Getting back on track!

I know I promised to not take forever to post an update, but life got extremely busy. We had a few stressful moments (thankfully everyone is okay!) and some wonderful ones! To sum everything up, I’ve started running again – in my vibrams! I can’t believe I’ve been living by the seawall for so long and haven’t been running on it! My goal is to be able to run 10km like it’s no big deal. I currently run ~7km twice a week and run on the treadmill on other days. I last about 20 minutes on the treadmill as it’s probably one of the most boring experiences ever! Running outside is everything!

It’s also come to my attention that sitting on my butt for 8 hours a day is not good for leaning out – not even when you are doubling up your workouts! So, I’ve started walking to and from work AND going on walks at lunch. My feet were super sore the first couple of days and I think I’ll have to take the walks a little easier as my knees aren’t used to walking so much. I’ve also been in a workout funk, so I increased the amount of times I see my trainer to prevent a total “eat-everything-I-see” meltdown. I. Hate. Chicken. Seriously. There are days where I would literally KILL for a pizza and suffer after as I’m lactose intolerant. Ugh.

Anyways, I used my love for creating spreadsheets and lists to set new goals for myself for the month of June. This is also my birthday month, so this will be very difficult but I will do my best to not beat myself up for slipping a little.


– One cheat MEAL a week (not an eat-everything-you-see day) AND be consistent in logging meals
– Weight train 4 times a week – hopefully my new resistance bands for assisted pull-ups will help motivate me!
– Run every morning. Even if it’s for 20 minutes.
– Run outside at least once a week.
– Drink water. Like, actually drink it.
– Mix up my meals a little. No more plain chicken with veggies. I will be more creative in the kitchen even if it hinders my gains by a little. I’d rather enjoy my meals than go nuts!
– If you know you’re going to be tempted to eat badly, bring your own food and ignore the haters. I can’t even count the number of times people have told me I’m “too skinny” or “too strict” because I take care of myself. Since when is it okay to tell someone to eat really badly? I know I’m not fat, but I also know that I work really hard to be fit.
– Give your husband $20 every time you skip a workout, eat an unplanned cheat meal or forget to prep meals for the day (unless you have a really good excuse).

My new resistance bands <3

My new resistance bands ❤

Hope you guys are having a good week!


PS – Today is my dear cousin-sister’s birthday and I wish I was in Calgary with her to celebrate! Happy Birthday Feefs!


Water Retention & Supplement Change

Guess what? It seems like my body doesn’t like to retain water. Either that or the fat measuring machine thingy at the gym is broken. I tried to google how to retain water and it seems like everyone wants to lose their water weight to reduce their bloat. Hmm…

This is Tanita, my mortal enemy

Here are my options:

  1. Find some crazy supplement to help me retain water for my hard earned muscle (Creatine, anyone?)
  2. Keep doing exactly what I’m doing
  3. Change something up (maybe I’m not eating enough salt or something in my diet is off)
  4. Go to McDonalds and binge on some fries and complain about how much my life sucks.

Okay, so the last one was a little dramatic. I’ve decided to go with options 2 & 3 (technically, option 3, but you know what I mean). I think that a week of drinking enough water is probably not enough time for my body to adjust, so I’m going to continue drinking lots of water. For me, the easiest way to get all of my water in is to drink a glass of water after each meal. So, if I eat 5-6 meals a day, that’s 5-6 glasses of water. If the glasses I’m using are 12 oz that’s 7.5 – 9 cups a day! This does not include the water in my green smoothies or protein shakes or what I drink while working out.

The change I’m going to make is by changing my protein powder. I usually use whey protein powder in my protein shakes. Not the natural stevia sweetened kind which is probably better for you, but the Mocha Cappuccino sucrose flavored kind – YUM! Obviously, since 2-3 of my meals are shakes , it might be a better idea to switch to something more natural. After reading about it in many blogs, I’ve decided on trying Sun Warrior Raw Protein Powder. It’s a GMO-free  plant-based protein powder with healthy ingredients and it contains all of the essential amino acids! Check out the link to see all of its benefits. It tastes pretty good (better than most protein powders I’ve tried), mixes well and makes you feel full.  Since I’m lactose intolerant, it should reduce any gas (gross!) or bloating I have – I guess we’ll have to wait and see how it works out!

My new protein powder in Vanilla

Thursday night, I sliced the bottom of my foot on a plastic stick thing that was on the floor at home. Everything was all over the place as we’ve had construction going on in our building and apartment over the last FIVE weeks – UGH!  As a result, I haven’t been able to do much cardio, but I’m trying to keep up on my weight training.Tonight,  I plan on doing some high-rep lower body exercises today at home using my 20 & 30 lb kettle bells and TRX suspension trainer. Heck, I might even throw in some unassisted chin-ups and try to do a pull-up 🙂 We’ll see how I feel.

Hope you guys enjoy the rest of your weekend!



Every weekend I have a weigh-in with my trainer to see my body fat percentage. I’m focusing n being more lean so the percentage is more important than what the scale says. It’s been a bummer because I feel like I work out all of the time, eat really well and still seem to have the same fat percentage. I’m getting stronger and my cardio is awesome, but it’s like I’m missing something. I was pretty bummed about it all weekend. I somehow managed to make my husband feel like he called me fat – yep, I took him down with me. I totally apologized soon after. He’s way too much of a sweetheart to do anything like that. Anyways, I’ve decided to stop comparing myself to girls in other blogs or magazines and take it one day at a time. I’m also going to stop feeling like I have to eat what’s available when we go out for social gatherings – I’m going to be the person who brings her own food everywhere! I’m going to enjoy my cheat meal of the week and I’m going to work my hardest at sticking to my goals. If this is how my body is, then I’m not going to go to the extreme to make it something it’s not.

Here are some of my goals for the next 2 months:

1) Drink more water – at least 8 glasses a day
2) No snacking at all!!!
3) Focus on how far I’ve come – I’ve lost 30 lbs in about 1.5 years and gone from 35% to 28% body fat
4) Eat clean all week long and enjoy one indulgent cheat meal
5) 5 days of weight training and sprints a week (MAYBE one low-intensity cardio session)
6) Prepare all meals in advance

Speaking of meals, I’ve decided to prepare meals 1 (breakfast), 3 (lunch) and 5 (dinner) in advance. Meals 2 and 4 are protein and green smoothies (recipe to come). I’ve made my meals very simple to try and figure out what’s wrong with my current diet.

Here are my meals:

Meal #1: Breakfast: Pancakes (egg whites, non-fat greek yogurt, cinnamon, oat flour)

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Meals 3 & 5: Lunch & Dinner (they are the same right now because I am super lazy): chicken breast, veggies and slices of yam (there are some carrots in there too, it’s not all yams – I swear!)
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I’m surprised at how satisfying chicken with yams has been. I’m not a big fan of chicken, but when mixed with veggies and yams, it’s been quite delicious! I might change dinner to have some egg white veggie muffins that Little B’s Healthy Habits just posted. Be sure to check out her site – she’s got great recipes and information!

This weekend, I got my nails did and my cheat meal was a delightful breakfast sandwich from Café Bica located near Granville Island. So, obviously, I’m going to post pictures of that:

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Notice the awesome coffee art (is that what it’s called ?)

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And here’s my husband playing with salt & pepper before he caught me taking a picture 🙂

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So pretty and pink! I still can’t stop admiring them

Have you ever had troubles reaching your goals? What are your go-to simple clean meals?