Jillian Michaels is no joke!

Hey hey….so this morning was a busy one starting with dropping my car at the GM dealership for the recall. Was anyone else driving around with major anxiety thinking that their ignition could fail at the same time as their brakes and airbags! Hello deathtrap!! But, no more worrying for me…phew!

I came home and did the Jillian Michaels: Banish Fat Boost Metabolism Workout….and it is a doozy! Seriously hard. You can find it here. Challenge yourself through this workout and you will not regret it! You may want to lay down and die half way through, but don’t quit and I promise you will feel amazing after!

After that workout I was starving so I decided to make some protein pancakes. Have you ever tried these? They are seriously delish! I made chocolate pancakes and put some pure maple syrup on top. I initially got this recipe from the girls at Toneitup.com – they have great lean, clean, and green recipes.

Protein Pancakes:

1 Tablespoon Chocolate protein powder
1/2 Frozen banana (mashed)1/4 Cup of egg whites
1/2 Tablespoon of coconut almond milk (you can use regular if you like)
1 Teaspoon of cinnamon

Directions: Mash the banana and almond milk together before adding the other ingredients. Then mix it all together and cook on the stovetop on med-low heat. Flip once you see the bubbles forming. These are a little hard to flip and a little runny so they may end up a little ugly. Then serve with your favorite toppings! Sometimes I add fruit or just pure maple syrup – or both. Yum yum!

Anywho….gotta run and get to work! Happy Thursday 🙂

A Little Background

Hello! My name is Meaghan and this is my first blog post. I started this blog because my husband was recently told me I should and I thought why? Who would want to listen to me? But, then I thought….might as well! So, here I am.

About a year and a half ago I moved from the big city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada to a smaller (yet not as small as people think {population 136,00 in the 2011 census}) city of Barrie, Ontario. Side note: why is the most updated information from 2011? Get on it census!

Anyway….since I moved to Barrie I have had a lot change in my life.

First: we bought our first home and it is OLD. 1920 OLD. Which means we have a lot of reno’s and updating to do especially since whoever owned this house before us thought he was handy. It turns out he was a DIY disaster, so we are left re-renovating. But, it’s been an adventure. I will post some of our DIY crafts and reno’s throughout the blog as we take them on little by little…

Second: We got married in July 2013 so last year was a bit of a whirlwind with planning and all the fun that comes along with a wedding. I loved every minute of the experience and had so much fun planning and hanging with all our best friends and family for the year leading up to the “big day”.

Third: We purchased (like to think we saved) our fur-baby Monty. He was an accidental litter born in the mean streets of downtown Hamilton …Ok, not really. He was born in a very grubby home in downtown Hamilton and was worm ridden when we first got him. Needless to say we fell in love and he is the best little mutt we could ask for.

Fourth: I switched jobs just over a year and a half ago and I now work from home. This is a transition for me as I really needed to come up with a schedule and figure out how to adjust to this lifestyle. At times I love it and other times it can be quite isolating (ex. Canadian Winter…BRRRR – full hibernation mode).

Lastly: I have always been active and for the most part I have been a healthy eater. In University I was on the figure skating team and working out and skating was a big part of my life. I felt after University I travelled and kind of fell off of my healthy lifestyle. In the past three to four years I have really refocused. I have run two half-marathons (one on the great wall of China) and a few other races as well as trekked Machu Piccu,

As part of my healthy lifestyle I have been experimenting with a lot of recipes I find on Pinterest and other healthy blogs. My husband often tells me I am the queen of not-so-guilty pleasures – meaning I take comfort food recipes and prepare them from healthy ingredients. I really enjoy this because I feel satisfied without all the calories and fat. But, this is not always the case as I am human and a serious chocoholic! If there is a chocolate in the house it literally calls me from the cupboard until it no longer exists.

Ok, so that’s about all for now…I will try and post as often as I can….please feel free to comment or leave questions!

-Meaghan