Monday, April 16, 2018

Read of the Week - Calm the F*ck Down

Although most of my "reading" is actually done via audio books I still really enjoy taking the time to start a good book. The most recent book I had the joy of listening to was The Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion By Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson. To start with I want to say, this duo does a wonderful job both writing and narrating this book. The book is informative, funny, and catches your attention. There are elements any athlete can relate to no matter how competitive or recreational they are. I personally have a serious issue with eating my feelings. To everyone that knows me I am sure you are thinking "no way!", which is probably just dripping in sarcasm. The book touches on a little bit of everything including binge eating, fears of failure, and over confidence; there is seriously a little bit of everything jam packed into this novel. 
Although the novel is by no mean a psychiatrist, it provides interesting insight into some of the deeper rooted causes associated with some of our habits. I still haven't found a way to cope with my nerves and stress but the novel is a friendly reminder that it shouldn't be the end all be all. The book provides some motivation and seems like a great break to sit down and read or listen to on the go. For anyone who likes podcasts or audiobooks this book is a great listen which is magnified by the authors enthusiasm as they progress through the chapters.

And if anyone out there (who actually reads this blog) has any other good books or podcasts leave a comment as I am always looking for something new! ✨

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Prairie View Lookout Hike

This popular hike offers views of barrier lake extending east as far as Calgary on a clear day. The trail head is located at the barrier lake parking lot off highway 40, outside of Canmore in Kananaskis country. Be prepared that winds coming through the valley are often very strong, making the initial section of the hike and lookout more difficult, than one can expect on a calm day. Even with the winds it is worth the 6 km one way hike to experience the views. The majority of the trail is well marked and highly trafficked, at a gradual grade through established evergreen trees which block the wind. In addition to this lookout the trails around barrier lake connect with several others. Thus, making it important to check the map for those less experienced hikers heading out for the day.



During the winter this hike is equally stunning offering snow shoeing and cross country skiing.



Difficulty: Moderate

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Wild by Cheryl Strayed - Read of the Week

“Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves...” 

This book was a fantastic listen for working out or on long drives. Once you get into it you can't put the book down. Everyone can relate to some aspect of this novel. Whether it's the emotional aspect or the desire for adventure that catches your attention this book defiantly got me hooked. It is about a young women's journey of self-realization on the Pacific coast trail. The story is suspenseful and heartfelt, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good audiobook to grab their attention and keep them going.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Updated Resolutions

As the year goes on, and we move into March I know I have already "failed" with one of my resolutions. My year without buying any stuff hasn't exactly gone as planned. Although, I haven't bought any new clothing and have kept my spending outside of groceries to a minimum, I did buy three items. These items were all items that serve a purpose. Rather than looking at this as failing I am going to revamp my resolution. 

Sure, I may not have succeeded 100% at not buying anything new. I did however take several items to consignment and donation, leaving me with less than I initially had even with those 3 items. A second method for reducing my waste and spending is to buy the majority of my items used. Although these items are still new to me, I am reducing my overall spending and the demand for new items to be produced.

It isn't about a radical lifestyle change, this resolution was about living more consciously, living with intent rather than frivolousness spending and contributing to an unsustainable lifestyle much of the developed world is accustomed too. I want to change the way I perceive things and look outside the lifestyle I have grown content with.

This resolution was about filling my life with memories and opportunities rather than things. I am going to continue to downsize and purge my closet of things I don't use; only spending on things that will actually add value to my life, rather than band-aid fixes for deeper issues. 

Just because something didn't work the way you thought doesn't mean you have to stop trying it just means you need to look at it from a different perspective and find a new way of achieving your goals.


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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Chocolate avocado pudding

A while back, I worked with a lady that tried making chocolate avocado pudding and she loved it. I didn't put much thought into it because I am not the biggest fan of avocado but, a few months ago I started looking for recipes, and yes, there are about a million different avocado pudding recipes!

What I found though is there wasn't one that I really liked or one that would it in my little magic bullet so I made my own with what I had already.

The recipe is ment for a magic bullet sized blender but can be doubled for a regular blender.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup frozen avocado chunks
1/2 scoop of protein powder
1 tbsp of cocoa
1/2 tsp of almond extract
1/2 cup of cold water or milk of choice
Honey, maple syrup, or stevia to taste

A few side notes: Additional liquid may need to be added based on the protein powder you choose; I used Vega sport protein for the recipe. I also found that I like almond extract for the recipe better than vanilla but you can substitute vanilla in as well. Honey and maple syrup can also be used to add a little flavor but I rarely need any sweetener, it is dependent on the protein you choose.

Combine the ingredients in a blender and enjoy! The pudding is best used the same day. If you'd like to add a little variety or more flavor try topping it with hemp hearts or walnuts.