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The Birdie Open

Happy Friday all!

I’m writing this from my phone so it will be brief.

I’m away this weekend down in Niagara Falls area at a girls golf weekend. We are playing two rounds – today at Royal Niagara and tomorrow at Peninsula Lakes. I can’t wait to hit the links.

There are 8 of us and we are all competing for “Birdie”. Isn’t she beautiful?

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I’m guessing I won’t have much time to post this weekend, but know I’m out having a good time, eating food I shouldn’t, and drinking lots of cold Corona!

Happy Friday!
Happy weekend!

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Product Review: Headlocks Headbands

(Note: I ordered and paid for these headbands myself.  All opinions are my own.)

Hey kids.  Welcome to my first ever product review!

As a Mother’s Day treat to myself, I ordered a couple of custom made headbands from Headlocks Headbands.  To get the most versatility out of the headbands, I had them made reversible.  I had a blue with green one made and a pink with purple one made too.

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At first I was a bit reluctant to order anything because almost all of the pictures of people wearing the headbands showed hair in ponytails.  My hair barely fits in a pony tail and I was worried that if I just wore it with my hair down, I would look all Medusa with hair going everywhere.  I took the risk and gave them a shot…and am I ever glad I did.

Even with my hair down, the headband did it’s job…kept my hair off my face and stopped the sweat from pouring in my eyes and I didn’t look all Medusa – well, maybe a little bit after the WOD, but we did hand stand push ups..so that’s to be expected a bit!

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The headbands stay in place perfectly and don’t slip at all.  They are comfortable – feel nice and snug but not too tight.  From the last picture with the purple, you can see that they do indeed soak up the sweat!
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I love my headbands and I don’t WOD without them anymore!

They have recently added print designs and they can do custom orders for teams.

The good folks at Headlocks Headbands were kind enough to give me a code that my readers can use for a 10% discount on any order.  So, go to their website, shop away, and use code cathyo at checkout to get 10% off your order.  And the best part…you can use that code over and over again.  It doesn’t expire!!

Be sure to go to http://www.headlocksheadbands.com/ and check them out!  You can also check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/headlocksheadbands.

While you are there, check out their blog post about the 10 reasons to choose a Headlocks Headband!

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Happy sweating!

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Motivational Monday

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Welcome to Monday!  This is a short week for me as I’m off on a girl’s golf weekend starting Thursday.  I can’t wait!  I’m hoping the next three days just fly by!

Here’s a little bit of motivation to kick off the week:

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Be courageous!

Be happy!

HAPPY MONDAY! Smile

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Totally Random Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone!   Here are a couple of totally random things from the awesome long weekend that I just had.

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1.  I had ice cream not once, but twice this weekend!  And it was awesome!  Despite the fact that I am doing the whole life challenge and dairy and sugar are both no-no’s, I didn’t care, took the hit on the points, and enjoyed a couple of ice cream cones with my kids.  I am a sucker for Kawartha Dairy Death by Chocolate ice cream.  A scoop in a waffle cone makes me a happy girl!

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2.  My kid is too funny!  Sunday afternoon while hubs was golfing with some buddies, the kids and I met up with his buddy’s wife and kids in  Bobcaygeon.  We had lunch (I stayed WLC compliant Smile), wandered around the shoe store, enjoyed ice cream number one of the weekend, and then went back to pick up the guys from the golf course.  The kids still wanted to hang out, so we went over to our friend’s cottage so the kids could spend some more time together.  While we were over there, Jacko found an old bike and started riding around the yard.  The next thing you know, he has accepted a dare and this happened:

This was a profitable little adventure for Jacko as quite a few people said they would give him money if he did it.  Little do they know he would have done it for free!  In the end he made out with $28.  Not a bad afternoon for the little guy!  (Don’t worry, someone went in and got the bike out for him!)

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How was your weekend?  Did you ride a bike off a dock?

Hope your Tuesday is Totally Random!

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Motivational Monday

Really, it’s all about being happy!

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Happy Monday!

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Motivational Monday

Welcome to a brand new week.
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I spend a lot of time on my blog talking about my pursuit of “skinny jeans” and not dealing too much with the pursuit of happiness part.  Last week I had a rough week, and really wasn’t all that happy at all…and it sucked.  HUGE.

On the weekend, I made a conscious decision that I just wasn’t going to be sad about what was making me sad anymore.  Really, it just hurt too much and I didn’t want to go on feeling like that.  And I have to tell you….being happy is a LOT better!

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Happy Monday!

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The Friday Five

I’m not gonna lie, this has been a pretty shitty week for me, and I’m glad it’s over.  Sadly, what is making my week crap isn’t going to go away just because tomorrow’s Saturday.  Anyways, let’s get to it:
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1.  I’m coming to the end of the first week of the WLC.  So far, sticking to the challenge has been pretty easy.  I haven’t eaten anything processed and I really don’t have any cravings, so all is good.  I’ve been active with CrossFit, ball hockey, and golf, so meeting my daily workout requirements has been easy.  This week’s lifestyle challenge has been 10 minutes of daily meditation.  In past challenges I have hated this, but this week, I am really enjoying taking the time to just “be present and aware”.  I found an app that has little reminders and “practices” that pop up throughout the day for 2 minutes of meditation breaks here and there and this week I’ve found them helpful, so I guess that’s good.  Tomorrow the lifestyle component changes to drinking half our body weight in ounces of water.  This isn’t tough for me since pretty much since September when I did my first WLC I always have a water bottle with me and drink tons of water every day.

Yesterday I finally did the WLC preliminary WOD.  It was:
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I have been dreading this WOD since the challenge started.  I wasn’t able to do it with the group since my son had lacrosse last Saturday when the WOD was being done.  I wanted to do it last Sunday, but just couldn’t drag my butt out of bed.  Then I finally planned to do it last night, before my mobility class.  I sucked it up, tied up my sneakers, set my phone timer for 11 minutes and headed out the garage doors at the gym and ran.  I HATE running!  Really, I have no idea how I ran  5 or 6 half marathons and a full marathon before.  Anyways, I hauled by butt around 4 laps of the gym building and then went inside for the rest.  I managed to complete the squats, sit-ups, push-ups and 5 burpees.  Hopefully in the next 7 weeks I can improve my run speed, which was my big limiting factor for this WOD, so I can have more time for the other fun stuff.  Did I just say burpees were fun?
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2.  Ball hockey started this week! 
I played my first ball hockey game of the season Monday at 10pm…a late game!  It was a great workout – especially since I did a CrossFit class from 8:30-9:30 before heading to the rink for the game .  Ball hockey is all running.  There is no coasting and man, did I missed my skates!  We ended up losing 3-0, but we still had tons of fun.  Between a CrossFit WOD that had running in it, and the running in the ball hockey game, I had no problem at all reaching my 10,000 step goal with my FitBit! 
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3.  Golf started this week too!  I am so happy to be back out on the golf course!  My game this week was nothing to write home about (although, I will blog about it!), but I still had a great time.  I got a chance to see friends who I haven’t seen all winter and the weather was actually not too bad, so we had a great night on the course.  I ended up shooting a 60, which is pretty bad, but we played the back 9, which is the tougher of the nines at RedCrest, so I’ll take the 60 for the first time out. 

I had 2 blow-up holes with 9’s on them, which didn’t help my score at all.  I put 2 drives into the lake on the same hole…which sucked!  But despite the 9’s and losing a few balls, there were a few good things too.  My driver was working not too badly.  My left curve did make an appearance, but for the most part, my drives went fairly straight with a bit of a fade, which is okay.  I just wish I knew what I was doing when it goes straight and what I’m not doing right when it hangs a giant left.  One of the girls in my foursome Tuesday night, who is a great golfer, gave me a little tip to just pause for a second at the top of my swing.  I tried it (when I remembered) and it did seem to help it go straighter, so hopefully I will remember that when I’m back out there next week. 

Here’s a video that Cardinal has put together that gives you a bit of an idea of the course.  It really is a beautiful course and I’m looking forward to spending my Tuesday afternoons there this summer.

4.  People seem to like Oprah!  Since I’m on the Whole Life Challenge, I can’t enjoy my usual Starbucks Grande, Non-Fat, No Water, 5 pump, Extra Hot Chai Latte.  Instead I will have regular tea.  Yesterday, I picked up a Zen tea on my way back to the office from lunch.  These days the sleeves have Oprah quotes on them.  This is the one I got on my tea yesterday, which I posted to Instagram. 
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The text is small, but it says “ trying to find my Zen while @Oprah tells me to be more splendid, be more extraordinary, and use every moment to fill myself up.  @Starbucks #teatime”  Normally my Instagram  posts get a few likes…this one is now up over 120 likes.  It’s just a picture of a cup of tea!  I’m guessing Oprah might have something to do with the popularity of this one! 

5. I’m looking forward to the weekend.  As usual, we have a busy weekend planned.  I’ve got CrossFit tomorrow morning, Jacko has a lacrosse game tomorrow mid-day, hubs is going up to the cottage to help his mom get the water running and hook up the satellite TV for the season, at some point I need to menu plan and grocery shop, and I think I’m hosting a little Mother’s Day Brunch for us, my sister’s family, my mom (who happens to be in town watching my sister’s kids while she was away at a work conference), and probably my sister’s MIL.  Should be fun. I think I’m going to make the prosciutto wrapped frittatas from NomNomPaleo’s Food for Humans, sweet potato hash, some bacon (because you can’t have brunch without bacon!), maybe some WLC friendly oatmeal muffins, and likely some pancakes for the kids, since my niece and nephew absolutely LOVE pancakes!  We’ll have some fruit in there just to round it all out.  I can’t wait…it’s going to be delicious! Guess I can kiss my sleep in goodbye…I’m going to need to get up early…and…
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Sounds like I’ve got a jam-packed weekend ahead of me! 

What’s on tap for your weekend?
Got any big plans for Mother’s Day?

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Motivational Monday

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It’s Monday.  I’m not a big fan of Mondays.  Monday means the weekend is over and it’s back to the chaos of everyday life.  I’m trying to be more positive about Monday…and every other day too!

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I’ve got CrossFit and ball hockey tonight…so I be good and tired when I finally get to bed tonight.

Happy Monday!

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Weekend Update

Another weekend is coming to an end Sad smile.  Back to reality tomorrow, but before then, it’s time for another instalment of…
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FRIDAY:  I love Fridays.  It is the best day of the week!  The prospect of having 2 days off from work puts a smile on my face and the day seems to fly by.  This past Friday was no exception.  Work was good, I crossed lots of things off my to do list, and I even got home from work early enough to go to the 4:30 CrossFit class instead of my usual 5:30 time. 
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I like push press and I like knees to elbow, so I liked the first part of the WOD.  The second part, however, sucked balls!  Wall balls are not my friend.  I don’t know what it is about them, but they are pure torture for me.  And I only used a 1 pood kettle bell for the swings.  I was the last one done, by a longshot.  Not that I care if I’m last, but I’m feeling like I’m sort of stalled or moving backwards with CrossFit.  I think  a lot of it has to do with my diet.  I’ve been eating like crap lately and I can feel it.  I’m not sleeping well, I hit “zombie mode” at 3pm again, and I just feel off.  Hopefully that get’s a kick in the right direction this weekend…more on that in Saturday’s summary.

SATURDAY:  I was back to CrossFit Saturday morning for a 9:30am class.  More good stuff:
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I’m really liking our new programming that includes a tempo for every lift we do.  It really makes you think and regardless of how much weight you lift, you are getting a great workout.  Which is good, since as I mentioned above, I don’t feel like I can lift as much lately.  So, rather than get too bummed about it, I just lift what I can and focus on the tempo. 

The MetCon was killer…20 long awesome minutes!  I felt good at the end of this one.  I only used 55 for the Clean & Jerk, but I did the rest of it RX.  All pull-ups done without a band, and they felt good.  I’m getting better at my kip, getting through the bar with my shoulders…the “superman” part of it.  For the first few rounds I was able to do 5 in a row.  For the last few, I broke them into sets of 3+2.  I got through 6 rounds, plus 13 squats.  I was a sweaty mess at the end, and felt pretty good about how many rounds I did. 

After CrossFit, I was home for a quick shower and then we were off to Jacko’s lacrosse game.  His team played well, despite only having 7 players again, and managed a tie against a team with a full bench. 

Saturday also was the start of the next round of the Whole Life Challenge.  So, this means, I am back to eating clean, ditching sugar, dairy and alcohol, taking a supplement, working out and mobilizing daily.  We also have a lifestyle challenge that will change weekly.  For both challenges that I’ve done so far, the first lifestyle challenge has been to drink half your body weight in ounces of water.  This time they changed it up and we are starting with meditation.  So, I’ve got the mediation app back on my phone, and will take 10 minutes a day to try to clear my mind.  This challenge has come at a perfect time.  Hopefully it will be the kick in the pants I need to get back on track.

So far, it’s working.  We went to a friend’s place last night and I stuck to water and carrots while everyone else enjoyed crackers and cheese, finger foods and lots of wine, beer and some wonderful smelling liqueurs.  It wasn’t even too hard to stick WLC compliant…hopefully the next 8 weeks go as smoothly.

SUNDAY:  Today was a pretty laid back day.  I did meal planning and grocery shopping and even did a bit of food prep.  I’ve got breakfast lined up for the week.  I made some mini prosciutto wrapped frittatas.  They smelled amazing while they were cooking, so hopefully they taste great too.  I also made some sweet potato hash, which I haven’t had for quite some time.  Can’t wait for tomorrow morning so I can try them out.
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My spiralizer got a good workout today…first with the sweet potato hash, and then with dinner tonight.  I made zucchini noodles with a meat/veggie sauce.  It was pretty tasty and I have some leftover for lunch tomorrow!
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Now, as usual, it’s late and I really should get to bed.  I need the sleep lifestyle challenge to come up to force me to get to bed earlier.  Until then, I’ll just continue to be tired all the time.  It’s okay…I’m used to it! 

I’ve got a busy week ahead.  Ball hockey starts tomorrow, and golf starts Tuesday.  Can’t wait!

How was your weekend? 
Are you ready for a good week ahead? 

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