Canadian Blogger Series #7: Manitoba

It’s my favourite day of the week again because I get to post another great post about our beautiful country. This week’s post comes from Stephanie who blogs at Fit Mom in Training. She is showing off the beautiful province of Manitoba. Stephanie is incredibly inspirational, she just recently gave birth and is already posting about body after baby! Talk about motivation! Drop by her blog and say hi and of course congrats on the new baby!

Other posts in the Series:

1. Saskatchewan by Meg from A Dash of Meg

2. Ontario by Lisa from Smores N More

3. Yellowknife by Scott from Your Inner Skinny

4. Ontario by Rose from Healthy Hipster

5. British Columbia by Jaime from Embracing Balance

6. British Columbia by Amber from Girl With The Red Hair

 

I live smack dab in central Canada. The prairies. The flat lands. There are some things Manitoba is famous for (super cold winters, super hot summers, the mosquitoes, and the long awaited return of the Jets to NHL hockey->Go Jets Go!) and some things it is infamous for (die hard sports fans, and an epic rivalry with neighbouring Saskatchewan over football bragging rights, for the record, they currently have the upper hand…for now).

 

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But what does MY Manitoba look like? All of these things and much, much more. As an avid runner and lover of being outside, I’m often called crazy for braving our sometimes extreme conditions for the sake of a good workout. I’ll admit, it’s not always easy to go for a run when it’s   -40C outside or on a hot summer night when speed work is a matter of survival from the hoards of hungry bugs waiting to pounce. But it doesn’t take much for me to forget the conditions around me and focus on the beautiful scenery instead.

 

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Many people would consider prairie living to be dull and remote. After all, we have no hills to climb up, no mountains to ski down and seemingly endless acres of farmers fields. All I can say is nothing can be further from the truth! There is a beauty in this province that remains undiscovered to so many! We have fields, lakes and deserts. Trails, hiking and canoeing abound and the camping is fantastic. I feel so privileged to live somewhere that I can find a sandy beach to lay on, an awesome trail to hike or a new area to bike through without having to book a vacation to get there. This means I can stay active in so many different ways that it’s very hard to get bored with such diversity at your fingertips.

 

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Anyone ever visit Manitoba? I haven’t but would love to one day!

Monday Mantra: Dale Carnegie

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Monday Mantra, to be honest it kind of fell off the rails. I ran out of goals that inspired me so I decided to take a Monday Mantra break for a few weeks to re-evaluate it. I decided that if I had a goal that I was inspired about I could still post it as my Mantra. However, as an addition for a little Monday inspiration I decided I could pick a quote I really liked for whatever reason and use it for inspiration throughout the week. Monday Mantra was my invention so I feel like I have the power to switch it up when I feel like it. I have a rule about blogging, I don’t write unless I feel inspired so I needed a little switch up in the mantra’s to feel the inspiration again!  Smile

 

So I just got home from the information session on a course I am taking for the next 12 weeks and I am so inspired!! It’s a Dale Carnegie course called Effective Communication and Human Relations. I am so excited about taking this course, a few people from my work are doing it as well and it seems like I’m going to learn a lot as well as have a lot of fun! This course is right up my alley, I love reading and learning about communication and human relations, I work in human resources after all! Smile

 

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There is a lot of reading for this course, but I can’t wait to take it all in! I was googling when I came home about Dale Carnegie and found this quote that I thought would be fitting for this week’s mantra:

 

“Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude”

 

I think this is so unbelievably true, you make the choice on whether you are going to be happy or sad, worried, angry, or whatever. Before I start my day I make the choice no matter if I spill my coffee, had a bad run, or nothing was going my way to be happy and positive. Life is just better if you’re are enjoying it. You need to CHOOSE to be happy, once you make the choice? The rest will follow.  Smile 

 

I plan to remind myself of this mantra throughout the week when I need it the most! Alright, I am off to start digging into those books! Smile I have the perfect accompaniment for reading….guacamole! (PS: new Canadian Blogger Series post coming tomorrow!!).

 

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Anyone ever take a Dale Carnegie course or read one of his books? Thoughts?

Favourite snack while reading?

Do you think happiness is a choice?

Training Recap and Workout Plan Mar 5 – 11

What a week, what a week. Smile I took a little blogging break this weekend. I relaxed big time – I ate well, exercised, read, and cooked. It was lovely! I am trying to take it easy on the partying for the next couple weeks while I ramp my mileage up again. I need to be in top shape! Anyways it was for the most part a great training week.

 

It started off Monday and Tuesday with elliptical workouts, 3 miles and 3.5 miles respectively. They weren’t bad but they weren’t all that exciting either. Wednesday I had planned to run outside but it was –8 Celsius outside with a wind chill of –16 so I decided to swap Wednesday and Saturday’s workouts. I did 1.94 miles on the treadmill and 1.4 on the elliptical over my lunch break, it was a great way to break up the day! Thursday I hopped on the elliptical for 3.75 miles and then went to body flow. The instructor was really great and I decided to try and go to yoga every Thursday because Friday is my rest day it’s a great way to end the week!

 

Saturday I had a bad run. My Garmin died about 5 minutes into my run, I had my phone on me so I had a gps running app on there but it’s tough to hold the phone, monitor pace, and not fall down. I was supposed to be doing intervals so that was tough to maintain without the Garmin. That plus despite a day of rest prior my legs felt like junk and I just couldn’t get into it. I think it had to do with what I ate the night before, I went out to eat and had a heavy meal of fish and chips. I won’t be making that mistake again! Anyways I ended up doing 3.27 miles in 36 minutes so Ill take it. Sunday I did 4 miles in 38 minutes on the elliptical and body pump. It was my first time at body pump in a while so I kept my weights normal and didn’t move up. In total this week:

 

Miles: 21

Yoga: 60 minutes

Strength Training: 60 minutes

 

Here is the plan for this week:

 

Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Minutes)   40 min 30 min 20 min REST 40 min 20 min 
Elliptical / Arc (Min) 35 min     20 min     30 min
Class      Body Pump Body Flow     Body Pump

 

This week I am running more then I am on the elliptical, the plan is to slowly ease away from the elliptical now that my legs have been good for a while. I am so excited for this, I hope we have good weather this week so all my outside runs can happen. My plan is to take each run fairly easy, stretch, and lots of foam rolling!

 

What was your biggest exercise accomplishment last week?

Anyone else have a bad run?

Favourite food to eat the night before a weekend long run?

Favourite foam roller exercise?

Turkey Stuffed Peppers

This week’s training has been going so well I am almost afraid to mention it. I went to yoga tonight after my elliptical workout and experienced the best yoga class ever, the instructor was amazing. Midway through the class I had the epiphany that I should do yoga every Thursday evening as Friday is my rest day, it’s a great way to loosen those muscles before resting them. Coming home and foam rolling them after turns them to Jello. Let me tell you, Jello legs never felt so good. In the spirit of thankful things Thursday, I am thankful for foam rollers! Smile 

 

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Anyways on to the real reason for this post, a delicious recipe that I should have shared ages ago! I made these stuffed peppers a few weeks ago and they were sooo good! Bell peppers are really good for you, they make your legs feel better. Fact. Make them tomorrow and eat them all weekend, you’re welcome!  Smile 

 

Turkey Stuffed Peppers (Serves 4)

  • 4 Bell Peppers
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 tsp EVOO
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 cup light mozza cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Boil the broth, add rice and set aside with the lid on the pot to cook for 20 minutes. Chop the tops off the peppers and use what you can of the tops to chop up (I don’t like to waste anything). Cook the onion and chopped pepper tops in the EVOO for 5 minutes or until onions are translucent then add garlic and cook an additional 1-2 minutes. Add turkey and cook thoroughly.  Once the turkey and rice are both cooked, add rice to turkey and mix in salsa and half the cheese. Cook until everything is mixed well and heated through add salt and pepper to taste. Now comes the fun part! Smile 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Stuff each pepper with the mixture and top with the rest of the cheese. Just as an idea I had some filling leftover that I just used in wraps the next day with a little BBQ sauce, they were great!  Place the 4 peppers in a baking dish with about an inch of water and cover the dish with aluminum foil. Bake for 25 minutes then remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 – 15 minutes until cheese is bubbly. Serve immediately! These are a great meal with all the food groups – I would suggest serving them with a side salad for a full meal. Smile

 

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What’s your favourite stuffed pepper filling? I may try making bean ones next time. Smile

Any exciting plans for the weekend?

What are you thankful for today?