drive-thrus are for lazy people.

Living my healthiest and most holistic life, without a drive-thru !


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do it with an INTENTION

Take a moment and answer some of these questions.

  1. Why do you workout? Do you love the sport you play? Is it the only time that you get to catch up with your best friend? Is it to live a better life?

  2. If someone told you that working out has been scientifically proven not to make you lose weight or gain muscle, would you still do it?

  3. How does working out make you feel? Like you got run over by a bus (either in a good or a bad way), or like you’re on a ‘high‘ that nobody can bring you down from ?

(A conversation that I had after work this morning sparked these thoughts in my head).

I then had to question myself, “Why do I workout!?” (Not that I don’t know the answers – but it had been a while since a thought like this crossed my mind)

The gym that I work at is predominately a Muay Thai Training Facility. The owner wants everyone walking in that door to become a champion. Whether they’re old or young, fit or obese, a CEO or a retail store employeethey will become champions. So, there you have it – people walking through the door, no matter who they are, are there to become champions in their own life – inside and outside of training. That’s the kind of INTENT that keeps them coming back day after day after day. After talking to him about this, I too now want to become a champion!

Besides the spelling error in this quote, I like it.

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Bringing more intent to my workouts will help me focus on why I’m really there – and why I devote so much time to all things fitness. I already know that I love it, but there are many many other reasons to keep me coming back to spinning, running, group fitness classes, outdoor activity, etc.

Finding those reasons and reminding yourself why right before a workout will keep you on track and keep you coming back for more by knowing that there’s purpose in your routine.


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new job !

Exciting could describe my day yesterday.

I am officially going to be a spin teacher on the Real Ryder bikes at a studio in Toronto… It has been my goal since I first tried a class on these amazing indoor spin bikes back in October 2012, and the day has finally come where I will have my own class to teach!

Curious what the hype is about these bikes? Check out this video of the studio…

Cool, eh?

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Since I’ve been slacking on my recipes lately.. I’ll show you a few of my eats over the past week or so.

Breakfast.

It’s been a struggle, but I’m trying to start my day with veggies some days of the week. Whether it just be some sauteed kale with my eggs, or hiding things in a smoothie – I want to get some hearty nutrients into my first meal.

This has been a slightly difficult change since normally I crave sweet in the morning (apples, bananas, berries, etc. is my ideal breakky)

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Omelet with red peppers and cilantro.

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Sauteed Kale and 1 Egg

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Same breakfast as the other day, this time with a greens and fruit smoothie

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Eggs sprinkled with my favourite spice, cumin.

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In my super smoothie: Almond Milk, Kale, Banana, Greek Yogurt, Pumpkin Puree, Chia Seeds and a few Nuts

Other mornings have been sub-par so I won’t bore you with those photos.

I’ve been noticing that I haven’t been extremely hungry some mornings when I wake up, and I know that it’s directly related to how much I eat after dinner and before bed. Often times, I’ll reach for a snack immediately after dinner – which I should really be taking as a sign of either a poor habit, sugar addiction, or unsatisfying dinners.

Instead of addressing any of these, I usually just look to satisfy the sugar cravings. Now that I know more about the potential causes of these cravings, I want to more consciously address the root cause and hopefully kick this habit to the curb!

Can anyone else relate to this? Do you get strong cravings for sugar immediately after dinner?


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you’ve never seen a breakfast like this.

Can I interest you in some photos of my breakfast on Saturday morning?

If my blog were Twitter, I would #hashtag the following…

  • Bangcakes (somewhat like pancakes I would say)
  • Caramelized Bananas
  • Coconut Cream
  • Pineapple
  • Peanut Brittle
  • Coriander

Seriously, this was no joke. All of this goodness on one plate in front of me!

Healthy, no. Okay to have once in a while because it was food at its finest, YES! Life is too short to wish away meals like this.

I wonder how this would turn out if you made it at home…

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Pinch me, I must be dreaming this photo up!

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Dave’s breakfast also gets an A+…

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Thankfully, there was some working out involved in the weekend as well.

A circuit at the gym on Friday…

  • Warm Up: 30 Jumping Jacks, 30 Burpees, 30 more J.J
  • 24 alternating Lunges with Bicep Curls (8 pound weights)
  • 20 Squat Jumps
  • 2 x 45 Second Planks
  • 10 Box Jumps
  • 24 Reverse Lunges with Bicep Curls
  • 50 Mountain Climbers
    *If you’re unsure of what any of these exercises are, leave me a comment here

Repeat 2 or 3x, as you like!

Then, 15 minutes of cardio to finish it off (I did treadmill).

Today was a Lactic Threshold Test, so I was able to find out my VO2 MAX – I will share more about this later!

How was your weekend?


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Goals of the New Year.

Happy New Year Everybody!

How did you ring in the New Year?

I spent mine with friends and family – beginning with an amazing pulled pork potluck dinner and a ‘photo booth’, followed by a night of catching up with friends and drinking lots of champagne! Cheers to that!

Sadly, I didn’t take a single photo on my camera!

The New Year always gets me thinking about making some ‘Resolutions’ – which usually include; read more books and be the best version of myself. Lame and boring, I know.

This year… I’m getting specific. These goals will be posted on my blog for the year, serving as a constant reminder of what I’d like to accomplish in the year of 2013. Making it visible will definitely increase the odds of these goals being attained, If I know myself at all! And my list is allowed to grow or shrink at any time, it’s not restricted to what it is now – because a lot changes from month to month!

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Here are my goals, as of now.

☐ Buy a new Bike – mine is a junker.

☐ Following my purchase of a New/Used Road Bike – Join an outdoor cycling club

☐ Try a ‘Barre’ Fitness Class

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☐ Increase readership to my blog

☐ Write an article for a magazine or newspaper

☐ Shadow a Holistic Nutritionist for a day

☐ Run another 1/2 Marathon and do it in 2 Hours or LESS!

☐ Try a 3-Day Juice Fast, and report  back if I live

☐ Read more (yepp, it made the list again this year!)

☐… more to come… this is only the beginning!

 

 


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since workouts can get boringggg

Happy Monday Everyone!

Even though Monday is often a dreaded day for most people, I try to see it as a “day to get back on track” after a weekend of non-routine-ness (that’s not a word, but you know what I mean)!

For me, Friday thru Sunday is often a write-off for working out – but this weekend was different!

I managed to squeeze in a great 8km run on Saturday (on the treadmill, since whether did not permit me to run outdoors), and then did a spin class while working at CYKL on Sunday, so I have nothing to be too ashamed of.

Today, I was feeling a bit less motivated (maybe it’s the lack of Vitamin D sunshine in my life lately) so I decided to read some blogs for motivation. I have a few favourite blogs that I read daily – and I just happened to stumble across this ‘beat boredom workout’ which was exactly what I needed.

Here’s the summary of what I did (taken from Peanut Butter Fingers)…

I followed this workout almost exactly, but switched up one of the last Elliptical sessions for the treadmill instead for more variety!

I was shocked at how quickly the time passed…

That’s how you know it’s a good workout, I’ll definitely do this one again!

On another note –

I’m so excited to be living in the big city this year, and have made it my mission to try as many new things as possible while I’m here… including new food, new workouts, new coffee shops, new methods of transportation – anything!

First thing to cross off of the list; TRY ETHIOPIAN FOOD.

Restaurant Review coming soon so check back!

http://www.pbfingers.com/


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when life gets busy…

I need to set more time aside for my blog !

Life gets busy with school, work and social gatherings – and my blog suffers… But, in order to keep people reading I know I need to keep up my postings.

Just a random observation that I thought I’d bring up in my next blog post…

Obviously the title of my blog “Drive-Thru’s are for Lazy People” is somewhat sarcastic. I myself still use a drive-thru from time to time – but I am conscious not to do it much anymore. Sure, you’re not getting much extra physical activity from stepping out of your car for five minutes, but it’s the PRINCIPAL of it all…

Chances are, if you use a drive-thru on a daily basis – there are probably OTHER aspects of your life that you have chosen to “simplify” or change leading to increased laziness and decreased exercise and social contact. Do you follow me?

The story behind this is…

I was in class the other day and we were making weekly meal plans for various groups of people. In this case, for a working woman who has busy children and little time to cook. One of my group members is a mother herself with children so she could easily relate. Naturally, she often finds herself in drive-thru’s a few times per week because “there are just times when you literally don’t have that extra couple of minutes to get out of the car” she said.

Her suggestion, a healthy drive-thru. Something like a Freshii restaurant with the option to do the drive-thru if you’d like.

My opinion – not the best idea. Aren’t these restaurants supposed to endorse more than the idea of healthy food, but also healthy lifestyle? I don’t think sitting idle in a car without any interaction with the food your about to eat is part of a healthy lifestyle. Going into the food joint is actually a much better experience in my opinion because you are more in tune with what you’re about to it. You use your senses to smell the food being cooked, see the atmosphere of the restaurant, hear the customers and employees – it’s all about the experience when you go into the restaurant! All of these things that you pick up on actually start preparing your body for digestion, resulting in better breakdown of foods!

So where am I going with this… Well, that’s it really! Just a few thoughts to get your day started!

Need a workout inspiration?

Here is a good one I did yesterday – abs + legs with a few arm exercises.

Start with Insane Abs (Insanity DVD)

I did the regular DVD but then I found this one on YouTube – I might give it a try this weekend !

Follow with the 8-Minute Plank Challenge that I found on this blog.

Here is her workout… I found it pretty difficult, okay REALLY difficult after insane abs.

Followed by my own creation. 

Do each exercise once through, then repeat 2 more times (3 x total!)

I hope this is worth your time – I enjoy making a routine before I get to the gym and then I always stick to it!

Well, that’s it!

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