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Fitness Swellness: My goal for the Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee

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When I started the Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, I fully intended on using the full four months (the race is from May 1st until August 31st) because anything more than the 8.5k daily (or approximately 60k per week) sounded very close to impossible.

I started week 1 with this schedule in mind. I’d just run nearly every day in April to complete 200k and I was kind of regretting having jumped right into a race that would have me running nearly daily all summer.  So I’d run 8.5k one day, but the next if I was tired I ran 6k, figuring I’d make up the distance with a longer run on a day with nice weather later in the week. I was very conscious of not falling behind on distance because it could quickly add up and become impossible to complete the race in time.

Then came week 2. And logging my miles into the GVRAT system, I saw where I stood amongst the 19,000 other runners, and well, that competitive side kicked in. I regularly upped my mileage, and now my usual run is 15k, and I’ve taken no days off. Taking a rest day usually means running 10k at a pace that feels easy.

And my goal for the month of May has changed over these past three weeks as well. I initially planned on 250 kilometres; then when I realized the race is actually 1021.68 kilometres (because that’s the actual distance across Tennessee) I added on the extra 22k to May, making my goal 272k. But then with my increased mileage, I realized I’d easily reach that, and I upped it to 300k, then 322k.

So this photo, which I took about a week and a half ago, was intended as a photo for reaching my goal at the end of the month. Except I’ve just reached 322k today, May 24. As for this upcoming last week in May, I’m going to stick to roughly the distances I’ve been logging daily, depending on how my body feels. Today and last Sunday, I can tell my legs need some rest after the 21k I’ve logged two Saturdays in a row.

The race has become a really welcome distraction in my life during the coronavirus pandemic, and my overall goal for the race is now to complete the 1,021.68 kilometres as soon as I can, within reason. I’m wary of injuring myself (this is more mileage I’ve ever run in fixed period of time, and run streaking is also something I haven’t done much of, and knock on wood, I’ve never had a running injury before and I don’t care to have my first injury now).

I’ll recap May at the end of the month, but right now I’ll continue my routine (which besides running, sometimes multiple times a day, translates to so much showering and running-gear laundry!).

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Beauty Swellness: Rodial giveaway!

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I don’t post on this blog as often about beauty lately as I used to, but I am always trying out new products. A brand I’ve used for several years and am a fan of is Rodial, especially their GlamStick (great colours and so hydrating, and I dig the packaging) and their masks (when I’m busy plugging away at work from my home office, it’s so easy to just apply a sheet mask so that my beauty routine doesn’t fall to pieces when work is hectic!).
So I’m excited to be doing a giveaway with Rodial, so that you can get to try out the products, too (if you haven’t already, but if you have, well then you know what a great prize this is! The prize is valued at $150 and includes:
  • Rodial Dragon’s Blood Neck & Decollete This lightweight formula is meant to firm, plump and smooth the neck and decollete area, which is often an area that shows aging quite early on. It contains hyaluronic acid to help hydrate the skin.
  • Two Rodial Collagen Boost Lip Lacquers. These are high-shine, hydrating and feature a collagen-boosting complex. Plumper looking lips, and the formula is not sticky!

Ready to enter? Well, head on over to my Instagram and enter there (details on how to enter are on the Instagram post). You can earn one extra entry to the giveaway here on this blog post, though: comment on this blog post and tell me what your favourite Rodial product is (or if you don’t have a fave, let me know which one you’d be most keen to try out!). Personally, I have yet to try out the Eye Sculpt and I am keen to because my friend Megan Munro (you may have seen her on Marilyn Denis doing beauty segments) swears by it.

The prize is valued at approximately $100. Here’s how to enter this giveaway:

  1. Check out my Instagram post for this Rodial giveaway and enter on Instagram (details are on the IG post).
  2. Get an additional entry by commenting on this blog post and sharing which of the products above you love (or want to try out) most.

This giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. It is open to Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on my Instagram Stories on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.  The prize is awarded as is. I am operating this giveaway on my own and it is not associated with Instagram.

Good luck!

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Healthy Swellness: Let’s practice some #moneymindfulness

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Did you know that it’s Credit Education Week November 13-16th? We partnered with Capital One Canada to learn more about money mindfulness. What a great way to remind yourselves of smart financial habits or to kickstart being more mindful with your money.

Did you know that 44 percent of Canadians believe that their mental health takes a toll due to their financial situation? I’m not that surprised by these stats, especially when living in an expensive city like Toronto, well, it’s safe to say I’ve experienced this toll on my mental health (when you work freelance, finances are often a big source of stress since you can’t be sure when the next paycheque is coming). That stat comes from a recent survey conducted by Capital One Canada and Credit Canada Debt Solutions. And as someone who has lost sleep over money matters myself, these other stats aren’t too surprising either (should I be comforted in that I’m not alone in this?):

  • 30 percent of Canadians cite financial stress as a larger worry than their overall health
  • Canucks spend 7 hours per week worrying about their finances (sounds about right based on my personal experience)

What is a shocking number, though, is that this actually totals 365 hours a year spent stressing about finances.

So, let’s get this stress under control! Rather than live a life sacrificing vacations, eating great meals out, or even skipping personal grooming due to the cost (all named as cost-cutting measures in the survey), this Credit Education Week, wouldn’t you say it’s a great time to learn some ways to manage your financial stress and get into a good place when it comes to your money? Yes, let’s do this!

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I attended a Capital One Money Mindfulness event recently and it included a few different tools to use to be more mindful while also learning financial facts about Canadians. For example, I learned that Millennials are carrying the most unsecured (aka non-mortgage) debt in Canada. There were also helpful reminders that we all know but sometimes forget to do (or simply feel we can’t do because you feel like you’re living paycheque to paycheque), such as aiming to contribute to a savings fund each month. And to help illustrate and drive the point home about how putting aside a bit of money can have an impact, it was an eye opening exercise to spend time actually looking at my lifestyle habits for where I can cut back a bit.

For example, if I were to cut out a daily $3 coffee (but let’s be real, my latte costs $4…) and eliminate $25 weekly of other spending (I probably spend that much if I go out for brunch on the weekend, or if no brunch, I buy random treats like magazines and ice cream throughout each week), over five years, I would save $7,194.

Other key takeaways from the morning spent at the Capital One Money Mindfulness:
  • Spend mindfully when shopping. Try to stay on track when you go to the mall or shop online. Get what you need and planned to buy but then stop yourself from adding the extra items you come across.
  • Know the details of your financial statements, including paying your bills on time, what the interest rates are, and what you’re paying each month (is it more than the minimum payment?).
  • Practice being mindful about your money on a daily basis. Being aware of your money situation every day is what will help you stay on track and reach your goals.

It’s time we stress less about financial matters by practicing smart habits to improve our financial health. I’m going to put some of these tips to practice (starting with putting aside a bit of cash into a savings account each month, I used to and then stopped!). How are you going to practice money mindfulness?

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