Meals, miles, books and looks of July!

I’m going to spare you all from my “this month has gone by so fast” comments. But wow, this summer is flying. And I know August will fly just as fast as we have plans every single weekend except one!

Onto my monthly recap…


On our anniversary, Eric and I went out for lunch and had mexican food. I had the chimichanga and it was so dang good!

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And I made a new recipe for the first time in MONTHS! This summer “pasta” recipe by Alli.

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Oh and I’ve been drinking a TON of green smoothies! Remember when I blogged my steel cut oats recipe? Well after eating steel cut oats 5-6 times per week for breakfast for a good six months straight I have made the switch to smoothies. I blame the heat. My latest favourite combo includes banana, a frozen fruit mix of mangoes, pineapple, peaches and strawberries, spinach or kale, peanut butter, chocolate protein powder, plain greek yogurt, a splash of vanilla and a sprinkle of cinnamon and hemp seeds. SO yummy! And yes, they taste better when I drink them out of our giant mason jar :)

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Meh, certainly nothing to sing home about. I only logged 67.6 miles / 108.7 km in July. I am no longer doing the race I was originally training for in August so my next race isn’t until the end of August. Between the heat and being busy on the weekends I haven’t been getting long runs in. I’m actually not really concerned about it, though. I’ve been doing a ton of cross-training including lots of strength workouts and HIIT sessions and lots of yoga and I feel really good! The picture above is from our July 1, Canada Day “doggy run club” :)


I read three books in July! All three of these books were great and I would recommend each of them. I gave them all four stars.

The Light Between Oceans – I really enjoyed this book and the characters in it. This is a story of a newly married couple living all alone on an island (he’s a lighthouse keeper) and they are having trouble conceiving. One day a boat washes up with a baby in it and they decide to keep her. However, they eventually learn that decision lead to great pain in someone elses life. One of the review’s on the back of this book says it best; “An extraordinary and heartrending book about good people, tragic decisions, and the beauty found in each of them.” I went back and forth about how many stars to give this book and only ended up giving it four stars because there were a few slower parts that dragged for me. Overall an awesome book that I recommend!

Black and Blue – Another great Anna Quindlen novel. This author has such a unique style of writing and she really creates very complex and real characters. This is the story of a woman and her pre-teen son as they change their identity to get away from her violent husband.

Labor Day – This book took me awhile to get into but I ended up really really enjoying it. I especially loved the way it ended! It’s about a boy and his mother and the turn their lives take when a convicted criminal ends up spending a long weekend with them.


I have some good looks for you from July! Side note, take a look at last July’s recap to see how much my hair has grown in a year! Crazy!

When we had our cool spell a couple of weeks ago I actually pulled out my JEANS for the first time in months! I am still loving this blue top from Costco.

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This is the dress I wore to my friend Sam’s bachelorette party last weekend:

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A new scarf and denim maxi skirt I picked up at a sidewalk sale the other day!

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It’s kind of hard to see in the above photo but the scarf I bought has bicycles on it! It will be so perfect for my upcoming San Francisco trip, which is what first drew me to it!

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And finally, I was super happy with this outfit that I put together yesterday! Honestly, I never used to wear sleeveless tops to work because my arms are my least favourite part of my body. But since I’ve been doing tons of strength training I am feeling way more confident about how my arms/body looks in general. Plus it’s just been such a hot summer, I need to rock the tank tops or I’d die!

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Other highlights from July included celebrating our two year anniversary…

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…and pulling off an amazing picnic event that we had been planning at work for months!

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Overall a pretty stellar month. I’m not going to lie, the heat really got to me in early July and after a week of reprieve from it, it’s back (not quite as bad but getting up to 35 C / 95 F by midday and our house is oh so stuffy) but I’m just reminding myself that I love summer and in the dead of winter I’ll be wishing for summer weather. I’m still not at the point yet where I’m ready for summer to be over. A bit cooler weather would be nice, and I do love fall, but I’m excited for August and everything we have going on so I don’t want to miss summer away!

How was July for you? Are you still happy with summer or ready for it to go? 

What were your meals, miles, books and looks of July? 


Last Week’s Workouts

Happy Monday!

I haven’t done a recap of my workouts in FOREVER so I thought that would be a fun Monday morning post. I had a good week of workouts last week thanks to the weather cooling off quite a bit, I’m not sure if it will be quite so good this week. My running was on the lower side last week but I have four days of running planned to make up for it this week. Plus despite my mileage being a lot lower the last few weeks I’m feeling really good and I’ve actually lost three pounds.


Strength workout + biked to and home from work

EMOM (every minute on the minute) for 15 minutes:

  • 7 burpees
  • 5 push-ups

Followed by:

  • 50 kettleball swings
  • 50 chair dips
  • 50 dumbbell bicep curls
  • 50 overhead dumbbell presses

I started the morning off with the above crazy GPP strength workout that I saw on Bobbi’s instagram followed by biking both to and home from work. My bike ride home from work is very intense and straight uphill (see below elevation profile).

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Run + yoga

A 1-hour trail run in the morning followed by a 1-hour outdoor yoga class in the evening! It even started raining halfway through the yoga class but we just kept practicing and it actually ended up being awesome. I love doing yoga outside!


Strength circuit + 90-minute yoga class

In the morning I did a strength circuit from the summer shred. It consisted of three circuits and you repeat each circuit twice before moving onto the next one. It took about 30 minutes and was a great full body workout!

Circuit 1 (repeat 2x):

10 push-ups
10 v-ups
20 squats
50 jumping jacks

Circuit 2 (repeat 2x):

10 inch worms
15 bicep curls with a shoulder press
20 tricep kickbacks
50 mountain climbers

Circuit 3 (repeat 2x):

15 lateral raises front and side
15 lower leg lifts
20 prison squats
25 box jumps

After work I went to a 90-minute live music moksha class. There was actually a musician in the back of the class playing guitar and singing. At one point during the class we were in tree pose and everyone in the class chimed in for the chorus to “lean on me”. It was a seriously magical class and one of the best yoga classes I’ve ever been to. So special!


Run + strength workout

Eric and I went for a 40-minute trail run after work on Thursday and then I did the following upper body strength workout. I also added in 10 burpees between each round. This is the perfect workout to follow up a run with since it’s so upper body focused!

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20-minute strength workout

I did the following 20-minute circuit workout after seeing it on Peanut Butter Runner’s blog the other day. It was an awesome workout for 20-minutes!

3 rounds, 60 second effort each exercise, 1 minute rest between rounds

  • Air Squat
  • Mountain Climber (slow, fast, you can mix it up with twisted variations, etc. Make it easier by placing your hands on an elevated surface like a box or a bench)
  • T-Push Up (push up, side plank, alternating sides. Drop to knees for push up if cannot maintain form)
  • Split jump squat (jumping lunges, if you cannot maintain form for the 60 seconds, switch to alternating front or backward stepping lunges)
  • Dumbbell lateral lunges (if no equipment available, just do bodyweight…your legs will be burning here after the jump lunges)
  • Box jumps (sub step ups if needed)


1-hour yoga class 

After a late night out on Saturday night and an early morning volunteering at the local marathon on Sunday I went to the noon flow yoga class. It was a gooder! The teacher started us off by having us hold downward dog for five minutes. Five minutes! In 4.5 years of yoga I swear that’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done!

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We spent the rest of Sunday afternoon fishing and kayaking on a nearby lake! I felt like I got a good upper body workout in with all the kayaking I did!


Overall a great week! I feel like I’ve finally, after so many years of trying, have the strength + running + yoga balance down pat. That said, I do have a 21km trail race coming up on August 17 that I’m not sure I’m 100% prepared for because my running is on the low side these days, so we’ll see what happens on race day! I am planning on getting a couple more long runs in before then so that should help me.

What did your workouts look like last week? 


Five on Friday

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Happy Friday!


Remember how I was *just* complaining about the heat wave? Well it cooled off significantly this week! Last night Eric and I took Chloe for a run after work. I actually can’t even remember the last time I ran after work! It was really nice, we went to my favourite waterfall :)


We had some pretty insane weather this week that resulted in our little city being all over the provincial news. See the guy kayaking on the street in this news article? Ya that was happening about three blocks from my house on Wednesday! I have never seen anything like it, the streets downtown where I work literally turned into a river. It lasted about 30 minutes and then was over, it was crazy.


By the end of this weekend, if everything goes well, we will no longer be a one-car family. There are definitely some reasons I’m sad about getting a second vehicle (hello, so many extra bills) but it’s really time for us. Juggling one vehicle is just becoming too stressful and won’t be possible any longer come the fall. Plus, we are getting a truck which I’m extra excited about. It will definitely make our camping trips a lot easier!


I am feeling so good about my diet and exercise lately. As many of you know I did another DietBet in June and I’m actually in the middle of another one right now and the weight is finally starting to come off again. I actually lost my last DietBet because I only lost about 2% of my body weight and I was feeling quite frustrated, but I guess it was just taking awhile for the changes I was making to come into effect because this second time around the weight has been coming off. Slow and steady wins the race, right? As of today I have lost 14 pounds since November, 2013! Plus I feel like I have a great balance going between running, strength training and yoga — something I sought for years!


Overall, I am feeling pretty content right now, which is a far cry from the stressed out crazy person I was feeling like just a couple of weeks ago. There are definitely some things I wish I had more control over and some things I wish I could change, but this quote that I originally saw on Leah’s instagram is helping me keep things in perspective these days.

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What are your five things this Friday?