Wednesday, August 15, 2012

It's FINALLY canfitpro Weekend!! GYMBOSS Giveaway Winner!

Happy Hump Day Beautiful,

I hope the first half of your week went well! Mine has gone by slower than I would like but that makes sense, I’ve been REALLY excited for this weekend for months. In my opinion, it’s my favourite weekend of the whole year. It’s the canfitpro International Conference and Tradeshow ALL WEEKEND LONG! That means fitness, fitness and MORE fitness! I get to see a lot of old friends, meet up with new friends, and the best part is our company’s annual awards gala that happens on Saturday night. I’m so excited to get all dressed up and go and enjoy myself with thousands of fellow co-workers.
I've got a start on my snacks for the weekend! No time for
a whole meal when I'm running from session to session!
On Friday, I’m going to meet up with C because he has to be there long before I do, and him, myself and some friends are going to go to the Opening Ceremonies where we’ll be seeing Simon Whitfield speak, and see some presenters from last year awarded with the annual awards for “best presenter” in a bunch of different categories. Hopefully I will know some of them from when I worked at canfitpro and will be able to congratulate them in person! Then we’ll probably check out the tradeshow (it’s HUGE!) and then I’m off to my sessions for my day. I’m going to a special session on Friday night with some of my close co-workers called “Change Anything”. It’s for Goodlife associates specifically. It’s going to be so motivating… !! I’m having a couple of my friends over on Friday night for some girl chat and some wine, so I’m definitely looking forward to that.
I have sessions all day on Saturday, and I’m going to a panel on Women in the Fitness Industry in the afternoon, and I’m actually going for coffee with one of the speakers on the panel afterwards to catch up, and I’m really looking forward to that. Molly Napolitano (you can check out her blog here!) and I have known each other for a few years now because of working at canfitpro, and she’s honestly, one of the sweetest, most genuine people I know. I look forward to seeing her every year; she’s one of the only presenters from canfitpro that I still stay in touch with. So there’s that. Then I have some more sessions, and then I get to go home and get ready for the gala! I promise you all I will have A TON of pictures. A fellow Sweat Pink Ambassador will be there, so maybe we’ll snap a photo together so you can see how great we look all gussied up and not in gym clothes! ;)
Sunday, well… that all depends on how the gala goes. There will be some drinks. And then probably some more drinks, but there is one session I don’t want to miss. Peter Twist, founder of Twist Conditioning is doing a session as a “closing ceremonies” type of thing. He’s a great speaker and I can’t wait to hear his very motivating words. This whole weekend is going to be one to recharge my batteries and remotivate the CRAP out of me! All of the energy is always so contagious, being around people who make fitness their entire life. Seeing people who are in such good shape, people who value the importance of exercise and nutrition as much as I do, and people who love improving themselves in every way possible. If you’ve never gone to this amazing event you need to check it out. They hold about 10 different conferences across Canada (I’m not sure of the specific number, and Toronto is the largest in the country) so you should be able to find one in your area – you can see the upcoming conferences on their website here.
Because this weekend is this massive weekend full of fitness, obviously I want to look and feel my best, so I’ve been reeeeally good with my diet and workouts lately. I started running outside on the weekend, although I haven’t ran outside all week. I have done TRX twice, and I took a rest day because I was feeling very run down.  I’m glad I did because today I feel 1000% better. I’ve been eating so clean. A lot of chicken, and a lot of tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and kale. No alcohol, lots of water and green tea and a Lara Bar here and there for snack. Oh, and some bananas J. SO GOOD. And I feel amazing!! Ah – so much energy. This is what this coming weekend does to me!
Ok... so now the fun stuff (as if the previous wasn’t fun… ahem.. so fun!). The GYMBOSS Interval Timer GIVEAWAY WINNER IS….
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Lori Beneteau from Journey to Fit & Healthy! Lori, you have 48 hours to email me your mailing information at! A big thank you to GYMBOSS for generously agreeing to send a interval timer to the winner! Keep us in the loop Laurie, and let us know how you like it! Congrats! I expect to see some pictures of you doing your HIIT/planks with your new timer! :) xoxo
I have some more really amazing giveaways in the next couple of months, so make sure you stay tuned for when I post them! You WON'T want to miss out on them!
So this is the kind of thing I've been eating religiously these past couple of weeks... tonight I'm making shrimp with spaghetti squash and kale for dinner, fried up in a litte balsmaic/chilli pepper EVOO cooking oil. I haven't actually made it yet, but it's working out nciely in my mind. Ok... give me an hour or so, I'll track my recipe and share it with you AS SOON as I'm done!!.... Uno momento :)............................................................................................................................................
Bite size pieces of kale :)
- 1 spaghetti squash, whole
- Fresh kale, about 1/4 - 1/2 a bunch, leaves cut up into bite size pieces
- 1 bag of shrimp
- 1 tbsp of minced garlic
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- dried chilli peppers to taste
Squash and kale in pan cooking
- Put the spaghetti squash whole, in a roasting pan, in the oven at 375 for 1 hour.
- When the squash is done, take it out and let it cool off.
- Cut it in half length wise, but be careful, it might still be really hot inside.
- Scoop out the "guts" that include the seeds and super stringy stuff.
- Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a pan and heat it up to medium heat.
- Add the kale, and string out half of the squash into the pan.
- Add the garlic and the chilli peppers.
- Stir around, mix it up and let it cook for about 10 minutes.
- Cook the shrimp in another pan in some butter and garlic.
- When the shrimp is cooked, add it to the kale and squash.
- Once the kale and squash are cooked enough, remove from heat and enjoy!
This is the finished product, as you can probably
tell I've already helped myself to some and it was delish!
With all recipes just adjust to personal preferance. I literally have never made this before, nor was it a recipe I found online. I was thinking about what to eat for dinner tonight, and I remembered that I had to use up the squash and the kale because they were going to go bad. It was actually pretty good! I enjoy cooking and creating fun things like this. Makes me feel proud!
Anyways, I hope you enjoy the recipe if you decide to try it! Congrats to Lori again for winning the GYMBOSS giveaway, and stay tuned for more canfitpro updates!
Stay sweet.


  1. oh my! what an awesome recipe! you definitely should be proud of that!! looks so yummy! i never know how to use kale, so this is a MUST try for me!! thanks for sharing!

  2. hey sarah... if i may be so bold, i have been looking at your blog lately and i like it a lot. i wanted to give you a heads up: i was recently awarded the Liebster Award and part of my responsibility is to "Pay it Forward." i have selected your blog as one of 8 to pass on the award. i hope you will choose to accept. the details will be out in the morning on my Slu's World: Week 13 Blog. check it out and thanks, slu

  3. Great pot and i love this nice recipe and tahnks for the share!!

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