Chit Chat: Monday Victories

 

Good morning!

This post is coming at you a bit later as we had a busy Sunday where I didn’t have a ton of time to sit down and write my usual blog post. So, this is coming atcha in real time on a Monday morning as I’m typing away with wet hair, a smoothie, and coffee going beside me. I wanted to start a new thing on the blog called Chit Chat – where I catch you guys up on what’s been going on, giving my opinion on things, and just sharing things with you guys in a more unstructured kind of way. It may not be a weekly thing, but what’s the harm in starting today, right?

Let’s rewind a bit though. So, yesterday Ryan and I went on a little date night together, which was a great way to do something different on a Sunday night, as opposed to just plunking down on the couch watching Netflix. Don’t get me wrong. I love doing that, but it’s fun to switch it up, you know? We did the ol’ dinner and a movie, and by the time we got home I was super FULL, tired, and ready for bed.

And now we are at today. Okay, so. I ran today, guys. If you read my posts last week, you’ll know that I was super bummed out because I came down with a groin strain injury. The doctor quickly said NO when I asked about doing my long run on Saturday (which I obviously knew the answer, but I mean, doesn’t hurt to ask), and I haven’t ran since last Tuesday. Well, up until today, anyway. I woke up and thought to myself, today is week five of this marathon training plan. I am feeling good. Why don’t I try to run? The training plan called for six miles and I did eight.

 

 

 

Just KIDDING! That would be downright stupid. No, the training plan called for six, but I cut that in half and did three. On the treadmill, too, so it was softer, flatter, and easier on my body to start with. I figured that easing myself into the training again will be much better on my body (from an injury standpoint) in the long run. Why go too hard, too much, too soon, and risk making things worse? The last thing I want to do is aggravate my body and be out for another week. So, I am happy to report that I am feeling GOOD post run! After my run was finished I did a resistance band work out, focusing on my upper body, some core work (planks!), and then stretched and foam rolled. Taking injury prevention seriously is definitely a priority of mine, as I want to be sure I cross that finish line in October as strong and healthy as can be.

I also wanted to share this quote because it is quite fitting for me right now. I know my body can run a marathon. I know my body can go further and faster. However, I have to be patient with myself now and give myself grace every day as I make this “comeback.” I mean, maybe you can’t call it a comeback right now, but I am feeling so much happier knowing that I am on the mend!

With that, I hope you all have a HAPPY MONDAY!

 

EXCITING NEWS! + Pasta Night is Good for the Soul

 

SOOOOO YOU GUYS.

Exciting news.

No, no babies. Not even a new fur baby. No engagement. No wedding.

Nope, nadda.

None of that.

BUT! The exciting news I wanted to share with you today is that you can now find my podcast on iTUNES!!

Okay, I am probably more excited about this than you are, but it had to be shared. I mean, now I can go everywhere with you.

I will always be with you. *Cue creepy music*

Nah, not in a weird way. In a friendly hanging out kinda way. Bonus for you guys: my podcast episodes are short and sweet, which means you can binge-listen to them over, and over, and over… : )

Be sure to download & SUBSCRIBE to the podcast here so you don’t miss out on any future episodes!


Alright, so let’s recap yesterday a bit, shall we?

In true Holly fashion, I snoozed through my alarms several times and my scheduled six mile run did not happen in the morning. Boo. My legs were super sore from my long run on Saturday, and it was quite nice to catch up on sleep. That being said though, this meant running in the blazing heat after work.

6 miles. Slow. Easy, but it felt hard. It took SO long for my legs to finally get into it, and by that time I had twenty minutes left of the run. Meh. Such is life, right?

 

 

When I came inside, Ryan had a big pot of pasta going! He knows that carbs and wine are the way to this girl’s heart. Smart man, he is : ) He used a simple tomato sauce and added a bit of chili flakes for spice, garlic, and pepper for seasoning, then added KALE (I KNOW, that was my reaction too!), red onion, mushrooms, and veggie ground. It was the perfect meal after my run because by that point I was huuuungry. It’s like we have ESPN or something (cue Mean Girls reference).

 

 

Also, ignore the splatters in the bowl. I realized after uploading this picture that I should’ve at least made it look a bit more photogenic and wiped the sauce off the sides. Oh well. You guys know I’m not the Master Chef, right? If you didn’t, surprise. Sorry to disappoint ; )

Quick & easy! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the ol’ PODCAST… You know, on iTunes since you can do that now ; )

Leanfit Complete Green Protein Review + Smoothie RECIPE!

 

Good morning!

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I have been testing out a protein powder for a little over a week now. I wanted to give you guys a review of how I am liking it so far, how I’ve been using it, and a new smoothie recipe that includes this protein powder.

First off, I want to say that you do not need supplements in your diet every single day. For me, this is something I use to enhance my smoothies, as I believe it is important to include some kind of protein in a smoothie if you are using it for a meal replacement. Smoothies are an excellent way to get in a ton of fruits & veggies all in one swoop, but you can use protein powder in a post-workout shake mixed with water or milk of your choice if you are not a fan of “liquid meals.” That being said, I am quite happy with this protein powder and how it has been making me feel over the last week and a bit, so let’s get into it!

I picked this up from Costco for $39.99. It is a 1.02kg container and includes 34 servings. This breaks down to $1.17 per serving. I picked up the vanilla bean flavour, though it also comes in chocolate. Leanfit Complete Green protein powder is a plant based protein powder that is GMO free, gluten free, dairy free, and soy free. It contains 20% of your daily fibre intake and is perfect for those who are vegetarian and vegan, or those who may have allergies to things like soy, dairy, and gluten. I was drawn to this because I felt like whey protein did not agree with my stomach and made me feel heavy and bloated after drinking a whey protein shake (yes, the isolate whey, too!).

This contains a blend of pea, hemp, flaxseed, brown ride, and chia seed protein. It is sweetened with stevia and does not contain any weird fillers or ingredients that I can’t pronounce. Bonus: it only contains 1 gram of sugar and has 19 grams of protein per serving. It contains essential amino acids to aid in muscle recovery and repair, and also has 100mg of potassium and 35% of your daily iron intake in one scoop (which is a 30g serving).

 

 

So, how have I been using it?

The first time I used this protein powder was in a bowl of oatmeal with blueberries and almond butter. This was like a blueberry dessert bowl! It was super tasty, but I also wanted to try it blended into a smoothie. I must say, the smoothie is my favourite way to use it! Last week I had a smoothie almost every morning for breakfast, and I felt satiated until lunch time rolled around at work.

Here is my go-to smoothie recipe:

 

 

Vanilla Berry Protein Smoothie:

1 1/2 cashew (or almond) milk
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
2 tbsp almond butter
1 tsp spirulina/chlorella (optional: I buy mine as a blend)
1 tsp maca powder (also optional but is good for balancing hormones & increasing energy naturally)
1 tbsp chia seeds (for healthy fats and fibre)
1 scoop Leanfit Complete Green plant-based protein powder in vanilla bean
As much spinach and greens as you can fit!

Blend, blend, blend until smooth and enjoy!

 

If you are in the market for a plant-based protein powder, I would highly recommend this one. Next I would like to try the chocolate flavour and see how it compares. I mean, how can you go wrong with chocolate? Again, I found this at my local Costco but I’m sure you can find it online : )


What is YOUR favourite protein powder? Any that I should try?

Making Fitness a Family Affair

Getting the whole family involved in a healthy lifestyle is a good way to not only keep yourself on track, but is also a great way to try new activities with your family.
It can be hard at first to get everyone on board. People like different things, and organizing the “perfect” exercise may be a challenge. However, you don’t have to get TOO crazy in order to make things work. This is especially important to me as I could easily fall into the Netflix-and-couch mentality every day after work. Instead, I wanted to share with you a few easy ways to incorporate fitness into your family life.
Find an outdoor activity: Whether you are hiking with your significant other or kayaking with your kids, getting outside is one sure-fire way to ensure everyone enjoys the activity. After all, who doesn’t love getting out in nature!? You don’t have to do anything hard, either. Simply checking out a new trail can be sufficient! Something Ryan and I have been doing lately has been going for day trips. We will go for a hike in a new area, or drive somewhere and walk along the ocean for a change of scenery. If you have a dog, this is a great way to get them out and about, too!
Some other outdoor activities include: running (trail or pavement), canoeing, skiing/snowboarding in the winter (can make a great family getaway!), swimming (always great in the summer), walking, etc.
Check out a new class: One thing my sister and I enjoy doing is going to a new fitness class together. We have gone to yoga classes, zumba classes – you name it, and there is probably a class for that! Fitness classes don’t have to be expensive, either. With a little bit of research, you can find a class near you (check out a community centre in your area) that won’t stretch the wallet too thin. My mom and I signed up for spin classes, and that was a fun way to sweat together and try something new!
Other class ideas include: bootcamp, barre fitness (ballet inspired work outs), drop-in sports like volleyball, spin classes, etc.
Walk it out: Simply going for a family walk is a nice way to not only catch up, but fit some extra steps into your day. Additionally, going for an after dinner walk can help aid in digestion and burn extra calories, too. Switch things up by walking on trails, walking through a new-to-you-neighbourhood or enlisting some friends for extra fun and conversation. If you are visiting with family members, maybe try going for a walk instead of going out to eat – you will save money that way, too!
Make it a challenge: Are you a fan of some friendly competition? See who can go one week without sugar (think junk food sugar, not natural sugars like those found in fruit). See who can fit in X amount of work outs into the week. Whatever your challenge is, make it FUN! You can also have a bet if money is something that motivates you, or a reward system at the end. For example, if you successfully go one week without sugar (just an example), maybe you will win a massage or some other kind of treat (and not the food kind. You are not a dog).
Workout at home: Working out can mean yard work too, not just taking the stairs or walking to get the mail. You can always get family involved with chores around the yard, as that often involves heavy lifting, clearing debris, and lots of bending and walking. Further, you can try online at-home workouts with family if you want to make a family work out night and get everyone involved!
Workout for a cause: Often times running races are centred around fundraising for a cause. For example, some Father’s Day runs fundraise for prostate cancer. Fundraising can be an excellent way to not only get the family involved in an event, but it can draw people to train together, too!
What are some ways you stay active with your family?
Let me know your fave way in the comments below!