Shooter Sleeves

This past month I did a few outdoor runs in the cool temperatures (a big first for me!!). As a new runner, I am still trying to get used to layering and dressing for the cold weather. One day when it was 8degrees I wore a t-shirt, long sleeve 1/4zip shirt, and mittens and was way too warm once I got going. The next time I went it was -3 and I wore the same outfit, and it was much more suited to that temperature. This past weekend it was just 5 degrees but was dark out. I thought I would try something new and I’m glad I did…

looking way too excited to go for a run!

Did you think I was wearing a long-sleeve under my t-shirt? Wrong-o! (any Grinch movie fans here? nope? ok..)

Those things on my arms are NBA Shooter Sleeves! My bf got them at Target for $7 and now I have stolen them, muahaha.. From the little research I did, actual running sleeves were $25 and up! Maybe my idea isn’t groundbreaking, I don’t know, but it is a cheap way to keep your arms warm enough and the rest of your body at a decent temp.

My workout plan for this week:

  • Monday – 30min run (did this first thing in the a.m., wooo)
  • Tuesday – spin and core class (knee felt great = bonus!)
  • Wednesday – teach spin and then go for a run
  • Thursday – cardio & core bootcamp
  • Friday – spin class
  • Saturday – run
  • Sunday – off

Tell me, what’s something you thought was a genius invention/creation? Also, what’s your favourite spin class song? (I’m always on the lookout for new music)


Jilly Chili

If you’re looking for a way to eat more beans this is a great recipe. And an excellent way to warm up after a day of snowboarding (or maybe that’s just wishful thinking on my part after yesterdays snow ;)).

To make some Jilly Chili you will need:

  • 1 lb ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 an onion, finely diced
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • salt & pepper
  • 15oz can kidney beans

In a large frying pan, brown the ground beef. Drain off the fat.

Push the beef to the side and then sauté your onions and garlic until translucent. Pour all this into your slow cooker.

 Add chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and brown sugar.

Stir this together then add tomatoes, tomato sauce, and beans.

Don’t forget the green peppers like I almost did!

Put the lid on the slowcooker and set on low for 8hr. Or if you don’t have a slowcooker just cook on the stove for 4hr on low. Enjoy!!

the final product

Check out the steam!!

Side note – after eating chili (a.k.a. picking out the beans and eating only the hamburger chunks) once a week my whole childhood I never touched it for the past 7 years when I lived on my own… Dad, I’m sorry I dissed your chili for so long. I didn’t know what I was missing 🙂


A Winter Wonderland

Greetings from the North Pole! We got 30cm of snow today, and it’s still coming down. This is what my backyard looked like only 2hr into the storm…

holy snow!

Around lunchtime I called the gym and they said they were thinking of closing around 5. My plan was to go to spin class at 6, so I cancelled that and went to the 12:30 bootcamp instead. Great move. A full body workout in 1hr? Yes please!

Once my workout was done I lounged out for the rest of the afternoon. Unlike most Canadians, I actually love the snow and look forward to winter. So I chilled in the sunroom reading magazines and sipping hot chocolate with the bf beside me. Life is good 🙂

All that rest had to come to an end though. It was time to cook and I had a lot to do. We decided to have lasagana and garlic bread for supper, and I made two extra to have for leftovers. I made them with whole wheat pasta, non-fat cottage cheese, and low-fat cheese on top. Much healthier than the original recipe, and equally delicious.

I also made a shepherds pie to take to work with me this week. It’s not something I make all that often but definitely good on a wintery day like today!

layered goodness

best. biscuits. ever.

shepherds pie, lasanga, and sweet potato biscuits

Above are a new recipe I tried out, that I found on Budget Bytes. Sweet potato biscuits, and they are as delicious as they sound. I made them to go with the chili that I made yesterday. Check out the recipe here.

Tell me, what’s a recipe you tried but weren’t sure how well it would turn out?

I had high hopes for these, but I was afraid they would taste fibre-y, like sweet potatoes sometimes do.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

As a rule, I never put a single Christmas decoration out before Remembrance Day. November 12th is always my “start Christmas decorating” day. This year we were away shopping on the 12th/13th and then I was right back to work for the week, so it had to wait a bit. Good thing my work week was so hectic, patience is not my thing! So as soon as Saturday hit I hauled out my boxes of decorations first thing and got to it! Take a look 🙂

The Grinches

too much Grinch?

So maybe I am a little    ok a lot obsessed with the Grinch. I also LOVE decorating my house. It doesn’t have to be holiday decorating, just anything that has to do with making my house cute I am all for! I have to wait until December 1st to put up our tree, and turn on the lights outside. And then my Christmas decorating will be COMPLETE!

So recap of my workouts yesterday. I went for a 3km run outside, and it was pretty fun. It was zero degrees outside yesterday so I had to bundle up, but I did a good job layering so I wasn’t too hot or too cold. It was kinda hard to breathe at first, but once I got used to the cold air I was fine. For ny first outdoor winter run I was pretty happy with it. Then later in the evening I went to a hot yin yoga class. It was lots of stretching, which is exactly what I needed. Plus the hot room felt amazing since it was -5 outside when I was done.

Tell me, What’s your favourite type of yoga class?

For me I would say this hot yin yoga is my fav. It’s not as spiritual as other classes and I felt nice and stretched out when it was all over.

New sneakers = running happiness

Well after a week away I am finally back. Once we got back from our shopping spree I was back to work and then had a hectic weekend.

We got lots of deals while we were away, and lots of Christmas shopping done too. Yay!

all the loot..

My best purchase were some new running sneakers. I’ve been having some pain in my left hip, along with my usual shin splints, so I thought getting fitted for some new sneakers would be a good idea. I saved about $40 buying them in the US too, I’m happy about that! I took them for a 25min test run in the park yesterday and I have no shin pain today, woo hoo!!

pretty snazzy!

What’s the best deal you’ve ever got on workout gear?

Treadmill, Tabata, and Target.. not necessairly in that order

That it what my next three days will be. The boyfriend and I are heading to Maine for a little shopping spree and I can hardly wait!

this will be me in 24 hours









I love to shop, I really do. It helps that shopping in the US is so much cheaper, and the restaurants are so yummy. Plus it’s a fun trip for us to take together. So excited!!


Let’s recap my past five days, workout wise. I had planned on:

Saturday – Bodypump

Sunday – run/total body weights

Monday – rest

Tuesday – FitFlow

Wednesday – Bodypump or run/weights

I kind of did what I had planned. Except I did eliptical instead of run on Sunday. Then ran on Monday, and rested Tuesday. Yesterday I did a 25min run and a way better pace than I have been so I was really happy with that. I also slacked off on my weights though because I didn’t have a plan in place when I got to the gym, so lesson learned.

I just did a spin class today so my workout for today is over. My workout plan for the next three days is: two gym sessions of a run and total body tabata. I’ll make sure to have the tabata part planned out before I step foot in the hotel gym!

So, tell me: How do you stay fit while travelling? Any tips to share?


My verdict on BodyPump

Yesterday I hopped out of bed at 8:30 to go to BodyPump. I have only been once before but figured yesterday was a good day to go since there weren’t any other classes in the morning I wanted to go to. I was at the gym at 8:50, and thought class didn’t start til 9:15 so I just hung out in the locker room instead of the room the class was in. Turns out that the schedule changed and I didn’t know it, so I was late to class (ugh, I hate being that person who walks in after everyone else has started). My knee was still bothering me so I couldn’t do a whole lot during the legs track. I enjoyed the other tracks though, and if I start going on a regular basis I would have a better idea of what weights I needed. I ended up not really breaking a sweat so I didn’t feel like I worked hard, even though I fatigued most of my muscles.

In a few minutes I am off to the gym to do 30min on the eliptical and then an Upper Body workout. Having that extra hour of sleep last night sure helped!

Tell me, do you feel like you didn’t get a good workout if you didn’t sweat? Why or why not?