Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My Fitness Journey - Month Three

When I get around the date of my monthly check in, I tend to find myself looking for ways my body has changed. I convince myself I’ve done a good job. When it comes to the measurement time, I have to be honest with myself. What have I really done to help myself? How well have I really been eating? This past month, I’ve been more active because I’ve been on my feet a lot more. However, I wasn’t doing real work outs. I also didn’t eat all that well. Better than the previous month, but still not good. The two pound loss comes from being more active. That loss on my left arm is definitely some kind of fluke, but I did measure twice.


226 lbs.
37.5 cm.
Left Arm
42.5 cm.
Right Arm
40 cm.
98 cm.
121 cm.
132 cm.
Left Thigh
73.5 cm.
Right Thigh
72 cm.
Left Calf
47 cm.
Right Calf
45.5 cm.

224 lbs.
37 cm.
Left Arm
38 cm.
Right Arm
42 cm.
97 cm.
119 cm.
130 cm.
Left Thigh
73 cm.
Right Thigh
71.5 cm.
Left Calf
47 cm.
Right Calf
44.5 cm.

Ready for my fitness win? I passed my lifeguard swimming test for the first time without feeling like I’m going to die in the end. The standard is 400m in 10 minutes. I got it with about 10 seconds to spare. It’s not a great time by any means, but I didn’t feel awful at the end. I feel fantastic about that small win. I know I wrote about this last month, but I did it again and that’s where it came from.

Like I said last month, I got a gym membership. I’ve slowly been getting into it. I’m certainly not about to become a gym rat. My goal is to go every other day. I can tell you right now that I already haven’t been great. I was supposed to go tonight, but things got busy (excuses are bad, I know). I’ve also been eating better. I’m making conscious choices about what I’m eating and tracking my food.

I’ve realized that I have approximately zero arm strength. I can do three push ups. THREE! I’m so disappointed in that. I will get better! Every month seems to have small victories. That’s all that matters right? 


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Monthly Favourites - June 2017

Someone forgot to tell me it was the end of the month, so I was unprepared for this monthly post. June has flown by. I feel like I just got back from England!  So much has happened this month, and I can thank work for that. The good thing is, I’ve done so much that I had so many ideas for what to share this month! Pluuuuus, stay tuned for my big announcement at the end. I’ve been hinting for so long, and here it is!

1.       Graduation

I did it! I graduated on June 13th! It feels so weird to have a degree and think back on the past four years. The most surreal part was actually seeing that piece of paper with my name on it. I worked so hard, and I nailed it! It’s sad to think that I will not be returning to King’s in the fall. It has been the most amazing home with the most amazing community. I don’t think I’m ever going to find a community like that again.

2.       Sephora Cream Lip Stain

I am obsessed with this stuff. I love a good lip, but I’m also super lazy about it. I was on the hunt for something that will stick on. Thanks to reviews on Influenster, I found myself splurging on this. I do not regret it at all. I have used it for a wedding, nights out, and graduation. It really does stay on all day. Graduation is one of the longest days of university, and I still looked great. I got in the shade Pink Tea because I wanted a nude. I’ll probably go back and get more.

3.       Chapmen’s Tropical Wave Sorbet

If you don’t already know, I have a peanut and nut allergy. Desserts are hard for me. My mom recently came home with this Tropical Wave Sorbet, and it is outstanding. Chapman’s has always been the best brand for ice cream (thank you Chapman’s!), and I am so happy to see that they are expanding to other treats. This is a perfect treat because it is tasty, refreshing, and highly satisfying. I just had a bowl, and I don’t feel like I need any more. Also, if you stick it in a blender and mix it with some Malibu, you have yourself a lovely poolside drink.

4.       Slowly Getting Over My Fear Of Dogs

Have you ever read my social media bios? I’m afraid of dogs. Everyone knows that about me. I don’t hate dogs. I want to like them. I like the idea of having a dog, but I’m scared of them. I’ve been trying to force myself out of this. I dog-sit for a family with an old dog who can’t jump, and that has been helping. Recently, my friend starting fostering two puppies, and I got to hold one! Her name is Cleopatra (Cleo for short), and it was a special moment for me. This may seem like a dumb thing to put on a monthly favourites list, but I am so proud of myself.

5.       I’m Moving to the UK – Again!

This is it – my big announcement. I have no way to describe it, and I don’t have a picture for it. I am going back to the UK for school! In the fall, I will be going to Cardiff Metropolitan University in Wales for teacher’s college. I’ve known about this for quite a while (I got accepted on April 1st), but it has been solidified this month. Teaching has been a dream of mine since I was eight years old, and going to Wales to do it is just the cherry on top. It is surreal. I cannot believe how lucky I have been just to have these kinds of opportunities.

There we go! Like I said, June flew by. I’m sure it will be no time at all before I have to pack up my things once again. I’m working as a Pool Manager this summer, so that comes with responsibility and exciting things ahead!

What are some exciting things you did in June?


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Pinterest Challenge - June 2017

End of May/beginning of June was busy. I was on the go all the time, so I needed some easy things. I love breakfast, but I also really like the idea of “grab and go.” I have a couple really great breakfast idea and some smoothies because the weather is getting hot!

1.       Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

In an effort to make something yummy as well as healthy when a friend came over, I made this smoothie from Iowa Girl Eats. It was so fantastic. I was slightly thrown off by the lemon zest, but that is what made this smoothie actually taste like a blueberry muffin. Again, this is purely delicious.

2.       Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie

I definitely put way too many strawberries in this, but it was not detrimental to the recipe in any way. Happy Money Saver suggests this recipe as a freeze ahead smoothie with the oats (kind of like overnight oats), but I opted out of that for convenience’s sake. It still worked, and it was creamy and yummy. I don’t think it was anything special, but I liked the additional flavour of the oatmeal.              

3.       Dijon Mustard and Pear Grilled Cheese

This combination from Will Cook for Smiles seems odd but hear me out. The Dijon MAKES this grilled cheese. Honestly, skip the honey. It added only a little sweetness to it, and it made the whole grilled cheese look bad and smell burned. Other than that, the sweetness of the pear and tartness of the mustard is outstanding.

4.       Churro Waffles

My sister was home for a while, so we decided to make breakfast. This was a pretty amazing dish. The link from Cooking Classy is for the actual waffles. The churro idea is at the bottom for alternatives, so we mixed cinnamon and sugar and put it all together. The waffles are good, but they didn’t crisp up in the oven like it said it would. I don’t know if I was using the wrong setting, but that’s alright. Also, sorry about this date stamp. I don't know how to get rid of it on my camera.

5.       Maple Brown Sugar Overnight Oats

This is my favourite thing on this list. I’m warning you right now that it does not look as pretty as it does in this picture. Once you stir it, it just becomes like every other regular goopy oatmeal. I made this twice because I loved it so much. Papa said it was too sweet, but I’m a sweet tooth, so it was perfect for me. I loved the fact that it was made for me, so I just left with a jar in my bag. Perfect for on the go.

Once again, this is all about the food.  I have a couple lifestyle things I want to try out for next month. It should be great!


Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Brontë Parsonage

Well, we’ve reached the final installment of my England travel series. At this point, I don’t even know what I will be writing about next week. I saved the best for last. I have wanted to go on this trip ever since I took a seminar course on the Brontës. I lucked out because an English friend of mine happened to be in England at the same time as me. We decided to meet up and do this trip together!
Haworth is where the Brontës lived for most of their life. Haworth itself is picture-esque, and we grew more and more excited as we approached the parsonage.

 An incredible amount of care is taken to make sure the parsonage is replicated as close to what it was when the Brontës actually lived there. They have everything down to the wallpaper. It is amazing.

There were a few extremely nerdy parts of this walk through. For example, this blurry picture is their table where an E is carved in the surface. E as in Emily Brontë. As in, Emily Brontë carved this. AH!

A really cool thing we got to take part in was a transcript project. Wuthering Heights is the only novel where the original manuscript wasn’t found. An artist has set up an opportunity for visitors of the parsonage museum to write a line of the novel. Essentially, we’re writing our own transcript.

Another nerdy moment is the handkerchief stained with Anne Brontë’s blood. I realized it’s kind of creepy, but I still became excited about it.

The biggest point on our list was to do the hike up to Wuthering Heights. It’s called Top Withins. The midway point is the Brontë waterfall. The waterfall isn’t all that impressive, but it makes for a great rest stop on this 12km hike up and down the hills.

Finally, we made it. It was so wonderful. Now, there are buildings that match the home in Wuthering Heights more accurately, but once you stand up there, you know that this is the spot Emily Brontë is describing. We sat up there for a long time and read passages from the novel. Every time the wind was mentioned, the wind would pick up. I think Emily Brontë was with us that day.

This was one of the best (and nerdiest) experiences I have ever had. I am so happy to have shared this with a friend. I felt bad for Matt and that fact that he was dragged along, but he liked how enthralled we were. The walk to Top Withins was tough, but so worth it if you’re a Brontë fan. I would highly suggest this trip to anyone who wants to know a little more about the classic British women writers. I’m still happy about it.

What is the nerdiest trip you’ve ever been on?