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What I’m Loving

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a What I’m Loving post. Or really any posts. I’ve definitely lost some of my blogging mojo and have had many days in the past few weeks when I’ve felt like throwing in the towel.

A little bit of a rebrand is in the works though so I’m hoping a fresh new look will inspire me to create some better content for you guys. That is, if anyone is still around reading? If there’s anything you’d like to see, changed, topics you’d like, please let me know. I’m open to any and all feedback.

  • First and foremost, I’m absolutely loving teaching Pound. I’ve been teaching every other week at a studio that I connected with through my Where to Workout series plus some private classes and I’ve been having a blast seeing all the new faces come and check it out. I’m actually shocked when a class fills up and even more so when there is a waitlist! I’m still not sure if I’m ready to teach weekly or where I would since there are actually a ton of Pound instructors here, but regardless, it’s been an amazing journey so far. If you’re interested in coming to a class, all my upcoming classes are over there on the side bar —>
  • To balance out the Pound I’ve been loving Famoso pizza. Liam and I have ended up eating it three weekends in a row by chance. Last week, a friend nominated me for a Random Act of Pizza, where our local restaurant was giving away pizzas so Liam was pretty stoked when I brought him home a giant pizza for our weekly movie night.
  • James Bay dropped his new single last week. It’s different, but I dig it.
  • 10 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018 – Which ones are you adding to your TBR pile? Still Me is next on my pile and I’ll be patiently awaiting the Sophie Kinsella release as well as for my library to get The Immortalists in real book form (it’s only ebook and I just can’t do ebooks). Any other books on your radar this year?
  • Speaking of books, Brie and I started a bookclub on Instagram. In case you missed it, at the start of each month Brie and I will both choose a book and you’ll get to vote on what you think we should read next (this month’s read is Present Over Perfect). At the end of the month, we’ll both post on our IG pages with our thoughts and hope you’ll all join in with yours too.
  • The best book I’ve read this year has got to be Fierce Kingdom or A Woman in the Window. Both page turners where you can’t put the book down until you find out what happened. The downside to Fierce Kingdom is that it does not have a neat and tidy ending. There are so many things unanswered! What’s the best book you’ve read lately?
  • The Most Powerful Response When Your Child Is Inconsolable – I went through a really rough time with Liam for a couple months leading up to Christmas when this could have been nice to try. Definitely keeping it in my back pocket.
  • Can Food Freedom and Fitness Goals Coexist? I’ve wanted to write something similar to this. I’ve been seeing a lot of food freedom/intuitive eating posts lately, which is great. I love it a lot more than the diet culture that just needs to go away. However, I think for many people, myself included, having total freedom leads to weight gain. I absolutely think it’s ok to live somewhere in the middle. For me, macro tracking works the best in maintaining but when I let myself eat ‘intuitively’, I gravitate towards more carbs, more beer, and the pounds start adding up.
  • Glow juice, winter running shoes and sassy welcome mats.
  • In case you missed it, 5 Classes to Make Fitness Fun

 

Tell me, what are you loving lately?!

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Goals, Baby

We are a full week into 2018. How’s it going so far? I’ve spent the last week wondering what kind of goals I want to set for myself and I’m having the hardest time. Last year I set three main goals and five separate fitness goals for the year. This year I just can’t land on anything specific that I want to accomplish.

One of my co-workers challenged us all to come up with a word for the year (also something my good friend Ange does annually) and that is something that came pretty easily to me. I’ve decided to let go of specific goals and instead base this next year on my word. First, let’s do a quick recap of my 2017 goals!


Overall Goals:

  1. Condo improvements – I intended to start updating some things in my condo over the year to get it ready to sell in the coming years. I didn’t actually complete this goal, because I ended up listing my condo in the summer and selling it by the fall. So I guess in that sense, this goal is complete! Check.
  2. Get my group fitness certification through Canfit Pro – Getting my fitness certification has been something I’ve wanted to do for several years now. Since starting my “Where to Workout in Red Deer” series, I’ve really come to realize how much I truly love fitness and want to share that passion through instruction. While I did not manage to do my group fitness training, I did become a certified Pound Pro and have started teaching Pound fitness. I do eventually want to get my group fitness certification and expand my knowledge, but I’d definitely still call this a win. Check.
  3. Run/Survive my first half marathon – I ran SeaWheeze in August. It wasn’t the greatest race, but I crossed the finish line and that’s really all that matters. Check.

Fitness Goals:

  1. Finishing my first half marathon – This one is an obvious overlap, but it was such a big accomplishment! Check
  2. Run a new-to-me race – This did not happen. With a limited budget, I stuck to local races I’ve already done and SeaWheeze. I’d still love to run the Rocky Mountain Soap Run in Canmore or Red Deer’s Harvest Run though.
  3. Summit a mountain – It always seems that summer flies by too fast and I don’t get to hike as much as I’d like. I did make it this happen though when I climbed Ha Ling Peak. Check
  4. Try something new – I always love trying new fitness classes and this year I got to try a couple new classes as well as a ton of new facilities while I continued working through my Where to Workout in Red Deer series. This year’s new classes were Buti Yoga and Garuda! Check
  5. Handstand –  This was a repeat goal from previous years but I still have not made it a priority to practice.

So, what does my 2018 look like?

Intentional.

I want to be intentional about everything I do day to day.

I want to teach more Pound and inspire people through fitness or my personal experience on my blog.

I want to purchase more ethically made, timeless pieces of clothing instead of continually buying cheap, trendy clothing that doesn’t last.

I want to continue using toxin-free beauty products and keeping my home as chemical free as possible.

I want to mindlessly scroll through social media less and read more books and drink more tea.

I want to go on more adventures with Liam, do more snowshoeing, more hiking, climb more mountains.

I want to workout at home more and eat healthier food that helps me feel better.

I want to do more yoga, meditate and journal more.

I want to spend more nights sitting around the kitchen table laughing with friends.

So there you go. I’m not going to spend the year working towards one thing in particular, but instead, work every day to lead an intentional life.

Do you make new years resolutions or goals for the year?

Do you have a word? 

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2017 in Review

It’s hard to believe we’re wrapping up another year already. I found there were many times throughout the last year where I felt nothing was really going my way but when I stopped to take a good look at some of the things I’ve accomplished, it really wasn’t bad at all. There are always highs and lows and I think 2017 brought some change that will benefit me in the coming years.

The highlights of 2017:

  • Seeing Garth Brooks. Twice.
  • Also seeing the Lumineers, Ed Sheeran and Tegan and Sara.
  • Attending a presentation from and meeting Neil Pasricha.
  • Running the Woody’s 10k, City Chase, Troubled Monk 10k, and Chocolate Chase with Liam.
  • Completing my first half marathon at SeaWheeze.
  • Becoming a certified Pound Pro and taught my first class.
  • Joined as a founding member of a new Rotary club
  • Organized a free yoga in the park day on behalf of my company, and organized my company Christmas party.
  • Spent a week in Kelowna relaxing with my fam
  • Continued crushing the Where to Workout in Red Deer series
  • Climbed Ha Ling Peak
  • Turned 31
  • Liam started kindergarten
  • Liam turned 5
  • Put my condo for sale, sold it two months later and bought a 3 bedroom townhouse

In the next few days, I will take a look back on my goals for 2017 and talk about what my goals for 2018 will be (if I can figure them out). In the meantime, I wish you all the best for the upcoming year and hope you all have a safe and fun night ringing in the new year!