4.16.2014

Cafe My House - mi casa es su casa


 

I’ve been reading through this blog site and noticed we haven’t blogged about brunch lately. Gah! Sacrilegious! The blog’s been a little serious of late. Why so cereal? Cereal??? Brunch, yes please.  

 
Let me then enlighten you all on a great find in Hintonburg. Of course, the habitual would know it as Cafe My House the vegan goddess on Bank Street, which has now made the move to the mustache and Ray-Ban laden neighbourhood of Hintonburg.

 
The ladies and I decided to run on over to Cafe My House’s new digs on Sunday early afternoon to be pleasantly surprised by the zero wait and swift service. First thing I noticed about this sprawling resto was the minimalist design with dim lighting which added to my delight since we were a haggard sweaty bunch after our run. Also there was a letter “d” adorning the wall. Could there be more of a freaking sign?

 





Then the menus made their happy way to our table and OMG the smoothies were all to die for and that was just the first page.  The hardest part is choosing one meal when you want them all. No judgement here if you order two...as I’ve been known to do on occasion ( ummm almost always).

The final answer was the Omega 3 flax seed waffles (gluten free yo!) with coconut vanilla whipped cream and date-maple caramel sauce. Droooool. My running buds had wisely chosen the Venice Beach Bowl, another GF option, with organic brown rice, kale, avocado, pear cabbage kimchi (hello pro-biotics) drizzled with a cashew tahini sauce and shaves of BBQ coconut bacon and  a personal variation of the Superhero salad.  I must confess that Cafe My House is my jam! The food, service and decor were absolutely stellar. We’ll definitely be back for another round at the House.


-Dee

4.11.2014

April Goals...slightly late.



Hey All!

So it’s FRIDAY!! Yes folks Friday….FINALLY!  This week felt like it took a month to pass.

Next week I am headed to Atlanta for work.  I am kind of excited for it.  I am hoping to find some good stuff to do out there so if any of you have been to Atlanta let me know what I have to see.
As much as I am excited for this trip I will be excited for when this trip is over and I am done traveling for a while.

So I know I didn’t post my goals for April, and being honest I’ve been in a bit of funk and not my usual gung-ho self.  Anyways, I have shaken it off and am back and my annoying excited than ever.
So here is what my goals/focuses are for the month!

Fine running shoe quote, you're the boss!


1. Keep focused on my running.  

Hello Best Friends! Wanna hang out all day everyday? 

 Ottawa Race Weekend is 43 days away (AHHH!!! Yay!!!!) and then the Huntsville Half is on June 14th so I have to get serious and stay focused.  At this point in training I am usual getting bored and looking forward to a break from running because it is become intense and I’m tired and want my Saturday mornings back. 

BUT, I love running and there is no better feeling than crossing the finish line when you have working for months for something so I am keeping my eye on the prize and am going to push through.

2. Study, study and study. 



I am hoping to have my personal trainer course wrapped up by fall so this means I have to keep studying.  This course is intense and anyone who knows me can vouch the science is NOT my strong suit so I have lots of learning to do.  I find the information interesting and am loving what I am learning but understanding the technicalities of how the muscle works will not be coming easy to me (Hey M and T, Wanna help me with my homework like the high school days??).

3. Host my first challenge. 

I don't want to feel like this this spring. Time to get on it! 

 I am working with Team Beachbody and I am hosting my first challenge this month.  I am so excited and nervous.  I am really looking forward to working with people to help them with their journey to become a healthier version of themselves.  I am so excited for the potential this has and can’t wait to see what becomes of it.

4. Kick Sugars Butt!

Drool. (Photo Cred


I try so hard to eat none of the white stuff but I find that when I am stressed or tired it somehow finds its way into my mouth (sneaky little devil.).  This month my goal it keep focused on putting good whole foods in my body.  When I want a brownie, I can make a healthier sugar free version…its tasty trust me.  I swear!

I know these goals aren’t really measurable and they don’t stack up to standards for setting goals but I think this month my ultimate goal (whoa stop saying goal Leah!) is to stop holding myself to such strict standards and metrics.  That is why I am looking at them as focuses, opposed to a strict goal.  I think that attitude will help keep me positive and focused.

I hope you all have a great weekend! Enjoy this spring like weather. 



And don’t forget, tell me what I have to do in Atlanta! I have no clue what to do but I have found a Trader’s Joe so I’ll survive! 

Leah


4.07.2014

The cat is out of the bag...



Happy Monday!! 



I know it is almost over…but better late than never, right?

Hope you all had a good weekend.  This was my first weekend home and not working for a while and let me tell you it was NEEDED!!

So as it turns out March is over and it is now April.  Funny how that happens.

A few weeks ago I hinted at some exciting news but never shared what it was and I think it’s time to share.

I have decided to step up my dedication to health and fitness, and study to become a personal trainer. 

It doesn't look big...BUT it is! Lot's of reading.


This is an idea I have been tossing around for a while.  So although it may seem like it, I swear it’s not coming out of left field.

I have been wanting to learn more about how to train and challenge my body and after spending some time with a trainer I knew it was something I could see myself being really good at.  



Living a healthy life has become my passion and after going through the things I have to get here I really feel like it is something where I could give back and help people get back on track!  I am hoping to be able to do this on the side of my real big girl job, which I also luuurve.

So right now I am studying and learning lots and here are the things I have learned so far…

1. Studying SUCKS!! I am loving what I am learning BUT I am not a natural student and likely never will be.

2. High lighters will explode on a plane.  They don’t adjust to the pressure change very well and they will spill ALL OVER YOUR BOOK! (Thank you nice man beside me with LOTS of napkins!)

3. Nutrition is just as important as the working out part. This is something I have known for a long time but reading more about it makes it seems more real…UGH. 


Anyways, so here is where I’m at.  I will keep with posted on how it’s going.  I can’t wait to be done 
this!! Eek!



40% on Wednesday seems steep to me but otherwise accurate....

Have a great week!!

Leah

4.04.2014

1st


Its spring-ish (seriously longest winter ever) and to me that means new beginnings and new starts.  A time for firsts. This past week has been all about  trying new things. I gave rock climbing a chance in the interest of trying a new exercise, switching it up yo, and surprised myself and had a really good time. Even though I had to wear rental shoes, ick!! Getting over a slight fear of heights and then trusting my partner (who I knew all of 15 minutes prior to, seriously) to control my decent, a first for me. Maybe I shouldn’t have done arms that day but still was a really good first experience. I also went out of my comfort zone and found a rideshare online to Toronto instead of shelling out big bucks for the train or plane. Definitely a first and you know what, I met a bunch of great people (heeey Jason, Rory & Connie maybe we’ll run into each other at the classy rest stop soon!! haha) and got over my predisposition that online strangers offering rideshares are all axe murders. Who knew?

 

Going along the lines of spring and firsts, this is time when a lot of runners sign up for their first ever race. I remember my very first registered race, a 5Km, I didn’t know what to expect and really wished my friends would be there to cheer me on. At that time however most of my friends didn’t understand why I ran and had way more exciting things to do than stand around waiting for me to finish a boring race. My first real race, I was so proud of completing it! Bib, chip, medal and all. I was on top of the world at that point, but as I wobbled home full of pride a little piece of me was disappointed none of my friends were there to celebrate along side of me. Instead of getting new friends (I thought about it), I decided to slowly infiltrate their minds with the idea that 1) running was fun...really I promise and 2) it would be something they would enjoy and we could do together. They might as well join me or deal with me talking about running endlessly as punishment. As of date of this blog I am so happy to say that a few of my friends will be running their first 10km in May! Patience my pretty, it pays off! My plan of recruiting my non-running friends into runners is working and I couldn’t be more proud of them for entering their first race. I will be there to cheer them on and of course raise a pint to their first ever race completed!

-Dee




 


 

 

 

3.31.2014

Truth Talk Thursday a few days late...



Ummmm... Guess what today is?? One of my fave girls Birthday. Happy Birthday M!!!!!! Xo. 

Hope you had a fabulous week.  I am just wrapping up my stay in Vancouver and let me tell you I love it out here! LOVE IT!  I can’t get enough of the mountains and the climate. We have piles of snow at home still and I was running in a tank top here. In a tank top folks!!

Here are a few of my favorite shots from my trip.  I’m sure I’ll share more after I am home and longing to return. 

This was the view from my room.  I don't know how I survived.

Running in a tank top.  Not a bad view. 

Found the jungle in the city.

Its been a tough week.


So the other week I received an email question from one of my nearest and dearest friends (seriously, this girl has been putting up with me for well over a decade and hasn’t stopped talking to me yet, it’s amazing!) about starting to run and I thought they would be a great post for the blog.  So here we go.  Here is my very limited insight on beginning to run, as requested by M. (Hi M!!)

Her question was: How did I get to this point in my running? Formal program or casual?

I had to toss this one around in my brain before answering because it’s been such a long process for me. The idea of running first crossed my mind years ago, probably 7 or so.  At the time I weighed 60 pounds more than I do now, yes 60.  That is incredibly hard for me to type but it is the truth.  I had a roommate that ran and I decided like it seemed like an easy (hahahaha) way to get fit.  So I tossed on my running shoes, and some of my (now) husbands workout clothes and hit the streets.  I ran like 20 houses up the street and then I had to walk for rest of my ‘run’ back to my house.  I wanted to cry because I was so embarrassed and disappointed at how unhealthy I was.  Over the next 6 months I probably tried to run 4 times, all with similar results.

Then I met Dee and she was a runner.  I remember walking with her somewhere and her telling me about running a 5km and that she thought I could do it.  I’m pretty sure I laughed at her and shrugged it off.  But secretly I started running on the treadmill using a walk/run program that I made up in my head.  Some months later I finally got the courage to run with her and god knows why she kept running with me.  We walked more then we ran for months but she stuck with me and she never got angry (out loud) or pushed me harder than I could go.

Before long I was able to run 10km pretty comfortably but slowly.  I felt amazing! 

Then Around the Bay happened and I got a stress fracture in my foot and had to stop running cold turkey for almost a year.  Then life happened, and I got lazy and put back on most of the weight I lost and running got hard again. Really hard.

Not long down the road I got sick with Meniere’s disease for the first time and as a form of treatment my physiotherapist allowed me to start running a little bit as a way to retrain my balance system.  I started out this time RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING using a training plan.  I did couch to 5km, slowly building myself back up until 5km became comfortable again. 

Then S, my cousin, got into running with me and together we signed up for a half marathon.  For this program I used Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training program and I loved it.  His program helped build me up slowly so that I didn’t get injured and prevented me from getting burned out. 

Since the half marathon I have kept myself at a point where I can run as much as I want comfortably.  I also have started teaching a ‘learn to run’ program to help people looking to love running as much as I do.

I think for me using the plans was really helpful because anyone who knows me can tell you I don’t generally do anything half way so having something that kept me from going all out, all the time, until I got injured was crucial.   As I mentioned the two programs I used took all the guess work out of training and learning how to teach my body to run, and enjoy it.  If I was to go back in time I would absolutely follow a formal training plan right from the beginning.

I know running isn’t for everyone and that people who run can make it seem overwhelming but trust me give it a little time and I think almost everyone can appreciate a good run.

When I was thinking about this post (on a long run, obviously) I kept coming back to the same thought that although it seems silly in a way running saved me from myself.  It has put my life on a track with wellness as a focus and kept me from drinking too much, partying too hard and remembering too little (which we all know me to be capable of.).

So if you have been on the fence about running go download the Couch to 5km app (Yup, theres an app for that!)and give it a try. Who knows you might just love it. 

Whew, that was long. If any of you aren’t as sleep as your keyboard and still reading, thanks! I appreciate it.

If anyone out there has specific questions about starting to run let me know.

Have a great week y’all! Get out there and KICK some BUTT today!

Leah