February Training Recap

IMG_8996.JPG

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

IMG_8971.JPG

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

How to juice without a juicer

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

Free yourself from all the negativity that's drowning you

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

Spicy Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

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

Green whole juice

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 →

New Shows and Movies to Watch on Netflix While Working Out

Stop at Nothing - the Lance Armstrong Story

I could binge watch shows on new shows and movies on Netflix while riding my indoor trainer for hours. In fact, I occasionally do. It's like my not-so-secret triathlon training weapon. The faster the pace of the movie, the faster I pedal and work. For some reason the shows and movies take my mind off of the suffering. What you might not have realised is that I'm a Netflix #streamteam member.  This means I get advanced screenings of new Netflix original shows (ie: The Adventures of Puss in Boots, King Julien).  Every month continue reading →

MotivateMe Monday: Making Healthy Heart Changes #GetOutAndGo

Jawbone UP24

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!  Are you buried in a TON of snow like we are?  Truthfully I kind of like it - we don't get many snow days where we live because if we took a snow day every time we got a new dusting, we'd just stay home every single day.  It takes A LOT of snow for our schools continue reading →

MotivateMe Monday: Doing What You Can #WYCWYC

Do what you can, with what you have,

#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 →

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 →

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

IMG_8735.JPG

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 →

#MotivateME Monday: Sharing My Routines

IMG_8662.JPG

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! Are you back to the grind this week too? We had the mad dash for school and work this morning and while it seemed so rush rush, although it’s also nice to be back into a routine. I eat way more fruits n veggies when I’m busy at work than when I’m at home. Routines are a great continue reading →