Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Still Here!

I know, I know, I've been a terrible blogger these last couple of weeks. I promise, things will get back to normal starting next week. Right now is the first few minutes of free time I've had in what seems like forever. Between work, school, and getting everything ready for the move this weekend, I think my head might explode! My runs have become few and far between, and the ones I have done have been 6am pre-class treadmill gym runs….so not my favourite. But it's just a matter of time before things settle down and get back to normal!

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Next Stop: Miami and The Bahamas!!!

Good Morning! I'm up bright and early (5 a.m, yikes!) to hit the gym before my 8:30 class. But it's all in good reason, because Adam and I just booked a trip to Miami, where we'll be soaking up the sun before hopping on a cruise to The Bahamas!!
I tried to get Sophie in on a post-booking happy selfie, but she was less than impressed. 
This trip booking was half planned and half on a whim. We were originally looking into going to Cancun instead, but somehow I got side tracked while looking at packages…long story short, Adam really wanted to go on a 2-city trip, so I decided to one up that and make it a 2-country trip.
I'm super excited, and May can't come fast enough. I've got just over 15 weeks until we leave, so it's time to get into beach bod shape. I haven't quite figured out my training schedule, but every time I wan't to reach for that Twix bar, I just think "Miami. Bahamas. Miami. Bahamas", and that seems to be working so far. Unfortunately saying no to the junk food is only half the battle, so off to the gym I go. Have a great day!
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Monday, January 13, 2014

The Best Green Smoothie You Will Ever Drink

Guys, I made this smoothie this weekend. Actually, I made it twice. And when I make something twice over the course of 48 hours, you know its got to be good.
I'm pretty big on fruit, I mean, I love sweets so obviously those 3 times a day I crave a KitKat, I reach for an orange instead
Anywho, true story here, Adam wanted to watch Harry Potter on Friday night. So I happily obliged and let him put it on. Needless to say, I was out like a light within 10 minutes. And we started watching the movie at 7pm. I must admit, it was the best sleep of my life. What wasn't so great though was when I was wide awake by 3am. Yeah, theres not much to do at that hour, so naturally I thought of what I wanted to go with my eggs for breakfast. Somehow I came across the idea of a smoothie. How daring of me eh? Now I know this is a normal breakfast idea for lots of people, but I've never actually made my own smoothie before. I know, whats wrong with me? 
I managed to drift back asleep, dreaming of a million different smoothie recipes. When I woke up, the first thing I did was run to the grocery store to get all the ingredients I needed. 
Ingredients (Makes 1 giant smoothie)
  • 1 medium sized banana, sliced
  • Half of an orange
  • As much Kale as you'd like (I used 2 big leafs, without the stems)
  • 4-5 Strawberries (The grocery store didn't' have fresh ones, so I had to go with frozen) 
  • 1 cup of Milk of your choice (I went with Almond Milk)
  • A blender
I have to stress on how important the half of an orange is in making this smoothie perfect. Adam didn't want it in his, and it ended up not coming out quite right. It was still good, but you could tell it needed a little extra punch.

I'm pretty sure its self explanatory what to do next. I de-stemmed my Kale first, and ripped it into pieces, throwing it in the blender. Then I split apart and added in half of an orange, a few strawberries, and the banana. For the Almond Milk, I measured out 1 cup before adding it in. If you're good at eyeballing this step go for it, but I wanted to be sure I was accurate.

Add your milk in, and blend blend blend! I like my smoothie to be extra smooth, so I left the blender going for about 3-4 minutes, just to make sure. It comes out in quite a thin consistency, but if you'd prefer yours a little thicker, you could always try throwing in some ice, or even putting it in the freezer for a little while.

Thanks to all the Kale, your smoothie will come out a super appetizing green colour. No need to worry though, it tastes much better than it looks! Pour it into a tall glass, or a cute tumbler if you're on the go, and drink away!

I wanted to add in some protein powder, but Adam didn't have any in his cupboard, so that'll have to wait until I make it again this week. I'm also going to try making it the night before so I can bring it to school, since I never have the time to eat a proper breakfast in the mornings. I'll keep you all posted on how it turns out!
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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sweat Pink!

Hello all, happy Sunday! Am I the only one still having the hardest time remembering to write 2014 instead of 2013? 

I have a little confession to make, this post was supposed to go up last Tuesday. For some reason it got saved into my drafts folder, and I didn't notice until now…yup, I'm a bad blogger. Anyways, if the timeline doesn't make sense, thats why!
You may have noticed a new little button over on the side bar…. a very pretty pink one, that I was super ecstatic about putting up. In fact, I think I screamed a little when I got the email saying I was accepted. I am officially a Sweat Pink Ambassador!! The minute I read their mission statement, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. I felt like I was reading my own words, but with much better grammar. If you're interested in learning more about the Sweat Pink movement, head on over to their website and take a look!
I am officially back at school now, so things are about to get hectic. Yesterday was my first full day, and I'm not sure how I'm feeling about being back. This is my third year straight with no breaks (except for the 2 weeks at Christmas), and last semester I was definitely feeling burnt out. Being in class for all 12 months of the year, 3 years in a row has taken its toll on me. I've made the executive decision to take this upcoming summer semester off, which means 4 whole months to give my brain a break. I'm super excited that the much needed break is in the near future, but I still have this semester to get through. I hopped off the organization train last summer, so I'm hoping my new agenda will keep me in line for the next 4 months!
I've been extremely busy these last couple of days trying to keep my eating clean….
and soak up as much of the down time as possible with Sophie before school takes over my life. I'm enrolled in 4 classes right now, and considering taking on a 5th just to try and stay on track. Am I crazy? 
Tuesdays and Fridays are my days off this semester, so I was super excited to get up this morning and go for a run. When I woke up, I could hear the torrential downpour outside. I don't mind running in a little rain, but this was the type of rain you stand in for 10 seconds and you're soaked from head to toe. And as I'm sitting here writing this, I can hear thunder outside too. Looks like I'll be putting on some workout videos today instead. Have a great day!
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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Welcome to 2014

I'm not sure if it's just my family, but every New Years Day we have a huge family dinner with more food than we could ever possibly need, so whenever I hear people say they're going to eat healthy on January 1st, I get a little confused. Today was officially my last day of holiday eating, and I can't wait to eat lighter tomorrow. 
Adam and I had a pretty low key New Years Eve this year, which was exactly what I wanted. We went out with my best friend Alicia to her boyfriends parents house and hung out with their family. I definitely had troubles keeping my eyes open till midnight, and by 1am I was in bed fast asleep. Is this what getting old is like? Not even a couple glasses of wine could keep me awake.

Adam really needs to learn how to shave, but thats a whole other story. At least he willingly got a haircut that day?
After sleeping in a bit, I knew I wanted to start the New Year off on a good note. It wasn't raining out, so I made Adam wake up and drive to my house so that I could go for a run. 4 miles and lots of thinking later, I came back to find this scene on my bed.

They secretly love each other ;)
While I was running, I remembered I hadn't thought of a resolution for 2014. And then I decided I wouldn't make one. Instead, I've chosen to make a goal for myself. I overcame a lot in 2013, but the future is unknown at this point and I don't know what's to come. So I've decided throughout 2014, my goal is to just stay positive, no matter what happens.
I'm not going to lie, 2014 has started out amazing so far, but we're only on the second day. As I sit here planning moving dates and vacations, I don't know what's yet to come. Anything could happen, so bad or good, I'm just going to focus on the positive. 
It's back to the rain today in good old Vancouver, so I've got a date with a new book and the stationary bike. Happy New Year!
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