Fitness Friday: Summer Shredding Workout Recap 8.

I am writing this on Thursday night, very full of beer and burritos, and after a full day of conferencing so hard that my brain hurts. It has been a really great conference so far, raw facts about Indigenous health, real words from people who have lived through residential schools, and a slice of hope regarding the future of Indigenous health. I am presenting this morning and I am very glad that our presentation is offering a positive spin on research with Aboriginal communities.

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Sorry, sorry, I’ll get back to the real important business here… IT’S FITNESS FRIDAY! This has quite possibly been the least structured week of workouts and potentially the least amount of exercise I have done for a while. I ran a little bit more than normal, so that took away a bit of strength training time, plus this whole traveling and conferencing business really messes with my heavy schedule of gym flirting and early morning pick-up lines.

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In case you’ve been stalking me for a while and meticulously keep track of my daily sweat sessions, please check below for my week of workouts. I actually ran FIVE times this week. WHAAAAAA? I felt pretty good hitting the streets and running at a more uncomfortable pace (for me) this week so it was nice to push myself a bit instead of my usual runs that are more about listening to murder mystery audiobooks than the actual running part.

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Yesterday the conference schedule was a bit delayed and we had started the morning at 7:00am. The last keynote was set to run until 6:00pm but I was SO DONE. I skipped it, put on some spandex, and headed to the hotel gym for a few miles. It was a sauna in the gym and I sweated so much, but got in a lovely 5 miles. It was such a good way to de-stress! After the run I quickly showered and changed and met up with a friend who was also at the conference and we drove downtown Toronto for mexican food and beer with one of her friends. It was a blast and we talked about everything from academic scholarship applications to boys.

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I am expecting today to be my rest day because I will be conferencing even harder, presenting, then heading to the airport for a 10pm flight back to Edmonton. Sometimes workouts just literally don’t fit in the day… maybe I’ll attempt to make squats and lunges a socially acceptable activity in the airport waiting lounge.

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I hope everyone had a fantastic week of workouts. I am stoked to have two days off this weekend so I can try and stay outside as much as possible! Plus, I get to sleep sleep sleep which apparently the conference organizers don’t like to do because each day starts at 7am… WTF. Off to deliver a wonderful presentation and powerpoint. 😉 Don’t forget to link-up below AND tell your friends!

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday #64!

Hello from Toronto! Well, actually Mississauga, but no one sounds cool when they say they’re taking a trip to Mississauga. I am presenting at the Indigenous Health Conference on Friday so I am only in Ontario for about 48 hours, a short and sweet trip! Right now, let’s talk everything random for Thinking Out Loud Thursday with Amanda at Running with Spoons.

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  • On Tuesday after a day of staring at my computer at school, I hit the streets for a quick run before dinner. I ran 5K then came home and my mom and I headed out for another 5K walking. It was such a nice day and after spending most of May long in the rain we needed fresh air!

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  • I was texting a gym crush recently and he replied with such a witty and sarcastic comment that I think my heart skipped a beat a little bit.

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  • I have added “Drive the Icefields Parkway” to my summer bucket list. I think camping at a few places along the way would be really neat and the best case scenario but based on timing, schedules, and you know finishing grad school, it might just be a weekend road trip. Anyone want to join?!

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  • My dad and brother are in Germany right now and I’m not jealous, I’m not jealous AT ALL. Every time my brother posts on Instagram I have the urge not the like it just to show how hard I’m trying to ignore his wonderful trip but they photos of Amsterdam, Belgium, and Germany have so far been too nice and I end up liking it anyway.

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  • This TV show trailer gave me goosebumps. I can’t wait to watch this show and I just hope we can view it in Canada! AHHHH! As a girl who love love loves sports, I can’t wait to see something like this on TV!

  • I am one of the weirdos in the world that actually doesn’t mind flying. The flight yesterday was pretty quick, just under 4 hours to get from Edmonton to Toronto and I listened to two podcasts to pass the time. I brought Quest bars and protein powder on the trip with me because travelling makes it really hard to find vegetarian sources of protein. Plus without a delicious Quest bar, plane snacks are just sad. Pretzels and club soda.

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That’s all I have for today, apparently I don’t has as many random thoughts going on as normal. 😉 I love short weeks, and with all of the travel in this one, I basically had a one-day school week! See you tomorrow for Fitness Friday!

What is your favourite TV show?

Have you camped along the Icefields Parkway? Driven it?

A Slice of Brie Book Club: Remember Mia.

When Brie opened up voting for May’s book, I definitely voted for this one because it was compared to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, both books that I loved. Remember Mia by Alexandra Burt claims to be a “riveting psychological suspense novel,” and admittedly, I was hooked from the start. I love thriller novels, as evident by my recent obsession with Lisa Scottoline audiobooks, and I was so happy we chose to read Remember Mia for May in A Slice of Brie Book Club.

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I wouldn’t go quite as far as to compare this book to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. Yes it was suspenseful, yes it was a captivating read, and yes I couldn’t put it down because I needed to find out how it ended, but simply the writing wasn’t as great as the two others mentioned. I think Burt had the right idea for the book but some of her writing wasn’t as great as Paula Hawkins or Gillian Flynn. Nevertheless, it twisted and turned just as you would hope.

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“Estelle Paradise wakes up in a hospital after being found near dead at the bottom of a ravine with a fragmented memory and a vague sense of loss. Then a terrifying reality sets in: her daughter is missing.

Days earlier, Estelle discovered her baby’s crib empty in their Brooklyn apartment. There was no sign of a break-in, but all traces of seven-month-old Mia had disappeared. Her diapers, her clothes, her bottles—all gone. 

Frustrated and unable to explain her daughter’s disappearance, Estelle begins a desperate search. But when the lack of evidence casts doubt on her story, Estelle becomes the number one suspect in the eyes of the police and the media.

As hope of reuniting with Mia becomes all she has left, Estelle will do anything to find answers: What has she done to her baby? And what has someone else done to her?”

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I was confused for 63% of this book. Why didn’t everyone understand that she had post-pardum depression? Why didn’t her husband see it? Why was he so angry with her? How did the memory therapy work so well? The book definitely started out slow, with lots of internal dialogue from Estelle. It was a little hard to feel sympathy for Estelle at the start because the character wasn’t exactly compelling. It was hard to picture a scenario in which Estelle wasn’t at fault for her own daughter going missing under her care, in a locked house, and everything related to Mia goes missing too.

Once we started diving into Estelle’s recovered memories it got better and more exciting. I definitely didn’t see many of the twists coming and of course, I had to keep reading to see what happened to Mia. I didn’t really understand or fully believe how Estelle could go from remembering nothing at all after her car accident, to slowly pulling pieces of the events back together so vividly… but then again I’m not a neurologist… or an author. I expected Jack and Estelle to have many more issues throughout the book, as they were a couple who had just had their child taken from them, but they actually ended up on better terms after which was weird.

The ending kind of blew my mind and left me with so many unanswered questions. I was happy that Mia was alive and well, though undoubtedly traumatized from the first five years of her life. I didn’t cry while reading this book if that is any indication of emotional comparison to other books (ahem, Inside the O’Briens). Overall, it was a decent read with the required suspense to keep me interested but a lack of exceptional writing that would compel me to find every other book by this author.