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I am a momma-to-be, 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, 30 August 2011

Butterfly Blogger Award- I apologize in advance.

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Yay- a blogger award from the lovely Christina at The Athletarian! This woman rocks my socks off- I'm pretty sure the only reason I have followers is because she gives me shout outs on her blog so I probably don't have to tell any of you to follow her, because you probably already do! She is gorgeous, cute as a button, and just a liiiiiiiiiiitle bit crazy- the girl works out like, all the time. I try to pressure her into drinking martinis and wearing high heels and she tries to pressure me into eating better and working out. It's a fair trade, I'd say. 

Hahahahah we are creeps. 

So here goes: Christina tagged me in the Butterfly Blogger Award! 
Is this grammatically correct? God, I'm a loser. 
So lucky for you folks I get to answer really random questions about myself! I know what you're thinking: Could this Tuesday get ANY better? The answer is no. 

Name your favourite colour: Blue, I think. I find this question annoying. I like lots of colours. And black. My favourite colour is ROYGBIV. Take that. 

I don't discriminate.
Name your favourite song: My favourite song(s) at the moment are Bruno Mars- Marry You, anything by Adele, and David Guetta- Titanium. But my favourite song of ALL TIME would have to be from Billy Ocean's Greatest Hits album. 

Don't pretend you've never heard his fierce beats. 

Name your favourite dessert: Why are these questions making me irrationally angry? As if someone could pick ONE favourite dessert. Oh... so people actually COULD? And I'm just a cow? Great. Then I'll say a nice cup of fruit or one square of dark chocolate. I couldn't possibly eat more. 

Oh, I'd love to have a piece of cake! I didn't even know there was any. 

What wizzes you off:  When people use "wizz" instead of "piss". I have terrible road rage. I thought being a Yoga Teacher would chill me out a bit, but people are so freaking slow sometimes. DRIVE YOUR CAR. USE THE PEDAL. PUT YOUR SIGNAL ON. CHECK YOUR BLIND SPOT. 

Truth: I have road rage because 99% of the time I'm the one that's late. There, I said it. But still... people can't drive.


 When you're upset you: can't answer this question either. It really depends. I may curl up into a ball and not leave my couch, I might go for a long run, I might kick the crap out of the heavy bag, I might spend a ridiculous amount of money in a record amount of time, or I might eat my body weight in chocolate ice cream. All healthy options, I'd say. 

See? If it's on a magnet, it must be healthy.

This needed to make the blog, for obvious reasons.

Your favourite pet:  I LOVE dogs and cats. I grew up with both- German Shepherds are my favourite dogs and I would DIE to have a cat. Too bad my husband is conveniently "deathly allergic" to them. 

This cat is plotting my death.

Black or white:  Black: purse, shoes, jacket, pants, coffee, ice cream topping, hair colour when roots coming in. White: shirt, socks, ice cream, snow, flowers.

Black shirt, massive wine glass. Only thing wrong with this photo is the fact that my glass is empty.

Your biggest fear:  #1: Not getting to 100 followers by the end of September. #2: Dying. #3: Those stupid millipedes that invade my house and likely go through my closet. 


Best feature:  Definitely my face. 

For real though, I don't mind my gams. Yes, gams. 

Just a regular night out with my gals and my gams. 

Everyday attitude:  Sarcastic. Sometimes bitchy. Annoyingly excited when teaching fitness. 

Do your push ups or this face will haunt your dreams.

What is perfection:  Complete happiness with oneself. (That's what Christina wrote, and I felt guilty erasing it to put my answer. Well done, Christina. My answer involves a beach, Wickerhead chocolate, US Weekly, and personal shoppers. Pretty similar to yours, I'd say.)

Per. Fection. 

Guilty pleasure:  Shit. I guess I can't answer with beach, Wickerhead chocolate, US Weekly, and personal shoppers, can I? Chocolate, celebrities, wine, and shopping are definite. 

As is my love for Celine Dion. Girl is my idol. Check out the bod to go along with that angelic voice. 

Now if we could just get rid of her creepy husband. 

So here's how it works: I need to tag 7 other people to share the same fun facts for the Butterfly Award! It's on you, ladies!

Kristine @ Running On Hungry
Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner
Hayley @ Oat Couture

1. Answer ANY of the above questions, my lovely readers! Most importantly tell me I'm not totally whack. 

Monday, 29 August 2011

Titika Cut Out Bra WINNER!

Pin It It's time! It's time!!!! The winner of my Titika Cut Out Bra Giveaway is:

Kristine @ Running on Hungry said...

You know I follow you!

KRISTINE from Running On Hungry! A woman after my own heart- unsure whether to pay the rent, or to go shopping, she loves celebrities as much as I do, and runs and works out like a madwoman. Also, when I asked you guys to tell me what inspires you, she said the food waiting for her at the end of a run. Amen, sister.

CONGRATULATIONS, Kristine! I think I was one of her first followers when she started blogging in May and now she likely has a zillion! You have to check out her blog, you will love her!

Kristine, send me your size and your address to [email protected] and I'll send 'er out to you in San Fran!!!!

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Ingredients, Locavores, and Magic Oven.

Pin It Last night Carter and I went to see "Ingredients" the movie. Here's the movie's description:

North American food is in a state of crisis. Obesity and diabetes are on the rise, food costs are skyrocketing, family farms are in decline and our agricultural environment is in jeopardy. INGREDIENTS explores a thriving local food movement as our world becomes a more flavorless, disconnected and dangerous place to eat. Discovering better flavor and nutrition, INGREDIENTS is a journey that reveals the people behind the movement to bring good food back to the table and health back to our communities.

I was very interested in this for a few reasons. Being a Science and Phys Ed teacher, local farming is something I think kids need to be educated on and it would only help me to be better aware of what is available to them and their families. I also knew that Eric, the owner of Fabarnak restaurant would be leading the Panel after the screening to answer any questions we might have.  

If I look shocked, it's because I got a "YEAHHHHH" from a passing car when I was posing. Yesssssss.
I usually love some serious candy at the movies, but I figured a movie on locally grown food did not lend for diet coke and sour kids.  

Damn you, local food movie.

This movie was SO inspiring. As a consumer, I've given up a few things for the environment (red meat and pork, as the grazing process contributes most to greenhouse gases), but I never put my ideals on other people. Do what you want to do, but allow yourself to be inspired by others. I'm not a flexatarian or pescatarian or chocolatarian... okay, well maybe the last one... but I've been more careful with where my food comes from in the last year. I love Farmer's Markets and living in Toronto where this type of food is available to me. 

Here's the movie trailer: 

The movie had many things that stuck out to me, but a few in particular: 

1. "Pay the doctor, or pay the farmer."
We have an obesity epidemic and more allergies than ever before. We also have more processed, fast food than ever as well. Coincidence? 

2. Sustainable agriculture needs to lean more towards the mainstream. 
I'm not naive that "organic" foods are much more expensive to buy. But local foods are not necessarily more expensive than those from the grocery store that have been shipped from thousands of miles away. They taste better and have better nutritional value. We need to help our farmers because they work tirelessly. 

3. Kids are more likely to eat vegetables if it is available- even more than the recommended daily intake. 
This was in the movie showing that kids WILL eat vegetables if they are available in their school cafeterias, or if they were involved in the growing process. I have NO green thumb, but this movie inspired me to think about planting a few vegetables in my backyard next year. 

4. We eat according to the season. 
Who doesn't love a fresh tomato or peach in the summer, orchard grown apples in the fall, hearty soups in the winter, fresh salads in the spring? We do it anyway. Our taste buds and body reacts to the seasons and we eat accordingly, so why not try to eat produce that is available locally for that time of the year?

The screening was inspiring enough, and then Eric and Darcy took to the front of the theatre to answer some questions. They fascinated me with their knowledge of resources available to Torontonians about local food. 

My camera sucks in movie theatres. Sorry guys. 
Eric told us about an amazing website for Canadians called Local Food Plus which is a website detailing all the retailers, markets, and restaurants that serve/carry locally grown foods. It is AMAZING and such a great tool to have! We found a farmer's market close to us that we didn't even know about. Darcy told us about Food Forward- to educate, advocate and connect with local companies and people who want sustainability in local farming. Thank you SO much, guys!

Another thing I liked about the screening/panel was how real it was. Why wouldn't you want to meet the farmer who grew your food? It doesn't mean we can't have chocolate (thank God!) or bananas or coffee, but when foods are available in your area, we need to do a better job at supporting them. 

Carter and I were so inspired we went on Local Food Plus's website and searched for restaurants. We came across Magic Oven on the Danforth and popped up there for a late dinner (since we were starving from our lack of candy eating at the movie). 

Best. Decision. Ever. 

Check out this hot guy I picked up.

The only thing missing from their motto is "wine" instead of "water". 

In spirit of the night!

Their adorable pizza boxes! 

We were only a little bit hungry.

How pissed is Carter right now. He is dying to EAT and I want to take a photo.

Carter got the Tandoori Chicken Magic pizza, and I got the Hot Thai Chicken Magic.

Now, normally I'd be wary if my food had the word "magic" in it. But not when it looks like this. 
We spent the entire dinner talking about what Farmer's Market to go to and researching what stores to hit up when the farmer's markets come to a close in October. It was such an amazing night and I highly recommend both Ingredients and Magic Oven!!!!!! 

1. Are you conscious of where your food comes from?
Labels like "organic" and "free-range" are so often thrown around because they can. Looking at where your produce and meat come from is a good practice that I've tried hard to adopt- I've been living off Ontario grown produce this summer not only because of where it's grown, but because of the TASTE! There is nothing better! Of course I love my chocolate and bananas and things not available here in Ontario. But it's worth it to me to try!

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Skipping + 30 for 30... Why My Vacation Weight Gain Was Only 5 Lbs. Instead of 10

Pin It Alright, so we've already established that I only gained 5 pounds. Here's how.

I am a HUGE believer in making due with what you have- exercise wise. I love a good TRX machine, a treadmill, a huge gym to do plyometric workouts, but let's face it: often we are left with a space the size of a couch in order to work out.

I get that this could have been a lot easier had I done my cardio workouts in the lake and utilized the area at the cottage, but I'm not a huge swimmer. I've had previous shoulder injuries from playing lacrosse and the resistance of the water just kills me.

One thing that is probably really annoying to a lot of people: I absolutely LOVE to skip! I would do it all day if I could- I'd have it in all of my workouts and never get bored of it.

The worst thing about skipping is trying to get a flattering photo while your entire body jiggles from head to toe.

In my gorgeous Titika gear!

Carter was so pumped to get this action shot.  He  actually shrieked. Uhm... in a manly way, of course.

I then had to embarrass him myself by taking this photo. So not hot. 
My new Tabata Trainer for my ITouch was a SAVIOUR to everyone at the cottage! It was perfection for short, interval-style quick workouts (because who, honestly, wants to spend a ton of time working out while on vay cay?).

Carter came up with an AMAZING workout that he uses for his fitness classes and presentations called 30 for 30. It's named after an ESPN documentary series... that I'm pretty sure none of you care about.

I know what you're thinking, and yes, that IS my bicep in the picture.

30 for 30 is 30 body weight exercises, each done for 30 seconds, with a 30 second rest in between. You get a great workout in 30 minutes and only need a 6x6 space to complete it! Tabata Pro was amazing for this again, we didn't have to bother with watches or timers, just went to the music and rested when the buzzer went!

My bro-in-law washing the floor. With his sweat.

Spiderman Push Up.. No big deal.

My nephew likes Carter way more than he likes me. When I took MY shirt off, he ran away. What gives?

Hourglass jumps

The whole fam getting in on the action! Even the little man... again :)

Forward Lunges

I know what you're thinking. What a bunch of losers. 

Pivot Squat Jumps 

Notice my Dad taking a, ahem... longer break during these last few...?

Windshield Wiper

Hahahahah my bro-in-law really getting into the X jumps. Dad noticeably breaking, again.

My nephew wanted to do this workout every day. He kicked our asses.

No wonder he thought the push up was easy.

30 for 30 was the perfect cottage workout- even if you only have 10 minutes, pick 10 exercises and go all out for 30 seconds and a 30 second break. Your body will thank you!

Monday- 10 minute skipping interval + 30 for 30 + Makeshift SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding)
Tuesday- 20 minute skipping interval: 2 minutes skipping, 1 minute muscular endurance (plank, crunches, lunges, squats, oblique twists) followed by an interval workout of 30 seconds on and 10 seconds as FAST as I could. Thank God for the lake afterwards, I was a sweaty mess.
Wednesday- 6km hilly run + SUP Yoga (to be continued in my next post!)
Thursday- 30 for 30 with the FAM :) + SUP Yoga
Friday- 20 minute skipping interval (same as Tuesday)

It felt GREAT to be active while pigging out at night. I never have a problem with meals- they are always generally healthy. It's late night junk food snacking where I become compulsive Katy. Yes, I am one of those people who eats an entire row of cookies.

Alright. Two entire rows.

Frig. The whole freaking bag. I said it.

1. Are you a compulsive eater? 
I sometimes eat until my stomach hurts. Then I eat more. But I am also a compulsive exerciser. I work my ass off... well, not literally. Because of the whole eating thing.

2. Tell me your favourite body weight activity that can be done in a small place!
My favourites are jumping squats, oblique twists, any plank, push ups, buddha crunches, mountain climbers, skipping, jumping jacks... alright, this is getting annoying, isn't it.  

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