“Cooking is love made visible”

Cooking

As defined by dictionary.com, is the art of preparing food. The art, not the act, not the practice… The art of preparing food.

I love that. It’s rather poetic, I think.

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Risotto, beef and goat cheese spread, bruschetta and grilled mushrooms.

A few weeks ago I shared that I went to see a therapist; I initially went to see her because I was struggling to adjust and cope with Lucas living far away. I was very afraid that being in different cities would cause us to become distant. In my very first appointment I talked a lot about how I was constantly reminding him how much I cared, loved and missed him. And while he always said it back, I didn’t feel as though he put as much effort into doing the same for me. My therapist, Angelika, immediately introduced me to the 5 love languages.

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Surf & Turf with garlic butter and a green salad.

The 5 Love Languages is a book by Gary Chapman. He says that there is no right way to express love and that each and every person expresses and experiences love differently. Chapman has broken down these ways of loving into 5 categories or love languages. Any given person may use one or all of the love languages at any given time but it’s very common to value 1 of the 5 languages above and beyond the others.

  1. Giving words of affirmation
  2. Spending quality time
  3. Giving/receiving gifts
  4. Acts of service
  5. Physical Touch

As I described above, I highly value the love language of giving words of affirmation. I feel that it is important to tell someone how you feel. Perhaps this comes from my literature background or my theatre background, who knows. All I know is that words have a lot of power and meaning for me, so when I tell someone that I love and care for them, I really mean it.

Lucas, on the other hand, values the love language of acts of service above the others. He feels that it is more important to do something for someone as a means of showing love than it is to simply say it. He is an actions speak louder than words kind of guy.

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Pork tenderloin, asparagus and mango salad.

In his book Chapman explains that it is pretty common for couples to use love different love languages to express how they feel. The issue arises when one or both parties don’t realize that they are speaking different languages. Since learning about the 5 love languages I am have had a much easier time experiencing and expressing love. And not just in a romantic way, towards my family and friends as well. I’m more in tune now to what they need. For example, cleaning the kitchen for my mum means so much more to her than just saying to her that she’s great, although she also appreciates a the words when they are said.

As for me and Lucas; I was feeling down because he wasn’t reciprocating my words of affirmation, ie. He wasn’t expressing love in the language I understand best. Instead he would provide acts of service, for example, cooking me a romantic meal. Being a chef, cooking is Lucas’ favourite way of expressing his love. When I visit him at school Lucas spends most of the day deciding what he’s going to make for dinner. In the afternoon we go shopping and in the evening he cooks! We listen to music, we drink wine, we chat about life and he cooks. I offer to help but he enjoys cooking for me because that is the best way he knows how to express love. And man oh man, do I love him for that.

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Charcuterie board.

“Cooking is love made visible”

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BYOB – Bring Your Own Book

Ever since I graduated from University I have had a craving to start a book club. After spending 4 years reading and talking about books for academic credit, I was itching to read and talk about books for fun.

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But here is the thing with book clubs… They kind of suck. Let me tell you why:

1) You have to buy a new book every month

This isn’t such a bad or outrageous thing but sometimes it’s more important to buy groceries than a new book. Sometimes books are really expensive. Sometimes you buy a book and you find that it is the worst book on the planet but you’ve already paid for it and written your name in the front cover so you can’t even return it and get your money back.

2) If you don’t finish the book then you can’t participate/attend

Life is cray. This is a fact. As hard as we might try, there are days when curling up with a good book just isn’t an option. Then days turn into weeks and before you know it the next book club has arrived and all you know about the thing is the title. Now what? Do you attend but not join in on the conversation, risk discovering major plot points and spoilers? Or do you not go at all? There is no winning in this situation.

3) You read the book but can’t attend the meeting

Before bed, on the train, at the gym you were reading reading reading and then the next meeting is rescheduled last minute and you will be out of town! Well doesn’t that suck. Now you have bought and read this book that you didn’t even really like that much and you can’t attend the book club after all.

I could go on. I won’t, but I could. There are just too many reasons why traditional book clubs don’t work for me. So my friend Kim and I came up with an alternative to the traditional style.

BYOB.

Bring your own book.

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This is how it works. Everyone brings a book that they have already read and that they want to recommend to others. At the meeting everyone gets a chance to share (without spoilers) why they are recommending this book. And then everyone trades!

Short on money? No problem. As there is no purchasing. Just borrowing.

Didn’t finish the book before the next meeting? No problem. At the next meeting you can request to keep the same book.

Hated the book and decided not to finish it? No problem. At the next meeting you have the chance to share (without spoilers) why you don’t recommend this book.

Can’t make it to the next meeting? No problem. You can choose to meet up with the person who borrowed your book/whose book you borrowed outside of book club and trade back, or just hang on to the book until you can make it to a meeting again.

The BYOB method solves all the issues that I have with traditional book clubs. The only snag we ran into was that someone brought a book that we had all read. But this will only be an issue for the first meeting. At the next meeting, in addition to bringing back the book you borrowed, you should/can also bring a new book from your own collection to recommend and trade. So after the first meeting there will be more books than people in the rotation. The best part about this system is that you are receiving a recommendation from someone you trust.

Worried about getting your beloved books back? I feel that. I used a google docs spreadsheet to keep track of which books belong to which person and who borrowed the book. I also took down everyone’s phone number and email so that everyone had a means of getting in touch with one another. We also all wrote our names in the front cover of the book. Just in case.

Me and my friends really enjoyed chatting about books in a very relaxed setting for an evening and we can’t wait to have the next meeting.

Do you participate in a book club? Share in the comments!

 

I Went to Therapy and it was totally normal, helpful and not a big deal

It’s no secret that mental health is a stigmatized subject. Research tells us that mental illness affects people of all ages, all educational levels, all income levels and all cultures. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime. That is approximately 7 million people! And still people get awkward and weird when the topic of mental health is brought up.

This September I started regularly seeing a holistic therapist, Angelika. This is like the naturopathic version of a normal therapist. The biggest difference being that Angelika doesn’t have a doctorate and so she doesn’t prescribe medication. Most of her methods and techniques focus on belief change using methods such as guided meditation, positive visualizations, supportive mantra’s, hypnosis, ect. It sounds fancy but for the most part my sessions consisted of me talking and her listening, just like in the movies but without the fancy couch.

I decided to start seeing Angelika when I realized I was struggling to cope in everyday life. She had worked with a friend of mine who saw real positive results and I knew that talking to someone was my best option. You see, a lot happened in September. I moved into downtown Toronto, Lucas moved 2 hours away for school, I started a new job. All very exciting stuff but it was a lot all at the same time and as it turns out, I had some trouble adjusting to it all.

One Monday evening in September I went to yoga class to help calm me down. While in the change room, I put my jewelry in a side pocket of my bag. The next morning I went to get my jewelry from my bag and it wasn’t there and I went from panicked to hysterical to ballistic in minutes. I ended up having to call in to work and take the morning off as a personal day. I couldn’t breathe, I was hyperventilating, I couldn’t stop crying. It took hours for me to calm down. Was the jewelry special? For sure. Was it worth that much stress and anxiety? Hell no. It was just the cherry on top of the overwhelmed pie and that was the moment I knew that I needed to get some help asap.

I met with Angelika 5 times over the course of 4 months and it has made such a positive difference in my life. I feel so much more relaxed, I am managing stressful situations better, and I have a much more positive outlook on the big and small things in my life. We talked about all sorts of things but when whittled down most of my fears and anxieties were rooted in communication with others. Communication with Lucas, my friends, my co-workers, my sisters, my parents. With Lucas, it was a fear of being unable to communicate while being far apart and I was so afraid of that happening that I was making it happen. With my sisters, it was a judgement thing. I thought they judged me and so I treated them a certain way in response to what I assumed they were thinking. It put strain on my relationships. Working with Angelika I have learned how to be less hard on myself and less judgmental and presumptuous in my communication with others. My relationship with Lucas (despite being long distance) has never been stronger. We share more now than we did when we lived together and we have learned how to make each visit more meaningful. Also, my relationship with my sisters is so much better. We used to bicker all the time, which is normal for sisters but was also very sad. For the first time in my life it feels like my sisters and I are friends rather than frenemies and it feels so good!

In October I slipped up while talking with a co-worker and said “oh I was talking with my therapist about that this morning”. He looked at me like I had three heads. At the time I was embarrassed. Even though I was making so much progress, I was proud of myself and I felt like I was controlling my life instead of my life controlling me. I was embarrassed that I had admitted this secret to someone. But now I am realizing that I have absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about. So I need someone who is unbiased to listen to me vent every once in a while, so what?! It’s healthy! I’m getting things, emotions, thoughts and feelings out into the open and then dealing with them in a rational and clearly thought out way. The way I see it, everyone should be taking the time and energy to talk to someone who knows what they are talking about, it would make the world a much nicer place.

So if you have been thinking about therapy, any kind—do it! Let this post as a sign! Yes, the first appointment is awkward and weird and nerve-wracking but also so incredibly worth it. Let them think that I have three heads… I feel great and that is all that matters.

Apprendre le français

Bonjour mes amis! Hello my friends!

New life goal: Learn French.

“Aren’t you Canadian?! Isn’t French your country’s second language? Didn’t they teach you that in school?”

Yes, I am Canadian. Yes, French is Canada’s official second language. Yes, I studied French in school from grade 4 to grade 9. But sadly, I can’t speak, write or read French.

I have some words in the back of my head from my many years of French education (jambon = ham / bibliothèque = library / papillon = butterfly). But after grade 9 (age 14/15) French language is not a mandatory course and I between then and now (ten years…) I seem to have forgotten basically everything. In addition, I wasn’t all that great with the language even when I was studying it on a regular basis.

So why do I want to learn French now? After all this time getting along just fine with English.

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Well, I suppose it’s a number of reasons. I want to give myself a challenge. I want to be a more rounded citizen. I want to be able to travel and communicate with different people. That is the true goal here, communication. I wont be reading French novels or anything like that but I want to be able to talk to people and get by on my own with French.

They say that the best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it. Well I can’t go to Quebec or France anytime soon so here is how I will be immersing myself in french.

  • Facebook – I have changed my facebook default language to French so that my brain has to work a little harder while browsing the web.
  • Duolingo – This handy little app teaches you the basics of a language through little quizzes and tests right on your phone. So I have a goal to do 20 minutes a day.
  • Talking – I have a few friends who are bilingual and they have agreed to talk to me in french sometimes so that I can become more familiar with the language.

Here’s hoping this will be a fun, challenging and rewarding learning journey!

Au Revoir!

 

Looking backwards. Moving Forwards.

Happy New Year! 

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I am a little late to the game but I hope everyone had a safe, fun and happy new years. My roommates and I threw a very successful party. Potentially party of the year, I’d say! More on that in another post. 

Last year I took some time to lay out 3 new years resolutions. It is a healthy activity, I think, to take time to look at your life and focus the lens a little. Here are my goals/resolutions from 2015:

Learn to cook: checkmark-clip-artI am no chef by any means but for the most part I have figured out how to make myself a decent meal. Sometimes it’s a super amazingly delicious meal and sometimes it is just edible but hey, I still cooked it! My best meal in my books is probably the sweet potato medley or perhaps chicken. 

Embrace the now: download This is still a work in progress, I have a feeling it always will be. It is so easy to look forward to the future and imagine all the possibilities and doing that sometimes isn’t a bad thing. But I still feel as though I spend more time in my head, enjoying my pretend future, than in the real world with my present. 

Run a 5k Race: checkmark-clip-art Success! This year I ran not one but two 5km races! Checking this off the list was a very big highlight of my 2015 and proof to myself that I can do anything I set my mind to. Go Me! 

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So there you have it, folks. Two out of three resolutions deemed successful!

Now onto 2016! 

Live in the Present: download I am rephrasing the above resolution a little bit. This year I want to be present and enjoy the here and now. I think digging deeper into my yoga and meditation practice will really help with this, so I guess this resolution is a fancy way of saying “do more yoga”.

Start Saving:download I’m a real life adult now and that means I need to start acting like one financially. So I am going to create a budget and stick to it!

Embrace fitness as a lifestyle, instead of a chore: download The goal here is to have fun being healthy. Right now I feel obligated and almost forced to go to the gym. I am hoping to modify my mentality and enjoy my workouts as a part of a healthy lifestyle instead of as punishment.

These goals are less tangible than those from 2015. Well, other than the money one. But I think these are the things in my life that can be improved on. Personal growth is always a good thing. So hopefully by keeping these goals in mind throughout the year, 2016 will be the best year yet.

Be sure to check in about 365 days from now to see if I was successful!

Share in the comments! What are your 2016 New Years Resolutions?

The time I met Rachel McAdams

On December 19th, 2015, I met the one and only Rachel McAdams. For those of you who are think “who?” Allow me to refresh your memory.

Canadian actress best known for Mean Girls, The Notebook, The Time Travelers Wife, Wedding Crashers, About Time, Sherlock Holmes, ect. She is beautiful and talented and did I mention that she is Canadian?!

She is without a doubt one of my favourite actresses and last Saturday, I met her! How?! She was at my choir concert! Right in the front row! Do you know what that means?! RACHEL MCADAMS SAW ME SING!!! I SANG FOR RACHEL MCADAMS!!!

This is the story…

After the concert ended someone whispered “did you hear that Rachel McAdams is here?” Me and a few other singers were determined just to catch a glimpse and luckily the exit for the first row was right by the singers door. So when she came out (looking flawless) another girl asked if we could get a picture and she was so sweet and said yes! So we all jumped into the picture with her.

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Then we thanked her for coming to see us sing and she very sweetly said that she loved it and that our show really put her in the Christmas spirit! I PUT RACHEL MCADAMS IN THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT!!!

The best part of this story is my best friend’s older sister. Right there next to Rachel McAdams, is Catherine. Catherine has downs syndrome and she is one of the kindest, sweetest and sassiest people I know. Catherine joined the photo at the very last second. Afterwards we said “Catherine, do you realize who you just took a picture with?” and she responded with “all of my best friends, of course”. She had no idea that she was standing next to Rachel McAdams. So we told her and she was SO happy. She gave Rachel the BIGGEST hug and said “you are incredible”. Rachel very graciously agreed to one more photo with Catherine and I am honestly not sure who looks happier. It is really important to me that she was so kind to us but especially to Catherine. That makes her a great person in my books. It truly was such a lovely experience to meet her. Hopefully we’ll see her again at next years Winter Concert!

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A to Z Quiz

***Please Note: This is a pre-scheduled post. I am currently out of the country (experiencing the world and living life). A small number of posts have been pre-scheduled in my time away. I will respond to comments & questions when I come home. Enjoy!

This is one of those fun (totally narcissistic) quiz things. I actually find filling these things out to be a super interesting activity. Even more interesting would be filling it out again a year from now to see how much I’ve changed. Perhaps I will do that (if I remember). I stole this quiz from The Fitnessista. I encourage you to check out her blog. She is fantastic.

A – Age: 24.

B – Biggest Fear: Being Alone.

C – Current Time: 3:36 pm

D – Drink You Had Last: Water. So much Water.

E – Easiest Person To Talk To: Karin (that’s what BFFs are for)

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F – Favorite Song: “Sleep” by Eric Whitacre – This is a choral piece and it is so incredibly beautiful. Go listen!

G – Grossest Memory: When I was living as a student, a raccoon got into our garbage, in the middle of January. Some raw chicken had been thrown away and maggots had formed. Because it was so cold the maggoty garbage froze to our back porch. So I had to scrape all the frozen yuck off the deck, at night. Thank goodness for rubber gloves and nose plugs.

H – Hometown: Mississauaga, Ontario, Canada.

I – In Love With: Lucas!

J – Jealous Of: Anyone who is part of the Tswift posy. She and I would make such great friends…

K – Kindest Person You Know: My friend, Melanie. She is actually so kind. Next year she is traveling the world to give back to struggling communities. Literally no one is nicer than melanie.

L – Longest Relationship: I dated a guy in high school for 3 years but it was on-again off-again. Lucas and I are nearing our second anniversary, which I think is a pretty long time.

M – Middle Name: Florence

N – Number of Siblings: Three siblings. I’m the oldest but not the tallest. From left to right we have Amy, Tasha, Carter & me.

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O – One Wish: For my living situation to get itself figured out smoothly

P – Person You Spoke To On The Phone Last: A customer at work. I answer the phones when patrons have questions about their donation or their tickets.

Q – Question You’re Always Asked: “Is that your natural hair colour?” As you can see in the photo below (taken when I was 7) Yes, yes it is.

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R – Reason To Smile: I am healthy, my friends and family are healthy. Can’t ask for more than that.

S – Song You Last Sang: Probably something by Tswift.

T – Time You Woke Up: 6:10 am. Commuter life is the worst.

U – Underwear Color: Blue!

V – Vacation Destination: I’ve got Spain and New Orleans on my brain recently. I can’t complain though since I am currently on vacation in the Dominican Republic.

W – Worst Habit: I like to crack my neck. It drives some people up the wall, but it feels oh-so-good.

X – X-Rays You’ve Had: I broke my arm in two places when I was 12, it was pretty obviously broken but the X-ray was done anyway. I’ve also injured my foot a few times. Never broken it but sprained bad enough to need an X-ray to tell.

Y – Your Favorite Food: Potatoes and Popcorn! Not together but in general. Also Pasta. I just like foods that start with the letter P.

Z – Zodiac Sign: Aries.

Thanks for reading!

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Summer Shape Up: Week 4 Update

Well The 4 week summer shape up program is over. Well technically it was over a week ago, but I re-did week 3 because #life. So I’ve been following along with the Fitnessista’s Summer Shape Up Program, it is a free month long fitness program offered on Gina’s blog. Each week she provides a workout schedule and healthy meal ideas. The idea is do what you can, when you can. Week two was great in terms of the weekdays but the weekend was not good at all.I was posting my progress each week in order to keep myself accountable, feel free to read and follow along if your interested.

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Food

See last week’s update post to read about the cleanse that I’ve been doing. I finished that up this week and I look and feel fantastic! I will most definitely be continuing to drink the shakes for breakfast from now on and I think doing a cleanse day or two once a month could do a lot of good for me in the long run. My cravings for fatty foods and sugars are mostly gone. Although I have a feeling they will come rushing back pretty quickly. The cleanse has helped in more than just weight, my skin is softer, I have more energy and I don’t have head aches. End result is a very happy Alex.


Exercise

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Daily: 20-30 minutes of Yoga with Adriene

Monday: 1 hour long hot yoga class

Tuesday: HIIT Start Cardio & Workout # 3

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Wednesday: Workout # 2

Thursday: Steady State – 2 hours of hiking

Friday: Yoga for weight loss abs & arms

Saturday: Off

Sunday: Off

I really committed to doing more strength training this week. I discovered that I LOVED the HIIT cardio running. I find HIIT cardio doing body weight exercises is not my favourite thing. But while running I really enjoyed it. I downloaded a free interval timing app and ran outside, alternating between as fast as I could go and slow jogging. While I ran a shorter distance I worked WAY harder. So I think I will try to run a HIIT run at least once or twice a week from now on. I’ve also added a lot of yoga to my routine. It is helping my body to be much less achy from sitting in an office chair all day.


Summary

I am feeling great after this week. Really happy with all of my progress and commitment. However, I realized that l had set a goal of completing all the workouts. I unfortunately did not reach that goal because on Saturday I left the country for a week long vacation in the Dominican Republic. I’m too busy sipping rum and cokes on the beach to worry about working out. That being said, I do feel as if I finished strong. So goal accomplished!

I feel that the whole point of the shape up was to get different types of fitness into the daily routine and that has definitely happened. I cannot wait to participate in the winter shape up later this year!

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Hiking at sunset!

***Please Note: This is a pre-scheduled post. I am currently out of the country (experiencing the world and living life). A small number of posts have been pre-scheduled in my time away. I will respond to comments & questions when I come home. Enjoy!

Summer Shape Up: Week 3 Update (again…)

I am so happy to announce that I am back on track in terms of my fitness and food. I’ve been following along with the Fitnessista’s Summer Shape Up Program, it is a free month long fitness program offered on Gina’s blog. Each week she provides a workout schedule and healthy meal ideas. The idea is do what you can, when you can. Week two was great in terms of the weekdays but the weekend was not good at all.I am posting my progress each week in order to keep myself accountable, feel free to read and follow along if your interested.

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Food

This week has been a little different in terms of food. I feel like I’ve been putting a pretty decent effort into eating better for quite some time. Sure I slip up here and there but on average I eat well and yet… no results. no changes. no nothing. It is incredibly discouraging. So I made the leap and decided to do a cleanse/shake program, just to see if it would make any difference. The topic of cleansing and meal replacement shakes is pretty controversial in the healthy food world. So if you aren’t comfortable reading about it please skip this section of the post. I’m not looking for criticism here, as I said I am sharing this journey on the blog so that I can keep myself accountable.

The company I got the cleanse/shake from is called Isagenix. I have many friends who use Isagenix products and I feel comfortable with the contents so after sone research I decided to give it a go. I am doing the 9 day program. This consists of 2 cleanse days, 5 shake days and then 2 more cleanse days.

On cleanse days you are to take the cleanse juice 4 times throughout the day,  the cleanse snacks 4 times throughout the day (not at the same time as the juice), some vitamin supplements and drink lots of water.

Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 2.04.49 PMOn shake days you drink the isaLean shake for 2 meals and have regular (healthy) food for the 3rd meal. I am having my shakes for breakfast and lunch. This way I am still able to participate in my family dinners.I started on Wednesday of last week and so far I feel great. The first cleanse day was actually way easier than I expected it to be. I didn’t feel hungry at all. I had to pee every 25 minutes but other than that I felt good. The second cleanse day was more challenging. The lack of solid food had me in a bit of a grumpy mood but I still wasn’t feeling hungry, just a little more tired than usual. Drinking a shake for breakfast after the cleanse days was so filling. The day of my first shake day was also my summer staff party. It was a lunch time bbq of so much unhealthy stuff. And I didn’t want any of it. The cleanse had basically taken away my desire to consume sugars and fats.

You can already tell just by looking at my stomach that the infamous “pouch” is shrinking. I can’t tell you how wonderful that is. The pouch is the part of my body that I can’t seem to get rid of and I hate it. No amount of exercise and healthy foods seemed to effect it. But the Isagenix is finally making a difference. After this 9 day program is done I will likely continue to drink shakes for breakfast at the very least. Possibly also for lunch. We’ll see. Stay tuned on how I’m feeling after my second round of cleanse days.


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Exercise

Daily: 20-30 minutes of Yoga with Adriene

Monday: Yoga only

Tuesday: Gentle steady state – 2 hours of walking

Wednesday: Plank burner + Ab burner

Thursday: 5 mins on the elliptical as a warm up, 20 min weights for arms circuit, 5 min elliptical cool down

Friday: Workout # 3, 25 minute run (3.6 km), 30 minutes of Yoga for running cool down

Saturday: Off

Sunday: Yoga + swimming

I tried to get more strength training in this week. I’m also sticking to my daily yoga. It really makes me feel so good and clam and relaxed. My bet workout of the week was definitely Friday. It incorporated everything, strength, cardio and stretch. The downside is that it took a long time to do it all. So it can’t be a daily thing. But if I could get that type of workout twice a week I’d feel great.


Summary

Wow. All I can say is I am glad I decided to redo week 3. I suppose it doesn’t exactly count because the whole point is for it to be 4 weeks in a row. But personally it is less about that and more about challenging my body in new and different ways and about adding more fitness to my weekly routine. So far I think that is going well. I’m excited to finish strong with week 4. So checking in with my goals from last week. Drink more water. CHECK! Because of the cleanse I have been drinking 4 or 5 very large water bottles throughout the day. This is a HUGE improvement for me and I plan to keep it up. Reduce wheat, dairy & sugar. Also because of the cleanse this has happened. We’ll see if I can adhere to it once the cleanse is over. Complete all workouts. Half check. I did workout a lot but I didn’t follow the schedule. I am realizing that I am not really a fan of high intensity interval training (HIIT). Unfortunately there is a lot (and I mean A LOT) of research that suggests that HIIT exercise is the best way to burn fat and build muscle. Go figure. I much prefer steady state training (ie. running at one pace). I think perhaps I would like HIIT more if I went to a class or something where someone other than myself was motivating me. Anyway, for this weeks goal:

  • Complete all workouts on the schedule
  • Finish Strong!
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Cottage yoga is the best kind of yoga.

Summer Shape Up: Week 3 Update

Bad news bears friends. I did not do so hot with week 3. The Fitnessista’s Summer Shape Up Program is a free month long fitness program offered on Gina’s blog. Each week she provides a workout schedule and healthy meal ideas. The idea is do what you can, when you can. Week two was great in terms of the weekdays but the weekend was not good at all.I am posting my progress each week in order to keep myself accountable, feel free to read and follow along if your interested.

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Food

To access the recipe suggestions provided by Gina this week, visit her site!

Breakfasts: I went to town on fried eggs and hot sauce this week. Sometimes I kept it healthy by adding avocado, other times I added bread and cheese and all the delicious things.

Lunches: Still LOVING grain bowls, as per this recipe. Got some great advice about cooking brown rice from Ray and this time it was fluffy and delicious! My favourite combo of the week was a greek inspired bowl.

Dinners: Well the week began with all you can eat sushi… I think it went up from there. I had a fantastic quinoa and chicken dish from Moxie’s on Friday. And a delicious and gluten free mushroom pasta dish from a really cool place in Toronto called Harvest Kitchen. I guess I ate out a lot this week.

Saturday & Sunday: This weekend was hot! So I had a lot of Popsicles and ice cream. Which I do not regret for a second. So cool and delicious! But filled with sugar and bad things. I was also in a very “snacky” mood this weekend. So I over indulged on potato chips and popcorn. Let’s just pretend that the weekend didn’t happen.


Exercise

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Daily: 20-30 minutes of Yoga with Adriene (except this week I failed at this as well, but you can assume that I did it unless I say otherwise)

Monday: Absolutely nothing — not even yoga

Tuesday: Plank Burner + Workout # 4

Wednesday: 1.5 hour Hot Yoga Class

Thursday: Absolutely nothing — not even yoga

Friday: 15 mins of yoga only

Saturday: Absolutely nothing — not even yoga

Sunday: 20 mins of yoga only

I let myself slide this week. Maybe it was the holiday or maybe I just got lazy. The second one is very likely. But I’ll tell you what, I can tell that I’ve been lazy this week. My whole body feels slow and weighed down. I have no energy and I feel sleepy. Obviously not working out, isn’t working.


Summary

As you can see I didn’t get much done in the way of last weeks goals. So I have decided to press RESET and start week 3 from scratch. I figure there is no point in pushing through to week 4 if I accomplished nothing in week 3. I’ve decided to keep the same goals for this week seeing as I didn’t really see them through during this past week. Gina said that staying on track for week 3 is the hardest and she is totally right. Sinking or swimming is a choice and this past week I chose to sink but no more! Today I turn things around. Check back next week for (hopefully) a super positive post about how awesome week 3 2.0 has been.

  • Continue to drink a lot more water
  • Reduce wheat & dairy & sugar intake
  • Complete all workouts on the schedule
Not remotely related to fitness, but Happy (belated) Canada Day!
Not remotely related to fitness, but Happy (belated) Canada Day from katie & I!