Not what Orange Theory expected!

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The other day the good folks at Orange Theory fitness asked us all to write a “bucket list” item on a sticky note and place it on the board for all to see. I am almost certain they wanted us to write stuff like “fit in my wedding dress again” or “wear my old college jeans” but those are not anywhere on my bucket list.

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I made this bad boy! Thanks Orange Theory!

Once they handed me my square of paper what I wrote next was a no-brainer! I have always wanted to make a vinatarta cake! This is a very special cake to me. As a kid it was the very first cake I ever ate a wedding, Lynn and Larry Henry’s wedding to be exact. I remember it so clearly and how we got a little piece to take home to slip under our pillows (it was wrapped in cling film) with the promiseĀ  you would dream of your future husband/wife. I am not sure if mine ever made under the pillow because it tasted so damn good. I always thought I would have vinatarta at our wedding but didn’t, perhaps for our 25th anniversary.

For years I have built up in my head that making this cake would be impossible and that you needed special tools imported from Iceland to make it properly. Today I said “To hell with it Odlum, today you make this cake!” After a little Pinterest search I discovered no special tools are required, just a lot of patience! Here is the recipe I used – Vinatarta Cake!

Long story short, tackling the “unbakeable cake” or breaking an 8 minute mile or all that other stuff you think you can’t do…it’s all a joke because you can! Plus, your house will smell amazing afterwards #Almond Extract!

Fun:

If you have 1 hr and 5 minutes then check out Patton Oswalt’s new comedy special “Talking for Clapping” on Netflix! It’s funny, timely and his bit about “My Pretty Pony” is hilarious!

Fitness:

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from: redefiningstrength.com

Jumping Jack Push Ups are BAD ASS! I know they sound terrible but hot damn they are effective for an end of work out burn out exercise! Start with 6 and add 2 every time. We did these at the gym today and I can already feel them in my shoulders.

I tried out a power lifting gym this week and it was cool but I wasn’t sore at all afterwards. I will give 2 more tries before I make a decision.

Food:

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But taking suggestions on what should be my next baking challenge…macaroons? Floating island? Baked Alaska?

Fashion:

jacketI am so happy that for fall jean jackets are still in and so are these green safari-style jackets! They literally go with everything and yes, I am dreaming of fall. The weather here has been unbearably hot for the past 2 weeks and I miss cozy sweaters and my sweet, sweet sweatpants.

On my shopping wish list: black ripped jeans and the perfect loose fitting camel coloured t-shirt.

 

 

 

Be Great!

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Channeling my inner Adell!

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This week has been all sorts of fun – it started with the Country Music Awards of Ontario at the Flato theatre in Markham. It was a super cool night, good music and interesting people. what I wasn’t expecting was a lack of cowboy hats and people complaining they had run out of wine glasses and had to drink beer…YOU ARE COWBOYS!

graffitiThen on Wednesday we had friends in from Canmore – Cam and Karina (also important to remember for later)! We went to Gusto 101 for supper and Sweet Jesus for dessert. I got to dinner a little early and was able to wander around “graffiti alley” which is essentially an instagramer’s wet dream!

Then we on Thursday we went to the Balmy Beach Canoe club and had a lesson in kayaking – we were certain we were going to be pros but didn’t realize it was “competition style” kayaks and not Canadian Tire specials. We both capsized into pretty gross, goose poop filled water but n the flip-side met some truly awesome people.

Then on Friday…stay with me..I am getting to Adell…we met up with friends from Winnipeg for supper at Pizzeria Libertto and then went to Roselle‘s for dessert! It was so great seeing our friends even if it was only for a couple hours, it’s nice being around people who just get you.

So, Adell…this week I had some personal high’s and low’s and we all have that friend who is always ready to get into trouble with you, fires you up, who agrees with youĀ  whenDelly you say “that bitch was crazy right” and makes the most mundane things so much better like the 45 minute car ride home every day! Well that is my Adell – and what she doesn’t know is this week when I wasn’t really channeling my warrior spirit, I would say under my breath “Get your shit together and channel your inner Adell” and just like that I jumped into a limo instead of taking my car to the CMAO’s, laughed off falling in the water and most of all didn’t cry when I saw my friends. Thank you my sweet Adell –my much braver,Ā  funnier, kinder person than I will everĀ  be and on top of it all, with the superior rack, I couldn’t ask for a better friend/doppelganger/secret motivator!

Fun:

My friend Susan (pictured above also cradling Adell’s bosom) told me recently that I had slipped into isolation madness for what I am about to say but I stand by it…Call me Fitz is a funny Canadian show that didn’t get it’s day! It’s true, I am biased because I worked with one of the cast members (Huse Madhavji back in the A-Channel days) but Jason Priestly is very funny in the series and it’s quirky — the complete series can be found on CraveTV

Fitness:

My fitness has hit a bit of road block these days – so I am struggling to find something to write here — I have been plagued with aches and pains and a fickle lower back. I have been trying to foam roll every night (ok, every other night) but it’s not working. I am finally going to go to the doctor tomorrow where I fully expect them to say I have gout — well, that is what Derek and Dr. Wikipedia say is wrong with me. TBDmilk

 

Food:

When waiting in the epic line at Sweet Jesus with Cam and Karina, Karina told me that she makes her own almond milk – at first I thought “who has time for that?” and “that is some next level hipster nonsense” ….so ya, I did it and it is AMAZING!!! It is a little bit of work but the end product is better than store bought and it tastes like melted vanilla ice cream! Do it, do it now and tell your friends!

Fashion:

Summer has officially hit the T-dot and my little production booth at work is essentially a hot-box and I sweat constantly. It is super unattractive and I am severely stressing about August and under-boob sweat –besides back pain, under-boob sweat is the leading reason why I would get a boob job. So, I am in search of the perfect professional tank/sleeveless top. Any suggestions?

In the meantime, I am opting for skirts to try and minimize butt sweat — I am not joking when I say it is hot in that unventilated room with direct sun!

I bought this skirt from Joe Fresh at $24 it’s a steal, and this skirt from Mountain Equipment Co-op (yup MEC), it was pricey at $59 but it is so crazy soft and made of organic cotton. Plus, I plan on buying some Birkenstock sandals this summer to fully revert back to my 90’s ways.

 

Be Great!

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#1 life-saving tip for people who live alone!

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As a part-time bachelorette there have been lots of things I have done to ensure my safety in my home; upgraded the security system, extra smoke detectors, a baseball bat under the bed, 2 blood-thirsty dogs and motion detectors all over the yard….these were all no-brainers but the one thing no one talks about is the ol’toe in the pant!

I don’t know about you but I love a good lounge pant and when I get home from work it is a race to get into my “evening wear” which essentially makes me look as ugly as possible yet lifeextremely comfortable. My lounge pants usually are a moth eaten, baggy, sweat pant with a wide leg…that was until I was walking up the stairs, caught my big toe on my bell bottoms and landed head first into the stairs. With blood pouring out of my mouth the 2 aforementioned blood thirsty dogs were looking at me like Christmas had come early. I rallied and called off the dogs and decided a change in my wardrobe was badly needed if I wanted to see to the end of 2015.

So, in an effort to prolong the need to purchase a life-alert alarm I have thrown out all my wide legged pants and now only wear a tapered pant/leggings. Learn from my bruises, nothing good ever comes from a wide-legged pant…ok, maybe disco dancing but that’s where I draw the line!

Fun:

Checked out the movie The Martian featuring Matt Damon. It Martianwas good, didn’t knock my socks off but my husband loved it. Over Thanksgiving weekend we watched the Entourage movie, it was fun if for nothing else than celeb spotting with the 100’s of cameos and the soundtrack (hello, new running music).

Fashion:

I am OBSESSED with a little bootie! I am so, so over the riding shoeboot trend and I got these on sale ($29.99) at Payless. They are super-duper comfy! Sometimes I can’t figure out how to make them work with my wardrobe then I found this great blog post on all the ways to make them work…love it! Check it out!

http://stylishlyme.com/style/20-stylish-ways-to-wear-boots/

Food:

As we in Canada just celebrated our Thanksgiving weekend, I Stuffed-Turkey-Burgers-with-Cranberry-Ketchup_390x297busted out my traditional all-in-one Thanksgiving turkey dinner burger! They are always a hit and super simple, plus if you have left-overs they freeze like a charm!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/206569/thanksgiving-flavored-turkey-burgers/

Fitness:

And if you want to work these burgers off with minimal effort…ok, that’s a lie you will get sweaty, Swiss ball hamstring curls are my fave. I do them in commercial breaks when I watch the new Muppets sitcom (so funny! If you loved 30 Rock then you will love this show!)

Do these now!

Be good!

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Excited/intimidated – Day 1

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Here we go!

It’s my first work out and my first look at the brand new H&M that is opening in Winnipeg (more on that later). When I arrived at Aspire today I was incredibly scared about getting my measurements done and jumping on the scale – I like to think of myself as pretty confident (not in a “I am so awesome” kind of way but more like “hey, this is me, you are you, let’s be friends!”) and I know I need to lose some lbs but I also know I can run 10k right now and not need an oxygen machine to do it! Anyway, as it turns out today wasn’t weigh in day (agony prolonged!) but instead it was do box jumps for 19 minutes and wake up those muscles…ps. Yo! Spin Class, you prepared me for nothing! *shaking my fist at you! Either way, I survived, I smiled and I got my sweat on!

One thing you will notice when you go to Aspire is they have 2 big posters up with motivating quotes and this one caught my eye “Dear Fat, Prepare to Die! xoxoxo, Me” it made laugh when I thought I didn’t have any air left in my lungs!

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But did the work kill me? Not really but when my gal Tracey and I went to the sneak peek of H&M I could totally feel the after tremors of a really good work-out – my quads and shoulders were screaming (but in a good way -like when you are front row at a Bruno Mars concert!). Back to the shopping…H&M Winnipeg is big! Like huge big! The prices are so beyond reasonable and I don’t want to point fingers (side eye to you Forever XXI) but the quality of the product seems better. BUT when I got home my girl Deb brought up a great point, she doesn’t like all these stores coming to Winnipeg – she likes going away, picking up clothes you can’t get back home so when struts the streets of peg-city she feels unique and not like all the other Winnipeg hotties!

But what did I buy? 2 sweaters, a gorgeous, super tight pencil skirt (which I love) and a necklace!

Things I need to work on if I wanna succeed at this program- drink more water (diet Pepsi is water based right?), wake-up earlier, start meal planning on the weekends. Basically, I need to become disciplined! Looking forward to work-out numero deux – bring on your worst Jason Penner!shopping