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 ›

The Several Stages of Cutting Weight

My first 100% Raw Powerlifting meet of the 2016 season was on May 14th in Vernon, British Columbia. It was a great weekend all around, and a wrap up of the meet itself and everything that went down is available here. One thing I wanted to touch on separately though was the water cut I did to prep for the meet – I get a lot of questions about cutting weight and what I did and why I did it, so I figured I’d address some of that here.

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Meal Prep Monday: Mango Chicken and Greens

Oh! Hey there! Haven’t seen some of you lovely people in a while!

The past two weeks since Vernon have been insane. Getting caught up at work, with everything else in life that I’ve been avoiding for the past couple weeks, and not to mention getting a little run down and sick this past weekend. Keep up with your sleep y’all. I’m telling ya. My whining about my busyness aside, there’s lots of cool stuff lined up for June that I’m stoked to share with you guys. But more on that later, first, let’s get back on that meal prep train!
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Skratch Labs/ Raceday Fuel

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 ›

Meet Recap: 2016 Vernon Classic

This past weekend was my first powerlifting meet of the 2016 season – the Vernon Classic with 100% RAW Powerlifting in gorgeous Vernon, British Columbia. Anyone who knows me personally, or who follows me on Social Media, knows I haven’t been able to shut up about this meet for the past couple months. That’s because a ton of work and preparation has gone into this meet for me. Now that the dust has settled, I figured I’d do a bit of a quick recap on the lead up to the meet and competition day itself.

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Turkey Quinoa Bowls

Happy Monday y’all!

This past weekend was my first 100% Raw Powerlifting meet, and the whole weekend was a WHIRLWIND. It was amazing! I’ll do a full recap post of all the tremendous things that happened at some point this week, but just wanted to quickly update you all first. I’m so happy with how I did, and I even have some pretty exciting news to share with everyone on top of it.

In the meantime! Here’s a really easy recipe I use for Turkey Quinoa Bowls. These are light, fresh, and make for awesome lunches since they keep in the fridge really well. These are often a lunch I default to, especially when I’m cutting weight and/or am lazy.

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BBQ Pulled Chicken

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 ›