May Goals Completed

May was the last month of serious school time constraints so those were the major goals. Over the summer the goals will be much less time-dependent.

Goals completed this month

Blog

  • Continue to monetize the blog. There will be posts on how I am working on monetizing the blog in the future!
  • Have over 1,000 followers. There are currently about 1,200. Very exciting!

School

  • Finish the current courses. Finally finished them :’)
  • Hear back from the university on my application. You can read about the school’s response here!
  • Get ready for finals and complete as soon as possible. Currently working on studying for the finals, but have to wait to complete the tests.

Fitness

  • Start lifting. It’s so satisfying to lift and now my favourite workout. My current weightlifting routine is Ashley Conrad’s 21 Day Clutch but only the lifting part.
  • Begin running outside. It’s so different?! It’s not my favourite but it’s good to get outside and fresh air and enjoy the weather.
  • More yoga!! I HAVE NOT BEEN STRETCHING. But now that it’s warmer it’s much easier to stretch since muscles are not constantly cold.

Fun and random

  • Make a summer bucket list so I won’t be too bored. The Summer Bucket List can be found here!
  • Start drawing more. I have drawn twice (I think???) but that’s much more than before so I’m looking forward to drawing more and improving my technique.

 

This is also the 100th post on the blog!! Thank you for following everyone!

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Easy Smoothie Prep

I was going to post a green smoothie recipe then it turned out to be bitter and the colour ended up brown, not what you want in a smoothie at all. So now it is easy smoothie prep!

 

Fresh Fruit

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The best thing for this is to get lots of discounted fruit that is very ripe and freeze it for future smoothies. Strawberries can be sliced and put on a cookie sheet to freeze, same with peaches or other soft fruit. Berries can be just laid out on a tray or pre-blended. Put the berries of choice in a blender with a splash of water ( or even juice, milk, or milk alternative ) and blend until smooth, freeze in an icecube tray for easy cubes of fruit. I talk about freezing bananas in this post! Cubes and frozen fruit can be mixed and matched for different smoothie flavours.

 

Greens + avocado

I have recently discovered you can freeze avocado and it taste and look, perfectly fine! It saves a lot of avocados since I was throwing out overly ripe ones but now they can be frozen at prime time before they go bad. Throw a few ( I find 3 whole avocados fill 12 ice cubes ) avocados in a blender, again with a splash of water, and blend until smooth then put into trays. Another option is blending some leafy greens ( like spinach ) until it looks pretty smooth, then adding in the avocado, for quick and easy green smoothies!

 

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The green smoothie cubes. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day? 

 

 

Do you make smoothies from fresh or frozen fruit?

 

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Trying Meditation

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A few weeks ago I started to include meditation with my workout routine to help mental health along with physical.

How to get started

Step 1 – find an app or videos

I tried several apps at the same time ( got to check out all the options ) to try to find one that I liked the best. It’s good to have one that has topics that are applicable to you and if they’re guided meditations, with someone who has a voice that you can listen to for a bit.  My favourite apps were Simple Habit Meditation – it costs money to subscribe but my friend gave me a free trial – and HeadSpace. HeadSpace is a good starting off point to learn the basics. After using the apps for a bit and once I felt like I knew what I was doing I went to YouTube videos for more options. My favourite has been Boho Beautiful ( it sounds cheesy but she has a very calming voice ), there is a daily meditation playlist which focuses on self-acceptance and love.

Step 2 – fit it into your daily routine

At first, I tried to work meditation in 3 places in my routine, to see if I could do it that often and to find when worked best. First thing in the morning, while stretching post-workout and right before bed. In the morning it’s a good way to start the day being calm and having a clear mind. I find it allows me to stretch better because of being relaxed and focused in the moment. Right before bed is a great way to sleep better and calm yourself down.

Step 3 – be consistent!

Best way to form a habit is to stick with it until it becomes part of your day. This can be hard on days when your mind is racing and it feels difficult to calm it, but that’s when you need it most.

Some benefits I’ve found

  • My mind feels calmer. The main reason to start meditation. It really helps with anxiety and sleep.
  • Less negative thoughts, more appreciative, more positive. I’ve been trying to consciously work on this, too, so the meditation didn’t magically solve this, but it has helped. Especially with being present and trying not to worry.
  • More focus, which also helps during workouts. If you try to incorporate meditation into something you need a lot of focus for or during your workouts it can improve your performance because you’re living in the moment and your mind is either clear on thinking about whatever it is you need focus for.
  • Feels like you have more control over your mind. If you start thinking negatively you can use meditation as a tool to stop it or at least redirect.

It seems so simple yet it feels like it’s made a substantial difference in how I think and I would highly recommend learning how to meditate. Have you tried meditation?

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Mango Pineapple Tropical Smoothie

Mango has to be one of my favourite fruits and mango smoothies make me happy, plus it is yellow and the slices of mango reminded me of sunbeams so this is a tropical smoothie to make it feel like a getaway from winter for a bit.

 

 

Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup vanilla yoghurt. I used 0% fat to lighten it a bit.

1 cup pineapple chunks + some of the juice.

2 cups mashed banana.

2 cups frozen mango chunks.

1 cap full of vanilla, about 1 tsp.

1/2 cup water.

 

 

For the bananas, I have found it helpful to make almost banana ice cubes. When bananas start to get overripe or there’s just a lot in the house, I mash them all up, put them in a plastic bag and in the freezer so there will be ripe bananas for smoothies or spontaneous banana bread. It makes smoothie have an ice cream like texture since they’re frozen.

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The ugly ( but beautiful on the inside ) banana mash cube.

 

This recipe also makes quite a bit of smoothie, which I keep in the freezer until next time I would like it. But smoothies don’t last too long and tend to get freezer burnt around 3 days after making them.

 

 

 

 

 

Directions

Put all of the ingredients into a blender, blend until smooth. Top with extra mango for more fruit and some granola ( recipe here! ) for crunch, enjoy!

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Everything ready to blend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are your favourite fruits and smoothie flavours?

 

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Bad Day Lists Because It’s Been Dreary Outside

When it’s dull and gloomy out it can be easy to not be in the best mood. On days that start to feel bad I go to my Bad Day List of things to do when it’s been a bad day and try to turn it around.

 

The happiness board

The first thing I will do is look at my Happiness board on Pinterest. It’s a lot of reading but I pin everything from nice little things in life ( like tiny soft kitty foreheads, the sound of rain, etc. ) to things that make life better. If there are things I want to be reminded of often, I print them out and put it on my wall or somewhere where I can see it often.

 

The Bad Day List

This is my list of things to do when the day starts to feel bad.

  • Write down 10 things that you’re happy exist, no matter how small. And 5 things you’re thankful for at this exact moment. Example – I am sitting inside with a fuzzy blanket when it’s cold and rainy out.
  • Have some food. Most of the times, I’m just hangry ( does this happen to other people?? ) so getting a bit of food makes life a lot better. It also helps since food releases good chemicals when you eat it. A very good choice is a banana or a bit of chocolate.
  • Listen to music you like and do a “mind dump” in a journal. This helps to get everything out and good music is very healing.
  • Make a new playlist or make a calming playlist to help.
  • Distract yourself! I’m very bad at this, but it’s super important so you don’t wallow. Doing anything will help, watch a TV show, your favourite movie, read something, anything will help. I somehow always end up watching Beyonce dance performances.
  • Help someone or do something nice for someone else. It makes you feel good to make others happy and it’s just overall very fulfilling.
  • More sleep!! This just helps everything so much. It’s very important.
  • Make some change, getting out of routine can help by making things more exciting.
  • Exercise! Dance, find a workout video on YouTube, go for a walk. Just moving.

 

What are some things you do to turn a bad day around?

 

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Spinach, Salsa And Feta Scramble

Breakfast can be hard to find healthy options since it’s probably the only meal where one can really justify having sweets for. I find that I’m so hungry when I wake up I just want food fast and I want something that makes me excited to get up. ( #HomeschoolProblems, when you need exciting food to motivate you to get going instead of needing to be at school?? ) This is a high protein, low-carb and gets some vegetables in right away! The scramble is on top of a Broghie, which is almost like bread or a cracker. They’re popped corn or wheat, making them very low in carbs and calories.

Recipe

A savoury, high-protein, low-carb and easy to make breakfast of spinach, feta, salsa and egg scramble on top of a crisp Broghie or could be substituted with bread or tortilla.

Ingredients

1 1/2 tablespoon chunky salsa

1 tablespoon crumbled feta cheese

1/4 baby spinach

1 large egg

A little oil to cook the egg in a pan

1 Broghie, tortilla or base of choice

Directions

Heat a pan to medium-low heat with a little splash of oil to make sure the egg won’t stick later on. Once heated add salsa to one part of the pan to heat it up. Scramble egg before putting it in the pan to cook, let egg cook until it doesn’t appear to have any parts that look clear anymore then combine it with the salsa in the pan and add in spinach and feta until everything is combined. Place on your base of choice and enjoy!

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What are some of your favourite healthy breakfasts?

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Granola Recipe

I may or may not have a smoothie bowl obsession. Being the good Millenial that I am ( or am I Gen Z?? ), I try to make my food pretty and ideal for Instagram and smoothie bowls are so colourful and healthy so they have been my platform for pretty food. To add a nice crunch and extra sweetness I usually add granola. After trying granola recipes and experimenting with things to add this has been my favourite!

 

Granola

This makes quite a bit, which isn’t a problem because the granola is kind of addictive. I put it on yoghurt and smoothie and just eat it straight up.

 

2 cups rice crispy cereal

1 cup large flake oats

1/4 cup melted butter

1/2 brown sugar

2 tablespoons honey

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. I only add this occasionally, but it gives it a sort of doughnut flavour with definitely not being doughnuts.

Directions

Mix everything together in a large bowl, making sure it’s very well combined and that there aren’t large chunks of brown sugar. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Let cool before using and putting away, it hardens and turns into almost like a brittle once it’s cool, then it can be broken up and sprinkled onto smoothies.

 

 

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Yes, I did make a collage of many of my smoothie bowls. Will there be smoothie recipes in the future? YES!

 

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Face Masks

People seem to be pretty obsessed with face masks. Often on Instagram or Snapchat people will have pictures of themselves with face masks. I don’t really have acne so I haven’t done much for skin care, but I do have lots of blackheads and pretty dry skin. I decided to try out some DIY masks and see how they are. This is what hours of being on Pinterest does to you.

 

Cinnamon mask

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This one was kind of terrifying looking. I mixed about a tablespoon of cinnamon with 1 tbsp honey and lemon juice until it became a paste the I could spread around. Honey moisturizes, cinnamon has antibacterial properties and lemon lightens scars. This mask burned. Which I guess meant it was working? Or just that it was so spicy from all the cinnamon. I didn’t see any visible changes after using it once, maybe after a few more times it’ll show up. All day after this all I could smell was cinnamon, too, it was super hard to wash it all off.

 

Gelatin mask

I’ve always been really curious about gelatin masks. There are a lot of recipes on Pinterest for different gelatin based masks so I just winged it.

 

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Gelatin mask recipe

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp non-flavoured gelatin

2 tbsp milk

Mix everything into a thick paste in a microwavable bowl, then microwave the paste for 30 seconds. Mine bubbled up a lot so I would just watch it to be sure that it doesn’t bubble over. Once it’s cooled down a little spread paste all over your face or on places that have blackheads.

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The paste it made was very weird and after awhile it dried up into a jelly, it was more like dried glue on my face. The gelatin is supposed to stick to blackheads to get them out, honey is sticky too and moisturizing and I’m guessing milk helps with the moisture as well. Again I didn’t see any visible difference after doing this one time, my face just felt very stiff, but it was better than the burning of the other mask.

 

Do you have any favourite face masks?

 

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Active Outfits (Plus Forever 21 Haul-ish) 

First fashion post, yay!! I love fashion so much especially fitness fashion. It’s so colourful and crazy and fun! It’s also really motivating when you’re working out to be in an outfit that makes you feel good about yourself and that’s bright and colourful and makes you feel happy, or something that you’re excited to put on. Between dance and running and things, I tend to be in workout wear quite a bit so it’s something that I love to buy because it gets used a lot. OK let’s get on to see what I got! I apologise for the wrinkliness ( new word! ) it wouldn’t flatten out nicely, but I’ll work on better clothing photography for future posts.
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Leggings – Forever 21 Canada. Shoes – old Sports Chek. Top – honestly no clue where I got it.

I am IN LOVE with these leggings! They’re so crazy and make me very happy.

 

 

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Ok, I don’t know where any of these things are from.

 

Leggings – I think they were from Winners. Sports bra – no idea LOL. Top – Forever 21

Top – old from Old Navy Canada. Leggings – also old, from Old Navy. Bra – Forever 21

 

 

Top – same one as above from Forever 21. Leggings – from Marshalls ( Marshalls and Winners are like the exact same store?? )

 

 

Top – Forever 21. Shorts – Forever 21.

Bra- from above. Top – also from above. Leggings – Forever 21.

Top – from above. Bra – from above. Leggings – old from Old Navy

These are from like 3 years ago so I have no idea where they’re from but this is one of my fav outfits!

Top – old from Old Navy. Bra – I don’t know. Leggings – old from Ardene

Shorts – Forever 21. Bra – Forever 21.  Shorts – Forever 21.

 

Everything from Forever 21 I just bought on their Boxing Day sale with my Christmas money, super happy about that because I got so much stuff for under $150! Forever 21, Old Navy, Ardene, Marshalls and Winners are all my favourite places for reasonably priced activewear that looks good. And speaking of that I should probably go for a run!

 

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Fitness Love (#backstoryweek) 

2013 was a very boring yet very exciting year. My family had just moved back to the city we lived in before we moved to the US, but when we got back everything was pretty much the same so it wasn’t as exciting as other moves.

Taking the first steps.

I was quite bored one day and decided to just take a little walk on the treadmill in the basement. Earlier in the winter before my family tried to do a couch to 5k programme by running intervals around the neighbourhood, and I hated it. It was always so cold and my legs would ache during the run and after it. But we kept it up all around Christmas and into the new year a little. Really it was just so I could pig out on cookies and not feel too guilty because I was a “runner”. Once we actually hit the part where we were running for more than 5 minutes at a time we stopped. But this day I was so bored and wanted to feel like “a runner” again so I walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes.

Progressing.

I had used Runkeeper before for the first time running and logged this new treadmill walk in. You can set goals there and it tells you once they’ve been completed so I set my goal to walk for 30 minutes 3 times per week. I would walk so slowly. So slowly that now I can barely walk that slow without it feeling super awkward. But you have to start from somewhere! To keep entertained I would get my reading done for the day. Soon 3 times a week progressed to every day besides a break, 30 minutes to an hour and soon it was a part of my daily routine.

 

Dance.

Shortly after returning to Canada my mom signed me up for dance lessons at the local community centre. My parents signed me up for ballet almost as soon as I could walk. I can remember Saturday mornings at the studio and performing from really early on. I stopped dance when I was 7 and this would be the first time fully returning to it since then. Dance motivated me in my fitness to stretch and care for myself, to work other muscles besides just walking, and to try and improve. Everyday I would walk then spend half an hour practicing what I had learnt in dance and stretching to become more flexible.

Discovering Pilates.

After walking on the treadmill for a few months it had gotten kind of boring. My mom had done Pilates before and recommend I check it out to start to strengthen other muscles. I looked up videos on YouTube and discovered Blogilates! Starting with a beginner calendar, I did that for January 2014 and fell in love with Pilates. It’s similar to dance with lots of strength building and flexibility, it was fun and easy to keep organized as to what workouts to do because there’s always a Blogilates monthly calendar. I felt much stronger and could tell it improved my dance and running.

Making my own plan.

After switching between a month of Pilates then a month of walking I started to make my own plans. Using Google Doc I made my own plan basing it off of the Blogilates calendars and using her videos then adding in walks and runs to change things up and not get bored.

Running.

Since this spring I decided to start running by adding in some higher speed intervals and I’m currently trying to push myself to keep running faster and for longer periods of time.

Food.

With working out more came the want to eat better. I read about how to best fuel my body, about Canada’s food guide, and looked up new healthier recipes to try.

 

Weight.

The original motivation to be healthier was not for weight loss but it did come along with everything. I had always been a chubbier kid and didn’t usually mind it terribly much, but I was very self conscious. After exercise I would always feel very accomplished and good about myself which helped with the consciousness, and once I started to see significant changes in myself it became an addiction and I constantly wanted to improve and get stronger. After one year of Pilates and walking I lost 60lbs and grew several inches since I was still in the process of growing.

 

Becoming a part of me.

Now this is one of my favourite things. To workout is the best part of my day, and I love finding new things to cook that are delicious and healthy!
I count making the workout calendars and doing all the workouts as physical education for high school and can count other things as health and hospitality.
That is the backstory of my ever continuing fitness journey!

 

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