workout to get done whim bam boom? (My language for fast) try this, you will feel as though time flies because transitions are so quick. 

 Sister visit 

   

 

 Do these ever get old? No. But I had to post it because my favourite (& only) sister came to town with her new puppy Willow! It was outrageous having three hyper dogs in our home and so very entertaining. We also got out and enjoyed a brunch at a local restaurant. Deeeelish.

Article – 20 signs you have a perfect body

  

I came across this on thought catalogue It’s a must read. A purely honest eye opener about how we need to shift our state of mind when it comes to being critical of our bodies.

Now I am off to enjoy some family play time! 

All about that mint

I have been completely and utterly obsessed with mint lately!

If you didn’t see it on the weekend – I tried a new mint cocoa smoothie which I have been totally loving and have had it THREE times already since!
Today at the store I saw some peppermint patties and couldn’t resist those either. Yum, are they ever delicious.

And now, I can’t stop drinking peppermint tea!

I used to drink it all the time, but I’m slowly starting to wean myself off of (so much) coffee and have turned to peppermint as a healthy replacement. I forgot how good it was as a mid-day pick-me-up or after dinner.

It’s a great thing to be obsessing with lately as it has so many health benefits:

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RUN:

On the running note, this morning I took a day off of running and opted for some cross-training instead. I’m really trying not to push it and make the same mistake I did last year. Too many km’s in too short time = bad news (note the knee brace below)

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I also did a quick and sweaty little circuit workout after a 40 minute elliptical interval session. It was good. Difficult, but not too much to handle at 6 in the morning.

I’m looking forward to waking up tomorrow and getting a good 9-10 km run in, we will see how it feels and play it by ear!

Things I’m Loving Friday {19)

Happy first day of Spring!

Words cannot describe how excited I am for this day. I even did my nails with a little Spring inspiration (that’s Robins Egg blue).

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However, the weather is not the most favourable. It’s a little bit chilly, and the sun is hiding behind the clouds. That’s okay since this weekend is calling for some girl time hang outs and some home DIY projects that I’m hoping don’t kill me!

And time for another Friday of love:

Pi (3.14) Day

What better excuse to gorge on your favourite PIE?! Mine = Strawberry Rhubarb and I did not resist.

The lazy girl’s makeup hacks

Cosmo posted this on their facebook page and I had to immediately ‘click’. If I can save time in the morning on makeup application I am so for it! All the steps are simplified so even the makeup inept have an easier time understanding the whole art behind it 😉

Long drives

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Colt and I have been together since grade 11 in high school. And long drives have always been one of our ‘things’ we do to just take up some time and enjoy some good conversation with some coffee or tea! We realized this weekend we hadn’t went on one of our excursions in a little while, so decided to pack up and head out for a little adventure around the area.

Food of the week – Big salads

Is there anything better than a big salad? Okay, I know we can all probably think of a few things, but lately my craving for salad has been intense. Maybe it’s the thought of summer coming, or the better looking veggies that have been displayed in my grocery store.  My favourite toppers lately have been cheeses (bocconcini), grape tomatoes, olives, radishes, almonds and balsamic dressing.

Purchase of the week – headlamp

How did I wait so long to buy this? It’s helped me so much on my early morning runs. Before this week, I was avoiding a lot of areas of town and opting for the well lit main streets in order to prevent a terrible fall (knock on wood!) But now, I can take all the routes I love and don’t have to worry about doing a lot of guess work in terms of where to step.. If you are an early morning/late night runner, I highly suggest you get one!

Video of the week – yoga essentials video

My love for yoga is no secret. I’m constantly looking for ways to help push my body to accomplish new poses and to get more flexible and strong. This video actually offered some good tips and explanations as to how to ease into some of the more difficult poses. It concentrates on building strength in specified muscle groups. Definitely worth the watch!

Liebster Award

Is anyone else a fan of running in the dark? It’s been one of my favourite things as of late. I get to get up and get out on the road before the sun is even awake!

Good thing I purchased this handy dandy head lamp.

I purchased it from Canadian tire. It has a strong LED light and works very well on our dark pathways!

Yes I look like a goof wearing it, but again, I’m in the dark.. So who cares! SAFETY FIRST!

But more importantly…

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Words cannot describe how thankful I am! My dear, fellow blogger Jordyn Ashley at My GOODNESS nominated me for the wonderful Liebster blogging award. Please check out her blog! It’s so well written and is especially motivating (just take a look at her bod, well done girl!) But also motivational in terms of workout tips and reviews!

The purpose of this award is to give some recognition to new blogs.

the rules

1. Link the person who nominated you to your blog post. Thank them and let them know you answered their questions.
2. Answer the 7 questions given to you by the nominator.
3. Nominate 5-11 other bloggers with a following of less than 500. 
4. Create 7 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.
6. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.

I’ll start off by answering all the questions given to me by Jordyn!

1. what is the 1 piece of makeup you couldn’t live without?
– Easy, MASCARA! If I only have time to put on one single item of makeup, it’s always, always mascara.

2. where is your favorite place to buy your workout clothes?
I usually opt for lululemon. I love the quality of their garments, especially their tights. I live in workout tights and capris at the gym. But I also get pieces from so many other places, including fabletics, montiel, even forever21 and target!

3.  what is one goal you would love to accomplish in the next 3 months?
– I would like to officially obtain my personal training certification. As well as get all my paper work done for volunteering in Costa Rica!

4.  what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
– Does chocolate count? Or wine? Or fries? Do I really have to pick just one? Okay, chocolate…

.5. where do you see yourself in 5 years?
– Doing a job very similar to what I have now. Working in schools with children on health and nutrition. Otherwise I would love to be instructing fitness classes/yoga!

.6. what are you most looking forward to this summer?
– Just w a r m  w e a t h e r. The simplicity of sunshine is all I want. But, ofcourse, so many good things come with summer – camping and hiking and fishing top my list!

7. what keeps you motivated to workout or eat healthy?
– Other than looking over inspirational blogs, I just think about the way I feel when I don’t workout vs. after my workouts. I can’t stand that sluggish feeling you get after a long day without much movement.

The wonderful bloggers that I would like to nominate for the Liebster award are:

1. Running miles with smiles  –> She actually makes me smile with her adorable blog. I enjoy gawking over the food posts and look forward to workout Wednesdays!

2. So what? I run. –> Run, run, run. Need I say more? I can’t get me enough running tips, stories and motivation. She is also a great writer!

3. Thisfitblonde –> This gal has some great posts to do with running (my fave), eating (also my fave) and overall wellness tips. 🙂

4. Live fit Love chocolate –> Alice is a California girl who offers some good nutrition tips and recipes, as well as fitness and FASHION. Which is another love of mine. She has some good style!

5. Fitness meets Frosting –> I didn’t want to specifically post all fitness and health related blogs, but I can’t help it, I’m just gravitated towards them and I couldn’t leave this one out! There’s great posts to get me motivated to ensure I push myself to go for a run on those days I’m feeling ‘blah’. Also, check out her chewy lemon cookies, so, so good.

My 7 questions for you are:

1. What is your best tip for getting motivated?
2. What is the one thing you could not live without?
3. If you could live any place in the world, where would it be?
4. How did you begin your fitness journey?
5. What is your biggest dream?
6. What is your daily go-to outfit?7. Do you have a secret (maybe embarrassing) passion? If so, what is it?!

Can’t wait to read up on your answers!! And great work to every one of you. You are all so very inspirational.

Snowshoes in the sunshine

Hello world!

The weather has been absolutely unbelievable as of late. The sun has been shining, and therefore I have been BEAMING with positive vibes. My attitude is always seeming to be right in line with the weather patterns!

Yesterday we got the chance to get out and go snowshoeing in this warmth!

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It was pretty cool because although it was 17 degrees celsius and sunny, there was still lots of snow to walk on at the beach. We actually walked right across the frozen waters of Slave Lake! It was so neat and such a fun time.

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Then when we got in from an eventful day, we sat down to a nice, warm bowl of chili and a bun 🙂 Ah nothing beats that!

Later on in the day, Colt and I met up with some friends to watch our friend Conor’s final hockey game of the season! Unfortunately, they lost. But it’s a good thing he isn’t a sore loser because we still had tons of fun together for the night!

RUN:

My run this morning was a steady pace 10 km, or 6.2 miles. I thoroughly enjoyed being outdoors for this one, and am going to actually be heading out for another good, relaxing walk with the pups shortly to take advantage of this.

While doing so I’ll be thinking of good eats to make myself 🙂

Things I’m Loving Friday

So many favourites this Friday!

Nutrition month activities

Since March is nutrition month, school has been filled with healthy eating activities! I find it so fun to be able to teach my little ones all about the importance of ‘eating a rainbow’ and the wonderful effects of it has on your body, mind and soul. I gotta say, nutrition is a passion of mine and if I could spend the rest of my days learning and teaching all about it forever and ever, I’d be one happy gal:)

Microwave mug brownie (recipe of the week)

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In a mug I combined:

2 TB unsweetened coco powder
1 TB stevia sweetener
4 TB flour
2 TB butter
1 TB water
» Then pop it in the microwave for 45 seconds – 1 minute 30 seconds, depending on how gooey you like them !!

Ever had a craving for a good baked dessert but don’t want to take the time to bake up a storm at 8 pm? Yup, that’s me, quite often. Colt was intensely craving one as well and so we decided to try out one of these ‘mug’ desserts that are becoming ever so popular. Great idea and they turned out delish!

Favourite workout of the week

Start with 20 minute cardio, do this core workout, then finish up with 20 more minutes cardio!

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House of Cards season 3 on Netflix

Oh baby I’m so excited for this show to be back on Netflix! Love, love, love this show. And it’s odd because you wouldn’t take me for the political type – but this show is soo much more than that. Lots of juicy drama!

Purchase of the week – new pretty accessories from Forever 21

Ain’t nothin’ better than some cute new accessories. I’m an accessory kind of girl – they can easily spruce up any simple outfit and any fashionably challenged individual (often times, me) can rock it no prob! I am especially loving some of their new lip gloss too!

Early morning runs

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Well. this one is something that I’ve obviously been doing for a while now! But, with our mornings warming up here in Canada and having more light out, they have become much more enjoyable! Today’s morning run was actually so enjoyable I ended up going for longer than planned, I barely had enough time to get ready for work! It ended up being 8 miles in the DARK! WIN!

If you could have anything you ever wanted, what would it be?

I’ve been philosophically exploring my wants, needs and desires for my life lately. It’s actually even caused me to feel a little anxious thinking about all the ways that my life could possibly play out by just one simple decision. I know I might be getting worked up about it, but for Colt and I, it’s as though we are at a cross roads in our life (especially being in our mid 20s) and are trying to figure out where we see ourselves for the rest of our lives.

 Do we want to travel? Back pack Europe or Asia? See the Australian outback?

Stay where we are? Keep this job, stay comfortable?

Change our jobs? In a new city?

Go back to school? Finish my Masters? Get my yoga certs?

Have children?

Or even keep everything the exact same way that it’s been?

So many questions running through my head. And my question for you..

Have you ever felt this way? What did you do to help yourself to feel better? What do you want for YOU in your life?

Work it out Wednesday

It’s WORK IT OUT WEDNESDAY

Get workin’ hard this hump day! Nothing like a good sweat session to lift your spirits and make the day go by a little faster.

I put together a little workout and gave it a try. As usual, I split up my cardio because I get soooo bored inside the gym on the machines. I’m definitely a more outdoorsy cardio girl. Do the cardio of your choice for 20 minutes in the beginning and 20 minutes to finish up the session.

Complete each move for the recommended number of reps with 5-10 pounds. Once completed, do another round!

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Save your sanity

Hello! Today is basically my working Monday, as I have been in Edmonton all weekend and just arrived home last night. My work team and I were all attending a seminar, called ‘Save your sanity’ – proactive strategies for handling difficult behaviour in children and youth.

(tried to be sneaky with this picture)

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I gotta say, it was well done and our facilitator did an awesome job at really keeping me engaged and attentive all day (which is VERY hard as I am so ADHD). Working in schools, these sorts of strategies are soo helpful and a great thing to bring back to the teaching staff because every class tends to have at least one pesky kid that is a little bit more difficult to handle than others!

On sunday, the gals and I got a chance to have a nice little shopping and outting day! Because why not. We went to West Edmonton mall, and I did treat myself to this baby:

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SMARTIES MCFLURRY! I haven’t had one of these in ages… I deserved it.

After dropping off our loads of purchases at the car (I bought a little too much!! Fave stops – Forever 21, H&M, Bath and body works, lululemon and Aritzia!), we headed over to Earl’s for dinner.

At this point I was yet again starving and could not wait to dig in…

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I chose the chicken sandwich with a side salad!

And since the weather was divine I could not resist the temptation of a caesar (or bloody Mary for all ya’ll Americans!)

After our delicious feast, we headed over to the movies. I was excited for this since I haven’t been to the movies in AGES. We saw a flick called the DUFF. It was pretty funny actually and had a cute little inspiring message at the end. It’s a good easy watch if you’re looking for something you don’t need to do some crazy analyzing with! AKA GONE GIRL.

I woke up in the morning in the hotel and with lack of resources, I headed downstairs to the hotel gym. Which had very limited equipment. I had to get a little creative and remembered PB fingers HOTEL workout! I did half an hour on the elliptical prior to this.

Bodyweight Workout

Thanks Julie! I’m going to have to put together one of my own as well and share it with you all as I will be travelling quite a bit coming up. I’m sure there’s many of you who will be for holidays as well!

On a positive note – my squats seem to FINALLY be having an impact on my body. Seriously, I have had a flat backside my whole life, I’ve been reallllyyyy upping my squat game lately and I see a good bump coming in.

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On the way home I got the chance to sit in the back and watch movies like a child 🙂

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And I had my yummy jugo juice “Can’t Beet this” smoothie, yummmmmmmmmmmmmm! Beets make me happy and I love the health benefits of them.

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