Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Catching Fire 30 Day Challenge

As mentioned in my last post, I have started a new challenge.  Since I workout at home all the time, unless I'm out running, I like to find challenging workouts that are easily done from home.

I came across this 30 Day Challenge that was posted on YouTube during the month of January.  I wasn't ready to start the challenge then, so I subscribe to the channel and decided I would start it when I was ready.  Well this past Saturday I was ready, and I began.  The great thing about this workout challenge is that each session is ONLY 12 minutes long.  Who can't fit in 12 minutes into their day. 

Below is the challenge...Catching Fire 30 Day Challenge Day 1

I have done Day 2 & 3 so far.  Today was to be Day 4, but after feeling really rough with this cold I have, I took today off and will resume tomorrow.  Day 5 is REST DAY, but I will switch it up.  I am feeling much better and with another good sleep tonight I will ROCK Day 4 on Day 5.

Now there is some equipment that Melissa and Rita use in these workouts and it can be purchased from the online store, but I have been improvising with what I have at home.  If I can't actually do the same thing that they are doing, I will do something else just to keep moving.  I don't have the extra money kicking around at this time to purchase the same equipment they use, so I will do what I can, with what I have.  They also have a Nutrition Guide that can be purchased as well.

I am combining this 30 Day Challenge with some spinning here at home and I feel great, I could do without this cold but as I said, I should be much better tomorrow.

Be sure to check out this workout.

I have been fueling my body with my ENERGYbits and they are keeping me going.  I have lost my appetite these past few days while feeling ill, so my #bits are keeping me going.  I am really in need of some RECOVERYbits.  They would kick this cold to the curb.

The RECOVERYbits are 100% Chlorella algae with over 60% protein and over 40 nutrients with only 1 calorie per tab.  It's a great way to help build your immune system and detox your body, plus all the other great things that these little tabs can do for you.  Check out the website for more information, www.energybits.com or send me an email to phatsoslim.staystrong@gmail.com and I will send you some information.

If you want to fuel your runs, or your spins or any other type of workout, or you just need some extra energy then you must try ENERGYbits.  They are organically grown, sugar free, caffeine free and chemical free.  A great product that your body deserves.

If you are going to check out at the site, make sure to use the promo code PHATSOSLIM for a great discount.

There are two things I would like you to check out...

1. The Catching Fire 30 Day Challenge
2. ENERGYbits

Now I wish you a good night as I am going to bed now.  Early to bed, early to rise to workout.

Good night


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Believe...Week 3 of the Move Nourish Believe Challenge

This week was all about Believing.

I Believe.  I believe in myself.  I believe I am worth it.  I believe in love. 

Day 1 - Spoil Yourself

When I think of spoiling yourself or pampering, my mind shoots right to the spa.  But on Monday of this past week I could not go to the spa because it was Family Day here in Ontario, Canada, so I was pampered by having the day off of work and enjoyed the day with my family.

We took the kids ice skating where my son was practicing his speed skating skills.  After watching some of the winter Olympic games he decided he would like to be a speed skater.  But as the week went on, he and some of the daycare children wanted to do Skeleton.  Eeek!  That could be nerve racking.  I was also spoiled by getting to snuggle with my son while watching movies and laughing together.

I do have a spa gift card for a Thai Treatment from Gina's Spa here in Waterloo, ON and I am looking forward to using this.  I have had this treatment twice before and it is LOVELY. 
Day 2 - 5 Mindful Minutes
This day was about finding or taking the some time for yourself.  At least 5 minutes, and I found it.
Once my family was fast asleep, I went down to our living room and lit a few candles and sat by the fire and RELAXED.  Something I don't seem to do enough of.  Well except for these past 16 days while the Olympics have been on, I did spend a lot more time watching TV than I normally do.  I just love watching the Olympics though, they are very inspiring. 
A quiet 5 minutes turned into a beautiful 15 minutes.
I am always go, go, go and I need to take more time like this for myself.
Because in the end, it helps everyone.
Day 3 - Be Happy
This day was a day to be happy.  Not just this day, but everyday.  I was looking through some pictures and I came across a picture of my back garden from last spring...that made me happy.
So beautiful.
Yes right now it looks like the bottom picture, but soon it will return to a beautiful green colour, mixed with hints of other colours from the spring flowers.
I have heard and seen so many people complain about the snow or how long the winter is...well I'm loving it!  That is why I love living in Canada.  Here we have 4 distinct seasons...Winter, spring, summer and fall.  Each one with their own colours and beauty. 
Something else that made me happy on this day was when I went down to the post box and my ENERGYbits order arrived.  AWESOME!!!!
This picture also contains more of the Olympics, that makes me happy. 
Canadian girls winning the GOLD in Bobsled.  
Plus it also shows my little girl and I on own spin bikes.  My daughter was not feeling well the last week, so on this day I kept her home from school and by the afternoon, she was up for a spin.  Her bike is just a plastic toy stationary bike, but at least she wants to participate and that makes me very happy.  I am happy that I am setting a good example for her and my son.  Soon my son should be able to ride the other spin bike I have here.  It will be great to build his leg muscles for speed skating.  My future Olympians. 
A Mum can dream.

Day 4 - Thankful Thursday
I am thankful for many things, but most of all I am thankful for my husband and together we have our two wonderful children.  The three of them are very supportive of me and my health and fitness goals.  Last week was a tough week because my daughter wasn't feeling well, some of the daycare children were out sick with a cold and I too was still suffering with cold symptoms.  As I write this to you now, I am sneezing and blowing my nose...blah.  I know that it's from not getting enough sleep last night(I will explain this in a bit).
My husband and I...well sort of.
This was the cake topper on our Halloween Wedding cake.
And beside us are our lovely offspring.
Yes they drive me crazy some days, but I like crazy.
On this day, I was also thankful that the Canadian Women's Curling team and Hockey team, both won GOLD at the Olympics.

Canadian girls ROCK!!!!
Day 5- Share the Love
This day was all about sharing the love.  Well I got to do this unexpectedly, as my kids had a snow day from school.  All the school buses were cancelled due to freezing rain.  It was also the day that the Men's Hockey semi-final game was playing...Canada vs USA. 
Over the course of the last 16 days I have been watching and then sharing results and pictures from the Winter Games through social media.  As I was sharing my love of the games, I received some love in return.  AWESOME!
The love was being shared right across Canada with the Men's hockey team winning the semi-final game and moving forward to the GOLD medal game.  Plus, the Men's curling team won the GOLD on this day too.  Way to go Team Canada!!!
So this past week was all about Believing and I truly believe in this wonderful country that I live in.  I am a proud Canadian.
This brings me to why I am not feeling so well today.  I went to bed too late last night and this morning, Sunday morning, was a morning that I was getting up to an alarm.  WHY???  Well I'm sure you know why already.  Me and the rest of Canada were all watching the GOLD medal hockey game between Canada and Sweden.  I have no problem with waking up early, but I didn't get a very good sleep because I thought I would sleep through my alarm.  I know that it's silly, but this was for the GOLD.  It was worth it, because as you probably already know, we won!!!!  So proud! 
This picture below is fantastic...
The top picture shows our Canadian boys just after the all received their medals.
The bottom picture is our Canadian boys coming together shoulder to shoulder for the Canadian National anthem.
I know that Sunday is the start of a new week, but with this being the wrap up of my week 3 in the Move Nourish Believe Challenge...I do BELIEVE in our Canadian athletes.
I enjoyed participating in the MNB Challenge these past three weeks.  Another challenge that I began yesterday is a 30 Day Challenge which I will talk about tomorrow.  I need to get to bed now and rest.
Good night and Stay Strong!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Nourish the Body Week 2 of the Move Nourish Believe Challenge

This week was all about nourishing the body during the MNB Challenge.  This is the recap of the week with Fit Approach and Lorna Jane Active.

This past week started with Meatless Monday...

All my meals today were without meat...

Breakfast: Egg White and Spinach Omelet served with Salsa
Snack: My Favourite...Raspberries with Cottage Cheese
Lunch: Thawed from the freezer...Roasted Garlic and Butternut Squash Soup

Dinner: Filet of Sole served with Green Peas and a Garden Salad

One day a week is fine without meat, but I don't think I could give up chicken and the odd steak every now and again.

One thing that I have brought into my healthy eating are ENERGYbits, 100% Spirulina Algae.  They pack a punch with 64% protein and 40 nutrients.  So great for the body and mind.

This was breakfast on another day last week.  I added the ENERGYbits to my Quinoa Parfait.
Day #2 Take your lunch to work
Well since I work from home it's nice that I can make myself a hot and healthy lunch with the supplies I have on hand.  One of my favourites that I like to make is Chicken and Broccoli...
See I told you that I like chicken. 

Day #3 Write it Down

For the past almost 3 years I have been using www.MyFitnessPal.com to keep track of what I have   been fueling my body with.  There are some days that I have skipped or just forgot to logged my food in, but overall I think I have been pretty dedicated to it.  Of course with the exception to the last quarter of 2013.  That is probably when I should have been more focused, but I lost it.  That old saying "you are what you eat" is SO true.  I ate some crap and therefore, I felt like crap.  Now that I am back on track with clean eating, I am feeling much better.

Feeling much better with the food that I am eating, but this past week I have been battling a cold so eating ENOUGH calories was tough as I didn't really have much of an appetite.  My workouts consisted mostly of shoveling snow and not much else.  But I am happy to report that I had a nice spin yesterday and another one this morning while watching more of the Olympics on TV at the same time.
Day #4 Thirsty Thursday Smoothie
My smoothie today was made up from frozen cottage cheese, strawberries and honey.  I named it a Strawberries Cheesecake Smoothie.
Day #5 Go RAW dessert
This is as RAW as I get...
Delicious Reds for Valentine's Day!
I love raspberries and pomegranate and the added blackberries are a bonus.  A healthy snack for any Valentine.  Well unless you are allergic to berries.  No chocolates for Valentine's this year.
Eat good food, feel great!  Nourish your body because it deserves it.   

My weekend spins were powered by bits ENERGYbits...

A great ride on Saturday morning.
An even better one today...
Give it YOUR 100%
Moving into week #3 of the challenge...It's time to BELIEVE
Believe in YOU.
Stay Strong!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Get More Energy...Naturally

I have become aware of this company and their great product and wanted to pass along the information to you.  And earlier this evening I became a Brand Ambassador for them so that I can keep giving you more information in regards to all their products.

I have been in great need of more energy lately, well not just lately, but rather for awhile now.  These past few days I have battling a bit of a cold and feeling really crappy.  This morning though when I picked up the mail from the post box, I received a parcel containing just what I needed.  I got my ENERGYbits!

What are ENERGYbits?

ENERGYbits are 100% pure, organically grown, certified NON GMO algae.  They are sugar free, caffeine free, gluten free and contain NO additives, animal products, chemicals or fillers of any kind.

I am one for not wanting to take pills of any kind, even when I am sick, so the best thing about ENERGYbits is that they are NOT pills.  They are bits of GREEN food.  100% pure spirulina algae that has 64% protein, 40 nutrients, and GLA(Omega 3), and they are only 1 calorie per tab. 

I wish I would have had ENERGYbits while I was training for my half marathon last year.  Before my long runs I would usually have an energy shot(chocolate of course), but they were basically full of sugar, something that I did not want really.  But they did help me make it through my training and my very first half marathon.  Now with ENERGYbits I can fuel my body with something that is
all natural and really good for my body. 

With this year's goal to get rid of all sugar in my home, ENERGYbits will definitely help me do that.  I will be using ENERGYbits during training for my first FULL marathon.  EEK!!!  I have yet to decide on this, the race I mean.  The bits will be part of my life regardless.

So I mentioned at the beginning of this post about having a cold and feeling crappy.  ENERGYbits also offer the RECOVERYbits which will help prevent colds, recover quicker, build immune system plus many other great things.  Check them out.  I have been pretty lucky in the way of getting colds.  Since I began running my home daycare 3 years ago, and have two children of my own, I have really only had about 5 colds throughout that time period.  With RECOVERYbits, I can keep the numbers down low or better yet, non existent.

Last year I gave up on making protein shakes with protein powders because the powders had so many ingredients that I did not know what they were, and some, I could not even pronounce(that can't be good for me).  I like using and eating REAL food.  And ENERGYbits are REAL food just compacted into tabs for easy transportation that really pack a punch.  Great for hiking, running, cycling, and really for any activity that you chose to do.  You can pack your travel tin and stick in your pocket or bag, for the times when you are on the go and extra energy will be needed.
There is no need for a blender or mixer cup, just grab your tin and go.  A handful of about 30 tabs whenever and wherever you need that energy is all you need.

Go check out www.engergybits.com for more information about this great natural energy giver.

Please use the coupon code PHATSOSLIM to save 15% on your order.

It's been all about the Olympics since last Friday.  While my spin on Saturday morning while watching the games was great...
Canada winning GOLD and SILVER was pretty awesome too!
The Dufour-Lapointe sisters from Canada won took the top two spots in Women's Moguls.
After my post spin shower, I sat down in my orange chair up in our loft/attic and continued to watch the Olympics.  LOL.  We had friends coming over that evening so I had to get up and start cleaning.  We had a great visit, but they left, I took a seat in the my chair, which my husband has now named, "The Sochi Chair", and stayed up late to watched the games.
I ended up falling asleep in the Sochi Chair that night...
I think this late night with broken sleep(I woke up at 4:30am and watched some more and then drifted back to sleep) is why I have a cold now.
Canada is on quite the roll at the 2014 Olympic Games...
And there are more to come...
Like this future Olympian here...

Until then...Stay Strong! and Swallow your ENERGYbits.  You can chew them if you want, but it's better to swallow them.  Remember to use the coupon code PHATSOSLIM on your order.
Good night
Go on, get your Chog on! 
Going out to shovel more snow.
Here is my daughter and I...
We are Winter