So..it's almost been two weeks since starting this experiment. I'm still not completely loving it, but it has gotten better. I might try a different method but I'm not sure what. My hair doesn't feel as disgusting as last week, but it's been crazy staticy! I've never had this problem with my hair before, and it's super annoying. Good thing my hair's pretty much always in a bun..
Anyways, here are some pictures from the week! (my part looks like it's on a different side in some pics because I used a camera app that doesn't flip the photo).
With the snowy weather, this smoothie brings some sunshine to your day!
This makes a blender-full, or 4 tall glasses full. Enjoy the snow and drove safely today.
PS (sorry about missing Mini-Challenge Monday yesterday. :( Is it something you would want me to continue doing? Let me know!)
Good morning!! :)
This smoothie is soo good, and you only need four ingredients.
In your blender, mix:
I'm usually scared of protein powders, but this one seems pretty good! Normally I would just add cocoa powder if I wanted a chocolate smoothie but I thought I'd try this powder my dad picked up. The ingredents, such as hemp, chia, and pea isolate protein, all seem good to me. However, a few ingredients that I'm not too sure about are "natural chocolate flavour", xylitol, and bromelain. They scare me a little bit...where are these "natural" flavours coming from? I really don't like it when this type of ingredient is listed; it's too vague and seems a little sketchy. Also, I don't know much about xylitol, which is apparently a molecualr cousin to sugar. Similarly, my knowledge of bromelain is limited as well. So with that in mind, I'm not sure I'll be using this powder too often, although it tastes really good! If you have any knowledge on protein powders, or any recommendations for me, comment below! :) I would love to hear your opinions; I know very little about what makes a protein powder good.
Hello hello :)
If you've read my Nature's Fare post, you know that I gave up conventional hair products last Saturday. I've read multiple blog posts and articles stating that the typical haircare regimen is a vicious cycle that strips the hair of oils only to replace them with synthetic oils in conditioner. This process is said to be not only damaging but unnecessary. I was a little skeptical of the posts I've been reading, since my current shampoo and conditioner were making my hair feel healthy and soft. Could it really be that damaging? I figured the only way to the truth was to experiment for myself, and almost a week later I'm beginning to question the whole process... I want this adjustment phase to end, but it's only just begun. I'm starting to doubt that the end results will be as miraculous as I've read others to be, but while I'm tempted to reach for my shampoo bottle, I'm determined to wait this out. Five weeks; that's what I've told myself. I'll give it five weeks before making my judgment.
The typical "no 'poo" routine is made up of a baking soda paste as shampoo and an apple cider vinegar paste as conditioner. Personally, I decided not to try this one because I've heard that baking soda can cause damage to the hair. Whether this is true or not is beyond me, but I'm feeling like taking that risk. Instead, I decided to try the honey wash method. To make the wash I mix 1 tbsp of raw honey with 1/2 cup of warm water, before each wash. I use a measuring cup to pour it over my head in the shower, then I massage it into my scalp. I mostly leave the ends of my hair be. I wouldn't say I love washing my hair like this, but I'll try to enjoy the process and see where it takes me..
Progession pictures of my hair...This whole week it's been greasy and staticy. Let's just say buns and braids have been my saviors. :)
The last two pictures were taken today, and my hair looks considerably better. However it still feels staticy and a bit dry, and a little greasy at the top. I realize this experiment probably sounds really disgusting, and I apologize, but I thought I'd share my experience so far. Also, I mentioned the arrowroot powder as a dry shampoo in a previous post. This would only work on people with light coloured hair! Huge mistake on my part, the white was quite noticable in my hair. Disappointed about that, but I can just use the powder in the kitchen instead :).
I'll update you again next Thursday, hopefully my results will improve! I'm eager for this to work, but if not, it'll be worth the try :)
Good morning! :)
As you can tell from the title, this week's exercise is v-snaps. Try to 20 normal v-snaps and 20 single leg v-snaps on both sides! If these are too difficult (first of all, don't feel bad, you'll build up your strength!) an alternative that gives the same affect of strengthening the upper abs is crunches with your legs straight up in the air, reaching your hands towards your toes.
Remember to be happy today, you'll never get this day back, so make it a good one :)
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In Grade 8, I jokingly stated I was going to run a half marathon. Two years later, here I am with my first one under my belt. It feels fantastic, and I can now check it off my mental bucketlist!
The summertime was when I made my decision to sign up for the race. I was fully committed to my training and I followed a beginner 4 month plan on Garmin. I was using my dad's old watch and just becoming familiar with the website. I was pumped! All my life I've been surrounded by running: while my parents did the half marathons and marathons, Airlie and I did the "Fun Runs" which were usually about 1 km. One time we ran 1 km a day leading up to the race, and the race was the last kilometre to complete our stretched out marathon. As we got older, we moved up to the "big kid races": 5k's, 8k's, and 10k's. I never trained for these, in fact I didn't even enjoy running that much, I just did them because my parents signed me up, so I figured why not. It wasn't until last summer that I became serious about running and my training, when I decided I was to complete a half marathon the upcoming February. My journey had started!
Like I said before, I was dedicated to my training and I followed my plan perfectly. I had just begun to really love running rather than just going through the motions of it. This lasted from about August til November, and then things started to get a little rough. To be honest, I was getting bored with my neighborhood route, even though I changed it up a little bit every time. (However a certain incident involving a scary lady at nighttime left me too traumatized to go down a certain road anymore). I wasn't enjoying it as much, and as the days got shorter, the sky was dark by 4 o'clock. I was way too chicken to run in the dark, and when I did, all sorts of ridiculous scenarios raced through my mind. The days were short and cold, Christmas was around the corner, and I was crazy busy with schoolwork, dance, family, and my courses for refereeing and coaching I was taking. December and January didn't see much of me pounding down the sidewalk, so when February rolled around I was starting to doubt myself. Was I ready for this? If you'd asked me this 3 months ago, I would've said yes. But I wasn't so sure anymore.
As the date crept up on me, I can honestly say I was hardly worried anymore. My mindset was that I only needed to finish, and I didn't set a time goal for myself. (Still had one in the back of my mind though...). But anyways, I decided to just focus on enjoying what I set out to do 6 months ago. Now was the time to follow through.
The day before the race, I was wiped. It was a good day though, I worked, went to Nature's Fare, and then lazed around for the remainder of the day. My mom made pasta and salad for dinner, which I was careful not to over-eat. My mom made it so we could carb-load before the race, but I didn't want to overload myself. I wanted to be well-rested, so I was asleep by 9:30. I was already exhausted, so this was easy. It's normal to toss and turn the night before, but I had no issues with that. Perhaps because I was tired and worry-free.
I woke up refreshed and ready at my usual time of 5:30. I oil-pulled with coconut oil for 20 minutes, as I've been doing for the past week, while doing light stretches. When I was done with that, I fixed myself a breakfast of two pieces of toast on "veganic" bread with almond butter, one banana, and lots of cinnamon!! I would've preferred peanut butter, but I'd eaten the rest of it on Saturday... Apparently almond butter's better for you anyways!
Afterwards I headed up to get dressed, and since it was supposed to rain (it didn't though!) I settled with my trusty neon yellow shirt, tights, and pink headband:
(Can't forget my Michelin man jacket to guard me from the chilly morning air pre-race.)
My mom drove Airlie and I, while my dad biked. My favourite song came on the radio minutes before reaching the fort. When it ended, I immediately turned it off. Maybe I'm superstitious, but I wanted to have it as the last song I heard before the half marathon.
We arrived at the race, joined in the warmup, and before Airlie and I started, our parents hugged us and my dad told us, " Be patient, and have fun!" These words stuck with me throughout my run and reminded me to embrace the beauty of the day. It was my mantra to live by during the next two hours of running.
I started out with about a pace of 10 minutes per mile. I didn't want to go too fast too soon and I was still crowded by people. I slowly worked up to about 8:40 per mile, which is where I stayed for pretty much the rest of the race. As I ran, all sorts of good things keep me motivated and relaxed:
1. Within the first km, we passed by a street named a last name of one of my favourite teachers. (Can you guess?) She's an inspiration to me, and the thought of her cheering me on put a smile on my face as the race commenced. At this point, life was good.
2. At around the 3 km point, there was a sign the read, "Hay 4 Sale." This is absolutely ridiculous, but I loved that sign because my name is Haylie and one of my other favourite teachers favourite number is 4. (Again, can you guess?) I know, this sounds really strange. But it kept me going, especially when I reached it again near the end of the race.
3. Throughout the race, there were little trivia signs and motivational signs scattered strategically. There would be one with a multiple choice question on it, and a few metres down the answer would be on the next sign. I didn't read these, but they put a smile on my face. However I did read the motivational signs, my favourite being "Chop down on your time!" at the 16km mark. There was a picture of a man chopping wood on it. Another read something along the lines of, "Aim high to the finish!" with a picture of a hunter.
4. There was a route marshal at the 8km point who said, "high fives for everyone!" He was pretty awesome! I gave him my best high five.
5. Just before the 11km point, a man in front of me turned around and told his wife, "there's more downhill from here!" It was a sweet little moment between the two of them, and of course it made me happy to hear there wouldn't be many more uphills!
6. Throughout pretty much the whole 13.1 miles, I was behind a man with curly hair and a grey shirt on. It's a shame I never got to see his face or say hi, because he provided silent motivation for me. I was never trying to get ahead of him, just the fact that he remained just in my sight kind of made him my pacer.
7. There was also a fit looking woman with blond hair, freckles, and a blue shirt who I saw continuously throughout the whole race. However with her, we kept alternating from me being ahead of her and her being ahead of me. I sensed the competition between us, and it lit a fire inside of me, especially during the last 4km. I let myself walk for about 50 metres, but then she passed me, running and looking fresh. Although I almost made a decision with myself to let her beat me in the final stretch, the competitive side of me would not let it go! My legs were saying no, but they starting running anyways, and I crossed the finish line before her. I guess it was kind of a jerk move by me, but I was satisfied to win our unspoken race between us in the end. Who knows, maybe she didn't even think there was any competition between us. Oh well.. heh.
8. When I was feeling dead and nearing the end, my dad showed up on his bike, encouraging me to keep going. Him shouting," 2k! 2k!" helped me to the finish as I tried to tell my brain there was hardly any longer to go. It was hard to get it to believe me, I was longing for the finish. But I remembered what he'd told me before I started: "be patient, and have fun." I needed to do just that.
9. Right before the finish, my mom was there cheering me on, with her little drum yelling, "Come on, faster!" jokingly. I was almost there!!!
10. As I crossed the finish line, I let out a huge sigh and swung my arms over my head. I felt dead, but exhilarated. I would never experience my first half marathon again; I did it! As stupid as it sounds, I felt like shedding happy tears in that moment.
Airlie came in a few minutes after, and later when the awards were being given out, I discovered that apparently I was put down as a boy. This happened at a 10km run I did in the summer as well, why is this a recurring problem?! Anyways, I came first in the 19 and under females category, which made me proud for my first half marathon. Of course, I'm sure not many teenagers ran it anyways...but I still see it as a great accomplishment! (***UPDATE: I found out I actually came 2nd in my category, and 1st in the male category. I guess the awards got messed up because I was put down as a boy. They gave me the first place medal... But really the medal isn't what matters here. Just thought I should correct this! I'm still proud of second place :) )
I ate some food once my stomach was feeling up for it and I guzzled a fruit & protein recovery smoothie my dad had made for me prior. It was soo good!! I've never made my smoothies with protein powder before, and this one was chocolatey, vegan, and delicious.
And now, ever since I arrived back home, I've been laying in my bed, exhausted. It hurts to go down the stairs, lol. But I'm proud of myself, and I proved to myself that "where there's a will, there's a way." Like I always say, life is just a big adventure. Live it!
**UPDATE: I'm DYING of laughter right now. The results were just posted and my time was 1:59:59.9. My secret goal was under 2 hours. Way to go Haylie, way to go. GOAL ACCOMPLISHED! :)
I love you if you actually read all of this. :) <3
After work today, I took a trip to Nature's Fare Market and spent my earnings... What can I say, I'm a sucker for natural, alternative products, despite the fact that they may be "snake oil." I believe I should try products for myself, then form my own opinion of them and decide whether they're worth my money. I'm all for natural products, so I have faith in the products I purchased. I guess I'll find out.. :)
1. Western Sage Raw Honey
In my efforts to be as natural as possible, I've decided to try alternatives to regular shampoo. Many have parabens and other icky ingredients, which may have harmful effects in the long run. I'm going to try honey (diluted in water) and see how it works for me. I keep you updated!
2. Arrowroot Flour
I've heard that when I wean myself of off shampoo, my hair may go through an "adjustment stage." I bought this as an alternative to dry shampoo to help get me through this stage. It'll (hopefully) soak up excess oil as my hair regulates itself.
3. Organika Tea Tree Oil
This product is very versatile, or so I've heard. I plan to use it on my skin to help clear it up. I've been using coconut oil and good things have come from it, but I'll see if this works better.
4. Thayers Unscented Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is versatile as well, and likewise to the tea tree oil, I plan to use it on my skin, as a toner. I love the fact that it's alcohol, paraben, propylene glycol, and fragrance free. And all the ingredients are readable! Yay!
5. Alaffia African Black Soap
This soap can be used as a shampoo, a body wash, and a facial cleanser. Reasons why this product is so awesome include that its: paraben-free, gluten-free, SLS-free,synthetic fragrance-free, handmade, fair trade, biodegradable and its not tested on animals. In addition, the bottle is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. You could say I'm in love. I really hope it works well! If the honey shampoo goes poorly, this is my back-up plan. However, I'm going to try this for all of its uses :)
6. Oil of Oregano
Both my aunt and my Family Studies teacher (Hi Ms. Francis if you're reading this! :) ) have said this helps the immune system. Although I've yet to get sick this year (knock on wood!!) I'll definitely try this out if I do. I haven't opened it yet and it already smells so strong, not sure of how it'll taste..
So those were all of my purchases today, I'm excited to try them out :). Let me know if you'd like a review on any of these, I can voice my opinion of whether or not they're actually just "snake oil" if it's wanted! Enjoy your weekend my friends xo.
P.S: check out the Free People blog, most of these purchases were inspired by posts on their blog! :)
I feel like pensive is an accurate description of me as of lately. I love just getting lost in my thoughts, relishing the sweetness of the world. You know when you feel so happy you could cry? That's how I feel, and for no particular reason. Life is a sun radiating beautiful moments, and I'm soaking up all of its wonderful rays. Those little instances: sitting on Alannah's floor having a feast of apples and banana with peanut butter; the feeling of a warm blanket on my legs; playing mafia in French class; silly conversations with my family; the overwhelming feeling of love for all the amazing people I'm surrounded by. It makes my heart feel warm, full, and in love with life. My eyes are always searching for these cherishable moments, and when they happen it's as if my brain disconnects from my body and sees the true beauty of it, just reflecting and realizing just how lucky I really am. I'm blessed to have all these wonderful, supportive people in my life, and it makes my soul feel happy, content, and loved. I'm in a good place; it's peaceful and vibrating with good energy. In this moment, I'm truly happy; what a wonderful feeling it is. I feel like we as humans don't take time to appreciate these moments and feelings as often as we should. I believe that everything can be a form of meditation. Relish every feeling, from pulling on your socks to hugging a friend, to laughing until your belly hurts. These are beautiful moments, don't lose sight of how truly wonderful each day is. If there's one negative incident, there are twenty amazing ones to override it, we just don't always acknowledge them. Don't forget to put love, with all your being, into everything you do. Inspire, be inspired, smile, laugh, cry, yell, run, dance, scream, and grow. Life is not to be wasted when there's so much to life for. Happy Valentine's Day, you are loved by many, please don't ever forget this. Wishing you all a wonderful life ahead of you.
This morning, I decided to experiment with my breakfast after reading an article on Ayurvedic breakfasts, which recommended a hot cereal and cooked vegetables or fruit to start the day. I found steel cut oats in my pantry, which will definitely fill you up and are less processed than instant oats.
To make 4 servings of this,
1. boil 4 cups of water
2. add 1 cup of oats
3. Leave the oats for 5 minutes in the boiling water
4. Turn the heat down and let simmer for about 30 minutes
(There will be more detailed instructions on the package)
It's really easy to make the apple topping. I threw several simple ingredients together and it turned out super yummy! It tastes just like apple pie filling, and without the added sugar.
The end result is delicious! Keep in mind, I'm fairly careless with my cooking, so this is just an approximation. Feel free to adjust it according to your tastes, and don't worry too much about the measurements being perfect. I also suggest adding allspice if you have it, I think it would add a wonderful flavour.
When both the oats and apples were ready, I combined them into a bowl and enjoyed some green tea with it. It was soo good, I love a good bowl of oatmeal in the morning. Hope you enjoyed, have a great day everyone! :)
This week's challenge is super simple, and you can do it while you brush your teeth as well! Just put your back against the wall and bend your knees as if you're sitting in an imaginary chair. Hold for at least 1-2 minutes and once the time's up, pop your heels 10 times to work your calves a little bit. That's all for this week! Hope you have a fabulous Monday and enjoy the day off :)