A Sick Day

Good morning everyone and Happy Humpday!

I have to tell you something…I’m taking a sick day today. Well not from work, because I had some important meetings, but from the blog. I have been hit with a terrible cold and feel pretty much awful. Yesterday when I got home from work I immediately passed out on the couch and took a 2 hour nap.

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After my nap I thought about blogging. My plan was to write my recap of the New Rules of Lifting for Women. However, considering that would mean putting on my workout clothes and taking pictures of myself, I knew there was no way that was going to happen. 

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I had no energy to write any other blog post, my brain was just too cloudy. All I wanted to do was lay on my couch and continue to binge watch episodes of Suits.

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Tom wasn’t home so I didn’t even have someone to take care of me.

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Feeling sorry for me yet? Well hopefully by tonight I will feel decent enough to write a blog post for tomorrow. In the meantime, here are a few other funny sick gifs. Stay healthy everyone!

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What do you watch on TV when you’re sick? Vicks Vaporub yay or nay?

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Swatches and Tutorial

I talked about my recent purchase of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette in my beauty haul post. I am so in love with this palette! I mean chocolate…I’m all in!

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Too Faced isn’t a brand that I am terribly familiar with. I have one bronzer from the company that came in a sample pack but I have always just skipped over their section at Sephora. They have super adorable packaging which for some reason made me feel that perhaps the makeup wasn’t as high of quality. Well I’m so glad that I finally decided to give this brand a try because I was so wrong about the quality. These shadows are amazing. They are all super pigmented, creamy and long lasting. The palette itself I think is great because it has a great selection of colours and finishes. If you are looking for a versatile neutral palette, this could be a great option. The price in Canada is $59, if you are in the US it’s $49.

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Now this price may seem steep but considering you get 16 eyeshadows for that price, I think it’s a pretty good deal.

I had a request to show some swatches from the palette. So today I will show all the swatches and two makeup tutorials using the palette.

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(Left to Right: Gilded Ganache, White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Black Forest Truffle, Triple Fudge)

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(Left to Right: Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, Candied Violet, Amaretto)

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(Left to Right: Hazelnut, Creme Brûlée, Haute Chocolate, Cherry Cordial, Champagne Truffle)

 

Now I have two looks for you that I created with the palette. The first is a great easy day look. I wore this to work.

 

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Tutorial:

  1. Using salted caramel on a fluffy brush, swipe with windshield wiper motions across entire crease and blend slightly upwards toward the brow
  2. Using Semi-sweet on that same fluffy brush blend from the outer corner of the eye and slightly into the crease
  3. Using cherry cordial on a smaller fluffy brush shade the outer corner of the eye to deepen the look
  4. Pat on white chocolate onto the inner eyelid that has no shadow and along the brow bone for a highlight
  5. Top the white chocolate on the lid with marzipan
  6. Finish with eyeliner and mascara

The second look is a great evening look. I actually copied a tutorial from Tiffany D (You Tube Beauty Guru) because I loved the look so much! So I’ll let you check out her video:

And how it came out for me…

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There ya have it!

What’s your favourite type of chocolate? Do you change up your eyeshadow for day and night?

Weekend Shenanigans

Happy Monday everyone! How was your weekend? Did you have a good Easter? Eat way too much?

I had a great weekend! Thursday night after teaching a class I drove up to my sister’s house. I woke up Friday morning and it was my niece’s birthday. We started the morning with a special breakfast, crepes! I filled mine with fruit & Nutella and then topped it with whip cream and chocolate syrup. MMMM….sugar coma!

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Most of the rest of the day was spent playing with my nieces. I painted their nails, we made crowns and I chased them around the house over and over again. That never gets old to them!

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My sister made cupcakes for my niece and we had one at lunch & supper! I think the girls thought they died and went to heaven. They don’t get treats very often so 2 cupcakes in one day was crazy to them.

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Saturday morning I headed into the gym and finished Stage 4 of the New Rules of Lifting for Women! Hurray! Recap coming later this week. Then I spent the day again just playing with the girls and colouring some easter eggs.

After that it was time to get ready to head out for a night with my friends. I went out with my old high school group of friends. We went to a duelling piano bar. I had the best night. I just love when you get to spend a night with friends you don’t get to see very often anymore.

I ended up having a few too many way too many “adult” beverages. The next day I had a hangover and that NEVER happens to me! I’m not too sure if it was the amount of drinks that I had or the sugar that I consumed. I mean my drinks came with a sugar rimmed glass and a dinosaur! (totally Dietitian approved)

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Oh wait….maybe it was the shots!

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On Sunday, my sister hosted Easter dinner at her house. Most of my extended family came over and the food was delicious. It was a feast, as per usual.

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I then capped off that feast with some death by chocolate…

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So overall a great weekend but a few too many indulgences. Time to get back to some healthy eating this week!

 How was your weekend? Did you indulge as much as I did?

 

 

 

 

FYI Friday – Practicing Mindful Eating

Hello and Happy Friday Everyone! Hope you are enjoying your day off work and have some amazing plans with family for Easter this weekend.

I’m super excited for this weekend. Today, I get to spend some quality time with my sister and my two adorable nieces. Today is my niece’s 3rd birthday!! So wish my little cutie a Happy Birthday.

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Tomorrow, I am heading out with friends to a Duelling Piano bar and then Sunday having Easter Dinner with the fam jam!

Since Easter is this weekend, I know it means two things – big feast & chocolate! I thought I would discuss a little bit about practicing mindful eating this weekend.

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Mindful Eating

Mindful eating is a concept that I’m a huge proponent of. If you have never heard of the concept before, it’s basically being aware of what you’re eating and why.

The Difference Between Hunger & Appetite

Food is fuel for our body and primarily we should be eating to fuel ourselves. We know that our body requires more fuel when we feel the sensation of hunger. However, we don’t just eat to fuel our body. We eat for 1000 different reasons including celebration, stress, boredom, habit, etc. These reasons can be called appetite. We can have an appetite for food without being physiologically hungry.

When you are about to eat something think about why you are eating it. Are you eating the food because you are experiencing hunger or because you have an appetite for food?

Now it’s not necessarily wrong to eat for appetite rather than hunger. Food plays a very important social and cultural role in our world and sometimes we will end up eating for appetite but it’s good to be aware of it.

Being Aware of What You Are Eating

Have you ever had the experience where you’re eating something, you’re about halfway through and you realize, you don’t even like it.

So often when we eat, we simply put ourselves on auto pilot. We zone out and don’t pay attention to what we are eating or if we are enjoying it. The next time you are about to eat something, really take some time with it. Take a look at what you are about to eat. Then smell what you are about to eat. Put the food in your mouth and let your tastebuds engage. Do you like the taste, do you like the texture. Then slowly chew the food and swallow. Think about the experience. Was it enjoyable? Do you want to keep eating?

By taking the time to slow down and being mindful of what you are eating you will notice a huge difference in how you eat. You may notice that some foods that you have been eating, you actually don’t even like that much. When you eat foods that love you will enjoy and savour the experience. You also may notice you eat less because you feel satisfied sooner.

How To Apply Mindful Eating at Easter

So how does this all apply to your Easter feast? When you are about to load up your plate at Easter, first take note of your hunger. How hungry are you actually and gauge your portion size based on your true physiological hunger.

When you are eating your dinner, take the time to slow down and savour the food. Eat only until you are satisfied. When it comes time for dessert, you will likely not be physiologically hungry. This is one of those times that you are eating for appetite. That’s okay, but be mindful of how much you eat. Consider how much dessert will make you feel satisfied. Now that you realize you aren’t eating for hunger, maybe a smaller piece of cake that you slowly savour will satisfy you as much or more than a full slice that you gobble down without a thought.

Hope some of these tricks will work for you. Mindful eating takes practice. Believe me, I need more practice! I am a fast eater by nature and need to very consciously slow myself down.

Have you ever tried mindful eating? What are you most looking forward to eating at Easter?

Motivation or Lack Thereof

I have a confession to make…I skipped my workout 3 days in a row. I seriously don’t know what’s going on with me because this week I have absolutely zero motivation.

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Monday, I finished work and I just didn’t want to go to the gym. Since I had worked out Friday, Saturday and Sunday I figured that was okay, I deserved a break. Then on Tuesday, I was planning on going to the gym but I realized I forgot my gym membership card at home. So while I could have went home and then went back to the gym or worked out at home, I just didn’t. Then Wednesday, I knew I really had to hit the gym after my two unscheduled days off. But the end of my work day came and I found myself driving home instead of to the gym.

I was trying to figure out today why I feel so unmotivated this week. I think part of it is that I am finishing Stage 4 of the New Rules of Lifting for Women and I really don’t like this stage. Part of it is that my races until after Europe are over so I don’t have a specific training goal in mind right now. And part of it this week has been the weather. Mother nature just won’t quit! But really, these are mostly just excuses. What I really need is a swift kick in the behind.

I decided to take my own advice from my previous post, “5 ways to get yourself to the gym when you don’t want to.” And I started looking for some motivational images to get myself pumped up.  

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Then I started thinking about inspirational workout people and you know who came to mind…

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Richard Simmons was always in the mood to work out! This clip comes from a video of his called “Party off the Pounds.”

Fun fact, I actually met Richard Simmons once. I was volunteering at an Eating Disoders Conference and in the same hotel was the Women’s Health Show where he was speaking. I was working with a lady who was a HUGE Richard Simmons fan and was praying he would walk by us to get to the health show. So when he came down the hallway she ran up to him to tell him how much she loved him. Now I only wish I had a video camera to capture the moment that happened because it was gold. But I’ll give it my best try in words.

He busted out in song…

“If you want to know if he loves you so…”

He tore off his workout jacket threw it to the ground and did a big spun

“It’s in his kiss”

Then he grabbed the lady I was working with and kissed her.

But he wasn’t done. He saw me giggling and shouted “You too!”, ran over to me and kissed me.

It was quite the experience! While he may have been before my time, his energy and love of life was undeniable.

So today I have no more excuses, I’m pumped up on motivatonal quotes and Richard Simmons kisses and I am going to the gym to finish off my New Rules of Lifting for Women!

What do you do when you lack motivation? Have you ever had a celebrity encounter?

Individual Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

My all-time favourite dessert is cheesecake. I actually feel very fortunate that Canada doesn’t have any Cheesecake Factory’s because I’m not sure how well my self-control would hold out.

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The other day I was really craving some cheesecake but I wanted to try to make a healthier version. I happened across a recipe from the Oikos Greek Yogurt website and found the solution. A greek yogurt cheesecake! And better yet it was individual serving size.

I decided to change up the recipe from the website a bit. To me a proper graham cracker crust makes a cheesecake so I wasn’t willing to compromise on that and I wanted to add peanut butter because….well that’s self-explanatory, peanut butter makes everything better!

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So here’s what I came up with:

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

Makes 4 individual servings

Ingredients:

Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 1 1/4 Cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup Margarine

Filling:

  • 2 Cups Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 3 Tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Melt margarine in microwave
  3. Mix melted margarine into graham crackers
  4. Evenly distribute graham crumb mixture into 4 individual oven-safe ramekins. Pack graham crumb mixture with hands along bottom and sides of ramekins to form crust
  5. Place ramekins on cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. (Alternatively if you want a no bake option, place ramekins in refrigerator until crust sets, crust will be less crispy but equally delicious)
  6. In a bowl mix together filling ingredients
  7. Add filling to graham cracker crust. Top with Reese’s Peanut Butter chips (optional) and serve

I love the way these turned out. They are a perfect treat that’s not too sweet but perfectly satisfied my cheesecake craving.

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What’s your favourite dessert? Do you ever make healthier desserts?

 

The Hump Day Blog Hop

Mountain Equipment Co-Op 10km Race Recap

This Saturday I ran my first 10 km. Now obviously since I have ran half marathons before, I have ran 10km but I have never raced that distance. Unlike normal people, I didn’t start racing with a 5km, build up to a 10 km and then to a half marathon. The very first race I ever signed up for was a half marathon.

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This 10km race was part of the Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC) Race series. MEC races are great because they take place across the city in different parks, they are chip timed and only cost $15. Now that’s my kind of deal.

Of course, Saturday was the coldest day of the week here. While it has been a beautiful 12-14 Celsius, suddenly the temperature dived down to -5 for race day. When we got up that morning, Tom tried to convince me that we shouldn’t go run because it was too cold. I was having none of that! After all, my Run for L’Arche was twice as cold and twice as long!

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So we headed downtown to the start line. I was pretty nervous. I had no idea how to race a 10km. I didn’t want to push too hard at the beginning and struggle towards the end. I decided my plan would be to try to start out slow and aim for negative splits. I used my same 4 minute run-40 second walk strategy.

Tom ran with me for about the first 500m and then he took off to run his own race. I felt really good during this race, I wasn’t having any pain in my legs and my pace was going well despite the wind in our faces. It was at the 4km mark that I saw the first person coming back towards the finish. I’m always amazed by how fast those people are. But I also find it encouraging knowing that somewhere up ahead is the turn around point. After that point I was on the lookout for Tom, I wanted to know just how far ahead of me he was. I was looking and looking and then I hit the 5km marker and yet still no Tom and no turn around point! (I didn’t realize the course wasn’t an exact there and back so we ran a little past 5km before we turned back). But it was just after the 5km mark that I saw Tom. We gave each other a high five as we passed. At this point I knew, he wasn’t all that much in front of me! And that just kicked up my drive to go faster.

Kilometers 6-8 I really kicked up the pace. But then at kilometre 8, we got hit again by a wind head on. My pace slowed a little bit at this point but I also skipped a walking break so that I could maintain my average. Suddenly, I was at kilometre 9 and realized I only had one left. Right near the finish line Tom was waiting for me so he could grab some action shots of me.

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As I neared the finish line I saw the clock was at 59:17, I pushed as hard as I could and crossed at 59:27.

 

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Overall, my goal going into the race was under 1 hour. While I was wearing my watch during the race, I never looked at what my time was, I only looked at my intervals. After I crossed I felt a little disappointed, in my mind I thought I was going faster than that. But still, I came in under that hour mark and that was an accomplishment for me.

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Afterwards, Tom and I headed to Cora’s. I decided to celebrate with a strawberry waffle!

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When we got home we checked out our official time and I saw this…

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Umm, while I wish I had run that fast I knew there was a mistake. Boy did I feel sorry for the person who ended up with my time! I was kind of bummed because this was my first 10km and I wanted an official time. But I checked again on Sunday and they had fixed the error. Probably the person who ran in 36 minutes complained. So my official time ended up being 59:19. Tom’s official time was 49:20.

At least now I have a time to beat. My next 10km is on June 1, the Jugo Juice 10km which is part of the Calgary Marathon. I hope to beat my time although I will have only been back from Europe for 3 days so I won’t be in tip top shape either.

What’s your favourite post-race food?