From the Week

Hey friends! Happy Friday! It’s gonna be another gorgeous one over here, and I can’t wait to spend as much time as possible outside to soak it all up! Got a few things on the agenda this weekend, so it should go by in a flash. Bummer. Backing it up…

Monday: Right after breakfast, Wes and I walked to Safeway to pick up groceries for the week. I actually made a meal plan and lucked out that all of our dinners only required minimal additional ingredients.

The rest of our day was pretty laid back (from what I remember). I did day two of 22 Minute Hard Corps and we played in the basement for a while before Tyler got home.






Dinner was zucchini ‘meatballs’. They were pretty good taste-wise, but still a bit mushy. I’l have to simmer the heck out of the zucchini next time! Wes played with one for a while, but didn’t manage to get any pieces in his mouth.





Tuesday: Man, I need to up my picture game so I can remember what the heck we did! The usual morning hang outs..oh right! I actually got up early to do my workout while Wes was still sleeping! I even got in a shower too (perks of being able to shower in 60 seconds).



I had an interview that afternoon and ended up landing the position on the spot! Keeping it on the down-low, so don’t ask! I’ll share eventually 🙂

As soon as I got home, it was time to head out again to attend the media launch for the 2016 beer for Alberta Beer Festivals! I was really grateful to be able to attend AND bring Susie along. We chatted at Pig & Duke downtown until I ran out of time on my parking spot then we headed over to Last Best for another beer. If you haven’t been there yet I HIGHLY recommend checking them out!






I was home in time for dinner- which was Pickle Brined Baked Chicken Tenders then put Wes down and walked the doggies. I even squeezed in a second workout that evening since I had some extra energy.


Wednesday: The best part of waking up at butt crack? Being able to make a pancake breakfast. Only thing that would make it better would be if a handful of bacon was on the plate and a splash of Baileys was in my coffee 😉


While Wes was down for his morning nap (I’ve been lucking out all week with him taking 2 naps a day) I had a quick Skype meeting for a freelance job. Timing worked beautifully and Wes woke up just as the call ended so we had lunch and headed out for a walk and to cross a couple of errands off the list.


In case you didn’t see on my Instagram or Facebook pages, there is a limited time sale on a few of the Focus T25 programs and they are REALLY good prices. The sale started on April 5th, but we don’t know how long it will last. SO….if you’ve been thinking about biting the bullet, now’s the time! It’s my favorite program 🙂


For dinner we had BBQ pork tenderloin which was out of this world delicious. I rounded the day out with a long bath and simultaneously completed some online certifications I need for my job.


Thursday: Man oh man was Thursday a beautiful day. It seems that our ‘day’ doesn’t really start until after breakfast/workout/morning hang outs/nap/lunch and I’m pretty a-OK with that. I love my morning routine with Wes. But after all that stuff was done, we hung out on the patio for a good long while. It seems our patio absorbs the sun’s heat so much that the temperature was a bit warm out there, but none of us were complaining.









After sufficient patio time, I put Wes in the Bob and we walked to the liquor store. You know, as you do with an 11 month old while you’re still on mat leave. In the middle of the day. BUT- it was National Beer Day! And I celebrated by wearing my newest favorite shirt.


We walked back home so I could put the beer in the fridge then headed back out to the park to take advantage the last few weeks we have left with our playground. Apparently the city deems it too dangerous and since our part of the neighborhood doesn’t have enough appropriately aged children to use the area, it’s getting demolished. Wah.







We had Korean Grilled Chicken Breasts for dinner and paired it with a new Wild Rose beer. (Native to Alberta…or should I say, Albeerta?! ha I’m so funny)



Tyler has been full speed ahead on some home improvement projects, so my weeknights usually consist of me managing Wes while he work work work work works. Sorry, that Rihanna song has been stuck in my head all week.

So that’s our week in a on to the weekend!!

Workout Wrap Up

Hi internet. I have so many drafts of posts waiting to be finished but I A) don’t have the time to finish them, and B) don’t have the desire to finish them. So basically that tells you that those posts are full of information not even worth sharing.  But workouts are almost always worth sharing as I find it super helpful to read ACTUAL  workouts of others to get inspiration.

Last week’s workouts were just OK. Nothing super impressive. Or maybe they were good workouts, just offset by my overall exhaustion and excessive snacking.

Sunday:100 box jumps; weighted step ups; clean and press; Lat pulldown progressions (8/10/12) w/increased weight; cable pull progressions (same); plate push finisher

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Monday: Top 10 workout; treadmill sprint interval finisher (I did the same workout WAY back in the day. Original post can be read here). Obviosuly not really using it for comparison, as my workout approach has been drastically different each time I’ve attempted this workout. All I know is it kicks my butt each time.

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Tuesday: 50 min run (1 min moderate/1 min moderate-fast intervals)


PS: This is a treadmill from my office gym and I am NOT using the display for any type of reference as to how my workout was..other than time. I just so happened to notice that my previous run to this was with slower intervals and longer recovery periods, yet the machine read more calories burned and almost the same distance! *I* know that machines are never accurate, but a lot of novice gym goers don’t know that!!

Wednesday: 3×3 workout (posting this tomorrow- it’s a REALLY good one with tons of options on reps/sets/etc. Stay tuned!)

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Thursday: Box jump/Single Arm kettlebell clean & jerk Reverse Ladders (10 box jump, 1 clean and jerk per arm, 9 box jumps, 2 clean and jerks per arm…) Hint: if you get fatigued at any point, hop on a row machine or hold a plank for active recovery!; Cable hip adductions/stability ball hip abductions; HIIT on bike

Friday: Lots of walking around downtown (of course it counts!)

Saturday: Cleaning the hell out of our house/running errands like a demon (aka: it was so time consuming, I had no time for a designated workout).

I am an avid 6-day a week worker-outer and it really can be a mental thing if I do any less, but lately I have just had too much of LIFE get in the way, and what’s life if you don’t live it? Tyler and I have been chatting on how best to ‘organize’ our weekends so that we can still get stuff around the house done, maybe some workouts, and some together time a little more efficiently. On a lady note: this is going to be SO MUCH EASIER now that football season is O-V-E-R.

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Weekend/Workout Wrap Up

Oh hi there.  It’s Monday and I am still reminiscing over all the fun things I did this weekend. Less the laundry part cuz that’s lame-o.


Friday night I got together with my new Calgary besties (I don’t think this should come as a surprise to either of them that I have already coined them besties) Jen and Susie. We went over to Jen’s place for some ridiculously good mac n cheese and drinks before deciding we needed to dance. There’s only one picture on my phone from our dancing escapades which made it to Instagram, but methinks Susie took over my phone because the caption was in French. I know zero French other that what the townspeople from Beauty and the Beast say.

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We danced a LOT. So basically, my Friday workout was cardio in the form of rump shaking. It was so much fun I can’t wait to do it again. Props #1 goes to Jen for convincing the bouncers to let us cut the line. Props #2 goes to Susie for introducing me to Jager Bombs. No props for me. Mmmmm maybe props to me for attempting to twerk? No, no props for that whatsoever.

Saturday, Tyler and I headed over to The Home Vintner to pick up some wine kits. We took a class there last week- basically to pick up tips on things we may have done wrong in the past- and really wanted to get started on some more. We ended up with a Sangria and a Limited Edition Shiraz Cab.

And we went to Five Guys.

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And Costco.

And the mall (to see if the purse I really want was there, which is wasn’t) PPS: this stop was on Tyler’s recommendation! The man wants me to get a grown up purse! He’s a total keeper.

We threw together a pasta bake for dinner and had some new-to-us beers while putting together one of the wine kits.

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(If you’re not familiar with the process, the above picture might look a bit odd. That’s Tyler dropping in a hop sock of grape skins! Also, the beer pictured is Paddock Wood from Saskatoon, SK. Delish!)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and then bed.

And I slept for 12 hours straight. WEIRD. I was pretty much dead until 11:45am when the doggies decided they no longer wanted to lay in bed. I had NO idea what day it was; that Tyler had already got up to feed them; NOTHING. Talk about a good night’s sleep.

Sunday was stupid. Ok, maybe not that stupid. We cleaned, ate yummy Sunday brunch foods, napped, Tyler got groceries and made FABULOUS sandwich bread, and I worked out and painted my nails.

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The End.


Sunday: 2 mile run. I’m glad I was able to get in at least those 2 miles before I got a killer stomachache!

Monday: Full Body Circuits + Treadmill intervals

Tuesday: 50 min run (max I could get with 5 min on each end to change during my hour lunch!)

Wednesday: Tina Reale’s 5 min circuits  (all of them) + Spin

Thursday: 5 Ab Tabata’s + treadmill walk; Traditional Hot Yoga. Tabatas included:

  • weighted russian twists
  • plank w/twist
  • leg lifts
  • oblique dips
  • crunches (w/different leg variations)


Saturday: Meh.

PS: Sarina, where are you? You are the winner of the Kinnikinnick giveaway!!! If I don’t hear from you by tomorrow night (1/14), I’ll have to pick another winner!