Getting Back At It!

You know who I haven’t talked about in quite some time? My boyfriend and the love of my life, the Blendtec. Remember when we moved out to the Rockies together?   It was just the two of us against the world.  We’ve been through a lot – from living in a hotel to surviving our first Rocky Mountain winter…. we’re still going strong, by the way. We share a bond that can’t be broken.

There are certain things in life you can’t cheap out on: coffee, chocolate, makeup (with the exception of Maybelline Colossal mascara – THE BEST), workout gear and blenders.  Once you make the switch to a good quality blender, your entire life expands in ways you never thought possible.

One of the Blendtec’s features is ‘Juice’ and I needed some plant power nutrition earlier this week to help me battle a demon virus.

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I used to have a juicer and frequently made green concoctions so I wasn’t sure how my boyfriend would compare to the real deal.

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In the mix: half a cucumber, a carrot, a couple handfuls of Earthbound Farms Power Green mix, apple, strawberries, juice of one lemon and about a cup of water. It had a little bit of texture (think orange juice with pulp) but it could easily be eliminated by running it through an extra cycle. (I’ve always added some of the plant fiber and chia seeds back into my homemade brews, anyways.)

I took a sick day this week and spent the majority of my time off sleeping and recovering. It was awesome. The sick part, not so much, but the extra sleep was amazing.  On Wednesday, I spent 12 hours in bed napping, reading and watching Mad Men.

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I went for a short walk around my ‘neighbourhood’ too.  It was 25C out! Last week it was 0C with two feet of snow on the ground. Crazy mountain weather.

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I’ve been meaning to share this with you guys for a couple weeks now, and if you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I mentioned I’m sloooowly easing my way back into running again. My primary care Doctor is also a sports medicine practitioner (how did I get so lucky?) and not only did they refer me to a physiotherapy clinic that specializes in rehabilitating athletes, but gave me the green light to start incorporating some slower, easy, mostly flat runs.

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I’ve been running laps around my “neighbourhood”. (if you ever come to visit me, you’ll understand why I put that in quotations. My condo is in a weird location.)

There’s a certain primal instinct and sensation within me that only running can satisfy.   Runners – can you relate? It’s difficult to put into words and at best, can describe it as something I absolutely NEED to do. It purifies and recharges my mind and body, leaving me feeling incredibly powerful and grounded.

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If you’re wondering how I took these photos – I set a self timer app. Not only do you get blog photo content, but it’s a good way to analyze your gait and how your feet are striking the ground.  (Side note – I’m SO out of shape but I’ll get back to where I used to be. Right now, I’m feeling like a clydesdale instead of an F16.)

…… Can we talk about this one? HAHAHAHA. WHAT IS GOING ON WITH MY LEGS.

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I HOPE that’s what I always look like when I’m running. Hey, have you ever purchased the professional photos of yourself from a race? I haven’t, but the proofs always crack me up because I look so mad in  them. I want to start an album of angry running photos.

Fall has arrived in my mountain paradise. Check out these views from yesterday’s commute to work.

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I’m going to be adventuring around Kananaskis Country all weekend and I can’t wait to take some fall snap shots. My plans include a scenic drive from Canmore to upper Kananaskis Lake, hiking to Rawson Lake, eating, sleeping, and enjoying a beach day at Barrier Lake. I’m so excited I’m about to lose bladder control.

I’ll see ya next week. I hope you have a great weekend! <3

What are some of your essential splurge-worthy items and non-negotiables? <– is that a word? The red squiggly line says no.

Has fall arrived in your area? What’s one of favorite things about fall BESIDES pumpkin? Flannel lumberjack pajamas. Carb loading for winter.

 

Life Lately. What I’ve been eating (and wearing)

New favourite work game: sending instant chats to coworkers that say “You’re welcome” and basking in the glorious confusion that follows.

 

It’s perfect, really. Try it sometime! (And let me know what happens)

Hi! How are you? Summer has returned to the Rockies and I couldn’t be happier.  I took Monday afternoon off because I had a Doctors appointment and was thrilled to be treated to blue skies and sunshine.

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Things have been kind of quiet in my life lately, but I wanted to pop in quickly to say hello and I miss you.

I spent last weekend in the city eating. That’s it. Eat, sleep, repeat.

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I went to The Coup for falafel quesadillas and was devastated to learn they no longer serve ‘em on weekends. (BUT WHY? THEY’RE THE BEST THING ON THE MENU.) I asked if I could still order them and they said no. :(

Instead, I got a “Mexican’ inspired wrap that had beans, avocado, eggs, sprouts and salsa with a side of rosemary hashbrowns. I shared a zucchini ribbon and kale salad with my friend, too.

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Another fun meal I enjoyed during my stay in the city was this spread:

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Wine, salad, tortilla chips + guacamole, bison salami, brie, olives, hummus and pitas stuffed with lebneh, zaatar and cucumber. I made the “mistake” of calling them ‘fun burritos’ and my friend said if I ever call it a burrito again, they’ll be-head me.

(1. They’re Arab and allowed to say that. 2. That sounds like a challenge and I accept.)

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Burrito, burrito, burrito. So long sweet friends. It was nice knowing you. :)   Will you come to my funeral?

Look!

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Oh yes I did. Nike sweats. There’s just something about that swoosh and vintage font that makes my heart sing. I’m about due for a new pair of Free Runs.

I’m so mad that I just had to change out of my sweats and into jeans. I hate living.

What’s the best thing you ate last weekend?  Even better, tell me about the best vegetarian meal you’ve had.

What are you known for at work? I’m known for a few things: being smiley, fun, and… the best one of all: ‘such a little shit’. I don’t mind it.

Do you hate wearing pants? Yes you do.

Life is giving you what you need practice in.

Yo!

It’s Fridaaaaay. What are you up to this weekend?

So, you may have heard that we received a bit of snow out west. It’s crazy to think that last weekend, I was wearing shorts and a tank top. A day later, a bunch of snow clouds (yes that’s a real thing… that I just made up) dumped two feet of snow on us.

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I got stuck in a three hour traffic jam on the Trans Canada. There were semis and cars losing control and ending up in ditches or blocking the lanes so no one could get through. After the storm passed, I woke up to a Christmas card scene on Thursday morning.

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I WISH you could see how magnificent the mountains look. They were pink! (Even though my iPhone says otherwise).  The snow melted later on in the day, leaving behind snow-capped Rockies. I love it. It makes them look even more spectacular.

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I live here and don’t mind it one bit.  If I didn’t live in the mountains, I’m not sure that I could handle winter.  Did I tell you I tried to persuade Glenn into a winter suicide pact? Yep.

I made him feel confused with that one. “Ummm, Joanna, I was thinking maybe moving to Mexico would be a better idea…”
Me: “I’m going to make us poisonous kombucha”
Glenn: “I’m not going to drink it, but you can.”
Me: “Will you come to my funeral? Will you make sure David does the eulogy?”

Well, it snowed and I’m still here so I think I’m going to make it. Even though I’m SUCH a summer person, I’m starting to get excited about snowshoeing and snowboarding adventures.   My new roommate (they’re moving in next month) is friends with a local snowboarding instructor and he’s going to teach us. AND LIKE IT.  I’m not sure if he knows about this plan yet, but he will soon.

Speaking of roommates, my current one (aka. Lauren) left me this sweet surprise earlier in the week.

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I think she got confused and assumed I was already dead. I put them next to my casket bedside.

Look at us. We’re mountain girls!

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OH MY GOODNESS, I haven’t told you about this adventure. Lauren and I were out walking when we noticed a canine on someone’s lawn.

Me: “Hey look at that cute dog!”
Lauren: “THAT IS NOT A DOG”
Me: “It looks kind of wild… like a mixed breed”
Lauren: “THAT IS NOT A DOG”
Me: “Oh, I know! It’s a coyote!”
LAUREN: “YEAH,  THAT IS NOT A DOG”

… and then we stood there for four hours looking at it.

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A few minutes later, we spotted a herd of elk crossing the Bow River.

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Yep, the rumours are true. Canada is disgusting.

It’s happening again. Another one of my blog posts is spiralling out of control. I actually have to get ready for work now, so I’m going to leave you with two quotes that I love.

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YES. Even though I “know” I’m on track, I still have moments where I question it. “Am I really doing it right? What could or should I be doing differently, if anything?”

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This one is perfect, and such a great measure. I think back to times where I felt confused, fearful, irrational and anxious and it’s because I wasn’t listening to my internal compass. Do you remember last winter when I lost my voice for several weeks? Oh friends, do I have a story to share about that. Not yet though. At least not on the blog.

What do you think you’re receiving practice in RIGHT NOW? 

Do you have a dog? What’s your favourite breed? I’ve always wanted a Golden Retriever!!! I want a mountain adventure companion. :(

Do you like winter? Anyone?

WIAW: Fun Food!

Hellooooo friends! How are ya? How’s your week going?  My body feels like it’s completely recovered from my latest adventure, but I still need to take it easy this week. I woke up with swollen glands in my throat this morning. No!!! I’m hoping it’s just some sort of auto-immune/gluten poisoning disorder and not a cold or anything.

My WIAW contribution is featuring hiking fuel, plus a few fun things I ate (and bought) during my trip to Montana.   I kinda feel like I should be ashamed for all of the non-healthy living things I’m about to show you.  But I’m not.


 

Lets get to it!

We found a southern BBQ restaurant in Whitefish and I became really excited when I saw Hush Puppies and fried okra on the menu.  I’m a sheltered Canadian, and it’s rare to find anything other than whale blubber and maple syrup in restaurants.

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Plus some fried chicken. Okra is so fun to eat. It’s gooey. Did you know it’s part of the marshmallow root family? Yep. That’s why it’s gooey. And fun. (OMG, did a five year old just write that?!)

Which reminds me. Did I ever tell you about the time my BFF Ryan said, “I like your blog when you don’t talk about food. Or working out.” Thanks bud. 

Canadian friends, I know you can relate to this one.  AMERICAN GROCERY STORES. I honestly think this is my favourite thing about traveling to the US. At this particular grocery store, I picked up Alive & Radiant kale chips ($5 a bag instead of $9), KERRYGOLD BUTTER (insert ALL the #Paleo hashtags), kombucha that I haven’t tried before, jalapeño hummus, probiotics…. oh, and some unpictured vanilla espresso almond butter.

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Chobani (remember my love affair with them? And how they wouldn’t come to my party? Or Canada?), Justin’s almond butter (plain and maple), all of the GT’s kombucha flavours you can’t find in Canada. New favourite is passion berry, by the way.

Moving along… 

I’m going to share some of the things I devoured this past weekend.  This was my pre-hike breakfast on Saturday morning.

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Eggs on toast, avocado, tomatoes.

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A couple hours into the climb, a cookies & cream Quest bar.  (What’s your favourite Quest bar flavour?)

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A chicken and avocado sandwich. I don’t like to sit down and eat a proper meal while climbing. I prefer to fuel as needed.

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‘Trail Mix’ – pecans, cashews and…. Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Haha!

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Post hike pizza. There was a salad and wine on the side too.

The next morning…

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Apple berry breakfast crumble and a breakfast panini from Communitea. (I shared this with a friend, by the way. I’m not THAT gluttonous.)

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Uh, this would be a burger featuring PEANUT BUTTER AND JAM. From Eddie burger in Banff. I loved it! It’s a sweet & savoury combo lovers dream come true.

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A park in Banff. Just because. :)

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Cows ice cream. I can’t remember what flavour this was. It had chocolate chips and salted toffee swirls in it though.  I wasn’t even in the mood for ice cream, but we were in Banff and Cows ice cream is amazing, so I ate it anyway.

And this is why I probably have a sore throat and feel under the weather.  Hahaha. I don’t eat like this everyday. I eat pretty healthy during the week and tend to live it up a bit on weekends. I think it all balances out.

Are you a fan of sweet & savoury combos? 

What kinds of food do you pack for hiking/exploring the outdoors? 

Favorite fried food?  I’m gonna go with onion rings. Or sweet potato fries.

“Why would they do that?!” – Hiking Centennial Trail

I climbed a mountain on Saturday.   If we ever meet in real life, I should probably make you aware of the fact that I’m not to be trusted when it comes to hiking adventures. I have a tendency to make it seem like we’re going for a leisurely stroll in the forest, and before you know it, we’re summiting a mountain.

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The view from the Centennial trailhead.  

I’ll always remember the time my Dad yelled, “I should’ve known what was going to happen when you told me the “TRAIL” was called Table MOUNTAIN. I’m just going to lay here and wait for you to finish climbing to the top!” And he did.

Have I told you that I’ve been working my way through an adventure bucket list this past summer?  One of the things on the list was Centennial Trail and summiting Mt. Allen in Kananaskis Country.  Not only is it the highest maintained trail in the Canadian Rockies, but one of the most challenging hikes  in the area. During the climb, approximately 4500ft of elevation is gained, putting you close to 10,000ft once you reach the top.

I did a little bit of research beforehand and I don’t know if it’s because I can’t read or follow instructions, but when I read that it takes 10 hours return, I thought that meant the trail in it’s entirety.  I guess most people start at the Ribbon Creek trailhead, summit Mt. Allen and turn around.  We chose the longer route, starting near Dead Mans Flats and ending near Nakiska Ski Hill.

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The first 2.5 hours were in the trees. Once we ascended past the tree line, we were greeted by this view. Whoa.

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Based on my (incorrect) calculations, I thought it should take us five hours MAX to hike from my house, through alpine meadows and then just a hop skip and a jump over the mountain. Nope.

I started getting a little nervous when, at 5.5 hours in, were JUST making it to the top of Mt. Allen and realizing, uh oh, now we have to descend this F@!$*&. And it’s 4:30pm. And we’re quickly losing daylight hours. OH SHIT.   Maybe I miscalculated our time.  Sorry about that?

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Three Sisters! They looked so small.

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It looks cold, but it wasn’t. It was around 20-22C with absolutely no wind. (It snowed a few days before on the mountain peaks).

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The first thing we saw at the top of Mt. Allen was a raven. It was equally creepy and magical.

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The top! Hello, world! 

I don’t know about you, but my reaction to summiting mountains is always, “WOW I DID IT! Now get me off this rock!”  By this point I’m usually so mentally and physically fatigued that I start feeling cranky and annoyed. And hungry. Fantasizing about milkshakes, burgers, pizza, cold beer, a hot bath and my bed.

It was a painful descent. My legs were screaming, I kept randomly falling over (a ghost pushed me!)  and I needed to stop and take Advil.

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Cool rock formations along the trail. I felt like I at Stonehenge. On Mars.

Finally, after 8.5 hours of pushing our bodies and minds to the extreme, we emerged from the forest and into the Ribbon Creek parking lot. I’ve never been so happy to see concrete!  Or Glenn. He picked us up from the side of the road and drove us home because he is a nice man. And my friend.  :)

When Glenn told David (my boss/work companion/life partner/best friend/MAN WHO MADE ME THROW UP) that he was picking us up, David said:
“What? Where are they walking from?”
Glenn: “Joanna’s house”
David: “WHAT? WHY WOULD THEY DO THAT?!?!” 

…. he’s right though…. Hahaha!

Before crashing into a glorious death sleep, I fell into this:

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FOOD. ALL OF IT!

I slept for 9 hours, woke up, then rode my bike to Banff on Sunday afternoon. I just don’t stop. Nor do I want to. This might sound weird, but even though I make the most of my free time, I still feel like I’m not doing enough!

I’m sore, covered in bruises, my lips are chapped, I have a sunburn on my chest and I feel like I could sleep for 100 years.   Thumbs up!

What’s the most gruelling thing you’ve ever done?

Name three things you did this past weekend:

 

Labour Day Weekend Travels

WHY HELLO THERE.

Long time no talk. What is up? How’s life? I’m not even sure where to begin with playing catch up. I went on another mini-vacation-adventure for Labour Day weekend, so lets talk about that. (I hope your weekend was lovely, by the way!)

But first, THIS VIEW. Lauren and I went for a romantic evening walk along the Bow River late last week.  Our time together is quickly coming to a close and I want to spend as much time with her as possible until then. (Our jobs are making this nearly impossible though. Boo.)

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Can you believe summer is over? Holy. Time sure flies when you’re having fun. The past few months have been a complete whirlwind of good times with good friends. I’m excited to see what the fall and winter months are going to bring in terms of new chapters. I can sense big changes coming!

Labour Day Weekend. I left the mountains to go to the mountains. A friend and I planned an impromptu last minute getaway to Montana. The original idea was to find a hotel in or near Whitefish and spend our time on the lake, hiking in Glacier National Park and dining. Nope. Instead, we rented an adorable rustic log cabin 25 miles north west of Whitefish in the middle of the woods. No cell service, no wifi, no tv and no people. For the most part, we were completely isolated and disconnected from the world. It was such a treat!

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We spent the majority of the weekend reading, eating, napping and lazing around.  Sometimes doing nothing is wonderful.

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This is what I’m currently reading. I have a hard time putting it down- it’s been a while since I’ve been completely captivated by a book. I highly recommend it!

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One of the highlights of my trip was the drive. I left Canmore on Friday morning at 6:30am, picked up my adventure buddy in Calgary, then headed south to Montana where we traveled along the Going To The Sun Road to our destination.  It’s difficult to describe the experience because  you feel like you’re in a different world. My friend compared it to the planet in Avatar. Pretty much.

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I think we rolled into Whitefish around 3:30pm. After a quick trip to the beach and bite to eat, we headed off to the cabin and basically didn’t surface again until Monday morning.

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Huckleberry waffles, eggs, Applegate chicken sausages

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The next leg of our journey took us to Waterton. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know how much this part of the Rockies means to me. It’s my home, and where a piece of my heart resides.

My adventure companion had never been and we were short on time, so I gave them a brief but action-packed tour of the park featuring all of the must-see and do Waterton experiences.

-We climbed Bears Hump

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-Cameron Lake (it was too cold and windy to walk around)
-Hot dogs and sweet potato fries from Wieners of Waterton
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-A stop at the candy and ice cream shops
-Explored Red Rock Canyon, which I was  thrilled to share with my friend.  I have fond memories of calling into work “sick” then spending the day playing in here.

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Considering we were only there four hours, we knocked out a lot of stuff, hey?  I’m so tired from yesterdays loooong travel day. But again, it was worth it. Making memories instead of dreaming is worth losing sleep over. ;)

Tell me about your weekend! What’s been going on in your life lately?

What’s the last book that made your heart sing? 

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?