Sunday, December 27, 2015

Holidays Savoured...

Happy Holidays!

I hope you all had a Merry everything and that you were able to savour all the goodness from this holiday season!

No doubt...

I've been enjoying my time with family and friends....

and the puppies of course!

And I couldn't be more grateful for all the love that surrounds me.

If anything...

I've be able to sit back, relax and enjoy all of the moments to just be, without rush.

And, as the New Year is just around the corner...

My plan is to relish in the last few days of 2015, readying myself for 2016.

Until then...

I wish you nothing but the best and look forward to catching up soon!

I'm off to bake now :)

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Simmer down...

Have you ever had to unintentionally pause for a moment or two because it felt like life was handing you a reason or purpose to simmer down a bit.

In others words...

Something, someone or some event in your life led you to take a break from your daily doings only to realize that there was a lesson to be learned as a result of it? (when you least expected their to be one?)

I know for me...

Life has been thrown me a few memos in the face reminding me to stop and breathe more frequently because perhaps I haven't been............enough.

And breathe...

If anything...

These unintentional pauses have been shedding some light onto (and into) those things that perhaps I need(ed) to give more attention to or...

Less thereof.

Be it from my exercise routine, to my daily, habitual doings, to me writing over here on my blog...

The shifts and breaks in my day-to-day dos have reminded me of my need to continue to go with the flow while, opening myself up more to the groove that be life because...

If I don't take a moment to whine down (and I continue pushing forward) I risk not being able to learn more about the direction in which I am headed. (I won't have an inkling about the path I am or will be on because I will not have taken the time to stop and smell the roses.)

Or FUlly enjoy what is meant to be savoured.

No doubt...

There isn't only one right path to follow but yet....

Many more that include twists and turns so...

I need to keep my eyes wide open and my feet flat on the ground ready to walk on the many roads that await me while...

Enjoying the scenery of course.


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Monday, December 7, 2015

There is no plan...

I like to plan. I like to plan a lot.

Even when I try not to plan anything, I find myself planning. (Completely unintentional)

I'm also a creature of habit. I like habit. It gives me a sense of knowing.

Like knowing that this cup of coffee is going to do me good.

Having said that...

I also enjoy discovering the path towards the unknown and the flexibility I have inwardly to deviate from one direction to the next. (Flexibility, like an elastic, has its limits too so although I do allow myself to expand, I do also have my boundaries - some that I am able stretch out more than others and others not. But of course, it all depends on what is being stretched ya know?)

I mean....

I know myself and I know how much more I prefer moving at a steady pace rather that going at an unstoppable rate(Mind you, sometimes the fast lane is FUll lessons to be learned along the way even if you are going fast without many opportunities to press on the breaks! And in this particular case, the lesson and reminder would be to pause and breathe.)

But whether we are going fast or slow...

We are bound the come across many of the ebbs and flows in our life journeys that we need to appreciate the fact that everything won't always go as planned - steering us in different directions and leading us to move at a different pace.

**

So in essence...

I can't plan everything (which is okay!) , despite my habitual self in an unpredictable world but...

What I can do is...

Have an open mind with an intention to learn while not losing sight of myself because there is shift in the 'usual'. (Isn't it in the 'unusual' that we are likely to see and find meaning in our very selves and others? Be it in the way we accept and move forward  or, by choosing to stay still until we are able to FUlly digest the unusual at a more manageable pace?)


If anything...

Things aren't always going to go as planned and...

We aren't always going to stay on the same path so...

We need move forward and ready ourselves to expect the unexpected while of course...

Not forgetting to breathe.


Question for you...

Do you like to plan? 
Are you okay when things go off-plan?

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Missing Spice in My Workout Routine...

Over the past little while...

My training has shifted quite a bit in terms of what I've doing more and less of.

Over the summer months....

I was running a lot. (I was addicted to lacing up and breathing in the freshness of the air)


After feeling a tiny pinch of pain just under my knee (old stress fracture)...

I decided to take my running inside with the intention of slowing it down a notch. (Which I did.)

Despite the shift in my routine...

My weight training was always on schedule (more or less) no matter where I was taking my running or, how much slower I was going. (Side note: I am happy to report that I was able to head back outside later in the summer season)


Most recently though...

I felt like I needed to add some more oomph to my workouts.

In other words...

I felt like I was missing something....

Something that would enable me to push myself a little more somewhere, somehow.

Well...

To make a long story short....

My training over the past couple of months has been filled with more than just oophm.

It's been filled with something that now leaves me wanting more of what I've been doing.

What's that exactly?

A take on Tabata style training while using a super cool, stand alone piece of large equipment intertwined with different 'stations' called a rig (some say rack). In the rack, we do a number of functional and strength training exercises.

Furthermore...

We will use the rig to perform many of the exercises chosen for our workout of the day which we put together prior to the class. In other words, a circuit type workout that is meant to target specific muscle groups. We also add in a cardio component to keep things rolling (and our heart rates up).

To give more detail, the Tabata style of interval training will consist of:
  • 8 rounds at 4 minutes each
  • 8 pre-selected exercises
  • 20 secs on
  • 10 secs rest (in between each exercises)

(the number of rounds and exercises we do vary depending on what circuit we draft up - the variable(s) being in level of intensity and whether we are target training - but that's the joy in it, that it's completely adaptable to what we are striving to achieve, it's ever-changing while still being functional and fun!)

Needless to say...

I've been loving it! (And my time spent in the rack!)

I've been craving the next workout challenges!

Although challenging...

It's been making me feel allliiiiiiiiiiive.

Welcome to the new rack (rig) at my gym!
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It's also been making me see and feel more of my strength, both mentally and physically.

If anything...

The interval style workouts, the exercises at play and the maximum, controlled efforts has opened my eyes and body to new limits I didn't know I had within me.

Like all things...

We have to learn to embrace the new and get over our fears of the unknown.

FUrthermore...

We have to open ourselves up to learn what may not be familiar to us, explore our potential, discover parts of ourselves we didn't know were in us and...

We need to push ourselves beyond what we think is possible! (It's great to be comfortable but sometimes a little more oophm can be a great awakening for our being!)


**Looking at the rack we use in our training can seem intimidating at first but that's only a matter of perspective because really, it's a piece of (impressive) equipment used to perform numerous exercises. So don't shy away from it because there is nothing to fear. Plus, you won't know until you've played in the rack to realize how fun(ctional) it actually is!**

I think it goes without saying...

That oophm I've been craving has been met beyond my expectations! (Playing in the new rack at the gym plus adding in X Fitness classes into my routine has been awesome!)

Heck...

Perhaps this type of training is the missing spice in your workout routine! (I know it was for me!)

Post XFitness class smiles and faces :P

Questions FU You...

Do you incorporate Tabata style workouts into your exercise routine?
Do you fear the unknown with a worry that you may not be capable of doing something you have not yet tried?

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Here...

It's been a while since I've been here hasn't it?

As I was intentionally trying to get out of a blogging routine a few months back while also trying to apply a more 'go with the flow' approach to writing. it seems as though that in my attempt to do so, I went quiet for well over a month. That was unintentional.

To be honest, I was coming to a point where I felt like I 'had' to post and, I wasn't liking that feeling. Like there was some pressure where I felt like I had to publish something 1-3 times a week or I wasn't properly fuelling this blog. If anything, each post was requiring a lot of my attention (from drafting to editing the content, to adding and editing photos, to finalizing and polishing each post etc.), attention that I didn't always have or want to give (in the end). (And I felt bad...strange).

Have to vs. want to.

When I first started this blog, I remember telling myself "the moment you feel like you 'have to' write, that's when you need to take a break". And because I love writing, never did I want it to feel like I had to put something out there just because. So I didn't and took it upon myself to slow it down.

Colouring.
A great way to slow it down a notch and to focus your mind on one thing.

And so I did - even if the length of my 'time out' was unintentional. (I mean, you get into a routine and when you try to shift gears, it takes time to set a new norm - a new way to approach what it is you are trying to accomplish in order to gain a better perspective. And in my case, this shifting of gears would result in  my minimizing the amount of posts I'd end up publishing  - which is presumably what I needed because as time went on, I felt relieved in some weird way - a way that didn't make me feel 'bad' for not posting enough).

My intention was to reignite the flame...without a deadline. A flame that would spark when the timing was right.

**

I must admit...

My time away from the blog has enabled me to put into practice many of the lessons learned which, I've come to share over here on the blog over the past little while. Be it from my fitness, to my well-being to practising mindfulness and, not limited to, decreasing my time in front of a screen - this pause in my blogging routine has allowed me to gain clarity and to focus more of my attention on those things that perhaps I wasn't giving enough attention to.

I love to write. I always have.

And today, it felt like it was the write right time for me to post here on the blog. (Moving forward, I don't know how often I will post, when I will share my next recipe, workout etc... but what I can say is that my intention is to continue writing when I feel inspired to say something.)

But in the meantime, I will say this...

Whether you are new or an old friend to this blog, I am grateful that you are here today - reading my writing <3

Perhaps with a cup of your fave bevee in hand :)
Question for you...

When was the last time you intentionally took a break from something?
Was the outcome what you had expected?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Post-Competition - 2 years later...

I feel like I've written about my post-competition lifestyle and thoughts quite a bit on the blog but...

I feel like I need to talk about it some more as I'm still getting the same reactions and or comments whenever I'm asked if I will compete again and I answer the following...

"I have no plans to compete any time soon."


I'm not saying I never will but...

As it stands right now, in this present moment...

There isn't a competition in sight for me. (To be honest, there IS always that little bit of desire to compete but currently, and for the past two years, I'm just not hungry for it if ya know!) 

All of that being said...

I don't mind answering the questions posed when asked about my competition plans or 'what I've been up to since' (of course not!) but...

I do get a little conFUsed by some of the comments made at times so...

I'm here to clear some of these things up on my own, personal end of things:

"So you've stopped training?" Just because I'm not competing doesn't mean I've stopped training. I haven't stopped since I committed myself to taking better care of myself.
"You should compete again, it's good for you" I will determine what is good for me, thank you. And, please know that competing is not good for everyone. There is a lot of involved in getting stage ready AND it is a decision that should be well thought out - be it from the investment aspect of things to the support received (or lack there of throughout your journey) to, working at balancing your body and mind post-competition (once you've seen yourself at your leanest, adding blurred lines isn't always the easiest to swallow.)- there is a lot to consider.
"I guess you don't train as hard" I train just as hard if not harder.
"You must be happy, you can eat whatever you want now" Yes, I do enjoy having more flexibility with my 'diet' (what I eat) but I am mindful of the choices I make. I don't give myself a free pass just to end up where I was when I first started.
"I guess it's too hard" Yes, competing is a challenge someone decides to take on and yes, there are many ups and downs and lessons learned  just like anything else in life BUT my decision not to compete is not due to the level difficulty but rather as a choice to explore what else is out there, for me. A choice to venture off to discover other things I might enjoy doing too.
"Why don't you maintain your competition body?" You try lol But really, a competition body is for competition day. Just because I am not competition lean does not mean I've given up on myself or on my well-being.
"So why are you still training and stuff if you aren't competing?" Because treating your body with love and care is good for you as a whole, from the inside out. Oh and uh...I love it! I love feeling empowered when I lift, I love to sweat it out when I run,  I love to cycle it off when my legs are wanting. I love it. Did I say that already?


**

After competing in a number of competitions from 2011 to 2013...

I decided to pause from the competitive world to truly...

Focus on living a lifestyle filled with health and fitness without having any specific dates to be physically (on the outside) ready for. (Mentally too!)

Don't get me wrong...

I love(d) competing.

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I love(d)...

The experience, seeing my own transformation from the inside and out, discovering my strength, meeting new friends, being proud of myself for giving it my all(!) and, not limited to, doing something I never thought possible (which is applicable to all things we strive to achieve)...


But...

After a number of competitions under my belt...

I found myself needing to step out of the stage lights and focus my attention on making a lifestyle out of what I came to love...

Exercising and FUelling my body right, while doing my best at keeping my balance.


Now...

Fast forward two years since my last show...

I'm happy.

I'm happy that I still love exercising as much as I did the first time I walked into the gym almost 6 years ago... (we all have our days don't get me wrong!) and...

I'm happy that I found (and continue to work at maintaining) balance in my routine (diet, rest days and everything in between) which allows me to enjoy all aspects of the lifestyle without feeling like I have to live within certain parameters!

*Side note: It's the name of the game when it comes to competing and when the choice (MY choice) is made up to compete, those ARE the parameters I choose live in- no complaining!*

So....

Am I going to compete again?

Like I said...

Who knows but not right now :)

I'm having FUn exploring new territories :)

For more reading on this topic, I've listed some below:

Competition: 5 Things I've Learned
Healthy living is not just a habit
Just Because (I'm not competing)
I am more than a six pack
Removing seasonal labels (as it relates to the 'off-season')

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Listen up...

I came across a passage somewhere in my readings about listening in and of itself and...

Ever since then...

I've been thinking about the words I read quite a bit. (They really resonated with me)

So much so that...

I've been extremely mindFUl about my own listening practices.

If anything...

I've been cognisant about when I "stop" listening and instead...

Find myself talking.

Never with a mouthful though :P
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More often than not however...

The talking to and fro flowed naturally but...

Other times...

In my excitement or in an urgency to share my perspective or story...

I found myself pausing someone else's tale and for the sake of sharing my own.

Although never has it been my intention to "interrupt" (if that's what we want to call it)...

I have noticed that in some situations...

I've jumped the gun in wanting to share something too.

"How rude" as one Full House child once said. (And will say again soon, maybe, on Netflix! lol)

Mind you...

Never would I think myself to be rude...

But...

By becoming more aware and learning more about listening more attentively...

I can see where I might need more practice.

That being said...

I've purposefully been working at my listening skills as...

I do want to become a better listener. (It's not that I think I'm bad but I do know I can be better)

So..

I've been working on some personal development exercises which include some of the following things (although they may sound redundant, they are not):

1. Resisting the temptation to stop a story from being told because I need to share mine right away.
2. Pausing before speaking. Soon it will be my turn to share something in return.
3. Stop assuming that I know what will come next based on my own similar experience. (Or my psychic abilities) :P
4. Opening my ears before opening my vocal box.
5. Learn from listening.

Question FU You...

1. Unintentionally, do you ever find yourself so excited to share your story that you 'interrupt' another from being told?

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Easy, Oven Baked Potato Chips...

Who doesn't love chips? (okay, may you don't)...

But...

Growing up...

I know I did and...

I'm pretty sure I was known as the Chip Queen to many.

hi.

I remember going to the corner store always buying myself a bag (or two) of potato chips and...

Loving every crispy fried potato slice that entered my mouth. (I loved all flavours although BBQ was my least fave)

Actually...

I have great memories of sharing sour cream and onion chips with my Dad.

This photo has nothing to do with chips.
I just couldn't resist not sharing it.
It made me laugh.

That being said....

I did grow out of my chip addiction later on in life (like in my 20s lol) although...

Just recently...

I found myself making a 'healthier' version, if you will, of...

This child(adult)hood favourite treat of mine!


Obviously...

These chips aren't the same as your most popular brands out there but..

They do make for a FUn alternative should you crave something along the chip lines.

If anything...

I know SuperFit has been lovin' it when I've taken the time to bake these for him alongside...

A roast chicken (see recipe from last week)...


So...

These little chippies have been making an appearance more often than not!

With all of the said and baked (not fried!)...

Let's get on with my recipe shall we?

Easy, Oven Baked Potato Chips

by *CaNdY FiT*
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30-35 minutes
Ingredients

  • 1-2 large russet potato (depends on how many you want to make)
  • Olive oil to spray
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to bake at 425F
  2. Microwave your russet potato for about 2 minutes (this will make slicing a lot easier!)
  3. Slice your potatoes 1/4 inch thick
  4. Add the sliced potatoes into a glass bowl and let soak for about 2 minutes
  5. Drain
  6. Once drained, throw your potatoes back in the bowl and spray on some olive oil and salt and pepper to taste (you can add more salt once they are done baking)
  7. Toss so that all slices are coated evenly
  8. Spray your baking sheet with a touch of olive oil and arrange your potato slices about 1/4 inch apart (no need to measure!)
  9. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes
  10. Turn heat down to 400F
  11. Take potatoes out of the oven and flip them over
  12. Bake for another 15-20 minutes until crisp
  13. Remove from oven and place the chips on a piece of parchment paper and let them cool for about 10 minutes
  14. Feel free to add more seasoning once you are ready to eat them!
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Okay so now it's your turn...

If you have a recipe to share this #recipefriday...

Link up!


Have a wonderFUl weekend friends!


Questions FU You...

Do you like chips?
Favourite flavour?

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Friday, August 7, 2015

#RECIPEFRIDAY: Easy Roast Chicken

It's been a while since I lasted posted a recipe on the blog so...

I'd love to share with you something I've been preparing on the regular around herrr.

It's easy, tasty and yes, does require some time but...

The results are well worth it! (Plus, it makes for leftovers too!)

But..

Before we get to the recipe...

I must admit that it took me some time before I actually roasted the chicken correctly.

My first attempt, years ago, didn't come out so done so...

Fast forward like 4 years and...

I decided to give it another go! (I can't be that hard right?! I mean common lol)

Yes.
Again.
Practice makes almost perfect right ;)

Turns out...

I just needed to be patient.

Go figure lol

Is it ready yet?

So with all of that said and done (literally!)...

Here's my easy roast chicken recipe!

Easy Roast Chicken

by *CaNdY FiT*
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15
Ingredients

  • 1 4-5 lbs chicken (with innards removed)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Olive oil to spray
Chicken Rub

  • 1tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp MTL steak spice
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to bake at 425F

**
  1. Wash your chicken clean with water and pat dry with a paper towel
  2. Place the chicken on a rack that sits in a medium sized roasting pan
  3. Add 1 cup of water to the roasting pan
  4. Spray your chicken with olive oil
  5. Add lemon half inside the cavity
  6. Mix the chicken rub together and pat the entire chicken with it (make sure to wash your hands before and after your rub!)
  7. Place the chicken in the oven and bake for 1 1/2 hours (until the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and thigh)
  8. Remove from oven, place on cutting board and cover with foil for about 15 minutes before carving

Tip
  1. About 30 minutes into your roasting, cover the top of your chicken with foil so that it doesn't burn
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Okay so...

If you have a recipe to share too...

Feel free to link up in this edition of #RECIPEFRIDAY!


Have a wonderFUl weekend!


Questions FU You...

How do you season your chicken?
Plans for the weekend?

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Friday, July 31, 2015

A Conscious Effort to Drink More...

Let's talk about the weather. 

No...

For real.

It's been super duper hot here (not complaining) and...

More so than ever before...

I've been keeping myself hydrated. (Trust me, that's a big deal)

Actually...

To be honest...

The heat has been a blessing of sorts because usually...

I have a really hard time drinking anywhere close to the suggested amount of aqua in a day that...

I've been doing a really good job at getting more H2O into my system. (before I get thirsty for water!)

Teddy's proud :P

If anything...

Ever since the blazing sun has been shining its rays upon us...

I've been extremely mindful about drinking water which...

Is perhaps slowly becoming a habit?! (Which would be a good thing!)

So...

Moving forward...

Even if things do cool down over the next few days...

I'm going to do my best to keep myself hydrated! (I think I've just set a goal for myself! lol)

Okay okay...
Coffee doesn't count.

I mean...

In the end...

Our bodies need to be watered, just like plants do (although not to the same capacity obviously) so...

I really do think it would be wise for me to make more of a conscious effort to take care of my being so that it can bloom, branch out, flourish, sprout function to its FUll capacity.

Why wait until the plant needs watering right?

Gosh...

Good thing I don't have any living greens in the house :P (Nothing wrong with getting a cactus hehe)

Questions FU You...

Are you mindful about drinking the recommended amount of water a day?
Is it hot where you are?
What are you doing to keep cool?
Thirsty?

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Filling in the blanks...

Don't you find that...

Our schedules often seem to be filled with things to do or get done that...

It's not often that we can sit still and allow ourselves to slow down even for just a minute. (let alone tame this inner-urge to keep busy all the time when you actually have a blank spot in your schedule)

You mean to say we should stop...
And smell the flowers?


As we find ourselves craving this need to be/keep busy (for the most part, although perhaps not you)...

You will seldom get a response from anyone stating that they actually have nothing to do or a millions places to be at once when asked "how's it going?"

Although funny how, often times, someone's immediate response to that question is "I've been busy". I've totally said it when in reality, I wasn't - so I had to correct myself.

Of course...

This isn't all true for everyone but...

For the sake of today's post...

Let's just focus on this inner-need to keep ourselves moving. (because sitting still is just far too much effort) ;)

*

Personally...

It's not that I'm ubber busy (not always anyway) with a ton of things to do or check off my list but...

I really do enjoy those moments of stillness where...

I have absolutely nothing on/in my mind.

Nothing to exercise in my brain, nothing to worry or think about just...

Clarity, in those moments my physical self has nothing to do and/or my mind is need of figuring out. (Meditation is good for that.)


If anything...

When I do get empty slots within my day to be still (whether it comes naturally or by effort/choice)...

These are moments that I'm coming to appreciate more and more. (Rather than feeling more and more antsy lol)

And, as a result...

This urge to fill in the void in my schedule thus becomes less of a need. (Scheduling breathers is not a bad idea. Think of it as a little break, for the self)

In other words...

For those mere seconds or minutes (and even hours the best of times) I do have (planned or not) to be FUlly present, without anywhere to be, anything to do or think about...

I am grateFUl that I have that time to just be. (To feel your very own presence is really quite an experience when you are able to identify with your very self in those moments and, see you for you.)

All to say...

If there's one thing I've learned about having nothing to fill in the gaps with it's...

Gratitude.

Gratitude for those blocks in my day to be still.

To breathe.

To let my mind rest and my body relax.

To allow my being to be present, in the company of me.

To allow the world around me stop, even if briefly, so that I can take a moment to be grateful for being in the now.

So...

Perhaps...

The next time you find yearning to fill in the blanks...

Stop.

And appreciate the stillness of being able to pause and catch your breath.

It's good for you.


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Friday, June 26, 2015

Running with it...in more ways than one.

More so than ever before...

I've been running with it.

Whether it be in the literal sense...


Or not...

I've been going with the flow, as much as I can, in many areas of my life.

In other words...

Putting less of an expectation upon myself to do and instead...

Just be.
Presently. 
And letting myself savour.
Savour all that surrounds me. 
In all its simplicity.

Choosing to be still.

As you may have noticed...

I've really slowed down on the blogging.

It hasn't been intentional...

It just has been. 

That being said...

I can't say I've stopped writing because...

The writing I've been doing has mostly been in journals or on scrap pieces of paper.

Be it a couple words a day, jotting down daily learnings and/or thoughts of grateFUlness (etc)...

I've still been writing, just not out there, everywhere.

To be honest...

I've really been savouring those moments whereby I've been grabbing my pen and letting the ink write out the words I feel, in the moment, as opposed to having my fingers hit the keyboard.

But, while I type this post...

I can appreciate my fingers doing the typing too. (It gives my hand a break) :P

Plus...

I'd be lying if I said that...

I didn't enjoy typing, because I do. :)

**

But now, as I tie in this thought to the literal meaning of my blog title today...

I've been letting my feet do the leading when it comes to running.

I can't run all day.
But I do enjoying running whenever I can :)

If anything...

My intentions whenever I head out is not to...

Run at a certain pace, distance or even run on a schedule (because it's not always about performing!) but instead...

Running with it and just allowing myself to go. (And thankFUlly, without pain or injury!)


I mean...

So often I feel like we plan out every aspect of our lives (disclaimer: necessary the best of times) that...

Practicing the art of letting go and just going with the flow...

Is really good for our well-being.

And while on the run...

It's good for both our mental and physical selves.

Wouldn't you agree?

It allows us to ride it out and...
Enjoy the moment; the run...with every stride we take.

**

No doubt (back to life now)...

We all need a sense of fluidity in our lives and...

To allow for things to fall as they may.

And trust me...

I get that we all have responsibilities...

But...

For the sake of discussion...

I just think it's important to recognize that we need to relax.

Slow ourselves down.

Be present and...

Let ourselves feel the wind blowing (trusting that there's a gust)...

Rather than bolting straight through it all without taking the time to appreciate the little things because we're too busy doing and crossing things off our list.

Yes?

Anyway...

Just a few thought today, as I'm running with it, with my words.


*This post was written a few weeks ago and, as I re-read it last night, it came to me as a good reminder since I found myself rushing to get things done, interestingly enough. Timing is everything so I felt the need to share it today hehe*

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Friday, May 1, 2015

#RECIPEFRIDAY: Savoury Tomato Sauce in 30 minutes...

I was in the mood for making a mean tomato sauce so...

I went through my pantry and picked out a few ingredients which I hoped would make for something...

Yummy and delicious in less than 30 minutes! (Often the meals I prepare don't take much time...so I knew it wouldn't take me long anyway..it just happened to be under 30 lol)

Having said that...

It's really quite amazing what you can prepare in no time with just a few key things you have laying around for the using.

So...

After my workout one day...


I turned on my element and got to cooking.

I swear...

It can be a lot of FUn to just throw things together and it turn out to be something flavourful! (And even if it's not, at least you know you attempted something new, which brought out the creativity in you. I mean, you don't know until you try right?!)

No doubt...

I was happy when SuperFit said his pasta was mighty good! (Okay, he didn't use the word mighty but he did say something along the lines of "well, that was really good!")

Here's the recipe if you're wanting to try something new for dinner!


Savoury Tomato Sauce in 30 minutes...

by *CaNdY FiT*
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Ingredients

  • 3/4 of a 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (10 ounce) can Tomato Soup, reduced sodium
  • 1 (6 ounce) Can of Tomato Paste
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock (or vegetable)
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 to 3 tbsp cumin powder (to taste)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized sauce pan, add in your olive oil over medium heat
  2. Once the oil is hot, add in your onions until slightly browned
  3. Add in your dried dried spices and stir
  4. Add in your crushed tomatoes, chicken stock, tomato soup and paste
  5. Stir
  6. Add in your bay leaves
  7. Turn down your element to low and simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally
  8. Season as you go ... based on your own liking!
  9. If you like it hot, add in some chili flakes :)
  10. Feel free to freeze the leftover sauce in a freezer safe container. Dethaw and reheat before next use :)

Ways to use the tomato sauce
  • In your spaghetti and feel free to add chicken to it to.
  • A top your white fish, meatballs or a spoonful on your eggs.
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Okay so now it's your turn...

If you have a recipe to share for this edition of #RECIPEFRIDAY...

Link up!


I can't wait to see what you've been making and loving as of late ;)

Have a great weekend everyone! (I hope it's sunny where you are!)


Questions FU You...

How often do you just whip something with stuff you find your pantry?
Plans for the weekend?

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