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 “One-Oven BBQ Chicken”
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.
Continue reading “Meal-Prep Monday: Steak Rice Bowls”
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.
Continue reading “Meal Prep Monday: Mango Pork and Kale Slaw”
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.
Continue reading “Meal Prep Monday: Stuffed Chicken and Roasted Yams”
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.
Seriously, the number of confused looks I get about this would blow you away. Continue reading “The Several Stages of Cutting Weight”
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!
Continue reading “Meal Prep Monday: Mango Chicken and Greens”
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 “Skratch Labs/ Raceday Fuel”
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.
Continue reading “Meet Recap: 2016 Vernon Classic”
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.
Continue reading “Turkey Quinoa Bowls”
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 “BBQ Pulled Chicken”