I’ve literally known Maria since I was born. First introduced to me as Mia, I have many memories of begging to play with her and my sisters since I could just about talk. From family holidays, birthday parties and major life milestones Maria has been there as my two sister’s best friend (along with the fourth member Cathy) for all of my life. As the (almost) 26 years have gone by, Maria is considered a very close family friend to not only my two sisters but all of my siblings and I. It’s amazing to be part of other peoples journey’s through-out life regardless to whether or not we take different paths. Maria always sent me wonderful wishes and words of encouragement when I was embarking on any big life adventures and I feel like now its time to celebrate her achievements. [Read more…]
This is what I get for procrastinating and not blogging at the present moment, to try and give a hazy account of one of my proudest moments in 2015. I contemplated whether or not it was worth writing this post (mainly because it was months ago) but then I remembered that I’m still a relatively new runner and it’s good to document progression. It’s also to try and inspire me to sign up for that half marathon I mentioned in my last few posts!
So last year Kayla found out that Nike was hosting its first women’s 15km run in Toronto and that we had to sign up for it. It was a draw, meaning you may not be lucky enough to participate. I should have known the luck of the Irish and all that. This was how she got me, “Just apply and you never know, you might not even get drawn”. Wrong. Obviously we got drawn. Meaning I now had to prepare for my longest and biggest run yet. Could I do it? Run for that long? Would I hold Kayla back? Anytime I voiced my concerns she reminded me that it wasn’t a race. It was about it being a fun experience and our first official run together. She has been my mentor from the start, she practically dragged me out on my first run. So I tried to not let myself think negatively about it being too much to take on.
Longest training 13k run – Toronto Waterfront Trail [Read more…]
Week 2 started off on an extremely positive note, I was feeling fresh and ready for the week ahead.
When I focus and get my head in the game, I’m unstoppable and thats a really important thing for me to realise. If you, like me, tend to be an emotional eater you may find yourself eating when you’re not even hungry. Story of my life it seems! We find ourselves turning to food in times of stress, anxiety, boredom? The list of reasons why you may find yourself grabbing the most sugary thing you can get your hands on is endless. Everyone has different trigger points that lead us to comfort foods and mindless eating which more times than not result in a feeling of guilt. Ever eat the whole bag of crisps and think oh shit?lol don’t worry you’re not the only one!
Emotional eating can lead to much worse eating behaviours and habits so its important to be able to identify when you need help or accept that you may possibly be in denial. Treating food as a quick fix to hide feelings and emotions means you aren’t dealing with things properly and you’re not in control of neither your mind or your body. I’ve said it many times before, a healthy mind is a healthy life. [Read more…]
Last weekend I decided to do something that has been on my bucket list ever since I started taking running seriously last year. Last Saturday I wanted to get up and run 5km into the Toronto Sunrise. And that’s what I done.
Thankfully, Gary came with me because who wants to run at 6am alone. I take the streetcar (tram) along the lakeshore every morning at 6.30am for work and I always contemplate getting off just so I can see the sunrise clearly. I want to snap some pics without buildings getting in the way and see the beauty of it without worrying about being late. Maybe it was the fact that the weather has gotten so much better the past week that made me want to get out of bed at 6am on our day off?! Usually we don’t do that lol, but we done it this day regardless of how tired we were. It was fresh, clean and brisk. This gave me another level of energy and I felt so pumped. The smell of the Lake made me hopeful that Summer is near and finally the ice is gone. The grass was almost green again and everything seemed to have life. [Read more…]
It’s just one of those months, isn’t it? Coming down from the highs of celebrating Christmas and such a special holiday straight into the depths of winter. When the days get shorter, the dark mornings and evenings tend to roll into one long week (which has progressed into an even longer month). It can be hard to find inspiration and motivation to do things we usually find enjoyable… hint* like blogging. I’m feeling a lot more inspired now that we can almost see the back of January and the longer days of Spring are near.
Feeling down in the dumps is common in the gloomiest month of the year. But what I’ve focused on over the past 4 weeks is how to raise my spirits and keep a positive mind & body! [Read more…]
I’ve never worked for a corporate company before, never mind one on the scale of Sears and so coming here was a big eye opener. One of the largest retailers in North America, Toronto’s head office is the heart of the company. Of course working in the buying office of a multi million dollar company you don’t generally expect to see the thousands of dollars that have been donated to multiple organizations and the generosity of a company to so many charities across Canada. The one that comes up across multiple company events annually is to raise awareness and money to help the fight to end kids cancer. [Read more…]