Good morning! After about 8 hours of sleep last night (a lot for me!), I am feeling sleepy now, sitting on the couch in a too-warm room feeling very comfortable and relaxed. Why is it that so often too much sleep makes us more tired? Crazy. But I’m grateful for the sleep in this morning – I nixed plans for a run because I could tell my body needed the break, and it was nice to take the time to make one of Ashley’s tasty and nutritious buckwheat bakes for breakfast and help Mikey get out the door to work. Truth be told, I love those traditional “wife roles!” It brings me so much joy to have breakfast ready (especially when I can ensure it’s filling, delicious, and good for us!), coffee made (mainly because I like it strong and he likes it weak!), and lunch packed for Mikey.
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Since I already covered Friday (long run and time with friends at night! and previous to that my personal review of “Born to Run”), I’ll pick up from Saturday, where we slept in and took the morning easy together. I also wrote about the power and importance of true community if you’re interested in that recap! Saturday afternoon we went for a run together (which was SO great! I am thrilled that Mikey’s becoming a runner and it was fun to share the experience together) and then worked on the basement – we got TONS accomplished! That’s a good feeling. We are pretty much unpacked, put away, and Ikea-ed up downstairs. Saturday night we hit up the cheap theatre for a “Green Lantern” showing and did our favorite thing at movies: snuck in food! This time it was cherries, blueberries, a nectarine each (which we didn’t have room for) and wine gums (gotta have something artificial at a movie!). It was a fun day that included some productivity, movement, rest, and an early bedtime!
Yep! Ryan Reynolds, the Canadian!, played the Green Lantern – not bad.
Sunday I got up early for to run just over 5 miles and knew from that moment it was going to be a hot day – I don’t typically sweat very much but already at 7:30 am I was sweating on my run! And hot day it DID turn out to be!
After a great sermon and time of worship at church, we headed back to Ikea to finish off purchasing some goods for the basement and drove home for lunch. It was a HOT one, and although we planned to go play tennis, lost tennis racquets made us change our plans, so Mikey hit up the driving range while I went to the Farmer’s Market to check out what they had. I loved walking around and taking in the sights and sounds but left with only 1 thing: frozen vegan mini pizzas for dinner!
A quick stop at Winner’s (a Ross’ almost-equivalent for any American readers) for some cheap clothes (me? shopping? what got into me?!) left with 3 new tops and a new nail polish – the peel-off kind! We’ll see how I end up liking it. I had to head home to greet our little friend, Shawna, who we were babysitting while her parents went out for their anniversary (Happy Anniversary, Heather & Roger! ). We had a blast together: time at the park, mini pizzas and corn and salad at home, freshly picked raspberries over ice cream (over goat’s yogurt for me) and some popcorn to finish off the night while we watched “Tangled” (a super great Disney movie!).
It was a fun, hot summer night that was everything it should ever be. Lots of sleep left Mikey and I ready for the week ahead! Speaking of what’s to come this week…
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Healthy Living Summit:
Today marks the last Monday before the HLS, so I thought I would address some of the thoughts and feelings I’m having about that. It’s still hard for me to believe that I’m attending this event…to be honest, it’s felt a little like a dream and now it’s actually happening! This is a unique opportunity for me as I’ve really put more time and effort into my blogging and I feel like I will get so much out of this experience. Here are a few emotions running through my mind:
- Nervous! – Almost all the bloggers who I read online daily will be at the HLS – in person! It will be great to meet them but I’m admittedly a little nervous about how that will go. Moreover, I’m nervous about going solo without having any friends that I already know to meet down there. I’m also staying in a separate hotel as it was cheaper and the rooms at the conference hotel were all booked, so I’m planning on not staying in my room except to sleep so it gets me out interacting with others and taking advantage of the weekend to the fullest!
- Grateful – For the chance to go out at all, for the opportunity to be taken out of my comfort zone, for the workshops and content that will be provided and the learning that I know will take place.
- Excited – A big hope of mine is that any online friendships I might have (still being “new” to this community) will become “real” friendships and that I will leave with some great new connections! I’m definitely anticipating this and looking forward to it a lot.
- Eager – To soak up information, to have this solo experience (I normally travel with my husband), to grow my skills as a blogger and to be inspired and motivated – and to bring that goodness back to you, my readers!
The flow of the weekend looks great – a cocktail party on Friday night, great workshops throughout the day on Saturday (really looking forward to Quaker Oat’s “Small Phrases for Healthy Changes: The Power of “Action Mantras” session and the session about blogging and social media!), a fun breakfast buffet Sunday (you know I get excited about this meal!) and a 5km fun run/walk on Sunday morning. Then I take off to fly back to Calgary. It’s going to be a whirlwind of a trip but again I am grateful for the opportunity to go and to Attune Foods for my ticket to the HLS!
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A company that’s right in line with Attune Foods’ values is the Simply Bar! I love this group because they are Canadian-made with all-real ingredients, have very few calories and sugar for a bar, and they pack a HUGE protein punch! I was excited to see some new flavors in the mail from them and although they didn’t ask me to comment publically on them at all, I thought I would because I love to share local companies and will always promote real foods!
First up, I love that these bars are all gluten-free and vegan – pretty great just right there! They also are 150 calories each with 3 g of sugar and 16 g of protein! Very happy with those stats. So…what did I think?
The Simply Bar folks sent me 3 new flavors: Cinnamon Pecan, Caramel Peanut, and Lemon Coconut. I tried them as pre-workout fuel, as a fill-the-void snack, and gave one to Mikey while we were at a coffee shop and nibbled on it too. I loved the Cinnamon Pecan on first bite, but by the end my mouth felt a little dry and a little too cinnamony. The Caramel Peanut surprised me – I didn’t think I’d like it that much as I’m not a huge caramel person. It had a great taste and I didn’t feel overwhelmed by the flavor by the end of the bar. Lastly, Mikey chomped on the Lemon Coconut bar and he loved about half of it before saying it tasted a bit “grainy” in his mouth. I snagged a bite and loved the taste!
My verdict? My favorite was the Caramel Peanut. I think if you ate half a bar before a workout and half afterward, or ate it while you were hiking in small chunks it would taste the best. But they definitely filled me up for a bit and left me pretty satisfied for a bar! Thanks again for sending these my way – super happy to support this “small Canadian woman owned company…[who] started in 2002 and have been ‘an overnight success’ in 9 years!” (source). Thanks, Simply Bar!
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And there you have it: a weekend recap, my initial HLS thoughts, and a great recommendation for a super solid and tasty bar! Now I’d like to hear from you:
Any highlights from your weekend you’d like to share?
Who out there is going to the HLS? Any similar emotions you’re experiencing (to let me know I’m not alone?!)
What is your go-to energy bar or snack?
It is a thunderstorm kind of day here in Calgary; a good day to get an indoor workout in and finish decorating downstairs! I’m out. Have a great day, all! Live well & be well,