Training Diaries: Motivation

So yesterday, like so many yesterdays that have enough fuel in them to inspire a post, was an absolute dumpster fire. I had an absolutely raging headache all day, which was caused by my upper back being super tight. This is something I’ve battled on and off with for the past little bit. A lot of the training I do requires some pretty significant upper back engagement, and my back likes to tighten up on me if I don’t do enough mobility work. Well, between me slacking on my mobility work this week, and deciding to sleep like a human pretzel on Tuesday night, my back was an absolute mess. Hello, unbearable headache. Continue Reading ›

I Am Anxiety and So Can You

As part of Bell’s Lets Talk Day – meant to raise awareness for and battle stigma against mental illness, I figured I’d share a quick recap of the mental illness issues I’ve dealt with over the past year.

I have an anxiety disorder – generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) to be vaguely specific. GAD is best described as experiencing excessive anxiety and worry, often expecting the worst even when there is no apparent reason for concern. Which is a nice, generic way of vaguely describing a long list of crappy feelings. Different people experience GAD in different ways. For me, a lot of my anxiety/ worry is centred around self worth (or severe lack thereof). On good days I just worry a little about rational things. On bad days, it can throw me into a severe depression, which can last for months if left untreated. Sounds fun, right? Continue Reading ›

Mango Pork and Fall Veggie Roast

Hey friends! I’ve just got one question for everyone: when the heck did it become October?!?! I feel like I’m just coming to terms with the fact that summer is over, and we’re already in the thick of fall! It’s already starting to get a little chilly here in Calgary, and quite cold up at work for me, and I’m definitely noticing the days getting shorter. Since fall is always a crapshoot in Calgary weather-wise, lets keep our collective fingers crossed that we at least have a nice fall? Yah? Great talk. Continue Reading ›

How do I Hammam? Soma Hammam and Spa

Though I’m not always able to carve out time to visit a spa, I’ve always been a fan of massages. Between the regular strength and powerlifting training I do, and working a full-time desk job, I’m normally more series of muscle knots than actual human. That being said, I would hardly consider myself a connoisseur of the types of spa treatments that are out there, though I’m always up to try something new. Naturally, when Soma Hammam and Spa invited me in to try their signature ‘Grande Hammam’ treatment, I of course said yes. Continue Reading ›

One-Oven BBQ Chicken

Oh hey there friends, it’s been a while.

I hope everyone’s summer was fantastic, and the first bit of fall has been going well, and the total amounts of pumpkin are tolerable. I’ve been going pretty much non-stop since the beginning of August, which has been both super fun and unbelievably draining. At the beginning of August I competed, then ran off to California right away for REI’s Outessa summit, and I also managed to sneak away to Hawaii for a 10 day vacation. Throw in some long shifts at work in there, and generally not being home for almost 2 months, and you’ve got yourself a very tired Erin that’s in denial that it’s almost October. (But I mean, Hallowe’en, so YAY!).

Some of the main highlights from the past couple months I’ll slowly be sharing with you guys over the coming weeks; competing again (yay!), not making the 100% RAW national team this year (boo), the REI Outessa summit in California, some highlights from Hawaii, plus I’m collaborating with some really great Calgary businesses to bring you guys some new and different content as well!

I always get tons of questions about my meal prep, and where to start with organizing your food for your week. Though I’m slowly growing a collection of will-last-you-through-the-week meal prep recipes on this here blog, this one here is my current bread and butter. If I have a week where I don’t feel particularly inspired and/or motivated to make something new, I usually default to some version of this ‘one-oven’ recipe below. This method of prepping your food is also really helpful if you’re on any type of specific nutrition plan, such as RP Strength (which I’ve recently started, more on that later). Give this a try and let me know what you think! Continue Reading ›

Meal-Prep Monday: Steak Rice Bowls

Oh. My glob. You guys.

How is it August already? I feel like this summer is flying by. And of course, in Calgary, it has been raining the entire freaking time. It’s AWFUL. I don’t mind the odd good summer thunderstorm, but when it’s raining 25/8 it just plain sucks. You can’t do all the normal fun, outdoors, summer stuff that I look forward to all winter long, ya know? It’s just terrible. Someone please take this rain away from us. Alberta has had enough.

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7 Tips for Getting Back on Track

Today’s a tough day for Calgarians – it’s the first day following the Calgary Stampede. After 10 days filled with rodeos, mini-donuts, and a few too many beers, a lot of folks are feeling the after effects of straying from their normal routines, myself included! Though the drinks were plentiful and the fried food was delicious, lots of us are definitely anxious to get back on track.

Now you don’t have to be a Stampede regular to be able to relate to this feeling; summer is always filled with BBQs, weekends at the lake, vacations in the sun, and plenty of other opportunities to do some serious damage. Though the odd routine vacation is certainly more than OK, the trick is making sure your weekend off doesn’t stretch too far beyond the weekend! Feeling the effects of that last bucket of mini donuts? Here are some tips to help you get back on track.

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Meal Prep Monday: Mango Pork and Kale Slaw

Is it just me, or is it way harder to stick to your diet and exercise plans during the summer? Or maybe it’s just a Canadian thing…

There’s something about the allure of cold beer in the hot sun, and time spent near the water (be it a lake or the ocean) that makes all other priorities just seem like not that big of a deal.

What I’m trying to get at is I spent the last week houseboating in gorgeous interior British Columbia with some awesome folks. Spent way too much time in the sun, had way too much to drink, and quite possibly had way too much fun. My stomach isn’t terribly happy with me this week, but that’s what getting back on track with meal prep recipes like this one is for! Life is meant to be lived, folks.

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Meal Prep Monday: Stuffed Chicken and Roasted Yams

Yet another crazy weekend in the books. I had the chance to volunteer at the Western Canadian Championships for 100% RAW Powerlifting. What a crazy but amazing day! Though I had amped myself up to load plates for the day, I actually wound up announcing/ MC-ing the day. Who decided to give me a microphone?!?! Amongst all the great competitors I got to watch lift, including my former coach and really good friend, I got to witness something super cool. A gentleman by the name of Alan, the day’s oldest competitor at 91 years young, competed in the Bench Press only category, and set a national record! Wowza! See some footage from the day here.

Is anyone else also following The Bachelorette? Are you as over this whole Chad storyline as I am? Like c’mon ABC, I get that you need to pick out a villain for everyone to hate off the bat, and we’re hot on the heels of the ‘villains gotta vill’ Bachelorette season, but you can do better. Jeeze.

Also, this week will be super crazy for me at work, but I’m headed to Toronto on Thursday for a super quick weekend visit. Catching a Jays game, seeing TONS of gorgeous people who I haven’t seen in far too long, and I get to see the fam! I’M. SO. EXCITED.

Now for some food. This recipe can be done in the oven, or on the BBQ (which I did yesterday). Both turn out great, though let’s be real, BBQ all the things whenever possible.
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Timeraiser 2016: Volunteer Celebration

Towards the end of last year I had the opportunity to join the organizing team for Timeraiser Calgary. Timeraiser is a national organization with local chapters in most major Canadian cities. They run an art auction with a twist; art is purchased from local artists, and auctioned off in exchange for volunteer hours for local non-profits. Emerging artists are paid fair market price for their work, local non-profits are matched with skilled volunteers, attendees get to experience a great night and possibly win some great art. I got involved because I think it’s a great, fresh concept where everyone wins.  Continue Reading ›