Taking a break..

Sooooo, I totally took an extended break off of MOST of my social media platforms. Oopsies, sorry!

I have been back from Florida for a while now but I have been keeping busy with a few things.

A) been working on something I am choosing to keep personal for a little while, I will mention it later on 🙂 (sorry for being THAT annoying vague blogger).

B) been working on my free lance local training business (webpage, policies etc) as well as coaching

C) it is been kinda nice living life and not documenting everything (hope you don’t take it personally ;)).

But I am here! Today, I thought I would talk about taking a break…with exercise?

Say whaaaat?!

I took the longest break from working out since starting my journey to a healthier me in 2009. Why? I felt stuck. I felt I was in a funk. I felt like fitness was a punishment rather than something I enjoyed. NO THANKS.

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Fitness has been something I have enjoyed my whole life. I was an avid team sports player most of my adolescent years, and fell in love with strength training and running in my early 20s. Sometimes you get in a funk. You get bored. Sometimes.. you need a break.

Now don’t get me wrong. I didn’t just sit on the couch all day and do ZIP. I was still active with walking and what not. I live in a city where I can walk anywhere and I also do not have a car I can drive. So I do my best to keep walking throughout the day. But I took time to just relax, take a couple hot bubble baths, and renew myself. That is exactly how I feel, my love for fitness is back and renewed. I WANT to be active. I WANT to get my heart rate going. Not, I NEED to workout.

Also, I think my body benefited from the physical rest I was giving it. So mentally and physically, this break has done me well.

 

QOTD: Have you ever taken a break from exercise for something like this?

Florida Trip- Part 1: Miami, Tampa, & Orlando

Vacation, again?

Yes, yes.. well kind of. The trip we were on before was kind of a vacation, but more so to see our wonderful family and friends :). With Matt being gone for a good third (or more) of this year, we thought it could be nice to explore and enjoy some time together in beautiful sunny Florida.

Before we left Vancouver, we met for brunch with my very best friend Natalie and her boyfriend. EVERYONE has been going on and on about chicken and waffles. Can I just say? sounds gross. Well.. it sounded gross. Jordan said Tableau (in Vancouver on Melville by Bute) is the place to go, boy was he right. It wasn’t overly greasy or heavy. So good. They served it with maple syrup and gravy on the side too.

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We had a red eye to Toronto and then onward to Miami. We got to our destination around 1 pm on Monday (left around 10:30 Vancouver time on Sunday). At our 3 hour layover in Toronto, we were blessed to see a beautiful sunrise. This photo doesn’t do this justice. In the background you can see the skyline of downtown Toronto. Gorgeous.

IMG_5175Once in Miami, we shuttled our way to the hotel. We stayed close to downtown. We decided to go for a walk and HOLY was it humid! we decided to hop on one of the free city trolleys instead and found ourselves at an outdoor mall. We found somewhere to eat and then headed back to the hotel and conked out.

I woke up feeling SO rested and hit the gym pretty hard for 45 minutes. We took the free shuttle from the hotel into Miami Beach/ South Beach area. First thing we did? Went for a swim. How can you not in this beautiful water?!

IMG_6289At one point I felt something on my hand and looked back to see I had a big jellyfish behind me. Luckily, no stings. But it scared me pretty good. We met some wonderful friendly folks on the beach, talked for a while then went off to find Lincoln mall. I remembered going there when I was in Miami a few years back. We found a Nespresso cafe that was HUGE. Never seen a stand alone store like this!

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After tons of walking about, and a little shopping at Madewell, Matt and I were staving. Most of the places around looked overpriced or much of the same (especially on Ocean Ave). We found a little Italian place by the shuttle drop off point and the pizza was phenomenal. I had the prosciutto one and Matt went with a pepperoni one. We did a little splitzies.

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The next day we packed up, and went to grab our rental car to head up towards Tampa area. Matt and I have been planning the trip as we go. We had a few spots already planned, but for the rest, we would book as we went along.

I really wanted to go towards Tampa to meet a dear internet friend. I have been talking to Julie for YEARS. Pretty much since I started this whole journey. I just HAD to see her in person. We met at Dunkin Doughnuts (mainly because I LOVE their coffee and they don’t have it in Canada but also because it was really close). We talked over coffee and then went for a nice walk around town with her little guy. We hit it off (just as I knew we would). I really wish we lived closer!! But it is okay, because she has to come to Canada at some point (sorry girl, you don’t have a choice ;)).

IMG_6300Such a wonderful day! We talked so much that we almost had her miss her afternoon appointment! oopsies!

I got back to the room and Matt and I jetted off towards Orlando and than onward to where we are now, Cocoa Beach. We hit up Orlando so we could go to the Premium Outlets there.. okay..it wasn’t Matt’s choice at all. All me. But grabbed some amazing deals at the Victoria’s Secret Outlet (I believe this is the only one they have in the US but could be wrong). If you get a chance to go, IT IS SO WORTH IT. I bought a VSX sports bra (they are amazing if you have never had them) originally  around $60 for $14.99. YUP. Also, snagged some sweats for $10. Win. SO could have spent the entire day at that outlet.. but a couple hours worked fine. Didn’t want the husband to be TOO upset with me ;).

Now off to enjoy Cocoa Beach!!

My tips and tools for new runners!

I really started getting into running in 2009 when I started my journey towards a healthier me. As I have explained in the past, running was originally a plan to lose weight. It turned from this activity that created a large caloric deficit, into something deeper than that. Running became something that really centred me, it has meditative qualities for me. It has carried me through times of struggle and times of celebration. My relationship with my body, in turn, became stronger. I began to love my body for how it could preform. I also learned to love my body for what it was, rather than picking it apart at any glance in the mirror. I have fallen in love, out of love and back in love with running over and over again. Even during the times that I felt like I was not enjoying it, I found aspects that I still truly enjoyed. But even yet, I still get the constant “HOW can you like running? I absolutely hate it. I wish I could enjoy it” response from time to time. So this inspired me to share with you some points and tools to remember when you start running:

Know you may not love running right off the bat….or at all…

When you first start a new form of exercise, it will be a struggle. For many, being sweaty, out of breath and feeling challenged does not ring “fun.” But as you feel better with your pacing, try new routes, new terrains, new races and running buddies, running may turn into something great. But also know, not everyone will love running. That is okay. We all have our own personal preferences, so of course we won’t ALL love running. But you may end up loving it after some time trying it out!

You do not need a specific plan when you first start.

When I began, I didn’t start with a program like Couch 2 5 km. (Though, c25k really is a great way to start things if you like more structure.) What did I do? I just got out there and remembered that if I had to walk, that was okay. I was still moving. So I would go out for 20 minutes and keep in mind that my main goal was just to move. Also, I would remember to check in with my body, so not to push it TOO far. I would run for as long as I felt I could, then take a power walk break. Then once I felt ready to run again, I would! Each time I would try and challenge myself and would do my best not to back down from challenges like a steep hill. Which brings me to my next point.

Do not fear hills.

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Where I live, hills are unavoidable. How will you ever improve if you do not challenge yourself? When I started, I would do my best to make goals while climbing a hill. For instance, I would tell myself that I would run up the hill until that lamppost (tree, fire hydrant etc), and often times once I got there I felt I could keep pushing to the next marker. Before I knew it, I had crested the hill. Again, some days are stronger than others. But as long as you do what you can that day, that is all you can ask of your body. Remember, though, we are a lot stronger than we think we are!

Don’t worry about apps, and other electronic gadgets.

I run with a Garmin Forerunner 310XT now, but honestly..you do not need electronics when you run. I know plenty of people that rather not run with things like this. I used to run just with a watch so I knew how long I was out there for. But you do not need expensive pieces of equipment to train. Just a pair of shoes (unless you are a barefoot runner that is…you go Glen Coco!).

However, if you want to know distance..

Maybe you are curious about how far you did go while you were out there. The main website I use (and there is an app if you so choose to use it) to map my run. It is named exactly that. Map my run.

Don’t get hooked on numbers…

It doesn’t matter how far or fast you go when you first start. Sure, these can be good goals to constantly improve on. But do not let these number make you feel defeated. You are still out there and moving!

Don’t worry about technical running gear.

I would run in sweats and a baggy T shirt when I started. Really, it is okay if you don’t have running tights and technical t shirts. Same goes to fuel belt, fuel bottles or hydropacks. Honestly, these are NOT 100% necessary. If you live in a hotter area and feel the need to have water on you at all times, sure. But no need to complicate things and buy $500 worth of things from your local running store before you first start running. Ease into it. Use what you have in your closet!

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But remember..Safety first!

You may want to buy some running shoes. Shoes are the only piece of equipment we use as runners that is absolutely key. They are also the piece of equipment that can be the cause of back, hip, knee or (insert body part of choice) pain. Running shoes are designed for..you got it! RUNNING. Where as cross training shoes are designed for places like the gym where you may be moving omnidirectional. Running, we typically run forward. Not laterally. So running shoes are designed as such. Also, running shoes can be “too old” to run in. So my best piece of advice is to go to your local running store. They can fit your foot to the proper shoe you need since we all have different foot types and may need more or less stability.

You  may also want to have some reflective tape, bands or a vest if you are early morning or evening runner.

But above all this.. the most important thing?

Don’t over complicate it. Stop over thinking it. You will learn along the way. Listen to your body, don’t over do it (too much too soon is a recipe for overuse injuries). Just get out there and do what you can that day. Some days will be better than others. Some runs will be a huge struggle. But you are moving, you are doing what you can do that day! With time, you will feel more in touch with your body and its needs. Do your best to listen to what it wants.

Don’t worry about how you look or what others could think. Because more often than not, the people who will drive, run or bike past you are not thinking about YOU. They are thinking about themselves or whatever else is on their mind. Focus on how your body feels, breathe and put one foot in front of the other.

Just get out there. Move.

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Cannon Beach, OR- Day three of the road trip

So since we leave this hotel today, I figured I would tell you where we stayed since we would highly recommend it. We stayed at the Seaside Holiday Inn. The service was amazing and the rooms were perfect. Nothing better than a super comfy king size bed after having a night in a super uncomfortable motel. SLEPT LIKE A BABY. Also, can’t complain with complimentary breakfast ;)!

I rolled out of bed around 7:30 and got out for a run. I ran along the “Prom” and then looped out onto the beach to get back. It was windy but absolutely perfect. It is just too pretty here!

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Ended up going for a 5 km. I have been aiming to be active for 30 minutes a day. I was short by a little bit. Boohoo (sarcasm). IMG_2029

We adventured out to Cannon Beach (as the title suggests). I have seen pictures and was excited to experience it with Matt! The drive was maybe 20 minutes and totally worth it.

IMG_1994Matt and I just love thinking about this kinda thing. Ready yourself, it is probably nerdy. But think about how those rocks formed? (What I warned you it was nerdy!) Pretty neato.

IMG_1995 Behold my smurf..err..I mean husband…and his beloved blue hoodie 🙂

IMG_2015I could not for the life of me get a picture I liked so here we go. I looked like cousin It with my hair all over the place. #longhairproblems #whydidntitieupmymop

I couldn’t get over how windy it was. But it was beautiful nonetheless! We decided to grab some lunch on the beach at Mo’s. The hilarious part is a lovely reader (Bethany) commented yesterday just as we sat down and ordered haha! I ended up ordering the chowder like she suggested and MAN…talk about amazing. I LOVE clam chowder!

IMG_2017Also they gave us an amazing seat. I would suggest this place again, but I probably wouldn’t have gotten the entree I went with. I went with fish and chips. Should have gone with my main choice. That is what I get for changing my mind!

We headed back to the hotel for a bit, walked around, had some pretty disappointing dinner hence why I am not bothering with showing the pictures. Let’s just say if you are in Seaside, avoid the one and only Italian restaurant. It was clear a lot of the seafood was frozen and not fresh. Yes, I channel my inner Gordon Ramsay at times. ❤

Now where are we going next :O?

Seaside, OR – Day two of the road trip

We left Port Angeles, WA yesterday morning and hit this beautiful scenic drive for about 5.5 hours. We stocked up on some healthy yummy road snacks as I mentioned yesterday. It was perfect!

20140530-100943-36583278.jpgI tried out this for the first time. If you aren’t a fan of chia or you are bothered by textures.. this may not be your thing. But I enjoyed it!

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Then we found this amazing hummus. Spinach and artichoke NOM!!! we had baby carrots and baby sweet peppers with it.

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The beautiful shores, fresh air, and gorgeous lush greenery.. ah! this was absolutely breathtaking.

20140530-100944-36584172.jpgWe stopped in Astoria, Or for a little potty break.

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Then it was only another half hour or so until we got to Seaside..which, little did I know, HAD OUTLETS. Not so great outlets but they had the one store that matters most to this girl. Nike!! Came out with this little sassy number.

IMG_1993I almost went uber matchy with just a plain orange and blue singlet.. but I loved the cut of this one. Don’t get me wrong. LOVE me some uber matchy running outfits. After shopping, we grabbed some grub. Yes, another burger and fries joint. I am indulging way more than expected just doing my best to not binge. I will get more on it with my fix when I get home that is for sure!

IMG_1990It was pretty good. It was rated 5/5 stars on Yelp. I gotta say that the fries were not as good as the night before. Some were cold.. but eh it was okay. We then went for a walk to the beach. Also, grabbed some good ol’ ice cream goodness. You know you are a Canadian when you are walking in a super windy cold place in shorts and ice cream in hand.. right? We had some looks since it was SUPER windy and cold. But it was unbelievable the views. YOU KNOW I was planning a beach run the next morning.

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You know I channeled my inner 5 year old and ate my ice cream on the swings with Matt.

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Then we headed to the hotel. This place is amazing. Can I live here? Please?!

Port Angeles, WA- Day 1 of the road trip!

As I mentioned, we are on a road trip! I seriously love being on the road with Matt. We travel very well together. So we took the Coho Blackball ferry over to Port Angeles, WA first thing yesterday morning. That was a new experience that I enjoyed. Quick and easy.. and fairly comfortable.

We were STARVING after. Since we didn’t have much in our fridge before we left, my breakfast was Greek yogurt, sweetened with honey and some berries..but I forgot to bring a snack. So we were both starved. We stopped at this little hole in the wall along the drive and we both thought “well we are hungry, I doubt this will be great.” But, as it always turns out with places like this, IT WAS AMAZING. Mind you, I am super okay with Mexican food most times anyway. Nom.

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Burrito El Puerto and a margarita on the rocks.

We checked into our place. We stayed in Port Angeles, WA so we didn’t have to drive the first part of the drive and get there in the evening. We settled in, I did a little bit of work and then we set off for a nice little walk around town. Port Angeles is beautiful! Something about it reminds me of one of the small towns up in the interior of BC (minus the ocean).

We came back after looking around a few antique shops for fun, and I decided I would lace up for a workout. Little bit of running, stair climbing and a couple tabatas for some strength. ( I plan on recording some things for you guys over on my Youtube channel. When I started my journey, stuff like this was what made me successful with my weight loss. You really don’t need a gym pass if you don’t want to! ) I did about 30 minutes total. Just what you need really! Then went back to clean up a little. We hit up the grocery store for some road snacks. Healthier choices! This is what we came out with:

  • strawberries
  • baby sweet peppers (my choice.. oh yum!)
  • baby carrots (Matt’s choice. Fun fact, raw carrots give me bad tummy aches!)
  • tortilla wraps
  • cheese
  • hot sauce
  • a rotisserie chicken
  • hummus
  • kombucha  (for me since I don’t think Matt enjoys it much)
  • and mama chia (also for me)

My goal is to keep active while away and to make good healthy choices but still allow myself to indulge. CLEARLY. As you will see from my food choices here. Hello burrito… wait til you see dinner. MY GOSH, it was marvelous!

I checked two of my favourite apps to use when looking for places to eat.. Yelp and Around Me. We decided to check out “Next Door Gastropub.”

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I mean, they had a “build your own fries” and “build your own mac and cheese” section on their menu. How does one not get tempted by something like that? Well.. maybe if you aren’t a cheese or fries person.. but I am both of those things. We ordered some Local beef from Tacoma, WA, and got our burgers and fries. They had so many interesting options for burgers. Some included coffee rubs on the meat, some had peanut butter in them..some had jam in them. Craziness. Matt and I, being not so adventurous, went with the “black and bleu” burgers. You guessed it. Bleu cheese and bacon. I went with garlic Parmesan fries since that just sounds unbelievable in my books. Matt is a yam fries kinda guy.

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Yes it was just as amazing as how it looks.

They have a marathon coming through this little cute town on Sunday. Kinda wish I had known, but eh.. there is always next time! I have Piyo to get to instead!

Question of the day: What are some of your favourite road tripping snacks?

 

How to get yourself out of a funk

Do you ever have those days, weeks… or even months where you just feel like you are static? you are not changing. You are not getting out of your comfort zone. Just.. nothing is happening?

That has been me for the last little while. Sure I have been working out but I haven’t been fueling the way I could be. I haven’t been challenging myself with my work. In fact, I have SLACKED with my work. I apologize if I haven’t been quick to replying with you if you have been contacting me for coaching or training. I have been an anxious mess to be honest. I haven’t felt like me. Meaning.. though I am a planning ADDICT. I write EVERYTHING down. Yet, I have managed to let things slip through the cracks. I have overwhelmed myself with a TON of things to do that I feel paralyzed and I don’t get things done. Hate that.

I don’t like not knowing what our move in date is. I don’t like that I have been comparing myself to others. I don’t like that I have allowed myself to slip into a negative slump. Not cool, man. So now what? CHANGE. That is what.

Before bed last night I wrote this on my “desk” (the quotes are because my desk is currently a whiteboard over top of some plastic storage bins..):

Breathe

Drink water

Be grateful (name 2 things)

Smile

Sweat it out

Sometimes, we need to slow down in order to speed up. I have said this before. I always seem to forget. It is okay to be human. It is okay to sit back and think “what needs change here.” Reflection is what helps us grow. So I woke up, took some breaths, had 32 ounces of water, thought about the amazing people I have in my life that I am grateful for, smiled, and got my sweat on.

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Cardio and Plyo fix because I felt I needed a good long HARD sweat session. Man I felt ROUGH during it. Always the case after eating poorly for an extended period of time. But after? BOY did I feel good. As they say, no one regret a workout!

Tomorrow Matt and I will be off on a roadtrip. We had some free night stays at some hotels and we felt we needed some one on one time to reconnect. Love some husby and wifey time.( Ew. Yes I just said that. Ew. Sorry. So very sorry.)

Cannot wait to show you all snippets of our trip! ❤ I am also getting Piyo certified while we are down there because.. well…we are just gonna be in that area at that time and..why not? Don’t know what Piyo is? here is a bit of a look into it.

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Oh and last but not least.. I wanna show you an update on my sweet golf-ball-induced-bruise because I am a classy broad like that. I know I said I wasn’t going to do this.. but this is just too awesome..err..okay maybe a bit gross too.

IMG_1918That was taken yesterday.. it is a bit different looking today but hey, it will heal up. 😉 But seriously? who ever thought I would get nailed by a golf ball on a race? At the time it sucked and hurt SO bad..but now it is kinda funny in a “what the..” kinda way. Anywho, I am done here. BYEEEEEE!