WIAW: My Eats and What I am NOT eating anymore.

Lately I’ve been making a lot more meat meals; fish, chicken and even some pork since my husband is away so much. Not many vegan meals going on these days….it’s kinda nice for a change!

Breakfast for me: Simply Orange Juice, Banana and Egg/Cheese on English muffin.

(bad cheese I know but oh so good every once in a while).

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A little trip to good old Costco got us $50 worth of cheese!!! The 5 year cheddar is mine, the middle parmesan is for my neighbour and the 2 year cheddar on the right is for my Aunt/Uncle we are visiting soon.

Did you really think me, my 3-year-old and my vegan husband was going to eat all of this! 😉

Who eats (needs) this much CHEESE???????

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Lunch: The most random lunch I have every made!

Cherries, strawberries and blueberries from our local farmer’s markets.

Left over (cold) BBQ’d porkchops.

Pizza bread.

Avocado….missing in this photo is a hard boiled egg I ate with the avocado.

WHAT was I thinking?

Well, I shared the avocado with baby H, I couldn’t get enough berries into me and I wanted to empty the fridge of leftovers.

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Supper: Russian Chicken over rice……..YUM!

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That was a lot of random foods in the last week!

The decision to stop eating certain foods: Pop & Milk

About a month ago I decided to stop drinking pop (mainly Coca-cola)  after reading an article online. I’ve read all that information before about Coke and how terrible it is for you but I would just limit myself to “only when I eat out with work” and “don’t bring it in the house”. And then it turned into “I’ll just buy these mini-cans because I can’t drink a full can anymore”. I even stored them in a place that I don’t look that often and only had 1-2 in the fridge if I remembered. Who drinks warm pop? Yuck! It would force me to plan ahead if I wanted one, and I was okay with that.

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It had been a few weeks since I had a Coke and I thought it would be good to just have one more before saying Goodbye! I went grocery shopping and decided I would buy that one “last” bottle of Coke to drink at dinner that night. As I walked by numerous stands filled with pop I kept saying I’ll get it at the end. I got home and realised I forgot to by the Coke. I was really looking forward to one last hurrah but it didn’t happen. It’s been over a month since I’ve had a pop. Even though I’ve had two occasions that I really, REALLY wanted a pop…I didn’t cave in and go buy it. Yeah, me!

I’ve also decided to stop drinking milk!  When I was 17, I was getting really really sick from foods I was eating but couldn’t figure it out. I ended up in the hospital twice because I was so sick – yuck. I had allergy tests done and then a lactose intolerant test done too! Sure enough, dairy was the problem. I gave up all dairy except yogurt for about 7 years and then starting drinking lactose free milk and taking lactose pills if I had ice cream or cream cheese. Recently I’ve been having some stomach problems and decided that cutting milk out of my diet couldn’t hurt me. I rarely have ice cream so I’m cool with taking a pill for that. It’s the 5 year block of cheddar cheese that I’m going to have a HARD time giving up. We’ll see if that happens. So, for now I’m drinking coconut milk that my husband drinks.

What have you been eating lately?

Have you EVER spent $50 on cheese? JUST cheese?

Do you drink milk or something else?

Blogging on bloggin’

I’m excited to share a post I wrote for “Thinking Outside The Sandbox – Family” blog today.

If you’ve been following Piper’s Run for a while, you may know that I am passionate about being physical active and wanting to instill that in my girls. This past year I joined TOTS – Family and am writing an article once a month with a focus around physical activity and sometimes vegan eating; you can see my other articles here under guest posts.

My post when up today called  “A Little Dirt on Your Dress Can’t Hurt – Girls Who Play in Dirty Grow Up Healthier”.

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It’s funny, I write this blog (Piper’s Run), yet I’m shy when it comes to sharing it on my personal Facebook page. Weird, I know. I shared my TOTS – Family post today on my personal Facebook and Piper’s Run Facebook because I’m starting to get a little more comfortable with writing and sharing my thoughts.

It’s hard not to share when you have cuties like this:

Lilly, Mommy and Hilary

Lilly, Mommy and Hilary

Do you share your blog posts on your personal Facebook?

Do you share OTHER blog posts on your personal Facebook page?

Update: “Operation Get Fit” Results

It’s been almost two months since I finished my “Operation Get Fit” workouts….how do I know this? Well, because I had promised to write a “final” post with my results, photo’s and such………and I haven’t. Lately, I haven’t been able to write and publish the posts I want to on time. It’s just the way life is going these days but I haven’t forgotten about it. So, here it goes.

Last year I agreed to be a bridesmaid (for the first time) for my friend Kelly; her wedding was June 24th 2013. I had baby Hilary in December 2012 and at 8 weeks postpartum, I went dress shopping for my bridesmaid dress. The sales lady and I agreed I’d lose that little weight I needed by June. Ha!

April arrives and so does my dress. I tried it on and couldn’t zip it up! Seriously, I only zipped it half way up my back and I was 8 weeks away from Kelly’s wedding. My mother and husband who saw the dress 1/2 zipped said that I needed to get more active (with a 4 month old and almost 3-year-old). It was a little harsh but just what I needed to hear.

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If you missed the others posts, here you go:

Why Operation Get Fit ; Week 1 ; Week 2 ; Week 3  ; Week 4 ; Week 5  ; Week 6  ; Week 7  and Week 8.

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 “Sometimes you need to hear the honest true from someone you love to get to were you need to be”

I created a plan to workout 4-5 nights a week once both girls were in bed  and after we managed to get baby Hilary on a bedtime routine. Usually around 8 pm I would either run outside if my husband was home or workout in our basement to a few different DVD’s.

  1. Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 (All 4 levels completed).
  2. Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred (just to change it up here and there).
  3. Brad Gouthro DVD.
  4. Running occasionally outside on my own or with baby H in the stroller.
  5. A variety of other random workouts (arms, abs etc).

Results:

After searching for any before picture this is the only before picture I could find. I guess I am always the one behind the camera these days.

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I lost 8 and a 1/2 pounds and 10 inches all over but mainly from my waste/hips and bum – a.k.a. baby weight.

What is hard?

Heck yeah! I committed to being a bridesmaid which meant wearing this dress. The only person that was going to get me there was me. I had to be the one to decide each and every night to put my workout clothing on after I had been up since 6 am taking care of Hilary and sometimes Lilly when not at day care. I was the one who decided not to sit in front of the TV (okay, that did happen at least 2 nights that I remember when I just didn’t have it in me) but 97% of the time I was committed to losing the weight.

Also, my husband was home most evenings and would help out so I could do my workouts. He even watched the hockey playoffs on our computer ……. awwwwwww, that’s love.

What did I learn? A LOT!

Mainly, that I can get the results if not better if I just put in the time.

I also learned that setting a specific goal (long term) and weekly goals (short term) are something I need to keep me going. I would look at each week on Sunday and plan out what days I could workout and what days I just really needed to rest. Yes, some of those workout days turned into rest days but then my scheduled rest days became a workout day.

Did the dress fit?

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It sure did! I had no problem zipping it up in the back. I had the dress on from around 1 pm until 11:30 pm expect for the few times I had to nurse Hilary. Off I would go to the cabin we rented. I would strip down and put on a robe so I could nurse her then back in the dress like that! I had pretty little silver shoes with a little heal to go with the dress (great colour choice by the bride).

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After the big day I decided to sit back a little and concentrate on things at home. Less working out and more just having fun with the girls. And no, I did not increase my TV time. We actually cancelled our TV cable since we stopped watching it so much. In July I took part in the 6k Mud Hero Run which was a lot of fun and August I recently ran the Run for Women 5k.

Where am I now?

I’ve managed to keep the weight off and am starting to plan for the next round of “losing the baby weight”. I have another 7 pounds to go am coming up with a workout plan to start soon. I’ve been running twice a week when my hubby is home and managed to go to Zumba one night!

I’m happy with my results but not done yet!

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Did you ever work 6-8 weeks on a fitness program?

What were your results?

Did you continue, lighten-up a bit or end the workouts all together?

I’d love to hear your comments below!

Calling all Toddlers: Sprout Food Review

I’m very behind it putting this post together but it’s better late than never, right?

Back in July…okay, maybe more like June (28th) I received a box in the mail from Sprout Foods! When I opened it up, all I could think about was how I was going to hide them from Lilly and keep them for myself…..kidding. Well, kind of.

I knew that I could find some great taste testers who wouldn’t turn away from these treats. We got together with Lilly’s best friends since birth! Yeah, they are three years old and have been hanging out since they were born – we are so lucky. With approval from their mom’s (my friends) I dished out the samples we had.

Fruity Yogurt Bites:

  • Orange Carrot Yogurt
  • Raspberry Yogurt

Fruit & Veggies Crispy Chews:

  • Tropical Fruit & Pumpkin
  • Red Raspberry and Beet
  • Orange Fruit & Carrot

Don’t those sound delicious? It was hard to only taste a few 🙂

Little taste testers - Sprout Foods

Little taste testers – Sprout Foods

There first noises were: yum and then mmmmmmmmmmmm! These are yummy! The gobbled them up and were looking for more before I could even open the next package. One mentioned they were a little hard to chew but agreed that she wanted more and liked them.

In the end, I ate a few of each to taste them and see what all the fuss was about. The flavour was very powerful in all of them and quite a refreshing taste as a new treat.

Would I buy these? Yes. It would be awesome if I could get them in a local store. You know, in Nova Scotia, Canada…hint hint Sprout Foods 🙂 I was amazed at how much product was in a little pouch. We kept a package for home and Lilly only wanted half. They are great for sharing with a friend or sibling!

I’d love to try the baby food…well, let me rephrase that. I would like Hilary to try the baby food as the combinations look really tasty: sweet potato and white beans, cherry quinoa cobbler with corn and ginger chicken! Oh my taste buds are hurting. Oh right, I mean, Hilary’s taste buds would be if she was reading this.

Sprout Foods has some great products including organic baby food, squeeze pouches (amazing for traveling),  and toddler meals, purees and snacks. You can find more information on their products at their website and their social media sites too.

Where to buy: looks like for us Canadians the best place is to go to Sprout Foods’ website and purchase them online via one of the stores that carries their product line: Walgreens, ToysRUs, or Amazon.

Thanks Sprout Foods for providing Piper’s Run with samples to test out. Please note: I was not paid to do this review. These opinions are simple mine shared on this blog.

 

 

Race Recap: Run for Women 5k (Shoppers Drug Mart)

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to run at the “Run for Women’s – Shopper’s Drug Mart” 5k race in Halifax. I say opportunity because I won two entries a month ago from Moving Comfort on Facebook. I’m not one to usually win online contests so when I got the email…on my birthday….I wasn’t sure it was legit.  Lucky for me, it was!

My friend Meredith was my running buddy that day and it was perfect as we both had not run in a few weeks, okay months. She ran the Bluenose Marathon 5k in May and I the Mud Hero in July (and we all know how well that went). I was putting off “training” for this run for no reason at all. I figured I could manage a 5k without much training. My family went on vacation and the run suddenly was fast approaching, it kind of creeped up on me.

The morning of the run I was up early to get ready. I had the help of my family to get the girls ready: my mom, dad and sister. My Dad and sister came to the run to take care of the girls while I ran – THANK YOU! I was really excited for my girls to see this event….well, more Lilly since Hilary is only 8 months old.

Run for Women 2013

Run for Women 2013

I struggled with what to wear for the run and went with Capri’s and my Sweat Pink Ambassador tank at the very last-minute. When I arrived, Heather Moyse – Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist in Bobsleding (Vancouver 2010) was giving a speech. To be honest, I hadn’t done all my research before attending. I knew someone was giving a motivational speech but forgot who it was until I arrived and then wasn’t able to focus on her speech because I was trying to keep the girls happy among everything going on.

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We did a warm up and the 10k runners lined up and off they went. It was our turn next, so we lined up.  As the gun went off we started at the back of the group and slowly made our way through the shoot. We hit our first corner and there was a young girl, maybe 8 years old saying “Don’t forget, it’s just the 5k route NOT the 10k” … Meredith and I had a good laugh. The run was held in Shubie Park located in Dartmouth, NS – a perfect trail for such an event. Lots of trees and shade yet a sunny morning with the heat going up. There were a few inclines and one long steep hill to climb. When we got to the top there were 3 Osprey up in their nest … kinda cool to see and a good break at the top of the steep hill.

We ran at a nice slow yet constant pace and I was surprised to make it to 2k without any walking – that changed on the way back. I know if I would have trained better for this race I could have done a lot better but that’s not was this race was about. As we returned to the finish line we could hear the music pumping and lots of cheering going on. We crossed the finish line and got a High Five from Heather – that’s was fun!

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I was pretty excited to see a picture of my girls, my dad who is super sporty and Heather. Lilly got to hold the medal and meet an Olympic athlete! How cool is that? I know Lilly and Hilary do not understand how big of a deal this is but I think it’s pretty awesome!

The reason I pushed myself to run in this event even when I knew I really should have taken a step back to keep things sane in my house, is because I want to expose my girls to being active. I want them to see me run, my husband run, my Dad referee soccer, other children and adults living a healthy lifestyle. Sports for me growing up kept me busy, gave me numerous friendships, enabled me to travel around my Province competing against others and has been something that is just in my blood, so to speak. It also directed me to the career I am in as a Regional Physical Activity Coordinator.

I want my girls to pursue their interests, their goals and to know that being healthy and leading an active lifestyle can be done …. even when you think you don’t have time for it.

I really enjoyed this event and am happy that email arrived saying I had won. I am planning on participating next year and am going to focus on fundraising for their mental health contributions.

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I don’t do races for the swag bag, t-shirt or even the medal. Honestly, I like collecting the bibs! However, this swag bag or kit was full….I mean FULL of stuff and a pretty cool running t-shirt that I will wear over and over again.

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Walking off the pain of running a 5k with no training in my Run for Women t-shirt and Lolë  Capri’s.

Have you ever won an entrance to a race before?

What’s your favourite take-a-way from a race?

Whats the best/worst kit bag/swag you’ve received?

Happy Running!

The end.

Zumba & a Non-Family Babysitter

I finally did!

I found an awesome non-family babysitter and she lives across the street. We have come to spend lots of time with our neighbours every few days, mainly hanging outside in their garden . Lilly has come to really love seeing them all but especially Konner.  She has gone over to their house three time to bake with Konner who is in University and has the most energetic personality.

When she recently offered to babysit I said yes, especially with Sai gone for days at a time.  I booked her for Thursday night knowing Sai would be gone and a Zumba class was on that night. Not just any Zumba class but Suzi from Confessions of a Fitness Instructor. I attended her classes when Lilly was a baby and loved it but slowly stopped going because Sai went back to school in PEI and I worked out at home while Lilly slept.

I planned my day around this Zumba class at 7:30 pm; about an 8 minutes drive from my house. Hilary had a short nap in the afternoon as “resting” Lilly wasn’t resting but slamming her door multiple times…oh well, that’s life. We played outside, had a snack, played inside and prepped dinner. After dinner I bathed both girls early and nursed Hilary and put her to bed about 20 minutes before her normal time. The goal was to have her asleep before Konner came over.

Mission accomplished.

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Lilly was standing at our front door in her pj’s at 6:40 waiting for Konner to arrive at 7. I decided we needed to play or she would have been upset that she wasn’t coming over fast enough. We put together 4 different puzzles waiting for Konner to arrive. When she arrived and I told her what she might expect and Lilly basically kicked me out saying “bye Mom, BYE”!!!!!

I got the clue, Thanks Lilly.

I arrived at Zumba and there were only a few other people in the room…thank goodness because I was second guessing myself for being there. It’s been two years since I did Zumba and I wasn’t sure I would know all the moves. Then a few more showed up.  Frig, I thought. But it topped off at 10…perfectly fine with me. I had three women behind me and I should have warned them that it had been awhile. Suzi had informed me earlier that she had some OLD songs that I might recognize and thankfully I did.

After about 25 minutes in I was determined to become a Zumba instructor. Seriously! I’d love to do that…it’s the instructor/coach in me. Suzi made it seem like the easiest thing to do and most enjoyable job ever. I had a great time, didn’t feel out of shape or mess up the moves too badly. I am hoping to get back again next week, fingers crossed.

When I arrived home all was quiet. Then I walked up the stairs and could hear a little cry. Hilary had woken up about ten minutes before I got home. Konner had calmed Hilary down but then she started crying again once put back in her crib. Konner and I chatted for a few minutes and then I was off to tend to Hilary. She screamed for 45 minutes on and off as I would try to comfort her. I gave up and brought her to bed with me.

Cost of babysitter (2 hours): $20

Cost of Zumba class: $7

Cost of Water Melon I bought after: $3.06

Cost of cuddling/calming screaming Hilary: PRICELESS.

It was a successful night knowing that I left the girls with someone I trust and we all enjoy being around. The only bummer is that she’s off to France in a few weeks for 10 months of school. I can’t wait to go to Zumba again and attempt another non-family babysitter when I need to.

Do you remember the first time you babysat? 

I do, it was across from my house at age 12 and I called my mom every 1/2 hour! Sorry Mom.

When did you leave your children with a non-family babysitter for the first time?

What do you pay your babysitter?

WIAW: A few eats this week

We’ve been all over the place the last two weeks eating good food and not taking many pictures! This is what I did manage to capture over the last week.

Breakfast: Pancakes with mint chocolate chips

(we may or may not have had this for dinner AND breakfast)

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Lunch: Turkey breast, spinach on whole wheat, 5 Year Canadian cheddar, cherry tomatoes from the Market.

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Lunch

Snack: my favourite red grapes

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Post Race Snack: Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF bar!

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Nothing too exciting this past week.

What have you been eating?