Friday, January 30, 2015

Why I'm doing the Whole 30

Sunday is the start day of my Whole 30 journey.

It will go from February 1st until March 2nd (maybe longer hopefully)

As the beginning of my Whole 30 journey gets closer and closer and I've started mentioning it to people, I've really tried to ask myself why I'm doing this.

If you aren't sure what I'm talking about by the Whole30, it's a way of eating for 30 days that's supposed to reset your body in terms of food and chemical balances. You cut out dairy, wheat, sugar, alcohol, legumes and eat a whole lot of veggies, proteins, healthy fats and fruit.

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The basic answer is to help with my weight loss.

I mean, it's pretty simple. If I would eat the way this program is laid out on a regularly basis I'd probably weigh a lot less than I currently do (especially with exercise). But I just can't eat junk food in moderation! I can't stop myself and it's brutal. So, instead of having cheat meals/days or trying to limit my junk, I'm cutting it all out.

This might be the hardest part!

The next answers are a little more in-depth and almost too much information!

First, I've noticed our diet isn't going the way I'd like it too. The boys aren't entertaining the idea of vegetables as well as I'd like so I figured I'd lead by example. That being said, I'm not changing their diet completely. They'll still have their milk, their pasta (good Italian boys) and their chicken nuggets from time to time but I don't think it's fair to force this experience onto them. I'd like them to try some of the veggies and other foods, but just because I can't have an ice cream treat every once in awhile doesn't mean they can't.

Lastly, my gut. There are some days that I'm so bloated and I can't figure out where it comes from. Or I have a horrible stomach for a few days with no real explanation I can think of. With the elimination of a lot of those foods that can cause stomach problems I'm hoping those symptoms will be gone. At the end of the program there is reintroduction of those foods and at that point I'll be able to see what, if anything, is causing the problems.

Acute Abdominal Pain

So my Whole 30 experience starts on February 1st. I'm thinking of keeping a written journal to document what I'm experiencing as I go and that way if I choose to do it again, I can revisit my journal.

Anyone else interested in starting on February 1st?

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Our weekend getaway..with the kids!

Earlier this year, we decided that instead of giving our niece and nephew gifts and them giving my boys gifts, that we'd take the opportunity to take them all to Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls for a night.

Honestly, it was great family time.

We decided to stay on a Sunday night hoping that the water park wouldn't be as busy and I think that idea turned out well.

The boys had an absolute blast and Andrew, who isn't a huge fan of swimming pools, had a fantastic time! He was usually the first one down the hallway and into the elevator (in fact, one of us usually had to chase him down).

When we got there the Sunday afternoon, the room was already ready (we got the giant 8 person room) so we were able to go right up, settle in and get changed for the water park. Joseph didn't last as long as Andrew, but we were all back up in the room, ready for dinner at 5pm.

We also chose to get the meal plan. We figured we'd 'test' all of the things out this trip and learn for our next trip. I think that we determined we'll stick with the meal plan for now (unless it gets a ton more expensive) because it was nice just being able to get up and go for breakfast in our pjs and not have to bundle the boys up to head out. We'll definitely bring our own snacks next time.

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The boys weren't able to get onto too many slides, but that didn't stop them We spent lots of time in the Lazy River, the Wave Pool and the little Toddler Pool. Andrew loved climbing the structure and running through the pouring water.

Joseph was more obsessed with the MagiQuest game they had there but we didn't end up playing the game. We told him that next time we go (when he has turned five) he can get a wand then and we'll play the game.

This was one of the best trips I've taken with the boys. They were well behaved, ate well, slept decently well and have a blast. It's definitely becoming an annual event!

Have you ever been to Great Wolf Lodge?
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Running Plans for 2015

I had a dismal year of running in 2014.

I didn't run a lot, I didn't sign up for a lot of races to help keep my motivated (for me paying for the race helps me keep the commitment) and I didn't really set any PRs/ In fact, I ran my second worst half marathon, coming in at a whopping, 2:52:33 (many, many minutes away from the 2:39 I was hoping to best from the Niagara Falls Half in 2013).
I got lazy and a bit out of shape again. I did have a highlight of running a sub 30:00 5k, but I only hit it twice and those were during training runs.
This year, things are going to be different.
I've already signed up for the Around the Bay 5K at the end of March and two triathlons. One is a try-a-tri and the other is a sprint triathlon. I'm hoping to sign up for one race a month from March until my big race in October at the Niagara Falls Half Marathon.
I don't think mentally I can stomach another half marathon until October. I would have loved to have done one in the spring, but after Scotiabank I decided that I needed to really build up to it.

Run Nike just announced that they're hosting an event on Toronto Island, which his similar to the half I ran in DC last year, but it's going to be a 15 k, which I can handle. I'm definitely going to put my name in for that draw.
I've also gotten my asthma under control with puffers but I've still avoided running outside. I joined the gym and try to get there at least 4 times a week. Sometimes, it's easier said than done. I'm up to 4.5 miles consecutively on the treadmill at this point, but am aiming for 5 the next time I go.
I'm also starting to 'train' for my triathlons by spending more time on the bicycle than I have in the past. Granted, it just the bike at the gym, but it's better than nothing.
This week, I'm also thinking of starting some swim training since I haven't been in a swim situation like a triathlon ever before and I could probably handle some tweaking on my front crawl. Parent and Tot swimming just doesn't cut it!
Lots to do!

Do you have any big events planned this year?

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Here we go again.

Every time I decide to stick with writing my blog, life gets in the way and I end up falling off the wagon again.

In honour of this restart, I decided to post my favourite treadmill video that has the same title as this post! I've dreamed of doing this on a treadmill but since I'm still working on running longer than an hour on it, I figured I'd leave it to the pros.

I have a big change coming up in February. I'm going to start the Whole 30. I've been reading the book It Starts With Food and researching and pinning recipes so that I can't screw it up. The more prepared I am, the less likely I am to cheat or eat something accidentally.


Most people started their Whole 30 in January, but we had lots of birthdays, family get togethers and too many other opportunities to eat poorly. I decided that in order to avoid the temptation and risk ruining my attempt at restarting my eating, I'd start in February which means I have to go a bit into March.

I'll explain the reasons why I'm doing it in another post. I also have to share how my fitness is going, as well as some crafts that I have done. I'm also hoping to update my blog in the next little while too! While I haven't outgrown the idea of Smiles 'n' Snuggles, I think it's time for a change.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Dry Skin Blues

For some reason, I have insanely dry legs.

They are so itchy all the time.

I have tried so many different types of creams to try to remedy this problem and I think I've found my solution!

This winter, I'm looking forward to buying more of my favourite cream!

It's Jergens Vitamin E Replenishing Moisturizer.

I received a sample at one of my races during the summer and I absolutely love it. I love the smell, how 'moist' of a cream it is and how it leaves my legs feeling once I've put it on. It's very soothing and cuts out the itch quickly.

The best part is that I found that it's readily available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

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Although this post has been generously sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect Shoppers Drug Mart.
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