Friday, February 20, 2015

GIveaway time!

Cleaning up my eating has become a a big part of my life, husband and I are always looking for healthy alternatives and new recipes.  One of my favorite things right now are Hemp Hearts, I use them practically everywhere; in cereal, on yogurt, smoothies, salads and of course right out of the bag.  

Hemp Hearts are delicious, and often compared to sesame seeds or pine nuts in taste, Hemp Hearts are lower in carbs than flax and chia; they are raw, vegan friendly and Non-GMO. Hemp Hearts have a whopping 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of omegas per 30 gram serving.  AND Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts are grown in Canada!  

One of my favorite post run snacks is Heap Heart Banana Sushi (relax - its fish free)

30 Superfood Recipes You've Never Tried Before.Ingredients
           -1 medium banana
           -1 tablespoon almond butter
           -1 teaspoon hemp seeds
           First, peel your banana. Then, spread almond butter on top, making sure to coat the top and sides. Then, sprinkle on hemp hearts. Place in freezer for about an hour. Then, slice about an inch thick.

Sounds great right?  I bet a giveaway sounds even better!  Sign up to be entered to win a 2oz bag of Manitoba Hemp Hearts. *Canada & US only, must follow this blog  

Since I'm a Sweat Pink Ambassador, you can use this code HHSweatPink215 for 20% off your purchase at  Manitoba Harvest (valid until March 31, 2015)

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Three halfs!

I trained, I ran, I finished. When I registered for the Hypothermic 1/2 Marathon, I wanted to challenge myself, I wanted to run in the snow, to stay outside my comfort zone, to do something hard, to scratch another new thing off my list.  

My December injury put me behind a few weeks in my training, the cold was horrible on my joints, my iphone would die from the cold temps I was running in, some days the ice snow on the road was too dangerous to be out in, it was hard to keep motivated, the day we were scheduled to drive to St. John's there was a snow storm, my knee was not 100%, it was hard, it was cold, it hurt....  the old me would have given up long ago, but the new me put her her head down and kept going. 

13.1 Miles, 21.09 Kilometers, 69,168 Feet, 23,065 Yards.  
Through the snow, through the pain.


I might not look the part, my finish times might not be pretty, but I will not be stopped.  I AM a RUNNER.

Thank you to husband and kiddo for their continuing support, for volunteering at another of my races, and handing me my water.  Thanks also to my brother in law Steve, who also injured ran with me.

This makes 1/2 marathon #3

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Foodie Pen Pals

Back in December I did Fat Fab Fuel Ornament Exchange, while I was following the rules and learning about my wonderful partner, I discovered The Lean Green Bean's Foodie Pen Pals, and of course I signed up :)  The rules are pretty simple: on the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email.  You have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail.  The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treatsThe spending limit is $15The box must also include something written.  Sounds fun right?

Well it was!  I had a ball - I was paired with Mary; a non blogging, wine drinking, scrabble playing, fresh food lover living in BC.  Through our email correspondence I also learned we would get along fabulously if we were not on opposite ends of the country.

Mary sent me a great package filled with delicious goodies :)

Smoked wild sockeye salmon, chipolte powder, wildflower honey, coconut curry lentil soup mix and her hubby Paul's dried okenagen pears.

Paul - those pears were amazing!!

Now this is where I have to apologize - I missed the part of the exchange where I was supposed to post on the last day of the month :(  I also missed the deadline for this month's sign up deadline, but I won't miss next month's.   THANKS again Mary, it was wonderful having you as my partner, and for the goodies.

 I off running the Hypothermic 1/2 when I was supposed to be blogging - if I had my shite together I would have scheduled this post, but I never claimed to have my shite together :)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Wanna try something new?

All week I'm being asked if I made any resolutions, and the answer is no.  When I decide to do something has to be because I want to, not because its the start of a new year, or its a new week or because someone asked me to, I have to want to succeed.  Countless times I've said "I'll start that diet on Monday" then Monday would roll around and something would come up, I'd get frustrated and swear I would start the following week... so resolutions are not my thing.  

BUT, I do like to try new things, sometimes hard things!  You just have to make the effort to make the time, turn off the tv and get out there, and not worry about looking foolish, easy peasy right?!

Want to try something, but not sure what - I have a list!

1.  Learn to play an instrument - did I mention I have new bodhran?!?!?!
2. Jump into the ocean.
3. Learn to say "I love you" in a foreign language. Practice on everyone.
4. Volunteer.  Animal Shelter, Food Bank, Race, Hospital
5. Spend the whole day snuggling in bed watching TV with the ones you love (preferably not ill)
6.  Complement a stranger. (It will make their day)
7. Go sledding.
8.  Make a scrapbook.
9. Cook an entire meal from scratch and have your friends over to enjoy it.
10. Adopt an endangered animal.
11. Create an online photo album so you can share picture with family and friends.
12. Try a subscription box!  (I am narrowing down which I'm gonna get)
13. Re-read your childhood favorite book.
14. Mail Valentines to your friends.
15. Go fishing.
16. Take a trip (come on seat sale)
17.  Build a giant sand castle.
20. Clean out your closet and donate everything you haven't worn in the past year to charity.
21. Grow a garden - flowers herbs, grass, whatever.
22. Learn sign language.
23. Forgive someone.
24. Donate blood (again)
25. Learn how to change a tire.
26. Blog.
27. Write a thank-you letter.
28. Unplug for a day - no cell phone, internet or tv.
29. Make an emergency kit for your car.
30. Vote.
31. Invite your friends over to play board games.
32. Take a scuba diving course (have the paperwork done)
33. Tell a stranger to have a nice day.
34. Go to a museum, movie theater or restaurant alone.  Enjoy your own company.
35. Eat lunch outdoors, pack a picnic, go to a park or sit out in the yard.
36. Invent your own cocktail, adorn it with umbrellas, stir sticks and edible glitter.
37. Shop locally.  Only buy items within a small radius of your home for an entire week, or month.
38. Let someone else order for you at a restaurant.
39. Read the community newsletter or noticeboards and find out whats on the go and get involved.
40. Watch a sunrise, sunset or both.
41. Blow bubbles.
42. Try a new look - a new hairstyle or clothes you wouldn't usually wear.
43. Bake a birthday or celebration cake for someone.
44. Learn to meditate, try yoga or pilates.
45. Look up your family tree, or ask relatives for their favorite memories of a loved one.
46. Get together with someone you haven't seen in while, or call them up and chat.
47. Make homemade bread.
48. Take your camera with you for the whole day and capture anything and everything.
49. Take a road trip without a set destination and see where you arrive.
50. Listen to a new genre of music and keep an open mind.
51. Clean up litter on a beach, in a park or your neighborhood.
52. Train for and complete a MARATHON (will happen this year!)

You never know you might just find something new you love :)


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Run Ruiner!

With the HypoThermic 1/2 Marathon weeks away my kms are climbing.  Sunday morning shortly after 9, I donned some of my favorite gear and set out for my planned 16K long slow run.  -3 degrees.  I could see my breath, I could hear the crunch from last night's dusting of snow under my feet.   I passed Tim Horton's and started the slow incline of the Junction Road.  

Since I started running clients, family and friends have remarked most about me running alone on the Junction, aprox 11K of highway with frequent wildlife sightings and speeding cars.  What if you see a moose?  Do you carry your cell phone?  What if something happens?  Aren't you afraid of cars?  I usually grin and assure them when I'm on the highway I'm highly visible in my brightly colored reflective gear, I have my Road Id on my ankle, I carry my cell phone, my music is not too loud, my husband knows my route and always does a drive by at the hour mark and being afraid is not the way to enjoy life, and  there are about 6 inches of pavement between the white line and shoulder of the road I consider mine. (that also generally ends the conversation)

So Sunday morning business as usual.... until the 7K mark.....  I hadn't seen a car in while, I was singing along to my music when some yahoo decides to pass another car on a solid line while travelling at well over the speed limit, forcing me to jump off my 6 inches of pavement to the uneven icy shoulder and tork my left knee!

The text to husband went something like "slightly hurt, not stopping, walking it off, bring water"  I kept going to my 8K turn around, alternating run, walk, run, walk.  Husband appeared at KM 9 with my water and proceeded to the forestry station another 1.5K away.  By the time I got back to him I was done - it was too much.

Stupid jerky yahoo a solid line means NO PASSING!  Not sure where you were going so early on a Sunday morning - but next week try leaving home 5 mins earlier so you're not in such a mad tear!  I had to cut my run short and I'm hobbling around with SpiderTape encompassing my left knee because of you, ya run ruiner!

Tomorrow we head to St. L for Christmas break - my plan has changed a little and my next long slow run will be on the highway out there....if you see someone running along in bright purple reflective try giving them that little bit of road :)

- I think I may have finally found a running gel that doesn't taste how I imagine ectoplasm tastes :) more to come on that & how I was hit by a truck

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fit, Fab & Fuel

Look at me go! 2 days in a row :)  Maybe I'm getting my groove back?!
A little bit ago I spotted the Fit, Fab & Fuel Holiday Swap, and of course I jumped in :)  We send a little package of our fav fuel (anything that keeps us going) to one person and get a little package from another; all random of course AND by doing so we get to meet new people.

 I sent a package to Anna at Pipers Run,  and I learned a few things about her
  1. Her blog is called after her nickname (which was Sandpiper, but got shortened to Piper)
  2. She is from Nova Scotia
  3. She's a runner
  4. She has 2 little girls
  5. She's been blogging about 3 years!

I got this package from Janelle at Wholly Healthy

 I never heard of Lip Shit before, if i did it would be up there on my list; just so I could ask husband -  "hon, have you seen my Lip Shit?"  Lip Shit! love the name, and it will come in handy during the Hypothermic 1/2 Marathon in Feb! Rudolph is super cute and has already found a home on my tree  :)
 And in the process I learned a few things about Janelle too
  1. She is a psycology student:)
  2. She likes to eat clan, exercise regularly and use products as natural as possible
  3. She has a pup :)
  4. She enjoys summer reading
  5. She likes to try new things  (Little Life Box, Paws and Play Box, FitFabFun Box)
Thanks to Running with SD and Naturally Fit Sisters  for hosting this Swap, I had fun, and can't wait to do it again next year.

Did you see how I added that in there?  Hypothermic 1/2 Marathon?  Yep 1/2 marathon #3!  Not bad for less than 2 years of running (go me)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Brain fart

I'm not a total flake!  In the process of trying to rid the house of the giant killer dust bunnies, I did find several sticky notes in various locations with my scribbles...

toenails optional
underwear gnomes
me lover
chicken wings

If I can remember what I was thinking when I jotted them down its gonna be some post :)

Not my car - but something I would do!  (outside Target on Sat)

In other news, Fadder just gave his 101 donation of blood!  The Southern Gazette had a little write up about him HERE

I am gonna stop being a horrible blogger and get my arse in gear again.