2015 Goal Check-In: Improving Photography

Hi everyone! I decided since we are almost through June (what in the what!?) I should do a little check in on my goals for 2015!


The number one goal on my list was to improve my photography and learn how to use my new DSLR and we’re going to come back to that in just a minute because I want to quickly look over my other goals first.

My second goal was to read 24 books, and as of right now my total stands at 14, so I’m well on my way to achieving that one (Especially since I tend to read a lot in the summer).

Third on the list was creative writing… I haven’t even started yet. Oops. But I’m still confident I can get 50,000 words of creative writing done before year’s end. I just need to get to work!
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Zumba ZIN 57 + Video Mishaps

Happy Wednesday!!

As you can probably guess from today’s post title, I received this month’s Zumba release today! I’m going to share the playlist with you as per usual, but first I want to let you all know why there is no new video today. I’ve been trying to make Wednesday video day around here, but the video Gods were working against me this week. I really don’t like having to shoot in my basement because it’s so dark, and missed my chance to record Monday night at the community centre (mostly because I didn’t know what the heck to record), so I decided to take the show on the road and record at the park!

IMG_0005Which would have been great, you know – had my camera been in focus…

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What Should I Eat The Night Before A Race?

One question I get a lot from clients who have recently taken up running is:

What should I eat the night before a race?

While the answer can vary from person to person, a few constants that always stay the same are to choose something you know sits well in your stomach, and make it a carb heavy meal. It’s important to note that while it should be a carb heavy, that doesn’t your meal itself should be heavy/gigantic. It means that your meal should be primarily carbohydrates. You certainly don’t want to over eat the night before a half or full (or ultra) marathon!

I should also mention that not all races require a carb load. If you will be competing for less than 90 minutes, you can stick to your regular eating style – but again choose foods you know won’t upset your digestion for a few days leading up to a race.

This past weekend I found myself gearing up for an 18km running event which meant I spent a few days leading up to run increasing my carbohydrate intake. Carb loading shouldn’t be done in just one sitting at your “final meal”, it should start almost a week out from race day. Because my run was a fun run versus a timed, competitive race, I started carb loading two days pre-race as I really wasn’t worried about my time.

On Saturday night, I like many other runners, dove into a delicious plate of pasta to finish the carb load for the next morning’s run!

While pasta isn’t your only choice for your last pre-race meal, it is normally my go-to and I decided to put my own twist on one of the recipes in Catelli®”s Pasta Boost Cookbook found on their Facebook page. These recipes were developed by local athletes and top chefs in Canada, and are part of Catelli®’s Feed the Hope Campaign. Each time someone likes this post on the Catelli® Facebook page or shares the cookbook, Catelli® gives one serving of pasta to a Canadian family in need.

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Expect More From Summer Dining (With Less Work!)

One of the many (many) things I love about summer is the ease of outdoor cooking and dining. Sure us Canadians still bbq in the winter months, but there is something so much more satisfying about a meal cooked on the bbq in the heat of summer. The ease of clean up (no pots and pans to wash!), you don’t heat up your house from stove burners and ovens, and those delightful grill marks (I swear they make food taste better!)! But all the same, I can get caught up eating the same bbq meals week in and week out. Burgers, steak, grilled veggies, and if I’m feeling fancy grilled pineapple, but that’s about as wild as I seem to get.

That is until now.

Recently I had the chance to check out some of President’s Choice’s new recipes for Summer 2015 put on a lovely al fresco supper Friday night!


I can’t take any credit for the pineapple and kale smoothies as all I did there was pour the smoothie out of the bottle and into the glasses.
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Kids Dance Fitness: Happy

“Happy” is just one of those songs that you can’t help but like when you hear it. Even after you hear it on the radio 5000 times, the 5001st time you still like it. That’s why, when the kids in my after school program asked me to choreograph it for their last class of the year, I said sure!


As usual, I like to keep my kids routines pretty straight forward, and the kids in my group are mostly in the grade 4-5 age range (with a few older and a few younger).

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