As of June 1st, I have officially been in Vancouver for THREE months! It is actually crazy how fast the time has flown by and what I’ve accomplished in a mere three months.
I’m finally starting to feel as though my life is about to regain some kind of order. It’s weird because I feel so adjusted to the job-searching-stress and excitement of it all – that I’m actually going to have to adjust to the routine I’ve been dying to have since I got here! It’s funny when you really think about it – we are all working towards something – a goal, a job, reaching that next step in your life – and yet we rarely take time to reflect on the good things we have in the life we are living right now… so my advice is to appreciate the good things in your life right now! :)
I’ve been working at the restaurant the past few days and it’s honestly completely drained me. I worked for over 8 hours yesterday and was completely exhausted by the time I came home to even workout! To top it all off my laptop got a virus and I cannot get it to even start! I’m pretty sure that my operating system has been completely wiped… so I have to take it somewhere tomorrow and pay to have it looked at (I’m not impressed).
Today started out rough, but quickly turned around when I headed outside into the wonderful sunshine! The Kitsilano Farmers Market is literally 2 blocks from my house – which makes me veryyyy happy!
It was so nice out – everyone was out with their children and dogs. There were vendors of all shapes and sizes selling everything from veggies, to chocolate, to soaps, to breads and baked good, to (my favorite) coffee! Sigh, it’s the little things that turn my days around :)
While I was walking around the market I got a lovely text from Leah (@leahevansnz <- follow her!) who starting following and tweeting with me on twitter a few days ago! Turns out she randomly found my blog, just moved to Vancouver from New Zealand and is in Public Relations! How crazy is that?
We totally hit it off and had a million things in common! I took her for a little tour around Kits for the afternoon with several notable stops.
Leah saw how often I tweeted and blogged about being a coffee fanatic – and asked me to take her to my favourite place in Kits – this was a no brainer! We sat and chatted for what seemed like 30 mins but was actually over 2 hours! Time was just flyingggg by.
Stop #2: West 4th Ave. shops! It’s a must :)
Stop #3 – Kits beach!
The beach was PACKED today. It’s insane how many people come out from around the city to enjoy this beautiful beach… and I live SO close to it!
Stop #4: Capers (Whole Foods).
I was telling Leah that because I read so many health and fitness food bloggers I have been dying to live in a city who actually has the Whole Foods chain of all organic foods – and the fact that there’s one a few blocks from my house was probably my favorite thing about moving here for the entire first month of living in Vancouver. It’s that exciting to me!
The entire afternoon literally FLEW by and before we knew it, it was almost 5 o’clock! So I headed Leah in the right direction for the bus back home and we made plans to bike the Seawall tomorrow (I’m SO EXCITED to finally do this)!
I came back home with the flowers I’d been carrying around all afternoon and put them in a vase for the entire house to enjoy :)
I’ve been neglecting yoga lately which is very unfortunate – so I decided I would go to a Bikram Yoga studio (a form of hot yoga) a few blocks from my house tonight. Sometimes we get busy and neglect ourselves, but honestly if you have never practiced yoga – you must give it a try. If you can take time to watch television or do things for others – you can also take time for yourself and your body. Needless to say, the class was amazing and I felt so much less stress about everything going on in my life after I left class tonight.
Since Insanity is over and I’m starting a brand new job I have to decide what my next fitness and life goals are going to be. I’m hoping my schedule will start to allow for a regular routine that gives me a good work-life-fitness balance. I’m still deciding on exactly what goals I’m going to set… but either way they are going to be hardcore results-oriented! I’m thinking of starting a running-yoga hybrid challenge… but I do love high intensity cardio and muscle sculpting workouts and crossfit seems like a great challenge. This is going to be a hard decision!
Any suggestions? What workout and food plan are you on currently?