Listen to Life’s Messages

I am afraid I have to admit, the last few days of being back at work I have been dreaming of this…

IMG_0981How could you not, right?!

Various parts of Canada were hit with large volumes of snow and chilly temperatures, our area was no exception. I can assure you I would prefer the white sand beaches to the white piles of snow.

As I head into February, I feel myself trying to gain a sense of grounding. I have a lot coming up on my schedule, which for the first time (ever??) is “new”. For the last few months I have taken a step back, time to relax and spend more time at home. I should clarify my state of “relaxation” is still probably busier than the average person because I am certifiably nuts but nevertheless, it has been absolutely delightful!

Now, some of that relaxation was forced because I have had a nagging knee injury but I welcomed that environment with open arms. I am a firm believer that life has a way of telling you when you need a break and this was mine. I am not the type of person who will not go back to the gym if I miss a day, I am a dedicated gym junkie. With that said, the last 3 years have taught me a very important lesson about listening to my body. In the past, I use to push through pain no matter what I was feeling. Since I have never been someone who experienced many injuries I didn’t think I needed to “take breaks” but now I completely appreciate and understand the value of not pushing yourself. It is a lesson that I feel fortunate to have learned.

I have a sneaking suspicion the last few months were the “calm before the storm”, we shall see! Stay tuned 🙂



Dinner @ The W’s| Healthy Chocolate Dessert

 Anyone that has ever met me knows I am a sucker for dessert… well, anything sweet! My whole life I have had a MAJOR sweet tooth.

I grew up with dessert being served after every meal, whether that be a cookie or something a little more fancy, there was always something. Now that I am older, the cravings are still there (maybe worse!) and I search for healthier options because my metabolism isn’t what it used to be. After every meal, I will have two squares of dark chocolate. Typically, that takes care of the immediate cravings but on occasion I want something a little different.

When I came across this recipe, I had to try it! There is NO cooking required and it is quick to prepare, perfect for busy families!!

*Note: if you are not a chocolate lover you will not enjoy this dessert!


Healthy Chocolate Dessert

In a blender or food processor, mix the following:

– 1 ripe Avocado

– 1 banana

– 1/4 cup Honey

– 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt (or Milk)

– 1 tsp Vanilla extract

– 1 tbsp Cocoa Powder

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Once blended, place in serving dishes and refrigerate for minimum 30 minutes. Serve & enjoy!!

(Recipe makes 2-3 servings. If you want to serve 4-6, double all ingredients.)


Healthy Life| Busy Eating

A major component of any healthy, active lifestyle is diet. You can religiously workout but with a poor diet you will never see the results you expect.

Kitchener-20130817-00543My husband and I have very busy and often times opposite schedules. Diet is very important to us. We are rarely home at the same time for dinner and if we are, the fastest meal possible is usually the go-to. The “fastest meal possible” does not have to be unhealthy, which is a common misconception.

Almost every week, my husband or I will cut up vegetables to fill an entire container, mixed with various peppers and onions. When we are on the-go, making a quick stir-fry or omelette is healthy and quick meal option…. and ALOT cheaper than eating out all the time! Since the prep is already done for us, we are more inclined to make one of these choices instead of stopping somewhere or skipping a meal all together.

Just another great way to incorporate a healthy diet with an active lifestyle!


Escape| Breathe| Refresh

From the moment I put my running shoes on I can breathe. I am excited for the next half hour of my life.

My love affair is with running. When my feet hit the pavement I feel liberated, my ipod on full blast and I am about to lose myself in the music.

My mind will always wander when I run, I think about my day, friends, family, goals, ambitions. Other times, I will take in the world around me or think of dance routines (I know… you may think that is random but I danced when I was younger, so it is engrained in me!)

When you truly love an activity, it isn’t work or a chore. Running is a release for me. It is time alone to get lost in a dreamland or a state of “calmness” among the chaos. Contrary to popular belief, running doesn’t make you tired it actually gives you energy. When I finally catch my breath after a run I am the energizer bunny, it is incredible.

Embrace the things that liberate you, release you from the stress in your world and provide you an opportunity to press “Restart” in your mind.

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