What I Eat In a Day || Banana Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

This week I take you through what I eat in a day as well as some quick banana pumpkin muffins! I was on the go during this day so I needed quick and easy meals!

Banana Pumpkin Muffins

2 1/2 overripe bananas
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
tsp baking powder
tsp sea salt
2 cups oat flour
1/4 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup almond milk
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes

I hope you enjoy!

HM

What I Eat in a Day | Pumpkin Chili Recipe

It’s been a long week but I’m back with another full day of eating! I’ve really been enjoying filming my meals. This is what I eat when I only train once during the day. I had a bit more time to make meals and make sure I’m eating enough. When I train three times it can be a bit harder. I hope you enjoy my what I eat in a day video!

My breakfast is always the same. I use half a zucchini, 1/4 a cup of oat, either banana or blueberries and then I top it with greek yogurt. I like to keep it simple and consistent with my breakfast because I train 20min after eating it.

My post workout meal was a paleo breakfast bowl that included sweet potato, spinach, kale and some scrambled eggs.

For my afternoon meal I whipped up some pumpkin pancakes using protein powder, oats, pumpkin and half a banana. These were good but the texture was a bit different.

For dinner I made a big batch of pumpkin, ground Turkey and sausage chili. My family loved it since I normally force them to eat vegetarian food.

For some quick and healthy dessert I warmed up some apples on the stove with some granola and mixed it into some plain greek yogurt. This was so good! The apples are so sweet I didn’t need to use any sweeter.

I hope you found this video helpful!

HM

What I Eat in a Day // VLOG

Over the past year I’ve lost about 25lbs. I’ve maintained strength and I sit around 11% body fat. This has taken some serious trial and error with my diet. I still have not mastered the art of eating enough but I’m getting better everyday. I’ve posted about what I eat in a day before and I thought I would try to film it this time. I’m obviously new to this but I hope you enjoy it!

Starting with my breakfast, I eat this every single day. I have 1/4 cup of oatmeal. I shred half a zucchini and a bit of carrot and mix it in. I top it with plain greek yogurt and a banana. This meal keeps me full through our long morning workouts.

Post workout I always inhale my egg omelette. I include one full egg and about 3 egg whites. I top it with hot sauce and pair it with two rice cakes and natural peanut butter. Shortly after this I have an apple because I always crave something sweet.

After this I’m on the move until 6:00pm. I have two pumpkin protein muffins in between classes at school and then some yogurt and berries on my way to train.

For dinner I had leftovers, which is pretty common for me during the week. I added some fresh veggies to make it a big more voluminous. I was craving a treat after dinner so I whipped up some chocolate quinoa. This dessert is so rich but relatively healthy.

I hope you enjoyed my first attempt at a VLOG!

HM

 

A love letter to myself before I lost the weight

Three years ago I fell in love. I found the love of my life in the first few weeks of university. I put on a few pounds of the freshman 15 combined with the carefree honeymoon stage of my relationship. I went on the pill and my weight spiralled from there. I couldn’t control my cravings and I felt like no matter what I did I kept gaining weight. I tried to give up sugar cold turkey, it worked for a month and then I would binge on sweets and I was back where I started. I was so fed up I went off the pill and after a few months I was slimming down. I was happy.

One October morning I hurt my back. Not “I slept on it wrong” I couldn’t walk. My amazing boyfriend had to lift me into the car. I couldn’t do anything for months. Naturally my weight went up. After I was back on my feet I started training  again. I’m a full time athlete on the Canadian National team. I went to training camp and my weight started going down. All of the sudden I started to love my reflection.

Next came racing season. I was more preoccupied with going fast than I was with my weight. It was as if the moment I stopped worrying about the scale the weight started to melt off. It wasn’t until I returned home from a trip to Europe that everyone started telling me how great I looked. I didn’t realize how much leaner I was until other people said it.

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This is the difference between September 2015 and July 2016. About 20lbs and 10% body fat separate these two photos.

The next photos are special to me. I love the body on the left just as much as I do the body on the right. The girl on the left worked so hard to lose 7lbs. She was just starting to feel great about herself. Her hard work was finally paying off after two years. The photo on the left I was 180lbs in April 2016 and the photo on the right is me now at 165lbs.

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To the girl who couldn’t seem to lose the weight. I love you. I love how hard you’re working even though you feel as if nothing is changing. I love that you were finally able to be honest with yourself about your nutrition. I love that now your athlete persona in your mind finally matches your body. I love that your amazing boyfriend loved you when you didn’t love yourself. I love how proud you feel and I love that you aren’t finished yet.

HM

The Ideal Body vs. The Ideal Body Image

I love the lead up to the Olympics. Every time you turn on  the TV, flip through a paper or look at a Cherrio box you are bombarded with inspiring stories of Olympians from all over the world. Every story is different but they all have one thing in common, they are positive and motivating. I love reading these stories and getting goosebumps as I watch commercials. However, one story caught my eye, an article about the struggles female athletes face when it comes to body image.

I’ve written about this before and it’s one of my favourite topics to discuss. In the spotlight we see the ripped, skinny, track stars with their amazing abs, tiny shoulders and muscular legs. You think they’re confident and proud of their amazing bodies. I can bet that they don’t always love their reflection. On the other side you have weight lifters who are heavier set and walking down the street you would have no idea that they are an Olympic level athlete. Are their skills any less impressive because they don’t have a tiny waist? No, of course not.

To paint a mental picture, I’m almost six feet tall, I have a slender but muscular build which leaves me looking like an awkward and lanky amazon woman. I am powerful, strong and I can move a boat pretty fast. I also carry my weight in my stomach and my long arms look noodlish no matter how many curls I do. In the gym I love every inch of my body and what it allows me to do, it pays the bills (in the least hooker way possible) I’m paid to make my boat go fast. So why do I spend time in the mirror looking at my stomach or feel sickeningly guilty about enjoying ice cream? Maybe it’s because I spend too much time looking at fitness models on instagram, who I know I could run circles around but they have millions of adoring fans admiring their abs. Or maybe its a coping mechanism to avoid the stress of training every day. I can’t always control my idiot coach or the weather or how sluggish I am on the water but I can control how much I eat and how I feel about my body. Some athletes find comfort in running an extra mile or staying on the water a bit longer than their teammates. For me, I take refuge in the fact that I eat healthier. I will say that my body image has improved tremendously in the last year, but I’m not at my happiest yet. That leaves me with the nagging question, is this a journey without a destination?

As I watch the Olympics at home this year, yearning to be there myself I will try to find motivation not from the amazing bodies of the women on the podium but from their impressive feats as athletes. After all, comparison is the death of joy.

HM

Look Good – Feel Good: My Favourite Gym Clothes

This is a post I’ve been dying to make! I am a gym clothing snob, I’m very open about it. I have an addiction and no…I won’t stop. I could make an entire blog about sports bras, I love them so much. In fact, I imagine in the future there probably will be at least an entire post about sports bras. For now, I’ve broken it down to my favourite outfits for the types of workouts that I do the most often. I’m very loyal to certain brands for certain items. I own probably fifteen pairs of the same spandex shorts from under armour and the girls at my local lululemon know my name. When I find something that I love, I stock up!

The Gym – Weight Lifting

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Sports Bra – Lululemon – All Sport 3 Strap
Shorts – Lululemon – Speed Shorts
Tank – Lululemon – Cool Racerback Tank

Lets start from the top, I love this sports bra because it sucks you in and it has a higher cut in the front so you don’t have to worry about adjusting your cleavage all the time. It’s a great technical bra while also being cute with the multiple straps in the back! These shorts are my favourite gym shorts, I have them in six colours. They are a great length and very flattering. They’re breezy with the stitching in the back so I don’t overheat. The only con is they have built in undies which I sometimes find annoying. On to the tank, this is such a classic top. It’s light and breathable. It’s a no haste top, throw it on and you’re good to go! I have this top in a few colours and I love layering it under tshirts when I’m not working out. It’s versatile. Of all of the items above I would highly recommend the tank if you’re in the market for a new one!

Running

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Sports Bra – Nike – Nike Pro Classic Bra
Shorts – Lululemon- Go The Distance Short
Top – Lululemon- Swiftly Tech Short Sleeve Crew

This bra is simple and to the point. It doesn’t rub you the wrong way while you’re running and keeps the girls in check. It does really flatten you out which I personally don’t mind but to each their own! I love these shorts, they’re my half marathon shorts. They’re so light and have a bit of extra length which is good if you’re prone to chafing. They’re also reversible which is lovely because they’re easy to match! This top is another classic that most girls have. It’s soft and comfortable. It’s made of lulu’s magic anti stink fabric that doesn’t grow bacteria. Who doesn’t love that! Of my running outfit I would recommend the shorts!

Yoga

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Tank-Lululemon- Flow Y Tank
Pants- Lululemon – Align Pants
Shorts – Under Armour – 4″ Compression

This top is form fitting and has a built in bra so it’s perfect for a flow (hence the name) you won’t need to adjust it constantly so you can focus on your practice. It’s also a great layering tank. THESE PANTS ARE AMAZING. Find your nearest Lulu and just go touch them. They’re insanely soft. They are part of their “Naked” collection so the idea is you feel like you’re not wearing pants. They really follow you’re movement so you don’t need to pull them up all the time. These shorts are nice if you’re having a “bad ass” day because it perks up your booty. They’re compression shorts so they’re nice and thick so you don’t have to worry about them being see through during down-dog. Obviously of all the items above I recommend the pants, they’re amazing.

Canoeing (or any water sport)

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Sports Bra – Lululemon – All Sport Bra
Shorts – Under Armour – HeatGear
Tank – Lululemon – What the Sport Tank
Top – Swiftly Teach Long sleeve Crew

This is my all time favourite sports bra. If you need a new one please buy this one its the best. It sucks you in and the wide straps don’t dig into your shoulders at all. These are the shorts I mentioned before. They’re my favourite training shorts. I’m not even sure why. This tank top is so light and has great coverage. Lastly, I love layering this long sleeve over my tank tops in the morning when it’s a bit chilly! I would of course recommend the all sport bra our of these four items!


I hope you find this helpful if you’re in the market for new gym gear!

HM

But I Don’t Have Time…

I am notorious for having those “I hate my body” moments during the day and I spiral. I start listing off everything that’s wrong with my body and suddenly I’m crying and cursing my own reflection. These moments are so toxic and unproductive. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea that health is a journey and there is no destination. We should never be satisfied with our life, we should always be striving to be better. That said, hating your body should not be part of the journey. Taking time to love yourself is just as important as taking a shower and yet, somehow we don’t have time.

I know in the hustle and bustle of life we don’t have time to drop everything and mediate in the middle of the street, but there has to be a way to incorporate some self love into our daily lives.

Gratitude

As of the new year I have been writing in a gratitude journal  each night. I  have found it to be really helpful in winding down after a busy day. I find I’m more thankful for the little things in life as well as the little things I love about myself.

Yoga

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I get antsy through the day if I feel like I haven’t done enough physical activity. As an athlete this is engrained in your brain at a young age, always do more. It isn’t always ideal to go for a run in the middle of the day. I have found a few youtube videos of yoga flows that are only 15 minutes. I try to do these when I don’t feel like I’ve done enough. I get the satisfaction of feeling like I’ve done extra without exhausting my body. This is one of the links I love: here . I always feel refreshed and appreciate my body after I do this flow.

Meditation

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Meditation can be an intimidating word. When I think of meditating I think of sitting cross legged for hours, but it doesn’t have to be so intense. Meditating can be as simple as using that colouring book you got for Christmas for 20 minutes, or taking 5 minutes to think about your breathing. Just slow things down for a few minutes each day and think about what you love about yourself, think about the beach, or better yet don’t think at all.

Journaling

Journalling was one of the best things I did for myself in 2015. I did it for a few minutes before bed everyday and I found it so beneficial. I was able to slow things down and think more clearly, my stress made more sense and I was sleeping better. Sometimes it was as simple as making a list of what I needed to do the next day and I would feel more relaxed. Invest in a cute journal and a fancy pen and I challenge you to journal every day!

Sweat It Out

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Take your stress to the gym and use it! Let your worries about your body fuel you in a positive way. Go to bed every night knowing you did everything you could to work towards your goal. Get some colourful gym clothes if that will motivate you and hit the ground running!


 

There’s no time crunch for a better frame of mind. Try to go to bed loving yourself and wake up with the drive to be better.

HM

Battling It Out in the Gym

Nothing can change a low confidence day into a powerful motivating day quite like a great workout. When I’m feeling low energy I love to add “Battle Ropes” to my program. They’re empowering and badass.

They’re worth a try if you have them at your gym. My coach includes them in our program up to twice a week. We do 30 second intervals but trust me, after 15 seconds you’ll be ready to quit. This paired with bench press chains and you’ll feel like you walked straight out of Orange is the New Black!

HM

 

Humbled by my First Half Marathon

My first half marathon was an interesting experience. While I am a full time athlete and in great shape, I had not run 20km. The farthest I had run was 10km prior to signing up for my first race. I was determined to finish. However, I am on a strict training schedule and spent a large chuck of my summer travelling. On top of this, mid summer I was suffering from shin tears in both legs. By october I was back to normal but not ready to run a half marathon.

My main motivation for this race was my mother. She had signed up for her first 10km and I had provided her with an eight week training program. In the face of my injury I wasn’t about to leave my mom alone on race day. I was not willing to pull out of the race. I was also determined to finish the race no matter how long it took.

As an athlete I’m used to being above average at physical activity. This made my race a different and difficult experience. I had women over twice my age passing me and finishing long before I crossed the line. It was extremely humbling. I wouldn’t change this experience because it took a lot of mental toughness to finish that race.

I will absolutely be doing the same race again next year. I’m not going to train any differently but I’m hoping with a healthy body and a new mindset I’ll be able to shave some time.

Only time will tell.

HM