Friday Favorites: Haircut + Timbits

Today I’m sharing a couple of my favorite things from the past week.

A much needed haircut

I finally got myself to a salon and got a haircut! It’s been a long time coming. My last haircut was nearly a year before the pandemic started, in April or May of 2019. I think my hair was the longest it had ever been. The reason I waited so long to get my haircut was because of Covid. I’ve been taking a lot of precautions still (masking when I’m indoors in public spaces, doing curbside pickup of groceries, etc), so going into a salon was anxiety provoking. I kept thinking that if I waited long enough the Covid risk would go way down, but cases are currently on the rise here in Calgary, so I figured I should get it done now before it gets even worse.

I ended up going to Red Bloom, which was a new salon to me. I had checked out a few other places, and I was impressed that Red Bloom was still taking a bunch of Covid precautions. I felt as safe as I could be and thankfully my anxiety wasn’t too bad while I was there. Mariah spend some time finding out what I wanted and by the time she started cutting my hair I felt like I was in good hands. I told her that I wanted a lot of length taken off, but still long enough to get into a ponytail for workouts. There’s nothing worse than sweaty hair in your face in the middle of doing burpees.

I’m really liking how it turned out. I have super straight hair that I have trouble getting to curl. She did some beachy waves and gave me some tips on how to re-create them at home. I also bought a couple of Evo products while I was there – the Shebang-a-bang dry wax and the Icon Welder heat protector. I have another appointment scheduled with Mariah in a few months so it definitely won’t be another year or more before my next hair cut.

Sheltering Rain

The latest library book that I’ve been reading is Sheltering Rain (affiliate link) by Jojo Moyes. I’m a huge fan of Jojo Moyes. I don’t think I’ve read a book of hers that I didn’t enjoy. The same is true with this one. I’m about two thirds of the way through it and it’s really good. It’s set in Ireland. While I haven’t visited (yet), it’s definitely on my short list of places to go. It looks like such a beautiful place. It’s also the place that my parents met. They were both vacationing there and the rest is history.

Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:

Estranged from her mother since she ran away from her rural Irish home as a young woman, Kate swore a future oath that she’d always be a friend to her daughter, Sabine. But history has a way of repeating itself, and Kate now faces an ever-widening chasm between herself and her daughter. With Sabine about to make her own journey to Ireland to see the grandmother Kate abandoned, Kate is left wondering how they ever made it here, and what she can do to close the gap between them. 

For Joy, seeing her granddaughter is a dream come true. After the painful separation from Kate, she’s looking forward to having time with Sabine. Yet almost as soon as the young woman arrives, the lack of common ground between them deflates her enthusiasm. And when Sabine’s impetuous, inquisitive nature forces Joy to face long-buried secrets from her past, she realizes that perhaps it’s time to finally heal old wounds.

Timbits

Tim Hortons is a Canadian staple. I know that they had/have locations in parts of the US too though. They’re a Canadian chain that’s known for their donuts and coffee. They even have their own lingo like at Starbucks. My brother always orders a “double double” which is a coffee with double cream and double sugar. They have the best hot chocolate. It’s actually my favorite place to get hot chocolates from. When I was in London and met up with a friend, I brought her a canister of Tim Horton’s hot chocolate as a thank you for showing us around London.

They call their donut holes Timbits. I think it’s been years since I last had them. I picked up a coffee for my dad the other day and decided to get him some Timbits too. I ate two of them and I had forgotten how good they are. My favorite flavor have always been the sprinkle ones and I can confirm that they’re just as tasty as I remember them to be. Hopefully it won’t be years before I have them again.

What was a favorite thing of yours from this week? Leave me a comment below telling me about it.

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Workout Playlist

In today’s post I’m sharing an all new workout playlist. It includes a link to the playlist on Spotify for easy listening.

I put together a new playlist for your next workout. I always find it more fun to workout with fun music – it somehow gets me working harder than I would otherwise. If you’re not feeling this playlist, you can check out all of my other playlists I’ve shared on Get Fit Fiona here. You can also follow me on Spotify.

Here are the songs and artists on this month’s workout playlist:

  • Human by Rag’N’Bone Man
  • Rain on Me by Lady Gaga
  • Believer by Imagine Dragons
  • Never Really Over by Katy Perry
  • Lose Control by Meduza
  • Blinding Lights by The Weeknd
  • Don’t Start Now by Dua Lipa
  • Ride It by Regard
  • There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back by Shawn Mendes
  • Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Shape of You by Ed Sheeran
  • Thunder by Imagine Dragons
  • Dance Monkey by Tones and I
  • Uprising by Muse
  • Bad Guy by Billie Eilish
  • Wolves by Selena Gomez

You can find the link to the playlist on Spotify here. This playlist includes quite a few older songs that I’ve been enjoying lately, including Believer and Thunder by Imagine Dragons, Shape of You by Ed Sheeran, and Uprising by Muse.

As far as workouts go with me lately, they’ve been pretty simple. I’m in the middle of trying to heal my relationship with food and exercise, so I’m taking it easy on the workouts on the advise of my doctor, therapist, and dietitian. It’s definitely not an easy journey but I know that all of the stress and anxiety of it will be worth it once I’m on the other side of it. I do share my workouts on Instagram in case you’re still interested in checking them out.

What’s a song you’re currently listening to on repeat? Tell me which one it is in the comments below.

Friday Favorites: Perfect Weather + Calgary Parks

Today I’m sharing a few favorite things from the past week.

I hope you all had a great week. Mine was pretty good. It was the perfect level of being busy without feeling overwhelmed with things on my to do list.

Perfect Weather

Since the heat wave we experienced in western Canada, a few weeks ago, the weather has been pretty nice this week. The temperature has been perfect for sitting outside in the backyard after dinner to read. It’s been nice and warm (without being too hot) with a little bit of a breeze without being blustery.

I got into the habit of post-dinner reading in the backyard last summer, and I’m happy to say that it’s back. Some nights it’s definitely hard to get out there, but on the nights that I do I really enjoy myself. It’s the perfect way for me to unwind. I’m all about soaking up the nice weather while it’s here.

Calgary’s Parks

To go along with enjoying the summer weather, I’ve spent some time walking in a few parks this week. I’m very lucky to live in a part of the city that has quite a few parks connected by a pathway system. There are washrooms, picnic tables, barbecues, and lots of green space. If you’re also in Calgary I also really like Bowmont and Confederation parks.

Last weekend I ended up going for a walk with a friend through Baker and Bowness parks. We stayed pretty close to the river the whole time. The water was still pretty cold despite it being the middle of July already. We ended up doing a pretty good loop, covering about 4.5 KM. We stopped a couple times to check out playgrounds and sit down about halfway through.

What fun things do you have planner for this week? Let me know in the comments below.

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At Home Full Body Workout

In today’s post I’m sharing an at home full body workout.

If you’re not feeling this at home full body workout, check out my workout page. I have all the workouts I’ve shared on Get Fit Fiona over the years there. They’re also categorized so you can find exactly what you’re looking for. You’ll need a pair or two of dumbbells for this workout. A lighter set for upper body exercises and a heavier pair for lower body exercises. I like these ones (affiliate link) from Amazon.

Perform 3 sets x 12 reps of each exercise, resting for 60 seconds between each set. For the wall sit, each set consists of 30 seconds instead of reps.

  • Overhead press
  • Bodyweight squats
  • Push ups
  • Donkey kicks
  • Tricep dips
  • Alternating lunges
  • Bent over rows
  • Wall sit
  • Bicep curl
  • Step ups

Here are the descriptions of the exercises I’ve included in this at home full body workout just in case you need a refresher about any of them.

Overhead press

Stand with your feet hip width apart with a dumbbell in each hand. With your upper arms in a 90 degree angle to your torso and your hands directly above your elbows, lift your hands straight up so that your arms are straight above your head. Slowly lower your hands back down to the starting position. 

Bodyweight squats

With feet hip width apart and hands in front of you to help with balance, use the glutes to lower your hips back and down while bending at the knees. Once you’ve reached the lowest position you can without leaning forward too much or letting the knees collapse in, return to a standing position, using your glutes to propel yourself.

Push ups

Starting on your toes and hands, make sure your body is a straight line from your heels to your knees, hips, shoulders, and neck. Your hands should be a bit wider than your shoulders. Slowly bend at the elbows, lowering yourself to the ground. Try to get at low as possible, and then push yourself back up, all the while maintaining that straight line. An easier modification is instead of being on your toes, lower to your knees.

Donkey kicks

Get on all fours with your hands under your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Keeping your knee bent, lift your left leg so that your knee is parallel to the floor and the bottom of your foot is parallel to the ceiling. Lower you leg back down and repeat with the right leg.

Tricep dips

Using a chair or bench, place hands on the edge with fingers pointing towards the back while stepping out your feet so that they’re hip width apart and your hips are above the floor. Slowly bend at the elbows to lower yourself and then use your triceps to move yourself back up to the starting position. Your knees can be bent (easier) or left straight (harder).

Alternating lunges

Stand with feet hip width apart. Step forward with one foot so that the front leg’s thigh is parallel to the ground, and the back leg’s shin is parallel to the ground. The back knee shouldn’t touch the floor. Use your quads and glutes to step the front foot back towards your back foot and end by standing straight up with feet hip width apart again. For the second lunge step forward with the other foot. Continue alternating legs for the entire 30 seconds.

Bent over rows

With a dumbbell in each hand (palms facing each other) bend forward slightly at the hips so that your torso is at a 45 degree angle to the floor, letting your arms hang straight down and keeping your back in a neutral position. Bring both dumbbells up towards your armpits while contracting your shoulder blades towards each other (kind of like pinching your shoulder blades together). Move dumbbells back towards starting position. 

Wall sit

Stand with your back to a wall and slowly slide your back down while stepping out your feet until your knees are bent at a 90 degree angle and your thighs are parallel to the floor. Your feet should be about hip width apart. This is an isometric hold, so you’re staying in this position for the entire time.

Bicep curl

Start with the feet hip width apart, and back in a neutral position. With a dumbbell in each hand, keep your elbows in close to your side and raise the dumbbell upwards. Movement should be at the elbow, not the wrist. Lower the dumbbell with a controlled movement, not allowing gravity to take over.

Step ups

Stepping up with your left foot, and pushing off that heel step your right foot off the floor and onto the bench. Immediately step back down with your left foot, followed by your right foot.

As always, modify this workout as needed for you. Check with your doctor before beginning to workout.

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Friday Favorites: Coffee Cake + Elementary School

Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite things from the last little while.

The weather has been wild in Calgary over the past two weeks. First we had a week long, record breaking heat wave that felt like it would never end. Then a few days ago the city got a severe thunder storm that came with hail and caused flooding. Water started pooling on our street and then it started to flood. Cars could just barely make it through without getting stuck. The water was slowly creeping up our driveway. Thankfully the water didn’t reach the house and there was no flooding in the basement. It was a reminder of how powerful Mother Nature is when she wants to be.

And now on to a couple of my favorite things from the past week.

Nail polish

I had bought this nail polish last summer because I loved the pinky/purple shade. It’s Flowerista (affiliate link) from Essie. I love how deep and saturated the color is while still being bright enough to wear during the summer.

My typical nail polish routine starts with a layer of base coat. I then follow it up with two coats of color. The finishing touch is a layer of top coat to keep my nails looking as good for as long as possible. I figure if I’m going to put in the effort to do my nails, I might as well make it last for as long as I can.

Cinnamon raisin coffee cake

I was at Sunterra earlier this week and decided to pick up a little something for dessert. I ended up deciding on this cinnamon raisin coffee cake. It was delicious. I have a couple favorite sweet treats from Sunterra, but I decided to try out this new to me cake. I’m glad I did because it’s going on my list of favorites. It’s slightly sweet from the raisins and the cinnamon pairs perfectly with them. It’s one of those perfect flavor combinations.

Grade 2 class photo

I was looking through some storage bins looking for something when I came across this class photo from grade 2. I’m sure it’s been decades since I last saw it. While I remember a few of my classmate’s names, I’m surprised that I don’t remember more. I moved provinces the summer between grades three and four, so I didn’t keep in touch with anyone. I do have several of my classmates as friends on Facebook, but that’s about it.

In case you were wondering, I’m in the middle row, third from the left!

As for the weekend, I don’t have much planned other than spending some time in the backyard reading. I’m looking forward to a low key weekend. What are your plans for the weekend? Share in the comments below.

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