Friday Five: 5 Runfessions

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Today I'm linking up with Marcia's Healthy Slice for the January Runfessions linkup, because keeping things bottled in drives me crazy and confessions are good for the soul, right? Runfession #1Since upping my iron intake I’m beginning to run into a problem with turtles. No, not the cute little turtles that live in a shell. The other kind. If you’re a runner you may know the kind I’m talking about. Yanno, the ones that poke their head out in the first few km’s of a run forcing you to slow down because of how uncomfortable they are giving CONTINUE READING →

You’re Not Alone, My Journey Through Mental Illness #BellLetsTalk

A journey through mental illness, let's end the stigma by talking and sharing. http://fitnesscheerleader.com/happiness/my-journey-through-mental-illness/

First off I want to begin by saying that this is not a sponsored post, I was not asked by anyone to discuss Bell Let's Talk Day or mental health.  These are my honest thoughts about a topic near and dear to my heart, that I feel need to be talked about and shared.   In June of 2005, my oldest daughter entered our lives. My water broke suddenly a month before my due date.  Just over four hours later I was holding a very small (but strong) 5lb 0oz baby in my arms.  Life was supposed to be blissful and awesome. CONTINUE READING →

MotivateMe Monday: Doing What You Can #WYCWYC

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#MotivateME Monday is a weekly link-up co-hosted by myself and Running Rachel for accountability and encouragement. It’s a place for us to share goals, plans, successes and have each other to pick us up to keep moving forward. Happy Monday everyone!  Can you believe we're heading into the last week of January already?  How are you doing with your goals for this year?  I'm working slowly and steadily towards Ironman 70.3 this summer.   This week was kind of crazy with solo parenting, a kid falling at school that CONTINUE READING →

The 5 Supplements I Use and Why I Use Them

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Hey Janice, what supplements should I take? I get asked this question all the time by curious friends and acquintances. I want to start off by saying that this is not a post to suggest that you use any of the supplements or brands that I use. Instead this is simply a list of the supplements *I* use, and why *I’m* using them. This is not sponsored in any way, and none of the products I use have been sent to me by brands asking me to take them or to review them. This is a straight up list of products I have personally chosen for myself to use CONTINUE READING →

A Day in the Life of a Working Mom of 3, a Triathlete and a Blogger

A Day in the Life of a Working Mom of 3, a Triathlete and a Blogger

As fitness bloggers, we're asked what a typical day is like - how doe we fit it all in?  So I've teamed up with Moms Little Running Buddy, and many other fitness bloggers today to answer that question.   I'm also asked often how I fit in triathlon and marathon training while being a working mom of 3 active little girls. I gotta admit it’s not easy, and sometimes I question why I try to do everything. Then I’ll read yet another research paper on the benefits of living active and I’m reminded that what I do now will have a CONTINUE READING →

MotivateMe Monday: Summer Bodies are Earned in the Winter

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If you’re new here, #MotivateME Monday is a weekly link-up co-hosted by myself and Running Rachel for accountability and encouragement. It’s a place for us to share goals, plans, successes and have each other to pick us up to keep moving forward.  Happy Monday everyone!  Did you survive the brutal cold last week or are you lucky and live somewhere nice and warm?  It was so cold here that I had to wear two pairs of pants, and 3 shirts on my run, along with two pairs of socks, my running jacket, hat, mitts, and my buff. CONTINUE READING →

Thursday Thoughts: Things I Think About While Running

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While I was freezing my butt off in the dark chasing the tails of my two fast mommy running friends at 6 am, I had a few random thoughts that I thought I would share with you. I was running without music because I was supposed to be running with my friends, but truthfully I couldn’t keep up with them, so I couldn’t hear anything they were talking about. I didn’t mind though because one thing I love about running is being alone with my thoughts, even if they are incredibly mundane and boring. I kind of like that the only things I have to think CONTINUE READING →

Become A Stronger Runner with Kettlebells

Become a faster runner with kettlebells

Oh how I love my kettlebell!  If there is any ONE thing you should invest in to become a stronger runner I'm going to tell you it's a kettlebell. Kettlebells are weighted balls/bells with a handle that you can swing, lift and curl with for a fantastic strength training workout.  I got mine for about $35 at SportChek, but you can find these pretty much anywhere nowadays.  I've even seen them at Canadian Tire, WalMart, and Target in the fitness section, or you can order them online from Amazon.  You can even buy some CONTINUE READING →

MotivateMe Monday: Back to the Grind

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If you’re new here, #MotivateME Monday is a weekly link-up co-hosted by myself and Running Rachel for accountability and encouragement. It’s a place for us to share goals, plans, successes and have each other to pick us up to keep moving forward. Happy Monday, we survived our first full week back to the grind! I was actually pretty happy to be back to a routine, even if it's crazy busy.  I really like how the structure of work, and school etc. keeps me busy so that I'm not constantly looking for my next cookie :grin:   This CONTINUE READING →

5 Tips for Healthier Winter Skin

5 Tips for Healthier Winter Skin

If your skin gets dry in the winter you're not alone - approximately 1 in every 32 Canadians suffer daily from skin dryness, itchiness, and redness.  Winter running leaves my face extremely dry and my hands red and cracked.   Unfortunately it's now that time of the year when skin is at it's driest we need to be extra careful with our skin.  Because we can't spend our winter hibernating or migrating to a warmer climate (as much as I want to) the following are 5 tips that will help you deal with those dreaded winter skin CONTINUE READING →