Oh hey! Let’s just get right to this coffee date because I’ve got to make it quick!
If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you I feel like I’ve aged 10 years in the last month. Ever since my dad’s accident life has been a whirlwind of flying home, flying to Vancouver, worrying worrying worrying and worrying some more. I just feel very sad and like there is a big dark cloud following me and my family around lately. This past week has been especially stressful. (Good news is my dad’s massive 8 hour surgery went well and he is on the road to recovery. He has been at the hospital in Vancouver for the last five days but they are sending him back up north to recuperate in the hospital there ASAP, which is a good thing as he will be surrounded by family and friends up there and also be close to his family doctor.)
If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you that exercise of any kind is my saviour right now. When life gets insane, chaotic and busy my first instinct is to eat like crap and eat whatever is in front of me. But my second instinct is also to keep up with my workouts. So despite only having an hour between getting home from work and leaving again last night I fit in a 25 minute workout that included a 1-mile run and GPP workout with lots of burpees. I also forced myself out of bed for 6 am yoga this morning despite only getting six hours of sleep because I knew it would do me good. And it did.
If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you I am not feeling very excited to visit Ireland anymore. Eric and I are still going on the trip just because our plane tickets are non-refundable and we had a lot of things booked already, but the idea of going without my dad when we had this all planned out to go together seriously bums me out. I know we will go on another trip together, hopefully next year, but ya. Just having trouble getting excited about anything these days.
If we were having coffee this morning I would say, “let me tell you about something good that happened this week instead of all this downer stuff” and then tell you about the Mexican cooking class I did with my mom last night. This was my Christmas present for her and of course it ended up falling on the worst week for timing (nothing we could have predicted of course) but even though I was tired after a crazy week it ended up being the perfect way to spend an evening. It got my mind off of things and was really, really fun. Above is a picture of the amazing-from-scratch tortilla’s and salsa we made along with fish taco’s! We also learned how to make the most delicious mango coleslaw and left with a booklet full of yummy Mexican recipes. My favourite tip I learned? Bread your fish taco’s with Doritos and corn flakes. BEST tip ever!
If we were having coffee this morning I would apologize for being such a Debbie Downer on a Friday and tell you I have to run now, but hopefully next time we have coffee I will be a little more cheerful.
Happy Friday! xo
PS: Happy Birthday to my ‘little’ brother, who turns 21 today!
Oh February. You were not my favourite month at all. Some good things happened, like mine and Eric’s trip to Vancouver and nine year dating anniversary, my two year anniversary at my job and some good workouts, runs and times with friends and family. But the feel/energy of the whole month is completely overshadowed by the one really shitty thing that happened; my dad’s accident.
Anyways, let’s get this monthly recap on the road.
I did a lot of snack plate dinners in February both for lunches and dinners. I love snack plates!
I made some really awesome fish taco’s with red cabbage slaw at the beginning of the month. The recipe came from CookSmarts, which is a really cool website I recently discovered.
I’m trying to eat healthier so I had lots of salads and smoothies this month as well! I made this AMAZING Sriracha Soy Salmon recipe (kind of pictured below with the salad) and I cannot recommend it enough. I let our salmon marinate for 24 hours before baking it and omg it was good. I was eating it out of the container with my fingers afterwards.
Eric made us this really amazing seafood chowder on Valentine’s Day!
And he also made this AMAZING southern inspired dinner the night before I left for FSJ. Pork ribs, baked beans, cornbread, coleslaw and hush puppies all made from scratch! Gosh I’m lucky my hubby is such a great cook. It was such an incredible (but also very rich) dinner that I had a big bowl of salad the next morning for breakfast because I still felt full!
So yes, lots of yummy food!
Meh. What a lame month for miles for me. I only ran 53.6 miles / 86.2 km. I took an entire week off when I went up to FSJ and have just been really slacking on the long runs lately. I also haven’t been able to go into the trails for the last month because it’s been so darn icy from the warm to cold to warm to cold weather changes we had. I’ve still been working out a ton and doing more of a variety of workouts than I have in a long, long time though so I’m trying not to worry about it too much!
Wow, I only read one book in February. Can I blame it on being a short month?? Ha. I have not picked up a book I really loved since December so I’m also blaming it on that. I need some page turners to re-spark my love of reading.
Anyways, the one book I did read was Morning Glory by Sarah Jio. I have been following Sarah Jio since she was a writer at Glamour.com and usually really love her books. The Bungalow is my favourite so far. However, Morning Glory just didn’t do it for me. I found it easy to put down and I didn’t like the ending. I still enjoyed this book, but it wasn’t my favourite.
I’m at that point where I’m ready for spring to be here because I’m feeling so meh about my winter wardrobe — who is with me here?!
Here is what I wore on mine and Eric’s night out in Vancouver:
I also got to go to a super fancy gala event for work this month and got to sport a full length dress for the evening. It was fun to get so dressed up!
Oh, check out these adorable boot cuffs my grandma knitted me! I was pulling on my boots when I was up there staying with her and she asked if I would like a pair of boot cuffs. Well, within two days she had knitted and crocheted me four different pairs! That woman is amazing and so so crafty.
And finally I share this photo not because of the blue blazer, which I’ve shared in a million different outfit photos since it’s my favourite, but because of the way I’m wearing my jeans with my ankle boots (which I know you can barely see). I am following the advice on this post — How to wear booties with skinny jeans. I went with option 3 and did two small rolls leaving a bit of skin showing. My coworker even commented that I looked very “styled” that day
And that’s a wrap! What are your meals, miles, books and looks from February?
Oh, and if you would all leave a PAGE TURNER book suggestion with your comment that would be great. I’m in such a reading rut right now!
First things first, my Dad was flown to Vancouver this weekend and is getting his hip, knee and heel fixed at Vancouver General Hospital today (Monday). It’s going to be a pretty long and extensive surgery so lots of happy and healthy thoughts for him please! I am flying down tomorrow to spend a couple days with him while he recovers.
Before I dive into a recap of last week’s workouts I wanted to share a quick product review with all of you. I get lots of emails to do product reviews on the blog but I only ever respond to products I’m actually interested in. One of those was Easy Canvas. I feel like canvas prints are the new “thing” vs. just having photographs hanging in your house. I personally love the look of canvases!
Easy Canvas offered me a free canvas print and I chose to take advantage of their Instagram to canvas option! I wanted to print one of the photos I’ve taken in the beautiful trails near our house. I had a few different ideas of which one I wanted but ultimately ended up with this one because we don’t have any photos of Chloe!
Here is the original instagram photo:
And the canvas:
I’m super happy with how it turned out! I also saw when I went to their homepage to write this post that they are offering 40% off for brand new users so if you’ve been thinking about ordering a canvas print now is the time to do it!
Workouts – 24/2/14 – 2/3/14
Rest Day. I had hoped to go to yoga but our flight home from FSJ was late and I missed the class!
75-minute hot flow yoga class (AM) + 10 minutes of Fitnessista’s Winter Shape-up Week 3 (PM)
Started my morning off with an amazing and strong hot flow class and then after work I took Chloe for a walk and did the first 10 minutes of week three of the winter shape-up. I just was not feeling in the mood to do the HIIT part and I also had to get ready for my dinner plans!
30-minute strength workout (AM) + 5.9 mile / 9.5 km run of 6 hill repeats (PM)
Holy crap, Wednesday killed me! I started my morning off with the above workout which I modified based on Jen’s Run from the Snow Chipper workout. In the evening I did 6 hill repeats with the Running Room! I could feel my butt and legs getting sorer and sorer from all the lunges and squats that morning which each passing hill repeat and sure enough I woke up super sore on Thursday.
3.1 miles / 5 km run (AM) + 75-minute hatha yoga class (PM)
I started the morning off with a “quick” 5 km with Chloe. This run was actually quite blah as I was so so sore from Wednesday. I kept telling myself this run was just to get Chloe some exercise because it did not feel good for me at all! Then after work I went to the yoga basics class I’ve been going to with my mom for the past couple of months. We did a ton of side bending and twisting poses. My upper back was really sore the next day. It reminded me how much I love revolved triangle though, I feel so open in that pose!
75-minute hot moksha yoga class (AM) + P90X arms and shoulders (PM)
I did my second 6 am yoga class in a week on Friday morning and it was great. I was really craving yoga last week. After work Eric and I did the P90X arms and shoulders DVD which completely killed me and took Chloe for a long walk.
75-minute yoga class (non-heated) (PM)
Went to yoga with my mom on Saturday afternoon and other than cleaning the house that was the extent of my activity for the day. I was feeling pretty stiff on Saturday morning after the P90X workout.
9.3 mile / 15 km run (AM) + 75-minute yin yoga class (PM)
Woke up to so much snow on Sunday morning! I met up with the Running Room and did a 15 km run in the fresh snow with them. It actually wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be and was relatively warm, especially compared to other parts of the country, at -12 C (10 F). I actually really enjoyed the run. Then in the afternoon I did a live music yin class with my mom and it was SO amazing. Yin yoga is the best thing ever on a long run day and the live music took the class to a whole ‘nother level. The 75 minutes went by much too quickly!
My only rest day was Monday and Saturday was definitely an active rest day. Another great week of workouts. I know I keep saying this but I am feeling really good lately with all my workouts! My running is way way down but I’m hoping all the strength training and yoga is keeping me at a good base. Guess we’ll find out when I tackle a 21-km trail race in three weeks!
Do you have any canvas prints in your house? How was your week of workouts last week?