Friday, November 8, 2013

Redefining My Margins (and #RECIPEFRIDAY)...

Hey friends!

In case you didn't know...

I've been in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for the past 7 days for work. (I leave to go back to Ottawa later today!)

There's something so peaceFUl about being near the water.

No doubt...

I missed home...

Nothing beats Face Time :)

That said...

I did make a point to make the most out of my time here! (Whenever I got the chance to step away and relax!)

Halifax Harbour.
Learn more at Parks and Recreations.
The Economy Shoe Shop.
I enjoyed a super spicy virgin caesar!
Love me some Momoya Sushi and Mrs. Cheng.
Read more about the story behind this pic here.

While in Halifax...

I kept to my routine as best as I've been able to...

I did cardio on the elliptical, treadmill or stationary bike every day...
And I also pumped it up too :)
I love it when they have a free weights section at the hotel gym!

Although, I will have you know...

I've been easy on myself while I've been away too.

Let me explain...

I decided to be more intuitive with my regiment and...

Do as I please within moderation and mindFUlness of course.

I found my way to the Freak Lunch Box.

In some way...

It was refreshing to get a taste of it all...

And not just literally.


Feeling confined within my own self-made margins. (I'm redefining and expanding my margins if that makes any sense! Miz, I know you know what I mean.)

Right now...

My focus is on healthy living (plain and simple!)...

So in other words...

My focus is on enjoying the lifestyle I have chosen to live by...
  1. HealthFUlly;
  2. Intuitively; and (not limited to)...
  3. MindFUlly.
Since I've been looking into these margins I've created for myself (and revising them as I go along in my growth as an individual)...

I've been feeling more empowered, strong (in more ways than one) and most importantly...

Happy mentally and physically, both inside and out.

And really...

I think that's what matters most at the end of the day. (For me at least!)

If anything, this week has taught me to be...

More grateFUl for....

What I've been able to do and experience in my journey through life and...

It has also taught me to...

To honour and thank my entire being, more so than I ever have before...

For allowing me to live life to its very FUllest.


Having delved into my learnings from this week...

Let's now enjoy a little recipe I came to make and love!

Seeing that Nova Scotia is known for its fish and seafood...

I thought a Salmon recipe would suit this edition of #RECIPEFRIDAY just well.

Oven-Broiled Sundried Tomato & Mustard Grain Dijon Salmon

by *CaNdY FiT*
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

  • 1 Salmon Steak
  • 1 tbsp Maison Le Grand Sundried Tomato Pesto
  • 1 tsp Maille Dijon Mustard Grain
  • Pepper to taste
  1. Pre-heat your oven to broil at 400F
  2. On a non-stick bake pan, spray a touch of EVOO Olive Oil
  3. Place your salmon steak on the pan
  4. Combine your pesto and mustard grain together
  5. Spread the mixture on top of your salmon, add pepper (to taste)
  6. Place the salmon in the oven and cook for about 15-20 minutes
  7. Remove from oven, plate and enjoy!
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Okay so now it's your turn...

If you have a recipe you've been making and loving...

Share it!

I can't wait to see what you've cooked up!

Have a fabulous weekend!

One of the many beautFUl sunrises I came to see this week.

Questions FU You...

Do you set strict margins for yourself? Or do you allow yourself to go beyond them?
Plans for the weekend?

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*


More ways you can CONNECT with ME:


  1. I am reading right now about how many elite athletes train more by intuition than a plan and it's how i used to run but then felt I MUST have a plan...I'm excited to get back to choosing my runs on how I feel :)

  2. Typically I do not have strict margins, however with the Grain Brain Challenge going on, I do foodwise and it's been tough!

  3. Ah, I haven't thought about margins in a while. I need to get comfortable with some blank spaces around my busy life.

  4. I love those 3 words- healthfully, intuitively and mindfully... so very important. The salmon looks delicious, too!

  5. I love mustard-baked aything! I often do my salmon (and chicken... and tofo...) with dijon and fresh curry leaves. Can you get those in Canada?

    Have a great weekend!!!

  6. i don't set strict margins... i'm pretty loosey-goosey in all areas of my life... which sometimes is a good thing, sometimes not haha

  7. I love your focus on intuition. I have really been focusing on this lately - actually listening to my body, instead of my head making all the decisions!!

  8. I am with you and miz! redefining my self margins to be more intuitive... SMART!

  9. I need to allow for more blank space too. With two busy kids, it just seems like we're go go go go go.

    Love your message. Such a good one. Have a great weekend. As go go go as we are, we actually have a quiet weekend ahead. I need to try to not fill it with errands.

  10. You'll be home soon! It looks so beautiful there!

  11. I've always wanted to go there! Once I had planned on it, but the ferry station in Maine had to close, so I didn't make it:( One day though! Looks like you've had a great trip, wishing you a safe and quick trip home!

  12. I've spent the last few months just training intuitively with no specific plan. I love it when I don't have an event on the horizon. My health and fitness is such a habitual part of my life that I don't worry that it will get away from me. Of course now I'll start training for a new half marathon so I will be more regimented in my training. It's all good!

  13. MAILLE DIJON MUSTARD is the best thing ever. :)

    Sorry, I'm obsessed- I go through those jars like water.

    Love this post- it speaks volumes to me especially right now :)

  14. I rarely have strict margins - doesn't work well for me.
    That salmon recipe looks delicious!

  15. I absolutely loved your story of meeting Mrs. Cheng. That is so awesome! Looks like you had a beautiful place to reflect this past week.

  16. LOVE!!!!!!!!! I am way older than you & have put margins around myself my whole life - I am thinking time to loosen them up - I love the weights & all so not that but other things... I am getting to close to the end than in the middle or beginning.. You are amazing Kierston! Love that you are learning early & I did not!

  17. Yes. I set margins but I'm beginning to learn when I need to be firm with them and when I need to allow a little breathing room. Now that I've given myself permission to enjoy seafood. See, I'm giving myself breathing room outside of my margins :)

    The recipe is on my menu for next week.

  18. I love that you are examining your margins and adjusting them as needed AND that you feel empowered and strong and happy as a result. That's totally what matters.

  19. Good for you! Looks like a lovely trip and beautiful place. I need to get to Canada!

  20. I love Halifax... AND your new blog header. Pretty!

  21. checking in on you...

    1. I'm here. Just needed to breathe...a little more deeply. Thanks for checking in <3


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