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.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The August Break



Lets participate in this, shall we?

:)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Why I Want to Maintain Health

Ever created a list of the reasons you want to be healthy so that you can refer back to it when your motivation is lacking? It is a seriously awesome tool that can help amp up that motivation and kick start your gears to keep moving towards your goals.

  1. Longevity - I want to be around for a long time. Eating healthy and being active are two key pieces to that.

  2. Energy - I always feel more energized when I am eating whole foods and limiting processed ones.

  3. Mental Clarity - When I am healthy I feel clear and ready to take on the day.

  4. Confidence - Yes, superficial, but when I am a healthy weight, eating healthy foods and exercising regularly I feel confident about my body.

  5. Setting a Positive Example - As a Registered Nurse, I need to practice what I preach. That includes setting a healthy example with my diet, exercise, and coping skills.

  6. Supporting those I love - You can only help and support others as good as you support yourself.

  7. Hitting PR's - When I am nutritionally focused, I can better perform in the gym and on my runs.

  8. Environmental Sustainability - It is more environmentally friendly to eat a whole foods, plant based diet.

  9. Less Cravings - Taste buds change.

  10. Feeling Free - I remember a time when I felt free of all of the weight (emotionally and physically). I want to get back there. I will get back there.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Here is the Truth


  • I am complacent. I am ambivalent. I am undecided if I want to step it up a notch with the healthy eating. Right now I would say I am legit giving it about a 50% effort. Not good.

  • This minimal effort is showing. I am unhappy with the way my body looks. I look soft. I don't mind the curves. I don't mind my thighs touching or the cellulite. But I don't feel like I look as toned as I want to. This needs to change.

  • I just don't feel like running. I mean.... at all. Every day that I have a scheduled training run in is the.worst. All I want to do is crossfit (l.o.v.e), lift weights, and cross train on my fancy new elliptical.

  • Why, oh why, don't I want to run? Probably because I feel out of "running shape" and my speed and lack of endurance mirror that. I know, I know, if I just bucked up and started running regularly it would easily come back, but I just can't muster the motivation to do it. Long runs seem especially dreadful.

  • This totally sucks because I am running a half marathon on August 25th and my longest run to date (which was 3 weeks ago) was 10km. Fack.

  • I feel like I haven't regained my energy since the wedding. With starting a new job, attending 2 other weddings, and everything in between I feel thinly stretched and worn out.

  • I feel like today I should take a "rest day" but a mental rest day, not a physical one. Maybe then I can be back at it tomorrow? Nice enough weather out, I will probably take the dogs to the park, but sleeping in until 10am and missing my long run definitely make me feel like a tad bit of a failure.

  • Long time readers know my 2 favorite words: Consistency and Commitment. Yeah. I got neither of those right now.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

A Good Laugh at My Expense

Guys. I did it.

I meal planned!

mealplanIt isn't the greatest by any means, but it is a HUGE win for me considering it has been probably about a year since I meal planned.

Sunday; My dad is coming over to help me put together the new elliptical I just bought. I am cooking Chicken Kabobs for him and a Veggie burger (no bun), roasted asparagus, and sweet potato for me

Monday; Finally going to roast up the spaghetti squash that has been in my fridge for I dunno, a Month? Also going to pan fry some Tofu and Steam some Broccoli

Tuesday; Left Overs but instead of Broccoli I am going to have Green Beans

Wednesday; Sauteed Cabbage (a favorite that I always forget about!) and the other Veggie Burger in my Fridge

Thursday; Left Over Cabbage and Roasted Vegetables

Friday; Fancy Mac & Cheese (Yum)

Saturday; Best friend Kate and I are going to a wedding in Edmonton. She is always my alternative date when Matthias is away working ;)

Okay, funny story for you all.

I went to a friends wedding dress yesterday and I wore a dress that I bought in palm springs at a 16$ store. What is a $16 dollar store you ask? A store where EVERYTHING is $16 or less. So this dress was supes cheap and you could tell when you looked up close. It was fraying. Everywhere. and It had a bit of a rip in the side (just the lining) after the first time I wore it. I figured I could get a few more wears out of it, and it was pretty cute, so I wore it to the wedding I attended.

Afterward, I wanted to go shopping at Target to see if I could find another dress to wear next weekend to the other wedding I have, because I accidentally ripped the bottom of the dress I was wearing. But don't worry. It just looked like a slit up the leg, it was tiny.

Well. I get to Target and I am walking around shopping and all that fun stuff. I grab my items and go in to the change room. I pull off my dress and try everything on. I go to put my dress back on and there is a GIANT (I mean huge. from my ankles to my butt) rip up the back of my dress. I instantly panicked. How the heck was I going to get out of the store without anyone seeing that!? HOW LONG HAD IT BEEN THERE?!

Well, thanks to the rip in the lining I had a safety pin that I could move so I pinned the back of my dress half-assedly together and wore my purse over my butt so you couldnt really see it. Needless to say, the dress hit the trash can the instant I got home!

dress

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Things I am Looking Forward To


  1. Meal Planning more regularly - I am making it a goal to try at least 1 new recipe a week.

  2. Starting my New Job on MONDAY - I did my tour yesterday. It is a wee bit overwhelming but I am hoping it will be a good change :)

  3. Edmonton 1/2 Marathon in August - Training is going good! I am definitely not as fast as I once was but thasokay.

  4. My honeymoon in 51 Days!! We booked everything! The Flights, Rental Car, Hotels. Now we just need to pay off our credit cards haha. Europe is EXPENSIVE. We are landing in London and doing a Contiki tour for 4 days. Going to Rome after that for a week, we are renting a car so we can travel all over Italy. Then we are doing a roadtrip from Italy to Germany and spending 9 days in Germany! We will be partaking in Oktoberfest, seeing castles, and eating delicious German Food. I CANT EVEN.

  5. Crossfit - My shoulder isn't totally healed (something with my rotator cuff), but I went back to Crossfit TWICE last week. HUZZAH! LOVED IT JUST AS MUCH AS BEFORE. It feels SO SO SO SO SO good to go back. I did Karen on Tuesday (150 wall balls), I used the 12lb ball and finished in 10:32. I brought Matthias for his first ever crossfit workout on Wednesday and it was a doozy!



  • 10 Over Head Squats

  • 10 Over the Box, Box Jumps (Jump on one side, off the other)

  • 10 Thrusters

  • 10 Power Cleans

  • 10 Toes to Bar

  • 10 Burpee Pull Ups

  • Go through sequence once then repeat starting from the bottom to the top.


I was actually really glad he came to this WOD. Chippers are always challenging but he got a taste for a lot of the different movements! He said he had a really good time and is planning on buying a punch card so we can go together on his days off! :)

What are you looking forward to?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A New Era

Last evening was my last shift in my Temporary Line at the Hospital.

Since graduating nursing school I have had 2 jobs. One, working at the jail in my city. I am employed casual there, so I don't work too often. The other, a full time evening line at the hospital. Working evenings took about 4 months to get used to, but once we (Matthias and I) did, it really fit our lifestyle. He was working in town, days, I was working evenings. There was less time that the dogs were home alone. We only saw each other on mutual days off, but when we did we actually made quality time for each other and spent it doing things we enjoyed. Working straight evenings was a tad bit hard on my social life, but I am a firm believer that the friends who are willing to make time for you are the friends you should make time for yourself. I never found the evenings to be too tiring because I am a decent sleeper and would generally wake up around 9ish in the morning and be ready to go.

Things that were the hardest to get used to:

  • Having to cook supper for that night in the morning
  • Not being able to meal plan as concretely
  • Shifting my eating schedule forward to accommodate the extra hours awake

Once I was able to get that under control working evenings worked for me.

That being said, I needed to find a job with long lasting stability. One that wasn't just temporary, one that was my own.

So, about a month ago, I was offered a position at the Psychiatric Hospital in a city about 35 minutes away from where I live.

It is a 3/4 time position (14 shifts per 4 weeks rather that 19, which is considered full time). My longest stretch before was 6 in a row. Now, it is 3. I work an even split of 7 days and 7 evenings a month.

I start on Monday. I am actually pretty nervous about it. I was "comfortable" in my old position. I enjoyed doing the charge nurse thing. I enjoyed the people that I worked with and the things that I did at work. I didn't leave because I disliked the job. I left because I needed longevity.

Matthias said I sound like a school girl because the thing I am most worried about is meeting new friends. The whole "What if they don't like me?" thing.

This new job does give me the flexibility to pick up casual shifts at the hospital and at the remand center. I plan on doing that because I need to make as much $$$ as I can until we leave on our honeymoon in 52 days!

Friday, July 12, 2013

#12ThingsILoveAboutMe and #BodyLOVE

Who else saw this idea on Healthy Tipping Point?

I just love it.

In the spirit of self-love, and #BodyLOVE of course I wanted to participate. Each month I will share something I love about my body.

This month, I'm going to chat a bit about my skin.

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I have really nice skin. I never went through the acne phase throughout my teen years. I rarely get pimples. Maybe like 6 a year? It is awesome. I have really pretty freckles, and really pink cheeks so I always look healthy ;) haha.

I rarely have to wear face makeup and when I do I find it is harder on my skin than without. I also don't have to wash my face.

What part do you love about your body?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

So Much Love. [2]

It rained all through the ceremony.

And pretty much right when the receiving line was done and we were to start the photos, the rain stopped.

We headed outside and then spent the next 2 hours getting photographed. I can't wait to see them and share them with you! I hope they turn out nice.

Then it was time to go to Moxies.

flow

Check out that truck.

Matthias' parents forgot the cupcakes so we swung by the house to pick them up. Then we got to Moxies and ate supper. It was pretty delicious and fun to spend time with all our family and friends under the same roof.

We played the shoe game. Has anyone seen this? It was a hit. Matthias "won" ;) (According to him)

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gueb

We ate my delicious cupcakes and everyone kept asking who I bought them from! They were pleasantly surprised to find out I made them.

My dad read a speech from my Grandpa all the way in Toronto. More tears were shed.

People started calling it a night at 10pm which was perfect for us.

We went to pay our bill (we budgeted to pay for the whole supper) only to find out people helped to pay. This was just the nicest thing people could do for us. We weren't expecting it at all. We felt so loved.

We got home just after midnight. It was such a perfect night. We shared a small slice of our Stout Cake from Cuppity Cakes Bake Shop and then headed in to our room to get some shut eye.

balloons

Hahaha we were not expecting to walk in to our room and have the bed covered in balloons! That was a fun surprise. The dogs thought otherwise, Hank was scared of them!

Sunday

In the morning we woke up, cleaned the house, hung out with Matthias' family, and opened our gifts. I cried another handful of times while reading cards.

Stephanie came over for coffee before heading back to GP and it was so awesome to spend some more time with her before she left. I am lucky to have her and Dallas, friendships that endure time and distance.

We went to the Bay a little bit later and bought a King size sheet set and a Fondue pot. Planning for the future ;)

The rest of the day was spent on more chores and relaxing. It was the perfect way to spend Sunday.

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I can't even express in words how happy, lucky, grateful, thankful, blessed, and content I feel. Matthias and I made the best of our day despite the curve balls thrown at us. It makes for a pretty funny story. It is unique and filled with love.

Thank you so much to everyone who made my day perfect. <3

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

23 Things that Make Me Smile

It's the 23rd Annual Amie Day!





  1. My Husband

  2. My Fur Kids

  3. Having an awesome Best Friend (Kate!)

  4. Being a Nurse

  5. Eating a Banana every day

  6. Dark Chocolate

  7. True Blood

  8. Basically HBO in General

  9. Running

  10. Getting closer to being able to do a pull up

  11. Cold MGD

  12. Pretending I am worldly and drinking Martini's

  13. Accepting that I am more granola than worldly :)

  14. Union Ladies

  15. The sun and the dog park

  16. Fresh Scones right out of the oven

  17. Farmers Market Hummus

  18. Britney Spears ... and Mumford and Sons

  19. Finding the right fit of jeans

  20. Baby Cows

  21. When the Barista's at Starbucks make my drink right

  22. Moo-Henry Ice Cream from Cows

  23. Realizing how easy it is to think of 23 things that make me happy, I am a lucky girl.


How are you celebrating this national holiday? ;)

Monday, July 8, 2013

So Much Love. [1]

Words can't even describe the love that I felt this past weekend. My heart is so full.

I will share a bit of what happened over the past few days. Hopefully I can do the days justice. They seem like a blur now.

Friday

The morning started out with my nails, I love getting my nails done, but don't have enough money to get them done all the time, so I try to do them myself, but really nothing compares. :)

My friends Stephanie and Dallas arrived from Grande Prairie at about 1:30pm so it was nice to catch up with them before heading out to pick up my dress and the chairs/decorations from Parkland Party Rental.

After all was picked up we went out to Ellis Bird Farm for an unofficial rehearsal for a quick run through of how the day was going to go.

Then we had a potluck with all of the bridesmaids/groomsmen/family. It was lots of fun! We served veggie dogs, turkey burgers, taco salad, green salad, baked potatoes, a veggie tray, and cheesecake for dessert.

Then the girls went and set up Moxies to the best of our ability. We had simple decorations. I made paper flowers, we had burlap runners, and I purchased little bird cages and orange and blue bottles for center pieces. Simple and cheap was the theme of the night ;)

Then the gals headed to Kate's house where we relaxed in the hot tub before hitting the sack. Nothing wild on our end. It ended up being a bit more crazy for the boys - poker and jaeger.

Saturday

First up was HAIR! And STARBUCKS! I knew the forecast wasn't in our favor. They were calling for showers, but I thought MAYBE it would be on my side and we could make it through with as little rain as possible.

After we got our hair done we went to Kate's house to relax and finish getting ready. We played a game where the bridesmsaids answer questions about the Bride and Groom and we had some good laughs. Time went by really quickly and before I knew it, it was time to put on the dress.

It fit perfect and I am so glad I brought it in last minute to get the hips let out a bit more. These hips don't lie ;) Haha

Then it was time to go!

onway

I could feel my anxiety rising, I wasn't necessarily nervous, just overwhelmed with emotions. I put some tissues in my bust as I knew I was going to cry.

rain

And the rain started.

We got to the bird farm and it was still raining.

Last minute, we decided to move the wedding in to the visitors center. None of our decorations got moved. None of the chairs were moved inside because they had benches.

The music started and the girls started to walk out and the tears started.

I felt so lucky. Lucky to have my dad with me to walk me down the aisle, lucky to be walking towards my soul mate to marry him, lucky to have co-workers and friends and family in attendance, lucky to have my very best friends standing with me.

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I cried the whole way down the aisle and through most of the ceremony. When I wasn't crying my lips were quivering to hold back the tears. I was so happy.

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I honestly don't even remember the ceremony because I was just trying to tell myself to hold it together. Matthias was breathing so deeply to keep from crying. We were certainly a pair!

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After the ceremony we signed the documents making it legal! Then we thanked everyone for coming in a receiving line.

married

1So. The vegetarians got married surrounded by stuffed birds and ant farms with no decorations. It was unorthodox. The room was ugly. It was perfect.

Then the rain stopped.

To Be Continued....

Friday, July 5, 2013

Tomorrow.

The groom is home from work.

The spray tan is cookin'.

cupcakesThe homemade cupcakes are iced.

The table runners are made.

The dress is altered.

The bridesmaids are in town.

The forecast is questionable.

Tomorrow is almost here!

I'll catch up with you when I am Mrs. Kerber ;)

Monday, July 1, 2013

July Goals

Hello Birthday Month! Hello Wedding Month!

I have been waiting for you for a while now ;)

I don't know if I ever told this story on the blog. If I did, forgive me.

I was 15 and Matthias was 18 when we first started dating back in 2005. I remember looking ahead in the calendar on the computer that summer (I think about a month in to us dating) to see when our dating Anniversary (July 6th, 2005) would land on a Saturday. Well sure enough, 2013 was the first year that it landed on a Saturday. I remember telling my mom and all my friends that that was going to be my wedding day.

Fast forward to 2010 when I met my best friend and maid of honor Kate. We were working at Starbucks one day and I told her that story, but I added in the line "So, if we survive the 2012 apocalypse, that will be my wedding day." I also realized that it would be perfect because I would have already been done school for a year and therefor making money.

Well in September of 2012 Matthias proposed. We already had the date picked out :)

2012 came and went, and I made Matthias drive me to work that day because I finish my evening shifts at 11:45 and don't get home until after midnight and I didn't want to be alone in case the world ended. True story. I have a special man.

So here we are. July 1st, 2013. In 5 sleeps I am going to make that special man my husband FOR LIFE. Its about time. This isn't just any day. This is the day. A day I have been waiting for for 8 years. Bring on the tears.

Recap of June: I did pretty good with my gratitude practice, trusting myself, and increasing my blogging. Hurrah!

Goals:

  1. Participate in Krysten's July #BodyLove Challenge

  2. Run 3x per week - Half Marathon Training Represent!

  3. Practice Yoga at least 1x week

  4. Keep a Food Log for the ENTIRE month - This is supes lofty, but I am going to try. Not for calorie counting sake, but more for observation to try and decipher my hunger cues. This is also to see how my eating will change with a new job.


What are your goals for the month of July? ( the greatest month of the year ;) )