#MotivateMe Monday: Embracing the Taper

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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! How’s your training going? I can definitely feel Spring in the air which means that the Spring race season is fast approaching (or has already reached you, depending on where you live). While it’s FINALLY officially Spring, the weather here today where is saying something continue reading →

#MotivateMe Monday: Letting Go of the Stress

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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 Friends! I hope you all had a fabulous week last week.  Mine was very productive and WARM!!! The Spring-like weather is on it's way up here in Toronto and I couldn't be happier!  This coming week is March Break for my daughters which for me always signals the continue reading →

A Day of Skiing at Glen Eden With My Girl

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All school year long my oldest daughter, Sierra, has been super duper excited about an extra special trip... Ski day!  Every other year her school takes the two oldest grades on a ski trip to nearby Glen Eden.  She has talked NON-STOP about how excited she was to learn how to ski with her friends.  Now Sierra doesn't get excited about very many things, her two younger sisters are better known for that (Amber has been planning her 5th birthday party since about 2 days after she turned 4).   Finally the permission slip continue reading →

A Fun New Playlist For Your Spring Training

Sometimes a sucktastic workout is made better just by the music you listen to, so here's a fresh new music playlist to motivate you through your training this spring

I know lots of people who workout and run without music, but for me, I just can’t do it. I need a fast beat to pump me up. I also need a fresh new playlist for every training cycle. Besides the fact that music has been proven to increase training intensity, it also makes me so HAPPY! Sometimes a sucktastic workout is made better just by the music you listen to. Previously I've shared my awesome fall marathon playlist, so this time I thought I would share with a fresh new music playlist to motivate you through your training this continue reading →

#MotivateMe Monday: Working Towards My March Goals

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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!  How are you adjusting to the time change?  I love love love that it's light out later in the evening but boy was this morning tough!  My morning run tomorrow morning will be incredibly challenging.  That said I'm so excited that Spring is on its way!! continue reading →

If We Were Having Coffee… #UltimateCoffeeDate

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Today is the first Saturday of the month which means that today is the Ultimate Coffee Date, so I'm linking up with Lynda, Coco and Deborah to share with you what I would share with you if you and were sitting down and having a coffee together.  We'd share a coffee in my "Wish You Were Here" coffee mugs that I collect from Starbuck's.  Every time my husband goes on a business trip he brings me home a mug.  My favourites are the ones from where I would LOVE to run a major marathon. If we were having coffee... I continue reading →

12 Powerful Food Documentaries to Watch on Netflix

I found this list of food documentaries really inspiring!

Happy nutrition month! As you may have heard, the month of March is nutrition month - a month long education and information campaign. In Canada the theme is healthy eating 9 to 5. Healthy eating at work is shown to help boost concentration, productivity and overall health. But how do we stay inspired to eat healthy? There are many tips on how to eat healthy ie: carry a water bottle, and carry your own snacks etc. but even I find it really hard to keep up the motivation to eat the apple in my purse instead of the shiny beautiful bags of continue reading →

#MotivateMe Monday: Setting Goals for March

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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!  I hope you had a great week last week.  It was super duper cold out here in the great white north - there was one morning I ran when it was -17C!  I'm really hoping that March will bring us with some warmer temperatures - last month was brutal!! I'm so continue reading →

February Training Recap

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So here it is, the end of February – the end of the second month of 2015 already! The time is flying by and much like how every page that gets turned brings us closer to the monster at the end of the book, each month that goes by brings me closer to my 40th birthday goal race. It is very much like a big scary monster to me, yet I know that just like loveable furry old Grover, it is really nothing to fear (especially if I train hard). Best.book.ever! This month has been a big test of my mental strength, will power and desire to do Ironman continue reading →

#MotivateMe Monday: Coping With Winter

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Edit: This post missed it's schedule and I didn't notice until tonight (Tuesday).  I hate when Wordpress does that to me!  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!! I am so happy to report that I am completely back to running... pain free!!  Winter is such a horrible awful season with the exception continue reading →

5 Health Benefits of Juicing + How to Juice Without a Juicer

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Almost every single article about health, wellness and disease prevention suggests that we should eat 7-8 servings of vegetables and fruits every.single.day.  Now I don't know about you, but for me that's hard.  We had a challenge at work about 5 years ago where we had to tally how many servings of veggies we eat every day and I gotta admit that at first my tally was incredibly pathetic.  That is until I started juicing in the morning.  Besides the health benefits of juicing, I found my morning juice to be quite yummy, and a continue reading →

#MotivateMe Monday: Back in the Game

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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 Belated Valentine's Day everyone! Did you spoil your loved ones this Valentine's Day?  I truthfully love Valentine's Day because it gives my husband and I a good excuse to go out for dinner... sans kiddos :grin:  This year hubby knocked my socks off.  While he was away on a continue reading →

Healthy and Spicy Stuffed Quinoa Red Peppers

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Almost two weeks ago I was tasked with bringing a dish to our annual Sportsing Bowl party.  A Sportsing Bowl is when the ladies get together to talk over the Superbowl until the half time show starts, then we keenly pay attention to the half-time performance and comment on the performers choreography, attire and choice of songs. Oh and there’s wine.  Lots of wine.  It’s really quite fun. I wanted to bring a healthier option, but something more tasty than raw veggies and dip.  Something spicy and satisfying.  continue reading →

#MotivateMe Monday: Green Whole Juice Recipe

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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! How are you doing on this fine (cold) February day? Did you know that there are only 39 more days until the first official day of Spring?!? Hang in there gang, we can get through this winter! If you’re like me you unfortunately did not get to escape winter to a sunny and continue reading →

She’s Losing It! Book Review and Giveaway

She's Losing It!: A quirky little memoir about weight loss, bodybuilding and dealing with small children

In September of 2012 I hosted a Fitness Blogger Writing Challenge. I posted 31 topics for the month and invited bloggers to write about those topics. The goal was to encourage others to think about their health and fitness goals and how nutrition, exercise, goal setting, dedication and planning helps to reach those goals.  I met some amazing people, including my friend Lisa of sheslosingit.net. This past fall Lisa reached out to me to tell me that she had published a book called "She's Losing It!: A quirky little memoir about weight continue reading →