Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Comfort Zone


As you all are aware I struggle with fitness and health. I love my junk food and pasta and find it very hard to give that up and find the motivation to work out. I have tried and failed at multiple health eating styles and fitness routines. So for now I am just trying to make myself more aware of what I am eating by adding a few more veggies to my meals as well as cutting back the amount of carbs I have during the day. Some days I do great while others I fail miserably at. But I guess that’s the point isn’t it? Just being aware and slowing making changes. I think that you will be more successful if you take it slow and let it become habit then you jump right into something that really isn’t working for you and the life you live.

Obviously a person who works crazy hours or has to come home and take care of their kids do not have the time for a long workout so they need to find something shorter and more convenient for them. That may take some trial and errors to figure out what works. Same goes for a workout that keeps your interest.  I attended a yoga studio for years but it was the same routine every time with little variation. So I got bored and stopped going. Going to the gym, I did not feel motivated to be accountable for myself.  No one really cared if you did all the reps or exercises as you should. So I got bored and stopped going. So where did that leave me? Well no fitness routine and starting to feel pretty crummy about how I was feeling about myself.  I was by no means over weight but feeling unfit and just overall blaah, if you know what I mean.

A few months ago I was out to dinner with a friend and on the TVs in the sports bar they were showing images from the Crossfit Games. I thought it was insane. All these women lifting crazy amounts of weight and doing these ridiculous exercises, I thought they were all crazy and I couldn’t understand why anyone would put themselves through that.  But for whatever reason I kept thinking about it and looking at videos online and doing research about gyms in the area.  Signing up for something like this was totally out of my comfort zone but then I remember that isn’t what this year is supposed to be about? Making changes and having new experiences? So I went for it! I attended my free class to try it out and now I am hooked!!  It is the hardest workout I’ve ever done and I feel like death after each and every one of them but it is also so exhilarating.  Obviously I can’t start right off the bat doing all the crazy lifts and moves but I have small goals, like doing a pull up without the help of rubber bands haha.
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So with just jumping right into something that was beyond my comfort zone I have found a new aspect in my life that I get excited about and have met a few people who are just starting out as well to share the experience with.  

You should try something out of your comfort zone this week and see where it gets you.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Fun and Spooky Halloween

I know this post is a little late but better then never right?! So I am actually really not into Halloween all that much and always struggle every year to have a creative and individual costume.  I hate just going to one of those Halloween box stores last minute and picking out some skimpy costume that a million other women will be wearing and that I would be completely uncomfortable in.
So what do I do? Find inspiration from my favorite TV show How I Met Your Mother of course! And after a trip to value village and the dollar store I transformed myself into Robin Sparkles! For all of you who don’t watch the show she is one of the main characters past. Robin was a 90s Canadian teen pop singer. A costume that I thought was fun and cute!
Me

Robin Sparkles
(Pretty close right?!)
Me and my Swedish Chef

So if you are going to get all dressed up you have to have somewhere to go right? Well off we went to a friend’s party.  But as my mother taught me good manners and never show up somewhere empty handed I decided to get creative and make a scary little treat!
For these ghostly strawberries you will need:
Strawberries
2 packages of Bakers white chocolate
1 package of semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used the enjoy life brand that are lactose free)
Olive oil
I put a package and a half of the white chocolate in a bowl and a little tiny bit of extra virgin olive oil mixed in to make it smoother. Place the bowel in the microwave for thirty second intervals while mixing in-between.  Once melted you can start dipping your cleaned strawberries and place them on a tray lined with parchment paper so that they don’t stick.
Once all the strawberries are dipped in the white chocolate, set them aside for the chocolate to harden. After about thirty minutes or so melt some of the chocolate chips the same way; I then put the chocolate in a sandwich bag and cut the corner so I could easily control the amount I use to draw the little ghost faces. Place the now decorated strawberries in the fridge for the chocolate to harden. And then ENJOY!
Hope you all had a fun and spooky Halloween!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

A little bit of everything!


My my it has been a busy few weeks. School has been insane and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better any time soon. However I just have to keep in mind that I will be done with school for good in a month and a half so I just need to keep powering through. On top of that, last week my man finally came home after being in Korea for about two months. So we met up in Ontario this past weekend for a few days. We spent two in Sarnia visiting some friends and then a night in Guelph visiting his family.  I had a blast even though I was a little nervous to meet everyone for the first time.

This weekend we are headed to NB to visit my family and friends for thanksgiving weekend. I haven’t been home in awhile so I am really excited to see everyone! So anyways, here is a little mash up of pictures over the last few weeks:

Waffle at The Heartwood Café on Quinpool. It was delicious!
 
Reunited!!
The return of my man means I lost my roomie!

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Dairy-Free Tuesday- Hot Chocolate


Hey Sweeties!

It is cold and wet out which means it is the perfect time for a nice hot cup of hot chocolate. However this poses a problem for those of us who have dairy allergies or lactose intolerances.  Even though most coffee shops offer lactase or other milk alternatives, what most people don’t know is that the chocolate mix they use contains milk powder which can still act as an irritant.

I am not a coffee or tea drinker (weird I know). However I do love a mug of hot chocolate. So I searched the internet and magazines to find a completely dairy free version and this is what I am across and slightly modified it to suit my needs.

Hilary’s Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa Mix:

What you will need:

3 ½ cups of sugar

2 ¼ cups of cocoa powder

1 tablespoon of table salt

Non-dairy milk for serving (I have used both the So Delicious Coconut Milk and the Silk unsweetened Almond Milk, and both are fantastic with it. I am sure you could use Soy milk as well.)

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine sugar, cocoa , and salt. Whisk to combine well. Store the mixture in an airtight container.
 

For individual servings, heat up 1 mug of non dairy milk in the microwave on high until hot. Place 2 tablespoons of the cocoa mix into a mug and slowly stir in the hot milk, mixing as you’re stirring (I find you have less lumps this way). If you have lumps you can always add in a touch of hot water and your set to go!  Around Christmas time I like to add a Candy Cane or two, it adds a slight minty flavor.
 

This obviously isn’t the healthiest recipe, but its winter and you need a warm treat every once in awhile right?!
What is your favorite treat when it is cold out?