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!

Weekend highlights

Afternoon to ya’ll!

I hope everyone’s weekends were splendid. Mine just about went by in a flash and before I knew it I was back to work, this morning.

I was hoping so badly to go run outside before starting my day but the wind was crazy. I’m talking howling crazy! So instead I resorted to the gym. I got in 35 minutes of cardio on the elliptical and a good tabata workout with the trusty NTC app:

  

  

Going back in time a little bit, this weekend was so very relaxed which I totally enjoyed. The weather was sunny and we took advantage of it completely.

Here are some highlights:

 Sangria outback

(forgive me for my nails, eek!)

 

Warm weather calls for obbligatory sangria (in my world!) My favourite go-to recipe when I have little on hand is this one:

Mix 4 oz. vodka of choice, 2 cups of white penguin wine (or white of your choice), 2 cups of club soda mix, squeezed lemon and frozen mango fruit mix

As you can see, it’s so generic and that’s the beauty of sangria! You can make it in any way you like 🙂

Playing with the pups in the sun

They love the sun even more than I do!! If they could just bask in the sunlight all day, they would be all over it.

 Hiking outdoors

Is there anything better? Maybe.  But this is one of my most beloved activities! Especially when getting to explore some new spots. Check it out- is that ice breaking up?? YAY

 Couch cuddles

Colt snapped this picture when we all somehow managed to squish on our little couch together. This picture does not justify how hilarious it was, especially since Tanner (who is barely in the picture) is SO, so big and was trying so hard to be a part of it!

BBQ with friends

Ahh, such a classic weekend festivity. Combination of food and good friends cannot be beat!

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 

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 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! 

World Health Day

In honour of World Health Day, I wanted to talk about our favourite ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle!

This morning I managed to do MY favourite thing to take care of myself: RUN

Another glorious day outside!

Then what did I choose to do next?…..

EAT. I made a healthy breakfast of a veggie omelette with whole wheat toast on the side. It was interesting because I typically crave sweet for breakfast (like my pb and banana or coco oatmeal or pancakes..) but today it was savoury! It was not a let down either.

Don’t forget the ketchup

(need & want this shirt so, so bad)

On my schedule for the rest of the day – grocery shopping, yoga and catching up with a girlfriend who just came back from Costa Rica!

Question for you:
What are you doing for your health and wellness for World Health Day today?

Life recap

It’s been a while since I’ve been in touch, 6 whole days, what is this!? Well, forgive me. Life has caughten up to me this week and weekend at work and with family commitments. Nutrition month has consisted of exuberant amounts of planning, travelling and facilitating of presentations. PLUS I’ll actually be presenting on mental health and wellness to faculty at a college next week, too! It’s exciting and nerve-wrecking all at once. But again, a lot of my time has been put into that one!

Energy bites at school were DE-licious. We had to make these babies with soy butter instead, being in a school and all, but they were actually still a lot better than I thought they would be! The kiddies gobbled every last one up no problem.

RECIPE:

1 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup organic honey
1/4 cup coconut
3 Tablespoons of chia seeds
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup oats (of choice)
1 Tablespoon cinnamon

– It’s as easy as stirring them all up in  a bowl, squishing some together to form balls, then placing them on parchment paper and into the fridge to chill for 2-4 hours (or as long as you’d like).

RUN:
I did manage to keep on running schedule these past few days. No matter how busy I tend to get in my days I ALWAYS need to make time for my fitness. This is pretty much what keeps me sane. I’m sure that many of you health nuts know what I’m talking about – you just feel off all day without that movement break.

It felt great to enjoy the day outside yesterday. I haven’t ran in the rain in a while, and was a little nervous before getting outside. In the end, it felt so refreshing! Even a little liberating, like I was a superhero!

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I also would like to share my favourite workout of the week – Lower body blast

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My legs were in pain afterwards!! (The best pain, ofcourse)

Enjoy your mornings xo

Typical Tuesday

Running updates for you:

Yesterday, I wanted so badly to get up before work and head out the door for a run, but the roads were covered in snow. I was so sad when I looked out the window and instead had to defer my running to the treadmill. Treadmills just are not the same!

I still managed to get in a good 5 miles (which is just right according to my intermediate half marathon training schedule), so not all was lost!

EATS:

I arrived back home just in time to pack myself a quick breakfast to take on the go.

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There’s some mushy looking grapefruit, plain Greek yogurt, some almond granola and a dash of cinnamon 🙂

And a spoon full of this good stuff, can’t get enough!

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Crunchy peanut butter was 65% off at the grocery store!!! How can anyone say no to that deal?

Peanut butter is pure happiness in a jar.

On another note, I saw this cool activity posted on Costa Rica’s Peace Retreat’s Instagram account. I am putting this on my bucket list. I am planning on doing that this summer!

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What’s one thing you REALLY want to do this summer?

Have a good day everyone !!!

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!

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 🙂

Achy abs

I woke up today feeling totally off-kilter. My alarm didn’t go off, so I woke up later than normal. Then, I wasn’t able to make my typical breakfast so I ended up opting for a grapefruit and some of the grossest coffee ever that I found in the school’s staffroom.. I barely even had time to do anything to my appearance today. Needless to say, I am not feeling like my best self but I’m going to try to make the most of it to get through this day!

I’m still looking forward to this afternoon when I get a chance to do a presentation for junior high regarding pink shirt day.

If you are unaware, Pink Shirt Day is celebrated in order to raise awareness about bullying and it’s effects on others. It promotes the creation of a positive school and community! It all started when a new boy came to school in Nova Scotia and was teased for wearing a pink shirt. The following day, 2 others in the school handed out 50 pink shirts to the other boys in the grade and they all wore them together! I thought it was such an awesome story when first hearing about it. I love when younger generations work together to promote positive changes in order to ensure the happiness of others. 🙂

I also woke up with my abs feeling achy today – but that’s a great thing in my opinion! Before heading to the gym, I sketched out a little cardio ab circuit to try out while there (having a plan makes life so much easier when at the gym). It looked like this:

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It will get you good and sweaty and act as an awesome boredom buster! The final cardio push says 10 minutes, but you can go for however long you wish to finish up for.. But make sure to push yourself!! 🙂

It’s a good thing that later on today I’ll be heading to power yoga and get a little stretched out. 🙂

Reaching goals

Reaching goals. This is such a simple thing in life but means so much to the individual. Honestly, I haven’t pushed myself enough until quite recently. I’ve practiced yoga for some time now but have really been taking the time lately to try and go a little further, and had set out to accomplish some of the harder poses and balances that I’d thought I’d never be able to do with my lack of strength in the past. Last week during my power yoga class, I was FINALLY able to do the crane/crow pose. I had done soo many pushups, core workouts, everything, and it all lead up to this moment! I felt like I was on cloud nine, seriously. I know for some people this may seem pretty simple and easy, but it had been hard for me, and to get to this point makes me feel absolutely amazing and keeps me motivated!

Reaching goals also makes me a lot more appreciative of some of the other little things in life. Like these things:

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Spaghetti squash

It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed this root vegetable. I made it in the typical way, frying it in the pan and saunteing it with mushrooms, grape tomatoes and broccoli in tomato sauce. With a bit of sprinkled mozzarella, this made for an amazing dinner! I mainly chose to make it because Colt was working late and I know this is one of those foods that I love but he really dislikes! So yayyy there was a silver lining of being at home alone during dinner time.

Curling

This is a weekly activity of mine. Every Wednesday night I play in a women’s league and I absolutely love my teammates! I really noticed this week how much I look forward to getting out and seeing the girls and moving. Sometimes you just need to stop and appreciate all those little things! For those of you who have never tried the sport of curling before, I highly recommend it! It’s so fun and easy to catch on and understand how the game works. However, I will say it can get fairly cold in the rink!

HIIT treadmill workout – I loves me some hill work!

Hip hop dancing class

YES! I actually had the opportunity to do this while working, and actually getting paid to do so.. It was so so fun. Funny enough, I used to take hip hop dance lessons when I was younger and it was a bit nostalgic for me. You can’t help but dance and then have a massive grin on your face for the rest of the day! (Unfortunately could not document this as per the students requests, but trust me it was hilariously fun!)