July 24, 2014
by Sam

It’s Ok.

It’s ok…

To take some time for yourself. Whether that means getting a workout in or catching up on your favourite show, it’s fine if you need some time to shut out the rest of the word.

It’s ok…

To rest. To nap, to go to bed early, or skip a planned workout. Your body will tell you when you need to slow down, you just need to listen.


It’s ok…

To know your values and stick to them. Even if it would be ‘easier’ to ignore the urge to speak up or make a change.

It’s ok…

To catch up with friends you don’t see enough of. As easy as it is to put off seeing people because you’re ‘too busy’, relationships need nurturing to thrive.

It’s ok…

To let go of toxins in our lives. Whether that’s a person, a habit or a vice, some things are better left behind. And it’s ok if it sucks at first.

It’s ok…

To give yourself a break. You don’t have to be perfect.

It’s ok…

If you don’t have a plan. To let the pieces fall where they may – life rarely works out how you expect it to anyways. And it’s ok if the idea of that is terrifying.


Trust the Process

It’s ok…

To follow your dreams. Your heart and your intuition are there for a reason.

It’s ok…

To not be ok. As much as we want life to be sunshine and rainbows, upsets and tragedies happen. It’s ok to let yourself feel pain and hurt, and truly experience them. Only then can you move on.

Fall Apart

It’s ok…

To love yourself exactly as you are. Actually, it’s more than ok – I highly encourage it.


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Have a great Thursday!

<— Finish this sentence: It’s ok…

July 23, 2014
by Sam

WIAW: Satisfying Cravings.

Hii! Happy Wednesday!


We all know that that means a peek at a day of eats around here! 

So I’m all about fulfilling cravings. If I want something cheesy? Pizza or grilled cheese. Chocolate? This is why I have a chocolate stash. Diet Coke? I walk myself down to the variety store and grab a can. Ice cream? It is in my freezer at all times for moments such as that. 

Of course, not all my cravings are traditionally ‘junk’ or (I use quotations, because I like to think that all food is just that – food. I’d rather keep it in one big category as opposed to breaking it down into good and bad). On a regular basis, I find myself craving a big salad, or fruit, or eggs. I’m a firm believer that everything will balance out in the end, so I just listen to my body. It knows what’s best.

So, a look at what I was craving on Monday:


I woke up Monday morning craving pancakes. I remembered that I still had my packet of FlapJacked pancake mix that I got from Blend last month.

Pancake Breakfast


Pancakes topped with a sliced banana, Greek yogurt and Justin‘s Honey Almond. Definitely a good way to start the day.


After reading Khushboos post on avocado toast, I knew immediately what I wanted for lunch:

Avocado Toast


Avocado toast with sunny-side up eggs (and salt, pepper and hot sauce – my favourite combo for avocado toast) and a side of greens + dressing.

Lindt Square


Plus a square of Lindt Toffee Crunch after lunch because sweet cravings. Lately, I’ve been getting them daily after lunch so I’m just going with it.


Another reach into my #blendswag brought about a Detour Smart bar in Blueberry.


This was my first time trying these bars and I was impressed – the flavour reminded me of a Nutrigrain bar, which I definitely ate my fair share of growing up. And of course, these have better stats! I’d definitely eat this again.


This wasn’t my craving, but Eric’s – he requested that I make a Shepherd’s Pie this week, so I whipped one up Monday night.

Shepherd's Pie


Which I will definitely be making again and posting on the blog because damn was that good. Even in the dead heat of summer.


My favourite nighttime snack of the last few weeks:



cottage cheese with casein, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and cereal. Basically, the perfect combo of tastes and textures. And satisfying to my nightly sweet tooth, of course.

But that’s all for me today – have a good one!

<— Do you listen to your cravings?

<— Anyone else find themselves needing something sweet after lunch?

<— If you live with someone else, who decides on what meals to make? 

July 22, 2014
by Sam

You Already Have a Beach Body.

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that you can find me guest posting over on Nutty For Life today. We’re right in the middle of the season where people are freaking out over their ‘beach body’, and I want to remind you that all you need to have a ‘bikini body’ is a bikini…and a body.

And if you’ve wandered over here from Ang’s blog – Hi! If you’re looking for some more body image posts, here’s a couple for you:

Have a good one!