The Jillian Michaels App: Week 1

Read about week 1 of my journey using the Jillian Michaels app! It was definitely challenging but very effective- I've lost 4 lbs!
Here’s my weekly check-in for the Jillian Michaels program! You can read more about the start of my journey here.

Week 1 went really well. All of the recipes were delicious and satisfying. The workouts were HARD but I’m proud of myself for pushing through them and doing what I can. I’ve needed to move around the workout days and rest a bit extra, I don’t get a restful night sleep because my baby wakes me to nurse every few hours at night. I don’t want to get burned out and give up so I’m trying to make sure that if my body really needs rest, I rest. If I’m just a bit tired or not feeling like working out, I’ve pushed myself to do it anyway and always feel great afterwards! I actually quite enjoy my time at night after I put baby Evelyn to sleep- I workout, take a shower, and enjoy my healthy dinner in peace and quiet. It’s the “me time” I’ve been desperately needing. Continue reading

The Jillian Michaels App: my new journey to fitness

Follow my journey as I push myself with the Jillian Michaels App so I can be the fit, active mom I want to be!

I’m doing something a little different today! My passion is healthy cooking but what goes hand in hand with that is fitness. This is a bit of a sore subject for me. Truth is- I’m embarrassed.

I was always a bit overweight my whole life, then went through an eating disorder and got way way too thin, then put the weight back on. But while I was in university I got myself really fit and healthy. I ate well and I worked out like a BEAST 5 days a week, lifting heavy weights and feeling strong and confident. I kept this up for several years.

It pains me to say, that all fell apart. I struggle with anxiety and it hit me HARD a couple years ago. I stopped working out because I felt so lethargic. I started eating for comfort. I started to put the weight back on. Then when I got pregnant about a year and a half ago, my comfort eating got out of control. I was very sick my entire pregnancy, intense nausea and horrible heartburn. The only thing that calmed down the stomach acid for a bit was eating, especially starchy foods like bagels. I ate lots of pizza, bagels, donuts, etc. Of course I felt awful afterward, but I’ve always been an emotional eater and pregnancy only intensified the issue. Continue reading

How to Make Chai Concentrate for Quick, Easy Chai Lattes

Learn how to make a chai concentrate for superquick chai lattes whenever your heart desires!

Hello lovelies! I promised I would share my chai concentrate recipe this weekend and it’s now 7pm on Sunday so I suppose I should hurry it up 😉 I’ve got a teething 9 month old on my hands so it’s been a challenge to sit down and write. You know what hasn’t been a challenge though? Making litres and litres of chai concentrate! I think I’m an addict at this point. I’ve made 6 litres in about two weeks. Last week I was feeling the effects of a major head cold so a hot drink featuring warming, healing spices was the perfect remedy. And needless to say I went overboard since then and have been drinking chai nonstop.  Continue reading

DIY All-Natural Minty Tinted Lip Balm

Learn how to make DIY Tinted Lip Balm with all-natural ingredients and a hint of minty freshness.

When I was a kid in middle school, I actually collected lip balm! I had a little purse full of probably 50 different flavours. I just loved the stuff. Partly because my lips are always dry  but also because I loved the scents! Now that I know all of the icky chemicals that can be found in store bought lip balm, I love to make my own. This DIY tinted lip balm is  slightly tinted pink for a lovely natural look. I added peppermint essential oil for a cooling fresh scent. You can experiment by adding more beetroot powder for a darker pink or different  essential oils for different scents. Continue reading

Healthy Dark Chocolate Dipped Cinnamon Cookies

 Crispy around the edges and a soft in the inside, these cinnamon spice healthy cookies are the perfect treat when dipped in dark chocolate! They are made with whole wheat flour, and refined sugar, and coconut oil.

Do you ever crave dessert, try eating a couple squares of dark chocolate, but that doesn’t quite cut it? That happens to me all the time! These healthy cookies are sure to satisfy any craving. Plus they’re made with whole wheat flour, unfrefined sugar, and coconut oil 🙂 you can feel good about munching on these cookies! They’re warm and spicy from the cinnamon, which pairs perfectly with the dark chocolate they’re dipped in. The perfect winter cookie, especially with Valentines Day coming up 😉 Continue reading