Hey guys! How’s your week going? Can you believe it’s already Thursday?! Christmas is so soon, the malls are busy, baking wafts from many homes, and I’m happy to still be training and helping others get in some last-minute, pre-Christmas workouts. I haven’t posted very regularly this week even though it has been fairly routine for me…I think I’ve gone into vacation mode already! Because of that, here are few snippets from my week thus far and some thoughts as I look ahead to Christmas with my Canadian fam:
Making it Happen: My Weekly Long Run
Tuesday I had a morning client and noticed the forecast before I left in the dark of the early hours; essentially, it was going to be a beautiful day. We have certainly NOT had typical December weather here in Calgary and I’ve been loving it! Part of me likes when it gets cold and the snow is gorgeous to enjoy. However, I’m not complaining about the change in weather and have found ways to embrace it. Because it was supposed to be warmer earlier in the morning and cool down as the day progressed, I snapped up my running shoes and threw them in the back with my weights and kettlebell, promising myself I would get.outside.and.run after my session.
I didn’t want to pack those shoes for nothing, and called Mikey to tell him I was running for further accountability. Normally I love to run, but it felt colder than the temperature in my car showed and I wasn’t feeling super motivated. However, I made myself turn into the parking lot of the reservoir, hopped out, and started moving.
Not surprisingly, it turned out to be a beautiful run! It wasn’t easy, and actually was slower than usual; I was surprisingly sore from my workout the previous day and wasn’t planning on a long run the next day.All the same, I was so glad I went, and knowing I would happy to get out was part of what got me through the run! Well, that and the beautiful views! Check it out, as experienced through the lens of my phone’s camera:
Happy to be moving & a great (although far away) of the snowy foothills of the Rockies!
The day had SUCH a wintry feel!
Icy patches gave way to snow-covered trails around the frozen reservoir.
Back to Cooking: Protein-Filled Meals
I’ve been eating well this week and cooking more meals now that our makeshift kitchen is more or less set up downstairs and have been focusing on protein. It’s harder for me to get in and less easy than other macronutrients to grab (like carbs!) and have liked the challenge of thinking through eating protein in every meal. I’ve whipped up some of Hillary’s sinless waffles (made with Greek yogurt for extra protein!), Julie’s protein oatmeal bake (ate it this morning and definitely recommend it!), and a great, veggie-filled red curry dish for dinner the other night. Sadly, not many pictures to show for it! I snapped this before inhaling it this morning:
Protein oatmeal bake w/almond butter, 1/2 banana, blueberries & chia seeds!
I’ve also been trying to sneak in greens throughout the day and love to finish off a hard workout with a green smoothie. It’s one of the only things that sits so well and I can PACK it full of nutrients. I like my smoothies a little more “earthy” tasting – you can make these GOOD where you don’t taste the greens at all! This one, however, had:
a handful of kale
1/2 an avocado for creaminess and healthy fat
a bit of ground flax
brown rice protein powder
some almond milk,
and a few frozen strawberries. YUM.
Post-workout, post-shower smoothie goodness today!
Family Ties: Keeping it Balanced Over the Holidays
It can be tough to make time for visits over the holidays, but it can be especially hard if you live in different towns to make sure you’re balancing time with your own and your significant other’s families. Moreover, when you live in different states/provinces and/or countries it becomes even more complicated. Add a limited budget and pricey flights in Canada and you’re in a tighter spot still.
This year we have had the privilege to travel all over and I was able to go to California to see my parents for five days in October. We are so grateful for family in different places and for the opportunities we’ve had to travel, but around the holidays my thoughts often turn toward home and my desire to be with family grows. Perhaps our situation is a little different as well because we live with my in-laws, so the disparity I feel intensifies since we see one side of the fam much more than the other. How do you find balance between families during this season? The good thing is that I have a blast with Mikey’s family – I truly could not have married into a better one! – but I’m reminded that I’m somewhat a product of my upbringing because I love to sit with a cup of coffee and catch up by talking all day; Mikey’s family are do’ers! They go, go, go and sometimes I realize that I don’t love hockey and skating as much as them. I’m learning this time around that that’s okay! I still enjoy the doing and am reminded of how many more experiences you have when you “do” and plan rather than play it by ear. But again, a balance of both is best, and hopefully as Mikey and I continue to live and grow as a couple and eventually a family, we can merge these two aspects of our families.
That being said, I love you CA fam, and here’s to some hockey!
Me & the girls; Mikey & the mullet.
I would love to hear any snippets from YOUR week! Any good runs or workouts? How about some ideas for sneaking protein and greens in during this season? And how do you balance time with family over Christmas?
On that note, I’m out! Got my dip station packed in the back of our Corolla, my kettlebells and yoga mat, and I’m ready and waiting to give three girls a great workout tonight. Off to train!
Live well & be well friends,