So I took the plunge…

I’d like to introduce you too – Live, Breathe, Shine, my new domain.

As of now I am going to retire Learning to Live Lean and you can find me over there. Please update your bookmarks with the new RSS Feed.

See ya on the flipside 🙂 Hope you like the new name/new design. I love it.



Hey Hey
Its been a long time since I last blogged. Life has been a tad hectic this week – mixed in with not feeling 100% = me spending most of my free time trying to de-stress and hit the hay earlier than usual. That being said – I have a bit of spare time coming up this weekend (and I’m hoping I can leave work early today since I started at 6:30 this morning due to an event). I’m planning to get some serious work done on the bloggie – I feel like I’ve been neglecting it.

I also am seriously, and I mean, seriously considering making the move from a wordpress.com blog to a wordpress.org blog – aka being hosted through a different provider. I’ve been reading up on it alot lately and I’m a bit overwhelmed honestly – seems like there is alot to get organized. I would love some tips from people who have made the move – how did you do it? Was it worth it? I keep reading about all these wonderful themes and plugins and the fact that you can do whatever you want with the site is kind of enticing to me. What do you think,  good decision or bad decision? This switch would definitely require a bigger effort towards this blog – afterall you are paying for hosting now. Also, any tips on good/affordable hosting?

So in thinking about this change – I am also considering a name change for the bloggie. I know I’ve done this a few times now – and I’m so sorry about that – I just can’t seem to get it right. I feel like Learning to Live Lean is too long, and I’m not in love with it anymore, so I’ve been trying to brainstorm some new ideas. How did you come up with your blog name? What makes you love it? Ha – I guess I’m just full of questions today – but seriously I would love some input from some more experienced bloggers!

Okay – moving on – here are some highlights of this week!

  • Monday: Work = Stress, but met a coworker for Yoga afterwards for 1.5 hours and it was liberating. Seriously, I haven’t done yoga since I moved here and its so relaxing. Love it.
  • Tuesday: Woke up to yet another Calgary blizzard – this time in May. GRR. Spring is usually my favorite season and mother nature is ruining it 😦 *pout*. Also, it didn’t help that I got a nasty migraine in the afternoon (likely due to all this crazy weather). The one saving grace: It was makeover week on Biggest Loser, and Glee was awesome, as always.
  • Wednesday: Still felt crummy at work – but talked myself into making a fabulous Shrimp Scampi for dinner. O…M…G. Soooooo Goood! I need to make this regularly. I added in chopped tomatoes, lemon juice/zest and was probably a little more liberal with the white wine than necessary 😛 but it was so worth it – and definitely justified by this point in the week.
  • Thursday: First semi-relaxing day all week. Got alot checked off the ol’ to-do list, and got to run a few errands with a coworker to prep for the event this morning that I mentioned earlier. I love work field trips – sometimes its just so nice to get out of the office.
  • Today: As I mentioned, I was up bright and early to make it to a breakfast event. Thankfully, the boy got up too so he could drop me off downtown – love him, such a sweetheart. Now I’m trying to think of what to make for dinner. We picked up 4 pork tenderloins last weekend on sale – I’m thinking that sounds pretty delish at the moment.
How was your week? Got any weekend plans?

Other than blog updates, I have my FIRST ever 5K race this weekend. I’m running the Calgary Mother’s Day 5K/10K race. Ryan work kindly offered to let me join their team – so the boy and I will be running this race together. I’m not planning on running for time – I’m just going to try and enjoy the experience. Ryan runs at a tad slower pace then me so I don’t get nearly as tired when I run with him (*yay*) – I think he’d be a fabulous partner for longer runs – he just doesn’t know it yet.


Happy 1st of May everyone.

So the start of a new month got me thinking about goals. One of my primary goals for this month is going to be to ‘unplug’ my life a little. I feel like despite the fact that I spend all day at work on a computer, I’m still glued to some form of technology from the second I get in the door at 4:30. Whether it’s the blackberry, the internet, TV or music – I constantly feel like I’m overload with information and that I have very little quiet time in my life.

This post from Jenna, got me thinking about how much I miss having quiet time to read (or bake or do something ‘just for me’). As much as I’d like to blame the media for feeling overloaded, it is largely my fault. I’ve begun to felt that if I’m not running errands, or cleaning, or glued to my phone/computer that I’m not being productive.

There is so much more to life than being overwhelmed by technology, and I think I need to rediscover that. I need to disengage a little bit and in the words of my dad – I need to “stop and smell the roses”.

That being said, I figured today would be a great time to set some new goals for myself for May.


  • Read a minimum of a half hour a day, ideally more (lets see how many books I can get through in a month).
  • No more than 3 hours of TV on weeknights, and 5 hours a day on weekends (still seems like a lot, I realize that – its a bad habit and I’m slowly trying to cutback).
  • At least one hour a day where I do not use any form of technology (phone/tv/internet etc)
  • Plan our meals at the beginning of each week
  • Cook at least 2 meals every week – and give the chef (ie. Ryan) a break
  • Bake once a week


  • Exercise a minimum of 3 times a week (I usually do more, but I like to give myself some flexibility so I don’t burnout)
  • Do yoga at least once a week
  • Run at least 6 miles per week
  • Start talking regular walks/runs with the boy and enjoy the spring/summer weather (at least 2x a week).

What do you think about these goals?

Do you have any goals for this month? Do you believe in monthly goal setting? How do you stick to them?

At last the pictures I’ve been promising all week…

View From The Top

Snow Touching Sky – Lake Louise
View From the Chateau Lake Louise

The Chateau

Truly Beautiful

Yah – I never thought I’d be saying those words – but clearly I underestimated the province I now live in.  Yesterday morning we woke up to news alerts titled ‘Winter Storm to Hit Prairies’ & ‘City of Calgary Braces For 30cm of Snow’.  My first reaction was to curse out Mother Nature to Ryan, like WTF Calgary? But once I calmed down I decided to head into work and try and stay positive. I secretly think everyone in my office loves seeing my reaction to the crazy weather in this province. I call it the newbie effect. I’m sorry I will never accept that it is normal to have a blizzard on April 28th, and if that makes me a Torontonian for life then so be it. It’s just not right Mother Nature, it’s just not.

We did have to brave the weather yesterday to head out to our Administrative Professionals Thank You Lunch. I enjoyed a tasty avocado and shrimp wrap from Kilkenny’s Irish Pub. That place is HUGE, and reminds me of our local Irish pub from back home. Once I got back from lunch I sent Ryan an email that went like this: “WAHH I don’t want to go grocery shopping in a blizzard, I just want to be lazy”. Fortunately, despite the severe lack of food in our fridge, he felt the same way. So we spent last night hibernating in our warm apartment and made a quick dinner with what we had. We followed this up with some PVR catch-up of Criminal Minds (love that show) and watched Its Complicated (one of my fav movies).

Today I headed into work only to find out that two of my coworkers weren’t coming in because they live further North than me and had no power. Crazy! It’s now 3:00 and there are about 3 of us left in the office. I’m the only one left from my group though so I have to stay until 4:30. I’m just hoping the weather starts getting better so we can actually get our MUCH needed groceries later tonight. I don’t know what we’ll have for dinner otherwise, lol 😛 Anyways, it’s been a crazy crazy few days.

I just keep trying to remember that we get Chinooks in February at it goes up to +15  and everyone else in this country is jealous – that’s about the only upside I can find in all of this. I’m not bitter :P.

Anyways, I will post later today and let you know if grocery shopping was successful or not, and also *finally* get the Banff/Lake Louise pictures up – I just don’t have them on my work computer.

Hope you are all having warm and cozy Thursdays!

Q & A

Hi All,

Happy Tuesday! Are you watching Biggest Loser right now like I am? Love that show

First things first, the lovely Angela from Craving Cupcakes so kindly passed the beautiful blogger award on to me. Thanks Angela! I’m supposed to list 7 random facts about myself and then pass it on to 7 other bloggers.

So here it goes.

1. I’m scared of change — but in the vast majority of situations in my life – change is a good thing.

2. For 24 years of my life I HATED olives, but I tried some black olives for the first time when I moved out west, and now I’m seriously addicted. I may occasionally eat them straight out of the jar.

3. Last year I discovered I have a B12 deficiency – definitely not the worst ailment out there – but has required getting used to taking some extra daily pills. It makes a huge difference in my attitude and energy level when I forget to take them.

4. I am beyond scared of needles. I think they are EVIL, and have been known to faint at the thought of getting pricked – which is unfortunate, because I definitely support giving blood.

5. I’m a very Type A person – overly organized, occasionally irrational, and prone to over-react about things.

6. I love traveling! Some places on my list to see in the not too distant future (*hopefully*) are: VEGAS, Italy, Greece, Australia/New Zealand, and Disneyworld!

7. Growing up I was involved in A LOT of athletics I swam competitively, ran track, played baseball, did karate (awesome stress-reliever for an angsty teenager, lol), and rode horses competitively (dressage and show jumping).

Now for the 7 bloggies I’m passing this award along to:

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers (and Happy Birthday!)
  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete
  • Susan @ The Great Balancing Act
  • Lily @ Lily’s Health Pad
  • Allison @ Eat Clean Live Green
  • Syl @ Live, Smile, Run
  • Nicole @ PreventionRD

And since we’re on the theme of Q&A’s – I figured I’d quickly do the 10 on Tuesday as well.

1.  Think back a decade, do you remember what your first cellphone was? Was it as cool as Zack Morris’s phone?
I had an incredibly old-school oversized black and white Motorola phone in high school. It was nowhere near as cool as Zack Morris’.

2. What is the first children’s book you remember being read to you?
The first one I can remember is

Its still one of my favorites. Kit Pearson is a fabulous writer.

3. What was your first car? Did you love it or hate it?

First car that I drove was the family mini-van in high school. I thought it was decent – did the job of trucking us kids around pretty good.

4. Who was your hero growing up?

HOW RUDE.... nuf said

5. Think back to your first kiss. Was it everything you dreamed of?

My first kiss was during a game of spin the bottle – so really not that special.

6.  What was your first BAD hairstyle choice? (Extra points for embarrassing photos)

Ugh… I had a major mushroom haircut when I was little. My mom called it a ‘bob’ – I think I looked like a boy.

7. What was your first realistic dream? (One where you had to think “Oh dang, was that a dream?”)
I’m not sure what the first one was – but I’ve had really random realistic dreams about Ryan.

One time I dreamt Ryan stole all my makeup and woke up really mad at him.  He was all like whaaa….?

8. What was the first phobia you remember developing?
Needles (which still hasn’t gone away) and bees because I was allergic to them.

9. Which character on Sesame Street do you most identify with?
I always loved Elmo!

10. What was the hardest goal you ever accomplished?
Hrm… up till now – probably graduating with a 4.0 GPA in college. That was tough! I expect they’ll be more challenging things later down the road though.

Alrighty, well before this post turns into a novel – I’m gonna sign off. I’ll do a weekend recap tomorrow – with pictures. We headed up to Banff and Lake Louise, so there were some pretty incredible photos … and a freak blizzard in April … but that is another story for another day.

Have a great night everyone.

Happy Earth Day Everyone!!

Were you earth-friendly today? Not gonna lie – I didn’t do the best job ever – I drove to work, and used a cardboard cup from Starbucks. I am really glad that Earth Day exists though because I believe it is important to give people (like me!) an excuse to rethink their daily habits. I have about 4 reusable travel mugs at home – I should definitely start using them more and save 10 cents off my coffee’s.

I’m sorry I’ve been so MIA lately. I haven’t blogged since last Wednesday *sigh* – the last week has been pretty good. I went to the gym Friday and Saturday of last week. However, on Saturday I ran 4 miles in 41 minutes (which was great) but I think I may have messed up my knee somehow because it has hurt every time I have tried to workout since (even when I’m doing lower impact training like the elliptical or biking), which worries me. So I’m trying to take a break from running this week.

I am really looking forward to this weekend though. My in-laws are visiting and I think we’re planning another trip up to Banff to see the mountains. Its raining outside right now though – which I think is giving them a bit of a false impression of Calgary  (where it rains like once every 2 months).  Its so nice to see them, we had a great dinner out at Moxies, after picking them up from the airport. Then watched Survivor, because Ryan’s mom is a HUGE fan.

I almost forgot to mention my eats for the week, I’ve made some good ones!

Cinnamon Maple French Toast & Coffee

Stir-Fried Rice & Veggies

Lemon Pepper Chicken

Pad Thai Noodles with Tofu

I promise I’ll post a longer update next time – but for now – family calls.

What did you all get up too this week? I have sooo many blogs to catch up on in my Google Reader – thats on my agenda for this weekend. I’m looking forward to reading them.