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

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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

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

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