Category Archives: Adventure

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!

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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!

Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was a lot of fun! Saturday I went out for a little adventure in the middle of nowhere, and did some relaxing. Yesterday Josh and I went snowboarding at Purden Mountain. It was my first time going in 4 years! I wasn’t very good then either. My stomach was turning on our way there. I’m like that – I psyche myself out right before and get afraid. I signed up for lessons because a “ski hill” in Ontario is nothing compared to the mountains in BC. Besides, I really needed a refresher. I’m clumsy, but I try.

The instructor helped a lot. He taught me for about 2 hours and then I was on my own. I stuck to the smaller hill until the last run. He made me go down a big one! I was doing way better than I thought, but on that last run, my body was done. I was soooo sore from falling and giving my body a beating. It didn’t help that I was breaking in brand new snowboard boots either. I can’t even tell you how amazing it felt to take them off. I think we’re going to go again next weekend, so I’m ready to improve even more!

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When we got back, this is what happened. Trust me, I was doing the same before him.

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Now, on to the recipe I promised you:

Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter

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I finally got to use my food processor, so I was pretty excited!

2 cup almonds
2 tbsp. maple syrup
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. cinnamon
  1. Put almonds in food processor and continue processing until nice and smooth. It will take a while, maybe even up to 15 minutes. Every few minutes scrape down the bowl. Remember, patience is key!!
  2. Once nearly finished, add the maple syrup, cinnamon and chia seeds. It might not be as smooth once you add these, so continue processing for a few minutes
  3. Enjoy! I love it on toast, muffins or with sliced apples.

That’s all for today! I have an appointment with the personal trainer to get a new plan around noon. It will be the perfect addition to my 90 Day Challenge. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little sore from snowboarding yesterday, so let’s see how this goes. I might not be able to move by the end of the day! Have an awesome Monday!

90 Day Challenge and Trip to Jamaica

Happy Saturday! So, after 2 weeks of frustrating internet at work, 2 amazing weeks in Jamaica, and then another 2 frustrating weeks, I’m finally home! I’m working on getting a job here in Prince George (instead of working in the middle of nowhere), so I’ll have internet all the time. How can I build my blog without the internet?

Jamaica was amazing. The country is absolutely gorgeous – and most importantly, nice and warm! We did a lot of relaxing, indulged in their great cuisine, played beach volleyball and went on a few different adventures. Would I go back? Definitely. Some of the excursions we went on include: snorkeling, zip lining, a boat cruise, climbing up Dunn’s River Falls, some Jamaican bobsledding and a little tour off the tourist map. Again, I had no complaints about the food at our resort. Every meal was delicious, especially the jerked chicken (omg)! I brought home jerk spice and managed to ask one of the cooks about his secrets. My plan is to try and match their succulent, mouth-watering, spicy chicken dish.

Below are a few pictures of our trip.

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I’m also starting my first 90 Day Challenge. Today is day 3! I’ve been going to the gym and eating healthy, but I want to push myself to get to my goal. My goal at the end of the 90 days is to:

–          Gain overall strength (specifically upper body and core)
–          Gain 5 lbs of lean muscle
–          Tone
–          Increase my energy
–          Increase my cardio
–          Be able to complete 30 successful pushups
 
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I’m pretty pumped! With all of the working out I’ve been doing (even before the challenge), I feel like I have a metabolism of a teenager again – I’m hungry alllllll the time. I eat small meals throughout the day and get enough protein and other nutrients. I just finished Sports Nutrition with school, so I was able to calculate the number of calories, protein, carbohydrates and fat I need for my level of activity.

I do need people for case studies, so let me know if you have any health goals you want to achieve. Also, if you’re interested in joining me in the 90 Day Challenge, send me an email, I’d love to fill you in!

That’s all for today! Hope you’re having an awesome weekend! Check back tomorrow as I have a delicious recipe for maple cinnamon almond butter.

It`s Official!

Hello! Guess what!?!? We’re going officially going to Jamaica for 2 weeks next month! We finally made the decision. There were other places available for the dates we wanted, but they were quieter (more boring) areas that didn’t have the adventure feel we wanted. We wanted to go somewhere that had more to offer than sitting around the resort. We’ll be staying in Ocho Rios and there is plenty to do there. We’ll be going zip-lining, hiking up falls, visiting different beaches, tubing down a river, kayaking, windsurfing and much more. The trip is all inclusive, so we just have to pay for some of the extra excursions. I can’t even tell you how excited I am! Don’t worry I’ll take a lot of pictures.

I’ve finally gotten some cooking done. The other day I made a big batch of quinoa salad. I didn’t exactly follow a recipe – I just kind of threw it together. It turned out pretty darn delicious. I even had a couple people have a bowl and give me feedback. My only complaint was that I could have used a little less garlic. I could taste it in my mouth for a while. I loaded it with veggies, a lemon vinaigrette, then topped it with homemade candied walnuts and goats cheese. Yum!

Candied Walnuts or Pecans

1.5 cups walnuts or pecans
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/4 cup maple syrup
 
1. Heat oven to 350C. Whisk water and sugar together, then bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and whisk in maple syrup. 
2. Stir in nuts and stir to evenly coat. Strain extra liquid and lay on baking pan.
3. Bake for 20 minutes stirring occasionally. It may take a bit longer (or less) depending on the oven. The mixture will start to stick to the nuts. Let cool completely before using.
 

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I also made butter chicken and naan bread from scratch. It’s one of my favourite Indian dishes that I’ve been wanting to make for a while. We had Josh’s sister and her boyfriend over for dinner and they thought it was delicious. Next time I might make it a bit spicier.

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Josh made a roast in the slow cooker yesterday. I chopped the vegetables for him, but he did everything else. It smelt absolutely delicious in the house all day.  I made sure to load it up with lots of veggies!

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I’m not sure what the weather is like where everyone else is, but it’s been warmer than usual here. It’s been above zero which has left the roads sloppy and the snow melting. Some of you might be happy about this, but I`m not impressed. It means bad snowboarding and sledding conditions. We managed to get some skating in last night. I`m not the most athletically talented person, but I always try. It was fun shooting the puck around and getting some exercise. We also went to the gym and pool yesterday, so I`m feeling super today!

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Well that`s all for today. We`re eating left overs tonight then heading out for a snowmobile ride. We`re going to pull each other on the snowboard! This weekend my plans so far include snowboarding, poker night, ice fishing and maybe some shooting. I also need to get organized for the trip since we have to leave to go back to work on Tuesday. Talk to you soon!

Cooking List and Sandy Beaches

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Hello everyone! I’ve made it home after a long 17 days of working. I was sick like a dog in the last 3 days of work. It was awful! We had to stay a few extra days, so I worked my butt through it since it was overtime. I can’t wait to own my own business some day where I don’t have to force myself to suffer. That way, I can snuggle up on the couch with some tea and chicken noodle soup, while blogging and working from home. Josh is sick now, and I tell you, men are babies when their sick. It’s like that NyQuil commercial, “Can you call my mom.” Hopefully he doesn’t read this post!

Yesterday we went over to his sisters for dinner. They made homemade salad rolls which are definitely one of my favourites. They’re simple, healthy and delicious. Kori has changed so much, especially in the 17 days we’ve been gone. She’s smiling and very alert now.

Today is grocery shopping day. The first 2 days we’ve been home we were invited for dinner, so I haven’t had to cook yet. My Cuisinart Food Processor is waiting for me! My mom sent me a recipe for this Curry Vegetable Barley Soup from Canadian Living that sounds delicious. I just might have to try it!

Besides the soup, some of the things on my ‘to-cook’ list are: bliss balls, granola, homemade protein bars, gravlax (with the salmon we caught of course),  slow cooker roast with root veggies, quinoa salad (because it’s nutritious and delicious), almond butter and hummus.

We’re going somewhere warm next month! We’ll be booking it in the next couple days as we can’t make a decision on where to go. First we were going to go to Mexico, but now we’re leaning towards Dominican or Jamaica. Where would you recommend? Neither of us have been anywhere warm before, so we’re beyond excited! Goodbye snow and hello sandy beaches! We’re excited to do some para-sailing, snorkeling, quading on the beaches, deep sea fishing and exploring.

Well, my stomach is starting to make angry noises at me, so I better get going. I’m making veggie omelettes for breakfast this morning. I’ll keep you updated on how my cooking list is going. I have a feeling I’ll be making some chicken soup for my poor sick boyfriend.  Hope you have a wonderful Monday!