Posts Tagged: hiking

  • Hey!!!

    I met up with some girlfriends to go for a hike tonight. On the sunniest day we’ve had so far this year, I forget my sunglasses! I jumped in Dee’s car and dug around in her glove box for shades. I didn’t find shades, but I found these sweeeeet baby blue specs….

    blue framed glasses

    We went hiking up in Deep Cove. Gabby (the gorgeous brunette in the middle) and I go WAAAY back and I haven’t seen her in FOREVER. Sooo great to see you girl.

    hiking in deep cove

    Thanks to Dee, Gabby and Erin for the wonderful company. Can’t wait until our next venture! (we want to meet up more frequently for hikes. We all love it)

    deep cove trails, north vancouver

    Look at this cool Bubble Tea shop in Deep Cove that has a choo choo train going through the shop!

    toy train in deep cove cafe

    I also saw my beloved choir -ex-choir, I’m too busy:( singing in the park. It warmed my heart and made me want to cry, listening to them sing those beautiful familiar songs and to hear Checo singing his heart out.  Check out me with the choir here (and also find out how I sang back ups for New Kids On The Block!)

    Day 5 of my Raw Food Celebration!!!!!! Mike and I had a meeting at Starbucks at the mall. I actually survived the food court!!!

    a fresh peach in food court

    He had Taco Time and I ran up to Kin’s Market to get a peach…. Going strong in Raw Food land!!! Woot woot

    peach VS Food Court

    Something not so strong is Painter’s ability to find his bed when he is tired. He looks like a drunk that stumbles home and misses his bed.. haha

    bug puppy

    So I pick him up and kiss his face and put him back in bed and he spreads eagle! haha

    bug pup
    Just love him

    Late post hey? Past my bedtime!! Have a terrific weekend. I am full of energy and ready to rock tomorrow. It’s kind of a work day since I had all last weekend off and next weekend we are away… need to catch up on a few things, but I promise I will relax too!!

    Love and light


  • Hello!

    What a beautiful day. Have you been smiling much today? If not- go for it- Smiling is fun! If smiling seems too difficult, at least say the word CHEESE. You cant really say CHEESE properly without letting a smile creep out:)
    Ok- right after I wrote that sentence I thought, ” Is that true?” (I just read it in a magazine) So I asked Mike to say cheese and it kinda looked like he was smiling, (nothing crazy though). So we started to think of words that make the corners of your mouth curl up when you say them. The words we came up with so far are:


    That’s as far as we got! We got side tracked….

    What are words that make you smile???

    oh wait! I have 2 more words that make me smile: RECOVERY WEEK!

    Yup, it is week 4 in Triathlon Training and we are at a recovery week. Our workouts are not as intense and we have an extra day off with absolutely no training involved. The funny thing is, when we were in the change room after swimming this morning, the girls in my club were talking about all the things they were going to do to “relax” on their day off. Dance class, yoga, run, hike…(those were all things I heard). That is one of the perks about being around amazing athletes all the time- constant source of inspiration and motivation.

    Our swim was great this morning, we were working on some drills that are a bit over my head right now, but I am slowly grasping. We learnt how to do more flip turns and also some 2 beat kicks while doing the front crawl. (it’s where your kick is in rhythm with you stroke) You use less energy and it’s more efficient. I kept thinking how much Mike would like this drill since he is a drummer and he loves to time things out with him limbs and keep everything perfectly in sync.

    Come join us Michael! My coach can bring you up to speed:)

    Hee hee.

    This week we also did some speed work on Tuesday at the Run Clinic, I picked up my pace a bit and ran with a faster group! Felt really good, and yesterday I did some swimming along with light weight training.

    Call me a sucker for advertising, but I like these Nike ads…

    tomboy nike ad

    Ohh and check out this sunset we literally just took a photo of! Isn’t she a beauty!

    Well, I’m off to our cycling session! No training tomorrow (except we may go hiking:)

    Have an awesome evening!!!


  • Good morning!

    Ugh, I had a really hard time sleeping last night because of the 24/7 construction going on outside. I guess if they are working around the clock that means they will be outta here faster! It’s annoying but I’m sure they don’t wanna be working through the night, as much as I don’t want to hear them!

    I know I’m not the only one it is keeping up at night. It seems to be the latest “elevator talk” :)

    Today’s topic is about RANDOM THINGS WE FORGET:

    1. We need to stretch more!

    Last night I went to bootcamp with my friend Jaclyn. We were both pretty sore from our 10km run the other day. We did not stretch enough!! ouchie!!!  Stretch and hold it for a while too! My brother is an amazing runner who just won another gold medal in a 10km race and he says he NEVER gets injured because he stretches so much before and after races.

    Here he is running a half marathon in Banff:

    I’ve been pretty limber because of all the yoga I’ve been doing lately, but I need to take more time to STRETCH before and after workouts.

    2. Flossing our little teethies

    Before bed last night I went to wash my face/brush my teeth…oh ya…and floss…

    Ya, I sometimes forget, or just get lazy about. BUT IT IS IMPORTANT!Did you know that flossing your teeth can prevent heart disease? Bacteria from your gums can enter your blood stream and affect the heart. So FLOSS THOSE PEARLY WHITES -everyday:)

    3.Value your $$$$$$

    A few days ago I had a meeting and when I was done the first thing that popped in my head was- I want Starbucks!! As I was about to walk in, I saw Safeway across the street…HMMM, I could get a $6 Starbucks now, or I could just buy some coffee at Safeway.

    I went in and bought these, (I know they are not super healthy, but a good fix)

    So here I get 8 coffee’s for the price of 1 Starbucks and they have only 70 Calories each! I’m not saying you should never buy Starbucks, but have respect for your money. Do you really want to exchange your money for a $6 drink that costs them 50 cents to make. IF you do. Then by all means, DO IT and feel good about it. But when you are about to buy something, really think to yourself. Is this a good investment? Is it a good exchange? Dollar for item. That’s why I am not afraid to complain if I don’t get something I ordered or like. Many people are afraid to say anything- DON”T BE! It’s YOUR MONEY!

    I went to a Seminar last April that opened my eyes to money and my relationship with it. It was called “The Millionaire Mind Intensive”. T. Harv Eker, (the man in charge and behind it all) is a multi millionaire.  He says every penny counts!  EVERY TIME he see’s a penny on the ground, he picks it up like it is a gift. He says to himself ,”I am a money magnet! Thank you!”  Now when I see a penny on the ground, I always pick it up!

    Here’s T. Harv (author of Secrets Of A Millionaire Mind- wicked book!)

    Since the seminar, Mike and I have adopted his money management system and it has changed our lives! If you need a kick in the pants with how your finances are being managed. Read Mike’s entry called- The Easiest Money Management System Ever. It works very well!

    4. Curl Your Eyelashes

    What a difference it makes! Hold it down for at least 10 seconds.

    Ask Santa for the Shu Uemura curler (The best eyelash curler on the market)

    But really, any drugstore curler will do!

    5. Show Gratitude

    As I was laying in bed last night, (not sleeping:) I was thinking about what a great year 2010 has been. Amazing things for me like the Olympics, my brothers wedding, babies being born, hiking the West Coast Trail, going to Yellowknife and LA. The one thing that was like pow in my head was- my career. I am now a full time voice actor and makeup artist. I am soo GRATEFUL. I work hard to maintain it all, but I have arrived! It feels really good.

    I don’t want to forget the people who have helped me get here (or even just hired me, gave me a chance) I want them to know how much I appreciate them. So I bought these cards (from Michaels)

    It’s not bottles of Dom Perignon…yet…. but I am very GRATEFUL! Attitude of Gratitude!

    The last thing I want to mention is don’t forget to tell the ones you love- how much you love them. I am thinking of my brothers right now. I will probably get all mushy on them and in return, get a few grunts back, but I love them so much and I want them to know!

    Soooooooo what have you forgotten to do lately that we all need to be reminded of? Do share!

    PS – I am grateful for you too. Thank you for reading this. Makes my day.

  • Good Morning! Hope you are well!

    The reason I started this blog is so that I could inspire and encourage more people around the world than I could ever do on a one on one basis. Through the medium of computers, I can be in China and Australia all at the same time. However this is a lifestyle blog as well, so you get some normal everyday stuff I do…along with the “let’s get pumped up and reach our goals” posts…….

    Like this one…It is a “let’s get pumped up and reach our goals” post!!

    I want you to meet Marianne. She is a wonderful friend of mine who is brave enough to share with us her goal to ultimate health. She has already made significant gains and is going to take us along for the ride for the final 3 months.

    Tell us a bit about yourself and your struggle
    I was a very active teenager – Ukrainian dancing kept me fit and I worked out on top of practices and performances to keep myself in fine form. When I stopped dancing, I didn’t replace that activity with anything else, I didn’t adjust my eating habits appropriately and my weight kept creeping higher throught my twenties. Nearly a decade later, I find myself continuing to struggle with my weight. I’ve tried a number of diets: points systems, cabbage soups, some that worked for a short time, others that just left me feeling more frustrated that I was originally. I’ve set deadlines for myself, started a collection of “goal weight” clothes, made excuses for myself, and tried other “quick fixes” but haven’t, until recently, after reaching my highest weight of more than 200 pounds, been able to make any of it stick.

    Here is Marianne at her heaviest-Christmas 2009

    … you have taken the first step, congrats! how did you take the first step in achieving your goals?
    In april, I met with a naturopath who put me on an eating plan to resolve some uncomfortable stomach issues.  In less that three weeks of her ‘clean’ eating program, I lost 18 pounds, had nearly zero of the painful symptoms I’d been experiencing, and I felt a renewed sense of desire to reach my goals once and for all.  I dedicated myself to my gym workouts and together with my eating plan, I have lost a total of 31 pounds so far!  I feel that making changes for the sake of my overall heatlh, rather than an event or a pair of jeans, has really helped to motivate me in a new way.  The West Coast Trail this summer pushed me to physical limits, I would never even have attempted alone – I don’t know that I could’ve done it without the encouragement of some of the most amazing people in my life.  I truly walked away from that hike realizing that it’s when i’m pushed outside of my comfort zone that I really grow, and knowing that I can do anything I put my mind to! Especially with an incredibly support system.

    Here is Marianne on The West Coast Trail (2nd hardest maintained hike in the world!!) and when she was about 18 pounds lighter!
    Well Marianne, you definitely have our support. We totally believe in you and are very proud of you.

    Here she is now, 30 pounds lighter…wow!!! You look amazing!

    So….. the Plan now?
    So here it is. The final time that I resolve to lose my extra weight, and be in the best ultimate health of my life. 29 has always been a lucky number for me.  I will turn 29 years old on December 29th this year, and I have 29 pounds to my ultaime goal: 150 pounds. (a healthy weight goal for my height i promise!)So there it is, my goal is to be 150 pounds on Dec.29/2010.  I am choosing to continue with my naturopath’s eating plan (restricts dairy, sugar, wheat and gluten as these all negatively affect my insides), and am committing to at least 5 workouts per week – gym classes including spin, strength training and cardio rebound are my favorites! – I’m also adding in more running and hiking.  The work i’ve done so far has absolutely paid off and i’m starting to feel more confident in myself and so very proud of what i’ve accomplished.  I am so very thankful for an opportunity to share this final stretch of this journey with my dear friend Amanda, and all of her faithful blog-followers! Let’s do this!!

    Marianne, you ROCK. Thank you so much for taking us on this journey. One of my favorite quotes is, “Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you will go.” I have no doubt that you will not only reach this goal, but ANYTHING else you put your mind to!

    ok team…are ya pumped? I know I am.

    We will be checking in with Marianne from time to time to see how she is doing. It is extremely brave of her to share this with us. Talk about integrity and honesty!!!

    Please feel free to share your comments for Marianne, and share your goals with us as well!!

    Have an amazing, inspired day:)

    Daily affirmation- “I go beyond fears and limitations.”- Louise Hay

  • Hello!

    Confession time! I did not hike or do yoga yesterday:( It would have been day 6 of my challenge). I actually drove all the way to the mountain and my body said-NOPE- not doing it today. I think it’s extremely important to listen to our bodies, so I don’t feel tooo bad. I ate processed food too..(just one of those days!! Bla)

    I just got back from Hiking today though! ( I have a conference call for a voice job this am so I can’t do yoga, i’m going to try later:) See, having a backslide is okay, just make sure you don’t slide for to long. Stop yourself and pick yourself back up and get back on your path!

    So the best way to get back on your path is to start the day right! Have some good wholesome food energy to keep you going.

    Here are some examples of what I eat for breakfast:

    1. Steel cut oats with blueberries

    2. Mmmm, raspberries

    3. These are my home made Lara Bars.

    I am going to do a more detailed blog on these soon, they are amazing and really this is all you need: (you can make any flavour you want, really:)

    4. And last but not least I have a Vega shake.

    So what I do is I take a scoop of this powder, and blend it with frozen strawberries, blueberries, freshly squeezed oj and half a banana! The powder has 100% of all your recommended daily vitamins, PLUS- green food sources. It is the ultimate drink!

    So that’s pretty much a bunch of breakfasts fit for champions like us!

    What do you eat for breakfast?

    Daily affirmation-” I breathe in Life.” Louise Hay

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