Do Something Different

I got an email today from a program that I did years ago called ‘Do Something’.  It was a 14 day program that motivates you to get out of your comfort zone and do things you would not normally do.

To shake things up.

To see things from a new perspective and experience something different.

Each day for 14 days I received an email telling me what to do.  It remember some being interesting and some being pretty lame.  I did them all for the first few days and then I started lagging.  I don’t think I completed the program.

Which is not like me!  I’m a cultivator of new habits! I stick to my goals and do what I say I’m going to do.

Turns out, I do what I say I’ll do, not what others tell me to do.  I guess that’s not so surprising.  After all, the motivation behind my own personal goals and testing out a new program are very different.

BUT – I loved the idea, and I still do, which is why when I got this email from them announcing a new program I immediately signed up.

The Do Something Different Program

So this one again is a 14 day program. For 14 days I will receive emails with things to do.  I can then log into the app check off that I did it (gotta love a little accountability built in!) and I can comment and share my thoughts with other people in the community.

Before starting the program they had me answer a bunch of questions.  They do this so that they can tailor the program for you so that you’ll get the most out of it.  They asked things like:

  • behaviours that best describe me (like introverted, extroverted, calm, energetic, etc)
  • some of my habits (like screen time, spending time with people you love, noticing good things around you, etc)
  • my wellbeing (feeling happy, coping well with problems, physical heath, etc)

They then gave me a ‘score’ – which I gotta be honest, I think is a load of crap.  They say that I’m only using 10% of my potential personality.  Oh and that 80% of my personality is waiting to be unlocked – ha yeah, ok.

Despite this silly report, I’m still open to giving it a try.

The First Do

So I got my first ‘do’ right away and it’s an easy one: switch seats today.

And I’m gonna do it.  I work at a university (and I do all my work on a laptop) so there are a lot of great places that I can go work.  Maybe I’ll go work here today:


Only it won’t look like this because 1: it’s rainy and gloomy outside, and 2: it’s the second day of classes and the campus is packed with students.

I’m sure I can find a quiet place on campus to work.

I’ll keep you posted on this program and let you know how it goes.  Or you can just give it a try yourself (it’s free).



Go For a Walk!

One of my favourite things to do is to go for walks.  I know, that sounds really lame, but I get a lot out of going for walks.  It’s a big de-stresser for me – especially if I’m walking amongst trees, or near flowers or the ocean.  I think a lot while I walk.  If I’m sitting at my desk and feeling uninspired or a little stuck, I get out for a walk and chances are ideas will come to me.  And then of course, there’s the exercise aspect.  It’s just so good to get up and move!

So I’ve been trying to get out every day for a walk.  I’ve said this before, but I work in a really beautiful setting.  I’m walking distance from a river, a canal, an arboretum (trees!!), and coffee shops.

At the Arboretum near my work.

It’s actually crazy that I wouldn’t get out for a walk every day.  But you know how it is.  You’re at work, head down focused on something and the time just slips away.  Or you feel lazy.

I often feel lazy.

But it’s one of those things that once I get up and out I think, why don’t I do this more often!

So my new (ok, repeat) habit for this summer is to get out for a walk every day.

You with me?

A Rough Month

It’s been a while since I’ve posted and that’s because in the midst of my Get Healthy Challenge, I got sick.  And then I got sick again.  And then.. yes… I got sick again.

What can I say, it’s been a rough month.

First our whole family got hit with a stomach bug.  Nathan got it first and it just about broke my heart to see him that ill.  And then, I got it and let me tell you it was a crazy nasty thing.  And then..not surprising…Danny got it too.  There was one day that all three of us were sick and it was probably one of the hardest days I’ve ever had.  Nathan was crying, crying, crying, and there wasn’t much we could do to help him but give him cuddles and keep him hydrated.

Danny was better after four days.  It took me five.  And it took Nathan seven (!) days to get over it.  We were so worried.  And so very sad.

And then our happy baby was back and we got back to enjoying trips to the park and eating – yum food!!

A day later I caught a terrible cold.  Coughing, sneezing, and feeling pretty lousy.  That passed after a few days.  And now – get this – I have some crazy sinus thing going on!  My throat hurts, my face feels like it’s all puffed out and it’s sensitive to the touch and I feel like my head is under water. My immune system is obviously not up to par right now.

So go figure, in the midst of my get healthy plan I feel the crappiest I’ve felt in years.

Please send some healing vibes my way!! I need them!!  And if you have any home remedies to rid nasal congestion and sinus pain, let me know!  I’ve tried steam inhalations and they don’t seem to be doing the trick.

Healthy Avocado Pasta

I was going to start this off with ‘it’s day X of my feel healthier challenge’ but to be honest, I’ve forgotten what day I’m on.

That is not a good sign, I know.

BUT the good news is, it doesn’t really matter  because I don’t want this challenge to have an end date. I would like for it to go on and on and on.  I want to feel healthier every day for all of the days!

And even though I’ve lost track I’m not off track.  I’m still drinking a lot of water (making sure I have my water bottle on me at all times), I’m leaving my desk at lunch (I went to another awesome yoga class at lunch yesterday), and I’m eating healthy foods.

Like this avocado pasta I want to tell you about.

It’s pretty much the easiest thing in the word to make.  And it’s healthy.  And super tasty.


We had no veggies in the house, so unfortunately mine is lacking that extra colour and flavour.


  • one ripe avocado
  • one tablespoon of olive oil
  • whatever veggies you have on hand – best to use for this are zucchini, peppers, mushroom, onion, and tomatoe
  • salt and pepper
  • pasta (almost forgot to include this haha)


  1. cook your pasta
  2. chop up your veggie very small and fry them up in a touch of oil.  You can also just do this in water if you want to be super healthy
  3. grab a medium sized bowl and mash up your avocado
  4. stir in the olive oil
  5. when the pasta’s done drain it and add it to your avocado concoction
  6. mix it all up
  7. toss in the veggies
  8. season with salt and pepper
  9. enjoy!

The only problem with this ‘sauce’ is it doesn’t keep, so you don’t want to make too much.

If you make this let me know what you think.  Did you add anything to yours?

My Go-To Morning Smoothie

Going to try this tomorrow morning!

Nourished Life

There is no better way to start your day than with a nutrient-packed smoothie. These are perfect for taking along to work or school. Throwing all of the ingredients in the blender takes less than 5 minutes, but if you want to save even more time you can prepare the ingredients in advance and toss in a freezer bag the night before. I am obsessed with the Magic Bullet blender because you can make individual sized smoothies and take them to go in the same cup, no clean up required! smoothie


  • Small banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • Handful spinach or kale
  • 1/2 scoop Vega protein powder with added greens
  • TBSP flax seed or chia seed
  • Handful frozen berries or mixed fruit
  • Water
  • Optional: a couple drops of Stevia or honey to sweeten


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Feel Healthier: Day 5

Well, the past two days haven’t been the healthiest for me.  It’s funny how one bad day, one slip up, can destroy all good intentions.

Luckily, I do still have good intentions.

In fact, I still have every intention of keeping up with this challenge.  I just need to do what I always do when I start to lose motivation.

I remind myself why I’m doing this.

I’m doing this because:

  • I hate waking up with a headache
  • I hate feeling groggy throughout the day
  • I hate how I feel after I overindulge on wine, chips, and pastries (those are my biggest weaknesses), when I don’t drink enough water, when I sit at my desk all day, and I don’t get enough sleep
  • I don’t like how I feel when I’m not taking care of myself

Better yet – eating well,  drinking water, moving my body, and sleeping well will make me feel:

  • happy
  • healthy
  • motivated
  • energized

And I want to feel these things every day.  Especially first thing in the morning.

I just need to keep these four habits top of mind and make more of a conscious effort.  And not let one bad day spoil it all.

Accept.  Learn. Forgive.  Move on.

Feel Healthier Days 2 and 3

I was going to just write an update on yesterday’s progress (day 2) but realized that I have no idea how I did yesterday.

My days are too long.

So I figured I’m probably better off recapping the day at the end of the day.  Makes sense.

So here we go.

Day 2 (Yesterday)

Eat well.

It’s a good thing I took pictures, otherwise I’d be drawing a complete blank.  Thanks to my visual reminder, I can say that yesterday was a big carb day.  What can I say, I was hungry.


I had a small breakfast (oatmeal, yogurt and papaya) and ate all my lunch and snacks by noon.  By three I was starving and bought a raisin bread cake thing (which was super disappointing). And, apparently, a giant plate of pasta wasn’t enough dinner for me because I had a bowl of cereal an hour later.

I woke up the next morning with a headache and a stomach ache.

Takeaway for the day: Bigger breakfast. More veggies.  Less bread.

Drink water.

I refilled my water bottle twice at work.  I think that’s going to be my baseline, or bare minimum.

Move my body.

I couldn’t remember if I went for a walk and then my phone pictures reminded me that, yes, I did and I enjoyed it very much (thank you phone!).  It was a chilly 45 minute walk but so worth it.

I also did a 30 minute yoga routine from and that was lovely, as always

Sleep well.

I’m considering taking this one off the list of habits to cultivate this time around.  As much as I want to get 8-10 hours of non-interrupted sleep the reality is that I have a baby and he makes noise and I wake up.  A lot.  I do go to bed early, but I can’t always fall asleep easily.

Last night I was in bed reading at 8:30.  Didn’t fall asleep till after 11.

Day 3 (Today)

Eat well.

Much better day today.  Had a bigger breakfast.  Lots of veggies.  And I even skipped my afternoon coffee so we’ll see if that helps me to sleep better tonight.


I guess posting this at the end of the day is good incentive to not snack at night time.  I kind of want cereal though.

Drink water.

I didn’t quite make it through two water bottles while at work today.  Going to put more effort into this tomorrow.

Move my body.

I went for a 30 minute walk and I also made it out to a yin yoga class.  It was a hot class all about the hips and it was heavenly.

Sleep well.

It’s only 8pm now and I’m falling asleep typing this.  Looks like skipping that afternoon coffee is working…

All in All

Not such a bad first few days.  I’m definitely becoming more aware of these four habits, which is really the first step in making any change.

See you tomorrow!



Feel Healthier: Day 1

Yesterday was day one of my Feel Healthier plan and as promised, here is my daily update. I really hope these don’t get boring for you, but I find posting here really helps to keep me accountable.

So here’s how day one went.

Eating well.

My plan to start is just to track what I’m eating.  So yesterday I took pictures of everything I ate.  Looking at this I think it was actually a pretty good day.   I actually had about three times as much dinner as shown though. I’ve been so hungry!!


Sure I had chocolate and coffee and ice-cream, but I also had fruit and vegetables and I managed to keep away from things that don’t make me feel good – namely chips and popcorn.  I have absolutely no self control when it comes to these two things and I always (and I mean always) end up with a sore stomach.

Drinking water.

I made a conscious effort to have a glass of water within arms reach all day.  I think I need to get a second water bottle – one for home and one for work.  When we went for a walk I brought one of Nathan’s sippy cups with me haha.

Moving my body.

I’ve decided to change this habit from ‘exercising’ to ‘moving my body’.  Even though I grew up an athlete, I am now intimidated by the word exercise.  Feels so onerous.  I don’t want to exercise.  But I do want to move my body.  Yesterday was a good day.  It was Sunday so I moved around a lot with Nathan, went for an hour long walk, and even got on the elliptical for 20 minutes (I tried for 30 but got bored).

Sleeping well.

I was really tired yesterday and went to bed at 9:30.  I read one chapter in my book and then it was lights out.  Unfortunately I woke up several times in the night.  Ever since Nathan was born I’ve become a ridiculously light sleeper.  At least I no longer wake up panicked that he’s in the bed and I can’t find him.  And then he cried out at 4:15 and was up for the day at 5:45.  So yeah, I tried.

All in All

I’d say it was a pretty good day.  Not bad for day one.  I’m not going to attempt to make any changes to my eating habits or routine for a few more days.

I think for now just being conscious of these four habits is a step in the right direction.

My Feel Healthier Plan: 4 Habits

I woke up this morning feeling not so great. It might have been the entire bag of microwavable popcorn I ate.  Or maybe the three glasses of wine I drank.  Or the fact that I didn’t fall asleep till after 12.

I do know for sure that I feel healthiest when I’m:

  • eating well
  • drinking water
  • exercising (preferably outside)
  • sleeping at least 7 hours

I know, pretty shocking stuff right there.

And so, for the next 21 days, if not more, I am going to focus on cultivating these four healthy habits.

Starting today.

My Feel Healthier Plan

  • Eating Well.   I found that when I did the three day Get Healthier Challenge (forever ago) recording what I ate really helped me to become aware of what I was eating, which in turn helped me to eat healthier.  So for the next little while I’m going to track what I eat (by taking pictures) and after a few days I’m sure some not so healthy patterns will become apparent.
  • Drinking Water.  This has been at the top of my habits list right from the beginning of Cultivating Habits.  I’ve learned that the only way for me to drink more water is to carry my water bottle with me at all times.  Or have water near me.  Right now I have a coffee next to me, not sure that counts.  I will get a glass of water as soon as I’m done writing this post.
  • Exercising.  I’m going to try to get in 30 minutes every day.  This will probably be either walking or doing yoga – basically the laziest kind of exercise you can do.  Today was great.  I went on the elliptical for 20 minutes (ugh so boring!) and then Danny, Nathan and I went out for an hour long walk.
  • Sleeping.  OK this one is a tough one because I can go to bed as early as I want, but if I can’t sleep, there’s not a whole lot I can do.  Hoping that the exercise will help with this.

To keep myself accountable I’m going to record my progress here every day – at least for the first little while.

Going to get that glass of water now.

See you tomorrow!