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Best Winter Adventures in the Fraser Valley

Hey guys!

I just finished hike three this week and I thought I would share a little bit about it. If you know me you know I am full of passion for the outdoors. like FULL to the top. The weather here had been pretty dreary until this week, so we figured we would optimize the sunshine and get outside for some overdue hiking.

It’s been a while since I had been out, and with two months of nausea and sickness I’m not in my best shape…however this was a great place to start back at it 🙂

Statlu Lake

This is one of my favourite lake hikes. We’ve been three times this year for paddling, swimming and now a winter wonderland adventure. It’s a bit of a drive up the FSRs which I think deters a lot of people, but in my opinion, it’s well worth the time! The views along the FSR are stunning too so…why not right.

I’ll be honest in saying, there are two different trail head options and we choose the second which took a lot of the pressure off a longer hike for my first day back in a while! After a short steep grind we were met with knee deep snow and beautiful lake views.

 

Elk Mountain

Elk mountain is a Chilliwack favourite, it’s not too long and offers amazing views of the valley! It’s a little steep, but well worth the grind. This is one of my favourite sunset spots, but the snow is a close second…next time, I’ll do a sunset in the snow. For now, there is so much snow everywhere! SO great <3

 

Lindeman Lake

We procrastinated on hiking today for a good couple hours… -8 is pretty rare here so it was hard to muster the motivation to leave our cozy fire for the cold, BUT we did it. Lindeman is short and sweet, which was perfect for today. In the summer this lake boasts emerald green and a killer swim spot, in the winter….it was cold and windy haha but beautiful as always. In the spirit of getting to the lake and getting the hell out before my fingers fell off..I only have a couple photos to share 🙂

 

 

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Motivation Monday…Where are you at?

Happy Monday friends!

I’ve decided to start partaking in motivation Monday as a place to get organized and jazzed for the week! With winter here daylight hours are short and we are slammed with holiday activities and festivities. It’s the easiest way to forget about our own wellness and fitness.

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So, the question is…what will motivate you each week?

A lot of the time, remembering why I care for my body is my best motivation. Sometimes this changes, but being clear on WHY keeps me accountable. Right now my why is to be healthy and balanced. This has changed after getting pregnant. My goal is to be the healthiest home for baby G as possible.

But what does it mean for you? Maybe you’re in the same boat as me, or maybe you have kids and you want to enjoy playing with them more. Or maybe it’s for the jeans hidden in the back of the closet you’d like to wear again. Whatever it may be….make sure you know what’s driving you to care for your body.

so now you know why, what’s going to get you there every workout?

  • Post your why somewhere visible to remind you
  • Plan your weeks workouts and post them in your house, or online for accountability
  • Set out your workout clothes the night before
  • Connect with others in the same boat
  • Do activities you love! If you don’t like going to the gym, go running or take on at home program etc.

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today”

-Jackson Brown

Lastly, the most importantly part, just get moving. Whether it’s 10 minutes or 60 minutes, you have to start somewhere and you have to start at some point. Instead of putting it off another day, just start NOW! You can do it 😊 Don’t cut yourself short.

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Morning Yoga Flow

 

I don’t know about you but I wake up TIGHT. Our mattress is the equivalent to sleeping on a cloud which is nice to watch movies, but not ideal to sleep. My husband won that battle.

I try to commit at least 5 minutes of my morning to a quick practice and this 8 pose Flow is the trick! with scoliosis, I get great pleasure out of strengthening and lengthening my body, especially my core. During each pose, remember to take a deep breath, sit a little deeper, and act as if a marionetist is tugging on a string at the top of your head 😊

repeat on each side, ensuring you treat L and R equal 😋 And you’re 5 minutes closer to a happier and more energized morning body!!

 

 

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Chicken burrito bowl

You guys…this recipe is amazing and perfect for meal prep.

Don’t be frightened by how long my instructions are, I promise guys…it’s so easy and delicious. I almost ate all the chicken before putting it away.

Ingredients

Chicken

Salsa

Rice

Peppers

Red onion

Cheese

Pico

Hot sauce



Cooking instructions 

Line cooking tray with tin foil and preheat the oven to 400

Chop onion and peppers

Put chicken and vegetables in cooking tray

Drizzle olive oil and mix veges

Sprinkle salt and pepper on vegetables and cover both sides of the chicken with taco seasoning or Baha seasoning

Pour salsa on top of chicken

Bake for 25-30 minutes

While baking I added rice, shredded cheddar and pico to containers

Once chicken is cooked let it cool, slide and add chicken and Veges to containers!


Voila !

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Juicing 

I had some leftover fruit in my fridge and decided to do some juicing!

You guys know me, I didn’t measure anything…I just use what I have and blend each ingredient in small amounts one after another until my mason is full! Here are three of my favourite recipes 🙂

Green Goddess

Kiwi

Lime

Kale

Apple

 

Strawberry Sunrise

Yum! This one is all fruit and probably more sugar than I need but damn it’s delicious!

Mango

Strawberry

Peach

Nectarine

Last but not least…

Vitamin C-itrus

As you can assume by my incredibly cheesy name…this ones a citrus kick 🙂

Orange

Grapefruit

Ginger

Lemon

Carrot

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DIY Cold tea

I go through phases of loving coffee and loving tea..I’m currently shifting back to my love for tea and decided to make ice tea lemonade. Super simple…I’m horrible at measuring things…but I used a big mason.

What you need;

Tea (I used David’s Tea Electric lemonade..1 tbsp in a bag)

Hot water (I didn’t use boiling..just got and it worked great)

Mason (I like these because they = shakers with a lid on)
Iced tea (I used the squirt bottle, it’s not the worst for you)

All you need to do is fill the mason 1/2 full with hot water and steep your tea. I ended up leaving the bag in but use your discretion. Add ice and top off with cold water, lid and shake.

Voila!
Enjoy!

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Candied Citrus Peels

I love to juice and have been longing for a good recipe to use the biproducts (although composting isn’t the worst option), I wanted to be able to use all of the fruit. A lot of studies suggest the rind of fruits hold the most (or a lot) of fruits nutrients, so naturally I was excited to find a recipe that uses the rinds.

For the recipe you need:

1 orange

1 grapefruit

2 lemons

Water

2cups sugar (plus sugar for coating)

Chocolate (option)

Coconut (option)
Directions:

Pick fruit with minimal bruising, wash and slice through the peel to the fruit lengthwise four or five times to make for easy peeling.

Slice the pieces into your desired thickness.


Put peels in a pot and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil on high heat.

Drain and repeat boiling process, leaving the peels to simmer for 15 minutes. Drain.

Measure and add 1 cup of water, 2 cups of sugar and bring to a boil with peels.


Lower heat and allow mixture to simmer for 45minutes to 1 hour. The syrup should thicken.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up, and place a cooling rack over top.

Allow the peels to chill on the cooling rack for 12-24 hours.

Fill a bowl with sugar (can be white or brown), put sticky peels in sugar and mix until covered. For a healthier option I used coconut…melted dark chocolate would also be delicious.

Store in fridge. Enjoy!

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5 ways to get moving this summer 

Let’s face it, at Some point or another we have found ourselves in a rut, or feeling bored and unmotivated. BUT who says to get back at it you need to go for an hour long run, or crush a set of weights at the gym?

This time, instead of forcing the same routine, try one or all of these.
1. Go HIKING. I love the outdoors so this is an easy and obvious option for me. However, if you’re not an avid hiker, take this opportunity to get outside. Hiking doesn’t have to be tens of gruelling kilometres or aggressive incline. There are lots of options for the new hiker. If you’re in my area, ask me where 🙂

2. Take activity breaks and walk around the house or office. Some studies suggest the adult brain can’t focus for longer than 20 moinutes…for my self, I know it’s a wholesome 22 minutes before my brain starts to wander. Take note of what your brain’s time line is and organize your work day with quick physical breaks to give your mind a break.

3. Before you get out of bed, set your intention for the day. This could be 5 sets of 25 squats throughout the day, a certain amount of steps or a set duration for activity. Go one step further and share this goal with friends, family, coworkers or online to help hold you accountable.

4. Shake up your social circle. Finding a workout buddy will not only help keep you accountable, but it makes activity more fun. Don’t know the right people for this? Think of joining a group fitness class, hiring a personal trainer or joining a hiking group to give you the push you need.

5. Charles Duhigg teaches us there are three main components to creating or changing a habit; a cue, routine and reward. Make an effort to creating a habit of activity and it’ll be a no brainer ☺️