4 Benefits of High Intensity Workouts


I have this great holiday tradition for the past few years where I join my mom at her gym for high impact cardio workouts. Several years ago, my mom got really into the Les Mills classes such as BodyAttack, BodyCombat, Step, and BodyPump. She lost tons of weight (30 pounds or so) and gained tons of energy from these high…

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Stress Less in 2017


Social media is abuzz with posts, tweets, instas, and snaps filled with positivity and plans for 2017. It’s really nice actually to spend the morning with so much positivity. This year, I’m not setting any resolutions or goals. Instead I set an intention, a mantra, for me to repeat to myself throughout 2017. STRESS LESS This is going to be…

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Join me in the Chopped Leaf 31 Day Challenge


I’ve decided not to set any resolutions in 2017. All I want is to be healthy and happy and I don’t need a resolution to do that. When I heard about Chopped Leaf’s 31 Day Challenge, I thought that would be a great way to kick off 2017 with a healthy bang, hitting restart without making a year long commitment. For my…

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2016 Christmas Recap


Getting the five of us Tynan sibling together is a rarity. We’ve all scattered; Laura in Norway, Bruce in Salt Lake City, Ben in North Dakota, and me in Alberta. Only mom and Leilani remain in Washington state. But every other year, we all gather at moms for Christmas fun and craziness! This year was extra special because we have…

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Stay Motivated in Your Workout Routine with These 10 Easy Tips


In the early days of a new workout routine, excitement and motivation are high. As you settle into a routine, however, that motivation often begins to wane. Sometimes, it’s because you’re bored with or don’t enjoy whatever you’re doing. Other times, a lack of noticeable results makes you feel like you’re wasting your time. However, results can take time. You…

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2016 Year in Review


2016 was a tough year in life, but it was a rocking year for adventures! This was the year I found several awesome outdoor ladies and I stopped hiking alone and started hiking with my gal pals. LIFE In 2016 the pixie dust of returning to school wore off and I was in the grind of things. Spring semester was…

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Birthday Musings- I’m so Much Stronger Than I Thought


2016- My 31st year of living has been a tough one. Longtime readers know I love to look at the positive side of all things, and this year showed me just how mentally tough I am and how much stress I can handle. I have written and rewritten this post over and over. I don’t like to be a complainer, I…

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All I Want For Christmas Is Peace of Mind


It’s that time of year! Christmas music, cold weather (and I mean COLD -25C), twinkling lights, and gift guides. But due to the extremely tight financial situation we’re in this December (student teaching =  working more than full time hours for no pay), I find myself a little blue that I’m unable to buy gifts for my loved ones and that…

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Add Some Sparkle with Bonne O


It’s Christmas Season which means shopping, baking (well- for most people, certainly not me), and presents! Christmas came early for me (and a lucky reader) when Bonne O sent me two of their carbonation systems to add some sparkle to my holiday drinks. I think you truly put out your desires into the universe and they come back to you eventually.…

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Tips to Stay Warm in Your Old House


I love old houses. I love the architecture, the history, the style; but you know what I don’t love? How ill equipped they are for super cold weather. The original portion of our home was built in the early 30s and the bathroom/bedrooms were added on in the 40s. I love my character home so much but it does come with…

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Oh Christmas Tree 2016


It was the first weekend in December which meant it was time to head to the mountains to cut down a Christmas Tree! My siblings and I have such good memories of doing this as children with our parents in freezing Northern Alberta and it’s a tradition I’m trying to start with my family. The plan was to go Sunday…

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2016 Santa Shuffle 5k Recap


Way back in September, a group of overwhelmed and stressed out U of L Education students were sitting around the Curr Lab (The Ed part of the Library) talking about de-stressing techniques. Two of us had run our first half marathons that summer and were talking about needing a race to motivate us to train. Hence, the great idea to…

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Missing My Mountain Time


If you follow my Instagram it probably looks like I live in the mountains; but really, I just don’t think my day to day pictures are as interesting. That’s one problem with social media, people only post curated images because the real stuff is not very interesting. A photo of me eating spaghetti in Ryan’s sweats are not very attractive.…

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Great Workouts for the Winter Season- Guest Post


As the weather turns to a wintery cold, it can be hard to convince yourself to get out of the house for a great workout. Luckily, there are workouts that you can do right in the comfort of your own living room. Include simple workouts during your daily routine to help you stay fit all winter long. Shape Your Core…

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My Thoughts on the Gilmore Girls Revival


Okay GG fans- this contains spoilers of the recently released revival so please don’t read if you haven’t finished it yet and want it to be a surprise. Every since the Gilmore Girls revival was announced my old Waterton roommate Keirstyn and I made plans to watch it all in a row together. She and I first bonded as friends…

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Friday Fitness- Ice Time


Another belated Friday Fitness recap but better late than never right? My first week of student teaching is officially done and I’m feeling pretty good so far. I have to spend this weekend planning and learning all the electricity lessons because I’ll be teaching science for the next four weeks! In terms of workouts, this week has been more activities…

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