Here’s to 2016!!!

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So it’s Sunday before we all go back to work and normal life for the first time this year haha and I’m sure everyone has ideas about how to make this year better than the last one – I know I do! 

2015 was an interesting year, we had one of our most successful fundraising seasons for our Relay for Life team, went camping, friends had beautiful new babies, I got a new job and moved back to my hometown. I’ve met people this year that I know will be good friends for years to come. Sadly we also said goodbye to my beautiful cousin who showed love and grace through her life and death with cancer and my adorable Grandma who had lived her life to the fullest and it was time for her to see my Grandpa again. 

To say 2015 was an emotional roller coaster would be a bit of an understatement. However, I stand by the fact that good, actually amazing things came out of it even though the hard parts were incredibly  hard. 

Now enough of the reminiscing I want to know what 2016 has in store for me and the cool thing about looking at a year in advance is that you get to choose what you make of it!!! 

So I chose to make a physical, emotional and spiritual goal to better myself overall as a person. Physical goals only take you so far, sure you can have a slamming body but if you’re a souless asshole what good are you? 

My physical goal this year is to get more outdoor cardio in – so I apologize to my friends in advance but you’re gonna be getting a lot of texts to go do the following (if any of these spark your interest call me please – let’s go!)

Snowshoeing, snowboarding, hiking, kayaking, canoeing (there’s a place u can rent a canoe and paddle to a spot where u park the canoe and hike – upper and lower body workout in one yes please), mountain biking (my fave), and I even want to dust off (and probably should put the wheels back on) my roller blades!!! Who’s in?? 

On top of the goal to get more outdoor cardio in I want to be more conscious of the food I’m eating, not even what I cook but how I focus when I’m eating. Eating is fueling your body and I want to concentrate on the taste of the food, chewing slowly (and chewing enough) and savouring it – especially when it’s something yummy like steak! Can’t really see me savouring the tuna salads that I’m going to be crushing this month but I’ll try

As for my emotional goal some of you may have brought problems to me over this past year because I have a gift that sees the positive in almost every negative situation – I almost consider it a skill because it’s hard and something I’ve worked on for a long time. Sadly not enough people do this so I’m called upon to do it for them or at least guide in a general positive direction. Now don’t get me wrong one of my biggest joys in life is to help people but it can become emotionally draining for me. In 2016 I’m going to try and teach people to be more positive so they can see those positive outlooks without my help, sure I will still be here if they need or when they just can’t see the good but how empowering would it  be for me and them if they can see it themselves 🙂 I also want to set proper boundaries for how much of other people’s emotional baggage I let in even just in a day. Sometimes I start my day with something heavy, a friend who had a bad night and needed to talk about it or even I had a rough sleep, those are the days I need to watch how much more negative situations I need (or really don’t need) to involve myself with. It’s ok to say “Look, I’m having a rough day too maybe we can talk about this tomorrow” not everything needs to be fixed right now and you don’t need to be sucked in by everyone’s drama. You can only be a good friend to people when your tank is full and it’s ok to say when the tank is empty 🙂

As for my spiritual goal I can say my spirit grew a lot in 2015, I see beauty in things that most people don’t and I’m so grateful for that! For 2016 I want to keep cultivating that. I want to appreciate the North Shore mountains glistening in the sun like I haven’t seen them  before. I want to smile at the little things that people do that show there’s still good in the world and inside even the biggest of assholes lol – I want to continue to see beauty where other people turn a blind eye. I’m going to continue to gravitate towards things that put a smile on my face and do the things that make me happy because we only get one life like this one and I want mine to overflow with good vibes 🙂 

Did u set some realistic resolutions? Did you vow this year would be your year to shine? We want to hear about it!!! 
Xoxo

Mel

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Here is one of the only photos I took when I buddy and I hit the slopes a week ago – very foggy but what a blast 🙂

 

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Bring on 30!

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Happy birthday to me! As your read this, picture me sitting in Brazil relaxing on the beach after an early morning surf and spending some time reflecting on the past year.

29 was interesting. It was a year full of ups and downs and a lot of it I would rather not reflect on. However, there were some huge positives that happened for me this year. I met a lot of wonderful new people, strengthened many of my relationships, had some new opportunities at work and continued with my healthy lifestyle. There were many highlights this year but I am definitely excited about turning 30 today and embracing what is to next to come.

Last year I set some goals for my last year of my 20’s and here is how I did on them:

1. Travel to a different country- I am currently in Brazil with one of my best friends to celebrate our 30th birthdays. We are taking in as much culture, sunshine and waves as possible.

2. Get my body as strong as possible before my second knee surgery: I accomplished this goal but did not get my 6 pack this year. I will have to keep that one on the list for next year.

3. White water rafting- did not accomplish this goal yet but who knows what will happen on this trip while in Brazil.

4. Have 100 followers for our blog: We passed our goal of having 100 followers for our blog, from all over the world and that number continues to climb.

I want to say a big thank you for all the people in my life that showered me with love and support this year. You will never know how much that call, text, hug, cuddle, cry, drink, food and talk meant to me. I have the best people in my life and feel incredible thankful for each and every one of you. You have given me the gift of compassion, patience, gentleness, grace, positivity, humility, understanding and unconditional love. My goal for 30 is to be the kind of friend that each of you have been to me. Bring on 30!

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Feature: Guest Post from our friend Beth

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Restarting Again- My Yo-Yo Fitness Journey

Mel and Mo have really inspired me to kick up my fitness and healthy eating again since they started their blog. I thought it was time to share my story. 

A little background about me first is probably the best place to start. My name is Beth and I have been pretty athletic and active all my life. Growing up I was always on several sports teams and had an active job in high school for Parks and Rec, running programs and instructing Swimming/Skating and Gymnastics. I never worried about what I was consuming back then, and I wish now I had started my healthy habits early. I was not over weight back then but I was definitely not eating well, and was always over eating.

When I started university in September 2002 I was still playing sports, but now working more and commuting further for school. I found I was eating take out daily and drinking alcohol and my weight went up almost 40lbs in 2 years. I was very depressed about it, and I found I had some personally destructive behaviour because of it.

In the fall of 2004 I was recruited to go to Finland to play Ringette in their national women’s league. I went over weighting almost 160lbs on my 5’4” frame, spent the year training hard and learning. My diet changed while I was there and my mental drive as well. I use to be ok with how I was, but I decided I would come back changed. I wanted my team mates back home to notice an improvement in my playing. I would show up to all on and off ice times and push myself. I would line myself up in practice to go against our top players, and push hard to not lose.  I came home from Finland weighing 128lbs and in the best physical shape I had ever been in.

In 2010 my best friend and co-worker who I car pooled with to work, and saw almost 12 hours a day, was pregnant. My eating habits and lack of exercise caught up with me again, and my weight jumped to 147-150lbs. Again this really depressed me and I decided that it was me who was in control of this and I committed to eating healthier and working out more. In August 2010 I joined the gym at my work and committed to 2 early mornings a week, and 1 lunch workout. I found that after only a few weeks I was at the gym 5-6 days a week and loving it. By September 2011 I was 130-132lbs fit and toned and happy again.

This is why I’m calling my story the YoYo, cause in September 2011 I tore my ACL and waited until March 2012 to have it repaired. I managed to keep my weight down during this time by continuing to be active and eat well. In June 2012 we found out we were expecting our first child due in Feb 2013. During my pregnancy I gained 60 lbs, and it really made me feel like I had somehow failed, because I was unable to stay active and at a “healthy” weight for my pregnancy.

My son is now 15 months old and I am at my pre-pregnancy weight of 138 lbs, but I am not at my pre-pregnancy “shape”. My new goal is to again, starting eating more health “whole” foods, not over eating, exercising regularly and being more self-positive with my thoughts. I am hoping to have and update in 3 months of a healthier, happier me.
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