WIAW: Lately. A little bit of everything.

I feel like such a bad blogger-internet-friend.  If I haven’t been commenting consistently on your posts it’s because the WIFI at my place is doing that thing again. (Where it doesn’t work properly. It’s painfully slow.)  Remember when that happened to me a few months ago? I don’t know what it is about the internet and cell service where I live, but it’s awful.  The good news is, they’re supposed to be working on a permanent solution, so I should be back to cyber bullying you again soon.

Lets talk food.  (Thanks to Jen for hosting WIAW!!) I keep meaning to do a full days worth of eats, but that’s probably never going to happen. Instead, I’m going to share some favourites from the past week or so.

I tend to eat variations of the same meals over and over again.  Read: SNACK PLATES. I’ve realized snack plates are  my favourite thing in the world.  And probably the #1 advantage of being single. There’s no one around to give me the side eye when I’m eating one for dinner for the 40th consecutive night in a row. :)

Last week, I had tortilla chips and salsa for dinner, then Cinnamon Toast Crunch for dessert.  Oh sure, why not? When I told Glenn about my less-than-nutritious meal he said, “Hey so did I! Except I had pumpkin pie for dessert!”  :)   Apparently I’m on an all-carb diet now.

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This was a snack-plate picnic enjoyed on my living room floor on a rainy day. Chickpea salad, roasted sweet potato, tortilla chips + guacamole, olives, tomatoes, artichokes, goat cheese.

… followed by 12 donuts for dessert. Remember these guys?! I sure miss ‘em.

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My recent Nourish feast:

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The Beautiful Burrito (that you MUST order if you ever find yourself in Banff. I mean it! Don’t $&!* around and order anything else.)

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Portebello Stacks which were insanely good. And weird. Get this: honey pancakes topped with melted cheese, mushrooms, onion rings, kale, lettuce and a pickled veggie spear. Have you ever tried pickled zucchini and tomatoes?

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Curry Poutine. Oh my. So, so good.

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Homemade pizzas! I think my friend was getting annoyed of me sending 40,000 pizza emojis everyday and took it upon themselves to plan a pizza night.

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Plus a side of my favourite staple foods: sweet potato crackers, hummus, olive oil, zaatar and wine.

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Green smoothies. Kale-abunga from Jugo Juice, with coconut water instead of juice. I will never understand why smoothie companies use juice in smoothies. Stop. Please.  How many times can I say juice in this paragraph?

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BIG lunctime salads. (With leftover pizza)

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Cake. Post-pizza dessert. Oh man, I love cake so much. It’s the main reason why my butt is so voluptuous. Hahaha.

I’m off to work now. Have a lovely day, and if we don’t chat before the weekend, HAVE A HAPPY LABOUR DAY! Wooooooo!!! (I’m excited)

What’s the best thing you’ve ate this week?

Fav pizza toppings?

What’s the last thing you treated yourself to?

 

I’ve hit a new low. Or high.

August 21 2014 was a day that forever changed my life. I don’t know if I’ve achieved a new all-time low… or high… but probably both.

Um…

I laughed so hard at work that I threw up all over my office. I’m dead serious.  It was my coworkers fault! He always makes me laugh uncontrollably and this time, I literally exploded. The best part was when he called another coworker while it was occurring to tell him what was happening. I love that his first thought was, “Hey! I gotta call Cam!” instead of helping me out. You know, like holding my hair and rubbing my back like a good friend SHOULD do.

I am never going to live this one down, am I?

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WHO DOES THIS. I can’t wrap my head around it. I have puked more this summer than I have in my entire life. I am an embarrassment to mankind.

Moving along… a few things I’d like to chat about today:

-Cloudy days in the Rockies are magical. We had a few days that looked like this last week.

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-I’m in love with this new phone case by Louise Androlia. “Making Magic”. Appropriate for me, wouldn’t you say?

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-Weekly dinner date at Nourish with Glenn. We missed a couple weeks there, but we’re back at it! He melted my heart when he came into the office last week and said, “I miss our dates! Can we go to Nourish?” Don’t have to ask me twice.

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“It’s pretty cool that we just finished to work and now we’re driving to Banff to eat ‘the burrito’” I said on the way. Glenn and I feel like the luckiest people in the world.   I laughed so hard when he dropped me off at the end of the night and I said, “Thanks for being my friend!”
Glenn: “Thank YOU for being my friend!”

I love us.

-A quick overnight trip to my hometown to visit my family, my bird Oliver and to eat sushi.

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Good times. It was nice to catch up with them, even though it was brief. I did a Bodypump workout in my parents basement. I MISS IT SO MUCH. I’m thinking that I should start driving to Calgary on Saturday mornings to take a class once the weather gets cooler.

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Lets look at Oliver again, shall we?

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Awww. He’s SO CUTE! I love that thing. He’s been in the family since I was 18 (so like two weeks ago).I used to take him everywhere with me so he’s used to being manhandled by people and as a result, is incredibly friendly and sweet.  He totally looks like an Oliver, hey? :)

-Can you believe Labour Day weekend is almost here? It’s the last big hurrah before summer (and my life) is over. To celebrate, I’m heading to Montana! Yeehaw.

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I’ll be staying near Glacier National Park, and plan on spending the days exploring  trails in the area and hanging on the beach, eating huckleberry everything and dining in Whitefish and Flathead Lake.  I’m SO EXCITED! I love Montana and haven’t been for a couple years … I’m definitely overdue for a visit.   The drive to the Flathead Valley is the best part. During the summer months, Logan Pass is open and you get to take in spectacular views of glaciers, ‘garden walls’, waterfalls, lakes, unicorns, etc.

How will you be celebrating Labour Day? Are you traveling anywhere? 

Please tell me an embarrassing story about yourself. 

Have you been to Montana?

Was this Paleo?

Why hello!

I’m sorry for being a little inconsistent with my posts lately. Between long work days and overwhelming myself with fun activities, I haven’t had a lot of time to dedicate to writing anything meaningful or insightful.

How’s your week going? Are you happy today? (<– If you’ve met me in real life, I’ve probably asked you this at some point. Haha.)

A few things to recap from the week so far:

I roasted a chicken….

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… then proceeded to eat it with our bare hands.  IS THIS THE PALEO DIET?

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I don’t know why, but I prefer eating with my hands. Dipping stuff. Not giving a $*@!. Living on the edge.  {On the side: cauliflower puree, carrots and kombucha.}

Speaking of dipping, my friend introduced me to a new favorite food addiction.

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It’s a fun mixture of thyme, sesame seeds and I don’t know what else. My first experience was with pita bread dipped in olive oil, then za’atar.

I tried it with sweet potato chips the other night.

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Insert 500 heart-eye Emojis. Seriously. If you’re a fan of things that taste good you’ll enjoy it. Wow, I’m really selling this to you guys, hey? 

I’m still loving my evening walks with tunes blasting…

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…and hey look! I DIDN’T wear my pink lulu shorts OR purple heart shirt during a workout. YAY ME.

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My favorite way to incorporate upper body strength workouts is with 5 & 10 lb plates. I find them more challenging than free weights. If I’m using free weights for an arm/shoulder workout, I use 12′s 15′s and 20′s, but with plates, less is more. I don’t get it.

Some {breakfast} things will never change. I’ve had a yogurt or chia pudding bowl for breakfast every morning this past summer.  What am I gonna do when winter arrives and I have to revert to my seasonal diet of dead sticks, icicles and roadkill? :( No.

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I’ve had to look at this the last few nights. Ugh. This is my neighborhood, by the way.

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Every time I think about what I’m doing with my life, I feel a rush of excitement and a flutter in my heart.

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THIS article right here. I think I’ve read it twice a week since discovering it. A sweet breakthrough memory that will always stick with me is the moment I decided to show up, stop playing small and claim my power. I announced (out loud): “I know what I want and I’m ready to create. Lets do this.”  And I kept saying it again and again until I was living it.

I know it seems awfully simple, but the truth is, it was! The only thing that has ever held me back was a lack of faith and trust in myself. I needed to unlearn those fear-based mental habits and listen to my instincts.  Looking back, any time I haven’t listened to my gut, I ended up in a huge mess. That being said, I don’t regret it. At the time, I didn’t know any better. Those mistakes have taught me to pay attention to how I feel about situations, people, decision making, etc.   If something feels good, we should keep doing it. If it doesn’t – get outta there ASAP, homie. Even if it doesn’t ‘make sense’ in the moment, it will at some point.   It’s easy to become anxious when we’re always trying to anticipate the future or figure out what ‘the lesson’ is before we’ve experienced the process. The funny thing is, we know what the answer is all along. We’re just afraid of it.

And, if you’re anything like me, one day you reach a point where you don’t care anymore and have nothing to hide.

Have you read anything soulful lately? Or learned anything new?

What’s the last Paleo thing you did? (I don’t even understand this question)

Have you tried any new foods recently?

Ps. I just had deja vu. 

A change of scenery.

Why are all of latest my blog posts comprised of weekend recaps. Is it boring? Do you guys still like me?  Do I talk about Lauren and Glenn too much? ;)

I don’t have any mountainous activities to share today as I spent the entire weekend in the city. (???!!!)  Weather-wise, it wasn’t that great in the Rockies and I honestly needed a brief break from climbing mountains and wrestling with bears.

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The highlights:

-Donuts. From Jelly Modern. Oh man, they’re unreal.  We sampled 12  in one sitting. As we do.

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They make a killer carrot cake donut which was my favourite. I totally loved the peanut butter and vanilla glazed (with pink sprinkles!) too.  #Diabetes #FatFluential #MetabolicSyndrome  #whocares

-Dinner at River Cafe in downtown Calgary. We sat on the patio and it was sooooo cozy. That’s one thing I’m really going to miss about summer. Outdoor dining. <3

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We shared this amazing risotto that featured Taber corn, popcorn and nori. How’s that for a strange but good combo?

-I wore a Grecian dress. (NOT with those shoes. I wore strappy gold Michael Kors sandals)

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-A massive Costco grocery re-stock. I finally conquered my Calgary Costco fear, guys. Are you proud of me? I spent $300 on produce, peanut butter and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

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-The Farmers Market

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I found a nut butter vendor (!!!) They had almond, peanut, cashew, macadamia nut, hazelnut, etc. I sampled five of each flavour. Not even exaggerating.

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I got my gelato fix!  That would be a combo of mango and mint chocolate chip. All I did this past weekend was eat. Good times/thumbs up.

We need to talk about the neighbourhood that my friend lives in. It’s…. so perfect, quaint and picturesque… and creepy as hell. HAHAHA.

It reminds me of a movie set/Stepford Wives. I’m convinced everyone living in it is a robot. I even saw a store called Jolly Goods candy shop, which sent a bone-chilling wave of terror throughout my body.

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Then there was this cat, which sat there staring at me. Unblinking. For several hours days minutes.

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To disguise myself, I bought an iced coffee and walked around in lululemon gear then did some tricep dips on a bench.  Hiding in plain site.

What did you get up to this past weekend? Any food/travel/fitness adventures?

What are you going to miss most about summer? It’s going by way too quickly!

What do you typically buy at Costco? 

A surprise in the mountains

Hiya!

I wasn’t sure if I’d have time to pop in and say hello to today, but here I am. Hi! (insert the waving hand emoji). <– I feel like I used that line in a recent post. Did I?   I woke up at 430 to ‘something’ making noise in my bedroom. There’s either a mouse or a ghost tap dancing under my bed and now I’m freaked out.  I’m pretty sure it was gnawing on one of my race bibs, too. Ew.

I have a few things to share before I get started on my weekend adventuring. As of 12pm, I’m back at it. I’m taking the afternoon off. My boss told me to give him a few good reasons why he should let me leave early and this is what I came up with:

“I’m fun, and funny, and you love me…?”   
Boss: “That bought you 15 minutes. What else have you got?”
“Your life is better now that I’m in it.” 
Boss: “Go on…”
“Remember when I made you protein balls? I’ll do that again”
Boss: “I do remember but I’m still not convinced.”
“If I leave early, this will allow me more time to collect funny stories for my Monday morning weekend recap of my life.”
Boss: “Oh my god. I can’t wait until __ is back next week. I need him to entertain you so you leave me alone.”
<3 <3 <3

I had a visitor at work this week! An old childhood friend from my hometown is visiting from Australia and giving his girlfriend ‘The Canada Tour’. I like to think they fly overseas JUST to  visit me in the mountains. :)

The last time we saw each other was… oh geez, I don’t even know.  Based on this photo, boyfriend jeans were in style, so I’d put this at 2009?

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THE HELL AM I WEARING. Hahaha.

And now:

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He has a beard.

One of my coworkers made a scene in the lunch room yesterday when I started eating fries. “OH MY GOD, SHE’S EATING A FRENCH FRY, SOMEONE CALL THE HEALTHY POLICE”  Okay, calm down…

I’m starting to think people assume I’m some sort of freak because I bring extra veggies and avocados to work with me everyday.  I think I’ve had avocado toast everyday for the past month.  Glenn joined in on the party too. I taught him  how to make avo-toast. Mash it up before it goes on the bread, then add salt, pepper and chili flakes. So simple, yet so delicious.

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(Plus a side of mussels and prawns in a cream sauce that were SO FREAKIN GOOD.)

I saw these Paleo Wraps at the health food store a few weeks ago, and my first thought was, “I bet these suck. But I’m going to buy them anyway.”

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I was wrong! They’re coconut flour based and the ingredient list is super clean. I thought they’d crumble and fall apart or taste weird, but I was blown away by how good they held up… and taste. (I think brown rice wraps are the reason why I have trust issues.)

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I made wraps with goat cheese, spinach, peppers, tomatoes, chickpea salad and avocado. YUM!!! They reminded me of a crepe – slightly sweet. I can’t wait to make some dessert-like versions with peanut butter and bananas.  Or whipped cream and peaches.

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They didn’t fall apart or turn soggy while I was eating them, either. THUMBS UP.

I took a selfie in the gym last night. I’ve realized that every time I’ve taken a photo of myself doing something fitness-y, I’m either wearing this purple heart shirt or my pink lululemon running shorts. Every single time. I actually have more fitness clothes than regular clothes, but for some reason, these pieces are my go-tos.

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I worked my arms and core. (Bicep curls, squat into an overhead press, reverse flies and tricep dips on a bench + ball crunches)

Guys. I need you to listen to Naughty Boy’s ‘Hotel Cabana’ album. Here’s one of the best songs. (Download ‘Hollywood’, too!)

(You can thank me later)

I hope you have a great weekend! What do you have planned? 

Name your top 3 fit-fear pieces: iPod, lululemon running shorts & their sports bras

What’s the last workout you did?

Lately.

I woke up last weekend with one thing on my mind: Cinnamon.Toast.Crunch. It was one of those “I need it right now!” cravings so I rounded up my dog sled team and ventured out of the woods and into town to buy some.

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Plus 800 handfuls before and after I made this yogurt bowl. WHY IS IT SO ADDICTIVE? Best cereal ever! (There were some blueberries, bananas, plain Greek yogurt and cinnamon underneath, but we don’t care about that, right?)

It’s funny, because in some ways, since moving to the mountains, you might say I’m “less healthy” than I used to be. By conventional nutritional standards, that is.  Compared to how I was operating a year ago, my meals and workouts are less structured and  I’ve taken a much more relaxed approach to living a healthy lifestyle.   As a result, I feel… well, healthier. What I’m getting at is, over the past several months I’ve been more focused on nurturing my emotional and spiritual foundation more than my lady muscles and wow, has it ever helped me see ‘the bigger picture’ when it comes to achieving a happy, vibrant, balanced and fun life.

That being said, I still love my green smoothies and salads, but I also don’t really think twice about trying to choose ‘the healthiest option’ in a restaurant, or feel any guilt when I accidentally fall into a box of these at 9am.

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New guy at work brought these. He just moved here from Maui and has promised to help me move to the islands at some point. I just finished telling Glenn about this plan. “I kind of want to stay single forever so I can do whatever I want!”  To which he said, “That’s the beauty of your life – YOU get to choose.” Whaddaya think?

Glenn makes me happy. While we were dining together recently, I started clapping my hands and announced, “I LOVE MY LIFE!”

“Yeah, I can tell! It’s so nice to be around someone who’s so happy all the time”  :)

I’m bursting at the seams, friends. And I’m on a mission to share it.

Some other stuff I’ve been eating  (and doing) this week:

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Peaches, peaches and more peaches. I’ve been eating at least two a day, either in a yogurt bowl or chia seed pudding.

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Salads. This one featured romaine, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, avocado, sheep feta and hummus.

This weeks lunch breaks have consisted of me sitting on a bench, suntanning and looking at the mountains. :)

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Short gym sessions + long walks.  The last thing I want to be doing in the evenings is anything indoors. I rush home, knock out an intense, short weight training session, then head out for at least an hour long power walk.

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Does your city have these outdoor gyms? HOLY $*%& – the chest press machine is hard! I used that one and a shoulder press machine during last nights walk.

Last night’s dinner was super random. But delicious. All I wanted to eat were tortilla chips, but I tried to balance it out a little bit. With salsa…

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… and some veggies and chickpea salad. I tossed chickpeas with lemon juice, diced pickle, celery, dill, chili flakes, salt & pepper and mashed everything up a bit. The tortilla chips are a great vehicle for it!

Lazy girls dessert:

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Dates and almond butter x2.

I’m off to the gym, then work. Have a great day!

How do you maintain a ‘balanced’ lifestyle? How has your healthy living journey evolved over the years? 

What is it with women and snack plates. Do we have any answer for this yet? I always think of Sam and Amanda when I make one.

Tell me something happy or fun about your week: 

Kananaskis Adventures!

You know your weekend was a good one when you wake up completely exhausted and missing a toenail on Monday morning. My body is so tired, friends!  I’m not complaining though… there is SO MUCH adventure to be had in the Rockies that it’s a common (and necessary) side effect. It accompanies living the good life.

Hmm, where to start. I stayed true to my word on Friday night and stayed home. I worked out, cooked dinner (say what?!) and chatted with Lauren’s Mom for a while before heading to bed. Since I’m always craving Mexican food, I made a burrito bowl.

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My Saturday activities included climbing a mountain and eating. My friend hasn’t done much  hiking in the area so I thought Ha Ling would be a good introductory hike. HAHAHA. (How do you like me now?) I think they thought I was exaggerating when I said Ha Ling is a challenging climb, even for fit people.

Anyways, we made it to the summit in 1:18. (My future goal is to do it in an hour. I need more practice!) We ran into Jen on the way, too. Small world, hey? We have a fitness-sangria date planned for this coming weekend.

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FOOD:

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We shared a bunch of small plates and a bottle of bubbly at Tapas.

Sunday:

This is the reason why I’m so tired. One of the things I’ve been dying to do is the Kananaskis Trail – a stretch of highway that’s only open a few months out of the year. It takes you through the Highwood Pass, which happens to be the highest point on paved road in Canada. Round trip, it’s about 300km.

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The mountain range in this area is unreal. I don’t know why, but sometimes mountains remind me of dinosaurs. Yes, I’m aware of how ridiculous that sounds, but I don’t know how else to describe it!  This one looks like an ankylosaurus.

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We drove to Longview, bought beef jerky (they’re famous for it) and a friendship bracelet at a gas station.

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The next leg of our adventure was hiking Troll Falls. This is one of the most popular ‘hikes’ in Kananaskis, but most people think it ends at ‘the first’ waterfall.

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If you climb up the cliff behind the waterfall, there are at least seven additional waterfalls to explore in the forest. It’s spectacular – you literally feel like you’re in an enchanted forest. Climbing over rocks, jumping across streams, swinging from tree branches… it’s a very ‘Paleo’ experience. Hahaha!   We didn’t venture too far into the forest because it was late in the day and I forgot to bring bear spray.  And I was hungry.

WATERFALLS! New summer plan: visit as many as possible.

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Isn’t it amazing? My mountain paradise and home. The Rockies have always felt like home to me, and for the first time in my life, feel completely at ease.

Our fun didn’t end there. Next up: Barrier Lake.  Unfortunately we didn’t get to stay and enjoy the beach for very long. Once the sun dipped behind a mountain, we were swarmed by these weird swamp bugs and had to get out of there! :(

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I want to enjoy a beach day at Barrier this weekend. Paddleboards + sunshine + picnic + books = YES.

What was the best meal you enjoyed over the weekend?

Do you have a summer bucket list going? What kinds of things do you have planned?

Describe your weekend in three words: 

Irrational Fears + Beautiful Experiences

Confession time: Uh, I realize I’m about 40 years late to the party but I JUST used Google Maps for the first time ever a couple weeks ago. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Maps used to be one of my greatest fears. Mostly because I could never figure out how to get the GPS in my previous car to work so I didn’t even bother with the Google Maps app until I was forced to navigate Calgary by myself.

Lets recap all of the irrational things I’m afraid of, shall we?

  • GPS navigation systems
  • BBQs
  • Balloons (I don’t like it when they pop)
  • Bruised and/or overripe bananas
  • Lake seaweed
  • Box jumps (Sam, I know you can relate)
  • That weird feeling you get when you try to refold clothes in a store

…. Gee, I don’t know why I’m single? :)

HAPPY FRIDAY FRIENDS. What are your plans for the weekend? I was supposed to go to an ashram in BC with Glenn but we had to reschedule for September. I still have a fun weekend to look forward to, though!  My Friday night plan is to go to bed at 9pm and stay in bed for at least 12 hours. I’ve been so busy with work, recovering from the stomach flu and having fun that I forgot to sleep and now I’m paying for it.

One of the “fun” highlights from my week was meeting up with a friend for a five course Moroccan meal in downtown Calgary. I didn’t take any photos because the lighting was dim and most of the food was brown and un-photogenic. Is that even a word? It is now.   I took this photo at the Boxwood Cafe later on. We drank lemon drops and watched people doing yoga in the grass.

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People often assume that because I live in the mountains, I hate cities. Nope. I love the energy of them but I also like going home to my mountain sanctuary at the end of the day.

Switching gears a bit… I came across one of Danielle LaPorte’s Instagram posts and I thought it would make a great blog topic.

“List 10 Beautiful Experiences You Want to Have”. I’m starting with five today, because I need some more time to contemplate the rest. I’d love to hear about some of your experiences, too!

1. Watching the sunrise from the top of a mountain. How awesome would it be to begin your hike at 3-4am (okay, that part would be a little creepy) and make it to the summit just in time to see a new day emerge?

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2.  Rock running along the seabed. Who wants to join me? I’ll tow you and do all the work.

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3. Taking a week off work, packing my bags and heading to the airport with no idea where I’m going. I’d book whatever affordable flight/vacation package was available in that exact moment. Hows that for spontaneity? Plans. F**k ‘em. Not all the time, but once in a while it’s nice to surprise yourself.

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4. Writing and publishing a book. This is something that is in the works. I know with every cell of my being it’s going to happen. My ‘book voice’ is a little different than my blog voice. This space is much more casual, laid back, weird, slightly immature and random. I author Living Mint Green as though I’m actually talking to you in real life. The book is still ‘me’, just more professional.

5. Falling in love. I have “loved” people before… in the sense that they were my best friend and we shared a bond. But I’ve never completely opened up and shared my heart with anyone. (Should I feel sad or anxious about this? Because I don’t.) I know it’s worth the wait because anything worthwhile takes time.

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I like that quote! Holla.

Tell me about some of the ‘beautiful experiences’ you’d like to have! Name one, five, ten… whatever.

If you could go anywhere RIGHT NOW, where would it be?

What’s one of your favourites quotes or words to live by? 

It’s hard to believe this exists.

Not only do Lauren and I share a love of {mostly} healthy food, a house, and an inability to use a BBQ, but infectious microorganisms. You know how I mentioned I was sick last weekend? {It was like The Walking Dead meets ‘the cherry scene’ in Witches of Eastwick. Ew.}  Poor Lauren is in the same boat now. When I pulled into the parking lot at our condo last night, I was greeted by this:

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Oh this looks like a nice place to take a nap. Right next to the curb on a dirty patch of dead grass. I wonder if she’s still there. Haven’t seen her since last night. More importantly, who can I infect with my demon virus. My dream is the world.

Lauren’s Mom is visiting from Toronto and this is her first time in the Rockies. I’ve loved hearing her observations and reactions to things. For instance, her first impression of the mountains was, ‘they’re scary!’ and ‘THEY’RE JUST… THERE!’ while throwing her hands up in the air.

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We took her to Lake Louise on Monday morning and I wish I would’ve had a pen to write down all of the hilarious things she said.

“Well, I thought that was a moose, but it was just a piece of bark”

“Here Kitty!” (to a squirrel)

Lauren: “Hey Mom, we should name the squirrel!” Mom: “Yes. Mira.”   {MIRA? Where does that even come from?!}

I’m so glad we had the opportunity to go adventuring together. We hiked to the ‘small beehive’, followed by the Lake Agnes tea house, before taking a longer route back to the trailhead. It was unbelievably beautiful and a hike I’d like to do again and again. I typically prefer less-touristy adventures, but the views of Lake Louise on this one are so spectacular I didn’t mind that things got a little crowded at times.

I’m also on a mission to visit as many ‘Caribbean blue’-hued lakes as possible before the snow starts to fly.

Including a quick lunch break, it took us about 4.5 hours and we covered around 10km.

I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking.

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A few points we need to touch base on:

  • THE COLOR OF THE LAKE!! It’s hard to believe it’s real, hey? The hue changes throughout the day, depending on the position of the sun and the weather. So pretty.
  • I touched the squirrel and it made a laser beam sound. I don’t know how else to describe it.
  • We ate hummus sandwiches at the tea house, followed by giant cookies. I’ve discovered that hiking allows you to eat whatever you want. It’s SUCH a good workout… your body basically becomes an incinerator for any and all food.
  • A trip to Banff isn’t complete without a stop at Cows ice cream. There’s always a huge lineup but it’s worth the wait. My stomach was still killing me from my Walking Dead virus, but I didn’t care. I ordered Cowberry (strawberry ice cream with blueberries and raspberries).

Have you ever tried Cows ice cream? Where have you experienced ‘the best’ ice cream?

What’s been the highlight of your summer so far?

 

A Weekend Done Right: Emerald & Peyto Lake

Hey! I have a few things to share with you guys. But first, how was your weekend?  Hard to believe it’s August already, hey? There are so many things I want to do before summer is over and I’m getting worried I’ll run out of time!

It was a long weekend here in Canada and I took Friday off ‘just because’. I need to implement four day weekends more often.

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Early morning in Canmore - it’s been smokey and hazy from all the nearby forest fires lately

Have you ever been to Rocky Mountain Bagel Co? DO IT. I stop in there to grab a coffee from time to time, but I recently tried one of their Power Balls and I’m in love. It’s a mix of almond butter, pecans, dates, spirulina, matcha green tea and coconut.  That thing held me over for several hours!  I’m thinking I need to recreate these next time I make up a batch of Protein Balls.

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I got to check something veerrrrry special off my adventure bucket list this past weekend. I’m not sure if you know this about me, but I’m OBSESSED with vibrant blue-green bodies of water. I just want to stare at them all day.  I’m not sure if it’s the colour,  that I’m a water sign or maybe I’m autistic… (this sentence and explanation makes no sense. I’m going to stop now)  but I’m absolutely fixated on them. Is that weird?

Anyways, a friend and I went adventuring on Sunday and one of the places we visited on our travels was Emerald Lake. It’s near Field, BC and I’m not sure how long it took us to get there because I was under the influence of Gravol. Maybe 15 minutes or 1.5 hrs? I can’t be certain…

Okay, keep in mind I took these photos with a little old point and shoot camera, and the lake was even more vibrant in person.

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Right? Mmhmm. Yep. This exists. 

We rented a canoe and spent an hour on the water. So fun!  You can walk a 5km loop around the lake, but we preferred to take in the view from a boat.  There’s  lake front accommodations that I’ve love to spend a night in sometime. I had visions of curling up on one of the wrap around decks with a book and a bottle (or five) of wine.

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Ummm… can we talk about how blonde my hair is now? I made the mistake of telling my hairdresser, “do whatever you want!” and now I look weird. :(    It looks nice against the Emerald Lake backdrop, though.  Once fall rolls around, I’m going back to dark blonde.

Next up: Peyto Lake. I’ve been DYING to visit it since moving out here and I’m delighted to have checked it off ‘the list’.

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I can’t. It was too much for me to handle. HOW IS THIS REAL.

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I would like to be a mermaid in Peyto Lake.  I should just go for it. Why not.

We finished off the day with Greek food at Balkan in Banff. I was legit malnourished and starving by this point. Over the weekend, I either came down with a mild case of food poisoning (I projectile vomited cherries ALL over my bathroom – twice. Woo!! I’m actually proud of myself for that one) OR I’m a huge wimp. I couldn’t stomach anything other than a few bites of bread for TWO days.

We went to town on a big platter of assorted stuff: pita bread, hummus, salad, all different kinds of meat, rice, potatoes and wine.  It was so good and I can’t wait to eat there again. Everything was super garlicky and now I stink.

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This was the perfect re-introduction to real food again. Not eating for two days really rattled me. I lost who I was. Never again.

Lastly, look how cute Lauren and I are. We made matching breakfast bowls the other morning.

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Plain yogurt, bananas, blueberries, cherries (I hate cherries now. I can’t even type the word without scowling) and Nature’s Path Qia cereal.

Things I’m never eating again:
Cherries
Eggs
Daiya “cheese”

I feel sick all over again.

I’m really excited! Lauren’s Mom just arrived from Ontario and we’re taking her to Lake Louise this morning for a hike. I’m going to introduce you guys to her later this week. She’s so cute and I wish she was staying forever.

Tell me about one of the most scenic places you’ve visited. Or, do you have any places in mind that you’d love to see?

What do you usually get done at the salon? Do you let your hairdresser have complete control?