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Working Hard to do Nothing

I just got home from spending the long weekend at my parents’ cottage on Lake Simcoe and I couldn’t feel more relaxed. It probably has something to do with the 11:00 am wake up I had today (how did that happen?!) and also something to do with the whole lotta nothing I did all weekend. The funny thing is, it actually took effort to do nothing.

As a blogger and as someone running my own business, I am constantly faced with the feeling that I should always be doing more.

In a setting as beautiful as the cottage, surrounded by the incredible food prepared by my chef mom and sister, there is always a photo to take. 

And with all the down-time, sitting in front of the TV or lying around on the couch, it always seems like a good opportunity to be on my phone, to catch up on Instagram or answer some e-mails.

But when does it all stop? How does the ‘doing nothing’ begin?

Since this was the first of many summer weekends up north, I did not want to set the precedent that I would be working the whole time. Yes, I brought my laptop with me and some product to shoot but I also knew I really needed a physical and mental break and should try and relax.

What I realized is that it’s almost impossible for me to relax when I have my phone with me. Call it sad, or unhealthy, or whatever you want to call it, but it’s true. I am constantly faced with the struggle of wanting to share everything on social media but also wanting to mentally shut down. 

So once the photo-shoots (including below) were done, the messages were sent, the workouts were filmed and the stories were posted, I decided to just turn my phone off. And that’s when the ‘doing nothing’ began.

I played with my nephews for hours, caught up on TV, ate peanut butter chocolate ice cream cake and laughed with my sisters until our stomachs hurt.

I’m glad I took this weekend to experiment with how I can balance work life with my personal life when, as a blogger, the two are already so intertwined. Turns out for me, shutting off means shutting down. And only then can the doing nothing begin. 

Wearing:

Under Armour Threadborne Slingflex Running Shoe

Under Armour Threadborne Train Long Sleeve

Under Armour Threadborne Seamless Heathered Crops

Under Armour Perfect Headband 2.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate Health Shaming

Did you make a New Years resolution to lose weight, make better lifestyle choices or simply to just be healthier?

Have you been following through with those resolutions, by packing your lunch, hitting the gym and saying no to those 3:00 pm sugar cravings?

Do you have an office job or work with others in a corporate setting?

If you answered yes to all of those questions, it is likely you may be experiencing what I like to refer to (although did not coin) as Corporate Health Shaming.

I worked in the corporate sphere for approximately seven years, in an industry that is predominated by men. While I spent my first eighteen months of my office job joining my colleagues at fast-food restaurants for lunch and hitting coffee shops for a donut in the afternoon, I quickly learned this was not a sustainable lifestyle for me and made many changes. I started packing my lunch or choosing healthier options like Freshii, I always had nutritious snacks stashed at my desk and I traded in coffee for water.

Now I’m not saying anyone who vowed to be healthier in 2017 should make such dramatic changes themselves. However, if you have been trading in your McDonald’s burgers for homemade salads, you may me experiencing some negativity from co-workers, which is the same thing that happened to me.

At the office, my two battlegrounds were lunch invites and lunch rooms.

If I turned down going out to a restaurant for lunch it was often met with some attempted persuading or even hostility; “just come, you can order a salad”…”one burger isn’t going to kill you”…”I’ll pay this time”…”fine, it’s your loss.”

 If I brought my food back to the lunchroom, I felt better about being able to eat with my colleagues but comments about my choice of food were always made; “the rabbit is eating another salad”…”aren’t you going to be hungry?”…”don’t you get sick of the same thing for lunch?”…”I’ll pay you to take a bite of this pizza.”

You name it, they’ve said it.

Don’t get me wrong, I have been lucky to work with some amazing people and have always loved my colleagues that I worked closely with. The truth is, I think the negativity comes from everyone else’s own insecurities about their lifestyle choices. It’s not uncommon to second guess your food choice when the person next to you orders a salad after you ordered a cheeseburger.

Whatever the cause of this corporate health shaming may be, I have some tips to navigate the negativity and keep you on track with your goals:

  1. Continue to pack your lunch and your snacks. There are so many benefits to sticking with these healthy habits such as controlling what goes in your food and saving money. Don’t be discouraged by one comment and completely give up. Try and stick with it.
  2. Leave the preaching to the preacher. While you may believe in lemon water and celery sticks, it is not your place to project those values onto your co-workers. The same way you don’t like the comments they make on your brown rice sushi, you don’t need to comment on their slice of pizza. Let the lectures come from their partners or health professionals.
  3. Come for the walk. This is a phrase I used on a daily basis at my job. No thanks, I don’t want a donut, but I will come for the walk. And most of the time I would end up ordering a tea. Just because you are not going to indulge in that old fashioned glaze doesn’t mean you can’t be good company and take a mental break from your desk.
  4. Practice saying no. This is probably the hardest lesson and takes practice. Leftover birthday cake from a kid’s party, children’s halloween candy that mom wanted out of the house, chocolates from Christmas baskets. There will always be something in the office tempting you. Be okay with saying no even though everyone else is eating it. The same goes for lunch invitations. You don’t always need to say yes to going out for lunch. Be okay with eating alone sometimes. Catch up on some reading or have a phone call with a friend. I promise the FOMO is not that bad.
  5. Save one day to eat out. I always liked to pick Friday’s to go out with my colleagues for lunch. by the end of the week my packed lunches aren’t as fresh anyways and it is mentally good for you to socialize and go out with friends. It is also good motivation to continue packing your lunch on a daily basis knowing you have Friday to look forward to for your big outing. 
  6. Don’t sacrifice your job for your diet and don’t sacrifice your diet for your job. Sometimes your job requires you to eat out a lot. Maybe you have to entertain clients. Or maybe the CEO asked you out to lunch on a Tuesday. Be smart and respectful and go for lunch, which brings me to my next tip.
  7. Learn how to read a menu. It is so easy to be tempted by unhealthy options on a menu but understanding what to order can be helpful. Skip the appetizers, pastas and pizzas and try a protein. Look for key words such as bakedgrilled or poached. Avoid dishes that are heavily fried or saucy. Nine times out of ten there is a garden salad that you can add chicken to. Get comfortable asking for what you want. Dressing on the side, no cheese, whole wheat – these are all simple requests that don’t sound obnoxious when you are ordering and can save you some significant calories.

At the end of the day, understand that your healthier lifestyle choices should not come between your job, friendships and overall happiness. Is it hard work? Yes. Does it take practice? Yes. Does it just suck some days to not have a slice of pizza? Yes. But if it were easy, you wouldn’t stand out at your workplace for being the healthy one. Remember that overall the pro’s ought-weigh the con’s and when your skin clears up, your clothes start fitting better and you are glowing from the inside out, your co-workers will start asking you how. 

 

 

 

October Favourites

I love posting about my favourite healthy take-out restaurants, snacks and recipes but I rarely tell you about all of the other products I use on a day-to-day basis so I thought I would start a series of my monthly “favourites.” From beauty and skincare products, to workout gear and books, I am going share with you the things that I can’t live without. 

Also…disclaimer: While some of these products were gifted (Saje), I am not getting paid to post ANY of this content and all of these opinions are my own

Now that that’s out of the way, without further ado, I give you my October Favourites:

Favourite Skincare Product:

Organic Rosehip Face Oil by Pure + Simple

I’ve been using this face oil for about a year now. Like all Pure + Simple products, it is 100% all natural, organic and vegan. It is made with tons of vitamin C, omegas and fatty acids and leaves my skin feeling dewy and nourished all day long. I apply it after I wash my face and apply my serum, before moisturizing. 

Favourite Beauty Product:

Brow This Way by Rimmel London

It was starting to feel like everyone else had “eyebrows on fleek” except for me so I began experimenting with filling them in. Let me be the first to say I am the ultimate beauty amateur but I found this kit really easy to use. I actually see a big difference when I wear it and now I feel like my makeup is incomplete without using this. I am interested, however, in transitioning to clean, natural makeup, so if anyone has suggestions please leave a comment below!

Favourite Workout Gear:

Muscle Love Crop Tank by Lululemon

I go through phases with the clothes in my closet, choosing one item to wear over and over until I’m sick of it. The same goes for all of my workout gear. Right now I am totally into my crop muscle tank that I just had to go pick it up in another colour. It is so comfortable to move in, especially when I’m teaching a sweaty spin class. 

Favourite Read:

The Leader Who Had No Title by Robin Sharma

My hubby gifted this book to me when I decided to leave my corporate job (next month!!!) and pursue health and fitness full time. Sharma is one of the top leadership advisers in the world and offers incredible business advice. Whether you work for a massive corporation or are an entrepreneur, I highly recommend it to anyone looking for some professional motivation. 

Favourite Natural Remedy:

Immune by Saje Natural Wellness

Tis the season of the common cold. Despite developing a sore throat this week, I’ve managed to avoid catching that nasty cough going around my office and definitely give credit to the many natural products I use daily. This week however, I’ve added in Immune, to prevent my sore throat from developing into anything futher. Every morning and night I’ve been rubbing it on my glands and along the T-Zone of my face for my sinuses. Just smelling it all day already makes me feel better. I use the oil roller from the Saje Pocket Farmacy.

There you have it – the products that I cannot live without this month. Comment below if you would like to see more posts like this.

 

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