Archive: HEALTH/FITNESS

  • Lets not waste anytime here….

    As I was making a cucumber, tomato, onion, pepita salad

    with goddess dressingI thought to myself… What is the difference between pepitas and pumpkin seeds??

    Maybe your smarter than thou… but I didn’t know. Thanks to google I discovered that…. Pepitas are pumpkin seeds that are shelled

    Pumpkin SeedsFancy shelled pumpkin seeds AKA PepitasHealth benefits of these lil puppies:

    Pumpkin seeds are a very good source of beta carotene, Omega 3, protein, minerals magnesium and manganese, iron, zinc and copper and vitamin K.

    I was sooooo excited to learn that, that I ran downstairs and went on the Eliptical machine and thought of pumpkin seeds the WHOLE TIME. Nothing else. Just Pepitas…

    Okay! On to the next IMPORTANT topic of the day. I need you to do me a favour… Will you watch this video? It is from our Yellowknife adventure. It’s testament that- YOU CAN DO ANYTHING!

    The only limits we have are ones that we place on ourselves!!

    Our next video is going to be on YOGA.. not as adventurous, but I guarantee it will be a smash hit:) We are going to film at Semperviva in Kits! Remember when I did 30 days of yoga in a row there?

    I better run… but I look forward to catching up tomorrow!!
    Amen sisters! Be your own hero…. YOU ARE INCREDIBLE…xoxoxo

    :)
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  • Howdie young lady…or young man!

    After our engagement photo shoot we went to a pub called Toby’s on Commercial Drive to visit my friend Angela who organized a fundraiser for her bike from Vancouver to Seattle for the Ride To Conquer Cancer.

    Tickets were $20 and with it you got a burger (veggie option;) and a beer!

    The 2 gals riding to Seattle (Koren and Angela)

    koren and angela

    They did a great job making sure people were entertained with a burlesque show (sorry, I think I was standing at a weird angle)
    Cool band!
    Lots of people
    Raffle draws, 50/50, wine tasting 
    and great company.. Here is my friend Keli (from my triathlon group)

    Angela put on a great event! Thanks for the invite girl…We left fairly early as it was a “school night”…
    We are almost complete our Frostbite 45 video! I can’t wait to show you! You get to see these lashes batting in motion! frostbite 45
    We are meeting with Stormtech tomorrow to show them our masterpiece!
    Our next video for Stormtech is going to be a yoga video. Namaste! I am bringing a couple of my girlfriends along to be yogi’s with me;)
    I actually went to a Hatha yoga class at 7am this morning. I have a one month pass I need to use before we move to Port Moody!!

    I am rather antsy to get moving! It’s like when I was in school and summer holidays were soo close, but you had to wait. Mike simmers me down when I get really anxious for things, because he thinks you should be happy and content in this moment and never wish for time to be gone. I guess has a point.

    One of the bummers about moving is that I have to leave my triathlon club at The Right Shoe :( They have been sooo awesome and I love training with them, but I can’t commute from Port Moody. I will continue to train on my own (as I have learnt TONS from the club) and I will also look for a Port Moody club?? Does it exist??

    Well, I made sure my new building has a pool so I can keep doing my laps..I’ll swim, bike and run like my coach Lara is watching…lol

    Tune it tomorrow when I post the new video!
    I hope the rest of your day is incredible!

    xoxoxo

  • Hey!

    Wow this day is flying…  I just got caught up on 3 voice jobs, and then… I got 3 more… one of them being a 150 page audiobook. I am the official narrator of this book:

    This book was just released a couple days ago. I had a pow wow on the phone with the author this morning and I’m good to go. I’ve never been the narrator of a new release audiobook. Feels pretty cool. But ya…gonna be BUSY this weekend…..

    What else?? oh… this is how I flew home from Yellowknife yesterday:
    “Hey West Jet, how do you say UNCOMFORTABLE in french?” Mike and I checked in late, so we both got middle seats… UGH!

    The last bit of our trip was A+… I met THE Snow King… He is famous up North. Every year he makes a castle out of snow. Bands play in it, there is table and chairs, super neat-o mosquito… (no mosquito’s in winter… so I’ll say Neat-o Penguin-o)
    The King…snow king, yellowknife
    And his castle
    Table and chairs
    Guard dog (kinda felt bad for the little guy…tied up with an extension cord??)
    Inside ice ornament
    Checking out all the rooms
    Take a look outsideSnow castle, yellowknife

    Here is a statue of the Snow King, made out of snow;)
    The sign says..watch out, the arm might fall off,haha
    The Snow King’s house is actually a house boat…Yep…the Snow Castle is on a frozen lakesnow kings house boat, yellowknife

    Look at me in the middle of the Arctic, only my eyes exposed, carrying around ski doo helmets… haha
    So long Snow Castle!

    Sorry for the late blog today! Just getting caught up on a billion things! Going good though- smiling ear to ear all day long…

    Hearts and love and hugs and butterflies!

    xoxo talk soon

  • Hello there gorgeous!

    My, my it’s nice to have you here today.

    So much going on. As may of you know, I am in Yellowknife. (I leave today) however, If I didn’t come here this weekend I would have been running Harry’s 8km (it’s a cross Canada race to raise money for prostate cancer).Harry's 8km vancouver
    I obviously didn’t get a chance to run it, but my team mate/friend Kelli from my triathlon group ran it and here is what she said…

    “The day was beautiful – probably the sunniest and warmest so far this year, very fitting for a SPRING run-off.
    I ran into the rest of the Right Shoe group and together we warmed up with a 10 minute run, followed by ABC’s and strides. As with most runs, there were a lot of crazy costumes and teams dedicated to loved ones. I only got one photo around the 5K mark of the sea wall – what a beautiful run. I don’t get to run the sea wall very often so it was nice.
    The run was actually quite tough for me though I’m not sure why. I tried to keep thinking of my dad who just recently became a survivor of prostate cancer and at the end of the race, I definitely was sending him love for getting me to the finish line!”

    Here is a couple of Kelli’s pictures from the event!
    Give prostate cancer the finger!!

    Harry's 8km vancouver

    Some of The Right Shoe athletes warming up doing drills and strides..

    Harry's 8km vancouver

    Such a beautiful day!

    Harry's 8km vancouver

    Good job Kelli! I’m so proud of you young lady! Big Love to your dad! Harry's 8km vancouver
    A big YAY to all those who ran… The Right Shoe athletes included;)

    Also big props to my brother Cory, his wife, his sister-in-law Carla and his father-in-law who ran in the 24th annual Midnight Run in Lethbridge this weekend. Cory and his wife made a goal to run one race a month for the entire year (sweet!) They all had a great time and my super hero brother placed 9th over all (out of over 1700 runners) and placed 2nd in his age category! Way to go bro- YOU ARE MY INSPIRATION!

    That picture was from a different race, but it’s all I had…lol
    In the interim, I have been recovering from Frostbite 45 by spending MORE time in the cold!
    Getting suited up


    How about some snowmobiling?

    Looking pretty bad a$$ hey? haha

    Mike was in all his glory!

    Go Marianne!
    Thanks for taking us out Craig!

    Also did some snowshoeing

    Hardcore Arctic Explorers


    Feel the burn!

    I was running for this…. a beer at the end of a fun filled day outside… Looking good Marianne!

    I actually just got home. I was supposed to go run tonight but we are getting caught up on some work. Time to make our killer video and also get back into the groove with voiceovers, training, and attracting more wonderful experiences into this life!
    I hope all is going great with you! Vancouver sure is beautiful tonight…

    Thanks for stopping by;)
    xoxox

  • Alright! This is the first Monday of Spring! That is a goooood thing!

    I am in Yellowknife and it is “warm” temperatures for up North here…but it is still a wee bit chilly;)

    But-cha-know… it’s all good!

    Yesterday…I completed the most challenging trek of my life… (I was debating in my head if the West Coast Trail is harder, or if Frostbite 45 is harder… I’m going to say they are both EXTREMELY challenging…but if you compare one day on the West Coast Trail to one day hiking in the Arctic, the Arctic is harder!)

    Race Day started in the Ski Chalet, getting ready for the big start..Yellowknife, frostbite 45, NWT, winter, spring
    TIP- if you ever use hiking poles, the recommended hight is 3 inches below your armpit. I had to raise these puppies….Yellowknife, frostbite 45, NWT, winter, spring

    Ahhhh, here we are at the start line, weather is -30….. I will hike the first 22.5 km and Mike will hike the last 22.5 km…
    Yellowknife, frostbite 45, NWT, winter, spring
    And away we go!!!
    As soon as I started the race my sunglasses froze to my face…I had to take my sunglasses off…but in orientation they said- DO NOT take your shades off, as the risk of snow blindness was high at this time of year since the reflection off the snow was SOOO bright…scary…But…I carried on…

    I had a head camera on, so we are in the midst of making a video of the whole experience, (which is RAD)

    But in the meantime….I made it to the first check point, by this point I could barely open my eyes! The icicles were so heavy! (Heavier than any fake eyelashes I have ever worn, lol)

    Yellowknife, frostbite 45, NWT, winter, spring

    I was at a check point, so I got to drink some (un-frozen!) water

    I had a quick break here (at km 14.5) and re-fueled, got to say hi to Marianne, Craig and Mike.. I told them of my stories so far… “And then this happened… and then OMG this happened and I was chased by a pack of imaginary wolves and then….”

    Am I going crazy?? Maybe…

    But.. I said goodbye and carried on to complete my last 8km!

    While I went through yonder, Mike was waiting for me to say, “go….hand….” (like in highschool track and field when your in a relay and about to pass the baton)

    And… I finally finished the last 8km and got through my total of 22.5km

    yellowknife, frostbite 45, 2011, NWT

    We did the trade off…

    yellowknife, frostbite 45, 2011, NWT

    and Mike was off to do his 22.5km…

    yellowknife, frostbite 45, 2011, NWT

    While Mike was putting in his distance, my main mission was to get warm!

    yellowknife, frostbite 45, 2011, NWT

    We waited at the check points to make sure Mike made it through, they had tipi’s and tents at the check points that racers could warm up in…..

    yellowknife, frostbite 45, 2011, NWT
    yellowknife, frostbite 45, 2011, NWT

    AND…they had make-shift toilets in the tipi’s….UMMMM, ya, I REALLY, REALLY  had to go while I was waiting in the car.. but “Ummm, I’m okay, I’ll wait…”yellowknife, frostbite 45, 2011, NWT

    8hrs 50 minutes later… Mike crossed the finished line and Team Stormtech finished the race!!yellowknife, frostbite 45, 2011, NWT

    We placed 6th in the team relay! We were soo proud… The race was amazing. We lucked out that there was no major winds. YES, it was cold, but not as bad as it could have been. Would I do it again? In a heart beat!

    Hope all is well in your world! I ADORE YOU. YOU ARE AMAZING.

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