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
recipe can be found here

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.

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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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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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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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