healthy |ˈhelθē|adjective ( healthier , healthiest )in good health: : feeling fit and healthy.• (of a part of the body) not diseased : healthy cells.• indicative of, conducive to, or promoting good health : a healthy appetite | a healthy balanced diet.• (of a person's attitude) sensible and well balanced : a healthy contempt for authority.• figurative in a good condition• desirable; beneficial• A conscious choice; A life-long commitment.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Bakin' Friends

I joined Bakin' Friends for the month of August! The secret ingredient was OATMEAL. drool.

From the website:
Bakin’ Friends is all about connecting bakers, bloggers, foodies, and people who just like sweets! We’re in the business of baking and making friends!
Each month we will be baking goodies, with a secret ingredient, to send out to one another. I’ll let you know at the beginning of the month what secret ingredient we’re using. It might be chocolate, it might be maple syrup, it may be bacon, whatever it is though you’ll be required to use it (unless there’s an allergy to the ingredient) in your baked goody.
On the 6th of each month you will be paired up with a Bakin’ Friend. You’ll contact your newly appointed Bakin’ Friend to see if they have any allergies or dietary restrictions and you’ll also get their mailing address. Then you’ll bake your goody and have it in the mail and on its way to your new Bakin’ Friend by the 16th of each month. You’ll of course want to include the recipe for your baked goody so that your new friend can recreate the yummies at home! How cute would it be if we all did our recipes on vintage recipe cards, just sayin’!
Then, on the last day of the month we’ll post about who our new Bakin’ Friend is, what they baked, and how they used the secret ingredient. (This group right now is only open to US and Canadian residents. US residents will be paired with US residents, and Canadian residents with Canadian residents.
I sent some baked goodies over to Erin. Check out her blog, The Spiffy Cookie, for a recap!

I got some delciousness sent to me from Steph at Steph's Bite by Bite.

I unfortunately was the only Canadian, so I am only going to participate next month if more Canadian's sign up! *cough* go sign up now! *cough*

Ahhh.... The ever elusive Cookie Butter from Trader Joe's. I am headed to Vegas in approximately 3 weeks. I have Trader Joe's and Whole Foods on the Brain, and will be sure to pick some of this crack stuff up when I am there!

I promptly inhaled 3 cookies. Eating only cookies for lunch is okay once in a while. Right? ..... Right.

It was tons of fun, and super delicious!

Now, I would totally love to participate again!! So my fellow Canucks, please sign up, comment and let me know you have signed up, and I shall sign up again and maybe we could be paired up!

Friday, August 24, 2012

The way to my heart...

... is through vegetables.
It takes a special guy to know that...
So when he sent me a message saying "Can I send you a picture of the vegetables I harvested at the garden today, you won't believe it", of course I responded with "Sure lol". He sent that picture while I was at work. My immediate response, aside from a giggle, a few happy tears, and an "Oh my god!" Was "Of Course."

Only he could surprise me like that. Only he is worthy of the title "Fiance" and "Husband" for me. Only he can be my soulmate.
July 6th, 2013
Save the date.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

THIS.... IS.... SPARTA

A cheesy title?
Perhaps.

A FLIPPING AWESOME SPARTAN RACE!?
Totally.

Today, Matthias and I geared up....
Got Coffees and hit the road....

Made it to our Calgary Destination....

Got our race numbers....
 
.....and Obstacle-Coursed it like a boss.

5km of Mud, Fire, and Challenge.

Sweet, victory medals.

This guy was a little tired after ;)

Sweet, delicious, Tubby Dog's (a-la-You-Gotta-Eat-Here) for lunch. We both had the A-Bomb made with Not-Dog's and No Bacon.
 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess

I have been meaning to write this post for a while.... like almost 2 months. Forgive me? I have been working, and actually working out (*cough* doing these workouts) instead and have been quite lackluster in my posting as a result.

Here I am now though! Better 3 stages in than never... right?

So here's the deal: I needed to increase my strength training, but I was reluctant to follow anything Matthias put together for me (hello, he's a man, he likes to pump up his biceps and what not... I'm not in to the whole lady-guns thing), and I was too poor to buy some personal training sessions. I was scanning the message boards on MFP and saw a post with some before and after pictures of the ladies who followed this program. I thought I would check it out, ended up buying the book, and actually reading it while I was still in school. Crazy, right?

The book made sense in terms of strength training to me - It is hard for me to do it at all, why would I break it up in to different body parts if I can hardly commit to it at all? All over strength workouts are for me. I didn't agree with the nutrition part of it entirely - Increasing protein, yes, but I am not willing to turn to animal sources for that.

So I printed out my workout tracking sheets, filled em' in, and hit the weights.

Here's a breakdown:
  • 6 stages, alternating between 2 workouts (A & B)
  • In stage 1 you do both workouts 8 times (total of 16), in all other stages you do each workout 4 times (total of 8)
  • Each workout is all-over strength training and focuses on functional movements instead of useless movements (such as tricep extensions)
  • They structure the program so that by the end of the 6 sessions you should be close to doing an unassisted pull up (everyone is different though, and everyone comes in to the program with a different fitness level)
  • They recommend you do 3 strength training sessions a week, other exercise is "optional"
  • The book is easily written and has some good humor in it
I usually end up doing 2 strength training sessions a week (dragging out my stages a bit more), but I have found that this fits in nicely to my lifestyle and then I am able to maintain my other fitness loves such as Spin, Running, and Yoga (although I really need to do this more often).

I am currently in Stage 3. Here is what my workout looks like:

A - 3 Sets of 6 Reps
  1.   One-armed dumbbell snatch (25lb)
  2.  Dumbbell single-leg Romanian deadlift (30lb/hand)
  3.  Barbell bent-over row (55lb)
  4.  Dumbbell single-arm overhead squat (10lb/20lb)
  5.  Dumbell incline bench press (25lb/hand)
  6.  Plank (90s)
  7.  Reverse wood-chop (12kg Medicine Ball)
  8.  Body Weight Matrix (24 squats, 12 lunges/leg, 12 lunge jumps/leg, 24 squat jumps)
B - 3 Sets of 6 Reps
  1.   Barbell Romanian Deadlift/bent-over row (55lb)
  2.  Partial single-leg squat (25lb/arm)
  3.  Wide-grip lat pulldown (70lb)
  4.  Back extension (25lb plate)
  5.  YTWL (8lb - Think of your arms in each position, confusing to explain)
  6.  Swiss-ball Crunch (12lb weight held above head)
  7.  Reverse Crunch
  8.  Side Ball Crunch (5lb)
  9. Interval Training (15min - 1min hard, 2min recovery)
 Have I noticed a difference in my strength? Absolutely.

When I started doing Wide Grip Pulldowns the most I could do was 35lb. I am now up to 70lb.
I could bicep curl 15lb, now I can do 25lb.
I can do 10 real pushups, before the most I could do was 4.
My abs and my arms look more defined, however I don't have any pictures to prove this.
I can deadlift 70lb, and if my gym carried more heavy weights I would be able to increase that.
I can squat 80lb, when I started I could barely do 35lb.

I am enjoying the variety in the workouts and learning different strength moves. The workouts so far take me up to 80minutes, which isn't too bad considering its only 2/week.

For a beginner, who is looking for an inexpensive strength training guide, I would definitely recommend this book!

What do you do for strength training?

Friday, August 3, 2012

Full Time Fast Forward

So with this whole working full time thing the weeks really fly by.

I have a love-dislike thing going on with the straight evenings in my rotation. A part of me likes the evenings, I sleep in just fine, I get up, clean the house, exercise, and cook supper. I like the shift differential (almost $3 extra/hour). I like the staff.

What I don't like..... Well I miss seeing that Matthias Guy every evening. I get to see him in the morning, I get up and make him breakfast before face planting on the bed again, but I feel bad when he stays up until midnight when I get home because then he has to get up at 6am.

I guess every job has its positives and negatives and overall I am very grateful to be in a job I enjoy. Now I just must wait for my "perfect" shift rotation... a 0.84, days evenings. I don't think that's asking too much ;)

I had another epsiode (or so I think) of hypoglycemia during work on Tuesday night. Either that or food posioning. I was so nauseous and it just kicked me. I felt like I was run over by a truck for the rest of my shift. Then I ended up sleeping until 1:30pm the next day. I still felt "off" like I had slept in TOO long. Thursday I woke up feeling great, thank goodness.

So I am planning a surprise for Matthias in September. We both have 5 days off so I have booked a bit of a get-a-way for us!! I don't want to spill the beans just in case he were to stop by and read the blog, but I am counting down the days!!! 42 days to be exact. Shoot.. I need to pay off my credit card before then!

I also can't believe it's already AUGUST. When did that happen? I feel like such an adult now. Working full time, owning a house, Geesh. Better go and buy a walker and a shuffle board.