Oh hey there!
Remember when I blogged regularly? Apparently, that’s a thing of the past because I haven’t posted anything for almost a month. Oops. I guess I just hadn’t been feeling the motivation, and with starting two new jobs within a few weeks of each other, I didn’t have the mental energy. Sorry about that!
So since it’s been so long, how about some general life updates?
So work. Like I said, I was able to start 2 new jobs within a few weeks of each other, and I’m feeling confident and settled in both. Unfortunately, both jobs are on-call/relief-type roles (I work in essential services, so to start in these kind of agencies you usually have to get in a foot in the door in volunteer or on-call positions) so my hours are all over the place and I’m just not getting enough hours to sustain myself. So the job hunt for something more full-time continues. I’m trying to stay optimistic and positive about the process!
Remember when I said I wanted to start pole? Soooo I did – I’ve been at it for two weeks now. I’m loving it! It’s crazy how confident you feel when you hit a certain spin or hold, and I find that that confidence generally carries over to my personal life. I’m not 100% sure what I’m going to do once my intro pass expires on February 13th, because while I love it, it’s also really expensive, especially to get an unlimited pass. But maybe it’ll be worth it for me? I’ve been going anywhere from 3-5 times a week and I’m improving quickly. I feel a little weird posting videos online, but check out this little thing I posted to my Instagram.
Otherwise, just trying to get my steps in and still hit GoodLife for some weights once in a while. Chef-friend (should I start calling him by his actual name? I feel like Chef-friend is getting a little tired) got me a Fitbit Charge HR for Christmas so I’ve been having fun playing with that. I really like the Floors thing – I had a busy day at work once (the building is a three-floor with no elevator) and I ended up with 55 flights of stairs in a day. No wonder I’ve been hungry lately!
When I moved back to Ontario, my eating patterns were less than ‘healthy’ for a while there – lots of Doritos, chocolate, fries and burgers. I’m fine with that, because it’s nice to have a truly “I don’t give a fuck” attitude towards that kinda thing. Right now, my goal is to just eat regular meals rather than snack through everything, and to get a decent amount of vegetables in. Nothing crazy, nothing extreme, and definitely nothing on the diet spectrum (oh hey, midnight Chinese food snacks that happen once in a while). I’m feeling pretty confident in my body these days, which is lovely.
Chef-friend and I did hit up the London Food and Wine show a few weeks ago, which was pretty awesome.
To be honest, it was a lot more wine-and-beer focused than food focused, but that’s not the worst thing in the world. We did eat some tasty things and now we have a few new restaurants on our must-visit lists. The foodie highlights: Oysters from sixthirtynine in Woodstock, scallops from Smackwater Jack’s in Grand Bend, and this lovely pistachio-filled cannoli that I can’t exactly remember where we got it from.
The most exciting thing to happen lately: MY BEST FRIEND GOT ENGAGED!
It was a New Years Eve engagement, and it was so much fun to be there/to be in on the secret. So, so happy for this lady and her fiance!
As for me, things are good. When I’m not working, I’m spending lots of time with Chef-friend, the bestie, my family, and other friends that I’ve been happy to reconnect with since I’ve been back. I’m naturally an introvert, but I’ve been trying to push myself a little bit more socially and hang out with some new people. So far, so good!
(I’m a huge sap and feel compelled to post this picture everywhere because it’s cute. Also: THAT BOW TIE. I love it).
Since I spend so much time at Chef-friend’s, I don’t see Atticus as much as I’d like to (his apartment isn’t exactly dog-friendly, and he gets a yard and another dog to play with at my parents), so I miss him a lot. That’s probably the biggest complaint I have about my life right now.
I love that cute pug face.
GoodLife News: iheartexercise
And of course, a little announcement from my favourite gym!
Since February is heart month in Canada, Goodlife is partnering up with the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre to run a healthy heart challenge on Facebook throughout the month. In addition to posting a daily challenge, they’ll be posting exercise tips, recipe ideas, suggestions on how to get better sleep, and advice for how to prevent heart disease and stroke. I’ll definitely be following along with the daily challenges – check it out on Facebook in February so you can too!
And to celebrate, I’ve got a one-month pass for one lucky Canadian reader!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
I’ll pick a winner on Wednesday, February 3rd.
That’s it for me today – have a good one!
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This post was written as part of the Goodlife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program. However, all opinions expressed are my own.