It’s always a strugle 

I’ve been bad. I haven’t followed through with my blogs and I’ve been on and off from my diet and fitness for a while.  

I don’t think that I’m alone in this and for me this has been a life long struggle both with dieting and fitness. 

My biggest mistake was when I got fit I gave up that lifestyle and now I’m here. 

As a society we have equated a diet as a temporary measure of eating healthy. Should this not be a lifestyle and a diet be the time when we cheat?  Something that is easier to write than to put in practice.

Well I’m back on the wagon and I have to comit to myself what I’m preaching here.  So cheers to my new lifestyle. 

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Sometimes it’s better in the back 

There is a video on YouTube 

Nature RX
Which I think is hilarious and very true. I absolutely love the outdoors; especially camping. I used to be heavy into camping. Doing the long hikes where you had to carry everything that you needed but for the past couple of years I have been car camping. 

Now there is absolutely nothing with car camping. It gets you outdoors; it’s relaxing; and I thoroughly enjoy it.  However i had the opportunity to do some back woods camping this weekend. 

  
The type of camping that you have to canoe to your site.

I can say that the trip was well worth the extra work. There is absolutely no one beside you. And the experience is amazing.  

It feels more like camping than car camping and it’s not that much more effort. 

   
   
I had so much fun that I think that this is going to be an annual event. Now don’t get me wrong. This was not a one way portage through Algonquin park. It was literally a small canoe trip across a lake to your site. But the quality of the site and the fact that there are no sites beside you that make it more of a camping trip and a connection to nature than the traditional car camping 

   
Oh yes and it allows you to build amazing fires which, is a favorite past time of mine

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Who said boxed food isn’t healthy ?

I guess you can say I’ve been in a grocery rut for years now. Typically I don’t even need to make a list when going grocery shopping because I buy the same things each week. 

However I turned over a new leaf. Through recommendations by friends I’ve joined healthy living Ottawa. It’s a company that delivers vegetable boxes to your door.

They offer two types of boxes a harvest box and a local box. The local box is only offered between the spring and fall and is exclusively local vegetables.  Our plan is to have local while we can then when the friged cold winter comes we will switch to the harvest box. 

  
It’s been a learning experience but also fun at the same time. Our first week we got Kolroby and, to be honest. I didn’t know what to do with it.  So I googled away and made a fritter from it. (Well a highly modified version of the recipie I found.).  The past two weeks we received parsley in the box.  I really didn’t use the first bunch so when the second one came I knew I had to do something. Tabbouleh!   

 The delivery is amazing. You don’t even have to be home. They will just leave it outside your door and it’s there when you get home.  I find myself excited each week to open my box and see what I got.  Not to mention the fact that I’m eating local healthy vegetables. 

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Holy Macro

1st week of the fitness test and the results are in!  Let me 1st say that even with all the effort that I put in I didn’t do as well as I expected.

What’s the problem you ask?  Well it’s those damn Macros. Yes I have been to the gym 3 times this week and hit my calories each day. BUT I missed my macros each day. That means I only scored a dismal 65% or a C! 

Let me be the 1st to say that Macros are not easy to hit.  Even though I have been eating super healthy, it really takes a lot of planning to hit your macros. 

So here is the problem,  my goals are as follows. 166g of carbs. 166g grams of protein and 63g of fat. (Thank you iifym.com). And as a rule if I am +\- 5% I consider it a hit. The problem is if I’m even 4g off my fat for the day that counts as a miss !  Am I being too strict ?  I don’t know. If I bump it up to +/- 10% then is it really a goal ?  Missing your protein by 16g and still calling it a hit makes me skeptical :/

So planning planning planning is in order. no one ever said fitness would be easy. But to get it done correctly takes planning and persistence. 

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Something’s are always better in the dark 

I’m an amature at best when it comes to photography.  Even though I have a SLR and a DSLR none of my little babies are a full sensor. (Props if you have one). 

Typically I enjoy taking architecture photos, documenting my travel ect. However I do super enjoy taking siloughettes.  There is something about capturing a figure with a scenic background that gets me excited every time. 

On my Birthday camping week this year we had a blue moon. Although I didn’t have my baby with me I did have my iPhone and took these photos. 

  

And now with the slioughette 

  

   
  
 

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Almost a year 

It’s been almost a year since I have blogged and a year that I have been with my trainer. The first time I had a personal trainer I made huge advances in a very short period of time. This time not so much. 

Yes I have seen improvements in my mobility, my flexibility, the way my body looks. What I haven’t seen is improvements in my total body fat percentage of my muscle percentage. 

Rather than being discouraged. I need to take into consideration what I have gained.  I’ve learned so much about exercising, planning and, nutrition. 

Excercise and nutrition is about being healty. Which in itself is a lifestyle. It should not be a phase or a fad.

So what’s the plan ?  I’m sure we have all heard the old saying gyming is only 30% of the work the rest is what is being put into your body !  So I’m doing a fitness exam each week.

Here is how it’s going to work. 

Total score is out of 100.

10 points each time I go to the gym. 3@10=30 points 

5 points each time I hit my calories 5@7=35

5 points each time I hit my macros 5@7=35

Nerdy fitness is the best.

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It’s not that different…….is it?

Its funny when you are thinking about something and then it hits you in the face. Well that just happened to me and I thought I would share it with you. Lets back up a little and give you some background information. Typically what I call lunch is a salad, however my trainer wants me to eat more calories and hit specific nutrition milestones too! Well its not so easy with a salad. So I have been eathing things like chicken/salmon and wild rice with veggies.

Then one day I was eating Salmon and as usual I took off the skin.  I have never been one for fish skin so I threw it out.  That got me thinking…how can I say I don’t like the skin when I have never really tried it.  Also when eating chicken, I love the skin so why is fish different.  This also tied into a conversation my coworkers were having about their children and their picky eating habits.  Its funny how we won’t even try something and assume that we won’t like it.

“The no thank you bite”  That’s one of the solutions my coworkers have for their children.  They aren’t allowed to say they don’t like something until they have at least tried it once.

Just when I thought it was over I came across this article on a blog that I follow talking about all the health benefits of the fish skin, and that most of the Omega 3 fatty acids are located in the skin….Hummmm.   Well I guess the next time I eat fish I am going to have to try the skin and the next time there is something that you haven’t tried before take a bite  before you say no thank you!

http://hungryandfit.com/2014/08/28/eat-fish-skin/

 

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