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December 6, 2013
And just like that…another week is gone. Life goes quickly! And with it already being the first week of December (can you believe that?!), it really seems like the end of the year is flying by.
Today marked the coldest day we’ve had yet in Calgary…Check that forecast out! Um…yeah. That’s -18 F, and that’s cold. But it’s probably pretty cold where you are, too. Even in CA where my family lives they are experiencing lows in the 30′s at night, which isn’t quite the same but it’s all relative! Cold is cold. Brr!
Needless to say, I’m doing a lot of running in between buildings and and from the train to buildings. But I’m staying warm thanks to some gear from Sportchek – some Canadian Olympic-inspired duds!
They are super comfy, feel different than my daily gym clothes and the top even has thumb holes! Perfect.
I’ve also been keeping warm in the gym by keeping busy! I’m loving short, full body, high intensity workouts lately (what else is new?) and finishers at the end of my workouts.
Other than that, it’s been a good week. Busy in the gym with clients and taking advantage of my free time with fun moments like getting a pedicure at the downstairs nail salon (trying to bring back summer on my feet!) and reading at home. We also had our (Irish!) neighbors over for dinner and then they suggested Settlers…best neighbors ever!
This should be a great weekend with a Christmas concert with my friend and in-laws tonight as well as my work Christmas party tomorrow night with Mikey! Should be a fun, Christmas-y themed weekend.
Got anything to get you in the Christmas spirit coming up? How’s the weather where you are right now? Do you like snowy winters or could you live in sunny, warm weather year-round? I do love back country skiing and can’t wait to get out and earn some turns. But I AM looking forward to Christmas down in California.
Have a great weekend, friends! Catch ya later with some workouts and hopefully some more life updates and good articles to report. Cheers!
Live well & be well,
December 3, 2013
Hey guys! It’s been a little quiet on the blog here so I thought I’d share some highlights of an incredible weekend away. We flew down Friday to celebrate my cousin Tim’s wedding to the gorgeous Tracie down in Santa Cruz and it was a wonderful long weekend south of the border. We came back to a blizzard…but that’s another story. On to the sun!
Flying into San Francisco, being picked up by my happy parents, and spending the night hanging out with brother, catching up on life, wrestling and hearing him jam was a blast.
(Sorry bro – best one I got since I love selfies and you don’t! Ha!)
The following morning included coffee (of COURSE! strong and black, just like we love it), conversation (always if you know my family; I love it!) and meeting up with my mom’s twin and my uncle and cousins for a carpool down to Santa Cruz for the wedding. It was great to see everyone again, meet my cousin’s boyfriend whom we all enjoy so much and cruise down the coast. I even saw a whale jumping from Highway 101! What an absolute treat!
And then…I squinted. Ahh, the sun! The warmth! The heat! The sand.
It was a great first day! Soaking up the sun, strolling in the sand, enjoying good company from family and reconnecting with so many people we haven’t seen in ages. What a perfect California day! …besides the motel, which was sketchy and not functioning very well but added to the memories of the trip.
That night we met in a big lodge tucked away in a gorgeous, wooded setting for the rehearsal dinner. This is where the reunions really started. Hugging people you’re pretty sure are cousins but there are so many and we’ve all grown up so much that you introduce yourself just in case. Big hugs, especially to the bride and groom, and lots of time spent laughing at the 20+ kids running around amidst pizza eating and story sharing.
All the aunts and their spouses shared wisdom from their combined 200+ years of marriage! That’s just between 5 couples! What a gift to sit and listen and to hear more about different people’s perspectives and encouragements when it comes to making a marriage last. We indulged in some great family traditions after dessert, like clapping, circling around the room and chanting the Jewish song we always used to sing at our New Year’s Eve Extravaganza festivities, “Torah Orah” – those for whom this was new were either confused or entertained and those who remembered it from “days of old” loved it! And afterwards? Some of the cousins went bowling. It was a great night!
Coffee out, walking the pier, seeing the monarch butterflies, enjoying the sea lions…day 2 was just as great as day 1!
Me, my aunt Mindy (mom’s twin-o), my mom and Mindy’s daughter/my cousin Carly Blue, always ready to pose like me.
Since the wedding wasn’t until 4 pm, we went our separate ways and for Mikey and I, that meant paddle boarding! We had a last on the water and were cruising around the bay for over an hour.
The rest of the day? Well, we rode a ride, we walked on the beach, we celebrated at the wedding that we’ve ALL been waiting for – at LAST! – Tim, my favorite cousin to hug, is married. These guys have a neat story and it was a joy and honor to be present at their wedding.
All in all it was an incredible weekend away. So thankful for family, warm sunshine and meaningful celebrations! It was great to see everyone and have a bit of a break from routine. Here’s a short video with some fun scenes of the wedding weekend in Santa Cruz!
What a weekend. Thanks for allowing me to share the joys and the celebrations with you all and a huge congrats to Tim and Tracie! You guys and Rachel and Christian make the BEST little family…love you guys! Have a great start to the week; I’m back to busy days in the gym and blizzards outside. Here we go!
Live well & be well,
November 27, 2013
Hi everyone and Happy Thanksgiving!
How’s your week been? Mine is flying by…too quickly, in fact – I thought yesterday was Thursday! I walked out for my 1 pm client expecting my usual Tues/Thurs client and not my Wed client – it threw me a bit but I recovered okay. I’m excited for Thursday night to come because it’s Thanksgiving! We are planning on enjoying our annual celebration for the night with good friends who are Canadian/American split and I’m so glad we’re in town for it again this year! Our friends are incredible cooks and I am contributing just a bit to the dinner table and can’t wait for the taste, the celebration, the friendship and fellowship, the community that this meal and time of year represents. Speaking of, there are many tips out there this time of the year for ways to NOT indulge, to “curb your cravings,” to balance out your fitness with fun foods, etc and I wanted to weigh in with my thoughts. Personally, I think Amber from GoKaleo sums it up best as far as my own thoughts on my approach:
My super simple guide to surviving the Holidays: 1. Go about your life as usual. Eat how you usually eat. Exercise how you normally exercise. Sleep how you normally sleep. 2. On the Holidays, celebrate with your loved ones. Enjoy the food that has been lovingly prepared, without guilt or shame. Eat what you want, and savor it. The end.
I also love this video from the great duo that is Fitness Blender and their balanced approach (and jokes and wine pouring at the end in their bloopers…):
If you took time to watch the video, and taking Amber’s words in the mix too, you’ll find that my approach is simple: enjoy the season. Enjoy the food, eat only what you love, don’t feel guilty over it, keep drinking water, move when you can and don’t worry about it. One day of enjoyment (and not “damage” – too negative to think of it that way!) will not alter your body just like one day of a solid workout and perfect nutrition will change it either.
It’s so interesting how our culture revolves around food. It’s a huge part of traveling (You hear Italy? You think pasta! pizza! red wine! Germany? Beer! Greece? Mediterranean goodness!) and a big part of our get together’s. I used to think this was too bad, but after thinking about it a bit, I can see it as a good thing. Food brings us together and community so often happens around that. What happens in isolation, even when it comes to eating? Normally negative things. People binge eat, or hide food or sometimes don’t eat at all. When we are together, enjoying people and community and deep relationships, we don’t fight for food, we don’t hoard it, we don’t worry about it. We enjoy it with one another! And that’s a good thing!
This article by Precision Nutrition also reinforces the idea that food should be more than fuel. It’s not just about making us leaner or bulking us up, or about giving us enough for our next workout. Check it out if you have a chance for a thoughtful read. If you are worried about going overboard, even after all that, my encouragement to you is to remember that you don’t need to go full blast, you don’t need to eat an entire pie, you don’t need to eat until you’re stuffed to the brim. Sometimes we feel the need to go crazy on these holidays with food because it only comes once a year, but enjoy it for what it’s worth and then move on.
Speaking of moving on…I am ready to move! No, not homes or locations (although I feel open to God directing us anywhere!), but to move out into the wilderness and camp there for a bit. I am itching for an adventure. I know we’re traveling soon, and I cannot WAIT to be with my family, but my soul is longing for the mountains. To explore, to push through fatigue, to accomplish something with a team (or Mikey, my ultimate teammate), to get some good use of my gear. This video is just fueling my fire and my passion for the company Patagonia. I love the sustainability route they continuing to walk down and was inspired by this video (about 30 min long, but worth a watch if you have the time to check it out!):
And where are we traveling soon? To California! We are south-bound this Friday for my cousin Tim’s wedding down in Santa Cruz, one of my favorite beach towns for what’s sure to be a great family celebration. A trip so close to Christmas is a fun event, and helps chunk up the long, full weeks leading up to that break. I can’t wait to get on a plane and head to San Francisco Friday!
Thoughts on how you approach the holiday season food- and fitness-wise? Anyone got any outdoor adventures planned soon? Share with me so I can live vicariously through you until we get out to the mountains!
Have a great rest of your week and Happy Thanksgiving, friends! May you experience, as Paul did, the secret to being content in all things. As he said in Philippians 4:11-13,
“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Let’s give thanks not FOR everything but IN every circumstance. Thankful for you guys!
Live well & be well,
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