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For real this time…

If I got your attention before, I must have it now. Note to self: always double check links! Thanks to Chels for letting me know I made a boo boo…this time it’s for real, folks!

…are you coming?

I hope so, but relax, calm down, breathe, and meet me at my new blog: Happy is the new healthy.

I’ve loved loved loved blogging here, but I hope you’ll join me and move on to the new chapter for me!


goodbye blog

Did I get your attention?

I hope so, but relax, calm down, breathe, and meet me at my new blog: Happy is the new healthy.

I’ve loved loved loved blogging here, but I hope you’ll join me and move on to the new chapter for me!

Making myself

This is what I’m reminding myself of…

‎”We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”

Easier said than done, right now.

I went to the gym where we’re staying and was hoping to get a good cardio workout in. Instead I felt exhausted (for no apparent reason), weak, and my hip hurt.

So instead of making myself miserable with a spin that felt like crap on the bike, I decided to foam roll and call it a day. I did a med ball workout that made me feel absolutely so weak and I wish I could say I was invigorated and challenged to get back into shape, but this feeling out of shape is new for me. I had thoughts like “it’s your fault for letting yourself go” and “why haven’t you been doing weights every day for the last month–you’re just wasting your time” and “you’re lazy” but that’s all bull shit, ya know? Cuz I have been keeping up with things — swimming, taking time for myself. I read this post about the emotions around an injury on Healthy Tipping Point after I got back and showered and had a good cry about this all.

I’m trying to reframe: I’m with my family. I can take time and read. I can relax. I will be able to run again. I’m just realizing how much of a part of me training is. And how much I miss it. I cannot wait to get going again! But if I rush it, I’m going to end up off for longer and more miserable. I am glad for the experience–I think I’ve realized more about myself in the last month than I have in ages. The time to think, the perspective, the frustrations–they’re all part of bigger lessons!

Last night was good, btw. We had some good dinner (margaritas on the rocks included–but I couldn’t drink most of mine) and I swear this is the proof that everything is bigger in Texas! I couldn’t finish my meal–in fact it hardly looked like there was a dent in it. I blame it on the oyster appetizers we shared and on the salad I filled up on first. I ordered pasta with arugula, red sauce, and shrimp/mussels/crab meat. I’m taking out the whole sea. Eeeeek. Good thing I’m EASING into vegetarianism. I had room for a bit of Godiva when we got home, and then I slept like a baby.





This morning was a repeat breakfast.


And now I’m just waiting for UBC to call me for an interview with their J school. Seems a little pointless, since my life plan has taken a 180 (more on that later)–you’ll all hear about it soon enough. The new blog is getting closer and closer to being ready for it’s reveal. Who’s excited?!

We are off to the aquarium and a few other fun things today–indoor cuz it’s foggy and the weather is a bit yucky here today. Stay tuned! 🙂

Any advice for my silly injury?
What’s your fav kind of sea food?


Peanut butter and cookies!

Did you guys know it’s National Peanut Butter Day? I didn’t…but I’d already had peanut butter when someone told me! In honour of the day, I dipped a few carrots in peanut butter before dinner tonight..har har.

I found this article about why peanut butter is good for you (as if anyone needed another reason to eat the stuff). In this history of peanut butter article, I read the average American eats 3 pounds of it yearly. I think I eat more like 3 pounds monthly.

When I google image searched for a picture of carrots and peanut butter, I found this instead:

And somehow found a recipe for Peanut Butter Carrot Cookies…interesting!

A friend of mine, who doesn’t want to be linked to this delicious recipe for some strange unknown reason (she is too humble?) shared her recipe for dessert from the other night. Enjoy!

Better than a hot date cookies (cuz we ate them on a girls night in…clever, no?)


half a block of dates
small oatmeal cookies (homemade or store bought)

Cover dates with water in a small pot and bring to a boil over medium heat.
When water boils, mash ’til water is absorbed.
Place a generous spoonful of the mashed dates onto a cookie.
Place the second cookie on top.
Let the cookies sit at room temperature until the oatmeal softens.

As my anonymous recipe-giver noted, these are best enjoyed with some good company and laughter!

She also included a recipe for chocolate chip rolled oat cookies that I am dying to recreate. I will save that recipe–you know I need to keep you guys coming back for something!

Mmmmmm, cookies.

Would you try the peanut butter carrot cookies?
Did you have peanut butter today?
What’s your fav cookie?


OOIAJ success

So, last night I made it to a yang/yin yoga class. Like last week, there was lots of holding long long poses and trying not to let my mind wander, but this time the long stuff came after a more active practice and the class was in a heated room. I much preferred this week. I especially found it helpful when the instructor said to notice if you are focusing on what you’re trying to “get” out of a pose. We were in pigeon:


…and I was hoping that my hip would spontaneously release. It didn’t, but that was a good check for my ego!

This morning’s masters swim was really good. There were some 50m “hard” efforts…I realized how I always swim at one speed and intensity and only push it or slow down if someone specifically tells me to. Thank goodness for the coached swim! 🙂 I was feeling something crunchy and sweet so I had some Kashi cereal for breakfast!

I had a lovely breakfast date with my friend Alysha this morning. She has a way of making me feel good…about training, this injury, school, life, etc. 🙂 We made plans to maybe make some inspiration boards this weekend (inspired by Tara at XC Foodie and by Oprah’s dream board idea, of course!) and the morning flew by!

Breakfast was exciting because of the company but also because I redeemed Overnight Oats…because they were in a jar that had tons of peanut butter, and because I used a LOT of honey to make em sweet. I think I need less yogurt (too sour) and more soy milk next time!

Then I did some work on my recertification course for Canfitpro. I signed up for a Human Kinetics course on Advanced Exercise Nutrition to get the continuing education credits that I need to stay certified as a personal trainer and fitness instructor. I plan on going to the Canfitpro conference this summer, but I need the credits before August so I figured this would be an easy easy way to get it done. And it’s been pretty straightforward–but the course is nice to refresh some stuff! I looked into TRX certifications but they’re all filled up or really far away, so this was the best option.

I had a quick lunch before coming to the Gazette (wasted money on a salad that was so not up to snuff and essentially ended up eating yesterday’s chicken/apple butter etc sandwich again), and now I’m kinda killing time til my Fashion Writing class. It’s three hours, computer-less, and I don’t really understand the readings…hmmmm! Tonight I think I’m gonna get some fro yo (hoping I can make it!) with some lovelies (stay tuned) and then I’ll be crashing. My hip is starting to feel less bad, not good, but less bad. Tomorrow I go to the chiro and back to the states…busy busy busy!

Do you like overnight oats? What’s your go to recipe? I used Kath’s recipe but my next jar is gonna be reserved for Meghann’s creation.

Chiropractors doctors and kashi oh my!

Today’s flying by. Class (I was early! Go me!), a trip to the chiro (and advice to lay off the spinning, stretch, try my old shoes again and ease into the new ones, and continue treatments/massage), lunch with myself, and a doctors appointment over the bridge kept me busy. So did wandering the aisles of Walmart in the states. I’m in awe of the new stuff but I’m not sold that kashi is the be all end all like I used to be. I did get my two boxes of go lean crunch (it’s different in Canada!) and a box of the cinnamon kind to try so we will have to see if I can reinvigorate my love for all things kashi!

Check it out..but also the uber long list of ingredients for the granola bars. I think they’d be like nutri grain bars, which I don’t like…so I didn’t go for em!

Has anyone tried this stuff? Friends from the motherland, what do ya think?
One I do know I love are the crunchy granola bars…so that and a fage Greek yogurt Made a perfect snack! Mmmmmm.

Now I’m just getting back to the homeland and am thinking of doing some yoga in sarnia before making the drive back! I’ve got some new options if I get a migraine after my visit to the doctor. I hope I don’t have to try em!

Hope everyone is having an awesome (meatless) Monday! I am having a tuna sandwich in my car. I hope this doesn’t break the rules! It’s better than beef. Less legs than chicken…







Taking it one day at a time

So…Saturday was supposed to be a fun fun night out for dinner with some friends, but I got to dinner and noticed that my eyes were feeling funny. I thought maybe it was just the lighting but feared that I was getting another aura/impending migraine. I went to the bathroom and sure enough I couldn’t see straight even in the normal lighting. I called a cab before we could order (so disappointing–I was looking forward to the company, to the food, to a relaxing night) and was in bed by 7pm. I slept til about midnight, woke up and had a sandwich, watched a movie, and slept for another 8 hours. That’s not good.

…two migraines in one week makes for an anxious Cheryl.

Yesterday it took a lot to get me out of my apartment. I feel like I could get one at any time now and the worst would be if I was driving because I can’t see to get home. So, I made the decision to plan a trip to the doctor’s at home today. I can’t teach my spin class anyways because of my hip (wahhhhhhhhhh) so today’s probably the best day for me to go. I also need to get some forms for my financial aid applications from Sarnia so I guess I’m making the most of this.

Since I am kind of down in the dumps–worried about the migraine situation (I JUST had an MRI and all kinds of tests done a few months ago and they found nothing), angry because of my hip (I’ve swam every other day, but without exercise I’m just getting more frustrated and more anxious about Around the Bay and the Hypothermic Half even though logically I know I do not  have to do them if they compromise my health). Reminder: exercise is supposed to make you feel better. On days where it hurts you (i.e. if I ran with this injury or taught spin), it’s not your “quest for health” driving you to do it through pain and to be honest, I’d probably prolong my half-assed workouts when I should just rest and figure out what’s wrong with this hip and deal with it to start fresh, fully into my training.  On days where I have a lot to do — class, a trip home, an appointment with the chiro, a trip to the doctor’s, rifling through things looking for random financial aid documents — especially a lot of stressful things to do, I should give up the pressure that I put on myself to go swim first thing. I was up in the middle of the night and turned off my 5:15am alarm. I’ll be up early to swim tomorrow and today’s going to be big enough as it is.

I started today with breakfast and am DETERMINED to make it to class on time. I am blaming my being late all last week on my hip cuz I kind of hobble up the hill and it slows me down 😦 .


The best thing I can do right now is take it one day at a time. Further than that, one class, one hour, one choice at a time. Reminded me:

“It isn’t necessary to know exactly how your ideal life will look; you only have to know what feels better and what feels worse…Begin making choices based on what makes you feel freer and happier, rather than on how you think an ideal life should look. It’s the process of feeling our way toward happiness, not the realization of the Platonic ideal, that creates our best lives.”

Sorry for being such a downer. This week has got to get better!

What are your plans for the week?
Have you ever had a migraine? With an aura? What do you do for them?