Category Archives: August Writing Challenge

What’s in Your Gym Bag? – August Writing Challenge #24

Today’s Blogger Challenge question is: What’s in your gym bag?

I’m actually pretty surprised at how clean my gym bag is….


What’s inside:

The latest BodyAttack release kit, mic belt (still wet from teaching last night…yuck), and batteries.


Water bottle.gymbag6

 Deodorant and my IPod.gymbag1

My Ziploc full of drugs – Advil, naproxen, and bone building vitamins.gymbag2

 Diapers and wipes.gymbag7

 Snacks for the kids.gymbag8

  Also in there…a lock, some change and a lip balm. Not too bad!

What’s in your gym bag?

Three Things Thursday – Friday Edition

It’s been another crazy busy week and I totally missed yesterday’s Three Things Thursday post…so, here it is today 🙂


It’s been about a week and a half since I wrote this post about how meal planning and scheduling workouts is absolutely necessary if I’m going to reach my goals of eating clean and exercising regularly. So, here’s an update on how things have gone (although I did not post a plan for this week, I did make one – and have pretty much stuck to it :))

1. Menu wise, things have went pretty much as planned.  Here are a few pictures (and recipes) for the meals I prepared:

Grilled Chicken, Asparagus and Peppers

chicken asp peppers 

Eat Clean Spinach and Turkey Sausage Pizza


Pork Kabobs with Cucumber and Tomato Salad – oops, totally forgot to take a picture of this one! Its a Supperworks meal – super easy, clean and really good!

Greek Feta Burgers and Summer Pasta Salad – I had planned to have these burgers on Thursday night, but totally forgot how much of a rush thursdays are as we go to the gym for a 5:15 class.

Whole Wheat Pesto Pasta with Seasonal Veggies


Chicken Tacos with Guacamole and Tostitos – again, totally forgot to take a picture – but they were really, really, really good!

So that was last week, since then I’ve made:

Flank Steak and Summer Pasta Salad


Eat Clean Sausage and Pepper Penne

sausage and pepper penne

and Eat Clean Buffalo Chicken Wrapsbuffalo chicken wrap

2. Sticking to my workout plan was easy last week, but as I’ve started to teach more BodyAttack, running has once again taken a back seat 😦 Here’s what I’ve been up to over the past week and a half or so:

  • Monday – rest day :)
  • Tuesday – BodyAttack
  • Wednesday – 5K run
  • Thursday – CXWorx and BodyAttack
  • Friday – Walking (around the zoo)
  • Saturday – BodyAttack
  • Sunday – Long Run – 12 km, walking (around Center Island)
  • Monday – rest day 🙂
  • Tuesday – 4 km run and BodyAttack
  • Wednesday – BodyAttack
  • Thursday – BodyAttack
  • Today – Rest Day 🙂

I definitely need to figure out some kind of balance between Attack and running. I was suppose to start hill training this week and totally missed that workout to save up my energy so I could teach Attack. I need to make sure I get in a few key runs each week- a long run, a hill training run, and a steady run. So, my plan for success this week is: long run Saturday (tomorrow), rest Sunday, teach Attack on Monday, Rest Tuesday, teach Attack Wednesday, hills Thursday, steady run Friday, Attack Saturday, and long run next Sunday! Ok, now that I’ve laid it out, I’m pretty sure its doable! Although I’m tired just looking at it!

3. Since I also missed yesterday’s August Health/Fitness Blogger Challenge post, I’m going to throw it in right here. The topic/question….what’s the best thing that has happened to you this week? Unfortunately there really isn’t a whole lot to choose from 😦 I guess I’d have to say that the best thing about this week has been that Tanner has slept through until 6am before getting up, and Ryan – who usually wakes once in the night to find her soother – has also slept straight through. I’ve had a few solid nights of sleep and although I’m still tired, it could definitely be worse!

Oh, and the fact that Mike Boogie was evicted from Big Brother is pretty sweet too! Hehehe!

Happy Friday Everyone!

What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this week?

A Letter to my Former Self – August Writing Challenge #22

Today’s Blogger Challenge is to write a letter to your former self.

Wow! This one is a tough one…I have no idea where to start or what I would say to myself….but…here it goes….

Dear Erin,

I am writing this letter to you from the future. Since you already know I’m not much of a writer, I’m going to make this short and sweet.

If I can give you 10 pieces of advice to help you live a more fulfilling, more rewarding, better life, this is what I would say…

1. Be proud of who you are.


2. Be confident in what you do.


3. There is no success without failure.


4. Don’t dwell on mistakes you’ve made, learn from them and move on.


5. Be thankful for what you have.


6. Quality is more important than quality…especially when it comes to friendship.


7. Don’t let anyone or anything bring you down.


8. People deserve a second chance, but not a third.


9. Life is not going to be easy.


10. Enjoy the little things.


I hope you remember these 10 things as you grow to become a Happier, Healthier, More Fit Me.

What would your letter say? Link it back to this post so I can check it out!

Why Did You Start Writing a Blog? – August Writing Challenge #21

Today’s Blogger Challenge Question is: Why did you start writing a blog?

I started Happier, Healthier, More Fit Me in March of this year, just one month after having my son, Tanner. I needed some motivation to get on track with eating healthy and exercising so I could lose my baby weight. I figured if just one person was checking up on me, I’d be more likely to stick with it, so I started this blog as a form of accountability.

And, it’s worked! I’ve reached (most of) my goals and continue to work towards becoming a Happier, Healthier, More Fit Me!

I’ve really enjoyed sharing recipes and workouts and try to inspire others to live happier, healthier lives as well. I have way more followers than I ever thought I would, and in about 5 and a half months, have had almost 10,000 views! Kinda crazy, but super awesome!

For someone who really does NOT enjoy writing, I’m loving having a blog and a place to share bits and pieces of my life with those if you who are interested!

I hope you will continue to follow along!

Why did you start writing a blog?

My Top 5 Must Have Fitness Items – August Writing Challenge #20

Today is day 20 of the August Health/Fitness Blogger Challenge and we are talking about our 5 must have fitness items.

Here are my Top 5 Must Have Fitness Items:

1. Running Shoes – Good running shoes are a MUST! I have been running in Asics Gel Nimbus shoes forever, and although I LOVE them, I’m thinking of trying something new…any suggestions? I’m thinking of trying out a pair of Nike’s…are they any good?

gel nimbus

2. GPS Watch – I have the Garmin 410 GPS Watch and I love it! The detail it gives about my runs is unbelievable! It tracks pace, distance, time, calories, heart rate….it has a training partner, will do 10 & 1’s… its crazy! And, I upload it to my computer so its a great way to keep track of all of my runs and monitor my progress.

3. Water Bottle – no matter what type of workout I’m doing, a water bottle is a must!

lulu water bottle

4. Ipod – I love working out to music and have FINALLY updated my ipod! I now have some new running tunes on there, as well as an audiobook. I’m all set!


5. Foam Roller – I love, love, love my Trigger Point Foam Roller. I’m not much of a post run stretcher, but a few minutes on this after a great workout makes a huge difference in how I feel the next day!

foam roller

So, those are my 5….

What are your 5 must have fitness items?

A Day In My Life… – August Writing Challenge #19

Today’s is day 19 of Fitness Cheerleader’s Blogger Challenge…the topic…describe a typical day in your life.

Since I am currently on maternity leave from my job as a High School Health and Physical Education teacher, my days are very different than when working. So, here’s what I’m up to these days…

6:00-6:30ish – my daughter starts banging on her bedroom door or screaming “mommmmmmmmyyyyyyy”, and my son is usually babbling away in his crib, both ready for me to get them up and start our day.

6:30-7:30 – breakfast – Pancakes, Cheerios or oatmeal for my daughter, baby cereal and fruit for my little man, and either toast with natural PB or an oatmeal pancake for myself.

7:30 – start getting kids dressed, throw on my workout clothes, pack my bag and we’re off!

8:00 ish – drop my daughter off at daycare (mon-wed)

8:30 – head to the gym, out for a run, or home to practice BodyAttack – depending on the day

10:30 – Tanner has a nap and I jump in the shower

11:30 – start preparing lunch

Noonish – lunch

1:00 – nap time for Tanner, I try to write my blog posts, clean up, get organized for and maybe start prepping dinner

3:00 – run errands

4:30 – pick up Ryan from daycare and head to a park, the splash pad, out for a walk…

5:30/6ish – dinner

6:30 – bathtime

7:00 – Tanner to bed

7:30 Ryan to bed

8:00 – clean up, get organized for tomorrow, and if hubby is home – relax, watch a bit of tv, catch up

9:30 – bedtime for me – I usually read for an hour or so, but love the downtime and quiet 🙂

1:30-2am – up to feed Tanner 😦

And it all starts again.

That’s a typical Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. On Thursdays and Friday’s when Ryan is home, we usually go to the zoo, play outside – at the splash pad and park, or meet up with friends for play dates.

That’s it…nothin too exciting.

What’s a typical day in your life look like?

What’s Your Proudest Moment? – August Writing Challenge #18

Today’s Blogger Challenge Question is: What’s your proudest moment?

One of my proudest moments in life, aside from giving birth to my children, was when I won a an Outstanding Teacher Award in 2003.

Here’s the story…

It was the beginning of second semester and I was teaching a Grade 9 Girls Phys. Ed class. About three weeks into classes, I was called into the office for a meeting because one of my students, a 14 year old girl, was just diagnosed with a brain tumor, and would probably not be returning to school for the rest of the year. We were meeting to decide how and what we could do to help her get at least a few of her credits so she would not be too far behind when she returned the following September.

Without giving it a second though, I stepped up to home school her. I taught her family studies, science, English and Phys.ed. I met with her two to three times a week – sometimes at her house, sometimes at the hospital – at one point she was in the hospital for over a month as she had a stem cell extraction, cleanse, and transplant. I met with her whenever she felt up to it – on my lunch, after school and on weekends. I later found out that I was the only person outside of her immediate family that she allowed to see her during her illness.

By the end of June, she had put in all the required hours, done all the tests and assignments, and written the required exams – she earned all 4 if her credits!

The plan was for her to do one summer credit – which I tutored her through – get some rest over the summer, continue treatment, and return to school in the fall. Well, unfortunately things didn’t go as planned, and she was not able to return to school that September.

So, I home schooled her again. We aimed for 6 credits, and once again she earned them all.

I actually ended up homeschooling her for 4 years. She did return to school here and there, but never actually completed a full semester in the building. After taking an extra year to finish the last of her required credits – she graduated – something she, nor her parents were sure would happen. And I must admit, it was an honor to watch her walk across the stage, knowing I was a huge part of her success.

She has now completed an undergraduate degree and just this past June, graduated from Teachers College.

I know that her she and her family are extremely grateful for the opportunity I have given her.

Im not sure they will ever really understand how much this opportunity gave me. I learned so much from this young girl and her family. Strength, courage, determination, perseverance, optimism, the list goes on and on.

To this day, we still see each other regularly, and she will forever be a part of my life. I love her and her family very much.

Well, time to go and dry my tears!

What’s your proudest moment?