How are you guys doing today? It’s a long weekend here in BC, and I’m super grateful for it because I just got back from a work-related conference in Boston and it’s so nice to have an extra day to settle back in. For those that are a little newer around here, my full time job has me working in digital marketing – specifically, email. (I’m not a spammer, I promise!) The conference was full of hundreds of other email geeks like me, talking about everything from code and design to branding and strategy. 🤓 Professional development is something I’m a huge advocate for and it was also a lot of fun to get to know other people who attended.
Due to the packed agenda, thunderstorms, flight delays and my short visit, I wasn’t able to do a ton of city exploring. However, I did manage to get to a wicked Whole Foods (probably a surprise to nobody) where I picked up a few fun things I haven’t yet seen in our Vancouver ones. You might have caught them in my Instagram story on Friday, and I’m planning to add a few to my next favourite things post. In the meantime, let’s chat goal progress!
July was a really fun month, and despite there being 5 weekends, I still ran out of time to get all the things on my list crossed off! Beach time, social time, travel time – all great stuff. Here’s a glimpse at what I did get up to goals-wise:
1. Launch my new Anti-Inflammatory Eating 101 Guide – A+
Hooray – done and done! This is something I worked a lot on in June, so there wasn’t much left to do on it throughout July. The feedback on this plan so far has been awesome, and here’s a few of the comments you guys have sent me:
“Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! This has been so informative so far and I’m only half way through. I’ve printed off the anti-inflammatory shopping list and it’s on my fridge!” – Sarah
“I’ve been saving anti-inflammatory recipes for the last couple of months with the intention of making my own meal plan, but just get overwhelmed because they all have different ingredients. I love that the meal plan in this guide uses a lot of the same foods in different ways – it means fewer groceries to buy!” – Sharon
“I’m a runner with a big appetite. I’ve been on all sorts of diet plans in the past to try and improve my digestion, but always find myself feeling hungry and restricted. There are SO many different options with this plan and the recipes are actually filling – I’m not hungry 10 minutes after taking my last bite. Thanks!” – Amanda
Still haven’t checked it out yet for yourself? You’ll find the Anti-Inflammatory Eating 101 Guide in my shop, along with my other meal plans and e-books.
2. Complete my next downloadable guide, The Eat Spin Run Repeat Sugar Detox – C+
Ok – let me explain on this one. It is definitely in progress but I’m behind where I wanted to be due to some back-end blog work I’ve been working on at the same time. In a nutshell, I’m migrating allllll my recipes (hundreds of them) to a new recipe plugin. For you, this will mean:
- Pretty recipe formatting (which you may have already started to notice)
- A new recipe search (aiming for a September launch)
- Faster load times – both for the recipes themselves and the search page
- For many recipes, nutrition information
Needless to say, all that is a big undertaking because it involves re-tagging old posts and redirecting lots of links. So with that said, know that the Sugar Detox Program is coming, and I’m moving my target completion to the end of August. Thank you so much in advance for your patience on this!
3. Go stand-up paddleboarding – C
This didn’t happen because I ran out of weekends for it, but it’s not a failure because something SO much better happened! A couple of weekends ago, my friend Jess and I went to Pemberton to hike at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. There are 3 lakes along this hike and they are all stunning, with water that is so clear and turquoise blue, it almost looks fake. The 3rd lake has a glacier backdrop and I’m pretty sure I could stare at any one of them for hours.
The climb itself wasn’t too strenuous and the out-and-back route only took a couple of hours, but rather than making the 3 hour drive back to Vancouver that day, we stopped mid-way and stayed in Whistler for a night. Our hotel was very close to the Whistler Village, which was buzzing with excitement and full of athletes who were competing in Ironman Canada the next day. We went for a trail walk, did a bit of shopping, lounged poolside, and in general had a great time.
This trip was a really nice way to get away from the city for a little while. As much as I adore Vancouver and everything it has to offer, sometimes you just have to get a little further away, ya know? Even though it was only 1 night, the mental refresh it gave me was so worth it.
Moving along, it’s August, so that means new things to focus on!
3 goals for August 201
1. Finish the Eat Spin Run Repeat Sugar Detox
No more explanation is needed here as I explained above – now it’s time to get down to business!
2. Have the best 29th birthday/Seawheeze weekend yet
I think this has been a goal of mine in the past, but I’m bringing it back because why not try to push the limits on fun?! Seawheeze is this weekend and my birthday is on the 15th, so I always look at this as a great big extended birthday party. With this year’s race being way more about fun than actually racing, I’m really looking forward to meeting a bunch of new friends while volunteering on Thursday, meeting some of you who are visiting Vancouver throughout the weekend, and spending lots of time outside in the sunshine – including at the post-race Sunset Festival in Stanley Park. If you’re coming for Seawheeze this year and missed my Seawheezer’s Guide to Vancouver 2017 last week, be sure to check it out before you plan your itinerary!
3. Get 8 hours of sleep per night.
Prior to summer, this was something I rocked at. But with more daylight and more fun reasons to be out and about, my commitment to sleep hasn’t been the best. Not only have I been staying up later working on a few of my side projects, but throughout July, I was waking up during the night. When my friend Jess and I were in Whistler, she told me she figured she’d wake up at around 7am. I decided that there was no need for me to set an alarm because it’s been ages since I’ve slept in – even past 6am. But what happened? I opened my eyes the next morning to find her out of bed, and the clock telling me it was 7:30. Clearly, my body needed rest!
I’m confident that the temperature of my apartment has been a big factor to the poor-quality sleep situation. For whatever reason, I decided I was going to try to be a hero and not plug in my portable A/C for as long as I could handle this summer. It hasn’t been that hot here in Vancouver, and sleeping with my window open seemed to be working ok. But on a few occasions, I was waking up in the night, sweaty and thirsty. (I know I know, what was I thinking!?) After getting home from Whistler, my mind was made up and out came the A/C.
To further enhance the quality of my sleep, I’ve also got more Four Sigmatic Reishi Mushroom Elixir on the way. I talked extensively about it here, but in a nutshell, reishi mushrooms are amazing adaptogens that can help the body relax and calm down, making them a perfect thing to drink before bed. Now that my apartment is no longer too hot for drinking warm beverages, I’m looking forward to getting back into my nightly reishi ritual – and for all the quality zzz’s ahead!
(Side note: For those of you in the US, you can buy elixirs directly from Four Sigmatic’s website or from iHerb. For those of you in Canada, I highly recommend ordering via Raw Elements in order to avoid customs fees. The code ESR10 will get you 10% off.)
So tell me… what are you working on this month? Any big goals that you’re looking to conquer before summer ends?