Don’t Be A Gym Judge!

*This post has been written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blog Ambassador program. All opinions expressed are my own.

Do you have a story? A reason why you are at the gym? Do you ever get discouraged by the buff people there?


We all have a story and a reason, we need to not feel discouraged when we enter a gym. This is a place filled with all kinds of people. There the buff super lifters who grunt, moan and yell when making those heavy complicated compound lifts. Don’t fear them, watch them, learn from them and study their form. In the same token , Mr buff super lifter , don’t look at the overweight guy trying to figure out how to put the clips on the bar and laugh at him. Help him, guide him and encourage him. Don’t laugh at the girl who is always on the elliptical and claim ” omg all she ever does is cardio, doesn’t she know she needs to lift” , let her do what works for her. To those who choose group classes over individual training, maybe they are encouraged by others and need that support, don’t think they are any less committed.

I have been there, I was that overweight girl on the treadmill, walking and watching people because I was afraid they were watching me. It took some time before I felt comfortable in the gym. The people at my GoodLife Fitness are helpful and always encouraging. Yes there are times when even I don’t know how to use a piece of equipment, typically I will just wait and watch someone use it and then I figure it out. But don’t judge me or anyone else who is there trying to make life a little better for themselves.



Tempeh Tacos 

Holy snap the spicy gods have spoken and I have delivered! 

This might be the yummiest taco ever! 

Here’s how it went down 

Crumble one package of tempeh in a pan with some Evoo . 

Sautée till browned. Add in peppers, black beans, frozen corn. 

Add in cumin, chili powder and garlic powder- how much ? So much lol ! I just free shake that stuff! Then stuff into tortillas and top with Chipotle Veganaise 

Enjoy and Happy Taco Tuesday 

Vegan Tempeh Breakfast Bowl 

Remember going to Denny’s and getting those sizzling skillet breakfast meals , well here’s one that’s not only vegan but so easy to make at home! 

You will need 

1 package of tempeh cubed 

1/2 can black beans rinsed and drained

1 cup diced frozen hash browns

Sliced peppers ( as much as you want) 

1/2 cup frozen corn 

Cumin, chili powder, garlic powder ( as much as you want, I use a lot about 1tbsp each) 

Olive oil for sautéing 

This is the tempeh I used today 

Sauté cubed tempeh  in oil till browned on all sides, then add peppers then add spices and remaining ingredients, keep mixing till cooked thru 

Serve with some salsa and shredded vegan cheese on top if you like! This yummy southwest style skillet dish is so good and keeps well in the fridge for leftover breakfasts! You can even roll it up into a wrap! Grab and go!

100k – Am I crazy?

*This post has been written as part of the GoodLife blog ambassador program. All opinions expressed are my own.

OMG – I am totally considering running this distance in May! Yesterday Sulphur Springs announced that they will be doing a 100k distance this year and got a tiny bit excited! You see , I ran my first 50 miler on this course ( read the recap Here ) I’ve also done the 50k and I figure what’s another 20k right?

Thank god I have many months to train at GoodLife Fitness and I plan on doing many hill climbs and training runs.

Today I am getting faster 

It feels so good to run again and I can’t wait to get back out onto the trails and get muddy! I will be doing may hill climbs at 15% incline on the mill and running those hills on the trail. It feels so good to feel this good again!

Happy running!

Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce 

It’s National Taco Day!!!!

I’m going to be whipping up some tacos with Gardein crumbles tonight but I need cheese sauce to pour over them and my nachos! Here is a super simple recipe 

2 white potatoes skin on

1 large carrot

1/2 c water

1/3 c olive oil

3/4 c nutritional yeast 

1 tsp garlic powder 

2 tsp salt

Pinch of cayenne

1 tsp vegan chicken broth (optional) 

1 tbsp cut up jalapeños ( optional if you like it spicy) 

Boil the potatoes and carrot until fork tender. Drain and let cool a bit.

Put in a blender and add remaining ingredients. Blend until you get a creamy texture , like in this video Link . If you like it spicy throw in some diced jalapeños! 


Week 9 Alpha Female results

Start weight 175

Current 177

Macros P 135

C 150

F 50 

I made some changes this week and I totally slacked off on lifting. This week I started back running. I did 5 days of 5k runs and I felt so good. I have missed it. To me running isn’t cardio , it’s running. I swear, my heart rate climbs and I know I’m working out. 

The lifts sucked, I hate chest day so I did not a single bench press this week. I also skipped both leg days because I didn’t want to ruin my legs for running. 

Another big change – I went back to Vegan! Yes I did. I know I feel good when I eat plants so I need to detox my body and eat more earthly foods! Speaking of which I went to Doomies in Toronto ( vegan restaurant on Queen St w) and devoured and not so healthy Big Mac 

Oh snap- it was Delish!!!! 

So this week starts the final chapter of this Alpha Female program and I’m not quitting it. I may alter it a bit but I’m definitely still in it for the final 3 weeks. 

It’s time to drop some weight this time and lean out. I don’t need big gains. 

Week 8 Alpha Female

Start weight 175

Week 8 weight 176

Tried carb cycling , gained! Definitely going to stick with lower carbs from now on. Simply put I will get my carbs from fruit and veggies only. No more oatmeal, rice cakes or bread. I found my old journal from Aug 2010 when I first had my surgery, in that journal I kept saying how I was drinking/eating mostly protein and keeping my carbs low like the DR ordered- hmmmm and it worked. So guess that is exactly what I’m going to do.

I was a tiny bit flustered last week and wanted to quit everything because it was becoming so time consuming(tracking everything) but I also learned how easily it was to eat bad stuff cuz it wasn’t tracked – bag of jujubes! 

So I’m back to tracking diligently this week, doing my exercises and guess what —- IM BACK RUNNING! 

My body was always leaner when I was running 5-6x a week and I think it’s time to give my old foot another shot! I hit the trails this weekend and forgot my love of trails existed. I’m so back 

Today I started back on the mill for a 5k and I think I’m going to do a 5k a day just to stay consistent and check my pace/times 

Today was not fast nor my best pace but I give 0 shits about that. I’m just happy to be back running. 

So here’s my week 1 and week 8 pics – still fluffy as hell!

Notice the dark hair – well it’s going back to blonde this week! 

I’ll see what happens this week as I do my low carb , NOT high fat plan and let’s hope with that and the increased cardio I see less fluff next week. 


Oh My God I’m so DONE with meal prepping, meal planning , counting macros and logging every damn bite of food I eat or drink! 

Watch to understand , if you didn’t know – I’m no longer blonde

I’m tired of being glued to my phone so I can input my food, I’m tired of worrying about how many carbs/fats/proteins I need to eat. I’m 8 weeks into my Alpha female program and yes I will eat properly , I will always eat my protein first but I’m not going to obsess about tracking for awhile. I just need a break.

Maybe this will help with me leaning out, maybe I’ll gain – I’m going to just eat intuitively until I’m full and be done. 

Rant over 

Vega Apple Pie Smoothie 

This absolutely amazing smoothie recipe is sponsored by my good friends Vega and Silk ! 

I was tasked to #BuildABetterSmoothie with minimal ingredients and wicked yummy taste. SO I DID! 

We had some apples that were picked from a local orchard so I knew it had to be Apple Pie flavored! 

You will need 

1 Apple peeled and diced

1 scoop Vega vanilla protein powder

1 cup Silk unsweetened Almond Milk

2 graham crackers 

Dash of Apple Pie spice 

Put everything into a blender and go ​

I topped it with coconut whip and a little crushed graham cracker!

Enjoy , now go Build Your Better Smoothie with Vega and Silk- get creative! 

Low Carb Snacks – Meat Pickle Cream Cheese Roll Ups 

My love for pickles has just gotten 10,000 x more intense! 

Seriously just took 1 package of Buddings 100 calorie Corned Beef packs, laid out into 3 servings 

Spread with 1 tbsp herb & garlic cream cheese 

Cut 1 pickle into 3 spears and place in the center of each serving

Roll up and cut into pieces

Holy freaking yum! 

Yes I ate all 3 servings! 

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