March is here! Unbelievable! I always associate this month with Spring Break. For a teacher, this holiday is always a blessing and so desperately required. It also means the home stretch is upon us, and winter should be winding down. Should, being the operative word. In Canada, we all know Spring typically makes a very late appearance. Or sometimes winter sporadically turns into summer sometime in late May. Luckily I don’t really have to worry about those things here in Brisbane. Of course due to our position on the planet, Summer has come to an end and we are heading into the Fall. Strangely enough, March 1st is the first day of Autumn in Australia. Not the 21st. For the life of me, I still cannot understand why the seasons do not change with the equinox and solstice, and no one here can seem to tell me. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
Okay. So after that long winded greeting, here are my February Favourites!
I haven’t been overly creative lately with my breakfasts. I’m such a creature of habit. Oats are still my number one choice with a whole bunch of things added in Cinnamon, honey, chia seeds, psyllium husk, almond butter, cashews or almonds, fruit, greek yogurt, vanilla pea protein, etc (not all together!!!). Whatever I’m feeling that day.
I’ve also had some fruit and a slice of sourdough bread with almond butter a few times. I thought it was interesting after hearing what Cassie had to say about sourdough bread having ½ the gluten contents, and thus easier on the digestive tract. Plus, I love sourdough bread, so it’s a nice treat/change up.
I’ve developed a love of olives over the past few months, so have been incorporating them into dinner as often as possible. However, the past two weeks I’ve been spoiled by my mother in law, who has been here visiting and cooking for me almost every day. I honestly don’t think I’ve eaten the same dinner twice in February, which is new for me. I usually have my go-to/rotational meals, so it’s been refreshing to change up my dinnertime eats.
We did a wine tour at Sirromet, a local winery, and had a “dinner for lunch” at Lurleen’s Restaurant on site. I must say that my char-grilled chicken was absolutely incredible and one of the best restaurant meals I’ve had in a very, very long time!
Brown rice cakes with tuna and smashed avocado, topped with some ground peppercorns. Sounds strange and appears to be somewhat unappetizing, but it’s totally a simple, filling, and tasty one!
I definitely picked up the pace in February after a slightly sluggish January. As I mentioned in my last post, I actually got in six workouts this week. This hasn’t happened since before Thomas was born! This month I’ve done a mix of cardio/free weights in the gym and group fitness classes. I usually stick to Body Pump/RIP class and teaching Attack, but I also tried out a new class this week: Shockwave! I’ll be doing a review this upcoming week; it was awesome!
No one could keep me away from my coffee in February. Addiction might be a stretch…but our relationship is full of love. I’ve been limiting myself to 1-2 per day. It’s easy to go overboard when you have an espresso machine in your own kitchen! Plenty of water being consumed, though, don’t worry! The first thing I do every morning is down a massive glass of cold H20. It always makes me feel energized and alive.
We currently have a very mobile toddler! I posted a short video of Thomas doing a wobbly noddle-legged walk several days ago on Instagram (aka: “the drunken sailor”), but since then he has completely taken it to a whole new level. Today, he was racing around the park, chasing birds on foot! I can’t believe all of the changes he’s experiencing lately. As his mother, it’s pretty amazing to witness.
After a lengthy shopping withdrawl period, I collected a few items this month. I’m not certain I have a favourite yet, but here’s a glimpse at my recent purchases:
My hair ends up in a ponytail at least once a day, especially at the gym. I’ve also accepted the fact that a headband is my new trademark. My hair is long enough that I don’t need to wear a headband, but I always do, without fail. Runners, socks, tights/shorts, sports bra, tank top, headband. It’s simply become part of my workout get-up. Anyone else feel naked without your headband? 😉
I’m currently reading Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman. Although it’s found in the parenting section of the book store, it’s not really written like self-help book. It takes a look at the author’s experience as an American expat living in France and focuses on the various parenting methods of French mothers and fathers. It’s an easy read, with several interesting perspectives, not to mention the fact that Druckerman is hilarious. Plus, I feel like I can especially relate to her expatriot circumstances. Of any parenting books/articles/websites I’ve read, this is the only one I’ve had the patience and interest for.
Blog of the Month
I have my go to Healthy Living Blogs that I read all the time, but I’ve been especially enjoying a mental break with a couple Aussie fashion blogs: They All Hate Us and Repeat Offender. They’re more or less “photo fashion blogs” without much writing, which is great when I need 5 minutes of mindless activity.
My hair dresser converted me to Aussie brand Keune’s Moroccan Argan Oil. It’s different from the mainstream one that everyone uses. I found in the past that although it made my hair soft, over time it also turned the colour a bit brassy (even the “light” one). The Keune version is amazing. It’s super light, organic plant based, paraben/sulfate free, safe for colour treated hair, and smells fantastic. Plus, it’s the same price as the other stuff on the market! Loving it, and have noticed a big change in my hair because of it!
I’m all over the map with music lately, so let’s just take a look at the current Top 40:
Favourite: Team- Lorde
Least Favourite: Happy- Pharrell Williams….make.it.stop
Criossants. I’ve maybe had 6 this month. Might need to reassess that one before it gets out of control, but it’s been delightful nonetheless 😉
A better blender. Mine is seriously an embarrassment! It can’t even break down ice cubes anymore.
What I’m Proud of this Month
– Teaching my first full Body Attack class (all 12 tracks) by myself, without my mentor.
– Thomas: for learning to walk.
– Adam and I: For surviving year one of parenthood!
Areas for Improvement this Month
Incorporating vegetables into more snacks and lunches. I don’t think I’ll ever be a veggie-for-breakfast kind of girl, but I need to/want to increase my intake throughout the day.
Things I am Looking Forward To (in the next 30 days)
– Completing my filming for Body Attack to send into the head office for assessment (eek!)
– A visit from my aunt & uncle who are currently doing a big tour of Australia, and potentially a couple other visitors!
– Our trip to New Zealand at the end of March. Taking suggestions for restaurants/sights/activities in Nelson, Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown, Te Anau, and Dunedin!
Did you have a good February?
What are you looking forward to in March?