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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!

Sometimes We Just Need To Dance

Hello! We’re half way through the week!  Yesterday I had my first day of school at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. The night before, I barely slept because I was so excited. My first day was great. I was in complete bliss – I was finally exactly where I needed and wanted to be. My teacher for my first course, which is the Fundamentals of Nutrition, is awesome! She’s so nice and down to earth. My classmates are all very nice as well. At the beginning of the class we all took a minute to tell everyone a little about ourselves and why were we there. Some of us had similar stories and some of us very different.

My first lesson I learned about water. Yes, water. We learned about the different types of water available to us – mineral, tap, filtered, well, spring etc. Water is so critical for us to live, but do you know what’s in your drinking water? My job today is to find out the source of my water in my area. Once I do some more research I am hoping to do a post on water. The information I was given was so interesting and important. I learned even more about my classmates when we did some group work. I love making new friends! I definitely love school already.

I’m going to back up a little to the day before. On Monday night I attended a yoga class with my friend. It was her birthday week so she was able to bring three people to yoga with her for free. We attended a Kundalini Yoga class and I must say that I’m in love. You need to try this type of yoga if you haven’t yet. I took the class at Semperviva. They have a few locations throughout Vancouver and when you get a membership you are free to go to whichever location you want.

According to my little booklet with their featured yoga classes, Kundalini is a dynamic, past-faced and effective form of yoga that produces quick results. Benefits include weight control, relief from stress and insomnia, enhanced creativity, lymphatic cleansing, liver detoxification, balancing the heart and mind, and developing will-power. It also stimulates the nervous system, glandular system and the immune system as it centers the mind and opens the spirit. These results are achieved through specific yoga posture sets. Each class includes centering oneself with mantra, warm up, a specific yoga postures set, deep relaxation and meditation.

My favourite part of the class was when we got to dance and go crazy! I couldn’t believe we were dancing at yoga. The instructor turned up some good dance music and we danced around, clapped our hands and just let our minds and bodies go free. My friend described it as ‘going to a club without the alcohol and creepy people trying to hit on you.’ I was in heaven as I danced around on my mat, letting all stresses in my life disappear. The last song we danced all around the room to the song “sexy thing.” Oh yes – we were singing along and just having fun (and getting exercise).

It wasn’t just the dancing that made this class so great. Certain parts you do need to push yourself and tell yourself not to give up. I came out of this class feeling completely rejuvenated and happy. I’m also still sore from this class two days later. I can feel it everywhere on my body and I love it!

This dancing business made me feel so good that I decided I needed to do it more often. I had a great day yesterday at school, but other stresses somehow popped up into my life – crazy how that happens. I over-reacted at first, but then I decided to dance. I turned on some music (the song ‘More’ by Usher makes me want to dance) and danced around my room. I felt great! It’s going to be a more regular routine for me!

All of us have varying degrees of stress in our life. Sometimes you just need to stop thinking and do something that makes you happy. What do you do to relieve stress?

Take some time for yourself today. Do something you love! I hope you all have a fabulous day!

A Porridge to Cure Your Winter Blues

Hello everyone! I hope your weekend has been fabulous so far. For those of you in Vancouver, you’re probably looking out your window at the disgusting weather we’re having. It’s freezing! For those of you who are reading from another province (or country!), I give you permission to call me a ‘winter wuss.’ I grew up with cold, dreadful winters in Northern Ontario, but I’ve quickly adapted to British Columbia winters. It’s been pretty cold here this week and by cold I mean minus five. The other night it felt like minus seventeen! My hopes of summer are over. We were having the most beautiful weather in Vancouver just a week ago and now it’s gone!

This is outside now:

This is where I want to be:

Despite my complaints, I do miss some aspects of having a real winter. I grew up ice fishing, snowmobiling and even camping (in cabins) in the winter. The beauty of Vancouver is that you don’t have to drive very far to get a real winter. There are mountains all around and Whistler is not that far away. I haven’t been there, so I have yet to enjoy this luxury.  (I’m hoping to get the opportunity soon; I’ve been anxiously waiting to take a trip there!)

Cold-weather meals are a whole different story. On days like this a healthy salad just doesn’t cut it. You want something warm in your stomach! I guess that’s why a lot of people gain weight in the winter. Many of us hibernate inside eating more and exercising less. I have to say I’ve been quite impressed with myself this winter. I’ve been running almost every day – except today because I got called into work and I don’t want to brave the weather a second time!  I try and eat a salad every day and I limit my intake of sugar – except for my daily two pieces (sometimes more) of organic dark chocolate.

I was definitely craving comfort food when I woke up this morning. I had some left-over quinoa in my refrigerator and decided to come up with something delicious—a Banana and Quinoa Breakfast Porridge! It was warm, delicious and satisfying; exactly what I needed. Here is the recipe:

Banana and Quinoa Breakfast Porridge

1 banana
½ – ¾ cup almond milk
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1 cup cooked quinoa
½ tsp. cinnamon (or more)
1 tbsp. of real maple syrup
Small handful of almonds
1 tbsp. coconut milk (optional)

1 tbsp. shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)

  1. Mash the banana in the bowl. Add the milk, coconut milk and chia seeds and mix well.
  2. In a pot add the banana mixture and cooked quinoa. Cook until desired temperature is reached. You may need to add more milk depending on the consistency you prefer.
  3. Pour into bowl, sprinkle with cinnamon, shredded coconut and almonds. Drizzle with maple syrup and enjoy!

I hope everyone is finding ways of surviving this winter whether it’s bundling up in your comfy sweat pants and watching a movie or making one of your favourite comfort foods!