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Monday
Oct202014

Scentsy Makes Anything Worth It

Good morning friends! Last time we talked, I was stressing out HARD over my anatomy midterm and an oncoming cold. Fast forward two weeks to today and I’m much better. My anatomy midterm went well, although it was a lot harder than I was expecting. Still struggling with learning this type of class content online instead of in a lecture but I’m working hard! My midterm mark was 10% above class average so I’m happy for now :)

Weekend Catch-Up

Since I’m getting over the Great Cold Bug of 2014, I was super thankful that I had Friday off this past weekend. It was lovely to relax and check some things off the big to-do list without feeling deprived of energy or feeling like my head was about to float away #thankssinuses.

Here’s hoping the Sickness Gods spare me for the rest of the remaining year – I don’t want to miss any more work or Zumba classes!

After a killer arm, back, and HIIT cardio session at the gym Friday morning, Mike and I headed to our favourite local spot for a glorious lunch.

We both got the honey garlic chicken wrap with strawberry goat cheese salad. Best lunch combo out there.

The rest of the day running errands and grocery shopping. TURN UP.

Homeowner blunder/confession: we’ve never replaced our air filter in the 3 years we’ve live at the condo :S Good thing we went to see Gone Girl in theatres last weekend (so good) and saw an ad from SaskEnergy about replacing air filters ever 3 months. WHOOPS. We paid Canadian Tire a visit later that week and stocked up on filters and replaced the extremely dirty filter. You can now shame me for my terrible housekeeping abilities, Dad.

Saturday started with an at home leg and ab workout

Plank so hard.

And finished with a serving shift at a local indoor golf centre. I decided to pick up a super casual serving job to get some more cash coming in. I’ve never served before so it was a bit of a learning curve at first. How have I gone 26 years without knowing how to make a paralyzer or a caesar? Who knows, but I’m proud to say that I now have that very valuable knowledge ;) The tips were great, the co-workers were awesome, and the clientele is super nice so I’m super happy to pick up a weekend shift every now and then to get some extra money.

Sunday was a sleep in day. I didn’t get in from my shift until 1am so some extra zzz time was necessary and amazing. It was Rider game day in Regina, so it was the perfect time to hit up Costco...everybody is too busy getting ready to watch the game on game day to go to Costco! Mike actually ended up going to the game which was perfect since my sister and I had free passes to Regina’s Wellness Expo.

Which was kind of a let down. For something touting itself as an expo for proactive healthy living, there sure were a lot of “LOSE WEIGHT IMMEDIATELY WITH THIS MAGIC POWDER” booths. There was even something called weight loss coffee which has Dr. Oz as their big backer so you know it has to be legit.....#sarcasm. My sister and I tried one tiny sip of it and immediately went to Tim’s to get the taste of the “coffee” out of our mouths.

  

Why you would feel the need to drink a weight loss coffee that tastes like dirt is beyond me. What’s ironic is that they had those sugary flavoured coffee creamers set up next to the samples for people to add to their “weight loss coffee”. Kind of defeats the purpose, right?

However, among all those BS booths, there was a Scentsy distributor set up. Who knows why they were at a Wellness Expo but I’m glad they were because I needed some Christmas fragrances! I picked up Winter Pine and Huckleberry Sage for when the Christmas decorations and fake tree are up. I need that real tree smell to make it feel like Christmas!

My sister picked up her first Scentsy warmer and a few fragrance packs to get started. I think I’ve converted her from candles to the Scentsy side! In the end, the free passes were worth it for the Scentsy alone ;)

Workout Schedule

I’ve got a pretty busy week with work and school, so of course I’ve already planned out this week’s workout schedule. I love putting this on the blog since it helps me stick to it and I find that I love reading this type of stuff on other people’s blogs. It’s nice to see what other people are doing for their workouts so you can have some ideas on how to change it up if you’re stuck in a rut or just looking for something new.

Monday

Teach zumba + 30 minutes strength yoga with Yoga Studio app

Tuesday:

Chest and tris; 30 mins HIIT

Wednesday

Teach zumba

Thursday

Back and biceps; 30 mins HIIT

Friday

Shoulders and abs; 3 mile run

Saturday

Off

Sunday

Legs

 

I’m also still trying to get in 30 minutes of yoga a day, although I’m listening to my body. I want to keep up with my lifting workouts so if my body is super tired, I’m skipping yoga that day. I tend to do the 30 minute beginner relaxation flows on the Yoga Studio App when I’m feeling sore and tired. It gives my muscles a nice stretch and feels so great at the end of the day.

 

What’s a workout on your radar to do for this week?

 

I’ll talk to you soon!

Monday
Oct062014

Coming Soon to the Blog {and midterms suck}

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Real talk.

I’m right smack in the middle of studying for my anatomy midterm that is on Thursday and I am feeling OVERWHELMED.

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It’s a lot of info to know and taking this kind of material online isn’t the best for my type of learning style. Listening to lectures is more my style since I can gage which parts of the material are important and which parts aren’t based on how much time the prof spends on each subject....reading numerous chapters in a text doesn’t quite have the same effect.

So I’m taking a break from furious memorization to say hi.

Hi!

What have I been up to besides studying for my midterm?

Mike has his anatomy midterm Tuesday so we’ve been study buddies.

We’ve been fighting off a cold bug in our house for the past few days. Mike got pretty sick with a nasty cold Saturday night and it lasted all day Sunday. I’ve been brewing David’s Tea’s Cold 9-1-1 24/7 to try to keep the cold bug away from me and to heal Mike’s sinuses and sore throat. This stuff is amazing. I’m not sure if it’s a placebo effect or if it actually works but I feel a million times better when I drink it.

Classic Sadie "ugh yoga again" face

I’ve been keeping up with my yoga! I’ve been trying to hit the mat for at least 30 minutes every day....some days are better than others but my body is absolutely LOVING the more the TLC it’s getting from a regular yoga practice.

Playing mega jenga at Mike’s annual September family event. You may see this at our wedding.....

We’ve spent a lot of time with family and friends lately and it’s been wonderful! Our fridge is full of baby announcements, wedding invites, and kid’s school pictures. Being in your late 20s seems to be when all these amazing life milestones happen at once and it’s such a happy time. I can’t wait for the next few years!

Wedding planning! No pictures of anything since it would just be pictures of my crazy detailed spreadsheets. We are getting so close to actually having a venue and date!

 

Coming soon...

I have a few projects I’m working on for you guys and this site! In the works are:

*Fitness programs for you, created by me (standard and customized). I have a few standard programs that I’ve created for friends and family in the past and I’m working on a few more specific programs right now! Tell me: what’s a fitness plan you’d love to see? Weight loss? Build muscle? Time specific? Activity specific? I’d also love to offer customized plans on an individual basis so I can really tailor it to your needs and goals. 

*Wearable goodies. I’ve been playing around with creating graphics for clothing, making jewellery, and other accessories. This one is probably a ways away from being on the site but it’s been fun toying with it for now!

*More opinion pieces. I’ve traditionally stayed away from writing opinion pieces on this blog but I’ve been finding myself wanting to write about some issues and topics that are going on in fitness and the online healthy living world. I absolutely LOVE to write (I was that weirdo in university who would rather write a massive research paper than so a ton of assignments and tests) and am particularly interested in the area of sports/gender roles/societal pressures. The majority of my electives in university were in Women Studies, Political Science, and Psychology so it's an area I'm incredibly passionate about. I’m finally going to take my personal goal for 2014 of not caring so much about what others think and put it into practice.

 

How have you been? Catch me up in your life! What’s one thing you did this weekend?

 

I’ll see you guys later! Back to memorizing muscles, bones, joints, latin words......

PS: Sadie’s latest picture from her stay at K-Lane Kennels...much better than last time.

Thursday
Sep182014

Three Years

My TimeHop app reminded me of two very important things today.

1) This is such a major jam that I've forgotten about. It's on repeat right now as I type this.

 

2) IT'S THE BLOG'S THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

Three years ago, I decided to dive into the crazy, oversharing, and amazing world of healthy living blogs. 

And I'm SO HAPPY I decided to do that.

I've met some amazing people because of this blog and have had some great experiences that wouldn't have happened if not for this little site. 

Color Me Rad 5K with my TIU sister Tahnee and online bud Alison.

Loved being a part of the amazing #WhatsBeautiful campaign with Fitfluential and Under Armour

Meeting fantastic people and trading yummy food through Foodie Pen Pals

Helping out with Bex's Bikini Independence video with some of my fave online friends!

 

THANK YOU GUYS for wanting to read all the weird and (often) random thoughts that come to my head on this site and on all my social media outlets! I truly appreciate every single one of you and still feel so amazed at the connections we've made here, through a computer screen. Getting cool stuff from brands I love is fun and all, but what I love most about blogging is meeting all of you, talking fitness and life with you guys, and discovering new and exciting things. I absolutely treasure every email, tweet, and comment I get from you guys. You guys open up my eyes to things I wouldn't have found on my own, motivate me when I need it, and pick me up when I'm down. 

GOD THIS IS GETTING MUSHY.

But for real, THANK YOU SO MUCH for hanging out with me. Whether you've been here from day one, stop by every now and then, or just found me yesterday....you mean a lot to me.

 

Stick around for the next little while. I have BIG ideas in my head that I'll work my ass off to make real on this site :)

 

Love you always,

 

PS: Enjoy my first blog post ever. Relish in the weird, awkwardness that I guess has now become my writing style. 

Basically a personification of my writing.

Wednesday
Sep172014

Wedding "Planning" & A Zumba Playlist

It’s been wedding planning central over here lately. And by wedding planning, I mean creating organziational spreadsheets, seeing one venue, and pinning like crazy.

My actual wedding board. Now that the wedding is real and happening, we've narrowed in on what we want the wedding to be instead of a jumble of different ideas.

We think we have a basic plan in place in terms of location, date, and wedding party but it’s still not 100%. Hopefully we’ll have a few things solidified in early 2015....fingers crossed!

Winnipeg Getaway

This past weekend, we took a road trip with my family to Winnipeg to visit with my grandparents. It was a quick trip but we managed to fit in a few excursions:

U of R Rams football game at the ~fancy~ new Winnipeg stadium

A trip to the Winnipeg zoo! This is the only picture I took on my phone and I have probably 40ish on my real camera. But guess what....I can’t find my camera connector cord :( Hopefully I find it soon because the polar bear exhibit at the zoo was incredible!

Mike and I also took a morning to go visit a wedding venue a little outside of Winnipeg, but no pictures. I to keep it under wraps in case we pick it ;)

Zumba is Back

Monday was my first zumba class of the fall semester at the U of R! I teach two classes per week for the university’s UR Fit program and LOVE it.

All smiles after Monday's class!

Monday’s class was absolutely jam packed and I can’t wait for tonight’s! I have a 90% new playlist this semester since I tend to have class regulars in all my sessions. I like to give them something new to learn!

This semester’s starting playlist (with YouTube audio links):

Turn Down For What – DJ Snack & Lil Jon

La Noche de los Dos – Daddy Yankee & Natalia Jimenez

Acuyuye – DLG

Fancy – Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX

Rescate – Alexis & Fido & Daddy Yankee

Fireball – Pitbull & John Ryan

Zumba – Don Omar

Wobble – V.I.C.

Bounce – Iggy Azalea

Bailando – Enrique Iglesias & Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona

Am I Wrong – Nico & Vinz

 

I’ve added a new element to one of my songs this semester – plank jacks! We go down for about 10 plank jacks during Fireball. I wasn’t sure how my class would respond to it so I gave them LOTS of variations to accommodate for injury and comfort level. I was so happy that the majority of them went right down to the floor and plank jacked along with me! My class rocks :)

Traditional exercise moves in a zumba/dance fitness class – yay or nay? I personally love them if there’s just a few sprinkled in. Nobody can claim that my zumba class isn’t a good workout ;)

 

I’ll talk to you guys next week! I an exciting personal project I’m kicking off soon that will be documented on the blog so keep your eyes peeled.

Monday
Sep082014

Race Recap: Queen City Half Marathon (QCM) 2014

Yesterday was a hot summer day and today I’m wearing boots and a rain coat. Oh September weather, you so cray.

HEY, let’s talk about the half marathon I ran yesterday, shall we?!

Courtesy of my mom’s iphone. I’m sure the official race photos will be beautiful as always....

Let’s go in chronological order from the expo:

-Mike and I went and picked up our race packets (and some expo goodies) Friday after work.

Mike measuring his calf for compression socks. He got himself his first pair of compression socks at the expo, wore them during the half, and LOVED them. He said it helped immensely with his shin splints. Power of compression!

-drank a truck load of water and ate a bunch of carbs Saturday

Garlic bread, chicken alfredo pasta, and a strawberry spinach salad.

-got up Sunday morning, did a 20 minute “yoga for runners” sequence

This sequence has REALLY helped us before and after runs. It’s the 20 minute beginner stretch for runners on the Yoga Studio App.

-got our race gear on

My oufit: lulu Run Stuff Your Bra, a U of R Women's Basketball t-shirt, lulu Run Times Short, Pro Compression marathon socks, BiaSport watch, Mizuno Wave Inspire 10s.

-took selfies (duh)

That was a solo activity for me

-and headed to the race! We got there LITERALLY just in time for the wheelchair racers to start. Parking was insanity! We ran through to find our starting group (no corrals, just big banners with estimated finishing times) and then we were off!

We planned on staying with the 2:15 pacer but since we got to the start line so late, we had to stop at the first aid station and use the bathrooms. We were a bit ahead of the 2:15 pacer when we went into the bathrooms (they do 10 mins run 1 min walk) but had no clue if they were behind us or had passed us when we got out. So we did our own thing!

We were maintaining a 9:45-9:50 pace for the first 6 miles and then I started to waver. I told Mike he could take off since he was feeling better than I was and he slowly started speeding up. Then I was all by myself...without music.

Yes, we had thought we would run together so we didn’t bring any music with us. It actually wasn’t bad! I liked talking to other people, listening to the cheers and music of the spectators, and basically just enjoyed being outside. In fact, we had done about 95% of our half training without music so it wasn’t too rough.

Best specator sign: "I trained for months to hold this sign"

Best spectators: the old couple sitting at the end of their driveway in the residential part of the course blasting Chariots of Fire from their car on repeat.

I walked through the aid station that was after mile 7 and realized I hadn’t taken my energy chews. WHOOPS! I took 3-4 from my package of Honey Stingers, plus two cups of water to wash it down. Instant energy! I felt so much better and kept running at a 9:55 pace.

Then it started to get HOT. I didn’t really feel it until mile 10 but oh MAN was I praying for a water station at every turn. I sucked back 2 cups of water and 1 cup of Gatorade at each water station I encountered and I still felt like it wasn’t enough. I hindsight, I should have worn our CamelBak. Oh well.

I took the remainder of my energy chews at mile 9 and 11 to help push me through the second half of the race, but my pace had fallen to 10-10:05. By mile 11 I was doing 10:15 and I felt like that was the best I could do. I was hot, the bottoms of my feet were hurting, and my hips were so sore. After a few minutes of complaining in my head and seriously debating if I would ever run another half again after this, I started to force myself to think positive thoughts.

“You can walk when it’s done”

“Just a little bit more, you can do it!”

“Don’t give up now, you’re so close!”

I hit mile 12, knew I wasn’t going to PR but knew I could still get in the 2:20s if I went for it, so I did! That last 1.1 mile was tough but it was the most satisfying. I started to talk to myself out loud like a crazy person to keep my motivation, rounded the corner to “Heartbreak Hump” (a hill you have to go up right before the finish line), and saw my parents, sister and Sadie! That gave me a little extra energy to try and “sprint” to the finish line. And by sprint, I mean trying to make my legs go faster without tripping over myself. If you’ve ever run a long distance and tried to sprint at the end, you know what feeling I’m talking about!

I heard the race announcer say my name, crossed the finish line with a big smile on my face, got my medal, and immediately saw Mike waiting right behind the medal giver. He had finished a few minutes before me and had hoped that I would catch up to him near the end but not such luck ;)

Cute tidbit from the race: I checked my phone when we got back to our car and saw a bunch of snapchat videos from Mike! He had his phone on him during the race and sent me some videos from when we separated :D

We loaded up on food, water, and Gatorade, found my family and Sadie for a post-race chat, then headed back to my parents’ place for a big breakfast.

Bacon, blueberies, and french toast...with PSLs from Starbucks, of course!

The rest of the day was spent resting, stretching, soaking in a hot tub, and eating. Best day ever.

Official race time:

2hr24min

73/161 for female 25-29 category

577/1117 for female category

Not the PR I was hoping for but it’s my second fastest time to date!

Mike’s official race time:

2hr22min

58/90 for male 25-29 category

504/694 for male category

Freaking awesome for his first half! Also, where are all the male runners at?!

 

I’m disappointed I didn’t PR but I’m not surprised. My training basically took a vacation the past month or so and I didn’t get all of the training runs in that I wanted. You get what you put into it and I clearly didn’t put in enough for a PR. I’m still proud of myself and I’m always amazed when I finish a half – I just ran for 2+ hours and survived. It still blows my mind.

Another important note: this is the least sore I’ve ever been after a half. I’ve also been doing more yoga than I ever have before....coincidence?

 

Who else raced this weekend? How did you do?

 

I’ll see you guys later this week with another post!

PS: Now that the half is over, this week is dedicated to yoga and Zumba prep! I start teaching next Monday and need song suggestions! What’s your go to pump up jam right now?