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{thinking out loud Thursday} What happened when I tried to quit the gym

Me yesterday trying to quit the gym

Me yesterday trying to quit the gym.

In an effort to budget and pay off my debt, I decided it was time to let go of my $20-per-month membership at my local big box gym. Even though I have my own little studio with a weight bench, kettlebells, resistance bands and dumbbells and my own equipment at home, I thought it was worth it to keep the membership “just in case” I wanted to run on a treadmill, as it was such a cheap membership rate and I knew their prices would increase soon. Considering I haven’t stepped foot in that gym in a year and a half, I knew it was time for me to cancel my membership.

But I was nervous about it.

Remember that episode of Friends when Chandler tries to quit the gym?

Of course you do.

Well, that actually happens. (more…)

{Friday Favourites} The best reads of the week about health, fitness and mental wellbeing

Life In LeggingsHappy Friday, friends! How was your week? What do you have planned for the weekend?

It’s been a very tough week for me and I’m glad it’s over. I may divulge next week, but for now I’ll just leave it at that.

Training for the Finlayson Arm 25K has been going well. This weekend Debbie and I are heading out to run this route: A 17km point-to-point from Mt. Work to Mt. Finlayson. Last year it took us about 3:30 hours to complete, so we plan to head out early in the day to beat the heat. It’s been abnormally hot and humid here in Victoria lately; you can’t do anything outside without getting tacky with sweat within 5 minutes. If it wasn’t for the numerous forest fires burning in BC right now and blocking out the sun, it probably would be even hotter. (more…)

{Friday Favourites} Goats on a roof and the best health & fitness articles from around the web this week

Life In LeggingsHappy Friday, Happy Canada Day (two days ago) to my fellow Canadians and Happy Independence Day (tomorrow) to my friends south of the 49th parallel!

I spent Canada Day up in Coombs, checking out the country market and visiting Matt’s family who were camping nearby. If you ever get a chance to visit Vancouver Island during the summer, stopping at Coombs is a must. It’s a total hodgepodge of hippy stores, local artisans, antique shops, used book stores, bistros, farmer’s markets, massive Buddha statues and random theme park remains — although it’s most known for it’s main country market where several goats reside on it’s grassy rooftop. (more…)

6 things you should do to detox after a weekend at a summer music festival

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At Sunfest Country Music Festival last year. Had an amazing time!

It’s the morning after the final night of that awesome summer music festival you and your friends were at over the weekend, and you crawl out of your tent looking for water. You straighten your Woodstock-inspired Navajo headband that’s still around your forehead as you survey the dusty and trodden ground, littered with beer cans, red solo cups, half-eaten hot dogs, tipped-over camping chairs and crumpled-up chip bags. You feel terrible, immediately regretting the five or six beers — or maybe that was 10 or 12? — you had each day over the weekend, along with all the hot dogs, chips, candy and other festival food that was so hard to resist, especially after a drink or seven. You were doing so well with your diet before the weekend, eating mostly whole foods and lots of vegetables. Now you feel like you’ve ruined everything in one weekend. As you pull on your last clean pair of high-waisted, high-cut denim shorts and Bill Murray T-shirt before packing up your mess of a campsite, you vow to drink nothing but water and green juice for the next seven days. (more…)

{Friday Favourites} The best reads about health, fitness and life from around the web this week

Life In LeggingsHappy Friday, friends! How was your week? My training for the Finlayson Arm 25K officially started this week, so I’m heading out for my first long-ish trail run (12km) tomorrow morning in Gowlland Tod Provincial Park. Time to pull the ‘ol hydration backpack out of the closet and charge the Garmin! Even though I know it’s going to be a slog (the trail has a ton of climbs and I’m feeling pretty out of shape at the moment), I’m really looking forward to spending a few hours in the trees.

I’m linking up with the lovely Heather of Life in Leggings as per usual to share some of the most interesting reads in health, fitness and life I found around the web this week. (more…)

{friday favourites} My favourite links from around the health and fitness blogosphere this week

Life In LeggingsHappy Friday, friends! I’m linking up with the lovely Heather of Life in Leggings today to share a few of my favourite links from around the fitness and health blogosphere this week.

First off, thank you for all the great comments and feedback on yesterday’s slightly controversial post. I’ve been wanting to write about it for awhile because I do think it’s an important issue to shed light on for several reasons, but as someone who’s not entrenched in the bodybuilding or fitness competition world, I felt I could only provide an outsiders point of view. But since the article I discovered the other day and quoted in the post supported most of my thoughts about why “competition prep” is becoming so popular, I felt the time was right to talk about it. Not to pass judgement on anyone, but to shed light on the possible underlying issues of the use of restriction and discipline in order to feel worthy, negative self-perception, and unrealistic body image goals that could potentially lead to psychological issues such as disordered eating behaviours.

But I digress. On the the awesome reads from this week! (more…)

1 simple tool to help you stay motivated and on-track with your health and fitness goals

Though a fitness partner can help, this tool works well, too.

Though a fitness partner can help, this tool works well, too.

Trying to break bad habits and implement new, healthy ones is no simple task. Not only does it take an excruciatingly long time for a new behaviour to become a habit, but it may also feel like a constant uphill battle to get where you want to be.

For example, you may want to lose weight and get fit, but in order to do so, you will need to make a variety of changes — both small and large — to reach your goal. Doing one small thing, such as cutting out pop or skipping dessert twice a week, is definitely a good start; but you know that if you want to achieve the “get fit” part of your goal, you will need to add in more exercise at some point as well. Sometimes when you take a step back and think about all the things you need to do to reach your goal, you feel overwhelmed and hopeless, which can lead to roadblocks and speed bumps along your path to health and wellness.

Luckily, you don’t have to focus on all those goals and tasks at once to stay motivated. Forget “keeping your eyes on the prize” — simply keep your eye on one or two small things each day to stayed focused and motivated. (more…)

{thinking out loud Thursday} Is happiness a choice? (plus the winner of the free Spartan Race entry!)

Happy almost Friday! There are a few things on my mind this morning that I want to write about, but first I need to announce the winner of the free Reebok Spartan Race entry! And the winner is…

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Thanks Amanda for the link-up πŸ™‚ (more…)

#WorkoutWednesday: A workout for the professional desk dweller

workoutHappy #WorkoutWednesday!

Do you sit behind a desk all day? Try this workout from IDEAfit to combat the effects that sitting in a hunched-over position all day has on your body by focusing on stretching and strengthening your posterior chain (basically the whole back-side of your body). Click here to download a PDF of the workout and click here to watch videos demonstrations.

 

 

What you’ll need:

  • a foam roller
  • a yoga mat
  • dumbbells or a kettlebell
  • resistance tube/band
  • stability ball
  • chair or sturdy bench

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Recipe: Vegan black bean and yam veggie burgers

veggiebrgersThese are seriously amazing.

I’ve tried several homemade veggie burger recipes over the years, and most patties have either required too much effort to make, ended up tasting like cardboard or just fall apart in the bun.

Aside from some day-in-advance prep, these black bean and yam veggie burgers not only stick together, but also are super easy to make. I made a variation using this wonderful recipe from Treble in the Kitchen. I doubled the ingredients as I wanted to make a bigger batch to freeze, added more yams and also added in zucchini and carrots to up the vegetable quota. (more…)

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