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A Grey Day, a Bright Flame

I’m still pretty MIA because of packing and generally sorting my life out for the move, but I took a packing break and Dubs and I went to see the Olympic torch arrive in Cambridge this afternoon. I was really looking forward to this as it’s unlikely I will ever see the torch live again.

I may be leaving the country right before the Olympics actually start, but at least I got to see the flame, right?


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Fit Body, Fit Mind: Tara

Ah, it’s nice to be back in the internet world! It was a crazy busy weekend with lots of company and lots of laughs, followed by lots of packing! It’s one week to go before my big transatlantic move, so chances are my posts will be sparse this week even though I have access to my computer again.

To carry on with the Tuesday tradition, I have a great recommendation from Tara at Treble in the Kitchen for you today. Tara is one of my favourite bloggers. She has a huge bright smile on her face in every picture she posts of herself and I love that! It makes me smile too!

As mentioned above, I won’t be around much and because of my recent power issues I haven’t lined up any more Fit Body, Fit Mind posts. If you are a health and fitness blogger and you would like to share your favourite book, whether it has something to do with your lifestyle or if it’s just a great beach or poolside read, I would love to hear from you. Chances are if I leave semi-regular comments on your blog you are probably on my list of people to approach but I haven’t gotten around to asking you yet! ;) Even if I am unfamiliar with your blog, I would still love to hear from you and to be introduced to your site. Email me at fitformyfork[@]gmail.com if you’d like to write a guest post for me next week or the week after. I’ll love you forever!

Now on to Tara’s guest post, as promised! Thanks for your recommendation Tara!

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Hello Fit For My Fork readers!

My name is Tara, and I am so happy to be sharing with you today.  As soon as Sam asked me to write a guest post for her Fit Body Fit Mind series, I was completely on board!

Experimenting in the kitchen is one of my absolute favorite things to do whether it be preparing a delicious dessert for a party or healthifying a recipe for a tasty dinner option.  I am also an ACE certified personal trainer and teach several fitness classes throughout the week.

At Treble in the Kitchen, you will find my everyday happenings while I try to juggle doing everything I love in the midst of working a full-time job, delicious recipes, and super sweaty workouts.

I have to say that reading isn’t usually something that I consider one of my favorite past times, simply because it is sooo hard for me to sit still long enough to finish a book.  If I am not hooked by a book within the first couple of pages, chances are that I am not going to finish it.  That being said…I was hooked on this book before I even picked it up.

My Favorite Book

When Sam asked me to write about my favorite book that was either centered on health or self-help, I didn’t have to think twice about which book I chose.

Accidentally Overweight by Dr. Libby Weaver

Recently, I was working on board a cruise line as the Fitness Director.  This truly was a very interesting experience for me and my health/fitness career because I feel like I only saw people in extremes.  There were so many people in poor health who did not want to step foot into the gym (my territory), but the people who were in the gym truly wanted to be there.

I remember specifically meeting a man named Leigh Elder who founded a company called Eat For Keeps.  His web site promotes healthful and clean eating, staying active and overall health.  After presenting one of my seminars, he approached me to chat about overall health and well-being and he introduced me to his web site.  Their program at Eat For Keeps is fairly new, and there were many plans in the works.  I think the plan that he was most excited about was working with a woman named Dr. Libby Weaver from New Zealand.  He told me that she was an amazing public speaker who spoke about the importance of nutrition and exercise, much like I had in my seminar, and she had written a book called Accidentally Overweight.  He insisted that I read it.

He was so fired up about this book, that I had to read it!  And I am so glad that I did.

What Is Accidentally Overweight

This book really looks at obesity and why it has become such an epidemic.  So many people simply place the blame on a poor diet and a lack of exercise, and while these are important factors in the health and weight loss equation, there are many more things in the body that are involved.

Dr. Libby identifies and explains how nine different factors ranging from biochemistry to emotions all contribute to this “Accidentally Overweight” problem.

The nine different factors are: digestion, calories, stress hormones, sex hormones, the liver, gut bacteria, the thyroid, insulin, alkalinity, and emotions.  With all these factors in check, the body can be a healthy, lean, mean, fat burning machine!

Why Do I LOVE This Book

I have always been the person to ask the question why, and I feel that this book not only answers that question in many cases but gives food for thought…provoking more of the “why” question. Because of Dr. Libby’s background (she is a registered dietician with a PhD in biochemistry!) she is able to explain why these nine factors are so important, how they truly effect everything in our body, and how we can identify if a certain piece of the puzzle is out of place.

While the explanations are scientific (which can seem a bit intimidating), she throws her personality into the mix, which makes everything easy to comprehend, and kept me constantly turning to the next page.  I literally could not put the book down.

Other Books by Dr. Libby

I have not read any of Dr. Libby’s other books, but her newest book “Rushing Woman’s Syndrome” has really peaked my interest, as I think a lot of women in my age category can relate to the scenario that she depicts within this book.

Who Should Read It?

I honestly recommend this book to everyone.  I think it is so vital for us to understand our bodies and take the responsibility of our health into our own hands.  This book is a quick read, provides important and helpful information, and is enjoyable.  What more could you ask for!?


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RIP Laptop Power Supply

My laptop’s little power brick/cord has bitten the dust so I have a dead computer and no way to charge it. It’s been working on and off for the last couple of weeks, usually only recognizing the charger after a lot of cord wiggling, and now it’s finally given up entirely. I’ve ordered a new one but it might be a few days before I am back in the blogging world.

See you all soon and have a lovely weekend! :)


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Slimkicker Winner!

Good morning! Just a quick one to announce the winner of the SlimKicker challenge contest!

Congratulations to Clareese for her great suggestion, which SlimKicker used yesterday for one of their weekly challenges. They must have really liked it!

 

Please check your email Clareese and respond with your address so that SlimKicker can get your digital kitchen scale on its way to you!

Thanks to everyone who participated. :)


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High Five for Friday – June 22

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It’s my favourite weekday of the week! Fridaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

I only have two weeks of work left before going back to Canada, so while I’m now stressing over trying to find a new job, I am also looking forward to having a bit of a break!

Today I’m linking up with Lauren’s blog for her High Five for Friday feature.

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These are my five favourite things about the past week:

1. Allegra and I met up for coffee on Thursday which was great! It was so nice to meet another blogger, let alone another Canadian living in the same town as me. I love how blogging brings people together :) It was lovely to meet you Allegra!

2. I went to yoga and spinning this week. Usually I just go to one or the other so it was nice to fit in both.

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3. We went to Kent to visit Dubsy’s sister last weekend and went out for the first ‘proper’ night out I’ve had in ages. There was much merriment and drinking. My drink(s) of choice were martinis, though I also tried my first Jaegerbomb (peer pressure is awful, I tell ya!). What a strange, horrible, disgusting concoction. Yuck!

(this version over ice, not a fancy thing with an olive in it)

4. Dubsy and I watched 12 Angry Men, which is a brilliant film and I’d highly recommend it. If you’ve seen Carnage (which I also really liked) and were amazed at Polanski’s ability to produce an entire film that takes place in one room, you’ll really like 12 Angry Men. It’s a similar one-room concept, but it’s about a jury trying to decide the fate of the accused in a murder trial. And it’s from 1957. I love old films!

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5. The pigeon chicks in the nest outside one of our office windows have hatched! This pigeon (we’re assuming it’s the same one) built the nest last year, had two crops of babies, then disappeared. She came back this year and laid more eggs so we were really happy to find that they had hatched when we arrived at the office on Monday.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

What was the best part of the past week for you?


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The Positive Effects of Working Out with Music

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I’m sure we’ve all been in this position before at some point during our workouts:

It was ten minutes until the end of class and I felt like I was starting to reach my limit. My legs were like jelly and I was feeling physically drained. I’m still quite new to this phenomenon known as spinning (this was only my third class – you can also read about my first experience) and I thought there was no way I’d make it to the end of our forty-five minute session.

But then the song changed, the tempo increased, and I felt a huge change in myself – it was what some might call a ‘second wind’.

I don’t know what causes this ‘second wind’ in other people, but for me, it’s always the start of a new song on my playlist. As long as it’s one I really like, it helps me push through whether I’m running, lifting, and now spinning.

There have been plenty of studies about the benefits of listening to music while exercising. One reports an increase in endurance of 15% compared to those who ran without audio accompaniment. Another showed that cyclists on stationary bikes cycled faster and pushed themselves harder if they listened to an upbeat song (here’s the paper written about the study) versus one 10% slower in tempo.

These conclusions definitely back up what I know about my own exercise habits. Personally, I am far more energized listening to music than if my iPhone is dead and I have to workout without it.

This is the song that got me going again yesterday (Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO). It’s not a band I particularly like or make a point of listening to, but the track itself is one of my favourites for working out at the moment.

There’s some great examples of differences in tempo for a music n00b like me in this Healthy & Fit Magazine article, including suggestions for creating your own workout playlist.

Do you find listening to music gives you a ‘second wind’ or makes you work harder?

Check out this list of the 52 best workout songs to make you ‘bigger, faster, and stronger’ if you’re a man (apparently). Are any of your favourites on there?


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WIAW – Sunshine in Cambridge!

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The sun has finally come out! Sadly it’s not looking like it will stay. Regardless, I spent a bit of time reading outside on my lunch hour, which makes a huge difference to my energy levels in the afternoon!

Sunny weather makes it so much easier to eat well. For me, anyway. I don’t need winter comfort food and crave things like salad and smoothies.

Breakfast #1 – Two protein pancakes with almond butter.

Breakfast #2 – Blueberry smoothie with protein powder, cocoa powder, and milk.

(This is from a previous WIAW since I forgot to photograph my smoothie today!)

Snack – Bakewell Tart punnet from my Graze box (almonds, dried cranberries, and sultanas) with a mug of lemon green tea.

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Lunch – Rocket and spinach salad with sundried tomatoes, sunflower seeds, and chicken, covered in Anna’s delicious cobb salad dressing and two pieces of caramel and sea salt chocolate (not shown). I also had another small handful of almonds when I got back to the office after taking a reading break outside (not shown).

(My lunch was almost gone when I remembered to snap a picture!)

Snack – Celery with peanut butter and two hard-boiled eggs. Thank goodness for all the protein I had this afternoon because spinning was brutal tonight!

Dinner – Beef, snap pea, and pak choi stir fry with hoisin sauce and some egg noodles.

Dessert – I scarfed a chocolate chip cookie with my evening cup of tea ;) I ate it far too fast to even consider taking a picture.

Thanks, as always, to Jenn for hosting WIAW!

What do you crave most when the sun is shining?

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