Sunday, 28 July 2013

MEC 5km Recap and the Comparison Game

On Saturday I ran the MEC 5km. I was heading down to the race site all by myself. I was in the zone. I had big plans. I was gonna cut 3 minutes off my 28:08 April 5km time and finish in an even 25 minutes.

I lined up at the front of pack with all the big guns. The whistle blew and I burst off the line - pushing hard and fast. I finished my first kilometer at 3:40 minutes (aka way to fast)...and then I died. I slowly fell off the pace and my 25 minute finish slipped away. I crossed the line at 27:37 and 77th out 164 runner. It was still a PB. And I still managed to finish in the top half of the race day competitors. But I didn't leave feeling good about my performance. I felt slow. I felt weak. I felt beaten.

The truth is I am guilty of playing the Comparison Game. I train with a coach with runs a 2:40 marathon. I have running buddies completing races in faster times, running longer distances, and doing more all the time. And I find myself questioning if I will ever measure up.

Yesterday's 27:37 didn't measure up.

I wanted to be faster. I wanted to be stronger. I wanted to be better.

The comparison game has meant that I have lost sight of my own journey.
I have forgotten why started and where I am coming from.

I am still only 5 months post-op. And as hard as I am training and as strong as I am feeling - I know that it takes the body twice that long to truly heal and rebuild. I am competitive by nature, so I hate the idea that any of my Darwinian failings could slow me down. But the fact is, over the past year I have had a total of 3 major surgeries - with all of the trauma, setbacks, and necessary healing that goes along with that. So my body just isn't there yet.

25 minutes wasn't realistic for me this time around. But progress is progress. And just because I am not there yet, doesn't mean I won't get there eventually.

My journey as a Darwinian Fail turned Runner is just beginning.

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Friday, 26 July 2013

#BodyLove Finale - Makeup and Racing

I embraced lower mileage this week, and I must admit it felt GREAT. I am running the MEC Toronto 5km on Saturday, and I am gunning for that elusive 5km PR. Coach recommended I lower my mileage and really focus on my upcoming race. My fingers are crossed that the route is fairly flat. And I am going to push hard with the hope of getting as close to 25 minutes as possible.


I have been combating tummy issues the last few weeks, but I have been training hard. So I am hoping the results I got on Saturday will reflect all of the work I have been doing. Time will tell! 

Those tummy troubles have also meant that I have trying to clean up my diet and take care of myself as much as possible. So one of the other areas I have been looking at lately is cleaning up the other products we use in our life and in our home. That has meant really looking at what is in our cleaning supplies, my makeup, skin care products, shampoo, everything. My husband and I have been looking at trying to incorporate new products into our life that alleviate our exposure to some of the unnecessary chemicals and toxins that are present in so many of our household items.

I met Sarah the creator of Urban Minerals, and immediately fell in love with the line and all that it stands for. It uses natural (uses both natural and organic ingredients), locally sourced, and sustainable mineral makeup line inspired by the beautiful multicultural skin tones represented in Toronto.

Admittedly most of the time I am sans makeup, sweating, and generally looking a hot mess. But on rare occasions I do put on "real" clothes and do my makeup. So I love the idea of supporting a line like this. It is good for your body, good for the environment, and it is a handmade local line. You can't go wrong! If you are looking to make some changes I definitely recommend checking out Urban Minerals. It feels light and fresh, and it represents so many beautiful skin tones that you are sure to find your perfect match.

This is the last day of our #BodyLOVE summer challenge and I have absolutely loved getting to watch all of your progress and follow along during your personal journeys this month. I took the sticky note off my scale today, and weighed myself for the first time in over a month. I was down 3 lbs after 30 days of #BodyLOVE. How are you all feeling? Notice any changes? Thoughts on your relationship with the scale? I hope you all had as much fun as I did. And that you are feeling the LOVE this month!

On that note... CONGRATS KAT your tweet was randomly selected as this week's #BodyLOVE winner!
Please email me ksibabishop@yahoo.com so we can organize the size and shipment of your Wave Sayonaras.

Have a Fantastic Weekend Friends!
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

#WIAW - Vega-licious

Its WIAW with Peas and Crayons. Last week I got a message from one of favourite social media buddies @VeggieMyke. He invited me to a special Vega cooking event at Vibrant Lifestyle in Liberty Village. The timing was PERFECT!

If you guys have been following along, than you know that I have been struggling with an ulcer. The past 7 weeks have been full of tummy troubles and I have been trying all sorts of things to get my digestive system back on track. Vega  is one of the products I have been using religiously to fuel during my Marathon Training and to keep my tummy on track, so I was excited to see what this cooking class was all about.

Plus anytime someone wants to cook for me I am pretty much always game!
A couple other blogging buddies were also coming, and it was the very first time I was going to meet Micheal in person. He is totally sweet and adorable, so I am trying to find a way to plan another fitness date with him ASAP.

We started off with a Chocolate Cherry Smoothie. It was scorching hot in the city last week, so a nice cold smoothie to start the night was definitely welcome. And this one tasted like Black Forest Cake! Hello AMAZING!


We also had an Arugula Salad with Mango Vinaigrette. It was topped with their Karmalized Savi Seeds - which I am officially obsessed with. I bought myself a big bag to add to all of salads this week as soon as the class was done. They also added their Tropical Tango Vega Smoothie to the Dressing to create the mango flavor and to add an extra punch of vitamins and plant-based protein. I had never thought to add Vega to my salad before! Such a great idea!

Mango Vinaigrette
1/2 cup of EVO
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp of Tropical Tango Vega Smoothie
1 tsp of dried oregano
sea salt and pepper to taste

The main course was an Omega Pesto with Zucchini Linguini. A Spiralizer is on my Kitchen Gadget wish-list. This was such a delicious pasta alternative. My tummy and my tastebuds were VERY Happy!

We finished our delicious adventure with Protein Power Balls for dessert. They basically taste like cookie dough! I may have eaten 4... I couldn't resist!

They had so many great ideas, and it was the Clean Eating kick in the pants that I needed as I continue to tackle these tummy troubles. I made an appointment with a Holistic Sports Nutritionist for August 1st. And I went back to my doctor this week as well. We have switched my meds and I have stopped taking my iron supplements for a little while. We are also doing extra blood work and an ultrasound this week. Hopefully all of this will give me a little more to go on. It is still a work in progress, but I think we are on the right track!

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

PS Don't forget to enter the final week of my Summer #BodyLOVE Challenge! You could win a pair of Mizuno Running Shoes!

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Warrior Dash Recap and the Final Week of #BodyLOVE

Whew! This past weekend was non-stop! So I apologize for the tardiness of this week's post.

I started Saturday morning with a little Muddy Warrior Dash fun. A few of us ran Warrior Dash together last year and decided that we would do it again - dragging Morgan and Michelle into the mix as well. So we met early Saturday morning to drive up to Barrie and get muddy.

Of course being the silly girls that we are, matching outfits and crazy socks were obviously necessary.

Jess is a crazy Youtube-er so she documented most of our race day adventure for you all to watch and enjoy. Her video is fabulous because you actually get to see a lot of the obstacles we tackled throughout the course. And it captures all of the crazy hills in all their glory.

Warrior Dash definitely stepped it up in the obstacle department this year. Last year I wasn't overly impressed with the obstacles we had to tackle - a few were tough, but a lot of them were pretty easy-peasy and just for fun. This year there was a lot more climbing, sliding, crawling, and adventure. The walls were serious business and definitely required some serious strength to complete. So I definitely thought this years race was more of challenge.


* I ran my 1st Marathon in these Mizunos. They have been officially retired and donated to the shoe-gods*

I had a good time. We crossed the finish line covered in mud and holding hands. It was a fun way to spend the day with the girls and get my sweat on. But I am not sure if I will do another obstacle/mud run after this year. While we were out on the course and approaching one of the final obstacles we heard a girl screaming like crazy - and not in the whole "I am having so much fun" kind of way. It turns out she slid down one of the walls and broke her legs. The whole thing left me a little queasy.

Obviously we survived unscathed and feeling great, but I couldn't get that girl out of my head. I ran Warrior Dash for fun, not for time, or anything remotely competitive. So what if that was me? What if I threw away all of my many months of marathon training just for 50 minutes of fun? I realize that they make you sign a crazy waiver to participate. But the injuries at this years event definitely gave me pause about competing next year. We will just have to see.

In other news. It is the last week of our #BodyLOVE challenge and I have one more pair of Mizuno Sayonaras to giveaway! So let's start spreading the LOVE!
If you are new to #BodyLOVE here's how you can join in the Challenge!

Step 1 - You and the Scale
Okay so for the last 3 weeks I have asked you to hide your scale. Now you have to decide where you stand in the great number debate. Are you curious to see if the number has changed? Are you happy to keep that scale hidden for longer? You decide!

Step 2 - Commit to Fit 4-6x a Week
Pick your poison - Run, Crossfit, Yoga, Weights, Hiking, Biking, Swim - whatever you want to do to get your sweat on. Just commit to get moving for 30-60 minutes 4-6x a week for the month of July. But commit to take care of yourself. Commit to get make your body stronger. Commit to make your body healthier. Commit to feel good!

Step 3 - Embrace Healthy Whole Foods
This is not about following any crazy rules, or dubbing food good or bad. It is just an effort to eat healthy, whole, nourishing food to help give the body the fuel it needs. I follow the 80/20 rule. I try to eat clean, whole, nutritious food 80% of the time, but sometime a girl just needs a cookie or a glass of wine and that makes up the other 20% of my diet. It is all about balance!

Step 4 - Give Yourself Some Love
Take time out once a week to do something fun and fabulous for yourself! Go get ice cream. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi or a new outfit. Sleep in. Just do something to rest, relax, and thank yourself for being AWESOME!

It is that Easy! And by the end of 4 weeks you will see amazing progress and you will have made your new healthy routine a habit. And more importantly we will all learn how to give our bodies so much need #BodyLOVE!



How do you Participate:


Leave a comment here sharing your commitment to #BodyLOVE this week
Tweet: "It is the final week of the #BodyLOVE Summer Challenge with @Darwinianfail and @MizunoRunning? How are you gonna give yourself some LOVE?!"
 Instagram: Share your journey! Take photos sharing your workouts, your #BodyLOVE love-fest, and where you are hiding your scale this week - tag @darwinianfail and use the #BodyLOVE hashtag so I can see your progress we can all support each other! 



*Each action gets you and additional entry, so make sure you leave a separate comment here telling me what you did (ie. if you do all 5 leave me 5 separate comments so you get 5 entries)*
 

Our #BodyLOVE winner will be chosen Friday!
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten



Friday, 19 July 2013

5 Amazing Years and a #BodyLOVE Winner


5 years ago today I put on a white dress, walked through a rainy vineyard, and into your arms. 

In that moment I instantly found myself among the lucky ones. I had found it. I found that genuine, unwavering, amazing kind of love. I had found my safe place to fall. I had found my perfect place to grow. I created a place where I could love and be loved whole-heartedly and unconditionally. And I often find myself wondering what I have done to deserve all of this. 

He is my rock, my biggest supporter, my best friend, and the love of my life. 
5 years ago today I married the sweetest, kindest, most brilliant man I have ever met.

I walked down the aisle and said "I Do". He said "Forever and Always". 
And that was that moment that I knew I would spend the rest of my life forever happy.

I hope you all have a day filled with LOVE today! I am definitely looking forward to unplugging and spending the night with my amazing hubby! We are going out for long, slow, delicious French meal. I already know what I am getting, and I cannot wait!

Oh yeah... and Congrats to Elle from Eat Run Sail - your tweet was randomly selected this week!
Please email me ksibabishop@yahoo.com so we can coordinate your prize!

Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Sometimes Girls Just Gotta Have Fun!

So with Marathon Training comes long runs, a new focus on time and pace, and the drive for a PR. There are also questions about fueling, competition, and how to push yourself harder. It can all get a little serious. So sometimes a girl just needs to switch things up and do something for FUN!
Enter Skyzone Indoor Trampoline Park. Yep it is pretty much exactly how it sounds. It is wall-to-wall trampolines so you can bounce around to your hearts content. Me, Christina, our Run Coach Michelle, and a whole bunch of Clif Bar Toronto team members all went to the local SkyZone to shake our sillies out!


I wasn't expecting much, I mean how hard can bouncing on a trampoline be?! But we definitely got our sweat on and laughed like crazy doing it!

We bounced, somersaulted, flipped, and even through in a little speed/resistance training trampoline style.

That is Christina laughing hysterically while I give Coach a little payback. These sprints were redemption for our 5km Race that conveniently turned into 15km. (**Mwahaha! Love you coach! **) 


We had a BLAST! And according to my GPS I bounced a total of 9km?! What?! I know! And I burned 643 calories?! BANANAS! It was the perfect way to shake off some of the serious racing nerves. Refocus, Re-balance, and  Re-energize. Because as much as I love the challenge running provides, and as much as I love competing against myself and the clock, I really just run for FUN! This little Darwinian Fail isn't going break any world records, qualify for Boston, or even so much as place in a local race. But that isn't why I lace up sneakers.

Running is FUN, it is the ideal release, and it is home to amazing community of people.
I run to keep myself feeling Happy, Healthy, Light, and Free!

How are you gonna have some Fun this week?!

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Sunday, 14 July 2013

#BodyLOVE Week 3 - Starting the Week off Right

Are you all ready for Week 3?! I mentioned that last week was not my best. I had an ulcer setback and it was throwing off my whole week. I didn't know what to do diet-wise. And that meant I had no idea how to fuel my marathon training. From Sunday to Sunday I have run a total of 77km (aka 47 miles for my American buddies) and all that mileage translates to a lot of calories. All my trusty calorie-dense go-to meals were not cutting it. My tummy was angry. My energy levels were low. And to be frank - I was freakin' hungry!
So I spent this weekend regrouping, coming up with yummy tummy-friendly meal ideas, and rethinking my fueling strategy. And today I put it to the test. I had 26km (aka 16 miles) on tap, so it was the perfect opportunity try out my new meal plan.
The run itself was ROUGH! It was crazy humid here. I had to refill my Camelbak at the Starbucks 14 kilometers in. But I pushed through. I was completely drenched when I finished. And I ended my run with a BEAST of a hill - 500 dreadful meters to be exact. But I finished STRONG. I was hot and sticky and ready to be done. But my legs felt great. And my tummy...even better!
So what does this new Happy Tummy Diet involve...
  • Lots of Fruits and Veggies! I mean LOTS!!
  • Limited amounts of processed grains. Carbs are necessary fuel, but gluten-free has been easier to digest lately.
  • No Diary
  • No Coffee (so depressing, but so necessary)
  • Limited Sugar Intake
Sounds pretty boring doesn't it?! I am not gonna lie...it is. But until I get my ulcer healed and this body back in fighting form, I have to keep these things in mind.

I am planning on cheating Friday night, however, Because I have a hot date with my Hubby for our 5th Wedding Anniversary. And we are going out for a delicious French meal! I still gonna try to make tummy-friendly choices but I am planning on having dessert. It is all about BALANCE!

And that is what this challenge is all about! Let's start measuring success in terms of Health, Confidence, Happiness, and Love! The same rules apply. And this week I have another pair of Mizuno Wave Sayonaras up for grabs! Wanna join the Fun!?
If you are new to #BodyLOVE here's how you can join in the Challenge!

Step 1 - Get Rid of Your Scale!
Keep those scales hidden ladies! Gasp! I know! Not forever, but for this month. Put it in the closet. Skip weighing in at the gym. No scale for the next 4 weeks! Choose health for Health - not for a number.

Step 2 - Commit to Fit 4-6x a Week
Pick your poison - Run, Crossfit, Yoga, Weights, Hiking, Biking, Swim - whatever you want to do to get your sweat on. Just commit to get moving for 30-60 minutes 4-6x a week for the month of July. But commit to take care of yourself. Commit to get make your body stronger. Commit to make your body healthier. Commit to feel good!

Step 3 - Embrace Healthy Whole Foods
This is not about following any crazy rules, or dubbing food good or bad. It is just an effort to eat healthy, whole, nourishing food to help give the body the fuel it needs. I follow the 80/20 rule. I try to eat clean, whole, nutritious food 80% of the time, but sometime a girl just needs a cookie or a glass of wine and that makes up the other 20% of my diet. It is all about balance!

Step 4 - Give Yourself Some Love
Take time out once a week to do something fun and fabulous for yourself! Go get ice cream. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi or a new outfit. Sleep in. Just do something to rest, relax, and thank yourself for being AWESOME!

It is that Easy! And by the end of 4 weeks you will see amazing progress and you will have made your new healthy routine a habit. And more importantly we will all learn how to give our bodies so much need #BodyLOVE!


How do you Participate:

Leave a comment here sharing your commitment to #BodyLOVE this week

Tweet: "It is Week 3 of the #BodyLOVE Summer Challenge with @Darwinianfail and @MizunoRunning? How are you gonna give yourself some LOVE?!"
 Instagram: Share your journey! Take photos sharing your workouts, your #BodyLOVE love-fest, and where you are hiding your scale this week - tag @darwinianfail and use the #BodyLOVE hashtag so I can see your progress we can all support each other! 

*Each action gets you and additional entry, so make sure you leave a separate comment here telling me what you did (ie. if you do all 5 leave me 5 separate comments so you get 5 entries)*
 

Our #BodyLOVE winner will be chosen Friday! So let's start the summer off right!
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Friday, 12 July 2013

#BodyLOVE Week 2 - Ulcer Setbacks and Winner

How did Week 2 of the #BodyLOVE Challenge go? Is staying off that scale getting harder? What kind of treat are you going to treat yourself with this week? I have absolutely LOVED getting all of your Instagram pics and Twitter updates this week! Keep them coming! It has been so nice to see your progress and to be able to encourage each other!

I actually did not have the best week myself. So I needed all your positive #BodyLOVE encouragement to keep me positive. I had an ulcer setback when I returned from the cottage this week, and I was feeling pretty frustrated. I stuck to my bland diet for about 3 weeks, but the lure of coffee and things with flavor reeled me back in, and I caved. Admittedly, I have not been the most diligent ulcer patient. So after a week of tummy troubles I am back on the Bland-Bandwagon and not that happy about it.

I am the WORST dieter. And I am picky eater. I only like to eat things that taste yummy, making this whole bland-diet thing a real struggle. I am trying to find things that still taste good, but that won't upset stomach and that has been very tricky. So this week I treated myself to a trip to Fresh for some clean, yummy, tummy-friendly inspiration. I got their green detoxifier smoothie, Tangled Thai Salad, and their Curry Apple Soup. It was just what I needed to boost my mood and help get excited about meal planning for the weekend!

This weeks #BodyLOVE winner is...
@tinabelinda - one of your Instagram entries was randomly selected! 
Congrats Girlie!! Please email me ksibabishop@yahoo.com so we can organize the shipment of your Wave Sayonaras

Don't distress if you didn't win this week friends! I still have 2 pairs to giveaway and 2 more weeks of the #BodyLOVE challenge to go! So lets continue to make this summer all about Health, Happiness, and LOVE! Remember Health is a relationship between you and your body! Let's make it a positive and loving one!

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

#WIAW - Yummy Things I am Loving Lately

It's What I Ate Wednesday Friends! I am not gonna lie my meals have been pretty dull lately. I have been battling this little ulcer of mine for about a month now. And I have been trying to navigate what that means for my diet. This has been a huge struggle for me. I LOVE food! But now so many of my favourite things are off limits. It has been hard to balance finding meals that taste good but are easy on the tummy.

A lot of what I have been doing lately has been trial and error. And while it is still an ongoing-work-in-progress - I have discovered a few yummy things that are tummy friendly!

* Vanilla Chai Vega One Shake

Green smoothies have become a very necessary staple in my diet lately, and I am loving Vega's Vanilla Chai flavor. The Vega One Shake has 15g protein, antioxidants, and tummy-loving probiotics - so it has been perfect for me. I have also been adding avocado, spinach, and banana for extra plant power!

* Zico Coconut Water and Honey Maxx

It has been crazy humid in Toronto lately, making me a hot sweaty mess post-run. I know I am losing a ton of electrolytes while I am out logging my kilometers, so I have been looking for tummy-friendly electrolyte replacers.

Honey Maxx has been much easier on my tummy than some of the other brands I have used in the past (*cough, cough, Gatorade*). The natural ingredients and sugars are much easier to ingest on my run. And Zico Coconut water has been perfect post-run. Coconut water has sodium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and as much potassium as a banana! Plus the chocolate flavour is delicious

* Clif Bars

I have been struggling to take in enough calories after my long runs. But my Clif Bars have definitely been helping me refuel. They are sweetened with Brown Rice Syrup which is easy to digest and all of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit in every bar helps me make sure I am getting the right nutrition.

* Fresh Local Fruit
The produce aisle is packed with fresh local deliciousness. And I have been stocking up on tons of fruit! Rasberries and Peaches have been my absolute favourite this week! I just can't get enough!

* Solar Raw Kale Chips
Chips are my weakness. I love them. But they are not ulcer friendly. So I have been in search of healthy substitute, and I stumbled upon Solar Raw before my trip to the cottage. They are delicious! The kale is gently air dried (not baked or fried) so all of natural enzymes and nutrients of the Kale is preserved.

Do you have any tummy-friendly snacks you recommend?
Anyone else ever dealt with an ulcer? Tips/advice welcome!

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Monday, 8 July 2013

#BodyLOVE Week 2 - Lessons from a Toddler

I am back from my weekend at the cottage! It was perfect! It was so nice to get out of the city and relax for a few days. It was the necessary downtime I had been dreaming of. I feel relaxed, restored, and re-energized!I enjoyed the sunshine. Spent some quality time with some of my favourite people. Taught the boys a thing or two about fishing. Went for a run in the woods. Swam in the lake. Got approximately 46 misquito bites and enjoyed every minute of it. 

We spent the weekend with our friends Shane, Tracey, and their daughter Jayden. Baby Jayden (who is no longer a baby) has already taught me many things during her 2 years on this planet. And this weekend was no exception. 



At 2 years old she is a little ball of energy. Everything about the world that surrounds her is beautiful and magical. She is hanging on your every word, copying your every move, and absorbing life like a sponge. She is blissfully happy and so full of life. She doesn't waste time worrying about how her swimsuit looks - she just throws it on and jumps in the water. She eats her marshmallows with pure joy and abandon - never worrying about calories of the size of her jeans. And she feels confident because she is surrounded by love. That is how every little girl should feel. Heck, this is how every woman should feel.

And that is what this challenge is all about! Let's start measuring success in terms of Health, Confidence, Happiness, and Love! The same rules apply. And this week I have another pair of Mizuno Wave Sayonaras up for grabs!

Here's how you can join in the #BodyLOVE Challenge!

Step 1 - Get Rid of Your Scale!
Keep those scales hidden ladies! Gasp! I know! Not forever, but for this month. Put it in the closet. Skip weighing in at the gym. No scale for the next 4 weeks! Choose health for Health - not for a number.

Step 2 - Commit to Fit 4-6x a Week
Pick your poison - Run, Crossfit, Yoga, Weights, Hiking, Biking, Swim - whatever you want to do to get your sweat on. Just commit to get moving for 30-60 minutes 4-6x a week for the month of July. But commit to take care of yourself. Commit to get make your body stronger. Commit to make your body healthier. Commit to feel good!

Step 3 - Embrace Healthy Whole Foods
This is not about following any crazy rules, or dubbing food good or bad. It is just an effort to eat healthy, whole, nourishing food to help give the body the fuel it needs. I follow the 80/20 rule. I try to eat clean, whole, nutritious food 80% of the time, but sometime a girl just needs a cookie or a glass of wine and that makes up the other 20% of my diet. It is all about balance!

Step 4 - Give Yourself Some Love
Take time out once a week to do something fun and fabulous for yourself! Go get ice cream. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi or a new outfit. Sleep in. Just do something to rest, relax, and thank yourself for being AWESOME!

It is that Easy! And by the end of 4 weeks you will see amazing progress and you will have made your new healthy routine a habit. And more importantly we will all learn how to give our bodies so much need #BodyLOVE!


How do you Participate:
Leave a comment here sharing your commitment to #BodyLOVE this week

Tweet: "It is Week 2 of the #BodyLOVE Summer Challenge with @Darwinianfail and @MizunoRunning? How are you gonna give yourself some LOVE?!"
 Instagram: Share your journey! Take photos sharing your workouts, your #BodyLOVE love-fest, and where you are hiding your scale this week - tag @darwinianfail and use the #BodyLOVE hashtag so I can see your progress we can all support each other! 

*Each action gets you and additional entry, so make sure you leave a separate comment here telling me what you did (ie. if you do all 5 leave me 5 separate comments so you get 5 entries)*
 

Our #BodyLOVE winner will be chosen Friday! So let's start the summer off right!
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Friday, 5 July 2013

#BodyLOVE Week 1 - Cottage Weekend and Winner

How did everyone's first week of the #BodyLOVE Challenge go? Is that scale still hidden? Have you done something nice for yourself yet this week? I have absolutely LOVED getting all of your Instagram pics and Twitter updates this week! Keep them coming! It has been so nice to see your progress and to be able to encourage each other! This weeks #BodyLOVE winner is...
@waterlilyTO - one of your Instagram entries was randomly selected! 
Congrats Girlie!! Please email me ksibabishop@yahoo.com so we can organize getting you your Wave Sayonaras

Don't distress if you didn't win this week friends! I still have 3 pairs to giveaway and 3 more weeks of the #BodyLOVE challenge to go! So lets continue to make this summer all about Health, Happiness, and LOVE!
Speaking of Health, Happiness, and LOVE...I am currently loading up the car and getting ready to head to cottage country for the weekend. And I gotta admit I am looking forward to some downtime with my hubby and a few great friends! 

I treated myself this week to a few cottage essentials - including 2 pairs of summer shorts and a new tank! It has literally been 5 years since I bought myself a pair of "real" shorts (aka not running shorts). Bananas - I know! So this was a real #BodyLOVE treat!
I also made a special trip to my local health food store to stock up on some tummy friendly items. Normally I would just let loose and enjoy my weekend away - beer, chips, burgers, and all. But my recent tummy troubles mean that I have to do a good job nourishing my body (*le sigh*), so I can hopefully say bye-bye Ulcer soon! So I loaded up on veggie burgers, Kale Chips, and Kombucha instead!

I am also packing my running shoes! I love running somewhere new, and I definitely looking forward to squeezing in a couple training runs while I am away. Gotta keep that crazy run coach of mine happy! (*Love You Michelle*)

More than anything though, I am looking forward to a little downtime. I have been on the go a ton this past month, which has left me playing catch-up. It has been hard to disconnect and just be present - this is something I really need to work on. So this weekend I am leaving my textbooks and computer at home. I am just going to enjoy spending some quality time with a few of my favourite people, and come back feeling refreshed and ready to tackle it all next week. For now the to-do list can wait!

 How are you going to relax over the next few days?

Hope you all have a SUPER-DUPER weekend!
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

#WIAW - Healthy Bites and Ulcer Magic



Happy WIAW! If you guys have been following along recently, than you know because of the pain meds prescribed during my most recent round of surgeries, I have ended up with a nasty little ulcer.

FACT: Ulcers and Marathon training don't work that well together. I have been instructed to eat a very specific diet to help reduce the acid in my stomach. But I am the WORST (*seriously the worst*) at following any kind of diet. And post-race I always crave high calorie/high fat food to make up for all of the calories burned while racing. So after my weekend of racing (remember I ran my 1st Triathlon and then a Color Run the next day) I gave in to all of my food desires. I ate pizza on Saturday and then I even went to McDonalds on Sunday. It was so good! But my tummy was so mad!

So this month I am striving to find new ways to keep my tummy and my tastebuds happy while I am training. And hopefully I can say "bye-bye ulcer" soon! Enter the lovely Lindsay and her Healthy Bites! She knows a thing or two about fueling for endurance, so I placed my first order! And I am so excited that she agreed to guest post over here!

Hi there Krysten’s Crew!. My name is Lindsay Cotter and I blog over at Cotter Crunch. I'm a pro triathlete's wife, nutrition manager/fitness consultant, kombucha lover & wanna-be wino who has a joyous passion for GLUTEN FREE cooking! It’s funny, this is my blog title and subtitile and yes, it really does describe my life.  But the main reason I blog is support my husband. We’ve created this dream together. A dream to pursue HIS professional triathlon career and I get to play wing man woman, actually it’s Sherpa wife. Either way, I’m by his side.




I’d say my best support comes through food and fueling. I’m good at feeding that man, or so I like to think.
In an effort to help James (aka the hubs) fuel properly for pre and post workout, I started making him healthy bites. What are healthy Bites? Glad you asked.

Healthy Bites are my take on functional gluten free bite sized “ball” snacks. Each bite is made with natural, gluten-free and mostly organic ingredients. 
What started off as a little healthy snack option for me and my husband has now turned into my own little business. I am passionate about it and want to share these bites with others…kids, athletes, on the go mom’s, food allergy folks, and more! My mission is to make gluten free and process free food that actually tastes really good. Sheesh, do I sound like an infomercial or what? Haha. 






Anyway, today I wanted to share with you one of my first flavors of Healthy Bites I ever made. Okay it wasn’t the first but it was definitely an original.  

Cherry Banana Crunch Bites


 Recipe Type: snack
Prep time: 15 mins

Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 20-22

Ingredients:
  • 2/3 cup dried cherries (you can use any dried berry really)
  • 2 tbsp crushed dried banana chips
  • 1/3 cup crushed GF crispy cereal (i use Erewhon Berry Crisp)
  • 2 heaping spoonful’s of natural peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 35 grams strawberry protein powder (I used BIOCHEM 100% Whey)
  • 35 grams vanilla protein
Instructions
  1. Grind up cherries in food processor. Makes sure you grind up the rest of your dry ingredients as well. Transfer into a large bowl and add in peanut butter and honey. Mix well, then roll into balls/bites. Freeze right away then store in fridge or freezer for up to 6 weeks to maintain freshness.
Well folks, that’s all I got for now. I hope you get to make these. If so, please let me know how they turn out. Thanks for letting me ramble today. I mean, that’s what blogs are for right? I could go on, but I don’t want that list to get to lengthy. Hehe.You can see more on my site, facebook page, or in my BOOK of BITES eBook. Oh, and feel free to order some yourself. I ship! Well, I try to ship to most US.  Happy to ship to Canada just costs extra, as always. Bummer.
Cheers,
LC