The contents of my grownup loot bag {GIVEAWAY}

Happy Friday!!!!!  The best day of the week, in my opinion.  I slept in this morning and skipped my workout.  Womp womp.  I’m attempting to do it after work because I think tomorrow is going to be a complete rest day (since Sunday is race day).  Cross your fingers that it actually happens (both the run today and the race on Sunday).

So yesterday I shared with you my amazing day with Tosca Reno.  It was perfect.  What I forgot to do was show you the other bloggers who were there with me!

brunch

That would be Kyrsten, me, Tosca (duh), and Morgan.  I’ve met these two beautiful Toronto bloggers before and was so excited to find out they were coming to the event.

While we were finishing up our meal, we were told not to forget our “media bags” on our way out.  As a joke Krysten said, “I hope there’s a waffle make in there!”  Low and behold…

wafflemaker

I know.  I couldn’t believe it either.  What are the chances??  Time to make WAFFLES!  Nom nom nom.

You know what else was in there?  These:

cookbooks

A copy of The Eat Clean Diet Cookbook 2 and The Eat Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook.  I really like grownup Eat Clean-themed loot bags.  They make me smile.

Thing is, I already have these two books.  What does that mean?  I WANT TO GIVE THEM TO YOU!!  Yay!  The Eat Clean Diet seriously changed my life and I am so excited to give two people the chance to win so they have the opportunity to learn all about the lifestyle too.  There are so many amazing recipes, tips, and fun facts in these books (with some bonus pictures of Tosca, which we can all use for inspiration).  The food photos are amazing too.  I think beautiful pictures of food make a huge difference in a cookbook, don’t you think?.  They make me more likely to try a recipe!  Is that just me?

All you need to do for the chance to win is leave me a comment below telling me something CLEAN and DELICIOUS that you ate today!

For an EXTRA ENTRY “like” my Facebook page as well as the ECD Facebook page and leave a SEPARATE comment (below, not on my Facebook page) telling me that we are new Facebook BFFs (if you are already a Facebook fan, just say that in the comment)! ;)

Two winners will be chosen via random.org and announced next Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

GOOD LUCK!

I’d like you to meet Gavin (& Vega Prize Pack Winner)

Happy Sunday!  This weekend went by way too fast for my liking but it was very productive.  I am ready for a new week, have my workouts written and my food prepped for the next couple of days.  Since I am starting my new program tomorrow I am going to be more diligent with having meals prepped ahead of time and getting to bed at a decent hour so I can squeeze my workouts in before work.

In my ongoing attempts to increase my water intake, I decided to join Crystal in her Gallon Challenge.  A gallon of water a day.  Oh my word.  I will probably be abandoning my students and running to the bathroom every 13 seconds this week until my body gets used to it but I know I need to get my water in (check out her post for more info on water benefits).  I bought my gallon jug today and named him Gavin the Gallon.  We are going to be spending a lot of time together.

Now for the giveaway winner…  It took a little longer to get the winner chosen because half of the entries were on my blog post and the other half were on Vega’s Facebook page.  Anyway, the winner (chosen via random.org) is Krysten Siba Bishop.  Congrats, Krysten!  Email me at theathletarian [at] gmail [dot] com with your address so we can get all your Vega goods to you!

Thanks to everyone who entered!  Hopefully there will be more opportunities to win in the near future! ;)

Do you measure your daily water intake?

Do you do food prep on Sundays?  What do you make?

Food Prep and Thought Blossoms GIVEAWAY!

Let’s talk meal planning.  I posted this photo on my Facebook page on Sunday night just to show you that I do a lot of my food prep on the weekend.  It definitely makes things easier throughout the week and keeps me from grabbing things that aren’t as nutritious.

I’ve got protein, complex carbs, and some veggies (I prefer my veggies raw so I don’t really have to do much prepping for that!).  I usually eat my protein in the form of chicken, turkey, egg whites and protein powders.  For my complex carbs I will typically eat oats, pancakes, sweet potato, and Ezekiel bread.  I know I should venture out into more exciting things but these are my favourites!  Finally, veggies will most often be raw (cucumber, celery).  A lot of cooked veggies weird me out and I can only really do green beans or asparagus at the moment.  I’m working on it! ;)

Onto the good stuff.

A while back I came across a really sweet company called Though Blossoms.  Falon was having a giveaway for a beautiful hand stamped bracelet that I couldn’t seem to get off my mind!  I didn’t win the giveaway but I contacted Heather (creator and genius behind Thought Blossoms) and she kindly accepted my request to feature her product on my blog too!!

Heather makes both bracelets and necklaces that can be stamped with letters, words, flowers, hearts, you name it!  She is so creative and is always coming up with new ideas.  There are also a variety of colours to choose from (for both the plate and the cord).

copper plate with brown cord

gold initial necklace

I sent Heather a few different quotes and words that I liked and she chose “MAKE IT COUNT”.  I am so happy with it because it can apply to so many areas of life!  Make every moment count, every workout, every run, every CHOICE…  It really is a great little reminder for me.

it's perfect!

Onto the better stuff.

Heather is giving away an item of choice (up to $25 – most items are less than this so you will have a lot to choose from!) to one lucky reader!!

Just check out her Etsy store and tell me (in a comment below) which item you would pick if you won!

Want an extra entry?  Of course you do!  Like the Thought Blossoms Facebook page (and don’t forget to tell me you did!).

Contest ends Monday, January 30th!  Good luck!

I’ve been CHOPPED! {and a winner}

I have been wanting to chop my hair off for a while now.  During the holidays I asked my hairdresser to cut it short and he refused.  What hairdressers refuse a good chopping?!?!  I always thought they loved going scissor happy on people!  He told me my hair looked way too good long and was afraid I would be mad at him if I was unhappy with the result.  So I got a trim.

Last night I got the crazy idea to tag along with my cousin and go to her hairdresser’s place.  He got excited when I told him what I wanted and went bananas on me.

It is so short, but I love the change.

Onto more important things…like food.

I posted this on Facebook yesterday because they are some of the most phenomenal pancakes I have ever made.

Jamie Eason, you never let me down.  I used her recipe for pumpkin spice pancakes which you can find here.  I layered them with Greek yogurt mixed with stevia for a little extra protein.  I’ve already eaten them three times since yesterday.  I get a little obsessed with food.  When I really like something I will eat it every day until I find something else to take it’s place.

Finally, a winner has been chosen for my NeoCell Collagen Sport giveaway!

Congrats Karyn C (KCsweetTweets)!  Send your address and choice of flavour (chocolate or vanilla) to theathletarian [at] gmail [dot] com!

What did you eat for breakfast today?  I need ideas for when I run out of my pancakes :)

OXYGEN GIVEAWAY!

I know I’ve been absent and I apologize but I have been on an extended Holiday and things got a little crazy.  Unfortunately I didn’t go anywhere too exciting so I don’t have any fun photos to share with you nor do I have any interesting stories.  It’s just been a lot of Dean, workouts and food.  No complaints over here.

I want to thank you all for your comments on my last few posts.  I haven’t been able to keep up with everyone but I promise you I will be updating myself over the next couple of days!   Sometimes life Dean takes over and demands all of my attention.  I have a hard time saying no to the stud!

love.

Anyway, I announced on my Facebook page that I would be having a giveaway today and I always keep my promises so I hope you’re ready!  As most of you may already know, I met Mr. Bob Kennedy just a little while back and he was generous enough to give me a bunch of books from the Eat Clean series to give away to some lucky readers (congrats to the winners!).

Bob is also the genius behind Oxygen Fitness Magazine.  I am obsessed with this magazine and buy every single issue as soon as it hits newsstands.  There are so many amazing tips on fitness, nutrition and overall general well-being.  I love all of the new ideas that are shared each month in terms of weight training and cardio.  It is definitely one of the resources I refer to on a regular basis to shake things up in the gym.

just a glimpse of my collection...

I also love all of the recipes and diet plans outlined in the magazine.  I tend to get bored with foods pretty easily so I am always looking for new and exciting ways to prepare clean meals.  One of my favourite treats so far has been protein ice cream which I will talk about more in a later post (hopefully this week!).

healthy ice cream? sign me up!

Last but not least, I absolutely love all of the women featured in Oxygen.  They are all super fit and such amazing inspirations.  They promote a healthy and strong body which I think is so important.  They eat, they lift, they sweat, and they are absolutely gorgeous.  If I need a little extra motivation one day I just take a peek at the six packs and tight glutes on every woman in the magazine and that definitely gets me going!

Jamie is one of my favourites!

Ready for the good news?

Bob Kennedy has generously offered THREE readers a one-year subscription to Oxygen!  Yep, three.  Whatta guy.

Here’s what you need to do to win (do as many as you please):

  • Like my Facebook page and leave me a comment on my wall telling me why YOU want a subscription to Oxygen!
  • Like Oxygen on Facebook and leave them a nice comment :)
  • Share this giveaway on Twitter (using @TheAthletarian and @OxygenMagazine) and/or Facebook and/or your blog

Don’t have Facebook or Twitter?  Just leave me a comment below telling me why you want a subscription!

Contest will end on Friday, January 13, 2012.  Good luck!

GAH!  I am SO EXCITED for you guys!!!

eats & treats

Thank you for all of your comments on yesterday’s post!!  I love all of the motivation and positivity I am getting from all of you regarding my new training plan!  I think it’s going to be great.  I have seen a lot of “results” pictures on Jamie Eason’s Facebook page and they are incredible.  I can’t wait to see what happens.  I may even post some photos of my progress…or maybe just make you wait until the end to see my before and after shots!  ;)

For those of you curious about the diet, you can read about it here.  A day basically consists of 5-6 meals that are high in protein and non-starchy vegetables and low in carbohydrates.  One of my typical days will look something like this (for Phase 1):

  • Breakfast: oats with protein powder

  • Snack: homemade protein bar/pancake, Greek yogurt with fruit, or a protein shake

today's snack: protein pancake + Greek yogurt + pomegranate

  • Lunch: a protein (tofu/tempeh/fish) with a starch (brown rice/sweet potato/quinoa) and veggies
  • Snack: same as above
  • Dinner: same concept as lunch

grilled cod + steamed veggies + 1/2 sweet potato

It really isn’t much of a diet, but more like clean eating.  Veggies are unlimited throughout the day, starches aren’t consumed after 7:00pm and fruit is limited to twice a day.  I’ve done something similar in the past after reading Tosca Reno’s book, The Eat Clean Diet.  I remember feeling great so I don’t think this will be hard to follow at all!  I am going to try my best not to cheat, but I do love my stuffing and it might be making an appearance on Christmas!  I don’t think eating extra starches for one day will kill the plan though so I’m not going to stress about it!!

mmm stuffing!!!

This is going to be a great way for Dean and I to “clean out” or bodies.  We have had one too many pizza dates and have been starting to feel run down and gross despite our efforts in the gym.  I think diet plays a huge role in how we feel and I am feeling the positive effects already!
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There is an awesome giveaway going on that I forgot to mention yesterday!  Hayley from Oat Couture is giving away clothing and accessories from MyDragonFly (I took a look at the stuff and it’s awesome!) as well as tickets to an event in London for NYE.  Check out her blog for more details and get your entries in!
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How many meals do you eat in a day?

What’s your favourite vegetable??  Would you choose it over stuffing?

I like a lot of veggies…but stuffing always wins.  I would dive head first into a pool of bready goodness!

Coordination & Gel-bot giveaway!

I usually don’t care what I look like when I run or workout.  Ever.  I wear the most obnoxious colour combinations and I am 100% okay with it.  Yesterday was different though.  I was having a really good day.  I had a few extremely generous donations toward my fundraiser (thank  you from the bottom of my heart, ladies), I completed my workout without getting a black eye (thank goodness), and I received some pretty sweet stuff in the mail.  All of this amazingness made me want to get a little run in later in the afternoon.  Basically I wanted to enjoy the sunshine and sport some really cool gear.

I’m not going to lie.  I am pretty proud of my coordination here.  I am sporting the Tempo shorts I picked up in NYC, my new Chickband and some sweet New Balance sunglasses I won from Vanessa’s giveaway (which arrived in the mail today!).  I seriously felt like a superhero.  The glasses fit like a glove and they’re white and pink.  Enough said.

Wanna hear about something else I’m loving right now??  I introduce you to my Gel-bot.

I saw this genius bottle on the Hydrapak website and got in contact with Scott from outside PR right away.  He sent me one to review and let me tell you, I don’t know how I ever lived without it.  It incorporates gel and water in one handy bottle.  No ripping packets open while running.  No sticky hands and face.  Just one handy bottle carrying both nutrition and hydration.

How does it work?

From the website:

This bottle is seriously amazing.  I used it while training for my Urbanathlon and it was perfect for my runs.  It fits about two gels in the inner chamber.  I recommend more watery gels, as the thicker ones are a little more difficult to squeeze out (but you can always add a little water to your gel to thin it out).

Now for the good part… WHO WANTS ONE?!?!  Scott had kindly offered to give one of my readers a Gel-bot too!

All you have to do is…

+1 Like my Facebook page!

+1 Like the Hydrapak Facebook page!

+1 Share this giveaway somewhere!

That’s it!  Just make sure you leave a separate comment for each thing that you do ;)

Contest ends on Monday, November 21, 2011.  Good luck!