Look out March, I’m coming for you!

Any day is an opportunity to make a new start, but somehow that feels especially true the first day of the month. And I need a new start. I feel like I’ve done nothing but eat, sleep, repeat the past two months and it so isn’t working for me. But today I’m making myself a promise: I’m going to run every day and slay the hell out of March. I’m tired of feeling like a sloth (and worse) and beating myself up about it.

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I miss the rush of feel-good hormones a great sweat sesh brings, and the boost of self-confidence and mental clarity I get when I’m in a healthier groove. Not that exercise is the be all and end all — I also need to be creative, somewhat organized, eating well and in touch with my girlfriends to feel good (or less bad) — but it has a huge impact on my overall outlook and somehow I’ve forgotten that.

In January I committed to go to the gym every other day and I did for a little while, but it wasn’t enough to keep me going. I need to work out every day to make it a habit and feel in shape. A moderate approach just doesn’t work for me. What does: putting on my workout clothes when I wake up in the morning and going to the gym as early as possible in the day. It’s what I did this morning, and what I’ll do tomorrow and the day after that.

That’s not to say I’ll be killing myself. I’m talking 30 to 45 minutes on the treadmill, maybe some stretching and that’s about it. I know I should be lifting weights but it’s always felt so boring, and frankly I’m intimidated by all of the muscled people (mostly guys) on that side of the gym. I’ll get to it one day (maybe) but for now I’m just going to push myself on the cardio.

I’ll check in again at the beginning of next month and let you know how I did and how I’m feeling. In the meantime, March is mine! How will you make it yours? Is fitness a priority for you?

Resolutions (bah!)

I feel like new year’s resolutions are nothing to be taken lightly. If I’m going to commit to something I want to follow through, and not half-ass either. Whole ass, baby! All the ass!  But there’s something about the word resolution that feels too, I don’t know — heavy. Too much pressure. And I put enough pressure on myself as it is. But a list, why a list isn’t all that bad, is it? Especially if it’s made up of a number of things you genuinely want to do. And I genuinely want to get back to the gym, eat better, see Steven and Chris and transform the third “bedroom” (for years a 6′ x 12′ junk room) into useable space to blog and craft. And what’s better: I think I can do it.

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I’ve had my head in the clouds the past few weeks, now it’s time to put my feet on the ground and get shit done. I think these are all doable in the next six months, so I’m going to work to achieve these things by the end of June, then make another list for the rest of the year.

Julie’s January to June Checklist  

  • Work out every other day (i.e. a 30 to 40-minute run on the treadmill at the gym, ideally in the a.m.) + no eating after 7 p.m. (I’m a terrible night snacker)
  • Build gallery wall above the living room couch
  • Transform third bedroom into useable blogging and crafting space
  • Travel to Montreal to visit my friends Linda and Isabelle
  • Run a 10K race (Ottawa’s race weekend in May or the July 1 Canada Day race, ‘tho I might cross this one off since I feel like like this is more of a should do than a want to do)

I may add a few more as the weeks go on (I’m still mulling over a few blogging- and kid-related things) but I feel like this is a good start.

Oh, and you might have noticed I’ve changed the blog’s template to freshen up the look a bit. Eventually I’d like to invest in a custom design but I’m happy with the look and functionality of this one for now. I hope you are too, and I’m so glad you’re reading!

Tell me, do you make new year’s resolutions? If so, what’s at the top of your list? If not, why not?

Five things

How do you like your eggs? Scrambled, soft-poached, fried over easy? How ’bout heart-shaped?

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It took me half a dozen tries Friday afternoon before I finally made a good one. Can you guess how? Maybe I’ll do a little demo on the blog this week.

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I had to get a little too close for comfort to take these shots as I’m terribly scared of bees, but they looked so pretty going from flower to flower at the church down the street. What scares you?

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I feel like I didn’t get a lot done this week, so it was satisfying to finish another DIY for So Fawned yesterday. You’ll see the full reveal on the blog in the next couple of weeks.

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It’s so great to be back at the gym and able to work out in AC. (I’m not one for the heat.) Four miles baby! Now to work on my time.

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Selfie on the O-train with my iPod. (Because I am one of the few people on the planet who don’t have a cell phone. Truth!)

Tomorrow I’ll be announcing the winner of my fab accessories giveaway. Haven’t entered yet? Well get on it then! You’ve got until midnight EST.  (You must leave a comment on the giveaway post in order to be eligible.)

Good luck, everybody! I can’t wait to see who wins!

Healthy nibbles

Today I rejoined the gym after three and a half months off and I gotta say, it’s good to be back. I’ve been feeling like I let myself go to seed and missing that natural high that comes with a good workout. I’m celebrating with a tall glass of Crystal Light strawberry lemonbabe (Twitter party this Thursday, woot woot!) and smiling on the inside knowing I’ve done something good for myself.

Now how ’bout a nice healthy snack? I love to graze, so I could happily nibble all day on these lovelies.

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Bocconcini skewers are one of my faves, ‘tho I can’t say the same for my girl. More for me.

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The crunch of the cucumber and the cracker and the creamy little bit of cheese make these little guys a tiny party in your mouth.

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And we can’t forget the fruit. I bought a melon baller just so I could make these little guys. My kids liked the funky shape.

As a side note, I’m moving the Five Things feature to Sundays, so you’ll see the next one of those this weekend. And a web developer is helping me make a few minor tweaks to the blog (changing the font of the headline and the post titles, for example, since I find them a bit hard to read) so you may see some of those over the week.

Happy nibbling, friends! What are some of your favourite healthy snacks?