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March Goal Check In and 5 More!

Hello everyone,

I hope you are having a wonderful week. I am writing this from the cafe at my Toyota dealer where my little Prius is getting her first oil change!

I thought it was time to take a look at how I did this past month and look forward to the next month of April.

red-rounded-with-b-hiMake reading a book a month a regular thing. 

I was working through Gilead by Marilyn Robinson. Honestly, the best book I have read in a long time and it is not just because I preceded with with Midnight’s Children..

I gave myself a B because I finished it in April. We WILL be talking more about it later. Absolutely a fabulous book.

Survive a month long detox.

I gave myself a C because I ended up casting it aside. The first 10 days, which were the most vital of all, I did impeccably. No sugar (not even in fruit), no wheat, no dairy, no soy, no almost everything. Nailed it.

But then when we started reaching past the 10th day, I realized a detox of this length was not achievable with my pace of life. There is no way that I could commit the amount of time and planning ahead to make sure I got everything in and the bad things out. Needless to say, I have cut my sugar and peanut butter intake over 50% so that is something.

But I will not be detoxing anytime in the mere future.

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Devote some extra time to community service.

I feel as if I haven’t committed that much time to the Rainbarrel fundraiser. The person who was doing it with me dropped out so I am left to do it alone. So obviously the best response to overwhelming situations is to just not focus on it.

I joke.

If you want a rainbarrel, check out the website! Feel free to join our facebook page as well!

The distribution date is the day after I have surgery so I feel as if there will be a good story hiding in there somewhere.

Nothing like volunteering with good intentions and showing up solo with a bruised face. Welcome to my life.

Get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. 

 

 

 

Organize my gym bag. 

The only thing on my list that wasn’t a complete and epic fail in March.
I am the proud owner of a brand spankin’ (smaller) gym bag. The hope is that I will not fill it to the brim with nonsensical items. My mother gifted me a cute Fossil carrying case for my watches, hair elastics, etc. I have a make up bag. I organized all of my class notes into a filing folder. I am winning at gym bag organization.

On to April…

1. Take some continuing education in Fitness Instruction classes. 

I am hoping to get my Aquatics certification as well as more training in Body Sculpt, Step, Bootcamps, and Kickboxing. I am really tired of checking out YouTube an hour before I am called in as an emergency sub.

2. Read another book in April. 

I am still undecided on which one. I will let you know when I chose. If you have any suggestions, throw them my way.

That being said, on my summer brain candy list is this one:

3. Learn how to use Photoshop to it’s full potential. 

My new employer is giving me the program so I want to learn how to use it to make the blog bigger, better and flashier than ever!

4. Get my taxes done. 

Let’s not elaborate on how late I am this year…

5. Begin a regular massage and athletic therapy program for my race season.

Now that I have found my girl, it is time to do work.

How about you? What are your goals for April?

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Glossybox

christmas-lightsI figured it was time to shake things up a bit.

Ok. Now that you are through with that monstrosity, here are the details.

Glossybox is a monthly subscription which sends you a box of at least 5 beauty products, hand-picked by beauty experts and mailed directly to your door.

A better picture of what I was showing in the video:

What I like is that you can send one, three or six boxes depending on your budget, gift size or preference. I would be so happy if someone gifted this to me; it is a great idea for that person who is IMPOSSIBLE to buy for on your list.

Each month will have a different look as Glossybox works with many different brands.

For more information on GlobLove, check out their website.

Also, I promised to show you a photo of the box before I had my way with it.

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Ok fine. I had already looked at everything underneath before I took the picture, but it is ALMOST as pretty as it was when I first got the box.

How about you? Would you buy a Glossybox?
Even more importantly, how ARE you? Your week is going well? Share away! I love to talk to you. (But you knew that already). 

 

 

 

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Matcha Tea

I love coffee.

As in, when I was debating what to give up for Lent, I thought of coffee and dismissed it because I cannot give up something that is essential to daily survival. 

I have it bad for coffee.

christmas-lightsSo much so that when I lived in England, I was there over half a year and never drank a single spot of tea.

I know.

So when someone suggested Matcha tea to me, I was skeptical. It is drank as a powder that you stir into hot or cold water instead of using leaves.

However, it is hard to argue with numbers…

Screen shot 2013-02-13 at 7.51.43 AMA few other things about Matcha Tea:

1. Prevents Cancer: Green tea contains potent antioxidants called catechins, that are anti-carcinogenic.

2. Anti-Ager: Helps keep you young and healthy because of it’s ability to combat inflammation and oxidation.

3. Heart Disease Preventer: Helps lower LDL cholesterol. (Trust me, that’s a good thing).

4. Weight Loss: While I am not searching for weight loss, Matcha Tea has caffeine which makes it immediately gain points in my mind. Back to the weight thing though, it has catechins that increase thermogenesis or the rate at which the body burns calories.

5. Detoxifier: Matcha tea is grown in the shade, which makes it richer in chlorophyll than other green teas. (Meaning what gives leaves their green colour). Chlorophyll helps balance the body and is said to help clear the body of toxins, heavy metals, poisons, dioxins and hormone disrupters.

6. Fiber: Matcha green tea leaves contain a high level of easily-absorbable dietary fiber. And we all know why fibre is important!

7. Energy Booster: Yes! All the energy without the crash.

I tried Matcha for the first time before heading out on our family trip to Carriage Ridge Resort. I put the green powder in a cold, glass thermos and stirred in a zig zag pattern as the instructions suggested.

I tentatively eyed the green colour and inwardly repeated “Please don’t be disgusting!”

Of course, I made a grand production of the first sip and even got my mother to try it.

I liked it! Seriously.

Now, you are talking about the girl who takes down 2 TBS of apple cider vinegar followed by 1 TBS of fish oil each morning, but I genuinely enjoyed the tea which is a victory in tea world.

I now keep a bag at work and every day at the office at 3 pm is MATCHA TIME! I have wrangled a few others into the practice and I notice a change in my energy levels mid-afternoon.

Want to give it a try?

Swing by the Alternatives Office around 3 pm today and I will give you a sample. I keep a 1 kg bag of cheap economical Matcha at the office. I couldn’t find a picture, but while I was searching for one, I found out that they make Matcha KitKats.

Just…no

Way to ruin the ENTIRE point of chocolate.

When I am feeling peckish or immensely refined, I reach for this:

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Have you tried Matcha tea? If so, do you like it or not?

Have a wonderful day, everyone! I am off to eat some leftover Shrove Tuesday pancakes!

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Dealing with Problem Skin

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I am fortunate to work with naturopaths at both of my jobs. Unfortunately for them, I am a curious human being and have a myriad of questions for them almost always.

One of my close friends at work is going through to be a certified health coach and has undertaken my skin as one of her projects. Do I mind? Absolutely not. I have had issues with my skin since I was in highschool, so I thought I may as well share some of my quick tips and tricks that I have learned over the years.
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1. Let’s start with the obvious, shall we? Water. I find it helps to keep my skin clearer and healthier. One: because I am hydrated. Two: Because then I probably won’t eat as much chocolate.

2. Fish Oil. I take a tablespoon of the stuff every morning and I swap bottles between salmon oil, Udo’s Oil, Vega Omega 3-6-9 oil and *shudder* cod liver oil. I have been seening a health coach locally and he told me that swapping the oils allows you to get maximum benefit from each bottle.

Every morning, my father asks me if my life is really that much better than every one else’s that I need to take a spoonful of oil to counterbalance.

I say yes.

Source: www.myvega.ca

3. Veggies. Another obvious one, but when winter hits, all I want to eat is carbs. So it is easy to nix salads and other vegetables for comfort foods but that is a surefire way to get breakouts!

Source: www.wakeupworld.com

4. Zinc. A zinc supplement helps by reducing inflammation and reducing oil production in the pores.

5. Changing up your face regime. This is what I have been working hard at this month. I had been on the Clinque Acne line, but I was not happy with the results. I have since switched to a mixture of 1/2 olive oil, 1/2 castor oil and a few drops of tea tree oil. I was a little nervous about adding MORE oil to my face as it seemed to be the last thing I needed, but you know when you put on a harsh chemical facewash and you can feel your pores sizzling? I can feel my pores sighing with relief. I just started the program, but my face has been less oily.

6. Watch your stress levels. This is my Acne Achilles Heel. With a 50+ hr work week and a relationship, a family and amazing friends, I am always on the go. Thankfully, if you are not able to lower stress in your life, you can take stress relieving herbs such as Chamomile, Tarragon, Dill, Rosemary and Sage.

7. Keep your hands OFF your face. I constantly need to remind myself to stop resting my face in my hands while I am at a desk.

8. Sweat it out. 

Screen shot 2012-10-22 at 3.08.16 PMA good workout is a great way to detoxify. Just make sure to change out of any tight workout clothes and have a shower immediately after.

[I also have to say, that due to the craziness of this week, my blogs have not been up as quickly as I was hoping this week. Please see number 6, and thanks for hanging in there.]

What clear skin tips did I miss?