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I am a teacher, fitness/yoga instructor, runner, celebrity stalker, chocolate lover, embarrassing dancer, wine guzzler, can't-live-without-my-girlfriends kind of girl. I also have a collection of high heels that strongly outweighs my collection of runners. My goal is to find balance in my life through health and exercise- and when I say balance, I mean kicking ass in the gym and enjoying food, wine, family, friends, and basking in celebrity news. Let's eat clean and do some craaahaaayzy workouts together... followed by a glass of wine.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

The Best Thanksgiving Workout Ever... That Was Negated By The Amount Of Cupcakes I Consumed.

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Move over, shake weight! 

THIS sucker kicks some serious shake weight ass! (That is, I assume. I've never used the shake weight. But I'm pretty sure this wins).  

Be afraid. Of my no-makeup look. 
This 2-person Auger was, in one word, the best workout I've ever got. It shakes the hell out of you and if you don't give it all your strength and power, it will kick, and throw you on to the neighbour's lawn. (True story. This happened before.)

I went to visit my grandma who was in the hospital, and this is when we did some yard work for her, since she isn't able to. Lots of thoughts and prayers to her, if you can spare them! 

It felt great to do something good for the people who do so much for me! We were putting in a railing at the front steps of the house. It was supposed to take about 3 hours. It took 6. And we're no way close to being done. 

I did, however, demolish an entire garden and get myself even more of a killer workout. It felt like Landscape Bootcamp! 

Get to work, Carter. 
The next 2 days were filled with Thanksgiving Amazingness. And lots o' cupcakes. 

My zucchinis! Roasted zucchini with Greek Yogurt, Buttermilk (this is NOT bad for you! Au Contraire, my friends!), and a dash of olive oil for the dressing, topped with thyme, rosemary, and pomegranate seeds!

Roasted veggies!

I am the only person in life that likes Turnip. 

Stuffing... which surprisingly, I didn't stuff myself with. 

For my vegetarian friends. 

...also, for my vegetarian friends. 

Roasted broccoli and cauliflower! The secret ingredient: a brick of cheese.

Oh, Canada! I love you. 
This is how I felt before: 

And this is after. 

The weekend wasn't over. I checked in my domestic goddess-ness and made up some cupcakes! 

Double Chocolate with Blackberry Candy Corn!

This is for all of you Candy Corn lovers- you're all whack. (Lemon Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing)

This was to prove that I actually made them... though, this doesn't prove it at all. I just look awkward. 
And these were my Mom's cupcakes. 

Thanks for upstaging me, Mom. 
I won't apologize for what happened next.

Don't judge me. 
After having zero willpower a weekend of enjoying food and drink, we decided to go for a walk to enjoy the gorgeous weather!

Imagine how creepy it looks to see the lone weirdo hiding in the bushes, taking photos of strangers. 

I was really excited about this photo. Great sunlight, fall colours, hot guy in front of me. Look closely, and you'll see two people making out on the bench. Now, I'm officially the creepiest. 
Carter and I walked up to the main street and went into Chapters to snoop around for potential new trashy magazines educational novels. 

My husband passed me this great read. 

We have a good marriage.
I'm thankful for so much in my life: health, happiness, family, friends, my blog peeps... and belt loops. 

What are YOU thankful for? 

Have you tried the Shake Weight? Do you dig it? 


  1. Wow, those people are really sucking face! Awesome post -- I'm full just looking at all the amazing food... okay, that's a lie, I'm STARVING and literally drooling! Glad you had an awesome Thanksgiving:)

  2. haha that book looks like a good read. ive been wanting to make halloween cupcakes lately-yours look amazing!

  3. So the shake weight commercial creeps me out. If you watch it without sound....the guy honestly looks like he orgasms right at the end of his work out. On that note, I have not tried them myself. I am thankful for health, and family and the ability to give my girls a good life!

  4. Did you really make those cupcakes??? If so, I am requesting a batch be sent to me RIGHT AWAY. I'm drooling. I promise to be super thankful for them. ;-)

    PS. sending prayers your grandma's way, I hope she is better soon!

  5. hahaha, your after picture looks a lot like mine would have. I was STUFFED. Ridiculously. Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter are the only times I get that full, gotta take advantage! And all of the food in this post makes me want to do it alllll over again.

    HUGE positive thoughts and prayers to your grandma! I hope she is A-okay. I am so close to my own Nana, who is now 97, and I worry about her every day.
    So awesome of you to do her yard work for her. I'll have to get myself an auger... and a back yard.

  6. so i thought you were killing me with the food...THEN came the cupcakes. omg. i need those in my life! ;)

  7. yummm i want all your treats (both the healthy and nonhealthy)

    sending positive thoughts to your gma!

    I'm thankful for health, family, friends, having a job (especially one that allows me to travel and live comfortably)

  8. Sounds like such a fun day! Those cupcakes look soo good!

  9. Oh my goodness all the food looks so yummy! I feel like I have to make cupcakes right now!

    Belated Happy Thanksgiving to you guys!

  10. I can't help but feel a little violated when I see the shake weight advertisement (but maybe I've just got a dirty mind).
    All that food looked delicious and I think I would have to try one of every cupcake just for quality control purposes you know?
    I am thankful for my family, my beautiful friends, my beloved Ben, being able to run and peanut butter.
    We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in Australia but seeing as though the boyfriend is American I am going to force my family to celebrate American Thanksgiving with me as I can't be over there with him. I think they'll forgive me when they see the dessert I have planned :)
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. If you could teach me how to look gorgeous after stuffing myself with Thanksgiving dinner I would definitely appreciate that, thanks. Plus you have like a month since the REAL Thanksgiving isn't until November. You Canadian weirdos.
    LOVE the candy corn cupcakes, they look amazing!!