Thank you for visiting my little place on the ‘net. My blog is called Salads for Lunch because I literally eat a salad for lunch nearly every day. I started blogging as a healthy lifestyle blogger in 2004 because nutritious food and exercise literally changed my life. I gained a lot of weight while completing my undergrad degree in Kinesiology, and certificate in Athletic Therapy. Yes, although I was learning about exercise physiology and nutrition, I wasn’t applying what I was learning. After University I started to run and lift weights, and before I knew it, I was running marathons, completing triathlons, and eating healthy. Changing my lifestyle was the best thing that I ever did for myself. I began blogging to share my life of movement and healthy eating with anyone who is ready to make a positive change. I truly believe that exercise has the ability to energize and exhilarate. If your workouts are making you feel worse about yourself, then you are doing something wrong!
Here are some workouts to try:
Here are some healthy recipe ideas:
I have three daughters who are very active and competitive that keep me very busy. I mention them fairly often in my posts because they’re the centre of my universe.
My oldest is Sierra – she’s 15 and plays rep softball (her team won the gold medal in the Ontario Provincial “A” Pool in 2017, and the silver medal in U14 National Canadian Championships in 2019) and she is the goalie for an “A” level Bantam rep hockey team. Sierra’s favourite meal is my Shepherd’s Pie.
My middle daughter is Brooke – she’s 13 and plays rep softball (her team won the gold medal in the Eastern Canadian Championships) and she’s also the goalie for an “A” level rep hockey team. Brooke’s favourite recipe is Mini Instant Pot Cheesecakes.
My youngest daughter is Amber – she’s 9 and is following in her sister’s footsteps. She plays rep softball (I’m an assistant coach for her team), and she’s the goalie for a “BB” level rep hockey team. Amber’s favourite dish is Homemade Creamy Mac N Cheese.
I LOVE to run, but I’m also a triathlete!
When it comes to being active, running is my exercise soul-mate. Before I had kids I ran quite a bit but then I got away from it for five LONG years. I suffered from post-partum depression after I had my first daughter, Sierra, and didn’t manage to get rid of my “cloudy” brain until I finally returned to running seven years ago while I was pregnant with my third daughter. A few years ago I volunteered on the board for the Ontario Women’s Triathlon (OWT), a local women’s only triathlon that raises money for Girls Inc., geared towards first time female triathletes. My involvement with the OWT caused the triathlon bug to bite me hard! These days you can find me open water swimming, cycling and strength training in addition to running, though I still need a really good run to clear my head, and I hope that never changes. In 2015, I balanced parenting, work, blogging with training for Ironman 70.3 Muskoka, a half-Ironman distance triathlon with a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile cycle on a very hilly and challenging course, followed by a challenging 13.1 mile (half marathon) run.
1 half-Ironman (also called 70.3)
3 Marathons (PB 4:06:03)
17 Half-Marathons (PB 1:50:40)
5 & 10k’s – too many to count!