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Season of the Beast: Week 14

Friday, September 20, 2013

This week's challenge is about finding a healthy but comforting fall recipe.
I love me some pumpkin, so I decided to find an alternative to the super yummy but oh-so-sugary Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Here's what I came up with:

The recipe is simple and has the flavours I was after: coffee, pumpkin, spices and just a hint of sweetness. I don't drink milk anymore so I used almond milk instead. I also used a splash of maple syrup to sweeten it instead of sugar. It was quick to put together so I'm sure I'll be drinking lots of these as the weather gets chillier!

I tried taking a photo of it but really it just looks like coffee. Not exciting enough to share LOL

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For the bonus challenge I went for a fall walk under the harvest moon with my dogs last night. Beautiful!!

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JCARDINAL 9/22/2013 12:43PM


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RYDERB 9/21/2013 12:52AM

    emoticon I can't wait to try it! Pumpkin Spice Latte's are my favorite! emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 9/21/2013 12:35AM

    a great way to delight the taste buds

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KITTYCAT64 9/20/2013 10:13AM

    Sounds yummy. The walk by moonlight is right up my alley if I had sidewalks. Enjoy your pumpkin latte. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Saturday, September 07, 2013

This week's Season of the Beast Challenge was just the motivation I needed to get walking again.

On Tuesday I took my dogs ( a senior and a puppy) out for extra long walks instead of the lazy short walks that I've been doing lately. Yay!

On Wednesday I took my son to a 'meet the teacher' day at his new preschool. I have to say, I was tempted to drive there even though it's in walking distance. Instead, I put him in his wagon and set off walking. It was cool, but nice so we took the scenic route. It made for a nice little outing.

On Thursday I got out for a quick walk to the playground with my little guy.

On Friday I took my 12 year old dog out for a long stroll in the rain. He doesn't mind getting wet and I didn't really mind either. I snapped a couple of photos but ended up putting my phone away because i didn't want it to get wet!
Right after I took these pictures we came up to some train tracks where there were lots of wild rabbits running up and down the tracks! I don't think I've ever seen so many of them in the city before.

Here's my dog, plodding along.

And a shot of one of the blissfully quiet streets we walked down. It was nice to have the place to ourselves for a change...all of the other dog walkers we usually see must have been scared off by the rain!

Anyway, it felt great to get some extra walking in this week. I finally feel motivated again!

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RYDERB 9/21/2013 12:54AM

    Great job! I love walking! It's so peaceful.

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JCARDINAL 9/8/2013 12:15PM

    Great job!! emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 9/8/2013 7:57AM

    good for you

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SADIEMAE32 9/7/2013 7:14PM

    emoticon Glad to hear you've got your motivation back :)

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Mindful Eating...

Friday, June 28, 2013

This week's Season of the Beast challenge is about eating mindfully. I took the quiz at ful-eating-questionnaire and as I expected, my results were not great. I'm usually quite aware when I start to go into emotional eating mode, but I don't often do anything to stop it. This week I've been doing my best to stop and take a moment to reflect on my feelings before I eat.

I've been doing fairly well so far, but I have to admit that's partly due to the fact that we have hardly any food in the house after the flood!

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BHEALTHY4ME1 7/1/2013 12:13AM

  emoticon on being team member of the week. So sorry to heat about the flooding your area experienced. And you still found time to post the mindful eating questionnaire ! Thank you for that. All of these things give us insight into our issues.

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LINDA! 6/30/2013 6:29PM

    I took the test and am such an emotional eater too.

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PATRICIAAK 6/28/2013 11:18PM

    Now that what I call totally honest!

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JCARDINAL 6/28/2013 12:46PM

    I too have been trying to stop and think before I eat this week.

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HELEN_BRU 6/28/2013 8:44AM

    I do better at certain times too! Hope you didn't have too much clean up to do.

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Well, that was crazy!!!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hi there,
I've been MIA since Thursday. I live in Calgary and we were evacuated due to flooding and just got back in our house on Monday. Power was restored yesterday. I'm hoping to get back into some kind of a routine today.

The first news I heard about any flooding in Alberta was at 2:30 on Thursday afternoon. By 7PM there was a police officer at our door ordering us to get out ASAP. We had been watching the news and we had seen a series of emergency alerts which were getting closer and closer to our neighbourhood, so we were already packing when we were told to leave.

We are lucky enough to have family in town, so I took our son and all our essentials in my car. My husband stayed at home with the dogs and moved as much stuff as he could to the second floor. He then packed the dogs into his car and met me at his brother's house. The next few days were filled with worry, confusion and completely contradictory news reports. Thankfully our house is fine. The flooded storm drains caused our house to fill with sewer gas, but our basement did not flood. Our power was off for several days so we lost a lot of food in our fridge and upright freezer. Some water is starting to seep up through the concrete in our basement now, but we've got two dehumidifiers running to try to dry it out a bit. We were really lucky.

Many communities in Alberta have been devastated by the flood. Please help if you can. Donations to the Canadian Red Cross will help flood victims here. Attached is an article including a list of other ways to help locally:

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PATRICIAAK 6/26/2013 10:18PM


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JCARDINAL 6/26/2013 5:25PM

    So glad you and your family are ok! emoticon

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LADY_AGGIE 6/26/2013 1:24PM

    Oh, wow! I am glad that you, your family, and your house will be okay! I hope that things settle back to normal soon.

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LOISDESK 6/26/2013 12:36PM

    Wow!! Talk about an upheaval in your life! So glad your house is ok! Hope your community is getting the help it needs!

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NANCYPAT1 6/26/2013 9:57AM

    You are really lucky and very blessed that you had so little personal damage. I know that floods can really wreak havoc. Have a wonderful week as you get back to normal again.

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AVANDREA_ 6/26/2013 9:20AM

    Wish that I could do what my brother is doing for the Red Cross, he is flying out this afternoon from northern Ontario to help those who are now homeless due to the flooding there. Unfortunately my current health and finances would not let me do that. So glad that you both are able to return to your homes, with them intact.

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HELEN_BRU 6/26/2013 8:31AM

    I too live in Calgary so I know what you have been going through. Luckily, my house is on high ground. The number of volunteers who showed up to help was astounding. What a great city! Hope you get your home back to normal soon.

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One hundred pushups!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

That's what I'm hoping to be able to do by the end of the Season of the Beast Challenge! I followed the link to

and tried the assessment test. Five pushups. That's really sad. So, week 1 of the program starts with five sets of pushups for my ability level.
The reps for each set are as follows:
2, 3, 2, 2, 3+(as many as you can do on the last one)

Let's see how this goes!

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CELEST 6/30/2013 12:01PM

    Oh my word.....I dont think I could ever do 100

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RYDERB 6/22/2013 6:04PM

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PATRICIAAK 6/19/2013 6:55PM

    Fabulous goal! Keep us updated on your journey, please.

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JCARDINAL 6/19/2013 6:26PM

    I picked the push ups too, only I'm doing the modified ones. emoticon

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LOISDESK 6/19/2013 5:00PM

    Good goal! I should work on this too! I can do more of the "modified" pushups than regular, but I should work on both! Good luck!

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MARTHROID 6/19/2013 11:34AM

    Go for it! My shoulder would break off…so, I'm out. emoticon . I'd love to be able to do it though.

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AVANDREA_ 6/19/2013 9:14AM

    Neat idea, good luck to you! emoticon

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HELEN_BRU 6/19/2013 8:52AM

    Good luck! emoticon

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KESTRYLL 6/19/2013 8:46AM

    Great idea, thanks for posting!

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JAMBABY0 6/19/2013 8:46AM

    You can do it, just keep working at it

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