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Three Things Thursday – March Break Edition!

So, once again, I’m a little late with my post, but we have been super busy enjoying some March Break fun! Here’s a bit about what we’ve been up to:

1. Check, check and (hopefully) check! We’ve almost done everything we were hoping to do over March Break and even a little extra! We’ve been to Kitchener to visit my sister and her boys, we’ve been to the Maple Syrup Festival, we’ve moved all the toys to the basement and created a nice playroom for the kids, Ryan had her friend Lauren over for a playdate, and tonight we are having more friends over for dinner and to hang out. I’ve also been to the gym a few times, and if we’re lucky, we might make it to the zoo before the weekend is over! Isn’t this a cute picture!


2. We’re looking for a new car – well, actually an SUV. We need some sort of 7-seater so that we have room to carry extra people. Right now, with the two carseats in the back there isn’t room for even the tiniest person to squeeze between them 😦 We are considering the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder,  Ford Explorer,  Chevy Traverse and the Mitsubishi Outlander….

Any recommendations?

3. One thing I haven’t been doing is running 😦 And I just realized today, that the Toronto GoodLife Half Marathon is only 7 weeks away! YIKES! I better get moving!

I’ve made a calendar and have planned all my runs (and a few workouts) between now and race day – its pretty jammed packed and doesn’t include workouts to be done with my classes at work! I hope I can swing it!

I’ve had to abandon my original plan and move onto something a little less intense – I don’t feel as though I have done enough running to be running an 8km tempo run and a 17km long run this week! So, I’ve back things off a bit and feel like I will have a good run if I commit to these workouts. I will post my modified schedule once I figure out how to make it fit on the page!

What’s the least amount of time you have trained for a half marathon in, and still done well? I’m thinking 7 weeks might be cutting it a bit tight!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! I look forward to reading your comments 🙂

Three Things Thursday!

1. March Break is almost here!


I am so looking forward to March Break! Although I would love to be spending the week on a warm, sunny beach somewhere in the Caribbean, we will instead be hanging out a home doing a few day trips and getting a little R and R.

So far on our agenda is:

– a trip to the Toronto Zoo

– a visit with my sister and her kids in Kitchener

– a morning at the Maple Syrup Festival in Stouffville

Other than that, I’m thinking a little baking, a little craft making and a whole lot of just relaxing!

2. Last night I made Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan from the March 2013 issue of Clean Eating Magazine. As you may remember, one of my goals for 2013 is to try one new Clean Eating recipe each week – this one was another hit – my husband actually said I was the best chicken parm he’s ever had! That’s a huge compliment… Way to go CE Magazine!


3. Sugar Shock! The World Health Organization suggests that no more than 10 percent of your total daily calories come from added sugar. The American Heart Association recommends that women eat less than six teaspoons of added sugar every day, and that men should not eat more than nine teaspoons of added sugar. That’s about 100 and 150 calories for women and men, respectively. (Source)

I saw this info graphic posted on Facebook and thought, holy crap, I’m over my sugar limit just in consuming fruit each day!


I pretty much have a glass of OJ with my breakfast (6 tsp), an apple (6 tsp) and a banana (4.5 tsp) each day. That alone is 16.5 tsp (at 15 calories per) that’s just over 247 calories or about 14.5 % of my daily calorie consumption.

And if you add in my usual daily treat – either a a can of Coke (10 tsp), a Starbucks Chai Latte (10.5 tsp), or a handful of sour candies (7 tsp) or peanut m&m’s (6.5 tsp) I’m ridiculously over!

I don’t feel guilty about consuming natural sugars (those in fruit and dairy), but I definitely need to cut out that extra stuff!

Stay tuned for an upcoming Sugar Strike Challenge!