Hey guys! Whew! It’s been a hot minute since I posted…I’m not really sure what that means but I think I used it the right way. 😉 At any rate, life is finally calming down after a pretty intense few weeks…Between the weekend retreat and our bonspiel and ski day on consecutive days on the weekend, it’s been a full few weeks. I’m grateful that it’s been a busy week of training too – busy is good in this industry! All that to say, I’ve been prioritizing sleep over blogging but am finally getting back to business with my blogging game.
I wanted to share a recap of the bonspiel (our annual fundraiser) via pictures and also share a bit about the ski day, as well as a glance at my meals on a typical day. So…here we go!
So. The bonspiel. The 5th Annual Real Deal Bonspiel to be exact! It was a great success, despite a few set backs (like me forgetting the cheese, veggies and fruit platters in the fridge and needing to go back to the house during the first game to pick them up!). It was busy, it was full, and it was fun.
Everyone was nailing it with their costumes (the initial unveiling is the best – people get a bit chilly on the ice and bring hoodies and sweatshirts to keep them warm, but check out those hammerhead homemade hoodies below!) which kept the fun factor high!
This was the first year that there were people there who we didn’t know, which was great because that means we’re growing!
All ages were present, everyone was great sports and laughed lots, and the group got along really well together. Many people especially liked the bumping music and everyone was shaking their thing on the ice in between the cries of “hurry hard!” Even the warm up alone was intense:
Mikey and I feel blessed to be able to run Survive & Thrive, and the people who give at this event and online throughout the year really provide us with tangible help to bring young adult cancer survivors on trips. We cannot say thank you enough to those who donated at the event, online, throughout the year and who help us in so many ways on these trips (you all know who you are – friends, family, clients and health care professionals included!)…Thank you! Then we were off for our ski day after a late night and an early morning walk-up call. Yikes! Tough to get going the next day, and quite honestly Mikey and I were pretty wiped out, but we had a great time skiing with an (always) amazing group of people form across all age ranges at Lake Louise! A big thanks to Lake Louise for the tickets, Wellspring for organizing, YACC for participating and Peter’s family Chris, Tim and Holly, for whom the weekend is held.
It’s these events in our life that make it so full, and both Mikey and I are so grateful for the way God has directed our story and the opportunity to live life with some incredible people. Every Tuesday and Thursday I am loving our Fitness, Food & Attitude Bootcamp and along with great workouts twice a week together, we are learning about nutrition thanks to our nutrition coach (and my friend), Joel. I love seeing the lightbulbs go off in people’s heads when it comes to the value of their nutrition and their abilities to change their bodies through applying that information. The group was curious as to what Joel and I eat on a typical day (knowing that people’s eating habits are their own and every person is different), so I thought I may as well share on the blog! I started Wednesday with a 6 am wake-up call and my warm lemon water (half a lemon every morning) with some apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper and cinnamon – be careful not to go crazy with the cayenne! And if you need to add a bit of honey or maple syrup to take the intensity down, that’s fine! This is good to flush the body, get you moving, and I love the taste, although admittedly it is a bit of an acquired one. Sometimes I just do the lemon water, which is nice too.
I like to sit and read for a few minutes before my day begins and typically drink my lemon water during this time – like a hot cup of tea. Then I sip water from my water bottle as I’m getting ready around the house and wait for the coffee to brew. Some morning it’s pre-hound and ready the night before, other times I do in the morning – love a good, strong (just ask my husband), dark cup of coffee in the morning! (sorry for the blurry shot – it was morning and I was on my way out the door!)
I add cinnamon and turmeric (a spice that I don’t taste in my coffee but that’s good for inflammation) to my coffee every morning. It’s an easy way to get some good spices in your body! Normally I’m out the door and go from there. But this morning, I prepped some food since I wouldn’t be returning home until about 4 pm and made 2 scrambled eggs over spinach, broccoli slaw, and mixed with fresh pico de gallo.
I had trained 2 clients at CityFit, had a great workout myself, and finally began to think about my first meal. This was 10:30 am – I typically don’t eat until anywhere from 11 – 1 pm but eat when my hunger strikes!
…I do love pull ups and working the pack! After some gym selfies (of course) 😉 I grabbed a protein smoothie on the way out to train a few classes for some friends’ PT studio while they were out of town.
This had whey protein, frozen mango chunks, spinach, ice, water and some coconut water. It was super refreshing and fluffy! After 2 classes I ate my lunch in the car on my way to a client’s house for her one-on-one session (about 1 pm). Then it was back home for a quick stop to pick up my computer to email some clients. While at home (this was about 4 pm), I had some chocolate protein powder mixed with some PB2, 2% Greek yogurt, cinnamon and half a banana. I added a bit of milk and some cereal when I realized I wanted something more “substantial.”
Then it was back to the gym for 3 clients. I was full and happy and enjoyed my sessions, but when I got home I was hungry! 3 litres of water in, I knew I wasn’t dehydrated, but I made the (mindful) mistake (meaning I knew what I was doing but ate it anyways) of munching on some chips (which we never have) and fresh salsa (that part’s nutritious)! The salt tasted great – it’s been a carb-olicious day and sometimes I allow myself to go with it.
I munched as I got some sweet potatoes in the oven and chicken on the pan before I munched anymore! Around 8:15 pm, I was eating dinner:
(I rarely buy sodas but I found these Zevias at London Drugs and Safeway and they are nice for a treat! Not all real, but no calories, no sugar and it’s bubbly. Sure, I could just have water, but every now and then I enjoy one of these.) 🙂
Sweet potato fries, (more) salsa, broccoli slaw (the lazy person’s vegetables!) and chicken. This hit the spot!
And that’s my day in eats! Not super typical – I ate a bit more than usual and normally don’t eat quite as early in the day – but the food doesn’t vary a ton. I don’t eat “perfect” or what others would consider “clean,” but I’m feeling strong and fit and able and that’s what matters! I also enjoy my food and aim more for Moderation365 rather than perfect, and it suits me just fine.
So…what are some of your favourite foods? I’d love to hear! What’s your approach to eating like? Do you like seeing other people’s eats? Sometimes I like a sneak peek into others’ food lives myself. 🙂
Have a great rest of the week, friends! I’m looking forward to a Good Friday service on Friday and Easter on Sunday…it will be a time of reflection and solemnity but then a time of rejoicing too! Me and my newly bleached (which you can barely even tell! My roots are getting used to the occasional bleaching!) will be celebrating on Easter Sunday! Do you have any weekend plans?