I Think I Can…I Know I Can

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It’s Monday already! Well, actually it’s my Wednesday today since I had Thursday and Friday off. I feel like time has been going by way to quick. Every day off I have involves running around trying to get everything done. I definitely have way more responsibilities and things to worry about now that I’m working in town. But that’s okay, it still leaves me time for myself. On Friday I did a little running around, then I went to get a pedicure. I haven’t had one in a long time, so it seemed like the perfect way to relax. I think it’s good to treat yourself. I’m definitely looking forward to my next vacation!

On Wednesday I went trail running with my friend from work. I haven’t done a ton of running, let alone trail running, so I had no idea what I facing up against. Cardio for me isn’t always fun. There’s nothing I hate more than staring at the same spot on the wall or constantly looking at the time while running on a treadmill. That’s why I really have been trying to improve on my outdoor running skills. It’s much nicer to look at different scenery and breath in fresh air.

We went out to the Otway Nordic Centre, which is a cross-country ski place in the winter. It’s full of trails! We were four of us; myself, Kari, another girl and a 72-year-old man who organizes the run 3 times a week. I’m not going to lie, he could outrun me any day. We ended up running 8 km all together, a lot of which was uphill. Those part’s killed me, especially near the end. I kept wanting to give up, and I would tell myself “No, you can do this!” Kari said I did pretty well for my first time. I felt pretty drained, but the next day I felt so good I wanted to do it again. I’m going to try and make it as much as I can and see how much I improve. Summer is nearly here, so I don’t want to spend all my workout time inside in a smelly gym.

After running with someone nearly triple my age and starting my course on aging, it has really made me think about how I want to age and the shape I’d like to be in when I’m 25. The book I’m reading right now is so interesting, I had to force myself to stop reading to write this blog. The decisions we make each day shape who we will be in the future. I don’t want to have a chronic disease or be stuck eating bland, baby-like food in a nursing home; I want to run, cook amazing food, travel and be able to enjoy life to the fullest in 50 years from now.

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Does anyone have any advice for beginner runners? The thing that kills me the most is my lungs, not my legs. I’m thinking maybe I need to work on my breathing.

Hope you have a fantastic Monday!

Official Homeowners and Good Buys

Hey everyone! Well, it’s official, Josh and I are homeowners. The closing date was May 30. After many appointments last week and getting more and more bills to pay, it’s finally ours. I can’t believe how much everything costs these days – there’s insurance for everything and it isn’t cheap! Now we’re looking at paint colours and all the different renovations we want to complete. The kitchen is going to be our biggest expense as we are completely redesigning it. It’s an older house, so we’re hoping to fix it up and sell it for more in a few years. I just can’t wait to get started on everything. It feels good to not be paying rent and to be putting our money into an investment.

Today, Shelley (Josh’s mom) and I went to some garage sales and farmer’s markets. I used to tell my mom she was crazy buying used things when I was younger, but you can actually find some pretty cool stuff (well, sometimes). I hadn’t been to the markets here in Prince George yet, so I was excited to see what they have to offer. I have to say, although it’s not even comparable to what they are like in Vancouver, there is still quite a bit.

At the garage sales I bought a set of 6 wine glasses and a set of baking dishes.

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At the farmer’s market I got a gluten-free banana cupcake with peanut butter icing and some raw local honey. I also got a loaf of gluten-free pumpernickel bread. I will be doing some posts on these local vendors in the near future as I think they deserve a mention because their products are delicious! I wanted to get a lot more such as some veggies and local meats, but I couldn’t decide on anything. I’m going to go next Saturday morning.

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Also, this is not completely worth mentioning, but it’s driving me insane. We have an invasion of caterpillars here and it’s absolutely disgusting. The back of the house is covered in them, they are all over the grass, the fence, patio set and anything else in the backyard. I’m scared to go in and out of the house because they keep falling from everywhere. Josh is gone for 12 more days and I have to mow the lawn within the next couple days before it gets too long. I’m going to have to get all geared up in my rubber boots, rain suit, hood, gloves and glasses. I know I might be over exaggerating, but you have no idea how bad they are here. I feel like a prisoner in my own home!

Well, that’s all the news I have for today! Hope you’re enjoying your weekend (free of caterpillars).

Great News

Hello everyone! Happy long weekend! Life has been so hectic lately. I’m not sure if I mentioned this, but Josh and I are buying a house, and it will be official on May 30! We’re so excited. There’s a lot of renovations we want to do, but it will be a whole new adventure. Between working, getting things organized and all of the appointments, I’ve been one busy woman. I had no idea there were so many steps to buying a house!

Josh’s brother and girlfriend were also in town with our baby niece Hannah at the beginning of the month too. It was so nice to finally meet her. She’s got the cutest smile and beautiful eyes. It was sad when they left.

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My sister gave birth to her baby girl on Mother’s Day! Her name is Kylee and I can’t wait to meet her. It’s so hard being so far away and I won’t be able to visit until August. Luckily my mom and her send me tons of videos and pictures. She’s adorable!

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I can’t wait to spoil her when I visit. I’ve already been doing some online baby shopping.

This morning I finally used the spa package that Josh got me for Christmas. It included infrared sauna, body scrub. body wrap and a facial. My skin feels so soft and I feel so relaxed!

Well hopefully I have more time for blogging now that everything is getting more organized. I’ve also been taking advantage of the nice weather as much as possible. Except today, because it’s raining! Hope you’re having a great long weekend!

Lemon and Herb Quinoa

Happy Monday! I had the whole weekend off, but I haven’t gotten called in yet today, so I just might have a 3-day weekend. Last week I was called in every day, so it’s been nice to get some stuff done in the last few days. Josh’s brother, girlfriend and our niece, Hannah, are coming to visit this week. We’ve been running around trying to get everything organized and clean. I accomplished a lot on the weekend including a bunch of cooking and homework! This morning I’ve already done a lot too. I woke up, had lemon and hot water, then made myself a energy-packed breakfast. I had 3 scrambled eggs and 2 pieces of toast with sliced avocado on top.

On Saturday I got my Mother-in-law to eat quinoa! I think this was my greatest accomplishment of the weekend and the best part is that she liked it. I cooked salmon on a cedar plank on the BBQ and served it with lemon and herb quinoa and sauteed spinach. It turned out absolutely amazing and was packed full of flavour and nutrients! Below is the recipe for the quinoa.

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Lemon and Herb Quinoa

1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 tbsp. olive or coconut oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 shallot, finely diced
2 tbsp. white wine
2 cups vegetable stock (I only had one cup, so I used water for the second one)
4 big slices of lemon zest
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. finely grated lemon zest
1 tbsp. each of chives and parsley (or herb of your choice)
Sea salt and pepper to taste
 
  1. Sweat garlic, shallot and a little salt and pepper in pot with oil on medium heat until cooked (about 2 minutes). Add the quinoa and stir for 2 minutes to toast and coat in mixture . Add the white wine and let cook for a minute.
  2. Add the lemon zest and vegetable stock, then increase the heat until it begins to simmer. Turn the heat down to low and cover. Cook for 15 minutes.
  3. When done, stir in the lemon juice, zest, and herbs. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper.

I’m off to a Rypped class at the YMCA, so hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

First Run of the Season

Looks like the weather is in my favour! Tuesday afternoon when I got off work, I debated whether I should go to the gym, or go out for a run. I absolutely hate running in the cold – my ears get cold (and sore) and my lungs burn! The last few days have been absolutely gorgeous. I almost think I was over dressed as I had my Smart Wool long sleeve shirt on over top my tank. Considering it was my first run outside (running on a treadmill does not match up to outside even with an incline), I thought I did pretty good. It`s not my legs that kill me, it`s my lungs. Good thing those cycle fit classes I`ve been going to have kept me in shape.

A couple things I`ve been loving lately are homemade granola with Greek or goat`s yogurt and fresh juices. I love how I feel after having a fresh juice. One of my favourites is beets, carrots, apple, lemon and kale.

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Well that`s all for today! I`m off to a cycle fit class before I head to work. I`m looking forward to my days off to do some recipe testing (which means recipes posted for you)! Have a good one!

Come on Summer

I don’t know about the rest of Canada, but the weather here in Prince George hasn’t been too promising.. Yesterday morning I woke up to blue skies and sunshine. I thought it would have been at least a little warmer outside, but it was still sitting at 0 and didn’t get above 2 degrees all day. I want to be able to go for long walks, runs, wear shorts, sit outside and read and go on picnics. It even snowed last weekend!

Besides complaining about the weather, I’ve been doing a lot of cooking. I also ordered Meghan Telpner’s new book, Undiet. I made the granola recipe found in the book the day I got it. It turned out awesome! I had some last night with some goat’s yogurt. So far this book has been great and very interesting – it’s hard to put it down! I would especially recommend it to anyone that is looking to clean up their diet. Her story about overcoming her diagnosis of Crohn’s is very inspiring and motivating. It shows just how powerful food and a clear mind could be.

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Besides that I’ve made Jamaican Jerked Chicken, which turned out good, but I want to perfect the recipe before I post it. I’ve made Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies and I’ve also been eating a lot of colourful salads!

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If you seen on Instagram, I also baked a cake. It’s a Red Velvet Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing. It was at my boyfriend’s request, and I can tell you that there is nothing healthy about it. However, it turned out great and I happily enjoyed a piece. There is a bakery in Vancouver called Edible Flours that makes the most amazing gluten-free (as well as egg and soy-free) cakes and pastries. They make donuts there that are to die for too!

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I enjoy decorating cakes, what can I say? Well that’s it for today. It’s beautiful again outside, so I’m going to take the dogs out for a walk. I definitely miss the 30+ degree weather in Jamaica!

Homemade Mini Pizza’s

Hey, how’s your weekend going? Mine has been going well so far. I had Friday and Saturday off. Unfortunately it rained for both days – actually it snowed on Friday! I woke up to go to the gym and I had to brush snow off the truck. A couple weeks ago I had taken my snow brush out thinking that I wouldn’t need it anymore. I guess I haven’t experienced enough of Prince George winters to know that it can snow in May here – yuck!

After avoiding the mall for a couple months, I finally ended up there. Josh had some banking to do, so I went straight to David’s tea to get their Spring collection. It comes with 5 different flavours which are absolutely delicious. I got one extra one on top of that too.

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Last night i made mini homemade pizzas. I made a whole wheat crust and cut the dough into smaller chunks so we could have our own personal pizza. I like less cheese and more veggies on mine than Josh. It’s pretty obvious in the picture which one is who’s. On mine I put oven-dried cherry tomatoes (that I made), roasted peppers, mushrooms, red onion, a little bit of mozzarella, and goat’s cheese. I finished it off wish some fresh basil. It was amazing!

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I’m back to work today. I’m going to head to the gym, and then try and get a few things done before work. I really hope this weather get’s a little nicer like it was last week. The sunshine always seems to make me feel happier and more energetic. I want to get outside and go for some walks.

Hope you’ve enjoyed your weekend!