New Blog: A Cup of Gatsby

Nothing is better than having a good date night but when you don’t want to blow a ton of money, my man and I figure out a way to make a date night in a good thing. Last night I took an old tray that was black and matte and used it as a chalkboard. I placed fancy cheeses and labelled them so we knew exactly what we were eating. We grabbed some $2 tins of smoked oysters and mussels (we’re big seafood lovers) and placed them in glass bowls. Tossed in a bunch of grapes and add your favourite wine (or whatever drink suits your fancy) and Voila! Date night in!

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Running Tips

I nabbed these tips off of pinterest. #11 was the reason I started this blog!

  1. Wear spandex shorts under your regular running shorts so you don’t chafe
  2. Cotton socks will only lead to blisters; invest in socks designed for running.
  3. Join your local running club—check with your local running store fitness center and/or recreation department to find one
  4. Find a committed running partner. It is much harder to skip a run when you have someone else depending on you
  5. Remember that- It gets easier.
  6. Accept and appreciate the fact that not every single run can be a good one
  7. Do not compare yourself to others. Run within yourself and for yourself first.
  8. Even a bad run is better then no run at all
  9. If you normally run with music try skipping it and listening to your feet to hear your pace and your gait
  10. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t experience weight loss immediately
  11. Start a running blog, to see your progress and set goals
  12. Hydrate. Make it a habit to drink water throughout the day
  13. On long runs eat something every hour—whether you feel like it or not
  14. During longer runs if you don’t like to carry water take some cash in your pocket pouch or a shoe wallet. Run a route where there’s a corner store that you can use as a pit stop to pick up your water and maybe use the bathroom
  15. To aid recovery the most crucial time to eat and drink is in the hour immediately after you run
  16. Use Vaseline or BodyGlide wherever things rub. They will help prevent blisters and chafing
  17. Do not increase your mileage more than 10 percent per week
  18. If you are prone to shin splints and lower leg pain try running soft trails for your Training runs and save the asphalt for race day
  19. Do not run two hard days back-to-back
  20. Ice aches and pains immediately
  21. Pay attention to your form. Try to run lightly to minimize impact that could lead to injury
  22. When running don’t forget the bug spray, sunscreen and a hat- BIG TIME!
  23. Neosporin (or another antibiotic cream) is good for chafed areas
  24. Make sure you cut your toenails short enough so they don’t jam into your Shoes
  25. Be careful about running on paths that force you to run consistently on a slant. It’s hard on the hips knees
  26. Don’t stretch before a run. Warm up by walking briskly or jogging slowly for several minutes
  27. Do not ice for more than 20 minutes at a time
  28. For beginners, set mini goals to keep you motivated. (Can be minutes [run 5, walk 10], run between street lights then walk between street lights, run till the next bus stop, until you pass a car on the street)
  29. Do not use the hot tub after a race. It will increase inflammation and hinder healing
  30. Be aware of cyclists approaching you from behind and try to keep to the right. Try to pay special attention when running with music
  31. Run facing traffic.
  32. Never assume a car sees you
  33. Doubleknot your shoe laces so they will not come undone when you run
  34. If you listen to music, put earbuds in that go inside your ear, if you are using the ones that sit in your ear, it will fall out
  35. Buy yourself some actual running shoes from an actual running store because running in junk “sneakers” will destroy your feet and your legs
  36. At first keep your runs short and slow to avoid injury and soreness so you do not quit.
  37. If you are breathing too hard slow down or walk a bit until you feel comfortable again
  38. Pick your route close to home (out your front door)—the more convenient it is the better chance you will have sticking with it.
  39. Set realistic short term and long term goals
  40. Remember Soreness one to two days after a run is normal (delayed onset muscle soreness).
  41. There’s no shame in walking
  42. Four laps around the local the high school track equals one mile
  43. Vary your training routes. This will prevent boredom and prevent your body from getting acclimated
  44. Push through rough spots by focusing on the sounds of your breath and feet touching the ground
  45. Do abdominal breathing to get rid of side cramps
  46. Run on trails if at all possible. It will be easier on your body and you’ll love it
  47. Dress as if it is 10 degrees warmer than the temperature on the thermometer
  48. Run early in the morning or later in evening to avoid mid-day heat
  49. To keep cool in hot weather soak a bandana in cold water wring it out a bit and tie it loosely around your neck
  50. In the winter dress in layers (coolmax or other technical clothing) and wear a headband over your running hat to cover your ears

Go to http://pinterest.com/pin/245305510924371964/ and click the image to find the original source.

Enjoy Ladies!

Peach Lavender Water

For a lady who says she wants to be healthy, I never drink as much water as I should. I like beverages with a flavour so I took a recipe intended to make soda (which I have done and it is amazing), but instead I simply used the combination of peaches and lavender to flavour my water. The result was a refreshing, non-perfumey, drink with a delightful aftertaste.

I have a tiny lavender plant on my windowsill that I keep throughout the year. When I tried this recipe the plant had no flowers so I used the leaves instead. If you use the flowers, use 1 blossoms per 1 cup of water. If you use the leaves, use less as they have a stronger flavour.

INGREDIENTS

– 2 inch sprig  of lavender with leaves

– half of a ripe peach

STEPS

– snip the sprig  of lavender and place in a litre container

– cut half of the ripe peach into 1/2 inch slices and place on top of lavender

– fill the remaining space of the container with water

Refrigerate over night and the next morning.. enjoy!

DIY Almond Milk

I used to be a milkaholic.. that is, until I tried almond milk. Not only is it absolutely delicious but it is so good for you. For all you lactose fearing – wanna be milk drinkers – this is the answer to your prayers. Personally, I prefer the taste to soy milk. Maybe it’s me but I prefer the slightly nutty flavour. After hearing the disturbances in ladies “cycles” because of soy I also was inclined to test out the almond route.

INGREDIENTS –

  • 4 1/2 cups Raw Almonds  (Pre-soaked in water overnight)
  • 18 Pitted Dates
  • 12 cups of Water
  • 1 tsp of Cinnamon
  • a cheesecloth

STEPS –

After soaking almonds over night, strain and measure half 2 1/4 cups of almonds and place in blender. Add 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, 6 cups of water and 9 pitted dates. Blend. Pour over a cheesecloth into a mixing bowl and allow only the juice to seep through. I did this in two parts only because my blender could not handle the amount of ingredients. Place in a jar (or anything with a seal) and put it in le fridge! ta-da! easy peasy.

This batch makes a little over a quart of almond milk. I had enough to fill up a quart jar (see above) and another tiny jar (not pictured)

This recipe I nabbed from Fitsugar off of pinterest – and ladies, if you do not already have pinterest  I urge you to get on the bandwagon because it’s sites like these that inspire you to become more fit and it has a billion and one recipes. Healthy or not, they are all delicious. It also has a ton of workouts. If you’d like, you can follow my boards at www.pinterest.com/anaprildaisy

Amped up Abs via Shape

                                   10 Tricks to Amp Up Your Favorite Abs Exercises

You’ve got to love a good ab workout. I love this one from Shape, I find I can feel muscles being used  that I don’t normally activate in my regular ab routine

workin’ it

Current Obession

Dress Shirts and Bib Necklaces

I don’t know how long this trend has been around for but I love the classy, feminine take on the men’s dress shirt. I’m a big fan of fitted dress shirts, but the fit isn’t as important to me as the method of accessorizing the shirt. I.e. A beautiful statment necklace.

Journals!

I may have mentioned 8 or 9 times already, but I love pastries and exercise. It seemed fitting then, that I should possess a “Keep Calm and Eat a Cupcake” notebook as my fitness journal. I cannot urge you enough to keep some form of journal to track your exercise efforts down. I mean seriously, you won’t see results from your body for a month if not more so you need some motivation to keep you going. I like to think of it as a to-do list that I’ve just completed. After every week I total up all the minutes and see how many hours I’ve spent exercising. You can’t -not- feel good. I used to be able to run 30 minutes no problem. Now I’m back to square one. Why? I lost my journal. I only recently found it and without it – I was helpless. The end of summer is the beginning of a healthy kick. Now that I have a blog, it’s a public journal so now everyone who sees it will know when I give up on my fitness goals.. No pressure.

What a pretty little thing

the lady behind the blog

So let me start this blog off right by filling you in about me.

I’m a fourth year university student who is working her rear off trying to get accepted into a law school so I can pursue a career as either a commercial or real estate lawyer. I used to be a beer drinker, and eat whatever I wanted because I was skinny until one day .. I matured. Not so much the beer drinking (although I feel classier when I drink wine – even if it is only dessert and blush wine) but I had a chat with my mother who used to be as skinny as me. She told me “April, come 25 your body is not going to metabolize food like it used to and everything will go to your stomach.” Not my hips like most lucky women. I disregarded our conversation until I started noticing changes in my body. Not so much weight gain, but my muscle and stomach were not as flat as they used to be. I thought to myself “Why wait until I’m 25”. This blog is not about weight loss for myself (although it can be applied), but for me,  it’s about my weight prevention. I do not own any of the information I post on this blog unless otherwise stated. I hope you enjoy this blog as it will be the closest thing to a full on, accurate description of me. I’ll have everything on here from fitness, to healthy eating, guilty pleasures, and fashion.

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