Not what Orange Theory expected!


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.


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!


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!




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.


I think I covered off food above šŸ™‚

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


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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Week 3 – bring it on!


14 days of Paleo (minus a day – you will see why) and 8 P2P work-outs at Aspire are in the books!

Last spring my husband and I were at a gala and he bid then won an auction item including Winnipeg Blue Bomber tickets to one game and 3 large pizza’s from Monitcchio’s ( So, Friday meant no paleo for din din – instead I filled my belly with delicious pizza!

A couple of observations; #1. I ate 2 pieces and I was crazy full and #2. I only ate 2 pieces of pizza!!! What in sweet pizza heaven, only 2 pieces?! My stomach has shrunk! If you are new to Monticchio’s ‘zza like us, it is very much like New York style pizza – large cut sized pieces and really thin. We recommend the pepperoni – so much pepperoni!

Then on Saturday we attended an amazing wedding in Elm Creek, Manitoba. The bride and groom were totally beaming with love and it was a gorgeous day, minus the prairie storm which hit right after the ceremony. I did my best to go paleo at the dinner but did allow myself to have a treat at the cookies and milk bar and indulged in 2 homemade cookies…ok, that’s a lie, it was 3….let’s say 3 1/2 just to be completely honest…Adell and Richard's wedding

But here are the things I am very proud about from this weekend – I went to the gym before our party on Friday and again on Sunday when I was completely exhausted. These are work-outs 2 weeks ago I would have easily talked myself out of because “I have to clean my house” or “It’s ok to be lazy because that is what Sundays are for!” and truthfully if it wasn’t for P2P I absolutely would have NEVER done it! PLUS, eating non-paleo wasn’t a great feeling but it was a great reminder to stay on track and I am now a huge fan of coconut flour!

I did try a new recipe this weekend which will be my new go to breakfast for the rest of the week because it was super easy, super yum and super cheap! If you like oatmeal give this a try!

One of my work-outs this week-end also included step up squats and I wasn’t sure exactly what they were so I Googled them and stumbled upon this instructional video and then read up about the woman doing the explanation – Kim Lyons. She is a bad ass fitness chick and it is early days in our relationship (we have no relationship) but I think she is cool! Try a step up squat today!

So, this is where I will leave for now…I pledge however this week to keep a positive attitude all week (a.k.a No bitching about Kale. I am sorry Kale, last week I wasn’t myself and it wasn’t personal. You are probably a good dude but I wasn’t buying what you were selling. Friends?), I will kill it at the gym and perhaps if I am super good I will treat myself to the biggest fall cliche ever – PSL!

Be good my friends! PumpkinSpice