Happy Monday? Ugh.

Some weeks I find Mondays less offensive than others, but this week I’m particularly turned off by the thought of it and am really missing those glorious 48 hours of free time that we call the weekend. I’m going to give you a weekend recap because that’s all that I have to talk about today, really. I had had a particularly long and draining week of work and was 100% ready for a mental break. I left work on Friday like:

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Literally, like a gazelle

On Saturday James and I acted like overachievers and made it to Grouse Mountain right after breakfast to get a workout in. We didn’t do the Grouse Grind this time, we did the BCMC trail which starts off with the Grouse Grind trail and then branches off. Both trails climb up the mountain but the BCMC hike is far less touristy and busy than the Grind which makes it a win in our books.

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I really like the BCMC trail, it’s a bit longer in distance but it’s not as “staircase-y” aka. hellish or steep for the most part like the Grind is. It still was no walk in the park, at all because you’re literally climbing a huge mountain, and I was drenched in sweat early on for two reasons. 1) It was H-O-T out 2) I’m kind of out of shape 

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James & I split up at the beginning of the hike with plans to meet up at the top because I didn’t want to be rushed or hold him back. I get argumentative when I’m physically uncomfortable, so this decision is always a relationship saver for us.

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When we got to the top we said hello to the grizzly bears in the exhibit. The picture is blurry because I had my phone tucked into my sports bra for the whole climb and there was a film of sweat over the camera. If clicked on this site to see high quality blog picture, you came to the wrong place, ha!

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Here’s a better one from when I did the Grind on Canada Day, minus the blurry sweat marks.

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Even though I felt great having hiked up a mountain all before noon, I was a tired and cranky mess by Saturday afternoon. I had a long nap and woke up still feeling miserable, does this ever happen to you too?

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We were both not into cooking and were craving sushi so we went to Sushi Garden, our favourite sushi place in Vancouver. Check out how massive the pieces of sashimi are. Note, this was only half of what we ordered and our bill was only $42. If you come to visit us, we’ll take you here. Any excuse for me to go is a win in my books.

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We went to the mall on Sunday morning right when it opened because hi, we’re anti-social and hate crowds, and got some shopping done. On our way home we stopped at this place that James found while out for a run once where there are wild blackberries growing in a public space and are free for the picking, literally. We picked SO many and I’m going to make some blackberry jam with them. Does anyone know how to do that? I’ve never even made jam before but I imagine it can’t be that hard… ?

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Then on Sunday night we were laying around watching House of Cards on Netflix and I was scrolling through Instagram and saw that it was National Ice Cream Day. It would just be rude to ignore such an important holiday so we got right in the car and headed to Dairy Queen to participate in such an important holiday.

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Well anyways, I’d love to stay and chat more but it’s freaking Monday so I have to go to work now. Woof.. 

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The Cougars Didn’t Smell Our Pizza

Well, I’m alive. My foot is much better and although it’s still pretty bruised I can finally walk without minimal pain. Luckily I was mobile and we didn’t have to cancel our weekend plans, we had a trip on deck to Whistler, BC for a weekend away. The weather wasn’t awesome but it was a great weekend filled with wine, great food, relaxation, and a great hike. I didn’t take many photos all weekend except for our hike, I know.. who am I? We hiked on Ancient Cedars Trail on Cougar Mountain on Sunday. I was nervous when I found out that it was called Cougar Mountain because I’m sure it’s not named that for no reason.

So, we started our hike out with some healthy “fuel” of leftover bacon cheeseburger pizza slices, ahem…

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Luckily, the cougars didn’t smell our pizza and we didn’t get mauled. We saw some amazing things on this hike like, this view…

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on our way home I was hungry and getting cranky, but what else is new.. and we stopped in Squamish at Subway for a late lunch and we enjoyed this view. Not too shabs.

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Oh, and want to see James & my personalities summed up in visual form? We split a carry-on suitcase for our weekend getaway… guess which half is mine? Ha! I kept throwing my clothes into the suitcase that he had so neatly rolled and he was not impressed.

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One last thing, I’m basically a celebrity now. BOW DOWN! kidding, kidding. I was asked to do a video interview for a partnership for my work and a charity and it was really fun, and I don’t hate being in front of the camera. Is anyone surprised by this? Ha! Basically, I need to be on a reality show like, yesterday. Someone discover me!

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Well, I’ll leave you on that note. If you’d like an autograph, please email me at liverunsparkle@gmail.com and I’ll mail you one. Mmk, bye!

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Crippled At The Themepark

I was all set to tell you about how active I’ve been lately, I’ve been killing it on the exercise front but then something terrible happened yesterday and now I’m completely derailed. You see, on Saturday we had plans to go to Playland which is a just-okay amusement park in Vancouver. I made James leave the house an hour before Playland opened (we live 10 minutes away) because I’m that neurotic person who must be first in line at theme parks to avoid the crowds. Early bird catches the worm, you know? We were all set with our tickets which I bought the day before, obviously, I couldn’t waste a single minute at the gate; our sunscreen was applied, we were set to go and had 45 minutes to burn outside of the gates. I.WAS.EXCITED!

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We went on the new ride, The Beast, first and then jumped on more rides and never had to wait in line. My strategy was working out perfectly, I was pumped. We were going to have this whole park done by noon and we were on target to avoid sunburns and the inevitable excessive afternoon underboob sweat. Nailed it.

We had just finished our fifth ride of the morning when it happened, yep.. five rides in and I was down and out. Why, you ask?

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We were getting off the Breakdance ride which looked like it had just walked out of 1989. Let me preface this story by telling you that the ride wasn’t even good and worth the pain that I was about to endure. I had gotten out of the car and was walking down the metal flooring towards the exit gate. I don’t really even know how it happened, but the floor was uneven and I tripped and fell…hard. Real hard. On metal grate.

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The next thing I knew I was crumpled in a heap and in a lot of pain all over. James and I both find it funny when people fall sometimes, but he later told me that there was nothing funny about this fall, it was straight-up concerning. I believe him because this man who was wearing a blue shirt and was there with his daughter looked really worried about me too. Its funny the things you remember when you’re experiencing a trauma. I’m not dramatic or anything, hey?

Anyways, we limped our way to the first aid trailer and I was bleeding and wimpering – it wasn’t cute. I’m a clumsy person by nature, I realize this is not the first time you’ve heard this sort of dramatic tale on this blog but I honestly can’t say I had ever been to a first aid trailer at an amusement park, until now. My foot was hurting like a mother, and after the first aid attendant got me some ice she started to bandage up my multiple scrapes. She started to use a beige band-aid, but a box of Disney princess band-aids caught my eye and I asked if I could have Ariel bandaids because The Little Mermaid is my favourite movie. She didn’t think that I was serious at first, but then my face was like:

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Thirty going on three.

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The pain in my left foot was worse than all of the scrapes though. I was still able to walk, er.. limp, and we went on two more rides before we called it a day and headed home. I spent the rest of the day on our outdoor patio couch but made James rent crutches for me from the drug store because it got to the point that my foot almost doubled in size and I couldn’t put any weight on it at all.

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I also asked him to pick me up some chips, you know.. to make me feel better and this was our text exchange.

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I asked him to get a small bag of chips but they didn’t have any so he brought me  home a full bag, and I ate the whole thing by the end of the day. By myself.What is wrong with me? I cannot be trusted with an open bag of chips. I just can’t.

After feeling bad about myself all evening for the chip catastrophe, we decided to get my foot checked out at the hospital because it was so extremely swollen and I couldn’t stand on it or wiggle my toes at all. It turned out to be a Grade 2 sprain, and the doctor let me take pictures of my x-rays. Seeing your bones is kind of fun, am I right?

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As we were leaving the hospital, my arm pits were sore from the crutches so James pushed me to the car in a wheelchair and it was a lot of fun until he slammed on the brakes and I almost fell forward onto my face.  

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I spent the entire day with my foot up on Sunday and kept my hospital bracelet on all day because I felt like it made James take me seriously as a patient and not complain when I asked him to fetch things for me repeatedly all day Sunday.  It seems like I get sick or injured on the regular lately, and this “in sickness and in health” vow he took is really getting tested early on.  

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Wish me luck hobbling around at work all day, I’m not sure how this is going to go.

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My Hobbies Include Eating And Complaining I Am Getting Fat

Okay, so this weekend was a good one. It was very outdoorsy because we’re having a heat wave in Vancouver and being at home in our apartment sans A/C was not appealing. As I type this I’m sweating and I’m getting kind of angry at nothing. Anyways, right, weekend… We started Saturday off with a morning hike up to Hollyburn Mountain at Cypress Mountain. The Internet said it was a 3.5 hour hike and so it seemed like a reasonable start for my first climb of Summer 2015. I loved it and it felt nice to move my limbs in a productive way until we got to 90% up the mountain and then it got hard and I was tired. You see, since my wedding I’ve been avoiding exercise and healthy food like the plague and I’m out of shape. Basically, this is my motto these days.

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Life is Boring and Not So Healthy If We’re Being Honest

Well, life has been getting back to normal over here, and by normal I mean boring. Boring is good sometimes. Boring means sleeping through the night, not agonizing over wedding details at 3:00 AM while your fiance sleeps softly beside you and you develop a strong urge to smother him with a pillow, and means that your weekends are 100% free and not consumed with wedding tasks. Like I said, boring is good.

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I’m a Wife… Wait, What?!

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Work Tripping, Scenic Views, and Getting Emotional

I have a lot to tell you guys about the past few days… but first, its Monday, wahh, blah, ugh, yawn. First things first, last week I went to Victoria for two days for work. One of the best parts of my job is that I get to travel from time to time to train employees at other properties. It was so nice to get a break from staring at the same four walls every day and get to see one of my favourite cities, for free. There are three options on how to get from Vancouver to Victoria: ferry, seaplane, or HELICOPTER! Guess which one I took? I felt like Jay Z.

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Life Update: Wedding Mess, Chubby Arms, and Kale (Bleh!)

Our wedding is 25 days away and if time could just slow down, that would be great. If I’m being honest, I don’t think we’ve been overly productive with our planning efforts and now we have 2 weekends left in Vancouver before we head back to Ontario for the festivities. We should probably write our vows, speech, finalize seating arrangements, make place cards, organize gifts for people, make a timeline, make nail appointments for me and the girls, and like 50 other things that I can’t think of right now because my brain hurts. We hired a Wedding Coordinator for the month-of and day-of to… coordinate. So, I’m hoping that she can make sense of the mess we’ve created and make it beautiful. I’m not an organized person so on Sunday wedding planning had me like..

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I’m not doing terrible with my healthy eating these days in practice, but I’m “mind-cheating” on my diet every.damn.day. I think about  fries, ice cream, fresh bread with butter, and chocolate daily hourly if we’re being honest here. On May 31st I’m going to eat all of the above becase we’ll be married by then and he’s legally bound to love me if I get really fat. Sorry James. Ha, I kid, I kid. But I really am going to get french fries the day after our wedding, and I might even get crazy and throw some cheese curds and gravy into the mix. It’s 6:00 AM and I’m already having deep lustful thoughts for poutine. Lord, help me get through the next 25 days.

fries Note: DON’T ever search Google Images for “french fries” when you’re craving them. Worst idea I’ve had all day.

On Saturday I went to a morning wedding  ceremony and lunch reception for a friend and didn’t get home until the late afternoon and then that night James & I hung out with our friend Ryan and went to Craft in the Olympic Village neighbourhood and caught up over dinner. I had a half-size kale caesar salad and ahi tuna poke,. The tuna was really good but the kale caesar salad was just okay because, it’s kale and I would have rather had a burger, but I didn’t have to unbutton my pants after so, I win.

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As for workouts, I have been working out on my own instead of heading back to Crossfit because I think I have post-traumatic stress from that incident with my back and the kettlebell, I’m not dramatic or anything. I’m really freaked out that my back will go crazy again and I can’t be crippled when I walk down the aisle. I just can’t. I’ve been hitting the gym at my office, running outdoors, and have been doing workout YouTube videos in the early mornings before I head into work. I’m focusing on my arms because, strapless dress, but honestly my arms just aren’t meant to be lean. By far the hardest part of my body to tone. My legs on the other hand, get toned immediately, which is really cruel if you ask me because no one will see my legs in my wedding dress. It’s a cruel, cruel world.

Back to the workouts, here are two of my favourites.

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Try them out and let me know what you think!!

Welp, that’s all I have time for this morning because I have to run to the dentist.

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Kettlebells & I Aren’t Friends Anymore

I was doing so well. Truly, I was. Leafy greens for/with every meal, Crossfit 3x per week, I was feeling great. Then I did that fated kettlebell swing that landed me flat on my back for 6 days in agony. AGONY. Okay… let me tell you what happened. Last Friday I was doing my final on-ramp Crossfit class and during the wod I had to do kettlebell swings. So I did them, being mindful of my form, tight core, bent knees, back not arched, and bam! The sciatic pain hit me like a ton of bricks. I stopped the swings but completed the rest of the workout doing modifications because I still felt semi-able to and didn’t want to look like a slacker. About an hour later I couldn’t walk without being hunched over like a 96 year old woman with spinal degeneration, it was awful. I went home from work at noon that day because I couldn’t handle life in a vertical state, and needed to lay down. For the rest of the weekend I was unable to move without James helping me get up, walk to the bathroom, and lay back down on the floor. The pain was insane. It was an awesome weekend, you guys. I looked like this for most of the weekend.

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Anyways, not to dwell on a sad story but it was truly horrific. The worst back pain I’ve ever had in my life… but then a miracle happened. I don’t typically get needles stuck in my body voluntarily but because I was absolutely in agony and I was desperate, I made an acupuncture appointment with a doctor who does Chinese medicine. She also decided to try Chinese cupping and the thought of it freaked me out but again, desperate, so I agreed.

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There is seriously something to this whole Chinese medicine thing!!! It cured me overnight. Well, not completely but I was mobile and in significantly less pain on Wednesday morning than I had been in ages, and got better each day following. I’m going to keep going once a week for the next little while until I’m sure that my sciatic issues are a distant memory, and I’ll be able to walk upright for my wedding that is in just over a month.

Now that I’m semi-mobile, James and I had a nice little weekend getaway this weekend and stayed at the hotel that I work at downtown for free. Can I get an amen for company perks? Here are a few pictures of our weekend’o’fun.

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We hadn’t had a date night in about a month because last weekend I was down and out, the weekend before James was sick, and the weekend before that we were proabably just Netflixing or something. We walked down Denman Street which is one of my favourites in Vancouver and stumbled upon Kingyo on Denman St. and the food was incredible, incredibleeeee. Such a great Japanese restaurant and we were lucky to get two seats at the sushi bar (we didn’t have a reservation), he said it would be 5 hours for a regular table. 529545528 (2)

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After dinner we watched the sunset over English Bay, and I was like, “Why do we never do this?!”  So, expect to see lots more sunset photos on the blog this summer because this will be our new normal.

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Then as we were walking back to our hotel room, we stumbled upon some random fireworks show over Coal Harbour. Everyone thought it was for the Vancouver Canucks game if we’d won, but we lost and so it was weird that we were…celebrating? Anyways, fireworks are never a bad idea if you ask me. I made James take a kissing selfie because we don’t have one with fireworks in the background, and I wanted to add it to our selfie collection.

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And on Sunday, we went to the Vancouver Aquarium and saw some marine life like penguins, belugas, and the scariest octopus that I’m always intrigued by.

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Well, that’s it. That’s what I’ve been up to these past couple weeks.

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It Finally Happened

You guys, it happened. It finally happened. I have been able to consistently eat clean for like, 2 weeks.

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I was in a real rut for awhile there, but I guess the wedding countdown really made me buckle down. I haven’t had bad food (more than the odd treat) for 2-3 weeks and I honestly don’t even crave Domino’s anymore. I never thought I’d see the day. You see, James and I were getting to know our Domino’s delivery guys on a personal level for awhile there, we had a “usual”, we’d start to recognize each other by name, ask what our plans for the weekend were.. ours plans were usually eating pizza in our sweatpants because we’re really cool.

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Since breaking up with our friends at Domino’s, I’m starting to see results from this willpower I’m exuding over here. For example, on Saturday I went to Costco and I bought a pair of black dress pants there for work (don’t judge me, Costco has some great stuff), and I bought a size 8 and then went home and tried them on and they’re too big on me. Boom! Size 6 in Costco pants.

I’m eating things like cucumbers for snacks like I’m a freaking rabbit or something. Example A: 

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Last night I made chili lime tilapia tacos with fresh mango salsa for dinner. Also, I make sure that I have salad every single night.

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This was my lunch yesterday. My old snack plates had triple the brie and zero plants, now check me out.

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The other night I had to pick up take-out for us because it was one of those days, but I got grilled chicken salad wraps from our local Vietnamese restaurant and made a salad to go with it.

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And instead of my usual 2 earl grey tea’s with milk and sugar per day, I’m officially obsessed with this caffeine-free ginger peach herbal tea. I even dressed in peach the other day to match it the box. Me and this tea are besties now, and friends that dress alike, stay together.      IMG_20150409_125553

Oh and also, I’m still going to Crossfit and I’m loving it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m terrified and nervous for the whole class because it’s intimidating as hell. Like on Friday, the coach was like “Okay, we’re going to learn handstand push-ups” and I was like “Uhh, I can tell you right now that this won’t happen for me.” Obviously I was no where close to actually achieving that feat that she makes look so easy, but I did do a teddy bear headstand (google it) and I was squealing for her to look at me because it basically blew my mind that I was able to do it after the 27th try. Crossfit Games here I come, ha! Anyways, I know that it’s working because muscles that I didn’t even know that I had are sore. Every day my body is sore, every. damn. day. So just 48 more days of this torture and I am praying that my upper body looks toned and amazing for my strapless walk down the aisle. A girl can dream.

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Speaking of Crossfit I’m off to my 7am class now. Please cross your fingers that I haven’t puked or passed out, I’m pretty on the cusp of both of those outcomes like, every class.

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Comments:

How long do you go eating clean for?

Do you make snack plates for meals?

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Married readers – what did you do to get in shape for your wedding?

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