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2015 was exciting, now let’s try to make 2016 Fabulous

Hello lovelies,

What are you grateful for today?

Each year, I sit and set new life goals. Sometimes, I go even further to implement lifestyle’s changes. This year, I suggest for you to add or try something completely different to what you usually set as goals to appreciate your life. We are so busy trying to bring changes into our life that we forget to savor life. The way I look at it, sometimes, life can be unfair.  So, I make an effort to accept this when a situation arises that I can’t pin down an explainable concept for it.

First, start and end your day with a firm positive thought. You see, instead of just pouring all the 100% energy on trying to establish new things in life, I recommend you take also time to invest in gratitude. Gratitude has the power to change the views you have about life. It can be a little bit hard when you start. Trust me, after a couple of tries, the brain will get trained to accept this routine. Putting all the energy you have on future concerns, it will suck life out of you. Instead, focus on appreciating things that you are grateful for. It does not have to be huge, it can be as  small and simple as loving a beautiful weather.

Happily then, stop and learn. I know there are some unpredictable negative life events, however, try to find a positive thought to get you by despite the negative happenings. I truly believe there is power in positive thoughts and energy. When you only concentrate on what you don’t have , what could of been and feed on your fears, then you will never have enough. Program the mind to let go things beyond your control.

It is never too late to try something new for your well being. As the says go: ” the happiest people don’t have everything. They make the best of what they have.” Here are some other quotes to help you embrace this concept:

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Thank you for reading,

Judith

Massage fever 

Hello Fancy Lacy community,

There’s a first time for everything!

Earlier this week I went for a deep tissue Swedish massage. It was a Christmas present from my husband, who knows how much I love massages. They are my poison, those massages. Every once in a while I like to treat myself to a hot stone massage, especially when I’ve been subjecting my body to a lot of work, like training for a half marathon and such.

I  really enjoyed my Swedish massage. I felt the pressure was just fine so whenever the therapist asked me if it hurt, I said ‘only a little bit but its fine!”

Well, after the session when the therapist left so I could put my clothes back on, I suddenly felt nauseous and light headed, like I was about to pass out. The last time I felt like that was in 2013 after my first ever Queen City half marathon when I thought I was going to die.

I’m used to feeling great after a massage, not nauseous and chilly and light headed. It was awful! The therapist offered me water and I felt a little bit better after drinking it but the awful feeling lasted into the day. It wasn’t until much later in the evening that I felt I could risk eating something without the possibility of hurling.

I’d read about how deep tissue massages can release toxins and damaged blood cells into the blood stream, which can poison the body but I knew this theory to be deeply flawed. I don’t think that’s what happened.

And everyone who runs has probably been warned by their doctors about rhapdbomyiolisis, a condition in which extreme exertion can cause severe muscle tissue breakdown enough to damage the kidneys and lead to symptoms way more severe than what I experienced after my massage. But this condition is so rare that its nearly impossible to happened to marathoners. From what I’ve read in an old kinesiology textbook, it’s more likely to be caused by traumatic accidents, extensive burns to the body and electrical shock.

So I still don’t know what happened to me during that massage. Right now I’m leaning toward the the idea that the nausea and malaise were brought on by the fact that I skimped out on breakfast to rush my daughter to school because we woke up late. I’d had a coffee at some point but when I had the massage at 1pm, I hadn’t had a chance have lunch either. My uneducated guess is that somehow my body hit the wall due to dwindling glucose levels.

Has anybody out there ever had the same thing happen to them after a massage? Care to share your experience?

’till next time!

Iryn

JUICE ALMIGHTY: SIX THINGS I’VE LEARNED ABOUT JUICING

Hello Fancy Lacy Community,

It’s official: winter is on its way. It’s getting colder and darker, and, as much as I like to, I can no longer live off fresh salads. I crave something warm, preferably to eat with a spoon, and having fridge-cold spinach and cucumbers just won’t do it for me in subzero temperatures. So, with my intake of fresh vegetables in steady decline, I needed to come up with an alternative route to enjoying all the benefits that vegetables have to offer. It didn’t take me long to think of one: the arrival of winter provided me with a plausible excuse to treat our family to a much longed-for kitchen gadget – a juicer.

fat-sick-nearly-dead-featured-673x1024A few years ago I happened to watch a movie called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. It was so very inspiring that I awaited the release of the sequel with great anticipation. For those of you who haven’t already seen these movies, here is a trailer as well as a plot summary.

After his 60-day juice fast, Joe was 82lbs lighter and healed from an autoimmune disease that he believed was incurable. What’s the moral of the story? That fruits and veggies are as good for us as our parents have always claimed. I’m not intending to advocate juice fasting or drinking juice as a meal replacement. Yet I believe that all of us could benefit from incorporating juicing into our diet as an extra boost. Read more about the benefits of juicing for our health, here, here, and here.

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Meanwhile, I will discuss six things I’ve learned from juicing so far:

  1. You can drink more fruits and vegetables than you can eat.

The recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables is between 7 and 10 servings, depending on your age group and gender. Spread out this many servings on the table and you would be wondering how you are supposed to consume this much within a day, in addition to carbs, grains and protein. I very well doubt that an average person fulfills this dietary requirement. However, if you were to remove the fiber by juicing the very same fruits and vegetables, you would get a big jug of delicious and thirst-quenching juice that you could easily drink during the day (and probably ask for more).

  1. You will never want to drink store-bought juice again.

Getting to know what fresh homemade juice tastes like will make you question the contents of Tropicana and Minute Maid cartons. “Fruit-flavored sugar water” is how my husband now refers to it and keeps asking himself how he could ever think that stuff was healthy. From now on, we are not going to spend a dime on anything labeled “juice”; instead, we’ll be saving the money to buy fresh produce.

  1. The color of your juice will always put a smile on your face.

Honestly, I have never had such colorful drinks before we started juicing. The orange, purple, and green screamed “clean” and “healthy”, and I couldn’t help feeling that we must be doing something right because something that looks so authentic can’t be wrong.

  1. Your shopping cart has never looked so bright and healthy.

Last time we went grocery shopping, we picked up carrots, beets, spinach, kale, lettuce, apples, oranges, grapes, and pomegranate. We basically brought a rainbow to the checkout. I most certainly had a proud look on my face when the lady was scanning our groceries. It was an absolute guilt-free shopping experience, and I enjoyed every moment of it.

  1. Your shopping cart has never been so full for so little money.

Six bucks for a huge bag of apples? A fiver for a bag of carrots? Yes, please. I was astonished how little we had to pay for how much we bought. Of course, you have to experiment a little to see how much juice you’re getting from different fruits and vegetables, and then decide which are a better investment.

  1. Choosing the juices to try and creating your own combinations is fun in itself.

My husband and I bought a copy of the Juicing Bible along with our juicer. We have bookmarked the juices that we would like to try, and now we either choose the juice of the day or, if we are feeling particularly adventurous, we experiment with creating our own combinations based on the fruits and vegetables we like most. It’s lots of fun!

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We are very pleased with our juicer, which is a refurbished Breville Juice Fountain Elite. With the first snow on the ground, I may be eating fewer salads, but generous helpings of fruits and vegetables have become even easier to consume and enjoy.

Thanks for reading,

Anna

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TABATA: THE WORKOUT THAT COUNTS

Hello Fancy Lacy Community,

According to a multitude of online sources, our diet accounts for roughly 70% of our physical shape. Unfortunately, you can never out-exercise a bad diet, that’s why eating clean is such a big thing these days.

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Now, the remaining 30% depends on what we do outside the kitchen, and today I’m going to share with you my favorite workout concept called Tabata training. It’s easy to understand and implement, it’s stimulating, and – trust me – it’s one of the most efficient exercise techniques I’ve ever tried.

What is Tabata Training?

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Tabata training is a type of high intensity interval training alternating short periods of intense exercise with brief recovery periods. Basically, each Tabata set consists of 8 intervals, for each of which you work hard for 20 seconds and rest for 10. Start by selecting an exercise: let’s say body weight squats. Squat hard for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds, completing 8 rounds in total. 20 seconds is the perfect amount of time to show what you’re made of, so be sure to squat hard and make every round count; it’s called a “high intensity training” for a reason. If 10 reps is all you can manage, then be it – as long as you’re honest with yourself that it’s the best you can do at this point. Trust me, with time and practice, you’ll be able to do more! The recovery period between the sets is 2 minutes, but you can easily reduce or increase this time to suit your needs. For your next Tabata set, pick another exercise and repeat the pattern. Each Tabata set takes 4 minutes to complete, so depending on your energy levels and you time resources you may choose to do anywhere between 5 and 8 sets. As long as you exercise at a high intensity, you will not need more than that.

What to Use for a Workout Timer?

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So, with Tabata format laid out and exercises selected, there’s still one more issue to consider: how do you keep track of time if you’re supposed to be squatting for your life? Thank God for iTunes and other media platforms. iTunes carry a wide selection of Tabata tracks in a variety of music genres, Pop, Hip Hop, Dance, Latin, you name it. So, not only do you have your favorite tunes to work out to, these tracks come with a Voice Coach feature and tell you exactly when you must work and rest. There’s no need to have your eyes glued to your watch, and you can throw yourself completely into the workout.

Why Pursue Tabata Training?

Here are just a few reasons why I love working out Tabata style:

  • You are fully in charge of your workout: whether it comes to selecting exercises or deciding how many sets you feel like doing.
  • Your workout is time-efficient.
  • When you perform exercises at a high intensity, your heart rate goes up to keep up with the pace. So, if your objective is to lose weight, Tabata training will help you make it happen – your body will be burning fat during as well as hours after the workout.
  • Tabata training is suitable for both, individual and group fitness sessions, so you can easily make arrangements for a sweat-together with your friends. I personally find that working out with others makes me work harder, so I invite my husband to join in whenever I can.

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Top 10 Exercises for Tabata Training

In theory, you can pick any exercise and perform it with a Tabata timer. However, from my experience, the following exercises work best:

  • Squats
  • Burpees
  • Lunges
  • Mountain climbers
  • Sit-ups / Crunches
  • Tricep dips
  • Plank
  • Kettlebell swings
  • Box jumps
  • Jumping rope

As you can see, most of these exercises do not require any equipment so you can do them anywhere.

For me, it was love at first set; maybe you’re next? You’ll never know until you try. I’ll be curious to hear from you when you do.

Until then, eat clean and train mean.

Thank you for reading,

Anna

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FIVE DELICIOUS AND NUTRITIOUS BREAKFAST IDEAS 

Hello Fancy Lacy Community,

As a tribute to my first Thanksgiving feast in Canada, today’s post will be about food. Food is a major part of our daily lives; and, strangely enough, it is a subject that doesn’t seem to become any more exhausted even though thousands of books and articles have been written about it. When it comes to my own relationship with food, my strategy is clear-cut: it’s all about finding the right balance between eating for fuel and eating for indulgence. I believe that food is both, fuel and indulgence, and if you’re eager enough, you will find where these two overlap and make for delicious and nutritious recipes.

Now, what better way to start the day than with one of such recipes?

1) Overnight Chia Oatmeal

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The beauty of this recipe is that you prepare your breakfast the night before and will not have to do much more work in the morning, other than slice up a banana and dig in. It’s one of many overnight chia oatmeal recipes, so if you’re not a fan of dried cranberries, you will easily find something that will appeal to your taste. And you can easily double or triple the recipe to feed more people. I highly recommend this breakfast idea to people who have little time or those who simply don’t feel like investing too much effort into cooking in the mornings.

2) Two-Ingredient Pancakes

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This quick breakfast solution has been on my to-go list for months now. When I came across this recipe, I couldn’t believe that the only things it called for were eggs and bananas! I guess simplicity is genius, after all. Although I found this recipe elsewhere, I especially liked this website for the tips for cooking banana pancakes.

3) Chocolate Protein Pancakes

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There may never be too many pancakes, especially if they are as nutritious and yummy as these ones. They do call for a few more ingredients than the previous recipe and so create a little more work, but I can suggest this: prepare the mix the night before. The oats will likely absorb the egg whites, so the batter will be quite thick, in which case you could add some almond milk. Or you can leave out the egg whites and add them to the mix in the morning. Either way, these pancakes are worth trying!

4) Porridge

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FYI, by porridge I mean old-fashioned oatmeal, and not one of those instant mixes with a whole bunch of artificial flavors and preservatives. It wasn’t until I read somewhere that having too much of the same food, however healthy it is, would eventually make you immune to its nutrients, that I stopped having porridge for breakfast every day. It used to be my staple morning food and I was never stressed about what to make for breakfast. Once you get your porridge base, which is rather bland on its own, you can make it flavorful by adding fruit and berries, nuts, honey, maple syrup and nut butters.

5) Omelette

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Cooking eggs doesn’t get any easier than that. And because eggs are protein (especially if you increase the egg white to egg yolk ratio), they will keep you going till lunch hour. You can choose your filling and prepare it the night before which will save you time and work in the morning. This particular link also gives you a few more omelette variations.

Healthy can be tasty, and vice versa. Motivation, research, and a splash of creativity will help you make it happen.

Thank you for reading,

Anna

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Fancy Lacy Update/New Contributor : Meet Anna Dyachenko

Hello lovelies,

Happy Thanksgiving, to all my Canadian’s readers. Well, it has been a while. Crazy good things are happening in my life right now. I’m back to working full time. I now realized that I took few things for granted: sleeping in, being off work for two years,  and blogging. You have no idea how much I miss these things. For the most part, Fancy Lacy (blogging and you reading me here) is what I long for more and miss the most.

These days, even though I am an early bird now, 24 hours in a day does not cut it for me. After work, catching the bus, driving around the city, studying, keeping up with the kids, quality family time, I’m  exhausted. Seriously,  I really need help with Fancy Lacy. I can’t keep it up. I kind knew this was coming.  Remember few weeks ago,  I made an announcement, here. Later, you met Iryn (she sure made me fall in love with fall again). Now, I’m so excited to introduce you to another voice. Meet Anna, She is impeccable.

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Her passion is photography, traveling, baking and an active/healthy lifestyle. Nothing brings her more joy than spending quality time with her husband Mark. Together, they regularly indulge in sushi rolls and tempura at Wasabi and spicy noodles at Wokbox. Anna loves cats and kittens. She can’t imagine her life without music and gym membership. She has two dreams: running a full marathon and attending a Linkin Park concert. In her lifetime, England was once home (she studied there). Her roots lie in Kazakhstan (born there) and now she is a Canadian prairie girl by choice. Follow her journey on a Fancy Lacy as she documents her passions.

Thank you for reading,  stay Fancy and come back again.

XOXO

Judith

Five reasons to fall in love with fall

Hello Fancy Lacy Community,

I simply cannot get enough of fall. I’ve always wondered if its because I was born and raised in a tropical country where the leaves were always green and the sun never seemed to ever want to go down. It’s a magical time of transitions. Leaves turning into all kinds of enchanting oranges and yellows and reds, the summer heat getting drowned out by the autumn breeze, chilling it just enough so you can wear a sweater and shorts, and of course there’s an abundance of pumpkins!

But if you still aren’t feeling the season, here are a few reasons to inspire you to fall in love with fall.

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Fall for the hues: There’s nothing quite like walking (or driving) down a street canopied with tree branches shedding all kind of colour leaves.

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Fall into fitness: The cool days of fall are a jogger’s paradise. You can run for miles without feeling like you are about to keel over and die (That happens to me in summer). It helps build up your endurance and it’s a great way to gradually acclimatize your self to running when the mercury finally dips below zero in winter. If you want to get into running, fall is the perfect time to start.

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Fall Fashion: From cozy cowl sweaters to knee-length boots, fall is the best time of year fashion-wise. Indulge your inner fashionista.

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Fall for comfort food: The great thing about fall is that you don’t have to be a whiz in the kitchen to whip up delicious tasting food that fills your home with delightful smells. Also, hot pumpkin spiced latte!

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Bring fall indoors: While summer is great for drawing us all to the great outdoors, the crisp, cool autumn air certainly brings us back in. Bringing the autumn beauty indoors with us can be an exciting experiment in interior decorating. Try some fall accents in your living room.

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Thank you for reading,

Iryn

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Iryn Tushabe is a freelance journalist, filmmaker and passionate gardener. She writes about science, health, wellness, and social change. Iryn’s writing has appeared in the Leader Post and the Star Phoenix (As well as their respective weekly magazines, QC and Bridges). She’s also a contributing writer for the Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting.

Follow her on twitter @wordsweaver.

3 Steps To A Realistic New Year Resolution

Hello Fancy Lacy Community!!!

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Photographer: Holly Schaeffer

The year is almost coming to the end. I have been busy doing this and that. It seems just like yesterday it was January. It is that time of the year where some us venture in creating ” New Years Resolutions”. For the first time, most of this year’s resolution was completed –  Here is how I made it happen.

1. Be realistic

Anything is possible when the mind and the right attitude is put into it. Know yourself and your limitations. Invest in your strengths to keep the motivation going. Try to kill those little bad habits that outshine your strengths. Create a vision. Don’t wait until tomorrow.

2. Set a goal

I came across this quote by Harvey Mackoy that states ” a goal is a dream with a deadline”.  Know what you want to do. Articulate what is,  state how you will do it, and when you will do it. Keep it simple so you don’t lose track, number the steps if you can. Review the steps. See what is working and what is not working. Make some corrections, edit the steps. Make some projections and give yourself some deadline.

3. Measure your goal

Write your goal. Have a checklist. Review your checklist and progress. Assign a number to each resolution.

Hopefully, this inspires you.

XOXO

–  Judith

 

5 Steps to Love Your Home Again

Feeling restless in your space? Is your space sucking life out of you? These five tricks will turn your house into a home. Let’s get started

1. Declutter your space

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Don’t underestimate the power of a clean space. It can be therapeutic! You will feel more relaxed in a clean space. From FBPICS

2. Personalize your space

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Your space will be more enjoyable when you add things that you love. The picture above looks comfy. Beautiful artwork collections cover the wall. From Room Ideas

3. Accentuate your home focal point. If the home doesn’t have a focal point, create one.

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A focal point in space can calm those nerves And put you at ease. From My Devorative

4. Bring nature into space or burn a good candle

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You can find retreat in your home when it has nature elements. From Beauty Moves Me

5. When you have done all the above, invite a friend over

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Design love Fest

A friend will uplift your energy with great laughs and good conversations. What an encouragement to be surrounded with people that inspire you. From Design Love Fest.

XOXO

– Judith