Posts Tagged: 2011

  • Hello there!

    This is a happy, positive blog, but I briefly have 2 complaints….

    I rushed to Long and McQuade music store last night to get a desk top mic stand before they closed. I got home and opened up the box and it is missing a bunch of pieces….

    Looks like a metal plunger!!  That’s all that was in the box. What the heck am I going to do with that???? GRRRRR

    Then last night, I went to Whole Foods to willingly pay $700 for a head of lettuce just because it is organic and good for me. The cashier put my lettuce at the bottom of the bag and pilled cans and stuff on top. Not only did my $700 lettuce get crushed- on my way to my vehicle the handle ripped off the bag because it was packed too heavy and the groceries fell to the ground…

    Here’s a picture I took when I was still happy and the food was sliding down the belt:)

    food from wholefoods vancouver

    Things in my overstuffed grocery bag:

    very expensive overpriced frozen blueberries, to add to my:
    Steel cut oats
    Amy’s Soup
    Soup Broth to make my own veggie soup….ohhhhh
    frozen veggies (peas, brocoli, spinach)
    chick peas
    black beans
    pitted dates, dried cranberries and nuts to make my own energy bars
    firm tofu
    “crushed lettuce”
    some other veggies
    pirates booty (fun snack)
    rice cakes (I’m gonna make my own almond butter so I need something besides apples to put my butta on!
    Mustard (I wanna make veggie burgers as soon as I have time)

    My first grocery shop of the year was a success. Now…If I can only eat this good all year….lol

    See….now I’m happy…talked through my frustration and we are moving on!

    It is DAY 1 of my triathlon training today. I got 7 downloads from my coach Lara, including my training schedule, hydration and nutrition tips, a breakdown on training zones and intensities- (which will be good, and challenging for me because I only have one intensity level- SLOW.)

    My swim this morning was 4 x 250m at a light intensity. I calculated how far that is in my dinky pool- 48 COMPLETE LAPS! WOAH.

    I did it! 48 laps this morning. Took me about an hour.  (hot pic I know…)

    I am ALSO running today with the club at 6pm, it’s our first run together (we are not wasting ANYTIME getting into this program, lol)

    I will most likely start doing 2 posts per day now. One will be just a regular ol post and the other will be a training diary of some kind. I made a new triathlon training link, so follow along- heck even join in. There is still time!

    After the swim, I came upstairs ravenous- I invented a new shake! I call it:

    48 LAPS

    frozen berries
    frozen spinach
    half of a frozen banana
    Vega Powder
    freshly squeezed lemon and oj

    Blend and Serve!

    Here’s me layering the frozen berries and spinach (first time I have EVER put spinach in a shake)

    Then added half a frozen banana and the Vega

    Next up I squeezed some lemon and OJ into it (you could use any juice- the fresher the better!)

    Add some water and BLEND ER UP And VOILA, the “48 Laps” is ready to inhale!

    It tastes delicious and I feel GREEEAAAAT. (take that Tony the Tiger- Meow!)

    How is your year going so far? Any grocery store shopping adventures?

    I better get onto some work! Hope all is well in your world! Talk sooooooon:)


    Daily affirmation “I release all criticism. I only give out that which I wish to receive in return. My love and acceptance of others is mirrored to me in every moment.” - Louise L. Hay

  • Me having a big resolutions list is probably not a big surprise to you.. ha..

    I know some real dedicated people out there don’t make New Years Resolutions- because they live their best life continuously and don’t feel the need for a big list of resolutions… I, on the other hand, am a dedicated cat, but I definitely have let things go over the holidays. I find the holidays are a big (happy) interruption…

    Everything gets thrown outta wack and January is a perfect time to reset.  In the last couple years, I’ve hit some major goals for myself (such as becoming full time self employed this year!)
    Why stop there? 2011 is going to be the best year yet. At the end of this year, I want to read over this blog post and say- yup, I did it all. I am not going to post everything on here, but I will share with you the majority of what my resolution list looks like:

    1. Complete another Olympic Distance Triathlon

    2. Complete 2 Sprint Distance Triathlon’s

    3. Do at least one half-marathon, a 10km and hike the West Coast Trail- again!

    4. Follow a Vegan, clean eating diet (as best as I can). Don’t beat me up if you see me eating nachos with cheese at the local pub! lol If you want some tips on getting started on a more plant based diet, I recommend reading this.

    5. Host or guest host a TV show

    6. Voice a major phone system like Telus, A T and T, Rogers…something BIG and recurring. (Or voice any major recurring US or Canadian National Spots!)

    7. Make over 6 figures this year with my creative endeavor$ (voice/hosting/makeup/blog)

    (whether I’m in the scene)

    (or behind the scenes)

    8. Meditate at least once per week.

    9. Continue to inspire as many people as possible and keep putting out positive energy into the universe

    10. Get MARRIED!

    The love of my life proposed at midnight on New Years Eve, I totally didn’t see it coming. I hoped that it wouldn’t be too much longer until he popped the question, but he played it off really well! It was such a perfect night, and a perfect start to 2011!

    What are your resolutions?  I would love to hear what your goals are for this year!! DO SHARE!!

    Don’t be afraid to dream big. YES, we don’t want to set ourselves up for failure, however:

    Dreamers are the saviors of the world.

    Right? And goals are just dreams with deadlines. I don’t always hit my goals at the time I set for that particular goal, however I keep pushing on, because I feel that the person I become in pursuit of my dreams is just as important as achieving the dreams themselves. Shoot for the moon and ya might land among the stars….

    Here’s to 2011!

    I believe in you!


    PS. I am on day 2 of a 3 day juice cleanse. I have been drinking the green shake. I’ll give you an update tomorrow.


    HOW WAS YOUR NIGHT? I had a really great NYE, champagne, hot tub, living room dance party….Oh, AND I GOT ENGAGED right at midnight… AHHH! I will share more later, but it was a magical evening and I am so happy.

    I feel such an amazing vibe for 2011. The universe seems to be in tune with the intentions I am throwing out there. I hope you are feeling it too for all your dreams and goals and I wish you ALL THE BEST IN THIS BRAND NEW YEAR!!!

    A few weeks ago when I thought to myself….”Who should I ask to be the ‘Tomboy Of The Month’ for January?” My next thought was, “Think Big Amanda! Who would be someone that seems out of reach? Ok…she popped in my head… NOW- GO ASK HER! Feel the fear and do it anyway! So I sent an email to Caitlin Boyle and her response was, “Sure thing!”

    WOW! Ok, here we go.

    Watch this video to find out about Caitlin and her Operation Beautiful project/book.

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    Isn’t that inspiring? I know body image and the beauty standards of todays society is something I have struggled with over the years and I really appreciate her for making an effort to put an end to the nonsense that goes on in some of our heads. I wish I had this influence when I was 12 years old. I got bullied and harassed because I had boobs before everyone else….like it was a sin to be going through puberty or something?? (I used to layer 3 sweaters in the hot summer so people would see my “side view”). It really messed with my head back then to be completely honest. Well now, I encourage you to send your daughters to

    She is also the woman behind a blog I go to EVERYDAY-

    Thank you for being here girl!! Tell us a bit about yourself:)

    My name is Caitlin Boyle, I am 26, and I live in Charlotte, North Carolina. I am married to a wonderful guy named Kristien who is a Chinese Medicine Doctor and have two awesome doggies. I like running, reading, and cooking! (Here are Caitlin’s running tips, and here are some of her favorite recipes)
    Nice! Your husband seems so sweet and supportive. I love that you help him out at his new Holistic Wellness Clinic. You 2 are such a team.

    Here is Caitlin and Kristien when he graduated!

    Caitlin at the Wellness Clinic playing receptionist:)

    So, what inspired you to create Operation Beautiful?

    I was inspired to start Operation Beautiful after having a really bad day at work; I wanted to do something small and simple for someone else to make me feel better!

    If you weren’t a blogger/writer what would you want to be?

    I would love to me a race director or work for a Girls on the Run council.

    Such a great cause!

    What is your favorite Beauty Product?

    MAC concealer. LOVE that stuff.
    Great product. I get 40% off at MAC- if we ever meet, let me know and I’ll grab some for you, haha!

    On a more serious note, what is your biggest fear?

    Not being able to have children!
    I have faith you will have NO problem having kids!

    Have you ever felt like giving up?

    Professional, no. I always knew there was something better and now that I’m there, I want to maintain it no matter what! Personally, of course. I think it’s hard to stay on track with my healthy habits and not back slide into my unhealthy vices, like drinking too much.
    Interesting, the thorn in my side involves unhealthy backslides as well, such as drinking to much and not being as healthy as I know in my heart that I want to be! It’s something I am bound to work on this year…

    What is your favorite quote?

    Love should come first, it should be the reason for and the beginning of everything.
    Ohhh, I like that… what would you say is your greatest achievement?

    Making my blog my career.

    Ummm, ya, not to shabby;) If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be?

    My best friend Sarah. She lives in Virginia and I miss her so much!

    Who do you admire?

    Molly Barker, the founder of Girls on the Run.

    What is something about yourself people may not know?

    I majored in marketing before changing my major to writing!

    What is something that makes you smile?

    My doggies!

    Cute! What are your New Years Resolutions?

    Eat cleaner, write my second and third book, buy a house, and get pregnant!
    Your going to be an amazing mom! What do you do to RELAX?

    Nap. I love napping!!!

    It’s always nice to have a time out! Nice thing about working from home. We work LONG hours, but your bed is very close if you need to take a break! THANK YOU Caitlin for stopping by! All the best in the New Year. We all look forward to reading about what the year brings you. Keep it up!!!

    (I like this video too, so I wanted to show it to you guys:)

    Have a wonderful Jan.1 2011!!!!

    Love and light!!