I feel like this past week’s shenanigans deserve a recap. Everything was completely derailed when I had an awful reaction to a new set of lash extensions. I had gotten extensions in the past, and was in fact getting them regularly for about 6 months. I stopped when I had a bit of eye irritation after a fill, and the tech immediately blamed me for the problem. I had those removed and opted to take a break for a couple months. This is what happened when I finally decided to get a new set again. Continue Reading ›
I was catching up with my Mum last week and she mentioned, “it feels like February just showed up out of nowhere and punched me in the face.” I laughed, firstly because my Mum always winds up with a case with the February blahs – she lives in Toronto and this time of year is notoriously cold, grey, and generally tough on everyone. I totally empathized; when I lived in southern Ontario I always went through the same thing. I also laughed because I related SO MUCH to her sentiment. This month has really been kicking my butt. Continue Reading ›
Oh hey friends, it’s been a hot minute since the last time we’ve talked. As much as I enjoy blogging and sharing fitness, meal prep, and mental health things with everyone, unfortunately it’s fallen pretty low on my priority list over the past couple months. One of my personal goals for 2018 is to get back on the writing bandwagon. Only took me until February to get around to that… better late than never? Continue Reading ›
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 ›
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.
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 ›
I’ve got some pretty freaking exciting news to share with you guys. Well, I’m pretty excited for it anyways. As of this weekend I’m officially partnered up with Skratch Labs and Raceday Fuel as an ambassador/ athlete! Those who know/ follow me have probably heard me mention either or both of these guys in the past, and I’m so thrilled I get to work with them even more moving forward. Continue Reading ›
I. Love. BBQ pulled pork. Now that it’s starting to really warm up in Calgary and it kinda, almost feels like summer (I don’t want to jinx it) I’ve been craving it like crazy. It’s one of those foods I always go for when eating out. When I have bad pulled pork, it crushes my soul a little bit. When I have really great pulled pork, it’s a life changing moment. Every time. I think this means I need to get out more…
Now, though BBQ pulled pork is actually quite reasonable to make yourself, the fact that it’s pork usually results in a reasonably high fat content when you crunch your macro numbers. Normally this would be fine, but since I’m on a cut to prepare for my meet in May I’ve cut right back on my fat intake. I find my body responds and performs best on high protein, high-ish (but always dense and complex) carbs, and very low fat. What’s a girl to do? Continue Reading ›
When I travelled to Africa this past holiday break, I was sure to bring my FitBit Charge HR with me to capture the 7-day slog up Kilimanjaro I had signed up for.
Spoiler alert: I took a lot of steps and climbed a lot of floors.