Link Love: 9/21

Let me tell you, I am so glad to be home!

I’ve definitely been more sporadic than intended on posting these link love posts. This week I didn’t have much time to even read blogs, so that’s why this is delayed – oh the joys of working out of town.

Let me tell you, Merlin was one happy kitty when I got home on Friday night. He spent nearly all night sleeping on me and attempted to burrow his head in the crook of my elbow just to get closer to me.

Popular This Week / You May Have Missed

Blogging on the Road

Eating Healthy on the Road

Stridebox + A Giveaway <– don’t forget to enter if you haven’t already!

The Belt <– my momma even sent me a text after this post went live. <3 <3 <3

Attitude is Everything

Pumpkin Protein Overnight Oats

Link Love

For Your Listening Pleasure: 13 Podcasts to Inform and Inspire via Eat Spin Run Repeat <– I only started listening to podcasts over the last year or so and I have to say, I really love them. They’re great for long drives (or airplanes!) and runs on the treadmill.

10 Toxic Behaviours That Kill Your Confidence via Marc and Angel Hack Life <– another super amazing post by Marc and Angel. I like to include excerpts, but then I find myself wanting to copy and paste everything so just do yourself a favour and click over and give it a read.

Needing to always be right. –  Confident people take a stand not because they think they’re always right, but because they’re not scared to be wrong.  Cocky, conceited people tend to take a position and then preach, argue, and totally disregard differing opinions or points of view.  They “know” they’re right (even when they’re wrong) and they want (actually, they need) you to know it too.  Their behavior isn’t a sign of confidence, though; it’s the trademark of a bully.  Truly confident people don’t mind being proven wrong.  They know that finding out what is right is a lot more important than being right.  And when they’re wrong, they’re secure enough to back down graciously and appreciate the lesson learned.

Making Plans is Difficult Nowadays via Kottke <– this. So much yes.

Places in Canada You Won’t Believe Actually Exist via HuffPo <– snaps to Amanda for posting this last week. It’s so amazing I had to share!

Oiselle Show at NYFW: A revelation and an inspiration via Chicks Dig Running <– I’m so thrilled Oiselle used athletes to model their collection. It makes me so very proud to be a member of their Flyte team!

This Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity, NFL via Venus Trapped in Mars <– all the feels.

Here’s the Problem with Your Excuses via A Life Less Bullshit

An excuse is only an excuse if you use it as a reason not to do what you say you want to do. 

Did that blow your mind like it did mine?!

Why Female Athletes Should Toss the Scale and Get a New Perspective via Breaking Muscle

Here’s What’s Missing From Your Habit Change Process via A Life Less Bullshit

Reasons to Skip the Gym via Snack Therapy

Work it Out: Dealing With Stress via The SuzLyfe

9 Signs it’s Time to Take A Step Forward via Marc and Angel Hack Life

What links did you love this week?




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Blogging on the Road

Finding out I couldn’t access WordPress online from my work assigned laptop put a bit of a kink in my blogging addiction.

 

Sure, I could have pre-written my posts, but I do quite like writing on the fly. Sometimes that means I’ll have a random day without content, but my goal isn’t for my blog to be my job. It’s a hobby and a hobby I really quite enjoy.

I really wanted to be able to continue blogging in Lima, so off to the internet I went to find some fabulous blogging apps. Sure there’s WordPress for iPad, but it’s not the most user friendly app, especially when it comes to inserting images in posts.

Enter Blogsy.

It’s not a free app, but it also means I don’t need to muck around in HTML and can easily add pictures and links in my posts, so I’ll say it’s worth it for $5!

 

I also realized I wanted to be able to include Pinterest worthy images in my blog (an ongoing goal of mine) but didn’t have access to PicMonkey via my iPad (and I didn’t want to create images in my computer and then email them to my iPad because that’s silly).

Again, I did some googling and discovered Rhonna Designs.

Of course it also wasn’t free, but seemed quite worth the $1.99 price tag to make some spiffy images on my iPad. I also love using Unsplash for images as they’re beautiful and all royalty free!


Seriously, so beautiful!!

Do you have any favourite apps for mobile blogging?

 

 

 

 

 




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Pros and Cons of Travelling for Work

Have I mentioned I'm travelling for work this week?

 

Maybe once or twice? ;)

 

Have you also gotten the impression that I don't particularly enjoy travelling for work?

 

Since today is all about rambling on and on (and on) I thought I'd write list of some of the pros and cons about travelling for work.

 

Pros

 

1. No making the bed. (Not that I do at home, but at least I'm not lazy when I'm in a hotel).

2. Snacks and meals while laying in bed and watching TV (no TV in the bedroom for this gal).

3. Trader Joe's (assuming 1) I'm in the US and 2) there's a TJ's in the area).

4. No need to clean the kitchen because no dishes!

5. Panera Bread.

6. Earning travel rewards.

 

Cons

 

1. Eating out every meal.

2. Running on the treadmill at the hotel because it's not always safe to run outside.

3. Airports and flight delays.

4. No Merlin :(

5. Staying in a town that doesn't have Target or Trader Joe's.

6. Packing.

7. Unpacking.

8. Expense reports.

 

What are your favourite and least favourite parts about travelling for work?

 

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Eating Healthy on the Road

The week before heading out of town for a week, I had a pretty off week.

On top of the crazy snowstorm we had Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, I also kind of ate everything in sight. It happens, sometimes (well, more often than not) it happens, oh, about once a month.

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I’ve travelled quite a bit for work in the past and the novelty of going out to eat 3x a day for 5 days wears off pretty quickly. I also knew the food selections in Lima would be……lacking. I’ve done my best to set myself up for some healthy choices during the week to minimize the damage done by eating out while on the road.

I also brough my Nike + app (my favourite for quick workouts on the road!), my yoga mat and my runners in the hopes I’ll be able to squeeze in some quick workouts at the hotel.

I started off our arrival by requesting a stop at Trader Joe’s, even though it was 20 miles in the opposite direction from where we were staying – I didn’t think anyone would be in too big of a hurry to get to Lima ;)
I picked up some bananas, grapes, water, Greek yogurt and…..some treats to bring home.
We also made a stop at WalMart where I picked up more water, more Greek yogurt (hello pumpkin spice Chobani!) and more treats to bring home :)

I’ve been starting my days with VegaOne (from home) and a banana. This is followed up by some Greek yogurt and some kind of fruit for a snack.

I also managed to convince one of my (two) coworkers that we should try to hit up Panera for lunch every day. I know it’s not the healthiest options, but the other options seem to be burgers, McDonalds and Burger King, so I’ve reasoned it’s the healthiest of the bunch ;) (well, provided I stay away from the OMG mac and cheese and cookies it is).

As for dinners? I’m rolling with it. I know I can’t force my food choices on everyone all the time, and with a town as small as Lima the options are limited, so we’ve hit up Olive Garden and Texas Roadhouse thus far, with a mexican place and Red Lobster on the list for the rest of this week. (Fun fact: I’ve never eaten at a Red Lobster before, I’m told I’m missing out on those cheddar bay biscuits, so I might have to sacrifice my pants for some biscuits one evening).

It’s certainly far from perfect, but I’m taking my vitamins and drinking lots of water and just doing my best to keep it somewhat healthy.

How do you manage travel and eating healthy?


One last awesome thing before I go!

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Vega is holding the coolest contest, like ever. No joke.

Ever wanted a Vitamix?! Well now is your chance to win one…..and more!
(I’m sure missing my Blendtec on the road!)

What can you win?
– Vega for a year
– Vitamix blender
– So Delicious pack
– Justin’s nut butter pack

( more details here)

How do you enter?

  1. Follow Vega on Pinterest
  2. Create YOUR OWN Board Titled: Best Smoothie Recipes
  3. Pin & Tag 10 (or more) of your fave smoothies using #BestSmoothie #VegaSmoothie
  4. Submit your name, e-mail address and link to your board here.

You can check out my board here!

Finally, one last thing. Vega will be hosting a Twitter chat tonight from 3pm-5pm PDT (6pm-8pm EDT). I’m going to do my best to chime in because smoothies!!

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Stridebox + A Giveaway

I was originally hoping to post this last week, but forgot to schedule it and then I couldn’t see any text when I logged in at work (Chrome and my work network don’t always play nice) so it was delayed a week, but I can promise you it’s worth waiting for!

I probably have a bit of an unhealthy love affair with monthly subscription boxes, but I’m also super picky. I’ve cancelled nearly every subscription box I’ve ever signed up for, with the exception of one, Stridebox.

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I’ve been happily subscribed to Stridebox since March of this year and I’m always absolutely thrilled to see what the box has in store.

Here are the details: Stridebox will ship you a box of awesomeness each month. You’ll be automatically billed $15 each month ($20 if you’re in Canada) and the box will ship directly to your home. You can cancel and resume your subscription at anytime without penalties.

Due to a bit of a mixup in shipping for the August box, I ended up with two of them. (One box was shipped to my old address as address changes don’t work for parcels and when I told Stridebox this, they had another box send to me that day. My fabulous concierge, who I miss, was able to get the mailman to let her into my old mailbox to get the parcel, even though I’m pretty certain that’s not 100% legal…). As much as I’d love to keep the box to myself for the lock laces alone, I’ve decided to give the box away to a lucky reader!

Here’s a peek of the past three months (June, July, August) of Strideboxes for you.

I really like the inserts that tell you what you’ve received. These often have special offers and discount codes for you to purchase the samples from the box.

For some reason, I didn’t receive an inset, or it wasn’t included in this box.

 This is the box you’ll be receiving as part of my super duper awesome giveaway! 

The giveaway will be open for one week, with the entries closing at 11:59pm MT on Monday – and the winner announced on Tuesday morning.

Enter via the Rafflecopter widget :)

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Disclaimer: This post isn’t sponsored by Stridebox in any way. I just ended up with an extra box and decided to share the love.

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Marathon Monday: 9/15

I sat down to get this all typed up over my lunch today and it turns out my assigned laptop is not a fan of of WordPress. Like, at all.

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So it looks like it’ll be posting from the iPad for the rest of the trip.

Marathon Monday.

I’ll be upfront and let you know I only ran once this week. I did 6k on Thursday (granted, it was snowing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, so I feel like I have a pretty good excuse) and that was it.

I know, fail. Big fail.

I’m in Lima this week and had big plans to wake up at some ridiculous hour and workout in my hotel room this morning, but 5:30am local time is 3:30am Calgary time and that just wasn’t going to happen.

I did bring my workout shoes and running shoes, so I’m hoping to fit 3 or 4 workouts in over the week.

I did squish in a quick Nike + workout before grabbing dinner with my coworkers. Something is better than nothing, right?

Ragnar is coming up really quickly and with every missed run I feel like I’m letting my team down more and more and it’s kind of a sucky feeling.

After upping my B vitamins (specifically B12) I feel a million times more human, so my latest struggle is getting off my ass :)




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The Belt

At the beginning of the August I drove down to my mom’s for a quick visit.

She hadn’t yet seen my awesome belt buckle medal that I received for completing my ultra marathon in June, so I also brought it down with me so she could see it.

Well, it turns out, she wanted to do more than just see it.

I hadn’t purchased a belt at the expo because I wasn’t certain if I would ever wear my medal as a belt buckle.

Well.

Momma had other ideas.

She picked up some raw leather and measured me while I was there and then got to work.

I went down for a visit over Labour Day and was able to see the final product.

It. Is. Amazing.

Seriously.

That is one badass belt buckle!

I just love the details with the feet and the horse shoes on it. So cute and perfect.

I’ll definitely be one of the best outfitted people at Stampede next year! :)




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Attitude is Everything

A long, long time ago, before I started running, I was a swimmer. I swam competitively from the time I was 7-19, including a brief stint while swimming in university. It was during this past life that I first started to understand how attitude can affect your life and happiness.

I had one swim coach (hey Cheryl!!) throughout the majority of my swimming career. We both moved up the age groups together until she was the Head Coach and I was in the “big kids” group. Wherein we both remained for a number of years.

Cheryl was wonderful at reading us and after one intense training week, she called us over to a corner of the pool deck and instead of hopping in the water, we talked. She pulled out Chicken Soup for the Soul and read us some stories. One of the stories she read to us was titled Attitude is Everything. I feel like this is a story we’re probably all familiar with in one way or another. I’ve included a bit below, but if you haven’t read it, or if you need a refresher, I encourage you to click over.

Jerry was the kind of guy you love to hate. He was always in a good mood and always had something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, “If I were any better, I would be twins!”

I don’t think I fully understood the message as a teenager, but I do remember so much of that day.

I remember appreciating Cheryl’s ability to read her swimmers. Like Jerry in the story, Cheryl helped me to see the positive of a situation.


I talked about feeling like I was in a bit of a funk throughout most of this summer, and I’m happy to say I’ve mostly kicked it. 

It would have been very easy to let the snow the snow this week get me down. Was I happy it was snowing? Of course not. However, complaining doesn’t change it. A lot of times I think it’s far too easy to complain about things.

Snowing in September? Complain
Someone walking too slow? Complain
Too hot in the summer? Complain
Too cold in the winter? Complain [I'm definitely guilty of this one!]
Too rainy? Complain
Too red/too blue/too green? Complain

Soon enough your entire life is complaining. Looking for the bad; looking for the negative because you can’t see the good any more.

I’ve been there. I was there for a very long time. I look back at that time and it was just……bleak.

Slowly I started looking for the good in every day. For a while, it took an effort. I’d see myself looking for something to complain about and I’d have to consciously remind myself to not to. Now? Noting and speaking good has become my norm.

Do I sometimes fall into the trap of complaining and seeing the bad? Of course I’m human. It happens. But now it’s so much easier for me to snap out of it and move on.

We all have a choice in how we react to situations. Not everything we face will be good or easy. Sometimes it will be really difficult to find the positive; some seasons of life will last longer than others. All that is normal and okay.

The way I try to approach these situations is to determine if I can make a change. If not, I do my best to accept the situation, or I make a plan to change the situation in the future.

For example: I’ve been in my new place for nearly 2 months now, and….I don’t love it. Some parts of it are great, some parts of it aren’t. I could whine and complain and let it get me down. It’s hard to live in a place that you don’t love. Instead I have a plan to make my place as good as I can for now and to find a place I love sometime soon. Right now I have time to save up and look and honestly, this is probably a good situation because I’m not rushed.

Some of this may sound a bit Suzy-Sunshine, but it really has changed my outlook on life and, I hope, my relationships. No one wants to be around a person who is negative all the time.

What are your thoughts on choosing your response and attitude in certain situations?

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Protein Pumpkin Overnight Oats

Whew. That most title is a mouthful.

What better way to kick off WIAW with some recipes.

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Thanks to my partnership with FitApproach, I was sent some Hemp Pro 70 from Manitoba Harvest. With my Blendtec biting the dust last week, it made for the perfect opportunity to experiment with some tasty overnight oats.
 
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I made two version of the same oats and the both turned out wonderfully!
 
 
Vanilla Pumpkin Overnight Oats
Serves 1
A delicious and healthy breakfast to fuel you for your day
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
8 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
8 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup oats
  2. 1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pie filling!)
  3. 1 tsbp of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70 in vanilla
  4. 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  5. 1/2 cup almond milk (or non-dairy milk of your choosing)
  6. Honey or agave to taste (I like David's Tea Maple Agave for this)
Instructions
  1. Measure oats into container
  2. Add in canned pumpkin and pie spice, stir.
  3. Pour in milk of your choice.
  4. Stir and taste.
  5. Add in sweetener, if using.
  6. Screw lid on tight and shake.
  7. Put in fridge overnight.
  8. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. If I remember, I like to stir or shake the jar before going to bed as sometimes the ingredients can settle.
  2. Hemp protein has a green tinge to it, so it may colour your oats, but they'll still taste delicious!
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Chocolate Pumpkin Overnight Oats
Serves 1
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Prep Time
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Total Time
8 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
8 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup oats
  2. 1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pie filling!)
  3. 1 tsbp of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70 in chocolate
  4. 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  5. 1/2 cup almond milk (or non-dairy milk of your choosing)
  6. Honey or agave to taste (I like David's Tea Maple Agave for this)
Instructions
  1. Measure oats into container
  2. Add in canned pumpkin and pie spice, stir.
  3. Pour in milk of your choice.
  4. Stir and taste.
  5. Add in sweetener, if using.
  6. Screw lid on tight and shake.
  7. Put in fridge overnight.
  8. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. If I remember, I like to stir or shake the jar before going to bed as sometimes the ingredients can settle.
  2. Hemp protein has a green tinge to it, so it may colour your oats, but they'll still taste delicious!
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I also massively lucked out on the blender exchange. Costco has the best exchange/return policy in the world. Basically, if you bought it at Costco you can return it (there are exceptions like diamonds and electronics) but everything else is fair game. I was able to return my blender for what I paid for it and – get this – buy a replacement for $90 less. Seriously. I was basically paid to use my blender for 18 months. Heck yes!!
 
I’m happy to say a week after saying I was going to make some changes to my diet, I’m feeling way better. More veggies and more water make for a happier and better feeling me.
 
Even with it being dark in the morning, I’m no longer dragging myself out of bed (I’m certainly not bounding out of bed, either!) and I don’t feel like I want to 1) nap and 2) punch people throughout the day, so I’m calling that a win.
 

Are you a fan of overnight oats? What are your favourite add-ins?

 
Disclaimer: I received the protein powder through my partnership with FitApproach, but all opinions, as always, are mine!

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Marathon Monday: 9/8

It feels really good to have a training plan in the works. I really enjoyed relaxing over the summer, but now it’s time to get back to it in preparation for Ragnar.

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Props to Christina for the kick-ass image :)

I have to be honest, I feel like my body was rebelling against me a bit this week. I’ve talked about struggling with feeling exhausted all the time and I’m hoping changing up my daily vitamins (with my doctor!) and cleaning up my eating has helped increase my energy levels over the week.

On top of the fatigue, I’ve also been struggling with aches and pains. Sometimes I can push through and sometimes they mean I pop an Advil and do some yoga instead. This week involved a lot of yoga.

Monday – 5k. It was a struggle, I went before I was fully awake and my legs just never woke up
Tuesday – rest & stretching
Wednesday – off, I headed to Costco instead of speedwork
Thursday – 7.4km at tempo pace
Friday – off, back to Costco
Saturday – off, I had a wedding to get to!
Sunday:( nothing, headache and aches and pains kept me home :(

I had planned on running at least 10km on Sunday, but I really hoped I’d fit in two 10km runs. Well, when my alarm when off at 6:15 on Sunday morning I knew it just wasn’t going to happen. I had a headache (I only had two beers at the wedding, so it wasn’t related to that) and my entire body hurt. I spent a lot of time stretching in the hopes of an afternoon run, but it just wasn’t in the cards for me.

My original plan was to fit in as many lunch time runs as possible this week, but the weather just isn’t cooperating.

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No, I don’t want to talk about the forecast for the first three days of the week. Ew. No.

I’m hoping I’ll be able to fit in runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday (yes, I know three days in a row is a lot, but I need to do what I can) as I’m traveling on Sunday to Lima, OH. Yay?

I’m also going to try to hit up a yoga class on Tuesday evening to help with my aches and pains.

What’s the weather like where you are?

What does your training plan look like for the week?




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