Things & Links That Are My Jam Right Now: Fall Edition

Time for Wandering

I know I’ve complained a lot lately about not having a work permit, but trust that I’m taking advantage of the free time. In this time I’ve tried to do as many things as possible that I know I won’t have time to do when I start work again. Random driving around is one of them. I had to go into Banff the other day and instead of getting on the freeway to drive back home, I just kept driving and taking different turns. I followed signs to various destinations and ran into several I’d never seen before. I can’t wait to take visitors to these places in the future.

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The 2 Basic Nutrition Rules I Recommend Starting With

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Nutrition can be confusing AF. With a thousand different diets out there and conflicting reports every other week on the news, it’s no wonder a ton of people just say, “f*** it” when it comes to trying to eat healthy. I’m not going to go into how many grams of protein you need or what the hell ketosis is, but I will give you a couple things to look at to get started into a more healthy diet – My two basic nutrition rules: The 500 Year Rule, and the 85/15 Rule. [Read more…]

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How To Not Lose Your Damn Mind When You’re Not Working

You may have been laid off, just started retirement, transitioned to a stay-at-home parent role, or, if you’re like me, have recently immigrated to a new country and are not allowed to work until you’ve been granted a work permit (still waiting months later…). Regardless of the reason why, you’re not currently working. Sure it was nice the first couple of weeks or months to get some initial projects done, sleep in, lounge on the couch binge watching Netflix, but by this point, you may feel like you’re close to losing your damn mind.

For the past year I’ve struggled to keep myself sane during this long period of unemployment. I’ve also learned that not having purpose or personal goals is a major cause of depression. I don’t feel depressed, but I have definitely gone through periods of discontent, boredom, lonliness, and frustration over the past year. Here’s what I’ve been trying to do to keep myself busy in a healthy, productive way: [Read more…]

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8 Week Body Transformation Starts September 10!

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If you haven’t been getting your workouts in for lack of time, motivation, or a gym membership, I hear you. It’s rough. But if you’ve got access to a TRX Suspension Trainer (or want to buy your own) you can join me and a small, exclusive group in an online 8 week program meant to get you in the habit of doing workouts consistently and finding space to fit them in your routine. Shorter, less miserable workouts mean you’ll do them more often. A private Facebook for weekly videos, recipes, nutrition tips, and Q&A sessions will support you in your mission to get the leaner, stronger body you’ve been wanting.

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Life Currently…

Between our annual family visit to Ontario, a fitness conference in Toronto, and my birthday, describing the past 9 days as ‘hectic but fun’ would be an understatement.

There’s a big fitness conference every August in Toronto and since Fraser and I have to be there already, we’ve begun this ritual of bringing the boys with us and pairing the travel with a few days of visiting Fraser’s family members who live around there. His mom, dad, brother, aunt, and best friend all live within a couple hours of each other so it’s a lot of driving and switching houses. We had a really fun day riding roller coasters with the kids at Canada’s Wonderland, had a zoo day and also a couple relaxing days on the lake (which is where a majority of my photos were taken).

I’m currently on my flight home, blogging from the middle seat in the back of the plane after waking up at 4:30am. I couldn’t get on the same flight as Fraser and the boys – they’ll be flying later in the afternoon – but it’s kind of nice to have some wifi and get some work done. I’ll also have a few hours at home to hang with Tango, get some laundry started, and hopefully take a nap before I have to go retrieve the guys from the airport. I think it’s going to be a nice Sunday…

In other news, here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

 

Making: Plans to be in the midwest! I’ve got TRX courses in Indiana and Ohio next weekend and I’m hangin’ in Kentucky for a few days afterwards. Woot!

Wanting: to get home to Tango! We’ve been gone 9 days and I’ve missed my dog.

Reading: This book that’s making me laugh unexpectedly. A fun self-discovery memoir that you might find as entertaining as I do. [Read more…]

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Interested in rock climbing? Here’s how to get started…

Kalymnos, Greece 2012

I started rock climbing in college in 2004. Since then, it’s been my favorite way to stay active outside. It’s also introduced me to some pretty amazing friends and taken me to some of the most beautiful landscapes all over the world. It’s not only a physical endeavor, but a mental one as well. When you’re rock climbing, you don’t really have a chance to think about anything else. Along with dancing, it’s one of my preferred ways to exercise and zone out of everything else.

I’ve had several people ask me how they can get started rock climbing and so I figured I’d write about my experience. There are several ways to go about it, but I’ll share what I did and offer suggestions: [Read more…]

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Social Support: An Often Missing Component in Weight Loss

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It’s amazing how big of a component social support is in our lives, especially when we’re trying to reach a goal. We don’t realize how much of an influence our closest friends and family have on how successful (or unsuccessful) we are in certain endeavors.

When it comes to lifestyle changes for weight loss, social support is often the missing link in someone’s journey. The lack of support is something I’ve seen time and time again over the years with my clients and class participants. It’s astonishing how many people are sabotaged by the people closest to them, who should be their biggest cheerleaders.  [Read more…]

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Kid-Approved Podcasts for (Short or Long) Road Trips

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If you’re in the car with kiddos for any length of time this summer, you know that keeping them engaged or occupied (or asleep) is the key to peace and smooth traveling. Podcasts have been our jam lately because they’re free, quickly downloadable, and there’s a plethora to choose from. There are even a few that are as entertaining for the adults as they are for the kiddos. These are the ones our boys, ages  6 & 8, have been loving this summer: [Read more…]

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Watching “Ghost” For the First Time (via Instagram Stories)

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I know, I know. It’s 2017 and I’ve never seen the movie Ghost, which has been out for almost 30 years. I’d been putting it off mainly because I knew Patrick Swayze’s character dies (obviously) and I can’t watch a young Patrick Swayze without thinking of Johnny Castle from Dirty Dancing sooooo I just didn’t want to go through all that. But, it just came out on Netflix and this past Saturday was a lazy one, so I decided to go for it. I live-tweeted (what’s the Instagram story term for this?) it while watching because I knew I’d get made fun of for never watching… which I definitely did. Because those stories disappear after 24 hours though, I kept them just to re-live it here. Feel free to make fun as well.

However, if you’re like me and have never seen this movie, this is a definite spoiler alert… Continue at your own risk. You’ve been warned: [Read more…]

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Things & Links That Are My Jam Right Now

First… the Things:

Moscow Mules.

I’ve long been a fan of the margarita but just a couple years ago discovered the Moscow Mule. It’s been my main order lately since it’s refreshing but not too sweet (as most marg’s are when you order them at restaurants). [Read more…]

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