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!

What’s a workout without apple crumble afterward?

Should we jump right into it? Today’s workout was a strength & cardio circuit. I warmed up with 15 minutes on treadmill and finished up afterward with another 20 minutes of cardio – combination of treadmill, stair master and elliptical because of boredom!

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You can even alter the form of cardio or take it out completely in order to just focus on strength – whatever works best for you!

I felt so, so hungry after my workout today. And since I had daydreams about apple pie and goodies all day I thought a (healthy) version of apple crumble would be a treat that would satisfy my sweet craving.

Apple crisp is already healthier than pie as it cuts out the calorie-heavy crust. I also opted to use stevia instead of sugar, as well as subtract the brown sugar coating and really up the anty on cinnamon and oat topping. Taking the butter out of the equation also allows you indulge guilt-free!

(single serving)

You will need

  • 1 medium-sized apple, diced small
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp milk of choice
  • 1/2 tsp apple pie spice (or sub cinnamon)
  • 1 stevia packet
  • optional add-ins: walnuts, raisins, etc.
  • 3 tbsp quick oats
  • 2 tsp oat flour (or another flour of choice)
  • 1 tbsp oil or butter-type spread (such as Smart Balance Light or Earth Balance)

Instructions

– Preheat oven to 350 F and grease an oven-safe 2-cup dish.

– In a small mixing bowl, combine first five ingredients (and optional add-ins, if desired). Stir well.

– In a separate mixing bowl, combine remaining three ingredients and stir well. Now mix everything together and pour into the greased dish. (If you like a more-crumbly crumble, increase the amounts of the last three ingredients.)

– Bake 40 minutes (in the middle of the oven, not the very top), then turn the oven to high-broil for 2-3 minutes. Turn off heat, but let sit in oven 15 more minutes

Get ready to have a very satisfied tummy!

Wild Weather Wednesday

This mornings weather was not the epitome of ideal running conditions… Snow showers. What a terrible combination! I almost thought the forecast yesterday was just going to be one big April Fools joke. Just call it wild weather Wednesday.

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So instead what did I do?

Why to the gym ofcourse!

Where I decided to take on the elliptical and took advantage of the time to read a few pages of my newest book!

For those of you who like to read, the first novel of this series is called the Rosie project. It was a very easy and adorable read (think great plane book!) and so far, the Rosie effect has not let me down, I’m totally into it!

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I continued on the elliptical for about 30 minutes where I then moved onto some strength work.

Today was a concentration on upper body and core. Although I finished up with a minute squat challenge because why not 🙂

I got home and was more then ready for some breakfast. Another mish mash meal for me!

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And then my day at work basically consisted of a TON of meetings. Man oh man I hate sitting all day long! Time to go for a walk with the pups, I’m out!

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

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!

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.

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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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I like to move it move it

This song has been stuck in my head all day because we have been playing it at school! We created a game for the kids with hula hoops and dancing to this song – the kids love it and so did I at first but now I am completely over this song!!! It may drive me crazy soon.

However, it does describe how I’m feelin’ to a TEE! I do like to move it, move it! And my workouts the past 2 days show it well!

Yesterday I got an amazing run in! I felt like I hadn’t had this good of a run in a seriously long time. Although it was all on the treadmill, I made sure to change up the incline and speed a lot to keep my mind from wandering and to really help to push me through! There was a good bolt of energy at the end.

It looked a little somethin’ like this:

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This morning when I arrived at the gym, I had my workout plans all laid out on a paper for me already. (I need to think as little as possible when going to workout in the mornings, it makes it all so much easier!)

It was really about all over body work and getting as many muscles as I could while amping up my cardio game:

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Go through each circuit once or twice! Good work!

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!)