Friday Favorites May 4 2018

In the usual Friday fashion over here on Get Fit Fiona, I'm sharing my Friday Favorites today.

Friday Favorites

Woohoo! It's Friday and I'm so glad that the weekend is here! Work was really busy again this week, so I'm looking forward to a few slower paced days. Fridays are usually date nights for my boyfriend and I, but he has a friend visiting from out of town this weekend. While they're doing their guys weekend I'll be on the couch watching a new episode of Blue Bloods and maybe even Dateline. I never get to see Blue Bloods when it first airs on Fridays, so I'm kind of looking forward to tonight.

The weather is supposed to be nice all weekend, so I see some outdoor time in my future to take advantage of it after the long (and cold) winter we had here in Calgary. There's supposed to be some rain on both Saturday and Sunday, but the temperatures will be in the 20's C (68 F for my American readers), so I'm hoping that the rain won't last too long.

I'm also hoping to try working out for the first time since my foot started acting up. While I've done walks, this will be my first time to the gym to test the waters. I'm thinking I'll spend some time on the elliptical because that will be low impact. I'm hoping it goes well and I can get back to it!

Tarte Maracuja Oil

I bought this oil a couple months ago, but I've only been using it for a couple weeks now because I wanted to finish up the oil I was using. Now that I've been using the Tarte Maracuja Oil (affiliate link) for almost a month now, I thought it was safe to way that it's a new favorite for me. A little foes a long way with this oil (I usually use 3 drops), so I can see the bottle lasting me months.

I have a couple stubbornly dry spots on my face – on my chin and around my lips – so I'm applying moisturizer at least a couple times a day. Unfortunately it still gets dry and flaky, but it's been so much better while using the oil. I add a few drops to my moisturizer, mix it all together, and then apply it to my face. It doesn't take a lot of extra time or effort to add to my morning routine, but it makes all the difference to my skin.

If you also struggle with spots of dry skin on your face, I highly recommend it. It didn't make me break out (which was a big concern before I started using it) and helps so much with keeping my skin moisturized.

Final Girls

I'm reading Final Girls (affiliate link) right now. I'm nearly done and don't have too much more to go, but I can say that I've really enjoyed reading it. I think I first heard about it from Julie over at PB Fingers, and since I put it on hold at the library I've been seeing it everywhere. Apparently I'm not the only one who's been reading it lately.

It took me about 50 pages to really get into it, but now every time I start reading it, I have a part time putting it down. Sunday night I stayed up until nearly 11 pm reading. I'm usually in bed with the light off by 9:30 or 10, so that just goes to show how much I was enjoying Final Girls. I kept telling myself that I would turn the light off after I finished the next chapter, but then I just had to read one more. If you're looking for a thriller to read that's hard to put down, this is definitely a book you should check out.

Lambic Beer

St Louis Fond Tradition Kriek Lambic beer

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time you'll know that I'm a fan of fruity beers, including lambics. I tried this one from St Louis this past weekend and I really liked it. It was a bit higher in alcohol and more bitter (or sour?) than the lambics that I'm used to, but I really liked it, even though it was a bit different from what I was expecting. I'll definitely be getting this one again.

I never used to be someone who would try a lot of new beers – why mess with what you know you like? But lately all the beers I've been drinking have been new to me. I have yet to pick one that's been completely terrible, so I think I'm getting better at figuring out which ones I'll like and avoiding the ones that I won't enjoy. It wasn't until a few years ago that I tried my first radler and lambic, both of which I absolutely love now. Are you someone who likes to try new things or stick with your favorites?

Do you have any exciting plans for your weekend? Share them below in the comments. 

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Elliptical Workout

Today I'm sharing an interval elliptical workout.

Happy Wednesday! It feels like this week is flying by. Before I know it, it'll be Friday and the weekend. While I don't have any exciting plans for Saturday and Sunday, I'm currently in the middle of a really good book – Final Girls (affiliate link) in case you're wondering – so I'm looking forward to having some more time to read.

Unfortunately I haven't been feeling the greatest this week. The pain medication for my foot has been causing me to have an upset stomach, which isn't very fun. When I filled my prescription the pharmacist told me to take the meds with food to lessen the chance of it causing an upset stomach, so that's what I've been doing, but it's still been causing me some trouble. I'm hoping I start to feel back to normal soon. Does anyone have any suggestions to help?

Since it's Wednesday, that means that I'll be sharing a workout today. This week it's an interval elliptical workout. I started out with a resistance of 1 for the warm up, and reaches a peak of 11. It then goes back down to a resistance of 3 for the cool down.

Elliptical Workout

Since this workout includes 5 minutes for both the warm up and cool down, you don't have to do those separately, unless you want an extended warm up or cool down. While it might be tempting to skip the warm up and cool down, they're actually really important parts of your workout. They prepare your body for exercise and then help your body return to normal after working hard, like lowering your heart rate and how hard you're breathing.

This workout can also be done on the treadmill. Swap the resistance for the incline and you can do a walking incline workout instead. Your legs will definitely be feeling it with the incline.

What's your favorite form of cardio?

I'm all about the elliptical – it's definitely my favorite – even over the treadmill and bike. Most of the time with a good playlist an hour on the elliptical doesn't feel like that long, but on the treadmill it'll feel like forever.

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May 2018 Goals

Today I'm sharing my goals for May.

May 2018 Goals

How is it already May? It's hard to believe that I'm already writing about my goals for May. Before I get into what I want to achieve in May, I wanted to recap how April's goals went. Spoiler: pretty good for two of them and not so great for the last one.

April Goals

Work on Ebook.

This goal was a huge success! I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo and wrote 20,000 words. I figure I have just under 10,000 more words to go before I'm done. Although I'm not finished writing, I'm pretty proud of myself that I got two thirds of the eBook written. Working on this eBook was a big goal that I wasn't sure I would be able to achieve. It would have been really easy to give up when the words just weren't coming. To be completely honest it felt like this big, overwhelming project before I started. It seemed like so much work, and I wasn't sure that I'd have the motivation to reach 20,000 words. I think the key to getting so much done was having an outline so whenever I sat down to write I knew exactly what I wanted to write about.

Get outside each day. 

While I didn't spend time outside every single day in April, I did most days. It's so easy for days to go by before I realize that I haven't been out for a walk or spent time in the outdoors outside of work. I generally get to work outside when it's nice out, but I wasn't counting time at work, well, because I'm working. I didn't put any limits on what counted, so everything from a walk to sitting outside on the deck soaking in the sunshine counted. After this years long winter that wouldn't end, the sun felt so good!

I definitely spent more time outside than I would have during April because I knew that this was one of my goals for the month. I'm hoping that this habit will stick throughout the rest of the spring and into the summer. Winters are so cold and snowy here, I want to make sure that I take advantage of the warmer weather while it's here.

3 morning workouts each week.

This goal was a big of a bomb for me during April. While I definitely did get in some morning workouts, the last two weeks of April I didn't get in any workouts because of first plantar fasciitis, and then another foot injury. My intent with this goal is that I'm much more likely to workout if I do it first thing in the morning, so I was wanting to get more consistent. If I leave my workouts for later on in the day, life inevitably gets in the way, I have other things come up, and before I know it, it's 8 or 9 pm and I still haven't made it to the gym. I can't be the only one who that happens to.

May Goals

Finish writing ebook.

Like I mentioned above, I think I have about 10,000 more words to write before I'm done. I want to finish writing the rest of it this month. After writing 20,000 words in April, I'm hoping that 10,000 will feel like a lot less work and I'll be able to get it done relatively quickly.  I'll most likely need some time away from it before I begin to edit it, but I definitely want to get that done this month too. It's crazy to think that I'll have a first draft of my ebook done by the end of the month!

Spend 4 hours blogging each day.

During April I read The One Thing (affiliate link). One of the things that the authors advocate doing is spending 4 days working towards your goals – writing blog posts, scheduling social media, and working on projects that bring me closer to my blogging goals. Those 4 hours each day doesn't include email or scrolling through Instagram. It's dedicated time to work specifically on the things that bring me closer to my goals.

How do I figure out those tasks? In the book they suggest setting your big annual goals, and then working backwards from there. What monthly goals do you have to achieve to get to your annual ones? What weekly goals do you have to set to achieve your monthly ones? What do you have to do each day to achieve your weekly goals? You keep breaking down your goals into tasks until you have tasks that you can work on. It's these tasks that I'll be doing during the 4 hours each day.

Get back to pain free workouts. 

I'm going to be completely honest, it's been tough the last few weeks to be dealing with injuries. Dealing first with the plantar fasciitis and then the tendinitis, it's been a hard few weeks. I think that I appreciate my (most of the time) healthy body the most when I'm dealing with an injury or not feeling 100%. My plan is to slowly get back to workouts while still being pain free. I'm thinking I'll start with the bike or elliptical, and then go on from there. I'm aiming for 3 or 4 workouts each week.

While I definitely want to get back at it, I also don't want to make anything worse. Having feet that hurt isn't at all fun, so I want to make sure that I become more active in a smart way and avoid anymore pain. It's a fine line. I'm very grateful that the meds I'm on have helped with the pain a ton. I don't want to have to make another doctor's appointment because I overdid it.

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What's a goal of yours that you want to achieve in May? Share it in the comments below. I love hearing what other people are working towards. 

Life Lately: April 2018

Today I'm sharing the highlights of April – including checking out a Canada Learning Code workshop, food trucks, and going to the farmer's market.

Life Lately

Once again, April was a busy month for me. Work ramped up again, so I've been working lots and have been on the go when I'm there. I'm slowly being able to work a bit more outside as the weather gets nicer, so I'm really enjoying that. Being able to work outside in the sun sure beats having to be inside.

Earlier in the month I was able to attend the Make It Show. I picked up some amazing cherry jam made from rescued fruit. I was actually able to find a few things that I'd like to get for family members for gifts, so I made sure to grab business cards from those artisans.

Canada Learning Code

I attended a Canada Learning Code work session where I got a ton of work done. It was great to re-connect with some people that I hadn't seen in a long time. I used to go to their evens regularly, but with school I wasn't able to make it to them very often. The next work session is tomorrow, which I'm really looking forward to.

I also made a visit to a farmer's market that I hadn't been to in a really long time. I ended up coming home with a bunch of great finds, from vegetables to vegan Thai food.

Last weekend my dad and I went to go check out some food trucks. We ended up getting donairs that were so so good! I would definitely get another meal from the Mighty Halifax Donair food truck.

I'm very grateful that winter is behind us this year, and I can get out and about more now that I don't have to worry about the snow and cold. I'm much more likely to go out when the weather is nice versus having to bundle up and then brave slippery roads.

The One Thing Book

In terms of reading, I finished 3 books in April – The One Thing (affiliate link), The Luxe (affiliate link), and Adnan's Story (affiliate link). While they were all pretty different, I really enjoyed reading all of them. If professional development and productivity is your thing, I think you'll enjoy The One Thing. If you're looking for a quick, easy read that doesn't require a lot of thought, The Luxe is one you'll want to read. For anyone else who listened to season one of the Serial podcast, Adnan's Story is a great behind the scenes look at the trial.

There haven't been many workouts going on this month. First I was dealing with some pretty bad plantar fasciitis in one foot, followed by some pretty bad pain in the other foot. Every step I took hurt, which got worse as the day went on. After 4 days of icing my foot, taking it easy, and it still not feeling any better, I decided that I had to see a doctor. He ended up sending me for an x-ray, wanting to rule out a stress fracture and wrote me a prescription for a medication to deal with the pain.

Meds

Thankfully my foot is feeling so much better. I'm still icing it a couple times a day, and the medication has made a big difference. If it's still hurting after I'm done my meds in a couple weeks, I'll go back to see the doctor, but I'm hopeful that it's just what the doctor thought it was (tendonitis) and it'll be better by then. Needless to say, I've really been missing the gym. I can't wait to get back at it.

What was the highlight of April for you? Share it below in the comments.

Friday Favorites April 27 2018

In my usual Friday fashion today I'm sharing some of my favorite things from the past week.

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! Is anyone else surprise that this is the last Friday of April? I didn't realize it until I looked at my calendar this morning. I know I've said this before, but 2018 is flying by already and we're only four months into it. I'm definitely looking forward to the weekend. Between some stressful family stuff going on and a really busy week at work, I'm looking forward to some down time over the next couple days. It's been quite the week.

And now onto my Friday favorites!

Tomato Plants

The tomato plants that I started back in March from seed are starting to get big. They look like actual tomato plants now. I'm itching to get them outside (right now I have them right by a south facing window to make sure that they get as much sun as possible while they're still inside). It'll probably be another 6 weeks or so until I can plant them outside once the risk of frost is over. I can't wait to be eating fresh tomatoes from the garden this summer.

Even though the second season of Westworld started last weekend, I'm still re-watching the first season until I can start season 2 (which will most likely happen this weekend and I can't wait). The second time through I'm noticing so many things that I missed the first time. If you haven't watched Westworld, I highly recommend you check it out. Give it 2 or 3 episodes before you decide to call it quits, it gets better the more you watch.

Tulips

Having had some warmer, spring like weather this week, made me appreciate these tulips that I bought this week. I put them on my desk and they cheered me up whenever I looked at them. There's just something about flowers that make me feel good. If I ever become independently wealthy I'm pretty sure I would constantly be splurging on cut flowers.

Camp NaNoWriMo Win

This month I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo. I thought it would be some good motivation to write an ebook that I'm working on. I set my goal write 20,000 words by the end of April. I finished yesterday, a few days early. Looking back now, I'm pretty impressed with myself that I was able to get 20,000 words down. It seemed like a huge goal when I set it, but I was able to get it done. While I'm still not quite done my ebook yet, I think I'll only have to write about 10,000 more words before I'm done. It's hard to believe that I”m over half done!

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

This week one of the recipes I made was Philly cheesesteak stuffed peppers. They turned out really good, and other than some chopping and sauteeing, they were really easy to make. They turned out really good and had a ton of flavor to them. I'll definitely be baking them again.

What was a favorite of yours this week? Share it in the comments below.