Hard Winter (and an Easy Canvas review)

So back in January I think I made some sort of promise to blog more often. Clearly that has not happened.  I find when I actually have stuff to write about (ie training, vacations, life in general), that’s when I’m too busy to blog.  Or when I decide to live my life instead of write about it.

Since I last blogged I’ve started tri training again.  I’m still slow at all 3 sports but I’ve seen some improvement, especially in the pool.  What I’ve found most frustrating is trying to fit in training around my work schedule – my town doesn’t have a pool so I have to drive 25min to get to one, and trying to coordinate that with work, etc is bogging me down.  But I press on!

On another note, we are continuing to make changes to the house to make it more ours.  We desperately need to paint our bedroom (it is an obnoxious shade of bright green) and there are some flooring changes we want to do as well.  We have, however, been pretty good about getting stuff up on our walls.  This is a surprise as our last house’s walls remained unadorned for a lot of the time we lived there.

 

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NYC – Times Square. A gift from our realtor

I had the opportunity to review a canvas from Easy Canvas Prints and I jumped at the opportunity.  You can never have enough things on your walls, right? (Okay, yes you can, I do know this.) 

The hardest part was deciding what photo to use.  Shawn and I settled on a photo from our last trip to Alberta.  It is of the mountains at Moraine Lake, also known as the “Twenty Dollar View” as these are the mountains that appear on our $20 bill.

The rest of the process was super easy.  Select the size of the canvas (ours was 8 x 10) then the wrap thickness (so how deep you want the canvas to be).  Next we uploaded the image and decided on image wrap, so our picture actually continues onto the sides of the canvas.  It makes it feel more 3D like, at least to me.  After some other editing options, add to cart and you’re done!

Here is our finished product:

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Shipping was fast and inexpensive as well.  Now that we have one I’m trying hard to not put all of our photos onto canvases!

If you’re interested in getting a canvas of your own please check out http://www.easycanvasprints.com/.  I also have a 50% off code here.

Thanks again to Easy Canvas Prints for the opportunity and the fabulous product!

Heart & Courage

Happy Boxing Day (or day-after-Christmas, whichever! I’m just happy it’s a holiday here and I don’t have to go back to work until tomorrow).

Since this was the first Christmas after we moved, we trekked back home on Christmas eve to celebrate with our families.  Our visit was a whirlwind, with three turkey dinners and lots of family time.  It was great to see everyone, but next year we are looking forward to spending the holidays here at home and (hopefully!) having our families visit us instead.

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BIG NEWS!!  Last Friday I got an early Christmas present:  Coeur Sports announced their ambassador team and somehow (I’m still sure it is a mistake of some kind) I was one of those chosen to represent Coeur in 2014.  How cool is that?!

When I first heard about Coeur Sports I fell in love with their designs but what really drew me to the brand was their reasoning behind the name (Coeur being French for heart):

“…Its also about heart. Heart is about digging deep and being mentally tough. Heart is what gets you to the finish line when all the body wants to do is lay down.  Heart is at the center of the community and the friendships you find in sport. Heart is what makes you give back to the community that has given you so much.” 

When I applied I put it all out there – I know I’m middle of the pack (when I’m healthy), that I’m coming off a less than stellar racing year, and that I’m still the very essence of new to both running and triathlon.  But as the ladies behind Coeur put it in their welcome letter to all of us:

“At Coeur, we can all remember when we first started the journey into endurance sports. There were the inevitable failures, feelings of insecurity and points where it would have been easier to stop. For almost all of us, there was someone who provided encouragement at just the right time, to get us over the hump and on our way. It is our dream that everyone who is wearing Coeur will endeavor to be “that person.””

Just being included on this team has inspired me to do Big Things in 2014.  2013 broke me and I’m not ashamed to admit a lot of this year was spent in a dimly lit place. But I’ve also proven to myself that I have heart, and that it takes a lot more than an autoimmune disorder to keep me from accomplishing my goals.

A week later and the shock hasn’t worn off yet.  I’m now part of a group of incredible women, who are REAL athletes and have completed marathons, multiple Ironman events, and are super fit and fast.  I gotta admit, I’m more than a little intimidated by my teammates and their accomplishments, but they have been nothing but supportive, encouraging and beyond inspiring. 

I’m more than grateful for this opportunity and support, and I look forward to representing in 2014!

 

 

 

 

Currently

I stole this from Leigh – it’s fun and mindless, just like me (wait…that’s not right)

I’m currently…

Feeling…happy that I have today and tomorrow off

Writing…not enough. I have a lot of ideas but just don’t feel like writing about them today

Reading… Still working my way through MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood.  I need to dedicate more time to reading

Listening…. the TV in the background (Criminal Minds)

Eating… too much sugar.  I think in January it might be time for a Whole30

Wishing… it was a little warmer out. Or that we had a trip somewhere warm planned

Enjoying… Christmas lights!

Drinking… tea.  I’ve never been a huge tea drinker but have started enjoying David’s Tea since we move

Learning…that I need a goal to motivate myself to workout.

Thinking… about not running today because it’s too cold…also I have no goal currently so no motivation

Loving… our little town and new house!
If anyone could help me find some motivation that would be great ;)

 

‘Tis The Season – From I’m Fit Possible

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‘Tis the season to relax, indulge, enjoy and breathe. There. We said it.

Some might think it’s crazy for a fitness and wellness oriented community to support and encourage an hour of sleeping in, a little whipped cream on lattes and an evening with friends instead of an evening with free weights. Or maybe you think it’s brave, balanced and real. We hope it’s the latter. It happens anyway, so let’s embrace it. We encourage you to approach the holiday season a little differently this year. Let’s focus on what we actually need this holiday season. What do we mean by that?

Introducing our ‘tis the season social campaign!

This isn’t a free pass to skip the gym or to morph into a holiday couch tater. Nor is it a cookie eating contest. That’s not what we are saying. In fact, this isn’t a holiday “challenge” at all. At I’m Fit Possible, we are all about personal fitness around the holiday season and 365 glorious days of the year. Here is the “but”. But, if you are going to skip the gym or make a deliciously sinful nutritional choice around the holidays, make it worth your while. Ditch the rules and restrictions you place on yourself and savor every last morsel, take the time to catch up with an old friend (in person or over the phone), curl up by the fire with a peppermint tea, treat yourself to a trashy, gossipy magazine and glass of wine, cuddle up with Fido, go the theatre and support local talent, clean out your closet and donate the items and enjoy every beautiful, relaxing minute. Most importantly, let go of the guilt and regret that swirls once you ditch the gym or make that poor nutritional choice. It’s done. You’ve made the choice. Now make the most of it. Celebrate relaxing, indulging, enjoying and breathing this holiday season. You work hard and life is about balance. The holiday season is already way too busy and stressful for most of us without the added stress of our fitness goals as well. Care for yourself instead of wrestling your goals this holiday season.

No challenges. Just you. Enjoying life.

The way it works is simple. There isn’t a contest to enter or any hoops you have to jump through. You do not need to sign up, register or even participate every day. We have 10 lovely sponsors for our ‘tis the season campaign. Starting December 1st through December 31st, we will feature a new product and company every 3 or 4 days. You simply share how you are relaxing, enjoying, indulging and breathing this holiday season on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.  Be sure and use the #imfitpossible hashtag and mention I’m Fit Possible so we see how you are living it up this holiday season. Be sure to follow I’m Fit Possible on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as our winners will be announced every few days via social media.

From December 1st to 4th each Facebook post, Tweet and Instagram pic will earn you one chance to win an amazing prize pack from Somersault Snack Co. The more you share the more chances you have to win. That’s it. We told you it was simple! Remember to mention I’m Fit Possible in each and every tweet or post, so we don’t miss it. We will randomly choose and then announce the winner at the end of the day on December 4th and then feature a new product, with a new chance to win starting December 5th.

Website: www.imfitpossible.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ImFitPossible

Twitter: https://twitter.com/imfitpossible

Instagram: http://instagram.com/imfitpossible

Check out our wonderful and generous sponsors.

Energybits / Somersault Snack Co / Sweet Pure Honey / Wildflowers Tea / Face of Hope / Giddy Yoyo / Bakery on Main / Kooshoo / Island Boost / Yurbuds Sport Earphones

 

But wait! There is more. Throughout the month of December we will be sharing how our I’m Fit Possible Community members will be relaxing, indulging, enjoying and breathing this holiday season. Additionally we will be sharing tips from Gillian (http://gillianboult.blogspot.ca/), our community yoga gangster. She will be focussing on how to use yoga to energize, breathe and stay true to you this holiday season.

This starts now. Like right now. What do you need this holiday season to feel full? We don’t mean full of stuffing or pumpkin pie. We mean full of love, happiness and contentment. Let’s honor ourselves, enjoy every moment, leave regret and stress behind, ditch the rules and restrictions and focus on what we really need this holiday season. ‘tis the season!

Three Things Thursday

I am borrowing this from Leigh – it’s too cute to not share! You should definitely head over to her blog and check out her post.

Three books I’ve read recently:

  1. Divergent
  2. Insurgent
  3. The Passage

Three shows you must watch:

  1. Parks and Recreation – so freaking funny.
  2. Fringe – especially if you like sci-fi.  Even though it ends in January it’s still worth a watch
  3. Mythbusters – this is seriously my ideal job

Three things I’d take if I was stuck on a deserted island:

  1. A boat…can I say that? If not then a solar powered, fully stocked e-reader.
  2. An unlimited supply of Diet Coke (Stole this from Leigh)
  3. Duct Tape – Seriously.  They did an episode on it on Mythbusters

Three races I’d like to run:

  1. NYC Half Marathon
  2. Trail race in the mountains
  3. any Ironman event

Three things I am looking forward to:

  1. Christmas
  2. Florida, San Diego, and my half Ironman next year
  3. Shawn coming home for the weekend

Three things that REALLY annoy me:

  1. People who can’t drive the speed limit
  2. My neighbours (only on the one side though)
  3. Know it alls, complainers, negative people in general!

What 3 races would you like to run??

Paranormal Paleo & Headbands, Oh My

Hello!

My friend Michelle over at Push.Pump.Progress is doing a “Paranormal Paleo” challenge for this week – check out her blog for more info or to join in.

Basically you eat paleo (or in my case, cleaner) for the week, and upload photos or recipes to her Facebook page. I'm using it as an excuse to make myself healthier foods and hopefully get into a good routine again. I was doing really well but have since fallen off the healthy eating wagon. So far (other than the bag of gummies I bought yesterday…oops) I have been doing really well. For dinner tonight I have roasted asparagus and lemon chicken, and a random assortment of veggies, too. I'm not super creative in the kitchen unless I'm baking, so simple is better. I also am not eating Paleo, mostly because I can't live without my (wheat free) oatmeal, and I don't eat much meat other than chicken. And there's only so much chicken I can eat.

On another note I finally got back behind my sewing machine this past weekend. I've been wanting to try making the non slip running headband for a while. I found a few tutorials online and through trial and error made four this weekend.

They work really well, and even stayed in during my 9km run on Monday! No movement and they are so easy to make! I'll never buy another one again. Now I can justify having the massive amount of ribbon hanging around my craft room. At least, that's what I tell myself.

 

Hope your week is going well!

 

The Comparison Trap

I hate the comparison trap.

We’ve all been there. There’s always that one guy or girl that is that much better than you at what you do, or dresses better, is in better shape, or has more friends. You wonder how they do it, and why you can’t do the same.

I’ve managed to learn to deal with this trap for the most part. I am truly blessed in my life and I don’t take what I have for granted. But the one place I can’t get over comparing myself to others is the gym.

With CrossFit, our scores and times are written on a white board, so everyone can see everyone else’s time. Which is good generally – it creates a healthy sense of competition, even with just yourself, and helps you to push yourself a little bit harder. So on a regular basis, I don’t think twice about my name and scores being written for the rest of the gym to see. Unless I have a bad workout, of course.

I mean I know we can’t be “on” every day, and it’s not like the gym is the be all and end all of existence, but I don’t like “sucking”. I don’t like being last, or slowest, or with the least weight or reps. I’m fine being in the middle of the pack, where I normally am, and when I know I haven’t done my best it bothers me.

I had a shitty workout Monday. I felt like I was going to pass out the entire time so I had to go slower, and stop, and take rests, and ended up with a slow time compared to everyone else.

Ah there it is – compared to everyone else.

I need to remember that my journey is my own, whether in life or in the gym, and comparing myself to others in this way is only to drag me down instead of propel me onwards and upwards.

It’s a hard lesson to learn. But I’m trying.

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